When Covid-19 hit, event venues were severely affected and Sebastian found himself in need of a more stable job during the pandemic. When he saw the advert for someone to join City Housing as a Tenancy Advisor, he knew he had to apply. It was an opportunity to join a small team, dedicated to the ongoing welfare of tenants.
Now Sebastian gives others in need a helping hand to find their home and place in the city.
"This job to me is about giving a chance to people who need it. Those who, like me, have been disadvantaged in one way or another. A healthy and safe home is essential to be able to safely support themselves and their whānau."
Sebastian is very humble about how far he has come from being a non-English speaking, 19-year-old refugee arriving in New Zealand.
“I am grateful when it was suggested I share my story. After giving it some thought, I understand that representation for our refugee and social housing communities is important. This really is not about me, but I am glad I can help.
"There are so many incredible people who continue to do amazing mahi for our whānau and our city. I want to continue to help people and my heart is in the right place. There is more to come. Watch this space!”