2015 Vanuatu – Cyclone Pam

In March 2015, 13 NZMAT personnel deployed over 28 days to support the local Ministry of Health following Cyclone Pam which is regarded as one of the worst natural disasters in the history of Vanuatu.
A NZMAT Mobile Team was hosted on the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) HMNZS Canterbury, provided remote care on the Island of Epi n the Shefa province of Vanuatu.
This deployment was the first time NZMAT has worked alongside the NZDF as well as a FENZ’s USAR team, a great opportunity for all three organisations to get to learn about each other’s capability.