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

 

Dunne accepts hundreds of postcards on refugee labels

Minister Dunne accepts hundreds of postcards on refugee labels
MEDIA RELEASE: ActionStation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
26 April 2017

Minister Peter Dunne today accepted over 800 postcards calling for convention refugees to have the same entitlements as quota refugees at a LUSH store in Wellington.

The campaign has been run with ActionStation together with LUSH Cosmetics, with postcards being signed in stores around New Zealand. In addition to the 800 signed in stores, 1200 postcards have been distributed to ActionStation members to send directly to Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse.

“Currently people granted refuge in New Zealand fall into two legal categories. Both groups of people come here under extremely difficult conditions, fleeing war or persecution in their homelands. Yet only people who get the label ‘Quota refugee’ are entitled to Government resettlement support” says ActionStation Co-Director Marianne Elliott.

Minister for Internal Affairs, Peter Dunne accepted the postcards “I’m really delighted to receive these and will certainly deliver them to the Minister [for Immigration].”

“Apart from anything else it’s a fairness issue”

“I think New Zealanders are ready for it, they just need some leadership” said Minister Dunne.

Daniel Gamboa Salazar, who sought refuge in New Zealand from Colombia, spoke at the event “I was thinking about how blessed I am to have the opportunities to be here and to have been provided with the support that we needed to settle here, and I was thinking of the people who don’t come here as quota refugees and don’t have that support and how difficult it would be to settle here without it.”

“I think the refugee crisis is the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world right now, and this whole message, to ‘go beyond the labels’, aligns with what LUSH stands for - fighting for the rights of humans and animals,” said Wellington LUSH staff member Francine Besas.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

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. More>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

(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>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election