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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.