Heading up to Vanuatu 4 months after Cyclone Pam was a rewarding experience but sobering reminder. My purpose was to see how both the emergency response has gone and how the far longer and more complex rebuild is progressing. The New Zealand response to this disaster has been substantial – both via the aid agencies […]
From the Morgan Foundation a big thanks for joining in the debate during 2014. Here is a fun little infographic inspired by our top blog posts of the year (in case you missed them, links to the blogs are below). We hope you have a happy and safe holiday break and return refreshed for a […]
Jo Morgan and her great friend, Ann Selkirk, were happy to donate money towards a new Wellington Free Ambulance yesterday. This has been a personal interest for Jo, as she believes this is a vital service to the Wellington community … and maybe it was some forward thinking (with all her mountain climbing adventures).
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.