- No change in official death toll of 22 Nov (164) despite media reports of over 250.
- Oro province virtually cut off, with the only access being sea-borne or helicopters. Heavy winds continue and weather remains unpredictable.
- Assessments becoming available but more qualitative than quantitative. They are however sufficient to confirm approx 10,000 known IDPs (with entire villages being hosted by neighbouring villages).
New Zealand is to make a $1 million contribution towards an international emergency appeal aimed at providing basic humanitarian assistance to Palestinian refugees, Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today.
The announcement was made following a meeting between Helen Clark and Karen Koning AbuZayd, the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
"Since the beginning of 2006, political, economic and social conditions have sharply deteriorated for Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Defence Minister Phil Goff announced today that six Royal New Zealand Navy medical personnel joined a United States Navy led humanitarian mission in the Pacific this weekend.
"Pacific Partnership 2007 is a four month long, United States-led humanitarian assistance and civic action mission to countries throughout South East Asia and the South Pacific", Mr Goff said.
New Zealand will contribute $800,000 to the Afghanistan National Solidarity programme to help improve health, education and agricultural livelihoods in Bamyan Province, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.
"Ongoing conflict, political instability, and severe periods of drought have caused extreme poverty in Afghanistan, especially in rural communities in provinces such as Bamyan," Mr Peters said.
"However with the New Zealand Defence Force's Provincial Reconstruction Team having created a secure environment in Bamyan, the government's overseas …
New Zealand has pledged $1.4 million to assist people worst affected by ongoing conflict in Somalia and Iraq, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today.
Mr Peters said the government, through its aid agency NZAID, would provide a further $1 million to a recently established United Nations fund that supports immediate responses to reduce the impact of conflict and disaster.
"The situation in Iraq is fast becoming one of the most serious humanitarian crises of our time.
Dental services will soon be available at Bamyan Hospital in Afghanistan, due to the deployment of a five-man medical team from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) which joined the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (NZPRT) in Bamyan province almost two weeks ago.
The SAF are residing at the New Zealand base while they set up and train local staff to run a dental clinic designed to provide comprehensive dental health to the people of Bamyan.
The Singaporean personnel are experiencing the full extent of Kiwi hospitality with provision of logistics, specialist knowledge and …
Defence Minister Phil Goff, today praised the role of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), High Commission, NZAID and New Zealand NGO workers who are contributing to the emergency relief effort in the Solomons.
Mr Goff took the opportunity to accompany an Air Force C-130 Hercules flight delivering aid and NZDF personnel on a 24 hour visit to the Solomons on Easter Sunday and Monday.
"New Zealand has made an impressive and timely response to the relief effort here following last Monday's earthquake and tsunami," Mr Goff said.
"Two Air Force C-130 flights …
New Zealand is giving the World Food Programme $500,000 for emergency food aid in Timor Leste, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.
"New Zealand must do what it can to help prevent a serious humanitarian disaster from occurring," Mr Peters said.
"Timor Leste already has one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world, with over half the population suffering either chronic or acute malnutrition.
"It is suffering a severe drought, which is further compounding the problem of feeding several thousand families that were displaced by last year's …