Ideas for 23 June 2013
Wellingtonian Murdoch Stephens this week launched the Doing Our Bit Campaign, aimed at convincing New Zealanders of the need to double our refugee quota from the current 750 to 1500. Murdoch tells Chris about how stumbling across a stash of 1000 photos of Afghan refugees in an abandoned detention centre in Iran led him to the conclusion that New Zealand wasn't doing its bit. The photographs are part of a forthcoming exhibition at Pataka in Porirua. And Mary Mowbray, who came to New Zealand after surviving the Holocaust in hiding in Budapest, reflects on adapting to life in New Zealand and being one of the many Kiwis who volunteer to help out newly arrived refugees.