NEW ZEALAND FIREFIGHTERS FAREWELL THE NORTH COAST

With the threat on the fireground easing on the North Coast, New Zealand firefighters have flown home.

For the last few weeks, 26 Kiwis have been assisting local RFS crews to battle the Myall Creek Road bushfire.

Yesterday, they farewelled the region in style.

“RA! UPANE! KA UPANE! A UPANE! KA UPANE! WHITI TE RA! HI!”

The blaze is burning at Advice level and has scorched more than 115,000 hectares.

(AUDIO IN PARTS)

 

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Samantha Poate is a reporter, producer and web producer for NBN News in Newcastle. After completing a BA in Communication and Journalism at Charles Sturt University in 2016, Samantha moved to Northern New South Wales where she worked for News Corp. Samantha joined the NBN News team in 2018, working as a journalist in the Lismore Bureau.