French-operated flight to evacuate next group of New Zealanders from New Caledonia

A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules arrives in Port Moresby, November 30, 2021.

A New Zealand Defense Force aircraft will transport passengers to Auckland.
Photo: NZDF

A French-operated flight will take stranded New Zealanders to Brisbane, and a New Zealand Defense Force flight will arrange travel from Brisbane to New Zealand.

The French flight is due to depart Tontouta Airport at 6pm New Zealand time with 49 Kiwis on board.

The flight from Brisbane to Auckland is due to arrive at Auckland International Airport at 1am New Zealand time.

MFAT said it was still working with French and Australian authorities on logistics.

Last night at around 10pm a Defense Force flight completed the first mercy mission and landed in Auckland with 48 New Zealanders on board.

MFAT said there are 260 New Zealanders left waiting to leave Noumea (of the 274 New Zealanders in New Caledonia registered with Safetravel).

In total it is believed that there were at least 371 New Zealanders in New Caledonia when the conflict broke out.

It has claimed six lives and caused millions of dollars in damage to businesses and infrastructure.

French President Emmanuel Macon will arrive in New Caledonia this afternoon.