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Porirua has a spe­cial link to the book Mi­grant Jour­neys, which we fea­ture on page 15. The au­thor, Adri­enne Jansen, is from Porirua, as is one of the 14 taxi driv­ers whose sto­ries are fea­tured, Ra­jesh Gor­don.

The book’s theme is that a lot of im­mi­grants to New Zealand end up as taxi driv­ers, but in fact are ex­tremely well qual­i­fied in their home coun­tries.

They are an as­set to New Zealand so­ci­ety, but it has to be said our coun­try is not get­ting the most from them be­cause we of­ten do not recog­nise their qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Ra­jesh Gor­don is a case in point.

He moved from In­dia in 2000 with a masters de­gree in com­merce, and dreamed of work­ing as an ac­coun­tant for a ma­jor cor­po­rate.

In­stead, after do­ing scratch jobs such as work­ing at Denny’s, he ended up driv­ing taxis, and is now a man­ager for a taxi com­pany. His story makes you think.

- Joseph Ro­manos

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