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

 


Habitat launches Shelter site for quake-ravaged Cantabrians

26th February 2011.

Habitat launches Shelter site for quake-ravaged Cantabrians

Habitat for Humanity New Zealand is seeking urgent assistance from kind-hearted Kiwis who have room to spare for people displaced by Tuesday’s 6.3 magnitude earthquake.

Last night the housing charity launched a new website, www.shelter.org.nz , that will connect those displaced by the recent Canterbury quake with New Zealanders who can offer temporary accommodation.

“Habitat for Humanity is in the business of finding safe and decent housing for those suffering from substandard living conditions,” says Habitat CEO Pete North, “In Canterbury right now, this need has never been greater. www.shelter.org.nz will enable Kiwis to offer immediate assistance to those Cantabrians suffering or needing a break, while we develop a robust rebuild plan.”

Habitat New Zealand is also hoping that local Cantabrians who are willing, and able, to accommodate out-of-town volunteers will place listings via www.shelter.org.nz. The day after the quake, the charity received almost 200 registrations of volunteer interest from their website www.habitat.org.nz. Many New Zealanders, including a number of churches, have indicated their intention to assist Habitat New Zealand with any relief and rebuild work needed in the long days ahead.

“We’ve heard from people from places as far away as the United Kingdom and South Africa wanting to make a difference,” says Mr. North, “The people of New Zealand are close to the hearts of many nations. We are truly humbled at the number of people from across the world who are putting their hands up to help.”

Mr. North wants to assure New Zealanders that the charity is working with a number of aid agencies to respond to the plight of the people of Canterbury in the best way it can. It is already anticipated that the clean up and rebuild work required following Tuesday’s quake will take months, rather than weeks.

In the meantime, Kiwis can make a difference by offering those displaced by the quake a safe and decent place to live for awhile or by making a donation via www.shelter.org.nz.

Any enquirers who do not have web access are welcome to freephone Habitat on 0800 44 22 48 during normal office hours for more information.

The charity is also appealing to the public for donations and taking expressions of interest from people who would like to volunteer their services to assist with the rebuild work ahead.

Habitat for Humanity is one of the few charities in New Zealand where supporters can make a difference through their donations as well as be the difference by becoming a volunteer. Recently Habitat assisted close to 100 of Samoa’s worst affected families with building new homes following the September 2009 tsunami. Mr. North believes that, like Samoa, hundreds of can-do Kiwis will rise to the massive task of assisting Canterbury’s most vulnerable with building a safe and decent place to live.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Gaza And Burning The Israeli Flag

One of the selling points in New Zealand’s campaign for a temporary seat on the Security Council is that we have a pluckily independent voice to offer on international conflicts.

This image is not entirely self-delusional. When we did occupy a temporary UN Security Council seat in the 1990s, New Zealand was forthright about the need for the international community to actively respond to the Rwanda genocide. On April 14, 1994, New Zealand, Nigeria and the Czech Republic were the only nations to call for a forceful UN intervention to halt the killings. It was a proud moment in the diplomatic record of the Bolger government.

What then, is the current National government doing with respect to the slaughter in Gaza? More>>

 

Parliament Today:

TAIC Report: Urgent Recommendations After Melling Rail Accident

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made four urgent recommendations to KiwiRail following the accident two months ago (27 May) when a Matangi passenger train collided with a stop block at Melling Station, Lower Hutt. More>>

ALSO:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news