My Life To Live


Ehsan Hazaveh


New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pukenga Whakaata

Start date: 

21 June 2019

End date: 

23 June 2019

Hours of admission: 

10.30 - 4.30

Cost of admission: 


My Life To Live tells the story and celebrates the immense contribution of refugee background workers in Aotearoa/New Zealand. It also tells the stories of some of the challenges of life in their new home.  ChangeMakers Resettlement Forum and Living Wage Movement Aotearoa NZ have worked together in partnership to tell those stories.

The exhibition is a celebration of the lives of refugee background workers. It tells the stories of the immense contribution of refugee background workers to their new home country, Aotearoa. It tells of their hopes and dreams. It also  tells of their struggles in low wage work and the difference the Living Wage makes in the lives of workers and their families.

The photographer is an Iranian PHD student, Ehsan Hazaveh. The stories have been recorded in interviews conducted by Victoria University of Wellington Senior Lecturer in History, Dr Cybèle Locke and the narratives have been crafted by Wellington writer, Elizabeth Knox.