Newly-sworn New Zealand citizen Alevtina Redden (30), left,
of Kazakstan, with friend Genia Colling (30), of Russia,
celebrate. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Dunedin provides a better lifestyle than Kazakstan, even
though life in the central Asian country is nothing like the
Borat movie portrayal, student Alevtina Redden says.
Mrs Redden (30) moved from Kazakstan to Dunedin six years ago
and became a New Zealand citizen at a ceremony in Dunedin
this week. She moved to Dunedin with her Australian husband,
who works in the mining industry, and is studying hotel
management and business in Dunedin.
The couple have a 6-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter. Mrs
Redden, who worked as a translator in Kazakstan, said she
loved the Otago landscape.
''It's a beautiful place - it's paradise for me.''
Kazakstan was ''dry, flat and like a desert, similar to
Australia'' and New Zealand was lush and green - which she
She believes she is the only Kazakh expat in Dunedin and
misses her friends and family in Kazakstan - but not the
In New Zealand, there were more opportunities than in
Kazakstan and life was easier.
''People are more relaxed here - and free.''
The ''proud Kazakh'' said the movie Borat was an insult to
''Borat is just a silly character and it upsets me a lot the
way he describes life in Kazakstan. It is nothing like that,
but some people believe it, unfortunately.''
The family planned to move to Queenstown in January ''for an
adventure'', Mrs Redden said.
Other new citizens are. - Norman Firth (Australia); Dee
Carmichael, John Carmichael, Rachael Carmichael, Alanna
Carmichael, Angela Dunn, Barrie Lewis-Shell, Julie Tolson,
Steven Tumilty, Irene Frazer, Emma Tumilty, Simon Tumilty,
Jacqueline Walker, Stacey Walker, Kellie Walker, Clemency
Wright (Britain); Lieselotte Tolson (Britain/Germany); Man
Wong (China); Dagmar Lewis (Czech/Slovakia); Adrian Ng
(Malaysia); Pusi Tofilau, Christina Tofilau, Caramelrose
Tofilau (Samoa); Quintin Harrald, Adele Rheeder, Jacques
Rheeder, Keanu Rheeder, Ryan Ogle, Lee-Anne Ogle, Rylee Ogle,
Leah Ogle (South Africa); Ganna Heckard (Ukraine); Jill
Haley, Jill Leichter (United States); and Naume Mukata