The Diocese of Polynesia, includes the countries; Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands, within the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.
With the constant surge of natural disasters in Fiji and Tonga, the Anglican Diocese of Polynesia is working with its church communities to prioritise disaster preparedness initiatives.
The Community Integrated Vulnerability Analyses (CIVA) program implemented by the Diocese was established in Tonga following Tropical Cyclone Gita in 2018. CIVA training is designed to prepare communities for the onset of a disaster and support them to respond when it strikes. The program ensures that church buildings can be used as evacuation centres and are fully equipped with appropriate supplies in times of emergency.
Anglican Overseas Aid is partnering with the diocese through Anglican Missions New Zealand to build the skills and expertise of young people to be leaders in their communities when disaster strikes.