|Momentum is building across the country to double the refugee quota, and to harness all that energy we’re helping to organise a nationwide tour with Murdoch from Doing Our Bit to speak to why doubling the quota is so important.
Over the course of the next few months the Government is likely to decide whether the quota will be doubled. Pressure is building on the Government to increase the number of refugees New Zealand receives annually. On Monday, Marianne, ActionStation’s National Director, joined others including Anglican Archbishop Philip Richardson, Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, New Zealand Red Cross and former refugees to present to a public hearing on New Zealand’s refugee quota organised by Amnesty International and sponsored by Peter Dunne. Speaker after speaker at the hearing urged the Government to increase the quota and voiced their willingness to provide resources and support to ensure those additional refugees were successfully resettled in New Zealand.
Now we need to take our voices wider. We need to go to universities, churches, and community centres across New Zealand to tell the story of how a compassionate country looks after those who need a home. That’s why we’re helping to bring together a nationwide tourwith Murdoch from Doing Our Bit. At the events there’ll be a discussion of the review of New Zealand’s refugee quota and more information about how you can get more involved. So get along to your local one.
Click on the event to RSVP:
Monday February 22: Palmerston North, Diocesan Centre, 7pm.
Wednesday February 24: New Plymouth, Brian Bellringer Pavilion, 5.15pm.
Friday February 26: Hamilton, Waikato Migrant Resource Centre, 6pm.
Monday February 29: Auckland, University of Auckland. General Library B28. 6pm.
Tuesday March 8: Dunedin, University of Otago Archway Lecture Theatre 2, 6pm.
Thursday March 10: Christchurch, Cardboard Cathedral, 7pm.
Monday March 14: Nelson, Victory Community Centre, 5.15pm.
Tuesday March 15: Wellington, St Andrews on the Terrace, 6.15pm.
At these talks you’ll discuss the government’s review process, and what local groups and individuals can do together to help the campaign to increase the refugee quota. It’ll be a great way to get more involved in this campaign and we’re going to need your help, so if you’re available to volunteer at your local event please fill in your details here: www.actionstation.org.nz/volunteer-refugees
Ryan and the team at ActionStation
PS. If you missed the video we presented at Parliament — you can watch