Central Leader : February 25th 2011
3 CENTRAL LEADER, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 NEWS CLEARANCE DEPOT while stocks last Hours: Mon-Fri 9am - 3pm, Sat 10am - 3pm Mobile draw units from $15 Office Chairs from $20 Filing Cabinets from $25 Huge variety of Office & Household items new & used at HEAVILY DISCOUNTED PRICES!! 641 Rosebank Rd, Avondale PH 815 1589 (at the end of 637 driveway) NTACT P:0963 E Text AL "Alexan Checkusout WWW ALEX WOF $20 OIL + FILTERfrom$60 • All Mechanical Repair • Exhaust Welding • Electrical • New & Used Tyres 66A Stoddard Road, Mt Roskill Ph: 09 620 6555 (opposite to Moshims Plaza) Mon-Fri: 8.30am-5pm Sat: 9am-2pm 66AStodda rdRo ad MtRo sk Tesnem Ltd CHRISTCHURCH QUAKE: HOW AUCKLANDERS CAN DO THEIR PART TO HELP More help on the way Give generously: Auckland University students have launched an appeal to help victims in Christchurch after the earthquake which struck on Tuesday. From left: Soraiya Daud, Tyler Bellingham, Hannah Buddle, Bronwyn Presland, Sam Durbin and student president Joe McCrory. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By RHIANNON HORRELL HOW TO DONATE & HELP LINES Ring the Red Cross person inquiry line on 0800-733-276 or the Government help line on 0800-779-997. Donations can be made at any ASB branch or via online banking. An account has also been opened to receive donations: 12-3205-0146808-00. To donate via the Auckland University Students' Appeal ring 309-0789 or make a donation in person around the student union building at the university. Donations can be made to the United Way NZ Earthquake Fund, through the account 12-3067-0187344-00. Concerts are also being planned via Facebook with more than 9000 people signed up to head along. If you wish to offer temporary accommodation for Christchurch residents call 0800-282-552 or visit www.aucklandnz.com/index.php/content---B/ ?L1=36&L2=27&L3=&id=6160 to register. AUCKLANDERS from all walks of life are banding together to provide aid to those in Christchurch after the devastating 6.3 magni- tude earthquake earlier this week. Messages of love and sup- port have been flowing to the city and Auckland emerg- ency services personnel have been sent in to help. It is estimated at least 75 people have lost their lives and hundreds are missing. Aid, assistance and fundraising have come from all directions as organis- ations figure out what is needed. Superintendent Brett England of Auckland central police says eight victim identification staff are now in Christchurch after contin- gency plans were put in place on Tuesday afternoon. A further 80 staff are on standby. Mt Albert community con- stable and search and rescue team member Darren Calkin arrived in Christchurch on Wednesday morning to help. I have no idea what s ahead. I m assisting the national team. Extra pressure has also been put on the St John Ambulance service as call centres in Auckland cope with high volumes. Communications manager Linda Donaldson says a clinical person has been based at the centre to assist with calls. She says resources have been pulled together swiftly. We have 36 vehicles in Christchurch, we are coordinating 14 helicopters that are there or on their way there and six fixed wing aircraft will be there. Supermarket giant Foodstuffs will also help by organising food for St John staff. Emma Wooster of Foodstuffs Auckland says the company is figuring out how to best help those in need. Auckland University students have launched an appeal to help quake victims and student association member Sam Durbin says the mood has been over- whelmingly supportive. People have chased us down because they re so keen to donate. Hillsborough resident Andy Coombs was in Christ- church last year when the first quake struck and hasn t slept much since the events of Tuesday. There couldn t be more difference between the two quakes. The first one was sad but it could ve been so much worse and that s what makes this one really unfair. It s insane. Christchurch resident Jaine Victoria has been stay- ing in Mt Roskill and is relieved her family is okay. My sister was at a school camp so it took longer to get hold of her. A personal reflection of the earthquake: www.central leader.co.nz Goff witnesses devastating force of nature By SCOTT MORGAN A visit to Christchurch for a conference quickly turned into a heart-wrenching trip for Labour leader Phil Goff. The Mt Roskill MP was waiting at the airport for his flight back to Auckland on Tuesday afternoon when the devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the city. I was confident in the building I was in because it was the airport, but the 15 to 20 seconds felt like 20 minutes. It s the most violent earthquake I have ever experienced. I was thinking, How the hell are the people going to get through this time ? Following the quake, Mr Goff hitched a ride on a stranger s van to city centre. It was a long ride -- the aftershocks meant the car was rocking and rolling. There I was dressed in a suit and tie fresh from a con- ference walking through liquefaction. On his way to meet police and civil defence staff, Mr Goff saw some tragic scenes. There were the two buses that were smashed by falling masonry. Mr Goff also saw the body of a young woman hauled out of a destroyed building. But he also recalls a heart- warming situation where a young man was able to con- tact his fiancee trapped in the rubble via text message. Mr Goff has been touring welfare centres and says Cantabrians are mucking in to help each other. Meanwhile, the Auckland Council has also mobilised. Game sales profits go towards relief efforts Sport fans are encouraged to get along to Albany s North Harbour Stadium tomorrow night and support relief efforts in the wake of Tuesday s earthquake. The Vodafone Warriors will play the Manly Sea Eagles at 6pm and all profits generated through gate sales will go to relief efforts in the South Island. Red Cross volunteers will be collecting donations. Mad Butcher and Sub- urban Newspapers Com- munity Trust chairman Sir Peter Leitch and his wife Lady Janice have kicked off appeal efforts with a $20,000 cheque. Both urge Aucklanders to dig deep during the game and its 4pm curtainraiser featuring the Vodafone Jun- ior Warriors and the Auck- land Vulcans. Donations can also be made direct to the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal online at www.redcross.org.nz. Gates to Saturday s match open at 3.30pm and tickets can be bought at Ticketek, North Harbour Stadium and selected Mad Butcher stores.
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