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

 

No Tsunami Funds Stockpiled for Future Disasters

TEAR Fund New Zealand Press Release

For Immediate Release: 21/12/05

No Tsunami Funds Stockpiled for Future Disasters

While questions concerning the use of funds donated for victims of the tsunami should be raised, money donated to TEAR Fund's tsunami relief appeal has not been 'stockpiled' for future natural disasters, says the aid agency.

TEAR Fund says the $3 million raised by its tsunami appeal, including government funds, is being used effectively to pursue rehabilitation projects in Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka.

"It is important the public are able to rest assured no money has been misappropriated or diverted for other concerns. To do so under New Zealand law is illegal," says TEAR Fund Executive Director Stephen Tollestrup.

The agency says there is no surplus of funds from the immediate emergency relief stage of its tsunami response. TEAR Fund is currently focusing on reestablishing livelihoods in affected areas of India and Sri Lanka. Microenterprise loans are being used to create small businesses and income opportunities in devastated communities.

"Major relief efforts, such as that following the tsunami, must incorporate a long range and staged management strategy. It means the difference between the 'band-aid' approach, and in depth community recovery."

"It is essential aid agencies be transparent and held up for public scrutiny during the rebuilding process, however, it is also important we do not unnecessarily undermine donor confidence and generosity in the face of current disasters like the Kashmir earthquake."

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Worksafe’s Whakaari/White Island Prosecutions Are Good News

Somewhere in Heaven, Helen Kelly must be smiling about Worksafe’s criminal prosecution of 10 firms and three individuals for their roles in the lead up to the Whakaari /White Island tragedy. In tandem with the subsequent coronial inquest, these court proceedings will hopefully culminate in the creation ( finally!) of a central agency to regulate the adventure tourism sector and improve public safety on matters like risk assessment, safety guidelines, inspection, enforcement and injury reporting... More>>

 

Carbon Neutral Policy: Gov Declares Climate Emergency

The Government has launched a major new initiative to combat climate change that will require the public sector to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. More>>

ALSO:

Pill Testing: Govt Moves On Drug Checking To Keep Young New Zealanders Safer This Summer

The Government will pass time limited legislation to give legal certainty to drug checking services, so they can carry out their work to keep New Zealanders safer this summer at festivals without fear of prosecution, Health Minister Andrew Little ... More>>

ALSO:

WorkSafe: 13 Parties Charged Over Whakaari/White Island Tragedy

WorkSafe New Zealand today filed charges against 13 parties in relation to the Whakaari/White Island eruption in December last year. “22 people have lost their lives in this tragic event. WorkSafe is tasked with investigating workplace incidents to determine ... More>>

ALSO:


Tax: Government Fulfils Election Undertaking On New Top Tax Rate

The Government will today keep its election promise to put in place a new top tax rate of 39 per cent on income earned over $180,000. More>>

ALSO:

Media: Stuff Holds Itself Accountable For Wrongs To Māori

Stuff has today published the results of an investigation into itself, and issued a public apology, for the way the media organisation has portrayed Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, from its first editions to now. Tā Mātou Pono | More>>

ALSO:

Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels