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Indians need not panic

Recent changes will not affect Indians adversely, assures New Zealand High Commissioner.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2003 00:34 IST
Amit Banerjee
Amit Banerjee

Visit the New Zealand High Commission in Delhi and the first thing you are likely to notice is a captivating series of snapshots from all over India adorning the walls. The work of prominent Kiwi lensman Bryan Blake, the pictures reflect the same synthesis of vision that has come to represent New Zealand - a land built by migrants.

"The world looks very different to a New Zealander than it does to an Indian. We are a small country in an isolated part of the globe and therefore tend to look beyond our national boundaries", says Caroline McDonald, New Zealand's High Commissioner to India.

And it is perhaps this willingness to accept and be accepted that has made the tiny island nation a preferred destination for immigrants from around the world. Indeed when a certain Mr. Edward Peter of Goa became the first Indian to go to work for the Otago gold mines in 1853, he could not have imagined over 55,000 of his fellow countrymen (and women) following suit over the years.

First Published: Jan 14, 2003 18:17 IST