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This has been my job for a long, long time. Maybe I can’t do another thing, because all my life I’ve been sewing. It’s not that hard, this is my job, easy. I’m from Malaysia. I came to New Zealand in 1990. The first time, it was for a holiday, and then I thought, this is a nice place with nice people here. So I thought I would see what will happen.
I’m originally from Russia and Western Siberia. I was born in a very old town, more than 400 years old. I graduated in architecture. I worked as an architect over there. Sewing was always my hobby from school. When I came to New Zealand, I said, ‘why not?’
I’m from Malaysia. I had a girlfriend in Auckland Hospital, I came here to look after her. Then I got a job. I came here and made lots of friends. My first job I worked in Ponsonby. Zambesi is my second job, I’ve worked here 27 years.
I’m from Auckland. I was born and raised in Whanganui. I tell people I’m in the fashion industry and then explain I work for Zambesi. I’m a sample machinist. I started off at the Wanganui Woollen Mills. I think I always used to like sewing, I used to dress my dolls. I used to hand sew nice garments together for the dolls. I was about 7 or 8.
I left school and then got into a degree in Whanganui, a Bachelor of Fashion Design. It just got to the end of the school year when you’re supposed to make up your mind about what you want to do and I was weirdly enough quite good at sewing. So i thought I’d give it a go, and I started winning competitions and stuff like that.
I’m from Ukraine, I came to New Zealand in 2000 and started my new life here. Mainly to find better future for me personally and my family. When I came to New Zealand I was fortunate enough to utilise my skills in tailoring and I found a job here in the second week of being in the country.
I am Russian, I came here in 2001 with my ex husband and my daughter who was 5 back then. We divorced and he went back to Russia three years later, and I chose to stay here. I’ve been here 17 years now.
My father was Ukranian, my mother was Greek but born and brought up in Russia. My mother and her cousin thought the war was over in the early 40s and they decided they would try to go to Germany to find work. When they got there they ended up in labour camps. That’s where she met my Father, who was hiding out. It was a labour camp, so she learnt to sew uniforms there for the German army. It might be where she learnt to sew for all I know.