Ngā Rauru Kītahi, Whanganui and Ngā Wairiki – Ngāti Apa have established the Putea Aroha Emergency Relief Fund for affiliated whānau who have been directly affected by the weekend’s flooding in terms of property damage and loss. Each Iwi is reporting significant numbers of affected whānau. In some cases whānau have lost all of their household possessions, with whānau members young and old left devastated. This fund is one of several measures being taken by Iwi groups to assist affected whānau, and Iwi leaders are calling on Iwi members to support this fund by making donations.
In Raetihi, Roberta from Kaimahi| Te Puawai o te Ahi Kaa is looking for any unwanted, good condition used clothing for all ages for whanau who have been affected by the floods in Whanganui, the Awa and surrounding areas.
"If you do, we here at Te Puawai o te Ahi Kaa are more than happy to take them off your hands. You can drop off at our Tari Mon-Fri between 9am and 12pm. Pass this message on to others you think may have unwanted, good used clothing to give away. We’ll be collecting clothing here at our tari over the next two weeks."
She can be contacted on 385 4732 (tari) or 021 400 284 (mahi)
Whanganui spokesman John Maihi said that “we have Iwi members living in other centres around New Zealand and abroad who are looking at ways that they can contribute to support their relatives who have been affected by the floods. This fund will serve as a simple way for those who otherwise are not in a position to help, to make a contribution that will directly assist whānau in need.” Each Iwi has made a significant contribution to getting the collective fund started. According to the chair of Te Kāhui o Rauru, Te Pahunga Davis, “this collaborative approach recognises the fact that many of our Ngā Rauru whānau are also Whanganui and Ngā Wairiki – Ngāti Apa, so a collective approach to funding much needed emergency relief simply makes sense for the three Iwi involved.”
The fund will be administered by Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority, who will assess calls for assistance on a case by case basis, but in accordance with agreed criteria for allocation that ensures fairness.
Ngā Wairiki – Ngāti Apa spokesperson, Pahia Turia, stated that “Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority is a large Māori service provider which is run by Ngā Wairiki – Ngāti Apa, Whanganui and Ngā Rauru and has capacity to administer these funds to our whānau at no cost to the fund. Their experience in managing finances and working with our whānau make them the ideal organisation to work with our affected whānau in administering this fund.” Te Oranganui is also launching a koha centre, where whānau can donate household goods that will then be available for whānau affected by the floods.
For those Iwi members wishing to contribute to the Fund, the account is with BNZ Whanganui, and is named the Putea Aroha Emergency Relief Fund. The bank account number is 02-0792-0096513-00
For general enquiries or assistance with making donations please phone Romaine or Pep at Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority on 06 3490007 or 0800 220140