Get to know me

Get to know some former refugees making new lives for themselves in New Zealand.


Refugees come from all corners of the world, to escape from conflict and disaster. Whether they're from Syria, Somalia, or Myanmar, every refugee has an incredible story to tell.  Here are just some of their stories of resilience.

Daniel

Daniel Gamboa Salazer and his mother fled terrorists and violence in Colombia. The pair now live in Lower Hutt, and Daniel is a fulltime student, aspiring actor and president of the National Refugee Youth Council. As a Colombian who doesn’t like football, Daniel is all too aware of stereotypes and wants to challenge those associated with the word ‘refugee’.

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Giselle

Eighteen-year-old Giselle Iradukunda is a writer, advocate and student at Victoria University. The oldest of six children, Giselle and her family moved to New Zealand as refugees in 2007. Giselle says that learning a whole new language and culture has certainly been challenging, but that she feels very lucky to be here, in a country that allows young women to take full advantage of all opportunities that are available.

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Dennis

A dreamer, humanitarian, and social worker, Dennis Maang is originally from Myanmar. He was forced to flee in 2002, leaving behind his parents and siblings. He spent seven years in Malaysia awaiting resettlement before being accepted by New Zealand. Since then Dennis has become proficient in English, completed a university degree in social work, and landed a job as a social worker with Red Cross refugee services where he supports others on their resettlement journey.

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Get to know me - Dennis (PDF)
Get to know me - Fahima (PDF)
Get to know me - Ali (PDF)