Eastern Courier : February 25th 2011
www.easterncourier.co.nz Friday, February 25, 2011 Four Amazing Road Trips Plus editorial including: Gardening tips, beating winter moisture, Easter Events, History of the NZ road trip and lots more business offers. Inserted inside next Wednesday's FEVER MAGAZINE 2011 Off the beaten track - Find some amazing discoveries. Help's on the way By EASTERN COURIER STAFF All ready to go: St John staff at Auckland airport get ready to board a flight to Christchurch on their way to assist with the earthquake rescue effort. Photo: FAIRFAX MEDIA EMERGENCY services from Counties Manukau have sprung into action to help res- cue and recovery efforts in quake-ravaged Christchurch. The catastrophic 6.3 earth- quake hit the city on Tuesday causing widespread destruc- tion and death. Middlemore Hospital has been inundated with offers from staff ready to drop everything and fly in to help. Police, Fire Service, and St John confirmed personnel from across the district had been sent to Christchurch and more would follow. Counties Manukau Fire Station assistant area com- mander Andy Clarkson says about 50 members of the Auckland Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces were deployed on Tuesday. Firefighters from Howick and Counties Manukau are among them alongside fellow fire service personal, medics, dog handlers, engineers, and logistics and support people. Mr Clarkson says they are completely self sufficient. I know they were all eager to get down there and get stuck in and do anything they can to help. Police spokesperson Ana- Mari Gates-Bowey says Counties Manukau sent a contingent of 30 officers, including two from the Howick Police Station, late on Tuesday. St John communications manager Linda Donaldson says 32 clinical staff and senior managers from across the Auckland region also made their way south on the day of the quake. More St John staff left Auckland airport Wednesday morning to offer relief cover to their colleagues in Christ- church. More than 50 nurses, medi- cal and other primary care staff at Middlemore Hospital had volunteered to help, acute care manager Dot McKeen says. We re balancing that with maintaining our services here and we may also be taking patients from Christchurch. An emergency operations centre has been set up at Middlemore as we do for any abnormal situation , Ms McKeen says. The Salvation Army has re- launched its Canterbury Earthquake Appeal. Its officers, staff and volunteers across the country are also ready to provide relief and support. All Saints Anglican Church in Howick will hold an open- door prayer vigil for Christ- church on Sunday from 4pm- 7pm in the main church on Selwyn Rd. We wish to offer a quiet space for all people,, Reve- rend Bruce Keeley says. Mayor urges Aucklanders to 'sit tight' and 'dig deep' By KAREN MANGNALL Standby Auckland -- this is just the start of the help we ll need to give Christchurch. That s the message from mayor Len Brown to the out- pouring of support from Aucklanders for quake- stricken Christchurch residents. He s urging Aucklanders to sit tight . Most of us know people or have families touched by this tragic earthquake. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected. The best help now is to donate money, Mr Brown says. Mr Brown s donated $10,000 to the quake appeal from the Mayoral Fund and is urging Aucklanders to dig deep . Aucklanders were very generous in September but the need this time around is much greater. By the end of Wednesday, Auckland had 100 council staff in Christchurch along with police and fire crews. This is just the begin- ning, Mr Brown says. Standby Auckland we may be asked for other forms of assistance over the coming days and weeks. An expert group of Auck- landers left for Christchurch at 8am on Wednesday to offer help and support to the Can- terbury earthquake recovery operation. The group that flew out of Whenuapai includes council building inspectors and civil defence staff. Auckland Civil Defence group controller Harry O Rourke says this is Auck- land s response to the call for help from the National Crisis Management Centre in Wel- lington. A second group left on Wednesday afternoon. What s important now is providing the much-needed support for shift changes and relieving the first wave of respondents, he says. HOW TO HELP You can donate to victims of the Christchurch earthquake at: The Salvation Army: Freephone 0800-530-000, online at www.salvation army.org.nz or post to The Salvation Army, PO Box 27001, Marion Square, Wellington, 6141. Mark correspondence ''Canter- bury Earthquake Appeal''. ANZ Bank account 01-1839-0188939-00. National Bank account 06-0869-0548507-00. The Auckland University Students Association is holding a street appeal outside the Student Union building to raise funds for the earthquake appeal.
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