cyclone pam

Whaleoil Ground Crew report from Vanuatu after cyclone Pam

Guest article.

My wife and I have just returned from a week in Vanuatu ?

I never want to see another washed-up ?churnalist? write about Poverty in New Zealand.

Flying into Bauerfield airport in Port Vila, it was immediately noticeable how many shacks and buildings had been severely hammered during cyclone Pam. Trees could be seen snapped in half with debris scattered everywhere. We were met by the familiar ?wall? of heat & humidity at the door of the plane, despite all of the apparent destruction, it was reassuring to know some things don?t change I thought. Walking across the apron to the terminal building I was amazed at tower lights that were twisted & snapped off, they were just pushed out of the way for now. The terminal had windows boarded up and guttering missing.

Once through the usual process of border control & customs checks ? ?Island Style?? we found our transport to our booked accommodation, and thankfully again found comfort in an air-conditioned bus. On setting off, I could not believe a Billboard, (same style as we see in any big town here in NZ) bent over almost horizontal, apparently there are un-official reports that the wind got up to 425kph. The roads are stuffed, giant potholes everywhere, I am sure some of them could have accommodated a Toyota Prius or two, they were honestly that big. Vehicles in Vanuatu drive on the right hand side of the road although due to the state of the roads you would never know, drivers weave all over the road attempting to find passage past the worst of the canyons. Read more »

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How to raise more than $100M for Vanuatu in three easy steps #cyclonepam

Ok so I’ve come up with a few ideas to help Vanuatu.

We can easily find more than $100 million in by just doing three easy things.

1. Stop the Flag Referendum – $25 million

2. Don’t upgrade Northland bridges – $32 million -?$69 million

3. Tell Team NZ the party is over – $35 million ? Read more »

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Should we fund Team New Zealand, or would the money be better used in Vanuatu? #cyclonepam

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The Volvo Ocean got postponed because of Cyclone Pam.

Vanuatu got devastated because of Cyclone Pam.

Team New Zealand wants $35 million to fund a yacht race for millionaires.

Does Team NZ really need that money or do the impoverished and homeless people of Vanuatu need it more.

I say we tell Team NZ that their state funded fun and games are over, we have more pressing need for the funds.

We don’t need a new flag, Northland doesn’t need new bridges and Team New Zealand can get stuffed.

Look at that, we just raised more than $100 million for Vanuatu with some sensible costs prioritisation. Read more »

Should Northland get new bridges…or should we give the money to help the people of Vanuatu? #cyclonepam

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Forget Northland, forget our so-called child poverty issue, and forget a referendum to change flag no one wants changed…the people of Vanuatu are in desperate need.

It is reported that?National has promised to upgrade 10 one way?bridges in Northland for between?$32 million and $69 million

The National Party has promised to upgrade 10 one-way bridges in Northland as part of its byelection campaign which polls indicate will be a close-run race between National’s Mark Osborne and NZ First leader Winston Peters.

Mr Osborne and Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced the six-year programme to upgrade the bridges at Kaeo’s one-way bridge this morning.It is expected to cost between $32 million and $69 million.

Vanuatu has been smashed by Cyclone Pam, what little they did have is now spread all over the Pacific.

Cyclone Pam is one of the worst storms to have ever hit a populated area and the devastion will take years to recover.

Does Northland really need their one way bridges upgraded, or would those funds be better spent aiding our Pacific neighbours in their time of need? ? Read more »

Should John Key get a new flag…or help the people of Vanuatu? #cyclonepam

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Forget Northland, forget our so-called child poverty issue, and forget a referendum to change flag no one wants changed…the people of Vanuatu are in desperate need.

It is reported that the flag referendum and subsequent change would cost something in the region of $35 million.

Vanuatu has been smashed by Cyclone Pam, what little they did have is now spread all over the Pacific.

Cyclone Pam is one of the worst storms to have ever hit a populated area and the devastation will take years to recover.

Does John Key really need a new flag, or would the money be better spent aiding our Pacific neighbours in their time of need? ? Read more »

Get ready for cyclone Pam

 

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Cyclone Pam has been upgraded to the strongest storm category possible as it batters New Zealand’s neighbours and heads south.

Northeastern parts of New Zealand were advised to brace for destructive weather in days ahead as a result of Pam.

Pam has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm this morning.

People in and around Gisborne, the East Cape and Hawke’s Bay should keep an especially close eye on weather forecasts as Pam approached.

It is expected to lose some of its bite by the time it gets to us, but this would be a good time to secure all garden furniture, pop the BBQ in the garage and tidy up all the loose bits and pieces around the home. ? Read more »

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