What's happening in March?

Computer training has commenced this term and all areas have begun Computers in Homes training for our refugee families.

Having recently paid a visit to the Ryan Centre in Auckland I was fortunate enough to meet with the team who were planning to bring in the next group of families together to commence training this month.

Thank you to the Auckland Refugee team for welcoming me.  Special thanks to Dr Arif pictured below who is doing such amazing work supporting each and every family he comes into contact with.

From Left:  Shona Te Huki, Dr Arif & Cara Sefuiva
Other areas that have begun training are:

Wellington, Hamilton, Dunedin & Palmerston North.

The journey to New Zealand

Here is an amazing article from the NZ herald regarding the journey it takes on our refugee families that come and settle in New Zealand.

There is much for us all to understand and comprehend the absolute need for them all to have a safe place to call home.

Please click the link for the full article.


Auckland Refugee Graduation - December 2016

December closes out the year for the RYAN Training Centre Refugee intake.  The graduation took place 10 December and saw 6 more families join many other digitally connected whanau.

Their last session was re-empahsising to our new graduates the importance of being aware of what they click on and being just as aware what their children are doing.  Thanks to Constable Rob for his patience and humour in class.

Our guests for the last celebration of the year included MOE representatives Susan Gamble and Asmah Shah, and for the first time, Liz from Red Cross.

Congratulations to all of our graduates! 

Auckland Refugee Graduation - September 2016

Last topic in class before graduation, with local police officer
reminding students to stay safe online.

The newest graduates of the RYAN Centre intake enjoyed their celebration Saturday, 24 September.  The graduation was attended with representatives from the Ministry of Education, Red Cross and families of the graduates.

The graduates were quite excited, and although few in number, they were hearty in their thank-yous.  

Congratulations to all of our families - enjoy the fruit of your training and the opportunities ahead,

Our lovely translator and a new graduate.
In his thank you address, he shared "Just as we have been helped as refugees,
 let us do better to help other refugees that come, help the place that we live".

Palmerston North Graduation November 2016


Another fantastic turn out for our wonderful graduating families at Freyberg High School on the 26th of November.

7 families completed the Computers in Homes programme and were very happy to be able to take their computers home and continue on their learning journey.

Freyberg High School have been great hosts as always and we had such a wonderful time celebrating another successful programme.

Many thanks to Sonja De Lange from (Red Cross), Gina Gonzales, (Ministry of Education), Dave Clark (Icona), and to our wonderful interpreters and especially coordinator Deven Rai and Tutor Doug Strachan.

We all look forward to meeting with the new families in 2017.


Well done Nelson refugee Computers in Homes programme.

This month Victory Community Center in Nelson hosted a wonderful Computer in Homes graduation for 16 families.

Our beautiful singers

What a wonderful evening it was with all the families completing the 30 hour Computer training programme at Victory School.

A special thanks to all out interpreters who have supported these families and also to Helen Taylor-Young at Victory school and Dianne Goodwin.

We were treated with some amazing singing, dancing and two very special speeches which included some poetry.

We know that these families will continue to develop their computer skills here in Aotearoa and we wish them all the best for their continued learning.

Cutting the cake

CiH Refugee Programme begins in Dunedin

There was much excitement at Carisbrook School today. It was the start of the first CiH Refugee class in Dunedin. The Syrian group  arrived in the city in April this year.  http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/79216308/syrian-refugees-arrive-in-new-home-of-dunedin