The Migrant Action Trust (MAT) helps migrants and refugees settle in New Zealand. We offer support from the moment migrants arrive, and continue to help them become fully integrated into New Zealand society. Our facilities and services are run by migrants for migrants as we understand how difficult immigration can be because we have lived it.
Migrants aspire to a better life and especially want to raise their families in a secure and safe environment, just like all New Zealanders do. The influx of migrants poses a lot of challenges for New Zealand because the experience of immigration differs from one ethnicity to another. This is the niche of the Migrant Action Trust (MAT) whereby understanding the settlement process from both sides – the host country and the migrants – is promoted, encouraged and advocated.
MAT honours the Treaty of Waitangi and acknowledges the Maori people as the tangata whenua (guardians) of New Zealand. It also acknowledges that one of its responsibilities is to ensure that migrants do the same.
To achieve the vision and mission of MAT, it provides three programmes: Migrants Supporting Migrants, Assimilation to Integration and Supporting Groups. Holistic in nature, MAT operates from a common sense, humanistic, relationship building and community level approach.