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.
Settlement Support Please feel free to pass on this newsletter onto friends, family and community
Coordinator – colleagues.
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
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.
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 http://www.facebook.com/ssnzakl.
The next marae visit will take place on the 8th August. For more information contact email@example.com or
phone: (09) 625 2440.
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
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 www.taxguide.govt.nz.
INVITATION TO COMMUNITY GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS
YOU ARE WARMLY INVITED TO A COMMUNITY INFORMATION SESSION
On 9 June, from 4.30pm to 6.30 pm, at ARMS Three Kings, Three Kings Plaza, followed by light snacks and networking
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
(For more information, go to www.aucklandinternationalcarnival.co.nz)
(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: firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s Coming Up?
*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.
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.
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.
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 http://migrantexpo.co.nz/
For more information or to register contact ARMS on 09 625 2440 or email@example.com.
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LOCAL SETTLEMENT FORUM FOR AUCKLAND CITY:
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: http://bit.ly/awTxdU)
Parking On-Street and On-Site. Refreshment and lunch provided.
To register or for more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 09 625 2440