Tagata Pasifika

The Pacific voice on
New Zealand television
since 1987

Tagata Pasifika

The Pacific voice on
New Zealand television
since 1987

Etu Pasifika Auckland respond to families’ needs following recent floods and Cyclone Gabrielle

Photo: Pacific Medical Association

Etu Pasifika Auckland have continued to respond to families’ needs through their Etu Rere Call Centre, following the impact of the recent floods and cyclone. They also continue to provide medical support to evacuation centres such as the Henderson Evacuation Centre, with a team of five recently sent to support evacuees from Muriwai.

As of Tuesday 14 February, the Etu Rere call centre received 380 family referrals, made up of 2,829 individuals. They have also delivered 910 support packages, and 42 families have been relocated.

Services Manager for Etu Pasifika Auckland, Mr Malae Koria, says they will maintain their support as families are still calling through for assistance.

“We continue to hear from families who have been impacted by the floods and the recent cyclone. People are calling in for themselves or on behalf of a family they know that is in need of help; responding to our families’ needs remains a priority for us.

We’re working closely with the Pasifika Futures urgent response team to ensure that we’re prompt in delivering support packages to those in need.”

Mr Koria says they have also been able to utilise their clinical staff to provide medical support at some of the evacuation centres. Over the course of two weeks, the clinical team was present to offer extra hands across evacuation centres in Kelston and Henderson.

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