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International students need better protection
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The War has begun: Labour and its leader Andrew Little (left) and National and its leader Bill English (right) have a huge task ahead
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Electionlink launch opens the battle gates
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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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
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
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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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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.
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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.
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
ateam of Licensed Immigration Adviser /Ex-Immigration Officer.
We provide tailor-made solutions to individual
migrant and their families seeking to study,work,
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students sheltering with the Ponsonby
Unitarian Church in Auckland has now been
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
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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MARCH 1, 2017
Electionlink launch February 27, 2017 Electionlink launch February 28, 2017
Bill English Judith Collin Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi Robert Khan
Gurjinder Singh Aulakh Rahul Sirigiri Jacob Mannothra Ratna Venkat
Two Parties, Two Events, One Election
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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
Such was the environment at the
launch of the Electionlink pages of
Bill English with Rahul Sirigiri at the Electionlink Launch
on February 27
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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
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
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.
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
More detailed reports with additional
pictures will appear in our next issue
dated March 15, 2017.
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and those eligible to enter the Awards.
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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
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individuals translated into changes to the Awards
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INLIBA has been evincing widespread interest
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Tougher punishment for
exploitation of migrant workers
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
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.
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
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.
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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
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
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,”
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.
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,”
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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MARCH 1, 2017
Poor turnout in Mt Albert but
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.
Ms Arden has often been
labelled as ‘The Rising Star’ in the
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
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.
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
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.
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
General Election 2017 may prove to
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
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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.
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
“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.
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
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
The performance of Mr English is
now under test.
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MARCH 1, 2017
Raring to go, Labour banks on new approach
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
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
He and his colleagues have agreed to
cooperate with the Green Party, a tactic
Members of Parliament of the Labour Party watch as their Leader Andrew Little launches the ‘Electionlink’ of Indian Newslink at a special dinner hosted by Indian Newslink at Raviz Restaurant in Botany Junction, Auckland on
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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.
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
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
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
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
Working with our communities to
Back the Kiwi Dream
Policy &Community Engagement
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Unaffordability pushes NZ
down in Student Ranking
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
MARCH 1, 2017
Human Sciences underscore
and graduates make a
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
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.”
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
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
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.
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
Sounds familiar? Maya had no need to
do this – she speaks fluent English, has a
Master’s degree and had lived abroad for
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.
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and in public life. She is a Member
of the Labour Party Policy Council
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constituency in the general elections to be
held on September 23, 2017.
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Poll places Bainimarama on top as preferred PM
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
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
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%
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: newswire.com.fj)
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
“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
The Fijian government deported
Loghman Sawari an Iranian
refugee on February 3, 2017,
saying that his bona fides were
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.
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
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
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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
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
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%).
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
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%,
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
In New Zealand, a lot of our
concerns stem from uncertain economic
and political times, coupled with the
rapid changes that come from advances
Technology has had a massive
impact on the speed at which we
operate, especially when it comes to the
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.
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
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
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
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
Cyber-attacks are happening around
the world and that fear is valid, but
unfortunately there isn’t a quick fix to
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
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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
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
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.
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
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.
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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trauma of sex
workers in Kolkata
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.
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
But after a week, she fell in love with
what the people at Freeset were doing.
“It made sense. It was working.”
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
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
“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
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
“We do not get access to them – we
usually deal with girls aged 18
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
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
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Firm offers flexible tax payment scheme
New Zealand firm has
launched a new facility that
allows businesses to pay
their income tax according to
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
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
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
“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.
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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.’
In his report, Mr Shewan had said that
the existing foreign trust disclosure rules
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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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laundering rules should ensure that funds
held by foreign trusts are from legitimate
sources,” Mr Shewan had said.
He said that under the current law
and enforcement practices, the risk of
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Report had suggested that disclosure
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“Strengthened disclosure requirements
should act as a deterrent to offshore
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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.
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,”
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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MARCH 1, 2017
Start-Up company startles erring real estate agents
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.
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
Called, ‘How’s My Agent?’ this
service comes free and takes no more
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.
co.nz allows people to review a service
or a product of a real estate agent.
Mr Vellara said that he and his
colleagues observed several negative
reports against real estate agents which
“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
“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
howsmyagent.co.nz. 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
not necessarily recognise or reward
exceptional practice. They mainly deal
with complaints where there has been
“Our Company aims to promote
good practicing standards in the real
estate industry,” Mr Vellara said.
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MARCH 1, 2017
Mt Albert victory brings home hearts and minds
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
run and play (4) Water in which we can
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Celebrations and attending
a job interview were
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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
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New Year has started off faster than
she could have imagined.
Participating in the First Induction
Day of the new 2017 Class of
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After having spent some time
with her family in the South Island,
she finally arrived back to the North
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Being a teacher, Johannah fully
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New Zealand which is something I will
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
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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
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An Indo-Fijian Short Story - First of Three Parts
Dry among Spraying Fountains
An hour ago, Pal had lain
in the middle of his
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
metres by agile dried bamboo sticks and
a little higher than the surrounding sea
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
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
Pal’s sobbing mouth only uttered
the to the sea of fountains from 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
Meditational music and dance enthrals
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.
The last section of the programme
presented the ‘Sargam Fusion’ band,
with each performance well-balanced
among classical, semi-classical and
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
“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
Dating websites may
be dime-a-dozen in
open and multicultural
society but the need to ensure
dignity, safety and security
has always been underscored by
Parents and caregivers in the
Indian community are often
worried if their children are
exercising care and caution
while accessing dating sites
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
end of this year.
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a person is a potential match for
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Mr Haroon said that his Company
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Mr Haroon said that the
‘dating life’ of people would be
separate from their workplaces
and that his Apps assures such
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The story of tragic murders in London
Amarjit and Nancy Chohan with Charanjit Kaur and their son Devinder.
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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 thewire.in.
John Chacko with Tejas Dalvi near their delivery van
new Indian initiative
that aims to foster
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.
Based in St Johns in Auckland,
the company provides an online
platform with Android and
Joseph Chacko said that the
service, which commenced
on February 6, 2017, aims to
offer Aucklanders a reliable and
He said that people who are
physically challenged, those
without transport and other
circumstances have found this
“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.
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
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
Mr Chacko said that his enterprise
has the requisite license
to carry out the business and
employs Liquor Management
trained delivery personnel.
“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
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Musical Journey moves towards fifth landmark
Manisha, Divya and Geerthana Nanthakumar at Musical Journey 2016.
An evening of melody
awaits music buffs
as the talented Nanthakumar
other artistes present their annual
concert on March 11, 2017 at
Auckland Normal Intermediate
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.
Among the singers are
Alexshana Sivarajah, Anusha
Suresh Ramachandra, Chirag
Mani, Dheeraj Venkatachalam,
Karthik Purushothman, Kaviya
Balaraman, Puja Nory, Rama
Yogakumar, Roma Nory, Thulasi
Kanadakumar, Vethahi Arunthayaparan,
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
Following are the members
of the String Group: Aanchal
Aravinthan, Aarabi Jeyashankar,
Akshayaa Sribaskaran, Annjala
Ashwini Rohan, Avinash
Bhanu Raveenthiran, Divya
(Conductor), Karthiga Raveenthiran,
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
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SNAP DECISION No. 010
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
P A S I R N Y
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
SOLUTION TO 1742
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
CROSSWORD No. 11912
3 Punctuation mark
9 Loud piercing cry
10 Animal lacking
17 Clean by rubbing
18 Ungentlemanly fellow
24 Garden tool
29 Before (poet)
30 Money (coll)
34 Bovine mammals
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
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
14 Elicits away to seduce
16 Bow set off present (6)
18 Get asize of paper on
account of the college
20 Hanging around to
lie about an item of
21 Drunk 2here (3)
22 Bringing about the
removal of agreat day
from the enquiry (11)
2 Beer that’s light and
3 Brilliant success of a
tale about the capital
of Chile (5)
S A D O U B T D C
C O B W E B E U G E N E
R J S E V E N S L
A C U I T Y S E P A L
P A R T I S A N C O D
S E E N W E A L T H Y
C R E G A T T A E
M A T A D O R T I E R
D O T D E S E R V E S
D E T E R I N S I S T
U T A R M E D C U
P L E D G E V E T T E D
E R S P E E D S Y
4 Withdraw membership
as Dee’s upset about
the church (6)
5 Sob brokenly, the
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
23 Smiles coyly
27 Holds royal office
32 Surface hollows
34 Pointed end
12 Cautioned through
15 Always set out for a
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;
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;
12 Integral; 14 Cherubs; 16
Stable; 18 Arena;
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
P A S I R N Y
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 9
MARCH 1, 2017
Ellerslie Car Show drives passion and awe
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.
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.
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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