Job­less To­masi’s out shin­ing shoes

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

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.’’

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