Nelson Leader : February 14th 2013
23 THE NELSON LEADER, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 NEWS Heidelberg Language and Philosophy School Regina Bergholz PhD, MA For further details, personal consulting and first appointment (free of charge) contact: ,firstname.lastname@example.org *027 922 4268 Early Bird 10% OFF! ww w.heidelberglanguages.co.nz • Language Courses : • German • French • Indonesian • Intercultural Communication • Literature Courses • Personal Coaching • Philosophy and History Classes • In-house Training (Private & Business) • Private Lessons (tutorials) • Small Groups (quatorials) 5149422AA CARPE DIEM New in Nelson Tasman 5140797A A Servin' up a whole ocean of fun Tickets on sale now! Saturday 16 March Tickets now available at: www.ticketdirect.co.nz Nelson i-SITE Nelson School of Music Theatre Royal Advert kindly sponsored by www.havelockmusselfestival.co.nz havelock festival Proudly supported by Phone 546 6336 or 0800 167 167 5123541AA New citizen's journey to Tasman a gripping story By PHIL BARNES Happy to settle here: Firooz Zadeh, accompanied by his wife Bernadette, receiving his New Zealand citizenship this week. Photo: PHIL BARNES Books written to inspire young people When Firooz Zadeh emigrated to New Zealand and settled in Richmond 10 years ago, it was the second time he had felt compelled to seek a new country to live in. Firooz was born into a rich family in Iran in 1938 but that did not prevent him from suffering the most appalling con- ditions in his childhood. The youngest of four children, he was often abandoned without food and was even left outside alone in the snow when just two years old. He and his siblings were basically ignored by their father and step-mother. They relied on help from their grandmother but otherwise were left to fend for themselves. As a means of entertainment, Firooz started kicking a tennis ball around the streets of Tehran and spent so many hours practising that while he was still at school some of the city's major football clubs tried to recruit him. By then I had spent so much time kicking a ball around that no one could get the ball off me,'' he said. Firooz ended up playing for Shahin who were the champions of Tehran and was even selected for the national team before injuries curtailed his career. So I turned to track and field and ran for my country in the four by 100 metres relay team. But I was no longer able to play sports with physical contact.'' However, his football skills resulted in him becoming a coach, and coaching foot- ball helped him to escape Iran and settle in America. I coached for 30 years in the United States and was one of the pioneer soccer coaches over there.'' Firooz moved to New Zealand 10 years ago because of the bad feeling in America toward Muslims and people from the Middle East after the attack on the Twin Towers in 2001. I left because of the response of Amer- icans to terrorism and the heinous crimes of 9-11. I felt really sad for what hap- pened but two wrongs don't make a right.'' He discovered New Zealand when he was working on the cruise ships of the Holland-America line as a lecturer. I do two kinds of lectures -- destination lectures where I talk to people on the cruise ships about the places they are going to, the sights they should see and things they should do. But I also do enrichment lectures where I talk about the Middle East, Islam and terrorism. Firooz has written six books including The Journey -- An Immigrant's Story -- From Tehran to Twin Lakes to Tasman Bay, which won the second place award at the DIY Book Festival in Los Angeles in 2005. His book Islam versus Terrorism also won an award. Amazon.com wrote that it was the best pocket book on information about the Middle East,'' he said. His latest book, English, Down Under and Up Over, is about the quirks of the English language in different countries. He said he hoped his books inspired young people and made them realise how good a life they had in Western countries and what they could achieve in life if they put their mind to it. When he arrived in Nelson he helped with coaching Richmond Football Club. But I had a knee replacement and I can't do so much on the field now.'' Firooz was made a citizen at a cere- mony at the Nelson City Council chambers on January 30. Thirty people attended the ceremony including 15 from Britain, three from South Africa and seven from Myanmar. The others were: Lesley Bradford, Britain; Charles Cramer, South Africa; Claire Parrott and Kiran Cramer, Ireland; South Africa; Paul Davenhill, David Garnett, Britain; Mang, Peter, Hoi Dim and Sui Tin Hram Kung, Myanmar; Peter, Michelle, Thomas and Alice Hul- land, Britain; Van Hing Man, Myanmar; Caroline Morrison, Britain; Carolina Searle, Philippines; Lai Takluem, Simon Than, Myanmar; Benjamin Collis, Joanne Williams, Britain; Gabriela Dun- ning, Czechoslovakia; Faenzi Furigo, German Swiss; Alfred and Wendy Grind- lay, Roger Harris, Andrew High, Alison Birtwistle, Britain, Minh-Ngoc Thach, Thailand.
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