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About Us

Our Team

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

Asif Ahmad

Communications & Engagement Officer

Faisal Farghaly

Community Navigator

Hnin Pwint Soe

Community Navigator/Project Assistant

James Ibell-Roberts

Development Manager

Sandy Hildebrandt

Project & Innovations Coordinator

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 grassroots umbrella organisation of 26 resettled persons member associations from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Our vision is a settled, integrated and thriving resettled community in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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.