By: Wnras  05-Apr-2012

Makuei Aken

Terefe Ejigu

Terefe Ejigu aged 23 years, is a former refugee originally from Ethiopia who has lived in Wellington since he was 13. After winning many distance running titles in NZ and attending Victoria University he gained a study and athletics scholarship to East Michigan University in the USA. These photos show some recent success in cross country. He is also doing well academically. WNRAS helped him and his family get him to the USA. WNRAS is very proud of his achievements.


WNRAS Recognises Supporters

At this year's AGM, WNRAS presented 3 awards to  individual s - Donna Roy (Massage Therapist),  Angela Aye (Book Author), Marie Christeller (Porirua Community Union Health), and 3 awards to organisations -Wellington Community Law Centre, Newtown Union Health Service and the Refugee Family Reunification Trust; to recognise outstanding ser vice and support. The Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown presented the awards.

Refugee Safety and Wellbeing Day

The Refugee Communities Safety and Wellbeing day was held on 19 October 2011. Over 20 organisations (including the  Wellington City Council, NZ Police, NZ Fire Service, and Emergency Preparedness) were involved in presenting this day for all refugees. ACC and WNRAS were the lead agencies. Well done to Samson for all his work organising this event along with Jo Vilipaama from ACC and special thanks to Compass Health for their grant to fund the day's activities.

Over two hundred refugee families of different ethnicities and cultures came to learn about how they could access various services and resources to help with their safety and wellbeing. Some of the activities included  live demonstrations, massage, cultural dances. and story reading and face painting for the children.

FICT Programme launched

Tamariki Kahukura delivered in Nelson

Authors recognised

The 8 authors who wrote short stories and poems for the WNRAS published book "Beyond the Dark Journey" have received considerable media recognition over the last few months. These include:

Makuei Aken receiving his award