Central Leader : January 14th 2011
5 CENTRAL LEADER, JANUARY 14, 2011 NEWS See more in store. Excludes already reduced yellow sticker items. Not in conjunction with any other offer. While stocks last. Range may vary between stores. TWL14577 All stores open until at least 8pm daily OR SHOP ONLINE Mosgiel store open until at least 6pm www.thewarehouse.co.nz $14 NOW EA $1350 NOW FROM NESDAY 12TH to TUESDAY 18th January CAESAR SANDAL SEE IN STORE FOR MORE STYLES! HOT PRICE S i t E l d l d d d ll ti k it N ti j ti ith th ff Whil t k GET IN QUICK! OFFERS VALID FROM WED ALL BACK 2 SCHOOL FOOTWEAR 5% OFF 2 Citizenship on hold after burglary By HANNAH SPYKSMA Frustrated: Prasad Talathi's family is now facing a long wait to gain New Zealand citizenship after their registration documents were stolen. Photo: JASON OXENHAM ' We have insurance for our contents, but that doesn't take away the stress of losing these documents -- it's just so frustrating. ' -- Prasad Talathi When a Hillsborough family's house was burgled, they knew the PlayStation and other gadgets stolen could eas- ily be replaced. But taking all the documents they need to be able to apply for New Zealand citizenship was just too much for Prasad and Rupa Talathi to comprehend. We have insurance for our contents, but that doesn't take away the stress of losing these documents -- it's just so frustrating,'' Mr Talathi says. His laptop was stolen and in the case were all his family's birth cer- tificates, his marriage certificate, IRD cards and several other forms. Mr Talathi kept these items in the bag because he normally takes his laptop everywhere with him. But on October 31, his wife had a day off work and they decided to have a family day out to cele- brate Diwali. On arriving home just before 6pm, they found their back door wedged opened and all their possessions sprawled across the house. It was just a big shock when we walked in,'' Mr Talathi says. The family was also burgled two years ago while living in New Lynn. Auckland Migrant Action Trust spokes- woman Honey Rasalan says it is important for people to separate items of value and keep them in protected places. My advice is to really secure things,'' she says. Separate your pos- sessions that can be replaced with insurance to those with monetary value, and keep them in different places. It is really mind- boggling how these career criminals work, and for migrants, it is particularly important to not put anything obvious around your house that will give away your eth- nicity. These burglars take advantage of the opportunities you give them.'' Originally from Mumbai, India, the Talathi family moved to Auckland more than six years ago and consider New Zealand home. But Mrs Talathi is now having doubts about officially becoming a Kiwi. Every day I say to my husband: Let's go back to India','' she says. It will now take months to get their certificates and official documents sent over from India and it's unlikely they will gain citizenship within the next year. If you have information call the Avondale police on 820-5763 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.
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