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Seeking Sanctuary

Seeking Sanctuary, 7-8 November


What would you do if you were forced to flee your home because of war or persecution?

Every day last year 32,200 people were faced with this question as they sought protection either within their own country or as they fled across borders.

Today there are 51.2 million people around the world forcibly displaced from their homes.

To highlight the growing plight of refugees around the world, I am pleased to announce Red Cross has launched Seeking Sanctuary, New Zealand’s first refugee camp simulation, on 7-8 November 2014 in Auckland.

Over a period of 17 hours, representing the 17 years on average refugees spend in a refugee camp, you will flee from a simulated conflict zone, cross a patrolled border and seek shelter in a refugee camp.

Seeking Sanctuary has been designed in close collaboration with local refugee communities, Red Cross staff, volunteers, international aid workers and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Step into the shoes of a refugee with me at Seeking Sanctuary, for a glimpse into real-life struggles that millions of people face every day.

Together we can increase awareness and understanding of the refugee journey and raise much needed funds for our work with refugees in New Zealand and around the world.

Join me on this journey. Spaces are limited, register now.


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Gordon Campbell:
On First Time Voting (Centre Right)

For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.

One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:

As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.

But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>

 

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