Author(s): Adrienne Jansen; Liz Grant
Migrant Journeys is about driving taxis in New Zealand cities - and it is about much more than that. Here fourteen migrant taxi drivers talk about their lives - where they came from and why they came here, what it was like to settle in New Zealand, how they got into the taxi business, and how they see this country and its people. Some of the drivers came as refugees, others in the hope of making a better life for their families. They came from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Croatia, Fiji, India, Iraq, Samoa, Serbia and Somalia, and many have professional or skilled backgrounds, with qualifications and experience in their home countries. Although some speak of disillusionment and disappointment, others talk of new opportunities, or flexibility of being 'your own boss' as a taxi driver. And at the heart of these 'migrant journeys' lies the future of their family and children.
Adrienne Jansen has written or collaborated on several books about migrant experience in New Zealand, including I Have in My Arms Both Ways and The Crescent Moon: The Asian Face of Islam in New Zealand. A Winston Churchill Fellow in 1990, Adrienne has also published fiction and poetry. She teaches in the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme, and for ten years worked as a writer at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.Liz Grant is a writer and editor with a background in journalism and broadcasting. She grew up in Tanzania and in her teens came with her family to New Zealand. She is the author of three previous books of non-fiction, and for three years headed the writing team at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Now working freelance, she writes and does production work largely for the museum sector.