Reduction in Pacific Islanders’ access to safe drinking water

The Director of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Julianne Hickey said the lack of adequate and nutritious food and safe water had impacted people’s health and children’s access to education.

“We heard of hunger, we heard of people who died as a result of that, of the hunger and the droughts and so our assessment particularly around food and water has increased to severe,” she said.

Ms Hickey said there needed to be a rethink of climate aid to help the Oceania region deal with climate change and environmental impacts.

She called for donor governments to rethink their approach in light of the severe food and water shortages.