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Jane - Christchurch Newcomers Network

Hi,┬áMy name is Jane, I came to Christchurch over ten years ago for a better life. During these years, I have experienced lots of migrants’ challenges, such as studying in English, looking for a job, working with multicultural migrants, studying Work and Income and IRD policies to help migrant friends, etc. I have always had a passion for meeting people and providing help when they need it.

The major Canterbury earthquake changed my life forever. I was working as the manager of Yamagen Japanese Restaurant in the Crowne Plaza Hotel when the earthquakes hit and the Crowne Plaza was destroyed. I lost the job I loved. My thanks go to Rex Gibson of the Christchurch Migrants Centre who gave me an opportunity to provide real help to migrants and new comers. I have found a way to follow my passion.

Christchurch is our home! We have been providing a place to meet and develop friendships all those years. Sadly, since the closure of the Christchurch Migrants Centre a couple of years ago our activities are less, but please still make contact via email. I look forward to hearing from you!

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