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Archive for February, 2016

Fiji Mission One of NZDF’s Largest Peacetime Deployments

Press Release – New Zealand Defence Force

Close to 500 combat engineers, soldiers, sailors and aircrew have now been deployed for the humanitarian aid operation in cyclone-ravaged Fiji, making it one of the New Zealand Defence Forces (NZDF) largest peacetime deployments to the Pacific. Read more »

Evacuation centres following Cyclone Winston in Fiji

Press Release – UNICEF

UNICEF: Up to 7.2% (62,400) of Fiji’s population estimated to be in evacuation centres following Cyclone Winston Donate: or text FIJI to 2923 to make a $3 donation More than a week has passed since Tropical Cyclone Winston ripped … Read more »

Sunergise to power Fiji rebuild

Press Release – PledgeMe

Sunergise, the kiwi company bringing solar power to the Pacific, has launched a project crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMe to reconnect thousands of Fijian homes with emergency solar power packs. Read more »

An Undaunting Prospect

Press Release – Rotary New Zealand

The reality is Cyclone Winston will most likely, in time, be recorded as the worst Pacific Disaster ever in terms of property loss and loss of livelihoods. Direct contact with Rotary and other NGOs in Fiji would confirm this. Cyclone Winston has been … Read more »

Zane Schweitzer Joins the Ultimate Waterman 2016

Press Release – Ultimate Waterman

Hawaiian Zane Schweitzer will contest the 2016 The Ultimate Waterman title in New Zealand next month, replacing Australian Jamie Mitchell who is injured it was announced today. Zane is a born waterman who has earned a swag of international titles. He … Read more »

McCully to visit Fiji post Winston

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will visit Fiji today to discuss the response to Tropical Cyclone Winston with the Fiji Government and look at how New Zealand can support recovery efforts. Read more »

HMNZS Canterbury’s departure for Fiji welcomed

Press Release – New Zealand Government

HMNZS Canterburys departure for Fiji welcomed Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has welcomed todays departure of the main New Zealand Defence Force contingent on the HMNZS Canterbury for Fiji with relief supplies, Army engineers and helicopters. … Read more »

ADB, New Zealand Help Boost Education Services in Ha’apai

Press Release – ADB

HAAPAI, TONGA (26 February, 2016) The Prime Minister of Tonga, Akilisi Phiva, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice President, Stephen P. Groff, and New Zealand High Commissioner to Tonga, Sarah Walsh, today participated in an opening ceremony … Read more »

Community Science Project Fund Extended for 2016

Press Release – COMET Auckland

COMET Auckland and The Auckland STEM Alliance are pleased to announce that the Participatory Science Platform: South Auckland pilot (known locally as SouthSci), is open again in 2016: and accepting applications for projects until the 3rd June. Read more »

Speech by New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters

Speech – New Zealand Government

Stop Flim Flamming Country Folks You could be forgiven for feeling at times that you live in a country which is of two parts with one dominating, and the remainder being left far behind. Most New Zealanders in provincial New Zealand would agree … Read more »

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