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About Us

Our Board

Our governance Board reflects that we are a resettled community organization working towards positive settlement and integration, with five of our eight members from the resettled community, including our Chairperson, and the other three members from outside the resettled community but bringing particular strengths to contribute to the organization’s effective governance. The Board’s role involves setting the organization’s direction, overseeing the arrangements and practices that lead to the effective management of the organization’s operations, and ensuring accountability.

Genevieve Kayembe

Board Chairperson

Mulisa Debela

Board Vice-chair

Arveen Horsefield

Board Treasurer

Jane Carlson

Board Secretary

Eslam Gadala

Board Member

Dal Sing

Board Member

Our Staff

We’ve built a strong, diverse team with a broad spectrum of experience, expertise and skill-sets, brought together under our vision and values. To uphold our ethos of integration, we maintain a balance between those with forced migrant lived experience and those without but who possess the skills and expertise to strengthen our mission.

Abann Kamyay Ajak Yor

Chief Executive Officer

Hnin Pwint Soe

Operations Manager

Ehsan Hazaveh

Media and Communications Manager

Sandy Hildebrandt

Funding and Advocacy Coordinator

Nina Hlawnceu

Community Support Coordinator

Lavinia S. Kumar

Administrative Coordinator

Audrey Butoyi

Social Media Coordinator

Faisal Farghaly

Community Support Worker

Our Member Organisations

1.Afghan Association of New Zealand Inc.
2.Afghan Funeral Services Charity in New Zealand
3.Al–Eman Inc.
4.Auckland Somali Kiwi Trust
5.Auckland Somali Union
6.Auckland South Sudan Community
7.Auckland United Oromo Community
8.Burundian Association in New Zealand
9.Eritrean Community of New Zealand
10.Ethiopian Community of Auckland
11.Hope Worldwide – Pakistan
12.Mata of Hope NZ
13.Myanmar Gon Ye Organisation

14.New Zealand Chin Community
15.New Zealand Palestine Community
16.New Zealand Sri Lanka Forced Migrants’ Support Group
17.New Zealand Zo Community
18.NZ Kurdish Community
19.Okapi Alliance of New Zealand
20.Rwandan Community
21.Somali Education and Development Trust
22.Sudanese Society in New Zealand
23.Tigray Community in New Zealand
24.Uganda Community in New Zealand
25.Western Sudanese Alliance in New Zealand
26.Zomi Innkuan New Zealand

Who We Are

ARCC is a collective voice of forced migrant background communities working at a local, regional, and national level to contribute to positive change and advance the resettlement, integration, and thriving of forced migrants. Additionally, ARCC serves as a grassroots umbrella organization, encompassing 26 resettled community member associations representing diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Our Model Of Practice

The Tūmanako – Table of Hope model of practice is an approach that ensures resettled community voices are heard, understood, and recognised. This model of practice is the foundation of ARCC, and guides who we are and what we do.

Tūmanako, in its essence, means to hope for a better future for the families and communities of resettled people in Aotearoa New Zealand. The model of practice provides a framework for a resettlement process that actively promotes wellbeing. It guides us to work together and listen to resettled communities’ voices on the issues that matter to them and affect their lives. This is the best way to encourage a sense of belonging. The model was informed by the collective voice of the resettled community, resulting from four consultation sessions that captured the views of 166 people from the community, including youth, women, elders and leaders across ARCC’s 24 member organisations.

The philosophy underpinning the model is the indigenous way the kaumātua of traditional Māori communities in Aotearoa New Zealand used to congregate in one place to deal with unresolved issues in the community. The model of practice encompasses three interrelated dimensions:


  • The past (table base) signifies resettled community members’ backgrounds, their extended families, ancestry, land and country of origin.
  • The present (table leg) signifies the resettlement journey and what needs to be achieved through community-led organisations and key stakeholders working together.
  • The future (tabletop) signifies resettled community aspirations for better integration and a sense of belonging in their new home.

A resettlement process that actively promotes wellbeing will be possible when resettled community members’ voices are heard and understood, and key barriers such as education, employment, housing, language and wellbeing are addressed.

Join Our Team

Are you inspired by our kaupapa? Can you add value to our mahi? If you want to get involved, join our team and work with our resettled communities, you can become an ARCC volunteer.