Cyclone Ian 2014

Tropical Cyclone Ian ripped through the Ha'apai islands in Tonga in January 2014, destroying buildings and homes. A state of emergency was declared. 

Oxfam had staff on the ground and launched an emergency response to address the most urgent needs for people in Tonga's northern island group of Ha'apai. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and the New Zealand Aid Programme, Oxfam has made a positive impact in the lives of those who were hit hardest.

With our partner the Tonga National Youth Congress (TNYC), we were able to launch a three-pronged response: enabling access to safe water, ensuring sanitation needs were met, and helping people recover their livelihoods so they can earn a living and support themselves and their families.

We continue to work with TNYC and communities in Tonga to increase people's resilience and enable them to recover quickly when disaster strikes.

Latest news

Oxfam deploys team to Tonga

January 15, 2014

Oxfam New Zealand has sent an emergency response team to Tonga today and is gearing up its aid efforts following reports of complete destruction left by Cyclone Ian to the northern islands of Ha’apai.

Reports of damage in Tonga

January 12, 2014

Oxfam New Zealand is preparing to send staff to Tonga within 48 hours to assess the situation on the ground and identify the most urgent needs for people following reports of severe damage caused by Cyclone Ian to Tonga's northern island group of Ha'apai.

Cyclone Ian

January 11, 2014

Oxfam New Zealand is ready to respond to cyclone Ian which is due to hit Tonga overnight. Ian is slow moving, which leads to greater destruction. Heavy rain, strong winds, high swells and flash flooding are expected.

Latest blogs

Cyclone Ian: five months on

May 23, 2014

In the five months since the cyclone, Oxfam has made a huge impact in the lives of those who were hit hardest, thanks to the generosity of our supporters and the New Zealand Aid Programme. Oxfam and our partner, the Tonga National Youth Congress (TNYC), are working hard to ensure that the people of Tonga can recover as quickly as possible

In photos: Tonga cyclone response

February 24, 2014

Images from Oxfam's response to Cyclone Ian

Kole tokoni ma'a Ha'apai ki he kainga Tonga 'O 'Aotearoa

January 16, 2014

‘Oku ou tomu’a tuku ‘a e kolōlia mo e fakafeta’iˊ ki he Tu’i ‘o e langi ‘i he ‘Ene ‘ofa ‘o malava ai ke tau fetu’utaki mo’ui ‘i he ki’i tohi fakatangi niˊ.