History of Sponsorship
Refugees from the first pilot arrive in New Zealand. There are 6 families of which one goes to the North Island and 5 to the South Island.
Four community groups are approved to welcome the first refugees to receive visas through this programme
Tragedy strikes! Two of the newcomer refugee families are heavily impacted by the March 15 Terror attacks.
Government evaluation of pilot programme is released, stating that the pilot promoted community involvement and inclusion of the incoming refugees.
Government approves pilot community sponsorship programme to take up to 25 people
South West sponsor group write a book called "Welcoming the Stranger" about their experience of sponsoring.
The Government announces an extension to the pilot. Another 50 refugee places in 2022, 2023 and 2024. (150 in total) subject to enough community groups being available to sponsor.
More information available on the Government website.
Support for sponsorship grows!
10,000 people sign a pledge organised by Amnesty, stating that they want a permanent community sponsorship programme in Aotearoa.
47 community groups around Aotearoa, from Whangarei to Invercargill say they would sponsor if they could.
The first Community Sponsorship Champions Summit is held in London: Community advocates from around the globe gather to share experiences and ideas for the growth of sponsorship.