NO MORE SHORTAGES
Dipak and Bindiya Naran, 37 and 34 Migrated from: babwe Live: Hillsborough
Zim- Violence and extreme food and fuel shortages prompted Dipak Naran to flee Zimbabwe.
It was the time of frequent farm invasions in the troubled country, where war vets who had served in the 1964-1979 independence war took land from white farmers as compensation after promises from the government.
Naran, an accountant, had been sent to audit a mines and farming syndicate in 2000.
‘‘I saw a mob of over 100 people, some with machetes, walking towards the offices.
‘‘I got a very bad feeling. I said to my team can you get into my car right now ... and I drove through this mob of people without taking into account what could have happened.
‘‘I got home that night and said to my dad, ‘ I could have killed someone today’.
‘‘Had one of them not moved out of the way, I most likely would have mowed them down.
‘‘That night I booked my ticket to New Zealand.’’
But his dreams of leaving were delayed.
When he came to pay a few days later, hyperinflation had pushed the price up so much he was forced to stay on another year to save enough money.
There were frequent petrol and food shortages because the veterans who took over the farms no longer farmed for the country and for export, opting to farm only for themselves. ‘‘It made it really hard,’’ Bindiya Naran says.
‘‘Do you want to live in a country where you have to queue for everything?
‘‘Coming here we didn’t have to lock everything and jump into our car and lock all the doors before you drive off.
‘‘The thing I like about New Zealand, whatever you want to do, no matter how big or small, you can do it,’’ Bindiya Naran says.
‘‘People don’t judge. People accept you for who you are. You’re treated the same, with the same respect.’’
Dipak Naran says the first year is the hardest for new migrants.
‘‘But it does get easier,’’ he says.
‘‘Once you decide where home is, it makes things a lot easier.’’
Better living: Dipak and Bindiya Naran, with daughter Sonya, no longer have to queue for food.