Singh reaches rock bottom
Friends of a new migrant who has had a rough introduction to New Zealand are hoping the community might be able to help him catch a break.
Having his employer go bankrupt and leave him without months of owed wages was the first in the series of unfortunate events that have left Ajai Singh thinking he has no option but to return to India.
Then on July 10 his Mt Eden flat was broken into and a folder containing everything from his birth certificate and passport, to his education records, and even childhood sporting certificates were taken.
Other personal possessions including formal clothing and his laptop computer were also stolen.
‘‘It’s going to be really hard to stay. I can’t even pay the rent. I’ve got some money with me but I’ll need it to replace things and passport fees,’’ he says.
‘‘When I Googled New Zealand before I came I didn’t think this could happen. Now everyone says it’s very common.’’
To get another passport Mr Singh will need to go to be interviewed at the Indian High Commission in Wellington, which he says will be difficult with limited funds.
Mr Singh has degrees in law and commerce.
He came to Auckland in February last year to study for a post graduate business qualification at Unitec.
After graduating he was given a one year visa to look for full-time work and has been working as a casual security guard in the meantime.
Friend Beth St Claire is hoping the community might be able to help Mr Singh stay in New Zealand.