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? ?

The people of Vanuatu are living in real poverty, and now their situation is even worse.

$32 million and $69 million?would go a long, long way to kick starting the recovery in Vanuatu.

What have we done so far?

Contributed a measly and pathetic $1 million.

The New Zealand government has announced an initial contribution of $1 million to assist Pacific nations hit by Cyclone Pam, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says.

“Funding includes $200,000 to respond to specific requests for assistance in Vanuatu, Fiji, Tuvalu and Solomon Islands, and $400,000 for NGOs in Vanuatu and Solomon Islands to replenish relief supplies.

“Commencing from tomorrow we will make a further assessment on how we can best assist our Pacific neighbours, as they assess their own needs over the coming days.”

“A RNZAF P3 Orion already in the region is currently conducting a damage assessment flight over Tuvalu, which was first struck by the Cyclone.”

Clean water, malaria and dengue fever are pressing issues that are going to get worse, and now add on cholera and dysentery that will likely afflict them now because of contaminated drinking water.

I’ve been to Vanuatu on an aid project and I know how little infrastructure and government systems are in place.

We don’t really need to upgrade those bridges,?we really need to help people in desperate need.

I think this calls for a petition, so I’ve started one.

We don’t need a new flag, and Northland doesn’t need new bridges, but Vanuatu needs lots of aid.

 

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