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  • RED CROSS SAMOA APPEAL TO CLOSE ON 31 DECEMBER     15 December 2009

    New Zealand Red Cross would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to those people who have contributed so generously to the Samoa Earthquake and Tsunami Appeal fund. The appeal has reached nearly $3 million dollars, and combined with funds collected by other Red Cross National Societies and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the needs identified by Red Cross in Samoa can be met with the monies raised. Earlier this month Red Cross representatives including Glenn Rose, New Zealand Red Cross Humanitarian Programmes Manager, met in Apia with Samoa Red Cross Society leaders to formulate a coordinated response to the long term rebuilding and recovery programmes required in Samoa. The appeal will officially close today (30 November) but money will continue to be accepted into the fund until 31 December 2009. Individuals, groups or organisations that already have fundraising activities planned should ensure they are completed as soon as possible and the money deposited into the appeal before the end of this year. Contributions to the fund received after 31 December can either be returned to the supporter/s or can help provide immediate assistance in future regional disasters and emergencies as part of the Red Cross Pacific Disaster Preparedness fund. gThe overwhelming generosity of New Zealanders has been very humbling. People have once again demonstrated the power of humanity in helping those in need,h says Andrew McKie, New Zealand Red Crossf International Programmes Manager. gInternationally, the money raised to support the appeal will continue to make a huge contribution to the ongoing rehabilitation and recovery for the people of Samoa. Our decision to close the appeal has been made in consultation with the Samoa Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, based on the identified needs and future projects now being funded.h As with all New Zealand Red Cross special appeal funds, 100 percent of donations received, as well as any interest earned, will support the work of Red Cross in Samoa and will make a real difference to the lives of those affected by the disaster. Donations made to the appeal have already been put to work providing disaster relief and recovery supplies such as tents, first aid kits, kitchen packs, water containers, blankets and tarpaulins. To help meet the immediate needs after the tsunami struck, cash was also provided to the Samoa Red Cross Society who were able to purchase locally supplied goods and services. Longer term, appeal funds will be used to enable rehabilitation and recovery projects. This assistance will include community based health care and first aid, psychosocial support, emergency shelter, livelihood programmes, disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction support and capacity building. It is expected that Red Cross recovery projects will be ongoing during the next five years. For the next three months New Zealand Red Crossf Humanitarian Programmes Manager Glenn Rose will be based in the Pacific, working with the Samoa Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help manage the set up and initial implementation of long term recovery programmes to those individuals and communities affected.

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  • FOCUS MOVES TO LONG TERM RECOVERY AND REBUILDING IN SAMOA     12 November 2009

    While it took only minutes for the Pacific tsunami and earthquake to cause havoc to the south coast of Samoa, the rebuilding and reconstruction efforts will take years.This week Glenn Rose, New Zealand Red Cross Humanitarian Programmes Manager, will meet with Samoa Red Cross Society leaders and Pacific Red Cross partners to formulate a coordinated response to the long term rebuilding and recovery programmes required in Samoa. After such a devastating event Mr Rose says recovery efforts and programmes are going to take years not months. gNew Zealand Red Cross is committed to working with the Samoa Red Cross Society and our Pacific Red Cross partners to build back better in Samoa and ensure that those most in need receive the recovery and practical assistance required,h says Mr Rose. Over the long term Red Cross has committed to delivering relief and early recovery assistance to up to 5,000 people for 18 months. This assistance will include community based health care and first aid, psychosocial support, emergency shelter, livelihood programmes, disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction support and capacity building. These long term programmes will be supported by donations from the New Zealand public. Immediately after the disaster New Zealand Red Cross launched the Samoa Earthquake and Tsunami Appeal which has now raised over $2.6 million in government, public and corporate donations. Mr Rose says 100 percent of these donations as well as any interest earned will support the work of Red Cross in Samoa and will make a real difference to the lives of those affected by the disaster. While immediate funding from the appeal fund has already been provided to the Samoa Red Cross Society to support initial disaster response and relief activity, further funding will be allocated to develop and implement specific recovery programmes. Over the next three months Mr Rose will be based in the Pacific, working with the Samoa Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help manage the implementation of long term recovery programmes to those individuals and communities affected. Donations will support the long term recovery and rebuilding programmes planned for Samoa.

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  • Otis Frizzell and Givealittle team up to create artwork for Samoa     13 October 2009

    Today Otis Frizzell commenced creating an original work of art that will be gifted to the people of Samoa.? The team at Givealittle wanted a way to capture the overwhelming generosity displayed by all of your who donated and made such lovely comments on this cause page. We are very excited to have Otis working from a public space in Te Papa (thanks Te Papa for the support) all this week.? Those of you in Wellington can pop along to Te Papa and see the work be created and for those who are not we are reguarly posting photos to our ""http://www.flickr.com/photos/give-a-little/sets/72157622539363918/"" target so you can follow the progress each day.? We'll also be adding video the mix from tomorrow. Thank you for the generosity you have displayed and we hope that you like our way of commemorating your actions.? A limited edition run of prints will be created and auctioned with proceeds adding to the New Zealand Red Cross Samoa Tsunami Relief Fund.? Here are a few images of Otis in action today: width=""350"" height=""467"" ""http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2598/4006508847_817e217189.jpg"" width=""300"" height=""400"" src=""http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2511/4007276562_7f1b013285.jpg"" width=""500"" height=""375"" http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3485/4006510727_79626f4069.jpg"" width=""500"" height=""375"" src=""http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2616/4006511723_3284477cd0.jpg""

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  • RED CROSS AID WORKER AND WATER MAKER BOUND FOR TONGA     09 October 2009

    New Zealand Red Cross aid worker Carl Burr is flying to Tonga tomorrow to help deliver clean drinking water to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Pacific last week. Carl, a water and sanitation engineer, along with New Zealand Red Crossf emergency desalination unit are bound for the remote island of Niuatoputapu which has been hit hard by the disaster. Aucklander Carl will not arrive in Niuatoputapu until Tuesday 13 October, after flying in to Nukufalofa he will then travel for 36 hours by boat to reach the remote island. New Zealand Red Crossf emergency water maker consists of a salt water pump, a desalination unit and a portable diesel generator. It has the capacity to provide 3,000 litres of clean drinking water per day for up to 900 people and uses a filtration system to turn salt water into safe drinking water. The deployment to Tonga is the first time the water maker has been used in the field since the unit was designed and created early last year. The earthquake and tsunami caused devastation and destruction across the Pacific last week. In Tonga nine people were killed and 470 people were left in need of shelter, food and water. A lack of clean drinking water has been a major concern in Tonga as existing wells have been soiled with seawater and a number of rain tanks have been destroyed. Immediately after the earthquake and tsunami struck, New Zealand Red Cross sent a range of emergency supplies and relief items to Tonga including kitchen sets, tents and water containers which have been distributed by the Tonga Red Cross Society.

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  • Welcome Suzuki - new online appeal sponsor     07 October 2009

    The team at Suzuki New Zealand are supporting the NZ Red Cross Samoa Tsunami Relief appeal at Givealittle. Suzuki's support covers all costs associated with the online campaign - ensuring that 100% of what you donate will go directly to relief efforts in Samoa. The New Zealand Red Cross thanks Suzuki New Zealand for sponsoring the online campaign at Givealittle.? Learn more about Suzuki at http://www.suzuki.co.nz"">www.suzuki.co.nz

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  • One week on... thank you for caring     07 October 2009

    Itfs now been just one week since a powerful earthquake and ensuing tsunami struck the Pacific with devastating consequences to the people of Samoa. New Zealand Red Cross would like to thank you again for your generous donation ? please rest assured that 100% will go directly to the Appeal. Thank you for caring. Your contribution will be used to help the Samoa Red Cross Society restock their disaster response supplies, purchase those goods and services identified for disaster response, and to plan and implement longer term recovery programmes and projects to help the families and communities affected. Kiwi Rosemarie North, is our Red Cross communications and media aid worker in Samoa, and is ebloggingf for The Christchurch Press (where she does contract work when not in Samoa!) You can read her interesting and insightful bloggs at www.thepress.co.nz or see her humanitarian diary at www.redcross.org.nz We also wanted to let you know that The Good Morning show (TV1 9am ? 12pm) are hosting a special tsunami show live on Wednesday 7th October. Savage, Adeaze and David Tua will join a host of Pacific talent lining up to help Good Morning raise money for victims of the Samoan tsunami. A dazzling line-up of famous faces joins hosts Brendon Pongia, Sarah Bradley and Steve Gray in live crosses from Avalon Studios to Samoa and Auckland. Guest stars also include The Laughing Samoans, Scribe, Brotha D, the Yandall Sisters, Winnie Laban MP and Prime Minister John Key. The programme will link live to Samoa, where Pamela Stephenson and Russell Harrison will be standing by. New Zealanders caught up in the disaster will share their stories, as well as those helping the recovery effort. For more information, go to www.tvnz.co.nz/goodmorning or visit the Good Morning tsunami appeal FaceBook page. If you have the opportunity to tune in ? or let others who can tune in know about it ? please do! Thank you again for your wonderful support, without people like you the Red Cross simply couldnft be there for people in times of disaster.?

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  • RED CROSS EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI APPEAL REACHES $1 MILLION      07 October 2009

    Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the New Zealand public, New Zealand Red Crossf Samoa Earthquake and Tsunami Appeal has now reached $1 million. The total at 12.30pm today was $1,000,148.92. Financial contributions have poured into the appeal during the past week with a significant increase today driven by the TVNZ special Good Morning tsunami show. gThe response to the Red Cross special appeal has been overwhelming, once again confirming the generosity of Kiwis in times like these, they really dig deep to help out. We have a strong link with our Pacific neighbours and we all want to do what we can to help those most in need. One hundred percent of the money donated will go directly to Samoa Red Cross Society to be used for immediate disaster response needs and longer term recovery programmes,h says Andrew McKie, New Zealand Red Cross International Operations Manager. Donations to the New Zealand Red Cross Samoan Earthquake and Tsunami Appeal can be made by: New Zealand Red Cross guarantees that 100 percent of all donations will go directly to the appeal. The funds will be used to help the Samoa Red Cross Society restock their disaster response supplies, purchase those goods and services identified for disaster response, and to plan and implement longer term recovery programmes and projects. New Zealand Red Cross is only able to accept financial donations. Offers of voluntary assistance and goods are not immediately helpful in this disaster response situation. While well meaning, additional people and unsolicited goods can create more burden for an already strained infrastructure in the affected country. New Zealand Red Cross continues to work closely with the New Zealand government in the coordination of the disaster response and recovery plans for Samoa.

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  • Red Cross Update     05 October 2009

    New Zealand Red Cross continued to provide assistance to the Samoa Red Cross Society over the weekend with specialist staff and disaster response supplies being utilised to help those affected. Here in New Zealand, Red Cross first aid staff and emergency management volunteers were on hand to help Auckland airport services meet flights arriving from Samoa over the weekend. Red Cross was able to assist with passengerfs minor injuries and also provide new clothing to those in need. The Samoan Red Cross Society estimates that 3500 people are under temporary shelter, with many others moving in with relatives or being billeted. While concerns are held that some people may have fled miles into the bush, those under temporary shelter are adequately catered for. Water and sanitation, the handling and storage of bodies and psycho-social support remains the focus of relief efforts. New Zealand Red Cross humanitarian aid worker Douglas Clark, the team leader in the International Red Crossf Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT), says, gAny aid really needs to complement the resilience of families and communities. This supportive environment is a coping mechanism that will help Samoan people deal with the tragic events of this week and help them recover.h The disaster response phase is now moving into an early recovery phase and the need for relief items is rapidly diminishing, although there is a need to restock what has already been used. The Red Cross FACT, working closely with the Samoa Red Cross Society, is liaising with Samoan government ministries and relevant contacts to establish a comprehensive recovery plan that the International Red Cross network will assist in implementing. The Samoan Government estimate of damage to infrastructure, public and private properties is around NZ$195 million. The New Zealand Red Cross Samoan Earthquake and Tsunami Appeal has been very well supported since it was launched last week. Donations can be made by: New Zealand Red Cross guarantees that 100 percent of all donations will go directly to the appeal. The funds will be used to help the Samoa Red Cross Society restock their disaster response supplies, purchase those goods and services identified for disaster response, and to plan and implement longer term recovery programmes and projects. Donations from New Zealanders have already raised the appeal to over $460, 000. Television New Zealandfs Good Morning programme will host a special tsunami appeal show on Wednesday 7 October on TV1 from 9am ? 12pm. Proceeds generated from the show will go into the Red Cross Samoan Earthquake and Tsunami Appeal. New Zealand Red Cross is only able to accept financial donations. Offers of voluntary assistance and goods are not immediately helpful in this disaster response situation. While well meaning, additional people and unsolicited goods can create more burden for an already strained infrastructure in the affected country. New Zealand Red Cross continues to work closely with the New Zealand government in the coordination of the disaster response and recovery plans for Samoa.

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  • Welcome to Appeal Sponsor: Xero - the world's easiest accounting system     02 October 2009

    The great people at Xero (www.xero.com) have generously pledged their support of the NZ Red Cross Samoa Tsunami Relief appeal to cover all costs associated with the online campaign - ensuring that 100% of what you donate will go directly to relief efforts in Samoa. The New Zealand Red Cross would like to thank Xero for their quick response and willingness to support our appeal efforts on behalf all of the people affected by the tsunami in Samoa & American Samoa. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3531/3973197286_1e69b1a21a.jpg

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  • ASSISTANCE FROM NEW ZEALAND RED CROSS IN SAMOA     02 October 2009

    Three New Zealand Red Cross humanitarian aid workers are working closely with the Samoan Red Cross to help deliver disaster response to the thousands of people affected by the tsunami that destroyed much of the south coast of Upolu Island on Wednesday morning. Douglas Clark, a disaster assessment specialist; Rosemarie North, a communications and media specialist; and Dean Manderson, a logistics specialist, spent yesterday working alongside the Samoan Red Cross looking at the damage and talking to the people affected. Today the international Red Cross Field Assessment Coordination Team (FACT) that Douglas is leading will begin their detailed needs assessments. The disaster response supplies that New Zealand Red Cross has sent to Samoa are already being utilised. The family tents, blankets, kitchen sets, tarpaulins and water containers will help provide much needed assistance. gThe community are pulling together and working to help each other out. There are over 200 Samoan people currently volunteering for the Samoan Red Cross and they report that the feelings being created by the community coming together to support each other is providing some solace to those who are suffering psychosocial trauma from the disaster,h says Rosemarie North. The Samoan Government have appointed the Samoan Red Cross as the lead disaster response agency, recognising that their team of staff and volunteers are effectively able to distribute relief supplies to those who need them most. New Zealand Red Cross has launched the Samoan Earthquake and Tsunami Appeal to assist the disaster and recovery response. Donations can be made by: New Zealand Red Cross guarantees that 100 percent of all donations will go directly to the appeal. Total donations from New Zealanders have already raised the appeal to over $200,000. There has been a huge response from the New Zealand business community including the waiving of fees on the 0900 number from Telecom and ASB for online transactions, New Zealand Rugby have allowed Red Cross to collect for the appeal at their games over the weekend, Sky TV will promote the appeal during the David Tua fight, Givealitte and Xero have offered their support in raising funds for the appeal, and Fairfax and the New Zealand Herald have offered to run a series of advertisements promoting the appeal too. New Zealand Red Cross is only able to accept financial donations. Offers of voluntary assistance and goods are not immediately helpful in this disaster response situation. While well meaning, additional people and unsolicited goods can create more burden for an already strained infrastructure in the affected country. NZAID are logging expressions of interest from organisations who feel they may be able to offer specialist assistance to Samoa. They can be contacted on 04 439 8104 or 04 439 8616. New Zealand Red Cross has been working closely with the New Zealand government in the coordination of the disaster response for Samoa. We are also in close contact with other Pacific Red Cross National Societies and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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  • NEW ZEALAND RED CROSS IN SAMOA     01 October 2009

    Two New Zealand Red Cross humanitarian aid workers and Red Cross disaster response supplies (tarpaulins, water containers and first aid supplies) are due to arrive in Samoa this morning on the New Zealand Defence Force C130 Hercules. Douglas Clark, a disaster assessment specialist and Rosemarie North, a communications and media specialist, will assist the Samoan Red Cross with their disaster response and recovery plans. One more Red Cross humanitarian aid worker, Dean Manderson, a logistics specialist, as well as further disaster response supplies (50 family tents, 1000 blankets and 500 kitchen sets) is scheduled to fly to Samoa this afternoon on a commercial flight. Douglas, Rosemarie and Dean, along with a number of other international Red Cross staff will form a Red Cross Field Assessment Coordination Team (FACT). Their primary responsibility, working with the Samoan Red Cross, will be to conduct a thorough needs assessment of the disaster situation. Douglas will lead the FACT. The information they collect will be provided to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies who will then mobilise additional international Red Cross support. New Zealand Red Cross guarantees that 100 percent of all donations will go directly to the appeal. Total donations from New Zealanders have already raised the appeal fund to over $46,000. New Zealand Red Cross has made a funding allocation of $10,000 to the appeal. A number of corporate organisations have been in touch with New Zealand Red Cross to establish ways they can assist financially too. New Zealand Red Cross is only able to accept financial donations. Kind hearted people have been contacting New Zealand Red Cross with many different offers of assistance for those affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Offers of clothing (new or used), goods of any kind or offers of voluntary assistance are not immediately helpful in this disaster situation. New Zealand Red Cross has been working closely with the New Zealand government in the coordination of the disaster response for Samoa. We are also in close contact other Pacific Red Cross National Societies and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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  • News updates to come     30 September 2009

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  • NEW ZEALAND RED CROSS AID WORKER AND EQUIPMENT TO ASSIST IN SAMOA     30 September 2009

    Experienced Red Cross humanitarian aid worker Douglas Clark will fly to Samoa as soon as possible to provide assistance to the Samoan Red Cross and enhance their ability to provide much needed help to the thousands of people affected by the large earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit the Islands this morning. Douglas is trained in Red Cross disaster assessment and response and will work with Samoan Red Cross staff to complete an immediate needs assessment, as well as providing advice on disaster recovery needs. There are additional New Zealand Red Cross humanitarian aid workers on stand-by to travel to Samoa if requested. New Zealand Red Cross has a stock of disaster response equipment stored in Auckland to be used to assist in the Pacific region if required. Samoa Red Cross has requested a quantity of tarpaulins (500), water containers (500) and first aid kits (100 and 100 refills) be released from the stocks. The Samoan Red Cross have mobilised over 130 volunteers to all evacuation areas to undertake registration and assess other needs. They are also distributing fresh drinking water and administering first aid where required. New Zealand Red Cross has launched an appeal for the Samoan Red Cross to assist in funding their disaster and recovery response. Kind hearted people have been contacting New Zealand Red Cross with many different offers of assistance for those affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. New Zealand Red Cross is only able to accept financial donations. Offers of clothing (new or used), goods of any kind or offers of voluntary assistance are not immediately helpful in this disaster situation. Douglas Clark, from Dunedin, will travel to Samoa either this evening or tomorrow. He is one of New Zealand Red Crossf most experienced disaster response humanitarian aid workers, having deployed to assist in most Pacific disasters during the past ten years. The disaster stocks will be transported into Samoa as soon as possible. New Zealand Red Cross has been working closely with the New Zealand government in the coordination of the disaster response for Samoa. We are also in close contact other Pacific Red Cross National Societies and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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