HOST AOTEAROA NZ
HOST Aotearoa New Zealand (HOST International NZ) is the umbrella organisation for the Community Refugee Sponsorship (CORS) Programme for the duration of the CORS pilot extension.
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 Aotearoa New Zealand supports community organisations in applying to become approved sponsors. Once organisations are approved, HOST Aotearoa New Zealand will continue to provide assistance, coaching, information and training to approved sponsors in preparation for the arrival of sponsored refugees and during the first two years of settlement.
HOST Aotearoa is also responsible for assisting refugees during the application process for the Community Refugee Sponsorship Visa, e.g. completing Expressions of Interest, undertaking English language assessments etc., and will work alongside approved sponsors and sponsored refugees during the settlement process.
For further information about the organisation and its services, get in touch with HOST Aotearoa New Zealand, visit our website or check out our social media sites.
VISION & MISSION.
HOST Aotearoa New Zealand was established in 2018 to support the effective integration of refugees and migrants into New Zealand by promoting Manaakitanga towards newcomers.
We are part of the HOST International family operating throughout Asia Pacific to make life better for people on the move and the communities that host them. The organisation currently supports displaced people and former refugees across communities in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Thailand.
Since 2018 we have provided strengths based, trauma informed and healing focused services to former refugees and other migrants to assist them to find decent work. This has included internships and employer networking events for new arrivals.
We are a growing not-for-profit organisation aimed at providing direct relief and strategic support services to improve the livelihoods of refugees, asylum seekers and other displaced people throughout the world. We acknowledge and support the Treaty of Waitangi and commit to its principles of participation, protection, and partnership.
HOST seeks to promote innovation and integrity in all aspects of our work whilst promoting diversity and cooperation among the people and communities that we work with.
The organisation exists to make life better for people on the move as they seek a new home or settle in a new community. We believe that for this to occur communities need to be inclusive and support the conditions for individuals to achieve a reasonable quality of life that is free from harm and discrimination.
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 theory of change focusses on 3 core areas:
Fostering individual wellbeing and self agency through social, cultural, physical, psychological and economic inclusion.
Facilitating bridges within communities that create social cohesion and economic inclusion. To do this we use principles of human centred design and partnership to co-create solutions to every day needs.
Pursuing structural and systemic change at national, regional and global levels. We do this through research and advocacy initiatives.
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 a shared hope in a better future.
Our mission is to make life better for displaced people and host communities by fostering humanity, hope and dignity. We do this by facilitating individual wellbeing, community inclusion and global change with a focus on innovation in refugee and migrant protection.
We believe our mission is best achieved by helping all members of the community to effectively welcome and integrate newcomers.
In addition to the Community Refugee Sponsorship programme, HOST Aotearoa New Zealand provides the following services:
Global Talent Internship Programme: In 2019, HOST Aotearoa New Zealand launched the Global Talent internship programme, providing former refugees with practical work experience and local referees through 1-3 months internship placements. The programme supports participants to build networks and experience to connect them with job opportunities and educates employers about the business case for employing people from a refugee background.
Step into your future & entering the Kiwi Workforce: Further to HOST Aotearoa NZ’s internship programme, the organisation provides job preparation workshops for former refugees designed to help them get familiarised with NZ employment. The programme consists of four half-day sessions incorporating writing a professional CV and cover letter, job interviews, workplace communication, NZ working style and Kiwi culture.
Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Project: HOST Aotearoa NZ has worked with employers in New Zealand to foster better inclusion of refugee job seekers, including training and events such as Meet the talent that bring together employers and refugee job seekers.