About Us

ARCC is a non-profit organisation that serves as the collective voice of communities with a forced migrant experience. We work at the local, regional, and national levels to contribute to positive change and support the settlement, integration, and thriving of these communities.

We consist of twenty-six member organisations representing twenty different countries/ethnic backgrounds, including Afghanistan, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Kurdistan, Myanmar, Palestine, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria and Uganda.

Our Mission

Through guidance, capability development and advocacy, we support resettled whānau/families and their communities to grow and thrive.

Our Vision

Our vision is an inclusive, integrating, and equitable society in Aotearoa New Zealand where resettled communities are thriving.

Our Values


We are compassionate and accepting, celebrating diversity as a source of strength, contribution, and harmony.


We empower and promote fair and equal access to all services.


We communicate and listen with honesty, kindness, and empathy.


We are directed and led by the priorities of the resettled community.

Our Working Principles


Solution Finding: We work positively to resolve challenges.


Commitment: We do what we say we are going to do to the best of our ability.


Social Justice: We seek structural change to address social injustice.

Our Workstreams


Workstream 1 : Resettled Communities Wellbeing
The long-term outcome of this workstream is for resettled communities to have access to effective, timely and culturally responsive services to enhance their wellbeing, with this area of work having two sub-themes.


Workstream 2: Advocacy for Change
Our second workstream’s long-term outcome is for resettlement systems in Aotearoa New Zealand to be well coordinated, equitable and culturally responsive, and for the general public to demonstrate compassion towards forced migration and in their critical role in the resettlement process, welcoming new arrivals. This work area also has two sub-themes.


Workstream 3: ARCC Growth and Development
The third workstream is all about our growth and development as an organisation. The long-term outcome is for ARCC to have strong management systems and governance, diversified resourcing approaches and increased visibility, to enhance sustainability and effectiveness.