Back­ing pro­vided when­ever disas­ter strikes

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Auck­land mayor Len Brown is call­ing on busi­nesses to give gen­er­ously to build disas­ter readi­ness in the Pa­cific.

Mr Brown es­tab­lished the May­oral Fund for the Pa­cific in the wake of Cy­clone Evan, to en­able cor­po­rate and com­mu­nity spon­sors to sup­port emer­gency pre­pared­ness and re­build­ing in the Pa­cific.

He has now an­nounced the Auck­lan­ders mak­ing up the ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee which is to as­sess ap­pli­ca­tions for grants from the fund.

They are Hamish Crooks (Cook Is­lands); John Ko­toisuva (Fiji); Ikipa Ton­gat­ule (Niue); the Rev El­der Lucky Slade (Samoa); San­dra Alofi­vae (Samoa); Foai Foai (Toke­lau); Jenny Salesa (Tonga); with skills-based ap­point­ments San­dra Kailahi and Lucy Laiti­nen.

‘‘Auck­land is a ma­jor Pa­cific city and I know Auck­lan­ders, whether they be Pasi­fika, Palagi or what­ever, will want to as­sist com­mu­ni­ties in the is­lands that are so vul­ner­a­ble to de­struc­tive weather events.

This fund is pri­mar­ily about build­ing com­mu­nity re­silience over time, not emer­gency re­lief,’’ the mayor says.

‘‘When I con­vened an emer­gency fo­rum im­me­di­ately af­ter Cy­clone Evan late last year, we drew to­gether coun­cil, govern­ment, NGO, church and com­mu­nity groups to dis­cuss a co­or­di­nated re­sponse to cy­clone dam­age in Samoa and Fiji.’’

The Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade is the lead agency for re­sponses to emer­gen­cies at govern­ment level.

But af­ter events like Evan, com­mu­ni­ties are des­per­ate to help as well, Mr Brown says.

The fund will be ad­min­is­tered in­de­pen­dently by the Auck­land Com­mu­ni­ties Foun­da­tion, work­ing with the Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee. Com­mit­tee mem­bers were se­lected for both their skills sets and to en­sure a voice from each ma­jor Pa­cific na­tion.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from smaller na­tions will pro­vide ad­vice as re­quired, he says.

‘‘Auck­land Coun­cil will also look at ways to pro­vide short­term tech­ni­cal sup­port in the form of staff hours and ex­per­tise in ar­eas such as stormwa­ter man­age­ment, trans­port and ur­ban plan­ning if we re­ceive re­quests to do so.’’

On­line pay­ments can be made to ASB Bank ac­count num­ber 12-3028-0714703 -000, in­clud­ing the ref­er­ences ACF – Pa­cific – Donor sur­name or or­gan­i­sa­tion name.

Cheques can be sent di­rectly to:

May­oral

Fund

for

the Pa­cific, c/- Auck­land Com­mu­ni­ties Foun­da­tion, PO Box 200-114 Pa­p­a­toe­toe Cen­tral, Auck­land 2156, in­clud­ing the ref­er­ences, ACF – Pa­cific – Donor sur­name or or­gan­i­sa­tion name.

A tax re­ceipt can be pro­vided by email­ing info@ auck­landcf.org.nz and pro­vid­ing the above ref­er­ences and full name and ad­dress of donor or donor or­gan­i­sa­tion.

On­line do­na­tions with au­to­matic tax re­ceipt­ing can also be made at auck­landcf. org.nz us­ing PayPal.

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