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

 

Porirua church leader deployed to Pakistan

Friday 9 December 2005

Porirua church leader deployed to Pakistan

Click for big version
Captain Bruce Coffey from The Salvation Army, Porirua in Pakistan last week distributing tents and supplies to earthquake survivors.
*********

THE SALVATION ARMY has deployed another New Zealand officer, Bruce Coffey, Captain of the Salvation Army’s Porirua Corps and Director of it’s Community and Family Services to lead it’s latest emergency relief team in earthquake-devastated Pakistan. Arriving in Saborni Village, Pakistan, a week ago, Bruce is now working closely with

The British High Commission and local military. His mission is to reach as many remaining earthquake survivors as he can before winter sets in. The military have a plan to climb to at least 8,000 feet in altitude to distribute aid to villagers still without shelter. It won’t be an easy task, Bruce says, as many of the remaining survivors are cut off from aid by mountainous terrain accessible only by mule or on foot.

“Already the Salvation Army has distributed 720 tents, 2800 sheets of corrugated iron (15 needed for average dwelling), 1600 sheets of ply to use for insulation, 400 kilograms of nails, 6x 6 foot saw blades and 10 sewing machines for sewing tents but it’s clear there’s much more work to be done here”, explains Bruce. “Tents, especially, are still in very short supply”.

Chosen over other officers from around the world because of his high-level experience in emergency relief and international aid work in Iraq and Kuwait, Bruce says he plans to “give it everything he’s got” before winter weather blocks access to the more remote communities.

Major David Bennett, PR Secretary for The Salvation Army in New Zealand has supported the deployment saying: “minus this last attempt at relief, survivors would otherwise face a savage winter with below zero temperatures and it’s unlikely many will live through it.” The death toll for the Pakistan Earthquake stands at 75,000 and with 4 million homeless at last count and the situation not getting better for relief teams or survivors, he’s appealing for public help.

To donate to The Salvation Army’s Pakistan Earthquake Disaster Fund: Visit www.salvationarmy.org.nz, call freephone 0800 53 00 00, 24 hours a day - 7 days a week - or send donations to: The Salvation Army Pakistan Earthquake Disaster Fund PO Box 27001 Wellington New Zealand

Thank you for supporting the work of The Salvation Army, NZ, Fiji and Tonga Territory. We are a member of the global Salvation Army community working to provide disaster, emergency support and humanitarian aid in 113 countries around the world. For more information on our work in New Zealand, visit www.salvationarmy.org.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election