24 March Update
Visit this link for the media release and summary document of Our Voices: https://www.amnesty.org.nz/our-voices-summary-report-highlights-overwhelming-support-refugee-quota-increase
The media release and summary document has been sent through to Government and submitters, and we are delighted with the depth and consistency of the calls, the wider issues it allows us to promote, and its ability to highlight the support of thousands of New Zealanders.
We do need to amplify the outcome of this document at a time of two key global meetings where New Zealand’s lack of action on this issue is likely to be noted – see the link for more details. It is expected that an announcement on the quota is due at the end of April to mid-May.
“We would not have covered the ground and ensured meeting the needs of the arriving families without your support in the numerous tasks undertaken over the last few months. I appreciate your willingness to work with Red Cross which has achieved the best possible outcome for the settling families … I am keen to maintain our partnership and work with you into the future.”
WE did that!
From providing household goods, to raising money, to sorting and checking the items, to setting up house, WE the Diocese of Wellington, Anglican whanau, through all our efforts we loved generously, unconditionally, and sacrificially. Parishes from across the entire Diocese contributed to this welcome.
On Saturday there was a welcome lunch for the new arrivals hosted by the existing refugee community. Again we were there to help out, BBQing, providing a children’s programme, being welcoming. One of the Syrians I met there sent me this note:
“Such a high spirit was around today seeing you and the other community members welcoming the new refugees. I felt excited about how we can make New Zealand a new home for us, another place where different faiths can live and communicate.”
This work we are doing makes a difference, there will be more opportunities to help, there will be another 100 refugees being settled in Wellington in 2016 and there are many other ways that we can help new migrants in our communities.
For example see http://englishlanguage.org.nz/teach-english
Thank you again…
Fr Stephen King, Archdeacon for Mission