7 May 2015

Auckland council staff could go to Nepal

6:34 am on 7 May 2015

Auckland Mayor Len Brown has signalled that council staff may be sent to Nepal to help earthquake recovery.

Candlelight vigil for Nepal. Peter Hillary, Rosalynne Basnet and Sir Ray Avery.

Peter Hillary, Rosalynne Basnet and Sir Ray Avery at the vigil. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

He spoke at a small candelight vigil with the Nepalese community in Auckland last night.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April killed more than 7600 people and devastated the centre of the country.

Mr Brown said Nepal needed the kind of help which Auckland could provide.

"We sent our experts to Christchurch. Our wastewater, stormwater, transport, telecommunications experts, that's what we do good as a city.

"When you look at Nepal, and as you look at the pictures of those towns brought to their knees, we can help in that way."

He joked with a few council workers in the crowd that they may soon be on their way to Kathmandu, Nepal's capital.

Patron of the Non-Resident Nepali Association, Sir Ray Avery, also spoke at the vigil.

He urged people to keep donating money, saying it could take 30 to 40 years for the country to get back on its feet.

Peter Hillary, who was on Mount Everest in Nepal when the quake struck, said homelessness was a particular worry with monsoon season just a month away.

The vigil ended with the Nepalese national anthem and a minute's silence.

According to the UN,  600,000 houses have been destroyed or damaged.

According to the UN, 600,000 houses have been destroyed or damaged. Photo: Guillaume Payen / NurPhoto

Red Cross workers assist a man in Nepal.

Red Cross workers assist a man in Nepal. Photo: Supplied / Red Cross