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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Kiwi firefighters leave for Victoria in Aussie...

The first contingent of 42 Kiwi firefighters leave today(NZ time) for Victoria in Australia to rest those Australians still fighting fires there. Others will be sent later when coordinators decide just where they should be sent to.

Over a million dollars in aid to Victorians has been raised already, including a half million NZ Government contribution. The NZ Red Cross has been responsible for organising public contributions through a number of local banks. State bank, Kiwibank, has also started an account for fundraising through its nationwide branches also.

The spirit of Anzac is still alive and it is fantastic. Aussies are not just our neighbours but cousins and in many cases close family members to New Zealand families here.

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