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New Zealanders Now: From Refugees to Kiwis

New Zealanders Now: From Refugees to Kiwis

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  • Tue 31 May ’16, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 1 Jun ’16, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 2 Jun ’16, 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Fri 3 Jun ’16, 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Sat 4 Jun ’16, 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Sun 5 Jun ’16, 9:00am – 7:00pm
  • Mon 6 Jun ’16, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 7 Jun ’16, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 8 Jun ’16, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 9 Jun ’16, 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Fri 10 Jun ’16, 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Sat 11 Jun ’16, 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Sun 12 Jun ’16, 9:00am – 7:00pm
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Ponsonby Central, Corner of Ponsonby & Richmond Roads, Ponsonby


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Many people from refugee backgrounds have made New Zealand their home. Their past may be in another country, but their present and future is here.

This project is about those people. People who have shown extraordinary resilience in the face of adversity, emerging with determination.

New Zealand benefits enormously from resettling refugees. Former refugees make our country a richer and more diverse place to live and significantly contribute to New Zealand’s prosperity.

Yet when people think of refugees it’s often in negative terms – poor, helpless, weak and often as a threat. They see them as a term ‘refugee’, and forget about the people behind the word. Who are they? What are their hopes and dreams? And what do they think about this country they now call home?

Many people forget that being a refugee is only a temporary classification – one stage in the journey to safety. It is not a permanent status but merely a label.

The Redefine Refugee project came about through the need to peel back that label, and remove the barriers and obstacles it creates in the path to resettlement.

The Auckland Refugee Community Coalition want to change the narrative, redefine the word ‘refugee’. Through the use of images and small snippets of information that provide a window into the lives of individuals, this project shows what happens after refuge has been found, the journey as a refugee has ended and the label has been dropped.

The exhibition is a collaboration between photographer Nando Azevedo and Auckland Refugee Community Coalition with support from Amnesty International.


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