Porirua refugees honoured at Cultural Diversity Day
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as former refugees shared their stories at a free community event to celebrate Cultural Diversity Day.
New Zealanders with refugee backgrounds now living in Porirua told their tales for the Porirua City Council Refugee Stories Event, held on May 26.
Former refugees from Burma, Iraq and Laos spoke about their journeys to New Zealand and settling in Porirua.
Ku Reh Nga from the Kayah region of Burma spoke about his life as a subsistence farmer before coming to New Zealand.
Moses Viliamu, a member of Porirua Arts Council, created a live mural of one of the stories told on the evening.
Abbie McKoy, event organiser, said the evening was a chance to celebrate former refugees and acknowledge the work of organisations who help settle them into their new lives. If you’re interested in getting involved with helping refugees in the Porirua community please contact NZ Red Cross Porirua, English Language Partners Porirua, Volunteer Porirua, or Literacy Aotearoa Porirua.