About us

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The Migrant Action Trust (MAT) helps migrants and refugees to 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, we understand how difficult immigration can be because we have lived it.  

We believe that "meaningful economic, social and political engagement of migrants and refugees leads to their healthy integration into society".  Meaningful means by those that truly understand (because we have lived the migrant experience as well), and meaningful because when you come to Migrant Action Trust you are not just receiving a service like a client, a tick in the box, but you also become part of the migrant community - at our community centre in Mt Roskill you can meet your new friends and join the migrant "family" in NZ.

New Zealand is home to over 200 ethnicities. 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 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, Supporting Groups. Holistic in nature, MAT operates from a common sense, humanistic, relationship building and community level approach.

“Action when you need it”