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World + 9 others
Small yet strong: voices from Oceania on the environment


About this report

This report draws from interviews carried out with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand partners and networks between March and August 2014. We approached groups with these key questions:

What are the environmental issues you are experiencing in your work and community?

What responses are people making?

What solutions do you think should be made?

What else do you want to tell us about environmental impacts affecting people in your community?

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New Zealand + 1 other
Helping Burmese Refugees Start New Lives in New Zealand



Sparsely populated New Zealand could be said to be punching above its wait in terms of Burmese refugee intake. About 2,000 Burmese, largely coming from refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border, now live in the island nation of 4.4 million people.

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Tuvalu + 1 other
Tuvalu climate family granted New Zealand residency on appeal

A family from Tuvalu have been granted New Zealand residency after claiming they would be affected by climate change if they returned home.

It is the first successful application for residency on humanitarian grounds when climate change has been a factor.

Environmental law expert Vernon Rive, of Auckland University of Technology, says climate change was one of several factors the Immigration and Protection Tribunal took into account.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:


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World + 7 others
Ten-Year Review on Progress Towards and Contributions Made by the Pacific Region to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) from 2005-2015

Executive Summary

The purpose of this report is to appraise changes in disaster risk management (DRM) behaviour that have occurred in the Pacific Region since the adoption of the HFA in 2005, focusing on the overall progress towards achieving the three Strategic Goals and Five Priorities for Action outlined in the HFA. The report identifies the principal enabling factors behind the major achievements in DRM in the Region since 2005, as well as gaps in progress and the principal impediments in the Region to DRM.

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New Zealand + 10 others
“Then came reality”: lived experiences of refugee youth in their first 12 months in New Zealand

In 2012 New Zealand Red Cross Refugee services reviewed Its framework and services for resettlement of refugee youth ages 12-24. Information was gathered in focus groups or interviews with 76 people including youth, parents, Red Cross Refugee services’ staff and representatives of community groups and government agencies. The Review confirmed staff concerns and Informal feedback from youth and Refugee-background communities that experiences of resettling in New Zealand did not always meet the youths’ and their parents’ hopes and expectations for life In their new country.

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The Refugee Health and Wellbeing Project: Changes in knowledge, attitude and practice of participants in the health and wellbeing programme, November 2013


New Zealand Red Cross Refugee Services is urging New Zealand’s health agencies to plan, advocate for and address the health needs of former refugees.

To mark World Refugee Day New Zealand Red Cross has released two reports on the health and wellbeing of former refugees and on refugee youth experiences. Both will be launched at an event at Parliament tomorrow, Thursday, 19 June.

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World + 21 others
Declaration : Sixieme session de la Plateforme oceanienne pour la gestion des risques de catastrophe ; La voie a suivre, vers un developpement resilient aux risques climatiques et aux catastrophes dans le Pacifique, 2 - 4 juin, Suva (Fidji)

NOUS, représentants des États et Territoires insulaires océaniens1 , du Timor-Leste, des organisations de la société civile, des organisations régionales et des partenaires du développement présents à la sixième session de la Plateforme océanienne pour la gestion des risques de catastrophe, tenue à Suva (Fidji), du 2 au 4 juin 2014 ;

CONSCIENTS des défis à relever pour renforcer la résilience aux risques climatiques et aux catastrophes en Océanie, tout en inscrivant la région dans une logique de développement durable ;

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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World + 21 others
Meeting Statement: Sixth Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management; The Way Forward: Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific, 2-4 June 2014, Suva, Fiji

WE, the representatives of Pacific Island Countries and Territories , Timor Leste, civil society organisations, regional organisations and development partners attending the Sixth Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management in Suva, 2-4 June 2014;

MINDFUL, of the challenge of strengthening the climate and disaster resilience of the Pacific islands region in the context of sustainable development;

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Tonga + 1 other
New Zealand commits $5 million to rebuild schools in Cyclone-torn Ha’apai

06 June 2014 In visiting the Government Primary School of Nuku’alofa this afternoon, the New Zealand Prime Minister made the announcement that New Zealand will contribute $5 million to rebuild schools in the Ha’apai Groups, following the devastating Tropical Cyclone Ian in January.

“The funding will be used to reconstruct classrooms and staff quarters, and replaces school equipment across the island group by 2016.

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Drop, Cover, Hold … Live

By Andy McElroy

SUVA, 3 June 2014 – Not one child died at a school or kindergarten during the Christchurch earthquake of February 2011. It was one of the few bright spots from the major disaster that hit New Zealand’s principal city of its South Island.

That remarkable statistic was also a resounding endorsement of the country’s efforts to teach its children to ‘Drop, Cover & Hold’ during earthquake.

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Solomon Islands + 2 others
SPC assists flood relief efforts in Solomon Islands

Thousands of Solomon Islanders are still suffering the effects of the severe floods that struck in early April, resulting in loss of life and destroying homes and crops. The Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office is helping families to clean up and replant while they continue to receive food supplies from the Government and various agencies. These arrangements will remain in place until families are able to harvest their first crops.

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World + 13 others
Risk governance and financing key to HFA2

BEIJING, 13 May 2014 – China has signaled its support for stronger international cooperation to prevent and reduce the impact of disasters as momentum builds to develop the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Deputy Minister of Civil Affairs in China, Ms. Jiang Li, welcomed 300 disaster policymakers, experts and managers to the 5th National Forum on Comprehensive Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development, in Beijing, which highlighted the need to strengthen integrated governance and international financing mechanisms for disaster risk reduction.

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Indonesia + 6 others
Boat people arrivals continue

The number of boat people entering Indonesia is continuing to rise every year. The continuing flow arrives in the immense South-East Asian archipelago as a gateway toward their final destination, Australia’s coasts, despite the harsh policies adopted in regard at the end of last year by Canberra.

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Samoa + 2 others
Tsunami workshop aims to improve early warning and preparedness

11 April 2014: Apia Samoa. In February 2011, the Christchurch Earthquake that resulted in the deaths of 185 people and losses estimated at up to NZD 40 billion was followed just 11 days later by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami that brought tremendous losses to the people of Japan. In 2009, an earthquake of magnitude 8.1 resulted in a tsunami that caused the loss of 189 lives in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
NZ health and engineering support to Solomons

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced New Zealand will send health personnel and a Bailey bridge to Solomon Islands to assist with the response to flooding.

“The main hospital in Honiara is stretched after the recent flooding and there is a very serious risk of waterborne disease spreading around the capital,” Mr McCully says.

“We will be deploying two New Zealand health teams, on separate rotations, to assist the local authorities. The teams will consist of up to ten people, including; emergency management doctors and nurses, logisticians and support staff.

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
Further NZ aid flight to Solomons

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman have announced a second New Zealand Defence Force C-130 flight will be made to the Solomon Islands.

“Assessments on the ground have reinforced the need for a further C-130 flight to transport additional supplies to help support the relief effort after the severe flooding on Guadalcanal,” Mr McCully says.

“The C-130 will carry additional relief supplies and technical experts to assist with relief and recovery work being carried out by the Solomon Islands Government.”

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Further assistance following Solomons floods

Murray McCully

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced New Zealand will provide a further $1.2 million to help Solomon Islands following severe flooding.

“The additional funding will be used to provide relief supplies, and help restore health, water and sanitation systems. It is now clear that these are areas of critical need,” Mr McCully says.

“Funding will also be available to New Zealand non-government organisations to support on-going relief and early recovery efforts in Solomon Islands.

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Solomon Islands + 2 others
Death toll rises to 23 in Solomons floods

04/08/2014 08:08 GMT

HONIARA, April 8, 2014 (AFP) - The death toll from flash floods in the Solomon Islands climbed to 23 on Tuesday, officials said, as aid agencies scrambled to distribute supplies to thousands left homeless by the disaster.

Health kits were being handed out to 10,000 people sheltering in evacuation centres in the capital Honiara in a bid to prevent disease outbreaks, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

Agence France-Presse:

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
New Zealand sending aid flight to Solomons

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has announced further support for the response to severe flooding in Solomon Islands.

“Our thoughts are with the people of Solomon Islands as they come to terms with the loss of life and damage caused by the flooding,” Mr McCully says.

“There are now 21 confirmed deaths and significant numbers of displaced persons in evacuation centres across Honiara.