The Tongan government estimates 84% of the population have been affected by the eruption.
While it will take millions to get Tonga back on its feet, community leaders are grateful for the generosity of the communities here for getting behind the relief effort to date.
MP Anahila Kanongata'a-SuisuikiAna spoke to Alice Lolohea about the set-up for relief supplies to Tonga.
Foreign Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta is keen for New Zealand to offer practical support to help Tongans get back on their feet.
Hinemoa Finau queued at Mt Smart stadium from 6am on Saturday to make sure her supplies got to her family in Tonga.
Lord Fakafanua says access to clean water is the most pressing issue for Tongans as relief efforts begin to ramp up.
The aircraft is carrying humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies, including water containers and kits for temporary shelters.
The Tonga Government is responding to efforts on the ground. Relief supplies are being distributed by Tongan authorities.
The Government of Tonga has released its first official update in the wake of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai eruption.