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Upper Hutt in the Hutt Valley is home to unique art, shopping, attractions, accessible outdoor recreation, and it’s all just 15 minutes from Wellington City.

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Coordinator - Arwa

Arwa - Upper Hutt Newcomers Network

My name is Arwa, I was born in Lebanon from a Yemeni father and Lebanese mother. My husband is from England and with our two boys we migrated to New Zealand in Jan 2012 from the Sultanate of Oman, where our two boys were born.I enjoy travelling and have lived in various countries like United Arab of Emirates, Sultanate of Oman, France, Lebanon and Yemen.

We live in Upper Hutt, which is approximately 45 minutes away from Wellington. It’s a quiet place with amazing views, walks, parks and very friendly people.

I have worked as a dance teacher for both adults and children for 8 years now, in Dubai, Oman and now New Zealand.

I love helping people and am always happy to meet new people and enjoy making new friends. Since arriving in New Zealand I have had the privilege to work with the Red Cross as a volunteer helping refugees settle here.

New Zealand is my home now, loving all what it offers with it magnificent nature, friendly people and community spirit

I believe any country can become home through meeting good people and gaining new friends.

I really know how it feels to move to a new country, even to a new area and that is why I would love to get involved to help make the shift a bit easier and connect people together.

I would love to hear from you.


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