Please click here for information about the Fiji Disaster Relief.

About the Fund

Mayor Len Brown and  Auckland Communities Foundation have established a fund for Auckland to assist with emergency preparedness and rebuilding in the Pacific, in the wake of Cyclone Evan.

“This new fund will enable Auckland corporate and community sponsors to support preparedness across the Pacific. I hope we will raise sufficient funds over time to also assist in rebuild projects where appropriate.”

The Mayor has committed $10,000 to the cyclone response, part of which was used to cover the land transport costs of three containers full of relief parcels. The remainder will go into the Mayoral Fund.

Len Brown envisages that this fund will complement government and NGO relief funds, and support long-term preparedness and rebuilding where appropriate. Sources of funds may include corporate, community and individual donations and fundraising activities.

Make a Donation

Contribution details:

  • Online payments can be made to ASB Bank account number 12-3028-0714703-000, including the references ACF - Pacific - Donor (surname or organisation name).
  • Online donations by credit card with automatic tax receipting can be made by clicking here or using PayPal (incurring PayPal administration charges).
  • Cheques should be made payable to Auckland Communities Foundation and can be sent directly to: Mayoral Fund for the Pacific, c/o Auckland Communities Foundation, P O Box 26087, Epsom, Auckland 1344.  Please include the references ACF - Pacific - Donor (surname or organisation name).
  • A tax receipt can be provided by emailing and providing the above references and full name and address of donor or donor organisation.

For further details regarding donations, please contact: Hilary Sumpter, Chief Executive Officer, Auckland Communities Foundation on 027 216 3123 or

Fund Advisory Committee

The Mayoral Fund for the Pacific has an appointed advisory committee:

John Kotoisuva - Chair (Fiji): Combining his engineering trade background, his tertiary teaching and industry assessing experience, John started the C-Me Mentoring Foundation Trust that runs the innovative Trades At School programme in 17 high schools around Auckland.

Ikipa Tongatule (Niue): Ikipa is a lawyer with more than 30 years experience, the first 10 spent in the Pacific working for the Government of Niue.

Rev Elder Lucky Richard Slade (Samoa): Rev Slade is the chair of the Congregational Christian Church Samoa (EFKS) Auckland Region, and has served of a wide range of Pacific Islands and general government boards, committees, fono and community projects.

Foai Suka Foai (Tokelau): Foai has served the Auckland Tokelau community for more than 30 years, including founding the first Tokelau early childhood centre in South Auckland with his wife Feagai. He is an active member of Tokelau and Pacific groups across Auckland and a member of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs reference group.

Jenny Salesa (Tonga): An advisor with the Tertiary Education Commission, Jenny is a senior executive with more than 18 years’ experience working in the public and private sectors as a lawyer, consultant, policy analyst and senior official, with a focus on Pacific and other underserved communities in New Zealand and the United States.

Sandra Kailahi (skills based appointment): Sandra has worked in mainstream and Pacific radio and television for more than 22 years, including reporting for Radio New Zealand, TVNZ and helping set up Radio 531 PI and the Pacific Islands Media Association (PIMA). Sandra is also an author and playwright.

Lucy Laitinen (skills based appointment): Lucy Laitinen is General Manager, World Visionaries at World Vision NZ, working to tackle injustice and poverty in the Pacific and further afield. She worked in local government in Auckland prior to the super city amalgamation and before that worked for the International Organisation for Migration regional office in Helsinki.

Accessing Funds

The MFP Advisory Committee is currently in the process of developing full terms of reference for the fund, which will include information about fund distributions.  The terms of reference will be posted here once they have been signed off by the Committee.

Media Enquiries

For media enquiries please contact the Office of the Mayor - Dan Lambert 021 242 2311 or Glyn Jones 021 475 897.