Palmerton, (New Zealand): 14 exiled Bhutanese from three families residing in Sanischare, Goldhap and Beldangi I have arrived New Zealand under resettlement program on August 14.
The Chamlagai, Neupaney and Ghimire families have been resettled in Palmerton North. This addition has increased Bhutanese population in the area to 126 of 16 families. The settlement area is at the distance of 140 km from national capital Willington.
Mostly young, the newly arrived Bhutanese have already joined the English class that government arranges for them to get accustomed with local language and cultures.
They have already been provided with homes for settlement. They said they are happy to be resettled in a beautiful country like New Zealand.
Christchurch and Nelson are two other places where Bhutanese are resettled.
In Palmerton, Bhutanese gather at community hall every Saturday for Bhajans since most are Hindus. The hall is also center for conducting any functions. The first group of exiled Bhutanese had arrived this town in March 2008.