Our Dreams for Aotearoa
19th March 2013
Press Release: “Our Dreams for Aotearoa”
Auckland Regional Migrant Services is celebrating Race Relations day on the 21st of March, which will explore the implications for migrants of the current review of NZ’s constitutional arrangements, abuse of employment rights, issues relating to accessing of our health services, and valuing diverse voices in local democracy.
“Our Dreams for Aotearoa” is the theme of the Race Relations event. ARMS’ dream for Aotearoa-New Zealand is to be a nation that upholds human rights and democracy, and is fully inclusive”, says Dr Mary Dawson, ARMS Chief Executive. “For Auckland, as a super-diverse city, ARMS’ dream is that the voices of our diverse communities are fully heard and their contributions truly valued”.
The speakers at the event are well-known lawyer, Mai Chen; workers’ advocate, Dennis Maga; African health advocate, Tuwe Kudakwashe; and Ella Kumar, member of the Puketapapa Local Board.
The event also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the opening of ARMS Regional Centre. “Many new migrants come from very different systems and political regimes. Many are apprehensive about seeking advice, knowing where to go for assistance, whether to speak up, and how to adapt to their new country. The role of ARMS is to make sure that assistance is available to newcomers, and that they are treated with respect”, concludes Dr Dawson.
ARMS Patron, His Honour, Mayor Len Brown, voices similar sentiments.
“Migrants have always brought and continue to bring a wealth of experiences to this great city, which we should and do celebrate. Aucklanders are increasingly aware of the value of diversity, and if that goes going hand in hand with tolerance and celebration we will build a truly inclusive city.”
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