Pass the Mic: Season One – Episode 4

Kiwi Cabs general manager Muneer Oraha came to New Zealand as a young man in his 20s.
Kiwi Cabs general manager Muneer Oraha came to New Zealand as a young man in his 20s.

 

0:00 – My Favourite Songs

Wellington East Girls’ College student Rezvan Mazreah talks to Pass the Mic co-host Sapna Samant about music and moving to New Zealand from Iran.

A.R. Rahman and The Pussycat Dolls – Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)
Hello – Adele 

14:25 – Interview: Muneer Oraha

Muneer Oraha is a Christian Iraqi who came to New Zealand as a young man in his 20s. It hasn’t been easy but Muneer has not only set up his own business Kiwi Cabs, which now has 120 cars on the road, but managed to bring the rest of his family to New Zealand.

Pass the Mic volunteer Nina Fowler visited the company’s office on a sunny day in Miramar to hear Muneer’s story.

34:40 – Panel: Refugee women and cultural maintenance

The experiences of refugee women are sometimes overlooked or diminished, despite often being at the heart of displaced communities and cultures. What does it take to successfully walk in two worlds? Today’s panel:

  • Sara Kindon. Associate Professor School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences; Victoria University of Wellington
  • Tayyaba Khan, CEO, ChangeMakers Refugee Forum
  • Mozhdeh Wafa, a Farsi/English interpreter originally from Afghanistan, who also works at MCLaSS in Wellington

Music

Shakira – Hips Don’t Lie ft. Wyclef Jean 
Santana – Corazon Espinado ft. Mana 

Originally broadcast 27 October 2015 on Wellington Access Radio 783AM

Pass the Mic: Season One – Episode 3

Melishu Azanaw, originally from Ethiopia, works as a women’s advocate at Shakti in Wellington.
Melishu Azanaw, 23, originally from Ethiopia, works as a women’s advocate at Shakti.

0:00 – My Favourite Songs

ChangeMakers Refugee Forum CEO Tayyaba Khan, recently returned from Pakistan, talks about hospitality, her passion for her work and songs that mean something to her.

Heal the World – Michael Jackson
Woh Kagaz Ki Kashti – Jagjit Singh & Chitra Singh

0:18 – Interview: Melishu Azanaw

Getting that first big job after graduation is a milestone moment. Melishu Azanaw, who is 23 and originally from Ethiopia, has just started her first job after graduating as a social worker in Auckland.

She’s moved to Wellington and is working as a women’s advocate at Shakti, a not-for-profit that helps women from refugee and migrant backgrounds who have been affected by domestic violence.

0:29 – Community announcements

0:34 – Panel: Employment and the refugee community

Cultural and language barriers and a lack of New Zealand qualifications can make finding work difficult for refugees. What might help? Join the panel: Ibrahim Omer, a former refugee now studying at Victoria University, who is also involved in the ‘living wage’ campaign; political journalist Nicola Kean; and Molly Kennedy, manager of MCLaSS (Multicultural Learning & Support Services).

Poem and music

‘La mantis religiosa’ – Oscar Hahn, Versos Robados (2005)
Joan Baez – No Woman, No Cry
Kwazulu – Miriam Makeba

Originally broadcast 27 October 2015 on Wellington Access Radio 783AM

Pass the Mic: Season One – Episode 2

Pass the Mic co-hosts Sapna Samant and Jhoan Rivas - in studio
Pass the Mic co-hosts Sapna Samant and Jhoan Rivas – in studio

0:00 – Good Hair

What does “good hair” mean to you? Krishna Ogwaro, originally from Uganda, and Clench and Yatta Enoka, originally from South Sudan, talk about what it means to them as teenagers in New Zealand.

0:16 – Community announcements

0:20 – Panel: Tangata whenua and refugees

Paying respect to the tangata whenua seems like an obvious thing to do when migrants and refugees come to Aotearoa/New Zealand. But does this actually happen? What would it look like if it did?

Multicultural NZ executive director Tayo Agunlejika (right), ChangeMakers Refugee Forum board member CB Dahal (left) and Pass the Mic co-host Sapna Samant.
Some of the members of the second panel: ChangeMakers Refugee Forum board member CB Dahal, left; Multicultural NZ’s Tayo Agunlejika; and Pass the Mic’s Sapna Samant.

0:49 – Interview: Noor Parkar

Noor Parkar is a resettlement expert with the UN’s refugee agency in Amman, Jordan, where he works to help hundreds of thousands of people seeking refuge from violence in Syria.

Before that, Noor was the immigration manager at the Mangere Resettlement Centre in Auckland.

And, before that, he came to New Zealand as a refugee himself – as a 13-year-old with his parents and siblings, fleeing Uganda under Idi Amin.

He talks about his experiences working with refugees and what he’s learned.

Links

Music

Mariem Hassan – Baba Salama
Antonio Sanchez – Doors and Distance
Joan Baez – Guantanamera

Originally broadcast 13 October 2015 on Wellington Access Radio 783AM

Pass the Mic: Season One – Episode 1

Pass the Mic - team
Left to right: Krishna Ogwaro, Dr Sapna Samant and Jhoan Rivas

0:00 – ‘How I got my name’

Krishna Ogwaro had a happy childhood in Uganda but didn’t know her grandfather Francis, who was exiled under Idi Amin. In 2005, Krishna and her grandmother Grace moved to New Zealand to join Francis. Here’s their story – and the story of how Krishna was given the name of a Hindu god.

0:15 – Interview: Mitchell Pham

Mitchell Pham was just 12 years old when he left Vietnam on a journey that would change his life forever. After being rescued from a fishing boat with 66 others, he was taken to a refugee camp in Indonesia and, a year and a half later, arrived in New Zealand.

Now, Mitchell’s the co-founder of his own company – Augen Software, which employs 50 people with offices in New Zealand and Vietnam – and advises the government on issues affecting small businesses. He is also a co-founder and trustee of the Auckland Refugee Family Trust.

0:33 – Community notices and events

0:35 – Panel: Increasing New Zealand’s refugee quota

Pass the Mic co-host Dr Sapna Samant talks to Green Party MP Denise Roche, ACT leader David Seymour and Refugee Trauma Recovery general manager Jeff Thomas. Is New Zealand doing enough to help deal with the world’s largest refugee crisis since World War II? What should it do? What about once people get here?

The show's first panel discussion (left to right): Dr Sapna Samant, ACT leader David Seymour, Refugee Trauma Recovery general manager Jeff Thomas and Green Party MP Denise Roche.
The show’s first panel discussion (left to right): Dr Sapna Samant, ACT leader David Seymour, Refugee Trauma Recovery general manager Jeff Thomas and Green Party MP Denise Roche.

Links

Music

Originally broadcast 29 September on Wellington Access Radio 783AM

Getting the first episode ready

Welcome to Pass the Mic – a new radio show by and about refugee communities in New Zealand/Aotearoa. We’re putting the final touches on our first episode, which is going to be broadcast on Wellington Access Radio 738AM tomorrow at 8pm. We hope you join us for it!

If you can’t listen on Tuesday, there’ll be a repeat broadcast on Saturday 3rd October at 5pm and we’ll also be putting up a link to some kind of podcast.

The show is being put together by volunteers and high school students and has been made possible by ChangeMakers Refugee Forum.