Shaping our future - stories of diversity and hope
Immigrant Journeys - Olli Ricken
Olli believes in the power of laughter as the common language. A youth circus teacher, she has now been in Aotearoa for almost two decades. Originally from Germany, Ollie says laughter is a gift that heals.
Immigrant Journeys - Amanda Smidt
Amanda’s journey began in Tokoroa after a conversation at a braai (barbecue) in South Africa. She has now been in Aotearoa for more than two decades. Amanda says she has grown in New Zealand but South Africa is still part of her essence.
Immigrant Journeys - Mohini Vidwans
Mohini says she was reborn when she came to Aotearoa. Arriving from India as a student a decade ago, she calls this home.
Immigrant Journeys - Sol Gil
Sol describes Aotearoa a land of opportunity - a place of honest people, a place she loves to be. Originally from Colombia, she runs Cafe Colombia and is passionate about challenging the stereotypes immigrants face.
Immigrant Journeys - Sardar Faisal Abbas
Faisal comes from Pakistan, he left his own country in 2015 after a terror attack on a local school which killed more than 140 students. He chose to move his family to New Zealand because he thought it was safe. But in 2019, he was at a Christchurch mosque when another terrorist struck.
Immigrant Journeys - Shubha Narayan
Shubha describes her passion and life as Montessori. Shubha arrived in New Zealand 23 years ago from Bengaluru. She is now the co-head of Nova Montessori School in New Brighton. She believes kindness and respect should be part of every child’s world. Shubha shares her colourful journey and how it all started in Balclutha.