TONGAN AID APPEAL

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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.

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