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.