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Internship opportunity at ChangeMakers

Internship for youth available!

Are you a motivated, committed refugee-background youth?

Do you want to gain work experience?

Are you interested in running workshops with youth, parents and families on how to deal with bullying in schools?

Are you a young woman who wants to play sports and learn new skills?

Are you a young woman who wants to play sports and learn new skills?

What kinds of sports are we doing? Badminton, self-defence, soccer, dodge ball, netball and volleyball

Where: ASB Sport Centre Kemp St, Kilbirnie, Wellington

When: Starts 9 March 2013, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Census 2013: You Count

Census 2013: You Count

March 5th 2013 is an important day for all New Zealands including those from refugee-backgrounds.

The Census is the offical count of all people in Aotearoa NZ. Information collected helps determine how billions of dollars is spent in communities in areas such as education, roading, hospitals etc.  It takes place every 5 years.

The information collected by Statistics NZ, a government agency will not be shared with any other organisation. 

More information is available in 29 different langauges. Go to:

Fund for refugee-background university students

Support available for refugee-background university students

A fund to help pay for refugee-background students' tuition and student levy fees for the English Proficiency programme, The Foundation Studies Programme, or for Academic Writing in ESL is now available.

Refugee-background students preparing for university, or already studying at university and having difficulty managing their courses, can now receive financial assistance.

For more information, contact:

Progress made on Equity Campaign

Progress made on Equity Campaign

A positive outcome of the Equity Campaign launched earlier this year has been the University of Auckland Council's recent approval of a revised Equity Policy, which includes refugee-background staff and students.

Victoria University is supporting the Auckland University's Equity Office staff to develop resources to support students and staff.

Like Minds Film Competition 2011

Film Competition - Like Minds Wgtn

Like Minds Wellington is running a film competition. Create a short film from 30 seconds to two minutes long with the theme Be There. Stay involved with people experiencing mental illness.

Entries due 5pm Monday 30th May 2011.

Text your email address to 021 0711 306 or email for an entry form.

National Refugee Resettlement Strategy

National Refugee Resettlement Strategy

Over 80 community members from 10 different communities identified the issues, challenges and barriers that need to be addressed in order for the five Refugee Resettlement Strategy outcomes to be achieved.  The Strategy is being developed by the Department of Labour, and ChangeMakers organised the forums to ensure communities have input into the proposed strategy.

Community Forum 22 May, 4-6pm

Community Forum 4-6pm, Sunday 22 May, 2011

ChangeMakers invites you to a Community Forum with the Department of Labour (DoL).

Date:   Sunday 22nd May 2011

Time:   4.00 to 6.30pm

Place:   Ground floor, MSC, 39 Webb St, Wellington

At this forum:

Earthquake information

Earthquake Information: We have been supporting people who are re-locating to Wellington. 

We have provided support and information to a number of families and are updating community leaders on where earthquake evacuees can access services.  

The latest information is shown below.

 The Wellington City Council has set up a Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Centre at its offices, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington.

Urban Refugees Focus of New Reports

New resources from UNHCR and Refugees International

Access to education for refugees is explored in a new short documentary about refugees living in Nairobi and other urban areas. Released on 1 March 2011, the documentary was produced by Refugees International and profiles Mwiki Primary School in Githurai and the good work of Kenyan officials, teachers, and students as well as UNHCR and its partners to facilitate refugee access to education in urban areas.