their early adult lives, John and Hellen Chuma had no idea
they would one day leave their birthplace, Zimbabwe, and
emigrate to New Zealand.
The Chumas' journey this week took another turn when Mr and
Mrs Chuma and their children, Adelaide and Tapiwa, became New
Zealand citizens at a citizenship ceremony in Dunedin. Mr
Chuma, a mechanical engineer, moved to the city in 2003,
working at the Hillside Engineering Workshops until they
closed late last year.
He had found his first winter in Dunedin much colder than
Zimbabwe, but had quickly adjusted to the chillier
The Chumas found the city friendly and relatively compact,
without the extensive commuting that was required in many
They had been encouraged to come to New Zealand by friends
already living here.
Mrs Chuma, who is an office secretary at the University of
Otago, said friends had told them, ''New Zealand is a
''What I was told is true,'' she said.
The Chumas were among 33 people - from as far afield as
Hungary, Serbia and India - to become citizens of New Zealand
at this week's ceremony.
They were: Dr Robert Ernest Lee Aldred, Thanasi Michael
Balaphas (Australia); Joanne Dowd, Caoimhe Katherine Anne
Dowd, Caolan Shane Dowd (Ireland); Seong-Young Her, Joon Ho
Lee (Korea); Chia-Pu Huang (Taiwan); Kirstin Louise Kay
(South Africa); Mukesh Kumar (Fiji); Rui Li (China); Zyrah
Avian Milton, Derek Mycock, Maria Antonia Pozza, Jane Riley
(Britain); Hong Anh Nguyen (Vietnam); Jasmine Xiuping Ong
(Malaysia); Lucia Varghese Painuthara (India); Laszlo Peter
(Hungary); Ralf Schruba (Germany); Dunja Sumar (Serbia);
Mieliana Sunarto, Jesslyn Praganta (Indonesia); Tung Thanh
Truong, Lien Thi Duong (Vietnam); Dr Mona Cara Wells, Wayne
Edward Kimsey (United States); Karla Mariah Marcos Yumul
(Philippines); Tiara Zaugg (Switzerland).