Tonga's King Tupou VI, in unprecedented move, delivers water to cyclone affected Tonatapu residents

In an unprecedented move, Tonga's King, accompanied by members of his defence force and royal household, delivered water to Tongatapu residents affected by cyclone Gita.

The cyclone tore through Tonga on Monday night leaving widespread damage including destroyed buildings.

Tongan King George Tupou VI.
Tongan King George Tupou VI. Source: 1 NEWS

King Tupou VI stayed in his vehicle as his motorcade moved slowly through the village of Patangata one of the worst affected areas where nearly every home was badly damaged.

Pacific correspondent Ms Dreaver was sheltering on the floor during Cyclone Gita before it got flooded. Source: 1 NEWS

Soldiers ran to each house delivering trays of fresh drinking water to bemused but grateful residents King Tupou's motorcade also delivered water yesterday to households on the badly hit east side of the island.

King Tupou VI was accompanied by members of his defence force and royal household. Source: 1 NEWS

'We don't want it to happen to anyone else' - Families of CTV building earthquake victims meet with PM

A large group of families who lost loved ones in Christchurch's CTV building collapse are met with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today.

As they arrived at the Knox Church Hall they told 1 NEWS they hope the meeting will bring them a step closer to justice.

The meeting was prompted by Maan Alkaisi's letter to the Prime Minister requesting a meeting following the police decision not to prosecute in December last year.

Maan Alkaisi, who lost his wife says: "We've been in this situation for four years. It's not fair."

Julie Hibbs who lost her mother says: "We don't want it to happen to anyone else, and we don't want anyone to go through what we're going through."

CTV receptionist Mary-Ann Jackson, who fled the building as it collapsed says: "I hope there’s going to be some justice. Doubt it though."

The meeting is expected to run for an hour.

They're demanding justice after a decision not to prosecute anyone for the collapse. Source: 1 NEWS


Cyclone Gita remnants expected to track towards NZ next week

After battering Tonga, the remnants of Cyclone Gita is expected to hit New Zealand next week, but it is not yet known how much damage it could cause.

The latest tracking information from Weatherwatch shows Gita reaching the western side of the North Island by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Many residents in the Pacific nation documented the extreme weather event. Source: 1 NEWS

It would no longer be a tropical cyclone when it arrived but may still bring strong winds, capable of possibly causing power cuts and damage, the forecaster said.

However, the storm was still too far from New Zealand to more accurately predict its impact on the country.

Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver reports the relief effort after Cyclone Gita. Source: 1 NEWS

Meanwhile, the New Zealand Defence Force has delivered a second round of supplies to Tonga, after Gita caused widespread destruction when it hit the island nation on Monday.

The relief supplies include 200 agriculture toolkits, 500 family hygiene kits, 1050 10-litre collapsible water containers, 1010 tarpaulins, 10 petrol generators, 10 diesel generators and 20 chainsaw packs.

"We hope that these supplies will help address the basic needs for power, water and sanitation for those affected by the cyclone. There is also equipment to clear fallen trees," Air Commodore Kevin McEvoy said.

"We continue to work with MFAT and stand ready to provide further assistance as required."