New Zealand Pro Bono Directory

Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by New Zealand.

For New Zealand country of information (COI) experts, reports, commentaries and relevant documents, please click here.

As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.

Auckland Refugee Council
4 Warnock Street, Grey Lynn
Tel: +64 93 78 74 34
Fax: +64 93 78 74 34

Tel: +64 98 28 60 67
Fax: +64 98 28 60 67

Assistance provided with welfare benefits, referral to other agencies, English classes, free health clinic, advocacy services to present refugee claims.

Auckland Regional Migrant Services Charitable Trust (ARMS)
Home to the ReactNow Employment Programme: Three Kings Plaza, 532 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings
Tel: +64 (0)9 62 52 440
Fax: +64 (0)9 62 52 445
Email: or

The programme has three key elements: a workshop programme to identify job goals and training, to promote understanding of career goals and to provide job search up skilling, individualized support to assist people to achieve their training and job goals, support for the employer and employee post-placement.

Useful links to other services on their website

Human Rights Foundation
Contact person: Margaret Bedggood (Convenor of the Human Rights Interest Group of Refugees)

They promote human rights through research, education and advocacy. The Human Rights Foundation has supported various refugee cases by raising awareness and funds for court proceedings.

427 Sandringham Road, Sandringham, Auckland,New Zealand
PO Box 27582, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
Tel: +64 02 11 34 43 04 (During school hours only) or +64 (09) 62 06 200 or +64 (09) 62 74 050

POONGA works with newly-arrived refugee families who are adapting to New Zealand society. POONGA is a member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.

Refugees As Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ)
Tel: +64 (0)9 27 00 870

Provides free, culturally-respectful mental health services to refugees. The RAS team included counsellors, psychiatrists, psychologists, body therapists, interpreters, and refugee community link workers. RASNZ is a member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.

Refugee Council of New Zealand
1224A Dominion Road, Mount Roskill, Auckland 1021
P.O Box 68704, Newton, Auckland 1145
Tel: +64 02 11 19 12 55

The Refugee Council of New Zealand (RCNZ) is a national organisation whose purpose is to provide advice, information and assistance to asylum-seekers and refugees in New Zealand; promote a strategic response to the needs of refugees and asylum seekers; and to campaign to ensure that New Zealand meets its legal and humanitarian obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention.

The RCNZ is committed to facilitating the participation of refugees and asylum-seekers at all levels in the community. It aims in particular to: ensure that all aspects of New Zealand’s asylum and refugee policy and practice (legal, social, economic, health and cultural) fully respect international law and the human rights of asylum-seekers and refugees; promote public awareness and understanding of refugee and asylum issues; serve the networking, information exchange and advocacy needs of the asylum- seeking / refugee community, the RCNZ membership and other organisations with similar aims.

Refugee Trauma Recovery
Level 6, 186 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington
P.O Box 11469, Manners Street, Wellington 6142
Tel: +64 48 050 350
Fax: +64 48 050 351
Contact person: Jeff Thomas

The Refugee Trauma Recovery is a New Zealand (Wellington based) organization supporting refugees who may have endured or been exposed to organised violence, torture, harassment, imprisonment, war conditions and civil unrest, escapes, refugee camp life, exile and migration. The organization provides treatment/therapy to refugees who have experienced such traumas. The organisation is also a member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.

Reunity Trust

40 Sefton Avenue, Grey Lynn
Tel: +64 (0)9 37 64 768

Support group for asylum seekers offering assistance with accommodation and employment.

RMS Refugee Resettlement
Level 2, 39 Webb Street, PO Box 6828, Marion Square, Wellington 6141
Tel:   +64 (0)4 80 50 340
Fax: +64 (0)4 80 50 301

Each year, the New Zealand government selects 750 refugees for resettlement in the country. Refugee Services is the primary agency helping them to settle and adjust within their new communities. They are concerned with refugee resettlement on three levels: service provision; public and community education; refugee policy and best-practice development.