Stranded boaties in 'dire' situation appeal for New Zealand's help
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 1 August 2020
“Hundreds of boaties stranded in the Pacific are making a humanitarian appeal to be allowed safe refuge in New Zealand from the dangerous cyclone season.
“Normally hundreds of small yachts sail here from the South Pacific each year to wait the cyclone season out, from September to May.
“But this year, with the borders closed because of the pandemic, they're stranded with nowhere to go.
“Guy Chester is moored at the island of Nuku Hiva in French Polynesia, and is growing increasingly anxious, as the window closes for the yachts to make the voyage here - he says they only have a few weeks left, and still need planning and application time.
“He's been appealing to New Zealand's government since April to create a border entry exemption process for those on small yachts in the Pacific to come to New Zealand before the cyclone season starts.
"The whole fleet is very worried and scared about being stuck in the South Pacific, cyclones can have 70, 90, 120, 150 knot winds - that's 200 to 300 kilometre an hour winds."
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