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


Caritas pleased w donor response to Burma/Myanmar


28 May 2008

Caritas pleased with donor response to Burma/myanmar

New Zealanders have so far given about $130,000 to the Burma/Myanmar cyclone appeal run by Catholic aid agency Caritas, and donations continue to flow in.

Caritas director Mike Smith said it’s a particularly pleasing response, given the perception that aid was not getting through, or being diverted by the Myanmar government.

“A lot of callers have wanted to check whether their money will get through to help,” he said. “Fortunately we’ve been able to reassure them that our funds are being channelled through the international Caritas network to a relief response set up with the Catholic Church network in Burma/Myanmar.”

“From day one of the disaster, the Catholic Church responded from its limited resources, reaching some of the remotest villages with the first delivery of aid. Since then, it has been supported by an international Caritas team,” said Mr Smith.

A 3-month emergency response programme is now in place to provide at least 60,000 people with immediate food, water, shelter, health supplies and other support. The beneficiaries will be in the worst affected areas of Yangon and the Irrawaddy delta.

An international Caritas appeal has been launched for NZD10.5 million and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has already forwarded $64,000 to that. Public donations raised by Caritas will be supplemented by additional funding of over $100,000 from the New Zealand Government’s aid agency NZAID.

In view of the great and ongoing need for relief and rehabilitation in Burma/Myanmar, Caritas is continuing with its Appeal. Donations can be made in the following ways:

• Phone 0900 4 11 11 to make an automatic $20 donation;
• Phone 0800 22 10 22 to make credit card donations;
• 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.

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is a member of the Caritas Internationalis network of 162 Catholic relief, development, and social service organisations working in over 200 countries and territories.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election