Jobless Tomasi’s out shining shoes
He lost his job, but he’s not sitting around moaning about it – he’s shining shoes to pay the bills.
If you have walked under the Canopies in the past week, chances are you would have seen Tomasi Raudreudre smiling next to his shoe shining stand – a simple chair and a few tins of polish.
But the Tawa resident hasn’t always shone shoes. Up until late April, he had worked for a power line company who had brought him and his wife to New Zealand from Fiji almost two years ago.
‘‘Then it got shut down and now I have to find my own work,’’ he said.
‘‘People are doing redundancies over the winter.’’
He turned to shoe shining, a trade he used to do in Fiji, last week as a desperate attempt to raise a wage.
On a working visa, Raudreudre does not qualify for any government help. He said if he can’t find more work soon he and his wife may have to move back to Fiji.
He would like to stay in New Zealand and one day start his own business, he said.
‘‘I want to finish off what I was planning.’’