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SSNZ Auckland City - Newsletter February issue 26

  1. 1. Settlement Support New Zealand Auckland City – Tāmaki-makau-rau Pepuere (February) 2011/Issue 26 Haere Mai, Nau Mai, Haere Mai Kei te pēhea koutou? How are you all? Welcome to the twenty-sixth Settlement Support New Zealand—Auckland City Newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide you with information about what Settlement Support – Auckland City does, and where you can find information about employment, education, health services and many other aspects of settling in New Zealand. This is also an opportunity to share with you the services and activities available around Auckland City. Bevan Chuang, Settlement Support Coordinator – Please feel free to pass on this newsletter onto friends, family and community Auckland City colleagues.Updates from Settlement Support New Zealand – Auckland City Client and Service Providers Enquiries 150 people visited SSNZ Auckland City/ARMS Three Kings during December2010 and 71 in January 2011. 105 and 61 of them respectively were first time clients. Close to 40% of the clients contacted SSNZ Auckland about finding employment, 12% required interpretation or translation services, 10% wanted information about cultural/community, 7% wanted information about learning English. The majority of our clients in December - January were from China (24%), India (15%), South Africa (5%), Philippines and Malaysia (4% each). Many of them have permanent residence in New Zealand, 29% were family members of skilledmigrants, and 20% were skilled migrants. 14% had work permits and 6% on visitor permits.Almost 52.5% of the clients had been in New Zealand less than 2 years, with 9.5% having been here longer than 2 years and 32%more than 5 years.There were 18 service providers to service providers referrals from 7 service providers, related to cultural/community, findingemployment, and learning English.From Settlement Support New Zealand – WaitakereAre you Japanese speaking and is looking to start a small business or work from home business? Would you be interested to findout more about it? Please contact (Japanese OK) if you are interested and wanted to find out more.Gong Xi Fa Cai – Happy Chinese New Year! rdYear of the Rabbit as a sign of prosperity and luck and has officially started on 3 February2011.2011 marks the Year of the Rabbit. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are said to be veryarticulate, talented and ambitious. They are admirable, trustworthy and are often financiallylucky. Some of the famous people born in the Year of the Rabbit include Albert Einstein, FrankSinatra, Pope Benedict XVI, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, David Beckham, TigerWoods, and Whitney Houston. Read more about Chinese New Year on th thDon’t forget to check out the annual Lantern Festival is on at the Albert Park from 18 – 20February. It officially marks the end of Chinese New Year celebrations. For more information,visit Asia:NZ Foundation’s website: .
  2. 2. News Annual PLT Migration by country and by visa type In 2010, the highest net inflow of migrants was from India (6,300). This surpassed the net inflow from the United Kingdom, which dropped from 9,100 in 2009 to 5,300 in 2010. Almost three quarters of migrants arriving from India had student visas. There was also a net inflow from China (3,600) in 2010. The net PLT outflow to Australia was 21,000 in 2010, above the outflow in 2009 (18,000), but still well below the outflow in 2008 (35,400). The latest net outflow saw 36,800 departures to Australia offset by 15,800 arrivals from Australia. In both directions, most migrants were New Zealand citizens. In 2010, 29,000 PLT arrivals were Australian or New Zealand citizens. Of the remaining 53,500 migrants, most arrived on:  work visas (19,600)  student visas (16,500)  residence visas (12,800)  visitor visas (4,000). Compared with 2009, fewer migrants arrived on the following visa types: work (down 2,300), residence (down 1,000), and visitor (down 500) visas; more migrants arrived on student visas (up 800). Visit for further information about permanent long term migration. Jobs ads THE ASIAN RADIO SHOW is seeking Auckland based freelance radio reporters to add to our group of highly talented storytellers. They do not have to be Asian but should have an interest in telling Asian-related stories. Curiosity about the world and a spirit of enquiry would be even more useful. Training in media/mass communication/radio is necessary. (The producers unfortunately do not have training facilities.) For further information, contact Sapna Samant on New visa, reduced red tape for foreign students Less red tape and a new visa will make it easier for international students to study in New Zealand says Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman. Under the new Immigration Act, which recently came into effect, interim visas can be granted to students while their applications are being processed. The frequency for which police and medical certificates must be provided is also being extended. The changes, which commence in February 2011, will help boost the $2 billion a year export education market, says Dr Coleman. ‘’Interim visas mean students can still study here lawfully while their application is being processed, provided that they are lawfully in New Zealand when they apply. ‘’They’ll still have to meet all our standard criteria, but the visa provides peace of mind for students and makes the enrolment process smoother for education providers.’’ Interim visas may not be granted if Immigration New Zealand has significant concerns regarding an applicant. In 2009/10 Immigration New Zealand approved nearly 94,000 student visa applications, of which 65,500 were from full fee-paying international students. Dr Coleman says fee-paying foreign students will only have to provide police and medical certificates every three years, rather than every two years as at present. ‘’These certificates can be expensive for students to obtain, and sometimes applications are returned because certificates have expired. This change will make it that bit easier and cheaper. Now a student studying for a Bachelor’s degree at university will only have to provide one medical certificate at the beginning, rather than a second one part way through their study.’’
  3. 3. What’s Coming Up? Workshops *All free and conducted in English unless otherwise stated. Job Search Workshop 1st and 14th February, 9.30am—3.00pm Workshop to assist with your job search. Held in conjunction with Career Services and the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and other agencies. Legal Clinics Fridays, 9.30am—12.00pm Heval Hylan, Principal of Hylan Law Barrister & Solicitor, will be providing free 10-minutes legal advice on immigration, family law, contract, trusts and other areas of law in general. Free Counselling Services to support newcomers to New Zealand Fridays, 9.30am – 12.30pm Making a new life in a foreign country can sometimes be difficult to cope with and can sometimes feel overwhelming. Talking with someone who understands may help you to make sense of what’s happening and assist you to move forward with confidence and hope. Bookings Essential Free English Advisory Clinics Tuesdays, 10.30am – 12.30pm Do you have questions about your English skills? Do you require referral to suitable providers and course? Our English language Advisor can provide you with a 20 minutes consultation and referrals to suitable providers and courses. Note: For individual consultation and assessment, please contact ARMS Reception for further information. Buying Your First Home Saturday 19th February, 9.00am – 1.00pm Learn how to buy your first home in New Zealand. Including getting mortgage, building and maintaining your home. Find out what the current market is. How to find the perfect home in New Zealand. National Bank – Business Start Up (Conducted in Mandarin Chinese) Thursday, 23rd February, 10.00am – 12.00pm Workshop aimed at people who wanted to start up their own business in New Zealand. What do you need to know when you buy a business? What do you need to know about franchise in New Zealand? What are some of the issues you need to be aware of? Treaty of Waitangi Workshop Saturday, 25th February, 9.00am – 3.00pm Learn more about the history of New Zealand. Find out what the Treaty of Waitangi means for you as a new New Zealander. Learn how to respond to questions about the Treaty in job interviews. Participants will be awarded a Certificate of Participation.For more information or to register contact ARMS on 09 625 2440 or Have you been forwarded this newsletter? If you would like to change your subscription details or unsubscribe email If youve been forwarded this newsletter and you wish to subscribe email Have you got any suggestions or feedback about the newsletter? Please email
  4. 4. Free English Language Class for new refugees and migrants (MUST have proof of Permanent Residency) who need English language & settlement support This course will begin on February 2nd, 2011, at AUT University City campus. It will be taught over 7 weeks and total 100 hours of tuition. For information Phone Beverley Roser 921 9999 ext 6807 or fill out the form below and take it to AUT Tower (Cnr Wakefield & Rutland St, City) Reception 8th floor Or Post to: Beverley Roser (D71) AUT, Private Bag 92006, Wellesley St 1020.Cut here …………………………………………………………………………………… AUT Languages English Language for new refugees and migrants (with Permanent Residency) Free who need English language & settlement supportFirst Name: ……………………………… Last Name:…………………………..Address:…………………………………………….…………………………………Home phone……………………… Mobile phone………………….….First Language…………………… Arrival in NZ ………………….…. Please take this form to AUT Tower, cnr Wakefield & Rutland St, 8th Floor Reception, Auckland City. or Post to: Beverley Roser (D71) AUT, Private Bag 92006, Wellesley St 1020. We will phone you to talk about your application.
  6. 6. Strengthening RelationshipsSchizophrenia Awareness PresentationFree 30 minute presentation for workplaces, clubs, groups, and other organisations.Offered at your premises for groups from 6 to 20 people (larger groups by negotiation)Limited number available so booking essentialThis presentation will offer:• A greater understanding of schizophrenia and psychosis.• Ways to identifying early warning signs and pathways to support services.• A simple and practical communication tool Schizophrenia Awareness Week ‘Strengthening Relationships’ that aims to strengthen relationships. 14th – 20th March“If you change the way you look at things, To book simply contact SFMI Aucklandthe things you look at change.” Ph: (09) 378 9134 Wayne Dyer Email: Supporting Families in Mental Illness – AucklandSupporting Families exists to enhance the competence and resilience of families and whanauto meet the challenges of mental illness. For more information visit Awareness Week exists to give information and educational opportunities onschizophrenia to reduce the stigma and discrimination faced by families and whanau.
  7. 7. “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Wayne Dyer Strengthening Relationships Schizophrenia Awareness Presentation Free 30 minute presentation for workplaces, clubs, groups, and other organisations. Offered at your premises for groups from 6 to 20 people (larger groups by negotiation) Limited number available so booking essentialSchizophrenia Awareness Week This presentation will give your organisation ‘Strengthening Relationships’ a greater understanding of schizophrenia and 14th – 20th March psychosis, including identifying early warning signs and pathways to support services. It will also offer a simple and practical communica- tion tool that aims to strengthen relationships and improve your ability to achieve successful outcomes. About Supporting Families in Mental Illness – Auckland Supporting Families exists to enhance the competence and resil- ience of families and whanau to meet the challenges of mental illness. We resource families and whanau to support recovery by offering free support, education and information, as well as pro- moting the rights and needs of individuals and families affected by mental illness. For more information visit Schizophrenia Awareness Week exists to give information and educational opportunities on schizophrenia to reduce the stigma and discrimination faced by families and whanau. Often created through lack of knowledge and misunderstandings around mental To book simply contact illness, stigma and discrimination can cause barriers to accessing SFMI Auckland appropriate supports and treatments, leading to isolation. Ph: (09) 378 9134Email: Do you see the Person or the Label? “People with serious mental illness are not ill in isolation. Their families, extended whanau, and significant others, whatever they think about the illness, cannot escape being affected by it. The lives of people with serious mental illness are inextricably involved with the lives of those they love and care for, and the lives of those who love and care about them.” Mental Health Commission
  8. 8. Super Size My NetworksHui Disability Providers How can we work together more effectively across Auckland? What does the new Auckland structure mean to your or your organisation? To find out how come and hear our panel discussion while networking with Providers across AucklandWhat: Auckland Hui Cost: FREE, lunch includedWhen: 24th March 2011 Other: Registrations by Fri 18 March toWhere: AMI Netball Centre,44 Northcote Rd, Natalie Brunzel Takapuna orTime: 9.30am - 4.30pm PH 09 414 5360 or !