Australia and New Zealand Begin Civilian Evacuations of Citizens from New Caledonia

Several aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) landed at Noumea Magenta Airport to begin evacuations of citizens.

The RAAF will evacuate approximately 300 citizens who signed up to be evacuated from the island.

New Zealand sent at least one C-130 Hercules tactical aircraft to New Caledonia to begin evacuating its citizens. The NZDF will evacuate around 50 citizens in several flights from the French territory.

The evacuations come as the territory is experiencing unrest related to France reviewing a constitutional amendment that will expand the number of eligible voters on the island. The unrest led to the French government declaring a state of emergency on May 16th.