Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Open letter to people of the Pacific, from Mayor

Talofa Lava. Malo le soifua laulelei i le paia ma le mamalu o Samoa.

Malo mu’a ‘etau a’usia ‘ae ngaahi aho faingata’a ni

O le fa’aaliga lenei e momoli atu ai le agaga fa’amaise ile mamalu o Samoa o lo’o alala ma afifio i Aukilani nei.

Ko e popoaki fiekaungamamahi ki he kainga Tonga kotoa ‘i he fakamasiva kuo hoko ‘i Tonga.

On behalf of the Waitakere City Council I would like to express my deepest sympathies and condolences to all the families who have lost loved ones in this tragedy. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this very difficult and testing period.

New Zealand has been quick to respond to this disaster with relief efforts well underway. The New Zealand Government is working closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Government to ensure that aid efforts are well co-ordinated and resourced.

The islands of Tonga and Samoa have experienced first hand the unpredictability of mother-nature. It is during these times that our Pacific communities in New Zealand need to band together and support as much as possible the relief efforts that are in place. From what I have seen through the news and the media, our brothers and sisters in Samoa and Tonga will need all the support we can muster.

With that in mind I would like to encourage all Waitakere residents to support relief efforts for this devastated nation. Internally within the Council a Waitakere Staff Fund has been set up for contributions from staff. We are also keeping a close eye on relief efforts within the region to see where Council’s resources would be best targeted.

In closing, words can not sufficiently express my thoughts and feelings to all those residents who have been affected by this tragedy. I am acutely aware of how close our communities are to our neighbouring Pacific islands. Please be assured that I am doing everything I can to determine the best ways that myself, councillors and our organisation can assist the aid efforts required for the people of Samoa and Tonga.

Ia Manuia Faka’apa’apa atu

Mayor Bob Harvey
Waitakere City


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Rapid Antigen Testing

National Party leader Christopher Luxon is being allowed to get away with murder. Luxon is not being challenged over his repeated assertions that the rest of the world has enjoyed ready access to rapid antigen tests (aka RATS) for a year, so why aren’t we? In fact, the reality across the Tasman for the past month has seen a colossal shambles unfold over (a) the availability and (b) the affordability of these tests. RATS have become a case of panic buying on steroids. Amid reports of price gouging, stock-piling, socially inequitable access and empty shelves...


The Treasury: Financial Statements Of The Government Of NZ For The 5 Months Ended 30 November 2021
Interim Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the 5 months ended 30 November 2021... More>>


Government: Announces Three Phase Public Health Response To Omicron
The Government has announced a three phase Omicron plan that aims to slow down and limit the spread of an outbreak, Associate Minister of Health, Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. “Through the course of managing Omicron, we will be taking a phased approach. As case numbers grow both testing and isolation approaches will change in response... More>>

Save The Children: Thousands Join Call To Retain New Zealand’s Children’s Commissioner

More than 6000 Kiwis have joined Save the Children New Zealand’s call to retain the vital role of Children’s Commissioner, as the Government considers a new bill proposing major changes to the office, including the removal of a named Children’s Commissioner... More>>

Transparency International: New Zealand Retains Top Ranking In Annual Corruption Perceptions Index
New Zealand is once again ranked least corrupt in the world by Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index. This year New Zealand’s score of 88 out of 100 is unchanged resulting in it being first equal with Denmark and Finland... More>>

TradeMe: Property Prices Increase By A Record 25% In One Year
In December, the national average asking price jumped by a quarter year on year, to reach a new high of $956,150, according to the latest Trade Me Property Price Index. Trade Me Property Sales Director Gavin Lloyd said last month’s national average asking price increase was the largest on record... More>>

Statistics: Departures Lift Border Crossing Numbers

The number of people crossing New Zealand’s border went up in November 2021, mostly due to an increase in departures, Stats NZ said today. There were 28,700 border crossings in November 2021, made up of 12,300 arrivals and 16,400 departures... More>>




InfoPages News Channels