Parliament

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

 

West Coasters response to storm a credit to the community


Hon Kris Faafoi

Minister of Civil Defence

8 February 2018

MEDIA STATEMENT

West Coasters response to storm a credit to the community

Minister of Civil Defence Hon Kris Faafoi has spent the day on the West Coast of the South Island, visiting communities affected by the ex-Tropical Cyclone Fehi storm that lashed New Zealand last week.

Mr Faafoi met with mayors in Hokitika, Greymouth and Westport, as well as regional council, civil defence teams and affected residents and businesses.

“The storm has done some major damage, but in true Coast style people are getting on with it. Communities have rallied and helped each other, but some families may still need assistance. I will go back to Wellington with better understanding having seen the impacts first-hand and can share with my colleagues across government.”

Mr Faafoi says that while NZTA appears to be progressing roading issues, it may take some time for things to return to normal.

“I’ve seen for myself the significant challenges to infrastructure, but meeting with the local mayors has also given us a chance to have the initial conversations about any assistance local councils may require as they continue to progress through recovery. We will work with local councils to offer assistance if required.”

Mr Faafoi says the visit also provided an opportunity to meet with iwi.

“I’ve spoken to representatives from two local marae about their experience last week. This has been useful as we also work through the process of responding to the review of the Civil Defence system [released on January 18 and available here], which identified the key contribution iwi can make in emergencies.

“We will continue to engage with iwi and communities over the next few months before finalising thinking on the review recommendations. While it’s devastating for the community, we need to use what we learn here on the West Coast to improve how we respond in future.”

Minister for Rural Communities Hon Damien O’Connor, who is the MP for West Coast/Tasman, also travelled to the region last Friday.

“It was a tough scene but we got stuck in, pulling up wet carpet and moving belongings. The hardest-hit areas still need our support.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Crowdsale And Crowdfunding Campaign: Help Create The Future Of Independent News

Two weeks to go! The Scoop 3.0 plan aims to create NZ’s first community-owned, distributed news and media intelligence ecosystem in 2019. We believe this ScoopPro media monetisation approach can be scaled and spread globally to support local and independent news efforts in regional New Zealand and around the world.

Scoop is an ecosystem, it would not exist without those who contribute to it, read it and rely on it for professional media purposes. Generous past support from this ecosystem has enabled us to come this far in developing our business model. Support our PledgeMe Campaign>>

 

14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

ALSO:

Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

ALSO:

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels