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February 01, 2016

Community responsibility of

Temples under focus

Lord Ganesha

Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan to donate $12,000 to Starship Foundation

Venkat Raman

venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz

Are Temples merely places of

worship or are they centres

for community welfare?

Is social development

a responsibility of those managing

Hindu Temples?

What should be done to ensure closer

engagement with communities and

how can those with time, talent and

money be encouraged to participate

to a larger extent in the community

activities of Temples?

Shirdi Sai Baba, the Main Deity

Goddess Durga

Global Summit

These and many other questions are

likely to be raised and answered at a

two-day global meeting of devotees of

Shri Shirdi Sai Baba in Auckland later this

month.

Auckland based Shri Shirdi Sai Baba

Sansthan Inc is organising the first-ever

‘Shri Shirdi Sai Devotees Summit’ at its

Temple Complex located at 12 Princess

Street, Onehunga on February 27 and

28, 2016. Sansthan President Bhaskar

Duvvuru said that while the focus of the

Summit would be on ‘The Role of Temples

and Non-Profit Organisations in Community

Development,’ the highlight of the

two-day Summit would be the presence

and address of Dr Chandra Bhanu

Satpathy, Founder-President of Shirdi Sai

Global Foundation. He will inaugurate

the Conference and deliver the keynote

speech,” he told Indian Newslink.

Mr Duvvuru said that about 40 delegates

from Australia, Germany, India,

Malaysia, United Kingdom and United

States of America are expected to attend

the Conference.

“We also propose to deliberate on

‘The challenges of running Temples,

and Spirituality and Holistic Living’ at

the Conference. As well as the Haka

and other traditional Maori dance and

music, cultural programmes depicting

Indian culture will also be held at the

Temple Complex,” he said.

kitchen on the ground floor, the Main

Prayer Hall of 845 Sq Mts on the First

Floor, a Community Hall (Sai Centre)

with stage, sound & lights and accommodation

for two priests.

The Sansthan raised $2.8 million in

loans of which $1.8 million has been

repaid.

Mr Duvvuru said that the Sansthan

hopes to repay the remaining $1 million

within five years, with regular donations

(about $2000 every week), revenue from

weddings (30 marriages held thus far

from February 2014) other community

events, and collections from other

special occasions. The Temple receives

thousands of people every week,

predominantly Hindus, but hundreds of

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“We will support Starship Hospital on

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Mr Duvvuru said that Dr Satpathy,

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“He has been involved in the construction

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Fiery British lawmaker steals the thunder here

But the timing was terrible, as New

Year’s weekend was the time that she was

available to any and all the sessions we

were happy to organise.

Role Models

‘Uncensored Life’ targetsyoung adults,

women and the `all-about-me generation,’

looking for an incorruptible, strong

and glamorous role model in a modern

world, filled with a litany of mistrust,

covert racism and prejudice.

Indian Newslink has published extensive

reports on Ms Gifford in its earlier

issues.

The first Public reading was at the

Swaminarayan Temple in Papatoetoe.The

reading and Q & A captivated the young

and old.

The Programmes held at the Temple,

Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Library

and Botany Library were managed by

the Temple’s young volunteers including

Ashika Prasad, Deepika Sonia the Temple’s

young volunteers including Samiya

Patel, Vrinda Soma,Krishna Thakkar and

Sanjana Patel.

Editor’s Note: More reports and

pictures of the Sixth World Zoroastrian

Youth Congress will appear in our next

issue

Zerbanoo with (from left) Samiya Patel, Ranjna Patel, Neela Patel, Ayanna Patel, Farida Master, NZ First MP Mahesh

Bindra and Ms Patel’s grandchildren at the Swaminarayan Temple in Papatoetoe, Auckland

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A chance meeting with

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Great philanthropist

The visit of Zerbanoo Gifford to attend the

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2015 to January 2, 2016) afforded a unique opportunity

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champion of women’s causes based in Britain.

A suburban housewife she astutely masterminded

campaigns from her kitchen table. She

boldly challenged the self-serving politicians

who did not know how to deal with the British

Asian firebrand activist.

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HOMELINK

February 01, 2016

Traffic jams and housing

crisis worry Aucklanders

Phil Goff

Two things that most

Aucklanders want in 2016

is less congestion on the

roads and more affordable

housing.

We live in a great city but unlike

other parts of the country, it is the

high rate of growth (not a lack of

it) that poses the biggest problems

for us.

The challenge is that investment

in infrastructure, especially

transport and housing, has not

kept up with the more than

40,000 people who were added to

Auckland’s population last year.

Increasing population

In two decades, our city size is

targeted to increase by a further

half million people. Rather than

investing in a strong public transport

system and extra houses in

anticipation of that, investment in

those areas is not keeping up with

demand. As a result,there are

growing problems in both areas.

Current reports project traffic

congestion getting worse and

while house and apartment

building has risen to around 8000

extra units a year, we need 13,000

to keep up with rising demand.

City Rail Link

Soon the government will announce

that it will meet half the

cost of the City Rail Link.

I welcome that but we need

the investment sooner than they

plan.

There is also a strong argument

that central Government should

regard the Link as equivalent to a

Road of National Significance,for

which the Government meets the

full cost.

The City Rail Link is necessary

because it will double the capacity

of heavy rail, which enjoyed a

22% rise in patronage last year.

That will help the South Auckland

and West Auckland but only partly

addresses the problem.

We need more busways like

they have on the North Shore.

Every Which Way

We need Light Rail, which is

clean, quick and can carry twice

as many people as buses. We

need walkways and cycleways,including

allowing students to use

them to get to school safely rather

than them having to be driven to

school.

That could take a lot of pressure

off the roads.

To fund these,the Central

Government has to recognise

that Auckland not only has more

than a third of New Zealand’s

population but has also become

the economic powerhouse of New

Zealand. The Government has to

work with Auckland to overcome

our infrastructure deficit if New

Zealand as a whole is to progress.

Housing Crisis

On the housing front, Auckland

house prices last year rose on the

average house by over 17% or

$115,000. That pushed the dream

of owning a home out of the

reach of tens of thousands more

Auckland residents.

Many are caught in a trap, with

rents rising more than five times

faster than overall inflation.

Fundamentally that is because

demand for housing in Auckland

has been rising much faster than

the supply of houses.

Auckland has become one of

the ten least affordable cities in

the world.

The mustry gears up to do this,

and planning changes to ensure

there is ample supply of land

within the city to build on. We can

also reduce demand pressures.

Taking away some of the advantages

property speculators enjoy,

which allow them to outbid home

owners, is one way.

Adopting Australia’s rules that

overseas investors can’t buy existing

residential homes, bidding

up house prices, but must add

new houses to the housing stock

is another.

Auckland’s challenges will not

be resolved overnight.

By year’s end, however, I hope

that we will at least see real

progress in the readiness of both

central and local Government to

address them more comprehensively.

Traffic bottlenecks occur throughout the day in Auckland City.

Phil Goff is former Foreign Affairs, Trade and

Justice Minister and has been Member of Parliament

for 35 years. Elected from Mt Roskill, he is

today Labour Party’s Spokesperson for Defence

and Ethnic Communities. Mr Goff has announced

that he would contest for Auckland Mayoralty at

the Local Government elections this year.

Neglect endangers our forest wealth

David Shearer

david.shearer@parliament.govt.nz

It is great to be back writing

this column.

I hope you have been able

to enjoy some time with

close family and friends over the

holiday season.

My family’s tradition is to

meet in Northland. Even when

my wife Anuschka and I lived

overseas, we always came back

during the summer holiday

season to reconnect with family,

and as our children grew up,the

beauty of that part of the country

became even more important

and special.

Stunning Northland

Northland is a stunning part

of New Zealand – not just the

beaches and rivers, but it also

has the best-preserved example

of mature native forest in New

Zealand.

At this time of year tourists

come from all over the world

to see it at its summer best. We

have an obligation to protect

it. It’s part of what makes New

Zealand.

Treasure threatened

But that is not happening. It’s a

treasure under threat: our native

forests in Northland are dying of

neglect. And the government has

decided to do nothing about it.

Possums are literally denuding

the trees: during the holiday

season I saw many Puriri and

Kauri trees stripped bare. Once

that happens, even if a tree is

hundreds of years old, it cannot

survive. In all my years visiting

Will Northland become barren?

Northland,I have never seen it

so bad.

Destructive species

Destructive species like

possums,rabbits and stoats are

everywhere, visible where they

used to be hidden. These are

all introduced pests and should

never be left to multiply in such

a delicate and unique environment.

They are killing not just

the trees,but also the bush and

native birds.

This is where the government

could easily step in. Forest &

Bird, New Zealand’s largest private

conservation organisation

has estimated that investment

ranging from $10 million to $20

million over 20 years would fix

the problem of pest control.

That is peanuts considering

what are at risk of losing. It

is certainly not a lot to pay to

preserve one of New Zealand’s

most historic areas and famous

tourist attractions.

Shocking revelation

The buck stops with the government,

specifically at the Department

of Conservation (DoC),

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which revealed shockingly last

year that it has no plan to control

pests, and more incredibly, has

no intention of demanding the

extra funding required.

Over the decades, DoC has had

a reputation for steadfast protection

of our flora and fauna. New

Zealanders have rightly trusted

this Department to care of what

is natural and precious to us.

Why has it become impotent?

It seems that they have been so

comprehensively brutalised by

this government’s cuts to funding

and staff that it has given up. DoC

needs to gather its wits, remember

what its job is and stand up

for Northland forests before they

collapse completely.

This is a part of its role.

At this time of year, when

we are enjoying our natural

environment the most,the most

important thing is to remember

our responsibility.

David Shearer is an elected

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Albert in Auckland and Labour

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February 0 1, 2016 HOMELINK 5

Errors take their toll

on migrants

Kamil Lakshman

kamil.lakshman@idesilegal.co.nz

Immigration New Zealand

(INZ) recently changed its working

system to achieve consistency

in decision-making,become

more efficient, minimise errors,

and reduce staff and branches.

But none of these changes

addressed the perennial problem

of the mind-set of decision

makers. As the number of

applications rises and thousands

of decisions are made, there

is bound to be a percentage of

error.

Correcting the wrong

How these errors are dealt

with when brought to the attention

of the management of INZ is

important. Is there a gatekeeping

approach,since reports and

statistics would reflect badly on

the management of the branch?

Each branch is rated and

awarded accordingly.

Given this, is there really any

incentive to accept errors and

correct them?

It would be hard to find managers

who accept these errors

and resolve them without much

delay. Their approach should

show that there was no vested interest and that the

correction process was objective and fair.

Resolving complaints

The current Client Complaint Resolution process is

a medium for lodgement of complaint in two stages.

If the first stage does not work, then the complainant

can pursue the next option.

There are times when some complaints are not

lodged in the INZ system and therefore not dealt

with at all.On other occasions, it is dismissed and the

complaint is marginalised. The view taken is that

there is no error and that the complainant is simply

unhappy with the decision. This line of reasoning

becomes difficult to overcome and the error remains

unconsidered.

Increasing stress

The individual (or the complainant) undergoes

stress and begins to experience emotional, financial

and health loss.

It is hard to quantify the intensity of such stress,

the number of people suffering and the value of the

losses incurred.

I believe that justice has not been served and the

system has failed in such cases.

Unfortunately, these applicants will become victims

of immigration history with their interests thrown

into jeopardy. They may experience problems in the

future as well.

I was involved with a review of this process

recently.

The acknowledgment that such problems exist is a

step in the right direction.

We look forward to the establishment of an independent

unit powered by people with the knowledge,

experience and expertise

Kamil Lakshman is a Lawyer & Principal of Wellington based law firm Idesi Legal Limited. She can

be contacted on (04) 4616018 or 021-1598803. Email: kamil.lakshman@idesilegal.co.nz; The opinions

expressed in her article above are her own and not that of Idesi Legal Limited or the New Zealand

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February 01, 2016

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FIJILINK

February 01, 2016

Sugar industry sours

with nepotism

Dr Biman Prasad

Member of Parliament

Leader of :

National Federation Party Fiji

The Sugar Industry in Fiji has been

totally politicised by the Fiji First

Government.

This is unprecedented in the

history of the industry since the enactment

of the Sugar Industry Act in 1984, which

made the industry and its stakeholders

independent with no interference from

Government.

The latest case that is a testimony to this

sad reality is the appointment of the Sugar

Cane Growers Fund Board (SCGF). This follows

amendment to the Fund Act Cap 207

by the Fiji First Government in Parliament

in August 2015.

Top appointments

The Board of the Fund, which is 100%

owned by the cane growers of Fiji, has only

20% representation on the Board. The Chief

Executive of the Sugar Cane Growers Council

is the sole representative of growers. This

is 20% representation on the Board of the

Fund in which growers have 100% stake.

The Board Chairman is the Acting

Permanent Secretary for Sugar with other

members being the Chairman of Fiji Sugar

Corporation, the Sugar Industrial Commissioner

from the Sugar Industry Tribunal and

the Tribunal Accountant.

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama

has made all appointments including

that of Board Chairman in his capacity as

Minister for Sugar.

Previously there was a four-member

Board with the Sugar Commission Chairman

as Board Chairman, an appointee of

the Sugar Minister, the CEO of the SCGC

and his nominee as another member.

Painful memories

This is yet another example of absolute

politicisation with control of the Board

vested in the Prime Minister. He has re-ignited

painful memories of the dictatorial

attitude of the CSR (Colonial Sugar Refining

Company Ltd) when the CSR imposed their

authoritarian decisions on growers.

We now have the Executive Chairman of

the FSC who makes decisions for growers on

marketing of sugar. He is also Chairman of

South Pacific Fertilizers which is 100% owned

by growers through the Growers Fund

(90%) and Growers Council (10%). He is a

member of the Fund Board administering

the use of funds owned by growers.

This is precisely why the National

Federation Party (NFP) opposed changes to

the Growers Fund Act as well as the Sugar

Industry Act.

This is a clear case of nepotism and

cronyism with transparency and accountability

becoming meaningless. The Prime

Minister will appoint even the Growers

Council Board and its Chairman.

New Meaning

True democracy, which is being trumpeted

by the Fiji First Government, has been

given a new meaning as far as the sugar

industry and cane growers as its largest

stakeholders are concerned.

Fiji First Government is making growers

subservient and powerless as well as

denying them the fundamental right to

make decisions even in institutions totally

owned by them, with authority and control

of their funds, assets and livelihood placed

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February 0 1, 2016 BUSINESSLINK 9

Indian Chartered Accountants Institute opens Chapter

Venkat Raman

venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz

Qualified Members

of the Institute of

Chartered Accountants

of India (ICAI) would

have a unique opportunity of

continuing their membership

here as the Institute opens a

new Chapter in New Zealand.

Chandan Ohri, Partner, Head

of IT Consultancy and India

Market Leader at KPMG New

Zealand has been appointed to

the post of Chairman of the new

Chapter.

Raj Kapoor (who was active

in the Northern Division of

ICAI until his recent migration

to New Zealand)has been

appointed to the post of Vice-

Chairman,while Bimal Dalal

(Reliable Accounting Services

Limited)and Prasad Kutkal,(who

migrated to New Zealand about

four months ago) to the posts of

Secretary and Treasurer.

Significant milestone

The New Zealand Chapter

will be formally inaugurated

on Thursday, February 4, 2016

at KPMG House in Auckland’s

Viaduct, entry to which is by

invitation.

ICAI President Manoj Fadnis

and Vice-President M Devaraja

Reddy will be arriving from

India to attend the event.

Mr Ohri said that the opening

of the new Chapter will mark

a significant milestone in New

Zealand’s accounting profession.

“The New Zealand Chapter

will prove to be an advantage

for Chartered Accountants

who were qualified in India.

This Chapter has a cooperation

agreement with Chartered

Accountants Australia New

Zealand (CA ANZ) and the

New Zealand Chapter of CPA

Australia. The ICAI Chapter will

facilitate practicing Chartered

Accountants to function better,”

he said.

Mr Ohri said future plans

envisage increasing working

relationship between the

Chartered Accountants and

CPAs in New Zealand and

India. “ICAI is a statutory body

established under the Chartered

Accountants Act, 1949 (Act

No. XXXVIII of 1949) for the

regulation of the profession of

Chartered Accountants in India.

During its 67 years of existence,

ICAI has achieved recognition

as a premier accounting body

not only in the country but also

globally, for its contribution

in the fields of education,

professional development,

maintenance of high accounting,

auditing and ethical standards,”

Mr Ohri said.

ICAI now is the second largest

accounting body in the world,

with 160,000 members and

more than 726,000 students, he

added.

NZ Arrangement

According to CA ANZ, a body

that regulates the profession

and its professionals on

both sides of the Tasman, an

agreement was signed with

ICAI in 2009, which includes

the mutual recognition of

accounting qualifications.

“As a result, members of CA

Chandan Ohri

ANZ will be eligible to apply for

membership of ICAI and viceversa

(subject to completion of

an additional country-specific

module and meeting any

statutory requirements),” a

notification found on the CA

ANZ website said.

Membership Requirements

Membership to CA ANZ is not

automatic and ICAI members

must comply with a number of

requirements.

The website mentioned about

accountants in Australia and not

New Zealand.

“If you are a member of

ICAI and wish to apply for

membership of CA ANZ, you

are required to(a)Be a current

ICAI member in good standing

who completed ICA India’s

professional programme (b)Be

currently living and/or working

in Australia(c)Hold a degree

assessed by the Australian

National Office of Overseas

Recognition as equivalent to

at least an Australian Bachelor

degree (d)Pass the final module

of the Chartered Accountants

Programme, Capstone, within two

years of first enrolment.

Indian Newslink understands

that an increasing number of

New Zealand companies are

outsourcing their accounting

and balance sheet activities to

accounting firms in India. The

opening of the New Zealand

Chapter of ICAI will prove to be

an interesting and important

turning point to the accounting

profession.

Auckland

houses

beyond reach

A

Massey University

Home Affordability

Report has said that

Auckland is now 59%

less affordable than the rest of

the country.

The report, which covers

the quarter from October

to December 2015, shows

an overall improvement in

national affordability of 5.7%.

“In Auckland, despite

continuing high values and

severe unaffordability, there

has been a slight quarterly

improvement of 1.4%. This

means Auckland homes are

more affordable than reported

in September figures and that

the previous deterioration

trend in affordability has

slowed from 16.6% to 3.7%.

However, at 59% less

affordable than the rest of the

country, the margin by which

Auckland exceeds the national

figure tops historical levels.

Other regions remain more

affordable than the national

average.

The most affordable area

to buy a home is Southland,

closely followed by Manawatu/

Whanganui and Taranaki.

Areas close to Auckland like

Waikato and the Bay of Plenty

are less affordable, arguably

because of the ripple effect of

the hot Auckland market.


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BUSINESSLINK

Though below peak, business

confidence improves

Michael Gordon

The New Zealand

Institute of Economic

Research (NZIER)Quarterly

Survey of Business

Opinion showed that business

confidence improved in late

2015, although it remains below

the peak seen in 2014 when

the economy was humming

along at around a 4% annual

growth pace.

Indicators of pricing pressures

also picked up compared

to September, although they

did not suggest a near-term

breakout in inflation from its

very weak recent pace.

The sharp rise in general

business sentiment, from a

net -10% to +13%, overstates

the case: this measure of

confidence had plunged in the

September quarter even as

the other details of the survey

pointed to an improvement in

conditions.

Firms’ own reported activity,

which corresponds much more

closely with GDP growth, saw

a more modest increase from

12% to 18%.

Consistent confidence

Confidence at these levels

is broadly consistent with our

current forecast of 0.6% GDP

growth in the December quarter,

with some mild upside risk,

following on from a 0.9% rise

in the September quarter.

There is no doubt that economic

conditions strengthened

over the second half of 2015

compared to the weak first

half.

Nevertheless, a number of

headwinds to growth, including

weak returns from dairying

and the plateauing of the

Christchurch rebuild, suggest

that the days of 1% growth per

quarter are well and truly past

for this cycle.

Price pressures

The various indicators of

price pressures painted a

stronger picture compared to

the September quarter, though

still quite benign compared

to a longer history. Capacity

utilisation rose from 92% to

93%, nearing the record high

reached last June, and 17% of

firms reported that capacity

was their biggest constraint on

growth, the highest share in

the history of the survey. Curiously,

though, firms seem less

inclined to address that constraint:

planned investment in buildings and

machinery fell for the third straight

quarter. There are indications that

firms may be looking to people power

to address those constraints instead.

Actual and intended hiring remained

at historically high levels, and the

reported difficulty of finding skilled

workers rose again after having

eased in the previous two quarters.

Overall, though, labour remains

a much less severe constraint today

than it was during the boom of mid-

2000s.

Service sector robust

Meanwhile, a net 5% of firms said

that they had increased prices over

the last quarter, compared to a net

9% reporting price decreases in the

September quarter.

However, the turnaround was

concentrated in the services sector,

and we suspect this was another

case where the September quarter

weakness was overstated.

In sectors such as manufacturing

and retailing, where the weaker New

Zealand dollar could be expected to

put upward pressure on costs and

prices, there is certainly a desire to

raise prices but little evidence that

firms have been able to do so yet.

We still expect the lower exchange

rate to have some effect on tradable

goods prices over the next year.

But with world oil prices plunging

for the second time in two years, it

now looks likely that headline inflation

will remain below 1% for most if

not all of 2016.

Michael Gordon is Senior Economist

at Westpac Banking Group

New Zealand

February 01, 2016

UP for ‘serious engagement’

with Diaspora

Two New Zealanders receive State PBD Award

Suman Kapoor receiving the ‘UP Pravasi Ratna

Award’ from UP Chief Minister Akhilesh

Yadav in Agra on January 4, 2016

The Uttar Pradesh government

is keen to engage

more seriously with the

Indian Diaspora and seek

Foreign Direct Investment State

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav

said.

Speaking at the ‘UP Pravasi Divas,’

a regional conference held in

Agra on January 4, 2016, he said

that his government would soon

develop policies and programmes

to attract the Indian Diaspora.

“We need your investment, support

and cooperation,” he told the

delegates attending the three-day

Conference held from January 4

to January 6, 2016.

Announcing that the ‘UP

Pravasi Divas’ will be an annual

event hosted in various cities of

the State, Mr Yadav said,” We are

here in this ‘Taj City’ not only to

welcome you but also invite you

to be partners and assist in our

development efforts and secure

Dr Rajen Prasad receiving the ‘UP Pravasi

Ratna Award’ from UP Chief Minister Akhilesh

Yadav in Agra on January 4, 2016

the rightful place for UP in the

country,” he said. NRI Department

Principal Secretary Sanjiv Sharan

said that the State government recently

established the Department

to look into the grievances of NRIs

and helping investors in the State.

A coffee table book is being

planned aimed at promoting

government policies and familiarising

NRIs with progress and

opportunities our State. The Department

will launch a new portal

for NRIs to facilitate and resolve

their issues,” Mr Sharan said.

Mr Yadav later honoured 16 people

of Uttar Pradesh origin with the

‘UP Pravasi Ratna Awards.’Among

them were Commonwealth Special

Envoy to Lesotho and former

Labour MP Dr Rajen Prasad and

Hamilton based community worker

Suman Kapoor.

National MP Kanwaljit Singh

Bakshi was also present at the

event.

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February 0 1, 2016 BUSINESSLINK 11

Global woes do not dampen the Kiwi spirit

Tony Alexander

Investors in shares and

businesses exposed to

mineral commodity prices

have started the year on a

bad note with some major price

declines – record New Year falls

in share prices in fact.

The MSCI measure of global

equities is almost officially into

a 20% decline bear market

from the peak last May and

last month, the Dow Jones shed

another 1.3% to be down 9.5%

since December 31 and 14%

from the May peak.

Chinese transition

The rout has been caused

partly by worries about the

Chinese economy, the lack of

success of the authorities there

in supporting growth, and recent

ham-fisted efforts to stem

the correction in Chinese share

prices from unrealistically high

levels.

China’s economy is transitioning

from dependence upon

exports, manufacturing, and

fixed asset investment toward

private consumption.

However, while the former

phase is underway the latter

remains elusive and no-one

knows when household spending

will truly take over as the

main growth driver.

But before it does so, there

could be long-lived ructions

associated with excess capacity,

high debt, bloated state-owned

enterprises, and financial

regulation.

Middle East worsens

Conditions in the Middle East

are also worsening whether

measured by the deteriorating

relationship between the two

major players of Iran (Shite)

and Saudi Arabia (Sunni), the

war waged by ISIS across much

of the region, Libya’s instability,

the continuing Israeli occupation

and intifada, Turkey’s fight

with the Kurds, or plummeting

oil receipts.

Europe nervous

The European Union

continues to show more signs

of friction and falling apart

than smoothing of disputes and

cohesiveness against threats

from Russia, terrorists, millions

of culturally alien refugees and

economic migrants.

Borders are being reinstated,

recently agreed fiscal rules are

being resented and broken, the

UK will vote on discontinuing

EU membership, the Euro is still

at risk of falling apart if Greece

again needs more bailout

money, and strongly regulated

economies are poorly placed

to adapt in a world where

adaptability to change is more

vital than ever before.

The American and Australian

economies have some good

underlying momentum with

strong jobs growth in both and

the Australian services sector

and tourism helping offset the

worsening minerals sector

downturn.

But the effect and pace of

US monetary policy tightening

which started in December

2015 is a huge source of

uncertainty facing the global

economy this year, especially

with regard to capital flows

out of struggling and shrinking

emerging economies.

Cause for optimism

Yet as we emphasised

last year, New Zealand has

plenty of reasons for not getting

pessimistic about the impact of

events offshore.

House construction continues

to grow with annual consent

numbers now at a ten-year high

of 26,800 compared with only

13,500 in the middle of 2011.

The value of non-residential

building consents now stands at

a record $5.8billion compared

with $3.8billion three years

ago.

The tourism sector is

booming with visitor numbers

ahead by 9% in the past year

and spending ahead a massive

38%. Most non-dairy exports

are doing well.

El Nino (a phenomenon of

continuous warming of surface

sea temperatures in the Pacific

Ocean) is even proving less

severe in its impact than feared,

though it remains a risk to

agricultural production levels.

Business confidence up

Business confidence has just

improved according to the

quarterly survey of the New

Zealand Institute of Economic

Research (NZIER) to a net 15%

optimistic from -15% in the September

quarter and an average

of +6%. A net 14% of businesses

plan boosting staff numbers

versus an average 6%.

A net 10% plan boosting

investment compared with an

average of 2%.

There is support for growth

from the slowly weakening

New Zealand Dollar, and the

low interest rates are acting as

a stimulus.

We learnt that inflation for

calendar 2015 was not 0.3% as

forecast but only 0.1%, courtesy

of the December quarter average

cost of living falling 0.5%

rather than the expected 0.3%.

The chances of even further

monetary policy easing in New

Zealand have risen, the currency

edged lower following the

data release, and low interest

rates look set to be with us for

many, many years.

Migration mix

Let us throw booming net

immigration into the mix – now

at a gain of almost 64,000 in the

year to November – and we see

good growth ahead this year for

the economy.

In other words, our central

message last year of many factors

underpinning New Zealand

growth has not changed, even

taking into account the sharemarket

wobbles, downside

risk to dairy prices, and deeper

worries about China’s economy.

Businesses should continue

to seek out good staff. Construction,

retailing, tourism and the

services sectors are likely to

perform well, funding costs will

stay low and perhaps decline

further, and the NZD will be

somewhat suppressed in spite

of good New Zealand growth by

China worries and weak global

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February 01, 2016

The English Fortnightly (Since November 1999)

Issue 339 | February 1, 2016

Government

loses the plot on

state housing

Priyanca Radhakrishnan is probably right. In an

article that comes with this Leader, she argues

rather vociferously that evicting people from state

house in places like Auckland and moving them to

smaller towns and provinces is not the solution to

the imploding problems related to housing.

“The proposed policy is merely punitive and will not

address the problem at hand.What we need is a well

thought-out plan to increase housing stock and address

inflated house prices in Auckland; create jobs and invest in

the regions to attract voluntary migration. We do not need a

government that punishes the poor and sells state houses,”

she said.

Ms Radhakrishnan is right. Housing is a necessity and

should rise above politics.

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett came under severe

criticism for her idea to move people from Auckland to

provincial areas, where, according to her, there are plenty of

state houses that are vacant.

Moving house is no simple matter. It is a highly emotional,

domestic, employment and social issue. State Housing,

in many cases, is seen as a temporary phenomenon

for poor people. It is important that they find jobs, raise

their standard of living, improve their family status and

eventually buy their own homes.

Impartial view

But let us get to the other side and see the validity of the

points raised by Ms Bennett. And from her point of view, the

government could be doing the right thing.

According to her, there are are about 2000 houses under

construction in Auckland and that it may take sometime

before they are completed.

“I do not think that the need would drop; rents are not likely

to go down in Auckland and I am concerned about the level

of rent some people are paying and their ability to feed their

families and pay their power bills and live what I would

term a ‘good Kiwi life.’ There is a huge responsibility from

the government,” she said.

Racist Plan

Ms Bennett’s offer of $3000 per family as incentive has been

slammed by the Auckland Action Against Poverty Group

spokeswoman Sue Bradford.

She described the plan as ‘incoherent and racist.’

“I am stunned that after all her years as Social Development

Minister, Ms Bennett now seems to have forgotten the

relationship between the availability of paid work and

housing. With all the efforts of Work and Income focused

on getting the same cohort of people into paid jobs she now

wants them to move to regions where there are unlikely to

be a plethora of work opportunities,” she said.

It would be interesting to wait and watch further moves.

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The moving experience

of homeless people

Priyanca Radhakrishnan

About a year ago, my

family and I moved

from Carterton,

Wairarapa,to Auckland

and joined over a third of New

Zealand’s populationto livein

the City of Sails.

It has been an excellent

opportunity. However, as we all

know,there is a housing crisis

here in Auckland.

Housing construction has

not kept up with demand and

because of a number of factors,

it is an absolute struggle to

find a decent place to rent or to

purchase.

Housing is the single most

common issue that constituentsraise

with their Members of

Parliament in their Electorate

and Out-of-Parliament offices.

Appalling conditions

Multiple families live together

in single houses – sometimes

with a whole family living in the

garage -just to be able to afford

the rent.

In 2014, two-year-old

Emma-Lita Bourne died after

experiencing symptoms that

were, according to the Coroner,“worsened

by the condition

of the state house in which she

and family were living.”

There are more than 2000

people on the waiting list for urgent

state housing in Auckland

alone.

Homelessness doubled last

year.

Contrary to what some

believe, it is not generally a

lifestyle choice. Without the

necessary documentation and

a fixed address,government

assistance isn’t a possibility.

Mounting pressure

Auckland experienced a net

population increase of 40,000

last year. With increased migration

into Auckland, natural

increases (births) and the lowest

number of people leaving New

Zealand’s shores for Australia

since 1991, housing pressures

have increased.

Sustainable migration needs

to be a win-win situation – for

migrantsand for the nation. I

strongly believe that migration

has largly been beneficial

to New Zealand society and

economy and that New Zealand

has a lot to offer migrants.

However, we must be able to

provide migrants with jobs and

homes if we want to continue

to attract them. And if we want

them to live outside Auckland

to alleviate the pressures that is

already strangulating the City,

we need to also invest in other

areas, especially provincial New

Zealand.

Some anomalies

I am all for a more even

population distribution across

New Zealand.

However, paying prospective

Pasifika state house tenants to

move to provincial New Zealand

because they ‘perhaps have

family connections there’ is not

the answer.

Firstly, Auckland is where the

jobs are. The current government’s

investment in the regions

has been woefully inadequate.

Priyanca Radhakrishnan

Areas like Northland, Taranaki

and Gisborne have some of the

highest unemployment rates

in New Zealand, well above

the national average of 5.9%.In

Taranaki, for example, unemployment

rose by 2.1% to 7.3%

in the June 2015 quarter.

Secondly,the plan is to move

prospective state house tenants

to places like Ashburton,Oamaru

and Lower Hutt. An obvious

flaw in this plan is that Housing

New Zealand data indicates

that there really is not a glut of

empty state houses anywhere,

let alone in these particular

areas.

While there are over a 100 vacant

houses on paper in Lower

Hutt, apparently many of them

are empty because they are

earthquake-prone not due to a

lack of demand. Ashburton and

Oamaru don’t have any viable

vacant state houses either.

Social isolation

Thirdly, a policy that pays people

who are vulnerable to leave

their home – a city that they

are familiar with, where their

family is, where their children

go to school – to move to the

provinces is a policy that potentially

promotes social isolation.

Research indicates that there

is a significant correlation between

how connected a person

feels to their environment, and

their physical and mental health

outcomes. Reducing demand for

state housing in Auckland to justify

the sale of more state houses

will not make the Government

money in the long run. It will

only shift Government spending

from housing to health as social

isolation and substandard

rental and state housing lead to

increased health issues.

Concentrated multiculturalism

A lack of social connectedness

is even more of an issue for

non-European migrants.

Auckland is home to over 200

ethnicities and 160 languages.

Auckland is one of the most

ethnically diverse cities in the

world. It is a vibrant, cosmopolitan

city with delicious eateries

offering various cuisines and

numerous places of worship. It

also plays host to many cultural

events each year including

festivals that hold a religious

and cultural significance for

various communities, writers,

arts and music festivals. It is as

multicultural as the regions are

not.

Uprooting migrants from a

multicultural environment in

which they feel more comfortable,

and paying them to relocate

to a place that is potentially

less accepting of them indicates

that this government does not

understand either the migrant

population of the regions.

I moved to New Zealand

largely to be in the provinces

and I have lived in a few towns

in the provinces.There were

very few brown people like me

there compared to Auckland.

While the current policy focuses

on Pasifika communities,

who says that the catchment

pool will not widen eventually?

I have worked with many

migrant women survivors of

violence who needed state

housing to get back on their feet.

Will they be targeted next?

Voluntary migration

Voluntary migration to

provincial New Zealand is great

– but it must be incentivised

through job creation and

investing in infrastructure that

attracts internal and international

migration.

The proposed policy is merely

punitive and will not address

the problem at hand.

What we need is a well

thought out plan to increase

housing stock and address

inflated house prices in Auckland;

create jobsand invest in

the regions to attract voluntary

migration.

We need people-centred

politics and policies that are

evidence-based.

We do not need a government

that punishes the poor and sells

more state houses.

Priyanca Radhakrishnan is a

voracious reader, champions

social and community causes

and is a strong advocate of

ethnic and gender diversity in

corporate governance and in

public life. She is a Member

of the Labour Party Policy

Council and lives in Auckland.


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ENTERTAINMENTLINK

February 01, 2016

Start a love affair with these beauties!

David Burke-Kennedy

If your life has been a journey

of affairs with one car

after another and you have

racked up a high mileage,the

forthcoming Valentine’s Day

(February 14, 2016) would

provide you a chance to

recapture the memories.

It will be held at the Ellerslie

Race Course in Auckland from

10 am to 4 pm. Entry to the

show is by tickets at $15 per

person. However, the first 15

persons who call our office on

(09) 5336377 on Friday, February

5, 2016 (not earlier or later) will

receive complimentary tickets

from Indian Newslink, courtesy

of the show organisers.

Relevant Theme

This year’s Ellerslie Intermarque

Concours d’Elegance & Classic

Car Show display theme is “A

Classic Love Story…” reflecting

the affair many of us have with

classic cars - or just cars -one

way or another.

The theme is not only relevant

to what is regarded as the most

romantic day of the year; it has

special significance for car

lovers.

Around a third of car owners

have a love affair with their car.

According to various American

surveys, men are significantly

more likely to have ‘romantic

feelings’ for their wheels than

women.

Romantic Men

Many car enthusiasts are

faithful to one brand…and oneeyed

about it. Others may have a

few marques on the side.

Certainly many people see

their cars as extensions of

themselves – although baby

boomers are less likely than say

Millennials to have a pet name

for their cars.

Some car owners even look like

their loves - a fact borne out by

Austrian researchers Stefan

Stiegar and Martin Voracek of

the University of Vienna. They

discovered that many owners

actually look like their cars or at

least their car grilles. Similarly,

they found that dogs can also

look like their owner’s cars -

though whether the cars are

also dogs is unknown.

Stunning display

The Ellerslie event displays

700 or so classics and

eighteencar clubswill interpret

the theme to compete for the

Classic Cover Insurance ‘Best

Club Display’ Award.

MG Car Club, for example, will

reflect the Marque’s “love of

speed.”

For those not affiliated

to or part of a club

display,the“Paddock”offers an

opportunity to show unusual

or particularly interesting

classics.You just turn up on

the day – and display your

own. Arrive early as space

opportunities are limited.

Many of the classics displayed

are million-dollar exhibits -

sometimes worth much more.

You will also see thelatest

prestige and performance

models from leading

dealerships.There would be

more heart-stoppingheavy

metal here than at any other

event in this part of the world!

Among the highlights for

avid enthusiasts would be our

equivalent of USA’s renowned

‘Pebble Beach Competition’-

the NZ Classic Car Magazine

The Red Mustang

Intermarque Concours Trophy

for the best restoration and club

teams of restored vehicles.

The Concours

‘Concours’ means ‘competitive

examination’ (from French),

which is a primary purpose

of the show. The country’s

best restored classics undergo

professional examination by

judges to determine the best - in

the ‘Masters Class’ and ‘Teams

Event’- being the best two

restorations entered by a club.

Many of the cars are restored

to better than new - that’s how

good they are. Last year’s best

was worth around $6 million

when it subsequently sold

overseas.

The Ellerslie show reflects some

of the work of NZ’s restoration

industry which is world

renowned and attracts classic

car owners from around the

globe.

Individual entries includeMG,

Jaguar, Mustang, Morris,

Daimler SP250, and Mini.

The Porsche Car Club, winner

of the 2015 event, is hosting the

show this year.

The show would include

RadioLIVE’s ‘Survivor Award’

for the best unrestored

‘Everyday Classic.’ Entries this

year include a pristine 1936 MG

PB, Holden Premier, Mustang

and a VW Microbus.

New Babies

New prestige and performance

cars also attract crowds.

Expect to see the latest from

Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin,

Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chrysler,

Dodge, Fiat, Jaguar, Jeep,

Lamborghini, Land Rover,

Lotus, Maserati,McLaren,MINI,

Porsche, Rolls Royce,

Volkswagen and Volvo. RV

Super Centre is also exhibiting

motor homes with the latest

futuristic recreational vehicles.

Other exhibitors will offer

books, motorsport accessories,

wheel refurbishing, rally

tours,car detailing,dashboard

cameras, car bumpers, garage/

showroom flooring and paint

protection technology and

classic Insurance cover.

Radiator Group Adrad is

participating for the first time,

while Event Co-Sponsor, carcare

leaders Meguiar’s and Smits

Group would have special

offers.

Forty-three years on,since

the first event was held at

Auckland’s Cornwall Park,the

Ellerslie show continues to

share the love at what has

become one of Southern

Hemisphere’s biggest annual

motoring events.

David Burke-Kennedy (aka

Alfa Romeo) is a member of

the Organising Committee

of theEllerslie Intermarque

Concours d’Elegance and

Classic Car Show 2016. He can

be contacted on 021-2732372.

What: NZ Classic Car Magazine Ellerslie Intermarque

Concours &Classic Car Show

Where: Ellerslie Race Course,

When: Sunday, February 14, 2016 from 10 am to 4 pm

Entry: $15 per person

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February 0 1, 2016 ENTERTAINMENTLINK 15

Spiritual culture emerges from Chinese legends

Ying-Ying Zhang

daughter disguises herself as a son and takes

her father’s place at war.

A magical monkey, an ogre, and a humanoid

pig protect a Buddhist monk as he journeys

to the western heavens on a quest for true teachings.

A folk hero gets drunk, but then saves a village from a

vicious tiger.

Lord Buddha asks the deities in heaven to come

down to China and walk among the people, creating a

civilisation that would last 5000 years.

Singing exploits

If you were to break Chinese culture into its

building blocks, you would find that it is made up of

stories such as these. Some are beautiful fairy tales

that draw from China’s vast spiritual culture. Others

are moral parables interwoven with history itself.

From the time the goddess Nü Wa created the Chinese

people from spirit and clay, they have been singing of

the exploits of heaven, earth, and humankind.

According to one legend, the four-eyed CangJie

discovered words hidden in the patterns of a tortoise

shell, inventing the first Chinese script. From this

beginning, a rich catalogue of writings was born,

ranging from timeless poetry to dynastic records to

Taoist parables and classic novels.

To unlock the treasures of Chinese civilization,

understanding the language is key; which, of course,

can present something of a challenge for most of the

world. Fortunately, though, there is one language

that anyone can understand, although it is entirely

unspoken; the language of classical Chinese dance.

A scene from Shen Yun

Dance refined

Much like China’s written language, classical

Chinese dance was developed and refined over

thousands of years. With a vast and independent

system of movements, postures, and gestures, it

has deep roots in traditional Chinese ideas about

beauty and grace. It is also physically demanding,

incorporating dramatic flips and tumbling techniques

that share a common ancestry with martial arts. One

final element is essential to classical Chinese dance,

’Yun’ which roughly translates as the spirit of the

dance itself.

Yun embodies the expressiveness of the dancer, the

feeling he or she conveys through every movement

and facial gesture. Many artists consider Yun to be the

most important dimension of Chinese dance because,

ultimately, the dance is a form of communication.

Within the vast system of classical Chinese dance, any

character can be portrayed: deity or villain, victorious

general or shy maiden. This ability to bring such

characters to life makes classical Chinese dance the

perfect medium for telling stories.

Global revival

But where can you find classical Chinese dance?

At dance schools in Beijing or Shanghai? Perhaps

in decades past, but today you need not venture so

far afield. Classical Chinese dance is experiencing a

global revival, and its new home is in New York.

So if you wish to experience the saga of the Chinese

people in all its glory, you can watch Shen Yun

perform at ASB Theatre, Aotea Center from February

12 to 14, 2016. With a name that roughly translates as

‘the beauty of divine beings dancing,’ the New Yorkbased

classical Chinese dance and music company

Shen Yun Performing Arts brings together dedicated

artists from around the world. Its mission is to spur

a renaissance of traditional Chinese civilization. The

company exclusively showcases two types of dance:

classical Chinese dance, and Chinese ethnic and

folk dance, revitalising the traditions of the Middle

Kingdom’s many people. And every season, many of

Shen Yun’s classical dances are dedicated to telling

stories.

Buddha’s Chariot

In past years, audiences watched in awe as the

chariot of the Lord Buddha descended from the

skies. They met the ancient heroine Mulan on the

battlefield, and journeyed with the Tang Monk and

his disciples, Friar Sand, Pigsy, and the marvelous

Monkey King,to the western heavens. They watched

Wu Song drink far too much wine for anyone about

to go toe-to-toe with a man-eating tiger, and they saw

the poet Li Bai receive a visit from the fairies of the

Moon Palace, if only in his dreams.

Shen Yun’s story-based dances form a thread that

links past and present, transporting audiences to

bygone dynasties and far-off places. The chronicle

of the Chinese people is long and still unfolding.

Through classical Chinese dance, it is a story the

entire world can witness.

For tickets, please visit www.ticketmaster.co.nz or

call 0800-111999.


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COMMUNITYLINK

February 01, 2016

Auspicious Month brings

wealthy days to the worthy

Masi Magam,’ which

will occur on

Monday, February 22,

2016, is an important

festival for Hindus from Tamil

Nadu and Tamilians from other

parts of the world.

‘Maham’ or ‘Magam’ is actually

a star according to Vedic

astrology.

Masi Maham is one of the

worthiest days that could

help people to attain spiritual

refinement. The primary ritual

on the day of Masi Magam is

the ceremonial bath given to

Temple idols in sea, river, lake

or pond.

The rituals differ from Temple

to Temple across the state, but

the day is celebrated in large

numbers of people visiting

Temples.

Masi Magam occurs on one

of the most potent full phases

of the Moon which coordinates

with ‘Magam,’believed to

be the star of emperors and

forefathers.

Full phase of the Moon

coordinating with Magam is uncommon

and comes once a year.

It intends the visit of heavenly

beings to the earth.

The souls of our forefathers

come along to earth to get pure

or free of guilty conscience and

sinfulness and offer blessings to

people.

Masi Magam prayers and

observation accrue prosperity

as the day witnesses a unique

Goddess Durga is worshipped in Tamil

Nadu throughout the Month

association of Full Moon with

Magam.

Goodwill Day

It is widely believed that

Masi Magam is the perfect day

to forget about our self-importance,

hatred and wrath and

surrender at the feet of the

almighty.

The day is considered to

be the most advantageous to

get the blessings of Gods and

Goddesses and gain positive

energy.

It is strongly believed that

people who take a holy dip on

this auspicious day will achieve

liberation from the cycle of

death and rebirth (Moksham).

Once in 12 years, Masi

Magam reaches exceptional

grandness, which is celebrated

as Maha Magam or Maha

Maham as a major event.

Maha Maham is considered

as the Kumbamela of South

India.

Maharashtrians pay homage to a great Emperor

Maharashtrians will celebrate

the 389th Birthday

of Chhatrapati Shivaji on

February 19, paying tribute

to one of the greatest heroes in

Indian history.

Known for his bravery and

benevolence, Shivaji has left a

great legacy which Maharashtrians

observe with pride and honour.

‘Shivaji Jayanti’ may not be

observed in New Zealand in

noticeable scale, but it is a day

of great pride and joy throughout

Maharashtra and those of us who

have lived and worked in this great

State, will remember the majestic

scale in which it is celebrated.

Born on 19th February 1627

in Shivneri Fort, 60 kms north of

Pune,he was named after ‘Shivai,’

a local Goddess, to whom his

mother prayed for a son. Shahaji

Bhosle, his father, was the chief of

the Bijapur Kingdom.

His mother had a great influence

on him as he was introduced to

Indian epics of Mahabharata,

Ramayana and other holy books.

Shivaji gained knowledge from his

father’s unsuccessful attempts to

gain power. He was inspired by his

father’s military tactics, peacetime

diplomacy and learnt Sanskrit and

Hindu scriptures.

Fearless Leader

Shivaji grew into a fearless

military leader with training from

commanders such as Gomaji Naik

and Baji Pasalkar.

The young Shivaji was motivated,

enthusiastic and energetic. In

his early days, he was successful

in inspiring local youths to follow

his idealistic pursuits.

When he was 17 years old,

he attacked and captured Torna

Fort of Bijapur and by 1647, took

control of Kondana and Raigad

Forts. The Western Ghats along

the Konkan Coast were also under

his control by 1654.

Remarkable Achievements

In order to sabotage Shivaji’s

rise to power, Adilshah arrested

Shahji by deceitful means and had

armies sent against Shivaji and his

elder brother Sambaji.

To suppress Shivaji’s control on

the Bijapur kingdom,military leader

Afzal Khan was sent to destroy

him. However, with his cunning

tricks, Shivaji successfully stabbed

Afzal Khan. Eventually Bijapur’s

armies were routed in the famous

battle of Pratapgarh in 1659 and

Shivaji turned into a hero of the

Marathas.

Now, under the confident leadership

of Shivaji, the Marthas successfully

pushed back the Mughals

and the sultanate kingdoms from

his homeland.

Fighting Mughals

Shivaji also fought with the

Mughals, he attacked the army

which was led by Shaista Khan

under the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.He

extended his Empire

towards South to Tamil Nadu and

Karnataka. In order to regain one

of his forts, Kondana, he appointed

his most-trusted general Tanaji

Malusare. The battle that followed

between the Marathas and the

Mughals came to be known as the

The portrait of Chhatrapati Shivaji housed in

the British Museum

‘Maratha War of Independence,’in

which the Marathas were successful

in regaining the control of the

Fort.

The Grand Emperor

Shivaji was formally crowned

as a Chhatrapati in 1674 at

Raigad Fort.He died in 1680 but

is still known for his courage and

intelligence. He established the

foundation for a Hindu empire

which lasted for over two centuries.

Shivaji will always be a source

of inspiration and pride for generations

for his courage and military

acumen.

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February 01, 2016

Priesthood brings serenity and solace

Carol D’Souza

A

visiting Bishop has said

that priesthood is satisfying

since it helps people

to seek and get serenity

and solace.

Bishop Agnelo Rufino

Gracias, who just retired from

his post, was in New Zealand

recently on holiday. He spoke to

Indian Newslink on a number of

issues and paid tribute to New

Zealanders, describing them

as kind-hearted and environment-friendly.

“I am happy to be a priest

because people have been very

kind and God has been so good.

Priesthood is a helping profession

because we reach out and help

people with their problems,” he

said.

Bishop Agnelo has been a priest

for 54 years and says that his life

has been busy, challenging but

fulfilling.

Formative years

Born in Kenya to Indian parents,

Bishop Agnelo moved to the

seminary in Mumbai in 1954 after

completing his school education

in Mombasa.

He was 14 years old but even at

that young age, he knew that he

was made for priesthood.

Bishop Agnelo Rufino Gracias

He said that although he never

doubted the decision to join the

seminary at a young age, he

would discourage youngsters

of today to make the same bold

move.

Some of them may regret it

because they are not mature

enough to make such an important

decision, he said.

But the rules have changes

since the 1950s.

“Today, a person can join the

seminary only after graduating

from a University because it is

only then that they can really

make a mature decision about

their future. I am very happy

with the rule,” he said.

Raigad Tribals

After several years in the

seminary, Bishop Agnelo sought

a change and was appointed to

St Michaels Church in Mahim

(Mumbai) as the Parish Priest

and a year later (in 2000) he was

appointed a Bishop.

The Archdiocese of Mumbai is

divided into Deaneries, with each

Deanery brought under a Bishop.

Since Bishop Agnelo was the

youngest, he was given the

farthest area of Raigad, where

the Church works for the local

tribes, including management

of a boarding school. “This is a

very important project because

the tribals mainly work as agricultural

labourers on lands that

probably belonged to their own

ancestors. Once the harvesting is

over, they move to other places

to work on brick kilns. Because

of their constant movement, the

tribal folk are not educated and

constantly search for work as

migrant labourers,” he said.

The Administrator

Administration formed a major

task of his portfolio, especially

since Archbishop of Mumbai Cardinal

Oswald Gracias constantly

travels as an Advisor to the Pope.

His assignments included Euthanasia,

Abortion, Proclamation

and Evangelisation.

Life has been so hectic that he

has had no time for hobbies but

he loves to read theology books

and magazines which help him

in his role as a Professor at the

seminary.

He also enjoys keeping in touch

with people through emails and

letters.

The Bishop was in New Zealand

on his retirement holiday

and to participate in the 25th

Wedding Anniversary of a couple

in Auckland.

“New Zealand is God’s land;

the people are kind; kinder than

what I would ever expect anyone

to be; the weather is nice; the

greenery and the landscape is

beautiful,” he said and added

A tribal woman from Maharashtra

that the passion of New Zealanders

in preserving and protecting

the environment is commendable.

Special Message

The Bishop had a special

Message for readers since the

interview was conducted just before

Christmas: “In the Christmas

season, as Pope Francis says, as

disciples of Jesus, we should be

witnesses to joy not sadness. The

Gospel calls us to be people of joy

because God is always with us, the

nearness of Christ we celebrate as

He comes to be one among us,He

comes not to go away but to stay

with us as the Emmanuel,(God

with us), God not far away from

us but with us that is why we

can always be full of joy even in

the midst of difficulties. This is

especially true because today is

celebrated as Gaudete Sunday.

Health risks mount with increasing

obesity

Aditya Sheth

aditya_sheth@hotmail.com

New Zealand is facing

a growing problem.

Obesity rates are on the

rise and the country is

ranked as the third most obese

nation in the world.

What is worse, many of those

affected are youth, with one in

nine children now being classed

as obese and a further one in

four considered overweight.

Adverse effects

Obesity can lead to a number

of life shortening conditions as

we age, such as heart disease

and diabetes (to which the

Indian community is particularly

prone), as well as various

gastrointestinal cancers.

A number of factors are

contributing to this trend.

Increasing number of fast

food outlets,a sharp rise in

consumption of processed

foods, and lack of exercise

are affecting the health of the

younger generation.

The tragedy about youth

obesity is that it is always the

fault of the youngsters. Overprotection

and forced feeding

by parents (for example the

need to ‘finish everything on

the plate’ and not waste food),

as well as false traditional beliefs

about health and nutrition

among parents and caregivers

also contribute to obesity.

Habit formation is crucial

in children, and bad habit

formation in relation to diet

and exercise from a young age

will do more harm later in their

lives. Health effects are not

noticed when the child is young

because the young body is able

to cope and is more active.But

bad eating habits continue into

adulthood, adding to health

complications.

BMI Index

As a guide, a healthy Body

Mass Index (BMI) for Indian

men and women is between

18.5 and 23. For a person who

is 180cms tall,the ideal weight

is between 60 kgs and 75kgs.

Above this, the risk for heart

disease and diabetes increases

significantly.

The recommended BMI for

people of Indian origin is lower

than other ethnicities because

the risk association with

diabetes and cardiovascular

diseases occurs at lower levels

of the Index.

This is attributed to body fat

distribution; Asian Indians tend

to have more visceral fat (fat

within the abdominal cavity),

which affects hormones more

than subcutaneous fat (fat under

the skin), causing higher insulin

resistance, and greater diabetes

risk.

Fitness programmes

One approach to tackle this

problem is to encourage our

young people to engage in exercise,either

at home, in school or

in the community.

Current guidelines recommend

that children (5-18 years)

should be doing at least 60

minutes of vigorousexercise per

day, but research shows that

only 10% of school students

work out every day.

As a parent/caregiver,please

encourage your children to

participate in community fitness

programmes (like Arogya Mantra),

health walks like Round

the Bays, or extra-curricular

sporting activities to help them

meet the daily 60 minutes of

exercisetarget.Safe walk/bicycle

routes to school are a great way

to exercise each day.

In terms of diet, make sure

your children know what foods

are healthy and what they

should be eating, especially if

they are choosing their own

lunches from school cafeteriasor

lunch shops.

Healthy foods

Processed foods high in

saturated fats, salt and sugar

should be minimised, while

a variety from the four food

groups of vegetables, fruits,

breads and cereals, milk, milk

products, lean meat, seafood,

eggs, legumes and nuts could be

on the daily diet.

Vegetarians in particular

need plenty of iron such as

wholegrain cereals, legumes,

dried fruits and dark green leafy

vegetables.

Vegans can get protein from

foods such as tofu and legumes.

They can also take drink soy

milk that has added calcium and

vitamin B12.

Aditya Sheth is with ‘Arogya

Mantra,’ an organisation that

promotes healthy living through

healthy habits and exercises. He

is based in Auckland.


February 0 1, 2016 COMMUNITYLINK 19

The moving tale of Gypsies

and their Fairs

Ashok Kochhar

artist & photographer

Travellers are authors,weaving

stories,

as they go along their

journey.

They share their tales

and adventures,writing and

speaking about the various

people they meet or observe.

My story as a traveller has just

begun. It is the story of a land,

full of surprises on ground and

up in the sky. It promises to be

magical at every step.

I have already met many

wonder-filled souls and being a

friend to several of them,

I have rich experience for the

storyteller in me.

As I am currently in Waikato, it

is my prime passion to capture

my first story in this region,

which is one of variation. It is a

place that has a lot to offer, and

is a small world, beautifully knit

together by Nature.

An exciting expo

Through this article I wish to

share one of the event out of

hundreds, ‘The Gypsy Fair.’

Although there are many independent

groups of Gypsy Fairs, I

followed a couple of them.

Over the close interaction with

the gypsies, one learns about

their life and lifestyle. There are

a few who have been travelling

for last 30 years leading a happy

life.

The whole group lives like a

family, reaches its destination a

day before and does the setups.

The People have a team leader

and a small committee to decide

on new entrants. They act as

a tribe in which everything is

done as a community.

Portrait artist

One of the gypsy ladies,who

makes her living by sketching

portraits, mentioned about

her four sons, all of who are

well established and engaged

in creative ventures. She was

excited to visit them over the

Christmas holidays.

She is 78 years old and manages

herself independently. But her

vivaciousness and charm was

that of a young lady, exploring

life’s initial chapters.

She often gifts the portraits to

people she likes, and I was one

of the few lucky ones.

Another person I met was

a horse rider for over two

decades and is now a musician.

He is a happy soul pursuing his

passion in music and woodcarving.

Free and strong

I saw many free-spirited, strong

individuals, who were living

life as it came, and living on

their own terms. Their zest for

life was almost infectious, and

everyone could not help but

smile in the presence of such

enigmatic people.

For more pictures of the ‘Gypsy

Fair,’ please visit Communitylink

of our Web Edition (www.indiannewslink.co.nz),

Ashok Kochhar

is a lensman of a million or more

pictures taken perhaps on as many

occasions, covering the world in a

frame. Now a resident of New Zealand,

he has embarked on a unique

journey of the country, capturing its

flora, fauna, mountains, rivers and

most importantly, sea of people in

their vicissitudes.

The journey is his new project

covering 500 or more days.

He calls it ‘An Indian Newslink

initiative.’


20 Artlink with Ratna Venkat

February 01, 2016

Satay

with Peanut Sauce

All recipes are for four to six

persons.

BBQs are synonymous with

summer months and I have

for this edition South East

Asian dishes for you to

try on the grill.I like BBQs

because I deliberately deal

only with marinating while

the children handle the

skewering of meat and my

husband does the grilling

and the cleaning after!

Ingredients

• 1 kg boneless chicken cut into small cubes

• Bamboo Skewers(soaked in water to prevent burning)

• Marinade

• 1 stalk lemongrass – bruised/crushed

• 4 cloves garlic – grated

• 1cm piece ginger/galangal

• 1 tsp turmeric powder

• 1 tsp chilli powder

• 1 tsp cumin powder

• 4 tsp sugar

• 2 tsp salt

• dash of dark soy sauce

• dash of sesame oil

Method

Blend the marinade and rub all over

cubed meat. Leave to marinate overnight

or at least 3 to 4 hours before grilling.

Skewer about 3 pieces of cubed meat and

grill by brushing oil over meat and

turning until golden brown and cooked.

Serve with Peanut Sauce

Peanut Sauce

• 300 g roasted peanuts – ground

• 4 tbsp tamarind pulp

• 4 tbsp sugar

• 100g palm sugar – grated

• Salt

• 1 onion – chopped

• 2-3 cloves garlic – chopped

• 1 cm ginger/galangal – chopped

• 4 tbsp chilli paste

• 1 tbsp coriander powder

• 1 tsp cumin powder

• 1 tsp turmeric powder

• 4 tbsp vegetable oil

• Water – 1 or 2 cups

Method

Heat oil in a small saucepan. Add chopped onion, garlic and

ginger and sauté till cooked. Add chilli paste and continue frying.

Add coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder and salt.

Add ground peanuts and stir. Add water and tamarind juice and

then sugar and palm sugar. Simmer until thick. Set aside to cool.

Side Dishes for Satay

Cucumber and Pineapple Salad

• 1 pineapple – de-skinned and cubed

• 1 cucumber – deseeded and cubed

• 1 red onion – sliced (optional)

• 1 red chilli – sliced (optional)

• ½ cup of white vinegar

• ½ cup of sugar

• 1 tsp salt

Method

Place chopped pineapple and cucumber into

a large bowl.Add red onion and chilli and mix.

In a small bowl, mix the vinegar, salt

and sugar until dissolved.

Pour this dressing into the bowl of salad

and toss. Serve.

TIPs

For vegetarians use

the same marinade on

various cut vegetables

like mushrooms,

onions, capsicums and

haloumi cheese and

skewer them just like

the meat cubes. Grill on

BBQ for a few minutes

and serve with peanut

sauce.

Asian Style Grilled

Salmon and Prawns

Ingredients

• 500g of salmon – cut into

four or six portions

• 500g of raw prawns –

thawed if frozen

• 1 knob of ginger – peeled

• 6 cloves of garlic - peeled

• 1 lemon grass

• 2 kaffir lime leaves

• 1 bunch of coriander

leaves

• 2 or 3 red chillies

• 1 tsp cumin powder

• 1 tsp turmeric powder

• 1 tbsp grated palm sugar

• 1 lemon – juice

• 1 to 2 tsp salt

• 2 to 3 tbsp oil

Method

Grind the ginger, garlic, lemon grass, kaffir lime

leaves, coriander leaves and red chillies into a

fine paste.

Put the spice paste into a big bowl.

Add the cumin powder, turmeric powder,

salt, palm sugar and oil and stir. Taste. Adjust

seasoning to suit.

Put the cubed salmon and prawns into the

marinade. Rub the marinade all over the seafood.

Leave to marinate for at least 2 hours.

Grill on BBQ for about 5-10 minutes, brushing

some oil every now and then, until golden and

cooked.

Tip: For vegetarians, use the same marinade on

portabella mushrooms and grill on BBQ! Its yum!!

Rice cakes (Mock Ketupat)

Ingredients

• 3 cups of jasmine rice

• 1 cup of coconut milk

• 2 cups of water

• Pandan leaves or essence

• 1 tsp salt

Wash the rice until water is clear

Place in rice cooker.

Add enough coconut milk and

water to level 3 on rice cooker,

salt and pandan flavouring and

mix well.

Turn on rice cooker and cook rice.

When cooked, spread rice whilst

warm into a rectangular Pyrex

dish.

Press down firmly. Leave to cool.

Cut into cubes and serve with

satay.

Ketupat is a traditional rice dish

served with Satay. The rice is filled

into little packets woven out of

coconut leaves and cooked

Disclaimers: Geetha Nair and Indian Newslink absolve themselves of any responsibility relating to the ingredients, cooking methods and other matters relating to ‘Geet’s Kitchen’ column. Some ingredients may

not be available and may cause allergy in some people. Caution must therefore be exercised and Geetha Nair and Indian Newslink will not be responsible to any health issues in this connection. Please consult

your General Practitioner, Nutritionist or such others you may be consulting in connection with your dietary requirements.


February 0 1, 2016 Artlink with Ratna Venkat

21

Footsteps create images on sands of time

First of three parts

Wenceslaus Anthony

Former Indian President

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam once

said,“Dreams are not

what you see in sleep,

they are those which do not let

you sleep.”

Despite his inspiring words,

very few people have the courage

and determination to make

their dreams a reality, especially

for those who are thousands

of miles away, following one’s

heart can be all the more

challenging.

One such person who stands

out by following her heart’s

desire and artistic commitment

is Ratna Venkat, an eminent

Indian classical danseuse based

in Auckland. She is trained and

adept in the South Indian styles

of Bharata Natyam and Kuchipudi,

the North Indian style of

Kathak, as well as regional folk

dances such as Kavadi Attam

and Lavni.

Incredible passion

What’s interesting is that she

was neither born nor brought

up in India, but her love for

traditional arts and culture is

incredible.

“I was born and raised in

Bahrain, and moved to New

Zealand with my family in 1999.

Though I have not lived in India,

I never felt as though I was

missing something, because the

Expression conveys the mood- Ratna strikes a

Bharata Natyam pose

knowledge I received from my

Gurus and guidance from my

parents enabled me to understand,

appreciate and connect to

my Indian roots,” Ratna said.

“Of course, visiting India from

time to time is enriching for me,

but my experiences and the time

I spent overseas have greatly

shaped my identity today - the

best of both worlds,” she added.

Her dance training in Bharata

Natyam (of Tamil Nadu) began

in the State of Bahrain when

she was four years old. She was

later initiated into Kuchipudi

(another classical dance from

the states of Andhra Pradesh &

the recently formed Telangana).

Successful debut

Ratna’s determination to

simultaneously learn the histrionics

of these two dance styles

Ratna stands the test of human endurance in

Kuchipudi

under the tutelage of her Gurus

led to her highly successful

graduation ceremony (Arangetram

and Ranga Pravesham) in

Auckland on March 10, 2007.

Indian Newslink published a

48-Page Report to commemorate

the Occasion.

Amidst the audience

were the then New Zealand

Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand,

the then Prime Minister

Helen Clark, several Ministers

of the Crown, the then Auckland

Mayor Dick Hubbard, the then

Indian High Commissioner

Kadakath Pathrose Ernest,

art lovers and connoisseurs,

business people and community

leaders and other dignitaries.

The success of her Arangetram

and Ranga Pravesham opened

many doors, enabling her to

Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards opened the door for fusion

travel around New Zealand and

across the world, participating

at major festivals, corporate

events and private functions.

Superb niche

However, what sets her work

apart are her creative fusion

performances between her classical

dances and other music

traditions, be it East or West,

and she has carved a niche for

herself by collaborating with

musicians from different music

genres.

“After performing pure

Indian classical dance for about

five years following my maiden

solo public concert, I decided to

reach out to a wider audience

and not limit myself to the Indian

community. By staying true

to the foundations of my arts

and at the same time exploring

other territories, I am happy

that my collaborative efforts

have so far been successful and

have struck a chord with people

of other ethnicities. Moreover,

I have always been inquisitive

by nature and passionate about

people, so what better way to

encounter new possibilities

than through my art forms?”

Ratna said.

(To be Continued)

The above article appeared in its entirety in ‘Indus Age’ Australia in November 2015 and

reproduced here with the permission of that publication. This is the first part in a series of three

articles.

Wenceslaus Anthony is the Chairman and Managing Director of WAML Group with interests in

many countries including New Zealand, Australia, India, Sri Lanka and the Middle East. He is

also the Chairman, Multicultural New Zealand Business Advisory Board, which is sponsored by

the New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils, Wellington, Chairman of the Mother Teresa

Interfaith Committee and Chairperson of the Divine Retreat Centre of New Zealand.

Summer Camp warms

children’s hearts

Madan Mohan

Kalyan

(Keyboard)

Jerish Josep

(Lead Guitar)

Vishnu Sreekumar

(Bass Guitar)

Balu Mallela

(Octapad)

Geerthana Nanthakumar

(Keyboard & Violin)

Divya Nanthakumar

(Keyboard & Violin)

Manisha Nanthakumar

(Keyboard & Violin)

A Live Instrumental & Vocal Concert

At

Auckland Normal Intermediate

School Hall

On

27th of February 2016

Start Time: 6 pm (please be in by 5.45pm)

Entire Ticket Sales Collection

will be donated to the

NZ Thirumurugan Temple Society

Building Fund

Ticket Details:

Family: $25 / Adult: $10

Senior Citizen / Child: $5

Master of Ceremony:

Shivarama Yogakumar

Manisha Nanthakumar

Sound:

Arumugarajah Yogakumar

Sponsored By:

Mr Packiyanather Gunathas

Mr Ponnuduray Kumarasamy (St Johns)

Dr Vallipuram Sivakumar

Dr Rama Velalagan

East Tamaki Healthcare

(names in surname order)

Dr Suresh

Ramachandra

(Tabla)

Joseph Alexander

(Electronic Drums)

Joscel Alexander

(Acoustic Drums)

Coordinated by:

Nadesan Nanthakumar

09 625 1300 / 021 182 9381 / musicaljourney@hotmail.co.nz

Staff Reporter

info@indiannewslink.co.nz

More than

100 children

participated in

a five-day summer

camp organised by the

Bhartiya Samaj Charitable

Trustlast month.

It was work, education

and play for the participants,

aged between six

and 14 years, at Mount

Roskill War Memorial

Hall located at May Road,

Mt.Roskill from January 11

to January 15, 2016.

According to Roopa

Suchdev, who was recently

honoured in Delhi with

a ‘Bharat Gaurav Award’

for her services to the

community (see separate

story in this section), inaugurated

the first session

followed by an aerobic

session tuned to Hindi film

music conducted by Ella

Kumar, an elected Member

of the Puketapapa (Mount

Roskill) Local Member and

a trained teacher.

Good Routine

“The daily routine included

a series of workshops

and activities planned by

our team of 20 volunteers

and teachers.Regular

nutrition breaks included

lunch, fruit and evening

snack,” Ms Suchdev said.

According to her, the

workshops included

Time for sports at the Summer Camp

The daily lunch and snacks were based on good nutrition

Personality Development,

Nutrition,Arts& Crafts-

,Dance, Music, Sports and

Waste management.

“Among those involved

with the Camp were the

Auckland Council, Smita

Biswas from Auckland

Libraries, BAPS Sri

Swaminarayan Temple,

Auckland, Hope & Health,

Swar Sadhna Music

School and Kelly Sports,”

Ms Suchdev said.

A picnic to the Ambury

Farm on January 13

formed a part of the

programme.


22

ENTERTAINMENTLINK

February 01, 2016

Local singers celebrate 50 years of SP

Staff Reporter

info@indiannewslink.co.nz

A group of Auckland singers

will pay tribute to one of the

most popular playback singers

of Indian cinema Dr Sripathi

Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam

(better known as ‘SPB’)

at a concert later this month.

The tribute will be a part of

a musical programme titled,

‘Geethanjali,’ organised by the

‘SB Music Magic Group’ on

Saturday, February 20, 2016

from 6 pm at Mount Roskill

Intermediate School Hall located

at Denbigh Avenue.

The programme will also

witness the singing prowess

of Ravi Muthumanickam,

Raju Sundaresan, Vishnu Priya

Mallela.

Other performers include

Amritha Sreenivasan, Archana

Ravi, Balu Mallela, Chaitanya

Mantravadi, Dheeraj Venkatachalam,

Madhan Kalyan, N

P Srinivasa Rao, Pooja Nory,

Pratyusha Vikrant, Roma Nory,

Sreesutha Nampally, Seetha

Manognya, Sravani Kunapuli,

Sudhiksha Ravooru, Suhas

Shanbhogue and Thulasi Kandakumaran.

Karaoke Style

“The New Zealand Telugu

Association is supporting the

Karaoke style programme,

while a section will be reserved

for the performance of Violin

and Key Board Sisters Divya

and Geerthana Nanthakumar.

‘Geethanjali,’ is the 11th in an

annual series, established in

2005 to encourage local singers

to present a compendium of old

and new hits from Telugu films,”

he said.

Indian Newslink has been

promoting Geethanjali since its

inception.

Record-breaker

SP is an artiste par excellence,

and with more than45,000

songs in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu,

Kannada and Malayalam, he has

a place of pre-eminence in the

Guinness Book of Records.

Rare achievements do not end

there. He recorded 21 songs in

Kannada in 12 hours on a single

day (February 8, 1981) for composer

Upendra Kumar; later, he

recorded 19 songs in Tamil and

16 songs in Hindi, both in a day

on separate occasions.

More, he has a place of permanence

in the hearts of millions

of men and women across

the globe, with the credit for

having moved them to rock in

rhapsody or cry in sympathy or

sorrow. Such is the power of his

voice that he evokes emotions

of humankind in tune with the

vicissitudes.

Musical Group

One of the little known facts is

that ‘Balu,’ as he is affectionately

S P Balasubrahmanyam with (from left) Mallikharjuna Rao, Gopika Purnima and S P Sailaja in Auckland on February 23, 2008

called in the industry, was the

leader of a light music group

in the late 1960s, in which

Ilayaraja, who was to become

a musical legend later, his

older and younger brothers

Bhaksar and Gangai Amaran

were instrumentalists.

His only performance in

New Zealand along with other

artistes from India, held at

the Logan Campbell Centre

in Auckland on February 23,

2008, was witnessed among

others by Helen Clark, who

was the Prime Minister of

New Zealand at that time.

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February 0 1, 2016 ENTERTAINMENTLINK 23

Former Aucklander marries in Dubai

Venkat Raman

venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz

Eleven years after they left

New Zealand (reluctantly

for business reasons),

Roosi and Pheroza Modi

are happy to announce that

Ellen, their lovely daughter,

married Cyrus Commissariat,

a young man of her heart on

January 15, 2016 in Dubai

Ellen, who we knew as a little

girl in school, has grown to

be a beautiful young woman

and works in the fashion and

modelling industry in Mumbai,

from where she globetrots on

assignments. One such was to

Dubai four years ago when she

met Cyrus and as Roosi told

us,“that is when the romance

started.”

Carl Patel, Ellen’s cousin gave

her away at a simple wedding

ceremony.

Interestingly, we wrote about

Carl in our April 1, 2004 issue

in which we had hoped that

he would achieve his ambition

of being a flight attendant in

Emirates.

That prophecy came true and

today the young man looks as

prosperous as the airline.

Cyrus Commissariat and Ellen Modi after their wedding

Progressive career

Cyrus has been in Dubai for

the past ten years, employed as

Regional Sales Manager at UBM-

Sea Trade Communications

Limited.

Interestingly again, he was a

student in New Zealand when

the Modi family was here. The

bridal couple were too young to

think that they would one day

be man and wife.

“His parents, Banoo and

Naushir Commissariat are from

Poona. Cyrus has a brother

(Adil) who lives in Australia and

works as a Master Mariner and

a sister (Niloufer) who lives in

Singapore with her husband

Abhijeet, owner of a software

company” Roosi said.

From our Archives

Memories are good for

the body, soul and the mind,

especially the last, they say.

We wrote the following story

about Ellen’s mother Pheroza in

our April 15, 2004 issue:

Years ago she was one of the

best known models in India,

working hard at a career.

Years on and two children

later, she is still a hard working

woman, pursuing excellence in

whatever she does.

Qualities of a good host and

a sincere concern for others

is what makes Pheroza Modi

tick and be it a simple tea for a

visiting friend or a banquet for

20 or more, culinary art comes

alive with all the planning it

takes.

Which is perhaps why,

Pheroza is welcome into any

group, soon to become its core

attraction. Some take to her

simplicity, some to her humility

but most for her alacrity.

Those high-flying, razzle-dazzle

modelling days saw Pheroza

in every fashion show, well,

almost. She was at the receiving

end of accolades and film offers,

not to forget the privilege of

being a brand ambassador.

Today’s Pheroza is somewhat

different.

Migrating to New Zealand

three years ago was a major

move in her life (and that of

her family) and just how she

‘caters’ to the needs of her

entrepreneur husband Roosi,

teenage son and daughter (Keki

and Ellen) and keep pace

with entertaining visiting and

resident friends, is a story in

itself. It takes determination

and effort.

That is not all. She pursues

her own career (at En Cue

Catering in Auckland’s Western

Springs and Coopers Creek Winery,

arguably one of the best in

the country, set to celebrate its

silver jubilee next year) and yet

manages to be as fresh at dusk

as she was at dawn.

Which speaks for her beauty

care and state of mind.

Achievement Awards for four New Zealanders

Venkat Raman

venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz

New Delhi based

India International

Friendship Society

(IIFS) honoured two

Aucklanders with a prestigious

award at their annual meeting

held in the Indian Capital on

January 8.

Kapan Pratap Singh, Governor

Punjab State presented the

‘Bharat Gaurav Award’ (‘Pride

of India Award’) to Jeet Suchdev

and his sister Roopa Suchdev

at a ceremony held at Le

Meridian Hotel. Among those

present were Federal Minister of

Rural Development Choudhary

Birender Singh, Members of

Indian Parliament and other

dignitaries.

Hamilton based Suman Kapoor

and her husband Pradeep

Kapoor also received the ‘Bharat

Gaurav Award’ at the ceremony.

Ms Kapoor was honoured by the

Uttar Pradesh government with

the ‘UP Pravasi Ratna Award’ at

the ‘UP Pravasi Bharatiya Divas’

held in Agra on January 9, 2016.

A separate story appears under

Businesslink.

The Bharat Gaurav Award

is given to people with

proven accomplishments in

public service, private sector,

businesses and those involved

in humanitarian causes, community

welfare development of

youth and promotion of Indian

culture.

Social workers

Jeet and Roopa Suchdev have

been advocates of elderly care,

child welfare, education of

youth and have been involved

in a number of community

and social welfare projects in

Auckland.

They are respectively

Chairman and Secretary and

founders of the Bhartiya Samaj

Charitable Trust, which since

its establishment in 1995, has

also been promoting campaigns

to contain family violence and

bringing solace and relief to

victims of immigration fraud

and other migrant exploitation.

The Trust works mainly for

the welfare of the Indian community

and took the initiative

to establish, ‘Aashirwad,’ what

it calls a ‘culturally appropriate

home for the aged’ within the

David Lange Care Home in the

South Auckland suburb of Mangere

East (Indian Newslink,

December 15, 2012).

As far as we are aware, the

Suchdevs and the Kapoor couple

were the first from New Zealand

to receive the ‘Bharat Gaurav

Award,’ although a similar

award was presented to Dr Ajit

Swaran Singh (a Judge at the

Auckland District Court) at a

ceremony held in New York on

June 9, 2012 (Indian Newslink

July 1, 2012 and November 15,

2012).

The Citation

A panel of judges led by former

Director of Central Bureau

of Investigations Joginder Singh

selected the winners of the

Awards.

A citation given to Jeet and

Roopa Suchdev said, “It remains

our considered opinion that

you have given a fight in life

and your worthy example does

inspire others towards certain

remarkable achievement. We

have, therefore, chosen to honour

you with globally reputed

‘Bharat Gaurav Award’ and a

Certificate of Excellence.”

Queen’s Honours

Both siblings were honoured

by the New Zealand government

with a Queen’s Service Medal

(QSM) in the New Year Honours

List of 2004 and 2005 respectively.

Jeet Suchdev is a Justice of the

Peace, aTrustee of the Auckland

Jeet and Roopa Suchdev with their ‘Bharat Gaurav Award’

Suman Kapoor and Pradeep Kapoor (seated, extreme right) with former Tamil Nadu Governor Bhishma Narain Singh (third from left) and other

recipients of the ‘Bharat Gaurav Award’

Regional Migrant Centre and a

former Member of the Ethnic

People’s Advisory Panel of

Auckland Council.He received

the ‘Hind Rattan Award’at 25th

International Congress of NRIs

held at New Delhi, India.

Supporting women

Roopa Suchdev has been

championing the cause of

women victimised by family

violence and extends extensive

support to affected sections of

the community through her

‘Jaagriti Family Support Group,’

a branch of ‘Roopa Aur Aap

Charitable Trust.’

Known for her broadcasting

skills, she was among the first

programme presenters at Radio

Tarana when it began in 1995.

She presented her own television

programme called, ‘Roopa

Aur Aap’ and began working for

Humm FM Radio in 2012.

A conference on ‘Global

Participation in India’s Development’

preceded the Awards

ceremony.


24

ENTERTAINMENTLINK

February 01, 2016

Artistes cross religious borders for musical feat

Staff Reporter

info@indiannewslink.co.nz

Members of the Tamil

community in general

and members

and devotees of the

New Zealand Thirumurugan

Temple in particular should

consider themselves fortunate

as a number of artistes of varied

religions come together to

process a music programme in

Auckland next fortnight.

Nadesan Nanthakumar, who

calls, the programme, ‘A Musical

Journey- Beats & Melodies’ is

not sparing any effort to make

it a success and raise as much

money as possible for the

Temple.

The three editions of the

‘Journey’ in as many years have

brought about $16,500, and with

the performers showing their

generosity, this year’s event

should also fetch not less than

$4000.

The Performers

The programme will be held

on Saturday, February 27, 2016

at Auckland Normal Intermediate

School auditorium, located

at Poronui Street, Mount Eden.

The ‘Interfaith’ artistes include

Akhilesh Madhur (Tabla),

Balu Mallela (Octopad), Joscel

Alexander (Acoustic Drums),

Jerish Jose (Lead Guitar), Joseph

Alexander (Electronic Drums),

Madan Mohan Kalyan (Keyboard)

and Vishnu Sreekumar

(Bass Guitar).

They will be led by the Nanthakumar

sisters Geerthana, Divya

and Manisha.

Geerthana Nanthakumar

Geerthana is pursuing her graduate

(BA) course in Commerce at the

University of Auckland, following

which she will undertake studies to

become a Chartered Accountant.She is

on summer internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

She completed Associated Board

of the Royal Schools of Music grade

eight exams on violin and piano and

for the last 10 years, she has been a

frequent performer at many shows

in Auckland. She teaches Violin and

Piano.

Divya Nanthakumar

Divya is a second year undergraduate

student (Commerce) at the

University of Auckland and hopes to

follow her sister to become a Chartered

Accountant.She is employed as

a casual sales consultant at the New

Zealand Media and Entertainment.

Her qualifications at the Associated

Board of the Royal Schools of Music

grade are also identical to that of

Geerthana and teaches Violin,Piano

and Music Theory.

Manisha Nanthakumar

Manisha is a year Nine student at

Epsom Girls Grammar School.She has

completed Associated Board of the

Royal Schools of Music Grade 5 Piano

and Grade 6 Violin exams.She has

been representing the Auckland Primary

Principals’ Association orchestra

for the past five years.

She is also learning Carnatic music

and Eastern Classical Violin and

played Netball and Softball for her

school.

Performers and other participants of Musical Journey 2015

What: Musical Journey Beats & Melodies 2016

Who: Nadesan Nanthakumar and others

Purpose: In aid of the New Zealand

Thirumurugan Temple Society

When: Saturday, February 27 at 530 pm

Where: Auckland Normal Intermediate

School Hall

Poronui Street, Mt Eden

Tickets: $25 (Family), $10 (Adults)

$5 (Seniors &Children)

Contact: Nadesan Nanthakumar on

(09) 6251300 or 021-1829381;

Email: musicaljourney@hotmail.co.nz

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Ravindra Parchure to perform in Auckland

Staff Reporter

info@indiannewslink.co.nz

Hindustani Classical Music

lovers can expect an

exhilarating evening

as a number of local

artistes present a concert with a

visiting maestro.

Singapore based Ravindra

Parchure, who is emerging as a

singer with the great qualities

and talents of many masters,

will be the main star at ‘Namaskar,’

an event being organised

by the Sargam School of Indian

Music.

It will be held on Sunday,

February 7, 2016 from 530 pm at

the Blockhouse Bay Community

Hall located at 524 Blockhouse

Bay Road in Auckland.

The Visitor

Sargam School of Indian Music

Director & Principal Basant

Madhur said that Ravindra

started learning Music when he

was just four years old under

his father the late Shripad

Parchure, who was trained under

the nuances of the Gwalior

Gharana Gayaki from the late

Shri Manohar Bhagwat.

“Ravindra later received

training from Pandit Arun

Kashalkar (a Vocalist of Gwalior

Agra Gharana) in the traditional

Guru-Shishya Parampara

(tradition) for several years.

His style has a great amalgamation

of Gwalior and Agra

Gharana Gayaki. His singing

combines the austere beauty in

handling of swaras or notes, a

feature of the Gwalior Gharana

with the Layakaris or playing

with rhythm of the Agra Gharana.

He is a graded artiste of All

India Radio and has performed

in several prestigious Music

Festivals in India and abroad,”

he said.

Seetha Manognya will tune

the Tanpura at the Concert.

Following is a brief profile of

other artistes.

Professor Suk Dev Madhura

retired music lecturer, will

make his reappearance on the

Auckland stage after a length of

time. He will support the singer

on Harmonium and also present

his recital on the Violin.

A respected music trainer, he

is on the panel of All India Radio

and has trained hundredsof

teachers at the Indian National

Council of Education Research

and Training in Delhi.

Known to New Zealanders

as a violinist, proficient in

Hindustani Music, his passion

for the art made him a quality

teacher encouraging youngsters

to learn violin under his able

guidance. Professor Madhur is

a recipient of several Awards,

the foremost of which is the

National Award that he received

from former Indian President

Shankar Dayal Sharma in 1993

for his contributions to music.

Basant Madhur is a seasoned

Tabla player and teacher, with

wide repertoire and performances

with several visiting

international artistes, including

Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt,

Pandit Ronu Majumdar, Kadri

Basant & Akhilesh (Akhil) Madhur

essor Suk Dev Madhur

Gopalnath and Patri Satish

Kumar.

While his elder brother

Deepak initiated him into the

art, he has had the honour of

learning to play the Tabla from

the late Pawan Kumar Verma

(father of Avirbhav) of Punjab

Gahrana.

Akhilesh (Akhil) Madhur is a

teenager with deep-rotted devotion

towards music. He has fascinated

audiences with his Tabla

skills. His sterling performance

Ravindra Parchure

with Pandit Vishwa Mohan

Bhatt in Auckland on March 16,

2013 (Indian Newslink, April 1)

prompted the master to invite

him to perform at ‘Saptak,’ one

of the biggest classical music

festivals in India.

Lofty ambitions motivate young singer

Neha Sinha to perform in Auckland

A

popular Pune based

singer says that her

proposed tour of

Australia and New

Zealand would be a highlight of

her career in music.

Neha Sinha will perform at

a show in Auckland later this

month, the details of which are

not known to Indian Newslink.

However, her parents Abhay

and Varsha Dhoke, who have

been living and working in

Melbourne, Australia since they

migrated from New Zealand

in 2011, said that Neha is an

accomplished singer and that

her performance would be a

delight to the ears and a solace

to the soul, for she is adept in

rendering traditional, classical,

folk and film music with equal

poise and prowess.

Neha has been a professional

singer since 2007 and has been

a performing artiste at shows

held in India. These include

major programmes organised to

pay tributes to music industry

icons such as Lata Mangeshkar,

Rahul Dev Burman and Jagjit

Singh.

She began singing with her

mother when she was three

years old and won the top prize

in a state level music competition

as the ‘Youngest Singer.’

She has come a long since

then, and attributes her success

to her mother.

“She has been a source of

encouragement and inspiration.

She was my first teacher and I

also learnt from her discipline,

humility and self-confidence,”

Neha said.

Cultural Capital

It was her daughter’s career

in music and higher education

that prompted Varsha Dhoke

to move to Pune in 1997 when

Neha was 11 years old. Neha

completed her graduate (BA)

degree in Commerce and a

postgraduate degree in Mass

Communications (with specialisation

in Radio, Television and

Films)and was ready to take on

the world.

‘Nakshatrache Dene- Shanta

Shelke,’ her first public

performance, telecast on Zee

TV Marathi in 2009 promoted

her as a teenage artiste with a

promise.

Winning the first prize at

competitions has almost been a

habit for Neha but she regards

as true prizes, the guidance

that she received from famous

lyricist, the late Sudhir Moghe

and the opportunity to sing

in devotional albums such as

‘Sajda Masiha Ke Dar Pe,’‘Bhaje

Pandurangam,’ and ‘Shree

Mangalacharanam.’

Her non-filmy albums include

‘Mrug Trishna’rendered with

Jasraj Joshi and ‘Aathvan,’ with

Hrishikesh Ranade, published in

Sydney during 2008.

She was a playback singer in

Marathi films ‘Vithhal Vithhal’

and ‘Mala Jagaychay.’

Gratifying Guru

Neha is also grateful to her

Guru and Guide Dr Purnima

Duhamale, who trained her to

render classical and light music

and it was under her tutelage

that she had opportunities to appear

in television programmes

such as ‘Baalchitravaani’and

‘Maharashtra Sangeet Ratna’on

Sanhyadri Doordarshan,‘Nakshatranche

Dene’and ‘Sur

Taal’ on Zee TV Marathi, serial

title songfor ‘Amritsarita’ on

Sanhyadri Doordarshan and

‘Nandadeep’ (song composed

by Anand Modak), ‘Tarang’ and

‘Saptasur Ek Sargam’ on ETV

Marathi.

Neha considers the legendary

Lata Mangeshkar as her ‘greatest

passion and Master.’

“She has rendered so many

golden songs, each of which

has been a mark of perfection.

She is a great singer and suits

her voice to the scene, actor

and emotions to be prortrayed.

There is something in her that

every singer wishes to achieve,”

Neha said.

She admires another playback

singer and dreams of achieving

her status, not very far into the

future.

Indian Newslink will write

about this idol and more about

Neha in its next issue.


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Those calling or writing earlier

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Entertainment (hindi)

Old is Gold (VIII) Mohammed

Rafi Special organised by

Mohammed Rafi Academy of

Music on Saturday, February

6, 2016 at 7 pm at Dorothy

Winstone Centre, Auckland

Girls Grammar School, 14 Howe

Street, Newton, Auckland.

Programme includes songs

and dances from Hindi films,

produced and directed by Amit

Sen Gupta, Director & Principal,

Mohammed Rafi Academy of

Music. Tickets priced at $20 per

person are available at several

Indian retail shops (see display

advertisement in this issue)

Entertainment (tamil)

Beats & Melodies, a live

instrumental and vocal concert

by Geerthana, Divya and

Manisha Nanthakumar on

Saturday, February 27, 2016 from

6 pm at Normal Intermediate

School Hall, Poronui Street,

Mount Eden, Auckland 1024.

Fourth in an annual series, the

Concert under the broad theme,

‘Musical Journey’ is organised

by Nadesan Nanthakumar to

raise funds for New Zealand

Thirumurugan Temple Building.

For further information, please

call Nadesan Nanthakumar

on (09) 6251300 or 021-182938.

Email: musicaljourney@

hotmail.co.nz

Exhibition (Paintings)

Zen Heart Ink Paintings of

Xutong Tian, at Fo Guang Yuan

Art Gallery, 16 Stancombe

Road, Flat Bush, Auckland from

January 1 to March 27, 2016

from 1030 am to 4 pm daily

(except Mondays). Phone (09)

2744880; Fax: (09) 2744550;

Email: nzfgs1@gmail.com

Job Search Workshops

Free Job Search Workshop for

new migrants conducted by

Auckland Regional Migrant

Services (ARMS) at its office

at 532 Mount Albert Road,

Three Kings. It will be held on

February 2, 2016 from 930 am to

330 pm.

The workshopwill provide

advice and guidance on finding

work, writing CVs and cover

letters, answering interview

questions, and communicating

with potential employers.

This is free for newcomers on

full work visas and those who

have been in New Zealand for

less than two years.

For registration, call (09)

6252440; Email:reception@

arms-mrc.org.nz

LinkedIn Workshop

Auckland Regional Migrant

Services (ARMS) will conduct

a special LinkedIn workshop,

teaching migrants how to use

the professional networking

website to improve their

chances of finding work. The

popular interactive workshop

will be held on Wednesday,

February 10 at the ARMS office

at 532 Mount Albert Road,

Three Kings, from 10am to 1pm.

The Workshop is open to all

migrants and costs $15 per

person.

For registration, call (09)

6252440; Email:reception@

arms-mrc.org.nz

Music Classes

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GEETHANJALI 2016

Telugu musical Night

An evening of excellence by

Auckland popular singers

20th February 2016

6.00 pm Mt Roskill Intermediate School, Auckland

Tickets: $5.00

Muthamil Sangam - Pongal Festival

Children below 12 FREE

Keep your evening free

For more information

Govardhan Mallela 09-6245922

Muthamil Sangam Auckland will mark Pongal Festival on Sunday,

January 31, 2016 at 6 pm at Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 487

Dominion Road, Mount Eden, Auckland. Programme includes

speeches, entertainment and dinner. Proceeds will be donated to

people affected by devastating floods recently in Tamil Nadu, India.

Tickets $15 (Adults) and $10 (4 to 10 years of age). Further details

can be obtained from Sridhar Nagappan (Vice-President), Muthamil

Sangam Inc on 021-1802735. Donations can be credited to Bank

Account at ASB 12-3016-0496198-00.

Musical Show (Hindustani)

Hindustani Classical

Music Concert with

Ravindra Parchure (Vocal),

Professor Suk Dev Madhur

(Harmonium and a special

Violin recital), Basant &

Akhilesh Madhur (Tabla)

and Seetha Manognya

(Tanpura) on Sunday,

February 7, 2016 from 530

pm at the Blockhouse Bay

Community Hall located at

524 Blockhouse Bay Road,

Auckland. Tickets priced at

$15 per person are available

from Basant Madhur. Free

admission for children

below 12 years of age.

Please call (09) 6262646 or

021-0357954.

Email: basant_madhur@

ihug.co.nz

Music Show (Telugu)

Geethanjali,’ organised by the

‘SB Music Magic Group’ on

Saturday, February 20, 2016

from 6 pm at Mount Roskill

Intermediate School Hall

located at Denbigh Avenue.

Ravi Muthumanickam, Raju

Sundaresan, Vishnu Priya

Mallela are the lead singers.

Tickets priced at $5 per person

(free for children below 12 years

of age) are available. Please

contact Govardhan Mallela on

(09) 6245922 or 021-1455708

Open Heart Surgery

The Ministry of Health

Fiji,will perform open heart

surgery (CABG)at the CWM

hospital, Suva this month.

Screening of patients (free)

will be from 4.2.2016 to

12.2.2016; Angiogram from

4.2.2016 to 20.2.2016 and

CABG from 14.2.2016 to

26.2.2016.

For further information,

please contact during official

hours from Monday to

Thursday 8am to 430pm and

Fridays 8am to 4pm

Manjula W Lal (Ministry of

Health,Fiji)

+9805025 or +3306177 (Ext

340165);

Gopal Ayyar (New Zealand)

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February 0 1, 2016 ENTERTAINMENTLINK 27

Three Hindi

channels on

Sky Television

Staff Reporter

info@indiannewslink.co.nz

If you willing to spend

$38.69 every month on

watching Hindi films

and other programmes,

you could have three Hindi

channels on TV.

Alternatively, if you are already

a subscriber to the basic

Sky package, you need only

to pay $19.99 since you would

not need a separate decoder

costing $18.70 per month.

As a subscriber, you could

have a free view for one

month.

Sky Television has announced

that it would launch

‘Colors’ on Channel 151, ‘Star

Gold’ on Channel 152 and

move the existing ‘Star Plus’

from Channel 315 to Channel

150.

‘Colors’ and ‘Star Plus’

telecast a number of soaps,

and epics and lives and times of

rulers of ancient dynasties.

The Television company is

also launching two Chinese and

one Filipino Channel.

Star Chinese Channel and

Star Chinese Movies, both in

Mandarin, will be telecast

respectively on Channel 155

and 156.

The Filipino Channel in Tagalog

will be available on Channel

160. Sky Television Content

Strategy Director Megan King

said that WTV operated Channels

currently being telecast on

Sky will be removed on March

1, 2016.

“We’ve taken care with the

selection of Hindi channels to

ensure that we deliver a good

range of entertainment content.

From general entertainment

series on Colors, to the best of

Bollywood on Star Gold, when

added to existing channel Star

Plus, this gives a very well

rounded selection for viewers,”she

said in a statement.

Pricing Structure

Basic Tier

Customer subscribing to

SKY Basic would be eligible to

choose any one Hindi Channel

for $9.99 per month, two Channels

for $14.99 per month or all

the three channels for $19.99

per month.

Broadcast Tier Only

People who do not have Star

Basic can subscribe only to

three Hindi Channels as above

for $19.99 plus $18.70 as decoder

rental (both per month).

The avenger returns to

tackle the corrupt

A still from ‘Ghayal Once Again’ releasing on February 5.

Apurv Shukla

Twenty-six after its

release,‘Ghayal Once

Again’ returns to the big

screen as a sequel with a

worldwide release on February

5, 2016.

It has macho Sunny Deol

reprising his role of Ajay Mehra

from the original.

Soha Ali Khan and Om Puri

are also in the main cast in this

home production, with Sunny

as the Writer and Director.

Gayal I was a man’s crusade

against a corrupt businessman

who had harmed his family and

the system which failed him.

The sequel also has Sunny fighting

a powerful businessman

and assisting four youngsters

caught in the games politicians

play.

The public will decide if this

film will help Sunny retrieve

his struggling career.

The Story

‘Ghayal Once Again’ portrays

Sunny as a one-man army

destroying the opposition. His

biggest blockbusters like ‘Ghatak’

and ‘Gadar’ were action

extravaganzas that appealed to

audiences worldwide.

Action Director

Action Director Dan Bradley

would have ensured that there

is plenty of fight and adventure

sequences in the new film. An

experienced technician behind

successful movies like ‘Quantum

of Solace’ and ‘Spiderman,’

much is expected of him. Sunny

has a huge responsibility in carrying

the success of ‘Ghayal Once

Again,’ since it does not boast of

big names. While the theatrical

trailer drew a good response,the

promos havenot gained much

traction.

The film does not boast of a

popular sound track, a necessity

in Indian films. Although seen in

various television channels, Sunny

is perceived as an introvert

and shy.

Outcome uncertain

Although there are rumours

that Sunny is just a ‘ghost director,’

he and his crew would like

to believe that he is firmly seated

on the director’s chair.

‘Dillagi,’ his directorial debut,

flopped when it was released in

1999 but Sunny and his camp are

optimistic about ‘Ghayal Once

Again.’

His home banner Vijayta Films

has had a number of successful

runs in the past (‘Betaab’ and

‘Apne’) but ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana

2’ disappointed.

His younger brother Bobby Deol

and father Dharmendra have

been to Auckland respectively in

2013 and 2014 and he may visit

us sometime this year.

That would however not likely

to affect the fortunes of Ghayal.

We will know the fate of

the film by the first week of

February.

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Ratna Venkat

ratnarang@gmail.com

Rehearsals are well underway

for ‘Old is Gold VIII’,

scheduled to be held on

Saturday, February 6 at

Dorothy Winstone Centre, Auckland

Girls’ Grammar School.

The ‘Mohammed Rafi Special’

will commence at 7 pm.

Amit Sengupta, Producer and

Director of the popular ‘Old is

Gold’ concert series (from 2006)

and Principal, Mohammed Rafi

Academy of Music, is excited to

present his third programme

dedicated to Mohammed

Rafi, regarded as one of Hindi

Cinema’s greatest singers.

While the first two programmes,‘Ek

Shyam Rafi Ke Naam’

and ‘Rafi Ke Yaadein’ (in 2003)

were solo concerts rendered by

Mr Sengupta, the forthcoming

event involves about 30 singers

and musicians, some of who

are students learning in his

Academy.

Intense training

“We are rehearsing day and

night, ensuring that everyone

performs their best to Rafi

Saheb’s famous songs at Old is

Gold VIII,” Mr Sengupta said.

Part of the unique spectacle

that the audience will witness,

hear and experience is the

participation of female singers

specially trained to sing some of

Rafi’s songs.

Mr Sengupta said that it has

been challenging for them to

‘find their voice,’ which has

until now, been dominated by

male singers.

Gender equality

“In a way, we are promoting

equality between men and

women through this show,

and since women’s rights are

strongly expressed, the best

way of showing our support

and spreading awareness

is through good music and

dance,” he said.

Another highlight of the

programme is the reappearance

of India-based Tabla

Maestro Avirbhav Verma. His

first appearance and ‘debut’

to the New Zealand public

was at ‘Old is Gold VI,’ held on

September 7, 2013.

“We are privileged to have

Avirbhav who has flown from

India specially for the show. In

addition to playing the Tabla,

he has been guiding some of

our singers, musicians and

dancers,” Mr Sengupta said.

Positive response

Mr Sengupta is also pleased

with the positive responses

that he has been receiving

from the public, particularly

from the younger generation

about the Concert.

“Young people are often

confused with the nature of

modern Hindi film music.

Therefore, when they express

keen interest in witnessing

and participating in such

programmes, they seize that

opportunity to listen and learn

how classical music should be

portrayed correctly in Hindi

Mohammed Rafi, Singer par excellence

cinema. I believe they understand

quality music through our ‘Old is

Gold’ shows,” he said.

‘Old is Gold VIII – Mohammed Rafi

Special’ with its promised integration

of Hindi Cinema’s golden era of

music and dance is scheduled to run

for 3 hours, including an intermission

of 20 minutes. The concert will

showcase 15 singers, three dancers

and ten musicians.

The live Orchestra will include

Amit Sengupta (Harmonium), Avirbhav

Verma (Tabla), Hemant Thaker

(Keyboards), Johnny Alvin Nair

(Rhythm Guitar), Joscel Alexander

(Acoustic Drums), Joseph Alexander

Amit Sengupta, Organiser par excellence

(Electronic Drums & Octopad), Monitosh Thaker (Lead

Guitar), Prashant Kumar (Tabla & Percussion), Ravi Shah

(Lead Guitar) and Shivam Padayachi (Bass Guitar).

What: Old is Gold VIII

Mohammed Rafi Special

Who: Mohammed Rafi Academy of Music

When: Saturday, February 6 at 7 pm

Tickets: $20 per person

Where: Dorothy Winstone Centre

Auckland Girls Grammar School

14 Howe Street, Newton, Auckland

Contact: Amit Sengupta on (09) 6295252

or 0224249269


28

SPORTSLINK

February 01, 2016

Fijian pugilists for Auckland bouts

Faiyaz Khan

The New Zealand Boxing

Federation (NZNBF)

has given for the first

time a Fijian promoter

to organise a Boxing contest in

New Zealand.

Praneel Dass of Westwood

Boxing Promotions will stage

three professional and eight

cooperate Boxing on Saturday

March 19, 2016 at the Auckland

Boxing Association Hall, located

at 1, Ngahura Street (opposite

Mahatma Gandhi Centre located

at 145, New North Road, Eden

Terrace.

Vital opportunity

Sabastian Singh,the Lightweight

Champion from Fiji will

take on New Zealand’s Number

One lightweight.

Franko Fraser of Lautoka,

one of the top welterweights of

Fiji will also participate in the

Auckland bouts.

Two others Fijians who are

scheduled to take part in the

programme are Tai Ratuere,

a well-knownMiddleweight of

New Zealand and Riaz Khan of

Mt Roskill.

This would be an excellent

opportunity for Fiji Boxing fans

to see boxers from Fiji.

We hope that the March 19

event will be successful and

encourage us to stage more programmes,giving

Fijian fighters

exposure to overseas fights.

More details will be published

Praneel Dass

in the next issue of Indian

Newslink.

I encourage all clubs and

associations connected with

boxing and promoting boxers to

support such events.

Healthy Sport

Boxing should not be seen as

a ‘fight between two individuals

or groups’ but as a healthy

sport that promotes physical

wellbeing of people.

I have often heard that

most members of the Indian

community do not have much

physical activity and hence are

vulnerable to various types of

ailment.

It is not enough to do hard

work at home or office.

There is a need to exercise

regularly and boxing is a sport

that keeps the mind and body

fit, provided it is played according

to the rules and regulations

of the game. In fact, every

game that can be categorised as

‘contact sport’ follows ‘rules of

prohibition,’ to protect people

involved- be in the ring or in the

field.

Positive results

According to Scotie Keithlow,

a ‘Platinum Level Expert and

Author,’ people who have tried

boxing as a form of exercise find

it to have very positive results,

arms and legs usually gain a lot

of strength and become more

defined in shape.

“However, the benefits are

not all physical. People also find

that they gain a greater sense

of inner strength and feel more

emotionally balanced. Boxing as

a form of training and exercise

became part of the large

fitness-training arena a few

years ago. Great benefits can be

found from boxing workouts on

muscle toning and the cardiovascular

system,” he said.

Mr Keithlow said that many

innovative variations on boxing

such as power punches, defence

and punch and kick exercises

have all the components of

aerobic exercise.

“As you progress you will find

your strength will build along

with your confidence as you are

taught how to execute punch

and kick moves more effectively

for a far more intense workout,”

he said.

Faiyaz Khan is a referee, judge

and Board Member of the New

Zealand Boxing Federation. He

also trains referees and judges in

Pacific Island countries.

MoneyGram to keep ICC wicket

for eight more years

MoneyGram has extended

its sponsorship

agreement with the

International Cricket

Council (ICC) for an additional

eight years.

The Agreement will see the

global provider of money transfer

and payment services sponsor all

tournaments sanctioned by the

governing body of Cricket and

other associated events until the

end of 2023.

The new Agreement marks an

extension of MoneyGram’s initial

five-year relationship with the

ICC that included sponsorship

of the 2011 and 2015 World Cup

tournaments.

That’s Cricket!

“Cricket touches many lives

and it’s truly exciting to be a part

of this sport and witnessing its

potential to inspire and transform

lives firsthand,” Moneygram

Executive Vice-President and

Chief Marketing Officer Juan

Agualimpia said.

“MoneyGram brings people

closer just as the sport brings

people closer across geographies.

Our association with the ICC

has certainly helped establish

MoneyGram as a preferred brand

for South Asians around the world

and we are delighted to extend this

agreement for another eight years,”

he said.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson

said that he was delighted

over MoneyGram’sdecision to continue

to support cricket by extending its

relationship with the ICC.

Juan Agualimpia (left) with former Indian Test

Cricket player Zaheer Khan (Centre) and David

Richardson

Promoting women

“The extension says much about

the value of our events and that

we continue to retain sponsors of

the caliber of MoneyGram and at

the same time attract new ones.

The T20 format has brought in a

lot of women viewership and we

hope that women’s Cricket too

finds its way around the world.

Sponsors are the lifeline for any

sport and on behalf of the ICC,” he

said.

As momentum builds to the ICC

World Twenty20 event in India,

MoneyGram will launch consumer

activation programmes in more

than 100 cities and reach out to

cricket fans around the world.

Cricket enthusiasts will not only

get a chance to not only witness

the game but also see the Trophy

and meet its stars up close.

India, which has the largest base

of cricket fans in the world,is also

the world’s largest remittance receiving

country with an inflow of

US$70 billion annually, according

to the World Bank.

Source: Moneygram Press

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