web analytics

Help for Tonga

Written By: - Date published: 3:24 pm, February 13th, 2018 - 10 comments
Categories: climate change, disaster, Environment, International - Tags: , ,

EleanorAingeRoy is reporting at The Guardian,

The islands of Tonga in the South Pacific have been devastated by Tropical Cyclone Gita with winds of 230km/h flattening parts of Parliament House and causing significant damage and injuries across the kingdom.

Gita hit Tonga around 8pm on Monday night and peaked between 11pm and 2am, slamming on to the south coast of the main island of Tongatapu, bringing down electricity lines, smashing churches and levelling fruit trees and crops vital to the island’s livelihood.

At its peak, winds reached 233km/h – far stronger than predicted, despite Gita not reaching a category five storm as anticipated.

According to the British Met office, Gita is the worst cyclone to pass so close to Tonga’s main islands in 60 years, and communications were lost overnight as Gita ripped the roof off the Tonga meteorological office as well as taking the national broadcaster off air for a time.

RadioNZ have reported that every house in the capital Nuku’alofa has been damaged, ongoing coverage is here.

Stuff have compiled a list of ways to help Tonga:

THE NEW ZEALAND RED CROSS

The New Zealand Red Cross Pacific disaster relief fund ensures the Red Cross can respond quickly and efficiently to assist with the damage.

People can donate to the standing relief fund immediately.

Money donated can be released right away to help with the relief efforts, a spokeswoman for NZ Red Cross said.

Visit the Red Cross website here or contact 0800 RED CROSS. (733 2767)

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY NEW ZEALAND 

Habitat for Humanity are preparing a response for Tonga and have started an Emergency Response Disaster Fund.

Donate and help rebuild communities in Tonga here or contact your local branch here.

OXFAM

Oxfam’s disaster relief work in the Pacific has provided clean water supply, sanitation, hygiene, and emergency food.

You can make a one-off donation to Oxfam’s disaster response fund here or contact 0800 600 700.

SALVATION ARMY

A spokesman for the Salvation Army said staff in Tonga are helping with the clean up and housing families.

At least 11 families were being housed by the Salvation Army during the cyclone.

“We are working with the Tongan government and staff in Tonga to find out what the immediate and long-term needs are before an appeal is launched,” the spokesman said.

Keep an eye out here and on the Salvation Army Facebook page if you want to help.

GO FUND ME 

A GoFundMe fundraising account ‘Support for Tonga’ has been set up by a Tongan expat.

FREE CHURCH OF TONGA

People in Auckland who want to make donations or drop off food can contact the Reverend Iveni Tomu at the Free Church of Tonga in Māngere on 09 376 462.

“Our Church will be helping out… we will be fundraising and sending that back to Tonga,” Isa Tomu said.

10 comments on “Help for Tonga ”

  1. Leonhart Hunt 1

    Always have to be careful with some of the charities, (luckily none of the above are embroiled in disaster profiteering and are ok to donate to)

    I’m very cautious now after the chch earthquake I check who the funds are going to, I donated and then found out that almost all the funds were being consumed by admin and never actually got to the area or for those in need, but on marketing and advertising cost.. for more money to spend on marketing and advertising costs, there is a legal requirement that .17c of each dollar donated is used for the specified relief, but often this is consumed by misc admin costs not support and your donated funds don’t help anyone.

    be wary of whom you donate too, some have turned relief into a business.

  2. Anne 2

    To all those who claim we don’t need a Defence Force, this is precisely why we do need a Defence Force.

    I had the privilege of being involved in the Air Force response to Cyclone Bola in the late 1980s and I witnessed the tremendous amount of work they carried out 24/7 for what turned out to be weeks on end. Without their assistance the Hawkes Bay and Taranaki regions would have been stuffed for years to come.

    Not only do they have the man/women power but they have the resources and most important of all… the discipline to carry out their tasks with precision and dedication. It certainly changed my view towards the armed services and continues to do so.

    Just a pity some of their bosses slip up from time to time. eg. Afghanistan/Hit and Run.

    • RedLogix 2.1

      Gita has the potential to another Bola. It’s going to reach Cat 5 somewhere mid Tasman and while it’s faster moving at present than Bola, even if it makes landfall in NZ as a Cat 3 or 4 we’ll have a very ugly 24 hours or so.

      • Anne 2.1.1

        I’ve been following that brilliant set of graphics you linked to yesterday Redlogix. It looks like the bottom third of the NI and the top third of the SI are going to cop the worst of it – especially the associated rain bands. Just as well because us folk in Auckland and Northland have had bloody enough rain thank-you very much.

    • Ed 2.2

      Move soldiers from Iraq to Tonga.
      Now.

    • Not only do they have the man/women power but they have the resources and most important of all… the discipline to carry out their tasks with precision and dedication.

      That was true of Telecom (Post Office then) as well. Communications across the country was maintained because we had thousands of people out doing 18 hour days.

      In fact, I’d say it was true of all government departments at the time. All of us with any sort of construction mandate (Telecoms, power, MoW, etc) was out in the field fixing stuff. Different departments were doing different things of course but it was coordinated effort.

      • Anne 2.3.1

        You’re right DTB. It was a coordinated effort but I happened to be working at the Whenuapai Air Base at that time so became familiar with their contributions.

        Since the advent of neoliberal market forces I doubt this country could cope with a Bola type emergency very well because all the service agencies have been allowed to run down or handed over to private companies who are only interested in making profits for their shareholders.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.3.1.1

          Since the advent of neoliberal market forces I doubt this country could cope with a Bola type emergency very well because all the service agencies have been allowed to run down or handed over to private companies who are only interested in making profits for their shareholders.

          The Rena sinking and the balls up in Christchurch proved that quite conclusively.

        • Exkiwiforces 2.3.1.2

          I think you are on the money there. If we use the market forces as yard stick for here in NZ Rena, the CHC and Wellington earthquakes and case studies over in the US, its doesn’t look good.

    • Exkiwiforces 2.4

      The NZDF back in the late 80’s was quite big, with just about every Major regional/ rural area had a TF Depot ranging from 30 odd personal to upwards to 100 plus, the Airforce had a gaggle of Andover Short range Tactical Transport Aircraft and with their Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) abilities they could almost fly into every Arg Airstrip in the country, also the RNZAF had 18 odd Huey’s and the RNZN had a few more ships back then as well with Navy Reserve had boats back then and they knew every bay, cove etc. in the country that could use as possible landing sites.

      Now the NZDF is just almost a hollow shell with big gaps of capabitiliy across all 3 services now compare to the 80’s and are doing more with less. We need to remember that there wasn’t many oversea deployments back then compare with today’s NZDF which I think many here forget.

      And don’t get me started in the demise of the MoW, Railways to Gizzy and Whakatane, Telecom etc.

      With climate change now become a major factor to HADR operations in our immediate area. I think the time has come where should start look at the building a Forward Operating Base in Fiji and rebuild the short fall in capabitiliy platforms that been cut from the NZDF since the 90’s to the present day. Here’s looking at you National Party and not so much Labour as they are always fixing NACT’s **** ups in Defence.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
    The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
    Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today the establishment of an Expert Review Group to review a number of aspects of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) structure, information management and record-keeping processes.  The Expert Review Group’s work arises out of the first recommendation from the Report of the Government’s Inquiry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
    There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clean energy upgrade for more public buildings
    More public buildings will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. Minister Shaw announced that Lincoln and Auckland universities will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to replace fossil fuel boilers. Southern, Taranaki, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Schools back donations scheme for the second year
    More schools have opted in to the donations scheme for 2021, compared to 2020 when the scheme was introduced. “The families of more than 447,000 students will be better off next year, with 94% of eligible schools and kura opting into the scheme,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruapehu cycle trails gets PGF boost
    The spectacular Mountains to Sea cycle trail in Ruapehu District will receive $4.6 million in funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for two additional trails, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is an exciting development for the local community, and one that will provide significant economic opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Update to air border order strengthens crew requirements
    Additional measures coming into effect on Monday will boost our defence against COVID-19 entering New Zealand through the air border, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “As part of our precautionary approach and strategy of constant review, we’re tightening the requirements around international aircrew,” Chris Hipkins said. The COVID-19 Public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • A true picture of Māori business activity
    A better picture of the contribution Māori businesses make to the economy will be possible with changes to the way information is collected about companies and trading enterprises. Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced a new option for Māori enterprises who are part ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding for Taranaki projects
    The South Taranaki museum, a New Plymouth distillery and a Pasifika building firm will benefit from a Government investment totalling more than $1 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The $1.05m in grants and loans from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will help the recipients expand and create ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Fijian Language Week 2020 inspires courage and strength during COVID-19 pandemic
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says the theme for the 2020 Fijian Language Week reflects the strong belief by Fijians that their language and culture inspires courage and strength that is strongly needed in times of emergencies, or through a significant challenge like the global COVID-19 pandemic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Trades training builds on iwi aspirations
    An investment of $2.025 million from the Māori Trades and Training Fund will support Māori to learn new skills while making a positive difference for their communities, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “K3 Development Limited Partnership will receive $2,025,000 for its Takitimu Tuanui apprenticeship programme, which will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Conservation Minister plants two millionth tree in Raglan restoration
    A long-term conservation project led by the Whaingaroa Harbour Care group in the western Waikato reaches a significant milestone this week, with the planting of the two millionth tree by the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “Planting the two millionth tree crowns 25 years of commitment and partnership involving Whaingaroa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Seniors – our parents and grandparents
    International Older Persons Day is a chance to think about the individual older New Zealanders we know and to confront ageism, Seniors Minister Tracey Martin said today. “What happened around COVID-19 is a reminder that our over-65s are a very large and diverse group of people and we need to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Residential building sector growing stronger
    Figures released by Statistics New Zealand today show healthy growth in residential building consents in an environment of Government support for the sector during COVID-19, says Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods. Statistics New Zealand reported today that a record 10,063 townhouses, flats, and units were consented in the August 2020 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF helps Bay of Plenty youth find jobs
    Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) support for a pathways to work hub in Tauranga will help address high youth unemployment in the Bay of Plenty by connecting young people with training and meaningful employment opportunities, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau has announced. “Priority One Western Bay of Plenty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago