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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: Deb­bie Jamieson

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