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Rebuilt resettlement centre opens

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/06/2016

The rebuilt centre has 196 beds, up from 160 previously. © Getty Images The rebuilt centre has 196 beds, up from 160 previously. The rebuilt Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre is being officially opened.

There is a ceremony at the centre in south Auckland on Saturday morning attended by Prime Minister John Key and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse.

Immigration New Zealand picked Downer New Zealand to rebuild the centre which plays a crucial role in helping refugees adapt to their new life in New Zealand.

Refugees and asylum seekers stay six weeks at the centre when they first enter New Zealand.

Services provided include orientation, English language classes, health screening and mental health support to help refugees resettle.

The rebuilt centre has 196 beds, up from 160 previously.

It has new, purpose-built accommodation blocks and a new administration block.

This week Mr Woodhouse issued a challenge to ACT Party leader David Seymour after he suggested refugees be asked to sign a so-called values statement when they come to New Zealand.

While Mr Seymour backed the government's decision this week to up the annual refugee quota from 750 to 1000, he wanted more to be done to ensure those arriving here shared New Zealand's values.

Mr Woodhouse suggested Mr Seymour should go to the Mangere centre to meet refugees there.

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