Fiji Floods 2012

Rotary New Zealand has once again been asked for support to assist the communities particularly on the western side of the main island of Viti Levu who are feeling the effects of the second major flood in eight weeks.

Spokesperson Stuart Batty says, “It appears this time the Fiji people were caught unaware of the torrential rain that is still falling. The devastation is far worse due to the fact that the water table remains high from the big flood in January and heavy rains since."

Working through the Disaster Management Committee (the Fiji equivalent of Civil Defence) Rotary is on the ground delivering food and emergency response kits to rescue centres and communities where the level of flooding allows access. Funds to enable Rotary to deliver food parcels has been sent to Fiji. Last year after consultation with and financial support from the New Zealand Government, Rotary New Zealand prepositioned Emergency Response Kits in Suva and Lautoka. As with the January flood, this initiative allows Rotary to be a  first agency on the ground to deliver immediate help.
Rotary is receiving support from Budget Rentals who are providing 4 wheel drive vehicles to access the flooded roads. The Vodafone Foundation is also assisting with food parcels. The first delivery of 250 food parcels and emergency response kits were being delivered as soon as access roads opened. Rotary New Zealand has reopened their public appeal for funds to respond to this disaster.

Donations would be appreciated to the Rotary New Zealand 2012 Fiji Flood Appeal via:
  • Rotary New Zealand World Community Service (RNZWCS) Website: where there is a PayPal credit card facility.
  • Internet banking telegraphic transfer to Westpac Banking Corporation, Wellington, NZ account number 03 1702 0192208 02 (international donors will also require Swift Code WPACNZ2W, IBAN Code 031702) for account name RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand), and include reference Fiji Flood , and/or donor name and club.
  • Cheque made payable to RNZWCS Limited posted to P.O. Box 20309, Christchurch 8543, New Zealand
Donations are tax deductible within NZ.  
Arrangements are being made for tax deductibility in Australia.
(Photos taken following January Flood)

PDG Stuart J Batty
RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand)
P.O. Box 20309
Christchurch 8543
New Zealand
Ph/Fax: +64 3 3599218
Mobile phone: +64 027 2695615
Lindsay Jolley
Rotary Club of Bright
Chair District Disaster Recovery Committee
(H) (03) 5759 2763
(M) 0416 192 032