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SSNZ Auckland City - Newsletter October issue 23

  1. 1. Settlement Support New Zealand Auckland City – Tāmaki-makau-rau E mōhiotia ana a waho kei roto he aha (A man fond of sleep, a lazy man, will never acquire wealth or riches) Whiringa ā nuku (October)/Issue 23 2010 Haere Mai, Nau Mai, Haere Mai Kei te pēhea koutou? How are you all? Welcome to the twenty-third 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 Bevan Chuang, services and activities available around Auckland City. 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 Settlement Support Advisory Team Three Settlement Support Client Advisors are now available in Three Kings to provide further support to the newcomers. Sally, Fazilat and Jun are available on a daily basis to provide settlement support advice and information in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi and Urdu. Client and Service Providers Enquiries 284 people visited SSNZ Auckland City/ARMS Three Kings during September 2010. Close to 40% of the enquiries were related to finding employment in New Zealand, followed by learning English – ESOL. Many of last month’s clients were from India (68) and China (58), followed by the Philippines (14). Nearly 40% of the clients seen in September were Permanent Residents, around 5% with refugees status, and nearly 50% were holders of temporary permit (e.g.: work to residence or work permit). Almost 48% of the clients were in New Zealand less than 2 years, compared to around 12% more than 2 years and 26% more than 5 years. There were 13 service providers to service providers referrals from five service providers, related to housing, financial assistance, community support groups/clubs and learning English – ESOL. Give Way Road Rule will be changed. The changes will apply to left turn-right turn give away rule and T-interaction give away rule. Currently if you are turning left you have to give way to right turning traffic coming towards you. The planned change will reverse this to required traffic turning right to give way to traffic turning left into the same road (see figure below). The T-intersection rule applies when there are conflicting right-turns at a T-intersection. At present, the right-turning vehicle on the terminating road (the base of the ‘T’) has priority over the right-turning vehicle on the through road (the top of the ‘T’). For further information, please visit
  2. 2. Updates from Department of Labour Longitudinal Immigration Survey: New Zealand – Wave 3, 2009 The Longitudinal Immigration Survey: New Zealand (LisNZ) is a longitudinal survey designed to trace the pathways of migrants and to produce a detailed, ongoing information base of their experiences and settlement outcomes. Migrants are interviewed at 6, 18, and 36 months after they have taken up permanent residence in New Zealand. The survey sample was selected from all migrants aged 16 years and over (excluding refugees) who were approved for permanent residence in New Zealand from 1 November 2004 to 31 October 2005. The wave 1 interviews were conducted between 1 May 2005 and 30 April 2007, the wave 2 interviews between 1 May 2005 and 30 April 2008, and the wave 3 interviews between 1 November 2007 and 31 October 2009. The number of interviewed respondents (both onshore and offshore applicants) totalled 7,137 at the first wave, 6,069 at the second wave, and 5,144 at the third wave. The recent release reports on the 5,144 longitudinal respondents interviewed at all three waves. Not surprisingly, majority of the migrants were skilled migrants, followed by family partner migrants and family parent migrants. By wave 3, the proportion of migrants employed was increased compared with wave 1, and the seeking-work rate has decreased. Median hourly earnings from salaries and wages have increased in wave 3 which may reflect the movement into higher skilled jobs between waves. Interestingly, while the adequacy of income to meet everyday needs remained the same in proportion, more than half of the migrants who reported that their income at wave 1 was inadequate increased their rating to that of having enough or more than enough money at wave 3. In contrast, of those who reported having enough or more than enough money at wave 1, almost a quarter of them reported having an inadequate income at wave 3. Not surprisingly, the proportion of migrants owning their dwelling increased steadily over the three waves of the LisNZ, and migrants from the United Kingdom/Ireland were most likely to own their dwelling at wave 3. South Asian migrants showed a large increase in dwelling ownership although the proportion who owned their own dwelling at wave 3 remained comparatively low. Interestingly, between wave 1 and wave 3, there was a decrease in the proportion of migrants who were very satisfied with life in New Zealand, from 44.7% to 35.5%. The proportion of migrants who said they felt safe or very safe decreased from 85.5% at wave 1 to 76% at wave 3. The proportion of migrants feeling unsafe or very unsafe increased from 3.2% at wave 1 to 7.5% at wave 3. Migrants from South African and the United Kingdom/Ireland were more likely to report feeling safe or very safe than migrants from the Asian and Pacific regions. North Asian migrants were the least likely to report feeling safe or very safe at wave 3. You can check out all the Longitudinal Immigration Surveys and results on VisaView Last month we featured a story about VisaView (, an online system that helps employers check if job applicants are entitled to work in New Zealand. All employers are required to demonstrate due diligence in relation to compliance with requirements of the Immigration Act 2009, which comes into effect on 29 November 2010. Foreign nations are required to demonstrate that they are entitled to work in New Zealand, and VisaView can be used as another tool to find out whether their employees are legally entitled to work in New Zealand. For further information about the Immigration Act 2009 related to employment, please visit If you have any queries about VisaView please email Department of Labour at Labour Market Update – September 2010 The economic recovery is slow, with an increased by 0.2% in the June 2010 quarter, well below market expectations of a 0.8% increase. Looking at the trend and examining the first half of 2010 as a whole, employment has risen by 0.7% and the unemployment rate has fallen from 7.1% to 6.8%. The August National Bank Business Outlook showed a net 4.3% of firms intend to increase staffing levels over the next 12 months while the Department’s Jobs Online indicator recorded a 7.4% increase in the number of jobs advertised online over the three months to August. Many employers appear to be increasing the hours of their existing workforce, rather than hiring new staff. The Department predicted that the unemployment rate will decline gradually over the next year, falling to around 6% in mid-2011. For further information visit
  3. 3. What’s Coming Up? Workshops *All free and conducted in English unless otherwise stated. Job Search Workshop 5th and 19th October, 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. Relating Well Saturday 9th October, 9.00am – 12.00pm Life in a new country can be challenging. Relating Well in New Zealand is a FREE course that provides migrants with information and skills for settling well in New Zealand. How is New Zealand different? Stages of cultural shock and change. Creating a new life. Using your skills. Practical information and Networking. Marae Visit Sunday 17th October, 9.00am – 4.30pm $20 per person, no refund if cancelled on the day. Visit Orakie Marae, the home of Ngati Whatua o Orakei & Tamaki Makaurau Programme includes Powhiri/Welcome – Introduction to Maori history and culture; flax weaving, Maori songs and Haka, authentic Hangi lunch, Poroporaki/farewell. Orientation Bus Tour Saturday 23rd October, 8.30am – 4.30pm $5 per person, no refund if cancelled on the day. Tale advantage of this opportunity to tour four cities in the Auckland region: Auckland, Manukau, Waitakere and North Shore. Get an overview of where you can live, work and play. Home Ownership Saturday 30th October, 9.00am – 12.00pm Want to buy your own house? Can you afford a mortgage? Do you need a deposit? Which house is right for you? What are the pros and cons of home ownership? What is the home buying process? What are the benefits, risks, costs and obligations? How do you maintain or build a home? What are the pitfalls and common myths? Meet and interact with Real Estate agents, Budget Advisors, Mortgage Brokers and Lawyers. Local Settlement Networking Event – Auckland: Your Council. Your City. Your Voice. Saturday 30th October, 10.00 am – 1.00pm, Johnny Walker Lounge, Mt Smart Stadium, Beasley Avenue, Penrose Do you ever stop and think about your place in the city? What can your Council do for you? What services does the Auckland Council provide? Who can you talk to? The Auckland Council will be established on 1st November and at this networking event you can find out who is on your local board? How can you contact them? And much more! 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 NETWORKING EVENT – AUCKLAND: YOUR COUNCIL. YOUR CITY. YOUR VOICE. Do you ever stop and think about your place in the city? What can your Council do for you? What services does the Auckland Council provide? Who can you talk to? The Auckland Council will be established on 1st November and at this networking event you can find out who is on your local board? How can you contact them? And much more! Time and Date: 10.00am – 1.00pm, Saturday 30th October 2010 RSVP essential and by 22nd October 2010. To register or for more information, please contact or 09 625 2440 Venue: Gate C, Johnny Walker Lounge, Mt Smart Stadium, Beasley Avenue, Penrose, Auckland (map: Parking On-Street and On-Site. Refreshment provided. Proudly Supported by:
  5. 5. Are you looking for a room to hire for workshops, meetings, events? We have a range of rooms available for hire! Facilities include: Training Room (with seating for 20 – 50 people) Interview/Small Meeting Rooms White board, power point project (at added cost) Kitchenette Free Car Park Spaces We also have Workstations/Computer Desks for hire on daily/weekly basis. Location: Auckland Regional Migrant Services, 532 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings Plaza. For more information, please contact Reception on 09-6252440 or email at
  6. 6. New Zealand Chinese Association (NZCA) Leadership and Development Conference 2011 Sunday 6 – Friday 11 February, 2011. Eastern Beach, Auckland APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN Now in its fifth year, the NZCA Leadership & Development Conference (LDC) brings together the next generation of outstanding leaders between the ages of 18 and 30 to discover their unique identity as Chinese New Zealanders. Designed as a ’live-in’ seminar, the LDC provides a fun, relevant and effective training experience that enables young people to explore the theme of ‘Leadership. Identity. Community’. High-profile local personalities from across New Zealand are invited to share their leadership journeys. The programme will also feature a range of indoor/outdoor activities, group discussions and a team leadership project. This year we are proud to confirm Albert King for the conference. Albert King is an action learning facilitator and personal development coach who delivers programmes on teamwork, leadership, communications and goal-setting. The conference is aimed at those who have an interest in making a positive impact in the local Chinese communities, now and in the future. It is an enriching experience that will deepen their personal and professional outlook on life, develop their leadership potential, provide insights into their heritage and equip them with practical life skills. Applications close on Sunday 7 November, 2010. An application form for the 2011 conference can be downloaded from Dates: Sunday 6 - Friday 11 February, 2011 Location: Willow Park Conference Centre, Eastern Beach, Auckland Accommodation and meals: Provided for the duration of the conference Attendance Fee: $120 per person Age: Applicants must be aged between 18 and 30 (as at 1st January 2011) Email:
  7. 7. Migrants Support Services Inc. 101, Church Street, Onehunga, Auckland Ph: (09) 6367334 – Fax: (09) 6367354 Email: Oscar School Holiday Programme – 4 October – 8 October 2010 Tuesday Thursday Monday Trip to Crystal Mountain Wednesday Friday Mosaic Making Dance & Drama Cooking Workshop/Games Quiz Competitions Dance/Drama presentation/ Party Computer Animation When: 4 October to 8 October 2010 Age: 5 yrs to 14 yrs Time: 9.00 am to 3.00 pm Cost: $15 per day or $65 for 5 days Where: Onehunga Community Centre, 83 Church Street Onehunga Culturally appropriate, full of fun in a safe environment Supported by Ministry of Social Development