April, 2010
ISSN 1178-0940
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News & Issues

UNHCR Regional Representative warns of recession impact

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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Updates from Refugee Quota Branch, Department of Labour

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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Updates from Refugee Status Branch, Department of Labour

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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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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Art auction raises $10,000 for Children on the Edge

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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Mental health research reference list available

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.

New address for Refugee Services Aotearoa NZ Christchurch

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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Changes to refugee services in Christchurch

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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General Manager position at Changemakers Refugee Forum

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

Future Events

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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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.

Opinion Piece

NZ must action UN Human Rights Committee recommendations

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

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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.