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Disaster survivors aren’t helpless victims: relief can be the enemy of recovery

Debris is scattered around damaged buildings at Muamua on Vanua Blava Island in Fiji, after Cyclone Winston tore through the island nation. Photo: NZ Defence/AP

Debris is scattered around damaged buildings at Muamua on Vanua Blava Island in Fiji, after Cyclone Winston tore through the island nation. Photo: NZ Defence/AP

“Relief is the enemy of recovery” is a truism often cited after disasters. In other words, by focusing aid efforts only on the short term and encouraging a “saviour mentality”, prospects for returning to normal are slowed. In Fiji it is now a week since Cyclone Winston tore through the country, killing 42 people and leaving more than 56,000 in temporary shelters…

 

Tourism shows resilience, Open for Business

Once again our tourism industry has shown resilience and the ability to immediately bounce back. As the Attorney-General and Minister for Finance has already highlighted, the best way Australians and New Zealanders can support Fiji through this time of crisis is to keep visiting us. Majority of the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston has been away from our main tourism areas. Our major tourist destinations were spared from the fury of the super storm and the resorts and hotels are operational…

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