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Regional Settlement Network

23 October:  Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) is holding a Regional Settlement Network meeting.

At this meeting, you can hear about the Cities of Migration – a global initiative that seeks to improve local integration practice in major immigrant receiving cities worldwide through information sharing about “Good Ideas in Integration”, under the five headings of - Plan, Live, Connect, Work and Learn.

Please contact reception@arms-mrc.org.nz for further details.

 

Celebrating diversity through theatre

The British Council New Zealand in association with Iron Oxide (UK) and Made in Scotland are proud to announce the NZ tour of HeLa – one of the most thought-provoking pieces of theatre from the UK in recent memory focusing on diversity, human rights and racism.

For more information see: http://piyn.net/news/hela/

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Computers in Homes programme

The Computers in Homes programme for Families with Refugee Background had a graduation for participants at the RYAN Centre in Mt Roskill on Saturday 11 October.

The computer training facility at the RYAN Centre hosts these activities and events in a 3-way partnership with the Ministry of Education and the 2020 Trust.

Families receive free training, a refurbished high-end computer, technical support and free broadband for one year. Parents are assisted with transport and babysitting so that they can attend.

For more information visit www.computersinhomes.org.nz and: http://cihrefugee.blogspot.co.nz/

 

Safari Central

Leaving home for work in another country can be daunting – especially for migrant and refugee families who must make sense of a foreign world on their own, often with little command of English.

Discovering the Safari Central Multi-cultural Playgroup in Lynfield is a huge relief to many families and is making life much better for new settlers.

The programme provides an informal supportive environment for migrant and refugee mums and children from different countries.

They bond over shared experiences while gaining skills and confidence in English, learning about Early Childhood Education and schooling in New Zealand.

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For more information please contact Robyn Langford, programme coordinator: robynl@arms-mrc.org.nz

World Refugee Day event honours healthy relationships, safe families and strong communities

With over 45 million people in the world today forcibly displaced – over 20 million of whom are refugees – World Refugee Day is not a cause for celebration. Thomas Banda, general manager of ChangeMakers Refugee Forum, says, “The purpose of World Refugee Day is to honour the courage and determination of refugees worldwide. This Sunday on June 22, we will be affirming the resilience of refugee-background families and communities who have settled in the Wellington region.”
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World Refugee Day Art Day 2014

Image: Wellesley College for Refugee DayThe art room at Wellesley College, Days Bay Wellington was a hive of creative activity last Thursday as children from two schools, St Michael’s and Holy Cross joined a group of students from Wellesley College for a day of art and friendship. This was to mark UNHCR World Refugee Day on June 20. This was the fifth year that this annual event has been hosted by Wellesley College in partnership with Refugee Trauma Recovery.

Eve Owen the art teacher worked with the children as they sketched and painted on the theme of ‘One Person’. This was in keeping with the UNHCR global 1campaign.  The drawing of the person was wrapped in a cloak  representing humanity and all we bring with us – our favourite number, colour, symbols and images of hope. ‘It was wonderful to observe the children as they created their paintings incorporating their personal designs, colours and symbols into their work’ says Joy from Refugee Trauma Recovery.   
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Representatives of the Refugee Council of New Zealand in Geneva this week attending the international UNHCR annual consultations are initiating dialogue about those displaced by climate change, particularly around the Pacific.

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New Zealand’s Asylum Policy

Recently author Tracey Barnett presented a plea for greater public attention to New Zealand’s policy on asylum seekers.
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World Refugee Day: 20 June

Since 2001, World Refugee Day has been held every year on 20 June to celebrate the strength and courage of the more than 45 million people forced to flee their homes due to war or persecution.

Events taking place throughout New Zealand include:
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Refugee children while resilient face many stressors in adapting to a new society. Before they arrived,  children may have undergone periods of poor growth due to malnutrition and illness. This forum provides an opportunity to reflect on commonly presenting health issues and developmental assessment in children from refugee backgrounds.
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Asylum Forum 2014

The asylum forum is an annual event specifically for asylum seekers and convention refugees, and for those who work with them. It is co-ordinated by government and non-government sectors to provide an opportunity for information sharing and discussion between government and non-government organisations, and the wider community.
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Image: Neighbours' contact cardWellingtonians celebrated their vibrant, culturally and ethnically diverse city with their neighbours over the weekend of 29 and 30 March (Neighbours Day weekend).

Wellington’s Mayor, Celia Wade Brown, has nominated Neighbours Day Aotearoa to be her Mayoral Day. “Wellington’s cosmopolitan and diverse nature is one of the Capital’s strongest advantages,” said the Mayor. “Wellington’s many communities help make refugees feel very welcome here, which is an important aim of Neighbours’ Day.”

To encourage participation in Neighbours’ Day by the widest range of people we translated the Neighbours’ Day posters into five languages, Arabic Assyrian, Māori, Samoan and Simplified Chinese.  
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The Home Safety Programme has been developed jointly by Refuge Trauma Recovery and Accident compensation Cooperation to teach former refugees about all aspects of home safety.

The project aims to reduce the likelihood of fall-related and home injuries to the refugee community living within the Greater Wellington region. It works with Red Cross Refugee Services to train identified community leaders to become public health champions and to equip them with necessary tools and resources to raise awareness to refugee families. It works to empower them to make their home settings and life in NZ safer for them and their families.
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Image: cover of Race Relations in 2013Every year the Commission publishes an annual review of the general developments in race relations over the previous year. This annual review of race relations in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2013 is now available. It includes a chapter on refugee, resettlement and asylum issues.

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The feature theme section of this latest issue of Forced Migration Review (FMR) looks at how people who are displaced, or are ‘trapped’, in the context of diverse humanitarian crises do not all fit well within existing legal, policy and operational frameworks for the protection of refugees and internally displaced people. This raises questions about whether there needs to be – or can be – more systematic ways of dealing with assistance and protection for people affected by ‘crises’ such as environmental disruption, gang violence, nuclear disasters, food shortages and so on. This FMR also includes a range of ‘general’ articles on subjects including Typhoon Halyan, reparations in Latin America, discrimination in Burma, IDPs in Kenya, asylum in Lebanon, and contextualising educational standards.

Available online at www.fmreview.org/crisis.

In 2014 the Migrating Kitchen Trust is running Talk & Taste at Pataka Museum, Art + Culture in Porirua and in Wellington at Moore Wilson’s. Every culture has rituals and practices round sharing food and this series takes the visitors on an historical, cultural and culinary journey.
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Volunteers make an important, yet often understated, contribution within their local communities. Each year, in the third week of June, New Zealand promotes National Volunteer Week (NVW) to ensure that the work of volunteers is recognised. Events and celebrations are held nationwide to recognise the important contributions made by volunteers. This year’s NVW is between 15 and 21 June 2014.

Read more about National Volunteer Week here.

Cup_WinnersThe RASNZ RYAN (Refugee Youth Action Network) football team won the National Communities Football Cup playoffs in Wellington at the end of 2013. RYAN, from Auckland have become the fifth champions of the New Zealand Communities Football Cup after winning against finalists Bula Fiji from Hamilton. “It was great to have had a final between a talented refugee team from Auckland and a mixed cultural team from Rotorua,” said Inspector Rakesh Naidoo, National Strategic Ethnic Advisor.
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RASNZ has collaborated with the Auckland Regional Public Health Refugee Medical Centre at the national Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre to carry out some ground breaking research in tobacco use and smoking cessation for people from refugee backgrounds.  The findings are being released to an international public health journal and cover the results of a three year evaluation including 307 participants in the health promotion and smoking cessation courses for all new arrivals at the national Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre. 
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ChangeMakers Refugee Forum’s Strong Families Programme aims to provide access to information, advice and access to services which enables families and communities from refugee backgrounds to maintain strong, healthy families in the Wellington region.
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Multicultural New Zealand, the Federation of Multicultural Councils, will this month launch a series of policy proposals for political parties to consider in the lead up to this year’s general election. The full suite of policies will be released at the Federation’s national meeting in Dunedin on 21 February.
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Save the date!

The 2014 NZ Diversity Forum will be held on Sunday and Monday 24-25 August in Christchurch at the University of Canterbury.

Now in its 10th year, the forum is a unique national convention, at which people involved in race relations, human rights and cultural diversity come together to share ideas and good practice.

Race Relations Day 2014

2014 Race Relations Day poster I am Aotearoa New Zealand feturing text and portrait of six New Zealanders.Race Relations Day, 21 March, marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which is celebrated around the world. The 2014 theme is “I am Aotearoa New Zealand … te ranga tahi, together we grow.”

 

Read more about Race Relations Day here.

New Zealand underwent its 2nd Universal Periodic Review on Monday 27 January in Geneva. The interactive dialogue went for three and half hours and 76 countries participated. The webcast of the full session is available at: http://webtv.un.org/watch/new-zealand-review-18th-session-of-universal-periodic-review/3111258233001/

The New Zealand delegation was led by Minister of Justice, Judith Collins. In her opening statement Minister Collins praised the strong civil society engagement in the process. This was welcomed by members of the Human Rights Council and considered to be best practice.
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Award to Refugee Trauma Recovery

At this year’s Diversity Forum Refugee Trauma Recovery received an award “for their outstanding contribution to the NZ Diversity Action programme.”

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While refugee issues are the topic of much New Zealand non-fiction, they have featured less in New Zealand fiction. Adrienne Jansen’s third novel, The Score, provides an exception.


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An interview with Annick Janson, Director of the Hamilton-based Ecosynergy Group and Research Associate at the Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research at Victoria University discusses the results of her study into refugees’ experiences with accessing disability services.


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More than 150 people from refugee backgrounds joined the Strong Families celebration on Saturday 24th August at Naenae College in Lower Hutt. With the support of the It’s Not OK campaign and J.R. McKenzie, ChangeMakers Refugee Forum hosted the day, inviting families from refugee background to enjoy food, entertainment, information sessions, and activities for children.


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The Refugee Family Reunification Trust is struggling to raise sufficient funds for several refugee families waiting for help with the cost of airfares. These families are currently living in Somalia, Ethiopia and Ecuador.


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Women in Harmony Christchurch and Women in Harmony Toowoomba present Tasman Harmony – a celebration of world music by two dynamic choirs.

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Update from Immigration New Zealand

Claims

The 2012-2013 financial year saw 306 refugee claims lodged with the Refugee Status Branch (RSB).  The average number of claims lodged for the past nine years is 310.
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Refugee Family Support Category

The 2012-2013 financial year saw invitations to apply for residence issued to 560 people under the Refugee Family Support Category (RFSC).  These were 152 from Tier One and 408 from Tier Two.  
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The Refugee Resettlement Strategy

The design phase for the mix of services for the Implementation of the first phase of the Refugee Resettlement Strategy was released last week to providers and the external reference group. The new service mix will strengthen the information provided to Quota refugees before travel to New Zealand to prepare them for working and living in New Zealand.
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New Zealand attended the Annual Tripartite Consultation on Resettlement (ATCR) held in the first week of July.  The ATCR was attended by INZ officials; Andrew Lockhart, National Manager; and Qemajl Murati, Manager, Refugee Quota Branch; representatives of NGOs; Kefeba Mundele, Chairman of the New Zealand National Refugee Network; Miranda Pittaway, Acting National Manger, NZ Red Cross Refugee Services; Dr. Arif Saeid, President of the Refugee Council of New Zealand.
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The Australian Human Rights Commission has launched new guidelines on detention. This publication, Human rights standards for immigration detention, sets out benchmarks for the humane treatment of people held in immigration detention.

Wellington – a Connected City

The Wellington City Council has made considerable headway this year towards its vision for a Connected City, responsive to and respectful of the many different communities in the capital. One of the highlights is the continued development of the Neighbours Day event.

Wellington’s had two successful Neighbours Day events in 2012 and 2013, now we want to ensure the everyday benefits of knowing your neighbours really include people of all our ethnic groups.
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The Driver’s Licence Programme for women from refugee background led by ChangeMakers Refugee Forum has been awarded special recognition by the Race Relations Commissioner, Dame Susan Devoy.

The programme, which began in 2012, supports women from refugee backgrounds to obtain their full licence. It is now running its second term. Six women have successfully obtained their restricted driver’s licence.
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International Day of the Older Person

Age Concern logoAge Concern Counties Manukau Inc are pleased to advise that it’s under three months till our IDOP 2013 (International Day of the Older Person) event on Thursday 3 October.  This is a free public event to celebrate positive ageing and intergenerational links and will be held at the Vodafone event centre. We invite you to go like our page https://www.facebook.com/Idop2013 and email Kellyw@accm.org.nz if you would like to know how to be involved.

 

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Many states fail in their responsibilities to their citizens but those states which are fragile, failed or weak are particularly liable to render their citizens vulnerable.
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Art Day

For the third year Refugee Trauma Recovery has partnered with Wellesley College, Days Bay, Wellington to mark World Refugee Day 2013.


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The Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Education Programme hosted an International Women’s day celebration on 9 March to launch the month of FGM community education initiatives throughout Auckland. Te Punanga Jun2013


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26 June was UN International Day in support of victims of torture. This is the most significant day in the year for IRCT as they work worldwide to educate governments around torture.


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The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) launched a global campaign highlighting the impact of war and conflict on families.


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Annual UNHCR Consultations

The Annual United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Consultations with Non-Governmental Organisations has taken place in Geneva over June 11-13, attended by delegates from 78 countries. 
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New Zealand Diversity Forum 2013

The 2013 New Zealand Diversity Forum will be held 25-26 August in Wellington. The theme of the conference, “My Dream for Aotearoa New Zealand…” continues from Race Relations Day in March.


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The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is an important opportunity for individuals, non-government organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations to share their experience and views on New Zealand’s realisation of human rights in the forum of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
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The Human Rights Foundation of New Zealand (HRF), with Peace Movement Aotearoa in Wellington, is coordinating NGO input into the upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the UN Human Rights Council of New Zealand’s human rights performance over the past four years.


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Rebuild for Mangere Refugee Centre

On 10 May 2013, the Minister of Immigration Michael Woodhouse announced the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre in Auckland is to be rebuilt following a $5.5 million Government commitment of operating expenditure over the next four years towards the cost, as part of the 2013 Budget.


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Asylum Forum

On Wednesday 8 May, the Refugee and Protection Unit of Immigration NZ held the annual Asylum Forum. The Forum was collaboratively run with government and non-government stakeholders involved in the refugee claim process.
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The Wellington Community Law Centre established the Refugee and Immigration and Legal Advice Service (RILAS) in 1998. RILAS consists of drop-in advice sessions in Wellington and the HuttValley for people with immigration questions along with a programme of on-going legal assistance for former refugees with family reunification applications.
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Refugee and Protection Unit website

The Refugee and Protection Unit (RAPU) is developing additional resources and information on its website. As well as detailing the work and roles of the Country Research Branch, the Refugee Status Branch and the Refugee Quota Branch, the site has published statistics for the last 10 years on refugee claims and outcomes, and resettled refugees via the quota programme.
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Refugee-background community members who completed ChangeMakers Refugee Forum’s public speaking programme, Speakers Bureau, are presenting and sharing their stories with wider audiences in the Wellington region to help educate New Zealanders about refugees’ experiences.


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Refugee background youth book launch

Refugee Trauma Recovery recently celebrated the completion of a third book written by young people from refugee backgrounds with a book launch. Walking with a Fragile Heart is a collection of short stories and poems written by seven young people from Malawi, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Burma and Ethiopia.


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On 22 April, around 30 Afghan interpreters, who were working with the New Zealand Defence Force in Afghanistan, along with 64 of their immediate family members, arrived at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre. The interpreters were offered resettlement in recognition of their service to New Zealand as employees of the Provincial Reconstruction Team, through the New Zealand refugee quota programme.

The interpreters joined more than 60 former refugees from other countries who have also arrived in New Zealand through the quota programme.

New Zealand Red Cross Chief Executive John Ware says, “We’re looking forward to supporting the interpreters from Afghanistan, just as we support all refugees who come to New Zealand through the quota programme.”

“The challenge is to ensure that all families, regardless of their country of origin, have the volunteer support they need to start again.”

“We’ve had very large groups so far this year, and this group is similar in size. We will especially need volunteers in the Manawatu and Waikato areas, as this is where the interpreters and their families will be resettled.”

Former refugees from a number of other countries will be arriving in the Wellington, Auckland and Nelson areas and will also need volunteer support to help them adjust to life in New Zealand.

“Our Pathway to Settlement programme will work with all the new families to create individualised plans identifying their personal goals. Then our job becomes supporting them to achieve these goals, and a big part of that support comes from our dedicated volunteers” said Mr Ware.

The arrivals will settle into their new communities in mid-June, just before World Refugee Day on 20 June, but training for new volunteers will start in early May. Anyone interested in volunteering in Auckland, the Manawatu, the Waikato, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Wellington or Nelson should contact info@refugeeservices.org.nz.

Globally, people face abuse, arbitrary arrest, extortion, violence, severe discrimination and lack of official protection because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The latest issue of Forced Migration Review online includes 26 articles examining the abuse of rights of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex, and discussing both the challenges and examples of good practice in securing their protection as forced migrants.

Request print copies online or contact the Editors.

The right to health, to justice, to work, to education, to be free from discrimination: these rights belong to all of us. New Zealand has signed international agreements to uphold these rights, but how well are we actually doing?


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The Refugee and Protection Unit of Immigration New Zealand consists of three branches: the Refugee Quota Branch, Refugee Status Branch and the Country Research Branch.


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On Friday, 22 February, the first group of quota refugees for 2013 left Mangere and travelled to their new homes in settlement areas around New Zealand.


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For a variety of reasons many women feel more comfortable swimming in a relaxed and supportive female-only environment.


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English classes

English classes are running in the Central City, Onehunga, Meadowbank, Mt Wellington, Panmure, and Glen Innes as well as English for Employees class in Newmarket.


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Asylum Forum

The Asylum Forum is a regular gathering for those involved in asylum issues in New Zealand.
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Twelve young women from across Wellington’s southern and eastern suburbs participated in the first session of the ChangeMakers Refugee Forum sports and recreation programme.
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The numbers of refugees arriving in New Zealand under New Zealand’s Refugee Quota Programme is returning closer to the annual quota of 750 following a steep drop in the wake of the Canterbury earthquakes.


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Late last year New Zealand’s world renowned refugee resettlement programme entered a new chapter, as Refugee Services Aotearoa New Zealand became part of New Zealand Red Cross. Together, the agencies will further improve resettlement for refugees and their families throughout the country.


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New Zealand’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is due to take place in January 2014.  The current deadline for NGOs and the Human Rights Commission to make submissions is 17 June 2013.


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The Government has said it will take 150 refugees each year from Australian offshore detention centres beginning from 2014.


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More than 100 refugee-background women from over 10 different communities came together to celebrate their cultures at ChangeMakers Women’s Festival.


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Refugee Road Safety Action Programme

Funding of the award-winning RASNZ Refugee Road Safety Action Programme has been fully restored with a grant of $200,000 to allow its continuing operation for the next 5 years.


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TV3’s innovative documentary series, Both Worlds, is back for a second season. Both Worlds showcases a vibrant group of young Kiwis with a foot in Both Worlds.


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To celebrate NZ Children’s Day on Sunday 3 March, Refugee Trauma Recovery (previously known as Wellington Refugees as Survivors Trust) is organising a children’s walk up Mt Kaukau in Wellington.
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A national gathering has been organised at Hanmer Springs on the South Island for 22-24  April to bring together some of the key stakeholders in the refugee sector for the purpose of networking, cooperation and collaboration around the new National Refugee Resettlement Strategy NRRS. 
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CAB Language Link is a non-profit community organisation funded by Immigration New Zealand that provides free and confidential information, advice and support to newcomers in 25 languages.
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Register your projects now for NZDAP 2013

Now is the time to register diversity projects and programmes that you plan to undertake in the coming year. These may be similar projects to the ones you did last year, or new initiatives.

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Immigration Amendment Bill

The Immigration Amendment Bill continues to attract international criticism.


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Afghan interpreters offered residency

The New Zealand government has announced that Afghan interpreters working for New Zealand troops and diplomats in the province of Bamyan will be offered residency in New Zealand.


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New Charity to reunite refugee families

A new Christchurch charity hopes to raise funds to help reunite refugee families.


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Auckland City football club presented a kit donation to Malcolm Pacific and the All Refugees football initiative at the club’s official FIFA Club World Cup media day.


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Settling In – Refugees in Nelson

Around 300 people celebrated the launch of a new report (Settling In – Refugees in Nelson)  looking at issues for former refugees now living in Nelson. 

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Building on the significant success of the OEA (Office of Ethnic Affairs) Intercultural Awareness and Communication programme, and on the demand of the participants who on completion have asked for more in-depth and on-going opportunities to take their learning further, a full year part time evening course will be offered in 2013. 


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Immigration Amendment Bill

The Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee has now reported back on the Immigration Amendment Bill 2012.


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Debunking the Myths

In the wake of public debate around the Immigration Amendment Bill Amnesty International has released a new resource to clarify some common misconceptions.


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The 2012 World Disasters Report provides practical backing for the Red Cross Red Crescent’s on-going call for governments to ensure that migrants, irrespective of their legal status, have access to the support that they need and that they are treated at all times with respect and dignity.


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Helping refugees settle into a new way of life has been “an eye-opening experience” for volunteer Jennie Ozumba.


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Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood aired on TVONE at 11am on Sunday 16 September, featuring an Iranian refugee, Adel (Del) Salmanzadeh.


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UNHCR Guidelines released

The latest UNHCR Guidelines on the Applicable Criteria and Standards relating to the Detention of Asylum-Seekers and Alternatives to Detention (2012) is now available.


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Black Gold film screening

The Refugee Services’ volunteer team is hosting a screening of the multi award winning documentary film “Black Gold’’ to raise awareness around the importance of fair trade and to raise funds for Refugee Services Auckland.  


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Wellington RAS to launch new name

On Monday, 29 October, the Wellington Refugees As Survivors will launch their new name “Refugee Trauma Recovery.” 

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Immigration Amendment Bill

The Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee has now reported back on the Immigration Amendment Bill 2012.


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Quota Refugees Ten years on

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has recently released several reports as part of its Quota Refugees Ten Years On programme of research. 


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The founder and President of Dilmah Tea, Merrill J. Fernando will be briefly visiting Zealand during the week of 16 September and will be stopping off with his entourage to see the RASNZ Centres in Mt Roskill and Mangere in Auckland.  


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The first groups of 25 mentors were trained in a programme developed in partnership between RYAN (Refugee Youth Action Network) and Leadership New Zealand over August. 


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Refugee Services and IBM, in a partnership brokered by Volunteering Auckland, have successfully piloted a work readiness programme to help former refugees prepare to enter the NZ workforce. 


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Adult Learners’ Week/He Tangata Mātauranga is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) initiative supported by the Tertiary Education Commission, adult and community education providers at a local level and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO.


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Feedback on UNHCR Tripartite Consultations

Dr Arif Saeid, Vice President of the Refugee Council of New Zealand is travelling around the country to provide direct feedback to former refugee communities on the recent UNHCR Tripartite consultations in Geneva.


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Registration is still open for the annual NZ Diversity Forum to be held in Auckland this Sunday and Monday 19-20 August.


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The Refugee Division of Immigration New Zealand comprises of the Refugee Quota Branch, Refugee Status Branch and Refugee and Immigration Risk Research Branch .


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David Tua lends a hand to refugees

David Tua is leading a drive to help Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ) rejuvenate the Mangere centre’s gym.


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Rocking the Radio

Every Saturday young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds discuss issues that face them in New Zealand and around the globe.


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“Inspired by” launched at Te Papa

Inspired by is a short film that uses narrative, drama and poetry to share the stories of people from refugee backgrounds in New Zealand.


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Refugee Women in Aotearoa

A report about the experiences of Refugee women in Aotearoa New Zealand was launched on Saturday 4 August.


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This public educational and entertaining afternoon will include a presentation by Ben Mugisho (former refugee, currently a law student at AUT and chairperson of the Congolese Association in New Zealand) and a movie informing about the conflict situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has caused massive disruption and devastation in the lives of millions of innocent people.


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Ladies Health Day

Ladies 16 years and over and from refugee backgrounds in the Christchurch area are invited to come along to hear about Ladies Health Topics and to participate in fun activities.


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This promises to be a fun-packed evening of African drama, drumming, dance, music and art.


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The Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee received 33 submissions on the Immigration Amendment Bill – 23 from organisations and 10 from individuals. Overwhelmingly submitters opposed the Bill with all but one submitting that it should not proceed.


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The 2012 New Zealand Diversity Forum is being held on 19-20 August at Aotea Centre in Auckland. The theme is “Aotearoa, A Fair Go for All”.


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The 2012 National Refugee Resettlement Forum 2012, hosted by Immigration New Zealand was held at Te Papa, Wellington on 30-31 May.


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RYAN (Refugee Youth Action Network) is a multi-cultural, multi-agency initiative for children and young people from refugee backgrounds operating in metropolitan Auckland and Hamilton. 


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RYAN Radio is a new youth run program designed to give a voice to New Zealand’s refugee communities.

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 Jeff Thomas, the General Manager of the Wellington Refugees as Survivors Trust has recently been elected to the World Council of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT).


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The Refugee Health Care Handbook was developed for health workers who care for people from refugee backgrounds including quota refugees, asylum seekers and family reunion members.

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World Refugee Day 2012

First marked in 2001, World Refugee Day is held every year on June 20. This year, the UNHCR theme is “One refugee without hope is too many.”

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Immigration Amendment Bill 2012

The Government has introduced an Amendment to the Immigration Act 2009 to address the risk of a mass arrival of “illegal immigrants”.
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The 2012 National Refugee Resettlement Forum 2012, hosted by Immigration New Zealand was held at Te Papa, Wellington on 30-31 May.


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For the first time disabled refugees and their families came together to talk about the issues they face.


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A DVD and booklet exploring the impacts of bullying on refugee-background high school students is available for schools and communities to purchase.


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Refugee and Immigration Legal Advice Service (RILAS) will hold a full day training on Thursday 21 June on Immigration Law.


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The Government has announced amendments to the Immigration Act to deter a mass arrival of potentially illegal migrants into New Zealand.


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The Human Rights Commission says proposed changes to the Immigration Act 2009 threaten New Zealand’s obligations under the UN Refugee Convention and potentially lack compliance with the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990.


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Refugee Services Chief Executive Heather Hayden, writing in the May issue of the Refugee Services newsletter A Place to Call Home, expressed concern at some recent shifts in government policy.


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World Refugee Day takes place on 20 June, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has launched an Art Contest for Australian and New Zealand school children to promote education about refugee issues and promote a culture of respect and tolerance.


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Each year the Department of Labour, on behalf of government agencies, hosts a national forum for a wide range of refugee resettlement stakeholder participants from refugee communities, NGO resettlement service providers, government agencies, and international organisations.
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Settlement Support Manukau invites Service providers, Employers, Migrants and Former Refugees in Manukau to the next networking meeting on Saturday 9 June from 10am to 1pm at the Council Chambers, 35A St George Street Papatoetoe. 


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ChangeMakers Refugee Forum will launch its latest research focussing on employment within the refugee-background communities, at the National Refugee Resettlement Forum, to be held in Wellington on 30-31 May.


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The Human Rights Commission and ChangeMakers Refugee Forum, invite you to a Refugee Community Forum on Disability and Human Rights.


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The Human Rights Commission, Ombudsmen, Children’s Commissioner, Independent Police Conduct Authority, and Inspector of Service Penal Establishments invite members of civil society to meet with them to discuss their work in monitoring places of detention and to seek your views on the conditions and treatment of people in detention.


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Hutt Valley youth from Rwanda, Southern Sudan, Eritrea and Colombia celebrated twenty weeks of developing their media skills on Monday 16 April at the Dowse Art Museum.


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The incident in Christchurch last month where a man suffering from a mental illness allegedly kidnapped a woman and stabbed another man was quickly followed-up with offensive commentary in the newspapers, on the radio and internet sites.


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Refugee Stories Book

The Centre for Refugee Education in Auckland is delighted to announce the publication of a book containing twenty three stories written by individuals who arrived in New Zealand under the UNHCR refugee quota programme.


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Ten cross cultural workers and community leaders in Auckland recently attended a facilitator training for the “Families in Cultural Transition”programme.


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Over the last 10 years, the New Zealand branch of the Vodafone Foundation has invested more than $15million in over 300 charities to improve the health and well being of young New Zealanders.


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When he first arrived in New Zealand three years ago as a refugee from Bhutan, Indra Dulal probably had no idea how much influence he would have on refugee resettlement in the Manawatu.


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When doors keep closing for refugees

Refugees continue to face significant barriers to employment. According to a recent media report 57 per cent of working-age quota refugees are receiving benefits, compared with 12 per cent of the wider population.


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Darwin 10 seek asylum in Australia

Ten Chinese nationals heading for New Zealand have instead claimed asylum in Australia.
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Employment rights

Settlement Support Manukau would like to invite Migrants and former Refugees who would like to know more about their rights as employees in New Zealand.


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The Mangere Refugee Centre provides a home for six weeks for newly resettled refugees.


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Following the Migrant Businesses and Future for Auckland Forum on the 3 of September 2011, Auckland Council has completed a research project on existing services for migrants/refugees.  


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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, joined two newly arrived refugee families in being welcomed to New Zealand in a powhiri ceremony at Kirikiriroa Marae in the Waikato on Friday, 24 February.


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Delegates from all over the world came to New Zealand in February to learn about the country’s refugee resettlement programme and share their own experiences of working in the refugee resettlement sector.


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As part of their “Reading for Our Future” programme, the Hutt Valley Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) congregation began collecting books to donate to refugee background children in December of last year.


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Forced Migration Review

The Forced Migration Review (FMR) is published three times a year in English, Arabic, Spanish and French by the Refugee Studies Centre of the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford.


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These workshops held by Immigration New Zealand and Refugee Services Aotearoa will focus on refugee family reunification.


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Review of Migration and Settlement in 2011

The Human Rights Commission has published its annual review of developments in Migration and Settlement. The review is part of the annual race relations report Tūi Tūi Tuituiā: Race Relations in 2011.


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Pamela May Anderson passed away in January. She was the long-time manager of the Refugee Research and Information Branch (RRIB) (Nicholson Library) – New Zealand’s only library dedicated to providing country of origin information for refugee and immigration decision making.


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For a long time the Human Rights Commission has raised concerns about undocumented children’s right to education. Therefore the Commission welcomed changes in the Immigration Act 2009 that meant it was no longer unlawful for schools to enrol children and young people who had no legal immigration status in New Zealand. 


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The Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement Journey follows a group of Bhutanese refugees from camps in Nepal through to resettlement in New Zealand.


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The Refugee Council of New Zealand (RCNZ) is initiating a project in 2012 to research what happens to asylum seekers whose claims for refugee status are rejected by the Immigration and Protection Tribunal and who are subsequently deported by the New Zealand authorities. 


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A major national research project entitled “Refugee Family Reunification, Mental Health, and Resettlement Outcomes in Aotearoa New Zealand,” is completed and nearing publication for release at the end of February.


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When Demissie Tadesse Diressie started work with Refugee Services Aotearoa New Zealand in May 2011 as the organisation’s new Principal Advisor on Refugee Health and Wellbeing, his first goal was to identify significant barriers for former refugees in New Zealand when it comes to accessing the nation’s healthcare system.


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Refugee Road Safety Action Programme

Funding of the award-winning RASNZ Refugee Road Safety Action Programme has been fully restored with a grant of $200,000 to allow its continuing operation for the next 5 years.


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From 30 January to 2 February, a group of young refugee community leaders from the Waikato picked up shovels, helped clean areas in the eastern suburbs and visited affected families with food and gifts to show their support.


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Migrants get help in starting new life

Asking for help can be hard but it’s even more difficult for migrants settling in a new country. Settlement Support volunteers, working as mentors, can help people trying to forge a new life settle in to their new community.


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An innovative project to encourage girls from refugee families in Manawatu to join Guiding has received $7500 funding from the Newman’s Own Foundation.


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For many members of Palmerston North’s Bhutanese community, last November’s election wasn’t just their first opportunity to vote in New Zealand, it was their first ever opportunity to vote.


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“Yes Madam, Sir” movie fundraiser

ChangeMakers Refugee Forum presents for one night only the widely acclaimed “Yes Madam, Sir”, an inspiring documentary by award-winning Australian filmmaker, Megan Doneman.


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New Settler Water Safety Reference Group

WaterSafe Auckland will hold the New Settler Water Safety Reference Group on Wednesday 15 March from 10am -12pm at WaterSafe Auckland, 3 Arawa St, Grafton, Auckland.


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Refugee Education Conference AUT 2011

New Zealand’s inaugural Refugee Education Conference will take place later this month in Auckland, hosted by the School of Languages and the Centre for Refugee Education at AUT University.


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Refugee Quota Brach Information

Due to the ongoing impacts of the Christchurch earthquake, the first two refugee quota intakes of the 2011/2012 quota year were reduced in number.


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EDUCALD Preparing for Launch in 2012

The EDUCALD resource, a collaborative venture between the New Zealand Ministry of Education and RASNZ is nearing completion and will soon be launched.


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Inaugural RAS awards held

The Wellington Refugees as Survivors Trust had an awards ceremony at their AGM on 31 October. Known as the Recognition for Achievement and Service awards, three were given to individuals and three to organisations.


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After the Christchurch earthquakes, Afghan community leader Abdul Qayum Salimi wanted to support his community to receive first aid training.


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Settling into a new school can be difficult for anyone, but young people from refugee backgrounds can find it particularly hard. 


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On Tuesday, 8 November, Refugee Services launched a brand new campaign to raise funds for their refugee background caseworkers.


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In October, Refugee Services Palmerston North staff held their first volunteer appreciation evening in their new office in the former Guthrie Bowron premises on Taonui Street.


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Celebrate Refugee Women’s Day 2011

The 2011 Refugee Women’s Day will be held on Wednesday 2 November 9am-2.30 pm at the Christchurch Netball Centre.


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The AUT University and RASNZ are moving into a formal collaborative relationship to advance research on refugee health and wellbeing.


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CAREERFORCE, the national health workforce ITO (Industry Training Organisation) based in Christchurch, has teamed up with RASNZ to advance the CALD (Cultural and Linguistic Diversity) training programmes for health practitioners in programmes that can lead to Levels 5 & 6 qualifications at certificate or diploma levels.


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Elections were held during the ChangeMakers Refugee Forum’s Annual General Meeting held on 27 September.


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The Wellington Refugee as Survivors Trust and Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) are working together with 14 other organisations including Wellington City Council, Police, NZ Fire Service, emergency preparedness and others to host the first ever refugee community’s safety and wellbeing day on 19 October 2011.


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The School of Languages and the Centre for Refugee Education at AUT University are pleased to present New Zealand’s inaugural Refugee Education Conference in 2011.


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Hagley Community College welcomes Rassa Qambari, the new Community Liaison officer for Afghani and Kurdish students and families.


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On 8 and 9 October, Incedo’s 2011 Surge event sponsored 60 volunteers from all over the country to travel to Hamilton to support the area’s refugee and migrant community.


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Refugee Services’ board member and former refugee from Vietnam Mitchell Pham began his journey to New Zealand when he was just a 12 year old boy fleeing violence in his home country in a broken down fishing boat.


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On 7 October, a newly arrived refugee family moved into the first house provided to Refugee Services Nelson by the Nelson Tasman Housing Trust.


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Refugee Services’ Greater Wellington office is holding a fundraiser screening of The First Grader on Thursday, 27 October, at 8:00 PM at the Penthouse Cinema in Brooklyn.


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Refugee Status Brach Information

The Refugee Status Branch of Immigration New Zealand determines claims to asylum in New Zealand under the Refugee Convention.


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A campaign to have refugee-background students recognised as an equity group in government policy and at universities and polytechnics was launched at the Victoria University Law School in Wellington on 23 August 2011.


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Refugees As Survivors NZ (RASNZ) is currently running a knitting group for Ethiopian women, especially the elderly. 


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Invite to ChangeMakers Refugee Forum AGM

The ChangeMakers Refugee Forum will hold their Annual General Meeting Tuesday 27 September from 5.30pm – 7.30pm on the ground floor Multicultural Service Centre 39 Webb St, Wellington.


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For over a year, the RASNZ Research Team has been carrying out a national research initiative on Family Reunification, Mental Health and Resettlement Outcomes in Refugees in Aotearoa New Zealand.


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Preparing for launch of the EDUCALD resource

The EDUCALD resource, a collaborative venture between the Ministry of Education and RASNZ is nearing completion and will soon be launched.


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The New Zealand Psychological Society has just published the new edition of Psychology and the Law in Aotearoa New Zealand, which includes a chapter on Refugees, Asylum Seekers and New Migrants.


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The Refugee Education Conference AUT 2011, Learning, Collaboration, Connections, will take place on 28-29 November.


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Catch the documentary “Motherhouse”

On Sunday, 11 September, TVNZ aired the story of a Kiwi family who arrived as refugees from Myanmar and recently established the first Burmese supermarket in New Zealand.


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First Aid Course for African Communities

Christchurch Resettlement Services and the Christchurch branch of Refugee Services are organising free first aid courses for both men and women from the Somali, Ethiopian and Eritrean communities.


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The National Refugee Resettlement Forum is hosted annually by the Department of Labour’s Settlement, Protection and Attraction Division.


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Successful Refugee Women’s Health Day

Christchurch Resettlement Services, with support from many local agencies organised a health information day for women from refugee backgrounds on 20 July 2011 at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT). 


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The New Zealand Government has to report every five years on New Zealand’s compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). 


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Specialist Refugee/Migrant advocates are available to work with people from refugee communities as well as migrants from non-English speaking countries.


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New course at CPIT

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) is offering a course, Newcomers Stories starting in October 2011.


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Chief Executive of Refugee Services, Heather Hayden and the Chairman of the New Zealand National Refugee Network (NZNRN), Kafeba Mundele, have announced their joint support of the new national refugee resettlement strategy which is about to be considered by cabinet.


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In July this year, Ambassador William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), travelled to Nelson with Hon Dr. Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Immigration, to speak with former refugees in the Nelson area and discuss the challenges faced by their communities.


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Four years ago, Agora Trust was formed in Hamilton, with the goal of putting the values of loving one’s neighbour into practice.


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The Family in Cultural Transition Programme (FICT) is a model programme that imparts relevant cross-cultural life-skills to recently resettled refugee families in New Zealand.  


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A variety of courses are being held in Nelson to build the skills and capacity of the area’s refugee background communities.


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CLING Guidelines Developed

A multi-agency group including representatives from Christchurch City Council, Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Interpreting Canterbury, Partnership Health Canterbury, Plains FM, Community and Public Health, have developed a brochure with guidelines on how to communicate earthquake messages to people whose first language is not English.


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Over June and July, eight young female leaders from the Muslim community were trained in water safety and survival skills, with the aim of teaching their peers these new skills as part of the Saturday night Muslim Girls swimming programme at Cameron Pools (Mt. Roskill) Auckland.


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The next inter-agency meeting of the refugee and migrant sector in Christchurch will be held on Tuesday 16 August from 10:00am – 12noon at the Netball Centre, South Hagley Park.


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Due to the earthquakes, many people in Christchurch have found it difficult to visit the office of the Human Rights Commission. Therefore the Commission is running “clinics” around the Christchurch area.


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Nominations have opened for the New Zealander of the Year Awards and the Global Indian Magazine would like to encourage members of /and organisations working with  the refugee and ethnic minority communities to be nominated and recognised at these awards.


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The Refugee Education Conference for 2011, Learning, Collaboration, Connections will be hosted by the Centre for Refugee Education and the School of Languages AUT University in Auckland from 28 - 29 November.


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Victim Support is currently recruiting volunteers for the Christchurch district and would like to encourage members from the refugee and migrant communities.


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The 2011 New Zealand Diversity Forum will be held on Sunday and Monday 21-22 August at the Claudelands Events  Centre in Hamilton.


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The Māori King, Tuheitia, has invited the Race Relations Commissioner, the Human Rights Commission and ethnic communities to a special welcome at Turangawaewae marae, Ngaruawahia (north of Hamilton) on Friday 19 August at 9.00 am.


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The 2011 New Zealand Diversity forum will be held on Sunday and Monday 21-22 August at the Claudelands Convention Centre in Hamilton.


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Human Rights Commission staff will be holding a number of clinics at different locations in Christchurch over the coming weeks for people to say hello or talk about any human rights concerns.  


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Postgraduate students in Development Studies from Victoria University of Wellington have carried out the first-ever nationwide research to understand the tertiary education experiences of students from refugee backgrounds.


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RASNZ is sending $2,000 to Christchurch Resettlement Services (CRS) to help those from refugee backgrounds whose homes have been affected by the earthquakes.


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20 young people from refugee backgrounds living in metropolitan Auckland will be the first to participate in an innovative initiative of the new RYAN (Refugee Youth Action Network) project from early August. 


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Youth Leadership Camps in Hamilton

Over 100 young people from diverse backgrounds went on three Refugee Youth Action Network (RYAN) camps in June this year, which were held in the Waikato near Ngaruawahia outside Hamilton.


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Leading trainers from the International Rehabilitation Council on Torture (IRCT) in Geneva, supported by funding from the European Commission and UNHCR held a three-day course in Auckland. 


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Hagley Community College is offering free, one-day workshops to NGO’s, charities, public sector and government agencies.


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Refugee Women’s Health Day

Christchurch Resettlement Services is organising Refugee Women’s Health Day from 9.30am – 2.30pm at CPIT on Wednesday 20 July.


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Provision of a wide range of housing options for refugees resettling in New Zealand can be regarded as one of the most visible signs of the message of hope that World Refugee Day 20 June promoted this year, according to Community Housing Aotearoa and Refugee Services.


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Wellington Fundraising Concert

The Wellington Central Pastoral Area social justice group is organising a fundraising concert on Saturday 20 August with Marist singer/songwriter Fr Chris Skinner.


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In May 2011, ChangeMakers ran focus groups to identify the barriers to achieving and maintaining good health outcomes in refugee-background communities. 


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TVNZ and production company Pacific Screen are looking for stories for the New Zealand Stories TV series.


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The Department of Labour recently released two reports from the Quota Refugees Ten Years On research programme to coincide with the National Refugee Resettlement Forum held in Wellington 1-2 June this year. 


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Roundtable on the Immigration Act

The Human Rights Commission hosted a round table on 21 June on the implementation of the new Immigration Act, as a contribution to World Refugee Day.


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Living Well in Christchurch is an ESOL-Literacy programme for refugees and migrants who have little or no literacy either in English or in their first language.


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The 2011 New Zealand Diversity forum will be held on Sunday and Monday 21-22 August at the Claudelands Convention Centre in Hamilton.


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Message from the UNHCR

Each year the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) commemorates World Refugee Day on 20 June 2011.


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Fundraising dinner in Auckland

Auckland Refugee Family Trust is having a Fundraising dinner Saturday 18 June at 7pm.


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Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre will celebrate World Refugee Day on Sunday 19 June. 


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World refugee Day on the small screen

Asia Downunder (Sunday 11am on TV ONE) is running a refugee special on June 19 to mark World Refugee Day.


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Catch the New Zealand premiere of the documentary ‘Hope’ on Friday 8 July, 8.00pm at the Academy Theatre Lorne St, Auckland.


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Stories from Ethiopia

Come and hear an inspiring presentation by Dawit Arshak, a former refugee from Ethiopia.


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Soccer Tournament and Cultural Festival

Refugee Services is hosting a soccer match on Sunday 19 June at the Velodrome and Marist St Pats Club rooms, Hataitai Park to celebrate World Refugee Day.


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“Let’s Shake” at Te Papa

A series of community art experiences known as “Let’s Shake” will run at TePapa in June and July 2011.


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Crafters’ Knitting Corner

Wellington City Libraries have set up a Crafters’ Knitting Corner in each of its Tawa, Johnsonville and Khandallah branches, to celebrate World Refugee Day.


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A campaign to have refugee-background students recognised as an equity group in government policy and at universities and polytechnics will be launched on 20 June 2011, Refugee Day. 


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More than 160 delegates have just attended the annual National Refugee Resettlement Forum (NRRF), hosted by Department of Labour’s Settlement, Protection and Attraction Division in Wellington last week.


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Refugee Family Reunification Trust

The Refugee Family Reunification Trust is urgently seeking funds to help reunite several families.


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The IRCT (International Rehabilitation Council on Torture) in Geneva and RASNZ are collaboratively organising the first New Zealand training on application of the Istanbul Protocol to be held in Auckland on 23-25 June 2011. 


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Mastura Abd Rahman has been appointed to the position of Managing Coordinator for the Refugee Programmes at Hagley Community College.   


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Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) is offering places for refugee and academic migrant students to study ESOL for zero fees.


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In 2010, 313 Burmese learners worked with English language Partners to improve their language skills, by far the largest refugee ethnic group learning English through the organisation.


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World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is on 20 June and will be focusing on the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention. Tens of thousands of people around the world take time to recognize and applaud the contribution of forcibly displaced people throughout the world.


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Refugee Services and English Language Partners organised a parliamentary breakfast event with Hon Minister Hekia Parata on Thursday, 12 May. The theme was “Refugees and migrants – succeeding, participating, contributing.”


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The Wellington Refugees As Survivors Trust (RAS) is working in partnership with Victory School Nelson to deliver the Tamariki Kahukura Rainbow Programme in term 2 with a group of children from refugee background.


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The IRCT (International Rehabilitation Council on Torture) in Geneva and RASNZ are collaboratively organising the first New Zealand training on application of the Istanbul Protocol to be held in Auckland on 23-25 June. 


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New Appointments for RYAN

The RASNZ RYAN (Refugee Youth Action Network) has just appointed three Youth Leaders from the Burmese, Somalian and Burundian Communities. Abann Kamyan Ajak Yor from the Sudanese Community has also just been appointed Youth Facilitator for Employment, Education and Training.    


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Race Relations Day

Race Relations Day is on Monday 21 March.  It’s not too late to order the multilingual posters. Check out the Race Relations Day website or Facebook page to view various events happening around the country to celebrate Race Relations Day.


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A group of former refugees in Christchurch are staying to help fellow Canterbury citizens clean up and recover from the earthquake disaster. The Canterbury Refugee Council chaired by Ahmed Tani has organised over 50 people from former refugee communities to bring spades, shovels and brooms to help clean up and repair their city.


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Over 200 people from diverse communities, agencies and backgrounds celebrated the opening of a new Youth Centre at Mt. Roskill, Auckland as a base for RYAN – the Refugee Youth Action Network on 24 February.


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New Network established in Christchurch

Settling-In New Zealand (part of the Ministry of Social Development), New Migrants Centre Trust and Ngai Tahu have set up a new network in Christchurch where all CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) groups are welcome to attend. The purpose of this is primarily for information sharing, but it’s been great to see familiar faces in these difficult times.


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Beyond the Dark Journey launched

Beyond the Dark Journey was launched on 16 March with a meet and greet with the authors. Eight young people, all former refugees, share their stories not just about their journey here but also their experiences of settling into Aotearoa New Zealand.


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The Art of Living Foundation is offering a free Trauma Relief Workshop to help Cantabrians overcome symptoms of post earthquake stress. The workshop has shown effectiveness in improving psychological and physiological symptoms of post-traumatic stress, including insomnia, nightmares, anxiety, depression, hyper-arousal, over-reactivity to triggers, re-experiencing, emotional numbing, social withdrawal, loss of appetite and angry outbursts.


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An Auckland based trauma team, which specialises in working with survivors of war or torture, has been called to Canterbury to help earthquake victims.


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Refugee Services join all of New Zealand in grieving for the more than 165 people who lost their lives in the 22 February earthquake. Chief Executive Heather Hayden was glad to report that all staff, volunteers and clients have been accounted for and although many of them had lost houses and some still without essential services, everyone was safe.


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A programme encouraging newcomers to Wellington to become more involved with community activity was launched in June 2010. The project was initiated by Volunteer Wellington, Wellington Central Citizens Advice Bureau and Wellington Settlement Support.


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Mitchell Pham Honoured as Young Global Leader

On Wednesday 9 March, Mitchell Pham was named recipient of the Young Global Leader, a prestigious and internationally recognised annual award given by the World Economic Forum.  


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The theme for Race Relations Day 2011 is ‘People in Harmony. This year’s Race Relations Poster features the first verse of the New Zealand National anthem in five languages projected over the faces of five people from various communities.


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Recycled bikes project for Refugees

Unused bicycles are getting a chance for one more ride, thanks to a project aimed at giving back to communities. Three organisations have come together to help recycle old bikes and are donating the finished goods to refugees living in Auckland.


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Census Day resources from Statistics NZ

The census is held every five years. On census day every person in the country must fill in the census form. The census is the only way to get the most information about all the people in New Zealand. The census gives important information about the people living in New Zealand cities, towns, suburbs and rural communities.


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ChangeMakers Refugee Forum NZ is holding free drama classes for refugee youth in a space that is safe, supportive, and welcoming to all, come and:


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The Refugee Division, Refugee Quota Branch is looking for an Immigration Officer to join their team.  The role’s primary purpose is to select refugees for residence in accordance with Immigration New Zealand’s Refugee Quota Composition and RQB best practice.


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RYAN Project set to launch

The RASNZ RYAN (Refugee Youth Action Network) initiative is set to launch on 24 February 2011 at the new Youth Centre at Mt Roskill.   The official opening is being presided over by the Hon Tariana Turia, Minister of Community Services and Associate Minister of Health.  Legendary New Zealand mountaineer, outdoor adventurer and author Graeme Dingle will speak.  


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Crossing Lines is an art exhibition and theatre performance that presents perspectives from Somali & Māori of South Wellington as part of the ongoing Southern Corridor Project.  Heather Timms is the director of Crossing Lines and is currently rehearsing a performance that she believes both communities will recognise and connect with. 


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Annual review of migration and settlement

Each year the Human Rights Commission includes a chapter on migration and settlement in its Race Relations Report. We now welcome your comments on content about refugees and protected persons. Please send any feedback to nzdiversity@hrc.co.nz by unday 30 January. What do you think were the most important developments last year? What are the priorities for 2011?


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Job opportunities at Refugee Services

There are currently four jobs being advertised by Refugee Services in Lower Hutt, Porirua and Wellington City. These are paid jobs and are as follows:


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RASNZ (Refugees As Survivors NZ) is organising a fundraising event for refugee children.  The entertainment and fundraising will be done by the refugee chlldren themselves and proceeds will go towards encouraging refugee children in sports.


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12 refugee story tellers from countries such as Afghanistan, Burma, Burundi, Colombia, Eritrea, Rwanda, and Sudan will recount their personal stories which cover different aspects of their refugee journey.


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A Sports Youth forum will bring together young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to discuss and record barriers and opportunities to participate in sports clubs and other recreational activities. Views presented at the Forum will be compiled in a report to sporting bodies to assist them in guiding the future development of sports amongst ethnic communities.


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Attend Refugee Council of New Zealand’s AGM

The Executive Committee of the Refugee Council of New Zealand would like to invite RCNZ members and guests to its Annual General Meeting.  The guest speaker is Stephen Dunstan, Group Manager of Refugee and Migrant Settlement for the Department of Labour.


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Wellington Refugees as Survivors is launching the book Beyond the Dark Journey — a compilation of short stories and poems by young people from Sudan, Burma and Afghanistan.  The writers are all former refugees and have attended Creative Writing Workshops run by Samson Sahele of Wellington Refugees As Survivors Trust. Samson has collated the stories and poems and co-ordinated the production of the book.


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Twice a week, the Waikato Migrant Resource Centre provides after school homework support for children from refugee backgrounds. Ranging from 12 years onwards, from a variety of cultures, the children represent a diverse range of backgrounds and faiths. What they have in common is the story of what it means to be a refugee. Students of the Shama Homeworx programme are working hard towards academic success.


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The amended minutes and evaluation report from the 2010 National Refugee Resettlement forum are now available on request. The version of the evaluation that was originally circulated on 13 October was an earlier draft and this is the final version.


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110 women and 19 children from refugee backgrounds celebrated Refugee Women’s Day at Christchurch’s Ferrymead Heritage Park on Wednesday 3 November.


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Two workshops entitled Get in on the Action were recently held in the Wellington region for refugee background youth, to provide a space for them to prioritise issues and inform the development of the Wellington Refugee Youth Action Group’s (WRYAG) anticipated action plan.


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The University of Waikato, Ministry of Education and Refugee Services have partnered to provide post-graduate teaching students with cross-cultural teaching experience: an essential element of the university programme for developing teachers. 


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On 24 September, twenty Colombian families in Porirua and the Hutt Valley graduated from Computers in Homes (CIH), a programme launched by 2020 Communications Trust in 1999.  The programme aims to “help families in greatest need to use the internet, email and basic computer skills in their everyday lives, to enhance their performance at school and at work.”


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In October of 2010, Pa Peng Tun and his family, and Ram Za Tang Lainching and his family moved into homes they helped build with Habitat for Humanity.


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Congratulations to Samson Sahele, a former refugee from Ethiopia and Jeff Thomas, from Wellington Refugees as Survivors Trust for receiving the Safety in the City Award in Wellington for their work on Refugees Home Safety.


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Refugee Services Hamilton and Ignite Sport, with support from Save the Children New Zealand, Waikato Refugee Forum and Trust Waikato, conducted a 12-hour leadership and development workshop for over 20 refugee youths on 3-4 October. 


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A client who had arrived in New Zealand a year ago had initially rented a property in Auckland. When he felt confident to rent a better property, he contacted his property manager who had always been really good to him and the property manager gladly agreed to end the contract. He was about to terminate the tenancy by signing the bond refund form when he noticed that the form did not show the amount of money he was going to get back from the Bond Centre.


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The NZ National Refugee Network held their Annual General Meeting in Auckland on Monday 15 November. Keynote speaker was Joris de Bres, Race Relations Commissioner.


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Every five years, the New Zealand Government provides a report to the United Nations on its compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In effect, this is a report on the state of race relations in New Zealand. The report is considered by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.


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Launch of the Auckland Refugee Family Trust

A new trust has been formed at the initiative of the Auckland Refugee Community Coalition to raise and distribute money so refugee families can be reunited in New Zealand.


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Careerforce, the health workforce Industry Training Organisation, has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ). RASNZ provides health services for all quota and convention refugees who enter New Zealand for the purposes of re-settlement.


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RYAN preparing for launch in February 2011

The RYAN (Refugee Youth Action Network) Project for metropolitan Auckland has gained further momentum with the appointment of the first two youth workers, Shakir  Nesar and Daniella Hunt.  Shakir has been working on a voluntary basis in martial arts and sports with young people at the Mt Roskill Wesley Centre and Daniella has been working with young people from Pacific backgrounds. 


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Christchurch Resettlement Services (CRS) contracts representatives from the 6 largest refugee communities in Christchurch to deliver health information to their community members in their own languages and settings.  In response to the recent Canterbury Earthquake, CRS, Refugee Services Aotearoa and a representative from Civil Defence developed a training package and resource for the ‘Health Information Provider’ team to deliver to their communities. 


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Christchurch Resettlement Services supported a group of fourteen over-50 year olds from refugee backgrounds including Afghan, Somali and Bhutanese, to attend the International Older Person’s Day event at the Christchurch Convention Centre on Monday 4 October 2010.


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Around 40 people took part in 9 focus groups conducted in Hamilton, Auckland and Wellington. Christchurch will resume work on the project again, and over the next two months a further 60 participants will be recruited for the focus groups. The majority of participants are from Somali backgrounds and the rest from other ethnicities and cultural backgrounds to ensure that a wide range of “voices” will be heard.


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Launch of new directory

ChangeMakers Refugee Forum has launched a directory of New Zealand-based refugee research.  It hopes the directory will highlight the important work already done by researchers in New Zealand, and provide an opportunity to share resources to achieve an even stronger outcome for refugee-background communities.


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Canterbury Refugee Council seeking volunteer

The Canterbury Refugee Council is seeking a volunteer for an initial period of 6 months in order to assist with building a website, putting together a regular newsletter, and help with other administrative tasks.


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Settlement Support Manukau City is holding a local settlement network meeting with the topic “Wellness and Wellbeing Post/After Migration”.


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Wellington Somali Council AGM

Somali community members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Wellington Somali Council.


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Working with ChangeMakers Refugee Forum, the women in Hutt Valley and Wellington have set up monthly get-togethers where they socialise, share food and exchange craft skills. All women from refugee backgrounds are invited to the Hutt Valley group on the last Saturday of each month and the Wellington group on the first Saturday of each month. Porirua women have chosen to share cooking skills together on Labour Weekend.


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The Refugee Health & Wellbeing Action Plan is a unique partnership between refugee background communities, government and non governmental organisations working in refugee resettlement. The Refugee Health and Wellbeing Action Plan contains more than 60 actions to be achieved this year in 8 areas of resettlement: economic independence, education and training, family reunification, health, housing, safety and security, strengthening communities and youth.


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The first report in New Zealand on the health of Middle Eastern, Latin American and African populations has been released by Auckland District Health Board.


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‘Connecting Cultures’ featured Denise Bryant and the Mothers of Babies and Toddlers’ Community English class. The class is formulated especially for migrant and refugee women with young children. It aims to help build both language skills and social confidence to equip mothers to face the challenges of family life in a new community.


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Ideas are welcome for 2011 NRRF scheduled for 25 and 26 May 2011. The comments made by participants in the 2010 Evaluation survey are a useful resource to guide the planning of the 2011 NRRF.


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Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand (AIANZ) has recently updated its website to better reflect the role it plays in advocating for the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.


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Nominate a Human Rights Defender

This year on 10 December, International Human Rights Day, Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand will be presenting Amnesty International’s Human Rights Defender Award to someone from New Zealand or the Pacific region who, through their work, has proven that they human rights.


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ChangeMakers is applying for funding for a research project that will focus on health and wellbeing among former refugee youth and is looking for a researcher to lead the project. Researchers from refugee backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


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Volunteer Wellington in partnership with Wellington Central Citizens Advice Bureau and Settlement Support Wellington recently launched a programme for newcomers to encourage community participation and learning.


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Be Water Safe Resource now available

WaterSafe Auckland is pleased to announce the new illustrated version of Be Water Safe, a booklet specifically designed with refugees and new settlers in mind.


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ChangeMakers Refugee Forum is holding its Annual General Meeting.


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Refugee Stories Symposium: Auckland

The Refugee Stories Symposium will be held in Auckland next month.  12 former refugees from a variety of countries including Afghanistan, Burundi, Burma, Colombia, Eritrea, Rwanda, and Sudan will present testimonies about various aspects of the refugee experience and life in New Zealand.


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Amnesty International is hosting Burmese political activist, refugee and former prisoner of conscience Aung Khaing Min through the four main regional centres from 10-20 October.


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The Refugee and Migrant Settlement Group at the Department of Labour have launched a newsletter in order to highlight its key work in the sector. The newsletter is now available for distribution to government and non-government stakeholders and provides an opportunity for the R&MS Group to promote its work and encourage collaboration.


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Pathways resettlement plan now in place

As of August this year, former refugees leaving the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre will now be assisted in their settlement by Pathways, a new Comprehensive Resettlement Plan being developed by Refugee Services. 


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Eid Celebration in Auckland

Over 400 people including families, children and young people attended the Refugee Youth Action Network (RYAN) Eid celebration held on Saturday 11 September at the Mt Roskill Memorial Hall in Auckland.


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The RASNZ Refugee Mobile Team received the Supreme Gold Award for all mental health services in Australia and New Zealand.  This was announced at the Annual International Mental Health Service Conference in Sydney, Australia on 15 September. 


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Researchers from Auckland University of Technology are interested in hearing from interpreters with current experience of working in refugee settings, or those who have been working in refugee settings within the past six years.


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Thanks to English Language Partners, help for members of communities who would like assistance in other languages is now available.  If you have questions associated with the earthquake such as: help with housing, WINZ, damaged houses, insurance and health; the earthquake telephone help lines are now linked to a service that provides professional interpreters in 40 languages.


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Volunteer Wellington in partnership with Wellington Central Citizens Advice Bureau and Settlement Support Wellington recently launched a programme for newcomers to encourage community participation and learning.


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Settlement Support Wellington is inviting everyone to attend an introduction to the New Zealand tax system.


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This symposium will consist of a day of stories about various aspects of the refugee experience, presented by former refugees who are now residents in New Zealand.


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Asylum forum held in Auckland

The annual Asylum Forum was held on Wednesday 25 August at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre in Auckland. The forum is an annual event specifically for asylum seekers and Convention refugees, and for those who work with them.


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Schools take part in activities for refugees

The August issue of Refugee Services newsletter, “A Place to Call Home” is now available.


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RYAN in full swing mode in Auckland

Refugees as Survivors New Zealand’s (RASNZ) new venture Refugee Youth Action Network (RYAN) is starting to roll out across Auckland. The initiative involves the Umma Trust, Ethnic Youth Trust, Ministry of Social Development, ASB Community Trust, and refugee advocacy groups.


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New resource from Te Pou available now online

Te Pou, the National Centre for Mental Health Workforce Development has just released the resource: Therapies for Refugees, Migrants and Asylum Seekers: Best and Promising Practice Guide.


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Sowing the seeds of change

The Garden4Health and the RASNZ Community Health Team will provide practical solutions to healthy living through the development of edible gardening skills to sustain families.


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Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ) has recently engaged in a collaborative venture to establish the Refugee Youth Action Network (RYAN).The initiative involves the Umma Trust, Ethnic Youth Trust, Ministry of Social Development, ASB Community Trust, and refugee advocacy groups.


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The Southern Corridor Project is a socially engaged arts project between and within the Māori, Somali and artistic communities in South Wellington.


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Amnesty International Aotearoa is seeking information to allow it to respond more fully to Australia’s suggestion of establishing a regional processing centre. This would target asylum seekers arriving by boat in Australian waters and is currently being proposed as a “Pacific Solution”.


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Khadra Mohamed, a refugee from Somalia, has recently taken up a newly-established national role as Client Relationships Developer for English Language Partners, formerly ESOL Home Tutors.


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The Annual New Zealand Diversity Forum is being held at the Christchurch Convention Centre on Sunday 22 and Monday 23 August.


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Southern Moon Productions have recently released an updated version of the educational video A Girl From Glen Innes. The film features Tinmama Oo, a 13-year-old refugee from Burma, during her final year at high school.


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On Wednesday 25 August, the annual Asylum Forum will be held specifically for asylum seekers and Convention refugees, and for those who work with them. It is co-ordinated by government and non-government sectors to provide an opportunity for information sharing and discussion with the wider community.


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ChangeMakers Refugee Forum has launched a wikispace for those working with refugee background young people. The site is aimed at government, non-government organisations, youth workers, social workers, health and education professionals and community agencies.


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Adam Awad, of the New Zealand Refugee Network, gave a speech on World Refugee Day in Auckland.


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Farewell from Josephine Savage

Kia ora koutou. This is my last month of writing Te Punanga, as I am leaving my role at the Commission. It has been really great to work with you all, and to be up to speed on the many exciting initiatives happening in the sector.


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The first meeting of the New Settler Water Safety Reference Group will convene on Friday 6 August, hosted by WaterSafe Auckland. Aquatic partners, community organisations and individuals who work with refugees and new migrants are encouraged to attend to share their expertise and resources.


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On 28 July at 11am, Cities of Migration is hosting a webinar featuring Dr. Arif Saeid, Community Service Manager, Refugees as Survivors, New Zealand.


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In Wellington on Saturday 31 July, Children on the Edge will be helping to raise money for the refugee children of Burma by hosting their annual “Dames, Dolls and Gents” Casino Night.


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In Auckland on Wednesday 11 August, all are welcome to hear guest speaker Jay Marlowe discuss “Responding to Trauma from Forced Migration and Resettlement: Rethinking Perspectives on Sudanese Refugees”.


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In Wellington on Wednesday 4 August ChangeMakers will present the Fit for Funding Forum, a chance for anyone wanting to raise money for their organisation to get some free, practical advice.


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Over the next month Auckland Regional Migrant Services Charitable Trust (ARMS) are hosting a number of free Settlement Information Workshops for newly arrived migrants and refugees. Workshops include:


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On Friday 23 July, the Office for the Community and Voluntary Sector (OCVS) is conducting a free seminar, “Meaningful and Authentic Engagement with Ethnic Communities”.


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Unsung Hero winner

Yvonne Ennion, a Hamilton volunteer who has spent the past 20 years helping refugees, is one of five winners of the New Zealand Herald P&O Cruises’ Unsung Heroes competition. Yvonne won a well-deserved P&O Cruises’ South Pacific voyage for two.


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New Zealanders can show their support for people from refugee backgrounds who are resettling in Aotearoa by becoming a fan of the new facebook page “I support refugee resettlement in NZ”.


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Immigration New Zealand marked World Refugee Day on 20 June with a tree-planting event and the launch of a commemorative booklet on the history of the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre (MRRC).


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The current issue of Forced Migration Review (FMR), “Disability and Displacement”, features a range of articles, including “New Zealand: beyond the quota” by Rowan Saker (Department of Labour) and “Early Engagement” by Celia Brandon (Refugee Services Aotearoa New Zealand) and Candy Smith (CCS Disability Action).


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Below are the numbers, nationalities and country of first refuge of UNHCR mandated refugees accepted for resettlement in New Zealand under the 2009-2010 Refugee Quota Programme, administered by the Refugee Quota Branch of the Department of Labour.


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The following is a summary of refugee claims received and decisions made on asylum seekers in New Zealand for the 2009-2010 financial year by the Refugee Status Branch (RSB) of the Department of Labour.


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CALD Project is expanding

The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Project (CALD) is moving to include the Special Education sector in its national training programme.


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Qantas Media Award

Christchurch freelance journalist Amanda Cropp has won best human relations story in the magazine category of the Qantas Media Awards for her article “No Refuge”.


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Don’t forget to register for the upcoming NZ Diversity Forum, to be held from 21-23 August at the Christchurch Convention Centre. The forum will include a number of sessions directly relevant to the refugee sector.


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Yvonne Ennien, Hamilton Volunteer, was featured in the New Zealand Herald’s ‘Unsung Heroes’ series this month, and was described as a “mum, sister and friend to refugees in need.” Read more about Yvonne’s extensive volunteer work online.

World Refugee Day

On 20 June, World Refugee Day is marked around the globe. The UNHRC has set the theme for 2010 as ‘Home’, with the accompanying statement “they took my home but they can’t take my future.” A number of New Zealand-based organisations are marking the event in a number of creative and exciting ways. The Commission has a dedicated webpage for World Refugee Day. If you or your organisation is planning an event, please email us and we will publicise it!
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This Canterbury Community Law – Refugee Council Programme aims to outline fundamental criminal, family and relationship law. Canterbury Community Law and Canterbury Refugee Council are presenting the 6-month course, which former refugees can attend, free of charge.


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The Asia:New Zealand Media Programme reporting team travelled to Nepal to track the resettlement process for Bhutanese refugees to New Zealand “to give the kiwis a better understanding of the background of people moving in to their communities.”


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Settling In funding increase

The Settling In initiative will receive an extra $3 million over the next three years, following Budget 2010 announcements.


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Changes to Student Loans and Allowances

While permanent residents and Australians will be subject to a two-year stand down period before receiving student loans and allowances from January 2011, refugees will not be affected by the changes.


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Issues of communication breakdowns and hardship for refugee background students, following a change in their funding provider, are featured in ‘the Aucklander’.

Refugee Services Aotearoa New Zealand is looking for a suitably experienced person to work with newly arrived families in Wellington as a Community Case Worker. The ideal candidate will have refugee experience or have been a refugee. A sound understanding of the resettlement process and the New Zealand system is desirable as well as a good standard of written and oral English.


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Refugees’ human rights reviewed

To mark World Refugee Day, the Human Rights Commission is releasing a consultation document on the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. This is part of the Commission’s Review of Human Rights in New Zealand 2010.


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Diversity Forum

The NZ Diversity Forum is fast approaching (21-23 August), and this year will be held in Christchurch. A special forum ‘Refugee Agenda: Nothing About Us Without Us’ is scheduled for Monday 23 August.


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World Refugee Day in Newtown Park

Refugee Services Aotearoa New Zealand, in partnership with Wellington City Council, Rotary Club of Wellington and Wellington-area former refugee communities, is celebrating World Refugee Day 2010 on 20 June at Newtown Park, and Mt. Albert Park in Wellington.


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‘Girl from Glen Innes’ Update

A newly released DVD updates the story of Burmese refugee, Tinmama Oo, featured in the 2004 video ‘A Girl from Glen Innes.’


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Christchurch Resettlement Services is organising a Youth hui for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds on 22 May.


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National Resettlement Forum

Don’t forget about the National Refugee Resettlement Forum, organised by Department of Labour, to be held in Wellington on 26 and 27 May 2010. Contact Koskwa Shoniwa for more information.

ARMS is running a range of free orientation programmes and settlement information workshops over the next few months.


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Workshops for Youth Week

To mark Youth Week 2010, Shakti Community Council is organising a day of workshops for youths from migrant and refugee communities to get together, share their experiences and talk about issues that affect them in a comfortable and safe environment.


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Settlement Support Manukau, Auckland Regional Migrant Services is holding a workshop for people working with clients who speak another language.


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A meeting will be held on Thursday, 10 June at 7.30pm at the Wesley Community Centre to form the Auckland Refugee Family Trust. Contact Sue Elliot or Jenni Broom to find out more.

Diversity Forum 2010

This year’s Diversity Forum will be held in Christchurch, from 21- 23 August, with the theme ‘It’s about Us- Whānau’. There will be a forum on ‘Refugee Issues- Nothing About Us Without Us’ on Monday 23 August. The Diversity Forum webpage is now live, and will be updated with forums as they are confirmed.

Following the Refugee Health and Wellbeing Conference ‘Looking Back and Moving Forward’, organisers made a submission to Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Immigration. The submission written by the Refugee Council of New Zealand Incorporated and AUT University is available to read on our website.

Richard Towle, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Regional Representative, was interviewed on Radio NZ by Chris Laidlaw on 2 May.


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Refugees as Survivors New Zealand, Aramoana Adventures of Ngati Wai, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and the Ministry of Social Development are joining forces to run series of leadership development courses for three groups of 30 refugee background youth.


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The Auckland Refugee Community Coalition has initiated the establishment of a trust to financially support former refugees pursuing family reunification. While trusts to support the process currently exist in Wellington and Christchurch, there isn’t an equivalent organisation in the Auckland region.


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Refugees as Survivors New Zealand is undertaking a National Research Project on Family Reunification, Mental Health and Resettlement Outcomes.


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The Auckland Refugee Coalition and the Auckland Regional Migrant Services Charitable Trust have combined to establish a multicultural playgroup for preschool children and parents: “a professional and stable early childhood provision for refugee children alongside a range of opportunities for parents to participate in learning opportunities for themselves, such as English classes.” Contact Auckland Regional Migrant Services for more information.

Refugee Young Leaders’ Project

Changemakers Refugee Forum’s youth leadership project has kicked off, with participants from Afghan, Burmese, Oromo, Rwandan, Sudanese and Zimbabwean communities.


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English Language Partners Christchurch has been running literacy and sign language lessons for a group of five deaf refugees in the city.


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Tertiary Education Minister, Steven Joyce, has floated a two-year delay for eligibility for student loans for ‘new residents’ to the country. Heather Hayden Chief Executive of Refugee Services Aotearoa New Zealand, said the organisation would “be very concerned if there was any barrier at all to refugees as new citizens in New Zealand being able to access tertiary education.”

Power of Football project

Four young men from refugee backgrounds have organised a three month indoor football competition, based on a grant from FIFA.


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Webhealth, an online directory of health and social services, has added a function for users to customise and print their own directories.


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World Refugee Day (UNHCR)

The theme for World Refugee Day is ‘Home’. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees Regional Office in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific would like to hear from people about how they are planning to celebrate the day.


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Refugee and Migrant Forum, Christchurch

The Office of Ethnic Affairs is holding a Refugee and Migrant Forum in Christchurch on 19 May. The forum is open to the public.

National Refugee Resettlement Forum

The Department of Labour is responsible for organising the National Refugee Resettlement Forum, which will be held in Wellington on 26 and 27 May 2010. Contact Koskwa Shoniwa to find out more about the National Refugee Resettlement Forum.

NZ cannot ignore UN recommendations and must amend the Immigration Act to protect refugees, says Natasha Lewis, Amnesty International intern.


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Mixing Room Exhibition opens at Te Papa

The Mixing Room exhibition displays the work and stories of over 70 young people from refugee backgrounds. It opened on Saturday 10 April at Te Papa Museum in Wellington.


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A collection of local artists created works inspired by Burmese refugee children’s art, brought back from volunteers’ recent trip to the Thai-Burma border. The art was auctioned to raise $10,000 for Children on the Edge and its support for Burmese refugee children.


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Te Pou o Whakaaro Nui has just released a reference list of Asian, refugee and migrant mental health research in New Zealand from 2004- 2009. It is available online.

The Christchurch branch of Refugee Services Aotearoa NZ is moving from their current address at the Refugee and Migrant Centre, 201 Peterborough Street, Christchurch on 8 April.


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The Christchurch Refugee and Migrant Centre closed at the end of March and there have been changes to Canterbury’s Refugee and Migrant Health Service.


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Changemakers Refugee Forum has a vacancy for a General Manager. More details are available on their website.

Multi Ethnic Youth Law Forum, Auckland

The Office of Ethnic Affairs is holding an interactive Youth Law forum designed to give ethnic youth and those who work with them useful information about their rights.


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The March 2010 intake of UNHCR mandated quota refugees is completing the six week orientation programme at Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre.


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The following is a summary of asylum claims received and decisions made at the Refugee Status Branch of the Department of Labour for February and March 2010.


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Richard Towle, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Regional Representative for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific cautioned against cutting funding for resettlement services for refugees arriving to New Zealand.


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Refugees as Survivors in Auckland is looking for people to become ‘Essential Angels’ and ‘Travelling Angels’ in various parts of Auckland.


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The Auckland Refugee Community Coalition has initiated a call for support in the establishment of a new independent Charitable Trust to support family reunion.


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Ethkick10

The highly successful Ethkick multicultural football festival was held again in Palmerston North.


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New Settler Water Safety DVD available

WaterSafe Auckland’s ‘New Settler Water Safety’ DVD is back in stock.


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Upcoming National Forum

The Department of Labour is responsible for organising the National Refugee Resettlement Forum, which will be held in Wellington on 26 and 27 May 2010.


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CALD training programme, Wellington

The pilot training programme for working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) clients is being rolled out to other cities this year, including Wellington.


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Hagley Community College is running refugee information workshops for NGOs, charities, voluntary and community sector organisations, community leaders, managers, new migrants, public sector and government agencies.


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Mixing Room Exhibition

The Mixing Room Exhibition: stories from young refugees will open on April 10 at Te Papa Museum (Wellington), in the Community Gallery.


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The children from Learning Centre 6 at Riversdale School were awarded certificates by Refugee Services for their project to help former refugee children feel welcome in Palmerston North.


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Race Relations Day

Race Relations Day is being held on March 21 and this year’s theme is ‘It’s About Us’.


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Strategic Policy Manager position

A vacancy has arisen for the position of Strategic Policy Manager within the Human Rights Commission’s senior management team. A job description is available on the Commission’s website (applications close April 2).

Regional Refugee Resettlement Forums

Four Regional Refugee Resettlement Forums were held in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch in February 2010.


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Volunteer Wellington and Changemakers Refugee Forum are launching ‘Stories of engagement between mentors and Wellington’s refugee communities’ on Thursday April 1.


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Volunteers for the Good Karma Project have recently returned from a trip to the Thai/ Burma border working on creative art projects with refugee children from Burma.


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ChangeMakers Refugee Forum has just released the ‘Strong Families Strong Children DVD’ and booklet resource kit.


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Race Relations Day Facebook page

The Human Rights Commission is using Facebook to get discussions going ahead of Race Relations Day next month with a special Facebook page dedicated to Race Relations Day. The interactive page is also a way to encourage people to post and share information about upcoming events to celebrate Race Relations Day.


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Asylum Forum, December 2009

The Refugee Status Branch held another Asylum Forum on Tuesday 8 December 2009 at the Fickling Centre, Mt Roskill. The summary below was provided by the Refugee Status Branch, Department of Labour.


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In an international first, the Department of Labour’s International Migration, Settlement and Employment Dynamics Research Team (IMSED Research) has begun a study of the long-term settlement experiences of people arriving in NZ through the Refugee Quota Category between 1993 and 1999.


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The Department of Labour has just released a report entitled ‘Quota Refugees in New Zealand: Approvals and Movements (1999- 2008)’.


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January 2010 intake

The January 2010 refugee quota intake of UNHCR mandated refugees are currently completing the six week orientation programme at Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre. The January 2010 intake consists of 123 refugees, predominantly from Bhutan and Colombia.


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Mixing Room- blog online

The Mixing Room is a multimedia project in which young former refugees tell their stories through different mediums, including writing, film and photography.


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Southern Corridor Project Update

The Southern Corridor Project is an arts initiative working with Somali and Māori communities in South Wellington.


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Minority Voices- available on DVD

The Minority Voices series has now finished screening on TVNZ, but you can order DVD copies of the series from Butobase Productions.


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Welcome Packs for former refugees

Pippins, Brownies, Guides and Rangers of Girl Guides in the Wellington region have been working on a project to create Welcome Packs for refugees arriving in New Zealand.


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Job Opportunities

Eko Theatre is looking for three emerging actors, Changemakers Refugee Forum has a vacancy for the position of research advocate, and the Wellington Somali Council is looking for a community worker.


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Race Relations Day

Race Relations Day is happening on March 21, with the theme ‘It’s About Us- Whānau’.


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New Zealand Diversity Action Programme

Organisations involved in refugee resettlement and community development are encouraged to register their projects with the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme.
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The Refugee Health and Wellbeing Conference ‘Looking Back and Moving Forward’ held in November 2009 brought together a diverse cross-section of former refugee communities, practitioners, organisations, and government.


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Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres acted as a ‘keynote listener’ at the stocktake session from the four streams of health, education, community/resettlement and youth/women of the conference and delivered a summary of outcomes.


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Annual Refugee Regional Forum

The Wellington-based annual refugee regional forum will be held on 11 February at the Auditorium, the Learning Centre, Hutt Hospital, from 9am- 4.30pm.


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Mangere Resettlement Centre Garden

Mangere Resettlement Centre has begun a new initiative ‘Gardening for Health’, which teaches new arrivals gardening skills specific for the NZ climate.


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Minority Voices

The Minority Voices series, produced by Butobase Ltd is now screening on TV1 on Sunday mornings from 11.30am.


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December screening of Minority Voices

Minority Voices is a TV series of ten episodes, which aims to give a voice to new New Zealanders, representing the experiences of those who have resettled in Aotearoa.


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C4 Boys from Palmerston North

A group of young former refugees from Congo Brazzaville have formed an African dance group to showcase their talent.


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Dr. Ingrid Huygens will run a one day training course in Taranaki aimed at providing facilitators, teachers and community leaders from the migrant and refugee communities with simple information on Te Tiriti, the Treaty of Waitangi.


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Rituraj Sapkota, a student at Wintec in Hamilton, has created the documentary ‘Sharnaarthi, A Generation in Exile’.


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Aslyum Forum

The Department of Labour is holding its next Asylum Forum in association with stakeholder and community groups working with asylum seekers or Convention Refugees on December 8.


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The Good Karma Project

The Good Karma Project is working to provide creative opportunities to Burmese refugee children living in Thailand, and to equip them with skills that will allow them to continue creating art and telling their stories.


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You can now view Changemakers Refugee newsletters online.


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The Human Rights Commission is updating its 2004 status report on human rights in New Zealand, in preparation for developing the second New Zealand Action Plan for Human Rights next year.


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Also part of the development of the new New Zealand Action Plan for Human Rights, the Commission is conducting a survey on what people view as the most pressing human rights concerns in New Zealand.


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The annual report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education will be presented to the Human Rights Council in 2010, and will focus on the right to education of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers.


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National Conference on Refugee Issues

There isn’t long to go until the ‘Looking Back and Moving Forward’ national conference on refugee issues. The conference, held by AUT Centre for Asian and Migrant Health Research and the Refugee Council of New Zealand will run from November 18 – 20 at AUT.


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Facebook page for NZDAP

The New Zealand Diversity Action Programme Facebook page now has over 400 friends.

Check it out to keep up to date with news, events and issues on the new Facebook page. The Race Relations Commissioner also has a Facebook page for general race relations issues.

Yunited Voicez and Nileflow websites

Refugee background young people have been getting active online. Yunited Voicez presents the stories of refugee-background youth learning media skills.


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Te Papa is working with refugees aged between 12 and 29 to prepare for the upcoming exhibition ‘The Mixing Room: Stories from Young Refugees in New Zealand’.


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November 1 marked the 65th anniversary of the arrival of New Zealand’s first refugees from Poland.


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Does History Matter? Making and Debating Citizenship, Immigration and Refugee Policy in Australia and New Zealand is a collection of essays co-published by the Australian and New Zealand Schools of Government and edited by Klaus Neumann and Gwenda Tavan.


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‘Cambodia Dreams’ Film

New Zealand Film Maker Stanley Harper’s ‘Cambodia Dreams’ is a documentary about a Cambodian family living in a refugee camp in Thailand that spans 18 years.


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Refugee Services AGM, October 19

Refugee Services Aotearoa New Zealand is holding its Annual General Meeting on October 19 at 5.30pm.


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Refugees as Survivors AGM, October 22

The Wellington Refugees as Survivors Trust is holding its Annual General Meeting on October 22 at 5.45pm.


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Don’t forget that the Looking Back and Moving Forward Refugee Health and Wellbeing Conference is happening from November 18- 20.


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The next Asylum Forum will be held on December 8, from 9am- 4pm in Mangere, Auckland.


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As reported in last month’s edition of Te Punanga, the Department of Labour called for submissions on the composition of the Refugee Quota for 2010- 2013.


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UNHCR mandated quota refugees included in the September 2009 intake have completed their six week orientation programme at Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre.


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What do you think about refugee policy?

The Human Rights Commission is currently updating its status report on human rights in New Zealand, in preparation for developing the second New Zealand Action Plan for Human Rights next year.


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After completing a unit on Human Rights a class from Porirua College made a music video on the theme of standing up for your rights.


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Refugee Services Hutt Valley was the recipient of a community award at the inaugural Hutt City Community Awards in September.


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Sixty five young women participated in a week-long ‘New Refugee School Holiday Programme’ in Auckland this month, which included swimming lessons and learning about water safety.


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The Settling In Palmerston North and Fielding: Diverse Communities Talk About Their Experiences report was launched at the Manawatu Convention Centre in Palmerston North on September 25.


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Christchurch Resettlement Services has just released its Annual Report for 2008-09, which is a model of good practice for a community organisation.


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Settlement Support Manukau

Settlement Support Manukau would like to remind refugees and their families of the services available to them.


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Facebook page for NZDAP

The New Zealand Diversity Action Programme now has a Facebook page. You can read news and other information on the new Facebook page.

Submissions to the Department of Labour on the composition of the Refugee Quota for 2010- 2013 are now open.


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Information on asylum claims and decisions of the Refugee Status Branch of the Department of Labour is now available for the July 2008 to June 2009 financial year.


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‘A Place to Call Home’ Newsletter

Refugee Services Aotearoa New Zealand’s August e-newsletter is out.


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RASNZ September Newsletter ‘Proximity’

Refugees As Survivors New Zealand’s September newsletter is also now available.


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Department of Labour Settlement Workshop

A half day workshop covering the settlement needs of approved asylum seekers was held in Auckland on August 12.


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The Wellington Community Law Centre is providing weekly legal seminars for community groups over the month of October.


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The Refugee Council of New Zealand and AUT University are hosting this conference from November 18-20.


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The Somali Project

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand has run a pilot project in Auckland working with the Somali community.


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Refugees as Survivors are planning a series of ‘Preventing Violence Programmes’ in Auckland at Selwyn College.


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Register now for the Diversity Forum, being held in Wellington from 22-24 August.


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The domestic environment presents many potential hazards when it comes to the safety of children in and around water.
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AUT University and Refugee Council of New Zealand invite you to join them for the conference: Looking Back and Moving Forward.
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The Wellington Community Law Centre runs a free, specialist immigration advice service every Tuesday from 5.30-7pm. We provide initial legal advice in the following areas:

  • Refugee family reunification
  • Temporary entry (visitor, work, student visas)
  • Citizenship
  • Residence (family categories)
  • Removal
  • Refugee status

For more information, phone 04 499 2928 or email info@wclc.org.nz.

Other Free Legal Advice Services are also available.

The Quota Refugees Ten Years On: Perspectives on Integration, Community and Identity research programme aims to find out about long-term settlement experiences. They are surveying people who arrived in New Zealand through the Refugee Quota Programme from 1993 to 1999. This three-year study is being led by the International Migration, Settlement and Employment Dynamics (IMSED) Research team at the Department of Labour.
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A new report issued by the Families Commission explores the relationships between 39 migrant and refugee parents and teenagers as they settle in New Zealand.
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Victim Support Christchurch

On Tuesday 4 August, Victim Support held an information evening at the Central Christchurch Police Station for prospective volunteers. Representatives from a range of ethnic communities attended.
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The Annual General Meeting for the Auckland Refugee Council Inc. will be held on Saturday, 12 September at 10am, in the Garden Room at Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn.
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CAB Language Link has now relocated to 521D, Mt Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland.
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ARMS: Volunteers Wanted

Auckland Regional Migrant Service are currently looking for volunteers.
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The UN Refugee Agency says the protection of people affected by climate change is a complex problem that can not be solved with simplistic explanations, labels, or approaches. Human displacement can be caused by a number of complex and inter-related factors – ranging from environmental, climatic, geological, and demographic, including increased urbanisation. These factors can cause community tension and even conflict, particularly where land and natural resources are scarce.
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Patti Grogan is Director of Policy and Planning for Refugee Services at the Florida Department of Children and Families. Patii directs policy for the largest refugee resettlement program in the United States.
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Amanda Cropp, recipient of the 2008 Media Grant for journalism projects, has just had her first article published in the August issue of North & South magazine. The article focuses on refugee and migrant mental health, and looks in detail at the issues and challenges faced by these New Zealand communities.

The PDF of Amanda’s article is available online at http://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/page/239-News.

For more information, contact Amanda Cropp on 03 326-5605.

Quota Refugees: July 2009 intake

A total of 151 refugees arrived as part of the July 2009 refugee quota intake. Refugees accepted for resettlement in the July 2009 intake under the Refugee Quota Programme of Immigration New Zealand underwent the six-week orientation programme at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre. The largest groups were from Bhutan, Myanmar, Iraq, Afghanistan, Burundi and Eritrea.

Special Award Recognises Contribution

Annie Coates, a well-known Wellingtonian, was recognised at the Prime Minister’s Social Hero Awards presentation dinner held in Auckland on Friday 24 July.
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Former Vietnamese refugee Mitchell Pham will be one of the keynote speakers at the plenary session of the New Zealand Diversity Forum on Monday 24 August from 3.30-5.30pm.
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Changemakers Refugee Forum will be host a forum on Monday 24 August from 10.30am-12pm at the NZ Film Archive in Taranaki St. Former refugees share stories about their journey and settlement in Aotearoa.

Please indicate you will be attending this session by registering online.

Wellington Refugees as Survivors Trust will host a forum on Refugee Stories and Minority Voices at Te Papa on Sunday 23 August 3.30-5pm.
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The Settlement Division, Department of Labour, will host a forum on Strengthening Refugee Voices on Monday 24 August from 1-3pm at the NZ Film Archive, Taranaki St. Presenters will be Kafeba Mundele, Chair, National Refugee Network; Sudha Rao, Manager, Strategy Leadership, Settlement Division; and Kiran Mallapur, Purchasing Team, Settlement Division.
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ChangeMakers Refugee Forum has been asked to inform friends and colleagues about a wonderful opportunity that a young Ethiopian man, Terefe Ejigu, has been offered.


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The Canterbury Women’s Club and ChristChurch Cathedral are planning a special Kate Sheppard celebration for September 19. At this stage they are asking for pictures of Canterbury and Christchurch women doing a wide variety of things.


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AUT is hosting the Looking Back & Moving Forward conference from November 18- 21 to explore the last 20 years of refugee resettlement in New Zealand and to look at issues likely to impact on refugee resettlement in the future.


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Webhealth is an online resource with useful information for refugees in New Zealand. It provides a free link to different communities through a 24 hour, 7 day a week service providing anonymous access to quality, local, and up-to-date information.


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One of the keynote speakers at this year’s New Zealand Diversity Forum on August 23-24 will be former Vietnamese refugee Mitchell Pham who is now a highly successful businessman. His story and those of other refugees will feature in a number of refugee-related events at the forum.


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A new UNHCR report has highlighted the need for international protection of refugees and other uprooted people around the world. UNHCR’s 2008 Global Trends Report found that at the end of last year there were 42 million people forcibly uprooted by conflict and persecution worldwide.


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Hamilton’s exhibition of emerging young artists held on June 16 featured more than 40 talented artists from 25 different ethnicities. Art work was created by young people aged 5 to 20 years from migrant and refugee backgrounds and the event sold $1200 worth of art.


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Key messages about Influenza A (H1N1) in community languages – Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Farsi, Fijian, German, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Māori, Samoan, Somali, Spanish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Thai, Tongan and Vietnamese – are now available from the Influenza A (H1N1) home page. A video of the key messages in New Zealand Sign Language provided by Deaf Aotearoa is also available.


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The Mirror Mama Project

The Mirror Mama Project is a collaborative project between artist Delicia Sampero, six Pacific ‘Mamas’ who contribute to the cultural programmes at the Waitakere Pacific Arts and Cultural Centre, and four refugee ‘Mamas’ from Africa and the Middle East.


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‘Operation Einstein’ was recently run by Refugee Services and NZ Police and consisted of a training session for over 20 local police and community constables.


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Wellington residents from countries as diverse as Cambodia, Iraq, Ethiopia and the Philippines play starring roles in a short film that aims to raise awareness of refugee and migrant jobseekers in the city.


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A new course for men from refugee background communities will run on Tuesday evenings at Hagley Community College from July 28. The aim of the course is to improve English language, do basic repairs, meet people and support family learning.


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The Wellington-based Muslim group Rayhaan are organising a 2-day workshop for service providers who deal with both local and international Muslim clients. The workshop will be held in Wellington and aims to provide in depth strategic and information planning sessions on engaging with Muslim clients.


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Victim Support is now operating services from the Christchurch Refugee and Migrant Centre each Tuesday from 10am to 12.30pm.


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The Interpreting Canterbury branch of Interpreting New Zealand is holding a workshop for all general user agencies with no medical background on how to work effectively with interpreters, in order to achieve the best possible communication with non-English speaking clients.


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Quota Refugees Ten Years On: Perspectives on Integration, Community and Identity is a three-year research project to find out about the long-term settlement experiences of people who arrived in New Zealand through the Refugee Quota Programme from 1993 to 1999.


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National Refugee Forum

The 2009 annual National Refugee Resettlement Forum (Forum) was held on May 27 and 28 in Wellington at the Westpac Stadium.


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The ‘Auckland Regional World Refugee Day Event’ will be held on June 20.


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On June 20 the Festival of Cultures will be held at the Convention Centre from 1pm- 3.30pm.


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‘A Celebration of Everyday People’ is being held at Crossroads Community Church, on the corner of Kings Cresent and Cornwall Street on June 20 (from 12.30-2pm).


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Display at Nelson Market

The local Nelson Saturday morning market (Montgomery carpark) will have a display promoting Refugee Services and Volunteer Awareness Week on June 20, from 8am – 1pm.

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference included June 21 in the Catholic Calendar as a Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants.


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World Refugee Day TV One

Asia Downunder will be profiling World Refugee Day on TV One, Sunday June 21.

Youth Event: Auckland

The youth group of the Umma Trust and the Auckland Refugee Coalition are organising a fundraising event consisting of cultural items, a fashion show and speech from refugee leaders and young people.


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The Voices Arts Trust is running a series of creative workshops for young people with a refugee background on June 20 to facilitate the creation and production of a one hour radio show to celebrate World Refugee Day.


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Opening in April 2010, Te Papa Tongarewa’s sixth Community Gallery exhibition will tell the stories of settlement of New Zealand’s refugee background youth (aged 12 to 29) in 2009.


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There will be a number of events at the New Zealand Diversity Forum specifically relating to refugees. The forum takes place on Sunday 23 and Monday 24 August at Te Papa in Wellington, but there will also be some events on Saturday 22.


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Each year the United Nations commemorates World Refugee Day on June 20 to highlight the plight of refugees worldwide and recognise their courage and resilience.


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Radio New Zealand is running a series of dramatised stories from the experiences of former refugees during the Nine to Noon programme. These will run every day from Monday June 15- Friday June 19 at 10.45am.


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Wellington civic and community personalities will play the Refugee All Stars team in a football match to mark the start of Refugee Awareness Week on Sunday June 14: the third annual World Refugee Day Soccer Game and Cultural Festival.


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Refugee Services and the Waikato Migrant Resource Centre are hosting the ‘E.mer.gent’ exhibition, featuring emerging young artists from migrant and refugee communities on June 16, from 7pm- 8.30pm.


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Hamilton Awards

The Hamilton Mayor is hosting an event organised by the Waikato Refugee Forum and Refugee Services to acknowledge World Refugee Day.


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Two volunteers from Refugee Services have been nominated for the Waikato Volunteering Excellence Awards.


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CCS is hosting a workshop on refugees with disability in Auckland on June 18 (from 2pm- 4.30pm).


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Auckland Regional Schools Event

On June 19 the Auckland Regional Schools Event will encourage students from refugee backgrounds from the Auckland region to come together to acknowledge World Refugee Day.


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Kids4Kids Event: Wellington

Refugee Services Aotearoa New Zealand and Children on the Edge are planning a ‘Kids 4 Kids’ event on June 20.


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Film Screening: Wellington

Refugee Services and Dev-Zone are presenting a free film screening of ‘Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars‘ (Zach Niles and Banker White) at the Wellington Film Archive, on June 20, from 5pm.


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World Refugee Day

The global theme for this year’s World Refugee Day (June 20) is “Real People, Real Needs” as set by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Despite the efforts of many, the needs of refugees worldwide are far from being met. Behind these unmet needs are not just numbers but real people with real stories.


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Refugee Quota and Status Branch

The March 2009 intake of UNHCR mandated quota refugees have completed the six week orientation programme at Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre. Refugees have moved to their new homes where they will continue to be supported by various agencies in the settlement process. The nationalities, numbers and settlement areas are:


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The Department of Labour will be hosting the annual National Refugee Resettlement Forum (NRRF) on May 27 & 28 at the Westpac Trust Stadium in Wellington.


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After a year-long review of the former name, members at ESOL Home Tutors’ 2009 AGM voted unanimously to adopt the name ‘English Language Partners New Zealand’. The new name will be officially launched on May 15 at the association’s annual conference in Auckland.


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A reminder that the Global Education Centre has issued ‘Refugee Voices’, a useful teaching resource about the experiences of people who have come to NZ as refugees. It comes with a CD of their recordings.

Former refugee groups in Palmerston North have met together to start initial planning for a local Refugee Focus Committee. Attending were representatives from the Congolese, Bhutanese, Burmese, Rwandan, Cambodian and Somalia communities.


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The youth group of Umma Trust are organising a fundraising event for World Refugee Day Event. It will consist of cultural items, a fashion show and speech from refugee leaders and young people. The event will be held on June 27 at Fickling Centre from 6.00pm.

Young refugee authors are to tell stories from their own lives at the launch of their new book on May 20 at Massey University. Earthless Trees, is a book of short stories about the struggles faced by refugees, both living in their own country, and moving to a new one. Three of the four authors are planning to talk about their personal life experiences at the event launching the book.


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The Moradi Decision

An oral judgement was issued by Judge Sharp in Auckland’s District Court on April 2nd in the case of Reza Moradi (appellant) and Land Transport New Zealand respondent). Mr Moradi, recently granted refugee status, had applied to Land Transport New Zealand for a passenger endorsement on his driver’s licence.


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This workshop is being held in Auckland over 2 days on April 29 and 30 from 10am – 4pm.


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AUT University and the Refugee Council of New Zealand are organising the Refugee Conference 2009 to be held at AUT University (Auckland) from November 18-21.


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A new initiative in Palmerston North has seen collaboration between the Department of Internal Affairs, Anglican Friendship Centre, ESOL and Refugee Services working together.


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Refugee Mobile Team evaluated

The Mobile Team was established in 2007 to provide culturally responsive and highly accessible mental health support to former refugees in the greater Auckland area. This was one of the first follow-up evaluations ever carried out on a refugee service in New Zealand.


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CALD training rolled out nationally

The Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CALD) training, funded by Te Pou and run by RASNZ and Waitemata District Health Board, has currently been delivered to more than 100 health practitioners who come from a range of disciplines, including nursing, psychology, medicine, physiotherapy and social work.


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Refugees settling in Palmerston North now have a greater chance of finding work thanks to an initiative driven by a community police officer.


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Art therapy for refugee children

A special unit at the national Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre is being established by RASNZ staff members Maureen Lewis and Isabelle Van Hoy to provide art therapy for children.


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Interpreting Canterbury is seeking people to become trained interpreters and fluent speakers of a wide range of Asian, African, Pacific and European languages.


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The RASNZ Research Section has been assigned the task of developing a study of the issues around family reunification, as they relate to mental health and settlement outcomes.


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