Refugee's story part of Te Papa exhibition

BY JONATHON HOWE
Last updated 00:00 08/04/2010

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A Palmerston North refugee's struggle to adapt to life in New Zealand will be chronicled in an exhibition starting at Wellington's Te Papa museum on Saturday.

The Mixing Room: Stories from Young Refugees in New Zealand will tell the settlement stories of refugees from around New Zealand, including Cambodian-born Sam Put, who moved to Palmerston North in 1989.

Mr Put, 29, initially struggled with life in Palmerston North but soon prospered and is now a soccer coach, student, bank employee and family man.

Although he is open about telling his story, Mr Put said it was weird watching his three-minute video.

"There's a big picture of me and you press a button and it tells you about my life.

"I guess it just portrays how I came to New Zealand, being young and away from my family and just going through changes."

Mr Put hoped his story would inform New Zealand residents about refugees and inspire other refugees to succeed.

Mr Put will travel to Wellington with family to attend the opening.

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