Story: Latin America and New Zealand

Leon family

Leon family

The Leon family, (from left) grandmother Dolly, her son Antonio, his wife Jenny and their sons Brayon and Samuel, were among the first refugee families from Colombia to settle in Porirua. Civil war, kidnappings and killings by government forces led the family to flee their homeland in 2010. Dolly had prayed for a safe place for her children and grandchildren to grow up in, and looked on Porirua as a godsend.

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Warwick E. Murray, 'Latin America and New Zealand - Diplomatic relations and migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Warwick E. Murray, published 20 Jun 2012