Red Cross recognises HNZC’s work with refugees

Published: 29 August 2016

Housing New Zealand has been recognised by the New Zealand Red Cross for its work helping former refugees into employment.

Red Cross recognises HNZC’s work with refugees

Housing New Zealand’s continuous improvement manager Matthew Fyfe receives his award from Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.


The Red Cross’ Pathways to Employment Programme helps prepare former refugees for work in New Zealand and helps them to find jobs.

For nearly a year, Housing New Zealand’s Continuous Improvement Manager Matthew Fyfe has been identifying ways to bring Housing New Zealand’s suppliers and maintenance contractors, and the Red Cross programme together.

“The amount of maintenance and building work happening across the country means our contractors often need additional staff. And, because of their backgrounds and their wish to settle and make a new life, former refugees are typically enthusiastic, hard working and keen to learn. So it makes sense to bring the two together. It’s a win-win really.’’

At a recent awards ceremony, Pathways to Employment Assessor/Advisor Claire Speedy said Matt’s work with the programme so far had bene hugely beneficial.’

“Matt has proactively supported our programme by opening the door to a broad network of Housing New Zealand contractors and sub-contractors across New Zealand This has resulted in many excellent leads and exciting opportunities for jobseekers who specialise in the trades.’’

Matt received his award from Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.

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