TONGAN AID APPEAL
Charities are asking for cash, not stuff, for the people of Tonga who were affected by Cyclone Gita. Council for International Development humanitarian coordinator Nik Rilkoff said charities were working alongside local organisations to find out what was most urgently needed. ‘‘It’s more effective to send cash right now. People on the ground know what is needed and can quickly get support to those affected. The urge may be to donate food or clothing, but please don’t.’’ About 60 per cent of unrequested goods sent in emergencies were not needed, and end up sitting in containers on wharves, he said. Habitat for Humanity, Tearfund, Rotary Foundation and Oxfam were among the charities helping with the relief effort in Tonga.
CALLS FOR FEEDBACK
West Aucklanders are being called to have their say on the look and feel of the local parks in the Waita¯kere Ranges Heritage Area. The design guide included much of the Waita¯kere Ranges as well as parts of the foothills and coastal areas. The design guide will encompass the planning, design and construction of community parks. The Draft Waita¯kere Ranges Heritage Area Local Parks Design Guide is open for feedback on the Auckland Council website.