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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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Solomon Islands + 1 other
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.

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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.

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
NZ to help flood-hit Solomons

Flash flooding in Solomon Islands has killed eight people and swept away hundreds of houses and businesses after three days of continuous rain. New Zealand's Murray McCully says the Government will contribute $300,000 to support the Pacific nation.

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Philippines + 1 other
NZ supports Philippines farmers’ recovery from Typhoon

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that New Zealand will provide $2.5 million to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to help farmers in the Philippines recover from Typhoon Haiyan.

“Typhoon Haiyan was one of the most devastating storms in recent history and it is estimated that almost 6 million workers’ livelihoods were destroyed, lost or disrupted,” Ms Kaye says.

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World + 1 other
New Zealand aims high for Pacific Islands with SPC

New Zealand today strongly reaffirms the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) as a key partner in providing high level scientific and technical services to help Pacific Islands address key development challenges. H.E. Linda Te Puni, New Zealand Consul General in New Caledonia, and Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), signed a new grant funding agreement totaling NZD 13.89 million over the period 2014 to 2016.

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Marshall Islands + 13 others
Pacific Regional Office Development Operational Report Quarter 3 & 4 2013 (MAA55001)

Key Accomplishments:

o The adoption of the Marshall Island Red Cross Act by parliament heralded the formation of a new Red Cross National Society.

o With the establishment of a sub-regional office in the northern Pacific, the regional office is now better placed to provide closer more tailored support to national societies in Palau, FSM and RMI.

o Completion of the Pacific Governance Enhancement Programme formative evaluation and endorsement from all Pacific members to continue the programme.

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Sri Lanka + 2 others
Sri Lanka arrests New Zealand-bound boat people

02/12/2014 12:12 GMT

COLOMBO, February 12, 2014 (AFP) - Sri Lankan police said Wednesday they had arrested 75 would-be asylum-seekers trying to leave for New Zealand illegally, including nine women, six children, and a suspected former Tamil Tiger guerrilla.

The group was arrested in the southern coastal town of Moragolla.

It was the first large-scale arrest of nationals in months after Australia, long a favourite destination for Sri Lanka's refugees, tightened its borders.

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Philippines + 3 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 28 January- 3 February 2014

Heavy rainfall in Southern Philippines has caused floods and landslides, displacing thousands. Elsewhere, the Government of Tonga is putting in place a response plan to deal with effects of Cyclone Ian

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Samoa + 9 others
Saving lives Changing minds : #7 Aug 2013 - Jan 2014

A message from the International Federation Dear partners,

Welcome to the 7th external edition of Saving Lives Changing Minds. In this edition you will read about the work of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (the Movement) in the Pacific over the last six months – from disaster response to water and sanitation, first aid, community health and the empowerment of young women.

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Tonga + 1 other
Further support for Tropical Cyclone Ian recovery

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced an additional $370,000 for cyclone recovery efforts in Tonga, including the provision of six technicians to help repair the electricity network.

New Zealand will provide a frontend loader and tractors to clear debris-covered land on the islands of Ha’apai, hand tools for the less assessable islands, and assist with the rebuild of the Tongan Government nursery.

“Crops were severely damaged in the cyclone and quick replanting is essential to prevent food shortages and promote trade,” Mr McCully says.

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NZ provides further support to cyclone-hit Tonga

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced New Zealand is providing a further $1.4 million to help Tonga recover from Tropical Cyclone Ian.

“Following a request from the Tongan Government, New Zealand will provide equipment and materials to help restore the electricity network on the affected islands of Ha’apai. We have also made an offer to provide New Zealand-based technicians, if needed,” Mr McCully says.

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Tonga + 3 others
Government acknowledges Development Partners assistance during Cyclone Ian response and recovery process

20 January 2014 - The Government of Tonga’s Committee for the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) has been conducting regular dialogues with the Development Partners and the media ever since the Cyclone Ian became an imminent threat to the Ha’apai Group.

Heads of Missions and Government officials from the Australian and New Zealand Government in Tonga have been providing immediate support to the Government’s Committee, chaired by The Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Samiu Vaipulu, throughout the situation and emergency response process.

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Tonga + 4 others
Cyclone June takes aim at New Caledonia, New Zealand

01/18/2014 00:36 GMT

WELLINGTON, January 18, 2014 (AFP) - A fresh tropical cyclone has formed in the Pacific region and was gathering strength as it headed south towards New Caledonia and New Zealand, forecasters said Saturday.

A warning has gone out to all shipping in the path of Cyclone June to expect heavy swells and gale force winds.

June, which formed in the Coral Sea near the Solomon Islands as a category one cyclone, was expected to have intensified to category two before hitting Norfolk Island, between New Caledonia and New Zealand, on Sunday.

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More NZ support for Syrian refugees

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced New Zealand will provide a further $5 million to help those displaced by the conflict in Syria.

An estimated 2.3 million refugees have now fled the conflict in Syria and a further 6.5 million are displaced within the country. The number of refugees is expected to grow to 4.1 million by the end of 2014, including 2 million children.

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Tonga + 1 other
More NZ assistance to cyclone-hit Tonga

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced New Zealand is providing further assistance to Tonga in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Ian.

“Following a request from the Tonga Government, New Zealand will supply 300 emergency shelter kits, which can provide interim shelter to over 2000 people, and assist the New Zealand and Tongan Red Cross with the provision of clean water on the islands of Ha’apai,” Mr McCully says.

“We will also make a further $300,000 available to New Zealand non-government organisations working with partners on the ground.

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Tonga + 1 other
OCHA Flash Update - Tonga | Tropical Cyclone Ian, 12 January 2014

This is the fourth OCHA Flash Update on Severe Tropical Cyclone Ian in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Tropical Cyclone Ian has left Tongan waters and all warnings and alerts have been cancelled.

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