Saturday, February 26, 2011

wee kittens and awesome Maori guy - more on Christchurch

While the death toll continues to rise in the Christchurch quake, news of random acts of kindness keep coming out of the disaster. Here are a few of my favourites.

Fisher and Paykel have set up a couple of free community laundries in some of the affected suburbs.

The Student Volunteer Army has mobilised 15,000 uni students to help with the clean up.

Some locals have rigged up aquifers, sharing artesian water to neighbours.

Throughout New Zealand (and even further a field) people are offering beds and free holiday houses for those wanting to escape Christchurch. The messages with these offers on Trade Me are delightful, many simply saying “let us look after you”. There’s a plethora of gay-friendly, autism-friendly, allergy-friendly and lesbian family-friendly accommodation throughout the country. One Cantabrian has a refuge for stranded turtles and birds. It strikes me the thought many people have put into what they can best offer, this one is my favourite:
“We are a small family with 2 wee kittens who would love to offer accommodation to an elderly person who would like somewhere to call home for a while. We have a room for you and a king single bed. We have 2 lovely kittens who would love to cuddle up in your lap or just enjoy a pat.”
I so LOVE my homeland!

Facebook has an adopt a Cantabrian page. From offering a friendly ear to custom-making softies for Christchurch kids.

There are many heroes in times of crisis, usually they are nameless. If you’ve seen some of the raw footage that came out shortly after the quake (I’m not linking it, seeing dead bodies can be traumatic) you may have noticed the incredibly strong bloke, lifting massive concrete blocks off a victim in the street. There’s now a facebook fan page to the awesome Maori Samoan guy, if he’s identified, can you let me know who he is. Now identified as Ashei Sopoaga. Got to say, in the midst of tragedy he took my breath away.

According to the New Zealand Herald as of this evening the statistics are:


145 confirmed dead
More than 200 missing
Nationals of more than 20 countries among the missing
329 people in welfare centres
About 120 patients moved to other NZ hospitals
About 180 aged-care residents moved out of Christchurch
About 1200 police in Christchurch, with 324 Australian officers sworn in yesterday
More than 600 search and rescue personnel including overseas teams
More than 1400 NZ Defence Force personnel working on the rescue effort


60 per cent of properties in CBD deemed safe, 17 per cent as safe to access and 20-25 per cent deemed unsafe.
More than 4000 checks carried out on residential properties

341 suburban properties deemed unsafe and evacuated

Power restored to more than 80 per cent of Christchurch

70 per cent of general practices up and running

62,500 people remain without water and 100,000 have no sewerage service.

Australians can donate to the Christchurch Earthquake Fund through our local Red Cross.

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Blogger Marshall Stacks said...

It's a terrible thing.
Bless Fisher & Paykel who also set up free laundries in Brisbane during the floods. I sat next to the CEO on a plane years ago and he was a lovely man.
The internet transcends all it's silliness and becomes terrific for people in crisis.

5:52 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

I didn't know F&P did the laundries in Qld too. Wonderful!

6:07 pm  
Blogger jo_blue said...

Thanks for the update. How wonderful to hear of so much good happening in the aftermath of this awful situation. I find the gay, lesbian, autism friendly thing amazing. It warms my heart to know of the effort people are putting in to make those who have not only been struck by this tragedy but feel different anyway, feel welcome. You can stand proud AOF.

7:15 pm  
Blogger librarygirl said...

I feel heartbroken for the people of Christchurch.
I can't imagine the trauma tthey must be experiencing.
So lovely to read of these kindnesses of people to strangers.

8:40 pm  
Blogger Melba said...

Thanks for the extra info AOF. I still haven't heard from my friends, am trying to think good things but a bit scared.

10:38 pm  
Blogger Zoe said...

From the facebook page you linked:

His name is AhSei Ace Sopoaga & he's a true humble guy who would do anything for anyone & He's a Samoan Hero!!

Hes my dad, im ace sopoaga junior and im real proud and so glad too see my dad helpng out like he always has, and thankful that he isnt hurt, i love you dad and i hope your okay down there in christchurch x

Such beauty in the midst of all that pain and fear


10:39 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Thanks Zoe, have linked the article about Ashei from NZ Stuff site. He really did "fling huge concrete blocks around like they were polystyrene". Ordinary heroes are the best!

Melba, hope you hear good news soon.

8:37 am  

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