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

 

Caritas accepting Myanmar Cyclone donations

MEDIA RELEASE - fOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARITAS AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND

7 May 2008

Caritas accepting donations towards Cyclone nargis relief

Catholic humanitarian agency Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is accepting donations towards relief in Burma/Myanmar where cyclone Nargis has killed at least 22,500 people, with over 40,000 still missing.

Caritas director Mike Smith says they'll be working through the international Caritas network, with its huge experience in responding to large-scale emergencies such as the Asia tsunami and last year's cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh.

"Right now, Caritas network staff in Burma and Asia are assessing needs and establishing communication with people and organisations in places affected," said Mr Smith.

The global network of 162 Caritas members, involved in relief, development, and social service around the world, is mobilising to support the people of Burma/Myanmar in their need. Caritas Internationalis president Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has said "The message of our global network to them is that they are not alone. ..The Burmese should know that we are doing everything we can to ensure international aid efforts get through."

The Caritas network is receiving positive messages from the Myanmar government on their need for international help, and hopes this will translate to giving non-governmental organisations greater access to affected areas.

"Caritas is looking at the most effective ways to provide basic needs such as fresh water, medicines, food and shelter as soon as possible to prevent further and unnecessary deaths from disease and exposure," said Mr Smith.

Mr Smith said the worldwide desire to help in response to the cyclone should not diminish efforts to address other longer-term emergencies in the region. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand supports the Thai-Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) in providing food and shelter to people displaced by difficulties within Burma.

"Though little-affected by the cyclone, our partner was already facing a severe emergency from soaring rice prices. They're still $6 million short of what they need to feed refugees this year, and may have to cut food rations by 50-75 percent. The impact of the cyclone on rice crops in the Ayeyawaddy Delta will further affect food supplies for the TBBC. In light of the food crisis, we've recently bumped up our contribution, but our partner has told us that the collapse of relief services there could have serious humanitarian consequences and undermine the stability of the fragile border."

Donations to Caritas can be made in the following ways:

* Phone 0800 22 10 22 to make credit card donations or

* Donate online using a credit card at www.caritas.org.nz or

* Post donations to: Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, PO Box 12-193, Thorndon, Wellington 6144, NEW ZEALAND.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

New Reports: Flood Risk From Rain And Sea Under Climate Change

One report looks at what would happen when rivers are flooded by heavy rain and storms, while the other examines flooding exposure in coastal and harbour areas and how that might change with sea-level rise.

Their findings show that across the country almost 700,000 people and 411,516 buildings worth $135 billion are presently exposed to river flooding in the event of extreme weather events...

There is near certainty that the sea will rise 20-30 cm by 2040. By the end of the century, depending on whether global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, it could rise by between 0.5 to 1.1 m, which could add an additional 116,000 people exposed to extreme coastal storm flooding. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

The interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public... More>>

ALSO:

Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>

ALSO:

Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>

ALSO:

Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>

ALSO:

Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>

ALSO:

Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>

ALSO:

Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels