Manukau Courier : February 25th 2011
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Friday, February 25, 2011 Have we got NEWS for you! News that you can Read, Hear & Watch! Our amazing new online editions take the news into a new dimension. Reads like a newspaper with easy-to-read turning pages -- and packed with extra features that connect you to news like never before. News coverage that puts you on the scene with Turn the page to a new era in local news -- the total multi media news experience! Just click on "Latest Edition" at www.manukaucourier.co.nz Turn on to our online editions NOW. The latest local news online -- anywhere, anytime. MULTIMEDIA YOUR NEWS Welfare centre: Pastor Joe Fa'aifu and Auckland Council officer Jo Wyeth outside the welfare centre set up yesterday at the Faith City Church in Manukau to provide accommodation, transport and other help for up to 800 Christchurch earthquake evacuees. Photo: DAVID TAURANGA Evacuees welcomed By DAVID TAURANGA and KAREN MANGNALL HOW TO HELP Donations can be made online at www.redcross.org.nz or www.grabone.co.nz/christchurch or any branch of PostShop Kiwibank, ASB and ANZ banks. The Red Cross is not accepting offers of volunteers or donated goods at the moment. Accommodation: Aucklanders wanting to offer temporary accommodation for Christchurch residents or tourists affected by the earthquake can register with Tourism Auckland at www.aucklandnz.com or call 0800 AUCKLAND (0800-282-552). CHRISTCHURCH QUAKE: SOUTHSIDERS' RESPONSE TO REFUGEES FROM THE SOUTH SOUTHSIDERS are opening their hearts and doors to people escaping Christchurch after Tuesday s fatal earth- quake. A welfare centre for around 800 evacuees is now up and running at the Faith City Church in Lambie Drive and many south Aucklanders are also opening their homes to the refugees. Auckland Civil Defence controller Clive Manley says the welfare centre is co- ordinating accommodation, transport and other help for those arriving from Christ- church with nowhere to go. Evacuees arriving on Air New Zealand and Jetstar flights from Christchurch will have their needs assessed at Auckland airport, he says. Some will also be transported from Whenuapai airbase. Those who need help will be taken by bus to the Lambie Drive centre. The welfare centre will provide food, accommodation options, transport arrange- ments into the city and psycho-social support ser- vices, he says. Mr Manley stresses that help from the public isn t required at the welfare cen- tre. One of its main roles is to link evacuees needing a place to say with Aucklanders who ve registered to provide accommodation. It s being staffed by Civil Defence officers and rep- resentatives from the Social Development Ministry, Vic- tim Support and the NZ Red Cross. The centre will run for as long as it s needed, Faith City Church pastor Joe Fa aifu says. The church can take up to 800 people but we can always stretch that out if needed. Locating the centre at the church was the idea of church pastoral care worker Jacinta Ahvoa, who is also involved with Civil Defence. The church has hosted Civil Defence training courses. Residents are joining Auck- landers across the city in opening their homes to Christchurch residents and foreign tourists evacuated after the earthquake. Volunteers picked up hun- dreds of people flying into Auckland and needing shel- ter on Wednesday and from the 36 flights expected yester- day from Christchurch. The plea to Aucklanders wanting to offer accommo- dation is to register with Tourism Auckland who ll pass on the details to centre. And mayor Len Brown says the best way to help Christ- church at the moment is to donate money to the Red Cross earthquake appeal. The Auckland Council is giving an immediate $1.5 million to the relief effort. Mr Brown is urging Auck- landers to follow that lead and dig deep. More than 100 Auckland Council staff and Civil Defence volunteers are already helping in Christ- church and more are on standby if needed. Now we want to continue our commitment to being part of this united national response by essentially giving $1 per Aucklander, to lead the way, Mr Brown says. The council is committed to providing staff and expertise over the next 12 months and has asked Watercare and Auckland Transport do the same. Middlemore helps out P3 Go to www.manukau courier.co.nz to hear more on the Manukau welfare centre from manager Jo Wyeth.
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