October, 2009
ISSN 1178-0940
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News & Issues

Refugee Quota Update from Department of Labour

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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Porirua College Music Video ‘Stand Up 4 Ur Rights’

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 wins Community Award

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

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Refugee School Water Safety Holiday Programme

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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Settling In Palmerston North and Feilding Report

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 Annual Report

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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Australia and New Zealand School of Government publication

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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Future Events

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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Looking Back and Moving Forward Conference, November 18- 20

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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Department of Labour Asylum Form, December 8

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

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Did You Know?

Commission’s Submission: Composition of Refugee Quota 2010- 13

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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For more information about the ‘Te Punange: Refugee Focus’, please contact Michael White at michaelw@hrc.co.nz

Information about the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme is available at www.hrc.co.nz/diversity.

The views contained in this newsletter do not necessarily represent the position of the Human Rights Commission.