Posted on 24 March 2021
How to send cash safely:
- Use the same banks and businesses that you use to send remittances to impacted families or church communities in the Pacific.
- If you still want to collect stuff, convert it into cash in New Zealand by selling it at a garage sale, then send or donate the cash.
- If you do want to donate to a charity, you can do so to one of the trusted organisations that make up the CID Humanitarian Network:
The most urgent need in times of crisis is money, not stuff. No other type of donation can match its impact.
The generosity of the New Zealanders following an emergency at home or in the Pacific is legendary. But we know from previous experience how disruptive goods sent by the public can be to a local emergency response.
After Tropical Cyclone Pam (2015) and Tropical Winston (2016) hundreds of containers filled with unrequested goods like teddy-bears, plastic bottles of water, perishable food and second-hand clothing, and even snow-skies were sent around the Pacific.
Much of it ended up in Pacific landfills. Local businesses desperate for customers, were undercut by overseas goods already available locally. Containers took up valuable wharf and then storage space, increasing costs to Pacific countries responding to the cyclone. Please visit https://donateresponsibly.org/pasifika for more information if you do want to send goods.