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Practical Tips on Working and Living in New Zealand

JUANderful Juan” in 7-Minute Migrante Video Project Shares Practical Tips on
Working and Living in New Zealand

Today, on the occasion of International Migrants Day, Migrante Aotearoa, a Filipino community organisation advocating for migrants’ rights and welfare, is pleased to announce that “Juan in TraNZit,” a short informative video aiming to give relevant information for people intending to come to New Zealand to get ready to face the challenges of migration is now available online:


“Juan in TraNZit has English subtitles so we hope it will be useful to people around the world. In particular, we enjoin Filipinos and migrants of other ethnicities currently being recruited for Christchurch rebuild to take time to view the video before flying to NZ,” Dennis Maga, Migrante Aotearoa national coordinator stated.

“A slice of heaven… Paradise…Clean and green…While these are what New Zealand is known for, the video has important reminders for people wanting to study or work in NZ to avoid getting ripped off by recruitment agents and exploited by bad employers,” the group noted.

Russell Siayngco, an Auckland-based artist was chosen to play “Juan” who shares his journey to NZ. Siayngco was part of the Filipino cast of Miss Saigon Auckland 2011 and he organised a concert in 2013 for the benefit of typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines.

“I am honoured to be the face of this important video project towards building a well-informed and empowered migrants’ community. I have met and heard about many migrants becoming victims of exploitation and misinformation about studying, working and living in New Zealand. As a former Overseas Filipino worker in Saudi who has personally experienced life-and-death migrant struggles, I enjoin everyone to help Juan to reach out to as many people and migrant community groups around the world who may benefit from relevant information and prepare them for the challenges of migration,” Siayngco stated.


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