RAS in the Community » Refugees as Survivors (RASNZ)


RASNZ has engaged in a collaborative venture involving the Umma Trust, Ethnic Youth Trust, Ministry of Social Development, ASB Community Trust, and refugee advocacy groups to establish the RYAN (Refugee Youth Action Network) initiative.

Click here to learn more about R.Y.A.N

R.A.S Community Activities

Refugees and people with refugee-like backgrounds may arrive in New Zealand with little English and limited knowledge about New Zealand. Resettlement can be a challenging and stressful experience, even more so when information is rarely available in one's own language.

The R.A.S Community Team would like to;

What we do;

R.A.S Community Development Projects

R.A.S Community Groups

The groups are open to all speakers of the respective language regardless of which country or ethnic group they may come from.

Dari & Pushtu-speaking (Afghanistan) - Men's Group Wednesdays - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Wesley Community Centre,
740 Sandringham Road Extn,
Dari & Pushtu-speaking (Afghanistan Group) - Men and Women Tuesdays - 4:00 pm - 6:00pm
New Community Centre,
45 Totara Ave,
New Lynn.
Dari & Pushtu-speaking (Afghanistan) - Women's Group Fridays - 4:00 pm - 6:00pm
New Windsor Plunket Centre,
277 New Windsor Road,
New Windsor.
Assyrian & Arabic-speaking (Iraq) - Women's Group Manurewa (Different Times & Days)
Contact - Elizabeth Alkass,
Phone - 021 169 3313
Dari & Pushtu-speaking (Afghanistan) - Women's Group Friday 4:00 pm - 6:00pm
New Windsor Plunket Centre,
277 New Windsor Road,
New Windsor.
Burmese-speaking Group - Men and Women Thursdays 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ruapotaka Marae,
106 Line Road,
Glen Innes
Burundian Group Different Times, Days & Places
Contact - Clotilde Kayunzuguru,
Phone - 09 270 0870
Somali-speaking Women's Group Mondays 9:00am - 11:30am
Mt Albert Presbyterian Church,
14 Mt Albert Road,
Mt Albert