Auckland Migrant and Refugee Training Enterprise (AMARTE) 

Creating hospitality opportunities for refugee and migrant women with tailored training and support. 

The AMARTE Project provides refugee and migrant background women with free hospitality training that helps them gain employment, seek further education or start their own business in the hospitality industry. 

The project is a joint initiative with New Zealand Ethnic Women Trust, led by Belong Aotearoa and is tailored to the needs of these women delivering culturally appropriate and recognised training on:

  • English

  • Baking (New Zealand ‘Kiwi’ recipes)

  • Coffee making (barista) 

  • Hospitality industry (regulations and work culture) 

  • Catering activities (enterprise focus) 

The AMARTE Project empowers refugee and migrant women with the skills, knowledge, experience and confidence to participate in their communities and gain new social networks whilst supporting their families

Duration: Three months – Compulsory attendance Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings

Location: The Roskill Youth Zone & at the Wesley Centre, 740 Sandringham Rd

Costs: Free - gold coin donation welcome

Contact person: Nazmin nazmin@belong.org.nz 021 051 9942 


WISE Collective Project

Empowering refugee and migrant women with opportunities for education, employment and enterprise.

The WISE Project (Women Inspired Strong Empowered and Enterprising) supports refugee background women to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, confidence and resources to start-up or contribute to activities for generating income for their families.

The WISE Project is active across Auckland with four WISE Hubs that deliver workshops, information sessions, training and opportunities for women to gain employment, start their own enterprise and build their social networks. 

WISE Hubs

  • Monday – Massey Community Hub, Massey, West Auckland

  • Wednesday – De Paul House, Northcote, North Shore, Auckland (*Food Control Planning Certificate only)

  • Thursday – Panmure Community Centre, East Auckland

  • Friday - Papatoetoe PACT Building, South Auckland

  • Friday – Mt Roskill Wesley community centre, Auckland Central

The WISE Project was launched for women and continues to be led by women which is why the hubs can be host to courses about English language classes, food handling and budgeting all the way to swimming, sewing and even boxing lessons. 

Duration: Weekly – day depends on hub attending. During school term time in the morning.

Location: Massey, Northcote, Panmure, Mt Roskill, Papatoetoe

Costs: Free 

Contact person: Sasi wise@belong.org.nz


Safari Multicultural Playgroup

A safe multicultural place for children to learn through play whilst Mothers learn new skills.

The Safari Project supports refugee and migrant background mother and children (0-5 years old) by providing a fun learning environment for both parents and children. Safari in Swahili means journey and through the project, families begin their journey in New Zealand. 

At the Safari Project, as children learn through play, parent gain new skills, new social support networks and new information about their home and the services that are available to them locally and nationally. Safari has as such helped prepare children and mothers for not only school in NZ but also for life in their new home. 

Safari playgroups are located across Auckland and run multiple times a week.

Safari Playgroups

Safari Playgroup Central:

Where: Lynfield Recreation & Youth Centre, 16 Griffen Park Road, Lynfield.
When: Wednesday / Thursday / Friday
Time: 9: 00 am -12:30pm

Safari Playgroup West:

Where: Henderson Baptist Church, 321 Great North Rd, Henderson, Auckland
When: Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday
Time: 9.00am – 12.30pm

Safari Playgroup South:

Where: PACT Building, 311 Great South Road, Papatoetoe, Auckland
When: Wednesday/Thursday
Time: 9.00am- 12.30pm

Safari Playgroup East:

Where: Panmure Community Centre, 7-13 Pilkington Road, Panmure
When: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
Time: 9.00am- 12.30pm

Duration: Depends on hub attending. During school term time in the morning. 

Location: Central, West, South, East. 

Costs: Free 

Contact person: Charlotte safari@belong.org.nz