10 AUGUST 12:00-1:00PM  



Come and hear Golriz Ghahraman in conversation with Kelli Pike. Golriz fled her home in Iran aged nine and after a terrifying and uncertain journey, landed in Auckland with her parents where they were able to seek asylum and ultimately create a new life.

Her book Know Your Place is an open and intimate account about making a home in Aotearoa New Zealand, her work as a human rights lawyer, her United Nations missions, and how she became the first refugee to be elected to New Zealand Parliament.

Know Your Place is a story about breaking barriers, and the daily

challenges of prejudice that shape the lives of women and minorities. At its heart, it's about overcoming fear, about family, and about finding a place to belong.

Photo credit: Damon Keen

This event is supported by Poppies Bookstore with books for sale and signing. 

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Politician and lawyer

Golriz Ghahraman made history as the first refugee to be sworn in as a member of New Zealand’s parliament in 2017. She studied human rights law at Oxford and has practiced as a lawyer in New Zealand and for United Nations tribunals in Africa, The Hague, and Cambodia.

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Community advocate and podcaster

Kelli hosts a Free FM radio show and podcast `Kelli from the Tron' to encourage active citizenship and share local music and events. She’s the founder of Politics in the Tron, a movement to get more Hamiltonians involved in local politics and her current advocacy is for the Living Wage movement and the STV for Hamilton campaign.  


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