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Te Punanga: Refugee Focus

ISSN 1178-0940 June, 2009

Future Events

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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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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Did You Know?

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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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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