Migrant stories to inspire change

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06 Aug 2012

CPIT Tutor Philip McFedries is working to change attitudes towards refugees and migrants in New Zealand through the regular publication of his ‘Newcomers Stories’ books, which bring the voices of refugee and migrant students to life. The first Newcomers Stories was published in 2011 and has received praise in the local Canterbury community. It has also been distributed to government organisations and educational institutions. The second edition is due to be published later this year.


 Philip presents students with their copies of the Newcomers Stories book at last year's launch.

Philip has taught ESOL at CPIT for 17 years and is constantly inspired by his students. He wanted to give refugees and migrants the chance to share their stories with family and the community. He started the Newcomers Stories writing course last year, with the aim of supporting students to express their experiences.

“Refugees and migrants have made huge commitments and sacrifices to move to New Zealand permanently. Their stories need to be told and our community needs to hear them, particularly as the re-build makes Canterbury even more multicultural,” Philip says.

The first book brings together the stories of nine different migrants from countries including Bhutan, Ethiopia and Nepal. It has attracted interest from a broad range of organisations seeking to educate and build awareness of migrant challenges.

The second Newcomers Stories writing course begins August 9 and these stories will be collated for publication towards the end of the year.

For further information on this course Philip McFedries on 03 940 8460.

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