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Shelter project for Indian-origin elders in New Zealand

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Wellington: Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust Inc. has launched Shanti Niwas Emergency Housing (SNEH), in partnership with New Zealand’s Rancchod Group, aiming to provide short-term and long-term shelter to senior citizens from Indian and South Asian  communities, dwelling in abusive situations and are in need of emergency housing.

The Trust said, “The main objective of this shelter is to provide a safe and secure environment to our elders in such situations.”

The elders will be housed for an initial period of three weeks, with a maximum stay of three months.

SNEH’s aim will be to get them back to their families, however if moving back is not an option, then the organisation will look into an alternative long-term arrangement.

Social workers will work with senior citizens to help them with the process of resettlement.

A small fee will be charged to defray a part of the expenses incurred in running and maintaining the SNEH facilities, according to the trust which works with socially isolated senior citizens of Indian and South Asian origin living in the Auckland region.

Indian origin people have increased a lot in New Zealand in recent times. The country is hospitable to the coming people and this is why it has lot of migrants.

(IANS)

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After Being Stranded, 145 Pilot Whales Die In New Zealand

Marine mammals are frequently stranded on New Zealand's coasts and the average number of operations carried out by environmental officials is about 85 per year

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Pilot whales. Flickr

About 145 pilot whales died in New Zealand after being stranded during the weekend on Stewart Island in the extreme south of the country, officials said on Monday.

A hiker alerted authorities on Saturday night about the situation of the whales, who were stranded in Mason Bay in two separate groups about two kilometers apart, a Department of Conservation of New Zealand release said.

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Almost 150 whales die in mass stranding. BBC

Half of the whales were dead when rescuers arrived and the condition of the rest, by the time they were found, was so bad it was decided to euthanise them, said Ren Leppens, operations manager at Rakiura.

“Sadly, the likelihood of being able to successfully re-float the remaining whales was extremely low. The remote location, lack of nearby personnel and the whales’ deteriorating condition meant the most humane thing to do was to euthanise,” said Leppens.

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A volunteer looks after a whale, part of a pod of stranded pilot whales.

Pilot whales, also called long-finned pilot whale, are a specimen with a bulging forehead and a robust body that can reach between six and seven meters in length, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Marine mammals are frequently stranded on New Zealand’s coasts and the average number of operations carried out by environmental officials is about 85 per year, most of them to save these animals individually.

The reasons why whales and dolphins can become stranded have not been clarified, although it is attributed to diseases, navigation errors, sudden changes in tides, being chased by predators or extreme weather conditions. (IANS)