They descended on the tiny Pacific atoll from the air and sea - more than 300 New Zealand Defence Force personnel, police, Red Cross and Ministry of Health people deployed to Tuvalu which had been ravaged by an imaginary disaster, a tropical cyclone.
It was a tactical and strategic exercise which offered the island some very real help.
Surgeons performed 40 operations not normally available on the island, a kilometre of guttering and spouting was replaced, schools repaired, earth works done and derelict cars and rubbish removed.
New Zealanders helped put a little paradise back into Tuvalu and SUNDAY was there.
CORRESPONDENT - Simon Mercep
PRODUCER - Julia Sartorio
CAMERA - Clint Bruce
EDITOR - Vicky Harker