February, 2011
ISSN 1178-0940
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News & Issues

People in Harmony, Race Relations Day 2011

The theme for Race Relations Day 2011 is ‘People in Harmony. This year’s Race Relations Poster features the first verse of the New Zealand National anthem in five languages projected over the faces of five people from various communities.

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Recycled bikes project for Refugees

Unused bicycles are getting a chance for one more ride, thanks to a project aimed at giving back to communities. Three organisations have come together to help recycle old bikes and are donating the finished goods to refugees living in Auckland.

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Census Day resources from Statistics NZ

The census is held every five years. On census day every person in the country must fill in the census form. The census is the only way to get the most information about all the people in New Zealand. The census gives important information about the people living in New Zealand cities, towns, suburbs and rural communities.

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Free drama classes for refugee-background youth

ChangeMakers Refugee Forum NZ is holding free drama classes for refugee youth in a space that is safe, supportive, and welcoming to all, come and:

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Refugee Division, Refugee Quota Branch job opening

The Refugee Division, Refugee Quota Branch is looking for an Immigration Officer to join their team.  The role’s primary purpose is to select refugees for residence in accordance with Immigration New Zealand’s Refugee Quota Composition and RQB best practice.

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Future Events

RYAN Project set to launch

The RASNZ RYAN (Refugee Youth Action Network) initiative is set to launch on 24 February 2011 at the new Youth Centre at Mt Roskill.   The official opening is being presided over by the Hon Tariana Turia, Minister of Community Services and Associate Minister of Health.  Legendary New Zealand mountaineer, outdoor adventurer and author Graeme Dingle will speak.  

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Wellington Perspectives in Performance & Exhibition

Crossing Lines is an art exhibition and theatre performance that presents perspectives from Somali & Māori of South Wellington as part of the ongoing Southern Corridor Project.  Heather Timms is the director of Crossing Lines and is currently rehearsing a performance that she believes both communities will recognise and connect with. 

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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.