February, 2010
ISSN 1178-0940
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News & Issues

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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Quota Refugees 10 years on- DoL research underway

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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Quota Refugees in NZ: Approvals and Movements (1999- 2008)

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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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.

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