Proud to be Pinoy: Filipinos making a difference in NZ

MIGRANTE AOTEAROA is honoured to receive the New Zealand Diversity Award presented by the New Zealand Human Rights Commission on 20th August at the Aotea Centre in Auckland .

Dennis Maga, Migrante Aotearoa national coordinator, said Migrante was selected by the HRC as one of 12 recipients of the annual diversity awards for 2012.

According to Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres, the award is in recognition of Migrante’s outstanding contribution to the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme through its diversity projects and programmes.

Migrante is proud to be a partner of the HRC in working for the promotion and protection of the rights and welfare of migrants in NZ. Founded in December 2009, Migrante Aotearoa is an organisation of Filipino migrant workers, immigrants and their families in New Zealand .

The group works with unions, community groups and institutions like the HRC for the promotion and protection of migrants’ rights and welfare. It also links up with other migrants and immigrants of various nationalities.

On 19th August Migrante hosted the forum “In search of decent work: A fair deal for migrants in global economy” as part of 2012 New Zealand Diversity Action Programme.

Maga said, “Our participation in the 2012 New Zealand Diversity Action Programme is especially significant as it became a timely occasion for First Union’s public launching of UNEMIG: Union Network of Migrants.”

He explained, “Often migrant workers are victims of under legal minimum wage pay, abuse, discrimination, bullying and harassment in the workplace. UNEMIG is here to support vulnerable migrants.”

“Migrante looks forward to stronger partnerships with the HRC, UNEMIG, trade unions, community groups, faith communities and all concerned sectors in working to attain a fair deal for migrants and all working people in NZ,” Maga said.

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