New Zealanders from refugee backgrounds participating fully in New Zealand life
ChangeMakers Refugee Forum is an umbrella organisation for 15 refugee background communities in Wellington.
- Afghan Association of Wellington
- African Students' Association of NZ
- Assyrian Association of NZ Incorporated
- Eritrean Community in Wellington NZ Incorporated
- Ethiopian Community in Wellington Incorporated
- Greater Wellington Oromo Community Incorporated
- Polish Association in NZ Incorporated
- Rwandan Association Umubano
- Wellington Myanmar Community Incorporated
- Wellington Somali Council
- Zomi Innkuan NZ
- Colombian community
- Sudanese community
- Tamil community
- Ugandan community
We also work with other newer communities who don't yet have a formal structure including:
- Iranian communities
- Syrian communities
- Tamil communities
We regularly work with our Leaders Council, which has leaders from each community, to assist them to strengthen their communities and support them in getting their individual and community needs met.
Our Board members with Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and MP Golriz Ghahraman
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.