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


Tonga: Support Womenpower

14 January 2013

Tonga: Support Womenpower

Christian World Service has launched an appeal to support the women of Ha’apai and Vava’u organising clean-up operations in Tonga.

They are part of Ama Takiloa a network of women’s groups throughout Tonga who have been deeply involved in disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation.

“Responding after disaster is what these women have been training for over many years. They are strong women who know what needs to be done now and in the months ahead as they rebuild their communities. They need funds to make it happen,” says Trish Murray, International Programmes Coordinator who has visited women on some of the affected islands.

Ama Takiloa has run workshops on disaster preparedness and climate change. They have supported each other to improve livelihoods across the island groups. They have repaired and maintained water tanks to make sure water is safe.

The director of Tonga Community Development Trust, Sione Fakaosi says they are waiting for the initial needs assessments from the women’s groups, due any day. Ama Takiloa is part of the Trust. They expect to help with food, water, shelter and medical needs.

Cyclone Ian hit Ha’apai and Vava’u on 11 January, killing one person. In Ha’apai (population 6,600) 70% of the homes are damaged or destroyed. Infrastructure including water and telecommunications have been badly damaged. Crops and livelihoods have been destroyed. Aerial assessments show widespread damage.

CWS has worked with Ama Takiloa for a decade. Representatives are attending the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) coordination meetings in Nuku’alofa to plan the response.

Ama Takiloa runs a plant nursery on Ha’apai and holds regular workshops for local women to help them improve livelihoods. They know their communities well and can organise them to do what is necessary to rebuild and to make sure the most vulnerable people are taken care of.

Ha’apai has already lost some of its land from rising water levels. It is made up of many small islands, some very remote and inaccessible. Ferries may pass by every few weeks. Ama Takiloa has worked with some of these women.

Donations to the Tonga Cyclone Appeal can be made:

On line and by direct deposit at http://cws.org.nz/donate

By Phone with a credit card: 0800 74 73 72

By Post to: CWS, PO Box 22652, Christchurch 8140

CWS has been supported by NZ churches for 68 years. It is a member of the ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together) which consists of more than 130 national churches and groups working in 140 countries for humanitarian assistance and development. ACT helps where needed regardless of race, religion or region.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Labour: Little Announces New Shadow Cabinet

“Labour had an impressive intake of fresh faces after last year’s election and newest MPs have now had a year to show what they’re made of. This reshuffle rewards hard work and continues my drive to renew our Caucus line up." More>>


Because Reasons: Someone Reckons David Seymour Is Politician Of The Year

Trans Tasman's 11th annual Roll Call has thrown a curve ball this year, ignoring the likes of John Key, Bill English, and Winston Peters to pick its politician of the year from the ranks of the new generation. More>>


Whaling: NZ Deeply Disappointed By Japan's Decision

“New Zealand is strongly opposed to whaling in the Southern Ocean. We call on Japan to take heed of the 2014 International Court of Justice decision and international scientific advice concerning their whaling activities.” More>>


Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news