Singh reaches rock bot­tom

Central Leader - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

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.

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