New Zealanders from refugee backgrounds participating fully in New Zealand life
Are you new to New Zealand?
25 September 2017
ChangeMakers welcomes you to work with us and let us know about the issues that affect you or your community. We hope to help you and your community make your voice heard and give you support you may need.
We also have many services that can help you in your resettlement to New Zealand:
Awha Information Hub
At Awha Information Hubs, you can talk to people and find advice in a safe space. These are held every Wednesday, and moves between Wellington City and Lower Hutt.
You can find more information here: crf.org.nz/awha-information-hub
Know Your Rights
We hold Know You Rights workshops with the Wellington Community Justice Project, that will help guide you and give you advice around what services New Zealand has and how to use them.
Community Meetings (Hui)
Community Forums are held every five weeks to hear the community’s needs and support community members with resettlement. At these meetings, we give the community information on what services New Zealand has and talk about issues people may have.
Driving Training Programmes
ChangeMakers has two free driving programmes that you can do.
If you have some driving experience, the Refugee Driver Training Programme can teach you how to get your restricted licence so you can drive in New Zealand.
Women who are 25 and over in age and have been in New Zealand for over two years can learn to drive in the Turning the Curve Programme.
We can get an interpreter for all of these services if you need one.
Our Board is governed by people from refugee backgrounds who represent the interests of former refugees generally rather then their communities specifically. We also have 20% representation from other communities.