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From Rags to Riches

Building a better life and, maybe, making a fortune along the way. That’s been the prime motivator for migrants daring to make the move to countries like New Zealand for centuries.

But when Lucia Xiao first came to New Zealand her goal was to improve her English language skills to boost her career opportunities back in China. She didn’t plan to stay long term and property investment had never crossed her mind.

Life has a habit of getting in the way of other plans though. Not long after arriving, Lucia met her husband-to-be, Daniel. Just starting out, the young couple soon found themselves with a new baby and living on a single income in a one-bedroom house in Papatoetoe.