Refugee com­mu­nity cel­e­brates

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Porirua Refugee Ser­vices cel­e­brated World Refugee Day with a morn­ing tea to thank the many com­mu­nity ser­vices who help new­com­ers to Porirua set­tle in.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tives also re­ceived a lam­i­nated poster ex­plain­ing how to act when first meet­ing refugees and when in their homes, and a CD of the work of the Refu- gee Ser­vices.

A refugee ser­vices spokesman said there were many mis­con­cep­tions in the com­mu­nity. ’’Our job is to min­imise that. At the end of the day we want bet­ter sup­port for our fam­i­lies.’’

There are 70 Burmese fam­i­lies in Porirua and 40 Burmese in­di­vid­u­als.

Nine fam­i­lies ar­rived in April and there will be an­other in­take in five weeks.

Porirua Refugee Ser­vices co-or­di­na­tor Sonja de Lange said the ser­vice had sev­eral vol­un­teers who helped the new fam­i­lies set­tle, but more were al­ways needed.

Day­time and evening train­ing is avail­able in the com­ing weeks.

Ms de Lange said the next com­mu­nity bar­be­cue hosted by refugees would be on Satur­day at Wai­hora Cres. If the weather is bad it will be moved to the Op­por­tu­nity Cen­tre.

She said she would also like those who want to host a food stall at the cul­mi­na­tion of the bar­be­cues on Novem­ber 16 to get in touch now, so num­bers could be firmed.

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