FROM THE NEWS DESK
Somewhere in between running around between end-of-year shows, concluding our marvellous short story competition (see page 6) and worrying about being organised for Christmas, I had the most humbling experience last week.
I visited the Queenstown home of Dinesha Amarasinghe and her husband Sam. To call it modest would be overstating matters. But their focus now is not on material possessions. It is on securing a future for their three sons.
After seven years of living and working in New Zealand, Dinesha’s temporary work visa has been declined and their application for residency has been put on hold due to Dinesha developing multiple sclerosis while here.
They dread being deported to Sri Lanka. They will have no money, the children will struggle with the language at school and Dinesha will not have access to the health care she needs. It appears only a humanitarian plea can keep them in New Zealand now.
Read their story: stuff.co.nz. Debbie Jamieson