Working with refugee and migrant background communities
and host communities to build hope and inclusion.
HOST International Aotearoa New Zealand (HOST), registered as HOST International NZ Ltd, is a New Zealand charity that is part of the HOST International family. HOST NZ was established in 2018 to support the effective integration of migrants and former refugees in New Zealand and to promote manaakitanga towards newcomers.
As an experienced refugee and migration support NGO, HOST International brings significant expertise in migration management, community integration, former refugee and migrant employment coaching and refugee settlement across the Asia Pacific with specific experience delivering these services in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.
We actively work with organisations, government, sector partners and ethnic communities and individuals to identify and improve the resettlement experience and to break down the barriers that may exist. We have a special focus on building capability for former refugee and migrant employment and working with partners to promote full inclusion.
We are a growing not-for-profit organisation aimed at providing support services to improve the livelihoods of former refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Aotearoa New Zealand.
In Aotearoa New Zealand, HOST’s area of expertise is in the employment and self-employment support for former refugees and providing culturally appropriate services to these communities.
Since 2018 we have provided strengths-based and trauma-informed services to former refugees and migrants to assist them on their employment journey focusing on finding meaningful, sustainable work and on career development.
HOST seeks to promote innovation and integrity in all aspects of our work whilst promoting diversity and cooperation among the people, businesses/employers, and communities that we work with.
Our approach is human-centred, based on models of co-design and partnership and committed to the individual’s right to tino rangatiratanga self-agency.
We work with refugee and migrant background job seekers as well as employers and businesses to help break down barriers to employment and better understand diversity and inclusion.
Since 2021, HOST is also the umbrella organisation for the extended pilot of the Community Refugee Sponsorship (CORS) programme.
The Community Refugee Sponsorship programme model is based on a partnership approach between Immigration New Zealand, the umbrella organisation, wider communities, and mana whenua.
HOST assists community organisations in becoming approved sponsors and provides approved sponsors with coaching, information, learning and reflection opportunities in preparation for the arrival of sponsored refugees and during the first two years of settlement.
The team also draws on the experiences and expertise of its HOST colleagues in Australia on employment coaching and mentoring, the teams in Malaysia and Thailand on the protection of refugee children and unaccompanied minors, and in Indonesia on refugee-led initiatives.
HOST NZ is committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its partnership, participation, and protection principles.
Overall, our work is underpinned by our core values of innovation, compassion, diversity, integrity, and respect as well as our principles of humanity, hope and dignity.
Our vision is for an inclusive world where people on the move and host communities work together to create better lives for all. We believe that this is best achieved by fostering a common sense of humanity, dignity, and shared hope in a better future.
Our kaupapa/purpose is to make life better for refugees, displaced people and the communities that host them by fostering humanity, hope and dignity.
Our mission is to improve the well-being of refugees and displaced people on their journey towards something better by creating a future where communities, governments and businesses all work together to find sustainable solutions to human displacement.
We do this by facilitating individual well-being, community inclusion and global change with a focus on innovation in refugee and migrant protection.
What We Do
We support individual wellbeing
We promote community cohesion
We drive global change
HOST's Global Context
The UN Global Compact on Refugees, adopted in 2018, recognises the need for solutions that involve both the host country and the refugee community.
At the heart of the Global Compact on Refugees is the idea that refugees should be included in host communities from the very beginning.
When refugees gain access to education and labour markets, they can build their skills and become self-reliant, contributing to local economies, and fuelling the development of the communities hosting them.
HOST shares this vision.
As an international organisation, HOST also reflects its work against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a global blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.