Who we are
Auckland Resettled Community Coalition is a grassroots, non-profit society. It acts as a local and regional umbrella organisation, founded in 2006 and led by community leaders from humanitarian entrants backgrounds.
We bring together 20 member organisations from 15 diverse ethnic backgrounds from Afghanistan, Burundi, DR Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kurdish, Myanmar, Palestine, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Rwanda, and Uganda. We are a social advocate group and provide a collective voice and leadership on behalf of the resettled communities.
We promote an approach that fosters sustainability and integration to maintain the cultural identities of our communities so that they may thrive in our new home Aotearoa, New Zealand. We strive to bridge the gap between our communities and service providers to achieve greater understanding, smooth resettlement and positive integration.
ARCC believes that former refugees who form these resettled communities are best placed to understand their own needs and aspirations. ARCC gives these communities the tools, resources and connections to excel in New Zealand. We hope to improve resettlement outcomes for newcomer communities and aim to meet the strategic objectives of the New Zealand National Resettlement Strategy: to help humanitarian entrants to integrate into communities, find work, gain access to health services through self-sufficiency, encourage participation and well-being along with assisting individuals and families to obtain education and housing.
There were ongoing dialogues in 2005 between resettled community leaders and their friends, supporters and agencies in the resettlement sector for the establishment of a community voice. The aim was to address with service providers in Auckland the challenges of resettlement and integration processes. Issues identified by community leaders and their members were common factors faced by resettled communities.
The reality was that one resettled community couldn’t deal with the resettlement issues on their own. Issues included, building networks, employment, housing, driver’s licenses, education, health and general navigation of New Zealand’s systems. Acknowledgement and appreciation goes to the community leaders and representatives who committed themselves to establishing the coalition as a collective voice. Those community leaders were from ethnically diverse backgrounds including Afghan, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, D.R Congo, Kurdish, Iraqi, Sri Lanka (Tamil) and Somali.
Incorporated in November 2006 ARCC was established with the support of the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) as part of the Settling In initiative. Afterwards the initiative was taken over by the Department of Labour (now the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) as part of the nation-wide ‘Strengthening Refugee Voices’ (SRV) initiative.
The idea behind the establishment was to give newcomers and resettled communities a platform for their collective voice to raise awareness on the issues they were facing in the resettlement and integration process, both regionally and nationally. The overall vision was to build stable, integrated, and thriving resettled communities in Auckland by creating opportunities for participation, strengthening community leadership, building the capacity of our members, and empowering our communities to fulfill their aspirations
The 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
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