Migrant group marks 4 years of helping others


SOUTHLAND Migrant Walking Together group members celebrate four years supporting migrant workers who have emigrated to New Zealand.

The group started with language classes with five families. It now has 70 people involved and has implemented a new ‘Mixing Bowl’ programme.

The latest addition has been developed to smooth integration into New Zealand culture — especially for migrant women who tended to be more isolated, group co-ordinator Himani Mishara said.

The group was able to provide direction for issues such as seeking medical advice, immigration information, Kiwi cultural idiosyncrasies, parenting, shopping and resources.

The group was designed to walk newcomers through the changes into their “Kiwi-land” life, she said.