We want to say a huge thank you to the incredible OneSight team who have recently spent time at five Salvation Army centres around the country providing free eye tests and glasses to Kiwis who are unable to afford them.
624 people were seen over five days with nearly 70% needing glasses. Amazingly, 150 people attending the clinics were are able to leave with their new glasses which were manufactured on site!
OneSight Programme Manager for Australia/New Zealand Jenny Harnett says it was an honour to partner with The Salvation Army to deliver these clinics to communities in need. “We believe that glasses unlock potential, providing opportunities for students to learn, for people to work and earn a living, to drive, to read, and to support their families."
Thanks again OneSight!
ℹ️ For those people with concerns about family/whanau or friends that may have been involved in today's incident at Whakaari/White Island, you can contact authorities via the following channels:
▶️ NZ Residents call 105, or go to the Police website.
▶️ International concerns please call +64 9105 105
At the request of New Zealand Police, New Zealand Red Cross has activated the Family Links website for people wanting to register themselves as safe or register an inquiry about a loved one.
If you are worried about a friend or family member following the Whakaari / White Island eruption, first contact them as you normally would.
If you cannot make contact, you can register them by visiting the Red Cross website - redcross.org.nz Please note this website does not host an official list of missing persons, and information is submitted by members of the public.
Whakatāne District Council are aware of an eruption at White Island/Whakaari.
In response the lead agency is The New Zealand Police working with Bay of Plenty Civil Defense.
Please advise that Muriwai Drive is now closed - avoid the area for emergency vehicles.
We will share further details as they come to hand.
GeoNet has confirmed Bay of Plenty volcano White Island is erupting.
People living in or near the affected ashfall areas should:
-Consider staying indoors. Volcanic ash could be a health hazard, especially if you suffer from breathing difficulties
-When indoors, close all windows and doors to limit the entry of volcanic ash
-If caught in volcanic ashfalls: Wear a dust mask or use a cloth handkerchief over your nose and mouth; protect your eyes by wearing goggles. Wear eyeglasses, NOT contact lenses as fine ash will get under the lens
-Listen to the radio and/or TV for further assessment and updates
-Effects of a volcanic eruption can be experienced many kilometres from a volcano
Keep up to date with information and safety advice here.