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

 

Former Vietnam students give to Christchurch quake relief


MEDIA RELEASE 7 April 2011


Former Vietnam students give to Christchurch quake relief


A group of Vietnamese who studied in New Zealand and graduated from New Zealand universities between the late 1950s and 1975 has raised over $62,000 to contribute to the Christchurch earthquake relief fund. The contibution was handed over to the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Hon. Nathan Guy MP at Parliament yesterday. The group are former Vietnamese students who left Vietnam to study in New Zealand on a scholarship programme under what was then known as the Colombo Plan or as private students.

In a joint statement (below), the group said they had spent their early years in New Zealand and decided to establish a relief fund to help the people of Christchurch.

Within a week, they had collected over $62,000 from one hundred former students and their families living around the world – in Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, the United States and New Zealand.

“We were given not only an education, but also hospitality and love by the people of New Zealand. We have been longing to have an opportunity to do something to express our love and gratitude to the New Zealand people who kindly and generously helped us in our education and training and also instilled in us a sense of personal responsibility,” the statement said. “We realise that this is an insignificant amount of money compared with the billions of dollars of damage caused by the earthquake. However, with this token amount, we sincerely hope, as members of the big New Zealand family, it can lend a hand in soothing and comforting earthquake victims as they rebuild their lives. “We pray that the people of Christchurch will overcome their adversities, and quickly recover to wrest back their city’s former beauty.” The Colombo Plan’s purpose was to organise a cooperative effort to develop the economies and raise the living standards in the countries of South and South-East Asia. Under the Plan, thousands of students from Southeast Asia and South Asia were educated at international universities and many have gone on to be leaders in their home countries. The original members of the Colombo Plan were the Commonwealth countries of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Ceylon, India, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom. But the Plan was extended to include Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, the United States, and Singapore.

PUBLIC STATEMENT CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND DONATION FROM A GROUP OF FORMER-COLOMBO PLAN AND PRIVATE VIETNAMESE STUDENTS STUDYING IN NEW ZEALAND FROM THE FORMER REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM

We are a group of former Vietnamese students who received our higher education and training in New Zealand from the late 1950’s to April 1975. We were recipients of Colombo Plan Scholarships and also private students.

The devastating images of the recent earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, were shown on televisions and internet sites around the world and struck us deeply in our hearts The extensive damage caused by the earthquake immediately compelled us to help the earthquake victims and their families. We decided to establish a relief fund to help the people of Christchurch. In just over a week, we have pooled together approximately over NZ$62,000 from one hundred former students and their families now living around the world: in Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, New Zealand, and the US. We realize that this is an insignificant amount of money compared with the billions of dollars of damage caused by the earthquake. However, with this token amount, we sincerely hope that we, as members of the big New Zealand family, could lend a hand in soothing and comforting earthquake victims as they rebuild their lives.

We spent our early years in New Zealand and have always had fond memories of the country and her people. We were given not only an education, but also hospitality and love by the people of New Zealand. We have been longing to have an opportunity to do something to express our love and gratitude to the New Zealand people who kindly and generously helped us in our education and training and also instilled in us a sense of personal responsibility. We pray that the people of Christchurch will overcome their adversities, quickly recover and wrest back their city’s former beauty.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election