Urutā karawaka 'kino ake i te tai āniwhaniwha'

He mema o ASA Foundation me Samoa Solidarity International Global (SSIG) ka paku whakatā i te mahi tuku taputapu ki Hāmoa / Kōnae

Ko te karawaka tonu kei te patu kikino i te iwi o Hāmoa, neke atu i te 60 kua mate. E ai ki te rōpū hapori ASA Foundation, ko te parekura nei, he kino ake i te tai āniwhaniwha i haruru ai te moutere i te tau 2009.

"The epidemic is worse than the tsunami because no one knows when it will end," te kī a Teleiai Edwin Puni, toihau o ASA Foundation.

Hei tā Tuala Tagaloa Tusani hoki o te rōpū ASA, “We lost a lot of lives but we knew there was an end. We knew at the end how many we lost.

“This is different, you know, it seems to be climbing at a faster rate now. I mean we were at 52 yesterday, now we are 62."

Hei tāna anō, nā te kino o te mate nei i Hāmoa, he āwhina nui e hiahiatia ana. 

“We can’t just sit here as New Zealand based Samoans, or just Kiwis in a way, and see the suffering back home and not react.”

I eke a Tusani ki ngā pae pāho kōrero i te ipurangi ki te karanga atu ki te hapori o Hāmoa kia kohi ō hei tuku ki te kāinga. Kīhae ia i mārama, ka rangona te karanga i te motu whānui, i Ahitereiria hoki.

“Christchurch has come on board, they will release shortly. Levin is on board, Palmerston North, two sites from Wellington.”

Nā te nui o te aroha o te iwi, he waka kawe utanga anō i tākohahia e Henderson Cars i Manukau hei kawe i te nui o ngā koha. Nā EIF International te waka kawe utanga tuatahi, 12-mita te roa, i tākoha, ā i utaina i te rā nei. 

E mihi nui ana a Tusani ki te hunga i oho ki te karanga a tana rōpū.

“I want to acknowledge all these people because we were all strangers a week or two ago.”

Ko Fletcher Construction hoki ka āwhina i te rōpū ki te whakatū whare hei pupuri i ngā rawa. Ākuanei, ka hoki a Tusani ki Hāmoa ki te whakahaere i te hanganga o te whare me te tuku i ngā koha ki ngā wāhi e noho hiahia nei.

“I’ve got some volunteer builders that have said they want to be part of it."

Hei āpiti atu ki te tuku rawa, kua whakatūria e te rōpū, he whārangi Givealittle hei awhi i ngā whānau kua pākia e te karawaka. 

Kia mārama hoki te kitea, he kaupapa here kua whakaritea e te rōpū hei tuku pūtea ki Hāmoa, ā mā ētahi mema hoki o te rōpū te pūtea e kawe ā-tinana atu ki ngā whānau i tono āwhina atu. He whakaahua ka kapohia, ka tītohua hoki ki ngā pae pāpori. 

Tofilau Esther (matau) nō te ASA Foundation e tuku koha ana ki tētahi whānau i Hāmoa.  Whakaahua/Teleiai Edwin Puni (Pukamata)

“It’s just to be accountable, whatever comes in we’re giving it straight to the families. That’s how we’re working,” tā Tusani.

Ā, he karere anō tāna mā te iwi o Hāmoa. 

“We’re not just sitting quietly playing with our thumbs, we are trying our best, we feel your pain. 

“We can’t bring back those we have lost, we’re not doctors, we’re not nurses but we are trying our best with what we can.”