Manukau Courier : February 24th 2011
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Thursday, February 24, 2011 Four Amazing Road Trips Plus editorial including: Gardening tips, beating winter moisture, Easter Events, History of the NZ road trip and lots more business offers. Inserted inside next Tuesday's FEVER MAGAZINE 2011 Off the beaten track - Find some amazing discoveries. Off to quake zone By STAFF REPORTERS On their way: St John staff at Auckland airport get ready to board a flight to Christchurch on their way to assist with the earthquake rescue effort. Photo: FAIRFAX MEDIA EMERGENCY services from Counties Manukau were racing to the aid of Christchurch residents yesterday in the aftermath of Tuesday s 6.3 earthquake. And Middlemore Hospital has been inundated with offers from staff ready to drop everything and head south to help. Police, Fire Service and St John confirm personnel from across the district have been sent to Christ- church and more will be on their way soon. Police spokeswoman Ana-Mari Gates-Bowey says Counties Manu- kau sent a contingent of 30 officers, made up of one inspector, one senior sergeant and 28 constables, late on Tuesday. About 12 firefighters from Counties Manukau stations also travelled to the disaster zone. A Fire Service communications centre spokesman confirms the Auckland and Counties Manukau Urban Search and Rescue teams, manned by 56 personnel, were deployed to Christchurch on the day of the quake. St John communications manager Linda Donaldson says 32 clinical staff and senior managers from across the Auckland region also made their way south. More St John staff left Auckland airport yesterday morning to offer relief cover to their colleagues in Christchurch. More than 50 nurses, medical and other primary care staff at Middlemore Hospital had volun- teered to help by yesterday morn- ing, acute care manager Dot McKeen says. The big problem is finding accom- modation for the volunteers once they arrive, she says. The volunteers skills, specialisa- tions and access to accommodation are now being fed through to the Health Ministry. An emergency operations centre has been set up at Middlemore as we do for any abnormal situation , Ms McKeen says. We re now waiting to hear from Christchurch what they want us to take. At presstime yesterday no Christ- church patients had been sent to Middlemore which is being kept in reserve for any burns cases. Also helping with the rescue effort will be two groups of Auck- land Council building inspectors and Civil Defence staff who flew out of Whenuapai yesterday. Around 100 staff from Auckland Council are already on the ground in Christ- church. Stand by, Auckland --- we'll be asked to help says Brown By KAREN MANGNALL Stand by, Auckland --- this is just the start of the help we ll need to give Christchurch. That s the message from mayor Len Brown to the outpouring of support from Aucklanders for quake-stricken Christchurch residents. He s urging Aucklanders to sit tight . Most of us know people or have families touched by this tragic earthquake. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected. The best help now is to donate money, Mr Brown says. He has donated $10,000 to the quake appeal from the Mayoral Fund and is urging Aucklanders to dig deep . Aucklanders were very generous in September but the need this time around is much greater. Auckland had 100 council staff in Christchurch along with police and fire crews by the end of yesterday. This is just the beginning, Mr Brown says. Stand by, Auckland -- we may be asked for other forms of assistance over the coming days and weeks. The first group of Aucklanders left for Christchurch at 8am yester- day to offer expert help and support. The group includes council building inspectors and civil defence staff. Auckland Civil Defence group controller Harry O Rourke says this is Auckland s response to the call for help from the National Crisis Management Centre in Wellington. A second group was to leave yes- terday afternoon. What s important now is provid- ing the much-needed support for shift changes and relieving the first wave of respondents, Mr O Rourke says. You can donate to victims of the Christchurch earthquake at: The Salvation Army: Freephone 0800-530-000; online at www.salvationarmy.org.nz; post to: The Salvation Army, PO Box 27001, Marion Square, Wellington, 6141. Mark correspondence: ''Canterbury Earthquake Appeal'' Any ANZ Bank: Account number 01-1839-0188939-00 Any National Bank: Account number 06-0869-0548507-00 The Auckland University Students Association is holding a street appeal outside its Student Union building.
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