Welcoming Refugees

In 2018, South West welcomed three former refugee families to settle into Ōtautahi Christchurch. The families came through a pilot refugee resettlement programme called Community Sponsorship. Twenty-five people had the opportunity to come to Aotearoa through this pilot, and they were met and welcomed by community groups in Christchurch, Nelson, Timaru and Hamilton.

Refugee Settlement Information & Expression of Interest Form (PDF or Word).

Anticipating the government call for community sponsors in 2022, we invite you to prepare and to talk to your community, friends, church networks and other contacts to explore this opportunity.

Learn more about welcoming refugees to your place ➜
Learn more about the South West experience ➜

South West Refugee Sponsorship Co-ordinating Team:

Beate Dix Barry McKessar    Ruth Wright

Barry McKessar
021 1803934