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CALLING FOR ENTRIES AND
NOMINATIONS TO THE 10th ANNUAL
INDIAN BUSINESS AWARDS 2017
Direct by Entrants; Nominations for Individual Categories (10 to 14) by companies and
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Police take concerted action over retail incidents
Officials of the three Police
Districts (Auckland City,
Counties Manukau and
Waitemata) are to launch a
combined programme of engagement
with retailers throughout the Auckland
Metropolitan region next week.
Tamaki Makaurau (Great
Auckland) officials will jointly
implement ‘Operation Dukan’ over
a four-week period commencing on
April 18, 2017, covering retails shops,
petrol stations and other outlets that
are vulnerable to burglary and related
The initiative is in response to the
increasing spate of offences, involving
mostly youth gangs and young individuals
in various parts of Auckland in
Engagement in Safety
Small business retailers will notice
uniformed Police staff visiting their
premises over this period and they
will be provided with crime prevention
advice, posters, information, and
a safety audit of their premises.
Counties Manukau Inspector
Wati Chaplow said that the Police
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We are happy to announce
that the just retired
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Lyn Provost will be the Guest Speaker at
the Seventh Annual Indian Newslink Sir
Anand Satyanand Lecture this year.
‘Truth and Transparency’ will be
the theme of her Lecture scheduled to
be held on Monday, August 7, 2017 at
Alexandra Park in Greenlane Auckland.
The Black Tie event will commence
with Cocktails and Networking at
630 pm followed by initial speeches,
Dinner, the Lecture, Questions &
Answers and Discussion.
recognise that there have been some
very concerning incidents of stores
being robbed, often by youths armed
with weapons and that they are using
a reckless amount of force against
“We recognise that parts of this
sector feel vulnerable, and they have
genuine concerns for their safety
as well as that of their families and
staff present when these crimes
occur. Police can provide valuable
information and resources that will
prevent robberies from occurring
and mitigate the risk to the retailer’s
safety,” he said.
Mr Chaplow said that the key to
‘Operation Dukan’ is the involvement
of officers who are fluent in English,
Hindi and Punjabi.
“Retailers will be invited to a
‘Robbery Prevention Seminar’ during
which they will receive an in-depth
presentation on reducing the risk of
robbery. These seminars will occur
across the Greater Auckland area and
from experience, participants have
received a lot of useful information
from these and it is a great opportunity
to engage with local police,” he
‘Operation Dukan’ was first
Counties Manukau Police with a South Auckland retailer
implemented in Counties Manukau But if they unfortunately occur, the Police
would certainly want to apprehend
District in 2009 and has been updated
to include policing staff from across the the offender/s, he said.
Greater Auckland area. The participants “It is critically important to Police
reported that they were grateful for the that our retailers within our communities
can feel safe and are safe, and that
information provided and that they had
made changes to their businesses to they can go about their business without
reduce the risk of robbery.
fear of robbery or harm,” he said.
Queries relating to ‘Operation
Inspector Chaplow said that the Dukan’ can be made to Inspector Wati
Police are ‘absolutely committed’ to Chaplow or Sergeant Gurpreet Arora on
preventing robberies from occurring. (09) 2632776.
Medtech Global Limited Executive
Chairman Vino Ramayah will be the
Master of Ceremonies, while Nirvana
Health Group and Bank of Baroda
Director Ranjna Patel will provide
her Perspectives of the Topic and
Former Member of Parliament and
Commonwealth Secretary General’s
Special Envoy to Lesotho Dr Rajen
Prasad will reflect on the Lecture and
render his concluding remarks.
Ms Provost is currently a Public
Member on the New York based
International Auditing and Assurance
Standards Board and the Chair of
the Brian Picot Ethical Leadership
Advisory Board established by the
Victoria University of Wellington.
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Improper care exposes Indians to heart diseases
Health experts, including specialists
and visiting medical
practitioners have said that
South Asians in general and
Indians in particular in New Zealand are
susceptible to diabetes leading to other
Cardiovascular diseases are also
common among this section of the
population but early detection can
influence early cure, says, Dr Albert Ko,
an Interventional Cardiologist based at
Ascot Hospital in Greenlane, Auckland.
He also meets patients referred by
General Practitioners (GPs) by prior
appointment at his satellite clinics in
Botany (East Care Specialists), Papakura
(Counties Care), Pukekohe (Seddon
Medical) and Browns Bay (Shore Care
“Lifestyle, unhealthy food, eating
habits, stress at work and home and
genetic factors are all contributors to the
diseases of the heart. While prevention
is always better than cure, much
hardship can be avoided or minimised
through early detection and treatment.
Regular exercise and periodic visits to
GPs are important,” he said, during an
interview with Indian Newslink.
Although life expectancy is on the
rise in New Zealand, prompting the
government to propose legislation on
lifting the retiring age to 67, diabetes,
diseases of the heart, obesity and the
resultant complications are becoming
major health and social issues.
According to the Heart Foundation,
There is nothing like opening your heart to your GP: Dr Albert Ko at his Ascot Hospital Clinic
A fistful of life: The Human heart beats 100,800 times a day!
about 172,000 people (one in 20 adults) are
living with heart disease in New Zealand,
33% of deaths are caused by cardiovascular
disease and every 90 minutes, one person
dies of heart disease.
Dr Ko said that heart diseases affect both
men and women, although men outnumber
women in undergoing Angioplasty, a procedure
that unblocks blood vessels, allowing
easier and better blood flow in arteries.
A Mayo Clinic (a nonprofit medical
research group based in Rochester,
Minnesota) Study in 2008 showed that
contrary to popular opinion, women do just
as well after artery-unclogging procedures,
dispelling the earlier thinking of doctors that
angioplasty and stents work better in men.
“As it turns out, women have been doing
as well as men for more than a decade. But
the widespread assumption that women do
worse after angioplasty means that women
account for only 30% of the one million
artery-opening procedures performed each
year in the US. This is despite the fact that
heart disease is the Number 1 killer of
women,” the study said.
During angioplasty, a catheter is threaded
through an artery into a plaque-narrowed
area and a balloon is inflated to widen
the artery. Usually, a mesh tube called
a ‘Stent’ is used to prop open the artery.
Doctors use the term ‘Percutaneous
Coronary Intervention’ (PCI) to refer to
heart procedures in which catheters are
threaded into heart arteries.
“Women are less likely to be referred
that men for invasive procedures,
including coronary angiography and PCI.
Raising awareness among physicians will
help us overcome this referral bias. The
decision to refer a patient should not be
influenced by gender,” Dr Ko said.
He said that Angioplasty is a low-risk
procedure and yet many of us ignore it.
“Angioplasty carries minimal risk
with only one in 1000 patients dying
during the procedure. This is a minor
procedure which does not often require
hospitalisation of more than one day. In
some cases, patients are returned home
the same day,” Dr Ko said.
He said that five major factors influence
heart-related diseases. They include
family history, high blood pressure, high
cholesterol, diabetics and smoking.
“Indians from Fiji carry a higher risk
of coronary problems, with nine out
of 10 requiring intervention. Diabetes
strikes them and hence they should
exercise caution. We specialists do not
see any patient directly. It is therefore
imperative that they go for regular medical
check-up. Education is important to
raise awareness,” Dr Ko said.
Angioplasty has become a routine
process for people with blockages but
a Heart Foundation communication
has warned that as with all medical
procedures, there are both risks and
benefits associated with angioplasty.
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“Talk to your doctor, nurse and other
health professional about the risks and
benefits for you, and any concerns you
may have. Your healthcare team can
give you more information about your
individual circumstances and level of
risk,” the Foundation website says.
Following angioplasty, some people
may develop complications including
bleeding under the skin at the wound
“This should improve after a few
days, but please contact your GP if you
are concerned. It is common to have a
bruise from the catheter for a few weeks.
Some people may develop allergy to the
contrast dye used, causing symptoms
such as a rash. You should discuss any
allergies that you have with your cardiologist
before having the procedure.”
Additional Reading: Our Editorial,
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and ‘Cardiologist opens his heart to
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Group links Business Awards to team spirit
Almost a decade ago,
Indian Newslink started
something that promised
to be a revolution.
It was the first of its kind initiative
by any organisation in New
Zealand – the Indian Newslink
Indian Business Awards.
The Awards have grown over
the years and 2017 marks the Tenth
The entries for this year’s
Awards are now open (visit
www.inliba.com) for rules and
regulations, eligibility criteria and
to download the entry forms.
It is therefore timely that we talk
about those who have been there
and done that – the past winners.
It will be nice to know what
stage their journey is at now and
how things have changed for them
after they were feted in front of
their peers and businesses and
political leaders of New Zealand.
The Link 2 Group
We start with the winner of
Supreme Business Award for last
year (2016)- The Link2 Group. It
is a family-owned and managed
business, very much in the mould
of traditional Indian culture.
Its Managing Director Indra
Sirigiri and his wife Manasa started
the Group in 2000; today their son
Rahul amply supports them as
Together, they represent the
typical Kiwi Indian family where
traditional oriental values thrive
alongside inherent Kiwi ingenuity.
They have around 200 personnel
who provide to major businesses
like The Warehouse, Farmers,
Mainfreight, DHL, Pernod-Rickard
The attitude towards their team
is clear - “All of us belong to
one family; we share our joy and
sorrow with the same degree of
ownership. But we cannot allow
(personal) relations to hamper
either our quality of service or
commitment to customers. Everyone
including me is accountable,”
Mr Indra Sirigiri said.
Progress – a way of life
The Company is regarded as a
reliable logistical link for uninterrupted
contract services. Mr Sirigiri
saw a different way of managing
contract labour in the logistics
sector, where he had worked for
Instead of hiring inexperienced
casual staff on an hourly rate, he
offers clients a fixed price and
provides them the services of
trained Link2 Services staff with an
In the years since the company
was founded, the Sirgiris have never
rested on their laurels. So, it is no
surprise that they have expanded in
diverse range of activities including
a takeover of Apparel solutions,
in 2013, to provide warehousing
services. They also have films,
architecture and warehousing
solutions apart from transport.
The Company has made more
than 35,000 average placements
every year from 2013-2016 up
from about 9000 in the 2010-2013.
The trend continues its upward
journey at present, too. The
recipe for success for Link2 group
includes (1) Its flat management
structure (2) Swift communication
with internal and external
stakeholders of the business (3)
Continuous monitoring of set
targets (4) Employee consultations
at all levels (5) A strict finance
control policy and (6) Expansion
The company not only won
the Supreme Business Award but
also the ‘Business Excellence
in Customer Service’ and ‘Best
Employer of Choice’ Categories in
2016. Rahul Sirigiri won the ‘Best
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Award’ in 2016, the second such
Award since 2013.
Link 2 Group was also a finalist
in the Westpac Auckland Business
Awards in the ‘Employer of the
Year’ category in 2016.
All of the above just goes to
show that those who are recognised
at BNZ Indian Newslink Indian
Business Awards are recognised
across the commercial world.
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A chilling tale of Battle of Britain and POW exchange in Barcelona
Book on New Zealand War Veteran launched
small group of guests were
at the Aviation Hall of the
Museum of Transport and
(MOTA) in Western Springs, Auckland
on Friday, April 7, 2017, to celebrate the
launch of a book titled, ‘From Battle of
Britain Airman to POW Escapee: The
Story of the Late Ian Walker.’
The Book, written by Angela Walker
of Auckland, is a tribute to her father, a
Champion Cyclist-turned Airman, who
lived to narrate the story of his life as a
war hero and later as a Prisoner of War
in the hands of Germans.
The Book was launched by Lisa
Chappell, known for her role as Claire
McCleod in ‘McCleod Daughters,’ a
drama series on Nine Network.
The Book narrates the Second
World War story of Ian Walker, a New
Zealander in the ranks of the Royal Air
Force, who participated in the ‘Battle
of Britain’ before being transferred to
He survived three plane crashes in his
The Great Escape
His third and final crash occurred
in the enemy territory, where he was
captured and taken prisoner. Confined
within the claustrophobic walls of a
POW camp, he hatched a plot with a
Angela Walker with her Book
fellow inmate to escape. This they achieved, almost
miraculously, in broad daylight. Living on basic
rations, they navigated the enemy wilds until they
were captured, yet again, and taken back to prison.
After languishing in POW camps and hospitals
for more than two years, Mr Walker had the good
fortune of being placed on a list of injured men
to be exchanged, man-for-man, with German
The Barcelona Exchange
The little-known story of the history-making
exchange that took place in Barcelona in October
1943 is detailed in the Book, describing how
thousands of allied and axis prisoners were safely
returned to their homelands in the midst of war.
Ian Walker died in 2009 at the age of 89.
Speaking at the launch, Angela Walker said
how she took efforts from her formative years to
preserve the details of her father’s extraordinary
odyssey in full.
Her tale circumnavigates the globe, weaving
snippets taken from letters and extensive
journals kept by her father to create a compelling,
warm-hearted and thrilling account of his war.
Having once inspired her to win a gold medal at the
Commonwealth Games, her father now continues
to inform and inspire her through the stories she has
recovered from his past. Her book commemorates
the efforts of all New Zealand’s wartime airmen
who, like her father, made significant contributions
in the fight for allied victory.
About Angela Walker and her husband
Angela Walker and her husband Dr Kannan
Subramaniam have been long-time friends of
Indian Newslink and were featured in our columns
first in 2003.
Dr Subramaniam is currently Senior Director
(Cardiovascular Lead) at Pfizer Essential Health,
Global Medical Affairs for the Asia Pacific Region,
New South Wales, Australia, based in North Shore,
We featured him first (Indian Newslink, July 15,
2003) to report on an innovation of ‘Intrahealth,’ of
which he was then Vice-President. The company’s
ground-breaking research was on easy detection
of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars),
diabetes and a host of other human ailments.
About two years later, we wrote about his visit
to Batticaloa, in the east coast of Sri Lanka to
provide psychosocial and psychological relief
and counselling to the victims of the tsunami that
resulted from the Indian Ocean earthquake killing
more than 30,000 people on December 26, 2004
(Indian Newslink, February 15, 2005).
Angela Walker, who he married in 1995, worked
in Revo, an advertising agency. She won a Gold
Medal in Rhythmic Gymnastics in the 1990 Commonwealth
Games (New Zealand) and represented
New Zealand at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Title: From Battle of Britain Airman to POW
The Story of the Late Ian Walker
By Angela Walker
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Published: January 6, 2017
Heartless funding cuts hurt NGOs
At the heart of many of our
local communities are
NGOs that provide support
for those in need.
They provide help for survivors of
sexual violence, of domestic abuse;
they provide support with finances,
offer mental health services and
assistance with problem gambling, just
to name a few.
People who use these services often
do so in times of crisis and struggle.
Yet, these social services are being eroded
by this government’s failure to value
their contributions to our communities.
For months, the Social Development
Minister has been pushing for
social services to share private client
information in return for funding
because they do not think that they are
getting their money’s worth.
The requirement of contracted
social services to provide private
client information to the government
has been heavily criticised by Labour,
alongside social services themselves,
the people who seek out their support,
law experts and now even the Privacy
We have also seen a spate of local
organisations whose contracts have
been cut from government funding,
leaving significant gaps in support
services. And on top of that, the
overall funding for social services has
flat-lined since National came into
One major repercussion of this
government’s treatment of social
services is the threat to the Wellington
Shakti refuge. Shakti is a specialist
provider of culturally competent
support services for women, children
and families of Asian, African and
Middle Eastern origin, specialised in
women’s development, empowerment
and domestic or family violence intervention,
prevention and awareness.
Yet this year, the government has
turned down a funding application of
about $60,000 per year for the Upper
Hutt branch of the Shakti refuge.
We know that the burden of inequality
and poverty that disproportionately
falls on women and this is worsened
when taking into account cultural
For example, while the median
wage for women overall is $22 compared
with $25 for men, the median
hourly pay rate for a Pacific woman is
$18.90 per hour; Maori women have
a median wage of $20 an hour, Asian
women are at $20.14 and Middle Eastern/Latin
median wage is $18.70.
In addition, female migrants
and refugees often face double
discrimination in New Zealand. For
example, Rez Gardi, a former refugee
from Pakistan living in New Zealand,
said, “There already exists inequality
against females in all aspects of social,
economic and political aspects of
society, and there is that added barrier
to accessing full rights as a citizen
when you are from an ethnic minority.”
New Zealand Census 2013 found
that there were 87,534 people in New
Zealand who did not feel they could
yet hold a conversation in English.
This should not stop these people
from being able to access social
support they need.
Barriers to migration
There are many barriers that come
with migration and the intergenerational
bonds of cultural oppression,
particularly for women.
Shakti sets out to challenge the
cultural acceptance of domestic violence
within the ethnic communities.
This is a vital organisation that allows
migrant and refuge women to access
life-saving culturally appropriate
support services, and we should
value organisations like this to ensure
prosperity in our communities.
Carmel Sepuloni is elected Member
of Parliament from the Kelston
Constituency and Labour Party’s
Spokesperson for Social Development.
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Party keen on Green Vote in electorates
The Green Party has
announced that Raj
(Pardeep Singh), a lawyer
based in Papatoetoe,
South Auckland will be its candidate
in Manukau East in the
General Election 2017.
The announcement was made
at a fundraising dinner held at an
Indian restaurant in Botany on
Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
The Green Party has about
a dozen candidates around the
country who want to focus their
efforts on building the Green Vote
in their electorates rather than
appear on the Party List.
Raj is in that group of
candidates; he believes that it
is important that the voters of
Manukau East see him dedicated
to them and their community first
This is in contrast with some
candidates and MPs from other
parties, who are unfortunately
getting a reputation for being more
focused on building their own political
profiles than on being strong
advocates for their communities.
Raj recognises that his chances
of making it into Parliament at
this election are small – but he is
deeply committed to building the
profile of the Indian community
within the Green Party and in
James Shaw with (from left) Ashima Singh, Green MPs Julie Anne Genter, Marama
Davidson, Barry Coates and Manukau East Candidate Raj Pardeep Singh at the
fundraiser held on March 28.
Parliament, over the coming years.
Raj has already demonstrated
that he is a good leader, a hard
worker and is deeply connected
to the community. I have full
confidence in Raj and I anticipate
that he will run a very strong
campaign in Manukau East and
make a major contribution in his
community and to the Greens this
year and in the coming years.
I am looking forward to working
The Greens will field the strongest
group of candidates in South
Auckland that we have ever had.
Together, they will be working
across South Auckland to advocate
for the community and to build the
James Shaw is Co-Leader of The
Green Party of New Zealand.
Our Reporter adds:
Indian Newslink has known Raj
Pardeep Singh for more than 14
years when he was employed in
A graduate in Law from the
University of Delhi (1999), he
practiced as an Advocate at the
High Court in Delhi, and was a
member of the Bar Council of
In New Zealand, he completed
his Course of proficiency from the
University of Auckland and New
Zealand Law Society. He accomplished
his Professional Legal
Studies Course from the Institute
of Professional Legal Studies,
Auckland and was admitted to the
High Court of New Zealand.
He was a Barrister and Solicitor
at Auckland city law firm for four
years and worked as Duty Solicitor
for the Auckland, Whangarei and
Dargaville District Courts.
He established ‘Legal Associates
Barristers & Solicitors,’ in
2014 with his wife Ashima Singh.
The firm specialises in all areas of
Immigration Law, Immigration &
Protection Tribunals, Judicial reviews
at High Court, Ombudsman
Office at Parliament, Immigration
Minister Appeals and further deals
in Criminal & Employment law.
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As Minister for Ethnic
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We talk about these gains in terms
of ‘The Diversity Dividend’ – the
value-add from those who join the New
You can see this in the form of new
small businesses and new international
trade links, in government, sport, the
arts and other aspects of social and
economic life in New Zealand.
Making tax easier
The National-led government recognises
the importance of helping support
communities and businesses to grow.
Judith Collins with Prime Minister Bill English and (from left) Ravi Singh, Anand Chohan, Vijay Goel, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi and Melissa Lee at
the ‘Electionlink’ launch of Indian Newslink at Raviz Restaurant in Botany Junction on February 27. (Picture by Creative Eye Fotographics)
Many of our Indian communities are
business owners and so I would like
to share with you some of the changes
you will see in a new section in Inland
Revenue’s website- myIR.
You can do some new things
Arranging your GST payment at the
same time as you submit your return.
You can do this by authorising a
direct debit from your bank account or
using credit or debit card. There is no
need to make a separate payment by
You can schedule the payment for
the due date.
You can also request an amendment
to an already filed GST return, making
it easier and quicker to do.
You can choose to receive email and/
or text message reminders when your
GST return and payment is due or late
to avoid penalties. Tax agents can also
now bulk-file clients’ GST returns, access
clients’ GST information, request
amendments, set up payment plans and
do much more.
Businesses can now also use their
New Zealand Business Number
(NZBN) as a unique identifier when
contacting Inland Revenue.
New migrants can also register
online for an IRD number, making it
faster for them to start work.
Inland Revenue has bilingual staff
and provides access to Language Line
interpreting services. Customers can
speak to Inland Revenue in 44 different
languages. Online videos are available
in seven different languages for anyone
setting up a new business.
I have also asked Inland Revenue to
work more closely with the Office of
Ethnic Communities and other agencies
to make sure they reach communities
as effectively as possible. It was
therefore pleasing to hear of Inland
Revenue’s attendance at a recent small
business road show, specifically for
Indian Communities that was promoted
by the Ministry of Business, Innovation
They also attended an Auckland
Migrant Entrepreneur Forum.
Later this year, there will be another
Ethnic People in Commerce (EPIC
NZ) conference which will bring
together ethnic business people.
The EPIC conferences have been
very successful and an excellent
opportunity for ethnic business people
to build their networks and exchange
This will be the sixth EPIC Con-
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ference and is intended to help ethnic
business people connect with each
other, the wider SME sector, and with
economic development government
It is also an acknowledgement of the
contribution ethnic businesses make to
our nation’s economy.
The EPIC conferences are a great
way to hear about inspiring ethnic
business people succeeding in domestic
and international markets. And they are
an opportunity to showcase how ethnic
diversity benefits New Zealand’s social
and economic prosperity.
A range of government agencies also
attend EPIC conferences and are able
to provide participants with essential
information about policies, regulations
and laws that support best practice and
business growth in New Zealand.
More details about EPIC this year
will be available from the Office of
Ethnic Communities website this
On a final note, as the former Police
Minister, I am also acutely aware that
there are a few things more important
to all of us than public safety.
Small business owners feel particularly
vulnerable because they are often
targeted by violent offenders.
So, I am thrilled with the more than
half-a billion-dollar announcement of
extra Police that was announced by the
Prime Minister and the Police Minister
earlier this year.
Judith Collins is Minister of Ethnic
Communities, Minister of Energy &
Resources and Minister of Revenue.
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Communities must help in ending family violence
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Family violence is one
of New Zealand’s most
difficult social issues.
It can take a number
of forms, including physical,
verbal, emotional, economic,
religious, and sexual abuse.
We understand the effects
that family violence has on our
society, our communities and
our future generations.
We also understand the need
to act sooner to keep victims
safer and change perpetrator
behaviour. And we need an
innovative approach to better
identify risk and recognise the
patterns of family violence.
That is why this government
is putting a stake in the ground
and making changes to help
reduce abuse in Kiwi families.
We are making system-wide
changes. Across 16 different
portfolios, Ministers and departments
are working together
to redesign the way our system
prevents and responds to family
This is part of our
cross-agency work overseen
by the Ministerial Group on
Family Violence and Sexual
We are starting by overhauling
our civil and criminal laws
to build a more integrated and
more effective legal framework
for tackling family violence.
Our Family and Whanau
Prime Minister Bill English with Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi and Ranjna Patel
during a visit to Gandhi Nivas in Otahuhu, Auckland on March 29, 2017.
Violence Legislation Bill is
the biggest reform of family
violence laws in 20 years.
The Bill proposes changes to
better support victims and their
Protection orders will
be easier to apply for with
simpler application forms. And
(NGOs) will be able to apply on
behalf of particularly vulnerable
victims who are unable to apply
The Bill also proposes changes
to better protect the safety
of adult and child victims following
separation. Courts must
consider extra family violence
factors when assessing a child’s
safety in Care of Children Act
(CoCA) proceedings, including
whether a temporary protection
order has been made and if there
have been any breaches.
On March 29, 2017, I had the
opportunity of visiting ‘Gandhi
Nivas,’ with Prime Minister Bill
English. Located in Otahuhu,
this facility is a partnership
between Nirvana Foundation,
Counties Manukau Police and
Sahaayta Counselling and
It provides early intervention
and prevention services to
at-risk individuals with the
objective of helping them
change their behaviour,
reduce the likelihood of further
domestic violence and increase
safety for their families. These
partnerships are effective in
addressing root causes of
I am happy that Indian
Newslink and its Editor have
been involved with Gandhi
Nivas from the early stages of
planning and working.
Family violence is not a problem
that Government can solve
alone — it requires all New
Zealanders to think differently.
We all need to work togather.
The Government is working
hard to reduce New Zealand’s
rate of family violence, however
everyone in our community
needs to think differently
and take action to tackle this
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi is
Member of Parliament on
National List, Chairman of
the Parliamentary Select
Committee on Law & Order
& Parliamentary Private
Secretary to Police Minister.
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Small businesses need passion and care
As Small Business Minister,
I am a passionate advocate
for small businesses in New
Zealand, including our
ethnic business communities.
The National-led government values
the contribution that Indian small
businesses make in New Zealand and I
appreciate the challenges that you face.
Just last month I was in Auckland
visiting small businesses in Manukau
with National List MP Kanwaljit
Singh Bakshi and I met with a range of
Indian small businesses including food
producers, manufacturers and retailers.
This visit reinforced to me that small
businesses in the Indian community
are as diverse as the wider economy.
I am committed to traveling
throughout New Zealand talking to
as many small business owners as
It is important all business owners
have the chance to interact with
government to share their experiences
Small Business Roadshow
One of my main projects this year is
the ‘Small Business Roadshow,’ where
Government agencies come together
with small business owners to talk
about their experiences and where we
can support them.
Small Business Minister Jacqui Dean with National List MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi at the
‘Slumberzone’ showroom in Manukau.
Last November, we held a specific
roadshow event in Auckland for the
Indian business community. This was
well attended and focused specifically
on areas which affect the Indian business
community such as exporting,
importing and hospitality.
This was such a great event that we
are expanding it and this year we are
holding a Chinese business community
event so that other ethnic communities
can have the same opportunity.
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The Indian Newslink Indian
Business Awards have been an integral
part of the Indian business community
for 10 years. This event has recognised
small businesses owned, managed and
franchised by people of Indian origin
throughout New Zealand.
It is great to see these businesses
having the chance to be recognised
for the contribution they make to our
This event has been a must attend
event for a number of Ministers since
National has been in government.
Former Prime Minister John
Key, Prime Minister Bill English,
Finance Minister Steven Joyce,
Ethnic Communities Minister Judith
Collins, Tertiary Education Minister
Paul Goldsmith and the then Ethnic
Communities Minister Sam Lotu-liga
have all attended in recent years.
They have talked highly about the
evening and how important it is to
recognise the success of the Indian
business community in New Zealand.
Small Business Development Group
Another key link into government
is the Small Business Development
This group meets regularly with
government agencies and community
groups to discuss their experiences
as small business owners and how
government policy affects small
It is important that ethnic communities
are represented on this group as
they bring a unique perspective to the
Radio Tarana Managing Director
Robert Khan sits on this group and
brings the perspective of the Indian
Robert is a passionate advocate for
the Indian business community and
plays a critical part in the group’s
success in getting government and
Support for small business
Recently I announced the publication
of a new small business booklet
called, ‘New Zealand’s Support for
I am aware of the time constraints
placed on small business owners and
the need to have quick access to all the
information you need.
This resource is a one-stop-shop,
bringing together information from
a range of government agencies and
programmes such as Regional Business
Partners, ACC, Inland Revenue,
WorkSafe, Stats NZ, New Zealand
Trade and Enterprise and Callaghan
Business.govt.nz is a website which
brings together all the information that
you might need as a business owner.
This website provides tools such as
the employment agreement builder,
a workplace policy builder, tax and
accounting information and much
Police Minister Paula Bennett
recently announced the $503 million
‘Safer Communities Initiative.’ This
initiative involves 20 new specialist
Ethnic Liaison Officers who will build
relationships with local community
leaders and members, including
small business owners. Their role
is to ensure the issues facing ethnic
communities are well understood at all
levels of Police.
These initiatives support the
National-led government’s priority to
provide an environment where small
businesses can grow and innovate.
We are doing a lot to support Indian
small businesses, and small businesses
As Small Business Minister, it is
my job to advocate and make sure that
we bring all the government’s work
around small business together.
I want to make sure all small
business communities are listened to
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New Campus prepares better healthcare professionals
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new campus that aims to
educate and promote better
qualified and motivated
could be the beginning of palliatives to
the ailing public health care system in
New Zealand as reported extensively in
our April 1, 2017 issue.
AGI Education Limited, a private
education provider which is committed
to quality education, opened its second
campus in Epsom (190 Great South
Road) on March 17, 2017.
Among those who attended the event
were Health Minister Dr Jonathan
Coleman, National MP Kanwaljit
Singh Bakshi and Beca Limited Legal
Head Chye Heng.
Dr Coleman said that institutions
like AGI were a vital link between
students obtaining high skills and the
healthcare providers who constantly
need their services.
“We have many overseas students
who are keen to obtain qualifications in
healthcare and it is commendable that
institutions like AGI are involved in
helping such students achieve their objectives.
I hope that AGI will continue
its efforts in delivery of quality skills to
students and enable them to achieve the
desired outcomes,” he said.
Dr Jonathan Coleman with Chandan Ohri
The Epsom Campus of AGI is
strategically located and is just five
kilometres from the City Centre.
Spread across two levels, there is space
to study, research, use the library,
relax and make use of breakout area
AGI President, Chandan Ohri
described the Epsom Campus “as
a continued effort of the institution
towards pursuit of excellence, and
towards creating programmes that
impart tangible and transferable skills
Chye Heng with Dr Jonathan Coleman
that employers expect from students.”
Make the difference
He said that AGI is a place for
people who want to make a difference
in the world, because we believe that
each person has the power to make a
“Our Healthcare graduates enrich
the lives of the people they serve and
give those in their care a better quality
of life through their professionalism,
expertise and empathy. Our focus is to
produce quality healthcare professionals
who raise the bar and surpass the
standards that the healthcare profession
demands. Our aim is to provide wellequipped
graduates who are committed
to providing the highest quality of care
to patients and become stalwarts of the
healthcare sector,” Mr Ohri said.
High success rate
Mr Ohri said that AGI is proud of its
record of 90% of its graduates gaining
It reflects the proficiency that
students of the institute attain, he said.
Mr Ohri said that in recognition of
the growing importance of information
and computer technology in today’s
commercial and non-commercial sectors
and in the life of people, AGI has
structured career-centric and dynamic
programmes to meet the market needs.
“Our newly introduced cutting-edge
IT Programmes will give students
relevant skills and a substantial
advantage in the job market with a
qualification that will be highly regarded
by employers. Our IT Programmes
have been developed with the same
commitment to quality and excellence
and will jumpstart the career of our IT
graduates,” he said.
Mr Ohri paid tributes to the AGI
faculty, saying that teachers bring a
depth and range of experience that
is not easily found in other Private
Training Establishments (PTEs).
“They inspire our enthusiastic
students to become highly skilled
professionals. We are a diverse team,
drawn from many countries, working
tirelessly in the pursuit of excellence as
one AGI,” Mr Ohri said.
Academic suggests $15,000 levy on migrants
poll tax on immigrants
will help fund the extra
infrastructure and public
service costs associated with
New Zealand’s growing population.
A poll tax is a duty imposed on all, or
a particular category of persons, to fund
a specific government expense.
The government should impose
a flat levy on most immigrants to
New Zealand to help cover the extra
infrastructure and service costs from
In 2016, New Zealand Treasury
estimated the extra spending required
on hospitals, schools, roads and other
infrastructure to cope with population
growth - which is largely driven by
The Treasury figures included (a)
an upfront $1 billion on a Housing
Infrastructure Fund to help local government
pay for water, roads and other
infrastructure (b) an additional $530
million over six years on expanding
and redeveloping 30 schools.
No one appears to have quantified
the increased health costs yet.
These figures suggest that New Zealand’s
existing population of taxpayers
will shoulder a huge additional tax bill
to settle and assimilate its record number
of new immigrants. New Zealand
is a desirable country with excellent
infrastructure and public services.
Immigrants get to share in all these
benefits, so why shouldn’t immigrants
also contribute to them?
Immigration New Zealand statistics
show that demand for New Zealand
visas consistently out-strips supply.
The laws of economics dictate that
the market would set a price for what
fee would-be immigrants might pay to
join our club.
A flat immigration fee of $10,000-
$15,000 per immigrant would provide
a source of additional revenue to offset
There would be exceptions for some
categories of immigrants, such as refugees
or those filling skills shortages.
But imposing a tax on most other migrants
in return for their right to share
in everything New Zealand has built up
would be both reasonable and fair.
In the year to January, there were
89,670 permanent and long-term
arrivals to New Zealand, excluding
refugees, Australians and returning
New Zealanders. At $10,000 per
arriving person, that would generate
$896,700,000. At $15,000 per migrant,
it would total $1.345 billion.
There are other instances where the
government already imposes fees and
charges on immigrants.
In 2015, the government reintroduced
arrival taxes on non-residents of
$22 to help fund tourism infrastructure.
The Green Party continues to advocate
a larger fee be imposed on visiting
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tourists to pay for environmental
Australian tax academics are also
calling for the re-introduction of a poll
tax in Australia to compensate the Australian
government for the additional
costs of enhancing the infrastructure
necessary to cope with the new arrivals.
Australia has recently imposed a
partnership visa fee of A$ 6865 on all
spouses who qualify to join immigrants
At present, our government simply
gives away New Zealand residency
- and passes the increased cost of
building the necessary infrastructure
on to current residents. Rather than
continuing to be too squeamish about
charging immigrants for residence or
citizenship, perhaps we should embrace
the idea and tax them appropriately.
The negative historic association of
past poll taxes on immigrants should
be acknowledged. Under the Chinese
Immigrants Act of 1881, New Zealand
(like other former British colonies)
imposed a ‘Poll Tax’ on all Chinese
At its peak, the tax was £100 a
person (equivalent to approximately
The Poll tax allowed otherwise
‘undesired’ immigrants to buy their
way in to New Zealand in return for
paying a fee to the government.
It was eventually scrapped in 1944,
and the New Zealand Government
rightly apologised to the Chinese
community in 2002.
Obviously targeting poll tax on racial
grounds is indefensible.
But shorn of its racial over-tones,
what is wrong with taxing all would-be
immigrants regardless of which country
they come from for the right to move to
Mark Keating is a Senior Lecturer in
the Commercial Law Department at
the University of Auckland Business
School based in Auckland.
APRIL 15, 2017
Ravinesh Chand Brent Woods with a parent and child
Students from India asked to register for help
Parents learn students’
Parents and caregivers
of Indian origin
had an opportunity
to learn about the
performance of their children
studying at the Otahuhu Intermediate
School in Otahuhu,
Auckland at an exclusive
meeting held at the School on
March 23, 2017.
Ravinesh Chand, a Year 7
Teacher, said that the meeting
also enabled parents and
caregivers of Indian students
the way in which they are
assessed and various other
aspects of education.
“We informed parents and
caregivers as to how student
performances and responses
are analysed to assist teachers
to be more effective. The
importance of informing the
students about their learning
and the measures that need
to be taken to improve their
performance,” he said.
Mr Chand said that
meeting helped the School to
understand the reality – that
many parents and caregivers
were unaware of the assessment
procedure, the New
Zealand Curriculum levels and
“The meeting enabled us
to determine how parents can
become more proactive and
engaged towards supporting
the progress and achievements
of the students throughout the
year, rather than relying on
two student-led conference
meetings,” he said.
Mr Chand said that the
challenge now is to provide
effective support and guidance
to Indian parents on a
number of issues including
the progress of their children
during the Second Term.
Mr Chand and his colleague
David Singh also appraised
parents of Indian, Fijian and
Middle Eastern origin of the
results of ‘e-asTTle’ in reading,
writing and mathematics.
e-asTTle is an online
assessment tool, developed to
assess students’ achievement
and progress in reading,
mathematics, writing, panui,
pangarau and tuhituhi.
“Principal Brent Woods
addressed the parents and
explained to them about the
online assessment tool and
discussed how parents and
caregivers can support the progress
of their children through
the year. It was a learning
process for the parents and
caregivers. They understood
the National Standards and
e-asTTle and sought help on
how they can enhance their
participation in the success of
their children,” Mr Chand said.
The event included Hindi
films song and dance performances
by students, presented
by Teacher Kavita Devi.
A group of students from India prior to their departure in February following deportation notice by Immigration New Zealand (Radio New Zealand Picture)
International students from India
studying in New Zealand schools,
colleges, universities, tertiary
institutions and private training
establishments have been advised to
register themselves at the Consular
Services Management System on the
External Affairs Ministry website (www.
Registration is free, simple and
instant; it creates an online record of
the student and enables the Indian
government and its diplomatic missions
to locate the students and offer timely
help if required.
The System is known by its keyword
in Hindi- ‘Madad,’ meaning ‘Help.’
The Registration comes with Mobile
Apps for Android and iPhones.
An integral part of the Consular Services
Management System is the Grievances
Process, which enables registered
students to file their complaints online
over consular services provided by the
relevant Embassy, High Commission
or Consular Offices. In the case of New
Zealand, there is only one diplomatic
mission- the High Commission based in
Wellington at Level 2, Ranchhod Tower,
102-112 Lambton Quay.
‘Madad’ is a service available to all
Non-Resident Indians (NRIs).
Who is NRI?
‘NRI’ is a term often ill-understood
and misinterpreted. It denotes an Indian
holding an Indian passport, ordinarily not
resident in India. Such people are also
known as ‘Indian Expatriates,’ including
permanent residents, migrant workers,
international students and others who
are away from India on work, study or
A citizen of another country is not
regarded as ‘NRI’ but as a ‘Person of
A notification issued by the External
Affairs Ministry said that the Indian
government has added a student module
to its Consular Grievances Monitoring
System (which is also covered by
“The homepage link provides basic
guidance on how students can first
register themselves on this module
and then proceed to providing basic
information. This information will help
Indian Embassies, High Commissions
and Consulate Offices to engage
effectively with students and render them
all possible assistance,” it said.
Some Indian students have been a
cause for concern in recent months with
allegations that they or their agents in
India suppled false documents, thereby
voiding their stay in New Zealand.
About 120 students, mostly from Punjab
returned to India. Although most them
had completed the courses, but were
not allowed to apply for work visas,
considered a pathway to permanent
High Commission Advisory
The Indian High Commission Website
communique said that an increasing
number of educational institutions, particularly
Private Training Establishments
(PTEs) are coming under the scrutiny of
the New Zealand authorities for not mentioning
the quality of education required
as per the New Zealand Qualifications
Authority (NZQA) rules.
“In some case, NZQA has cancelled
the registration of certain education institutions
causing problems to the students
enrolled in those institutions. NZQA has
defined four categories of capability for
an educational institution- category 1
being the highest and category 4 being
the lowest. A list of PTEs can be found
on the NZQA website,” it said.
The High Commission advised all
potential students to do due diligence
on the credentials of the education
institution before securing admission.
“It is also advised that, owing to the
current overhaul of the education sector
being carried out by NZQA, admission
to Category I institution should be
contemplated,” the communique said.
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Getting to the heart of the matter in Fiji
Almost eleven years ago, we
reported that an organisation
called, ‘Friends of Fiji
Heart Foundation’ has been
established in Auckland to treat Fijians
suffering from valvular heart disease in
the South Pacific nation.
We quoted (Indian Newslink,
September 1, 2006) Trust Chairman
and Consultant Cardiac and Thoracic
Surgeon at Auckland and Mercy
hospitals Dr Parma Nand as saying
that paucity of finance, lack of medical
facilities and inability to travel overseas
for medical treatment were among
the contributing factors to the rising
death rates among the impoverished
segments of the Fijian society.
“It is a pity that in the modern age,
people should die due to absence of
facilities. Valvular heart disease is
among the deadliest ailments affecting
the people of Fiji,” Dr Nand said,
speaking at the launch of the Foundation
on August 17, 2006.
Helping the poor
Since then hundreds of lives have
been saved and multifold visits of surgeons,
specialists, medical practitioners
and others have visited Fiji at their
own time and expense to conduct tests,
diagnose patients, operate on them and
see them leading normal lives.
Among those visitors has been
“Sack the Media Boss,” says NFP Leader
The National Federation
Party (NFP) has called for
the immediate dismissal of
Ashwin Raj from his post
as Chair of the Media Industry and
Development Authority (MIDA) and
Director of the Fiji Human Rights
and Anti-Discrimination Commission
(FHRADC), because of his suggestions
to stifle freedom of speech on national
Following is the statement issued by
Professor Biman Prasad, Member of
Parliament and Leader of the NFP.
The suggestions by Mr Raj on
Sunday, April 2, 2017 on FBCTV
Amnesty International displeased over Sawari’s arrest
Radio New Zealand
Amnesty International said
that a new charge filed
against the Manus Island
asylum seeker who escaped
to Fiji could violate Papua New
Guinea’s Law of Double Jeopardy.
Loghman Sawari was arrested after
a court hearing in Port Moresby on
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, where he was
on trial for using false information to
obtain a passport.
That charge was made under the
Passport Act and Amnesty said that the
new charge was virtually identical but
had been filed under the Migration Act.
Trial loss worry
Amnesty’s Kate Schuetze said that
the new charge could indicate that the
prosecution was in danger of losing the
“They are by and large the same
charges. This is violating his right to a
An Open heart gets cleansed: Dr Albert Ko at his
Ascot Hospital Clinic
Dr Albert Ko, an Interventional
Cardiologist based at Ascot Hospital in
Over the past several years, he has
conducted angioplasty procedures on
hundreds of poor Fijians and brought
back normalcy in their lives. During his
recent visit (which concluded on March
13, 2017), he completed 21 angioplasty
procedures in as many patients, while
40 persons underwent angiogram tests.
“I am happy that Fiji is fast becoming
self-sufficient in skills; we have doctors
and nurses who can perform angiogram
and angioplasty procedures on patients
without our assistance. They are well
trained, committed and resolved to raise
the standard of medical practice and
service in Fiji,” he said, speaking to
Current Affairs Show ‘For the Record,’
urging the State to pursue the regulation
of social media are shocking and must
be condemned in the strongest terms.
Chilling and Unconstitutional
The NFP strongly condemns these
Loghman Safari outside the Court
(Courtesy: ABC Picture by Eric Tiozek)
fair trial and in breach of the Double
Jeopardy Law. It seems like they have
laid these charges just at the time when
the court is considering an application
to dismiss the previous charges because
of lack of evidence,” she said
Ms Schuetze said that Loghman
Sawari was still in police custody.
Founders of the Friends of Fiji Heart Foundation at their launch on August 17, 2006
(File Photo by Narendra Bedekar)
Dr Ko was in an early batch of
experts to visit as a part of a delegation
led by Dr Nand. But it was in 2011 that
he conducted the first angiogram and
“I was shown a patient who was in
a terrible condition. I conducted an
angioplasty procedure and two hours
later, he was walking on the corridors
of the Hospital. It was a turning point
for him in his life and for me in my
engagement with Fiji,” he said.
Soon thereafter, Dr Ko saved the
life of a taxi driver. After that, he has
been visiting Fiji every year, not only
to treat patients but also to lobby and
arrange equipment required to conduct
angiogram and angioplasty.
“Like the proverbial fish and fishing,
it was important that we taught the
people of Fiji to handle their patients
suggestions to the State by Mr Raj,
which we know are all being said
under the pretext of “responsibility. It is
chilling, unconstitutional and could be
easily wielded as an instrument to again
stifle the voices of the people of Fiji.
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 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.
with skill and efficiency. I am happy
that we have been able to achieve a lot
in these seven years,” he said.
But Dr Ko is conscious of the need to
provide more funds, better equipment,
train doctors, nurses and other medical
practitioners and lift the overall quality
He said that five major factors
influence heart-related diseases. They
include family history, high blood
pressure, high cholesterol, diabetics and
“Fiji Indians carry a higher risk of
coronary problems, with nine out of 10
requiring intervention. Diabetes strikes
them and hence they should exercise
caution. We specialists do not see any
patient directly. It is therefore imperative
that they go for regular medical
What we find further disturbing are
his pointed attacks on political parties
and then the further justification of
these attacks, to bring in regulation over
The NFP sees this as a blatant
attempt to stifle the voices of political
parties in the lead-up to elections next
Fiji already has in place a heavily
regulated media industry, with draconian
laws, and penalties. There is no need
to introduce further laws to stifle civil
liberties. There is instead a great need
to repeal these laws.
Our citizens had taken to Mr Raj
himself their complaints on communal
antagonism against FBCTV for the
programme ‘Wasea Basha.’
However, Mr Raj merely brushed
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
check-up. Education is important to
raise awareness,” Dr Ko said.
“There could be symptoms that
would indicate a heart condition.
In some people, there may be no
symptoms at all. It is therefore advisable
that people do not take their health for
granted. Early detection can save time,
effort, money and most important of all,
life. GPs are the first point of contact
for people and they will determine the
best course of action for their patients,”
Service to people
Dr Ko believes that true to his
Christian faith and the oath that he took
as a medical professional, his foremost
duty is to the people, especially those
“I am committed to work with those
helping Pacific nations improve their
standards of cardiology treatment. I
hope to visit at least once a year the
Colonial War Memorial Hospital in
Suva and hospitals in Lautoka in other
places. I am confident that Fijians will
eventually have high standards of
medical services and facilities,” he said.
Additional Reading: Our Editorial,
‘Indians should not ignore health
warnings’ under Viewlink on Page 12
and ‘Improper care exposes Indians
to heart diseases’ under Communitylink
on Page 20.
these off as not meeting the ‘threshold
for inciting communal discord.’
It seems that he has conveniently
changed his mind on what such a
‘threshold’ constitutes when this has
concerned the State and its representatives.
We are also appalled with the false
accusations and political commentary
that have emerged from Mr Raj in
defending the statement of Fiji’s Ambassador
to Geneva, Nazhat Shameem
at the 34th Session of the Human
His statement was based on an
inaccurate lengthy version of the
Ambassador’s statement, which the Fiji
Mission in Geneva continued to have
on its website and furthermore made
some serious political commentary and
opinion of what he thinks is true.
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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Truth and Transparency in a world of increasing lies
Accountability and transparency
are increasingly becoming the
focus of corporate governance
and with the promulgation
of stricter laws relating to Anti-Money
Laundering and Countering Financing of
Terrorism (AML/CFT), the compliance
regime is expected to tighten in most
In its Sector Assessment Report released
on April 7, 2017, the Reserve Bank of New
Zealand (RBNZ) rated the overall inherent
rating as ‘High’ for Retail, Business and
Commercial Banking and ‘Medium’ for
Wholesale and Institutional Banking. The
risk for deposit-taking companies was
‘Low,’ while Building Societies and Credit
Unions carried ‘Medium’ risk.
The Bank’s Prudential Supervision Head
Toby Fiennes said that New Zealand’s
banking sector continues to have a
relatively high potential risk because money
launderers and terrorist financiers are more
likely to target financial institutions in that
sector rather than other sectors.
“The sector risk assessment is designed
to help financial institutions to understand
their own exposer to money laundering and
terrorist financing risks better,” he said.
The byword in high places
Accountability has become the byword
in the echelons of corporate governance
as markets become volatile, exposing
companies to heightened risks. The Global
Financial Crisis that began in 2007-2008
taught the single most important lesson:
that accounting policies of companies- both
listed and private – should be strong,
with a robust internal and external audit
system that can send out early alarms. Since
then, governments, especially those that were
compelled to bail out huge corporates that were
failing, to have in place stricter accounting and
There have been developments in the corporate
sector as well, with stakeholders including shareholders
becoming vociferous in their demands
for better accounting and reporting systems and
In the case of New Zealand, the failure of Air
New Zealand in November 2001 and the resultant
$885 million bailout package of the then Labour
government, was seen as an important lesson in
Ten years later (in April 2011), the National
government had to fork out $500 million of
taxpayer money to AMI amidst revelations that
the bill for the failed South Canterbury Finance
had jumped from $900 million to $1.2 billion.
The past decade has seen nothing less than a
revolution in the command centres of capitalism:
corporate boardrooms. The ancien régime of club
ties and long lunches has been swept aside, and
replaced by a new order based on transparency
Dr Rajen Prasad, Ranjna Patel and Vino Ramayah
In her Overview on the Central Government
Audits of 2014-2015 dated December 4, 2015, the
then Controller & Auditor General Lyn Provost
observed the following:
“For the 2014-2015 audits, some government
departments provided annual report information
to my auditors that was late or, if provided on
time, was incomplete or inadequate. The lateness
and poor quality of information and draft reports
initially provided not only created more work
for my auditors but that work also needed to be
completed in a tighter time frame.
“I would like to see more attention being
committed to good quality financial and performance
reporting to ensure that entities provide a
robust and transparent account of themselves to
Parliament and the public in a timely manner.”
The fact that the above observations and many
others are available on the public domain speaks
for the transparency of governance predominant
in New Zealand.
Today, thanks to increasing public scrutiny
and debate, not to overlook the vigilance of the
opposition, no government can get away from the
public eye. That in itself is a tribute to New Zealand’s
penchant for corruption-free government.
There are of course many existing –
some of them new – issues that test the
government’s truthfulness – and these
do not relate to finance.
Private Sector test
How truthful and reliable is the private
sector? Are they fully complaint
with the accounting and disclosure
procedures? Does their tax compliance
alone suffice to certify their good governance?
How can they be encouraged
to subscribe to better accountability,
The Indian Newslink Sir Anand
Satyanand Lecture has been structured
to promote the concept of good
governance in government, public
sector, private undertakings and in our
personal lives. With accountability,
integrity, honesty and transparency as
the core principles, the annual Lecture
series, now in its seventh year, aim to
assess our values.
Our Annual Lecture
Lyn Provost, who retired from
the post of Controller & Auditor
General (CAG) of New Zealand on
January 31, 2017 after completing her
seven-year term, is the Guest Speaker
at this year’s Lecture, scheduled to be
held on Monday, August 7, 2017 at
Alexandra Park, Greenlane, Auckland.
Medtech Global Limited Executive
Chairman Vino Ramayah will be
the Master of Ceremonies, with
‘Perspectives’ and ‘Reflections’ given
respectively by Nirvana Group Director
Ranjna Patel and former Member
of Parliament Dr Rajen Prasad.
We will report more on the theme
of her Lecture in our ensuing editions.
During her term as the CAG, Ms
Provost reported on topics as diverse
as governance, education of Maori,
Auckland Council and the Canterbury
earthquakes, as well as completing a
number of high profile inquiries.
Over those seven years, she
was also Secretary General of
Pacific Association of Supreme Audit
Institutions (PASAI) and a member of
the International Governing Board of
the Vienna based International Organisation
of Supreme Audit Institutions
Immediately prior to her role as the
CAG, she was Deputy Commissioner
of Police for eight years, the first
woman civilian to hold this position.
Ms Povost was also Acting Chief
Executive of Archives New Zealand,
Branch Manager, State Services Commission
and held auditing roles in the
Audit Office, Touche Ross, London
and Pim Goldby, South Africa.
She was recently appointed as a
public member on the International
Auditing and Assurance Standards
Board located in New York and is
the Chair of the Brian Picot Ethical
Leadership Advisory Board.
Lyn is a Chartered Accountant and
is married with two children.
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Fake News wages war on truth
Facebook has launched an
educational campaign on ‘How
to Spot Fake News.’
The campaign will be promoted
in 14 countries, excluding New
A BBC Report said that Facebook
had taken the initiative to help
people become more discerning
“But experts questioned whether
the measure would have any real
impact,” the broadcaster said.
It also quoted Tom Felle, a
Lecturer in Digital Journalism at
City University as saying, “Until
Facebook stops rewarding the architects
of fake news with huge traffic,
the problem will get worse.”
We at Indian Newslink have
always maintained that every story
should be checked and rechecked
for its veracity and genuineness before
it can be included in our digital
and print versions. Our philosophy
has always been ‘It is far better to
be dependable than to be the first all
In this process, we have at times,
let go stories that did not satisfy our
Not that we always get things
But in the modern world of social
media, where every reader and user
can easily become a writer, the risk
of fake news looms large.
Fake news stories have been
around for as long as reported news
has - hysteria-inducing hoaxes
spread in the early days of printed
media and today’s tabloids and
gossip magazines still frequently
publish stories later found to be
untrue - but its online form gained
momentum during the most bizarre
US election in recent memory,
proliferating on Facebook and
Donald Trump stories
As the Economist said, while
Indians should not ignore
Improper and irregular food
habits, inappropriate lifestyle,
lack of exercise and worst of all,
a fatalistic attitude are among
the reasons for the comparatively
unhealthy nature of the Indian
population in New Zealand.
Dr Albert Ko, an Interventional
Cardiologist based at Ascot Hospital
in Greenlane, Auckland told Indian
Newslink during an interview last
week that Indians are also exposed
to higher risk of cardiovascular diseases,
compounded by diabetes and
high cholesterol, which are in turn
triggered by the above mentioned
The result is not a happy state of
In her presentation titled, ‘Challenges
for Asian Health and Asian
Health promotion in New Zealand’
to the Health Promotion Forum of
New Zealand in January 2015, Agnes
Wong, Community Programmes
Development Manager at St John
New Zealand said that successful
Asian health promotion strategies
and initiatives demand good
communication and understanding
of the issues as the foundation for
“Community involvement and
engagement drives the building of
capacity to make decisions and take
culturally appropriate and suitable
some were dissecting stories
of presidential candidate - now
president - Donald Trump’s sexism
and evasiveness around his tax
returns, others were living in a
parallel information universe, where
their Facebook feeds were full of
#pizzagate and the equally false
story of President Obama banning
the Pledge of Allegiance from
“With trust in the media low,
many people now prefer to navigate
the murky waters of online media on
their own – 62% of all Americans
now get their news from social
media, seeing an article posted
to their newsfeed by a friend is,
apparently, confirmation enough of
Facebook, for its part, is changing
its policies after a sluggish response
to false stories before the election.
The company announced this week
that fake news articles in Germany
will be marked as “disputed” ahead
of the country’s elections in the fall.
(Recently, a swirl of fake allegations
began circulating concerning Angela
Merkel, Germany’s chancellor,
who was said to be cavorting with
terrorists.) Articles based on outright
fabrications are just one of the
ways in which news can mislead.
Yet it might also be the easiest,
technologically, to filter out. And
every little helps.
We are hoping that this aspect
of Fake News- how to detect and
combat it – will become a part
of our ongoing discussions on
Good Governance, which is the
quintessential aspect of the Indian
Newslink Sir Anand Satyanand
Lecture. This year’s event will have
the benefit of former Controller &
Auditor General Lyn Provost as the
We would more of these in the
actions, allow for partnerships
to be formed, community needs
to be realised and perpetuate
sustainability of the programme. It
is important that Asian communities
are continually legitimised and empowered
to drive health promotion
initiatives that realise the impact of
engagement approaches to improve
health and reduce future burdens of
disease,” she said.
Recognising the problems
We should move away from a
pathological view and consider
the impacts of systemic issues on
health. Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes
is increasing globally and in
many cases, remains undiagnosed.
South Asians have two to six times
higher prevalence compared to
However, Indians identify a
number of barriers to prevention of
diabetes, including certain health
beliefs and practices relating to
diet, attitudes to physical activity,
religious beliefs, levels of underlying
knowledge about diabetes,
and attitudes to the concept of
It is sad that the growing population
of Indians in New Zealand are
somewhat apathetic towards their
own health. It is time to change the
attitude and enthuse a collective
sense of responsibility.
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PM challenged on increasing
Dr Muriel Newman
New Zealanders are inherently
egalitarian, it is part of
who we are.
It is not surprising
therefore, that we as a society believe in
equality before the law.
We do not want local government or
the country be divided by race.
As a result, whenever communities
are asked to vote on the introduction
of Maori seats on their local councils,
they have rejected it, in many cases,
Under the Local Electoral Act 2001,
if a Council decides to introduce Maori
seats unilaterally, the decision can be
challenged if 5% of the local electors
support the call for a referendum.
The New Plymouth experience
That is what occurred in New
Plymouth in 2015, when locals rejected
the District Council’s Maori Ward
proposal by 83%
In response, Mayor Andrew Judd
called his constituents ‘racists’ and
proposed a law change to stop anyone
else from holding a similar referendum
in the future.
With help from the Maori Party, he
presented a petition (signed only by
himself) to Parliament in May 2016
requesting that the House of Representatives
“consider a law change to make
the establishment of Maori wards on
District Councils follow the same legal
framework as establishing other wards
on District Councils.”
Eroding voters’ rights
In effect, the petition, which is still in
front of the Justice and Electoral Select
Committee would abolish the right of
electors to challenge the introduction of
Mr Judd, who clearly believes that
when it comes to Maori representation,
democracy has no place, says that his
Last fortnight, New Zealander
Robert Martin took up
his position in Geneva as
Spokesperson for Disabled
People on the United Nations Advisory
Committee to the Convention of the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
He created history as the first person
with a learning disability to be a part of
a United Nations Advisory Committee.
Robert is just one example of the
many important ways people with
disabilities are capable of contributing
to our society.
Barriers to employment
About 75% of people with disabilities
want work, and yet are unable
to find anything suitable. They face
significant barriers when attempting to
get a job.
These barriers are not just a lack of
ramps, disabled parking, or accessible
bathrooms – although these can be a
problem as well. One of the greatest
barriers people with disabilities face is
the perception of potential employers.
petition is just the start; he wants half of
all local authority Council representatives
to be Maori.
Following is a letter that I wrote
to Prime Minister Bill English which
appeared as a full- page advertisement
in some Sunday newspapers on April
Dear Prime Minister,
We respectfully ask you to govern
for all New Zealanders – not just the
Maori tribal elite – by stopping the
‘Resource Legislation Amendment Bill’
as currently drafted.
We are referring to the concessions
you have given to the Maori Party
to allow iwi chiefs to sit alongside
elected Council members and officials
and co-govern the private property of
others. Various deals have been done
but the most damaging are the sweeping
new ‘Mana Whakahono a Rohe’
agreements that will permanently force
Councils to kowtow to iwi and hapu.
New Powers to Maori
Your Environment Minister Nick
Smith says that their new powers will
include, “Plan-making, consenting,
appointment of committees, monitoring
and enforcement, bylaws, regulations
and other Council statutory responsibilities.”
That also includes fresh water
according to your Minister.
These agreements with Iwi Leaders
were imposed on the country behind
closed doors. The secret deals were
shaped with no consultation, no
publicity, no warning, and no published
minutes or agendas. By giving iwi seats
at the Council table, you will embed the
Maori world view and spiritualism into
the heart of local government.
This is not what most New Zealanders
What is most galling is that you have
not even asked the community what it
thinks about the Mana Whakahono a
The reality is that there is no
community demand for Iwi Leaders to
co-govern local authorities, but once
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the agreements are in place they will be
there forever – nothing can change or
remove them unless iwi agree.
Councillors and the community
will have no right to end them – even
if 90% of voters decide they are not
working. The fundamental protections
of democracy and the rule of law will
be forever lost.
Constitutional Lawyer Stephen
Franks says, “The Bill entrenches permanent
race privilege and corruption…
The provisions are a major constitutional
change. They subordinate powers
entrusted to elected local governments,
in deliberately obscure words, to
racially inherited power, beyond the
reach of electoral recall.”
Prime Minister, where is your
mandate for these radical changes?
You did not campaign on them at the
last election. For major constitutional
change, such as this, surely there should
be a public referendum process. If you
pass this Bill, you will be betraying the
National Party founding principles and
letting down those who voted for you
We understand that these agreements
were planned before you became Prime
We say that it is now time for you
to step up and show that you intend
to govern for all New Zealanders, not
just the 1.3% that supported the Maori
They are holding you to ransom
because you want to keep power.
But in serving Iwi Leaders, you
are paying for their demands with our
rights, our properties, and, no doubt,
Please stop this Resource Legislation
Amendment Bill now for the sake of all
The above is the edited version of the
views expressed by Dr Muriel Newman,
Director of the New Zealand
Centre for Political Research, in her
web-based free weekly Newsletter,
NZCPR Weekly. For full text, visit
Apprehension blocks employment of disabled
Danielle van Dalen
When considering whether to employ
someone with a disability, no matter
their qualifications, employers are often
fearful of the costs involved.
Costs such as required specialist
equipment, adjustments to the premises,
and that the productivity of an employee
with a disability might be lower than
the productivity of someone without a
In most cases, this feared cost is by
no means the reality. Employees with
a disability have in fact been proven to
bring many benefits to business. These
include; a higher safety rating, better
employee customer relations, and an
ability to be creative problem-solvers.
Moreover, costs for adjusting
workplaces to become more accessible
and buying specialist equipment are
often a one-off, and there is generally
government funding available to help
with the set-up costs.
Of course, this does not mean that
employing people with disabilities will
always be straightforward. The biggest
changes employers might be required
to make is an increase in flexibility
in the processes and structure of the
Employers must understand that a
one-size-fits-all approach is not generally
possible, and the support needed
for a person confined to a wheelchair
can look quite different to the support
required by someone with a learning
Despite these challenges, if employers
are prepared to be a little more
creative and flexible in both their hiring
and business processes they will enable
an important group of the population to
participate and contribute to society in
ways that have often been denied.
Recent conversations with
people with learning disabilities have
convinced me of the importance
of work – not just as a means to an
income, but because it gave them a
sense of purpose, that they were truly
participating in the community they
lived in. These contributions cannot be
People with disabilities, like Robert
Martin, clearly have plenty to offer. In
altering our perceptions and ensuring
that even these normally straightforward
contributions are possible,
perhaps those of us without disabilities
will be reminded of the power even a
seemingly small contribution can have
for all of us.
Danielle van Dalen is a Researcher at
Maxim Institute based in Auckland
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Programme prepares young, confident women leaders
The constant jibe that employers
in government and private
sector do just lip service in
providing equal career opportunities
and equal pay could find a lasting
solution if a programme underway at the
Massey University proves successful.
The ‘Young Women’s Leadership
Programme’ is stated to be tracking well
but it needs nationwide recognition, promotion
and more importantly adoption in
Professor Sarah Leberman, Deputy
Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Massey Business
School and an expert on gender equality,
diversity and other related matters sees
a lack of women in leadership as a
She launched the ‘Young Women’s
Leadership Programme,’ four years ago
to reach young women before they leave
It brings together about 200 Year 12
Professor Sarah Leberman with Mackenzie O'Neill and Kara-Jane Beckham
(Massey News Photo)
students at Massey University’s three
campuses to learn about leadership and
build their confidence and networks.
“Traditionally, people identified as
leaders in school environments are
confident and get noticed – the prefects,
head girls and sports team captains.
I think that we lose a lot of potential
leaders because we do not nurture the
more naturally quiet pupils or those who
do not fit in that box. This programme is
The New Zealand Immigration
Advisers Authority (IAA) has
launched a campaign to inform
South African travel agents
about what immigration assistance they
can legally provide in response to New
Zealand’s visitor visa change for South
Travel agents may receive an increase in
aimed at young women who are not in
leadership positions, but seek to exercise
leadership,” Professor Leberman said.
The first part of the Programme
focuses on leadership concepts, values,
identifying passions, communication and
The second phase puts those skills into
practice by requiring the participants to
deliver a project that makes a difference
requests for immigration help from those
wishing to come to New Zealand.
Agents may not be aware they can only
provide very basic assistance, such as
sharing Immigration New Zealand’s forms
and website, and putting clients in touch
with a licensed immigration adviser or
exempt person if they do not hold a licence
New Zealand immigration advice cannot
be provided without a licence, which
includes advising a person on visa options
or how best to fill out an application form.
Exempt people include current New
to their local community.
Carmel College student Mackenzie
O’Neill sought the Programme to
understand better how to be a good
leader and apply those learnings in her
everyday life. Her community project is
to organise a beach clean-up.
“I hope to build strong relationships
with my project partners to create and
deliver a strong message about the
importance of creating a sustainable
Earth,” she said.
Fellow participant, Kara-Jane
Beckham from Bream Bay College said
that she wanted to broaden her horizons
and be inspired.
“In my school environment, I do not
always get an opportunity to be part of
such large- scale discussions. I have
listened intently and appreciate all the
new information and perspectives to
which I am introduced,” she said.
The young women will return to Massey
in May to report on their projects.
Professor Beckham’s Project also
Zealand lawyers and Immigration New
If a client is unsure where to go for New
Zealand immigration advice, the travel
agent could supply the link to Immigration
New Zealand’s website or the Immigration
Advisers Authority’s free register of
licensed advisers to help the client find a
local licensed adviser.
Do not risk giving or receiving unlawful
immigration advice about New Zealand.
Dishonesty does not pay
If the agent or visa applicant is not
honest with Immigration New Zealand, the
current and future visa applications may
aims to encourage young people to
accept the difference, an issue about
which she has a strong opinion.
“Every person deserves to live
through their own preference and perspective
and I want to show these people
that they are more than what people call
them,” she said.
The Confidence gap
Professor Leberman said that while
there are many organisational and
societal reasons behind the relatively low
number of women in leadership roles,
the ‘Confidence Gap’ can be addressed
at an individual level.
“That is the focus of the Young
Women’s Leadership Programme. It is
filling a need because the programme is
always oversubscribed. When women
go to the workplace, they get paid less
and there are challenges that men do
not seem to face. While there is still a
pay gap one year out from university
graduation, I think we have an issue,”
Professor Leberman said.
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Create a strong password, prepare for the worst
Passwords are now an integral part
of modern urban life.
From email, Facebook account
and mobile phone to laptop passwords,
you or your doorkeepers decide whether
you can access a gadget or service.
An Intel Security 2016 Poll estimated
that a person has 27 discrete online
Webopedia defines password as “A
series of secret characters that enables
a user to access a file, computer or
On multiuser systems, each user
must enter his or her password before
the computer responds to commands.
The password keeps unauthorised
users away. In addition, data files and
programmes may require a password.
Ideally, the password should be
something that nobody could guess.
In practice, most people choose a
password that is easy to remember, such
as their name or their initials. This is one
reason why it is relatively easy to break
into most computer systems.
Despite security breaches and warning
screens that appear while signing
up for new services, we are often slack
about creating secure passwords and
resort to avoidable practices like duplicating
passwords between accounts,
sharing passwords and using common
information that is easy for a malicious
person (or software) to crack.
Here are six easy yet powerful
tips that can help you to protect your
account against hackers and malware
sourced from Webopedia.
Make passwords complex and
impersonal: Leverage both upper and
lowercase letters, symbols and numbers
where applicable. Create random
passwords that cannot be guessed based
on general knowledge others may have
Stanko Tomic, head of engineering,
RoboForm at Siber Systems
Avoid dictionary terms: Dictionary
cracks guess passwords using lists of
common passwords and then move to the
whole dictionary. This is typically much
faster than a brute force attack because
there are far fewer options.
Darren Guccione, CEO and
Co-Founder, Keeper Security, Inc
Think of a phrase from a song, slogan
or jingle: Take the first character from
Change of Guard at AIA, another veteran takes charge
AIA Australia and New Zealand
Chief Executive Officer
Damien Mu has announced
the departure of Natalie Cameron, AIA
New Zealand Chief Executive and
immediate appointment of Graeme
Edwards as Acting Chief Executive
As Natalie Cameron nears the end of
her two-year contract as CEO of AIA
New Zealand, and as part of changes
in the reporting structure between
AIA Australia and AIA New Zealand,
Natalie has decided to accept an option
Graeme Edwards: Warm
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Record new business
During her time with AIA New Zealand, the
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strong results. Her successor Graeme
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delivering significant growth for the
New Zealand business.
He has also built strong relationships
across the market and has a breadth of
knowledge and experience that will
undoubtedly set us up for success in the
Mr Mu said, “Natalie has been a
fantastic contributor to AIA and we
wish her all the best for the future. I am
each word as your password. Try to use
12-14 characters. Add a number and/or
punctuation character to complete it.
Greg Kelley, EnCE, DFCP, Vestige,
Password Manager: If you choose
to use a password manager, you are
effectively creating a single point of
failure for your personal security.
If someone figures out your password
to that, they can then access all your
other passwords. To best secure
your password manager, use a long
password. It need not be complex, but
should be 18+characters.
For example, BlueHouseGreenYard-
Adam Peterson, CEO, VipeCloud
Create Mnemonic: Create strong
passwords by using a mnemonic
to remember them. For instance, a
password for a clothes shopping site
could be Mysizeis08, which is a related
pleased to see the strong succession we
have in place within the organisation
and I look forward to our teams
continuing to deliver the right products
and solutions to our partners that meet
the needs of our customers when they
need it most.”
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full sentence but difficult to crack.
Sanjay Deo, President and Founder,
No Dictionary Please: Do not use
a word from the dictionary. Multiple
words strung together are fine, but not a
Greg Kelley, EnCE, DFCP, Vestige,
It is important to remember that implementing
these or similar suggestions
does not ensure 100% security. Hackers
and malware are getting stronger and
more sophisticated and the battle against
this evil is ongoing.
It is up to us to take adequate precautions,
and be prepared for the worst.
Anand Mokashi is an IT Lecturer,
Consultant and Digital Media
Specialist with a passion for all things
online. Email: anand_mokashi@
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Surrender to Jesus and seek Salvation
Christians celebrate Resurrection
Sunday or Easter as the
Resurrection of Jesus on the
third day after He was nailed
to the Cross in fulfilment of Scripture.
It is the greatest and the oldest feast
on the Christian Calendar worldwide.
Significance of Easter
When we were born, even though
we had not sinned we inherited the sin
of Adam and eternal death by that sin.
Jesus reversed that through His own
death and Resurrection from the dead.
Jesus destroyed the power of Satan
over our lives and took the keys of
Hell from him. (God died for the
ungodly according to scripture in
He thus proved that He alone is the
Lord of the Universe and the only way
to the Father.
Jesus won mankind back to His
Father God so that those accepting
Jesus’ death and Resurrection will
be saved from the wrath to come and
receive the promise of eternal life.
Without Jesus, we have no hope.
What is Salvation?
The Good News of Salvation is that
Jesus, a Jew, did not come to establish
a religion or a cult but a relationship
with everyone who are His creation.
By simply accepting His finished
work on the Cross, believing in
Him that He rose from the dead and
declaring that He is our Lord, we are
Senior Pastors Moses and Alice Singh
The Indian Christian Life Centre
(ICLC) follows this principle of a
relationship with Jesus.
As Senior Pastors, Alice Singh and
I answered the call of God to carry the
Good News of Salvation by coming to
New Zealand and reaching out to the
We have been in Auckland for more
than 20 years.
From a humble beginning of a small
Church in Papatoetoe, we now have
two Campuses, one each at Henderson
and East Tamaki (Auckland).
We are still growing.
A majority of our congregation are
working migrants or students.
They experience the love and power
of the Lord through worship and fellowship
with other believers. They then
get involved in various activities of the
Church and every year, we proclaim
the Gospel on two major feast days of
Christmas and Easter Sunday through
Those like Noah, who obeyed, were alright
Eight-year-old Nicole said that
when Noah said that he had
built an ark, no one believed
him; he loaded all his stuff, it
flooded, and he lived.
A child who once appeared on Art
Linkletter’s TV show, Nicole thought
that the lesson of loading all the animals
two-by-two was obvious: “If you do not
get married, you will be left behind.”Tenyear-old
Jenna said, “We should be more
like Noah, because he was the only
person of his generation who obeyed
the Lord. Even though Noah lived in
a generation described as corrupt and
violent, he found grace in the eyes of the
Lord (Genesis 6).
Corruption and violence: does this
sound like the evening or the morning
“Everyone except Noah was wicked.
He probably had a lot of peer pressure,”
eleven-year-old Maria said.
If Noah lived in our day, late night
comedians would never run out of
material for jokes. Right up until the day
Noah closed the door to the ark, I am sure
that people were telling the latest Noah
jokes. Who but a crackpot would build a
gigantic ship with no water around?
Brittany, 11, said that we learn from
Noah to resist peer pressure and ridicule
by doing what God says: “Even if people
doubt you and say you’re crazy, just
ignore them. Remember, you’re doing it
Talking to God
Noah is described as a just man who
walked with God. Anyone who walks
with God can resist the temptation to go
along with the crowd, even when the
crowd resorts to ridicule.
Another lesson we could learn is,
Uttarakhand performers head
to Auckland for show
Ancient Greek philosopher
Plato once said, “Music
gives a soul to the Universe,
wings to the mind and flight
to the imagination.”
These, plus a range of other emotions
are set to occur at the forthcoming
programme of ‘Baduli 2017,’ presented
by Uttarakhand Association of New
Zealand (UANZ) on Sunday, April
16, 2017 from 1030 am at Avondale
College, located at 51 Victor Street in
Tickets to the event are priced at $30
per person while children under five
years old would have free entry.
Artistes from Uttarakhand
Musicians and singers from the North
Indian state of Uttarakhand will be
entertaining Aucklanders with their live
rendition of traditional, folk and fusion
songs at the forthcoming programme,
which is open to all ethnicities.
UANZ is also proud to be associated
with Starship Foundation and has
shown its support with a donation
earlier this year.
Following are the musicians participating
in Baduli 2017:
Subhash Pandey – a player of Tabla
and Dhol Damau.
Deepak Maher, a vocalist and guitar
player. A former top contestant in
Indian Idol, he is famous for his ‘Pahadi
fusion’ song ‘Bol chitti Kile Ni bhaiji.’
Kishna Bagoht – a standup comedian.
Manglesh Dangwal – a vocalist who
will be presenting folk songs and
traditional music known as ‘Pahadi,’
which is said to be soul-stirring.
Maya Upadhyay – a vocalist and folk
singer who will represent the Kumauni
part of Uttarakhand at the concert.
Pankaj Nath – An Indian flute (Bansuri)
player known for his contribution
to music in Uttarakhand.
Rakesh Bhardwaj – a percussionist
who will be seen playing the Dholak,
Hudka and Morchang. Known for his
song ‘Bedupako,’ Rakesh is the son of
late Shri Chander Singh Rahi who was
a legendary singer of Uttarakhand. He
is also in the band ‘Euphoria’ in his
Virender Negi – a vocalist who also
plays the Keyboard & Harmonium.
Singing in the traditional styles of
Kumauni and Gadwali, his songs have
featured in an internationally awarded
film on Uttarakhand.
UANZ is hopeful that Auckland will
encourage these young artistes of Uttarakhand,
who carry the responsibility
of taking forward the musical journey
and passion of Uttarakhandi culture to
the next generation.
“Don’t laugh at your neighbour because
they might be right,” ten-year-old
The laughter of Noah’s peers stopped
the day it began to rain. The good news
is that God made a covenant (symbolized
by the rainbow) that he would never
again destroy the world by water. The bad
news for the scoffers of this generation is
that the flood is only a token of a greater
judgment to come.
Jesus compared the people of Noah’s
day to the generation who will witness
his triumphant return to the earth. Like
Noah’s generation, they will engage in the
normal activities of life with no thought
worship, music and skits, by dinner.
We cordially invite you to our
Easter/Resurrection Sunday Service on
Sunday, April 16 at 10 am and to our
free evening Easter Production at 6 pm
followed by dinner.
For reservation of individual,
family or group, please call us on (09)
Pastor Moses Singh and his wife
Alice are Senior Pastors at the Indian
Christian Life Centre, 8/23 Springs
Road, East Tamaki, Manukau.
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of an impending judgment by God.
Jesus said that he will return “at an
hour you do not expect” (Matthew
Just as God provided the ark in Noah’s
day, he has prepared a safe haven from
judgment in our day. The floodwaters,
according to the Apostle Peter, symbolise
baptismal waters, and baptism symbolises
salvation through the death, burial and
resurrection of Jesus Christ (I Peter
Carey Kinsolving is an Auckland based
storywriter and the above is a part
of ‘Kids Talk about God’ distributed
by Creators Syndicate. © 2017 Carey
clarifies ‘Aadhaar’ ID rule
Supplied and Sourced Content
The Indian government has
issued a clarification relating
to the use of ‘Aadhaar’ or
Identity Card while filing
Income Tax (IT) Returns.
A notification issued by the Commissioner
of Income Tax, New Delhi
and circulated by the Indian High
Commission in Wellington said that
while those submitting their IT Returns
and while applying for allotment of
Permanent Account Number should
quote their Aadhaar or Enrolment ID,
this clause would be applicable only to
those eligible to obtain the Card.
Resident Indian defined
“It is clarified that such mandatory
quoting of Aadhaar or Enrolment ID
shall apply only to a person who is
eligible to obtain Aadhaar number. As
per the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery
of Financial and Other Subsidies,
Benefits and Services) Act, 2016,
only a resident individual is entitled
to obtain Aadhaar. Resident as per the
said Act means an individual who has
resided in India for a period or periods
amounting in all to one hundred and
eighty-two days or more in the twelve
months immediately preceding the
date of application for enrolment.
Accordingly, the requirement to quote
Aadhaar as per section 139AA of
the Income-tax Act shall not apply
to an individual who is not a resident
as per the Aadhaar Act, 2016,” the
The notification relates to Section
139AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961 as
introduced by the Finance Act, 2017.
Sourced from Wikipedia:
World Bank Chief Economist Paul
Romer described Aadhar as “the most
sophisticated ID programme in world.”
It is the world’s largest biometric ID
system, with more than 1.133 billion
enrolled members as of March 31,
2017. As of this date, more than 99%
of Indians aged 18 and above had been
enrolled in Aadhaar.
Aadhaar is a 12-digit Unique
Identity Number issued to all Indian
residents based on their biometric and
The data is collected by the Unique
Identification Authority of India
(UIDAI), a statutory authority established
on July 12, 2016 by the Indian
government under the Electronics
and Information Technology Ministry
under the provisions of the Aadhaar
No domicile rights
Aadhaar is not a proof of citizenship
and does not grant any rights to
domicile in India.
Prior to the enactment of the Act,
UIDAI functioned as an attached office
of Planning Commission (now NITI
Aayog) since 28 January 2009.
On March 3, 2016, a money bill
was introduced to Parliament to give
legislative backing to Aadhaar. On
March 11, 2016, the Aadhaar Act
2016 was passed in the Lok Sabha
and notified in the Gazette of India on
March 26, 2016.
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Model of the Fortnight
The bond from above is eternally strong
give, the more
you get,” is
the belief of
Aarti Singh, our
Model of the Fortnight.
That was what her mother taught
Aarti during her formative years.
Her mother has a deep attachment
with God and expresses it by helping
others with her big generous heart.
Aarti is happy to say what she
believes; “One day when God is happy
with your effort, He will surely grant
Listening to her mother made Aarti’s
connection with God stronger as she
She is grateful to be taught right from
When Aarti first heard about ‘Miss
Five Crowns New Zealand,’ she was
inspired by the promise that the contest
would make her confidence level strong
and that the funds raised would go to
Aarti found this pageant unique as it
was open to all.
After meeting with her fellow
contestants, Aarti realised this was
not just about who gets a crown. The
atmosphere and the embracement was
so sweet and tender that it did not feel
like a competition.
“We are like a big family and the
organisers kept the strings tight and
strong for us to hold on. I learnt a lot
from my journey in ‘Miss Five Crowns
New Zealand’ and would not change a
thing,” she said.
Aarti feels blessed that she was a part
of a beautiful fairytale.
Her goal in life is to become successful
not only in wealth but also in those
little moments where love, laughter and
happiness are located.
Pam Cummings is Director of Miss
Five Crowns New Zealand and a
member of the Panel of Judges of
the Indian Newslink Indian Sports
Photography: Rochel Nilendra
Waitakere Indians add colour to multiculturalism
An enthusiastic crowd of
more than 4000 men,
women and children of all
faiths enjoyed traditional
Indian food, music and dancing at
the 12th Annual Holi Mela at Trusts
Arena, Henderson, on Sunday, March
Holi is a traditional Hindu festival to
celebrate the beginning of spring with
its abundant colours and vibrant life.
Using colourful Gulal powder and
water, participants painted themselves
with the hues of the season and learned
more about this Hindu tradition.
The Waitakere Indian Association
(WIA) is a community organisation
made up of diverse people working
side-by-side to strengthen the
community in West Auckland. The
Holi Festival is one of several events
organised by the Cultural Engagement
Committee of WIA, a volunteer-led
group created to celebrate the customs
and traditions of different cultures in
our increasingly diverse community.
Everyone therefore feels connected
and welcome at the WIA.
“We are proud to host such a festive
celebration at WIA. The event was a
great success thanks in large part to our
committee volunteers, who organise
initiatives that celebrate the diverse
cultures of our community,” Association
President Mahendra Sharma said.
“It has been the motto and effort
of Waitakere Indian Association to
promote diversity in our area. Now
The one occasion when leaders wear red, blue and grey together
Holi is now a Festival for all communities
Waitakere Holi Mela has developed into
an event not only for Indians but also
for the wider New Zealand community.
Celebrating the festival of colours in
our diversely cultural city is a way to
continue building better relations with
the community,” he added.
Mr Sharma said that migrants,
especially those who integrate and work
with the wider community, have added
colour to the cultural landscape of the
“WIA has built bridges with the local
Maori Community and we are proud to
say that we work together well,” he said.
WIA has mounted community patrol
in and around Henderson, and will be
providing Indian Wardens to enhance
confidence and law and order in our
“Waitakere Indian Association
is committed to increasing cultural
engagement within our communities,”
8000 hands go up in celebration
Councillor Penny Hulse said, speaking
on behalf of the Auckland Council and
The Trusts Charitable Foundation.
Peter Chan, Vice Chair of Henderson-Massey
Local board was also
Pacific Peoples Minister Alfred
Ngaro said, “We believe that with a
greater understanding and acceptance
of our differences, we can grow into a
stronger, more supportive community
where individuals feel comfortable
being themselves and have every
opportunity to thrive.”
People’s People speak
Members of Parliament Kanwaljit
Singh Bakshi, Melissa Lee and Dr
Parmjeet Parmar were also present.
Leader of the Opposition Hon
Andrew Little thanked the Waitakere
Indian Association for bringing the Holi
event together where not just Indian
community but also other communities
come together and showcase the true
diversity of the changing face of New
He was joined by his Parliamentary
colleagues Phil Twyford, Michael
Wood and Carmel Sepuloni and the
Party’s Maungakiekie candidate in the
forthcoming general election Priyanca
Representing New Zealand First
Leader Winston Peters, Member of
Parliament Mahesh Bindra acknowledged
WIA as pioneers in celebrating
Holi with the wider community.
Radio Tarana Managing Director
Robert Khan praised WIA for being
community- focused and providing
opportunities for other communities to
learn more about the Indian culture.
“It is important to me that our
families know and love people of
all cultures. The more we know and
understand each other, the more love
there is to share,” he said.
For more information, videos and
photographs of the event, please visit
the Facebook page of the Waitakere
Sunil Kaushal is Vice-President of
Waitakere Indian Association.
APRIL 15, 2017
The ‘Happy Swamy’ is coming again!
minds and hearts open,” is the
belief of a spiritual leader who is
scheduled to conduct three nightly
discourses in English in Auckland
known affectionately as ‘The
Happy Swamy,’ will speak on
three illuminating subjects at the
Fickling Convention Centre, 546
Mt Albert Road, Three Kings to a
discerning audience from May 1
to May 3, 2017.
He will speak on ‘How to
negotiate through life wearing
multiple hats’ on May 1, on
‘Living in the present’ on May 2
and on ‘Maintaining a Balanced
Diet’ on May 3.
The programme will be held
each night from 730 pm to 9 pm.
Entry is free for all but by
registration at the venue at 7 pm.
Humorous and Practical
A disciple of the late Swami
ANZ Staff give a facelift
of the Sandeepany Sadhanalaya
to charity home
(Powai). The Inter-Cultural Open
University of the Netherlands Staff Reporter
honoured him with a Doctorate email@example.com
in 1999,” they said.
Swami Anubhavananda’s Demonstrating their
discourses on Bhagavad Gita,
community spirit, a
the Upanishads, Srimad Bhagavatam,
Patanjali Yoga Sutras,
ANZ Bank spent
group of staff from
‘The Happy’ Swami Anubhavananda
Panchadasi, Ambrutanubhav and a day at a charity home in
Chinmayananda, he has been a
regular visitor to New Zealand
for almost a decade and his
discourses are always punctuated
by humour and practical tips.
Rajendran and Shanta Naidu
of the New Zealand Vedanta
Education Society Inc, which is
organising the discourses, said
that Swami Anubhavananda is
a man of high erudition, with
relevance to the modern world.
“He is a visiting faculty
member for teaching Management,
Yoga and Vedanta at the
Birla Institute of Technology and
Science (based in Pilani in the
North Indian State of Rajasthan)
and Kaivalyaham (Lonavala
in Maharashtra). He was
earlier the Acharya (Principal)
Tripura Rahasya have endeared
him to listeners all over the
“His sparkling series titled,
‘Mauj Me Raho’ and his camps
for children, youth and adults
have made him the most sought
after speaker on Vedanta today,”
Mr Naidu said.
Further details can be
obtained from Rajendran
and Shanta Naidu on (09)
8286785, 021-0303645 or
021-02500197; E-mail: raja.8@
xtra.co.nz; Suresh Thiagarajah
on 022-1066188; Vel Konar
on 021-0438886; Nesa Malar
on 021-539010; Subbiah Mahalingam
on (09) 5799094 or
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Auckland on Friday, March 31,
The ANZ men and women,
representing a cross-section of
ethnicities and cultures through
their ‘Indian Networking
Group,’ dirtied their hands
painting the exterior walls
and cleaning the main hall of
Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust,
located in Mt Roskill.
It was a part of the ‘ANZ in
the Community Campaign,’
through which the Bank encourages
its employees to undertake
tasks at a venue of their choice
to promote community service
for a day every year. As well as
rendering valuable service as
volunteers, the Campaign also
demonstrates commitment of
ANZ and its staff to various
The ‘ANZ Indian Networking Group’ at Bharatiya Samaj
year, to help a local organisation
or charity, collectively spending
more than 15,000 hours in their
Leader Hetal Jani said that the
Indian Networking Group is a
part of the Bank’s ‘Diversity &
Inclusion Initiative,’ keen to reinforce
ANZ’s continuing effort in
supporting the Indian community
in New Zealand.
“We wanted to utilise our time
and efforts in to doing something
worthwhile for the Indian community
and therefore approached
Bhartiya Samaj, as they are a notfor-profit
organisation engaged in
serving the Indian community.
Committee includes many
Ramji, who was elected IANZ
This is in addition to
“We had perfect weather, were
prominent citizens and a few new President, said.
community work that many of full of enthusiasm and energy and
persons. “The new name reflects the IANZ is building a new
them undertake on their personal overall it was a very rewarding
fast-changing profile of the Indian multi-storey headquarters on the initiative outside their working day for all of us to be able to
diaspora and better represents the property located at 25 Tui Road. hours.
make the difference. We hope that
association’s influence in the
community and the direction in
which we are moving,” Suresh
Work started last month and
the new building is expected to be
ready by the end of the year.
As reported in these columns
from time to time, all ANZ
staff have one work day each
people visiting the community
hall will appreciate the clean, new
look,” she said.
Name change for Manukau Indian Association
The Manukau Indian Association
(MIA) will henceforth be
known as the ‘Indian Association of
New Zealand’ (IANZ).
The decision was taken by a
unanimous vote at the Association’s
Annual General Meeting held on
April 2, 2017. The new Executive
Rani Nalam, a member of the
ANZ staff, who always contacts
us for suggestions, went a step further
by engaging a builder known
to her to visit the Bhartiya Samaj
premises earlier and help establish
the quantity of paint, brushes and
other materials required for their
day out doing voluntary work.
Bhartiya Samaj Charitable
Trust Founder-Chairman Jeet
Suchdev said that the hall had not
been painted for more than ten
“We are grateful to the ANZ
team for their valuable time and
efforts. We rely on the younger
generation like them to take the
initiative and help,” he said.
ANZ staff also got to interact
with a few senior citizens present
on the day.
-From a Report by Devika
Manager (Marketing & Consumer
Strategy) ANZ Bank.
APRIL 15, 2017
Discover your Divinity and true self
As creatures of this earth, we
all want something; desires
alone express as life; but
as human beings, it is only
our prerogative to become someone in
We have dreams, aspirations and
ambitions in our lives.
They motivate us to achieve and
give us goals to reach.
These goals, when fulfilled, add
meaning to our lives.
Some want to be a mother, others
an engineer while others a psychiatrist
and so on.
Whatever be our goals we set out
to achieve, we find ourselves fighting
against three factors. They are 1.
Competition – with others who want
the same thing as us 2. Time – Meeting
deadlines and expected timelines
for certain goals to be achieved and
3. Mind – Our own mind and its
tendencies to deviate from our goals.
In order to overcome these
challenges, we find some performance
indicators are kept in front of us that
us help in (a) Mapping what is needed
to reach the goal (b) Keeping our
performance on track with our goals
set and (c) Bringing out our potential
at work by aiming higher than we ever
Despite such motivators, we find that
after many attempts at becoming, a few
of us either end up envying the success
of others or even worse many of us
begin to see a lesser man in the mirror
than he had hoped to be.
This surely cannot be the fate of one
who is the crown of creation, can it?
Thankfully, this is not the case.
Life in Standard Definition
Such success and apparent failures
need not define us.
Often, the performance indicators
used are based on external measures
and are not flexible enough to accommodate
the uniqueness of the performer.
Hence, even if it brings an above
average amount of success, this is
usually accompanied by a huge amount
of stress as well.
These indicators do not inspire us to
perform great deeds.
These indicators are not just seen in
businesses; nay, they are reflected in
every field of our life – social, moral,
religious or ethical.
We are seen constantly measuring
ourselves; our worth, our upbringing,
and our choices through the standards
These expectations put pressure on
ourselves but the real harm is; it makes
us believe that we are inadequate and
incomplete if we do not conform.
Life in High Definition
The blooming of a flower from
being a closed bud cannot be forced
It is only through an internal
unfoldment that the bud can reach its
Yes, the flower needs water, healthy
soil, good sunlight and constant care
of the gardener; all of which it borrows
from its surroundings but none of them
can make the bud bloom by their will.
However, it is not by wishing the
world has no expectations off us, that
we are able to reach our best, but by
assimilating all that is good from the
The world’s religions, when carefully
and sincerely studied by man who thus
wants to bloom like the bud, reveals
the techniques towards reaching such
In the Vedas, the sacred abode of
knowledge referred to by the Hindus,
we find the mightiest of declarations:
“Shrinvantu Vishwe Amritasya Putra”
(in Shvetāshvatara Upanishad, Chapter
II, Verse 5, meaning, “Listen, O the
children of immortality the world
The implication is that each being is
potentially perfect but ignorant of his or
her own potential. Their entire journey in
life is to therefore take whatever is best
from the happenings around them and
with the help of the scriptures as a guide,
rediscover their full potential in life.
Aggravated robbery leaves aged woman traumatised
But family praises Police for timely help
An aged Indian woman is
still in trauma ten days after
she was tied, gagged and
threatened with murder by a
gang of robbers in her Auckland home
on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
Her son-in-law, who narrated the
incident on conditions of anonymity,
said that the 81-year-old victim braved
the incident but being alone at the time
of the aggravated robbery, felt very
vulnerable at the time of the incident.
“One of them told me to go into a
room and said, “If you do not obey, we
will shoot you.”
Following is the edited version of the
incident as told by the son-in-law, known
to Indian Newslink for several years.
Laxmikant Pyarelal Musical
Evening next month
Immortal melodies of
Laxmikant Pyarelal, one of the
most popular musical duo ever
produced by the Hindi film
industry will be heard in Auckland
Titled, ‘Suneheri Yaadein’
(Golden Memories), the programme
is being orqanised by the Auckland
based ‘Swar Sadhana Academy
of Music’ in association with
Ravi Shetty on Saturday, May 20,
2017 at Dorothy Winstone Centre,
We have an open planned kitchen with
a lounge at the entrance of our house.
On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, my
mother-in-law (81) was alone at home.
She is always careful, never opens the
door to any strangers and looks through
the bifold glass on the window for any
At about 1 pm, a man knocked on
the door; my mother-in-law saw him
through the blindfold over the glass
window and asked him to go away. He
About 20 minutes later, the main door
was knocked down and she saw a huge
man standing in front of her. Whilst
another man ran into the house, this man
removed the bangle from her hands,
pulled one of her earrings making her ear
bleed, pulled her scapular
Auckland Girls Grammar School.
The group of singers includes
Arun Khotkar, Ashish Ramkrishnan,
Ekta Kumar, Guncha Singh,
Joseph Jose, Kanik Mongia, Kanika
Diesh, Kavita Lamba, Neel Patel,
Ravi Shetty, Ritika Badakere,
Sandhya Badakere, Siddhi Nigudkar,
Srishaa Iyer and Vibha Trivedi.
Sandhya Badakere, who is
organising the event, said that
selection of songs of the masters
posed a challenge.
“Laxmikant and Pyarelal have
composed thousands of songs for
films in their long career. Many
from her neck, perhaps hoping to find
Threat to kill
He tied her hands and legs with tea
towels and made her lie down on the
floor facing the ceiling. “Do not make
any noise or I will shoot you,” he said,
although he did not brandish any gun
My mother-in-law said, “Take
whatever you want, do not harm me.”
He then went to the two bedrooms,
returned to her and asked for gold and
“We do not keep money or jewellery
at home but in the safe-deposit locker,”
The man then helped my mother-inlaw
get up and took her to the bathroom,
ordered her not to come out if she valued
her life. While she remained in the
of the songs are not only still
popular but also contributed to
the success of the films for which
they composed. Among the songs
that we have included in our
forthcoming programme include
Aan Milo Sajana, Bobby, Dosti,
Imtihaan, Karz and Satyam Shivam
Sundaram. A part of the proceeds
will be donated to Parkinson’s New
Zealand,” she said.
Tickets, priced at $20 are
available at Yogiji Food Mart and
Auckland Indian Sweets. Further
details can be obtained on (09)
bathroom and managed to have a sip of
water since she was very thirsty, the two
men ransacked the house and took gold
Tense 45 minutes
My mother-in-law stood in the
bathroom for about 45 minutes; she was
frightened that after looting the house,
the two men will kill her.
As she did not hear any noise for a
long time, she gathered courage, prayed
and peeped through the keyhole of the
door. As there was no one, she moved
toward the bedroom, and called me at
work to say what had happened.
I immediately called the Police on the
emergency number 111 and rushed to
Police officials arrive
The Police were at home when I
reached. Soon thereafter, an Ambulance
His Master’s Voice
This is no false promise made to us,
as it has been proven time and again
through the presence of many Masters
appearing in various forms under many
These great souls, are said to have
realized their own true potential
and even though they appear to the
uninitiated, to be nothing more than
ordinary, it is this very humbling quality
in them that shines the brightest and
sets them apart.
It is our great fortune to have among
us one such soul in the form of His
Holiness Swami Swaroopananda,
the direct disciple of His Holiness
Swami Chinmayananda and the current
Spiritual Head of Chinmaya Mission
Swamiji, as addressed with reverence,
is at once a Master of Vedanta, a
revered and compassionate teacher, an
enchanting orator who possesses all the
qualities that the scriptures describe as
the ‘person of steady wisdom’, who is
learned in the theory and also a man of
His wisdom is deeply rooted in the
timeless Knowledge of the Upanishads
and his skill in delivering that
experience in a tangible form is unique
Krishna’s Powerful Instructions
KPI – Krishna’s Powerful Instructions
are a series of free public talks
in English scheduled to be held Green
Bay High School Performing Arts
Centre, 161 Godley Road, Green Bay
from April 23 to April 27, 2017 from
730 pm to 9 pm.
The series provide an opportunity
to listen to this Master and take on a
journey into the depths of your own
divinity only to rediscover who you
really are when all the labels given by
the world are removed.
The power of Knowledge can
liberate us from our sense of limitation
and take us to a higher standard of life.
Do not miss this rare opportunity.
Swami Atulananda Saraswati is
Resident Teacher and Spiritual
Guide at Chinmaya Mission based
in Auckland. He also oversees the
activities of the Chinmaya Centres in
Nelson and Wellington.
for a medical check-up. My motherin-law
was taken to the residence of a
friend where a woman detective took her
Later, many detectives and forensic
staff arrived and spent several hours
surveying the house and collecting
The next day, an official of the Victim
Support Unit spoke to my mother-in-law.
The past five days have been traumatic
for all of us at home.
My mother-in-law has now lost her
confidence and does not want to go to
the nearby place of worship, since she
fears that she would be watched and
I am thankful to the Police for their
timely presence and assistance.
APRIL 15, 2017
Music, Dance, Hip Hop and all that Jazz
Over the past four years,
one question would
inevitably be raised
during our meetings
with Shanti Ravi and
her husband Ravichandran (Ravi)
Tanjore at numerous music and dance
concerts and social gatherings, “When
would Abhishek (their son) present his
Bharata Natyam Arangetram?”
The answer would always be, “In
Last weekend, they gratified their
large circle of friends and well-wishers
with invitations for a double event – the
Upanayanam (Thread Ceremony) of
Abhishek at the Ganesha Temple in
Papakura at 1050 am followed by
Powhiri at the Papakura Marae at 1230
pm on April 30 and his Bharata Natyam
Arangetram at Dorothy Winstone
Centre, Auckland Girls Grammar
School on May 6.
The Five Elements
The Ravis were tight-lipped about
the items that the teenager would
present on his big day on stage but
the invitation suggested that it would
be based on the five elements that
constitute the Universe and the human
body- Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth.
The invitation quoted Vedanta Teacher
Ananya Chaitanya as saying that
the macro-cosmic rhythm that pulsates
through the five elements is mirrored in
the micro-cosmic self.
“The Universe resonates a cosmic
dance-rhythmic in beat, cyclical in
item, expansive in space. Eons and
ages, day and night, birth and death,
raga (mood) and rasa (essence), all
originate out of that cosmic dance- the
dance of Shiva. Let us participate in
this Divine dance to rejoice and reflect,
with the awareness of Ishwara (Shiva),”
Born and raised in a family dedicated
to human traits of compassion, friendship,
social networking and religious
fervour, Abhishek evinced interest in
performing arts early in his life but his
passion for Bharata Natyam surfaced
in 2011, when he was eight years old.
Since then, he has not only been an
ardent student of Anuradha Ramkumar,
Abhishek poses as Nataraja, the
ensemble of the five elements
As Krishna, Abhishek symbolises the King
of the Flute
Principal and Director of ‘Nrityabhinaya,’
better known as Anuradha’s
School of Indian Dances but also an
enthusiastic participant in a number of
solo and group events.
Abhishek is also learning Jazz,
Contemporary and Hip-hop at ‘The
Dance Studio,’ and has been involved
in Bollywood dance groups at his
schools. As well being a member of
the ‘Accelerated Academic Group’ at
Mt Roskill Intermediate School, his
academic achievements have also been
a source of pride and joy to his parents
The list of his capabilities encompasses
musical instruments (Guitar,
Drums), awards and citations cover
theatre, dance, sports and academia.
Versatility defines the personality
of a person, transcending barriers
of language, nationality and other
The forthcoming Bharata Natyam
Arangetram of Abhishek could be
a redefining moment in his life and
career, both of which hold promising
Dry among Spraying Mountains
An Indo-Fijian Short Story, Second of Three Parts
An hour ago, Pal had lain in
the middle of his sugarcane
farm on the wooden planks.
Pal had previously lain on
the wooden planks when his newlywed
daughter had fled her marital home to
seek refuge at his door.
“Womaniser, party freak, alcoholic,”
were the words associated with the man
Pal had chosen for his daughter.
But Pal had opted to go blind.
He had chosen to become deaf. The
only thoughts he had were the comfy,
shimmering life which awaited his
Consequently, the return of his
daughter made Pal speechless.
His tongue would not budge as his
eyes were glued to the pinkish flesh
with traces of charcoal black marks on
the very fingers which he had kissed
passionately when she had completed
her first doily at the age of ten.
Pal had imagined her daughter to be
someone very special who could spin
incredibly unique patterns of doilies out
of ordinary cotton threads.
This led Pal to seek a groom who
he could believe to be equally special.
The speciality of Pal’s chosen one was
that at the age of 27, he was selling
and buying real estate like one plucks
a basket of lemons from their orchard
one fine Saturday morning, puts them
for sale by the roadside and within an
hour departs home with their pockets
full of jingling silver and bronze coins.
Uttering the expletive again, Pal
hissed at the sea of fountains as he
rested on the wooden planks. As
usual, the sea of fountains tolerated his
cursing without any complain. They
never complained. They knew that Pal
was only able to wed his daughter with
all the pomp he could afford because
they existed. Hence they stood tall and
An hour ago, Pal had lain in the
middle of his sugarcane farm on the
Pal had lain on the wooden planks
after paying a visit to his teenage son
in the nearby industrial town 15 miles
away. His son’s body covered in sweat
from the midday blazing temperature
and thereafter his body soaked from
the afternoon pour flashed Pal’s youth
in front of him as he stood at a distance
watching him. His tongue flicked inside
his mouth as he struggled to converse
with his son when they caught up, at
the end of the day.
His son’s skinny legs which swayed
an inch with every step he took with the
sack load upon his shoulders made Pal
wonder if his life was repentance for
sins he did not know he committed. Pal
screamed his lungs out the expletive
word once he returned home to face the
sea of fountains.
The sea of fountains gaily swayed in
the cool evening breeze brought by the
afternoon shower. They had bestowed
Bharat Sundar Carnatic Music Concert due
A student of Vidwan P S Narayanaswami,
Bharat started learning Carnatic
music when he was six years old from
Gayathri Mahesh, a senior disciple
of veteran vocalist O S Thiagarajan.
He continued lessons with Leelavathi
Gopalakrishnan, a disciple of T S
Balu, who in turn, was a sishya of G N
Bharat has received specialised
instruction in pallavi from Trichy
Pal the opportunity of raising his only
son who was at least breathing fine in
front of Pal. So once again, 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 line ‘an hour ago,’ (present time),
relates to 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
J Venkatraman and Srimushnam
He is also learning percussion.
Tickets for the programme, priced at
$30 (Reserved Seat), $15 (Adult) and
$10 (Senior or Child) are now on sale.
For details, please contact Govardhan
Mallela on (09) 6245922, Sankar
Pattabiraman on (09) 5791556 or Priya
Srinivasan on 021-613155. Email:
widely reviewed Carnatic
musician is due to present
his Concert in Auckland next
K Bharat Sundar will perform a
number of ragas at the Raye Freedman
Art Centre of Epsom Girls Grammar
School, Silver Road, Epsom on
Saturday, April 22, 2017.
Rasikas New Zealand and Sangeetha
Bharathi Music School are organising
the musical performance that will
commence at 530 pm.
Parur MS Ananthakrishnan and Melakaveri
K Balaji will accompany him
respectively on Violin and Mridangam.
Reviewing a concert, The Hindu
said, “Whether it is dexterity of voice,
a good sense of the kriti, manodharma
in raga alapana, neraval and
kalpanaswaram, talakattu or concert
craft, Bharat Sundar has all of these
ingredients in good measure.”
The young artiste is noted for the
brilliance of his alapana, and his brave
exploration of ragas beyond conventional
He has also regularly displayed
felicity and pleasant aesthetics in the
way he articulates lyrics and sangatis.
Critics agree that Bharat Sundar
has a good voice with a nice range,
impressive articulation, and adherence
to the specific kalapramana of the
“Evident in his concerts are good
training, attitude and manodharma. For
one so young, his music is mature,”
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APRIL 15, 2017
Use the photos to find the answer: itkeeps things together
Queen Victoria first learned of her royal destiny
when she was 10 years of age, and although
there are several different versions to her initial
reaction, according to her German governess
and confidante Louise Lehzen – about whom
the young princess once confided in her diary,
“My dearest and best Lehzen, for Irequire a
great deal of care still” – Victoria, an only child,
responded to her future role with the solemn
pronouncement replicated in the addition sum.
Spot the 10 Differences
“I’ll double check with the manager...but I’m fairly confident clown shoes only come in one size”
SNAP DECISION No. 013
In the addition sum shown different letters
correspond to different digits. Rewrite the
addition sum using the following digits:
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 9
Solution to Attemptation No.012
O H P E B *
2 3 4 5 6 7
JUMBLE No. 1746 SUDOKU No. 1067 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.
16 Words Good
20 Words Very Good
24 Words Excellent
28 Words Genius
SOLUTION TO 1745
canoe canon care
cero cone conure
core corn cornu cran
crane crone cure
ecru nacre nonce
nuance ocean ocrea
once ounce race
CROSSWORD No. 11915
11 One who tends
17 Off the right path
20 Historical periods
24 Main artery
28 Man’s name
32 Before (poet)
34 French port
43 Strikes with aheavy
1 Not so much
3 Scottish lakes
5 Light shoe
7 Slight error
Crossword No. 11914
10 Without symmetry
12 Brave man
13 Food of Italian origin
15 Communion table
16 Horse (poet)
18 Affirmative answer
21 Carrying weapons
23 Pursue in order to
25 Curved line
1 Two pig stealers will get
4 Makes an outline of a
game, we hear (6)
9 Thought I’d no
10 Serious enough to
resent achange (7)
11 Did it flow divinely from
the choir? (5)
12 Twoprepare to take the
representative in a
maiden voyage (5)
18 Atopless specimen is
quite enough (5)
19 The devil of amatch (7)
21 Adevice that has some
current attraction (13)
22 Insist upon alock
being put back (6)
23 Although he keeps
where he is (6)
took adevious course
2 Youthful soothsayers,
biblically speaking (5,8)
3 Girl involving one in
T R A C T N E C T A R
O L A R G O A G E
J A C O B A C T M O T
D S O L I T U D E R
C I D E R T U N A I
H E A R G R I D D L E
A R M E A N S R V
M U T T O N E M A T E
P A V E R S E W E R
A O P E R E T T A M
G A G D O N E G Y P T
N I L U T T E R L
E R E C T S R E B E L
love entanglement (5)
5 Make anew adjustment
for the back row,bythe
sound of it (7)
6 Animaginative air-trip?
7 Dispatched with railway
8 Before the end of the
day, the trial will make
you irritable (5)
13 Somehow trace an
alternative producer ...
29 Bovine animals
30 Glossy fabric
33 Make merry
35 Separate articles
39 Principle governing
15 ... indispensable for
one who is filming (6)
16 This craft will upset the
17 As aculinary device, it
causes some friction
20 Land-line shown on the
Sudoku No. 1066 Cryptic No. 17565
7Order; 8Raise; 9Mar; 10
Sweetmeat; 11 Unsaid; 12
Abuser; 15Armistice; 17
21 Shoe repairer.
10 Shipshape; 13 Slate; 14
Divine; 16 Meath;
Snap Decision No. 012 What’s Different No. 022 Attemptation No. 012
1. Partition different colour
2. The word “have” is missing
3. Persons top is different colour
4. Extra note on wall
5. Drawer missing
6. Number on screen different
7. Partition higher
8. Pencil missing
9. Seat backrest different colour
10. Computer screen missing in
O H P E B *
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APRIL 15, 2017
Justifiable Awards to the
worthy in Cricket
Kane Williamson capped
off his first year as captain
of New Zealand cricket in
all formats by winning big
at the annual New Zealand Cricket
The 26-year-old was named ‘New
Zealand’s Player of the Year’ and
was awarded the ‘Sir Richard Hadlee
Medal’ for a second successive year.
This followed his 17th Test century
at Hamilton in the final test of the
summer against South Africa.
The ton made him the joint highest
century maker along with batting
legend Martin Crowe. Williamson
also won the Redpath Cup (first-class
batting) and the best T-20 player for
Otago’s left arm seamer Neil Wagner
won the Test player of the year.
He picked up 56 wickets over the
season and featured in 13 of the 14 tests
the Black Caps played.
In the process, he became the second
fastest New Zealand bowler to 100
wickets after Sir Richard Hadlee. What
stood out with Wagner was his fitness,
and unrelenting toil whilst attacking the
batsman with short pitch bowling.
Auckland opener Martin Guptill won
the best ‘One Day International Player
of the Year’ title. He was the most
prolific New Zealand batsman in the
shorter version of the game and scored
570 runs at 47.50 over the international
His test match form remains
scratchy, but there is no denying he is
one of best ODI batsman going around.
Guptill’s successful summer also
earned him a contract with King’s 11
Punjab in the latest edition of the Indian
Premier League (IPL-10).
Auckland wicket keeper Glen Phillipps
won the ‘T20 Domestic Player of
the Year Award.’ Phillips came close to
selection for the Black Caps this season
and also missed out being picked up at
the IPL auction.
But there is no denying that he is a
name to watch out for in the future.
Caterbury’s Amy Satterthwaite
scored four consecutive ODI centuries
on course to be named the ‘Women’s
ODI Player of the Year.’
Women’s Team Captain Suzie Bates
won the ‘Women’s T20 Player of the
Year Award.’ Her form in T-20 cricket
has seen her become a major attraction
in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL)
Looking ahead, the Black Caps’ next
international assignment is the Champions
Trophy in England beginning on
June 1, 2017.
A majority of that team would
have just come off playing at the IPL,
making them fit and a dangerous
proposition at the prestigious eight
New Zealand cricket fans will expect
no less than a second Champions
Trophy victory for the Black Caps.
Hawke’s Bay Cup remains
with Vantage Black Sticks
The Vantage Black Sticks women
have retained the Hawke’s
Bay Cup by defeating Japan
three nil in the final match of
the 2017 Vantage Hawke’s Bay Festival
of Hockey played in Hastings, New
Zealand on Sunday, April 9, 2017.
New Zealand was the top qualifier
from pool play with 3 wins from their 6
matches. Japan also had 3 wins but had
lost 3 games to finish two points behind
in second place. This year’s final was a
repeat of 2016 where the Black Sticks
beat Japan 2-1.
The Black Sticks were on the
scoreboard in the fifth minute when
Rachel McCann beat the keeper with
a great shot. They were unlucky not to
be two up, after Kirsten Pearce had a
goal disallowed when the umpires ruled
the ball had hit a foot on its way into
The second half was punctuated by
tenacious defence from both sides as
they went searching for a goal.
Japan lost Mami Ichitani to a leg
injury in the 35th minute.
Japan pushed forward in search of
the equaliser and Black Sticks Keeper
Sally Rutherford was called into action
on a number of occasions.
She saved two cracking shots that
were shoulder height and goalward
bound by pushing the ball wide. Then
she did enough to scramble the ball
clear to avert the danger from a penalty
New Zealand had a clean finish against Japan
(Photos courtesy Ned Dawson/Vantage
Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey)
The match was decided in the Black
Sticks favour when they scored two
goals in the 57th minute.
The first went to Rose Keddell who
placed a reverse stick shot high into
the left-hand corner of the Japan goal
and then captain Olivia Merry got on
the scoresheet when a cross from the
left side wasn’t dealt with by the Japan
defence and she pushed the ball into
The Black Sticks are the first team
to win the Vantage Hawke’s Bay Cup
twice in its four- year history.
Half time score: Vantage Black
Sticks 1 Japan 0
Final score: Vantage Black Sticks 3
(Rachel McCann, Rose Keddell, Olivia
Merry) Japan 0
2017 final placings: Vantage Black
Sticks 1st, Japan 2nd, Australia 3rd,
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