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We are the collective voice of Auckland’s former refugees from all backgrounds and from all parts of the world. We bridge the gap between our communities and service providers to achieve greater understanding, smooth resettlement and positive integration.

Aotearoa Resettled Community Coalition is a grassroots, non-profit organisation led by former refugees for former refugees in the Auckland region. ARCC is currently made up of 20 member communities from 15 different countries including: Afghanistan, Burma, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Rwanda, Kurdish, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Palestine , Uganda and Tamil .


ARCC’s philosophy is driven by the idea that the resettlement of newcomers and resettled families can be a positive and empowering experience. To this end we have developed a set of values that guides our work.


We involve others and listen to them. We show consideration and empathy for their emotional and physical well-being.


We give special consideration to the sacredness and humanity of each refugee. We celebrate all the diverse cultures of former refugees living in Auckland.


We involve the resettling communities in everything we do and keep all our processes transparent. We reach out to all humanitarian migrants to work together.


We ensure that all former refugees are treated fairly. We promote equal access to all services. We promote the freedom to choose and the freedom of speech.


We acknowledge the importance of individual beliefs and opinions. In our differences we look for our common ground.


We do what we say we are going to do to the best of our ability. We give our time and skills for the betterment of the Aotearoa Resettled Community.

OUR Team

Our team is composed by a variety of people from all walks of life and expertise that come together under our organization’s vision and values. We strive to make sure our staff and governance board reflect those values of integration and representation by keeping a balance between people who have lived through the refugee experience and people who have not, but are skilled enough to strengthen our mission.

Abann K.A Yor


Ashleigh Ali-Aziz

Youth Development

Gatluak Chuol


Yohanna Tesfai

Youth Development

Tina Pihema

Project Administration

Stewart Devitt

External Facilitator / Skills Developer

Faisal Farghaly


Helen Te Hira

External Facilitator /

OUR Projects

We specialise in leadership and advocacy projects in order to achieve the goals set out in our mission. From workshops, to arts and media projects, we are interested in promoting a healthy resettlement process in all aspects of life.

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