SSNZ Auckland City - Newsletter June issue 19


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SSNZ Auckland City - Newsletter June issue 19

  1. 1. Settlement Support New Zealand Auckland City – Tāmaki-makau-rau Erangi te iti I te kore rawa. (Little is better than nothing at all) Pipiri (June)/Issue 19 Haere Mai, Nau Mai, Haere Mai Kei te pēhea koutou? Welcome to the nineteenth Settlement Support New Zealand—Auckland City Newsletter. The objective of this newsletter is to provide you with information about what Settlement Support – Auckland City does, 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 which are available around Auckland city. Bevan Chuang, Settlement Support Please feel free to pass on this newsletter onto friends, family and community Coordinator – colleagues. Auckland City Updates from Settlement Support New Zealand – Auckland City Local Settlement Forum for Auckland City: Why Volunteer? Volunteering is an important part of New Zealand society and culture. Why should we volunteer? How is it helpful with gaining New Zealand work experiences? What are the differences between volunteering in New Zealand and overseas? What do you need to know about volunteering in New Zealand? SSNZ Auckland City gives you an opportunity to find out more from other organisations. Date and time: 9.30am – 1.00pm, Saturday 12th June 2010. Venue: Freemans Bay Community Hall, 52 Hepburn Street, Auckland City Parking available on site, light refreshments available. Settlement Enquiries for May 2010 SSNZ Auckland City has assisted more than 150 clients in May 2010. Majority of the clients contact SSNZ for enquiries on finding employment (27%), followed by cultural/community (17%). There were more enquiries related to housing – rental; temporary accommodation and employment – conditions and rights compared to the same period last year. Service providers have contact SSNZ Auckland City with enquiries related to immigration – family visiting, cultural/community – support groups, learning English and mental health. Service providers were referred to more than 13 other service providers who helped them with their enquiries. Marae Visit Visit to the Orakei Marae was held on 16th May in conjunction with Ngati Whatua o Orakei. More than 60 people attended on the day, all received a powhiri and hongi from Danny and Dane Tumahai. The participants learnt about the history, culture and tikanga of Ngati Whatua, the Haka (Ka Mate!) and flax weaving (raranga). You can see all the pictures online at The next marae visit will take place on the 8th August. For more information contact or phone: (09) 625 2440.
  2. 2. The Budget The Budget was announced on 20th May 2010. The aim of the budget was to help families get ahead, to attract and retain skilled people in New Zealand, encourage New Zealanders to save and invest, and to make the NZ tax system fairer. The key highlights as follows: From 1st October 2010  Personal Income Tax: Income Current Rates New Rates $0 – $14,000 12.5% 10.5% $14,001 – $48,000 21.0% 17.5% $48,001 – $70,000 33.0% 30.0% Over $70,000 38.0% 33.0%  GST increased from 12.5% to 15%.  All Income support and other payments will increase by 2.02%. These include all main benefits, Student Allowances, Supplementary benefits, NZ Superannuation, Veterans Pension, Working for Families (Family Tax Credit and Minimum Family Tax Credit).  Reduction in Companies tax from 30% to 28% from the 2011/12 income year.  Top tax rate for most portfolio investment entities (PIEs) will fall from 30% to 28%, while other PIE rates drop to align with the new personal tax rates.  Tax rate for life insurance policy holders and widely-held savings like unit trusts and superannuation funds will fall from 30% to 28% from the 2011/12 income year.  No depreciation deductions for buildings with an estimated useful life of 50 years or more (such as rental housing and office buildings).  People will no longer be able to use investment losses, including from rental properties, to reduce their income and become eligible for Working for Families, from 1 April 2011. For further information, visit INVITATION TO COMMUNITY GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS YOU ARE WARMLY INVITED TO A COMMUNITY INFORMATION SESSION th On 9 June, from 4.30pm to 6.30 pm, at ARMS Three Kings, Three Kings Plaza, followed by light snacks and networking time. The Information Session will provide two sets of information: (1) Auckland International Carnival 2010 This vibrant opportunity is all about bringing together all peoples of the Auckland region to showcase and celebrate the multicultural mix that makes our city so unique. Entry will be free to all, young and old!! There will be plenty of space for Community Stalls and a Community Bazaar where community groups and organisations can profile themselves, share information, sell their wares, and enjoy being part of ‘Super Diversity Auckland’ event. To learn all about this event, what it could mean for your community group or organization, ARMS invites you to attend an Information Meeting on: (For more information, go to (2) UPDATES ON SETTLEMENT SUPPORT IN AUCKLAND REGION ARMS will also take this opportunity to provide updates on key developments related to Settlement Support across the Region. We are keen to get your responses and input on these. Do stay on for light snacks and networking. When: 9th of June Where: ARMS Three Kings Centre, 532 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings. RSVP: 09 625 2440, email:
  3. 3. What’s Coming Up? Workshops *All free and conducted in English unless otherwise stated. Job Search Workshop 1st and 15th June, 9.30am—2.00pm 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. Financial Advice Fridays, 10.00am – 12.00pm Tina Chen, founder of TC Financial Planning Ltd, will be providing free 10-minutes financial and budgeting advice, in English, Mandarin or Cantonese. Community Information Session Wednesday, 9th June 2010, 4.30pm – 6.30pm Find out more about the Auckland International Carnival 2010 and updates on Settlement Support in the Auckland Region. Home Ownership Saturday, 12th June 2010, 9.30am – 4.00pm Learn how to buy your first home in New Zealand, including getting a mortgage, building and maintaining your home, talk to lawyers, mortgage brokers and all. Local Settlement Forum for Auckland City: Why Volunteering Saturday, 12th June 2010, 9.30am – 1.00pm Freemans Bay Community Hall, 52 Hepburn Street, Freemans Bay Are you a job seeker? What are the differences between volunteering in New Zealand and overseas? What do you need to know? An opportunity for you to talk to different organisations and find out more. The Treaty of Waitangi Saturday, 26th June 2010, 9.00am – 4.00pm Learn more about the history of NZ and what the Treaty means for you as a new New Zealander. Learn how to respond to questions about the Treaty in job interviews. 8th Auckland Migrant Expo Saturday, 26th June 2010, 10.00am – 4.00pm Meet organisations that help you with Settlement Support, jobs, business and financial services, health and safety, education, immigration and international student support. For more information, visit 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 you've been forwarded this newsletter and you wish to subscribe email Have you got any suggestions or feedback about the newsletter? Please email
  4. 4. LOCAL SETTLEMENT FORUM FOR AUCKLAND CITY: WHY VOLUNTEER? Have you ever thought of volunteering in New Zealand? What are the differences between volunteering in New Zealand and other countries? Are you a job seeker who is finding it difficult to find a job in New Zealand? What are the advantages and disadvantages of volunteering in New Zealand? Where can you put your talents to good use – for yourself and the community? Volunteering is a great way to gain New Zealand work experience and understanding of NZ society and way of life. This forum will give you an opportunity to talk to volunteering organizations to find out more about what they do and how they can be useful to you. Time and Date: 9.30am – 2.00pm, Saturday 12th June 2010 Venue: Freemans Bay Community Hall, 52 Hepburn Street, Freemans Bay (map: Parking On-Street and On-Site. Refreshment and lunch provided. To register or for more information, please contact or 09 625 2440