Sector news

Aleem Ali from Australia’s Welcoming Cities visits, the Queen’s Birthday Honours, the launch of a telephone befriending line for Chinese older people, and more.

Australian Welcoming Cities leader visits

Aleem Ali, the National Manager of Australia’s Welcoming Cities initiative, was in New Zealand in mid June to talk to some of the key people in New Zealand’s own Welcoming Communities initiative.

Aleem has spent the past 20 years seeding and mentoring the development of various programs, initiatives and enterprises including the Academy for Young Entrepreneurs, Bizness Men, Human Ventures, Bleeding Heart, YAMP (Youth Arts Mentoring Program) and Stylin’ Up.

Welcoming Cities is a growing business that works with local governments through a multi-sector approach to ensure that recently arrived migrants are welcome and have access and support to engage in ongoing socio-economic opportunities and community life.

Look for coverage of Aleem’s visit in the next issue of Settlement ACTIONZ.

Our diverse New Zealand schools

Recent Ministry of Education figures show that for the period 1, 2018 ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) funding was allocated for 45,233 students in 1,450 schools. These students represent 161 ethnic groups and speak 133 different languages. Of these learners, 86 per cent are in Years 0-8, and 14 per cent are in Years 9-15.

Two schools have more than 300 funded students and 111 schools have more than 100.

Auckland accounts for 89 per cent of these schools, with the remaining 11 per cent in Canterbury, Waikato and Nelson.

Schools with fewer than 10 funded students (572) made up almost 40 per cent of the total.

The Chinese Positive Aging Charitable Trust: New Telephone Befriending Line Service

The Chinese Positive Aging Charitable Trust has launched a new Telephone Befriending Line Service (TBLS). The TBLS service aims to assist Chinese older people to combat loneliness and to maintain their mental well-being. The service is provided by specially trained volunteers who speak a range of Chinese languages.

Referred clients are contacted by trained volunteers to listen to their concerns; to provide culturally appropriate support and to provide friendly chat with confidentiality.

The service is free to people who are:

  • Chinese and aged 65 or over
  • Willing to talk and without a hearing problem
  • Feeling lonely and isolated
  • Able to use a telephone

Referral criteria: self–referral or referred through family and friends and health professionals.

Contact:

  • 022 479 3225 or
  • 09 624 1368 (voice mail)

Queen’s Birthday Honours

The lifeblood of the settlement sector is community service. Among this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients are interpreters, philanthropists and, above all, community leaders representing the diversity of the many cultural communities that call New Zealand home.

Among the this year’s recipients are:

Dames Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit

  • The Honourable Luamanuvao Winifred Alexandra Laban, QSO, of Lower Hutt. For services to education and the Pacific community.

Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit

  • Mr Rodger Phillip George Haines, QC, of Auckland. For services to refugee and human rights law.
  • Ms Nina Catharine Nawalowalo, of Wellington. For services to theatre and Pacific culture.
  • Ms Caren Jane Rangi, of Napier. For services to the Pacific community and governance.

Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit

  • Mr Steven Sedley, of Wellington. For services to the Jewish community and music.
  • The Venerable Suthep Surapong, of Wellington. For services to the Cambodian community.
  • Mr Yikun Zhang, of Auckland. For services to New Zealand-China relations and the Chinese community.

Honorary members of the New Zealand Order of Merit

  • Mrs Kumiko Imai Duxfield, of Auckland. For services to the Japanese community.
  • Mr Saimoni Lealea, of Wellington. For services to Pacific communities.
  • Reverend Setaita Tokilupe Veikune, of Auckland. For services to the Pacific community.

Queen’s Service Medal

  • Ms Virginia Chong, JP, of Auckland. For services to the Chinese community.
  • Mr Richard Joseph, of Dunedin. For services to the Lebanese community.
  • Mr Tafafuna’i Fa’atasi Lauese, JP, of Auckland. For services to the Pacific community.
  • Reverend Perema Leasi, of Porirua. For services to the Pacific community.
  • Mrs Mavis Lata Singh, of Auckland. For services to migrants and the community.
  • Reverend Lucky Richard Slade, JP, of Auckland. For services to the Samoan community.
  • Mr Thanh Tran, of Auckland. For services to philanthropy and Asian communities.

Honorary award of The Queen’s Service Medal

  • Ms Bingyu Chen, of Auckland. For services to Chinese culture and arts.

CACR Director steps down

After more than a decade of acting as the Director (and Co-Director with Prof Jim Liu) of the Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research (CACR) at Victoria University of Wellington, Prof Colleen Ward is stepping down. Professor Ron Fischer and Associate Professor Taciano Milfont are the new Co-Directors of the CACR.

Colleen remains the Director of the Cross-cultural Programme and an indispensable Fellow of the Centre. She is looking forward to being able to devote more time to her own research interests.