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Te Punanga: Refugee Focus

ISSN 1178-0940 February, 2011

News & Issues

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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Posters are now available free from the Human Rights Commission – email NZ Diversity with your address if you would like some.

Find out more about Race Relations Day in New Zealand by visiting the Race Relations Day event page.

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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"We just met in the middle and decided it was a good thing to do," says Tim White of T White Bikes. He has been working to fix up bikes donated by Cycle Action Auckland and is passing them on to the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre.

"Those bikes would have basically gone to the dump – it's really good to give them a second life," Mr White says. When he was approached by Cycle Action Auckland in October, the keen cyclist didn't hesitate to offer his workshop for repairs.

Likewise, when Diana Swarbrick got wind of the project, she knew she could help at her end of things.

The Refugees as Survivors administration manager is responsible for delegating resources and is more than happy to find a home for the pre-loved wheels.

"I'm sure the people who these bikes go to will be over the moon. The initial project came about during 10/10/10 local action day. "We like to collect stuff and it's great to be able to hand a finished product over to the right place."

Refugees as Survivors is looking for people to donate helmets for the bikes.

Contact Mrs Swarbrick if you can help at diana@rasnz.co.nz or 270-0870.

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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Statistics NZ have translated key information about the Census into various community language communities. You may find these on-line at the Census website.

 A reminder that community members may also call the Census Helpline free on 0800 CENSUS (0800 236 787) from 15 February 2011 to talk to people who speak:

• Māori
• Samoan
• Tongan
• Korean
• Mandarin
• Cantonese
• Hindi

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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  • Build your confidence
  • Learn new skills
  • Make friends
  • Share, Learn and Create
  • Find Your Voice!

Classes are held every Wednesdays 4-6pm at Level 139 Webb Street. Classes start 16 February.

For more information text Nicola on 021 404 615 or visit the ChangeMakers Refugee Forum website.

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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Based in Mangere, Auckland, the Refugee Quota Branch is responsible for the Refugee Quota Intake to provide a safe haven for refugees in line with New Zealand's national, international and humanitarian obligations and commitments.

The Department of Labour is an EEO employer and invites applications from all sectors of the community.

Applications close 5pm Thursday, 24 February 2011.

For information contact Jan Jeffery on 09 276 0150.

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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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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