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
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).
We’re good to go with our second episode – “good hair”, tangata whenua and refugees, music, community announcements and an interview with Noor Parkar, who used to be the immigration manager at the Mangere Resettlement Centre and is now a resettlement expert in Amman, Jordan.
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?
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.