New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Donations from Vietnamese Government and NZ expat communities for Christchurch earthquake
On 22 March the Government of Viet Nam confirmed that it would make a donation of US$50,000 to New Zealand in response to the earthquake that killed over 165 people and caused widespread damage in Christchurch on 22 February.
During a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to receive official advice of the donation, New Zealand Ambassador to Viet Nam H.E. Ms Heather Riddell expressed New Zealand’s deep gratitude for Viet Nam’s decision, noting that it served as a very warm indication of the close and friendly bilateral relationship between Viet Nam and New Zealand.
New Zealand expatriate communities in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi have also continued fundraising efforts for the earthquake, with the generous assistance of other expat communities and many local businesses.
The ‘kiwi’ community in Ho Chi Minh City has now raised over US$100,000 for Christchurch through a series of successful fundraising activities. And in Hanoi, the smaller New Zealand community held a fundraising event on 19 March which raised close to US$12,000 for Christchurch.
The Hanoi event also raised US$1,500 in donations for the Japanese Red Cross Society, recognising the huge destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan so soon after our own disaster in Christchurch.
For those who may still wish to make a personal donation to the Christchurch earthquake rebuilding effort, the New Zealand Government has launched an appeal to help local communities, families and individuals heavy affected by the quake. Information on how to make a donation to the appeal can be found on the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal website.
A national memorial service was held on Friday, 18th March 2011 at North Hagley Park, Christchurch to honour those who lost their lives in the earthquake. A copy of the speech by the Prime Minister at the service is attached below.