Support for new settlers in New Zealand

Our Mission

NFACT will support new settlers to New Zealand, especially those from refugee and refugee-like backgrounds, by providing culturally appropriate services to enable them to manage their own well-being and overcome the social and mental barriers to resettlement. Where appropriate, we seek to provide services by refugees for refugees.

Meet Our Team

Fahima Saeid

Fahima Saeid - Manager

Fahima is originally from Afghanistan and came to New Zealand some 20 years ago. She is a passionate refugee advocate with more than 19 years of work experience in the field. She holds a MBBS Degree from Afghanistan and a  Masters Degree in Counselling (1st Class Honours), the University of Auckland and is a registered counsellor with NZAC. Fahima strongly believes in social justice, equal rights and an inclusive society for all. Her hobbies are cooking, sewing and reading Afghan/Dari literature and poetry. 

Meet Our Board

Dr Hans Everts

Dr Hans Everts - Chairperson

Of Dutch extraction, Hans is a qualified clinical and educational psychologist. With a PhD in  counselling Psychology he taught for some 30 years at the University of Auckland. During that time and following retirement he has worked closely with migrant and refugee communities in New Zealand, with focus on family strengthening and youth empowerment. These personal priorities underpin his contribution to the development of NFACT.

Dr Hans Everts

Miles Shepheard - Treasurer

After a career in Education, Miles became a business consultant, consulting on strategy, organisational change, organisational and process design and redesign. He has worked with MSD, Work and Income, Education and Health and other agencies in the social and health sector for many years. He worked with the Settling In team for some time, assisting and reviewing. He has also worked with many NGOs and commercial organisations. He is a coach and mentor for managers and small business owners. Governance experience: Miles retired from the Ako Matatupu (Teach First NZ) Board in October 2020 He is a member of the New Settler Family and Community Trust (NFACT), and an advisor to the Te Puru Community Trust.  

Rachel Bryce

Rachel Bryce

Rachel is a commercial lawyer who’s worked in a range of law firm and inhouse roles in New Zealand and the UK over the past 25 years.  She lives in Auckland with her husband and children.

Suresh Rajan

Suresh Rajan

Backed by a wide range of experience in operations, management, communication and education, Suresh Rajan has been teaching at Manukau Institute of Technology for two decades. A specialist in inter-cultural communication, he organizes customized training for the United Nations and New Zealand government personnel assigned to overseas missions. He has also been providing management consultancy services to diverse business organisations in the Auckland region over the years.

Sabrina Zoutenbier

Sabrina Zoutenbier

Sabrina is an experienced counsellor and counsellor educator. For the past 15 years she has been teaching at the University of Auckland in the Master of Counselling programme. She also supervises counsellors and others engaged in community-based work. Sabrina is a counsellor registered with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors and is currently a member of the NZAC Regional Ethics Team. 

Dr Arif Saeid

Dr Arif Saeid

Arif served as a medical doctor in Afghanistan and also worked for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) from 1994 to 1999. He moved to New Zealand in January 2000 and for 17 years worked with Refugees as Survivors NZ where he led the Community Services Team. He works closely with new settler and refugee communities in the areas of employment, social engagement, preventing violence and health and wellbeing to improve and advance smoother resettlement. Furthermore, he supports young people from refugee backgrounds to reach their potentials in education, employment and social wellbeing. Besides served on a few boards, Arif is currently the president of Refugee Council of New Zealand and currently working with Ministry of Social Development (MSD) as a senior refugee and migrant advisor. 

 

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