The significance of Pastoral Care to migrants in New Zealand

Pastoral Care plays a pivotal role in supporting and empowering migrants as they make their way through their new work and life in New Zealand. Read more about how our Pastoral Care Consultants provide migrant workers what they need for a smooth settlement.

New Zealand is an attractive country to many people around the world – known for its stunning landscapes and welcoming culture, it has become a sought-after destination for migrants seeking new opportunities and a better life. However, amidst all the excitement of a new beginning, many migrant workers often face several challenges once they arrive. This is where Pastoral Care plays a pivotal role in supporting and empowering migrants as they make their way through their new journey. In this blog post, we will look at the significance of Pastoral care in New Zealand and how it contributes to the well-being and success of migrants.  

Being a migrant myself, I know first-hand how daunting entering a new country can be. Not only are you now in this strange new place, away from family and friends, but there are also so many things to do and learn. Not having someone to guide and help you throughout the way can be a scary experience.

Pastoral care is known to focus on the “emotional, social and spiritual support” of individuals. However, in the context of migrant workers, it involves providing support, guidance, and sympathy to help them overcome challenges and adapt to a new environment.

Here at Trinity Employment Services, the process starts with our Pastoral Care Consultants making contact before the migrant arrives in New Zealand. Our Pastoral Care Consultants not only assist migrants with booking their flights and understanding the legal requirements in New Zealand, but also guide and support them on accommodation, opening bank accounts, acquiring IRD numbers, health care, transport, and the cost of living. By providing the necessary resources, we are confident that our migrant candidates are equipped with the requisite tools and knowledge to overcome any challenges they may face. Maintaining regular contact with them is also vital to the process, as our candidates need to know that we are always available should the need arise.  

To me, what’s unique about Trinity Employment Services is that our Pastoral Care Consultants (myself included) are all migrants who understand the challenges faced by other migrants. Having gone through similar experiences ourselves, we can connect with them, fostering trust and creating a safe place for open dialogue and support.

Get in touch with us if you want to learn more about our Pastoral Care services and offshore recruitment packages.

- Remolla Pillay, Immigration Admin and Pastoral Care Consultant at Trinity