BEHIND the counter of his newly fitted printing shop in the New Zealand city of Wellington, Mr Eddie Saw gives a cheeky smile as he attempts to explain the reason for emigrating last year from Malaysia.

Moving to his desktop computer, he points to a website which shows that Wellington was recently rated the 13th most romantic city in the world.

“Not bad,” he says. “That was a good reason to move here. There weren’t any Asian cities on the list (of 25).”

Mr Saw, 48, admits that romance was not the primary motivation for moving from George Town in Penang in January 2013 with his wife Karen Tan, 44, who works in a Chinese restaurant, and two sons, aged 10 and 14.

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I didn’t move to make lots of money but for an easier life than in Asia, which is work, work, work. In reality, it takes a while before a business kicks off. I have actually been very stressed, even though the lifestyle here is much more relaxed.

– Wellington printing shop owner Eddie Saw, who was originally from Malaysia. He migrated from Penang in 2013 with his wife and two children

-Since 2001, Asian-born citizens have leapt from 7 per cent of New Zealand’s population to 12 per cent, or about half a million people

-Within the decade, Asians are expected to overtake the 600,000 Maoris as New Zealand’s main ethnic minority

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