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News Bulletin October 2021

Updates from our team

  • Join our team - Social Worker vacancy
  • Ethnic Therapists get together to overcome Compassion Fatigue
  • Poem by Deborah Robertson after completing her student placement with us

What's on

  • Avoiding scams online
  • Invitation to apply to fully-funded PhD in “Inter-Ethnic Racism and Ethnic Minorities in Aotearoa New Zealand”
  • We are back with Life Skills Classes in Term 4
  • Multicultural Children's Holiday Programme October 2021
  • Join our Volunteering Programme
  • Community Research Webinar: Hear From Us, Not About Us
  • National Action Plan Against Racism

Updates from our team

Join Our Team - Social Worker Vacancy
We are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic, and motivated Social Worker to join our team. This is a permanent position (30 hours per week), and Waikato based.
  • Flexible team environment
  • A real opportunity to make a difference
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Sexual Violence Response for Long-term Therapeutic Support
Ethnic Therapists get together to overcome Compassion Fatigue

The uncertainties the pandemic brings and the lockdown is challenging our goal of connecting and sharing with an ethnically diverse network of therapists. We couldn't hold the face to face Hamilton and Christchurch Network meetings planned in August and early September.  However, we decided to change the format and take this as an opportunity to hold a nationwide online meeting. It happened on September 10th, we met on Zoom so we could continue connecting and sharing resources.  The topic was 'Compassion Fatigue', a very relevant theme in the times we are in. 

Compassion fatigue is an occupational hazard characterized by the progressive and profound emotional and physical fatigue that occurs to therapists over time, and a gradual erosion of empathy, hope and compassion.  There are many simple and effective strategies that therapists can implement to protect self-care, by openly discussing and recognising compassion fatigue in the workplace.  The therapists can normalise this problem for one another.  We can also work towards developing a supportive work environment.  

Improved self-care is the cornerstone of compassion fatigue prevention.  On the frontline workers, therapists need to assess our life situation carefully and honestly:
  • Is there a balance between nourishing and depleting activities in our lives?
  • Do we have access to regular exercise, non-work interests, personal debriefing?
  • Are we caregivers to everyone or have we shut down and cannot give any more when we are at home?
  • Are we relying on alcohol, food, gambling, shopping to de-stress?
  • Therapists must recognise that ours is highly specialised work, and our home lives must reflect this. Home is where replenishment and refueling should occur.
So this is why networking and connecting to each other is important. We encourage therapists to design a prevention toolkit that will reflect our own reality and that will integrate our life circumstances and work challenges.
By Joanna Jensen
FVSV Counselling Practice Manager

Words from Deb after completing her student placement with us

As my placement draws to an end
I wish that there was more time to spend
With the Shama team, all these wonderful staff
They're all hard workers but they know how to laugh

This team knows the best way to a happy mood
Is conversation and friendship and food
As a student this office has been more than an academy
It's been a safe place, a home, a family

They say that the best way to learn is to do
And this placement has proved that this saying is true
Each day has taught something new to me
And it's confirmed that social work is where I want to be

The social work team are the best in town
You don't often find ladies like these around
They've been patient, fearless, and kind with me
They know when to push me, and when to rest and drink tea

Shama team, what you do is profound
I've seen how your work can turn lives around
Where there is despair, you shine beacons of hope
You support our women when they're struggling to cope

I'm leaving this placement with thirty new aunties
And I promise to return every time you have a party
Thank you again for all you have done
And I wish you the best for the work still to come.

By Deborah Robertson
Placement Student

What's on

Avoiding Scams Online

Scammers are using COVID-19 as the lure to engage people. While the scams are different in nature, they all have a common theme in that they are trying to obtain personal information and financial details, or asking community for forms of payment before a person can receive a prize or in some instances a relationship. We know these scams have been filtering through the Waikato community via phone call, Facebook, text, whats app, viber and emails.

Police are encouraging community to stop and think carefully before entering any details online, or giving them to someone.  It’s particularly important to protect information that can be used to access your accounts, build a fake online presence or impersonate you including:


  • Login details and passwords to any online account including banking, email, social media and trading sites
  • Bank account and credit card details
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Birthdate
  • Personal information linked to the security questions on your online accounts
  • Driver’s license
  • Passport details
Here are a few common themes to ask the community to be aware of:
  • Contact that is out of the blue– even if the person says they’re from a legitimate organisation like the bank, an embassy or your internet provider
  • Getting told there’s a problem with your phone, laptop or internet connections  – often they will offer to fix your device or say they are from your phone or internet company
  • Being asked for passwords – legitimate organisations will never ask for the passwords to your online accounts
  • Needing to verify your account or details – don’t respond or click on any links in the communication even if it looks like it’s from a real organisation
  • Trying to get you to move outside of an online trading or booking website or app (like Air BnB or insurance) – don’t pay outside of the normal website or app processes
  • Offering money or a prize in exchange for something up front – they might say that it’s a “processing” fee or something similar
  • Being asked for money by friends/partners you’ve met online – this is a very common tactic, do not pay the money
  • Unusual ways to pay for something – scammers try to use payments that can’t be traced such as pre-loaded debit cards, gift cards, bitcoins, iTunes cards or money transfer systems
  • Asking for remote access to your device – never do this unless you have actively sought out the service they are providing
  • Pressuring you to make a decision quickly – this could be to avoid something bad (e.g. account being closed, trouble with the IRD) or to take advantage of something good (a deal or investment)

Reporting Scams

More information on scams from the Netsafe website:

Invitation to apply to fully-funded PhD in “Inter-Ethnic Racism and Ethnic Minorities in Aotearoa New Zealand”

Applications from suitably qualified candidates are invited to undertake a fully-funded PhD in the topic area of ‘Inter-ethnic racisms and ethnic minority communities in Aoteaora New Zealand’. ‘Ethnic’ here is defined as non-Māori, non-Pākeha, non-Pacifika population groups in New Zealand, and commonly refers to peoples coming from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South and Latin America, and continental/Eastern Europe.
The scholarship is offered as part of a five-year MBIE-Endeavour funded research project entitled ‘Working to End Racism (WERO) in Aotearoa New Zealand’, based at the University of Waikato.
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We're Back!!! Life Skills Classes in Term 4
We are so glad to see you again!!

Our life skills classes for Term 4 are starting on 18 October 2021.

Multicultural School Holiday Programme October 2021

Volunteering with Shama as Parent Support

Do you enjoy working with babies and toddlers and offering a little resting time to their mums?

Having a new baby is an exiting time but can be daunting experience if you are in a new country or community.

Are you friendly and happy to do home visiting service for isolated  mums and families with new-borns for a few hours per week or on casual basis?

We are looking for volunteers who can provide childcare, companionship, and meaningful assistance to ethnic women/parents within Hamilton and nearby suburbs on a regular or a casual basis.

An orientation and a training will be provided at Shama.

If you know of ethnic families who would benefit form our parent support programme, please contact us.

Volunteering is rewarding! When you volunteer with Shama you will meet a diverse range of ethnic women and their families. You will gain work experience, boost your CV and network with ethnic communities in contributing your valuable skills.

We have programmes happening soon and planned major events in the near future. A few examples are:
  • holiday programmes
  • female driving support
  • events and fundraising support
Express interest in joining our volunteers programme by contacting us!
Express Interest in Volunteering for Shama

Hear From Us, Not About Us: The Power of Research

Community Research and ChangeMakers announced the launch of a new special collection of research to validate the voices of refugee-background and migrant communities in Aotearoa. Contributors are researchers, policy makers, social practitioners and organisations. 

There is a free one-hour webinar on Thursday 30 September 2021 at 11am NZ time to celebrate and launch this collection, and also to help shape the research agenda for these communities.
  • Contribute to a better understanding of these communities. 
  • Have your say. 
  • Help keep this research collection alive and sustainable.
The Panelists are Batool Arif, Dr Irene Ayallo, Dr Zhiyan Basharati and Dr Sara Kindon. This webinar will be followed by a half-hour informal online networking hui for researchers and evaluators from refugee-background and migrant communities. Please join us and tell us how you are and what you need right now.   
Register for Webinar and Networking

National Action Plan Against Racism

The Human Rights Commission is engaging with the public over the best action to take to eliminate racism in Aotearoa New Zealand. This is a strategic priority for the Commission - the nation's independent human rights body. We need your ideas to ensure this work reflects the vision, values and lived experiences of impacted communities, families, whānau, hapū, and iwi across the country. 

Your contributions with be treated anonymously and will be summarised in the Commission's engagement report, which will be submitted to the government in order to inform its work on this crucial kaupapa. The report will also be made publicly available.

How can you help? 

Ensure your voice is heard by answering these questions:
  1. What is your vision for an Aotearoa New Zealand that is free of racism? (Recommended length 250-300 words)
  2. What difference would a racism-free Aotearoa New Zealand make to your life?
  3. What are your best ideas to enable Aotearoa New Zealand to be free of racism?
If you have any queries, or if you would prefer to contribute your ideas by email, please email us at

Submissions closing date: 23rd November 2021
Against Racism

Shama Ethnic Women's Trust

At Shama, we understand that moving to a new country can be very stressful. Issues of language and culture and the fact that all around you are strangers add to the stress and one can feel extremely lost! Shama Ethnic Women's Trust is an organisation run by ethnic women for ethnic women. It is a vibrant, sustainable and growing centre, which provides culturally appropriate support, advocacy and programmes to be a source of strength and empowerment for ethnic women.
Email us for more information or call 07 843 3810.

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