Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

New Zealand to help El Salvador

New Zealand would make a contribution of $100,000 to the International Red Cross to support relief work following the weekend earthquake in El Salvador, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Jim Sutton said today.

Mr Sutton said the earthquake was a disaster of significant magnitude with a reported death toll of 300, many missing and injured, and serious damage to services.

"The New Zealand grant will help the Red Cross mobilise immediate relief efforts in cooperation with El Salvadorian authorities. The Government has already sent a message of sympathy and condolences to the El Salvadorian President, on behalf of all New Zealanders."

The funds come from the New Zealand Overseas Aid Programme's disaster relief allocation. It will be channelled through the New Zealand Red Cross to the International Red Cross which has launched an emergency appeal for 1.1 million Swiss Francs (about NZ$1.5 million) to purchase food, blankets, tents and fresh water for people affected.

Mr Sutton said that at this stage no reports had been received of any New Zealanders being involved in the disaster but the New Zealand Embassy in Mexico City was seeking to confirm this.


© 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