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I think we’re so in­cred­i­bly lucky to be able to wel­come refugees, from all over the world, to our com­mu­nity.

The Ro­hingya eth­nic group, from Myan­mar, are the new­est com­mu­nity to start fresh in our city.

The two fam­i­lies to set­tle here have fled from per­se­cu­tion as their land was taken over by military in Myan­mar and they have seen and ex­pe­ri­enced ter­ri­ble things we could never imag­ine hap­pen­ing here.

They now find them­selves liv­ing in a very dif­fer­ent world.

One that is peace­ful, happy, wel­com­ing and one we should all be proud of.

How lucky we are to live here in Palmer­ston North.

Our won­der­ful com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives, such as Palmy Rocks and the sum­mer of DIY, just make it that much bet­ter.

- Lisa Hous­ton

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