Refugee Advisory Panel

The Refugee Advisory Panel is intended to help support government decision-makers and policy developers on matters impacting refugees in New Zealand.

The purpose of the panel is to:

  • provide former refugees in New Zealand an opportunity to participate in the development of refugee settlement strategies and policies in an effective and meaningful manner
  • ensure former refugee interests, perspectives and knowledge inform and influence strategic direction and policies on regional, national and international refugee issues
  • include former refugees in relevant New Zealand government delegations.

Refugees Seeking Equal Access at the Table (R-SEAT)

Centre for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies (CAPRS)

Role of the Refugee Advisory Panel

As a panel member you will use your skills to:

  • ensure decision-making is informed from the perspective of former refugees
  • provide advice and feedback on international, regional and national refugee issues
  • advise on the development of refugee policies, programmes and strategies
  • identify and actively take part in work that improves the lives of refugees in New Zealand.

Panel Members

Name Location Date appointed
Antoinette Umugwaneza Palmerston North 18 July 2022
Ayan Said Auckland 18 July 2022
Julia Sheikh Auckland 18 July 2022
Madiha Ali Hamilton 18 July 2022
Mustafa Derbashi Auckland 18 July 2022
Oo Meh Nga Wellington 18 July 2022
Paula Santacruz Wellington 18 July 2022
Rabia Talal Almbaid Dunedin 18 July 2022
Sahra Ahmed Christchurch 18 July 2022

Media release - 16 May 2022 

Refugee Advisory Panel applications now open