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Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre opens

In 2013, the Government announced it would rebuild the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre in Auckland, with an investment of $24.7 million. Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomed the opening on June 18, saying “The original facilities at Mangere were built during the Second World War and were well past their economic life. The new facilities are a vast improvement and will give refugees the best possible start to their new life in New Zealand.”

All refugees spend their first six weeks at the Centre where they take part in a programme that prepares them to live and work in New Zealand. All refugees will undergo the programme at the new Centre from July onwards. The programme includes language classes, health check-ups and education about New Zealand’s culture and values. It also educates refugees about tangata whenua and tikanga Māori.

The rebuild of the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre was announced as part of the New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy which has an overarching goal to improve outcomes for refugees. The new Centre can accommodate up to 220 people for each of the six quota intakes every year.

The RDT Pacific project team was instrumental in the project – assisting the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment’s project management team as Engineer to the Contract. This followed an earlier master planning engagement for the development.

New Zealand is a member of 28 countries committed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) regular resettlement programme. Since WWII, this country has received and settled more than 33,000 refugees.

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