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Free new Kiwi workshops return for fresh season

January 2015

Free new Kiwi workshops return for fresh season

Newcomer settlement support agency Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) is kick-starting the New Year with the return of its series of free information workshops for new Kiwis.

From 3 to 27 February through to March, ARMS will be running a string of information workshops, covering top tips and guidance for finding work, information on the education system, health, homeownership, legal rights and budgeting.

The popular job search workshop is also back for new season, with four sessions on 3 and 17 February, and 3 and 17 March. The workshop is free for new migrants who have been in New Zealand for less than two years and have a Work to Residence visa, Residency, or a Silver Fern or a Work Visa.

The immigration workshop returns on 12 February, packed with information on the rights and obligations of visa holders.

Communicating in English in a Kiwi workplace when English is not for your first language can be tough which is why ARMS is bringing back the ARMS English Pronunciation Course in March. Participants will be coached on how to hear and use subtle aspects of speech and pronunciation and taught how to develop clear articulation.

New Kiwis will have the chance to enjoy some of Auckland’s best attractions such as the Botanic Garden, while basking in the summer sunshine, on ARMS’ popular Regional Bus Tour on 28 February. And just days after Waitangi Day, ARMS will be running the interactive Treaty of Waitangi Workshop. The session teaches newcomers about the Treaty as well as how to respond to interview questions on the topic.

For more information on the courses, contact ARMS on 09 625 2440 or visit the team at 532 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings Plaza.

See the full list of events and workshops below:

Job Search Workshop – 3 & 17 February, and 3 & 17 March, 9.15am to 3.15pm

Immigration Information – 12 February, 9am to 1pm

NZ’s education system and library services: Info Session – 23 February, 9.30am to 12.30pm

Health System in NZ and Community Safety: Info Session – 24 February, 9.30am to 3.30pm

Home Ownership and Tenancy in NZ: Info Session – 25 February, 9.30am to 3pm

Budgeting and Financial Systems in NZ: Info Session–26 February, 9.30am to 3pm

Legal Rights and Responsibilities in NZ: Info Session– 27 February, 9.30am to 3pm

Treaty of Waitangi Workshop for Newcomers– 21 February, 9am to 4.30pm

English Language Clinic– Tuesdays, by appointment

ARMS English Pronunciation Course– Sunday 8, 15, 22 and 29 March, 1pm to 3pm

Legal Advice Service – every Wednesday, 3pm to 5pm

About ARMS

ARMS is Auckland’s specialist settlement support agency, providing targeted programmes for skilled migrants, international students, other work visa holders, former refugees and their families. Our programmes and services are delivered in several locations across Auckland.

Since 2003, our dedicated staff, volunteers and community partners have provided specialist settlement, orientation, training and employment services for over 30,000 clients.

ARMS staff collaborates closely with Auckland’s service providers and community groups. We organise Local Settlement Networks, Settlement Network Steering Groups, a Regional Settlement Support Network, and a Regional Settlement Support Steering Group.

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