In February 2016, Fiji experienced the most intense tropical cyclone to make landfall in the Southern Hemisphere – Cyclone Winston. The Fijian deployment was largest NZMAT deployment to date with 23 personnel deployed… across 6 teams over 25 days.
This deployment saw another first for NZMAT, when a Mobile Team of four personnel was based on the Island of Koro for 7 days, operating from a base of operations to conduct mobile day clinics around the island.
Two surgical teams deployed, based at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva to provide surge and business as usual support to the local theatre personnel.
NZDF hosted a Mobile Team on the HMNZS Canterbury who provided day clinics on the islands of Avea, Vanua Balavu & Cikobia-i-lau.