Auckland to offer cyclone assistance
Mon, 17 Dec 2012 8:11a.m.
As Fiji braces for Cyclone Evan to hit its shores, Samoa is left cleaning up the storm’s mess, with thousands of people still in emergency accommodation.
Auckland mayor Len Brown says the city’s large Pasifika community is now gearing up to help with the recovery effort.
“Auckland is the biggest Pacific city in the world, and there are about 120, 130 thousand Samoans in Auckland,” he says.
“Of course the whole Pacific community was hugely supportive, as we all were, when the tsunami hit last year, and so again with this storm surge and the massive damage in Samoa we’re there, ready, willing and able to help out.”
Mr Brown says the New Zealand Government is now awaiting instructions from Samoa.
“Once we get instructions over the next day or two and it becomes clearer exactly what we need to get over there, then we will start coordinating efforts to get things in.”
Back here in New Zealand the cleanup in the Auckland suburb of Hobsonville continues, with 28 people still displaced after a tornado ripped through two weeks ago.
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17/12/2012 5:08:00 p.m.
I agree with the above comment. On going there a year later, very little seemed to have been done. Maybe the churches could give a little more!
17/12/2012 5:02:46 p.m.
Apparently the money sent in the last disaster didn't get to the people who needed it, and there was no accountability of follow up on the money sent by NZ - NZ could have a program where the unemployed in NZ who are looking for work could help with the cleanup and get paid.
17/12/2012 10:28:36 a.m.
It is not a matter of the amount sent in aid, it's a matter of whether or not it goes to where it should. After the tsunami, Campbell reported that very little infrastructure had been repaired, and housing assistance and reconstruction had not begun. Furthermore interviews with the PM regarding the whereabouts of the aid monies were continually postponed. Will any of the monies being sent for aid this time reach the needy, and will there be any accountability from the Samoan PM?
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