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THIS IS A BOOK 3 KIWI FAMILES REFUGEE BACKGROUNDS WHO HAVE MADE GODZONE HOME THEY ARE THE NEW NEW ZEALANDERS
BOOK ABOUT FAMILES FROM BACKGROUNDS MADE HOME. THE ZEALANDERS.
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The Bekeles came to New Zealand from Ethiopia in 2007. Four of the immediate family currently live in the family home in central Auckland. Their oldest daughter recently married, while their youngest daughter is currently studying in Dunedin.
The Bekeles are a highly educated family â€” the four adult children are studying towards, or have completed, six tertiary degrees between them.
The Nayars are a family of four of Tamil descent. Ashvin and his wife Arulli work as cleaners, paying a mortgage on two near-minimum wage incomes. Until recently, when the couple had their hours cut, both parents worked seven days a week for up to 80 hours, starting each morning at 3:00am.
Due to these hours and both their daughtersâ€™ school schedules, it is not uncommon for Ashvin and Arulli to not see their girls on some days, despite living in the same home.
The Benyamins are a family of seven, and have lived happily in South Auckland for the last 8 years.
David Benyamin and his family were forced to flee their native Sudan after David received personal threats while studying at a university in the north of the country. Upon escaping to Syria and applying for refugee status David spent 3 months in jail â€” charged as an illegal overstayer.
Since arriving in Auckland in 2005 David has worked in numerous roles supporting the local refugee community, and currently serves as the chair of the Auckland Refugee Community Coalition.
Published on Jun 12, 2013