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MAY 15, 2016

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Sprouting blood unleashes the ‘evil spirit’

A self-styled astrologer terrorises an innocent woman

Second of many parts

A

team leader at my

workplace encouraged

me to write my story

for publication in

Indian Newslink.

My story relates to an Indian

Astrologer and Soothsayer

who claimed to ‘ward off all

bad effects’ hovering over me

and make my life happier and

healthier.

But he has left me in a state

of anguish, helplessness and

sickness.

He practiced black magic

which has caused me and my

family harm.

My name is Mariam (not

my real name) and I live in

Auckland. I am a depressed

woman, cheated and victimised

by people who have no conscience

or scruples.

I can now recall how cunningly

this witch doctor conned me

into believing that he could actually

multiply my money by

utilising my good luck and my

father’s good fortune combined

with his divine prayers.

Tripling money

He first sent me to the

Manurewa Mall along with

his wife and asked me to buy

some rice. He put two $20 notes

(which I gave), along with the

rice into a box, added turmeric

powder and closed it after reciting

some Mantra.

He then instructed me to keep

the box safely in my cupboard

and not let even my family see

it, saying that ‘good luck should

be preserved.’

I did so and brought it to him

after two days. When he opened

the box after reciting some

Mantra I found $60!

He convinced me to bring

more cash so that he could perform

this good luck prayer for

me. Unfortunately, I did so –

with money taken on loan.

I can now understand how

he performed this magic. He instructed

his wife to give me incense

sticks and perform some

prayers in the small prayer

room where he had an arrangement

of flowers and rice in a

beautiful pattern with some

fruits placed as offering to the

Gods.

While I was engaged in performing

this prayer with his

wife, he managed to quickly

place the rest of the notes inside

the box and close it.

I was then led into believing

that my money had multiplied

because of his prayers for good

luck and good fortune.

Pool of blood

After returning home following

one such visit to his place, I

started peeling a cucumber to

prepare salad. As I was peeling,

my new Japanese knife slipped

from my hand and fell on my

right foot with such a strong impact

that within five minutes I

was standing on a pool of blood.

As I looked down at my foot, I

saw a fountain of blood spurting

from the cut on my leg. I began

bleeding profusely.

My son quickly rushed me to

Accident & Emergency where a

team of doctor and nurses applied

stitches and sent me home.

I was in a state of shock and

depression. I had to stay at

home until the stitches were

removed.

Three weeks later, I went to

see him again as he asked me to

‘receive protection.’

Possessed body

After I arrived at his place, he

expressed a lot of concern for

me and then pointing towards

a similar cut on his foot he said,

“You know, sister, this evil thing

tries to escape from your body

through such cuts, causing it to

bleed. I have a similar cut while

catching an evil spirit and it entered

my body and escaped

through this cut.”

“Somehow, I recited some

prayers and kept this spirit inside

your body under control.

We have to capture this bad

thing quickly sister, because it

is very angry right now and is

looking for some escape from

your body. If we do not catch it

quickly, it will cause you serious

harm,” he added.

I was horrified.

Since I was already in a state

of shock and depression, I started

to believe whatever he said

and advised. My emotions had

dried and intuitions shut off.

About

Pratima

Nand

Auckland based Pratima Nand is a true

community and social worker, who helps

people in distress and brings them to the

attention of Indian Newslink readers.

Last year, she launched a campaign

against fake astrologers, soothsayers and

those who claim to practice black magic

and witchcraft (which are illegal in New

Zealand), helped in a sting operation of

TV3 and attracted the attention of Immigration

New Zealand. These offenders

He was a chain smoker. I can

recall a plastic can full of cigarettes

just outside his doorstep.

I was unable to read all the

warning signs that were available

to me because I doubted

my gut feelings and dismissed

them.

from India advertised in all Indian newspapers,

radio and television stations and

mainstream community newspapers to

promote themselves. Ms Nand, a victim

of one such astrologer, coordinated

single-handedly with the authorities to

being the perpetrators to book but all of

them fled the county. Ms Nand, who was

among the three top finalists (out of more

than 330 nominations) at the recently

held Metlifecare Senior New Zealander

of the Year 2016 Awards recently

introduced to us a victim (a person of

Indian origin from Mumbai), of one such

so-called astrologer and remover of black

magic. We have changed her name to

protect her identity but the Auckland

woman is keen to tell her story, which

will be serialised in three consecutive

issues. The story appearing here is the

second part. The first part appeared in

our May 1, 2016 issue

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Management expert seeks Auckland Mayorality

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management expert has announced

his candidacy for the

Mayorality of Auckland, election

for which will be held in October 2016.

Mark Thomas promises to make

Auckland Council more affordable, deliver

better transport ‘sooner’ and restart

growth.

In a career that spans more than two

decades in multiple sectors including banking,

energy and consulting business, he

also gathered local government experience

as Deputy Chair of Orakei Local Board of

Auckland Council. He was responsible for

strategy, finance, economic development

and the Unitary Plan of the Board.

“Although there are different issues

around the region, some key concerns

are the size and growth in the Auckland

Council budget, a lack of progress addressing

transport issues outside the Auckland

CBD and planning problems with the rate

of growth. As Mayor, I will rewrite the 30-

year Auckland Plan to reign in Council’s

budget and reduce Council waste responsibly,”

he said.

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Mr Thomas said that he would also offer

Aucklanders ‘Zero Rates Increase Option’

and target growth funding more clearly

into local areas. He has vowed to invest

more in local transport by reprioritising the

transport budget and restructure Auckland

Transport to make it work more effectively.

Born in Te Kuiti, Mr Thomas grew up on

a small mixed livestock farm just outside

Rotorua in a family of public servants. His

grandfather was Chairman of the Reporoa

County Council in the 1970s and a member

of the then National Roads Board. His father

was President of the Local Agricultural

and Pastoral Association and was involved

with many other services organisations.

Moving to Auckland in 1984, Mr Thomas

joined McDonalds, topped a national competition

held in conjunction with Olympics

sponsorship and represented New Zealand

in making hamburgers in Los Angeles.

In 1987, at 21 years of age, he became the

youngest Store Manager of McDonalds on

Queen Street in Auckland Central Business

District, the largest restaurant in the

country.

Overseas Experience

Four years later, he backpacked around

China before landing in London where he

worked for his aunt and uncle Robyn and

Robert Wilson in their restaurant ‘Bleeding

Heart,’ and studied economics part-time.

The Wilsons founded the Trinity Hill

Winery in New Zealand and now own five

restaurants in London.

Mr Thomas returned to New Zealand

in 1990 and completed a degree in Public

Policy with Commercial Law at Victoria

University in Wellington. He was selected

as the National candidate for Wellington

Central in the first MMP election in 1996.

Although he led in the polls throughout

the campaign, the then Prime Minister

Jim Bolger’s endorsement of Act candidate

Richard Prebble two nights before the election

upset his plans.

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branch transformation project) and to his

own Consulting & Services Group.

He is a Trustee and Director of ASB

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He is a member of the Institute of Directors

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04 HOMELINK

Traffic bottlenecks frustrate Aucklanders

Phil Goff

Most Aucklanders

will tell you that

the worst problem

about living in the

city is traffic congestion.

Auckland is a great place

to live and that is part of the

problem.

Each year 40,000 more people

are coming to live in the

city and our transport infrastructure

simply is not keeping

up.

At peak hours, Auckland’s

motorways are reduced to a

crawl. Trips that should take

half an hour can take more

than twice that long, costing us

loss of work time productivity,

leisure, extra fuel consumption

and pollution and enormous

frustration.

In dollar terms, groups like

the New Zealand Council for

Infrastructure Development

say that the cost to Auckland

and actually to the country as

a whole, is around $3 billion a

year.

That is totally wasted money.

So what is to be done?

We need the commitment to

build new transport infrastructure

as soon as possible.

Too often we are reacting

years after the problem becomes

obvious.

Rail Link

Take the City Rail Link for

Large-scale paucity enlarges the crime scene

Mahesh Bindra

It distresses me to hear of

the attacks and burglaries

that have been happening

in Auckland recently - on

businesses, communities and

people.

This level of crime is unacceptable

and I can understand

why some have started standing

A daily scene in Auckland

example. Auckland planners

and the Mayor were arguing

for this five years ago and the

Government has only this year

committed to it. And now it will

be a further five or six years before

it is up and running.

The City Rail Link is important

because it will double the capacity

of heavy rail to carry passengers

and reduce travel time

significantly.

Last year rail passenger numbers

increased by 22% so that

people are ready to use it if it is

a reliable and efficient way to

travel.

It reduces the number of people

competing for space on the

roads.

A lot more than the Rail Link

is necessary, however, just to

keep up with population growth

and stop congestion getting

worse.

Effective Busways

Busways are effective. Ask

anyone who uses the North

Shore Busway. Today more people

travel into the city from the

up to the attackers.

I am not sure this is a good

thing unless one is confident in

one’s ability to overpower an attacker.

One could end up in a

worse state by trying to defend

self, property or business.

What I am sure of is that

the New Zealand First Party is

concerned.

We are concerned about a

lack of police resources, a lack

of implementation of consequences

and a lack of work by

the government in to why there

is crime in the first place.

Rail Link promises a solution

Shore by bus than by using their

car.

It raises the question with

all the work being done on the

North Western motorway out

to Te Atatu and Henderson,

why there is to be only a bus

lane and not a busway, separated

from traffic, faster and more

efficient?

Light Rail

Light Rail is another solution.

Most modern cities with efficient

public transport options

have either a metro system or

light rail. Light rail would travel

down the old tram rails serving

the Auckland isthmus. It would

likely go out to the airport.

In the future it would join up

East Tamaki, Botany, Pakuranga

and Panmure. The next harbour

crossing to the Shore could also

be considered for use by light

rail.

Walkways and cycleways

are also a necessary part of the

package. You may notice how

traffic congestion lessens during

school holidays because there

Shameful government

New Zealand First also understands

that there is a lot of work

to be done at all these levels

and as an opposition party we

are working hard to make some

way forward on them. However,

more progress can be made

once we are in government.

It is shameful this government

does not understand these

priorities.

But like the Bob the Builder,

once we are in a position of influence

in government, we will

fix it.

are fewer parents driving their

children to school.

Cycling & Fitness

When I was at school, half of

us rode our bikes to school. By

1989, that had dropped to 19%

of teenagers. Today, only around

3% of teenagers bike to school.

If we had safe cycleways,

more families would feel comfortable

about their children

biking to school. That would

take cars off the road and for a

society with a growing obesity

problem, ensure that our children

get more exercise as well!

All of these things will help.

But they also cost money and

that cannot come out of rates.

We should be considering either

central or local government

bonds to finance major infrastructure,

paid for over not one

generation but several and serviced

by some form of road

charging. Central and local governments

working together with

the private sector need to address

this challenge now.

If we do not act, the problem,

I now have an office in the

heart of South Auckland in

Papatoetoe to which you are

most welcome.

Any information or concerns

that you may have would be important

to us because we are

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things as navigating government

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solutions to your challenges,

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Public response

Your feedback also helps us

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in place which will ensure the

the cost of doing nothing and

motorist and commuter frustration

will get worse.

The problem can be solved

but it requires vision and determination

to do it. As Mayor, it

would be my top priority.

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 is a Mayoral candidate

for Auckland, postal voting

for which will be held

from September 16 to midday

on October 8, 2016. Indian

Newslink will bring you issues

that confront our major cities

and opinions of our readers

and experts in handling them

safety of the entire community.

I strongly believe that everyone

should feel safe in their

home, business and community.

Mahesh Bindra is Member

of Parliament on New Zealand

First List. He is the Party’s

Spokesman for Ethnic Affairs,

Corrections and Customs. He

can be contacted at his Outof-Parliament

Office at First

Floor, 21 East Tamaki Road,

Papatoetoe, Auckland 2025.

Phone: 0800-246372; Email:

mahesh.bindra@parliament.

govt.nz


MAY 15, 2016

Neglect throws dirt on our rivers

David Shearer

When I was a child, I cannot remember

ever thinking that we

could not swim in the water

because it was polluted.

Of course, New Zealand’s waterways were

clean, why couldn’t they be?

One of the great pleasures of summer for

me was being able to swim in the cool waters

of our many fabulous rivers.

Our pristine waterways have been long

the envy of the world.

We are famous for being ‘100% Pure’ – but

the reality is no longer so lovely.

Polluted Rivers

Many of our rivers are now classified

‘wadeable’ – meaning they are too polluted

and therefore too dangerous for swimming.

That means rivers that were once filled

with children all summer long now instead

feature council signs on their banks warnings

against swimming. Others are so toxic

they are lethal to dogs that drink from

them.

Warm weather and the high concentration

of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus

from intensive farming and other

activities have contributed to algae blooms

in our rivers.

And, with too much water being pulled

out for irrigation and other uses, lower water

flows cause the pollution to be more

concentrated.

I have not met a New Zealander who does

not want all our rivers and streams to be

‘swimmable’ rather than just ‘wadeable.’

Unsafe swimming

Yet by the Government’s own reckoning,

almost two-thirds of the rivers and lakes we

monitor are of ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ quality.

That means they are unsafe for swimming

and should be avoided.

That is an appallingly huge proportion.

Our Government is happy with that – and

even defends it. But to me it’s not good

enough.

By making wade-ability – rather

than swim-ability – the standard, the

Government has given up the goal of clean

natural water for our children.

It is putting cows and agricultural pollution

ahead of people.

New Zealand can do better.

Other countries have shown how.

Sweden, for example, has some of the highest

clean water standards in the world.

Unlike our low standards, their waterways

have to be clean enough to drink.

Youth Representation

A few weeks ago a group of school children

from Turangi marched to Parliament

to urge the Government to make rivers

swimmable.

Good on them. They simply asked to be

able to swim in their local rivers – the same

local rivers their parents and grandparents

swam in when they were children.

We need to listen to them. It is their birth

right. We have a responsibility to restore it

to them.

David Shearer is an elected Member of

Parliament from Mt Albert in Auckland

and Labour Party’s spokesman for

Foreign Affairs.

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genuine warning

alerts generated by

computer security

software.

No freebees

The software or ‘Free

Scan’ offered in popup

alerts often does

not work. It actually

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with the dangerous

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supposed to protect

against.

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bogus software and/

or obtain your personal

information. Once

your computer is infected,

the scammer

commonly gathers

personal information

to steal your identity

or to sell it to other

criminals.

Warning signs

Fake anti-virus spyware

programmes often

generate more

‘alerts’ than the software

made by reputable

companies.

► You may be bombarded

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► Broken or oddly

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computer.

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or the pop-up.

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the X, ‘Close’ or ‘Cancel’ button

in the pop-up or on the site because

clicking on anything on

the page or pop-up will trigger

a virus download. If that would

not work, bring up your task

manager (hold Control + Alt +

Delete on a PC and Command

+ Option + Esc to ‘Force Quit’

on a Mac) and close the web

browser or application where it

appeared.

Next, notify your IT department

that this has happened so

we can double-check with a legitimate

scan if your computer

was infected.

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It would be a day of fun, sports and

entertainment for students, parents,

teachers and residents as ‘Arahoe

Mud Run’ gets under way in West

Auckland on May 22.

Organised by Arahoe Primary School

at its grounds, the annual event aims

to foster community spirit and enthuse

family fun, while raising funds for Arahoe

Primary School.

The annual event encourages children

to take to outdoor games and learning

facilities.

‘Arahoe Mud Run’ will provide opportunities

for the young to traverse through

the muddy wallow, climb ‘Mud Everest’

and slide down the double mudder all

along one kilometre course.

Open to all

The games are open to all children and

adults. They will complete one to three

laps culminating in a party hosted by

Titirangi Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Those keen on participating in the

games should register their names at the

School between 9 am and 10 am prior to

the start of the events on May 22, 2016.

Organised by Cat Brown and Melanie

Sorby, ‘Arahoe Mud Run’ is supported by

Green Bay Street Food.

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08 FIJILINK

ICFI helps refurbish furniture in schools

Venkat Raman

venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz

The International

Congress of Fiji

Inc (ICFI), a charitable

organisation,

has been mobilising

resources to assist in

the country’s efforts to

bring relief and rehabilitate

thousands of people

affected by Tropical

Cyclone Winston.

Former Mayor of

Ba and former ICFI

President Ahemad

Bhamji has been contacting

corporates, businesses

and philanthropists in

New Zealand and visiting

Fiji regularly to coordinate

various efforts.

Indian Newslink tried to reach Principals of the beneficiary schools for their

comments but could connect only with three of them at press time.

Following are their comments:

JennySALESA

MP forManukau East

Electorate Office

7FultonCres, Otara

09 274 9231 or 278 9972

jenny. .salesa@parliament.govt.nz

Papatoetoe

YouthLine Building,

145 St

George Street,Papatoetoe

Friday

mornings 9.30am to 12pm

Otahuhu

Otahuhu Town Hall,

10-12 high street,Otahuhu

Monday morning 9am to 12pm

Authorised by JennySalesa

Parliament Buildings,Wellington

Vikashni Sharma,

Principal, Rakiraki Public School

“Our institution was among the

worst affected by Tropical Cyclone

Winston on February 21, 2016. Our

school building has suffered structural

damage and would need to be

rebuilt. We received a container for

furniture that would be of immense

use. We thank ICFI for their timely

help. Parents of our school’s 381

children are also grateful.”

“While we appreciate the speedy

response of the Bainimarama government

and the generous donations

of money, materials and food

items given by governments and

people all over the world, our anxiety

is to ensure that victims receive

these on time. We managed to send

12 containers of furniture items to

various schools from Auckland in

Pradeep Chandra,

Principal, Tavua College

The damage to the school is extensive

and we await an assessment

report from the Education

Ministry. Our School has more

than 1000 children, mostly of modest

economic background. There is

plenty of work to do. We are grateful

to Mr Bhamji and ICFI for their

timely help.”

less than five days, thanks to the

help given by so many,” he said.

Containers were delivered to the

schools most affected as reported in

our May 1 issue.

Fiji’s Education Ministry has reported

that at least 240 schools were

damaged and that many schools are

being used as temporary evacuation

centres, sheltering families who

Pushp Sharma,

Principal, BA Sanatan College

“Winston left our School in a devastated

state. Our Workshops, Technical

Rooms and the Laboratory

were all destroyed by the Tropical

Cyclone. We have 300 children

studying here and it is our anxiety

to ensure that their education is

not interrupted. Ahemad Bhamji

provided us support that all of us

will remember for ever.”

have lost their homes.

“The Government of Fiji is to be

commended for its very strong commitment

and results in getting children

back to school as quickly as

possible. We are working with various

agencies to support these efforts,”

Mr Bhamji said.


MAY 15, 2016

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09

Fiji builds bonhomie with powerful nations

Mahendra Sukhdeo

Tropical Cyclone Winston

struck Fiji on February

20 with fury, surpassing

all previous cyclones. The

325 km/h winds displaced about

45% of the population and took a

heavy toll on infrastructure and

people (44 lives).

The Bainimarama regime

quickly leapt on declaring a state

of emergency the next day for a

month, later extended to April

19, 2016.

Low key politics

National disasters permit the

state machinery and its functionaries

far more embracing

and forceful than in normal

times. More often, it is a boon

for the governing party as it can

manipulate the governmental

and quasi-institutional funds and

resources selectively towards

those affected by the disaster

and thereby win the hearts and

minds of the people. The Fiji

National Provident Fund for example

paid almost F$ 35 million

to 33,000 recipients from more

than 120,000 applicants.

The opposition parties,

SODELPA and NFP, naturally kept

a low key since criticism would

not cut ice with the people. They

made token gestures of salary

sacrifice, baiting the Fiji First

Party to follow suit. Fiji First did

not respond.

Domestic politics tends to operate

at a low ebb during national

disasters whereas the cry of the

affected people tends to be at the

high edge. This dilemma is the

test case for the governing party

as it must show to the people

that it has acted as far as possible

reasonably and fairly.

In a diverse society, criticisms

based on reality and/or

perception of discrimination

are common. For instance, Fiji

Electricity Authority vehicles

were stoned in Nausori, National

Disaster Management Office

officials were abused and there

were several cases of impersonation

of Fiji National Provident

Fund officials.

Altruistic donors

Fund raising and altruism

reach their peak after national

disasters. Resulting from the

coups in Fiji, there is now a large

contingent of the Fijian Diaspora

spread across the Oceania. These

groups, especially that of the Indo-Fijian

ilk, collected substantial

donations for Fiji’s relief efforts.

Natural disasters also

provide an opportunity for those

benefitting from Government’s

aid, funding and contracts to reciprocate

in cash and kind. Thus,

a number of infrastructure associated

companies, commercial

firms and quasi-governmental

organisations opted to help the

government.

Whether there was a unified

methodical approach to collect

fund is a moot question. Equally

hard question is whether

collection of such funds, both

in hard cash and goods, and

their usage or distribution was

systematically audited.

Developing nations such as

Fiji do not have the requisite

resources to meet the relief

and rehabilitation needs of

the people spread over distant

geographical areas. This is where

other countries, singularly or in

consortium, came to their rescue.

It was in foreign aid that the

powerful countries stumbled

upon each other to outshine

in their compassion for a

small nation. It was first for

Fiji. Since colonial days, the

country had been locked with its

colonial masters: Great Britain,

Australia and New Zealand and

on their orders fought for two

World Wars and the Malayan

anti-communist campaign. After

Independence in 1970, the policy

was continued under the Mara

regime till the emergence of the

Fiji Labour Party in 1985.

In a Fiji Sun column of 28

December, 1984, I had foreshadowed

that the Fiji Labour Party

would “steer the country away

from the United States” and “maintain

a strict non-aligned status...”

Governments rush aid

China, and to a lesser extent

India, instantly committed their

support for Fiji. India was one of

the first to provide financial assistance

and relief supplies and

direct budgetary support to the

government. There is a specialist

team currently in Fiji assessing

renewal power energy sources.

China showed its muscle by

sending two 747 Jumbo jets on

March 17 carrying nearly 2000

tents as a part of the total 500

tonnes of relief supplies valued

at F$ 16 million.

Since the Bainimarama coup

of 2006, Fiji stood isolated and

the relations soured with former

donors. Cyclone Winston provided

them an opportunity to make

amends. In January 2016, the

US launched ‘Building Resilient

Communities’ by a grant of US

1.3 million to the Fiji Red Cross.

After the cyclone, it gave US$ 1.2

million and announced a further

relief aid of US$ 1 million on

March 24, 2016.

ANZ donations

Australia and New Zealand,

two neighbouring regional

powers, tended to tread with

some hesitancy, but cyclone

devastation was too enticing to

be missed. Australian Foreign

Minister Julie Bishop visited Fiji

from March 13 and knowing that

China had already dug in its feet,

declared that “Australia was keen

to work with China” (Herald

Sun, March 15, 2016). Australia

announced a package of A$ 20

million relief assistance.

New Zealand Defence Minister

Gerry Brownlee was in Fiji from

March 22 and visited Vanua

Balavu where the New Zealand

Defence Force set up a maritime

base for relief efforts. HMAS

Canberra, HMNZ Canterbury and

HMNZ Wellington, the largest

ships of the two countries were a

spectacle for the villagers in the

outer islands.

Seven New Zealand aircraft,

particularly helicopters, played

an important role in transporting

relief supplies. For New Zealand,

it was one of the largest maritime

deployments in the Pacific.

The upshot of Cyclone

Winston was that about 1000

Australian and 350 New Zealand

defence personnel were able to

build bridges with the Fiji military

command that were broken

in 2006. The participation of the

defence force cadres alongside

the Fijian military personnel in

Easter service at the Gymnasium

displayed the kind of mutual

bonhomie that far surpasses the

monetary aid assistance.

Mahendra Sukhdeo was Suva’s

Deputy Town Clerk and Acting

Lord Mayor. He left Fiji in 1999

for New Zealand. He now lives

in Australia.

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MAY 15, 2016

10 BUSINESSLINK visit of indian presidenT

India taps New Zealand shoulders on UN

and Island Forum

India New Zealand Business Council President Robert Barker and Treasurer Bhav Dhillon presenting a memento to Pranab Mukherjee

watched by Indian High Commissioner Sanjiv Kohli at Langham Hotel on May 1

Venkat Raman

venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz

Presidents of India do not

enjoy executive powers

and almost always voice

the policies of the government

of the day. Their speeches

in India and overseas are ‘agreed

upon’ by the Prime Minister and

the Federal Cabinet.

The position of Pranab

Mukherjee, 13th President of the

Republic of India is no different.

However, he has endeared himself

with world leaders, politicians

and people, largely due to his affable

manners and willingness to

mix freely with people.

His three-day visit to New

Zealand from April 30 to May 2,

marked a number of meetings,

lunches and dinners, attended

by a large number of people of

Indian origin.

India’s global ambitions

Of these, his speeches at the

banquet hosted in his honour

by Governor General Sir Jerry

Mateparae at the Government

House in Auckland on April 30

and the meetings of the India New

Zealand Business Council and the

Reception hosted by India’s High

Commissioner to New Zealand

Sanjiv Kohli were of significance.

In each of these, he expressed the

growing desire of India to participate

and exercise influence at the

global and regional levels.

These included Delhi’s

long-cherished desire of securing

the Permanent Membership

to the UN Security Council and

Membership to the Pacific Islands

Forum.

His speeches were carefully

worded and reflected the non-aggressive

and yet well-founded

policies of the Indian government

and its increasing shift towards

global politics and the economic

prowess.

Closer Cooperation

Mr Mukherjee did not miss any

opportunity to drive home the

fact that the Indian economy remains

robust with growth rates

expected to average at 8% over

the next few years. The burgeoning

middle class has enormous

purchasing power and high propensity

to spend, he said, whetting

the appetite of those keen

on doing business with India but

hesitate in view of the complexity

and diversity of the country.

References to the stalled ‘Free

Trade Agreement’ (FTA) were limited

to rhetoric and the absence

of any senior minister or official

in his delegation was indicative

that the Pact was not imminent.

However, he pulled his punches

on occasions. Speaking at the

State Banquet, he acknowledged

the impressive progress made by

New Zealand in dairy farming,

food processing, clean energy and

water, disaster management and

asked the New Zealand government

to participate in the ‘Make

in India’ Programme.

“India stands ready to shoulder

greater responsibilities in

the international arena,” he said,

and made subtle reference to the

UN Security Council and New

Zealand’s increasing role.

There was no indication of any

discussion on India’s bid; Indian

Presidents always stop short

of overt references to sensitive

issues.

Pacific Islands Forum

Speaking at the INZBC meeting

jointly hosted by the Indian High

Commission at Langham Hotel

on May 1, Mr Mukherjee went as

far as expressing India’s interest

in ‘developing the ‘Pacific Islands

Forum.’

“The Pacific Island countries

are small but are doing their best

to promote the welfare of their

people, apart from growing their

economies. Poverty and poor

quality education are two areas

in which we would like to work

closely with the respective governments

and peoples,” he said.

Mukherjee kindles memories of West Bengal

Pranab Mukherjee with Sir Jerry Mateparae and Wenceslaus Anthony at the State Dinner held at the Government House in Auckland on April 30

Wenceslaus Anthony

about exercising their franchise

in municipal, assembly and federal

elections.

During my time in Kolkata, a

number of politicians made it

Admired Leader

Mr Mukherjee is widely admired

and acclaimed for his

role as a consensus builder on

difficult national issues. He had

‘Desher Dak,’ a Bengali

newspaper.

Some Congress leaders have

described him as a ‘Versatile

Minister,’ saying that he is the

to the National Parliament and an innate ability to forge unity

amongst the diverse politi-

major portfolios (at different

only person to have held four

Pranab Mukherjee, the the treasury benches. Among

first President of India to them were Pranab Mukherjee, cal parties that formed a part times) including Commerce,

visit New Zealand (from Ajit Kumar Panja, Kamal Nath, of India’s vibrant multi-party Defence, External Affairs and

April 30 to May 2, 2016) Siddhartha Shankar Ray, A B A democracy.

Finance.

brought memories of my days

in Kolkata as a student.

People of West Bengal are

known for their political awareness

and are very passionate

Ghani Khan Choudhury (all representing

the Indian National

Congress) and Somnath

Chatterjee (Communist Party of

India-Marxist).

Not many know that apart

from being a diplomat, he

was once a Lecturer teaching

Political Science at Vidyanagar

College and a Reporter at

Born and raised in a middle-class

family of modest

means, Mr Mukherjee rose to

occupy the highest office in the

world’s largest democracy of

Trade

Venkat Raman

venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz

Auckland based India

Trade Alliance (ITA)

has welcomed the new

Air Services Agreement

signed by New Zealand and

India saying that it had rallied

for the pact with ministers and

officials of both governments.

Transport Minister Simon

Bridges and India’s Minister

of State for Agriculture and

Farmer Welfare Sasnjiv Balyan,

inked the pact on behalf of

their respective governments at

Langham Hotel in Auckland on

Sunday, May 1, 2016.

Prime Minister John Key

and Indian President Pranab

Mukherjee witnessed the signing

ceremony terming it as ‘an

important milestone in bilateral

relations.’

As mentioned in our last issue,

the Agreement was renewal

of two earlier pacts signed

by the two governments. The

first was in 1996 and the second

on May 2, 2006 in New

Delhi by then then Economic

Development Minister Trevor

Mallard of Labour government

with the then Indian Civil

Aviation Minister Prafel Patel of

Congress Party.

Paper Pact

In our report ten years ago (Indian

Newslink, May 15, 2006),

more than 1 billion people.

His visit to New Zealand

brought great pride and joy to

the Indian Diaspora.

It was historic moment for

me since I was fortunate to be

a part of three major events

during his three-day stay in

Auckland.

The first was the Sate Banquet

hosted by Governor General Sir

Jerry Mateparae at Government

House on April 30.

In in speeches at various forums,

he expressed confidence

in India and New Zealand to

forge a closer relationship to

boost trade, commerce, tourism

and education.

He also extolled the teachings

of Mahatma Gandhi and his

contributions to peace and harmony

and self-assertion through

non-violence.

Speaking at a business meeting

at Langham Hotel on May 1,

he outlined education and tourism

as two major growth areas.

The meeting, hosted by the

Indian High Commission and

India New Zealand Business

Council, was attended by a

number of current and former

lawmakers, a cross-section of

businesspersons, community

leaders and the media.

Wenceslaus Anthony is

Chairman, Mother Teresa

Interfaith Committee and former

Chairman of India New

Zealand Trade Council. The

above is a highly edited version

of his report on the visit

of India’s President Pranab

Mukherjee to New Zealand

last fortnight

Please read related stories

in this Section.


MAY 15, 2016

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Alliance says Air Agreement was its advocacy

Giri Gupta in conversation with Pranab Mukherjee and Sir Jerry Mateparae at the Government House on April 30

Air India Chairman and Managing Director with Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi (right) and Sunil Kaushal at his Mumbai Office

we had said, “Air New Zealand

could fly to Indian destinations

whenever it chooses, following

a new landmark agreement. But

unless either Air New Zealand

or Air India announce plans to

operate into each other’s destinations,

the Agreement would

remain only on paper, similar

to an Air Services Agreement

signed by the two countries in

1996.”

Mr Bridges said that New

Zealand airlines now have the

opportunity to codeshare to

seven cities in India (Bangalore,

Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata,

Mumbai and New Delhi).

“India is an emerging superpower

and its population of

1.25 billion people presents

enormous opportunities for

New Zealand. Our annual trade

with India is worth more than

$1 billion. In the year to March

31, 2016, almost 52,000 Kiwis

travelled to India and close

to 60,000 Indians visited New

Zealand. In addition, more

than 160,000 people of Indian

descent live here,” he said.

Most major airlines are now

able to operate services to New

Zealand without restriction,

with 18 new air routes announced

in the past year alone,

he added.

Successful visit

ITA Chairman Giri Gupta said

that the latest Agreement followed

strong advocating from

ITA on behalf of its member,

Air New Zealand, with Air India

Chairman & Managing Director

Ashwani Lohari, and parliamentarians

in India.

“These occurred during my

visit to India between March 5

and March 12, 2016 with our

General Secretary Sunil Kaushal

and National MP Kanwaljit

Singh Bakshi,” he said.

Air New Zealand Head of

Government and Industry

Affairs Duncan Small said that

the Agreement will enable the

airline extensive codeshare connectivity

between New Zealand

and India on Air New Zealand,

Singapore Airlines, Silk Air and

Air India.

Associations thanked

“We recognise and thank the

High Commissions in Wellington

and Delhi, India New Zealand

Business Council and India

Trade Alliance for their efforts

in achieving this significant

milestone in the relationship

of the two countries. Air New

Zealand is a corporate member

of ITA and we are pleased with

this outcome,” he said.

ITA Deputy Chairman Dr

Richard Worth said, “Our focus

is on developing sound business

between India and New Zealand

for the benefit of our members

through our networks in

Auckland, Delhi and Mumbai.”

Mr Gupta said that the visit

of Mr Mukherjee was timely

and that his discussions with

Governor General Sir Jerry

Mateparae and Mr Key would

set the stage for high levels of bilateral

trade and commerce.

“I was to happy to meet Mr

Mukherjee along with Sir Jerry

at the State Dinner held at

Government House in Auckland

on April 30, 2016,” he said.


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Education agents need

lessons on honesty

In his public speeches and official discussions, India’s President

Pranab Mukherjee said that the increasing affordability of his

country’s middle class population has spurred the growth in

numbers of students seeking overseas studies.

“New Zealand is becoming an important destination. We

would like to ensure that they are safe and well looked after,” he said.

Mr Mukherjee was in New Zealand on a three-day official visit, the

first by a President of India along with a delegation comprising officials,

businesses and media.

To an ordinary observer those comments would have sounded

rhetoric but he was making an important observation.

Stressing welfare

While it is great to have more students to study in our universities,

tertiary education institutions and private training establishments

(PTEs), the welfare of international student population, especially

those from the Indian Sub-Continent, China and other Asian countries

should be treated paramount.

Mr Mukherjee was perhaps assessed of the state of affairs- of rogue

education agents in India overstating employment prospects and offering

permanent resident status to international students.

The need to regulate the export education sector, which accrues

about $2.85 billion to the national economy annually, has been pronounced

since long but the recent closure of a few institutions, leaving

their students in the lurch, has exacerbated the problem, calling

for urgent government action. Complaints of cut throat competition,

acts of impropriety and misuse of free market economy have been

on the increase. There was therefore an urgent need to introduce

new legislative measures that would discipline owners and operators

of PTEs.

International students also need to be disciplined, obliged to follow

the rules, and not get away with whatever they desired. There

have been increasing instances of international students (a majority

of them from India), abandoning their courses and seeking full-time

employment. A number of students have also sought to move to other

PTEs that offer cheaper courses.

New Legislation

New Zealand Parliament passed the Education Amendment Bill

(No 4) last year and it is hoped that it would achieve the aim of

cleansing the sector of unhealthy practices, incompetent and dishonest

providers and make the PTEs more transparent and accountable.

The misuse has obviously hurt honest operators and the new law

will end such gross misuse of the system. Empowering PTEs to retain

a larger percentage of the fees while refunding international students

who withdraw from a course of longer than three months or

switch over to another institution will provide greater stability to the

sector.

It is also perhaps time for concerted action by countries that are

popular destinations for international student traffic. Universities

and tertiary institutions in these countries are finding it hard to

meet the booming demand for higher education. Wealthy families in

fast-growing economies such as China and India can now afford to

send their offspring to university but world-class institutions are too

few.

Growing business

This is big business for New Zealand. With attractive revenues,

higher education is a significant industry. Foreign students have

greater propensity to spend on accommodation, eating, drinking and

entertainment.

Taking a big slug of students from other countries gives our universities

and PTEs a more international flavour, enriching the mix and

broadening the experience of domestic students in the process. That,

at least, is the theory.

As the market for international education explodes in volume, it is

in danger of seeing its market share slip. The US is a prime example.

Although America’s leading institutions have for long focused on

enrolling bright students from abroad, most of its colleges have not;

unsurprisingly, the country lost its market share in recent years. Its

prominence has had much to do with the global dominance of its culture,

the allure of its labour market and its lavish bursaries. But that

is no longer enough. Many states now employ educational agents to

lure foreign students their way. Even top universities are broadening

their search.

New Zealand institutions should wake up to market realities, put

their house in order and compete with the rest of the Western world

(notably the US, UK and Australia) to increase its share of the export

education market. And the new legislation should achieve its

objectives.

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The recent spate of burglaries

and assaults on retailers

and international students

has heated up discussions

about law and order that have been

simmering on the back burner.

A number of public meetings

have been held in Auckland to allay

fears and discuss possible solutions.

Practically everyone has had

a story involving the Police and I

have heard many theories about the

best way to address crime.

There is probably some validity

to each of those theories because

crime is a complex and multifaceted

issue.

Complex matters

In policy-speak, it is known as a

‘Wicked Problem.’

Wicked problems are policy issues

that are complex, and highly

resistant to being solved. They

tend to be difficult to define, have

various root causes and are interconnected

with a number of other

issues. Solving such issues involves

addressing a number of related issues.

There are no quick fixes when

it comes to wicked problems.

That brings me to one ‘solution’

that always comes up – harsher

punishments.

Sadly, international evidence tells

us that lengthening prison sentences

does nothing to reduce crime.

A recent study by the New South

Wales Crime Bureau found that

increasing the risk of arrest and

imprisonment was much more

effective.

The same study found that an improved

economy and employment

levels also provided strong disincentives

to crime.

Some disincentives

We need disincentives to crime to

form a fence at the top of the cliff

and to change the landscape that

nurtures criminal activity.

We need a strong ambulance at

the bottom of the cliff so that offenders

are caught and held accountable

for their actions.

We must have a Police force that

is adequately resourced so that police

officers are able to respond

when members of the public call

111.

We recently heard of incidents in

which victims of crime were forced

to retrieve their own stolen goods,

placing their safety in jeopardy because

they were told that the Police

were unable to assist for various

reasons.

We have also heard of retailers

who say they are armed just to get

the Police out to their shop after a

Let us drive these to the top of the cliff

crime has been committed.

Members of the public should not

feel that they need to take the law

into their own hands to get justice.

It is no secret that New Zealand

Police is inadequately resourced.

More for less

The Police Commissioner acknowledged

that Police has had to

absorb $300 million in rising costs –

costs for which they have not been

compensated.

Police are being expected to do

more with less funding.

The situation is even more dire in

the context of New Zealand’s continued

population growth. Further evidence

Police cost-saving measures

include closure of 30 police stations

since 2009 and the move to amend

legislation to allow Police to charge

for some services that according to

them are not core services, such as

Police vetting.

Resources are stretched thin, response

times to 111 calls are increasing

and offenders are being caught

less often.

Low resolution

In Auckland, the crime resolution

rate for burglaries has fallen to

about six per cent. That means in 94

per cent of cases, offenders get away

scot free.

We also know that there are a

number of other factors at play

when it comes to crime prevention.

Factors like income inequality,

family violence and substance

abuse play a significant role in rising

crime rates.

International research, most recently

a study published in the

Oxford Economics Paper, tells us

that there is a strong positive correlation

between pronounced income

inequality and violent crime.

The wider the socioeconomic gap,

the more gains potential criminals

perceive. Offenders carry out a

cost-benefit analysis just like anyone

else. If there’s a low chance of getting

caught and a potentially large

gain, the crime will be carried out.

We know all this. And yet, the

gap between the rich and the rest

of us in New Zealand continues to

grow. Rising income inequality is

the norm amongst most developed

countries, but very few have seen it

increase as much as New Zealand has

done.

According to a United Nations report,

child poverty has hardly decreased

since 2008.

The housing crisis is so grave that

owning their own home is a pipe

dream for the younger members of

our society.

In fact, for Generation Y – those

born in the 1980s and 1990s –

things are not looking good at all.

Unemployment rates for young people

have not recovered as fast as for

those in older age brackets since the

financial crisis.

For some, higher education is

not helping much either – the proportion

of those with Bachelor’s degrees

in the lowest income brackets

in on the rise.

Family violence

Recent reports show that New

Zealand has the highest reported

rates of intimate partner violence

and child abuse in the developed

world. Latest statistics show that

Police attend 279 family violence

incidents a day – statistics also tells

us that 80% of family violence incidents

are not reported to Police.

So many young violent offenders

are products of utterly dysfunctional

environments – various combinations

and permutations of family

violence, drug and alcohol abuse,

poverty and gang affiliations. As

a country, we seem to be slipping

backwards in all those areas.

Coupled with low conviction rates

and an inadequately resourced police

force, is it any wonder that so

many of us have a story to tell about

close encounters with crime?

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

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When Dr

Anwar Ghani

was formally

welcomed as

the Patron for Wing 294 at

the Royal Police Academy

in Wellington on October

19, 2015, he became the

first member of the Police

Commissioner’s Ethnic

Focus Forum to receive

such an honour.

He also became the

First Muslim Patron of

the much respected Police

Wing.

He received a formal

welcome as Patron of

Wing 294 at the College

located in Papakowhai,

Porirua. Members of

the Police Executive and

representatives of government

agencies participated

in the Powhiri for Dr

Ghani and 40 new police

recruits.

It was a historic occasion

and an honour for

our communities.

Respected Leader

Dr Ghani is the

Immediate Past President

of the Federation of

Islamic Associations of

New Zealand (FIANZ). He

is a distinguished professional

on Environmental

Science and Agriculture

and has, over the past

20 years dedicated himself

in a voluntary capacity

to represent the New

Zealand Muslim community

nationally and

internationally.

He received his

Doctorate (PhD) in 1989

and has published over 90

scientific papers. In 1996,

he became a Justice of the

Peace.

In 2004, the Queen appointed

him Member of

the New Zealand Order of

Merit for his services to

the community.

Last year, he was appointed

along with other

12 key ethnic leaders

as a member of the Police

Commissioners Ethnic

Focus Forum.

Dr Ghani has also been

listed among the top 500

Most Influential Muslim

Leaders in the world, a

list compiled by Royal

Jordanian Islamic Journal.

Graduation Ceremony

Dr Ghani was present at

the graduation ceremony

of the Royal Police College

on February 18, 2016.

Police and Corrections

Minister Judith Collins was

the Chief Guest.

Inspector Rakesh

Naidoo, who performed a

tour of duty at the College

during his Sergeant days,

said Dr Ghani has added

significant value to

the trusted relationship

between Police and the

community.

“His patronage of

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brought greater dignity to

the Wing,” he said.

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Venkat Raman

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The country’s largest mortgage

and insurance broker

of Indian origin

Global Financial Services

Limited (GFSL) has appointed a

former top banker and business

consultant to its Advisory Board.

Mike Skilling, former Bank of

New Zealand Business Financial

Services General Manager, now

an independent Management

Consultant joined Darrin Franks,

who was appointed to the Board

in July last year.

Mr Franks is an insurance veteran

with extensive experience

in the insurance industry.

They will share and expand the

vision of GFSL to go farther than

its current reach.”

GFSL Managing Director Ajay

Kumar said that the constitution

of the Advisory Board was a part

of his vision to establish the company

that he founded 17 years

ago as a professionally managed

organisation with a corporate

structure capable of expansion

and diversification.

“GFSL has been growing faster

than ever before, and certainly

the fastest in the country mortgage

and insurance brokerage industry.

Our mortgage business

grew a whopping 65% during the

2015-2016 financial year, with the

value of mortgage loans written

accounting for $831 million, and

the value of insurance premium

written by $800,000. With the total

value of mortgage loans organised

with banks through our

company valued at more than $4

billion and insurance premium

of $2.5 billion since our establishment

in March 1999, we are now

ready for the next stage of development,”

he told Indian Newslink

during an interview.

“The depth and breadth of experience

that Mr Skilling has

across retail, private, rural and

business banking sectors, together

with insurance, managed

funds and finance companies

means that his contribution to

the governance of GFS will be immense.

We are very pleased to

have him as part of our team,” he

added.

A member on several company

boards, Mr Skilling brings

with him extensive experience in

the banking and finance sectors.

He was a Founder, Director and

Trustee of ‘The Icehouse,’ an organisation

that helps businesses

in their start-up stages and supports

them in their growth and

productivity.

He has been a member on the

Independent Panel of Judges

of the Indian Newslink Indian

Business Awards for the past

three years.

Regulatory Regime

Mr Skilling said that GFSL has

registered impressive growth

over the years, expanding its customer

base, not only in Auckland

but also in other parts of the

country.

“The banking, finance and in-

Ajay Kumar with Mike Skilling and Darrin Franks on May 12

surance sectors are increasingly

coming under the purview of

the regulatory authorities such as

the Reserve Bank of New Zealand

and Financial Markets Authority.

It is therefore important that

apart from engaging in securing

mortgage loans and writing insurance

premiums for customers,

it is important to ensure compliance

at all times,” he said.

Mr Franks said that he is happy

with the procedures and systems

in place at GFSL to cope with the

regulatory requirements, assess

customers’ requirements and organise

them with lending institutions

and insurance companies.

“The company has a sound database

and computer applications

and hopes to switch to a better,

and more sophisticated digital

platform next year. The Advisory

Board will work closely with the

management of GFSL and assist

in the career advancement of the

employees as well,” he said.

Geographic growth

Mr Kumar revealed that GFSL

will open its first branch outside

its company headquarters (located

in Airport Oaks in the South

Auckland suburb of Mangere) in

Henderson in August 2016 and

the second branch in Manukau

next year. Properties in these

two areas have been acquired

and preparatory work has commenced,

he said.

“Staff training and involvement

in the operations of the company

are paramount to provide quality

service to customers. Every

member of the staff has to participate

in the ‘learning process’

at least one day during the working

week as a part of their work

schedule. We have a computerised

system of informing online

and other courses available for all

our staff,” Mr Kumar said.

Quality Service

In a fast changing world of

technology and loyalty, retention

of customers is often more

difficult than securing them in

the first place. How GFSL has

achieved not only a high rate of

customer retention but also an

increasing number of referrals

through existing clients is an inimitable

story of openness and

choice. Every customer, whose

application for a mortgage loan

would stand the assessment and

approval of the lending institution,

would be required to (a)

read, understand, approve and

accept the terms and conditions

of the loan (b) exercise the choice

of the bank in order of preference

(c) disclose the statements

that are necessary to establish

and maintain a close working client

relationship (d) exercise the

choice of allowing GFSL to monitor

their performance (e) enjoy

the exceptional service provided

by Mr Kumar and his team.

Unique Formula

The most important attribute

that has been contributing

to the continued success of GFSL

and its customers is the ‘Unique

Formula’ devised by Mr Kumar

enabling customers to repay their

loan and become free from the

mortgage bond quicker than the

usual 30 years. The Formula has

almost always worked. GFSL is

just 17 years old and many of its

clients have repaid their original

mortgage loans within this

period.

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mortgage but also advises customers

on how they can save interest

on it and get mortgage free

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Community celebrates a winner

Wenceslaus Anthony

It was inspiring to be a part of a small gathering

of family members, friends and

community leaders on April 26, 2016

to congratulate Shefali Mehta who was

honoured by Governor General Sir Jerry

Mateparae earlier that day at the Government

House in Auckland.

Ms Mehta received the Queen’s Service

Medal (QSM) for her services to the Indian

community.

Auckland City District Police Asian Liaison

Officer Jessica Phuang recalled the contributions

of Ms Mehta to the ‘Cop Chat’ Project initiated

by the Police to ensure the safety and

security of international students.

“Ms Mehta was the first person to register

and make the Project tick. This programme

aims to provide proper advice to foreign students

and make them feel at home. She is a

source of endearment to all of us,” Ms Phuang

said.

Dedicated fundraiser

Former National Party Mt Albert Electorate

Chair Peter Turner paid tributes to Ms Mehta’s

dedication to serve New Zealand communities

and organise fundraising programmes.

Rotary District (9920 & 9940) Past Governor

Ron Seeto recalled her services to the Rotary

Movement, especially during her term as

Harbourside Rotary Club President during

Rotary Year 2012-2013.

He said that Ms Mehta took up the challenge

of the then Rotary International President

Sakuji Tanaka to organise a community project

to promote peace.

“Rotary Club of Auckland Harbourside was

the first club in the District to organise a Peace

and Conflict Resolution Forum in September

2012 under her leadership. In addition, the

Club has been involved in a number of other

community welfare activities,” he said.

Rotary Club of Harbourside raised $80,000

through a number of events including Diwali

and Chinese New Year for such charitable organisations

as Starship, Auckland Medical

Research Foundation, Kidney for Kids and

Foundation for the Education of Needy

Children Fiji Trust.

Elderly Care

Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust Chairman

Jeet Suchdev described her as ‘a humble volunteer

of Aashirwad Ward, a ‘culturally appropriate

home’ for elders of Asian origin within the

David Lange Care in the South Auckland suburb

of Mangere.

Glacier Investments Managing Director

Donald Sew Hoy highlighted the achievements

of Ms Mehta’s fundraising and event management

skills.

“Shefali has always promoted family values

and her love for children and grandchildren

has always been a source for endearment,” he

said.

“Community Service helps in creating new

friendships, teaches how the community

works so that I can help the needy and less fortunate

people. Despite my internationality, I

am a proud Indian. I believe that we should be

able to retain traditional values and work for

the benefit of all peoples,” Ms Mehta said.

“I am humbled by the honour,” she added.

She appreciates the importance of the volunteer

service and thanks her supporters for

nominating her for the honour.

Attributing the Medal to her husband

Shailen (Procurement Head, The Reddy

Group of Companies) and their two sons

Ravi (Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers New

Zealand), Rajiv (Specialist Baker, Inspired

Foods Limited), she said that their support

has been central to her success in community

service.

Granddaughter of laureate Balwantrai

Kalyanrao Thakore, Ms Mehta has a graduate

degree (Bachelor) in Arts (Psychology major)

and has been involved with the Red Cross and

other community services.

Sir Jerry Mateparae with Shefali Mehta at the Investiture Ceremony

on April 26

Shefali and Shailen with their sons Rajiv (left) and Ravi Mehta at Government House, Auckland

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MAY 15, 2016

16 BUSINESSLINK

Not-for-profit does not mean losse-ended groups

Cherie Trewavas

When it comes to

keeping track of

income, the government

has strict

rules surrounding financial

accountability for registered

charities and not-for-profit

organisations.

It is therefore worth taking

some time to understand

how these rules might affect

your non-profit organisations.

There is plenty of non-profit

specific information on the

Inland Revenue Department

(IRD) website along with very

useful checklists and guides

that you should understand.

However, these can be a little

overwhelming.

So, let us get you started in

the right direction with a few

pointers on the kinds of things

you should be doing to ensure

that your organisation is getting

the most from its hard-earned

income.

Keeping track

First, the basics. Accounting

is more than just counting the

money that comes in and goes

out, although that certainly

forms a large part of it.

Think of it instead as a way

of identifying, measuring and

communicating financial information

to all the stakeholders in

your organisation so that they

can then make the best decisions

toward achieving the aspirations

of your entire non-profit

group.

The first thing that you should

become familiar with is a profit

and loss statement.

This is one of three key financial

statements prepared by

non-profit groups to keep track

of money (the other two being

balance sheets and cash flow).

Its purpose is to provide

an overview of income and

expenses.

P&L Objective

Sometimes called a statement

of financial performance or an

income statement, a profit and

loss document provides the basis

for measuring the financial

performance of the organisation

over the course of an accounting

period.

Essentially, all this document

shows is money received and

money spent.

At the bottom, you will have

either a surplus (you made

more money than you spent) or

a deficit (you spent more than

was earned). In that respect, it is

quite simple.

Revenue and other income

Within these two broader categories

of income and expense

are some slightly more abstract

terms that complicate things

a little but nonetheless have a

bearing on the final surplus or

deficit figure.

For instance, money received

can typically be broken down

into ‘revenue’ and ‘other income.’

Revenue would be money

from fundraising, grants and

anything else directly related to

the main activity of the group.

Whereas ‘other income’ is money

that did not come from these

main activities; a typical example

of this would be interest

made on fundraising cash sitting

in a bank account.

Expenses and other outgoings

Once you have all your income

listed, it is time to deduct

the outgoings.

These are costs to your

non-profit organisation and

range from regular things such

as accountancy and bank fees

through to rent and power bills.

Other, one-off expenses include

things like repair bills and travel

costs. For tax purposes, the depreciating

value of equipment

owned by the group (desks,

computers etc) can also be included

in the expense portion of

the profit and loss statement.

To find out more about depreciation,

the IRD website (www.

ird.govt.nz) is a good place to

start.

Income tax paid should also

be listed as an expense.

What does it all mean?

Keeping track of all the money

coming in and going out is important.

Not only does it provide

an accurate overview of the financial

situation, but it allows

you a chance to have a good

look in one simple document at

all the various income sources

your organisation has. Likewise,

it is a good chance to examine

the costs involved.

Of course, while on the whole

a profit and loss statement is

simple in theory; there will always

be specific things about

which you would be uncertain.

That is when you should talk to

an expert such as your accountant,

IRD or your bank.

If you have any questions

about how BNZ can support

your non-profit organisation,

call us on 0800 273 916.

The above article is intended

as a general discussion

only, and is based on selective

information which may not

be suitable for your purposes.

BNZ strongly recommends the

recipients take independent

legal, investment and financial

advice prior to making

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Wellingtonians to know more about Bhagavad Gita

Extracted Content

While the Bhagavad

Gita is widely regarded

as the most

sacred Book of the

Hindus, not many understand

its teachings, advice and implications

in life.

Most people know that Lord

Krishna (Lord Vishnu) ‘delivered’

the Gita to Arjuna at the

Battle of Kurukshetra explaining

why means also justify the

end (‘Dharma’ or Righteousness

is always the victor) and that

‘All is fair in war.’

Recent screening of India’s

great epic ‘Mahabharata’ (culminating

in the Battle of

Kurukshetra) in various television

channels in various

Indian languages has kindled

the interest of the youth on the

Bhagavad Gita.

English Course

Residents in Wellington,

Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and

other areas would have a better

insight into the teachings

of the Great Hindu Book as the

Wellington Indian Association

organises a six-week course

from May 19, 2016 at its ‘Gita

Mandir’ located at 48 Kemp

Street, Kilbirnie.

The weekly course will be

held in English from 7 pm to

830 pm on Thursdays, will conclude

with Mahaprasad.

Further details can be obtained

from Hema on

021-2963606.

Facebook Access: Wellington

Indian Association.

Lord Krishna educates Arjuna on life at

the Battle of Kurukshetra

Illuminating Q&A

The Bhagavad Gita is a

700-verse Hindu scripture in

Sanskrit, a part of the Hindu

epic Mahabharata (Chapters

25 to 42 of the Sixth Book of

Mahabharata).

The Gita is set in a narrative

framework of a dialogue between

Pandava Prince Arjuna

and his Guide and Charioteer

Lord Krishna.

Facing the duty as a warrior

to fight the Dharma Yudh

or Righteous War between

Pandavas and Kauravas, Arjuna

is counselled by Lord Krishna to

“fulfill his Kshatriya (warrior)

duty and establish Dharma.”

Inserted in this appeal to

Kshatriya Dharma (chivalry)

is a dialogue between diverging

attitudes concerning

The Bhagavad Gita in Book form

the methods of attaining liberation

(Moksha). The Bhagavad

Gita was exposed to the world

through Sanjay, who senses and

cognizes all the events of the

battlefield. Sanjay was Kaurava

King Dhritarashtra’s advisor and

charioteer.

Theistic theme

The Bhagavad Gita presents

a synthesis of the concept of

Dharma, theistic bhakti, the yogic

ideals of Moksha through

Jnana, Bhakti, Karma and

Raja Yoga (mentioned in the

Sixth Chapter) and Samkhya

philosophy.

Numerous commentaries

have been written on the Gita

with widely differing views on

the essentials. Vedanta commentators

read varying relations

between Self and Brahman

in the text: Advaita Vedanta

sees the non-dualism of Atman

(soul) and Brahman as its essence,

whereas Bhedabheda and

Vishishtadvaita see Atman and

Brahman as both different and

non-different, and Dvaita sees

them as different.

Spiritual Dictionary

The Bhagavad Gita’s call

for selfless action inspired

many leaders of the Indian

Independence Movement including

Bal Gangadhar Tilak

and Mohandas Karamchand

Gandhi. Gandhi referred to the

Gita as his ‘Spiritual Dictionary.’

Due to its presence in

Mahabharata, the Bhagavad

Gita is classified as a Smriti text

or ‘that which is remembered.’

The Smriti texts of the years

between 200 BCE-100 CE belong

to the emerging ‘Hindu

Synthesis,’ proclaiming the

authority of the Vedas while

integrating various Indian traditions

and religions. Acceptance

of the Vedas became a central

criterion for defining Hinduism

over and against the heterodoxies,

which rejected the Vedas.

The ‘Hindu Synthesis’

emerged during the early

Classical period (200 BCE-300

CE) of Hinduism. According

to Columbian Professor of

Religion, History and Human

Sciences Alf Hiltebeitel, a period

of consolidation in the development

of Hinduism took place between

the time of the late Vedic

Upanishad (ca 500 BCE) and the

period of the rise of the Guptas

(ca 320–467 CE) which he calls

‘Hindu Synthesis,’ ‘ Brahmanic

Synthesis,’ or ‘Orthodox

Synthesis.’

It developed in interaction

with other religions and

peoples.

The emerging self-definitions

of Hinduism were forged

in the context of continuous interaction

with heterodox religions

(Buddhists, Jains, Ajivikas)

throughout this period, and

with foreign people (Yavanas,

or Greeks; Sakas, or Scythians;

Pahlavas, or Parthians; and

Kusanas, or Kushans) from the

third phase on (between the

Mauryan Empire and the rise of

the Guptas).

The Bhagavad Gita is the sealing

achievement of this Hindu

Synthesis, incorporating various

religious traditions.

What: Bhagavad Gita in English

Who: Wellington Indian Association

Where: Gita Mandir, 48 Kempt Street, Kilbirnie

When: Six Weeks from May 19

Thursdays at 7 pm

Contact: Hema on 021-2963606

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Visiting Brahmarishi invokes self-realisation spirit

“The time to be happy is now; the place is here”

Venkat Raman

venkat@indiannewslink. co. nz

People of every religion

pin their faith in the basic

tenet that God is

One, Supreme and the

Epitome of Kindness and that

preachers are men of great

thought and deed, bringing

peace and goodwill.

On that score, the visit

of Vishvasant Brahmrishi

Gurvanand, respectfully referred

as ‘Gurvanand Swami

Ji’ to New Zealand last fortnight

will be marked as historic,

spurring piety and a volley of

emotions.

For an exclusive group of 100

men and women who were at

the home of Sudesh and Laxmi

Jhunjhnuwala in Auckland on

Saturday, April 30 and for more

than 1000 people the following

day (May 1) at Mahatma

Gandhi Centre in Eden Terrace,

Guruvanand personified

Divinity, Mercy and Grace,

charging the environment with

positive vibes.

Two days earlier (April 28),

he was at Sudima Christchurch

Airport Hotel to not only bless

the new phase of development

of the Hotel (which had

been officially opened by Prime

Minister John Key on April 14)

but also share his thoughts

and teachings with people in

Christchurch and from other

parts of South Island.

Powerful Presence

Millions of devotees across

the Continents are spellbound

by the magnetism of his voice

and the power of his presence

at every gathering- be it a large

meeting of 25,000 people or a

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At each of these, his message

comes through loud and clear:

“Self-Realisation helps a person

to achieve a better perception

of the world and its affairs; that

human relationship need not be

as complex as it looks.”

Guruvanand is a Saint who respects

his people; that is demonstrated

at every meeting that he

addresses. Standing for more

than two hours at the residence

of Mr and Mrs Jhunjhnuwala,

he spoke of the Universe, this

World, its people, other living

beings, human vicissitudes and

sufferings.

Throughout the 130-minutes

of his speech, this reporter was

becoming increasingly aware

of the fact that he is a highly

evolved Spiritual Master imbued

with tremendous power,

and a unique Divine Gift to humanity

in the modern age of

spiritual turmoil and tussle.

Universal fraternity

Spiritual leaders promote universality

of humankind, not

specific religious beliefs and

thoughts. True to this precept,

Guruvanand spoke about the

significance of achieving harmony

and peace within the self, at

home, in the neighbourhood, in

the community, the society, the

country and the world.

“Happiness is not elusive to

those who try and reach it,” he

said and repeated his Mantra

several times:

The time to be happy is now

and the place to be happy is

here. And the way to be happy is

to make someone happy

And to have a little heaven

right here

And to have a little heaven

right here

“Live a beautiful life, so beautiful

that its fragrance eternally

permeates and pervades the

memory of your fellow sojourners

in the journey of life.”

Guruvanand said that people

have the responsibility to imbibe

the serenity and the depth

of the meaning for the Divine

Teachings in their inner and external

lives.

“In the tapestry of life, weave

a story that is so inspiring and

so meaningful that posterity can

say with pride that you were indeed

the heir of the ‘Santana

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Dharma,’ the eternal Dharma

of the great Masters of the past.

Your thoughts and actions today

are indelible links that connect

the great shining past and the

glorious future unfolding of the

Divine Life, of which you are an

integral part,” he said.

Compassionate Guru

Residents of New Zealand and

visitors, who had an opportunity

to converse, even briefly, with

Guruvanand would agree that

the ‘Brahmarishi’ is full of compassion

and love combined with

humility and simplicity. They

would have also realised that he

is one of the most revered accomplished

saints of the contemporary

world.

Laxmi Jhunjhnuwala described

the public meeting held

on May 1 at Mahatma Gandhi

Centre as ‘full of energy and

goodwill.’

“More than 1000 people listened

to Gurudev’s discourse for

more than two hours in rapt attention.

They responded to his

questions with enthusiasm and

Gurudev imparted his personal

blessing to everyone present for

long-lasting peace and happiness

in their lives. He also gifted

them each with a single-faced

‘Rudraksha.’ They were truly

fortunate to participate in this

unique opportunity for such

spiritual bliss,” she said.

Refreshing Teacher

Defying his age (75)

Guruvanand is a globetrotter,

travelling to various countries

in different time zones and yet

retaining freshness, charm and

alacrity. The IIT (Indian Institute

of Technology’) topper, Master

of the Four Vedas, a linguist

and a symbol of resplendence,

he brings together people of all

faiths, propagating the philosophy

of ‘Religion should unite

and not divide humankind.’

Master of Ceremonies

Professor Sekhar

Bandyopadhyay

PhD, FRSNZ

Head, School of History,

Philosophy, Political Science and

International Relations

Director, New Zealand India

Research Institute

Victoria University of Wellington

Reflections

Roderick Oram

Director, ‘Evanston

Enterprises Ltd’ and

Trustee, New Zealand

Centre for Global Studies

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His teachings are well founded

on tenets of innate goodness

of every person, transcending

barriers of race, religion, language

and other man-made barriers.

He believes that everyone

has something to contribute to

the progress and prosperity of

the human race as a whole.


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Downpour of Carnatic Music in June

Venkat Raman

venkat@indiannewslink. co. nz

Carnatic music lovers can expect

a heavy downpour next month.

The New Zealand Carnatic

Music Society (NZCMS) is putting

together a three-day festival that

would witness not only blossoming

singers and senior artistes from our

own families but also a group of professional

musicians from Tamil Nadu.

The Society’s annual

‘Sangeethothsavam’ (Music Festival)

will be held over the Queen’s Birthday

weekend at Mt Roskill Intermediate

School Hall on Denbigh Avenue.

Engaging performers

NZCMS President Mani

Narayanaswamy said that the Festival

will commence on Saturday, June 4,

2016 at 930 am with the performances

by NZCMS students.

“The Festival will continue in the

evening at the same venue at 530 pm

with a Veena and Violin Concert by

Dr Jayanthi Kumaresh and her husband

Kumaresh Rajagopalan with J

Vaidyanathan on Mridangam.

“The second day (Sunday, June 5,

2016) will feature senior artistes of the

Carnatic Music Society between 3 pm

and 8 pm,” he said.

Students of the Organisation will

once again take the stage on Monday,

June 6, 2016 from 930 pm to 1 pm, he

said.

“The grand finale of this year’s

Sangeethothsavam will be held in

the evening with popular artistes including

O S Vaidyanathan, popularly

known as Arun (Vocal), Embar

Kannan (Violin) and J Vaidyanathan

(Mridangam),” Mr Narayanaswamy

said.

Entry to the Concerts are free for

current members of NZCMS. Tickets

are available with several members of

NZCMS (Please see advertisement in

this section).

Entry Tickets

They are priced at $25 per adult, $20

for seniors and those between 8 and

18 years; combo ticket valid for all concerts

priced at $45 per adult and $35

for seniors and those between 8 and

18 years.

Further information can be obtained

from Mr Narayanaswamy on

027-9531077 and other members of the

NZCMS.

Jayanthi Kumaresh

Veena is not just a stringed instrument-

it enjoys a state of reverence as

the expressive attribute of Goddess

Saraswathi. On such a note, from

self-taught artistes like Sundaram

Balachander and legendary Chitti

Babu to present-day performers.

Veena has an exalted status.

Among those who have enhanced

the melody of this divine instrument

is Dr Jayanthi Kumaresh, who

will present a Veena Concert on June

4. Her repertoire, depth of knowledge

of Carnatic Music and ability to

raise the melody to new levels have

brought fame and dignity to the fine

arts of India.

Beginning her career on the Veena

at the tender age of three, Dr Jayanthi

has had the great fortune of encouragement

from her mother Lalgudi

R Rajalakshmi and other members

of the family who were all famed

violinists.

Inspired by the Veena, as a teenager,

she went under the ‘Gurukulam’

of Padmavathy Ananthagopalan to

begin long days of training, practice

and performance.

Critics say that as a sixth generation

musician Dr Jayanthi has been captivating

audiences around the world

for 30 years.

“Apart from several prestigious

venues and festivals in India such as

Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav, Gwalior

Music Festival, Chennai Music

Festival, she has performed at several

international events such as the

San Francisco Jazz Festival, Darbar

Festival, Queensland Music Festival,

Darwin Music Festival, Adelaide

Music Festival. She has appeared at

internationally known venues such as

the UN General Assembly (New York),

Palladium (Indiana), Theatre de la

Ville (Paris) and Northwest Folklife

Festival (Seattle), they said.

Kumaresh Rajagopalan

Violinists are expected to accept

the challenges of main artistes such

as vocalists and Veena maestros (as

would be the case in Auckland) and

bring out the best in them.

Violinists add value to music as accompanying

artistes or as main performers,

in both of which Kumaresh

Rajagopalan finds his own level of

excellence.

He matches up to his wife Dr

Jayanthi Kumaresh and experts reviewing

their concerts have often

said that they share success equally.

He and brother Ganesh

Rajagopalan as known as artistes,

musicians, performers, composers,

directors, producers, researchers and

teachers but on a personal level, they

consider themselves students of life

and existence.

“We are on continuous search for

comprehending the essential qualities

of Nature’s creative idioms by

connecting to it seamlessly with their

own inner creative resource. We believe

that musicians must redefine

the art-form by the mere force of intent,

practice and surrender, rather

than letting scholars do that,” Mr

Kumaresh said.

Trained by his father T S

Rajagopalan, a veteran violinist, he

completed his hundredth stage appearance

before he was ten years old.

J Vaidyanathan

In an interview published in

The Hindu, Mridangam Master J

Vaidyanathan (JV) paid tributes to audiences

outside India for the ‘respect

they show to visiting artistes by staying

till the end of concerts.’

“I can stand up and play

Mridangam,” he said with a chuckle.

“Perhaps the audience should be

asked to sit through the concert once they

are in the auditorium as it happens in

Europe. But then, Operas go on for just an

hour, unlike our Concerts.”

Son of D K Jayaraman, one of the latest

Carnatic musicians and nephew of the legendary

D K Pattammal, JV learnt the fine

art of Mridangam from Dr T K Murthy,

who this reporter has known as an accompanying

artiste to Bharat Ratna, the late Dr

M S Subbulakshmi in the 1960s and 1970s.

He was the youngest Mridangam artiste

to receive the prestigious ‘Kalaimamani

Award’ from the Tamil Nadu government.

O S Vaidyanathan

A gifted vocalist, O S Vaidyanathan, better

known as Arun is famous for his sonorous

voice that he wields with confidence

and for his musical personality which he

employs in tandem with his superior stage

performance.

He has inherited the mantle of singing

New Zealand Carnatic Music Society

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Sangeethothsavam 2016

Saturday4th June 2016

9:30 am to 1:00 pm

NZCMS StudentPerformances

Evening -5:30 pm

Veena Smt Jayanthi Kumaresh

Violin Shri Kumaresh

Mridangam Shri JVaidyanathan

Sunday 5th June 2016

3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

NZCMS Senior ArtisteConcerts

Monday6th June 2016

9:30 am to 1:00 pm

NZCMS StudentPerformances

Evening -5:30 pm

Vocal Shri OS Arun

Violin Shri Embar Kannan

Mridangam Shri JVaidyanathan

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from a family in which music is a way of

life. Arun was given to Carnatic Music in

the Parivar Parampara and he began his

music lessons under the careful ear of his

father Vidwan O V Subramaniam. He later

qualified Alankar Purna from Gandharva

Mahavidyalaya.

He also topped the Sangeetha Shironmani

diploma course in Carnatic music conducted

by the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts at

Delhi University.

Embar Kannan

‘Embar’ is a prefix associated with some

of the greatest names in music and religious

and spiritual leaders. Embar Kannan

(EK), a star violinist is one of them.

A postgraduate in Commerce, he has

brought fame and honour to his father

Embar Sadagopan who dreamt of seeing

him as a concert artiste.

Acknowledged as a violinist par excellence,

his style is marked by clarity, soulfulness

and energy. The late Subbudu, the

doyen among critics recognised EK as a

prized jewel of Carnatic music.

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Buddha Dharma dispels pain and sorrow

Abbess Manshin

Buddha’s Birthday is a

joyous occasion at which

people come together

to bathe the Little Deity.

In front of the compassionate

Buddha, we sincerely pray for

the disasters and wars around

us to cease and disappear.

In the past year, countries

around the world had to not

only face the challenges of global

warming but also experience

extremities in weather

conditions.

The four seasons of Spring,

Summer, Autumn and Winter

seem to have lost their bearings,

causing havoc with the weather.

After many years of silence

under the destruction by humankind,

the Earth, which

we have placed the most reliance

for our survival, is now

protesting.

Nature’s outburst

These protests are leading to

continuous earthquakes and

floods in many places.

As the top of the animal

kingdom, humankind should

have appreciated each other

and worked together to overcome

these natural disasters.

However, the civil wars in the

Middle East and Africa have

forced many refugees to seek

asylum in Europe.

Looking at these life changing

international calamities, it

is really difficult to reconcile

these events with the wisdom

of humankind. We sincerely

wish that we are able to utilise

the compassion of the Buddha

Dharma to dispel these pains

and sorrows.

We also hope that the intrinsic

quality of love and peace in

everyone will be released.

With a heart filled with gratitude

and appreciation, let us

love each and every one on

Earth and treasure our natural

resources. With a heart filled

with selflessness and equality,

let us accept and care for those

who are suffering.

Shining Light

On this Buddha’s Birthday,

we pray for the Buddha’s light

to shine across the Earth and

the Dharma water to soothe

and nourish all sentient beings.

Blessings to everyone who is

present today and especially to

the warriors who are fighting

for their survival.

Abbess Manshin speaking at the main ceremony

The Filipino community extolling Gautama Buddha

The New Zealand Police band performing at the Festival

Manshin is the Abbess at Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple located at 16 Stancombe Road, Flatbush, East Auckland. The above is an edited version of her speech at Buddha’ s Birthday

Multicultural Festival for World Peace held at the Temple on Sunday, May 8, 2016. More than 1000 people attended the Ceremony among who were Auckland Mayor Len Brown, Member

of Parliament Jami-Lee Ross, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office Auckland Director General Dr Dr Chung-hsing Chou, Festival Organisation

Committee Chairman Steven Lintao Yu, Police Inspector Rakesh Naidoo, Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand General Secretary Ibrar Sheikh, Multicultural Business Council

Chairman Wenceslaus Antony and other community leaders.

Corrections

In the report titled, Exponent and students extol virtues

of Lord Rama, ‘by Dr Prathyusha Vikrant published in our

May 1, 2016 issue, two errors occurred at the Copy Desk,

both of which escaped the attention of the Editor.

Please read the relevant portions of the Report as follows:

The programme began with ‘Maha Ganapathim, ‘a

Meenakshi Dikshitar (not Muthuswami Dikshitar)

composition.

Puja Nory glorified the grand epic Ramayana in her

rendition of ‘Bhavayami Raghuramam’ (not ‘Bharatam

Raghunandan’ ) a composition of Swati Tirunal in Raga

Malika.

‘Auckland Sisters’ Vishnu Priya Mallela and Dr Prathyusha Vikrant


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MAY 15, 2016

24 COMMUNITYLINK

Model of the Fortnight

Moderation keeps life in healthy balance

A

sporty fashionista

living a balanced

healthy

lifestyle has

everything

in moderation, says

Hannah Henderson,

our Model of the

Fortnight.

The 20-year-old has

a penchant for outdoor

activities that see her as

an actor, surf instructor,

horse rider and as

lover of animals.

Raised in the sylvan

surroundings of

Ohope (considered

to be New Zealand’s

best beach), Hannah

spent her formative

years in Gold Coast

following her family’s

move to Australia,

where ‘a lot of her

passions were

turned into every

day jobs.’

She feels extremely

blessed to

be able to do what

her heart desires

every day.

Calling shots

“Returning home to

Aotearoa when I was old

enough to fly the coop,

I was cast on MTV ‘s

‘Shannara Chronicles’

series, which was filmed

in Auckland amidst stunning

scenery,” she said.

Her participation in Miss

Universe New Zealand (in

which she was the First

Runner Up) afforded her an

opportunity to travel to the

Philippines, where she experienced

a humble welcome

at every village and

town that she visited.

Hannah said she would

cherish the experience

for ever.

She considers modelling

as a ‘package of sound

reputation, responsibility,

standing for what you believe

and being prepared

to put in the hard work.’

SPCA Volunteer

Her ability to articulate

makes her a good

communicator.

Away from the camera or the

beach, Hannah chases her passion

for animal welfare participating

in the activities of

the local branch of the Society

for Prevention of Cruelty to

Animals (SPCA).

“It is hard to resist the temptation

of taking them home. I

am also a part of the after-hours

emergency rescue team and

love every moment of it,” she

said.

-Venkat Raman

Pictures by Bhikhu Bhula

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Scammers target Indians again

New Zealand Police

has warned people of

Indian origin against

another wave of immigration

scam, conforming to the

earlier versions.

Unsuspecting men and women

receive phone calls claiming

to be from Immigration New

Zealand (INZ). The caller identifies

them by name and other

personal details, demands immediate

payment to ‘set right’

inadequate fees collected while

granting resident visas and directs

them to remit the amount into a

Western Union account.

The caller further volunteers a

‘friendly advice’ that he would ‘hold

on’ until the financial transaction is

completed.

Aggressive calls

A Police statement said that the

callers can be persistent and aggressive,

since they have a record of the

personal details of their contacts.

“The calls may appear to emanate

from an INZ call centre- it is not so.

Banks, INZ and Inland Revenue will

never email, call or message customers

demanding transfer of money.

If you receive such calls, please

hang up and contact the Police or

report to ‘Scamwatch’ at www.consumerprotection.govt.nz/scams,”

the

statement said.


MAY 15, 2016

COMMUNITYLINK 25

Bold women throw light on their darkest hour

Maiden venture in Auckland blazes a trail

Ratna Venkat

ratna@indiannewslink. co. nz

is a man’s

world” – the first

line of James

“This

Brown’s famous

1966 song, seems irrelevant now

in 2016.

For, so much has changed in

the past fifty years for the liberated

woman.

Their roles are more demanding

today, juggling home, work

and extra-curricular activities,

and yet as a society, we take

pride in continuing to promote

gender equality by encouraging

the modern woman to think

for herself and live the way she

wants.

This is what I expected at the

event, ‘I am Woman’, would be

about, gender equality, feminism

and women emancipation,

but later realised how wrong

I would be after attending this

highly inspiring High Tea and

networking rendezvous.

Launched on April 30, 2016 by

its Founder and Chief Executive

Anuradha Sharma, more than

200 women (and men) of varied

ethnicities and backgrounds

came together to become

‘change-makers’ for their

futures.

The Dignitaries

Among those who attended

the event held at Langham

Hotel were Race Relations

Commissioner Dame Susan

Devoy, Members of Parliament

Dr Parmjeet Parmar (National),

Jenny Salesa, Jacinda Arden

(Labour), David Seymour

(Act), Labour Party Policy

Council Member Priyanca

Radhakrishnan, Korean Consul-

General Chan Sun Cha, Saudi

Arabia Consular Official Laila

Fayden, Police Inspector Rakesh

Naidoo, Auckland City District

Police Asian Liaison Officer

Gina and Ina sharing the story of their lives with Annah Stretton

Master of Ceremonies

Mary Haddock-Staniland

Jessica Phuang and India Trade

Alliance Chairman Giri Gupta.

Conceptualised two years ago

in Italy and later in New York,

‘I am Woman’ made its way to

New Zealand in 2014. With the

support of professionals and

entrepreneurs, it was officially

launched this year with ‘Live

life in Colour’ series – inspirational

talks and life-changing

personal stories presented

by NZ based fashion designer

Annah Stretton and two female

guest speakers from her organisation

‘Reclaim A Woman’

(RAW).

Honest speakers

The guest speakers were Ina

and Gina who boldly shared to

the public their similar histories

of crime, domestic violence,

drug abuse and the difficulties

in re-assimilating into society.

‘I am Woman’ say these models

Their pasts were not something

to be ashamed of, because

as Annah indicated, it is such

depressing moments that motivate

us to ‘step up’ and finally

take charge of our lives, transforming

our black and white

moments into bursts of colour.

‘Live life in Colour,’ was the

apt title for the event.

Annah and her team behind

RAW believe that sharing personal

stories that reflect hurt

and neglect is one of the best

ways to help women regain

self-esteem, and in Gina’s words,

‘encourages former criminals

to become contributors to their

communities.’

Terrifying experience

Capturing our attentions and

our hearts, Ina and Gina described

how difficult and terrifying

it was to embark on a path

More than 200 women and men attended the event

unfamiliar to them, especially

after being raised in environments

where love was hardly

ever present. With time and patience

on their sides however,

their wounds showed signs of

heal.

A fashion show displaying

some of Annah’s dresses marked

the culmination of the event,

with women from professional

fields chosen to walk down the

runway instead of professional

models.

Vicious Circle

As a woman, going to this

event was not only educational

but enlightening, as it brought

out past issues I could relate

it to my recent dance concert

‘Life in a Full Circle,’ held on

April 9 (Indian Newslink, April

15, 2016). Some people who I

thought would help me with the

Apathy strikes a superlative dance recital

Daughter and disciple of

Madurai R Muralidharan, Kavya

proved that she was a chip of

Krishna’s Ras Lila (the Divine

Love of Lord Krishna) composed

in the North Indian Hindustani classical

tradition. But for me, the

Ratna Venkat

the old block and has over the

ratna@indiannewslink.co.nz

years, created a landmark of her

highlight of the evening was a

own, presenting a total of eight

composition on the stages of

unique dance items that showcased

good partnership between

trials and tribulations that a

a woman’s life. Describing the

After a long time,

Auckland audience

was treated to a Mr Muralidharan coming

through mixed emotions in

father and daughter.

woman has to endure, from go-

Bharata Natyam performance

posed all the songs while Kavya

her youth to experiencing the

at a professional levposed

el on Saturday, April 30 at the

Auckland Normal Intermediate

School auditorium in Mt Eden.

A solo recital by Chennaibased

visiting artiste

Kavyalakshmi (Kavya)

Muralidharan, this was a

fundraising event for Thiru

Subramaniyar Aalayam in

Mangere and Sri Balaji Temple

in Hamilton.

The programme was organised

by Renuka Katheesan,

Principal and Director of

Auckland based dance school,

Sai Natyalaya.

breathed life into his compositions

with her dancing.

Strong footwork

A few glitches in sound and

lighting at the beginning did

not hinder her performance.

Kavya’s facial expressions and

execution of dance movements

captivated our attention as we

listened and witnessed the song

and dance transcending into

one divine entity.

Her strong footwork in particular

takes special admiration.

In true Muralidharan style,

the programme consisted of

songs that exuberated the beauty

of Tamil language and were

both religious and non-religious.

Religious dance pieces

included Varnam on Shiva

Thiruvilayadal (the Divine

Deeds of Lord Shiva), and

first flush of love, this performance

mirrored the essence of

the ‘I am Woman’ event that I

attended earlier on the same

day, and it was a delight to see

this as a part of the programme

(please read related story under

Communitylink).

From a serious composition

to a light-hearted one, another

unique item was on ‘Sirippu’

(laughter). Influenced by Tamil

film actor N S Krishnan’s promotion

of comedy in films, Kavya

enacted how laughter can solve

many of life’s problems.

At the end, her performance

Project, did not.

And there were those who almost

walked out of my Project,

leaving me in jeopardy.

For a young woman with ambitions,

such drama can be overwhelming,

especially when she

puts on a brave face for the success

of her maiden venture.

But listening to Annah, I realised

that setbacks are an inevitable

part of life and therefore it

is important to remain calm and

just move on by placing “one

foot in front of the other.”

This was when I realised that

the purpose of being a woman

was above all, being human.

Going back to complete James

Brown’s 1966 classic song, “This

is a man’s world, but it would

be nothing, nothing without a

woman or a girl.”

did not make us laugh, rather it

made us smile.

Disappointing attendance

Besides the students of Sai

Natyalaya attending Kavya’s

Bharata Natyam concert, it

was disappointing to see that

not many students from other

dance schools turned up to witness

the programme.

It is rare to see a performer of

this calibre and being a visiting

artiste from India, students who

are aspiring to be proficient

could have taken this opportunity

to learn by witnessing her

performance and being introduced

to new themes penned by

Mr Muralidharan.

Hopefully, this will not be the

case for the upcoming Dance

Musical ‘Avadhara Purushan’,

produced by Mr Muralidharan

and presented by Sai Natyalaya

on Sunday May 22 at Dorothy

Winstone Centre, Auckland Girls’

Grammar School at 430 pm.


MAY 15, 2016

26 ARTLINK-Ratna Venkat

Merciless humans destroy

Graceful Nature

The withering, lone survivor

Ashok Kochhar

kochhara55@gmail. com

Life is an organic unity.

It is a full circle of

giving and sharing.

Just imagine that if

there were only takers and no

givers. Such a state would be

very grim.

Roots of the trees receive the

nectar from Mother Earth and

give back fruits and flowers

back to Earth and hence

completes the circle.

The birds and the bees that

have trees as habitats also help

in pollination, and give back for

the support of the fauna around

them.

Somehow, man thinks that he

is smart and extracts all possible

fruits of Earth, from fruits and

flowers to precious minerals.

Meaningless right

Man believes that he has the

right to take everything; and to

destroy life at will.

We have no thought of giving

back.

We are the only race that is

thankless and rather proud of

the trail of destruction we are

leaving behind.

As a result of our arrogance

and ignorance, Mother Earth

is getting crippled slowly and

ultimately we all will suffer and

vanish because of our own acts.

Sun, Moon and the entire

cosmos go on constantly giving

life to us, but we have no

realisation.

We forget that all the mystics

get enlightened on Full Moon.

We forget how Mother Nature

around us impacts every aspect

of our being.

By destroying Nature, we are

destroying our very being.

As a photographer who

observes the ultimate unity bit

keenly, I know that breaking

this harmony will leave us to a

great disaster.

The hills are full of sadness

Shades of darkness cloud our vision

The blurring image of Nature

Pearls like dewdrops fell

Is the Sun setting on us?

Emptiness bedevils our Earth

The fading leaf drops an omen

Ashok Kochhar is a photographer extraordinaire with hundreds of thousands of photographs on varied subjects under and around the Sun to his credit. His versatility has been decorating the pages of Indian Newslink

since September 1, 2015. He is now on a unique mission of ‘500 Days across New Zealand, ‘giving work to his camera and his own creative thought process. We will continue to carry many of his creations in our issues.


MAY 15, 2016

ARTLINK-Ratna Venkat

27

Fat and things put the skin to acid test

Many of us do not

think of the disastrous

effects that

our body weight

and ill-balanced diet has on our

skin.

Fat, mucin and water stored

beneath our skin ages our flesh

fast, leading to poor circulation

of blood.

Massaging the skin is important

to avoid fat and improve

blood circulation.

A qualified and experienced

therapist will know the difference

between various types

of skins and the problems afflicting

them before discussing

the right type of therapy or

treatment.

Contrary to popular belief,

such treatment does not cost a

lot of money; certainly not as

much some products cost in

the market. These products are

marketed at enormous costs,

which are passed on to the

customers.

We often rush to buy these

creams and lotions without realising

that they could cost us the

beauty of our skin; sadly, some

of us do not know that timely

and proper treatment from a

specialist would save not only

money but also our skin.

Hormone support

Women need hormone support

to maintain their weight,

especially as they age. Dieting

would not help in achieving

their objective of remaining fitcertainly

not to the extent that

healthy food with the vitamins

do. As a mother of two children,

I am aware of the challenges

and often talk about them.

People often ask, “Why does

our appearance change after

children arrive? Why do most

women lose interest in looking

after themselves?”

It is not really rocket science.

Getting married and giving

birth to children are a part of

the natural process – the world

must go on – but these need not

be at the cost of our health of

our body, skin, mind and heart.

A few simple methods can help

us retain good health.

Special regimen

I have created this special regimen

for both women and men

how to look younger and healthier

doing a few things different

in life. Many women lead busy

lives, working at home or office,

running a commercial organisation

or helping in community

projects. They cook for their

spouses, partners and children,

keep their homes clean and still

find time for themselves.

Like most women, I do not

spend large sums of money on

self-maintenance. But we do the

right things that help our body

and skin to remain young and

glowing. We must maintain our

hormones in balance.

Some healthy tips.

Take food high in skin-streng

thening Omega-three fatty acids

(Flaxseed, Collagen– boosting

Vitamin C, Walnuts, Broccoli

and Vitamins A and D.

Take rich antioxidant –

Vitamins A & E (Almonds,

Butter, Wheat Germ), Pumpkin,

Sweet Potatoes, Carrots.

If you are a smoker, give up

the habit immediately. Cigarette

smoking damages the skin and

produces wrinkles at a very

young age.

Drink Green Tea first thing in

every morning.

We take in so much of processed

food, put on weight and

then worry about losing weight.

A brisk walk for 20 minutes

every day or at least thrice a

week will help us to lose weight.

Hydrating your skin and body

with drinking enough water is

important.

Drink alcohol in moderation

as it slows down your metabolism

and increases body weight.

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There is nothing more human than the right to live

Venkat Raman

venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz

Friends call him ‘A

Gentleman among Police

Officers,’ colleagues say

he promotes self-discipline

and members of the community

describe him as ‘A

person who works hard towards

safer communities.’

The reality is that Police

Inspector Rakesh Naidoo is a

firm believer in equal opportunity

to every human being to

lead a progressive life.

That was perhaps what made

him the ideal choice to be

the Strategic Advisor on Race

Relations to Race Relations

Commissioner Dame Susan

Devoy.

His responsibilities include

leading and managing the work

programme of Race Relations

Commissioner on research, advocacy,

project implementation,

education and strategic stakeholder

engagement.

It was a just a month or so ago

that Rakesh took charge in his

new assignment but there are already

calls from many of his colleagues

to ‘return sooner than

the two-year stint,’ The man,

first person of Asian ethnicity to

rise to the rank of Inspector at

the New Zealand Police, thought

long and hard and discussed

with his peers and superiors for

almost a year before making the

move.

None above law

There is a reason for the sentiments.

From his days as a constable,

sergeant and senior

sergeant (known to this reporter

since then), Rakesh has always

been a caring, unassuming

and conscientious police officer,

always keen to observe the law,

before enforcing it on others. He

is the kind of officer who would

ask the traffic police, “Please issue

a speeding ticket,” rather

than argue.

“We are New Zealanders

proud of our ‘above the board

image.’ Let us remain that way

and promote good policing habits,”

he would say.

When he was promoted

to the rank of Inspector and

posted to the Police National

Headquarters in Wellington four

years ago, his brief was to advice

the Police Commissioner

and Management on ways and

Inspector Rakesh Naidoo

means of fostering good relations

with various ethnic

communities.

He not only rose to the occasion

but also led initiatives that

respond to New Zealand’s diverse

ethnic communities.

“These initiatives have resulted

in the New Zealand Police

being at the forefront of ethnic

strategy development and

engagement and contributed

towards successfully managing

major incidents,” Police

Commissioner Mike Bush said.

Growing diversity

If Rakesh is proud of his job

and the blue uniform, he always

shows it.

“As one of the most diverse nations

in the OECD, New Zealand

should act quickly to reap the

benefits of new migrants and

forestall problems, and the most

critical period lies in their first

two years after arrival, the first

leg of their settlement journey.”

He has learnt the settlement

journey from personal

experience.

Born and raised in South

Africa, he went to India when he

was 19 years old to spend four

years working in the voluntary

sector and exploring his cultural

roots.

He later worked for a notfor-profit

organisation in

Washington DC before migrating

to New Zealand in 2001.

With his bright and enthusiastic

disposition. Rakesh was

a man with a difference at

the Royal New Zealand Police

College in Wellington. He was

also distinct with his eating habits-

whoever had heard of a pure

vegetarian who also religiously

avoided onion and garlic in the

Force?

He was spared a bench with

ingredients at the pantry.

“It was a far cry from the

Police College of today. In 2015,

they cater for peanut allergy,

gluten-free, halal and other dietary

needs for cadets and officers.

As for vegetarians, there

is a never-ending choice,” he

said.

Following graduation, Rakesh

was posted to Henderson in

West Auckland and then, in

2004, to Christchurch where he

worked until 2007.

In both places he was the only

Asian officer.

New Zealand Police established

the Office of Maori, Pacific

and Ethnic Service in 2003, and

in 2004 he became an Ethnic

Liaison Officer, the first uniformed

police officer to be appointed

to the role.

Comfortable journey

His settlement journey was

relatively smooth, supported by

fluency in English.

“If the settlement experience

can be managed well, it really

contributes to the long term

wellbeing of the person,” he

said.

New Zealand Police can justifiably

be proud of its contributions

to the government’s

Migrant Settlement Strategy,

which include ‘Inclusion’ and

‘Health and Wellbeing.’


MAY 15, 2016

28 ENTERTAINMENTLINK

Dance Musical glorifies

the might of Lord Ram

‘Avadhara Purushan’ in Auckland on May 22

Venkat Raman

venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz

Indian Television and stage

is experiencing a renaissance

of epics and history

evincing the interest of the

younger generation, which as elders

say, is in itself a good thing.

Recent and ongoing screening

of Mahabharat, Siya Ke

Ram, Hanuman and others

has encouraged movie producers

to offer such blockbusters

as ‘Bahubali,’ which have created

an all-time record at the

box-office.

Such revival is somewhat new

to theatre although producers

like Madurai R Muralidharan

have been at it for more than

two decades. They have beheld

the interest of hundreds of

thousands of people throughout

the world with their mammoth

shows.

The forthcoming Dance

Musical ‘Avadhara Purushan’

will arguably become a talk of

the town, for its size could be an

awe-inspiring event.

Mr Muralidharan has chosen

‘Sai Natyalaya’ run by dance

teacher Renuka Katheesan

as the banner for the programme

on Sunday, May 22,

2016 (at 430 pm) at Dorothy

Winstone Centre, Auckland Girls

Grammar School.

Perfect Man

‘Avadhara Purushan’ – some

Tamil expressions defy meaningful

translation – glorifies

Lord Ram, the Hero of

‘Ramayan’ (or ‘Ramayanam’)

as the embodiment of

Righteousness, Marital Fidelity,

Royal Benevolence, Courageous

Leadership and Moral Rectitude.

He exemplifies man as a duty-bound

son, brother, husband,

friend and ‘liberator of the evil

from its vicious bond.’

While most of India follows

the version of Ramayan as recited

by the great sage Valmiki, the

harbinger poet (attributed to 5th

Century BCE), Tamilians follow

the version created by Kambar,

a 12th Century Tamil poet.

There is not much variation

from the original creation but

‘Kamba Ramayanam’ is replete

with the beauty of Tamil language

with all its rich literature.

Mr Muralidharan deserves

credit for reliving the great epic

with his own brand of creativity

that includes delectable lyrics,

immortalised by patented music

(which reportedly cost more

than Rs 600,000 (about $14,000)

and exquisite digital backdrops

that bring a certain authenticity

to the grandeur of Ram.

“Kamba Ramayanam is not a

literal translation of the Valmiki

original. He condensed the

Sanskrit version, added his

own contributions; and yet, it

contained only half of 24,000

verses of Valmiki Ramayan,” he

said.

Intense work

Mr Muralidharan has invested

time (more than 18 months)

and money in his latest production

and the expectation is

that ‘Avadhara Purushan’ will

not only be a fitting tribute to

Lord Ram but also follow in the

successful lineage of his earlier

productions which include

‘Silappatikaram,’ ‘Sivagamiyin

Sabatham,’ ‘Kanda Puranam,’

‘Thiru Krishna Leela’ and

‘Thirumangai Alwar.’

More than 65 artistes have

participated in this venture.

Among them are Embar Kannan

a popular Violinist who will

perform for the New Zealand

Carnatic Music Society on June

6, 2016 (read separate story under

Communitylink in this issue),

Veena artiste Rajesh

Hanuman, the Greatest

Devotee of Lord Rama

Vaidhya, Singer Kalpana

Raghavendar and many

other performers on

‘Super Singer’ competition

on Star Vijay TV.

Versatile Artiste

Mr Muralidharan

is a dancer, singer,

choreographer,

Nattuvanar, composer,

producer and director.

He commenced

his career in dancing

when he was

just seven years old

along with his sister

R Manimekalai.

Proficiency in

the art encouraged

him to establish

‘Nrithyakshethra,’

in 1978 with 25

students. Over

the years,

the dance school has trained

more than 500 students, about

100 of whom presented their

Arangetram.

Mr Muralidharan, his wife

Chitra and their daughter

Kavyalakshmi have been regular

visitors to New Zealand (our

first report on them appeared

in Indian Newslink, October 15,

2005 issue).

They have performed in India,

Australia, Canada, New Zealand,

Singapore, South Africa, Sri

Lanka and United States of

America.

Tickets for ‘Avadhara

Purushan,’ priced at $25 and

$20 are now on sale.

For more information,

please contact Ilango

Krishnamoorthy on 021-

7399879 or Renuka Ketheesan

on 021-1374929.


MAY 15, 2016

ENTERTAINMENTLINK

29

Passion takes our young ones to the stage

MISS

INDIANZ

Now in its 14th year

Saturday,

September 17, 2016

at 730 pm

Aotea Centre, Auckland

Tickets from Auckland 1, 2016

www.aucklandlive.com

During the early years of

Miss Indianz, its producer-director

Dharmesh

Parikh used to call us

and ask, “Would our patrons

prefer Friday or Saturday?”

In the same breath, he would

add, “I am keen to ensure that

Rajni Verma

those interested to do not miss

‘Miss Indianz.’ After all, the objective

is to promote our homegrown

talent.”

The three of them- Dharmesh,

his company Rhythm House and

his event ‘Miss Indianz’ have

grown to become trend-setters in

Her job at Countdown as a

Fresh Food Assistant may be unrelated

to her scholastic career

(she is a part-time student pursuing

Business Management

Level 5 & 6) or her ambition in

life but Rajni Verma has what

it takes to be a good human being.

She constantly strives to

discover her strengths and perfect

them and realise her weaknesses

to transform them into

strengths.

“Participants in beauty pageants

have a lot to do than just

look beautiful. It is not walking

up and down the ramp in

skimpy outfits and broad smiles;

it is about cracking the tough

round of questions and answers

with conviction,” she said.

the ever-changing world of fashion

and the evolving moods of

the audience.

Yet, one fact has remained unchanged-

Miss Indianz is a cultural

festival which is more than

just a beauty contest. It brings together

young people with a passion.

Such passion could vary

from becoming an actor or a

singer in the Indian film industry,

a model promoting products

and services, or a person with

a high level of motivation and

self-confidence. There are now

hundreds of such young women

Kavita Patel

We do not know if this girl

from North Shore in Auckland

has all the traits of Taurus,

but she undoubtedly has artistic

qualities; for, apart from

her proclivities in Computer

Science (which she is pursuing

at University of Auckland), she

is a passionate dancer.

The proof of her proficiency

in dancing is an array of trophies

that she had won in a

number of competitions over

the years.

Miss Indianz has raised her

expectations.

“This spectacular event will

who have stepped into their own

world, hopefully remembering

where and how they started.

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allow me to gain new experience

as well as meet new people.

Apart from being a dancer, I

am a swimmer, lover of Nature

and a traveller. I am proud to be

a Kiwi, but will always remain

an Indian at heart,” she said.

Kavita wants to be a model

for young women to participate

in such events and gain

self-confidence.

“I am sure that many of us are

interested, but may find it intimidating.

It is all in our minds,

and we only have one life,

therefore be sure to make yourself

proud.”

Simranjeet Sandhu

Also known as Naina, this young

woman is a graduate of National

Tertiary Education Consortium

(NTEC) and respects her mother as

the greatest influence in life.

“She raised me as a single parent;

she is my friend, philosopher and

guide and a successful businesswoman,”

she said.

Simranjeet considers herself as a

fun-loving, positive, friendly, flexible,

stylish and emotional. She conscientiously

promotes the environment.

We will profile more Indianz 2016

participants in our next issue.


MAY 15, 2016

30 ENTERTAINMENTLINK

Visiting artistes promise melodious evening

Muthamil Sangam 15th Anniversary on June 5, 2016

Venkat Raman

venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz

When Sheba

Soundararajan,

General Secretary

of Muthamil

Sangam in Auckland informed

us two months ago of plans to

mark the 15th Anniversary of

the organisation, our prayer

was that the event should

evince the interests of the

community.

Our desire was spelt in terms

of honouring true lovers of

Tamil language, literature, theatre,

fine arts and most importantly

volunteers, teachers and

others who have been instrumental

in its success over the

past 15 years.

In pledging our unstinted support

to her and those organising

the event, we hope that commercial

organisations and other

donors in the community would

fund the programme which has

now gathered a larger dimension

with the inclusion of two

playback singers from Chennai.

Celebrity singers

Srilekha Parthasarathy and

her husband M J Shriram,

who have earned celebrity

status will be the star attraction

at the Sangam’s celebrations

scheduled to be held on

Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Dorothy

Winstone Centre, Auckland

Girls Grammar School.

“The visitors will take us on

a musical journey of popular

songs culled from Tamil films,

especially those composed by

the late M S Viswanathan &

Ramamurthy and Ilayaraja, the

maestro who recently completed

his 1000th film. This is a rare

event for Muthamil Sangam and

we hope our people will extend

their support and encourage its

growth,” Mrs Soundararajan

said.

As well as undertaking regular

activities such as Weekly

Tamil Radio, Weekly Tamil

Classes and cultural programmes,

the Sangam conducts

Blood donation camps every

year, and participates in environmental

cleaning activities

organised by the Auckland

Regional Parks and Reserves.

“Our growth over the years

would not have been possible

without the generous contribution

and support from our

Sponsors, dedicated time and

efforts from all who served as

office bearers and help and support

from our volunteers,” Mrs

Soundararajan said.

“From a very small humble

beginning as an Incorporated

Society in 2001, we have progressed

into a community based

organisation catering to the

Tamil Speaking people in New

Zealand. The primary mission

of Muthamil Sangam is to promote

and cultivate Tamil language

and culture by organizing

social and cultural events, celebrating

major Tamil festivals,

teaching Tamil to the next generation

and participating in

charitable causes,” she added.

About Srilekha Parthasarathy

Her musical career began

when she was four years old.

Born, raised and educated

in New Delhi, Srilekha

M J Shriram and Srilekha Parthasarathy (Picture by Silverscreen.in)

Parthasarathy won wider

attention

when she won the first

prize in the annual All India

Children’s Music Competition.

“I was privileged to learn

Carnatic music from Mrs

Moorthy and Hindustani

Classical from Hafeez Ahmed

Khan in Delhi. I am currently

a student of Meghna Dandekar

(Hindustani Classical) and

Western Classical from Neena

Menezes in Chennai.

According to The Hindu,

Srilekha worked with a street

theatre group but soon quit acting

to prevent strain to her

voice.

There were no lapel microphones

in those days and singers

had to raise their voice to

communicate to the audience.

Delhi Tamil Educational

Association School honoured

her with the ‘Nightingale’ title

when she was in her school final

year.

Her initial inspiration was

her maternal grandfather P S

Varadhachari, a retired principal

of the Madura College who

had done research in Physics

and Music.

Prior to relocating to Chennai,

she had participated in college

cultural festivals, jingles, cover

albums and wedding mehndi

music. She was in pursuit of

greener pastures.

But it was not easy.

Her parents supported her,

but she had no contacts in the

business.

“Those were tough days for

me. I had nobody in the film industry

to back me. Like a salesperson,

I noted numbers of

music directors from the telephone

directory, fixed appointments

and waited for hours,

met composers and presented

my demo CDs. This routine went

on for three years,” she said.

It was an advertisement jingle

(‘Dhinanthorum Vaanguveer

Idhayam) that gave her the

much awaited break.

About M J Shriram

Shriram is a singer as well as

actor and interior designer.

He began his journey in music

when he was five years old and

has since participated in a number

of competitions, cultural

programmes and stage shows in

Tamil Nadu, other parts of India

and overseas.

“Singing is my passion and

any type of music energies my

mind, soul and body. Winning

the Best Singer Award at the

Chennai based Loyola College in

1988-1989 was the biggest motivation

and inspiration. I have

never had an occasion to look

back since then,” he said.

This popular singer sports

M J Shriram (second from left) with (from left) S P Balasubrahmanyam, the late M

S Viswanathan, Srilekha Parthasarathy and Gangai Amaran at a ceremony held on

June 17, 2013 in Chennai to commemorate the completion of his 100th public show.

Picture by M Karunakaran, published in The Hindu (June 18, 2013)

irrepressible love for Tamil

film songs of 1970s and

1980s, especially the compositions

of Ilayaraja sung by S P

Balasubrahmanyam (SPB).

His weekly performances, titled,

‘Mind, Body & Soul’ at

‘Black & White,’ a retro bar at

The Residency in Chennai, have

earned a large following.

It also has the occasional

younger generation in thrall —

actor Prasanna, for instance. “I

wish I were born thirty years

earlier than I actually was,

and played the hero during the

1970s and the 1980s, and lipsynced

the songs from that era,”

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Meet our singers with OP and Madan numbers

Staff Reporter

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Sandhya Badakere

Twelve local singers will render the songs tuned by O P

Nayyar and Madan Mohan on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at

Dorothy Winstone Centre, Auckland Girls Grammar School.

Swar Sadhana Academy of Music is organising the event

called, ‘Sunehri Yaadein,’ which will commence at 630 pm.

ENTERTAINMENTLINK

31

The lilting melodies

of two great Hindi

film industry

composers can be

heard in Central

Auckland next week.

Academy Director and Principal

Sandhya Badakere, who has

organised a number of similar

events in the past years, is

keen to present a programme

that would establish yet another

milestone in her impressive musical

and show business career.

Following is a brief profile of

the singers

Arun Khotkar

Ghazals and old Hindi film

songs, Arun has been performing

at various events in

Auckland.

He is also a director of Swar

Sadhana Academy of Music.

Ashish Ramakrishnan

With more than 500 performances

at various stages

around the world, Ashish

Ramakrishnan is a veteran singer

with a penchant for classical

and semi-classical music, in addition

to Ghazals.

As well as a topper at the Zee

TV singing competition (‘Sa Re

Ga Ma) and Close-up Antakshari,

Ashish has performed for ‘Next

Off Ramp,’ a New Zealand Choir

Group.

Ekta Kumar

Guncha Singh

A familiar name in Auckland

music circuit, Guncha Singh is a

Hindustani Classical Music student

at Swar Sadhana Academy

of Music.

“I am looking forward to performing

some challenging and

yet beautiful compositions of

Madan Mohan and O P Nayyar

at the forthcoming ‘Sunehri

Yaadein.’ Sandhya Badakere has

been working hard to ensure

the quality of the programme,”

she said.

Joseph Moolam

A native of Kerala, Joseph

Moolam has a special preference

for the immortal songs of

Kishore Kumar, although he is

comfortable with other singers.

With great passion for emotional

numbers, he attempts to recreate

the feel of the song.

Kanika Diesh

Mayuri Bhole

More than five years ago (in

our October 1, 2010 issue), we

had described Mayuri Bhole as

a teenager with a voice that fosters

freshness, reverberating devotion

and sanctity. Now, as a

more seasoned singer, Mayuri

Bhole is ready to captivate the

young and old alike with her

rendition of the songs of Madan

Mohan and O P Nayyar.

Mayuri has been a keen participant

in singing competitions

and a winner.

Neel Patel

As a well-trained singer adept in

voice culturing and voice modulation,

Neel Patel began early as

a singer in his native India.

Following his migration

to New Zealand, he won the

‘B-Factor 2015’ and Radio

Tarana Idol 2015 and has been

appearing in musical performances

throughout the country.

“Music is not just for the ears

but also the mind and the soul.

I can’t wait to perform at the

forthcoming show,” he said.

Rachit Bhatia

Ritika Badakere

She belongs to that breed of

singers who are blessed with a

voice that can put the world on

hold and unleash a cavalcade of

emotions, for such is the power

of music that it cannot be

contained.

It was perhaps by design that

Ritika Badakere was born into

a family of music lovers, for she

is believed to have sung before

she talked.

Her penchant for music, augmented

by the proximity of her

mother’s musical prowess, created

opportunities to hone her

talent with such maestros as

Anup Jalota, Jagjit and Chitra

Singh, Kavita (Krishnamurthy)

Subramaniam and Suresh

Wadkar.

Srishaa Iyer

A keen student of Classical

Music since she was five years

old, Srishaa Iyer loves to render

songs in several languages. She

has participated in many fundraising

and community events

in New Zealand.

Srishaa aspires to become a

professional singer.

Vibha Trivedi

For the past six years, Vibha

Trivedi has been undergoing

training with her Guru Sandhya

Rao. Active in the music circuit,

she appears at many events including

Diwali and other Hindu

Festivals.

Vibha has also performed

at fundraiser Garba festivals

in Adelaide (Australia) and at

Christchurch and Auckland in

New Zealand.

Ekta Kumar is a well-known

performer adept in Indian and

Western music, and a keen

performer on Harmonium

and Keyboard. She has a

Bachelor’s degree in Western

Contemporary music from

the Manukau Institute of

Technology, a Grade 7 Certificate

in Western Classical music from

Trinity College of London. She

has been learning Hindustani

Music for the past ten years

at Swar Sadhana Academy of

Music.

Kanika Diesh learnt Indian

Classical Music under the guidance

of Pundit Vinay Chandra

Maudgalya at Gandharva

Mahavidyalaya in Delhi.

As a student of Sandhya

Badakere at Swar Sadhana

Academy of Music for the past

several years, Kanika enjoys

singing Ghazals, Hindi film music

and supports Classical Music

programmes held in Auckland.

A prolific singer, Rachit Bhatia

is known for his deep voice that

can easily bring forth the melodies

of celebrity singers such

as Mohammed Rafi, Kishore

Kumar and Mukesh. His peers

and elders say that ‘Rachit is a

darling of the masses; he is gaining

popularity for his capabilities,

which include singing,

dancing and acting.’

“I am eager to perform beautiful

melodies of Madan Mohan

and O P Nayyar,” he said.


MAY 15, 2016

32 SporTSLINK

Leicester scores better leaving Kim Kardashian behind

Matthew D’Souza

The 2015-2016 season of

the English premier will

be one of the most unbelievable

seasons in

the League’s history with last

season’s strugglers Leicester

City winning the League and

Tottenham Hotspurs coming in

second.

The bigger clubs were behind

Arsenal (third), Manchester City

(fourth), Manchester United

(fifth), Liverpool (Eighth) and

Chelsea (Ninth).

English Premier League

The spotlight was on Leicester

City, who narrowly escaped relegation

last season but were

table-toppers and eventually

champions.

It was a fairy tale with 65

-year old Claudio Ranieri managing

a Leicester team with

dwindling chances of survival.

He was in charge of a team with

average players from the lower

and less prestigious leagues of

European football.

However, he turned them into

extraordinary players and won

the Premier League title for the

first time in the Club’s 132-year

history.

To put this win into figures,

Kim Kardashian has a higher

chance of becoming US

President by 2020 at the odds of

3000:1 and Leicester had odds

of 5000:1 of winning the League

and they did!

La Liga (Spanish League)

As it stands currently, the title

race is open as FC Barcelona are

high on the chart with 85 points,

followed by giant killers Atletico

Madrid who are enjoying a sensational

Champions League and

La Liga campaign.

These two are followed by

Real Madrid CF, with 84 points.

The financial strength of this

team and Barcelona means that

either of the teams will be favourites

to win the League,

although a win for Atletico

Madrid would round off a stellar

year for them. This Club still

has a high chance of being the

dark horse and taking the bigger

clubs by surprise.

Serie A (Italian League)

The 2015-16 season of the

Serie A saw Juventus win their

32nd title and their fifth in a

row. It also saw the success of

SSC Napoli who are likely to finish

second in the League, nine

points behind leaders Juventus

and two points ahead of the

third placed A S Roma.

Roma has seen its fortunes

change for the better since

Luciano Spalletti replaced Rudi

Garcia as the manager of the

club.

SSC Napoli enjoyed one of

the most successful campaigns

in years chasing down eventual

winners Juventus throughout

Leicester City emerged from relegation

the latter half of the season.

After losing their lead in a

1-0 loss to Juventus early in the

year, this turnaround was due

to the expertise of manager

Maurizio Sarri.

This was coupled with the

Club’s striker Gonzalo Higuain

being in lethal form scoring 32

League goals, the second highest

in the game’s history.

It was another dreadful year

for AC Milan as they spent the

first half of the year at 10th

place struggling with the constant

change in management.

This season also saw the retirement

of veteran Italian striker

and former Bayern Munich

forward Luca Toni who scored

in his last game for Hellas

Verona against Juventus stunning

the defending champions 2-1.

Along with this Roma legend,

Francesco Totti completed a record

600 appearances as the

club’s highest record holder and

third in the most appearances

in Serie A behind Javier Zanetti

(615) and Paolo Maldini (632).

Napoli returns

Next year’s UEFA Champions

League season will also see the

return of Napoli to the league after

a long absence. They will be

accompanied by Juventus and

possibly AS Roma as the Italian

clubs have bettered their performances

in the league.

Bundesliga

Bayern Munich won their record

fourth title in a row this

season as the most successful

club in the leagues history

crashed out of the UEFA

Champions League by losing to

giant killing Atletico Madrid in

the semi-final.

This was the team’s hat

trick. Mainz and Hertha Berlin

proved to be surprise packages

securing fifth and sixth places

respectively. It was an expected

win for Bayern, although not by

a huge margin. Rivals Borussia

Dortmund kept on the Club’s tail

after a horrible season last year.

They have climbed up to second

place under new manager

Thomas Tuchel.

Next seasons UEFA

Champions League sports

for the Bundesliga have been

booked by Bayern Munich,

Borussia Dortmund and Bayer

04 Leverkusen.

Other teams

In other football leagues, Paris

Saint Germain were crowned

champions by annihilating their

opponents with 13 points and

the last placed team having

gained a low 17 points the lowest

of any European top flight

last placed team.

As the 2015-2106 edition of

the UEFA Champions League

reaches the final in which

Atletico Madrid will take on rivals

Real Madrid in the hope of

avenging a 4-1 loss at this stage

of the competition four years

ago.

Matthew D’Souza is one of

our Sports Correspondents.

He is a final year student at

Avondale College in Auckland.

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