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Settlement Protection and Attraction Division update - July 2011

  1. 1. THE SPA UPDATE SETTLEMENT PROTECTION & ATTRACTION DIVISIONJULY 2011 INTRODUCTION ISSUE: 4IN THIS ISSUE Kia ora[headers are linked. click to go] Welcome to this July edition of the For individual migrants we nowIntroduction SPA Update. contact them via email immediatelySettlement Services Unit after they receive residence, offering This last financial year has certainlyRefugee Services Unit a range of settlement services to had its challenges and successes. assist them to settle quickly andSettlement Strategy Christchurch remains a focus for well. us. Where they have needed accessSettlement Support (SSNZ) to high end skills not available in By the end of September I hope toRSE Strategic Management Unit New Zealand, such as engineers, we have this service made available toResources have worked closely with industry to people being approved a temporary assist them to access the people they work visa, and to international need overseas. students. The consequences for the refugee Part of the new approach is programme continue with no new developing new online settlement resettlements into Christchurch for services, with a separate area the foreseeable future. focusing on support for employers. In the refugee world we had a very We are also celebrating the fact that successful World Refugee Day event the Recognised Seasonal Employer at our Mangere Refugee Resettlement Scheme (supplying mainly Pacific Centre on Sunday June 19th. workers for the horticulture and viticulture industries) recently won I was immensely impressed with an IPANZ award for public sector the engagement of 14 different excellence. SPA Division General Manager, refugee background communities, Stephen Dunstan. contributing in such rich ways to the The scheme is an excellent broader New Zealand community. demonstration of how government, industry and sending countries Recently we stepped up our support Subscription/distribution can all benefit by working together for employers of new migrants so THE SPA UPDATE is for those whose work to achieve improved productivity they make the most of the diversity supports the settlement, protection and and quality for growers, good attraction of skilled migrants and other and talent they have employed, with development outcomes for Pacific newcomers in New Zealand. the aim of retaining these people in nations, and economic growth. To subscribe, unsubscribe, or view and/or their workplaces. change your contact details, please email Enjoy this newsletter! settlementinformation@dol.govt.nz with New Zealand needs the skills, global ’The SPA Report’ in the subject line. networks and new ways of working Kind regards, To give feedback, please email: chris.clarke@dol.govt.nz that these migrants bring. Stephen.
  2. 2. SETTLEMENT UNITWelcome to New Zealand email The first emails have been sentto new visa holders to new Permanent ResidentOn Friday June 24 Immigration holders only. Further emailsNew Zealand sent its first ever will be introduced in stages, withdirect emails to new visa holders messages appropriate for each ofproviding information and the many visa types INZapproveslinks to the five key settlement each year.services it funds to assist new Initial response has been rapidmigrants in their initial stages of and positive, with emails backsettlement in New Zealand. to both the national office email However, as more attention is and to regional SSNZ initiatives.Until now, direct communicationsfrom Immigration New Zealand focused on the relevance of good More statistics from subsequent(INZ) to visa holders have settlement in ensuring the best mail-outs will be availablebeen almost exclusively from immigration outcomes for both soon, commencing a trackingImmigration branches, recognising newcomers and New Zealand, database that should also assistthe importance of maintaining the potential benefits of directly in improving the message’s impactclarity of communication with visa promoting these settlement and relevance over time.applicants through the application services are receiving more For more information, contact:process. recognition. settlementinformation@dol.govt.nzTrailblazers booklet celebrates entrepreneurial migrant women The Department of Labour and Regional Settlement Strategy, the Office of Ethnic Affairs are the stories tell of each woman’s proud to have supported the background (all very different) production of a new booklet and some of the reasons for by the Department of Internal their success - which in many Affairs, focusing on the success of cases the women themselves put seven remarkable recent migrants down to New Zealand’s open and to New Zealand. encouraging society. Each has independently become a In his introduction to the booklet, For copies of very successful businesswoman, Immigration New Zealand DCE the Booklet, with very positive results for Nigel Bickle notes the many email: themselves and their families, aspects of what we admire as michael.mendoza@dia.govt.nz their communities and the elements of Kiwi character shown - and you can listen to an RNZ country as a whole. by the subjects - independence, National radio interview with two hard work, and a willingness to Funded by the Department of trailblazers here. think and act outside the square. Labour through the AucklandWorker rights awareness for migrant workers The Division and the Department’s The new factsheet will be included Labour Group have cooperated on with all work visa approval a new factsheet which advises new letters from late July, and is also migrants about their work rights available on the Immigration New in New Zealand, and provides Zealand website in English and contacts for further information. several other languages: www. immigration.govt.nz/workrightsSPA DIVISION – SETTLEMENT, PROTECTION AND ATTRACTION 2
  3. 3. REFUGEE SERVICES UNIT Giving trees to the MRRC so new arrivals’ main view of they are asking people to ‘donate SPA Update readers may be their new country is a high fence, a tree’. interested in supporting the required as it is a containment One tree costs $20. If you are tree donation project which is facility, and a long wall of interested in supporting the being run by Immigration New containers. project, email: noor.parkar@dol. Zealand’s Refugee Quota Branch RQB staff have been working to govt.nz for account details. (RQB) for the Mangere Refugee plant trees along this perimeter All donors will receive a Reception Centre in Auckland. which will eventually provide a Certificate of Appreciation The reception centre sits next more welcoming aspect, however signed by our General Manager. to large container storage area, this is not a funded activity - so World Refugee Day open day at Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre Over 450 people including 14 The displays and stories from former refugee communities from refugee communities highlighted across New Zealand recognised their journeys to New Zealand, World Refugee Day with an Open and their many contributions Day at the Mangere Refugee since their arrival. Resettlement Centre, on Sunday The feeling of the day was best June 19. expressed when Wanda Ellis, a The Open Day also marked the former Polish refugee who arrived 60th anniversary of the signing at the original Pahiatua refugee of the Convention on the Status camp at the end of the Second of Refugees, on which the World War, spoke about her international effort to assist experiences. refugees is based. Her conclusion that New Zealand Despite some wet weather, was the most beautiful country visitors enjoyed a day full of in the world and New Zealanders cultural performances, displays the most welcoming people and exhibitions on refugee history was greeted with spontaneous and resettlement, ethnic food and applause. craft stalls. People were able to view the facilities and understand more about the six week programme the Centre delivers to all new UNHCR refugee arrivals. The day began with a welcome from Tainui Kaumatua Sonny Rauwhero and speeches from SPA GM Stephen Dunstan, Ministerial representative Dr Jackie Blue, and Ellen Hanson of UNHCR Canberra. Images from the 2011 World Refugee Day open day: Poster (Top), performances and foodstalls (right), a section of the guests at the Opening event (below).SPA DIVISION – SETTLEMENT, PROTECTION AND ATTRACTION 3
  4. 4. REFUGEE SERVICES UNIT (Cont.) National Refugee forum looks to the Future Over 160 delegates attended the launch of the fourth annual the annual National Refugee New Zealand Somali Graduate Resettlement Forum (NRRF) - the Journal - and a celebration of the highlight event of the refugee 60th anniversary of the Refugee resettlement sector calendar Convention (on June 1st) attended - hosted by SPA Division in by the Governor General Sir Wellington early June. Anand Satyanand. This year’s theme of “Future To enable refugees to more easily Voices - Future Choices” achieve fulfilling, independent featured keynote speeches from lives that will reduce their IT Entrepreneur and former dependency on government refugee Mitchell Pham and the support, the Settlement, Minister of Immigration, and Protection and Attraction moving presentations from young Division is also currently leading refugees from Myanmar, Djibouti the development of a new and the Congo, reflecting on their National Refugee Resettlement achievements to date and their Strategy. future here in New Zealand. The engagement of both Other activities included panel participating agencies and discussions and the country’s former refugee presentations, communities is fundamental Images from the 2011 NRRF and the Refugee Convention 60th Anniversary Celebrations, to this work, and the national clockwise from above: Minister of Immigration forum provides a key Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, delegates on a break, keynote Speaker Mitchell Pham, UNHCR Rick Towle meeting opportunity for all with NZ Governer General Sir Anand Satyanand, representatives each year. A young performer at the Refugee Convention celebration, featured former refugee presenters; Zember Mu Lo Peh, Dan Mbelo and Momina Ali. SETTLEMENT STRATEGYCelebrating the achievements of the Wellington Regional Settlement Strategy. The Wellington Regional Group highlighted progress to examples of partnerships being Settlement Strategy looks to date with a 2011 Update booklet, established to retain skilled improve the settlement of new half-way through the Strategy’s migrants in the Wellington region, migrants to the Wellington region, five year term. and stories from employers and and is jointly led by the region’s new migrants that demonstrate The booklet promotes the five local councils and the the benefits of well supported achievements of some key Settlement Unit. settlement. settlement actions by more than This June the Strategy Leaders fifty Strategy partners, with [To P.5]SPA DIVISION – SETTLEMENT, PROTECTION AND ATTRACTION 4
  5. 5. Wellington Regional Settlement Strategy. (Cont.) Participants from business, local Plan will have a stronger and central government, Iwi focus on supporting the and community organisations region’s economic growth, also marked the region’s first particularly through Volunteer Connect awards - given activities that support the to ten new migrants who have region’s workplaces where distinguished themselves through good settlement practice can their work in the Volunteer sector. directly influence economic (For the partners and spouses of benefit. skilled migrants, volunteering is Click here for a PDF of the often a direct pathway to getting new booklet. a job.) With good settlement awareness built across the region, the next phase of the Strategy’s Action Images from the Wellington Regional Settlement Strategy 2011 Update event, clockwise from top right: The Update Booklet, Anne Hartley & Maurice Priestly, Volunteer Connnect recipients Shikla Mahajan (L) & Shambhavi Manjrekar (R) with partners Rupesh and Amit, Anna Puentener & Jirayu Chotimongkol, Pauline Harper from Volunteer Wellington, and Kedron Parker with Rekha Jatav from the Strategy’s Newcomers Advisory group. New ESOL funding for newcomers The Budget announcement in one prerequisite for getting a job 400 places for refugees and May of $17.5m over four years in New Zealand, and almost 10% their family members to study for English as a second language of inquiries received by SSNZ towards an ESOL qualification in courses for refugees and migrants initiatives are from newcomers mainstream tertiary education is extremely positive news for the who want to improve their without paying fees. New Zealand Settlement Strategy, English. More details about the new in that it increases provision for a The new funding will create an funding will be announced by the key component of good settlement additional 700 places on intensive TEC next year. - access to learning English. ESOL programmes for refugees Interactions with both employer and migrants with low levels of and migrant groups have English, which will be free to consistently highlighted English participants. language skills as the number It will also fund approximatelySPA DIVISION – SETTLEMENT, PROTECTION AND ATTRACTION 5
  6. 6. SETTLEMENT SUPPORT NEW ZEALAND (SSNZ) Nau mai, haere mai ngà tàngata hou o te ao (welcome to people from all over the world) The welcoming programmes It has been a great success for new migrants pioneered for the Settlement Unit to through the Wellington Regional work with the Department Settlement Strategy, which is of Labour’s Maori led by SPA’s Settlement Unit, Strategy team, to bring this are continuing to grow, and the compelling idea to fruition. idea has also been picked up by The feedback continues to SSNZ initiatives throughout the be extremely positive, country. emphasising the importance of connecting with tangata The latest event at Wellington whenua in reinforcing their City’s Pipitea Marae was decision to make Aotearoa promoted through the local New Zealand ‘he Kainga hou’ SSNZ network with this eye- - a new home. catching image - and te Reo used as the heading.HMS Trust hosts NZ Diversity Forum The Hamilton Multicultural contribution to cultural diversity organisations have activities that Services Trust (HMS Trust) will and race relations. together make up the programme. continue its strong support of the The theme for this 7th annual The Trust will also host the NZ Human Rights Commission national forum is People in Cultural Night on Sunday evening when it hosts the 2011 NZ Harmony - building on the work at the Waikato Migrant Resource Diversity Forum on 21-22 August on this theme already begun with Centre which is just across the at the Claudelands Convention Race Relations Day in March. park from the Claudelands Events Centre. Centre, and will include the The forum is a unique national Last year HMS Trust, who are official launch of the NZ Ethnic convention with an emphasis the lead provider for SSNZ in the Trust’s New to NZ book, which you on practical action - more of a Waikato region, was one of 13 can read more about in resources. marketplace than a traditional national Diversity Award winners, conference - and many recognising their outstanding SSNZ Rotorua Embraces information, news and Facebook events on a daily or It’s often said, “Nothing even hourly basis, and ventured, nothing gained”. improves accessibility Inspired by the Auckland and by adding to the online Manawatu initiatives, Settlement options being provided. Support Rotorua launched a And the news is, so far Facebook page in May this year. so good - viewing figures SSNZ Rotorua’s monthly newsletter have surpassed all regularly receives excellent expectations! So if you’re feedback - but Facebook offers looking for something to another way to easily update ‘like’ on Facebook, click migrants and organisations with here!SPA DIVISION – SETTLEMENT, PROTECTION AND ATTRACTION 6
  7. 7. SETTLEMENT SUPPORT NEW ZEALAND (SSNZ) Cont. Support for migrants in Christchurch The past six months have seen Users were extremely The counselling assists people to difficult times for Christchurch appreciative of the service manage their stress reactions and residents, and especially for new being offered and many of them normalise their lives. migrants there. In February the thanked Immigration New While there has been significant Christchurch SSNZ was knocked Zealand, saying they felt that this uptake from the Christchurch out of action at a time when its gesture showed New Zealand community there has been services were most needed by really cared for its people. limited response to the service migrants. from migrant communities. SSNZ in Christchurch is once Within 40 hours of the again operating and Immigration Relationship Services is now earthquake, Immigration’s New Zealand is now providing partnering with Immigration Settlement Unit had transferred funds for the cost of interpreters New Zealand and the Office of the Christchurch SSNZ phone needed for counselling sessions Ethnic Affairs “Language Line” number and email to their for migrants who have limited to provide interpreters for the Wellington office and over the English. migrant counselling. next four weeks responded Relationship Services has been As a result more migrants to almost 500 inquiries. Most contracted by the Ministry are using the Government’s inquiries in the first week of Social Development to free counselling services for were about visas and missing provide trauma counselling for Christchurch residents. If you documentation, but by week Christchurch people following need such counselling services, or four migrants needed help with the September and February know of someone who does, the finances, and future planning for earthquakes. number to call is 0800 RELATE - study, accommodation and work. 0800 735 283. Migrant story: Settlement “ … Despite having no family This has provided us with Support, and having a baby in support in New Zealand we knowledge and practical support, New Zealand have been overwhelmed by the with members making In a recent article about this life- friendship and support us meals for those first changing settlement experience by offered to us by the few days when three recent migrant Dawn Pugh there people of Whangarei. became four. Living is a great example of the kind I am grateful for the in New Zealand is a of value SSNZ delivers each day mum’s group which very positive family throughout New Zealand. is available through life experience for us.” Settlement Support. SSNZ Staff movements around the nation Immigration New Zealand funds Rotorua - a sad farewell to No pressure at all of course for 18 local SSNZ initiatives and Grant Kilby who has been a very new SSNZ Wellington manager, several other specific programmes effective SSNZ manager for us Grenville Hendricks! so not surprisingly staff changes there. Hi and welcome to new Nelson - is pleased to welcome are a regular occurrence. manager, Chris Heywood. Marg Parfitt to her new role with In the last few months we have Wellington - will miss the the Nelson City Council managing seen several changes in offices support of SSNZ manager Steve the Social Development team, around the regions. Bill, who has contributed a lot including overseeing the SSNZ to development of SSNZ at a contract for the region. Auckland - welcoming back national and local level and also Monica Sharma as manager for Napier - we welcome both new to the successful ‘PAWRS’ (Plan SSNZ Waitakere, and new manager SSNZ manager Natasha Carswell, of Action for Wellington Regional Carole Blacklock for SSNZ North and new Settlement Support Settlement) activity recognised at Shore. coordinator Renske Speekenbrink. the Wharenui o te Poneke in June.SPA DIVISION – SETTLEMENT, PROTECTION AND ATTRACTION 7
  8. 8. RSE STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT UNIT (RSMU)RSE policy wins IPANZ Award the Department who have been The IPANZ Gen-i Awards are making the RSE programme very well regarded, and theThe whole Department of Labour a national and international win follows up a previous winwas proud to see the Recognised success, describing the win as in a separate category by RSESeasonal Employer (RSE) policy richly deserved. last year. The Department’swin at the Institute of Public nomination was supported byAdministration of New Zealand The Award recognises MSD, MFAT and the horticulture(IPANZ) Gen-i Public Sector outstanding performance and and viticulture industry. TheExcellence Awards, in June, in achievement of joint outcomes policy shared first place in theWellington. and other shared accountabilities category with the NZ Police’s 111 across clusters of agencies.The awards celebrate excellence Deaf Text Service. Judges recognised the RSEacross public sector agencies policy as ‘an innovative example SPA GM Stephen Dunstan says hefrom central and local of cross-agency collaboration can’t wait to see how the othergovernment. The policy received around challenging and Units in his Division will rise tothe Russel McVeagh Award for sometimes conflicting objectives’. the lead shown by RSE …Excellence in Working Together.Department of Labour CE Below, L to R Top: Chris Hubscher, Robin Semmens, Lesley Haines, Nigel Bickle, Steven Dunstan, Vasantha Krishnan. front row: Craig Smith, Anne Masoe, Christopher Blake, Emily Fabling.Christopher Blake sent his warmcongratulations to the teamand all those working across Horticulture NZ RSE Employers Conference strengthens vital relationships The annual Horticulture NZ Immigration Minister Hon Dr level of the RSE scheme to RSE Employers Conference is Jonathan Coleman delivered respond to industry and an important opportunity for a keynote speech focused on employer needs. people from the Horticultural stakeholders’ engagement and industry and the RSE scheme to relationship and how the meet and discuss aspects of the policy has supported the existing operating model, what growth of the horticulture and is working and what areas might viticulture industries. This be improved or changed to more strong turnout reflects the directly assist the needs of New importance of the programme. Zealand horticultural employers. The purpose is to improve This year’s conference has just employer understanding and been held (June 30th - July clear up any issues related 1st) at the Brentwood Hotel in to RSE policy. The conference Wellington, and was attended by covered a range of issues and PHOTO: RSE Workers .Horticulture New Immigration New Zealand DCE discussed the challenges of the Zealand Chief Executive Peter Silcock says Nigel Bickle and SPA GM Stephen policy and the opportunities the RSE programme is the single greatest improvement in the sector that Horticulture Dunstan, as well as Emily ahead, providing good insight NZ has been involved in. Fabling, National Manager RSE. into the required operationalSPA DIVISION – SETTLEMENT, PROTECTION AND ATTRACTION 8
  9. 9. RSMU (Cont.)Make the Politician an RSE Driving in NZ brochuresworker! The NZTA have recentlyWhile opinions on reality completed a comprehensivetelevision vary, the Television update of their veryNew Zealand programme ‘Make successful ‘What’s Differentthe Politician Work’ will always about Driving in Newhave relevance for one or more Zealand?’ brochures,areas of the public sector. which included a period of thorough consultation withIn late May one lucky long-term SPA’s Recognised SeasonalMP got to spend a few days with Employment Managementsome RSE workers from Samoa Unit.who were working asparagusfields. Each year the RSMU oversees In response to this several the seasonal engagement of Pacific language translationsNeedless to say the RSE around 51,000 temporary of the booklet have now beenteam found the programme workers from the Pacific region, added to the NZTA site.enlightening, and also a reminder and every intake needs its sharethat it can never be guaranteed The translations are now up on of drivers, who are usuallywho might be put to work under the NZTA website here driving vans full of workersa policy! on unfamiliar roads and inYou can view the episode here. unfamiliar conditions. RESOURCES New from IMSED Research The Department’s Longitudinal Although the study identified a countries were found to achieve Immigration Survey: New Zealand number of differences between world class outcomes. research programme has reached the two countries’ policies and Quota Refugees Ten Years On is a significant milestone with the migrants’ characteristics, both also celebrating significant release of Competing for Skills. achievements. This in-depth, Australia and New Zealand three year programme looks have both prioritised skilled at the long-term integration migration in the past decade, outcomes of people accepted and the period has coincided under the refugee quota with growth in skilled migration programme 10 or more years to both countries through both ago. New Land, New Life: Long permanent and temporary entry. term settlement of refugees in New Zealand, released earlier Competing for Skills was this month at the National commissioned in partnership Refugee Forum, contains the with our Australian counterparts preliminary findings from this to compare skilled migration study. policies and outcomes in New Zealand and Australia, and For further information please suggest implications for the contact the Research Division at future of skilled migration in the research@dol.govt.nz. two countries.SPA DIVISION – SETTLEMENT, PROTECTION AND ATTRACTION 9
  10. 10. RESOURCES (Cont.) English Language Partners CE Heads to Harvard is the Reference Group for the English Language Claire Szabó, Chief proposed New Zealand Refugee Partners Resettlement Strategy. Annual Report Executive of English Language Partners, The new Chief Executive is The recently has resigned to Nicola Sutton. released English take up study For more information visit Language Partners at Harvard for a English Language Partners Annual report includes a Masters in Public here supplement focusing on Administration refugee learners, with summary Claire Szabo statistics on refugee learners commencing this month. including percentage of refugee Claire joined the organisation Sunday Radio promotes learners, geography, type of in 2005, taking up the Chief workplace language services accessed, length of Executive position in 2006. awareness access to services, ethnicity, Claire noted, in her farewell to the The Janet Holmes interview age, language level, gender and organisation that: “I have been on RNZ National in July was work status, analysis of funding honoured to lead an organisation excellent in pointing out some detail, and brief descriptions with such a clear commitment to of the workplace communication of types of service. For copies, migrants and refugees.” aspects our resources have been contact English Language designed to cover. You can find Partners. In her time as Chief Executive, Claire contributed to a number of the interview here. working groups in the settlement sector – the most recent of which An introduction to new New Zealand Cultures Sir Paul Callaghan stresses As the pace The most recent entries the importance of talent and variety are from Colombia, Bhutan, retention of migration South Africa, the Democratic2011 New Zealander of the Year grows, so Republic of Congo and and winner of the 2010 New does the Congo-Brazzaville. Zealand Science Prize, Sir Paul need for good Callaghan, has provided strong First edited by information indirect support for the principle educationalist and about the of settlement and it’s goal of Hamilton City Councillor cultures and ensuring we retain the skilled Daphne Bell in 1998, this people we are new version by Jenny Magee migrants and other newcomers increasingly we welcome to our shores. is published by the likely to meet in Hamilton based Ethnic In his recent New Zealand. New Zealand Trust. lecture at The latest edition of ‘New to New StrategyNZ It will be distributed to schools, Zealand’ is an important response but is also available for sale to the about a to this need. sustainable public, and is likely to be a very Now a fully revised hardback useful tool for anyone interacting future for book covering people from 44 with people of other cultures in NZ Sir Paul countries that have settled here, New Zealand. closed with a punch line focused ‘New to New Zealand’ gives on our main purpose; talent For orders ($34.95* plus P&P) readers a useful introduction to retention. This speech is now and/or further information the cultures, etiquette, origins and available online, here. regarding the book please email current situations of these new EthnicNZTrust@gmail.com. New Zealanders.SPA DIVISION – SETTLEMENT, PROTECTION AND ATTRACTION 10

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