A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) C-130 Hercules is currently en route to Christchurch carrying Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) personnel and dogs.
Forty two USAR personnel, their equipment and three USAR dogs from the Auckland and Palmerston North areas are on board.
The aircraft is due to land at Christchurch airport shortly.
Two Iroquois helicopters from No. 3 Squadron at Ohakea have also been tasked to assist in Christchurch.
They will be available to undertake aerial reconnaissance and damage assessment as required by Civil Defence.
Due to potential contamination of the fuel at Christchurch airport, a RNZAF fuel tanker is heading from Ohakea to Christchurch to supply the RNZAF aircraft.
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