FROM THE EDITOR
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