Wednesday, April 02, 2014

pacific aid project

As an environmental artist I see a lot of perfectly good materials being disposed of in landfill. Having lived in Fiji and visited several Pacific islands I am aware that much of our waste would be very welcome to our neighbours - particularly after disasters such as tsunamis and hurricanes. The remoteness and often poverty of these islands makes recovery from disaster extremely difficult and very expensive.
I have previously organised assistance to Bali after the bombing ("Byron Loves Bali" in 2003), and to Niuatoputapu in Tonga after the tsunami (2010). Currently I am continuing to collect tools, knives, nails, and pots and pans for Niua as many of the people have by no means recovered from the damage of the tsunami.

See details on my blog http://www.pacificneighbours.blogspot.co.nz/

tsunami damage

someone's roof in the lagoon
john with donations 2014
 
distribution of goods from yacht Atutaki in 2010
hammers for niua 2014

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