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Settlement Support Auckland Central: Newcomer Orientation Programme: February 2014

SSNZ Auckland Central is offering a week-long orientation programme for newcomers and their families, packed with useful and relevant information towards smoother settlement.

Choose ONE or MORE of these information-packed sessions!

Auckland Orientation Bus Tour ($5 per person): Welcome to Auckland! Join us to enjoy the natural & cultural beauty of Auckland while learning about its history, facilities, services and amenities. Requirement: Newcomers living in NZ for 2 years or less. Snacks provided; bring lunch & water. When:15th February, 8.20am – 4.30pm.

NZ Education System and Library Information (free): Do you have kids? Learn about Early Childhood, Primary & Secondary Education systems in NZ.  The workshop will finish with a Library Tour and info session on free library services! Bring your passport and proof of address if you would like to apply for a library card. When: 17th February, 9.30am – 12.45pm.

NZ Health System and Services, plus Safety (free): Learn about the New Zealand Health system and services. NZ Fire Services, Water Safety and Civil Defence will talk about environment safety issues. A session not to be missed! When: 18th Feburary, 9.30am – 3.45pm.

Renting, Flatting, Boarding, & Home Ownership (free): Important if you are renting, buying a house, or becoming a landlord. You will learn about how to buy a house in NZ, home loans, protecting your assets, and tenancy rights. When:19th February, 9.30am – 4.00pm.

Budgeting, Financial Planning & Taxation (free): Learn more about New Zealand taxes, financial planning, and spending plans. This workshop also explores KiwiSaver, financial resources, investment, and assets protection. IRD staff will also present on families tax credit and other financial issues that newcomers need to know. When: 20th February, 9.30am – 4.45pm.

Legal Rights & Safety Laws in NZ (free): New Zealand law is different from other countries! Do you know your rights? This session covers Consumer Rights, Neighbourhood Dispute, Traffic & Accidents and Community Safety. When: 21st February, 9.30am – 3.30pm.

To register, contact reception@arms-mrc.org.nz or 09 625 2440.

Venue: Auckland Regional Migrant Services, Three Kings Plaza, 532 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings

Chinese Parents Support Service Trust Pilot Programme

Chinese Parents Support Service Trust is recruiting Chinese speaking parents to their pilot parenting workshop funded by the Auckland Communities Foundation.

The benefit of this workshop is that it will help Chinese speaking parents to learn skills and knowledge that help to create a harmonious family. “We hope the workshop help parents to build confidence and to learn that parenting can be rewarding and enjoyable”, the CEO of CPS said.

A large part of the Chinese family unit emphasis on family’s “harmony” which is not well understood in New Zealand society. This concept is accompanied with the Western concept of “well being”. The Chinese Parents Support Service Trust builds on the strengths of Chinese concept of “harmony”.

Besides the workshops, there are various seminar topics that help to increase understanding of New Zealand’s health issues. By doing so, they can effectively engage and better utilize community resources.

The support group will be followed after the completion of ten sessions of the workshop.  This provides opportunity for Chinese parents with ongoing support through parenting coach.

It is only for 12 people, but they hope by securing more funding, CPS will be able to run more workshop for Chinese speaking parents.


Please contact CPS on cpsst.eva@gmail.com or call 09 307 1782 alternatively mobile on 022 632 1053.

Global Awareness Campaigns in December 2013

There are a number of international awareness raising campaigns taking place in the month of December. Follow the links below to find out more and get involved.


Migrant workers experiences on labour exploitation in New Zealand | 7 Aug 2013

Forum on Migrant workers experiences on labour exploitation in New Zealand.
Presenter: Dennis Maga (Coordinator of Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG)

  • When: Wednesday 7th August 2013
  • Where: Henderson Council Chamber Civic Building (Level 2), 6 Henderson Valley Road Henderson
  • Time: 6:00pm for registration/networking, Meeting from 6:30pm -8:00pm

RSVP: contact@waitakereethnicboard.org.nz or Phone (09) 836 0169
Please RSVP by 2nd August for catering purposes, as seating is strictly limited.

ARMS Employment Search and Work Preparation programme

This Employment Search and Work Preparation programme is designed specifically for international students and aims to provide them with accurate information and practical strategies to assist them pathway into skilled employment positions. To register, please get in touch with our team on 09 625 2440


Mutual Gains: Involving Migrant Volunteers in your Organisation | Workshop 27 May 2013

MECOSS in strategic partnership with ARMS is organizing a workshop for service providers and employers in our collaborative approach to promote cultural diversity and inclusion in Manukau.
Is your organisation or business offering a volunteer programme?
Are you seeing the need to be more inclusive of migrants?

MECOSS & ARMS present…

Mutual Gains: Involving Migrant Volunteers in your Organisation
– A reflective and interactive workshop about the mutual benefits for organisations and businesses of involving skilled migrants as volunteers.

  • Presenter: Dr Mary Dawson, CEO, ARMS Trust
  • Date: 27 May 2013 (Monday)
  • Time: 9.30am- 12.30pm
  • Venue: Haseler Hall, All Saints Church Howick
  • Map & Directions: View Map & Directions to Event Venue.

To register :
Phone: Angeline – 09 533 3685/022 063 2677 or email:events@mecoss.org.nz
FREE for MECOSS members;
$20 for non-members.

One Woman Walking Hikoi Reaches Whanganui Monday 22 April 2013


Settlement-ology 101 | Regional Settlement Network Meeting | Auckland 1 May 2013

You are invited to participate in the next Regional Settlement Network Meeting

  • When: Wednesday May 1 from 9.15-1.00pm followed by lunch and networking.
  • Where: Hillsborough Room, Fickling Centre, Three Kings.

TOPIC:   “Settlement-ology 101” – Who’s doing what and for whom?

WHAT:  A fun, interactive and informative programme, mapping Auckland’s settlement activities, services and initiatives. Experienced service providers will share their understandings about working with Muslim clients and communities.

FOR:  Agency staff, managers, community group members, newcomers – anyone who plays a part in making sure that ‘Settlement is a two-way commitment’.

Plus: The new meeting feature: “Spotlight on Cultural Diversity.”

If you would like table space or a 2 minute slot to showcase/share information from your organisation or agency at the network meeting, please do let us know.

To register your attendance in advance, please send through the following information to annaf@arms-mrc.org.nz : Name(s), organisation, contact details/email for your contact person and number of people attending

Universal Periodic Review: Do New Zealanders Have Their Human Rights Upheld?

The right to health, to justice, to work, to education, to be free from discrimination: these rights belong to all of us. New Zealand has signed international agreements to uphold these rights, but how well are we actually doing?

The Universal Periodic Review is an important opportunity for individuals, NGOs and civil society organisations to share their experience and views on New Zealand’s realisation of human rights for everyone. What people and communities say can influence future developments. It isn’t just about writing reports. Communities will be consulted on what’s important for them. UPR 13/14 is an opportunity to work with other like minded groups, and to lobby the Government to make voluntary commitments and/or accept recommendations made by the working group following the UPR 13/14 process.

The Commission is offering free workshops to support civil society in UPR 13/14. In addition there will be opportunities to engage in discussions with government officials in April/May and subsequently to comment on the draft New Zealand government report. The Commission would also welcome the opportunity to discuss key issues with community groups and individuals to feed into the UPR 13/14 process.

The workshop dates and times for 2013 are:

  • Auckland          26 March (1.30 – 4.30pm) Auckland Law School
  • Wellington        4 April (1.30-4.30)
  • Christchurch      11 April (1.30-4.30)
  • Dunedin           16 April (1.30-4.30)
  • Hamilton          7 May (1.30-4.30)
  • Invercargill      9 May (Time TBC)

Please contact Michael White on michaelw@hrc.co.nz if:

  • You wish to attend one of the Commission’s workshops;
  • Would like to receive further emails about how to be involved in the UPR process;
  • If you or your organization are hosting an event where the Commission could talk about UPR 13/14; or
  • You would like the Commission to assist with facilitating co-ordinated engagement from your sector.

In the meantime for more information on UPR 13/14 and how you can get involved see: http://www.hrc.co.nz/international-human-rights-new/faqs-for-upr-1314

The Commission looks forward to working with you around UPR 13/14 to ensure the full and active engagement of civil society organisations across the country, helping to garner actual positive changes on the ground.

Young Migrants Needed For Research

Auckland Council is currently conducting a research on young migrants (generation 1.5 migrants who have migrated to NZ when they were young or in their teens) to identify what their challenges and issues are with regards to employment and business.

It would be great if you can kindly participate in this survey (if applicable to you) and/or are able to pass the survey link to your young network as well as your friends who are 1.5 migrants (particularly those aged between 18 and 40) for their participation.

Please check the link below to complete the survey:


The outcomes of this survey will support various initiatives the Council will drive for young migrants.

Therefore, your participation will be much appreciated and it would be great if you can share this link with your network. The survey will end on 28 March 2013.