World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Specialists To Assist With Disaster In Haiti


07 September 2008

Haiti Bound: Two New Zealand Red Cross Telecommunications Emergency Response Specialists To Assist With Disaster In Haiti

Two New Zealand Red Cross telecommunications emergency response specialists are preparing to depart to assist with the International Federation of Red Cross’ (the Federation) disaster response project in cyclone ravaged Haiti.

The two specialists, Pat Maunsell from Christchurch, and Peter Moore from Wellington, will join an Austrian Telecommunications and IT Emergency Response Unit in Haiti where their focus will be on quickly establishing an adequate telecommunications system that the Federation will use to coordinate their disaster response project. Without an effective telecommunications system the adequate provision of relief to the people who need it most is severely jeopardized.

Pat and Peter have specialist skills in establishing, using and maintaining HF and VHF radio systems. They will deploy with portable Red Cross radio equipment that will be used to supplement the equipment the Austrian team will take into Haiti.

They are likely to remain in Haiti for five weeks and may be replaced by other New Zealand Red Cross telecommunications emergency response specialists if necessary.

Cyclone Hanna is the third deadly storm to hit Haiti in recent weeks, resulting in a growing loss of life as severe flooding and mudslides threaten more lives and livelihoods.
While both Pat and Peter have been involved in the telecommunications industry for most of their careers, they only recently qualified as New Zealand Red Cross telecommunications emergency response specialists. They, along with 12 other specialists have trained, part time, for the past year with New Zealand Red Cross’ IT and Telecommunications Emergency Response Unit (ERU).

In this situation, Pat and Peter will be deploying to Haiti to augment the Austrian Red Cross’ ERU. The Federation has five ERUs available around the world to deploy into disaster zones to establish immediate communications systems when required.

The European Union will fund the costs of the Austrian ERU deployment into Haiti, and have indicated they will also cover the costs of Pat and Peter’s deployment.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC