Dear New Zealanders, The response of everyday people to the disaster in the Philippines has been fantastic. So far more than 100,000 individuals have responded to the “Campbell Live” call to action and finance the humanitarian efforts that UNICEF is operating for the victims. This response in my view demonstrates a couple of things – […]
In 2012 Jo and I travelled back to the Solomon Islands with UNICEF NZ. As well as checking the quality of work on the schools project we had jointly funded, we took time to understand the wider context of development work in the Solomons by visiting a number of health projects and talking with their […]
My cat campaign may have got some people’s backs up, but it is attracting a growing level of support. Meanwhile the beleaguered SPCA, in the gun for its policy of supporting stray cats that wander and slaughter, is facing a revolution from within its own ranks. When I first spoke out, many asked me if […]
In February of this year Gareth and a crew of 50 Kiwis set sail south to raise awareness of Our Far South – the incredible area south of Stewart Island. New Zealand has stewardship over a massive area of land and ocean almost uninterrupted down to the South Pole. This area is ours, it has […]
As part of the water and sanitation project we carried out in 2008 with UNICEF NZ, there’s been 16 medium depth (20 metre) handwells dug on Pemba island Madagascar. Pemba is the poor cousin of Zanzibar. We’ve been here checking out the performance of the wells, talking to the villagers to see how their lives […]
Last night Close Up did a spot on Edric Baker’s incredible work amongst the poor and infirm of Bangladesh. His hospital, providing care for the poor by the poor is unique and has stood the test of time – 33 years he’s been at it. Now our challenge is to organize his succession but also […]
As well as being in India to follow our beloved Phoenix, Jo and I have been visiting one of our Morgan Foundation foreign aid projects in Bangladesh and it has been a very special opportunity to see the on-the-ground work of one of our most special, Kiwi Heroes.
One thing Jo and I learnt when we went over to the Solomon Islands with UNICEF, was that there’s a massive issue with the registration of births. In short, if a child doesn’t have a birth certificate it does not exist. This affects the government’s ability to plan successful education and immunisation programs, it increase […]