July, 2010
ISSN 1178-0940
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News & Issues

Register for the NZ Diversity Forum 2010

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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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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Become a New Zealand refugee resettlement fan

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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World Refugee Day commemorative booklet

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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New Zealand’s “Disability and Displacement”

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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Refugee Quota Branch end of year wrap up

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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Refugee Status Branch end of year wrap up June 2010

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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Wikispace on services for refugee background young people

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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Read Adam Awad’s speech for World Refugee Day 2010

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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New Settler Water Safety Reference Group

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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Future Events

Webinar Event: The Role of Sport in Integration

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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Help refugee children on the Thai/Burma border at “Dames, Dolls and Gents” Casino Night

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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AUT Migration Settlement Research Group

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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FREE funding information and advice

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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FREE settlement workshops in Auckland and New Plymouth

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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FREE “Engagement with Ethnic Communities” seminar in Wellington

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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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.