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International students need better protection

Export Education must be overhauled

The War has begun: Labour and its leader Andrew Little (left) and National and its leader Bill English (right) have a huge task ahead

(Indian Newslink Picture ©)

Electionlink launch opens the battle gates

Venkat Raman

Prime Minister Bill English is

a serious man, committed to

his job, and as the Finance

Minister since November

2008, he has had the envious

task of managing the fiscal policy of the

country which had to face a series of

challenges including the global financial

crisis, earthquakes, aftershocks and

other natural disasters.

Amidst all the wrinkles that his role

causes, he is also a man of humour, a

simple farmer who believes in reaching

out to people, and a man with high

social, moral and religious values.

Labour Party Leader Andrew Little,

who also leads the Opposition, is a man

with passion, seeking social justice for

all, and aspiring to be the next Prime

Minister to provide good governance

with strong principles that dictate the

tenets of his Party.

Fortunately for us in New Zealand,

our politicians are above graft, and

are down-to-earth people, aware that

the people of this country would not

tolerate any breach of moral or financial


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A Regular Feature

The launch of ‘Electionlink’ of this

newspaper by Prime Minister Bill

English on behalf of the National Party

on Monday, February 27, 2017 and by

Andrew Little on behalf of the Labour

Party of New Zealand on Tuesday, February

28, 2017 marked the beginning of

what promises to be an honest carrier

of news and views in a major battle for

the ballot.

Following this launch, ‘Electionlink’

will be a regular feature in all our issues

commencing with this edition and

carry views, opinions, features written

by politicians, supporters of political

parties and most important of all, our

people. As in the past, this would be

a no-holds-barred, free-for-all pages.

Those with strong political views would

be able to use this veritable platform

openly and frankly, keeping of course to

the confines of decency and legitimate

limits of propriety.

Elections are fought in the free world

with ferocity, with politicians and their

supporters accusing their opponents

of almost anything that they believe,

without the obligation of having to

provide any proof.

Until recently, general elections in

New Zealand were marked by humour,

goodwill for each other, with hardly any

personal references. But over the past


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few years, the gloves have come off

and politicians have not only begun to

punch but also resort to a war of words,

which, according to many, is ‘Dirty


We are balanced

Ministers, Parliamentarians of all

groupings often tell us the New Zealand

Media is biased but many of them are

totally tilted towards the National Party.

MPs and selected candidates of opposition

parties say that their statements

and speeches are always taken out of

context by some in the print media and

on the radio and hence the people do not

get the benefit of balanced views.

Indian Newslink has always been a

newspaper that has been neutral in its

approach towards politics. Our platform

is open with leaders of political parties

and others to promote their policies and


The launch of ‘Electionlink’ will

provide additional room in our print

edition, our Bi-weekly Newsletters

(issued on Wednesdays and Saturdays),

our three web editions and in the Social

Media (Facebook and Twitter) to enable

people to participate more seriously in

the democratic process.

Electionlink launch reports appear on

Pages 2, 6 and 7 of this issue.


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Alastair McClymont

The plight of the latest group of

Indian student deportees is yet

further proof that we need a

thorough overhaul of our system of

export education to create better protection

for our international students.

We also need better oversight of our local

private training institutions, so they become

more vigilant about the agents they select to

work on their behalf.

The students’ protest has helped to

highlight what they’re up against and has

opened up a necessary public debate.

Dodgy agency thrive

Indian education agents already identified

as ‘dodgy’ continue to run their agencies

in India, their business uninterrupted.

The teenage students being deported are

collateral damage. A fresh lot of victims is

about to arrive. At my law practice, we see

them every day.

Following my eight-month battle for justice

for the affected Indian students, there’s

been increased public awareness about the

inconsistencies and injustices relating to the

student visa process.

This has contributed to the national debate

about our export education industry. It

has also exposed government indifference to

the plight of the Indian students threatened

with deportation in its focus to protect this

$2.85 billion industry.

The government is obviously unwilling

to regulate the agents because it may well

create a competitive disadvantage for New

Zealand with other countries. We are not the

only country that doesn’t require education

agents to be regulated.

Deportation cost

But what about the human cost of deporting

these young, vulnerable Indian students?

Hard-won family savings invested in their

education will be lost and not recoverable.

If they return home disgraced, it will bring

public shame on their families. They carry

huge guilt, feeling a strong obligation to

repay their families by becoming successful

and gaining a residency visa.

The status of the group of nine Indian

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students sheltering with the Ponsonby

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Immigration New Zealand has discussed

the process under which this group of

students I represent may apply for visas to

return to New Zealand.

Agreement with INZ

We have now reached an understanding

as to what the appropriate process should


Eight of the students who had sought

sanctuary in early February at the Ponsonby

Church have now agreed to depart New

Zealand on or before either Sunday,

February 26 or Monday, February 27. In

return, INZ has undertaken not to detain

the students for deportation, providing they

depart voluntarily prior to midnight by the

last agreed date.

The students and INZ have discussed

the process under which they may apply

for visas to return to New Zealand, and we

have reached an understanding as to what

the appropriate process should be. This is

a successful outcome for these students

given the circumstances, particularly if the

Ombudsman agrees to intervene on their


They are happy to have their applications

for student or work visas reconsidered when

they return to India, but they want the ability

to do this without having the status of being

a deported person hanging over their heads

and without a five-year ban on re-applying.

They also want to be able to make the case

again that they had no knowledge of the

fraud committed by their education agents.

Pathway to Residency

The New Zealand government promised

these students the opportunity to apply for

graduate work visas once they completed

their qualifications. They promised that

study here is a ‘pathway to residency.’

Instead, students have been conned

by India-based agents representing New

Zealand schools.

And the Government’s only interest

appears to be protecting their income.

Alastair McClymont is an Auckland-based

Immigration Law Specialist

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Two Parties, Two Events, One Election

National and Labour come to Indian Newslink Party

Venkat Raman

One of the most endearing

aspects of New Zealand politics

is its simple and honest

politicians, irrespective of

the Party they represent. From Prime

Minister, Leader of the Opposition,

Ministers and Members of Parliament,

they are all accessible, easy-to-converse

and understand. They are also downto-earth

people who are aware that

someday when would be ordinary New

Zealanders again.

Such was the environment at the

launch of the Electionlink pages of

Bill English with Rahul Sirigiri at the Electionlink Launch

on February 27

Indian Newslink held at Raviz Restaurant

in Botany Junction, Auckland

for the National and Labour Parties

respectively on Monday, February 27,

2017 and Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Both days brought together supporters,

volunteers, businesspersons and other

special guests.

National Day

Prime Minister Bill English led

the team on February 27 with Ethnic

Communities Minister Judith Collins,

Pacific People’s Minister Alfred

Ngaro and Land Information Minister

Mark Mitchell. Among the National

Members of Parliament present were

Tim Macindoe (also a Director on

the Party’s Board) , Kanwaljit Singh

Bakshi, Melissa Lee, Jami-Lee Ross,

Chris Bishop, Jono Nayler and Dr Parmjeet

Parmar. National Party Directors

Alastair Bell and Andrew Hunt were

also present.

It was an evening of humour and

serious talks, with Mr English recounting

his recent experiences as Prime

Minister (since December 12, 2016).

He was confident that he would lead

National into the fourth term, sighting

the achievements of the National

government since November 2008.

“The economy is stronger than ever,

we have more people on jobs, less on

benefit, we have invested substantially

in health, education, law and order and

other core sectors. People do not want a

change,” he told the gathering.

Labour Day

Fresh from victory at Mt Albert

(where a by-election was held on February

25) and Mt Roskill (on December

3, 2016), Labour Leader Andrew Little

had reason to be jubilant, with renewed

confidence. He appeared positive of

victory in the ensuing general election.

That enthusiasm was shared by a

number of his Parliamentary colleagues

present at the Electionlink launch. They

included Grant Robertson, Phil Twyford,

Jacinda Arden, Carmel Sepuloni,

David Parker, Su’a William Sio, Sure

Moroney, Stuart Nash, Louisa Wall

and Michael Wood. David Cunliffe,

who has announced that he would

not seek re-election and Priyanca

Radhakrishnan, Labour’s Candidate

at Maungakiekie proved to be good


“National Party will win again in

general election 2017.”

“People have had enough. Labour

will form the next government.”

The two divergent views, made wider

and louder by other political players

in the fortnights to come, would make

up our Electionlink pages from here

to the general election on September

23, 2017, when the verdict at the polls

would determine who occupies the

Beehive and the Treasury benches in


Until then, we would do our job of

reporting, analysing and commenting

on the evolution of policies and

programmes from both sides of the

political spectrum.

More detailed reports with additional

pictures will appear in our next issue

dated March 15, 2017.

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An expanded nomination process,

increased chance of success for entrants

to win in individual categories and

professional support in completing the

entry procedures are among the new initiatives

of the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards

(INLIBA) 2017.

We are happy to announce the call for entries for

this year’s Awards; entries will be open from March

1, 2017 to August 31, 2017 during which three free

workshops will be held at BNZ Partners centres

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(June 6) and Highbrook (July 4). Details of these

workshops appear in our advertisement published

in this issue. The advertisement will also appear in

our three web editions-, and

We are also concerting efforts to conduct workshops

in Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch,

depending on the response of the business community

and those eligible to enter the Awards.

A Landmark in Awards

Indian Newslink is a sober and serious publication

and it is our wont not to indulge in self-praise

(such as ‘We are the best’ and ‘Our Awards are

the foremost and most prestigious’) because we

believe that our record and public opinion are better

testimonials than inflicted acclaims.

Even so, INLIBA 2017 presents an exciting

phase, for it marks ten years of our Awards Scheme,

bringing to the fore the success of our businesses,

entrepreneurs and professionals who have contributed

substantially to the progress of the New Zealand


Every year has also seen the voice of the business

community heard through sponsors, companies and

individuals translated into changes to the Awards

Programme, with new categories added and old

ones deleted or modified. This in itself is an expression

of democratic ideals- which we always wanted

INLIBA to be – responsive and responsible.

Robust judging process

It is a matter of gratification that our Awards

Scheme has adhered to rigid standards of discipline,

independent and robust judging process. Our

Panel of Judges are not only experts in their sphere

of commercial activity but are also visible and

accountable to their decisions. There is a built-in

regime of fierce independence, which remains clear

of the management staff, and sponsors. This process

has inspired confidence and satisfaction among

entrants, assuring them of a level-playing field.

INLIBA has been evincing widespread interest

among the members of the business community,

with many saying that the scheme enhances the

competitive spirit. We have also heard many

entrants saying that the Awards Programme has

encouraged them to have a business plan in place

and fostered the team spirit with customer response

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businesses activities are given a chance to compete

for the awards. Among them are five individual

categories to recognise people who have made

significant contributions to the success of the

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Tougher punishment for

exploitation of migrant workers

Michael Woodhouse

Employers who exploit migrant

workers and breach provisions

of the Employment Law will

come to grief under a new set

of rules that will come into effect on

April 1, 2017, Immigration Minister

Michael Woodhouse has said.

“It is unacceptable that employers

who exploit migrant workers are still

able to recruit from the international

labour market and disadvantage those

employers who do the right thing,” he

said announcing the new measures on

February 23.

The new rules account for ‘standdown

periods,’ during which employers

who flout the law will be banned from

recruiting further migrant workers.

Employers who have incurred an

employment standards-related penalty

will be banned from recruiting migrant

labour for defined stand-down periods

ranging from six months to two years,

depending on the severity of the case.

Guidelines published

Published guidelines and criteria

will ensure that stand-down periods

are applied fairly, consistently and


Mr Woodhouse said that access to

the international labour market is a

privilege, not a right and that employers

abusing that privilege would face


The new measures will apply to all

employers intending to recruit labour

market-tested migrant workers, including

employers who are (a) supporting

work visa applications and approvals

in principle (b) seeking accredited

employer status or supporting residence

class visa applications based on

employment and (c) employers who

are part of the Recognised Seasonal

Employer scheme.

Employment standards

“Employment standards-related

penalties extend from formal

infringement notices issued by the

Labour Inspectorate (following a

Labour Inspectorate investigation)

through to penalties issued by the

Employment Relations Authority or the

Employment Court, a declaration of

breach or banning order issued by the

Employment Court. Employers issued

with penalties because of private actions

taken by employees either through the

Employment Relations Authority or

the Employment Court will also be

included,” Mr Woodhouse said.

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse with (from left) Indian Newslink Managing Director

Jacob Mannothra, National MP (Botany) Jami-Lee Ross, Indian Newslink Assistant Editor Ratna

Venkat and Link2 Services Limited Managing Director Indra Sirigiri at our office on Friday,

February 17, 2017.

“While non-compliant employers

would not be eligible to recruit further

migrant workers for the duration

of their stand-down period, some

employers who meet the threshold

for non-compliance with employment

standards will already have migrant

workers in their employment. These

employees will be able to work out the

duration of their work visa, but will not

be granted further work visas to work

for the non-compliant employer,” Mr

Woodhouse said.

Mr Woodhouse visited our office on

Friday, February 17, 2017 and shared

with us his vision for a clean and transparent

immigration regime that ensured

absence of exploitation and rogue agents


“We will do everything possible to

protect the impeccable image of New

Zealand as the finest destination for

education and migrants,” he said.

Indian Newslink will publish issues

related to immigration, exploitation

of migrant workers and the plight of

international students from South Asia

in its ensuing issues and seek the views

of experts.

EEO concurs

Welcoming the move, Equal Employment

Opportunities Commissioner (of

Human Rights Commission) Dr Jackie

Blue said that the stand-down periods

for employers who breach immigration

and employment law said that she

hoped this would be only the start of

actions taken to address migrant labour

exploitation in New Zealand.

“Last year, New Zealand saw its

first human trafficking conviction and

the release of a report that highlighted

an urgent need for systems that better

monitor and address worker exploitation

and protect our migrant workers. We are

not immune to human rights abuses,”

she said.

Penalising employers who show

disregard for our employment and

immigration laws is a positive first step

towards addressing migrant labour

exploitation in New Zealand. It sends a

strong message that their actions are not

acceptable, she said.

Complex Issue

Dr Blue said that migrant exploitation

is a multifaceted and complex issue that

requires a multifaceted and coordinated


“We are keen to see that these new

measures are just the start of actions

aimed at addressing what is a significant

problem – particularly in our dairy, horticultural,

hospitality and international

education industries. Last year, the

Human Rights Commission identified

migrant exploitation as one of the five

most serious human rights issues for

businesses operating in New Zealand,”

she said.

Additional Reading: Our Leader, ‘No

mercy for unscrupulous employers’

under Viewlink in this issue.

The last batch of international students housed at the Unitarian Church in Ponsonby, Auckland,

before their departure to India (Picture Courtesy: Radio New Zealand)

The lesson that international

students taught us

Venkat Raman

The sad saga of international

students from India caught

in a cobweb of lies and fake

documents allegedly spun

by their unscrupulous agents in India

ended two days ago with the last batch

slated to leave New Zealand.

As per an agreement with Immigration

New Zealand (INZ), they will

be eligible to apply for a visa from

India and their applications would be

considered without prejudice.

Many of them may apply using

the privilege; some of them may be


But none of them will be heard


Varied reactions

We have thus far not taken a stand

on this issue but we made our pages

available to anyone to express their

opinions. These included government

officials, politicians, students, the

Migrant Workers Association and other

New Zealanders.

Their opinions ranged from ‘Send

them back,’ and ‘Give them a chance’

to ‘Do not destroy their future, let them

complete their education and go back,’

to ‘It is not their fault. Allow to stay

here, work and then become permanent


We have often said that the export

education industry is not properly

regulated and many rogues are capitalising

the New Zealand government’s

expansion programme which accrues

more than $3 billion.

Until 2010, the inflow of international

students was manageable and

the foul-play of agents was not limited.

But the penchant to make New Zealand

a preferred international students’

destination opened the floodgates of

immigration, making the all-important

work visa, which was once a privilege,

now a demandable right.

Growing demand

There are 4.5 million international

students globally, up from 2 million in

2000, and that is expected to swell to 8

million by 2025, driven by population

and income growth in developing

countries where local provision is poor.

Some places that have not traditionally

hosted many foreign students are

trying to grab market share. Japan has

a goal of 300,000 foreign students by

2020, 60% more than now; Malaysia,

of almost doubling numbers to 250,000

by 2025.

Foreign study took off in the 1980s,

when several rich countries started to

offer large numbers of scholarships as

part of their aid programmes. Rising

incomes in poorer countries added a

financial motive. Universities in rich

countries are often constrained by their

governments in how many locals they

can recruit and how much they can

charge them. Foreigners, who can be

charged more, help pad out budgets

and subsidise local students. But not

every country is lucky enough to have

lots of foreign students in doing what is

needed to keep them coming.

The beneficiaries

Today, Anglophone countries take

the biggest share, since English is quite

a useful language to acquire. France is

popular with bits of its former empire

and pupils from the French-language

schools around the world. Germany,

which has started to offer postgraduate

courses in English and has abolished

all tuition fees, even for foreigners, also

takes large numbers.

English-speaking countries have

benefited hugely from international students.

Those students have subsidised

locals, kept courses in the hard sciences

viable, acted as informal ambassadors

on their return—and eased skills

shortages when they have stayed. Some

countries have seized the opportunity;

others have taken it for granted.

It is time that New Zealand revisited

its export education classroom, learn

from the mistakes and take corrective


Asking 191 students to return

because the officials failed in their

due diligence does not bode well for a

country that is known for its efficiency.

Related Topics: ‘International

students need better protection on

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MARCH 1, 2017

Poor turnout in Mt Albert but

Labour gratified



Venkat Raman

There was never a doubt

that Jacinda Arden

would win the Mt Albert

seat at the by-election

held in that constituency tonight.

It was a Labour seat- has been

so for the past 71 years since the

Constituency was formed in 1946.

Therefore, it was little surprise

that Labour retained its seat.

But what mattered was the


Ms Arden won 10,000 votes out

of 12,971 votes counted tonight.

There are still 744 votes

including 84 overseas votes that

are yet to be counted.

Even so, Ms Arden is a clear

winner, with her nearest rival,

Julie Anne Genter getting only

1489 votes. Geoff Simmons of

The Opportunities Party polled

600 votes while Vin Tomar of

the New Zealand People’s Party

received only 191 votes.

Rising Star

Ms Arden has often been

labelled as ‘The Rising Star’ in the

Labour Party.

She campaigned well and

connected well with the people

in the electorate. She was new

to her constituents but people in

Mt Albert appeared comfortable

voting for her.

As Labour Party Leader

Jacinda Arden

Andrew Little said following

her victory, “Jacinda put their

concerns at the forefront of her

work at a time when it has never

been more important for a government

to deal with problems

like the housing crisis, health care

underfunding and the multiple

challenges facing schools to

deliver better education results

for our children,” he said.

Voter Apathy

However, it was surprising that

the voter turnout was just 29.9%,

accounting for 13,715 votes in a

constituency with 45,865 voters

registered until yesterday.

The Official Results process

will start tomorrow (Sunday, February

26, 2017) and is expected

to be completed by Wednesday

March 8, 2017. “All votes counted

on election night will be recounted.

Special declaration votes will be

processed and counted. The target

to release the Official Results for

the Mt Albert by-election is 4 pm

on Wednesday March 8, 2017,” an

Electoral Commission statement

issued tonight said.

Writing in the New Zealand

Herald before the results were announced,

Bryce Edwards, Lectures

in Politics at Otago University said

that a good win for Jacinda Arden

could propel her further up Labour’s


“It is not a question of if Arden

will win the seat when voters go to

the polls but by how much. Both the

margin of her win and the number

of voters she was able to turnout,

would decide her seniority in the

Party ahead of the general election.

The win comes at a crucial time

when Labour needs to decide who

to take into the election campaign as

its Deputy Leader.”

Mr Little said that Ms Arden’s

move to Mt Albert Constituency

will create a vacancy in her Auckland

Central Constituency which is

likely to be filled by former Labour

MP and lawyer Raymond Huo.

Former MPs Moana Mackey

and Marian Street are next on the

list but both said that they were not

interested, paving the way for Mr




MARCH 1, 2017

Incumbency challenges confront National

But good fiscal management and robust growth could help

Venkat Raman

If you were to think that General

Election 2017 would be the

second for Bill English as the

Leader of the National Party,

you could be forgiven. For, that

was the year when National was at its

lowest ebb and won just 27 seats, with

Labour taking 52 seats, but still unable

to form a government of its own.

Much has changed since then and

National has jetted ahead, increasing its

popularity and enhancing its political

fortunes. The Party won 60 seats in

the General Election held in 2014 with

Labour languishing with 32 seats.

Polling Strength

Opinion Polls over the past few

years have consistently shown National

in the lead with its main opponent

struggling to reach out to the people

with a proper, well-founded policies

and programmes.

General Election 2017 may prove to

be different.

It could challenge National in

incumbency factor and other issues,

the foremost of which is to deepen

the futuristic vision of the Party and

inject young blood to ensure that the

aspirations of the people are met by

revisiting some thorny issues.

Although Mr English was stated to

lack the same charisma and friendliness

of his predecessor John Key, the new

Prime Minister is growing in his

job, understanding the multifaceted

directions in which it takes and how he

Members of Parliament and the National Party Board of Directors watch as their Leader and Prime Minister Bill English launches the ‘Electionlink’ of Indian Newslink at a special dinner hosted by Indian Newslink at

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would be a constant source of debate

and discussion. Most importantly, New

Zealand is a major player in international

politics and hence Mr English is

the face of the Nation.

Political Mates

National may not have the luxury of

a popularity wave that swept the Party

to power in November 2008. Nine

years in government always bring with

them weariness, both for the incumbent

Party and for the public. Ideas often run

out of steam and long-standing MPs

announce their intention to quit. Mr

English was the choice of Mr Key as

his successor, but even so, there were

factions within the Party, the first seen

since November 2006, when Mr Key

became the Leader.

Mr English has announced that he

and his team would fight hard to win

every party vote to form a strong and

stable government. However, as he

conceded, the MMP system would

force him to work with others through

‘Confidence and Supply Agreements’

that have worked in the past.

His preference is to continue

working with current partners - ACT,

United Future and the Māori Party

and has ruled out working with the

Labour-Greens grouping.

“New Zealand First is an unlikely

partner, however I am prepared to have

discussions with them post-election depending

on the makeup of Parliament,”

Mr English said.

Campaign Issues

In his State of the National Address

that he delivered on February 2, 2017, a

day after he announced that the general

election would take place on September

23 this year, Mr English signalled that

the economy will be at the heart of

his National Party-led government’s

election campaign, and used his speech

to unveil a law-and-order package.

Political pundits expect the

government to remain in office for a

fourth term, although the election will

be tightly contested.

A fourth term for the centre-right

National Party would be a near-unprecedented

feat; only two governments

have won four consecutive elections

since the second world war. It will be

even more of a challenge following

the surprise resignation in late 2016 of

Mr Key, who continued to enjoy high

popularity ratings.

Economic management

Mr English is promoting his ‘social

investment’ approach to reducing longterm

welfare dependency in vulnerable

communities. He has announced a new

NZ$ 503 million law-and-order package,

to be spent in part on increasing

the size of the police force by 10%

over the next four years. Recorded

crime fell between 2009 and 2014,

but has since begun to creep up again,

and the package, which includes more

personnel for rural and regional police

stations and more special investigators,

could help to neutralise opposition

claims that budget cutbacks are partly


The government expects to post a

third consecutive budget surplus in

fiscal year 2016-2017 (July–June), and

with the operating balance running

slightly ahead of target, Mr English

has some room to accommodate

additional spending in the pre-election

budget, which will be handed down

in May. Such spending is likely to be

targeted at areas where National is most

vulnerable, such as health, education

and housing.

The performance of Mr English is

now under test.










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Raring to go, Labour banks on new approach

Venkat Raman

The Labour Party has two resounding

victories in the past

three months in by-elections

held in Mt Roskill (December

3, 2016) and Mt Albert (February 25,

2017) but this should not be treated as a

turnaround in New Zealand politics.

These two electorates are Labour

strongholds - the National Party fielded

the wrong candidate in Mt Roskill and

restrained from contesting in Mt Albert.

But the Party has consistently

under-performed in the past three

general elections, winning 43 seats in

2008, 34 seats in 2011 and 32 seats

(later reduced to 31) in 2014. Its

debacle at the polls – both electoral and

opinion – have been orchestrated by

internal squabble, a lack of direction

and policies that would appeal to

common people.

The National Party on the other

hand has outperformed itself in these

elections- 58 seats in 2008, 59 seats and

60 seats. The morale at National is high

and its political allies have agreed to

work together again.

Alliance with Greens

Labour, on its fourth leader since former

Party Leader and Prime Minister

Helen Clark was beaten by Mr Key in

2008, has won a measure of stability

since 2014 under Andrew Little, a

steady former trade unionist who calls

for greater fairness, focusing on the rise

of homelessness.

He and his colleagues have agreed to

cooperate with the Green Party, a tactic

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that may help in the forthcoming general

election on September 23, 2017.

Meanwhile Winston Peters, who

leads the populist New Zealand First

party, is calling for curbs on immigration

and the free market. Although his

party only polls around 10%, it could

end up holding the balance of power in

a close election.

Hostile Media

New Zealand’s Labour Party has

since long suffered the hostility and

prejudice of the mainstream media,

leaving the left-leaning politicians to

work out a strategy to reach the public

directly. Such a strategy worked in the

Mt Roskill by-election held on December

3, 2016, with its candidate Michael

Wood meeting thousands of people in

their homes, offices, shopping malls,

restaurants and even buses. Jacinda

Arden did the same in Mt Albert last

weekend (February 25, 2017) taking

away almost 80% of the total votes


Although Indian Newslink and

Radio Tarana are the only Indian

media that provide Labour Party equal

opportunity to conduct their campaign,

these have limited reach and hence

would not cover the entire catchment

area. It is therefore imperative that the

candidates contesting under the Labour

banner engage with the communities

in a manner that would help them to

assess the public mood and align their

strategies appropriately.

Confronting Issues

Labour can be expected to pitch

its battle on a number of grounds,

capitalising on many of the problems

that New Zealanders encounter, not

necessarily the making of National,

but as a natural-cause and effect with

demand-exceeding-supply syndrome.

This is true of the Housing sector in

which rising prices have distancing

first homebuyers from becoming

house-owners. There are however some

areas in which National would be called

to account – areas which could work to

the Labour-Greens advantage.

Mr Little has reiterated his Party’s

commitment to increasing spending on

health and education, although he made

no new policy announcements.

In his State of the Nation

Address held jointly with the Green

Party on January 29, 2017, he spoke

of programmes and policies to support

hard-working New Zealanders.

Mr Key’s departure has boosted

Labour’s election prospects, and Mr

Little will seek to maintain the pressure

on Mr English by questioning his

leadership ability.

Low expectations and a relatively

low voter turnout also hurt Labour in

its urban strongholds, where many

plumped for the Greens instead. To

hold onto any chance of victory in

next election, the Party’s working

relationship with the Greens must be

closer and stronger. Though pleased

with their own performance, the Greens

are not likely to find much common

ground with National when they come

to such cherished issues as agricultural

emissions and rural watercourse pollution.

National Party draws much of its

support from farmers.

The need of the hour is not only

discipline but also unity. Labour and

its Leader can hope to move forward

with greater thrust, provided the Party’s

hierarchy and rank and file demonstrate

their solidarity and ability to weather

the storm.

Working with our communities to

Back the Kiwi Dream

Priyanca Radhakrishnan

Policy &Community Engagement

Andrew Little MP

Labour Leader


Policy &Community Engagement

Contact Labour’s Ethnic Communities Outreach Team

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Unaffordability pushes NZ

down in Student Ranking

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Montreal has ended Paris’s

five-year run as the

world’s best student city,

according to global higher

education analysts QS Quacquarelli


The fifth edition of its ‘QS Best

Student Cities ranking’ enumerates

the world’s top 100 urban student


This year’s ranking features a

‘Student View’ indicator for the first

time based on a survey of 18,000

international students.

Auckland drops ten places to 28th

while Christchurch falls to the 74th

position, having lost twenty-seven


Loss and Gain

The sharp downward shift is

principally attributable to two of the six

indicators which inform this ranking:

‘Affordability,’ with Auckland losing

26 places and Christchurch 35, and

‘Employer Activity’ with a drop of 10

and 11 places respectively.

On a positive note, Auckland rises

four places in the ‘Desirability’ indicator

(16th globally) and gains one place

in the ‘Student Mix’ indicators, where it

ranks fourth globally.

Findings for the United Kingdom

provide reassurance to those concerned

about the potential effects of the UK’s

impending exit from the EU on its

higher education sector.

Canadian success

Montreal’s success is the latest of a

series of propitious signs for a city be-

ginning to escape a period of economic

stagnation, following positive growth

forecasts for 2017, and the recent

announcement of its selection as the

‘World’s Most Intelligent City.’

Its first-place ranking is also the

highlight of a series of positive performances

from Canadian cities: four of

the country’s five ranked cities improve

their position.

Montreal replaces Paris as

World’s best student city

Other key findings include:

Paris drops to second place, receiving

reduced rank for Affordability and


London rises from fifth place to third

place. The results suggest that UK cities

remain excellent study destinations

in the face of Brexit, with rises in

QS’s Affordability indicator a major

contributor to all eight of its ranked

cities improving their rank;

Affordability issues adversely affect

American cities: though Boston places

eighth, ten of its twelve ranked cities


Australia’s high cost-of-living and

tuition fees are proving disadvantageous:

all its seven ranked cities drop,

with Sydney plummeting from fourth

to thirteenth, and Melbourne falling

from second to fifth;

Seoul is Asia’s best student city,

rising to fourth

Berlin rises to 6th

Tokyo (7th), Munich (9th), and

Vancouver (10th) complete the top 10.

MARCH 1, 2017

‘Cultural Connections’ looks at

better migrant engagement

Eric Chuah


new social enterprise

specialising in researching

on issues relating to migrants

is inviting migrants to enlist

on its research panels and enable them

to progress in their professions and

entrepreneurial efforts.

Called, ‘Cultural Connections,’ the

initiative is New Zealand’s first social


About 25% of the population of New

Zealand were born overseas.

There are numerous community

groups (some well-known, some,

not so) supporting migrants, and an

increasing number of companies are

treating migrants as a discreet customer


Strong consumer market

Companies have tapped into the fact

that the migrant customer segment can

be up to 10 times more profitable than

mainstream customer segments.

However, there is very little data

available to understand how migrants

are settling into Kiwi life, let alone how

they make purchase decisions.

At the same time, I come across

new community groups all the time

doing amazing things, supporting new

migrants arriving in New Zealand.

These groups need more financial

support as they gear up to support

the anticipated record high migration


I believe that there is an opportunity

to fulfil the needs of migrants and the

community groups that support them;

and there are many companies that are

keen to do business with the migrant

customer segment.

Cultural Connections was established

to fulfill such a need.

Donation to migrant group

We are a market research company

for New Zealand-based businesses

but we have a social purpose to help

migrant community groups with their

awareness and funding. For every

migrant who joins our research panel,

Cultural Connections will donate $2 to

a migrant community group.

Initially, Cultural Connections will

be supporting six groups: Multicultural

New Zealand, NZ Newcomers

Network, Auckland Regional Migrant

Services, Chinese New Settlers Services

Trust, New Zealand Indian Central

Association, and Korean Society of


I invite all those born outside New

Zealand, or have a parent who is born

overseas, to join Cultural Connection

Research Panel.

Easy admission

It only takes 10 minutes to join;

that is easy, through any device with

internet connection. After that, we

will send you monthly survey which

will only take less than three minutes

to complete. Not only will you be

contributing to a good cause, you will

also go into a monthly prize draw.

I aim to contribute $50,000 in 2017

to multicultural community groups and

double that amount in 2018.

I also offer pro bono services such

as free translation for migrant business

shop signage and monthly coaching for

new migrants under the age of 30.

Further information can be obtained

from Eric Chuah on 029737181.

Email: eric@culturalconnections.;

MARCH 1, 2017



Human Sciences underscore

intellectual life

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Humanities teachers,

researchers, students

and graduates make a

significant contribution

to the development of cultural and

intellectual life of New Zealand.

Humanities and associated

disciplines account for almost half

of all students enrolled in university,

according to an Education Ministry

Report released in 2016.

A Bachelor of Arts that is well

taught and well delivered/learned

provides graduates who have skills

in information analysis, writing and

thinking that are vital to business in

the modern age.

Universities New Zealand - Te

Pōkai Tara data 2016 says that

approximately 97% of arts graduates

were employed three years after graduation,

but 90% of graduates from our

disciplines are in degree relevant roles

such as teachers, managers, policy and

planning roles.

Good earners

The average arts graduate is earning

above the national median for salary

and wage earners.

In a 2014 survey of Wellington

employers by Massey University, 45%

of employers surveyed said that a BA

degree is relevant for the needs of


They said, “It is important that

potential employees have a broad

knowledge base, and open and positive

dispositions to learning and using

Standing up for humanities (photo/TEU)

knowledge in innovative ways” and that

knowledge is changing so quickly we

need people who are critical thinkers and

multi-taskers. These attributes I see more

readily in an Arts graduate as opposed to

a more specialist degree.”

Employers disconnected

This viewpoint was endorsed by

John Milford, Wellington Chamber of

Commerce, at a Massey University event

in 2016, where he said that too many

employers are out of touch with the

reality that humanities and social sciences

graduates are ideally equipped with a

potent mix of skills and aptitudes to

help modern businesses and workplaces


Recent research from Oxford University

estimates that 46% of current jobs are

at-risk due to computerisation. However,

‘for workers to win the race [against

computerisation], however, they must

acquire creative and social skills.’

The relevance for a degree and

research in the humanities, arts and social

sciences has never been more apparent.

There is a real need for humanities,

a need for an understanding of social

sciences in our world.

Students are people, not commodities, please

Priyanca Radhakrishnan

New Zealand has an international

reputation for fairness.

The adage of giving

everyone a fair go is one that

resonates strongly with us.

Given our claim to fair-mindedness,

it was extremely disappointing that the

government deported a group of Indian

international students who are themselves

victims of fraud.

These students paid large sums of

money to study here.

They were granted valid student visas.

Those who had to work did so lawfully.

Many aspired of travelling around

New Zealand and experience the stunning

natural beauty for which New Zealand is

world famous.

Fear of punishment

Instead, for over nine months, they

lived in fear of punishment for something

that they did not deserve.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) found

out that some education agents in India

had committed fraud and it is the students

who paid the price.

Some people have said that they do not

believe that the students are innocent.

Frankly, that should not matter.

INZ should be able to prove that the

students acted unlawfully themselves or

knew that their agents were committing


When we serve deportation notices,

we should not base such decisions on

feelings, but on hard evidence - and there

did not appear to be any.

Labour Party Leader Andrew Little met

the students concerned many times.

At their behest, he looked through their


I have also met with and spoken to

them many times.

The students told me that they had

filled in their name and personal details.

Then they gave their passport and

supporting documentation to the agent

who dealt with the application from

them on. The agent then swapped the

students’ bank documentation for falsified


The students only found out about this

after INZ did so.

Personal experience

On February 18, 2017, I spoke at

a farewell event that was held at the

Unitarian Church where the students were

seeking symbolic sanctuary.

It was an event for them to thank

people for their support and bid them


Su’a William Sio, Labour’s Member

of Parliament elected from Mangere and I

spoke on behalf of the Labour Party.

I said that I understood how their story

could be true because one of my family

members did something quite similar.

Some years back, I got a call from INZ

in India regarding a Visitor Visa application

by a family member (let’s call her

Maya), who was visiting New Zealand.

The Immigration official wanted my bank

details to show that I could support Maya

during her visit.

That was not the understanding as

Maya had more funds than I did!

When I dug deeper, I discovered that

Maya had signed the visa application

form and filled her personal details.

She then handed the supporting

documentation, fee and passport to the

travel agent who was trusted (and paid)

to complete the remaining paperwork on

Maya’s behalf.

Sounds familiar? Maya had no need to

do this – she speaks fluent English, has a

Master’s degree and had lived abroad for

30 years.

Differing norms

However, that was the norm in India –

that was what everyone did - and she was

lulled into complacency and paying for a

service she trusted.

We must understand that contexts can

be very different.

What is not the norm in New Zealand

may well be the norm elsewhere.

That is why we do not judge others by

our own experiences and contexts – we

need to understand theirs.

That is also why we should make

deportation decisions based on facts and

not preconceived notions.

Deporting these students was a cruel,

arbitrary decision made by a government

that views international students as


Everyone who comes to New Zealand

deserves to be treated with respect.

Priyanca Radhakrishnan is a voracious

reader, champions social and community

causes and is a strong advocate of ethnic

and gender diversity in corporate governance

and in public life. She is a Member

of the Labour Party Policy Council

and lives in Auckland. She is Labour

Party’s candidate at the Maungakiekie

constituency in the general elections to be

held on September 23, 2017.



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Poll places Bainimarama on top as preferred PM

Venkat Raman

Josiah Voreqe Bainimarama continues

to be the most-preferred

Prime Minister of Fiji according

to the latest Tebbutt-Times Poll.

The Poll, conducted by Tebbutt Research

for Fiji Times included a sample

survey of 982 adults who were above

18 years of age between February 4

and February 7, 2017. It accounted for

people of all ages, ethnicity, gender and

geographic divisions in Fiji.

The Sample Survey asked, “If an

election is held in Fiji tomorrow, who

would you prefer to see succeed as the

Prime Minister?”

Still a majority

About 44% of the respondents

preferred Mr Bainimarama to continue

in the office of Prime Minister.

A Survey Report said that he leads

by a significant margin over Social

Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA)

Leader Sitiveni Rabuka and National

Federation Party (NFP) Leader Dr

Biman Prasad.

The latest Poll shows a drop in

the rating for Mr Bainimarama since

September 6, 2014 (eight days before

the general election), when he had 49%


Josiah Voreqe Bainimarama

In August 2014, the Tebbutt-Times

Poll, involving 1004 adults aged 18

years and above had recorded 82%

support for the post of Prime Minister.

The Survey said that Mr Rabuka was

the second choice with 11% preference.

Professor Prasad trailed with just 1%


Optimistic Opposition

Writing in Fiji Times issue dated

February 19, 2017, Reporter Nasik

Swami said that SODELPA and NFP

leaders were optimistic about Fijians

wanting a change of government in the

Professor Biman Prasad with Sitiveni Rabuka (Picture Courtesy:

next general election due in 2018.

“Despite the Tebbutt-Times Poll

revealing that Mr Bainimarama

remained the top choice for Prime

Minister ‘if a general election is held

tomorrow,’ Mr Rabuka believes that

Fijians were still looking for a change

in the country’s leadership. He said that

he was humbled by the 11% preference

that the Fijian people gave him through

the Opinion Poll,” Mr Swami said.

Mr Rabuka said that 11% preference

was humbling since people thought

that he was worthy of consideration, 19

years after he left his political career.

Change of Opinion

Mr Rabuka said that 36% of Fijians

were undecided about the next Prime

Minister. “This gives hope to other

political leaders that Mr Bainimarama

was not the only leader in the race.

People are still looking for and

actually want a change in leadership,

giving SODELPA and other opposition

political parties the hope that after a

very high profile leadership run of 11

years, Bainimarama has not been able

to convince them that he is the Prime

Minister they need,” he said.

Fiji Times quoted Mr Prasad as

saying that Polls were important but in

the current context it was a minor issue

compared to what he had set out for

NFP to do, culminating in the general

election next year.

“Despite the fact that the results are

not similar to the approval ratings each

leader received, it is interesting to know

that a significant percentage of voters

are undecided, at least 15 months away

from when the next elections could be

held,” he said.

Professor Prasad said that he would

continue to articulate the views, concerns

and grievances of all people of

Fiji, on issues such as rising unemployment

and cost of living, deteriorating

public health system and infrastructure,

the plight of victims of Severe Tropical

Cyclone Winston and flash floods, and

lack of good governance, transparency

and accountability.

“I will highlight fundamental flaws

in our laws, particularly the Electoral

Act, Political Parties Act, the Media

Industry Development Act and the

2013 Constitution in the hope that

they are changed because they do not

provide a platform to have a genuinely

credible, free and fair elections,”

Professor Prasad said.

Fiji clarifies Iranian refugee saga

Sourced Content

The Fijian government deported

Loghman Sawari an Iranian

refugee on February 3, 2017,

saying that his bona fides were


The background

ABC News reported that Sawari

had fled Australia’s offshore detention

regime in Papua New Guinea (PNG)

and was being treated in a hospital.

“He was deported from Fiji on

February 3, after spending 10 days in

that country. His lawyer had said he

intended to seek asylum in Fiji, but

Sawari was arrested while on his way

to a meeting with immigration officials,

taken to the airport and sent back to

PNG, where the local Police charged

him with giving false information in his

application for a PNG passport.

“The 20-year-old was brought to the

Court in Port Moresby to apply for bail,

but there was a problem with his bail

application and the matter was deferred.

Sawari was visibly upset and shaking

while he waited to apply for bail.

“I am not a criminal, I am a refugee,

do you understand what that is?” he


“He showed journalists apparent

self-harm injuries on his arm and

said he had developed serious mental

health problems from his detention and


Attorney General Speaks

Fijian Attorney General Aiyaz

Sayed-Khaiyum said in a statement that

Sawari had breached Fiji’s immigration


The following is his Statement issued

on February 2, 2017:

Loghman Safari outside the Court

(Courtesy: ABC Picture by Eric Tiozek

Loghman Sawari was deported from

Fiji to Papua New Guinea today after

entering Fiji on a Papua New Guinean


He is claiming to be a refugee but did

not present himself as a refugee seeking

asylum to immigration officials on arrival

in Fiji. Nor, after ten days, did he lodge

an application for asylum, personally or

through his lawyer.

UNHCR rejects

The United Nations High Commissioner

for Refugees (UNHCR) has

advised Fiji that Sawari is not recognised

as a refugee under the UNHCR

mandate. It has further advised that he

is a refugee recognised by Papua New

Guinea under its national procedures.

So, Fiji has merely returned Sawari to

his rightful place of residence.

Sawari eluded the authorities during

his ten days in Fiji while posting

photographs of himself on social media

at various locations.

Under international law, anyone who

is seeking political asylum is required

to lodge an application without delay.

In the case of Sawari, this did not


His lawyer, who has been publicly

advocating his position through the

media, failed to facilitate a prompt

application required under international

conventions pertaining to applications

for refugee status.

Officials in Fiji have been informed

by their Papua New Guinean counterparts

that Sawari’s Papua New Guinea

passport was obtained by fraudulent


Breach of Fijian law

On this basis, Sawari was also in

breach of Fijian law which states that

“A person who knowingly misleads or

attempts to mislead any immigration

officer in relation to any matter material

to the performance or exercise by

any immigration officer of any duty,

function, power or discretion...commits

an offence.”

The government notes that Sawari

is claiming that he feared for his life.

This begs the question as to why for

ten days he failed to file an application

for asylum. Despite several attempts by

the Immigration Department to engage

with Sawari, these attempts were


Fiji remains fully committed to the

Convention and Protocol Relating to

the Status of Refugees, but we cannot

tolerate a situation in which a person

who is not an asylum seeker and who

has already been granted refugee status

in another country flagrantly violates

the law.

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Police to probe teenager’s

death in custody

Radio New Zealand

The mother of a Fiji

teenager who died in

police custody on

February 16, says that her son

was beaten up.

Ashwini Nand told Fiji

Times that her son Vikarant

was arrested on Wednesday

morning for breaching a

domestic violence restraining

order against him.

She said that when her son

was supposed to appear in

court he did not show up, and

she went to the police station

to find that he was still there.

Ms Nand said, “My son

told me that he had been

beaten up by officers in the

cells, and that he could not

swallow food properly as a

result of his injuries.”

Suicide claim rejected

She told the newspaper

that when she inquired with

officers as to why he had

not been taken to court, she

was told that they had other

investigations and a directive

had come from police


Ms Nand said that she

returned to the station on

Thursday evening and, after

waiting two hours, was told

her son had died in the police


In a separate interview

with Fiji Village, she said

that she was told her son had

committed suicide, but that

different officers at the Nakasi

Police Station had given her

different stories.

Police Commissioner Brigadier

General Sitiveni Qiliho

said that he was aware of the

incident and had ordered an


MARCH 1, 2017



Skills shortage worries our corporate chiefs

Mark Averill

New Zealand Chief Executive

Officers (CEOs) are

optimistic about growth and

plan to hire more people,

but are worried about the skills needed

and the rise of new technological risks.

Our Survey shows that our CEOs are

concerned about cyber threats (91%),

availability of key skills (84%) and the

speed of technological change (84%).

The PricewaterhouseCoopers

Twentieth annual CEO Survey showed

that almost all respondents (97%) are

confident about their revenue growth

prospects for the next three years, while

91% believe they will hit their growth

targets for the next 12 months.

Organic growth plans

The Survey also portrays a clear

picture of where CEOs see growth

coming from within their organisations:

People, Technology and Businesses

working together.

Organic growth plans are still on the

agenda, with 75% still counting on it to

drive profitability (Global: 79%).

About 72% said that they see new

opportunities in partnering with other

firms, an area where local CEOs are

well ahead of their overseas counterparts


They are also more willing to work

with entrepreneurs and start-ups than

their global counterparts (NZ: 41%,

Global: 28%).

We have seen a lot of big changes

in the business world over the past

20 years since we have run the CEO

survey, but more so over the last few

years and New Zealand companies face

more challenges.

In New Zealand, a lot of our

concerns stem from uncertain economic

and political times, coupled with the

rapid changes that come from advances

in technology.

Technology has had a massive

impact on the speed at which we

operate, especially when it comes to the

global market.

From our perspective at PwC, our

clients expect us to always be available

and to have the ability to access both

people and information globally.

It is transforming the way we work.

Diverse workforce

The challenge of finding, training

and keeping the right people for the

business has been on the top of the

mind for local CEOs for the past few


This year is no different, with CEOs

still finding it difficult to recruit people

with the skills they need.

More than half (53%) of CEOs plan

on increasing headcount this year with

81% wanting to change their people

strategy to reflect emerging skills and

employment structures they will need

in the future.

With the speed of technological

change a concern for 84% of CEOs, it

is no surprise that skills in leadership

and emotional intelligence, creativity

and innovation and digital are identified

as the most valuable yet difficult to


Attracting and developing great

people who are relevant to the future of

our business is an important focus for

companies across the board.

We have started to work more

closely with universities to ensure

that graduates have the skills needed

to make a difference in this changing

business environment.

Diversity of thought is also critical;

we have recruit people who think

differently if our companies are to be

ready for the future.

It is about embracing all aspects

of diversity as an everyday business

matter, which is our focus at PwC New


Sustained growth

With the uncertainty surrounding

Brexit and predictions of a ‘Trump

Slump,’ it is encouraging to note

that CEOs still consider Australia

(72%) to be a top contender to help

us grow. However, the USA shares

the number-one spot, having grown in

popularity from last year (2016: 47%).

China (63%) rounds out the top-three


This ‘Pacific-First’ mindset certainly

is good for our future growth. Since our

first CEO Survey, China has gone from

our eighth-largest trading partner to

our second-largest, with exports nearly


In New Zealand, globalisation has

also changed the demographics of our


A recent World Migration report

found that Auckland is more ethnically

diverse than New York, Sydney and


It is a huge opportunity for our

companies, not just as a way to develop

that diversity of thought, but also to

create new growth opportunities and

business connections across the Pacific


Cyber Security

Trust is now more important than

ever, with 72% of CEOs reporting that

it is harder to gain and keep trust in an

increasingly digitised world.

Equally concerning was cyber

security, with 94% feeling that cyber

breaches will negatively impact trust in

their industry and half of these saying it

will be ‘to a large extent.’

Cyber security has been an increasingly

worrying issue over the last three

years, with concern growing from 66%

in 2015 to 77% in 2016 and now sitting

at 91%.

Cyber-attacks are happening around

the world and that fear is valid, but

unfortunately there isn’t a quick fix to

the issue.

The good news is that organisations

are responding to these new threats and

investing more in risk management


In the case of cyber security, 97% of

respondents said they are addressing

these risks within their businesses. For

social media, 81% of our surveyed

CEOs stated they are managing these

risks to some extent.

Building a business that is driven by

great ideas has to start with having the

right people. You must then support

them with the right technology.

Trust is equally important, without it

you cannot solve the really important

problems. Those businesses that are

successful at building trust and creating

transparency – not just with their clients

and within society, but amongst their

people as well – will have a competitive


Mark Averill is Chief Executive and

Senior Partner of Pricewaterhouse-

Coopers New Zealand, based in


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No mercy for unscrupulous employers

Immigration Minister Michael

Woodhouse has done well in

introducing a tougher regime

that provides for stringent punitive

measures on employers who exploit

migrant workers.

As reported in our Homelink section,

a new set of measures that would

come into effect on April 1, 2017, will

show zero tolerance on people who

breach labour laws and show scant

respect to human laws of justice and


Mr Woodhouse said that access to

the international labour market is a

privilege, not a right and that employers

abusing that privilege would face


As the Minister rightly emphasised,

the new measures will apply to all

employers intending to recruit labour

market-tested migrant workers, including

employers who are (a) supporting

work visa applications and approvals

in principle (b) seeking accredited

employer status or supporting residence

class visa applications based on

employment and (c) employers who

are part of the Recognised Seasonal

Employer scheme.

Unacceptable behaviour

From any point of view, there is

justification for public outrage over

owners of small enterprises and

entrepreneurs who have been allegedly

underpaying and overworking migrant

workers at place of work.

It is sad to note that some owners of

Indian companies have been exploiting

students and migrant workers from

India. We have reported in our past

issues that some employers have been

extracting about 70 hours of work

from these disparate overseas workers,

paying them just $265 per week. In

public view and of course the law,

both are wrong. Every worker in New

Zealand is entitled to the prescribed

minimum wage (currently $15.25 per

hour) and work no more than 40 to 48

hours a week.

Angry Indians

Potential immigrants who arrive

here on visit visas or those entering

the country on other types of status

(refugees for instance) apparently look

up the yellow pages of the phone book

and choose a consultant at random

and entrust the job of processing their

applications. In other cases, those with

permanent residence status are keen to

bring their family members and seek

the advice of such consultants.

The real pinch

That is when the trouble starts.

Well-established and reputed

consultants not only offer professional

and genuine advice but also account for

a high success rate in terms of enabling

applicants to achieve their objective of

migrating to New Zealand.

Exploitation of migrant workers

and international students is nothing

new in countries, which depend on

migration for its economic progress.

Britain, America, Canada, Australia and

New Zealand have laws that prescribe

minimum wages, working and living

conditions and rights of migrants on

work permits.

We not only need good laws but also

their effective enforcement.

A veritable Chance that should not be lost

In the history of New Zealand polity, never has there been an election in which so

many candidates of Indian origin would be seeking to run for the public office as

it is likely to be in the general election due to be held on September 23, 2017.

More than 16 year ago, we created Electionlink pages to allow candidates, their

supporters and political parties to have their say without reservation (within the

legitimate limits of propriety and decency of course); more important for ordinary

New Zealanders to voice their concerns so that they could be heard in the right

places, leading to the right action.

In that sense, the launch of Electionlink pages on February 27 and February 28,

2017 respectively by Prime Minister Bill English (for National Party) and Opposition

Leader Andrew Little (Labour Party), would commence the race towards the 52nd

Parliament and witness a war of words and battles between the two main political

parties and a number of other smaller parties.

The democratic process

The knowledge and expertise of the Diaspora in public affairs and administration

will be of immense help in the democratic process, which is the essence of our

general elections held every three years.

Does New Zealand face challenges to its Democracy?

“Of course, it does,” Sir Don McKinnon, former Secretary General of The

Commonwealth and former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of New

Zealand, said, “Democracy needs oxygen.”

Sir Don was the Guest Speaker at the Fourth Annual Indian Newslink Sir Anand

Satyanand Lecture, held on July 28, 2014 in Auckland.

He examined the problems and challenges that we as New Zealanders face

because of people’s disillusionment with democracy and those who are looking

seriously at other forms of government.

Double Devolution

We believe that the solution to better administration rests on ‘double devolution,’

pushing more resources and responsibility for running things from Central to Local

Government and from town halls to an amorphous web of charities and voluntary


This is a veritable chance that should not be lost.

New Zealanders must make a clear and decisive choice and hold those elected to

account. They must be forced to perform.

This is time for action. We must exercise our franchise and ensure that only those

who deserve to be in public office are elected.

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1, Number 166, Harris Road, East Tamaki, Auckland 2013 and printed at Horton Media

Limited, Auckland. All material appearing here and on our web editions are the copyright

of Indian Newslink and reproduction in full or part in any medium is prohibited. Indian

Newslink and its management and staff do not accept any responsibility for the claims

made in advertisements.

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Resilience overcomes

trauma of sex

workers in Kolkata

Massey University

Supplied Content

Empowering sex workers to

quit India’s largest red-light

district has consumed Kiwi

humanitarian worker Pip Rea

for the past seven years.

She aims to share her insights on

what is an ultimately heartening story

– of how prostitutes from the poorest of

backgrounds are making a fresh start.

She is halfway through researching a

Development Studies master’s project

by distance at Massey University.

She said that her findings on the role

of resilience among prostitutes will

surprise many people.

The former nurse lives in the heart

of Sonagachi, the red-light district of

Kolkata, where an estimated 10,000 sex

workers are employed. Many have been

illegally trafficked as young as age 13,

from surrounding West Bengal villages,

Nepal and Bangladesh.

Holistic Care

Rea is the director of Tamar, a

charitable non-governmental trust that

works with a private company, Freeset.

For the past 17 years, Freeset has

provided jobs, vocational training and

literacy education for women who want

to leave the sex trade. Tamar focuses on

holistic healthcare and housing, helping

sex workers with the HIV prevention

and treatment, pregnancy, botched

illegal abortions, as well as overcoming

alcohol and drug addiction.

Rea left New Zealand seven years

ago at the invitation of a family

friend on the board of Freeset who

wanted someone to set up a healthcare

programme for former sex workers

employed in its Fair-Trade textile

operation making bags and T Shirts.

She was not ‘super excited’ about

living in a crowded city of 15 million


“I like my open spaces, beaches and

those things.”

But after a week, she fell in love with

what the people at Freeset were doing.

“It made sense. It was working.”

Tricked women

Women were tricked and trafficked

into sex trade.

She agreed to set up a health

programme encompassing emotional

care and counselling, and building

partnerships with businesses to provide

alternative employment for former sex


She has expanded Tamar’s activities

beyond its Kolkata base and is now

working with villages in West Bengal

and Nepal through businesses to help

repatriate women back home and

provide them with work.

Traffickers prey on villages of

immense poverty, she said.

In the most common scenario, young

teen girls aged between 13 and 15

are offered employment as domestic

workers then brought into the city and

sold into the sex trade, which is illegal

but not properly policed.

“Sadly, a lot of the police are complicit

and some even directly involved.”

Sex trafficking impacts

It is easy to assume from afar that

the impact of sex trafficking and the

poverty and powerlessness that led to

Pip Rea

it, might render many women damaged

beyond repair. But this is far from the

truth, Rea said.

“What constantly amazes me is

how these women have gone through

immense trauma, being trafficked and

just their life circumstances. Yet they

have maintained such resilience and

such a desire to leave and create a

better life,” she said.

‘Women’s resilience outweighs

trauma’ is the base of her research.

“I wanted to understand how that

happens, how women, who have gone

through so much trauma can exit and

what role resilience has and how they

can move from a place of no control

over their circumstances to the place

of making a decision for their own

welfare amongst the exploitation,” Rea


Research Fellow

“I realised that I was in a unique

situation where I had a platform in

academia for their voices to be heard in

a way that maybe hadn’t been heard in

the past.”

Rea works on her thesis part-time

and runs Tamar.

Her research has involved interviewing

women about their lives prior to

entering the sex trade as well as their

experiences during and after it.

Concepts of community and solidarity

are emerging to help explain the high

levels of resilience she is witnessing.

She suspected that the effect of

strong, positive family relationships

early in life despite the extreme poverty

of their circumstances is a factor.

She hopes that her research will

show that women who have exited the

sex trade can still lead successful lives

– holding down a good job, providing

for their families and changing their

children’s lives. A part of her job

involves visiting brothels and talking to

women who are still in the trade, and

informing them of the alternatives.

However, the youngest girls are

locked away.

“We do not get access to them – we

usually deal with girls aged 18


Local Culture

Rea’s academic exploration of a

complex problem reflects her deep

personal connection to the place and

people. She made a point of immersing

herself into the culture at the outset

and can communicate with locals in

Bengali, which she speaks fluently.

She completed a full-time language

study and then full immersion, living

for three years in a 2 x2 metre room

of a house shared with other Bengali

women who spoke no English, in a

red-light district building.

“It was hard because we did not have

any mod cons – no fridge, shower or

hot water. It was good for my language

learning and for understanding of

Bengali culture but it was hard work!”

“I recognised that as a foreigner

coming into this context there are

numerous barriers to relationships

and understanding the dynamics of

a culture. I was the stranger. I was

A woman of the Red Light District in Kolkata (Photo Credit: Calvina Nguyen)

the different one. And I was wanting

to know and understand and build


Living among locals, she came to

appreciate the more collective style of


“The whole point was to know and

understand and be as much a part of the

community as I could, even though I

am an outsider.”

Rea grew up in multi-cultural South

Auckland and spent 18 months running

a health clinic in a small rural village

in Ethiopia when she first graduated as

a nurse.

She said that the greatest reward

of her work is seeing the changes in

women’s lives. However, entering the

sex trade can lead to a swathe of health

problems, such as alcohol abuse and


Many young girls are given booze

when first trafficked “to make them

compliant. Often they find it continues

to be their coping strategy and they

become addicted.”

Tamar partners with rehabilitation

centres and helps women develop new

coping strategies.

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Firm offers flexible tax payment scheme

Staff Reporter


New Zealand firm has

launched a new facility that

allows businesses to pay

their income tax according to

their convenience.

Tax Management New Zealand

(TMNZ) has launched ‘Flexi Account,’

which it says allows business taxpayers

to choose how and when they make

their provisional or terminal tax


The Company is an IRD-registered

payment intermediary and operates

under legislation set out in the Income

Tax Act 2007 and Tax Administration

Act 1994.

New Legislation

Chief Executive Chris Cunniffe said

that the facility comes in the wake of a

new legislation that was introduced by

the government on February 14, 2017.

“It changes the way Inland Revenue

Department (IRD) charges interest to

those using the standard method to

calculate their provisional tax payments

from April 1, 2018,” he said.

But he clarified that taxpayers will

still be required under the new system

to make payments on dates that may

not match business cashflow.

TMNZ has piloted its account with

several taxpayers and is looking to roll

it out across New Zealand, Mr Cunniffe


“Taxpayers with a Flexi Account will

be able to choose a payment date in the

future that suits them and pay the income

tax they owe in one sum or over

a longer period through instalments,

delaying payment up to more than a

year in some cases,” he said.

There are no set amounts and

payment dates if paying by instalment.

Taxpayers will be able to chip away

Chris Cunniffe

at their liability by paying what they

can, when they can do so, he added.

Mr Cunniffe claimed that ‘Flexi

Account’ will complement the new

provisional tax system by providing

greater flexibility.

“While the new provisional tax

rules provide greater certainty around

provisional tax payments, the dates on

which those payments fall due remain

set in stone. Those dates, as many

business owners will attest to, do not

always match their cashflow.

“That means if they are paying late,

they will still incur IRD interest of

8.27% and late payment penalties. On

the other hand, they may need to use

their overdraft or restrict their cash

outgoings unduly just to meet their IRD

obligations,” he said.

Paying through a Flexi Account will

eliminate IRD late payment penalties

and reduce interest cost by up to 30%.

Mr Cunniffe hoped that the facility

will limit the number of taxpayers

getting into serious debt with IRD.

The taxman’s debt for 2015-2016

was $4.68 billion, of which $2.56

billion was income tax, he said.

“Interest and late payment penalties

add up very quickly and can actually

encourage non-compliance. TMNZ

is providing a way to reduce this

compliance cost while giving taxpayers

the flexibility to pay IRD what they

owe at a time and in a way that suits

their cashflow,” Mr Cunniffe said.

It is understood that a ‘Flexi

Account’ will allow businesses to keep

headroom in their existing lines of

credit if paying on time would cause


TMNZ also claimed that its interest

is cheaper compared to other forms of

lending such as a business overdraft.

“Approval is guaranteed, and no

security is required. There are no

fees to apply. Taxpayers of all sizes

will be able pay underpaid, missed or

upcoming income tax payments for the

current tax year or the one just completed

through their ‘Flexi Account.’

It will give them an additional 75 days

past their terminal tax date to pay what

they owe IRD,” Mr Cunniffe said.

Please read ‘Tighter Foreign Trust

Rules coming’ in this Section.

Tighter foreign trust rules coming

Simpler tax regime follows

The New Zealand Parliament

passed a Bill that seeks to

tighten foreign trust disclosure

rules on February 14, 2017.

Revenue Minister Judith Collins

said that the Bill was in response to the

recommendations of the ‘Shawn Inquiry

Report’ submitted by Adjunct Professor

(Accountancy) at Victoria University in

Wellington and former Pricewaterhouse-

Coopers Chairman John Shewan in the

wake of the ‘Panama Papers.’

Shewan Report

In his report, Mr Shewan had said that

the existing foreign trust disclosure rules


MP forManukau East

were inadequate and that they were unfit

to preserve New Zealand’s reputation

as a country that cooperates with other

jurisdictions to counter money laundering

and aggressive tax practices.

“A significant increase in information

disclosed when a foreign trust sets up,

annual reporting and increased enforcement

will satisfactorily address the issues

identified. Banning foreign trusts or

removing the current tax exemption is not

considered to be necessary or justified.

In theory, New Zealand’s existing tax

disclosure and exchange of information

arrangements should be sufficient to

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deter tax abuse, and its anti-money

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Light-handed measures

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and enforcement practices, the risk of

detection was low and that hence his

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Shewan said.

Ms Collins said that the new

Bill includes measures to implement

the G20/OECD standard

for the Automatic Exchange of

Information, to help detect and

prevent tax evasion globally.

“The new legislation also

contains a number of measures

to simplify tax processes. Many

businesses report that the most difficult

aspect of their tax affairs is

calculating and paying provisional

tax,” she said.

Helping small businesses

The government will bring

into effect on April 1, 2018. the

‘Accounting Income Method,’ as a

part of the legislation, giving smaller

businesses a new Pay-As-You Go

option for provisional tax.

It would allow small taxpayers

to use their accounting software to

calculate and pay their provisional

tax taking the guess work out of

calculating provisional tax.

“Other business-friendly

measures, commencing on April 1,

2017, include reducing or removing

use-of-money interest for a majority

of business taxpayers and removing

the 1% incremental late payment

penalty for new GST, Income Tax,

and Overpaid Working for Families

tax credits. Use-of-money interest is

often seen by businesses as unfair,”

she said.

Currently, even if a business pays

the correct amount of provisional tax

during the year they can still incur

the interest. The combination of the

accounting income method and the

other provisional tax changes will

reduce the impact of interest.

This package gives businesses

more certainty about their tax

payments and more time to focus on

growing their business.

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tax payment scheme’ in this


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Start-Up company startles erring real estate agents

Venkat Raman

Although Real Estate agents

must be registered and are

responsible not only to

the company which they

represent but also to the Real Estate

Agents Authority (REAA) and the

Real Estate Institute of New Zealand,

there have been increasing number

of incidents of dissatisfaction and

disappointment among vendors and

purchasers of properties.

Transparency lacking

First-time homebuyers and those

with little or no experience are

especially vulnerable and many of

them suffer in silence, for fear of being

‘chastised’ by some real estate agents.

Despite significant developments

and well-established systems and procedures,

many believe that the industry

lacks transparency and accountability.

With the property market still

maintaining its heat and with house

prices continuing to remain solid,

there is a growing need to make real

estate agents accountable. While most

operators such as property developers,

real estate agents and other players in

the market are known for their honesty,

integrity and self-discipline, a few

need to be regulated.

An online service that promises

anonymity and total safety, launched

about two months ago, could be a boon

to people.

New Voice

Called, ‘How’s My Agent?’ this

service comes free and takes no more

Hans Vellara

than a few minutes to rate any real

estate agent operating anywhere in New

Zealand. Its simplicity and confidentiality

are reassuring – all that the company

needs is to raise awareness among New


Established by five people of varied

ethnicity - Hans Vellara, Robert Ng,

Akilesh Gokul (Optometry colleagues

and academics), Prabhat Gokul and

Bruce Nicholson (Computer Science

graduates), the start-up company has

the potential to grow as the Watchdog

of the real estate industry in New


Like other rating websites such as

‘Yelp’ for restaurants and ‘TripAdvisor’

for the travel trade, www.howsmyagent. allows people to review a service

or a product of a real estate agent.

Negative aspects

Mr Vellara said that he and his

colleagues observed several negative

reports against real estate agents which

media attention.

“This service comes with guarantee

of safety, security and confidentiality.

People accessing our website can also

exercise their choice of being anonymous.

We will not provide information

to anyone, in the case of people who

choose to enter their names and contact

details,” he said.

The objective is to promote good

practice standards within the real estate

industry and to give consumers a voice

about their experiences, he added.

No room for bias

Mr Vellara said that there could be

instances of someone giving vent to

their personal bias or dislike, the rating

process works well in general in most


“The Law of Averages works well

in every review and rating process. If

there are several negative reviews that

have a common theme, then perhaps

those reviewers have a legitimate

concern against a real estate agent.

So, the public can then make their

own informed decision, based on their

fellow consumers’ experiences. New

Zealanders work in a collaborative and

mutual trust environment,” he said.

Mr Vellara said ‘How’s My Agent?’

has built-in measures to prevent

abusive, foul language, hate and

illegitimate reviews.

“All reviews can be flagged by the

public and further investigated by our

staff and possibly removed,” he said.

Real Estate Agents can exercise the

option of having a ‘Basic Real Estate

Agent’ for a ‘Platinum Real Estate

Agent Account,’ with several additional

facilities such as the ability to direct

potential clients to their other listings.

No legal mandate

Companies such as ‘How’s My

Agent?’ have no legal mandate to take

action against erring real estate agents.

“That is the job of the REAA. This

platform fills a niche where it may not

be appropriate to approach the regulatory

authority. This need is bridged by There are people

frustrated by the practicing standards of

some real estate agents,” Mr Vellar said.

He said that the REAA ensures

minimum standards of practice but does

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MARCH 1, 2017

Mt Albert victory brings home hearts and minds

Jacinda Arden

February 25, 2017 will forever

be a special day for me, for

it was on that day that I was

elected to be Member of

Parliament from Mt Albert.

I express my sincere thanks to those

who took the time to vote, placing their

confidence in me.

I wanted to share some of the words

from election night – they sum up how

I feel about the by-election, and where

we go from here.

At the end of last year, I doubt that

any of us thought we would be here.

When my predecessor in Mt Albert,

David Shearer decided to leave Parliament,

I think that even he must have

been surprised by his decision.

Shearer’s legacy

But his decision to take on a selfless

but huge job (as the Head of the UN

Peacekeeping Force in South Sudan)

left a huge vacuum.

I know that because countless people

during this campaign told me about the

work he did in this community.

Countless people also told me of the

work that had been done earlier. I went

to places opened by former Mt Albert

MP and Prime Minister Helen Clark

and to places of which she was either

the patron or the person who helped in

building those facilities.

Community Standards

This community has a memory, and

very high standards, and I will strive to

preserve both. Of course, the tight time

frames meant learning a lot about Mt

Albert in a short time frame.

I learnt that I have almost as many

electorate neighbours as it is possible

to have. And what great neighbours

they are too in Mt Roskill, New Lynn,

Auckland Central and Kelston.

I learnt that it is helpful to have a

by-election immediately after someone

else’s by-election. It means that you can

request that candidate into working for

you – thanks Michael Wood.

I discovered that Dominion Road is

an excellent boundary line, especially

if you have already announced that you

will be running light rail down it.

Constituency needs

But I also learnt possibly the most

important thing of all - that this is a

community with a huge heart. One that

was never short of things they wanted

to improve, but not just for them, for

their children, their neighbours, and

New Zealand.

It did not matter in which suburb we

live, whether people owned a home or

felt comfortable, or if they did not own

a home at all.

People are worried and are hopeful

about the same things – decent homes,

good jobs, strong communities.

One of the things that taught me that

the most, were our street corner meetings.

We had 55 in total, and people

came to every single one of them.

I will always remember one such


Refugee helps

We did our usual convoy with the

caravan in tow. A gentleman came

outside and asked what we were up to.

We explained and then I noticed that

he disappeared. He returned soon after

with a table, water, cups and finally

muffins to share with his neighbours.

He was a refugee and took great

pride in introducing me to his Kiwi-born

daughter, and told me about the

courageous and helpful labour MPs had

that had served him and this seat. But

he was also interested in what next.

And that is as it should be. Any seat

with heart knows that we have work to

do here.

One of our last meetings reminded

me of that too.

A young man came to meet us as we

moved around Owairaka.

He was a recent graduate with a

student loan, trying to get ahead. He

wanted to look after his ailing mother,

and had recently changed jobs to try

and boost his income, even though it

meant travelling further every day.

But what was getting in the way was

housing. In four years, his rent had

gone from $300 to $410.

As he left, we talked about the

by-election and he said to me, “Do not

worry, you will be fine.” I replied that it

wasn’t me that I was worried about.

That for me sums it up. I could sit

here and go over the election results

with you. We could talk about margins

and what it means. But for people out

there what matters is what we can do

with it, and the change we can bring.

Here, in Mt Albert, there is so much

to celebrate.

But we need to get back to some

of the basics. They are (1) Affordable

housing (2) The ability to get around

our city (3) Green spaces for children to

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and the safest neighbourhoods.

I can advocate all these things, and I

vow that I will, but real change comes

when we change the government.

Jacinda Arden is Member of

Parliament elected from Mt Albert

Constituency at the by-election held

on February 25, 2017. She is the Party’s

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Pam Cummings

Attending the Waitangi Day

Celebrations and attending

a job interview were

among the most significant

events that have occurred thus for this

year in the life of Johannah Prasad,

our Model of the Fortnight.

Known as the Title Holder of ‘Miss

Five Crowns New Zealand 2016,’ the

New Year has started off faster than

she could have imagined.

Participating in the First Induction

Day of the new 2017 Class of

Contestants was another major event

for Johannah.

After having spent some time

with her family in the South Island,

she finally arrived back to the North

Island to prepare for official duties.

Being a teacher, Johannah fully

understands how nervous some of the

new 2017 contestants may feel as she

too, felt like that in the beginning of her

pageant journey.

Honoured to be amongst such a special

occasion she said, “I gained a deeper

heart for our country and the people of

New Zealand which is something I will

always treasure.”

Arriving at Te Tii Marae near the

Waitangi grounds on the morning of

February 3, she was welcomed by the

people and Kaumatua.

Meeting Kingi Taurua and Wairemu

with the Pacific Pearls during the Powhiri,

she went on to share a meal after

all the formalities and got the chance to

connect with the people.

The following day, Johannah was

honoured to be asked to sit on the

welcoming side of the Whare to welcome

some significant leaders of our nation,

including Governor General, The Rt

Hon Dame Patsy Reddy and Chief of the

Royal New Zealand Navy John Martin.

After the first Powhiri had

commenced, Johannah was honoured

to sing a Karakia in front of the judges

which included Chief Justice Dame

Sian Elias, and the Honourable Justice

Joe Williams during the next gathering.

On February 5, Johannah was asked

to speak on the marae to share her

journey of winning the ‘Miss Five

Crowns New Zealand’ national title.

She said, “It was a very special

experience bringing life-changing


It is very busy times for Johannah

and it is likely the new job prospect

may have to go on hold as an

international pageant opportunity is in

the pipeline and may be sooner than


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An Indo-Fijian Short Story - First of Three Parts

Dry among Spraying Fountains

Prashil Kumar

An hour ago, Pal had lain

in the middle of his

sugarcane farm.

The stems of the sugarcane

plants are a rough light brown.

Some rise straight up around three

meters tall. Some shoot up to four.

The stems lose their height for a

month or two when chopped but remain

standing tall most year around.

A handful of light green, narrow,

almost spear like leaves, pop out

at various parts on the stem. Their

lengthiness of around one and a half

metres makes them eventually droop

toward the earth.

A single stem and its leaves create

the image of a playing water fountain

where the stems represent the

ornamental structure, while the leaves

boast to be jets of cool water which

sprays endlessly into the air.

The spray of green leaves

inevitably clash and tangle with other

leaves from nearby stems. It becomes

almost impossible to determine which

leaf belongs to which stem due to the

plants being in proximity.

Such a scenario of sugar cane

plants stretching for nearly three acres

and numbering in thousands creates

the image of an everlasting sea of

fountains belonging to Pal.


An hour ago, Pal had lain in the

middle of his sugarcane farm.

His head placed on a four metre

square wooden platform, raised five

Prashil Kumar

metres by agile dried bamboo sticks and

a little higher than the surrounding sea

of fountains.

A rope ladder dangled slowly from

one of the corners.

Pal’s arms were stretched wide open

to either side of his shoulders while

the back of his palm and fingers lightly

touch the rough wooden planks.

The tropical Fijian sunshine had

blared right into Pal’s eyes causing him

to squint continuously. The dark contour

lining under the lashes and above the

cheekbones blend in quite fairly with

the skin complexion of Pal. He had shut

his eyes tightly and a couple of tears

had rolled down his cheeks with much



An hour ago, Pal had lain in the

middle of his sugarcane farm on the

wooden planks.

Pal had lain on the wooden planks

for the first time when his father had

succumbed to chronic rise of blood

sugar. Ultimately his mother was left

in sole charge of her five children and

a sea of everlasting fountains to tend to

for a living.

Pal being the eldest of his siblings at

14 years of age had no choice.

His school uniform and his stationery

were carefully divided on to his other

brothers and sisters. Pal with a torn

heart wore his father’s oversized khaki

and immersed himself completely into

the sea of fountains.

As Pal would usually be required to

bow down to gather the chopped stems

up, his sweat would usually drip to the

ground. From time to time his tears

would fall with his sweat. Either way,

the roots of the fountain would absorb

them all in no time.

An expletive would occasionally slip

from Pal’s cracked lips whilst working

his cane knife separating the drooping

leaves from the slender stems under the

ruthless heat. The standing fountains

did not mind Pal’s words. They were

enabling Pal and his family to see the

sun rise day after day despite the dusk

which had set in Pal’s life preventing

him to live his youth like the teenagers

around him. The sea of fountains stood

tall and proud.


An hour ago Pal had lain in the

middle of his sugarcane farm on the

wooden planks. Pal had lain on the

wooden planks the entire night after

he had performed the final rites of his

wife. It appeared as though the sea of

fountains had surrounded Pal into its

cosy lap like a mother offers her lap and

hands to console a distressed weeping

toddler. Pal’s legs were coiled as he lay

sideways with his face on his right arm.

Beneath the star lit sky, Pal sobbed.

Pal’s wife had spent entire nights

tapping her head against the wall by her

bed hoping to find some relief so she

could rest for a moment or two.

But the pain was blatantly dark

especially during the hours of dawn.

The public hospital had offered painkillers

free of charge. But they failed to

make a difference. Eventually, Pal and

his wife decided that the painkillers

were literally too tiny for such an

enormous long-lasting pain.

Therefore, the unified decision was

to consume pill after pill every half an

hour until the pain departed. In the end,

the high dose of painkillers did take

the pain away. But they also took her

breath away.

Pal’s sobbing mouth only uttered

the to the sea of fountains from time

to time.

But the fountains did not mind at all.

They unconditionally stood by him all

night listening to his vulgar. It did not

matter to them if Pal was financially

crippled to seek the recommended

medical procedure for a proper diagnosis

only because he had spent his life

tending them in the scorching heat. The

sea of fountains knew well that Pal was

able to have two of his children by his

side because they existed. Therefore,

they stood tall and proud.

If we notice, the line- “lain in

the middle”- is written in every

paragraph before that paragraph

describes the one other similar time

Pal had lain at the same spot, in pain

and sorrow. That particular line

‘an hour ago’ (present time), is connected

with the ‘Pal had lain’ (past

times). Instead of merely stating the

occasions Pal had lain on the planks

in the middle of his farm, the story

reminds the reader that an hour ago,

Pal had been where he used to be at

painful times of his life such as the

day when his father passed away and

the day his daughter returned home.

MARCH 1, 2017

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Meditational music and dance enthrals

Ratna Venkat

The ‘14th Auckland Mehfil,’ held

on Saturday, February 18 at

the Blockhouse Bay Boat Club

(Blockhouse Bay, Auckland)

promised its readers that it would be

an exquisite evening of Jugalbandi and

Fusion for the audience and the artistes.

It kept up its word.

Tabla Beat Science

The annual event, organised regularly

by Chinmaya Dunster and his team

began with ‘Tabla Beat Science,’ a group

headed by Basant Madhur, Principal of

the Auckland-based ‘Sargam School of

Indian Music’ and his students, Aman

Reddy, Akhilesh Madhur, Prashant

Kumar and Shamal Lal.

They were supported by Deepak

Madhur on the Harmonium.

The group demonstrated traditional

Tabla compositions such as ‘Kaydas,’

‘Tukdas’ and ‘Relas.’ ‘Sawal-Jawab’

(Call and Response sessions between

the players) captivated the audience and

drew wide applause.

Shastro and Chinmaya

The next performance by Shastro

Rodella on Bansuri Flute and Chinmaya

Dunster on Sarod and Western Guitar

was described as ‘meditational music,’ in

which the audience was told to relax and

experience Nature’s tranquillity emitting

from the sounds of Flute and Sarod.

They played ‘Alaap’ and ‘Jor’ in ‘Kafi

Thaat,’ typical to the Hindustani classical

Ratna Venkat dancing to the music of Sargam Fusion and the voice of Ashish Ramakrishnan

music tradition. The duo presented two

original compositions on the Flute and

Guitar, using Western chord structures

under Hindustani musical notes; first in

‘Raag Bilaval’ and the second in ‘Raag


Mr Madhur joined them on the Tabla

towards a soothing melodic finish.

Sargam Fusion

The last section of the programme

presented the ‘Sargam Fusion’ band,

with each performance well-balanced

among classical, semi-classical and

modern genres.

The ensemble comprised Ashish

Ramakrishnan on Male Vocal, Ahi

Karunaharan on Keyboards, Basant

Madhur on Tabla, Joy Kavya Ravela

on Female Vocal, Rajiv Gounder on

Octopad, Ratna Venkat on Dance and

Rob Mita on Bass Guitar.

Among the highlights of the band’s

Tabla performance by Aman Reddy, Basant Madhur, Shamal Lal and Akhilesh Madhur

Shastro and Chinmaya on Bansuri Flute and Sarod

performance was the opening ‘Krishna

nee begane,’ ‘Albela Sajan,’ (both sung

by Ashish Ramakrishnan) and ‘See

me bloom,’ an original composition

rendered by Ms Ravela as a tribute to her

late grandmother. This writer performed

Kathak for ‘Albela Sajan’ and a fusion

dance for ‘See me bloom.’

‘Tu jaane na’ followed by ‘Time to

say goodbye,’ a soulful blend of Sufi and

Opera, was superbly performed by Mr

Ramakrishnan which indicated the finale

of the Mehfil.

The audience though, not yet ready to

return home, asked for an encore which

led them to dance to the band’s medley

of popular songs.

“Meditation to Celebration,” was

one viewer’s response that incidentally

summed up what most people experienced

at the ‘14th Auckland Mehfil.’

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Fun and games at Syro Malabar Catholic Mission

Food Festival for new Community Centre

The irresistible cuisine of

India will combine with

that of New Zealand and

Samoa at a Food Festival

being organised by the Syro

Malabar Catholic Mission.

The event, in aid of a

Children & Youth Development

Community Centre, will be held at

the Malaeola Samoan Convention

Centre in the South Auckland

suburb of Mangere on Saturday,

April 22, 2017 from 11 am to 7


Syro Malabar Catholic Mission

Public Relations Officer Raji

Chacko Anithottathil said that

second in an annual series, the

forthcoming Festival draws upon

the success of the Food Fest held

last year (Indian Newslink, March

15, 2016), which attracted more

than 4000 people from various


Fostering friendship

“The passion for food and

fun is universal and hence this is

an opportunity for families and

friends to get together and enjoy a

weekend in the midst of friendly

communities. As well as food,

there would be an entertainment

programme comprising music,

dance, and other items performed

by different ethnic groups

highlighting our multicultural

outlook,” he said.

Children would have their own

amusement including Bouncing

Castle, Joy Ride and competitions.

“We expect more than 5000

people to attend the Food Festival

from Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua

and Whangarei. We are serious

about establishing our Community

Centre and such events will help

in raising the requisite funds. We

look forward to the support of all

communities,” Mr Chacko said.

Further information can be

obtained from Raji Chacko

Anithottathil on (09) 6240829;

(09) 6204690; Mobile: 021-


New Dating App creates fresh connections

Staff Reporter

Dating websites may

be dime-a-dozen in

today’s increasingly

open and multicultural

society but the need to ensure

dignity, safety and security

has always been underscored by

our communities.

Parents and caregivers in the

Indian community are often

worried if their children are

exercising care and caution

while accessing dating sites


Meri Jaan

An Indian entrepreneur has

launched ‘Meri Jaan’ (meaning

‘My Love’) a mobile dating

App that aims to helps anyone

to connect with the people they

want to meet.

Darren Haroon, who

developed the App said since its

launch, thousands of people in

New Zealand, Australia and Fiji

have been active and that the

target is 100,000 users by the

Darren Haroon

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end of this year.

Potential Matches Only

“Our proprietary algorithm

provides connections only when

a person is a potential match for

the user, based on personality

and lifestyle compatibility. Since

the connections are established

through membership to

‘Meri Jaan,’ the App offers

confidentiality and one-to-one

connection,” he said.

Mr Haroon said that his Company

takes privacy seriously and

profiles, taken from members’

Facebook and LinkedIn are

hidden from public view.

“Your Facebook friends will

not see your profile or know

that you are using our Dating

App. Our privacy settings and

your personal information are

safe with us. We do not even

get access to your log-ins and

passwords, just your social

media profiles. While using

your LinkedIn is not the norm

for many Dating Apps and may

weird you out a little, but trust

us, because it is for your own

good!” he said.

Mr Haroon said that the

‘dating life’ of people would be

separate from their workplaces

and that his Apps assures such

a facility.

The following links would

be useful.



The story of tragic murders in London

Amarjit and Nancy Chohan with Charanjit Kaur and their son Devinder.

Picture by Chris Smith for Unicorn Pictures. Courtesy: Daily Mail.

Special Report containing sourced

contents in our Web Edition (www.

Read about the gruesome murders of

Amarjit Chohan, his wife Nancy and his

mother Charanjit Kaur in Britain in February

2003. The bodies of his two children Ravinder

and Devinder, who were at that time were

respectively eight weeks and 18 months old

were never found.

A book, ‘The Corpse that Spoke,’ by Sidin

Vadukut was released recently. Our Special

Report carries a review of the Book by Jonaki

Roy in

John Chacko with Tejas Dalvi near their delivery van

Staff Reporter


new Indian initiative

that aims to foster

‘responsible drinking’

has recently been

launched in Auckland.

People in Greater Auckland

can order a wide range of Wines,

Spirits, Beers and other beverages

along with popular fast-food

items, with a promise of delivery

within one hour from the time of

the placement of order online.

There are however conditions

such as unexpected delays due to

traffic conditions, road works and

other unpredictable issues.

This online service can be

accessed on ‘ontherocksnow.


All transactions are through

credit cards and prepaid.

Online platform

Based in St Johns in Auckland,

the company provides an online

platform with Android and

iPhone apps.

Chief Executive

Joseph Chacko said that the

service, which commenced

on February 6, 2017, aims to

offer Aucklanders a reliable and

cost-effective service.

He said that people who are

physically challenged, those

without transport and other

circumstances have found this

service useful.

“We are committed to provide

the best and most reliable standard

of service with the motto,

‘Drink Smart, Don’t Start.’ We

constantly monitor customer

preferences to improve quality of

delivery,” he said.

Safety factors

Mr Chacko claimed that while

there may be others offering

similar facilities, ontherocksnow.

com is a company with a


“The service is safe and liquor

will not be delivered to people

below 18 years of age. Identity

cards are checked at delivery

point and those who do not

qualify will not be served. Our

staff are fully trained to ensure

compliance,” he said.

Mr Chacko said that another

point of difference was that his

company operates from 9 am to

9 pm every day of the week.

“We promise to deliver the

orders within one hour of their

placement, subject of course

to traffic and other conditions

which cannot be foreseen. We

charge a flat fee of $5 per order

of minimum value of $20,” Mr

Chacko said.

Fast-Food Items

Although the food option is a

part of value-added service, the

company accepts only limited

items that are mentioned on its


“These include burger meals,

pizzas and wraps of reputed

brands. They are delivered in

proper food hot bags and handled

with care,” Mr Chacko said.

The Company caters to

individual, corporate, party and

bulk orders.

Mr Chacko said that his enterprise

has the requisite license

to carry out the business and

employs Liquor Management

trained delivery personnel.

Secure website

“We have also kept our website

very secured with the SSL

certificate and a secure payment

gateway to nullify any possible

fraud. We are a close-knit team

and believe that delivering the

best customer service is what we

do best,” he said.

The Company employs six

people, including Mr Chacko’

wife Mary Matthew, Business

Development Manager Tejas

Dali and three others. Further

information can be obtained on


Musical Journey moves towards fifth landmark

Manisha, Divya and Geerthana Nanthakumar at Musical Journey 2016.

Venkat Raman

An evening of melody

awaits music buffs

as the talented Nanthakumar

family and

other artistes present their annual

concert on March 11, 2017 at

Auckland Normal Intermediate

School Hall.

Organised by Nadesan

Nanthakumar in aid of the New

Zealand Thirumurugan Temple

Trust which owns and operates

the Thirumurugan Temple at

145 Church Street, in Otahuhu,

Auckland, the Concert, known

as ‘Musical Journey- The Strings

2017,’ will begin at 6 pm.

The event is open to all and

entry is free.

The three past ‘journeys’ have

enabled Mr Nanthakumar to

donate $22,000 through sale of

tickets and food and the relentless

man is eager to do more.

The Artistes

Among the singers are

Akshaya Pushparajah,

Alexshana Sivarajah, Anusha

Suresh Ramachandra, Chirag

Mani, Dheeraj Venkatachalam,

Gaarunyaa Uthayakumar,

Karthik Purushothman, Kaviya

Balaraman, Puja Nory, Rama

Yogakumar, Roma Nory, Thulasi

Kanadakumar, Vethahi Arunthayaparan,

Vishalini Gunadas

and Vishnupriya Mallela.

They will be supported by Antony

Yempee (Acoustic Guitar),

Avinash Jeyashankar (Octopod),

Diya Antony (Rhythm Guitar),

Divya Nanthakumar, Geerthana

Nanthakumar, Manisha Nanthakumar

(Keyboard and Violin),

Joseph Alexander (Electronic

Drums), Vishnu Sreekumar

(Bass Guitar) Nadesan Nanthakumar


The performance will also

feature Rishi Navaneethan

(Acoustic Drums) and Niroj

Sivarajah (Tabla).

Following are the members

of the String Group: Aanchal

Aravinthan, Aarabi Jeyashankar,

Akshaya Pushparajah,

Akshayaa Sribaskaran, Annjala


Anushri Parasuraman,

Ashwini Mahadeva,

Ashwini Rohan, Avinash

Jeyashankar (Percussion),

Bhanu Raveenthiran, Divya

Nanthakumar (Conductor),

Geerthana Nanthakumar

(Conductor), Karthiga Raveenthiran,

Lanishka Varatharajan,

Manisha Nanthakumar, Mithun

Ramassh, Mrydhinyi Krishnan

and Theibana Vignakumar

“Most of the songs will be

based on unplanned strings.

‘Auckland Strings,’ a formal

string group formed recently,

will present three pieces and the


MARCH 1, 2017




Use the photos to find the answer: Source of home remedies


No. 020

If you can jump over the roof of your house, and

the one next door, and the one after that, and

so on to atotal of 15 houses —inone leap —

then you are literally as fit as aflea, because

by relative comparison this is the phenomenal

capability of the blood-sucking parasite, the flea,

atiny, wingless insect that virtually flies with its

legs to attain horizontal or vertical distances

200 times its body length, and so strong, it can

pull miniature carts in so-called ‘flea circuses’.

Spot the 10 Differences

“Honey...come watch little Robbie about to become adog person”


No. 010




+ A


In the addition sum different letters and

the smiley face represent different digits.

Rewrite the sum using the following digits:


2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Solution to Attemptation No. 009


0 1 2 3 4 5 6 9

JUMBLE No. 1743 SUDOKU No. 1064 HI


How many words of 4letters ormore can you make from

these 9letters? In making aword each letter may be

used 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.


31 Words Good

37 Words Very Good

43 Words Excellent

50 Words Genius


esprit ester peer

peri perse persist

pert pest pester

peter pier pise piste

preset press priest


reset resist resit

respite rest rete

ripe rise rite seep

seer seise sepsis

sept sere series sire

sister site speiss

spire spite spree

sprite steep steer

step stere stipe

stress stripe terse

tier tire tree tress




3 Punctuation mark

9 Loud piercing cry

10 Animal lacking


11 Gem

12 Decayed

15 Throat

17 Clean by rubbing

18 Ungentlemanly fellow

19 Consumed

20 Menace

22 Plant

24 Garden tool

25 Saucy

26 Bee-keeper

28 Adhesive

29 Before (poet)

30 Money (coll)

33 Wit

34 Bovine mammals

35 Class

36 Sovereign’s chair

37 Making no sound

38 Breaks suddenly


1 Russian emperors

2 Muse of poetry

3 Run about playfully

4 Prophetic sign


Crossword No. 11911

5 Girl’s name

6 Hint at

7 Fail to comply with

8 Adequately happy

13 Sea animal with eight


14 US city

16 Existing through all


18 Selected

20 Number



1 Thirteen confused

bankers about to sleep


9 A mineral from Korea


10 Worker with hair drives

him round the junction


11 Swift ships (5)

13 Concerning mum

going out on the road

and returning as a

percussionist (7)

14 Elicits away to seduce


16 Bow set off present (6)

18 Get asize of paper on

account of the college


19 ACaledonian

racecourse (5)

20 Hanging around to

lie about an item of

jewellery (9)

21 Drunk 2here (3)

22 Bringing about the

removal of agreat day

from the enquiry (11)


2 Beer that’s light and

headless (3)

3 Brilliant success of a

tale about the capital

of Chile (5)














master key













No. 17563

4 Withdraw membership

as Dee’s upset about

the church (6)

5 Sob brokenly, the

treatment being

unclear (7)

6 Mysterious mixture of

meat and icing (9)

7 Feeble act of moving a

piece of furniture (6,5)

8 Now, herewith, Albert

encloses the means


21 Separate

22 Colour

23 Smiles coyly

27 Holds royal office

30 Fundamental


31 Anaesthetic

32 Surface hollows

34 Pointed end

12 Cautioned through

learning (9)

15 Always set out for a

mountain (7)

17 Some safety pin gets

lost in office work (6)

19 Girl loses her head

over slang (5)

21 The French love him (3)

Sudoku No. 1063 Cryptic No. 17562

Across: 1Pick; 3Unlawful;

9Spanner; 10Opera;

11 Personal gain;

13 Recede; 15 Airgun;

17 Never the same;

20 Usual; 21 Bugbear;

22 Mischief; 23 Rail.

Down: 1Passport; 2Chair;

4Normal; 5Along time

ago; 6Feeling; 7Lead;

8Ingood health;

12 Integral; 14 Cherubs; 16

Stable; 18 Arena;

19 Guam.

Snap Decision No. 009 What’s Different No. 019 Attemptation No. 009


1. Earth moved

2. ‘You are here’ moved

3. Boot different colour

4. Sign post missing

5. Extra planet

6. Panel on spacecraft different colour

7. Crater hole missing

8. Helmet different colour

9. Astronaut shadow bigger

10. Astronaut pack smaller





















0 1 2 3 4 5 6 9









MARCH 1, 2017

Ellerslie Car Show drives passion and awe

Matthew D’Souza

The forty-fourth edition of the

Ellerslie Intermarques Classic

Car Show held on February

12, 2017 was an amazing


There were families with small children

- perhaps young car lovers who

were being educated by their parents;

there were elderly people who got a

chance to reminisce about the cars that

they dreamed as children.

From rookie car fans to the fanatics,

everyone got the chance to learn new

facts about their favourite cars and

respect the time, effort and love that

had gone into the maintenance of the

cars that were on display.

Awesome display

When I arrived at the parking lot

of the Ellerslie Race Course last year,

I was in awe of the cars that were

present; cars like Ferrari F355, Ford

Mustang Mach 1 and Aston Martin


I thought to myself that next year’s

parking lot display could not possibly

top this but low and behold it did!

Among the cars displayed were

McLaren 675LT, 650S, 570GT, 570S,

MP4-12C, Ferrari 308 GTB, Maserati

Granturismo S, Cadillac Sedan de

Ville, two Corvette C7s and a Ferrari


The prestigious Porsche Club of

The Ferrari 599 F1

Alfa Romeo 6C

Lamborghini Huracan Avio

New Zealand hosted the event, with a

display of exquisite Porsches ranging

from the 1960 356A, 1973 Carrera

RS, 2016 911 GT3 RS and a rare 2016

Porsche 911 R!

The Triumph and MG Car Clubs

impressed me with not only an array

of cars but also the sheer love and

affection of the owners.

Lancia car-owners should be

commended for their passion but as a

Lamborghini fan, I missed their striking

display. The show last year had featured

Lamborghini Miura, Countach, Diablo,

Espada and Murcielago.

The only Lamborghinis at this

year’s show was a Huracan Spyder

and a limited edition Huracan Avio by

Giltrap. There was also a new Aston

Mclaren MP4-12C, 650S and a 570S

Martin DB11 displayed.

The highlights

There were a few special cars that

enhanced the experience.

These included Limited Edition

Lamborghini Huracan Avio, my

favourite Ferrari of all time and the 599

F1/GTB Fiorano which had its bonnet

open so that visitors could drool over

that amazing 5.9 litre V12 that powers

this mighty prancing horse.

The showstopper was a Jaguar

XJ220, of which only 271 were ever


Another car that drew large crowds

was the 1937 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300

Superleggera. It was a special car.

I look forward to an even more

exciting show next year!



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