Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


40 Hour Famine will help starving in Haiti


40 Hour Famine will help starving in Haiti

World Vision today committed a minimum of NZ$50,000 from the upcoming 40 Hour Famine to address serious food and medical shortages in war-ravaged Haiti.

The 40 Hour Famine runs from 19-21 March and will assist children hurt by war. Individuals can also support the agency's work in Haiti by phoning 0800 80 2000.

World Vision executive director Helen Green said today Haiti was one of the neediest countries in the world with millions suffering malnutrition and poor access to water and sanitation.

Already World Vision runs a major food aid programme in the country feeding 125,000 people.

"The present violent crisis has made the situation much worse. Prices for basic foodstuffs in the markets have skyrocketed. People our staff have spoken to say they can no longer afford to eat or feed their children," Mrs Green said.

Meanwhile World Vision staff are vowing to remain at their posts in Haiti as desperate crowds rush airline counters in a bid to get flights out of the country.

Tensions in the capital Port au Prince boiled over last night with sporadic gunfire echoing around the city, rioting at the national palace and looting and torching of city shops.

World Vision communications manager Kate Scannell Michel speaking from the capital today said despite the chaos staff would stay.

President Jean-Bertrand Aristide fled during the melee on an unmarked plane to an unknown destination.

His replacement is Boniface Alexandre a chief justice of the Supreme Court.

Ms Scannell said the swearing in of Alexandre was a source of optimism for many Haitians.

"He is seen as an honest and respected man but everybody is still waiting to see what is going to happen. We will see how things play out over the next few days," she said.

World Vision will continue plans to distribute essential medicines as soon as the security of roads and airports improves. World Vision assessments in northern and central areas of Haiti have exposed serious shortages of essentials such as vaccines, surgical gloves and antibiotics.

Those wishing to support World Vision's work in Haiti can do so by phoning: 0800 80 2000

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news