June, 2011
ISSN 1178-0940
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News & Issues

Registrations open for the annual Diversity Forum

The 2011 New Zealand Diversity forum will be held on Sunday and Monday 21-22 August at the Claudelands Convention Centre in Hamilton.

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Message from the UNHCR

Each year the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) commemorates World Refugee Day on 20 June 2011.

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Fundraising dinner in Auckland

Auckland Refugee Family Trust is having a Fundraising dinner Saturday 18 June at 7pm.

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Reception at Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre

Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre will celebrate World Refugee Day on Sunday 19 June. 

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World refugee Day on the small screen

Asia Downunder (Sunday 11am on TV ONE) is running a refugee special on June 19 to mark World Refugee Day.

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NZ Premiere of the documentary “Hope”

Catch the New Zealand premiere of the documentary ‘Hope’ on Friday 8 July, 8.00pm at the Academy Theatre Lorne St, Auckland.

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Stories from Ethiopia

Come and hear an inspiring presentation by Dawit Arshak, a former refugee from Ethiopia.

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Soccer Tournament and Cultural Festival

Refugee Services is hosting a soccer match on Sunday 19 June at the Velodrome and Marist St Pats Club rooms, Hataitai Park to celebrate World Refugee Day.

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“Let’s Shake” at Te Papa

A series of community art experiences known as “Let’s Shake” will run at TePapa in June and July 2011.

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Crafters’ Knitting Corner

Wellington City Libraries have set up a Crafters’ Knitting Corner in each of its Tawa, Johnsonville and Khandallah branches, to celebrate World Refugee Day.

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Campaign seeks equity for refugee-background students

A campaign to have refugee-background students recognised as an equity group in government policy and at universities and polytechnics will be launched on 20 June 2011, Refugee Day. 

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National Refugee forum looks to the future

More than 160 delegates have just attended the annual National Refugee Resettlement Forum (NRRF), hosted by Department of Labour’s Settlement, Protection and Attraction Division in Wellington last week.

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Refugee Family Reunification Trust

The Refugee Family Reunification Trust is urgently seeking funds to help reunite several families.

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National Training on the Istanbul Protocol

The IRCT (International Rehabilitation Council on Torture) in Geneva and RASNZ are collaboratively organising the first New Zealand training on application of the Istanbul Protocol to be held in Auckland on 23-25 June 2011. 

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Hagley Community College welcomes new coordinator for Refugee Programmes

Mastura Abd Rahman has been appointed to the position of Managing Coordinator for the Refugee Programmes at Hagley Community College.   

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CPIT extends funding for refugee and academic migrant students to study ESOL

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) is offering places for refugee and academic migrant students to study ESOL for zero fees.

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Focus on Refugee Learners reveals wealth of information

In 2010, 313 Burmese learners worked with English language Partners to improve their language skills, by far the largest refugee ethnic group learning English through the organisation.

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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.