Government announces an increase in refugee quota

Responses have varied to the government’s announcement today regarding refugee numbers – for more on this see  this brief clip on NewsHub

Syrian children give the peace sign after a Powhiri at which they were welcomed to Mangere earlier this year.

Perhaps of particular importance, and what is not shown in the above clip, is Hon. Michael Woodhouse’s announcement of the government’s intention to pilot a community based refugee sponsorship programme – 25 placements in total.

Please be aware that this is something many – including our Diocese – has been quietly pushing the government on for some time now. Click to see my letter to the Hon. Woodhouse regarding this.

Archbishop Philip’s submission – Anglican Taonga to the government earlier this year also covers this as one of the many proposals for government to consider around how it might respond imaginatively to this huge humanitarian crisis facing our world.

Meantime, get your prayer mats out. Though challenging, this is something we can do well. Pray that the government includes us in its plans.



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