OMEGA was created to see the greater Auckland region prosper by fully engaging the contributions of skilled immigrants, and by helping bring an end to workplace skill shortages.
"OMEGA mentoring gave me a deeper insight into both Pakeha and Maori culture – what to expect, what not to be surprised by, and where the potential for culturally based pitfalls are. It painted for me a four-dimensional picture of New Zealand life, made it real, and showed me the space where I can successfully fit in. Most of all, it gave me positive feedback and helped me build confidence to achieve my goals in New Zealand."
Mira Peter – Mentee & Senior Research Fellow
"Looking at the needs of New Zealand and Auckland over the long term, immigrants arrive here with hope, and what they get is barriers – obstacles to achieving their aspirations. So with relatively minimal time and energy from myself, I can change someone else's life. It is part of my personal values."
Rick Ede – Mentor and CEO, Unitec
"OMEGA is making a difference not only to the lives of the skilled immigrants who receive mentoring, but also to the workplaces where they find employment and, as an example of good practice, to others seeking to enable New Zealand businesses and society to embrace and benefit from this increased diversity. That is why OMEGA was recognised by the Human Rights Commission last year as making an outstanding contribution to the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme." Joris de Bres – Race Relations Commissioner
Over 500 Jobs secured by Participants
450 Volunteer Mentors
204 Companies represented by
79 Countries represented by
OMEGA is helping to keep the promise – the promise made to:
The work of OMEGA was made possible through generous funding partnerships with several New Zealand organisations.