I am saddened to learn that New Zealand authorities have confirmed a helicopter has crashed on Fox Glacier in New Zealand with seven people on board.

We hold grave concerns for two Australians who were believed to have been on board the helicopter and we have spoken to the two families concerned.

My sympathies are with the families of the crash victims at this very distressing time.

I am advised that the location and weather conditions at the crash site are difficult and full details of the crash are yet to emerge.

My department will remain in close contact with the New Zealand authorities as they respond to the crash and we will provide support to any affected families.

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