New Zealanders from refugee backgrounds participating fully in life in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Nothing about us without us.
Focus on strengths not weaknesses.
A human rights approach.
A shared voice is a strong voice.
The need for a strong collective voice within resettled communities was first identified in 2001. From 2001 to 2006 a group of dedicated leaders met on a regular basis to ensure that people from a refugee background had input into resettlement policy development and service delivery. This work was underpinned by the principle: Nothing about us without us. This principle recognises that people from refugee backgrounds have the skills, knowledge, and experience to address resettlement issues. This group of community leaders, facilitated by our Board member Adam Awad, recognised there was a need for a formal organisation to continue this vital work, and created ChangeMakers. ChangeMakers Refugee Forum became an incorporated society and was registered with the Charities Commission in 2006. Since 2006, we have expanded our services from advocating on behalf of refugee background communities, to include research and community development activities. In 2019, we changed our name from ChangeMakers Refugee Forum to ChangeMakers Resettlement Forum, a name which we feel is more representative of the crucial resettlement work we do.