Listen up you ungrateful tourists


According to a Belgian, a few people from the UK and some other snowflakes that wanted the red carpet treatment after being uninjured and alive after a 7.8 quake, this is what has been brought to bear to help out:

Fast facts: NZDF and foreign support for the Government’s earthquake response


  • NH90 medium utility helicopters – X4
  • A109 helicopter – X2
  • SH-2G(I) Seasprite helicopter – X2
  • C-130 Hercules – X1
  • P-3K2 Orion surveillance aircraft – X1
  • B200 King Air – X1


  • Amphibious Sealift Ship HMNZS CANTERBURY
  • Offshore patrol vessel HMNZS WELLINGTON
  • Frigate HMNZS TE KAHA
  • Replenishment tanker HMNZS ENDEAVOUR

Aid supplies (from the NZDF, Ministry of Civil Defence and Red Cross)

  • 5,000kg of food, water and hygiene items, and jerrycans of diesel

Foreign assistance

  • Australian frigate HMAS DARWIN + 1 S70B Seahawk helicopter + 177 sailors
  • Canadian frigate HMCS VANCOUVER + 1 CH-124 Sea King helicopter + 231 sailors
  • US destroyer USS SAMPSON + 2X MH60 Seahawk helicopters + 250 sailors
  • US Navy P-3 aerial surveillance aircraft
  • Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force P-1 aerial surveillance aircraft

NZDF personnel

  • Navy – about 410 sailors
  • Army – about 30 soldiers
  • Air Force – about 50 aircrew and some 200 support personnel on the ground at bases in Whenuapai, Ohakea, Woodbourne and Christchurch

And all that for 1,000 people.   Not mentioning the locals, of course.  Because they aren’t important.  Only tourists are.

So that’s more than one defence person per stranded tourist.  What a shocking response!

In the mean time, our NZDF has been turned into a taxi service, making at least some people happy.






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