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Determined To Drive (Stories from Turning the Curve)

21 December 2017

Wudassie - Turning the Curve Programme

Determination has been key in helping Wudassie achieve her goal of passing her New Zealand driving test. For six months, she would catch a bus from her house in Mount Victoria all the way to her friend’s place in Lyall Bay, to borrow a car to practice driving in.

New Zealand can and must do more for refugees

Ibrahim Omer

7 December 2017

The world is facing the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945. ChangeMakers Refugee Forum is proud of New Zealand’s commitment to assist the UNHCR to build a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced and stateless people in New Zealand. However, as a country, they believe we can and must do more.

A Star Pupil (Stories from Turning the Curve)

6 December 2017

Veronia Akori

When she arrived in New Zealand as a refugee in 2005, Veronica Akori had never driven a car before. She's originally from a rural area in Sudan where driving was rare and most people got around on bicycles. Eventually she was forced to flee the war-torn country with her family and ended up in a refugee camp where learning to drive was impossible.

A Learning Curve (Stories from Turning the Curve)

27 November 2017

Shamooni MamoShamooni Mamo was full of nerves. At the end of last year she sat and passed the test to get her restricted licence. It took three attempts for the former refugee from Iraq to get her restricted licence, something she says was down to nerves.

Are you new to New Zealand?

25 September 2017


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Farewell to Mozhdeh Wafa

4 August 2017

Mozhdeh Wafa with ChangeMakers Board

Photo: Mozhdeh with the ChangeMakers Board, Rochelle Stewart-Allen (General Manager) & Matharr Bayo (Intern)

ChangeMakers Refugee Forum Chair, Ibrahim Omer, says the organisation is farewelling its Operations Manager this week.

Strategic realignment and new appointment

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Wgtn Airport Community Awards

LtoR: Rochelle Stewart-Allen, Dawn from Wellington Community Trust, Ibrahim Omer, Michael from Special Olympics at the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards 2017 where ChangeMakers was a finalist

Appointment of the new Board Chair & Deputy Chair

13 February 2017

Wellington - ChangeMakers Refugee Forum is pleased to announce the appointment of Ibrahim Omer as our new Board Chair. Ibrahim takes over from Mozhdeh Wafa, who has now stepped down as Chair to take on the role of Operations Manager for the organisation.

Interim Operations Manager for ChangeMakers Refugee Forum

Friday, 6th January 2017

Mozhdeh Wafa, current Chair of the board for ChangeMakers Refugee Forum will step down from her position as Chair following the news of Tayyaba Khan leaving the organisation on 7th February 2017 to join the Office of Ethnic Communities (OEC), in the Department of Internal Affairs. Tayyaba will join OEC as the Manager for Community Engagement.