Mi­grants tell their sto­ries

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JENNY LING

It’s no se­cret that Auck­land’s pop­u­la­tion is grow­ing ever more di­verse.

Peo­ple from all cor­ners of the globe are choos­ing God­zone, and in par­tic­u­lar Ta­maki Makau­rau, to set­tle and raise their fam­i­lies.

In the year to Jan­uary 2014, 95,161 peo­ple mi­grated to New Zealand, in­clud­ing 29,198 from Asia, 25,893 from Europe, and nearly 4000 from Africa and the Mid­dle East.

The lat­est cen­sus fig­ures show al­most one in eight New Zealan­ders is Asian and nearly two-thirds of New Zealand’s Asian pop­u­la­tion lives in Auck­land.

Hindi is now the fourth most com­mon lan­guage in New Zealand af­ter English, Maori and Samoan.

So what mo­ti­vates peo­ple to leave their coun­tries and homes and how do they ad­just once they get here?

Here are the sto­ries of four mi­grants who have made Auck­land their home.

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