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Ten Containers Bound For Fiji

Containers have arrived in Auckland locations where people can donate items of need to be sent to help families in Fiji The president of the Fiji Community Association in Auckland,
02 Mar 2016 12:25
Ten Containers Bound For Fiji

Containers have arrived in Auckland locations where people can donate items of need to be sent to help families in Fiji

The president of the Fiji Community Association in Auckland, Nacanieli Yalimaiwai, said the Auckland Council Mayoral Pacific Disaster Fund would fund up to 10 containers to Fiji.

Mr Yalimaiwai said yesterday was the first day the containers had been at the locations, and people had been coming out in droves to fill them with much needed items.

“Non-perishable foods, tinned food, rice, flour, sugar, clothes, torches, solar powered lights, mosquito repellants, those are really family to family type of goods that we are focusing on.”

Mr Yalimaiwai said they were able to load about half a container full of goods onto the New Zealand HMNZS Navy frigate over the weekend, but could have done more if they had been given more notice by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

He said they are hoping the Navy frigate would have room for more containers on its next trip to Fiji, but will make their own shipping arrangements if not.

Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office will be receiving and distributing the items once sent over. The container collection points in Auckland are the City Impact Church in Mt Wellington and Church Unlimited in Glendene.

Mr Yalimaiwai said sending containers over on the government’s naval vessel was the easiest shipping option for them.

He said the Auckland Pacific community had been coming out in droves to container drop off points to give essential items for families in need in Fiji.

The Auckland Pacific Disaster Fund Committee has committed to funding up to 10 containers, and the group has secured clearance from the Fiji border control for this.

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