New Zealand's oldest migrant, 102, arrives
( dpa ) - New Zealand's newest and oldest migrant, 102-year-old Eric King-Turner, arrived in Wellington to start a new life on Wednesday.
King-Turner disembarked from the cruise ship Saga Rose with his New Zealand-born wife Doris, 89, after a five-week voyage from Britain.
"I'm delighted to be here," he told reporters. "My wife lived with me for 13 years in Britain so I thought she might be getting homesick."
The sprightly former Royal Navy surgeon explained his longevity to Radio New Zealand, saying, "I've always been very fond of animal fats - butter, sugar, salt, gin and all the things you are not supposed to have.
"Never say you are too old," he said. "Once you say that, you've had it."
Before leaving Britain, King-Turner told a newspaper, "It's a wonderful new adventure and I would say to anyone that if you want to do something you should do it straight away while you can.
"What's important is that when I'm 105 I don't want to be thinking I wish I had moved to the other side of the world when I was 102."