For the graduation on 18 April the Auckland weather could not decide whether to rain or shine, however our guests arrived to celebrate with us: Adel Salmanzadeh and Susan Gamble from Ministry of Education; RAS management; and Rakesh Naidoo from NZ Police. This was a chance to thank Gary from RAS for the work he has done in the NZ Refugee Community since the Tampa crisis in 2001, as he is soon leaving for Australia. Rakesh also gave information for any people with refugee background who may be interested in joining the NZ Police force.
Between our delivery team of Dr Arif Saeid, tutor Alfadil, technician Hameed, Family Liaison Patrick, MoE managers Adel and Susan and CIH Coordinator Di, we all wished the families well in their digital journey ahead, praised them for what they have achieved so far, and offered good advice. This ranged from how to access technical support to how to keep cockroaches out of the computers! Mrs Fahima Saeid served our wonderful lunch which was very welcome seeing most of us had been hard at work since . What a great group of families who are now new residents of Aotearoa NZ. Nau mai haere mai!