Race Relations Commission to Present to Auckland Council

Dame Susan Devoy to present

From Auckland Council

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy to present at committee

Acknowledging that Auckland is one of the country’s most ethnically diverse cities, with 39 per cent of the population born overseas, the theme of Auckland Council’s Community Development and Safety Committee meeting on Wednesday 5 August is ‘migrants, refugees and race relations’.

Presentations from Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy, on behalf of the Human Rights Commission, the New Zealand Immigration Service, and Auckland migrant and refugee organisations are among items on the committee meeting agenda.

The committee, chaired by Councillor Cathy Casey, will receive the following reports and updates:

  • Race Relations Commissioner, Dame Susan Devoy, on behalf of the Human Right’s Commission; Dame Susan will focus on race relations, issues for Aucklanders and the upcoming Diversity Forum that will be held at AUT in September 2015.
  • Immigration New Zealand; presentation on New Zealand’s Refugee Quota Programme and the New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy.
  • New Zealand Police; presentation on the New Zealand Police programmes that are part of the government’s Migrant Integration and Settlement Strategy and the Refugee Resettlement Strategy.
  • Auckland Council Ethnic People’s Advisory Panel; the Chair of the panel will present on the panel’s work and key topics of interest.
  • Update on homelessness and emergency housing; Council staff will give an update on council activity in these areas, including the Regional Homelessness Action Plan and a new Homelessness Fund approved through the council’s 10-year budget (Long-term Plan 2015-2025).
  • Migrants and refugees report; Council staff will give an overview of council’s strategic plans and activity for migrants and refugees, including the funding of a Diversity Forum in September 2015 in collaboration with the Human Right’s Commission.
  • Public input; presentations will be received from the Chinese New Settlers Trust, Auckland Regional Migrant Services Charitable Trust, the Auckland Refugee Community Coalition, and an item on the Action on Alcohol Plan.

The public and media are welcome to attend the meeting from 9:30am.

When: Wednesday 5 August, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Where: Chinese New Settlers Services Trust Office, 15-19 Clifton Court, Panmure.

The meeting agenda can be viewed here.