2006 News

December 26, 2006

Two years on from the tsunami, international development agency Oxfam is helping 1.2 million people affected by the disaster. Oxfam has spent NZ$325m, 95 per cent of the NZ$342m it has received to date, on its tsunami recovery and reconstruction work. Over a third of the money has been spent helping people earn a living again; a fifth on public health, water and sanitation; and almost 16 per cent on housing.

December 22, 2006

Hundreds of thousands of people are at risk in Somalia's flooded crisis areas because of severe water shortages, internal displacement, food insecurity and the threat of escalating violence, according to International aid agency Oxfam.

December 22, 2006

Oxfam is assisting more than 1,000 refugees who have arrived in Um Dukhun in West Darfur in recent weeks, most fleeing increasing violence in the Central African Republic. Others have arrived from Chad, with the situation on all sides of the Darfur border seriously deteriorating and the crisis spreading through the region.

December 18, 2006

Darfur: New violence threatens world’s largest aid response. Half a million people increasingly vulnerable after evacuations of more than 250 staff in ten days. Ceasefire desperately needed, say aid agencies

December 16, 2006

Activists in New Zealand demonstrated today outside Starbucks stores in Auckland and Wellington to protest against Starbucks' refusal to recognise the rights of Ethiopian coffee farmers, as part of a day of action to send a message of solidarity with Ethiopian farmers to the coffee giant.

December 15, 2006

Chickens are flying high, once again leading the pack of Oxfam Unwrapped "funusual" gift ideas. Oxfam's catalogue of alternative gift ideas has given thousands of New Zealanders a feel-good way to get through the holidays: family and friends get a card while the actual gift goes to people in the developing world who need it most. From condoms to bikes to trees, there are dozens of other choices that will make a big difference.

December 13, 2006

One year on from the inconclusive World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial in Hong Kong, negotiators have failed to make progress on agreeing trade reforms to promote development, and pressure on poor countries is building, said international agency Oxfam.

December 12, 2006

Oxfam is calling on New Zealanders to wear a blue ribbon in solidarity with their neighbours in Fiji where civil society groups are calling on all to show their support for peace and democracy by wearing a Fiji blue ribbon.

December 11, 2006

Europe is playing hardball in its trade negotiations with small Pacific countries and refusing to accept their legitimate development concerns.

December 8, 2006
After dancing about on thousands of New Zealanders computer screens this week it’s not surprising that Oxfam has a new leader in the race for Christmas number one - chickens have flown into the lead.