June 23rd, 2018

MC: Rakesh Naidoo

Huarahi Hou

On Saturday we launch Huarahi Hou*, a community led initiative founded on the strong belief that cultural contact between migrants and the receiving community will smooth the pathway to successful settlement.   Migrants and refugees who have chosen to call New Zealand home have long expressed a strong interest in learning about Maori and the foundations from which New Zealand has grown as a nation.  Iwi and MNZ have responded in partnership by offering opportunities for migrants and refugees to experience marae-based living, learn from tangata whenua about the history of their marae and understand as newcomers where they fit within The Treaty of Waitangi.

*Huarahi Hou is loosely translated as ‘new direction/new beginnings.’

  • What role do Māori have in relation to migrants and refugees settlement and resettlement?
  • Who leads, monitors and implements the settlement and integration of migrants and former refugees?

A panel discussion:

In this session, we ask Ministers of Parliament to debate the question –  The Settlement or Resettlement Strategies are important vehicle for supporting positive settlement or resettlement outcomes that benefit new migrants, refugees as well as the host community. Since 2004, when the NZ Settlement Strategy was put in place, can we truly say that new migrants and refugees are accessing appropriate education and employment; utilising their skills, knowledge and qualifications? Are we encouraging diverse peoples to live and work alongside each other in their communities?  Do these emerging communities have equal access to services?  Are they well represented in the public sector?

8.30 am

Registration

9.00 am

Mihi

9.10 am

Welcome

Ravindran Annamalai, Vice- President, MNZ

9.15 am

Opening Speech

Hon Jenny Salesa, Minister for Ethnic Communities

9.30 am

Keynote Speech

Kara Puketapu, Te Runanganui o Te Atiawa
Pancha, President, NZ Federation of Multicultural Councils
Huarahi Hou: Pathway to Treaty-based Multicultural Communities

10.05 am

Rochelle Stewart-Allen, Senior Manager, HOST International

Signing of MoU

10.15 am

Morning Tea

10.45 am

Signing of Letter of Agreement

Andy Martin, Chief Executive Officer, New Zealand Football

11.00 am

Panel Discussion:

  • What role do Māori have in relation to migrants and refugees settlement and resettlement?
  • What is Government’s role in migrant settlement?

Chairperson – Pancha Narayanan, President, NZ Federation of Multicultural Councils

Both Immigrant Settlement and Integration Strategy and New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy are intended to creating a strong sense of national identity, encourage diverse peoples to live and work alongside each other in their communities, and contribute towards building a strong, resilient, skill-based economy.

  • What role do Māori have in relation to migrants and refugees settlement and resettlement?
  • Who leads, monitors and implements the settlement and integration of migrants and former refugees?

Panel members:
Hon Nania Mahuta, Māori Development and Local Government Minister
Mai Chen, Chairperson Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business,
Michael Wood, Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister for Ethnic Communities
Cr Jimmy Chen, Chairperson, Christchurch Multicultural Strategy