The volcano started spewing ash and smoke last September but authorities agree a longer-term solution for the islanders is now needed.
The latest aid drop came on HMNZS Canterbury and amounts to $2.5 million pledged by the New Zealand government.
Tool kids, hygiene kits and tarpaulins are among the supplies sent.
A massive evacuation of Ambae Island is underway, with several hundred people having already self-evacuated themselves off the island.
Photo by NZ HC