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January 2015



Ethnic migrants in NZ growing T

he 2013 Census revealed a New Zealand of increasing ethnic diversity – 213 ethnic groups to be exact. The five largest ethnic groups are New Zealand European, Maori, Chinese, Samoan, and Indian. Auckland’s population is now 1,415,550, an increase of 110,592 people since the 2006 census. Some of the biggest expansions in population were in the broader Asian category, particularly in the Chinese (16% increase), Indian (48%), and Filipino (138%) ethnic groups. New Zealand, and Auckland in particular, can now be classified as "super diverse", according to Massey University humanities and

social sciences research director Professor Paul Spoonley. Twentythree per cent of Auckland is Asian, now a very significant nonmajority population. Quick facts about the three largest Asian ethnic groups:

National election 2014


he needs and interests of persons from migrant and refugee backgrounds are repeatedly ignored by government, despite migrant populations making up more than 30% of NZ’s population, and although politicians are keen to enlist the voting power of this particular population during election time.


igrant Action Trust (MAT) held a “Meet the MPs Forum” in the lead up to the General Election 2014 in conjunction with the Living Wage Movement. Candidates and Ministers of Parliament (MPs) from all political parties were invited to attend to discuss key issues for the migrant community. Attending were: Claudette Hauiti (National), Michael Wood (Labour), Laila Harre and

Roshni Sami (Internet MANA), Barry Coates (Greens) and Asenati LoleTaylor (NZ First). The forum lasted two hours, during which time candidates and MPs heard from former refugees, migrant groups and the Living Wage Movement. There was also a workshop session on each issue where MPs and candidates could join groups leading discussions on issues and solu(continued to page 2)

Chinese: 45,2013 - NZ born; 124,494 overseas born. Median income: $16,000 Indian: 36,012 - NZ born; 117,204 overseas born. Median income $27,400 Filipino: 5,652 - NZ born; 34,356 overseas born. Median income $30,000

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National election… (continued from page 1) tions critical to our communities: • Transition from university to work • International students • Safe & ethnically appropriate eld-

erly housing • Undocumented workers • Exploitation of work visa holders • Living Wage • Former refugee concerns

Participating organisations include: Auckland Latin American Community, African Communities Forum Inc, Auckland Refugee Community Coalition (ARCC), Chinese Action Network - Bridging Trust, Crescendo Trust, Japanese Community, Living Wage Movement Aotearoa NZ, MAT, Migrante Aotearoa NZ (Migrante), NZ African Welfare Services Trust, Pakistan Association of NZ, SF WU- Mi grant Adv is ory Grou p, Sukhmani Charitable Trust (SCT), and Union Network of Migrants At the end of the workshop session, each group leader got up and gave an overview of the discussion and what key concerns were identified from the discussion. Following the event a letter was sent to each party asking whether their party could commit to the list of key concerns (http://goo.gl/cT4iAr). This event followed up with a Media Conference to present the party responses to the commitment letter. In 2015 and beyond we will continue to follow up with successful candidates on how they have been able to put these pledges into practice. The same concerns have been rai sed ti me and again and

the Migrant Action Trust, along with a number of supporting community organizations and unions including SCT, ARCC, Migrante, and the Living Wage Movement are calling on the government and potential members of parliament to address the concerns of those communities. If they do not, it falls upon these under-resourced community organizations to take up the role of central government.

Dr Camille Nakhid, Chair of the Migrant Action Trust, urges those from migrant and refugee backgrounds to consider carefully the party and candidate to whom they give their vote. So far, the incumbent party has refused to agree to those issues that the Trust has found to be of main concern to migrants and refuges. These include having a well-resourced nongovernment community-led hub to deliver appropriate settlement services for migrant and refugee groups, a living wage, durable family reunification policies, culturally appropriate housing for the elderly, transition programmes for international students to assist with employment upon graduation, programmes to legalise undocumented migrants, the granting of citizenship to those children born to undocumented migrants, and effective protection and the opportunity to look for new employment to migrant victims of labour exploitation.

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Local body election forum 2013 advocacy for Auckland Council to adopt a living wage, including contractors, through our relevant submissions so far to the parts of Council that have a say on remuneration policy (including the Mayor and Governing Body). Puketapapa Local Board have included support for the Living Wage clearly in the Puketapapa Local Board Plan (final printed version to be launched on 11 December 2014), using these words: (“Vision” Section, p5)


n 7th Sept 2013 MAT held a “Meet the Candidate Forum” inviting Puketapapa Local Board and Auckland Council candidates. The forum raised awareness on the living wage and issues facing migrant communities as part of the Auckland Regional Settlement Strategy which is designed to provide a collaborative approach to grow an economically successful region. While MAT acknowledges the work done to further this objective the forum was evidence that there is more work to do and that there is a need for local (and national) government to listen and work closely with those who are most affected. The forum was supported by Living Wage Aotearoa NZ and MAT including groups: Migrante, Sukhmani Charitable Trust, Chinese Action Network – Bridging Trust, ONKOD Somali Youth Development Inc Society, Auckland Refugee Community Coalition, and African Communities Forum Inc. At the forum candidates were invited to make the following pledge as part of their campaign: • I commit to support Auckland Council

adopting a Living Wage by paying a Living Wage to directly employed staff and workers employed by contractors delivering services on a regular and on-going basis. • I commit to promote opportunities for

internships, apprenticeships and cooption of students of refugee background at Auckland Council. • I commit to Auckland Council main-

taining and equitably resourcing the

Ethnic People Advisory like other Local Boards, including that they are provided some say in the development of personnel policies to ensure migrants and refugees are given a fair share of Auckland Council employment opportunities. • I commit to engaging the refugee

and migrant community at least twice a year during the electoral term. There were seven candidates for the Puketapapa Local Board who committed to the Living Wage pledge prior to the local body elections last year. They were the full Roskill Community Voice slate and Richard Barter of the Citizens and Ratepayers team. Of those four were elected: Julie Fairey, Michael Wood, Harry Doig and David Holm. This group achieved a majority on the Board and have committed to

Our vision for the local economy is focused on growing local business to provide jobs and overcome inequalities through a living wage." (Outcomes Section "Thriving local economy, good local jobs" p22): Good jobs and a fair reward We will be prosperous when local people have good, secure work and income to support themselves and their families and to spend in the local community. To this end we will advocate for a 'living wage' to be adopted by Auckland Council, and, where appropriate, by local employers and support institutions and infrastructure with the goal of higher wage jobs." We haven't put in a specific initiative under that outcome but I anticipate something may come out of the Local Economic Development Action Plan, which we will be consulting on and finalising in 2015. (continued to page 4)

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“I’ve found a job!” Testimonies from new migrants who recently found work.

Lizette inspires other jobseekers during the Employment Forum held in September 2014


hat is your Philippines



What did you train in there: I was a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and MBA. However, I chose to develop my career in human resource management and human resource consultancy. What was your job like there: I was blessed to have had a challenging yet fulfilling career in internal HR management and external HR consulting gained from multinational firms on industries in shipping, supply chain management, audit/consulting (including with PricewaterhouseCoopers Philippines), and BPO (business process outsourcing). I reached the pinnacle of my HR career before coming to New Zealand by being the Head of HR, reporting directly to the CEO, for Odfjell in the Philippines which is a leading company in the global market for transportation and storage of bulk liquid chemicals, acids, edible oils and other special products. How long have you been in NZ? 12 months, from January 2014 How did you come to NZ? Work visa, specifically Silver Fern Visa Tell us about your job search in NZ - what did you do? Just before coming to New Zealand, I have sent my CV to a couple of multinational organizations wherein I

Local body election… (continued from page 3) The Puketapapa Local Board has also been supporting Councillor Cathy Casey with her work questioning Council as an employer about what they are doing to move to a living wage, and in particular championing the idea of reallocating some of the salary at the highest levels to those currently paid below a living wage.

was invited for initial interviews during my first week of arriving in NZ. However, they were looking for Kiwi experience. After these interviews and sending other applications, I never received any invitation for interviews. It was very fortunate that during my third week, I saw a poster of Job Search Seminar of Migrant Action Trust. I then attended the seminar which I found very useful. What was most helpful? The job search seminar of Migrant Action Trust was truly helpful for me since it gave me information of the reality of NZ business environment (i.e. 90% of companies are SMEs). From here, I learned that what worked on my job application in the Philippines would not be effective in NZ. I learned from MAT Seminar on how to create an NZbased CV. MAT also reminded me to stay focused and remain positive despite the possible many rejections I may receive during my job search. What worked for you? Everything that MAT has taught me has helped me in my job search. MAT has also given me after seminar support wherein MAT did mock up interview session for me. This has helped me gain confidence and after this mock up interview, I was able to gain my first (and current) employment in NZ.

How did you come to know about Migrant Action Trust? It was good that MAT placed posters in libraries. I saw the poster of MAT’s job search seminar in New Lynn library. Tell us about finding your current job how did you find the job advertisement: I saw the job advert in SEEK. How was the selection process? It started with a phone interview then face-to-face interview. The organisation also did referees’ checks wherein they contacted my referees even if they were based in the Philippines. How did you feel? During my application in the organisation, I made sure that I apply the things I have learned from the job search seminar. I started with a fixed term appointment and before my fixed term appointment ended, I received my permanent appointment. How has it been working in NZ so far? As an HR professional in the education industry, I am enjoying my work wherein every day I learn new things by supporting manager, staff and candidates in my current organisation. I am also enjoying working with my peers in my team / office, they are so helpful and they enjoy sharing their knowledge to me. In turn, I enjoy learning from them. Every day, I feel blessed that I have a work, organisation and team which I truly enjoy and love. Is there a message you would like to share with government or your community about your experience? I am very grateful of the support provided by the government through organizations such as Migrant Action Trust to new migrants like me. As a new migrant, with no relatives in NZ, these support / seminars are great in providing practical information and advices. Thank you!

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Community services update B

uddy2Employment. This is a men-

toring programme where we get successfully settled migrant buddies to provide support to newcomer jobseekers. In 2014 we held a buddy training in September and now have 12 active buddies and 10 new migrants who are being paired with a mentor.

New buddies (mentors) from Hope church undergo training on how to support their mentees.

We are grateful to the Hope Church members for volunteering as buddies.


tart Right in NZ - a pre-jobsearch seminar. It is a NZ jobsearch orien-

tation programme lasting 3.5 hours that is run fortnightly. The programme helps new migrant jobseekers understand the NZ context as migrants. Twenty five seminars attended by 186 people, wherein 75 have found jobs at an average yearly salary of $25,000, equates to MAT's annual contribution to the total Auckland economy of $1.875M.


tart Right in New Zealand in Spanish – A funding from Auckland Lottery

Community enabled the Trust to hire a contractor to translate, organise, coordinate and conduct the workshop in Spanish. Four of the five workshops has been conducted, and two of them in Hamilton in collaboration with the Hamilton Multicultural Service Trust and Red Cross Hamilton.

Luz Mery VazquezJohnstone, discusses how to jobsearch in NZ context, with new migrants coming from Spanish speaking countries

International students from EDENZ College attend a Start Right in NZ seminar.


fter Seminar Support. Once

clients have attended the jobsearch seminar they can book in for one-on-one support which includes: CV writing, cover letter writing and interview coaching. 70 clients were supported in this service.


mployment & Life Skills Support Group. From July – Sep

2013, two courses attended by 18 participants were run by Karen Venter. However, the ELSSG has been discontinued due to lack of funding.


oluntary Work Experience. This

provides new migrants with local kiwi work experience that is typically preferred by kiwi employers. It runs for 4 weeks, and allows the candidate to have kiwi experience on their CV and a kiwi reference. Thirteen volunteers from many different countries had their local work experience in MAT. These countries included Somalia, the Philippines, Japan, China, South Korea, Sudan, Yemen, Indonesia and Chile. These volunteers contributed 905 hours at $20 per hour which totalled $18,100.

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Successful migrants share their learning to jobseeker hopefuls during the Employment Forum held in September 2014.


pecialised Forums. The Employ-

ment Forum is an avenue where migrant job seekers, employers and employment decision-makers (such as HR or recruitment agents) all come together and are able to honestly discuss the realities of short-listing for jobs, and what makes an application stand out, and what to avoid in your application; as well as the process of how they actually

fill their vacancies, e.g. the use of referrals and word of mouth. The Networking Forum addresses the reality that new migrants do not have existing networks, and brings in experts who have to network as part of their job, or part of their business strategy. Held in 11 July 2013, Youth Career and Jobsearch Conversation was specifically aimed at helping young peo-

Mt Roskill Multiethnic Toy Library now opens


ccess to affordable but quality toys has always been a constant struggle to many parents. And then there is also the issue of storage space, not to mention that children nowadays seems to get tired easily of playing the same toys. They would always want something different every time. The Mt Roskill Multi Ethnic Toy Library was established to specifically address these concerns. The library is stocked with toys for children from 9 months to 8 years. “We would love to have more families to become a member of the library so the children could enjoy these wonderful toys,” said Vina and Evelyn, our volunteer librarians. We currently have 16 member families with new members joining each month. The target is to serve 25 families with the current stock of toys. The toy library is open every Friday from 10 am – 12 noon, and is located at 766 Sandringham Rd Ext, Mt Roskill.

Vina and Evelyn (L-R) are happy to serve the community through the toy library. For more information, please email mtroskill.toylibrary@gmail .com or call 629 3500. Check out the available toys a t h t t p :/ / t i n y u r l .c o m / M t R o s k i l l ToyLibrary and like us in Facebook to be updated.

ple from the Puketepapa Mt Roskill Area improve their chances of finding employment and guiding them into identifying suitable career pathways. This event gathered together employers, recruiters, career advisers and service providers from the local area who meaningfully engaged with the youth who attended. A total of 79 participants attended the three forums.

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C.O.R. members update `

igrant Action Trust supports small ethnic community groups through the Common Office and Resource Project. Currently we are supporting 15 groups : Koreans (4), Japanese (3), Filipino (3), Chinese (1), Eritrean & Ethiopian (1), Somali (1), Indian (1) and a professional group (multicultural IT professionals - 1).


orean Women’s Association of New Zealand (KWANZ) highlights

for the year include: Legal Forum, Business and Employment Forum, Health Forum, Bushwalking group, Taekwondo Classes, English classes, Computer classes and Sewing Classes. MAT has assisted with funding and reporting, and provided facilities for some of their workshops.


KWANZ supports their community by holding Legal Forum (left picture) and the Elderly Bushwalking.

ukhmani Charitable Trust (SCT). In

2014 its foci under the Peaceful Family Project were: Sukhmani provides a holistic support to the whole family - from children to the elderly

• Children: learning and performing folk

dances, art classes, self defense • Youth: Self defense classes, Student job

search, one-to-one support, Voluntary work Zero waste, Garage Sale with Earth Action Trust etc • Elderly Support: Taking them out on site

seeing, Celebration of International day for Senior Citizens, Workshop on their rights and responsibilities, Self defense SCT also formed the Woman empowerment group, which meets


monthly. Their activities included: knitting about twenty outfits for new born babies to be donated to Start Ship Hospital; Woman entrepreneurship and self defense. MAT assisted with fundraising, providing space for art classes and Self Defense and has given visibility by highlighting our activities in their newsletter etc and encouraged community.

igrante Aotearoa supports mi-

grant workers in NZ, and focuses on employment rights and exploitation. Highlights for 2014 include speaking at the Diversity Forum in Christchurch, Migrant Exploitation Forum highlighting migrant exploitation in the workplace, launching the video “Juan in Tranzit” video on YouTube, as well as continuing with their work to support migrant workers.


MAT assisted us with funding and reporting, as well as engaging in joint projects such as the Election Forum and the Living Wage Forum.

ew Zealand Nejashi Trust year's

activities included Homework class, holiday program, language classes, toy library, youth activity and sewing class. MAT have supported and collaborated with us in a variety of ways, including: support in preparing funding applications, forwarding job opportunities, CV prep, and workshops on different topics.

New Zealand Nejashi Trust ensures that the children and the youths are engaged through the homework centre and holiday programmes (right)

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J apan Society of Auckland (JSA). Highlights included Japan Day 2014 (23 February 2014).

Over the course of 2014 MAT has guided (JSA) through applying for several grants, including a successful application for Japan Day. This funding helped to create a wonderful festival that everyone enjoyed. Japan Society of Auckland commented: “It is great to have an organisation that we can seek advice from with such a friendly and helpful manner. Thank you M.A.T.”


The Japan Society of Auckland organizes a annual Japan Day event where everyone can experience Japanese culture.

hinese Action Network - Bridging Trust. Highlights of the group for

2014: provide mobile counselling to people facing unemployment; provide social services and community support to senior Chinese who don't speak English when they need assistance dealing with government agencies and health issues. We also provide transport for senior Chinese patients when they had transport problems attending hospital appointments.


CAN-B Trust supports the Chinese elderly needing assistance particularly on health issues. MAT has provided financial/ account management training; funding application advice; work space

and network opportunity with other ethnic groups.

atilingban Bisaya sa New Zealand (KBNZ) is a social group sup-

porting Filipinos from the Visayas Region in Auckland. Key activities in 2014 include Diskoral Dance Party, participation at the Sinulog Festival (Filipino Carnival), Family Day Out, Valentine’s Day Concert, Clean Up Glen Eden Day, and Open Gathering Christmas Concert.

Activities of the KBNZ include (L-R, clockwise) Clean Up Glen Eden Day, Diskoral 2014, Family Day Out and Valentines' Day Concert.

MAT has supported in funding and reporting, administration and strategic planning.


NKOD Somali Youth Development Inc. Society (ONKOD)

provides Somali language and culture class for NZ born Somali children. It is run every Sunday, with 15-20 children attending regularly. ONKOD also runs a soccer team, which competes in an Auckland youth league. MAT supports ONKOD in their account management, funding application and accountability advise, and advo-

cacy opportunity matters on former refugee youth issues.

ONKOD runs a weekly Somali language class for NZ born Somali children.

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inay Aotearoa. Highlights for 2014

is organizing the Parents Conversation Workshop at the Parenting Place in Greenlane. Pinay also supported the Whau River clean up in Te Atatu, Matariki Tree Planting, and Christmas Lantern-making using recycled materials and then donating them to rest homes. MAT assisted Pinay with funding applications and provided institutional support.


Pinay Aotearoa holds event that strengthen family relationship between and among the family members - whether it’s a parenting workshop or a clean-up event.

anran Japanese Elderly Group.

Danran holds a monthly forum for Elderly Japanese people to discuss issues and socialise. One of the main concerns right now is the availability of culturally appropriate rest-home care. A representative from the Abbeyfield House (which provides accommodation for independent elderly people) met with Danran to discuss options. Danran has also supported two Earth Action Trust community garage sales. MAT has supported Danran by coordinating the monthly meetings and assisting with funding and reporting administration.


The Danran Japanese Elderly Group aims to ensure that its members are not isolated from the community by organizing socialization events and participating in community events.

uckland Youth Performing Arts Centre trains young Korean chil-

dren who are musically inclined but who cannot afford formal tuition and organizes an annual concert. The highlight for 2014 was the Joyful Youth Orchestra 2014 Concert, supported by the Auckland Creative Communities Grant. MAT assisted with the funding application.


nfinite Technology Society Inc.

The ITSI 2014 highlights include conducting a software testing workshop series supporting 12 overseas-trained IT migrants, to pass their ISTQB Exam in NZ. This ran weekly for 3 months. MAT supported ITSI with funding and reporting, financial accounts, as well as facilities for conducting the training. The ITSI group’s principle “paying it forward” is put into action through the various IT training conducted where the main facilitators are members who are working in the NZ IT industry.

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orean Culture Society (KCS).

KCS has successfully broadened the scope of their activities from performing traditional music and dances to also incorporating the Korean martial art known as Tae-kwon-do and Korean language into their community activities. They also have held their own cultural event to showcase youth cultural performances, supported by other Korean groups in the community. MAT has provided support on various different mat-


ters, especially our funding applications.

to apply, how to prepare for supporting documents and how to write up the accountability report. For these useful advices, we could get the funding and operate our programmes effectively.

he Korean Society of Auckland (KSA) organized an 'Employment

Rights, Work & employment Standards Seminar' on 12 Feb. We worked with MSD - Settling In, Raeburn House to inform Korean residents especially newcomers, on their basic of employment rights NZ. We held the Korean Day, the biggest annual event of the Korean community in NZ on 15 March at the North Shore Events Centre. We encouraged Korean immigrants and other ethnic people to participate to the event and being part of community. We worked in cooperation with Migrant Action Trust and the Korean Women's Association of NZ to hold the Anti Bullying Workshop on 5 April 2014. It was great opportunity for people to overcome or tackle bullying at home, in the community and online. Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key visited Korean Community Centre on 28 April 2014 to have a public meeting with Korean resident. Through the various question and answer session, it strengthened ties between NZ and Korean communities.


Korean Culture Society trains second generation young people on traditional Korean performing arts.

We got involved in the Asia Pacific Film Festival with Chinese, Indian, Japanese and local community groups and Korean films were screened in Auckland. During the festival, Korean night was hosted and traditional performance and foods were also introduced. During the year, we provided civil consultation, JP, legal advice, job searching consultation, free acupuncture and smoke free clinic. We also opened the afterschool programmes such as Flute and Taekwondo class and senior programmes like English and computer class. The Migrant Action Trust was always ready to help us and gave many tips/advices on funding sources especially how we reach the funding, how

Korean Society of Auckland supports its members to successfully settle in NZ by providing English and computer classes to the elderly and various arts and cultural initiatives to the youths and young children.

imawari Charitable Trust high-

lights for 2014 included starting a new class for 5-6 year olds, holding the Himawari Kid's festival in March, at the children’s concert, the 5 and 6 year olds class did a Japanese traditional Taiko drumming performance. MAT assisted the Trust with fundraising and reporting. NZ-born Japanese children are immersed with Japanese culture through the various activities and events organized by Himawari.

Annual Report June 2014 K

ia ora!

Welcome to the Migrant Action Trust’s (MAT) 2014 Annual Report. MAT exists to support migrants and former refugees successfully settle in New Zealand. In the past year, we have seen significant changes and decisions made to ensure MAT remains relevant to the community it serve.

We wish to acknowledge the tireless work and contribution of the members of the board and staff:

Camille Nakhid

Tanya Suin


Deputy - Chair

Richard Barter

Max Adler



The Migrants Supporting Migrants p r o gr a mme (E mp l o y m e n t Pr o gramme) remains the core activity of MAT. More than 186 people have been supported in their jobsearch endeavours through the Start Right in NZ – a prejobsearch seminar, Voluntary Work Experience, After Seminar Support (like CV and cover letter writing, interview coaching and career counselling), Buddy2Employment (mentoring) and Employment Support Group. We’ve also organised several specialised forum like the Employment Forum, Networking Forum, Youth Career and Jobsearch Conversation, and Jobsearch Conversation with Enterprise Recruitment. We started pilot testing two new projects – The English for Migrant Jobseekers and Start Right in New Zealand for Spanish speakers. In June 2014, the Growing Confident Communities Together project, funded through a 3-year grant from the Community Development Scheme of the Department of Internal Affairs, was completed. However, the project gave birth to the Earth Action Trust (EAT), which was officially registered in 11 December 2013. The following projects are currently being undertaken:

Honey Rasalan

Tatsuo Nishimura

Trust Manager

Programmes Coordinator

Shaila Bhat Finance Coordinator

Intercultural Community Garage Sale project

Feasibility study for a communitybased resource recovery enterprise

Waste Minimisation Education Project

Resource Recovery Sewing Project

The Practical Help for Parents which is part of the Assimilation to Integration Programme, have started operating the Mt Roskill Multi Ethnic Toy Library which is currently supporting 18

migrant families in accessing quality and affordable educational toys for young children aged 9 months up to 8 years. The next step for the project is to establish a Uniform and School Stationery Community bank which will greatly help parents who are facing financial difficulties with things such as the cost of school uniforms and school stationery. MAT continues to strengthen its relationship with other organisations such as the Living Wage Movement. In the September 2013 local body election, for example, together with six other ethnic community groups, MAT successfully organised the Meet the Candidates Forum, which aimed to raise awareness on the living wage and issues facing migrant and former refugees communities. MAT maintains its strong connection within the Puketapapa community through its active membership in the Roskill Community Network, Project P.E.T.E.R. and the Roskill Together. In June 2014, we also said farewell to Agnes Granada, the Trust Manager of MAT in the last 8 years. She decided to take on the challenge of taking the Coordinator role for the Earth Action Trust. Nevertheless, MAT and EAT still remains connected through a memorandum of understanding signed later in 2014. We also said adieu to Jane Mueke, our Community Development Worker in the last three years. (continued to page 12)

Agnes Granada

Jane Mueke

Financial Overview 12 months ending June 2014 Grants and Other Income - July 2013 - June 2014

Where the funds were spent - July 2013 - June 2014

Youthtown Todd Foundation

Community Development

TTCF Other income

Supporting Groups

MSD - MEA MSD - CIR Lottery Grants Board

Assimilation to Integration (A2I)

Infinity Foundation Ltd Four Winds Foundation

Migrants Supporting Migrants (Employment)

DIA ComDev Scheme COGS Auckland Council

Operating Expense

ASB Community Trust ANZ Staff Foundation




(continued from page 11) Jane has been instrumental in making the Growing Confident Communities Project a success and connecting MAT with the hard to reach members of the former refugee and migrant community. We wish Granada and Jane good luck in their future endeavours. In May 2014, we also welcomed Shaila Baht who will take on the role of Finance Coordinator.




The whole MAT team and family, is proud of our milestones and the lives we had touched in the last 12 months. We know that huge changes are happening in the migrant settlement sector beginning July 2014. However, MAT embraces change and we look forward to providing even better and relevant services to migrant and former refugee communities.

Thank you for the generous support of


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The full set of audited accounts can be requested from: Trust Manager, PO Box 57067 Owairaka, Auckland 1340

A special thanks to Roshni Sami for helping in researching and writing this edition of the MAT Newsletter and Annual Report.

“If not the community, who else?” “Only those who give more than they receive create a surplus which is the foundation of sustainable design”

Let’s create a surplus! Contribute now to Migrant Action Trust ASB 12 -3077-0509589-00 or email info@migrantactiontrust.org.nz for other ways to contribute.

Staff Foundation

…. and to our individual donors and benefactors…

Th a n k You!!

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2014 Newsletter  

See the details of what Migrant Action Trust and our affiliated community groups have been upto in 2014

2014 Newsletter  

See the details of what Migrant Action Trust and our affiliated community groups have been upto in 2014