Refugee community celebrates
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.