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New way, new life, new home - Makuei's story

Makuei Aken was born into war-torn Sudan. One morning militia came into his village, murdering the adults and kidnapping children for slaves. Makuei’s aunty saved him and his sister and ran into the bush. A few days later they returned to their burnt down village.


With nowhere to live they walked for a year-and-a half to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. Maquei lived there for five years until New Zealand accepted them as refugees. Now Makuei has found his passion in theatre, and he’s on the path to become an actor. 

New way, new life, new home - Enatha's story

Enatha Musabe was born in Rwanda during the genocide where her parents decided to flee to the safety of Kenya. Her father was killed when he returned to Rwanda to visit family, leaving Enatha’s mother to look after two children in tough conditions. Twelve years later they were accepted into New Zealand as refugees.


Enatha was opened up to a completely different world. With numbers being her favourite thing Enatha is majoring in accounting and economics.

Wainuiomata: On the other side

For some outsiders, Wainuiomata has a reputation for dullness, crime and poverty.

Over the past twenty years, jobs have been leaving Wainuiomata but with a population 17,000 that has remained relatively steady and jobs over the hill in the Hutt Valley, it has avoided “zombie town” status.
But the town is changing. We find out what life is like for 20-somethings in Wainui.

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