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Relief Assistance for Fiji on its way from Auckland, New Zealand

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Fiji Honorary Consul Mr. Harish Lodhia (left) and Mr. Jagdish Punja help fill one of two containers that Fijians and friends of Fiji are filling with relief items for flood-affected families in Fiji.

Flood-affected victims in the Western Division will soon be receiving assistance from Fijians and friends of Fiji in New Zealand.

Our Honorary Consul in Auckland, Mr. Harish Lodhia has mobilised disaster relief assistance that is being stored in two twenty feet containers currently on their way to Fiji from Auckland.

“The assistance from the New Zealand community and our volunteers in Auckland has been amazing and it looks like we will sending more than two containers of relief items to Fiji,” said Mr. Lodhia.

The relief efforts combine the efforts and sponsorship of Neptune Shipping, the Fiji Senior Citizen Group and Friends Reaching Out, a humanitarian group dedicated to alleviating the plight of last month’s flood-affected victims in Fiji.

Auckland businessman Jagdish Punja has also been helping with the coordination of the relief efforts and assisted the volunteers in filling up the two containers.

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Auckland volunteers stand beside one of the twenty feet containers destined for flood affected areas in the Western Division, Fiji

 

The Fiji High Commission in Wellington is promoting the relief effort on its social media platforms and mailing list. It is also using its contacts with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Suva to lobby for customs duty waivers for the humanitarian assistance coming from New Zealand.

The first container has new and second-hand clean clothing and some new plastic tubs and buckets.

 

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Fiji Honorary Consul Mr. Harish Lodhia (left) and Mr. Jagdish Punja help fill one of two containers that Fijians and friends of Fiji are filling with relief items for flood-affected families in Fiji.

 

The second container has assorted non-perishable packaged food items like flour, canned baked beans, cooking oils, bottled drinking water, rice and other items.

Much of the assistance is targeted towards affected families in Ba.


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Several members of Public Accounts Committee of the Fijian Parliament visiting Wellington this week took advantage of a visit to the Wellington City Council’s Southern Landfill yesterday to glean a few ideas for waste management in Fiji. This included the Hon. Alexander O’Connor, Assistant Minister for Health, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, Opposition parliamentarian and Ms. Priya Chand, Parliamentary Secretary who were accompanied by the Fiji High Commission New Zealand staff.

The Southern landfill is an impressive setup particularly as it focuses on recycling and minimising the damage to the environment at the landfill.

 

Other remarkable features of the landfill were its gas collection, electricity regeneration, green waste mulching and water table management. The Hon. O’Connor, an engineer by profession, was particularly impressed and intends to develop a few ideas for the Fijian Government to consider.

 

The PAC members were invited to attend the Pacific PAC training seminar in Wellington facilitated by UNDP from the 12th to the 13th December.

The PAC members, including Deputy Chair, Hon. Mohammed Dean, MP, were hosted to afternoon tea at the Fiji Chancery.  It was an opportunity for the Parliamentarians to meet the Locally Engaged Staff at the Mission and also update the staff on the work and concerns of the Public Accounts Committee.

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