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Vin Tomar, the New Zealand
People’s Party nominee in
the forthcoming by-election
in Mount Albert is facing
charges at the Morrinsville Family
Court in Waikato.
His wife has accused him of
physical, verbal and mental abuse and
has obtained ‘Temporary Protection
Order’ (TPO) and Interim Parental
Order (IPO) issued by the Court.
Both Orders were issued on
December 12, 2016 and are valid for
It must be reported that at this stage
these are only accusations and Mr.
Tomar is innocent untill proven guilty.
Ms Tomar said that she and Mr
Tomar were at the Morrinsville Court
on Thursday, February 9, 2017 for a
“The Court decided that there will a
four-hour long hearing to discuss the
TPO and IPO at a date to be confirmed
in due course. The two Orders will
continue to be in force in the meantime,”
The TPO issued by the Court said
that it was issued against Mr Tomar
as the Respondent. The IPO specifies
that Mr Tomar can meet his son only
under supervision and only through a
professional contact supervisor.
Ms Tomar said that both orders
would continue even after three
months, unless the Family Court issues
a verdict prior to that date.
This reporter held a brief conversation
with Mr Tomar on January
28, 2017 during which he denied the
allegation of his wife stating, “it is
Moments thereafter, Party leader Ro-
shan Nauhria, when contacted over the
telephone said that he was not aware of
any such case and that the nomination
of Mr Tomar had already been accepted
by the Electoral Commission.
An official of the Commission told
us (and later sent in writing) that the
Commission was not able to comment
on the specific case.
“At the point of nomination, the only
requirements for candidacy are to be
a New Zealand citizen and enrolled to
vote,” the official said.
Radio Tarana debate
Speaking to the presenters of the
‘Sunday at 5’ programme on Radio
Tarana on February 12, 2017, Mr
Nauhria said that he and his Party had
full confidence in Mr Tomar and that
there was no case of family or domestic
“If it was a case of domestic violence,
why did not the Police take any
action? This is just a family problem.
Tomar’s ex-wife wants custody of their
son and hence has filed a complaint
against Mr Tomar,” he said.
Despite repeated requests by the
Radio Tarana hosts on air and through
failed telephone contacts, Mr Tomar
did not respond.
Indian Newslink sent an email to Mr
Nauhria and Mr Tomar on February 4,
2017 informing them the story would
be carried in our February 15, 2017
issue in view of the Family Court directions
conference on February 9 and
to obtain a response from the Electoral
Neither of them responded to our
The first call to us from Ms Tomar
was on January 18, 2017, during which
she mentioned about Mr Tomar and
later followed up with a detailed email
in which she said that she was no
longer living with her husband.
“I was appalled to read Vin’s claim
that he lives with his family (wife and
son) in Mt Albert. He does not have
a family as he does not know how
to manage one. At the time of Vin
becoming candidate for by-election,
I was no longer living with him as I
finally decided to leave him in early
December after suffering ongoing
psychological abuse including threats,
intimidation for over eight years which
escalated to physical violence last
year. I had to obtain a protection order
and get my child’s custody in order to
escape further abuse,” she said.
“How can people of Mt Albert be
expected to vote for someone who is
involved in domestic violence. If he
cannot take care of his family how can
he take care of people and community
of Mt Albert?” she asked.
Although neither Mr Nauhria nor Mr
Tomar have responded to our earlier
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New body for gender equality takes shape
organisation, dedicated to
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empowerment of women
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programmes and workshops beginning
Women Entrepreneurship Centre
(WEC) was established in April 2016
but has already commenced work but
its agenda for the current year has just
Founder-Chief Executive Dr
Sangeeta Karmokar said that the Centre
is dedicated to developing women as
successful business leaders through
inspiration, education and enabling
them to utilising existing and emerging
“This is a platform that helps
women entrepreneurs to reach their
full potential and create economic and
social value for themselves, their organisations
and the society. The Centre
has innovative education programmes,
events, and workshops to support
women entrepreneurs,” she said.
A postgraduate from Mysore
University in India, Dr Karmokar completed
her PhD in E-Business Design
for Small-to-Medium Enterprises, a
transdisciplinary between business and
A Senior Lecturer at ‘Colab,’ a
‘collaboratory’ of academics, industry
partners, and postgraduate and undergraduate
students, her current research
and teaching expertise involves
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design thinking, digital innovation,
entrepreneurial strategy, women
entrepreneurship and designing business
models and strategy.
Forming new synergies
It was her passion to create new
synergies of female leadership and
business acumen that encouraged in the
formation of WEC with a discerning
“The goal is to provide mentoring,
practical learning, consultancy and
pursuing active research in areas of
relevance to entrepreneurship. The
Centre serves as a platform to learn and
build a collective entrepreneurial future
that creates economic and social value
in New Zealand. It provides access to
education, engagement with role models
and opportunities to experiment with
their ideas,” Dr Karmokar said.
She is aware that despite capabilities
and great ideas, women restrict their
progress because of a lack of confidence,
compounded by inadequate information
on sources of support and assistance.
Honing new talent
She believes that while incubators
and business accelerator
programmes are on offer from
the government and from private
undertakings, women need proper
coaching and opportunities for
growth from the grass-root level.
“Most programmes are
focused on existing entrepreneurs
but there is little scope for
women to pursue their dreams.
There are latent and untapped
voices in the community who
can add value to the economy
and society,” Dr Karmokar said.
“It is not just about those
women who are already on
the boards of companies and
in leadership roles, but also
about women who have shown
promise and would bring a
unique entrepreneurial skill to
the society. The main objective
of establishing WEC was to
empower such women,” she
Live Your Dream
The Centre has launched ‘Live
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to inspire, build self-confidence
and educate women to recognise
opportunities and adopt to the
needs of the changing markets.
It also encourages people
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develop their creative potential
with a specific focus on their
contribution to a more diverse
New Zealand workforce and
‘Live Your Dream’ will see
several initiatives in Auckland.
“Participants will be encouraged
to think and act creatively
and discover their strengths and
overcome their weaknesses.
We will employ many tools and
techniques to identify opportunities
and build creative thinking.
Brainstorming, resources to write
business proposals and explore
ways of prototyping and testing
will be a part of the Programme,
“Dr Karmokar said.
Refugees and migrant women
are also an underutilised source
of talent, she said, adding that
women are under-represented in
“In New Zealand, we have
the scenario of a significant
number of highly experienced
women leaving the workforce,
or unable to get past their initial
ideas and move into business
ownership positions. Globally,
men dominate business accelerator
programmes, with women
making up less than 20%” she
“Our vision is to build “Women
as Entrepreneurial Leaders.”
Workshops will be held from
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More Police would
help but not enough
welcome the government’s commitment to increase Police staff
As a former Auckland MP and a candidate for Mayoralty, I
argued strongly for extra Police resources in our city.
While Auckland’s population has risen by 90,000 in the last two
years alone, Police numbers rose by just a handful and the ratio of
Police to population has got steadily worse.
On the ground that was reflected in alarmingly low rates of resolving
crime, with over 92 out of every 100 burglaries for example,
remaining unresolved. We were basically telling the criminals that
they could burgle a home and steal a car and get away with it.
Time and again, as I went around Auckland, I heard stories from
victims of crime who sought help from the Police but were not able
to get it. The Police were just too overworked. And I know how
frustrating that is.
When my motorbike was stolen, the Police told me to just claim
on insurance and that they did not have the resources to look into the
While overdue, I am pleased the government is now increasing
Police staffing. I welcome any party’s commitment to make our
communities safer by adding more Police resources.
However, we must remember that on its own it won’t solve
increasing crime rates in Auckland.
Restoring staff levels
To restore staffing levels to have one Police officer for every 500
people, as John Key promised in 2008, would require another 650
officers in Auckland.
Prime Minister Bill English’s pledge of an increase of 880 sworn
Police officers across the country won’t achieve this but it is a start.
On the ground, we need more Police as soon as possible to help
the fight against crime. It is a basic human right for people to be safe
in their homes and in our communities.
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Budget boost for safer New Zealand
New Zealand has been ranked
the fourth-safest country in
Like you, I want to make
it number one.
That is why, Police Minister Paula
Bennett and I announced a new $503
million Safer Communities package to
reduce crime, prevent reoffending and
make our communities safer.
Our package will deliver 1125 more
police staff over four years, including
880 sworn police officers. That is a
10% increase and will bring the total
number of Police staff to more than
The first recruits will begin training
in July and hit the beat in November.
We have listened to the concerns of
Indian communities across the country, who have told us
they are scared and worried about their safety.
The package shows we are prepared to invest up front
in programmes that deliver results and will make our
We are unashamedly targeting offenders to ensure that
they are off our streets by providing additional resources
for Police to resolve more crime and target criminal
gangs and organised crime, as well as greater investment
in crime prevention.
We have set Police the target of attending at least 98%
of all home burglaries within 48 hours. They currently
attend 96%, 86% of those within 48 hours.
Our focus on burglaries reflects a recent upturn in this
crime, which can be invasive and disturbing. We want to
prevent these burglaries, capture those responsible and
hold them to account.
Here’s a surprising fact: The most common age of
an apprehended burglar last year was 16 years old.
That’s why our package will enable Police to put more
time, effort and resources into working alongside other
agencies with at-risk individuals and communities. We
recognise we must intervene more effectively to stop
young people offending and prevent them moving on to
even more serious crime.
The package also provides $7.5 million for 20 ethnic
liaison officers who will work with Chinese and other
ethnic communities and businesses to stop crime in these
Other highlights include a new national 24/7 phone
number for non-emergencies like reporting a historic or
low-level crime, or to get in contact with a police officer
in your local area.
The Auckland-based Eagle Helicopter will now be
available around the clock with a response time of 10-15
minutes. Currently, there is a 3 am spike in criminal
offending in Auckland, when the Eagle Helicopter stops
operating. It will now be funded to run 24/7, 365 days
of the year and can be deployed anywhere in New
There will be also an extra 80 officers to target
organised crime, gangs and methamphetamine.
These extra Police will ensure that 95% of New
Zealanders live within 25 kilometres of a 24/7
All of this is additional to last year’s $300
million funding boost to support Police and the
good work they do preventing crime. This, together
with our three-strikes policy, which ensures the
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Leaders speak against students’ deportation
Political Parties in the
opposition benches have
closed ranks to come down
heavily on the deportation
orders against a small group
of international students from India.
The controversy over deportation
has been raging since August last year
when the government issued marching
orders against the students.
Migrant Workers Association has
been supporting the affected students.
Spokesperson Anu Kaloti said
that Immigration Minister Michael
Woodhouse and the then Associate
Minister Craig Floss had refused to
meet the students and the Committee
of Representatives from The Catholic
Church, The Anglican Church, Barrister
Rodney Harrison QC and the Secretary
of New Zealand Council of Trade
Unions supporting them.
Ms Kaloti said that international
students pay between $15,000 and
$35,000 to study in New Zealand and
a spokesperson for a group of nine
students told ‘Checkpoint,’ a television
programme hosted by John Campbell
that they had no idea that the papers
they had submitted were fake.
Ms Kaloti described the situation as
“I am really angry, furious and frustrated.
These young people have spent
so much money to acquire meaningful,
high quality skills and qualifications
and their parents have put all they have
into it; and at the end of it, they are
being punished for something they have
not done,” she said.
Ms Kaloti said that a majority of
the students came from middle or low
Picture by Radio New Zealand
income families and that they faced a dim
future because of the deportation order.
There would be a lot of social stigma for
the students if they returned home without
a qualification, even though it was not their
fault,” she said.
Steven Joyce, who was Tertiary
Education Minister at the time, said that
the ultimate responsibility rested with the
“They have to make a declaration that
all the information that they supplied to
New Zealand is correct. They make that
declaration when they submit their visa
applications, and, yes, they get agents to
advise them; but it is squarely and clearly
the responsibility of the student,” he said.
Labour seeks compassion
Labour Party Immigration Spokesperson
Iain Lees-Galloway said:
The ejection of 41 international students,
who now have deportation orders against
them after the Minister has coldly rejected
their appeals, is further evidence of a government
that is heartless and out of touch.
The plight of these students who are
seeking refuge in a church, and the potential
for immigration officials and police to be
raiding this church to extract the students,
could cause significant damage to New
Zealand’s reputation as a welcoming
and progressive country – especially for
In the current global climate, this simply
is not wise, and it is likely the rest of the
300 students will suffer the same fate as the
41 who are now hiding from authorities.
This is a manifestly unjust situation for
these students. There is no evidence of the
students themselves having done wrong but
they are being punished while the rogue
agents get off scot-free.
The situation has arisen because of
a cowboy industry that the National
Government has taken no responsibility
for controlling. It is the students whose
lives are being ruined, and New Zealand’s
reputation will suffer.
The Immigration Minister has failed
these students and New Zealand
for not exercising any discretion or
common sense by rejecting their
The students should simply have
their applications assessed on the
merits with those eligible being
able to stay.
It is about time we had a Government
that offers compassion
and natural justice.
New Zealand First
National First Leader said:
National should hang its head
in shame for deporting Indian
students, says New Zealand First.
The fault for corruption in the
international education sector
lies at the feet of Minister Steven
Joyce, not the students. The
students are the victims.
Mr Joyce pumped up the Export
Education industry so private
enterprise could profit. He ignored
the need to set up standards and a
The mighty dollar was the only
Massive fraud occurred, with
crooked agents and officials funnelling
thousands of eager students
to claim commission payments.
Now the truth has come out,
Mr Joyce is passing the buck and
deporting students who have been
taken to the cleaners financially
It is believed eight to 10 Indian
students here might have been
misled by agents.
Clearly, much of this sector is
based on fraud. It is time for a
full-scale investigation into Export
What has New Zealand come to
when we allow Indian families to
be fleeced in the name of building
National supporters must be
thoroughly ashamed at the basic
lack of fairness and humanity of
Denise Roche of Green Party
issued the following statement:
The Minister for Immigration’s
refusal to show compassion to Indian
students affected by visa fraud
is further evidence of National’s
unfair immigration system.
Minister Woodhouse is refusing
to help these students, but he and
his National Party colleagues are
happy to speed up immigration arrangements
billionaires like Peter Thiel. This
is a sad example of the two-tier
immigration system that National
has set up.
These students have paid tens
of thousands of dollars to study
in New Zealand and were taken
advantage of by unscrupulous immigration
agents, who made false
statements on their behalf without
their knowledge or consent.
It is unjust to send these students
home without giving them an
opportunity to at least complete the
qualification that they have already
If the Government is willing to
intervene in the case of Peter Thiel,
then surely it can show some
compassion to these students, who
want nothing more than the right
to complete their study.
The Minister should exercise
special ministerial discretion to
restore the student-visa status of
these young people.
Advance voting opens for Mt Albert
Advance voting places will
be open from Monday
February 13, 2017 for
people who want to vote
early in the Mt Albert by-election.
If you are enrolled in the Mt Albert
electorate, you can vote in person at
one of four advance voting places from
It is important to vote in advance if
you cannot get to a voting place in the
electorate on election day, Saturday
February, 25, 2017. Look out for your
EasyVote pack, which should appear
in your letter box next week, with all
the information you need to vote in the
A list of advance voting places
and opening hours is included in the
EasyVote pack and is also available
at www.elections.org.nz, or by calling
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either during the advance voting period
or on election day should contact the
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Electoral Commission staff will also
be visiting rest homes in the electorate
to provide voting services to those
unable to get to a voting place.
Voters enrolled in the Mt Albert
electorate who are currently overseas,
or who will be overseas on election day,
can also vote.
Mt Albert voters currently overseas
can download their voting papers from
www.elections.org.nz and upload, fax
or post them back so we receive them
Mt Albert voters heading overseas
soon can vote before they go at any
advance voting place from Monday.
People overseas can also vote in
person at overseas posts in London,
Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, or
can apply to have voting papers posted
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FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Another man goes in for
Immigration New Zealand
In December 2016, Faroz
Ali, also known as Feroz
Ali, a Fijian national with
New Zealand residence,
was sentenced to a total of nine
years and six months in jail after
being found guilty of 15 human
trafficking charges involving
Fijian nationals. He was the first
person to be convicted of people
trafficking in New Zealand.
Editor’s Note: The above
appeared in our January 15, 2017
A second defendant, Tauranga
based fruit farm labour contractor
Jafar Kurisi, also known as
Md Wagid Ali, was sentenced
on February 2, 2017 on four
representative charges relating to
13 workers who were not entitled
to work, including four Fijian
nationals who were Ali’s victims.
They were not paid the
minimum wage or holiday pay and
were provided with accommodation
and food that were of a very
He was sentenced to 12 months’
home detention and required to
pay reparation of $55,000 by the
end of March 2017.
The court earlier heard that
the Fijians were enticed to work
in New Zealand after answering
advertisements placed in Fijian
newspapers by Ali’s Fiji-based
wife and sister-in-law. They were
charged large sums of money
but when they arrived in New
Zealand, they were forced to work
illegally for long hours, live in
cramped conditions and paid little,
The Fijians either worked for
Ali’s gib fixing business in Auckland
or were sent to Tauranga to
work in the horticulture business
in an arrangement organised
between Ali and Kurisi.
Immigration New Zealand
Assistant General Manager Peter
Devoy said that the second verdict
showed how seriously allegations
of people trafficking, exploitation
and immigration fraud are taken
by the courts.
“When Faroz Ali was sentenced
last year, Justice Heath commented
that people trafficking is an
abhorrent crime which degrades
human dignity and thanked us for
carrying out the investigation and
bringing the matter to trial. The
second sentence closes a chapter
on what has been an appalling case
and I hope the victims can take
some comfort from the outcome,”
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FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Battleground ready for war of words and ballot
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Prime Minister Bill English
has announced that the next
General Election will be held
on Saturday, September 23,
“As we have done in previous election
years, I am announcing the election
date early as I believe it’s important to
provide the country with some certainty
and that it’s in everyone’s best interest
to have plenty of notice,” he said.
National will be campaigning on its
strong record in Government and will
go into the election with a positive and
ambitious programme that will back
New Zealanders to succeed. I am proud
of what we are achieving for New
Zealanders,” he said.
The New Zealand economy
continues to grow and diversify, more
children are staying at school longer
and getting better qualifications, more
people are getting faster and more
efficient healthcare, Mr English said.
He said that the government is
investing at record levels in key
infrastructure projects like schools,
roads and ultra-fast broadband.
“We are supporting our most
vulnerable by increasing benefit rates
and investing in programmes to support
them into work,” he said.
Mr English said that his National
Party will be campaigning on its strong
record of delivering more for New
“New Zealand is now growing
strongly, stronger than most developed
countries. We have got New Zealand
back on its feet, got people into jobs,
returned to surplus, invested heavily
in infrastructure and core services and
tackled natural disasters. The challenge
now is to sustain that growth, build
for growth, and act for the people who
most need our help,” he said.
Mr English said that people should
be ready to adapt to a still fragile and
uncertain world, and prepare for long
“We will go into the election with a
positive and ambitious programme that
will build on the successes of the last
few years, with a clear and strong plan
to make you and all New Zealanders
better off both at work and at home,
and with the means to achieve it. I am
excited for the year ahead but as you
know, under MMP, elections are always
close. We will be taking nothing for
granted,” he said.
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Labour Party Leader Andrew Little
said that the date of General Election
brings New Zealand one step closer to
electing a new government that will
give hope to all those left behind by the
“Bring it on – we are ready and
raring to go so we can change the
Government and build a better New
Zealand,” he said.
Mr Little claimed that his Party has
commenced its campaign on what
Kiwis are worried about today.
“We urgently need to fix the
housing crisis to make first homes more
affordable, help Kiwis get the health
care they need and build the world class
education system parents expect for
their kids. We stand for safer communities
and a stronger economy that better
rewards all New Zealanders,” he said.
Mr Little said that his Party is well
prepared, its teams are in place and its
plans are well advanced.
“We will be working hard to
convince New Zealanders we can
help give them a fair shot at the Kiwi
Dream. We have many hugely talented
new candidates already selected and
more to come. We will be going into
the election with a fresh team with the
experience and skills so we can build
a New Zealand that will once again be
the envy of the world,” Mr Little said.
Green Party Co-Leader James Shaw
said that his Party is ready and excited
to work with New Zealanders “to
change the government on September
“The Green Party is more energised
and more prepared than we have
ever been. We are ready to change the
government,” he said.
Mr Shaw said that the Green Party,
along with Labour, had demonstrated
their joint passion to form a credible,
compassionate, progressive alternative
“New Zealanders want a Prime
Minister who represents our values
to the world, not one who is happy
to sleepwalk through a major global
political moment. There is a real feeling
for change in our country,” he said.
“People know that when this
government says they cannot do more,
what they are actually saying is that
they will not do more to end child
poverty, to make housing affordable,
to protect our beautiful lakes and rivers
from pollution. That attitude from New
Zealand’s government will come to an
end on September 23,” he added.
New Zealand First Party
New Zealand First Leader Winston
Peters was laconic in his comment.
“We are ready for the election on
September 23. All our planning and key
events, such as the campaign launch
and the annual convention, are set
around this date. It suits us fine,” he
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It is time to release the Police
My father was a policeman
for 40 years.
For a while, we even
lived in a home at the
front of the local police station of which
he was in charge.
I have no doubt that those years
are part of the reason I have always
believed that the best policing is
community based – that means having
them in our neighbourhoods, available
However, the number of Police
has fallen in the past two years while
the New Zealand population rose by
That has had an impact.
I have heard a few people tell stories
of serious incidents where the Police
either have not been able to attend, or
have arrived long after the fact.
And none of it is their fault.
In the past few years, the strain on
police resources has become really noticeable.
They have had to absorb more
than $300 million in cost pressures,
back-office staffing has been reduced,
frontline numbers are down even when
compared to two years ago, and a
number of local stations have closed.
Mt Albert has not been immune to
these cuts – we have lost multiple local
policing kiosks. The expectation seems
to be that if people need to see a Police
Officer face-to- face, they should go to
Ponsonby or the City.
None of these changes has come
without a cost, and it is offences like
burglary and sexual assault that tell that
There are 50 extra burglaries every
day when compared to two years ago,
and only one in twenty are solved with
an offender facing court.
It was not too long ago that the
Police Commissioner identified that
burglary was often an entry level crime
that led to repeat and more serious
It was an offence we needed to be
targeting, but that the Police have not
had the capacity to do so.
None of this has happened silently.
Police do not have the right to strike,
but they have still sent a strong message
that they are worried that they do not
have the resources to respond to crime.
In fact, 74% of officers in the latest
Police Association Survey of members
(released January 2016) were dissatisfied
with the number of frontline staff
in their district, while 86% of the respondents
thought that frontline general
duties officers were under-resourced in
responding to emergencies.
We can do something about this if we
put the support in the right place.
Last year, we announced that, in our
view, we needed 1000 more officers
on the frontline, along with 300 extra
back office staff if we were to meet the
expectations of not only the public but
also that of the Police.
In Mt Albert, I want to see that start
by bringing back the kiosk that used to
exist at the Mt Albert shops.
Our Police Force does an incredibly
demanding job every day of the week
- they need to be properly resourced
and supported not just to keep our
communities safe, but so they can be
there when they know they are needed.
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Parliament on Labour Party’s List from
Auckland Central Constituency. She is
the Party’s Spokesperson for Justice;
Arts, Culture and Heritage; Children;
and Small Business. She is also Associate
Spokesperson for Auckland Issues.
She is the Labour Party candidate to
contest in the Mt Albert by-election
scheduled to be held on February 25,
2017 to fill the vacancy caused by the
resignation of David Shearer, who is
taking up UN diplomatic assignment
as the Head of the Peacekeeping
Force in South Sudan.
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Wednesday 1 February Prime Minister announces dates for 2017
Friday 23 June
Regulated period for election advertising
Monday 26 June
Launch of enrolment campaign
Tuesday 22 August
Dissolution of Parliament
Wednesday 23 August Writ Day
Governor General issues formal direction to
the Electoral Commission to hold the election.
Wednesday 6 September Overseas Voting starts
Monday 11 September Advance Voting starts
Friday 22 September Advance Voting ends
Last day to enrol for the election.
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Back to the Greeks, Romans
and New Zealanders
From Hollywood to homegrown
theatre, Ancient Greece and
Rome have captured people’s
imagination for centuries
with tales and myths of sex, violence,
dysfunctional families, cruel gods and
Classical Studies scholars at Massey
University have recently launched a
website to showcase how the Ancient
World has inspired New Zealanders
working in a variety of media.
And they want more artists, writers,
musicians, craftspeople and educators
influenced by the classical world myths
as well as its poets, philosophers, artists
and mathematicians to share their ideas
Renowned actor, director and
playwright Michael Hurst is among the
first to be featured on the new website,
Classical World New Zealand.
Created by Classical Studies Lecturer
Dr Anastasia Bakogianni, the website
was launched at the 38th Annual
Meeting of the Australasian Society for
Classical Studies held in Wellington on
February 3, 2017.
Greek national Dr Bakogianni, who
came to Auckland from Britain last
year to lecture at Massey’s School
of Humanities in Auckland hopes
that the website will foster a deeper
understanding and appreciation of
Classical Studies and its relevance to
Michael Hurst in the TV series ‘Hercules, The
“Classical World New Zealand website
demonstrates the modern world’s
ongoing dialogue with ancient Greece,
Rome and Egypt and highlights New
Zealand’s contribution to this conversation.
The culture of the classical world
remains a rich vein of creativity tapped
by countless living artists. Their art in
turn helps us to connect to the Ancient
World,” she said.
Michael Hurst, who has taken Classical
Studies through Massey, describes
his love of the literature and drama of
the Ancient World as a cornerstone of
He told Dr Bakogianni during an
interview that his work involved in
adapting Greek plays for the New
Mr Hurst is best known as Iolaus
from the television series Hercules, in
‘The Legendary Journeys’ (1995-1999)
and its sequel Zena, the Warrior
Sword & Sandal
On the rise in popularity of Ancient
Dr Gina Salapata and Dr Anastasia Bakogianni
Greek, Roman and Egyptian stories
depicted in ‘sword and sandal’ sagas in
film and television, he said, “We have
a desire for heroes as well as a need
to see real human conflicts portrayed
against an exotic background of Gods
and monsters. We see ourselves in
the kings, queens, priests, priestesses,
villains and heroes of these myths,
these tales of great figures stalking the
Interviews with filmmaker Vicky
Yiannoutsos and artist Raemon Rolfe
are featured, with more to be added
under music, literature and visual arts
The website will offer an accessible,
useful and up-to-date resource to students
of Classical Studies throughout
New Zealand schools and universities,
as well as to anyone with an interest in
It will house news on cultural events,
resources and scholarship on the
Special Classes on the
world’s major religions
The Religious Diversity Centre
of Aotearoa New Zealand has
announced the first Programme
in its ‘Raising Religious
Literacy’ series beginning on February
13, 2017 and
will be offered
Dr Todd Nachowitz
over four terms in Auckland and
Auckland sessions will be held
on Monday evenings and classes in
Hamilton on Thursday evenings as per
the schedule mentioned at the end of this
The Programme is based on the core
theme of ‘Exploring the diverse belief
traditions contributing to New Zealand
Dr Todd Nachowitz
Dr Todd Nachowitz (Pictured) will
conduct the classes in both cities.
He is a Lecturer in Religious Studies
at the University of Waikato and Coordinator
at the Religious Diversity Centre.
He is well-known to the people in
the Waikato region and among the
members of the Indian and South Asian
communities for his fluency in Urdu and
Hindi, apart from other languages. He is
the Secretary of the Waikato Interfaith
Council and a Member of the Executive
Committee of the Raga Indian Classical
Music Group based in Hamilton. He
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
accompanies Indian classical music
performers on the Tabla.
Terms and Subjects
Each Term in 2017 will have a different
focus and cover different material.
Terms 1 and 2 will focus on Selected
Topics in the Contemporary Practice of
each of the major world religions, while
Terms 3 and 4 will focus on the history
and development of the world’s main
In the first half of the year, the classes
will be on selected topics in comparative
world religion, focusing on a different
topic during each class and examining
how each religion approaches that topic.
In the second half of the year, the
attendees will have opportunities to
explore the history and development of
each of the world religions, focusing on
the Eastern Traditions in Term 3 and the
Western Traditions in Term 4.
A detailed syllabus will be available
at the start of each Term.
Any Term can be taken independently
of the others, and there are no prerequisites
for any of the Term courses.
For Course details, fees and other
information, please read full story in
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Ashok Kochhar preparing for a shoot Mary Lorier Photo Programme participants at work
Sharing knowledge is a Bliss.
We are living in a world,
which is so competitive that it
has lost the values of sharing.
This is the outcome of a contemporary
society where we have developed a new
syndrome, which can only be described
as the ‘fear of the other.’
In a way, this fear enters deep sub
conscience and forces us to keep our
experience to self, thus losing various
possibilities of inner growth.
I follow the old school of thought,
which divided life into four stages,
namely, ‘Brahamcharya,’ ‘Grahastha,’
‘Vanaprastha’ and ‘Sanyastha.’
We all know the meaning of these
four stages but seldom come across a
person who follows them. I have tried
to do so.
I am now in a state of ‘Vanaprastha,’
which our old scriptures describe as
a stage in which you should share
knowledge and experience with
the community before you move to
‘Sanyastha,’ which is a state of selfcontemplation.
On my journey of ‘500 days in New
Zealand,’ I am trying to share as many
opportunities as possible.
In 2016, I did more than twenty
workshops and knowledge-sharing
events, interacting with many artists
from varied genres and created a platform
where everyone wanted to share,
learn and spread the knowledge.
After the grand success of first-ever
‘My World’ children initiative (the first
in New Zealand), I created yet another
Shared knowledge exalts human mind
New Zealand’s first ‘Photo Marathon’
for two weeks. This has six live
demonstrations and interactive sessions
spread over a fortnight.
During these sessions, more than
100 knowledge seekers are registered
and all the proceeds have been donated
to ‘Dementia Waikato,’ a charity for
Alzheimer patients. Enthusiastic
photographers learn, practice and most
importantly, come together as a family,
willing to share.
The pictures displayed here have
been photographed by the participants.
For more pictures, please visit
Ashok Kochhar is an international
photographer, an author of several
Coffee Table Books and organiser
of exhibitions and training
programmes. He is a passionate
traveller, currently on a ‘500 Day
Journey’ of New Zealand capturing
people in their vicissitudes. Indian
Newslink carries his immortal works
in its Artlink pages. There is one such
in this issue.
Scholarship Programme cements Indo-Kiwi relations
Massey University and NIFT student cohorts with their fashion-textile creations
(models at the rear) Picture by Education New Zealand
India is currently hosting recipients
of New Zealand’s Prime Minister’s
Scholarship for Asia (PMSA).
Eight business students from Ara
Institute of Canterbury and 20 fashion,
textile and business students from Massey
University are now on a programme
ranging from four to six weeks in India.
The PMSA programme is funded
by the New Zealand government and
encourages New Zealand students to
study in Asia to experience the benefits
of international education.
Commitment to India
Education New Zealand (ENZ)
Regional Director (South East Asia &
Middle East) John Laxon said that the
PMSA reinforces the government’s
commitment to India and our education
“These scholarships build on New
Zealand’s status as a top destination for
Indian students, creating partnerships
with prestigious Indian education institutions
and between the future leaders of
both countries,” he said.
As a part of the PMSA programme,
eight Ara Business School scholars
are currently in India on a six-week
series of classroom lectures at Jaipuria
Institute of Management in Noida and
KCT Business School in Coimbatore
to develop a better understanding of
the business environment in India.
Their focus in on entrepreneurship
and the Indian rural economy.
While in India, they will also visit
local business establishments including
dairies, textile mills and start-ups.
In January, ENZ hosted the Ara
students at the New Zealand High
Commission in Delhi for an interactive
session about the country’s relationship
with India, and the available
engagement opportunities. The session,
chaired by Acting High Commissioner
Suzannah Jessep, was attended by
faculty members from Jaipuria and Ara
ENZ also hosted a project
presentation called ‘Closing the Loop’
for the Massey awardees at the High
Commission. This was based on India’s
circular economy strategy to phase out
land filling of recyclable materials by
The Massey students teamed up
with 20 creative arts students from
National Institute of Fashion Technology
(NIFT), New Delhi, to produce
an outfit made from sustainable and
organic materials sourced in India.
Fashion at Mission
Students worked in groups mixing
their textile, fashion and business
talents, and even created a sustainable
‘business plan’ to accompany their
The High Commission lawns were
then transformed into a makeshift runway
for the students to showcase their
garments to the senior faculty members
from Massey and NIFT in attendance.
Massey University Senior Lecturer
and Major Coordinator for Fashion
Design Sue Prescott said that the event
highlighted the potential for fashion
to address real world issues such as
over-consumption, global warming and
ethical production processes.
“Through studies in fashion supply
chain, traditional fashion industry
methods are challenged, and team
design and production projects like this
help lead to innovative and sustainable
thinking,” she said.
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Fierce competition brings increasing accolades
Global Finance ticks 11 Awards in 2016
Former Prime Minister John Key with Ajay Kumar at the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards 2016 with the ‘Best Financial Advisor (Mortgage)
of the Year Award
Bruce Cortesi, Chairman, PAA Board presenting the ‘PAA Mortgage Advisor of the Year 2016
Award’ to Ajay Kumar
At the Deloitte Fast50 2016 Awards Night, Ajay Kumar is seen with (from left) David Blakey of BNZ, former Global Finance Marketing Manager
Saurabh Gupta and Mark Talbot of Deloitte
In a crowded market of financial
advisors, brokers and agents,
staying ahead is a challenge, often
daunting or intimidating but those
who have the grit, team spirit and the
ability to meet individual needs have
indelibly itched their names on the
registers of prime providers and rating
More importantly, they are etched in
the hearts and minds of people.
Company of Superlatives
Every which way you consider,
Global Finance is a superlative
company, enhancing the confidence of
its growing list of customers.
Here are a few: 1. The largest Financial
Advisor, with a record $4 billion of
mortgage loans arranged for customers
in New Zealand (mostly residential
and people of Indian origin) since its
inception almost 18 years ago 2. The
largest Insurance broker, having written
through major insurance companies
more than $3 billion in premium 3.
The largest company with more than
4000 customers on its service list and
4. The Best Company with more than
35 Awards and accolades given by the
country’s largest banks, multinational
consultancy and accounting firms and
hundreds of ‘Thank You’ notes given
It makes this writer proud that it all
began at the Indian Newslink Indian
Business Awards 2009 at which Global
Finance Managing Director Ajay
Kumar won the Business Excellence in
Marketing Awards. Since that second
year of our Awards Programme, he and
his company have won awards in several
categories, including the ‘Supreme
Business Award’ in 2010.
Global Finance created history in
2016 by scooping 11 awards, which
accounts for one award every working
month of the year and the range of
organisations that have recognised this
company for its quality of products,
services and volume of business is a
matter of pride and gratification.
Mr Kumar believes that these Awards
belong to his highly motivated and
professional team but the latter attribute
them to customers whose level of
satisfaction and constant referrals have
been instruments of success.
“We are nothing without our
customers, who are happy and believe
that they gained by our service. Without
them and the media, we are nothing,”
he says from time to time, reminding
himself of the initial years of struggle
when his team was no more than two
and his media supporters the same –
Radio Tarana and Indian Newslink.
That relationship has been growing
with nationwide attention.
Professional Advisers Association
commenced the winning trail for Global
Finance in 2016 by presenting its
prestigious ‘Mortgage Adviser of Year
2016 Award.’ A leading association of
financial advisers in New Zealand, it
instituted the PAA awards to recognise
its members who demonstrate the
founding values of the Association,
namely client advocacy, diligence
in their work, compliance with
relevant regulations and professional
The Deloitte Fast50 Award 2016
was the crowning glory last year.
The world’s leading consultancy and
audit firm rated Global Finance as the
‘Fastest Growing Mature Business in
Auckland and Upper North Island.’
Westpac Auckland Business Awards
honoured the Company with the
‘Excellence in Marketing Award 2016,’
organised by the Auckland Chambers
of Commerce and the Auckland
Tourism, Events and Economic Development
(ATEED). Global Finance
was commended for use of technology,
online marketing and effective customer
engagement. The Company was
a finalist in several categories at the
Two Awards from ANZ including
‘Mortgage Adviser of the Year 2016’
and ‘Platinum Business Partner of the
Year 2016’ (for arranging more than $
in a year). While Global Finance has
been a consistent winner at ANZ for the
past five consecutive years, these have
ranged from ‘Mortgage Adviser of the
Year, Platinum Business Partner, Valued
Business Partner of the Year, Strategic
Partnership Award and Business &
Commercial Adviser of Year 2013.
ASB Bank has honoured Global
Finance as the ‘Number One Broker for
New Money Advanced Award’ from
Mr Kumar was named Best Financial
Advisor (Mortgage) and Best Financial
Aseem Agarwal, son of Ajay Kumar, winner of the ‘Excellence in Marketing Award’ (sponsored by Villa Maria) with
former Global Finance Marketing Manager Saurabh Gupta and Villa Maria Export & PR Director Ian Clark at the
Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2016
Advisor (Insurance) at the Indian
Newslink Indian Business Awards
2016. These Awards were sponsored by
AIA (Insurance) New Zealand.
AIA (Insurance) New Zealand has
been recognizing Global Finance as its
largest Life and Personal Risk Insurance
Adviser for the past eight years.
The Secret Formula
Quality customer service apart, transparency
and the ‘Secret Formula’ that
enables people to repay their mortgage
loans sooner than later, saving in the
process substantial money in interest
rates have been the ingredients of the
impressive performance of Global
The Secret Formula has of course
remained a unique feature of this Company.
It has been proved to work each
time it was challenged by stakeholders.
It was perhaps 25 years of banking
experience that Mr Kumar brought with
him to New Zealand when he migrated
from his native India or his innovative
spirit or his business acumen or all
of them but a quick read through his
website and Facebook pages would
reveal how this Secret has worked.
Says a customer, known only as
Stanley, “Global Finance was instrumental
in reducing my mortgage
from 30 years to just nine years. I can,
without any hesitation, affirm that Ajay
and his team are the best in the job in
Daniel Chalbi wrote on his Facebook
Page: “My experience with Global
Finance has been great. In the past 12
years, this Company helped finish my
mortgage and now I am able to invest
more with them.”
Solomua Levao said, “Thank You,
God for our new house and I would
like to shout a big ‘Thank You’ to
Global Finance team for helping to
buy a house. I recommend anyone who
needs help to contact Global Finance
or me personally. I have been with this
Company for ten years and I have been
able to buy three houses.”
$1 billion every year
Mr Kumar said that his Company is
now arranging mortgages at a rate of
about $1 billion every year.
“We have expanded our team
of experienced and well qualified
professionals to provide the best service
to clients. We have taken several steps
to constantly improve the quality of service
and offer innovative products. Our
state-of-the-art technology helps us to
maintain extensive records, portfolios
of customers and market information to
keep ahead,” he said.
Global Finance is today a dynamic
organisation, on the threshold of
change. As a part of facilitating the
evolution without compromising its
principles and objectives, Mr Kumar
established an Advisory Board of
industry leaders and experts in May
Success comes to those who try and
pursue their goals and objectives with
persistence and perseverance, taking
along a team that is treated with respect
and fortitude. Awards and Citations
always follow them.
As it has time and again been proved
by Global Finance in Auckland.
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1Year, 11 Awards
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Deloitte Fast50 Award2016
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Aspiring politicians must
declare their cleanliness
An Indian Newslink investigation, revealed in conjunction with
Radio Tarana at the latter’s ‘Sunday at 5’ programme on February
12, 2017, has once again brought to the fore the importance
of ‘cleanliness of candidacy’ on the part of those keen to contest
the upcoming general election on September 23, 2017.
Our investigation, as discussed at the radio programme and as reported on
the front page of this issue, has shown that Vin Tomar, the candidate of New
Zealand People’s Party (NZPP) at the forthcoming by-election at Mt Albert
Constituency in Auckland on February 25, 2017 is facing charges of family
violence at a New Zealand Family Court.
Family Violence charges
It took us more than seven weeks to complete our investigation, during the
course of which we learnt, much to our surprise that Roshan Nauhria, Leader
of the NZPP was not aware that Mr Tomar was facing the above-mentioned
charges. For, it would have been untenable for a Party that has been campaigning
on what Mr Nauhria called, ‘deteriorating law and order situation in
New Zealand.’ Family violence is one of the worst nightmares daunting our
communities, and its incidence is increasing among families of Indian origin.
Women are the worst affected victims of family violence and in recent
years, law enforcers including the Police and Law Courts are keen to ensure
that this menace is eliminated from our society.
New Zealanders have set exacting standards for their politicians and
follow zero tolerance approach towards their behaviour. It is therefore important
that political parties, their leaders and those supporting them are assured
that the candidates being proposed for election do not have any issues that
would haunt them later.
Clearly, Mr Tomar should have taken his Party Leader and those who selected
him to contest in Mt Albert by-election into confidence and informed
them of the charges that he faces.
To be fair to Mr Tomar, there is no verdict yet on the charges and hence
he has not committed any legal offence in contesting in the Mt Albert
by-election. An Electoral Commission official told us that “at the point of
nomination the only requirements for candidacy are to be a New Zealand
citizen and enrolled to vote.”
make better sense
Dr Sangeeta Karmokar, a qualified teacher and research scholar
has done well in launching Women Entrepreneurship Centre
(WEC) to inspire and encourage women to become successful
As she mentioned in our story appearing under Homelink in this issue,
“This is a platform that helps women entrepreneurs to reach their full potential
and create economic and social value for themselves, their organisations
and the society. The Centre has innovative education programmes, events,
and workshops to support women entrepreneurs.
Gender equality or inequality has been a topic of discussion since long,
but the issue has been generating heat in the public domain in recent years.
Reasons for re-emergence
Two major reasons have been cited for its re-emergence – the global financial
crisis that brought to the fore many ills of companies, and recent reports,
which indicate that companies with women (at least one) on the board of
directors and on management boards tend to perform better than others.
It is indeed time to address this issue with greater thoroughness and
sincerity. For many years, researchers and corporate consultants have been
saying that New Zealand is among the countries with a poor record of
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It is very easy to accuse Muslims of terrorism
Gulhan Eryegit Yoldas
The Melbourne CBD Carnage- some hard questions
Muslims in Melbourne held
their breath as the identity
of the Melbourne’s
Bourke Street car attack
‘terrorist’ was released.
The massacre, that took place on
Friday, January 20, 2017, claimed the
lives of five people including a threemonth-old
Muslim baby Zachary Bryan
and injured more than 15 people.
Thank God, the man who carried
out the massacre, did not say he was
a Muslim. Thank God, there won’t be
another wave of racism and retaliation
against the Muslim communities in
Thank God, this time we get to
mourn the loss of lives along with our
fellow Melbournians without being
made to feel that we are personally
Desperate for arrest
Dimitri Gargasoulas tried very hard
all that week to get arrested.
In fact, according to the media, court
documents show that Gargasoulas had
been trying to get locked up since April
2016 with a string of alleged offences
ranging from dangerous driving, theft,
breaking a taxi window, police pursuit
On the day he terrorised Melbourne
(yes, he did ‘terrorise’ in the core
definition of the word), he stabbed a
person, kidnapped another person and
recklessly drove in the heart of the city
before causing death, injury and trauma
to many. He struck terror and fear in
the hearts of Melbournians.
Some elements prematurely
pointed the finger at Muslims. This was
corrected to say that he was on drugs,
has a history of violence, a history of
mental health problems… but no, he is
not a terrorist.
Pauline Hanson (Australian Politician)
and ISIS were probably equally
Gargasoulas has many similarities
in character to Sydney’s Martin Place
attacker, Man Monis, and his pattern
of behaviour is no different to all the
other ‘regular’ terrorists that have been
profiled and recruited by extremist
Without flaw, every time there is a
history of violence and mental illness.
It is interesting to watch mainstream
media tiptoeing the term ‘terrorist’ on
this occasion, even though the result is
relatively comparable, especially to the
terrorist attack recently in Berlin.
Is this a reflection of our lack of
investment as a nation in mental health?
Are we doing enough to address the
problem at grassroots level?
Whose political agenda is supported
when we wait until these violent people
with mental illnesses are actually
recruited by extremists?
Fear, and the racism that follows,
is the first easy step towards causing
division and friction in otherwise
strong, cohesive communities that have
lived peacefully for centuries.
The day after inauguration of Donald
Trump as the President of the United
States of America (January 20), an
Asian woman in Sydney, with broken
Closing doors on
Muslims is repulsive
Back in 1987, the then Labour
Government brought an end
to one of the most racist
policies New Zealand has
Until then, successive New Zealand
Governments had both actively
promoted immigration from Great
Britain, Ireland and Europe and actively
discouraged immigration from other
parts of the world, particularly Asia.
It was not a secret.
Governments openly spoke of an
immigration system based firmly on
the principle that New Zealand was,
and intended to remain, a country of
What was acceptable in the early to
mid-20th century gradually became
intolerable as people came to realise
that it wasn’t just discriminatory to
block people of a particular race, religion
or country of birth from entering
New Zealand, it was also against our
best interests as a nation. Things began
to change under the Kirk Labour
English, racially attacked a Muslim
woman wearing a niqab, banging
on her car window and calling her a
terrorist. Welcome to the post-Trump
world where everyone is free to be
racist without discrimination. All
the fear-mongering and extremist
propaganda appears to be successful in
causing division even amongst minority
History shows that multiculturalism
is not a modern concept.
People have the innate ability to live
in peace, abiding by the laws of the
land in which they reside.
What political or religious agenda
has any terrorist achieved other than
discrediting Muslims and raising the
platform for the likes of Donald Trump
and Pauline Hanson?
If anything, the terrorists are
assisting, it is their political agenda and
not of actual Muslims.
Gulhan Eryegit Yoldas is an advocate
for intercultural dialogue and her work
has been published in Turkish News
Weekly. Ms Yoldas, who lives in Melbourne,
was nominated for Australia’s
‘Top 100 Brightest Young Minds’
in 2006. The above article, which
appeared in the February 2017 issue
of ‘Australian Muslim Times’ has been
reproduced here with the permission of
its Managing Editor Zia Ahmed.
Government in 1974 but it was only in
1987 that race-based immigration was
completely replaced with a skills-based
At the same time, the Government
established a system for accepting
Again, it was not based on race,
religion or country of birth but on need
- assessed in an open and transparent
New Zealand was not alone in
moving away from racist immigration
policies. Enlightened nations around
the world came to understand that
intolerance was detrimental to the
development of their societies and
economies. We had learned about the
importance of connectedness, of the
vigour that diversity can bring to our
communities and the important role of
treating people with decency played in
maintaining peace around the world.
That all makes United States
President Trump’s decision to block
people from certain Muslim countries
and refugees from entering America
all the more abhorrent. It marks a
massive leap backwards for humanity.
All that we have learned and all that we
have gained from developing a deeper
understanding of people who act, look
and sound different from ourselves
has been tossed on the bonfire of populist
rage. It will do nothing to make
America safer; it will make the world
a more dangerous place. The targeted
nations will retaliate. It will drive
alienated young people into the arms of
the terrorists. Sadly, some people will
follow the President’s lead and take
out their anger on people for no other
reason than that they are different.
Say No to Prejudice
New Zealand must say no to this poisonous
prejudice by doing two things:
First we can demonstrate our humanity
and rejection of Trump’s policy by
increasing the number of refugees we
embrace each year to 1500. Second, our
Prime Minister Bill English can honour
our tradition of standing up to bullies
by publicly condemning Trump’s
Muslim ban. He needs to loudly call the
President out. He’s has failed to do that
so far. Friends should not be afraid to
In a world of turmoil when we seem
to be going backwards at an alarming
speed, New Zealand must stand up and
be counted amongst the mature and
civilised nations who know the only
way forward is tolerance.
Andrew Little is Leader of the
Labour Party of New Zealand
and Leader of the Opposition in
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
World’s longest flight
creates new trade route
Wheeler to call it a day
at Reserve Bank
Wellington, February 7, 2017
The inaugural Qatar Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft at Auckland International Airport on February 6.
The world’s longest flight
not only connects Doha
and Auckland setting
a historic record but
also has the potential to enhance
New Zealand’s trade with one of
the richest countries with a large
appetite for trade.
That record was set by Qatar
Airways, when its inaugural service
landed at Auckland International
Airport at 715 am on Waitangi Day
(Monday, February 6, 2017).
The service took 17 hours and
30 minutes to reach Auckland from
Doha, Qatar, covering 14,539 kms,
crossing 10 time zones and creating
a record for a commercial flight.
The plane received a ‘shower,’
from water cannons on its either
side, a traditional international
ceremony performed at most
airports for inaugural flights.
Qatar Airways is using its tenyear-old
Boeing 777-200LR for this
service with four pilots on board.
It also had 15 cabin crew members
who served 1100 cups of tea and
coffee, 2000 cold drinks and 1036
meals during the inaugural service.
The flight eclipses what is now
the longest duration flight, Emirates’
Dubai to Auckland service, by up
to an hour. The Doha-Auckland
service is 342 kms longer than that
of its Gulf rival.
Trade Minister Todd McClay
was at the Auckland international
airport to welcome the inaugural
He said that the world’s longest
flight was set to boost New Zealand
trade and tourism.
“Qatar is a member of the Gulf
Cooperation Council (GCC) and
the air link will continue to gain
importance when New Zealand
concludes a Free Trade Agreement
with the GCC,” he said.
More options to travellers
The new Auckland-Doha service
will not only provide more options
and connections for business and
leisure travellers, but will also
provide an additional 116 tonnes
of freight capacity every week, Mr
This increased freight capacity
will support New Zealand exporters
getting their fresh product to the
Middle East and beyond, he said.
Qatar is a significant trading
partner of New Zealand, with
annual two-way trade exceeding
“As a trading nation, New Zealand
relies on effective air services
to create much needed connections
with the rest of the world. The
estimated economic impact of this
new service will be well in excess
of $50 million,” Mr McClay said.
Qatar Airways has an extensive
global network of more than 150
destinations. The new service from
Auckland improves access to cities
in Europe, Central Asia, Africa and
the Middle East.
Reserve Bank Governor Graeme
Wheeler today announced that he
will not be seeking a second term
as Governor when his current
term ends on September 26 this year.
Mr Wheeler said, “It has been a great
privilege to serve in this role, and in the
remaining eight months, I will remain
fully focused on the economic challenges
and opportunities facing the New Zealand
economy. It was my intention, when I was
appointed, to serve one term, and then to
take on governance roles.”
Mr Wheeler was previously employed
at the World Bank from 1997 until
2010, where he was Managing Director
Operations (2006-2010), and Vice-President
and Treasurer (2001-2006). From 2010 to
2012, he ran his own advisory business in
the United States.
Under section 40 of the Reserve Bank
of New Zealand Act, the Governor is appointed
for a five-year term by the Minister
of Finance, on the recommendation of the
Reserve Bank Board.
The Chair of the Reserve Bank Board,
Professor Neil Quigley, said the Government
has advised the Board that, because
of the proximity of the General Election
this year, the Board’s recruitment process to
identify a successor to Mr Wheeler needs to
commence later in the year, and an acting
Governor would be appointed to cover the
post-election caretaker period.
Finance Minister Steven Joyce, has, on
the Board’s recommendation, announced the appointment
of Grant Spencer under section 48 of the Reserve
Bank Act to act as Governor for a period of six months
on the conclusion of Mr Wheeler’s term.
Mr Spencer had indicated his intention to retire this
year but has agreed to defer to fill the acting role.
Mr Spencer is Deputy Governor and Head of Financial
Stability, a position he has held since 2007. He
serves as chair of the OECD’s Committee on Financial
Markets, and has held senior management positions at
the Bank in economics and financial markets.
In 1995-2004, Mr Spencer was with the Australia
and New Zealand Banking Group, holding senior
management roles in treasury and strategy in New
Zealand and Australia. He has also served terms with
the International Monetary Fund as a Special Advisor,
European Department, and as New Zealand’s Alternate
Editor’s Note: Graeme Wheeler was the Guest
Speaker at the Sixth Annual Indian Newslink Sir
Anand Satyanand Lecture held on July 25, 2016 in
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Serious challenges confront commercial banks
Future of Banking
through a Kiwi Lens’ (A
Strategy and Future of
Banking in Australia) looks
at the performance of Australia’s big banks
and raises questions about the six trends that
are forcing them to consider how they operate
today, in preparation for tomorrow.
Almost all New Zealand’s banks are
Australian-owned and therefore face the same
issues – most of these are global challenges that
cannot be ignored.
The report looks at changes in demographics,
technology and consumer behaviour;
Asiafication; the impact of an interventionist
Government; and a subdued macro economy.
Getting ahead of these trends and looking at
them from a Kiwi perspective is important for
our own banking sector.
When we look at the report, we see six big
trends affecting the financial sector.
All these can be looked at through a New
Zealand lens – they must be, if our banks are to
stay relevant, profitable and evolve to suit the
Connecting with customers
Banks must become simpler, smaller and
more deeply connected to customers so that
they can become more agile in an ever-changing
A bank’s ability to quickly adapt to suit
customer preferences is going to be a key focus
over the next few years.
Banks are increasingly having to adapt their
service offerings as the customer demographic
morphs from the wealthiest generation in history
to the most indebted.
In New Zealand, half of our population have
some form of debt, with 24-to-35year-olds
the most indebted age group, which brings up
questions about how our banks service different,
less-wealthy demographics and whether, as a
result, their appetite for risk is changing.
This also poses some big questions for CEOs
in the sector: Are New Zealand banks ready for a
wider change to their banking models because of a
change in their customers’ circumstances?
From an ageing population to one with different
levels of wealth, banks will seek to be more
responsive to our shifting demographics.
As we approach 2020, the Report outlines six
priorities for banks and some proposals for how
they can respond.
They must organise themselves around the
customer, simplify the organisation, make the
most of their partnerships, focus on specific areas
of innovation, embrace regulation and put their
culture to work.
Sam Shuttleworth is Partner and Banking &
Capital Markets Leader at Pricewaterhouse-
Coopers based in Auckland. The above article
is only a curtain- raiser. For full text of the
Report, please visit www.pwc.co.nz
Timing is of the essence of OCR moves
The Reserve Bank
of New Zealand
on Thursday, February
9, 2017 that it would maintain
the Official Cash Rate (OCR) at
1.75%, as widely expected.
The language of the media
statement largely retained the
neutral tone from November.
The RBNZ concluded that
“monetary policy will remain
accommodative for a considerable
period,” and noted that there
are still significant uncertainties
in the economic environment.
However, there was a subtle
upward shift in the RBNZ’s
interest rate projections.
Over most of the forecast
horizon, the projected OCR was
lifted from 1.7% in November
to 1.8% in February. Both
numbers are equally consistent
with a 1.75% cash rate (after
rounding), but the latter eliminates
the small possibility of
another rate cut in this cycle.
In addition, the projected
OCR track is no longer
completely flat, but now curves
upward slightly towards the end
of the forecasts, implying a 2%
cash rate by early 2020. While
this is the mildest of tightening
biases – we would give better
odds of the first OCR hike coming
earlier than this date rather
than later – nevertheless it sends
a clear signal that the next OCR
move is expected to be up.
The RBNZ remains positive
on the outlook for the domestic
economy, and cautious about
the global environment.
However, there were some
more upbeat comments on the
global backdrop, including
higher commodity prices, an
uptick in headline inflation, and
monetary policy moving away
The RBNZ acknowledged
that headline inflation is back
within the 1-3% target range,
but repeated that the return to
the 2% midpoint is likely to be
gradual. In fact, the RBNZ does
not expect inflation to reach
2% until June 2019, six months
later than previously thought.
The continued strength of
the New Zealand dollar means
that tradable goods inflation is
forecast to remain near-zero or
negative for the next few years.
That leaves the RBNZ even
more dependent on strong
domestic growth, driving a lift
in non-tradable prices, in order
to meet the inflation target.
While the RBNZ statement
had a slightly more hawkish tilt
than we were expecting, it was
a far cry from the OCR hike by
end-2017 that financial markets
were pricing in. Consequently,
the New Zealand dollar fell
about half a cent to 0.7250, and
the two-year swap rate fell five
basis points to 2.35%.
Our view on the OCR is
broadly in line with the RBNZ’s
statement: the first hike is too
far out to be precise about the
All the signs point to inflation
dwelling the lower half of the
target range for some time. On
that basis, the case for reversing
the recent OCR cuts any time
soon looks weak.
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Rent or buy, houses haunt Aucklanders
Aucklanders continue to
experience soaring house
prices, increasing rents
and home ownership has
fallen to its lowest level in 65 years.
We are fourth in the world relative
to income and second relative to rents.
An OECD 2015 Report said that
first homebuyers and lower income
groups are the most affected by our
rampant property market.
However, high property prices also
adversely affect Auckland’s economy
as businesses are forced to pay more
for worker recruitment and retention.
An OECD economist warned that
house price growth is a threat to our
financial stability and urged New
Zealand to dramatically increase
Auckland’s housing supply.
Out on the campaign trail last
week, I spoke to a few people in the
Maungakiekie electorate for who,
owning their first house was a dream.
Their main issue was with renting –
rental affordability and quality.
I studied statistics to find out how
unaffordable rentals have become and
how they compare internationally.
The OECD average for housing
costs, which includes rent, electricity,
water supply, gas and expenditure
on furniture and furnishings, main-
tenance and repairs, is 21%.
Aucklanders are paying on
average 32% of their household
income on rent alone! We also
have an increasing number of
people who are forced to rent
as home ownership becomes
In fact, in Auckland, half of
our adult population is renting.
In Mt Wellington, only 36%
of families own their own
When my husband and I
moved to Auckland a few years
ago, we found it excruciatingly
difficult to find a place to rent.
When we finally found a
place – 55 applications later and
purely through the kindness of
friends – the rental contract was
just for a year. Towards the end
of that year, it became clear that
the owners wanted to move into
The thought of finding rentals
each year and the trauma of
transient living forced us to
consider buying a home. So, we
bit the bullet, valiantly resigned
ourselves to a future of beansand-toast
dinners and bought a
For many like us, long-term
rentals are not a viable option.
One year rental contracts are
standard in New Zealand.
If a property is sold, existing
tenants can be asked to leave
with just 42 days’ notice. You
cannot make changes to the
property in New Zealand – this
includes putting up pictures
and painting the walls – unless
you happen to have a very
understanding house owner.
There is so much more
to housing than just four
walls and a roof. Home is
our sanctuary and security
after a long work week. Our
street and suburb becomes
It is difficult to feel rooted
in a community if the threat
of having to move hangs
over our heads each year.
Precarious living also
affects children’s schooling
and the stability that families
need to flourish. It also
makes it difficult to plan.
Economist and author of
‘Generation Rent,’ argues
that renting can become a
viable alternative to home
ownership. However, we
need to address short-term
leases and review laws
around notice periods and
reasons for eviction as the
German and Swiss have
In many parts of Europe,
long-term renting is the
and more flexibility give
tenants the chance to plan
for the future. It also gives
them more ‘ownership’ of
their homes, while allowing
owners control of their asset
and stable tenancies.
The Labour Party is
currently looking into the
rental experience in New
Zealand, with a view to
making it better.
If you are renting or
have a renting experience,
please have your say at web
version of this article on the
Indian Newslink websitewww.indiannewslink.co.nz
If you would like to
contact our Member of Parliament
and Labour Party
Phil Twyford, please email
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FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Home purchase can
The idiom, “Marry in haste, repent at
leisure,” is true of the property sector.
Many buyers feel that they were
too quick to grab deals to understand
the deal properly but soon find out that they
could have waited, sought professional advice
– both from property and legal experts. Those
signing documents without proper scrutiny
and advice are finding themselves in serious
The average buyer fails to realise that the
Agreement given to them by the real estate
agent during negotiations is legally binding.
Such an Agreement can include important
information such as (1) Whether the property
is freehold, leasehold, cross lease or a stratum
estate (2) A list of the chattels being sold with
the property (3) The rate of interest that the
parties must pay if settlement if either party
defaults on settlement (4) Any other conditions
such as builders report, finance, valuations or
LIM reports and (5) The settlement date.
It is important for buyers to realise that not
all sale and purchase agreements are standard
In many cases the ‘standard form’ approved
by the Auckland District Law Society (ADLS)
has options and clauses that an unsuspecting
buyer may not realise have been ticked or
I have seen contracts in which the
standard provision to check the legal title
of the property has been crossed out of the
fine print without the buyer realising that
the contract has become unconditional.
Some distressed buyers visiting
our office tell me that they have had a
‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ with their vendor
on several issues.
Invariably, when contacted, the vendor
would deny saying that they had given no
assurances and that they would abide by the
There are two main reasons for buyers
ignoring lawyers at the time of signing an
agreement. First, the cost; they erroneously
think that lawyers’ fee can be avoided but
soon find out they were wrong. Second, the
property market is so hot that people are
pressurised into taking quick decisions.
It is also the responsibility of vendors to
understand the importance of transparency
and the warranties provided to the buyer
under the standard ADLS Agreement. If the
Vendor cannot provide certain warranties,
these must be omitted from the Agreement
or expressly stipulated.
It is not enough if the vendor or the
buyer state that they had no idea what was
going on and that they believed that the
agent had sorted out everything. It is not
the agent’s job but that of a lawyer to make
sure that you understand what you are
There is a Latin phrase that applies to
the property market – ‘Caveat Emptor,’
meaning, ‘Buyer Beware’
Farah Khan is Partner & Notary Public
Practice Manager at Khan & Associates
Lawyers and Notary Public based
in Papatoetoe, Auckland. She can be
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Auckland Council Press Release
Progress on the
Council Local Alcohol
continues this month
with dates now set for formal
The Alcohol Regulatory and
Licensing Authority (ARLA)
will hold public hearings at the
Auckland District Court over
three weeks, commencing on
Monday, February 13.
Auckland Council welcomes
this announcement as once in
force, the LAP will be a key tool
for the Council to help minimise
alcohol-related harm across the
Under the Sale and Supply
of Alcohol Act 2012, Councils
can develop an LAP to establish
local policy on licensing matters
such as the location, density
and trading hours of licensed
An LAP can influence where
new alcohol licenses are allowed
to establish; how many new alcohol
licenses are allowed; when
bars, restaurants and nightclubs
can sell alcohol; when bottle
shops and supermarkets can sell
alcohol; and when clubs (e.g.
sports clubs, RSAs) can sell
The Provisional Auckland
Council Local Alcohol Policy
includes regional policies as
well as some special rules for
the City Centre and suburbs
experiencing higher levels of
alcohol-related harm, referred to
in the policy as Priority Overlay
Auckland Council consulted
on its draft policy in 2014
and considered 2693 written
submissions and over 100 oral
submissions before the adopting
the provisional policy in May
Some organisations appealed
against the provisional policy
after it was adopted.
The legal hearing process
means appellants, registered interested
parties and the Council
can present their views on the
provisional LAP before ARLA
makes a final decision.
The Council is restricted
from providing public comment
regarding the appeals while they
are before the court.
To read the full Provisional
Auckland Council Local Alcohol
Policy document and view
the Priority Area maps, visit
search ‘Local Alcohol Policy’.
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Have your say on
fixed line services
Communications Minister Simon Bridges
has confirmed details of the government’s
new approach to regulating fixed line
communications services from 2020, and
released a consultation paper which seeks feedback
on the regulation of the copper network.
“We need a modern communications regime
that reflects our increasingly digital world and that
delivers better broadband for New Zealanders. The
new regime is designed to provide long-term certainty
for the sector, and to support ongoing innovation
and investment. Ultimately, this will result in better
services for consumers, with consistently improving
broadband speeds and quality at competitive prices,”
The Government released an options paper in July
2016, with details of the new ‘Utility-Style’ regime
for fixed line communications services provided on
the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network and Chorus’
“We received a range of feedback from industry
and consumer groups about how the new regime
would work in practice and can now confirm the
details of our reform package for the UFB network,
which will be implemented from 2020,” Mr Bridges
“Following further consideration and analysis,
we have decided to take a different approach to the
regulation of copper services, and focus the new regulations
primarily on New Zealand’s fibre network. We
are seeking feedback on this proposal and on changes
to the Telecommunications Service Obligation (TSO)
through the consultation document released today,”
In areas where UFB or other fibre is available, the
government is proposing to deregulate the copper
network from 2020 and remove the TSO obligation.
In areas where UFB or other fibre is not available,
the TSO obligation will be retained and Chorus will
be required to continue supplying copper services
at prices capped at 2019 levels. This will ensure
consumers continue to have access to basic services
at competitive prices, even when alternative networks
are not available.
Submissions on the consultation paper close
on March 1, 2017. For more detail and to make a
submission visit www.mbie.govt.nz/telcoreview.
Public opinion sought
on Local Alcohol Policy
Progress on the Provisional Auckland Council
Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) continues this
month with dates now set for formal appeal
The Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority
(ARLA) will hold public hearings at the Auckland
District Court over three weeks, commencing on
Monday, February 13.
Auckland Council welcomes this announcement as
once in force, the LAP will be a key tool for the Council
to help minimise alcohol-related harm across the region.
Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012,
Councils can develop an LAP to establish local policy
on licensing matters such as the location, density and
trading hours of licensed premises.
An LAP can influence where new alcohol licenses are
allowed to establish; how many new alcohol licenses are
allowed; when bars, restaurants and nightclubs can sell
alcohol; when bottle shops and supermarkets can sell
alcohol; and when clubs (e.g. sports clubs, RSAs) can
The Provisional Auckland Council Local Alcohol
Policy includes regional policies as well as some special
rules for the City Centre and suburbs experiencing
higher levels of alcohol-related harm, referred to in the
policy as Priority Overlay areas.
Auckland Council consulted on its draft policy in
2014 and considered 2693 written submissions and over
100 oral submissions before the adopting the provisional
policy in May 2015.
Some organisations appealed against the provisional
policy after it was adopted.
The legal hearing process means appellants,
registered interested parties and the Council can present
their views on the provisional LAP before ARLA makes
a final decision.
The Council is restricted from providing public
comment regarding the appeals while they are before
To read the full Provisional Auckland Council Local
Alcohol Policy document and view the Priority Area
maps, visit aucklandcouncil.govt.nz and search ‘Local
Auckland Council Press Release
National Budget Day set for May 25
Steven Joyce will present his first budget as
Finance Minister on Thursday, May 25,
In announcement made last fortnight in
Wellington, he promised that the Budge would be
‘centred on providing opportunities for all Kiwis
to get ahead.’
This would be the Ninth annual budget of the
National government since November 2008.
“Budget 2017 will build on the strengthening
performance of the New Zealand economy over
the last several years. It will focus on creating the
conditions for further growth and greater prosperity
for all New Zealanders,” Mr Joyce said.
“New Zealand businesses have generated
328,000 new jobs since 2008, and average weekly
wages have grown by 26.1% more than double
the rate of inflation. Budget 2017 will seek to give
businesses the confidence to keep investing and
keep growing, to provide more opportunities for
New Zealand families,” he added.
A key element of the Budget will involve
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headroom to invest in better public services.
However, the focus would be on achieving
better results, and not just tipping in more
taxpayers money, he said.
“It is also very important to remain mindful
that the money the Government spends comes
from hard working Kiwi families. We remain
committed to reducing the tax burden on
lower and middle income earners when we
have the room to do so,” Mr Joyce said.
He said that the Budget will continue
a relentless focus on reducing debt as a
percentage of GDP.
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is creating the necessary buffers to deal with
the next economic shock. The Government
remains committed to its target of reducing net
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FEBRUARY 15, 2017
numerous Hindu Temples
that serve the growing
community throughout New
Zealand, a majority of Hindus long to
visit their ‘family-associated’ place of
worship in their hometowns or villages.
Such religious fervour is present
among most all religions, including
Sikhs, Muslims and Christians who
consider it their sacred duty to worship
at the ‘highest place of worship,’
respectively the Golden Temple (Amritsar),
the Holy Shrines in Makkah and
Madinah and the Holy See, the Catholic
Church in the Vatican.
Auckland-based couple Anand
Sampoornanand (better known as Sam
Anand) and Devika Rani and their
Avanti Group are offering ‘E-Puja’
services ranging from simple Aarti
Sam Anand and Devika Rani
to deeply religious Homam (Havan)
at more than 3600 Hindu Temples in
India for residents in the Oceania region
including New Zealand, Australia and
Mr Anand said that the all the Temples
in the Network are at least 1000
years old, except the Saibaba Temple at
Shirdi (Maharashtra) and Raghavendra
Swamy Temple in Mantralayam (Karnataka),
which are of comparatively
New Temples and those located at
street-corners all over India are not
included in the E-Puja service.
“Hindus believe that Archanas,
Abhishekams, Homams and other
religious ceremonies performed at
ancient Temples acquire the Positive
Energy and Divine Grace beneficial to
devotees. Our E-Puja service facilitates
‘Divine Interaction,’ and offers reliability
and credibility with accountability
and transparency,” Ms Rani said.
“E-Puja is also offered for Sevas
such as Kalyanotsavam, Tirumanjam,
Arattus and 12-month pujas. All Pujas
and Sevas are subject to availability in
the Temples,” she added.
As well as offering regular prayers,
E-Puja would be ideal for people to
seek the Darshan of their favourite
Deities, perform various religious
ceremonies on special occasions
such as birthdays, Sastiapthapoorthi,
Sadabhishekam and festivals without
undertaking physical travel.
“Some temples offer remedy
Meditation course for youngsters
Younger members of the
community aged between
eight and 17 years would
have a unique opportunity
to understand and undergo a Meditation
course next month.
Vipassana Meditation Centre is
organising an introductory meditation
course at a location in Onehunga, details
of which are yet to be announced.
Organiser Falgun Shah said that
the course would be held on Saturday,
March 11, 2017 from 845 am to 345
There is no entry fee but voluntary
donations would be accepted with
“Participants can learn ‘Anapana,’
a technique observing natural respiration.
This is a simple and scientific
technique which is based on morality
pujas for relief from health problems,
Navagraha Puja or other prayers.
“Kumkum (Sindoor) and Vibhuthi
(Sacred Ash) are usually sent to
the devotees while food and other
perishable items are distributed to
visitors at the concerned Temples,” Mr
Bookings should be done online at
least seven days in advance.
The Pujas can be conducted in the
name and birth star of the devotee. Four
names can be included for each puja,
and is offered as promotional incentive
File Photo of young people at an earlier Meditation Course
and not religion. It uses a natural object capacity to study. It also enables
as the centre of focus and is non-commercial.
This course will benefit our anxiety and pressures and increases the
practitioners to deal with agitation, fear,
young people,” he said.
spirit of goodwill for others, he said.
Mr Shah said that regular practice “Meditation sessions are combined
of Anapana has proven benefit of with discussion, creative activities, and
improving concentration and memory, games in groups. These courses are run
enhanced self-confidence and greater on voluntary donations,” Mr Shah said.
Enrolment can be done online at www.medini.dhamma.org
For further details visit www.children.dhamma.org
For assistance, please call Falgun Shah on 021-02719979.
for the launch of E-Puja overseas.
“We offer a full refund if the Prasad
sent from the Temple/s is not delivered
within 90 days from the date of the
completion of the Puja,” Mr Anand said.
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Health Plan leads to loss of diabetes, weight and worry
Ten years ago, Arminder Singh
moved to New Zealand from
India. Since his move, he had
gained weight due to lifestyle
In January 2015, his Hba1c had
increased to 50 mmol/mol and he was
prescribed two metformin per day.
“I was scared I am only 44 years
old. I had two family members pass
away at my age. I felt I could die too if
I didn’t do anything,” he said.
He was referred to the Sport
Auckland Choose Change Programme
by his GP for diabetes.
Arminder’s goal was to get his
health back on track to live a longer
and healthier life. Prior to joining the
programme, he mentioned that his
energy levels were low and that he was
He also exhibited low confidence
levels and doubted his ability to make
changes to his lifestyle.
His sessions with the psychologist
helped to boost his confidence
levels and address barriers to change
His dietary choices encompassed
foods high in refined carbohydrates
and fats due to high intakes of takeaways
four to five days a week.
The session with the dietitian
helped to bring awareness on his
current dietary habits and the changes
he needed to make for better blood
He has now reduced his takeaways
and has healthier home cooked meals.
He has also decreased his carbohydrate
intake from five chapattis to one and
: Arminder Singh with Sport Auckland’s
Registered Dietitian Reishma Edward
has half a plate of vegetables at most
meals. Although he has successfully
managed to reduce his carbohydrate
portion, he mentioned that he was
not experiencing hunger as he ate
mindfully and felt satisfied with the
meals he had.
The weekly goal setting with the
Healthy Lifestyle Coordinator helped
to motivate him to keep track. Each
week, a small, realistic and achievable
goal was set for both diet and physical
Achieving these realistic goals also
helped him to gain the confidence and
motivation that he needed to continue.
Initially, he was not physically
active. Lack of motivation and time
due to his demanding work schedule
was one of the main barriers that
prevented him from being active. He
has given health a priority and has made
exercise a part of his daily routine by
incorporating five days a week of brisk
walking and jogging.
The programme has had a huge impact
on his life.
His wife, who has been a major
support, noticed a positive change in his
He is now an energetic and a happier
person. He is also more active within the
family and takes more interest in helping
Upon completion of the programme,
Arminder has lost a total of 9.7 kilograms
in weight and seven centimetres off his
His Hba1c has dropped from 50 mmol/
mol to 38 mmol/mol and he is no longer
on any medication. His fitness levels
have increased and he is now a happier,
energetic and confident person.
Arminder hopes to continue with his
weight loss journey.
The programme has brought awareness
and helped him gain control over his
health. It has also equipped him with the
tools that he needs to making healthier
lifestyle choices and achieve his weight
loss target of losing another 10 kilograms
by the end of this year.
Anyone who is over the age of 18 and
would like to learn more about nutrition
and physical activity can go online and
self-refer to the programme at www.
sportauckland.co.nz (Green Prescription
tab) or call 0800 ACTIVE (0800 228
483). They can also of course ask their
GP or Nurse for a referral
Community Night to
strengthen family values
The importance of fostering
family values, staying together
and promoting positive
thoughts and unity would be
underscored at a special assembly of
New Zealanders and overseas visitors
later this month.
About 3000 men, women and
children are expected to be present at
the special event being organised by
BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (NZ) at
Logan Campbell Centre in Auckland on
Saturday, February 18, 2017.
Buck the Trend
Organising Committee Member
Manoj Daiya said that the forthcoming
programme would encourage New Zealanders
to ‘buck the trend’ in 2017 and
work together for peace and harmony.
“With the onset of the New Year,
we reflect on the previous year, and
strive to achieve our professional,
academic and social resolutions. Let
2017 be the year to think away from
the conventional, and focus towards
a better quality of life through family
harmony,” he said.
He quoted the late Pramukh Swami
Maharaj as saying, “No matter how
wise and intelligent people may be,
there is discord at home: father and
son, husband and wife, mother-in-law
and daughter-in-law, and brothers and
sisters are often at loggerheads. People
tend to want things their way. That is
the root cause of family discord. It is
also the main reason for all political
and professional differences.”
The highlight of the event on February
18 would be a Hindi drama, titled,
‘Antarkhoj’ (The Inner Search), with a
cast of more than 100 persons.
“Written and developed in Hindi for
the Indo-Kiwi community, ‘Antarkhoj’
is set to be one of the largest productions
undertaken by our community in
New Zealand in recent years,” he said.
What: ‘Antarkhoj,’ a Hindi Drama
Who: BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha NZ
When: Saturday, February 18 at 6 pm
Where: Logan Campbell Centre, Greenlane, Auckland
Entry: Free but with prior registration at www.bapsnz.org
Contact: Manoj Daiya on 021-2369996
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Music and Dance step up artistic science
Tabla artistes (from left) Shamal Lal, Prashant Kumar, Basant Madhur and Aman Reddy
Music and dance lovers
will experience Auckland’s
organised and presented
by Auckland-based musician and
Sarod exponent Chinmaya Dunster this
The ‘14th Auckland Mehfil,’ (an
intimate court tradition that was
prevalent during the Mughal empire in
India) will be held at 7 pm on Saturday,
February 18 at the Blockhouse Bay
Boat Club, 91 Endeavour Street in
Tickets, priced at $20 per person will
be available at the venue.
Children under 18 years of age will
be admitted free.
The evening of Jugalbandi and
Fusion promises never-witnessed-before
music and dance collaborations.
Following our article on Sarod artiste
Chinmaya and multi-instrumentalist
Shastro (who will be the Flutist) in our
last (February 1) issue, we present two
bands in this report.
Recognised as New Zealand’s
leading fusion band, ‘Sargam Fusion’
has, since its inception, been providing
a harmonious blend of Indian, Eastern
and Western music, appealing to a wide
range of mixed audiences.
Its motto ‘Creating music, connecting
cultures’ is testimony to the band’s
aim of connecting people from different
cultures, living by the spirit of diversity
and multiculturalism that form the crux
of modern New Zealand.
‘Sargam Fusion’ has also collaborated
with artistes of international
repute, including Bansuri Flute maestro
Rakesh Chaurasia and New Zealand’s
own symphony, ‘The Auckland
Philharmonic Orchestra,’ both in 2016.
The ensemble at the forthcoming
Concert would comprise Ahi Karunaharan
(Keyboards), Basant Madhur
(Tabla), Rajiv Gounder (Octopad)
and Rob Mita (Bass Guitar), Ashish
Ramakrishnan and Joy Kavya Ravela
Innovative fusion dance by this
writer is also part of the programme
who will return and be backed by live
vocals and instrumentation.
She was previously seen at the ‘5th
Auckland Mehfil’ in 2015 where she
presented the traditional North Indian
classical dance form of Kathak, with
support by Akhilesh Madhur on Tabla,
Mr Madhur on ‘Padhant’ (Recitation)
and Deepak Madhur on Harmonium.
The juxtaposition of Tabla beats
with science may sound strange but
it is the concept behind this newly
formed group, which will showcase
how art and science (normally seen as
two completely different fields) can be
Initiated by Mr Madhur, Principal
and Director of Sargam School of
Indian Music based in Auckland,
‘Tabla Beat Science’ represents young
and energetic upcoming Tabla players
of New Zealand, with the ability to
resonate Indian classical, folk and
world music beats.
“The complex classical beats, thrilling
fusion and traditional folk ‘taals’
Thaipoosam Festival in Auckland Temple
Thiru Subramaniyar Temple
of the Hindu Temple Society
of New Zealand (located) at
69 Tidal Road in Mangere,
Auckland celebrated ‘Thaipusam,’
including traditional ‘Kavadi’
Abhishekam and other religious rites.
The three-day festival was held
at the Temple from February 9 to
February 11, 2017, with morning
and evening prayers, recitations of
excerpts from various Tamil religious
and literary texts (such as ‘Thiruvasagam,’
‘Devaram,’ and ‘Skanada
Puranam.’). Hundreds of men, women
and children attended the celebrations.
The final day witnessed prayers,
Mangal Arti and Maha Prasad in
the morning and a procession of
Lord Murugan with his consorts
Devayani and Valli, in the form of
‘Thaipusam’ or ‘Thaipoosam’ is
a Hindu festival celebrated mostly
by the Tamil community on the Full
Moon during the Tamil month of
It is mainly observed in countries
where there is a significant presence of
Tamil community including Australia,
Canada, Caribbean, Guadeloupe,
Guyana, India, Jamaica, Malaysia,
Myanmar, New Zealand, Réunion,
Indonesia, Singapore, Singapore,
South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname,
Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, and
United States of America.
The word ‘Thaipusam’ is a
combination of the name of the month,
‘Thai,’ and the name of a star ‘Pusam’
(or ‘Poosam’) This Star is at its highest
point during the festival.
The Festival commemorates the
occasion when Goddess Parvathi gave
Lord Murugan a ‘Vel’ (Spear) to vanquish
the evil demon Soorapadman.
Urchavamurthi’ Lord Murugan with Devayani and Valli
It is believed that ‘Thaipusam’ marks
Lord Murugan’s Birthday.
Some other sources suggest that
‘Vaikhasi Vishakam,’ which falls in
the ‘Vaikhasi’ month (May/June), is
Conflict with Demon
This festival was created during one
of the battles between the ‘Asuras’
(Demons), specifically Soorapadman,
and the Devas.
At one point, the latter were defeated
several times by the former.
The Devas were unable to resist
the onslaught of the Asura forces. In
despair, they approached Shiva and
entreated to give them an able leader
under whose heroic leadership they
might obtain victory over the Asuras.
They surrendered themselves
completely and prayed to Lord Shiva,
who granted their request by creating
the mighty warrior, ‘Skanda,’ out of his
own power or ‘Achintya Shakti.’
He at once assumed leadership of
the celestial forces, inspired them
and defeated the Asuras. The day is
commemorated as ‘Thaipusam.’
‘Skanda Puranam,’ the legend of
Lord Murugan, and ‘Thirupugazh,’
Mangal Arti for Lord Murugan during Thai
which are divine verses on the Lord,
adhere to Shaivam principles.
Murugan is the embodiment of
Shiva’s light and wisdom and devotees
pray to him to overcome the obstacles
they face, as He is the divine vanquisher
of evil. The motive of Thaipusam
festival is to pray to God to receive his
grace so that bad traits are destroyed.
File Photo of Flute Maestro Rakesh Chaurasia with ‘Sargam Fusion’ artistes at their
performance in Auckland on June 24, 2016
or rhythms are the beauty of the group,
which has fascinated our audiences,”
Mr Madhur said to Indian Newslink.
Some of the successful performances
rendered by these artistes in 2016
include ‘Auckland Diwali Festival,’
‘Sur-Taal’ (featuring Sarangi maestro
Sangeet Mishra) and ‘Music Extravaganza’
(featuring Satvik Veena maestro
What: 14th Auckland Mehfil
An evening of Jugalbandi and Fusion
Who: Chinmaya Dunster
When: Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 7 pm
Where: Blockhouse Bay Boat Club
91 Endeavour Street, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland
Tickets: $20 per person available at the venue
Children under 18 are Free
Contact: Chinmaya Dunster on 022-3204020;
Woman’s fury to take
‘Silappatikaram’ with Kannagi in Auckland on March 18
said in the
19th century except that the adage
was proved in the South Indian city of
Madurai several hundred years earlier.
It was an era when chaste women
could order the heavens to open up or
the Gods to remain still and hence it
was hardly surprising that a woman of
virtue could burn down an entire city.
‘Is Paris Burning?’ asked Larry
Collins and Dominique Lapierre in
their book of the same name and
in Poompuhar, a Tamil Nadu town,
someone asked, ‘Is Madurai down to
‘Kannagi,’ the woman in rage
who sent an erring king to his Maker
and set a city in flames to prove the
innocence of her husband is the fiery
character in ‘Silappatikaram,’ one of
the five great epics of Tamil literature.
The epic, which literally means
‘The Tale of an Anklet’ will make it to
the Auckland stage in an encapsulated
form at Dorothy Winstone Centre,
Auckland Girls Grammar School on
Saturday, March 18, 2017.
Much of Ilango Adigal’s ‘Silappatikaram’
has undergone twists and turns
at the hands of film producers over
the years but the core of the story has
remained: that no person, least of all
a ruler, can afford to pass judgment
unless all facts are heard.
That would also be the essence
The group will showcase the talents
of students of Mr Madhur including
Akhilesh Madhur, Aman Reddy,
Prashant Kumar and Shamal Lal.
Due to limited seating at the venue,
we request our readers to contact
Chinmaya Dunster early and register
of the forthcoming Dance Drama,
scripted, produced and directed by
Madurai R Muralidharan, a Bharata
Natyam exponent and performer.
Renuka Ketheesan, Director
& Principal of Sai Natyalaya will
present ‘Silappatikaram’ with her
She said that it was an honour
to work with Mr Muralidharan,
who is also a well-known lyricist,
composer and choreographer.
“He has beautifully scripted the
story of ‘Silappatikaram’ to be
presented as a Tamil dance musical,
which has been staged in many
parts of the world, winning raving
reviews and great accolades from
audiences,” she said.
Further details will be published
in our next issue.
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Expansive landscape brings heavenly peace
A million smiles in the heart of Paradise
Various moods of New
It is often said that if
you looked closely, life
would be waiting to give
you a reason to smile.
At every corner, there is a friendly
face, a hint of innocence, or just a funny
moment waiting to make you happy.
This has been true across New
Zealand, a fascinating country.
I have been traveling all over the
North Island for my journey, ‘500
days in New Zealand.’ Naturally, as a
photographer my observations are very
keen and always looking for details.
I have found many such moments
here, which I registered in my camera.
Zest for life
People here have a zest for life, and
believe in living every little moment
with as much joy as possible.
From the weekend neighbourhood
markets to special community events,
or even the school events of children,
they look for a reason to celebrate and
People have so much warmth that
anybody can be your friend in minutes.
They welcome you into their lives,
and always show an immense passion
I felt this country to be much more
versatile than it looks.
From its landscapes to flora and
fauna, its birds and people there is
something unique. The colours are
vibrant and inviting.
Anyone who travels across this
country has an immediate realisation of
how beautiful Nature and life are, and
how materialism has nothing to do with
It is the simplicity of thought and life
that you see in every aspect of life here
that makes the world fall in love with
this beautiful place.
It is that vibrancy of life that defines
its people, whether they are from this
country or have made it their home
after coming from world over.
Ashok Kochhar is an international
photographer who launched ‘500
Days Across New Zealand’ in December
2015. He lives in Hamilton.
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FEBRUARY 15, 2017
A definitive art that gives debutantes their due
Note on Ambika Krishnamoorthy and
her Arangetram on February 25
Bharata Natyam is stated to be a
definitive art that extols its Creator Lord
Shiva, the Universe, the Earth and Life itself.
As well as bespeaking the rich cultural and
social heritage of India, replete with piety and
purity, Bharata Natyam also brings to the fore the
vicissitudes of its practitioner and the sentiments of
the immortal mind.
The South Indian classical dance is set in a
format that none is allowed to breach, albeit
reasonable interpretations may be allowed.
While a number of schools have been
established, each with an approach that elucidates
the glory of the Lord and a given society, all of
them follow the tenets of the art with an innovative
Performers, teachers and exponents share the
excitement of the Arangetram of students with their
family and friends.
For every Arangetram is a tale of hard work,
long hours of practice for the performers and a
large degree of sacrifice on the part of the family.
That is true of Ambika Krishnamoorthy, whose
Arangetram on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at
Dorothy Winstone Centre, Auckland Girls Grammar
School is awaited with increasing anxiety and
The only daughter of Ilango and Sakthi
Krishnamoorthy (Directors of Mercury Printz),
Ambika is doted at home not only by her parents
but also her two brothers Vetrivhel and Adhitiyan.
The three children are a source of endearment
for Renuka Ketheesan, Director and Principal of
the Auckland Sai Natyalaya under whose tutelage,
Bharata Natyam has found its place of respect in
the Krishnamoorthy family.
Ms Ketheesan fondly remembered the day
eleven years ago, when “Ambika, at the tender age
of four, joined Sai Natyalaya with her two naughty
“She has always been an adorable girl who
comes along with her brothers and waits for
her turn (after them) to learn this great art,” Ms
“I am very proud that even as a small child,
Ambika showed passion and respect towards
Bharata Natyam. She is like little (Lord) Krishna
in her behaviour and steals the heart of everyone
around,” she added.
The care and love that the two brothers bestow
on their sister demonstrates family love and unity.
Vetrivhel described his sister as “an energetic
young dancer with an extensive performance
“From her initiation into the world of Bharata
A vivacious child of an adorable family
Vigorous training precedes Arangetram
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Bharata Natyam allows innovative spirit
Natyam at age four, Ambika has grown extensively
into the charismatic fresh young talent
under the tutelage of Ms Ketheesan. Having
been sought after for performances at the Sai
Natyalaya Dance School, it is apparent that my
sister brings her own uniquely crafted style of
dance to her performances,” he said.
Vetrivhel said that Ambika is as tenacious as
she is witty, the combination of which has helped
to grow as a dancer with a wide repertoire.
“Her Bharata Natyam training takes up to two
hours every day, after which she spends time in
her studies. She is always anxious to maintain her
academic record. Her scholastic and artistic pursuits
do not allow her time for social interaction
and the joys that girls of her age experience. For
the past several months, Ambika is focused on
her Arangetram,” he said.
Among the highlights of the programme would
be ‘Varnam,’ which would see her non-stop
performance for 50 minutes.
The Programme (on February 25, 2017)
will commence at 5 pm but guests have been
requested to take their seats by 445 pm. Entry to
the programme is free but seats must be reserved
by text to 021-739879 with name, contact details
and number of seats.
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Use the photos to find the answer: the secret to entrees
SNAP DECISION No. 009
The term spin ayarn –tell astory –isnautical
in origin with allusion to ropeand its constituent,
yarn, which was traditionally hand twisted ona
single spindle prior to an invention by an English
weaver named James Hargreaves. Dubbed the
‘Spinning Jenny’, his novel device, using eight
upright spindles in contrast to the horizontal reel,
was conceived (c.1764) shortly after he noticed
aspinning wheel that had been inadvertently
toppled by his young daughter named Jenny.
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the smiley face represent different digits.
Rewrite the sum using the following digits:
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 9
Solution to Attemptation No. 008
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JUMBLE No. 1742 SUDOKU No. 1063 HI
24 Words Good
29 Words Very Good
34 Words Excellent
40 Words Genius
SOLUTION TO 1741
agist attic cast
gait gamic imagist
magic mast mastic
mica scam scat
sigma sima stag
How many words of 4letters ormore can you make from these 9letters?
In making aword each letter may beused only once, and the centre letter
must be included. There must be at least one 9-letter word. No slang,
foreign words, plurals, hyphens or apostrophes.
CROSSWORD No. 11911
9 Spider’s trap
10 Man’s name
15 Part of aflower
25 Series of boat races
31 Decimal point
35 Discourage from
37 Assert positively
38 Carrying weapons
40 Solemn promise
41 Critically examined
42 Rapidity of movement
4 Complies with
6 Large casks
Crossword No. 11910
7 Absolute ruler
8 Room in aprison
16 Finger-shaped cakes
17 Sticks fast
19 Well informed
20 Free from deductions
24 Was present at
28 Walk unsteadily
1 Choose the best
digging tool (4)
3 Broken bed removed
9 Tool that enables one
to bridge the gap? (7)
10 Work on historical
period for musical
11 Aplan ignores one’s
own benefit (8,4)
13 Go back to surrender
15 Ruing abroken weapon
17 He meant verse is
20 Customary gathering
of leaders of United
States unions at
21 Cause of annoyance
is biting insect on wild
22 Moody leader is main
23 Bitterly reproach
perjurer for going back
1 Hand over wine for
travel document (8)
M F R U G A L G
C A N O E A I M P L Y
R R E T S I N A U
G R E E K R E D E E M
I S E A F A R E R U
H A T E D I T S R O T
O G R E S E E M O P E
L E A C A N T I R E D
L C A U L D R O N R
Y I E L D S U S H E R
C A G A I N S T T
H O R S E A L E N T O
N L I N G E R A
2 A rich seat maybe (5)
4 It’s not unusual in
Japan or Malaysia (6)
5 Mine got agoal ages
6 Emotion makes Heather
7 Heavy Metal at No 1(4)
8 Being fit and well led
on to ahigh, perhaps
12 Somehow relating to
30 Expels from a
34 Learn byreading
35 Victim of deception
36 Tattered clothing
39 Commercial traveller
14 Angelic children find her
among young animals
16 Well established place
for horse (6)
18 Sphere of conflict is
region round the North
19 US possession of
Antigua, maybe (4)
Sudoku No. 1062 Cryptic No. 17561
10 Tetrarch; 11 Edge;
13 Hockey; 15Tavern;
17 Uses; 18 Billy-can;
21 Epitome; 22 Arrow;
23 There there.
Down: 1Unlit; 2Teenager;
5Overdue; 6White House;
12 Palliate; 14 Cherish;
16 Silent; 19 Carve;
Snap Decision No. 008 What’s Different No. 018 Attemptation No. 008
1. Factory window different
2. Mans shirt colour different
3. Rmissing in pepper
4. Extra man
5. Extra roof vent
6. Mans overalls different colour
7. Section of Tornado missing
8. Topof chimney missing
9. Roof line extended
10. The letter Cflipped
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