While the first influx of refugees into Levin won't be arriving until the middle of next year, a few local employers have been providing jobs for immigrants and refugees for years and they have found the interaction with refugees and immigrants a rewarding experience. Horowhenua Chronicle editor Janine Baalbergen has spoken to two of them as part of a series of articles on refugees.

District councillor Neville Gimblett, a Foxton pharmacist, has had highly qualified people from the Middle East working for him, while asparagus and strawberry grower Tendertips owner Geoff Lewis has had people from the Pacific Islands as

Refugee stories