Strengthening Refugee Voices was established in 2006 by the former Department of Labour. It is a community-led initiative aimed at enabling a united voice of former refugees on settlement matters at regional and national levels. Funding is provided to refugee groups to enable them to meet and discuss their issues and to look for solutions. The refugee groups that have been formed through this initiative are at an inter-community level, providing a cohesive refugee voice. This initiative has been established in the four main refugee resettlement areas of Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, and Christchurch.