Porirua refugees hon­oured at Cul­tural Di­ver­sity Day

Kapi-Mana News - - FLASHBACK -

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.

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