Helping Pacific countries devastated by Cyclone Evan to rebuild is the aim of a new mayoral fund.
Mayor Len Brown says the fund will help with emergency preparedness and rebuilding in Samoa and Fiji.
"Auckland is a major Pacific city and it is appropriate that we help our Pacific communities to assist their communities in the islands," he says.
The mayor convened an emergency forum immediately after Cyclone Evan hit in December, drawing together council, government, church and community groups.
The groups discussed a co-ordinated response to cyclone damage in the two countries.
"This new fund will enable Auckland corporate and community sponsors to support preparedness across the Pacific.
"I hope we will raise sufficient funds over time to also assist in rebuild projects where appropriate."
The fund will be administered independently by the Auckland Communities Foundation.
Mr Brown has committed $10,000 to the cyclone response. Part of that donation was used to cover the land transport costs of three containers full of relief parcels to and from the port before they were shipped overseas courtesy of Reef Shipping.
For the next three months, all funds raised via the mayoral fund will be split evenly between long-term funding of preparedness for the Pacific and Cyclone Evan responses.
● Online payments can be made to ASB Bank account number 12-3028-0714703-000. Cheques can be sent directly to: Mayoral Fund for the Pacific, c/- Auckland Communities Foundation, PO Box 200-114 Papatoetoe Central, Auckland 2156. Include the references ACF - Pacific - and the donor's surname or organisation name when paying. A tax receipt can be provided by emailing info@ aucklandcf.org.nz and providing the above references and full name and address of donor.
Online donations can also be made via the Auckland Communities Foundation website aucklandcf.org.nz using PayPal.
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