Events & Initiatives

Stand with Ukraine - Weekly Rally (Auckland)
The Ukrainian Community of Auckland has been Standing with Ukraine every Sunday, from the start of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022 at our weekly rally in Aotea Square.
Same place, same time, same message until Ukraine’s Victory!
Due to a number of large-scale protests and events happening some Sundays in Auckland, from time to time the location or time of our rally chnages. There is a recurring event on Facebook where we provide updates on location/time as well as the theme when applicable.
Please note:
We kindly ask participants in the rally to be mindful of the event’s purpose. These rallies are organised to express peaceful support for Ukraine under one simple message – “New Zealand Stands with Ukraine Against russian Agression.”
To ensure a consistent message, we request that attendees refrain from displaying symbols of russia or any other country, except for those representing Ukraine and New Zealand. Thank you for your cooperation in maintaining the focus on our shared message.
#NZStandsWithUkraine #StandWithUkraine

Facebook event – RSVP here

Stand with Ukraine" Global Rally - 10 Years of War
On 24th February 2024, we gathered in Auckland, united in purpose and solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, as we marked the solemn occasion of the 2nd anniversary of the full-scale invasion and 10 years of relentless military aggression by russia against Ukraine. With this event, we kicked off the Ukrainian World Congress Global campaign #StandWithUkraine (under the local banner #DefendingDemocracy) which had 70 Countries participating with over 740 cities and a total of 1023 various events registered.
At our event, we also displayed an exhibition titled “Ukraine – The War in Europe”.

While we stand with Ukraine, we must also acknowledge the urgent need for action. The international community cannot afford to become silent or indifferent in the face of such blatant aggression and violation of international law, as this war persists. We must stand united in condemning these acts of aggression and demanding accountability for those responsible. 

Do not ask Ukraine when the war will end. Ask yourselves why Putin is still able to continue it.

As we stand in solidarity with Ukraine, let us reaffirm our commitment to justice and human dignity. Let us honor the memory of those who have lost their lives. And let us pledge to work tirelessly towards a future where every nation, regardless of size or power, can live in peace and prosperity, and the bully does not dare to use brutal force like what Russia is doing today.

Exhibition Info & Materials | Exhibit video post | Event Details

See event photos and reflections here | Media coverage here

Aroha for Ukraine Book Launch Event

Можливо, дехто з вас пам’ятає наш проект Ароха для України.

Ми раді нарешті оголосити презентацію нашої фізичної книги в Окленді 12 Серпня, та запросити всіх, хто зробив внесок у проект і надіслав нам свою АРОХА (любов), а також нашу українську громаду в Новій Зеландії та ново-прибульців з України.

Будь ласка, зверніть увагу, що реєстрація є обовʼязковою через обмежену кількість місць.

Ми плануємо роздати книги новоприбулим, промови і привітання від почесних гостей, страви, музичні українські виступи, а також ігри та дитячі заходи… Тож приєднуйтесь всією родиною.

Ласкаво просимо принести страву до спільного чаювання за бажанням.

REGISTER HERE

See event photos and reflections here.

Community Webinar - Ukraine Health Initiative

Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand and the Ministry of Health, alongside Mahi for Ukraine, invite you to attend a community webinar on the free health check available for all Special Ukraine Visa holders in New Zealand.

Presentation:
A short video presentation by Dr. Olga Dubnytska (a Ukrainian GP in Palmerston North) on the free health check will be delivered in Ukrainian,  and followed by a Q&A session with Dr. Olga.

Intended participants: All Special Ukraine Visa holders and their sponsors.

Date: Thursday 1 June, 2023

Time: 7.00 pm to 8:00 pm (NZ time)

Where: Online Zoom meeting

View Presentation here

Auckland Vyshyvanka Day 2023/2024
Vyshyvanka Day
Each third Thursday in May we celebrate World Vyshyvanka Day. 
In Auckland we commemorate the day of Ukrainian traditional embroidery by wearing it proudly, singing songs about vyshyvanka & taking some photos with our local community! If you have a Vyshyvanka – this is the day to flaunt it 👌🏻
VYSHYVANKA IN HISTORY
Archeological discoveries in Ukraine indicate that embroidery has existed there since prehistoric times, it dates back to the Neolithic–Eneolithic Trypillian culture. The elements of ornaments used by Trypillians, Sarmatians, and Scythians are found even in the modern national embroidery.
Among the earliest are the finds dated to the 6th century, found in Cherkassy Oblast, one of the silver plates depicts a man dressed in long, wide patterned shirt with embroidery on the chest. The Ukrainian peasants wore the same clothing just a century ago.
Cloth embroidery was first inspired by faith in the power of protective symbols and later by aesthetic motives.
In a country with a history marked by foreign invasions, embroidery has been “symbolically linked to national identity and unity,” said Dr. Oksana I. Grabowicz, an anthropologist and research associate at the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University.
Vyshyvankas have been festal clothes for Ukrainians all over the world for a long time, nevertheless, Vyshyvanka Day emerged as a holiday not long ago.
The first Vyshyvanka Day was celebrated in 2006 in the city of Chernivtsi. Started by a local student.. “I have come up with the idea when I noticed that not I alone but also other students often wore vyshyvankas attending classes. But it never happen that we all did it together. So I suggested to everyone one day to gather at the university in embroidered shirts on the same day. For the first time several classes of students took part in the event,” explained Ukrainian poetess Lesya Voronyuk, who came up with the idea.
At first, Lesya’s initiative was picked up by several students and teachers, but during the next few years, the festival gained all-Ukrainian scale, the diaspora and supporters of Ukraine joined in as well. Today, in general, this initiative is supported in at least 60 countries around the world.
The World Vyshyvanka Day does not have a fixed date; it is celebrated annually on the third Thursday of May. Thursday was not chosen randomly. Its founders insisted that the holiday fall on a working day, instead of the day off.
The purpose of the holiday is to preserve and popularise folk traditions of creating and wearing embroidered Ukrainian clothes. It does not have any obligatory requirements, except for putting on the vyshyvanka.
However, annually the number of events timed to this day is growing; there are concerts, parades, competitions, events and fairs on the initiative of students, professors, public and cultural groups or figures.
Today as russia continues to wage its war on Ukraine, Vyshyvanka Day has become a symbol of the resilience of Ukrainian culture and Ukrainian pride and beauty and antiquity of its traditions.
More photos from the Auckland 2023’s Vyshyvanka Day are here and 2024’s here. 
Our Auckland event photos have made it into other publications as well, e.g. herehere and here.
💙💛     Happy Vyshyvanka Day Ukraine! Слава Україні!     🇺🇦
Light Will Win Over Darkness - '365 Days'
Auckland vigil
February 24th marks a year since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in a war that has persisted for nine years. The Kremlin orchestrates hostilities, violating all possible norms of international law. The brave Ukrainian people are defending themselves and the whole world at the cost of their lives. Ukrainians hold back an insane aggressor who threatens to turn the planet into nuclear waste. 
 

We call on Ukrainians and friends of Ukraine in Auckland to jointly support Ukraine and our #LightWillWinOverDarkness candlelight vigil dedicated to the 365 days of full-scale Russian invasion and nine years of Russian war against Ukraine.

                                                  🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦
 

LET’S UNITE WITH UKRAINE AND FOR UKRAINE ON 24/02!

                     WHERE: Wynyard Steps at Karanga Plaza                       (by Wynyard Crossing)

WHEN: Friday 24 Feb, 2023, from 6 pm

WHAT: The event format will be a vigil. Please wear black clothing and bring a candle as well as Ukrainian flags.

See event photos & reflections here

Advocacy Survey (archived)
If you are a Ukrainian living in New Zealand or a Kiwi with a connection to Ukraine – we need your help!
 
  As a community, we are working closely with the NZ Government and continue to advocate for help to Ukraine and its people in these unprecedented times.
  This is our second survey aimed to assist with our advocacy for the Special Ukraine Visa Policy changes.
 
  Please complete this survey regardless of whether you have already applied for the Ukraine Special Visa/ whether you are eligible to apply or not/ and whether your family has arrived in NZ or not, or even if you are not planning to apply. 
  The survey will take approximately 4 minutes to complete. Once completed please share it with your Ukrainian friends. 
 
Thank you!
Xmas Gift Donations for Refugees 2022 (archived)

With the silly season fast approaching, Mahi for Ukraine is organising a Xmas Picnic for the Ukrainian newcomers in Auckland with gift-giving, food, and some good old Kiwi Xmas summer vibes.

As most of our friends & supporters know, these newcomers (even though are called “refugees”) are not technically considered refugees and as such do not receiv government support. This will be their first Christmas away from home, and we imagine that gift-giving is the last thing on their and their families’ minds. So we wanted to show them some Aroha, and bring at least some normality back into their lives. 

If you or your organisation would like to support this event and donate some gifts towards it, please contact us before Friday 16 December to coordinate this. Thank you for your generosity this holiday season!

And if you are a Ukrainian who would like to attend this event, please DM us on Facebook for event details (time and location).

See event photos & reflections here

Ambassador of Ukraine meeting with
Auckland Business Community (archived)

His Excellency Vasyl Myroshnychenko meeting with Auckland Business Community.

Presented by Mahi for Ukraine and hosted by Simpson Grierson.

His Excellency Mr. Vasyl Myroshnychenko, recently appointed Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, makes one of his first public appearances in this country to meet with Auckland’s business community on Wednesday 17th August, after presenting his credentials to Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro.

The Ambassador will provide the Ukraine Government’s latest appraisal of the war and the international community’s response, along with the views on what the New Zealand Government and the broader public can do to help. He will also discuss Ukraine’s bilateral relations with Australia and New Zealand, including military cooperation, trade, investment, culture, education, and the role of New Zealand’s business in it, over tea/coffee light refreshments and networking.

Who should attend: the leaders and senior representatives of NZ businesses & chambers of commerce.

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