During the 80s, through church patronage, my wife and I assisted in the initial settlement of the families of 17 Vietnamese, four Russians, four Iraqis and four Czechoslovaks. None of them is now in the country. Most used it, by obtaining citizenship, as a way of moving to Australia or the US. Some made considerable use of social services with little apparent appreciation but a sense of entitlement. Charity is a laudable quality but should be exercised selectively, where genuinely needed and not as emotional balm.
B Johnson, Omokoroa.