Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


World Refugee Day – A Place To Call Home

Media Release

18 June 2008


World Refugee Day – A Place To Call Home

Every year on June 20 the world honours the courage, resilience and strength of refugees. Global attention is focused not only on the plight of refugees and causes of their exile but also on their determination and contribution they make to their host communities.

Everybody deserves “A Place to Call Home” which is the theme Refugee Services Aotearoa New Zealand (formerly RMS Refugee Resettlement) and other NGOs (Non Government Organisations) has adopted under the umbrella of the UNHCR’s global theme of “Protection”.

Friday June 20 is a particularly significant day for the current intake of 125 people from a refugee background at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre.

On World Refugee Day they will be leaving the centre to travel to their new homes in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Porirua, Hutt Valley, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch.

Former refugees from a number of different backgrounds including Bhutanese, Burmese and Eritrean will start to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.

There are a number of events being organised throughout the country from welcoming new communities, exhibitions, cultural performances, sharing settlement experiences, to tree planting symbolising new beginnings…putting down roots in a new homeland. Former refugees rebuilding their lives in safety and dignity.

“To me, “home” is not just only where I come from or grew up! Home is where I feel part of, where I belong to in the present time. Being in New Zealand, away from the Refugee camp, from starving situation, from insecurity, from wild environment, in the middle of desert - the first time I stepped on Auckland soil, despite being nervous of starting all over again, I was stepping on my promised land.

After all those year without destiny, I finally got my new home, my new community, I am in a safe environment.

Incomparable were volunteers, social workers, cross cultural workers all from (Refugee Services) and the host community whom, without their hard work, day and night to make my integration a success, nothing could have been like I am today.

I salute their hard work and their warm welcome, their sense of humanity made me feel once again recognised, valued… I am happy to be where I can call again “Home”.

- Remy Bucumi – Senior Cross Cultural Worker – Refugee Services

For over thirty years Refugee Services has assisted more than forty thousand former refugees to resettle in Aotearoa New Zealand, a place they now call home.

To find out more how you can volunteer or support Refugee Services please visit our website www.refugeeservices.org.nz





© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice.

Evidently, the National government is similarly desperate for anything that might discredit or derail the Ardern juggernaut, even if that means throwing Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne under a bus More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election