Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Red Cross assists Bay of Plenty flood victims

New Zealand Red Cross assists flood-affected Bay of Plenty families

New Zealand Red Cross has begun distributing $165,000 in grants to nearly 100 families affected by flooding and earthquakes in the eastern Bay of Plenty in July.

It is expected the funding will make a big difference to families as they continue to rebuild their lives, New Zealand Red Cross Director General Flora Gilkison said today.

“Many of the recipients have told us heartfelt tales of great personal loss. This money will not compensate them for their losses, but will provide some assistance and encouragement on their road to recovery.”

All of the recipients were forced by the flooding and earthquakes to leave their homes and many are still unable to return.

New Zealand Red Cross is able to distribute $185,000 for the families after launching an appeal in July. This included $40,000 from the New Zealand Red Cross’ disaster relief fund, $20,000 from Vodafone, public donations and a dollar-for-dollar Government contribution via the Eastern Bay of Plenty Mayoral Disaster Relief Trust. No money has been deducted from the appeal for marketing or administration.

New Zealand Red Cross has this week distributed between $500 and $2000 each to 94 Whakatane and Opotiki families, totalling $165,000. About $20,000 remains to be allocated to families who are continuing to apply for assistance.

Mrs Gilkison says the assistance will meet a variety of needs for families affected by the floods and earthquakes.

“The mission of the Red Cross is to protect human life and alleviate suffering wherever it occurs in the world. It is heartening to be able to make such a valuable difference for vulnerable New Zealanders when disaster strikes at home. New Zealanders should feel proud of the assistance we have been able to give to these families thanks to their generosity and support.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

 

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

ALSO:

Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages