Local charities are encouraging people to send money instead of items, to help families and friends in the Pacific that were affected by Cyclone Gita.
Red Cross in Samoa. Photo/ Supplied.
Red Cross' Pacific community engagement representative Malia Tua'i says cash is the fastest, most effective way to help cyclone victims at this stage.
"I've seen on Facebook that they're gathering food and clothes, that's not working smarter in our view. The need is now, by the time you gather all that food and clothes and whatnot, the disaster will be over. Cash is best."
Red Cross will have volunteers at Queen's concert this weekend in Auckland, to continue raising funds for Cyclone Gita victims.