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Labour’s Immigration Policy musters support
Never has there been an issue
on which three important political
parties find themselves
on the same page, albeit
singing a different note, as they have
been on immigration.
New Zealand First has always called
for severe curbs on ‘who we should take,’
while National has imposed income
thresholds that will automatically bring
down the number of migrant intake.
The Labour Party has gone a step
further to announce a serious reduction in
numbers, spelling out areas of limitations
and region-biased visas to combat the
severe housing and other shortages
experienced by Auckland, orchestrated
by unchecked settlement of new migrants
and internal movement of people.
Announcing some bold initiatives on
Monday, June 12, 2017, Labour Party
Leader (also Leader of the Opposition)
Violent women terrorise husbands in South Auckland
While women have been
as victims of family
violence, there is also an
increasing number of incidents in which
they have been perpetrators.
Although male victims are not high in
numbers, many of them suffer brutality,
physical and mental abuse in as intense
a measure as some inflict pain on their
Labour Party Leader Andrew Little with Labour MP and Immigration Spokesman Iain
Lees-Galloway at the Press Conference held on Monday, June 12 in Auckland.
Andrew Little said that immigration has
gone too far to warrant runaway growth
and that reforms were needed to ensure
that resources were available for effective
management of people and resources.
Mr Little said that if his Party is
elected to form the next government,
he would introduce moderate, sensible
reforms to immigration to reduce the
pressure on our cities, while ensuring
The Police regularly receive
complaints from men that they have
been subject to violence.
We report two recent cases that
came to our attention.
The first relates to a man from
India, well-educated and employed in
a commercial bank. He would be seen
we get the skilled workers our country
“Since 2013, immigration has been
more than four times what was forecast –
130,000 more people than expected have
settled here, equivalent to the population
“Immigration needs to be sustainable.
We have always sought to manage
often with bruises and wounds, inflicted by
his wife, also a banker.
Last week, he called the Police and said
that he had been badly beaten by his wife
with a Cricket Bat. The Police said that
the type of wounds inflicted on the man
warranted criminal charges to be brought
against his wife, but he refused.
“I do not wish to lodge a formal complaint.
I do not want her to face legal action. I
would prefer to seek a divorce,” he said.
Later he said that he suffers severe
abuse including expletives from his wife
and her parents living with them.
immigration to match our economic needs
with our capacity to cope with population
growth” he added.
Indian Newslink carried details of the
proposed Immigration Policy of Labour in
its three independent web editions and on
Social Media. Among the other measures
that form a part of the proposed Policy
include selective approval of work visas to
international students completing courses,
targeting skills and expertise needed for
New Zealand’s growth and enforcement of
Labour Market Test.
Labour MP and Immigration spokesman
Iain Lees-Galloway said that most international
students in New Zealand at PTEs
(private training establishments) intend to
stay in New Zealand to work.
Another male victim
Another case involves a couple from
Fiji, living in South Auckland.
According to the man, his wife used to
‘regularly beat him, abuse him and worse,
take out her anger on her children.
“I finally left her in utter disgust. She
is a heavy drinker and smoker and in
her inebriated state, she is at her worst
behaviour. I have separated from her but
she still haunts me. I am tolerating these
for the sake of our children,” he said.
Three years ago, a man from Punjab,
living in Wellington, attempted suicide
Majority plan residence
According to the 2016 ‘International
Student Barometer,’ of the 72% of
international students who have a plan
for after their course of study, 41% plan
to stay in New Zealand. That is up from
35% in 2014. In comparison, just 22% of
international students in other countries
plan to stay in those countries after study.
About 89% of international students say
opportunities for long-term employment
or residence where a factor in coming to
study in New Zealand, compared to 79%
in other countries,” he said.
Industry and reader response to Labour’s
Immigration Policy will appear
in our next issue.
since his life had become stressful with
beating and other forms of violence by his
“My wife makes me do all the house
work. She was born in New Zealand and
hence considers herself as a ‘superior
woman.’ She takes all my earnings and
insults me in front of her parents and my
friends. I doubt if the Police will believe
me because women are generally victims.
If this continues, I will end my life,” he
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John Key leads the parade of honourables
Queen’s Birthday Honours List: Highlights: John Key get the Grand Knighthood, Lyn Provost becomes a Companion, Wallace Haumaha and Robert Khan appointed
respectively Officer and Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit and Kulwinder Singh Jhamat and Prabha Ravi to receive Queen’s Service Medal
Queen Elizabeth II has appointed
former Prime Minister John
Key as the Knight Grand
Companion of the New Zealand
Order of Merit, the highest civilian
honour bestowed on New Zealanders. Mr
Key leads a number of others feature in
various categories of citations and awards
announced in the Queen’s Birthday
Honours List on June 5, 2017.
Knight Grand Companion
John Key for services to the State.
The Right Honourable John Key
(henceforth known as the RT Hon Sir
John Key) was New Zealand’s 38th
Prime Minister, holding the office from
November 2008 until stepping down in
Mr Key was the Member of Parliament
for Helensville from his election in 2002
until April 2017. He was leader of the
New Zealand National Party from 2006 to
2016, and was Leader of the Opposition
from 2006 to 2008. As Prime Minister,
he led the government response to the
global financial crisis, and to a series of
major disasters, including the devastating
February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.
Under Mr Key’s leadership, the National-led
government embarked on a range
of economic, social and environmental
reforms, successfully concluded a significant
number of Treaty settlements, and
undertook a range of initiatives focused
on enhancing New Zealand’s sense of
Companion of the New Zealand
Order of Merit
Lyn Provost for services to the State.
Lyn Provost was Controller and
Auditor-General from October 2009 until
2017, responsible for giving independent
assurance to Parliament and the public
about the performance and accountability
of public organisations.
Under her leadership, the Office of
the Auditor-General received the highest
score for Transparency International New
Zealand’s 2013 National Integrity Systems
She has increased the visibility and
understanding of the Auditor-General
through developing and reporting on
annual themes of issues facing the public
She has improved New Zealand’s
accounting and auditing reputation internationally
and has been instrumental in
improving the standard of auditing and
government accounting in developing
nations, especially in the Pacific.
Officer of the New Zealand Order
Wallace Haumaha for services to
the New Zealand Police and Maori,
Pacific and ethnic communities
Assistant Commissioner Wallace
Haumaha has been at the forefront of
leading and building the cross-cultural
capacity of the New Zealand Police
to facilitate operations in culturally
complex situations since 1996.
His work in facilitating partnerships
within New Zealand’s ethnically diverse
communities has been recognised
both locally and internationally. His
understanding of the social, cultural
and economic context of Maori saw
him make a key contribution to the
partnership launch of ‘Turning of the
Tide,’ a ground-breaking Whanau Ora
Crime and Crash Prevention Strategy
endeavouring to reduce the incarceration
rates of Maori.
Member of the New Zealand Order
Robert Khan for services to broadcasting
and the Indian community
Robert Khan is the Founder and
Chief Executive of New Zealand’s first
commercial Indian radio station, Radio
Tarana, which, over 20 years has become
one of the largest successful independent
brands in New Zealand radio.
Mr Khan created the first revenue joint
venture between Media Works Radio and
an independent ethnic radio broadcaster.
His success with the Tarana model is used
to champion the cause of ethnic media,
which has resulted in revenue increases
for ethnic media throughout the country.
He created the first ethnic radio
partnership with New Zealand Media and
Entertainment on their I Heart platform
in 2014. He is an elected member of
the New Zealand Radio Broadcasters
Association and was instrumental in the
development and implementation in 2016
of a new New Zealand Radio Research
Model. He has been a member of MBIE’s
Small Business Advisory Group for four
years. He is the founder and organiser
of South Auckland Festival of Lights
(Manukau Diwali) and is also the founder
of Festival of India showcasing Indian
Queen’s Service Medal
Kulwinder Singh Jhamat for services to
the Indian community.
Kulwinder Jhamat was involved with
the establishment of New Zealand Guru
Ravidas Sabha Inc, also known as the
Bombay Temple, and has contributed to its
development over the past 23 years.
Mr Jhamat has held the Board positions
of President, Vice Chairman and General
Secretary and is a Life Member of the
He has also provided support to the
Hastings branch of New Zealand Guru
Prabha Ravi for services to ethnic
communities and dance.
Prabha Ravi has dedicated many years
to promoting Indian art and culture in New
She founded the Natraj School of Dance
in Wellington to teach Indian Classical
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Community mourns the passing of Raman Ranchhod
More than 600
service of popular
businessman and philanthropist
Raman Ranchhod held on Friday,
June 9, 2017 at the Purewa
Cemetery and Crematorium
located at 100-102 St Johns
Road, Meadowbank, Auckland.
Former Governor General Sir Jerry
Mateparae honouring Raman Ranchhod
with a QSM on May 7, 2015 at
Government House in Auckland
Earlier, Hindu religious
rites were held at the Manning
Funerals in Parnell, attended
by members of the Ranchhod
family and a few close friends.
Mr Ranchhod passed away
on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 8
am at his residence in Grafton,
Auckland after a brief illness. In
his death, a loving family lost
a husband, father, father-in-law
and grandfather; and in no less a
measure, we at Indian Newslink,
and this writer, who had known
him closely for more than a
Mr Ranchhod was unwell
for about three months but
remained cheerful and calm
until his last breath at which
the members of his immediate
family were present.
He was 79 years old and
left behind his wife Lalita, son
Mahesh Ranchhod, daughter
Remela, daughter-in-law Tejal,
son-in-law Chetan Patel and his
grandchildren Divya, Kaushal,
Simrin and Rishin.
Fine human being
Mr Raman Ranchhod was
one of the finest human beings
that the world ever had – gentle,
ready-to-help anyone at any
time and most important of all,
a bearer of goodwill and love
He was a resident of New
Zealand for about 65 years.
Commencing his working
life when he was 16 years old
as fruits and vegetables vendor
in Wellington, Mr Ranchhod
launched into car business 16
years later, and over the next 35
years, expanded it to account for
four dealerships with rental and
finance divisions in the greater
He launched into property
business with his son Mahesh,
who obtained a graduate degree
in Property. Success in the
sector encouraged him to sell
his car business and invest in
properties across New Zealand
and Australia. He established the
Ranchhod Group to manage various
properties and businesses.
Commitment to people
Mr Ranchhod was a philanthropist
with a deep commitment
to community welfare. The
Wellington Indian Association,
which his late father Rama
Ranchhod established with
his peers, had the benefit of
his services for several years.
His commitment and support
were central to the purchase of
a community hall, now called,
‘Bharat Bhavan,’ a major
venue for Indian festivals and
Over the years, he helped
scores of new and young
migrants from India to resettle
with emotional and financial
Deeply religious, Mr Ranchhod
had a sound knowledge of
the rites and rituals.
He conducted several Hindu
weddings in New Zealand. A
Justice of the Peace, he made his
services available to everyone at
The Ranchhod Foundation
The most outstanding attribute
of Mr Ranchhod was the
establishment of the Ranchhod
Foundation in 2011, which
works towards the betterment of
humankind, undertake charity
work, and offers solace and
comfort to those in need in New
Zealand and India.
The Foundation constructed the
‘Laduben Ranchhod Urban Hospital’
in Navsari, Gujarat, the birthplace of
Mr Ranchhod. The Medical Centre
provides several medical services
free of cost to people in rural areas.
Among the other beneficiaries
are the Starship Children’s Hospital,
At Heart New Zealand, CBM
Foundation of New Zealand, a rural
hospital in Tanzania and a number of
villages in India.
Recognising his great work to
the community, Queen Elizabeth
II decorated him with a Queen’s
Service Medal in 2015 recognising
his services to the community.
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Reckless migration impoverishes New Zealanders
Assalam Alaikum to all Muslim
friends as we approach
the important celebration of
Eid Al Fitr on or about June
I am extremely proud to represent
the most multicultural electorate in
Around half of the people who live
in Mt Roskill were born overseas, and
we are a richer community for the fact
that people from all parts of the world
and many cultures have made their
Recently however, I have observed a
concerning phenomenon. I first became
aware of it when a close supporter in
Mt Roskill told me that she was leaving
the area. She had migrated from India
and settled in Roskill twenty-five years
ago, has a good middle-class job, and
has put down roots in our community.
But, as she explained, the cost of
housing in Mt Roskill is now simply
too high for her to stay.
Since then, I have heard many other
such stories from migrant communities
in Mt Roskill. At the same time, young
people are locked out of home ownership
here with average house prices
around $1 million, and a desperate
queue of low income families come
to my office with literally nowhere to
go. This is all happening in Mt Roskill,
a place that was once a community
where low and middle-income families
came to get a start in life with a decent
We need urgent action on housing,
tackling the problem from all angles.
There is a massive mismatch
between supply and demand. Under
National, we are only building around
7000 houses in Auckland per year
when we need 13,000. Few of those
built are affordable, and speculators are
Labour’s KiwiBuild Programme will
start to make housing more affordable
by building 10,000 affordable homes
We will keep the cost down by
building at scale and selling at cost to
first home buyers.
We will also crack down on speculators
by banning off-shore speculation
and making the tax rules fairer.
We also believe that while we face a
housing crisis, it does not benefit New
Zealand to be running immigration at
record levels. The long run average has
been around 30,000 net arrivals per
year. Over the past few years however,
this has jumped to over 70,000 net
arrivals. This added population pressure
makes it harder for us to get on top of
major infrastructure challenges such as
housing and transport.
As such, Labour believes that we
need to take a breather on immigration
and ease the total numbers downwards.
Our plan is moderate and balanced.
We still need and want immigration to
New Zealand, and the total effect of our
plans will be to bring net arrivals down
to around 40,000-50,000 per year. Still
a little above the long-term average,
but creating fewer pressures than the
current record levels.
We’ll make immigration work for
New Zealand by ending abuses in the
system and focussing on the skills that
our country needs.
Regional Skills Lists will be set up
in close consultation with employers so
that we get exactly the people we need
to support our economy.
We will also have a special
‘KiwiBuild Visa’ to bring in people to
We will encourage employers to do a
better job of training people up locally.
For example, under the ‘KiwiBuild
Visa,’ employers must train one
apprentice for every visa issued.
Student Visa changes
Change is needed with student
visas. Export education is an important
industry, but too often unscrupulous
agents are exploiting students and
low-quality courses simply funnel
vulnerable students into the exploitative
end of the labour market.
Labour will support high quality
export education by re-focusing the
system on Level 7 and above qualifications.
Student visas for courses below
Level 7 will only be issued where the
course is independently accredited as
high quality, and serves a genuine need.
Overall, our changes will make
immigration work for New Zealand.
We will still have a flow of people
coming to New Zealand bringing their
skills, investment, and culture.
By easing the numbers down, we
will ensure that we can build the
infrastructure that Kiwis new and old
need to live good lives.
Michael Wood is elected Member of
Parliament from Mt Roskill and Labour
Party’s Spokesman for Ethnic
Communities, Consumer Affairs and
From US to France and UK, election results ripple
The last eight months has
been fascinating – and rather
dramatic - for global politics.
It began with something
hardly anyone foresaw - the election of
Donald Trump as US President.
We then had another shock in the
form of Brexit.
The French election presented a shift
with the election of Emmanuel Macron
instead of far-right populist candidate
Marine Le Pen.
United Kingdom elections held last
week will go down in British political
history for a variety of reasons.
Conservative Prime Minister Theresa
May called snap election in April
this year, when her Party was polling
exceptionally well. In contrast, the UK
Labour Party was trailing by about
25 points. Polls predicted a crushing
defeat ahead for the Labour Party and a
landslide victory for the Conservatives.
That did not happen. Instead, the
Conservatives failed to gain over-all
majority, leading to a hung Parliament.
The UK Labour Party, by contrast,
increased their vote by about 15% in
the eight-week period and won about
The Conservatives managed
to scrape together a coalition
post-Election, but the Labour Party
emerged vindicated, having achieved
a turn-around that most thought was
The New Zealand Connection
Over the past few days, many have
asked me what that means for the New
Zealand Labour Party as we go into
an election of our own in slightly over
The main message of the UK Labour
Party in this election was that Labour
stands for the many, not the few.
That was also the title of their policy
UK Labour’s policies focused on
increased access to high quality education,
universal healthcare coverage,
an increased focus on community
policing, building more houses and a
redistribution of wealth from the richest
five per cent of the population to those
who are struggling in a bid to reduce
Does that sound familiar? That is
because Labour parties around the
world share the same philosophy.
We believe in growing the country’s
economy – not as an end in itself, but
as a means to improve the lives of the
The NZ Labour Party has a similar
That is why we have a comprehensive
policy package to fix the housing
We believe that everyone has the
right to an affordable, warm and dry
We also have a strong focus on
ensuring that our education system is
world class and accessible to all.
We have already announced that
we will provide three years of free
post-secondary school education to
increase access to quality education.
It is the philosophy of standing for
the many not the few that drives us
to advocate for a well-funded health
system that everyone can access.
It is also that philosophy that motivated
Labour to vote against the Government’s
tax package offered in Budget 2017,
which supports the wealthiest while a
single person on a cleaner’s wage stands
to benefit only one dollar more a week.
It is unfair.
Campaign strength fortifies
The other significant learning
from the UK election is the power
of a strong, grassroots campaign. In
about two months, the UK Labour
Party slashed the Conservative Party’s
While it is important to have good
policy solutions that will improve
people’s lives, it’s also important to be
able to communicate it well.
That is where a strong, grassroots
campaign that engages voters on their
doorsteps comes into the picture. Some
analyses indicate that the campaign’s
media strategy included a heavy
reliance on social media, particularly
given the biased mainstream media.
Finally, we see clearly that the
combination of strong solutions and a
people-powered grassroots campaign
can successfully turn out the vote.
The message here is that nothing can
be taken for granted in politics.
If you are keen to hear more about
what Labour has to offer this year, or
wish to express your opinion, please
contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, to our Muslim readers, I
wish you all a blessed Ramadan and at
the end of the month, a very happy Eid
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Kelston constituents deserve better attention
Bala Venu Beeram
As the National Party
candidate at the Kelston
electorate in the general
election due to be held on
Saturday, September 23, 2017, I am
keen to identify their need and serve
them. I am also keen to understand
their challenges and problems and
address them with the leader of
my Party and with the concerned
ministers, ministries and government
Increased Police presence
I am happy that I was able to work
with the New Zealand Police and
increase their presence at the Glen
Eden Shopping Mall in deference
to the wishes of businesses located
within the Mall.
As well as working with the Indian
community, I am engaged with the
people of Samoan, Tongan origin and
others to make our constituents feel
and believe that they are safe.
I am grateful to my leaders and
the New Zealand Police for taking
As a responsible member of the
community and as a parent, I would
like to work with people to ensure
that every child in every family
attends School, since education is the
most important factor in the all-round
development of our children.
I am a teacher of the Home Interaction
for Parents and Youngsters
(HIPPY) Programme, and I am
happy to interact with a cross-section
of our people in Kelston.
HIPPY is a home-based
programme that helps parents create
Bala Venu Beeram speaking at the ‘Telangana Formation Day’ celebrations hosted by Australian
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Vinod Kumar Boianapalli and Julie Owens.
experiences that lay the foundation for
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abilities to support their children’s
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as English as a second language, and
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Zealand Curriculum, enabling children
to transit successfully into school.
HIPPY is based on the premise that
parents are their children’s first and
most important teachers. It is unique in
that participating parents develop the
skills and confidence to undertake this
important role for everyone’s benefit.
This is truly a two-generational
programme that opens doors for
mothers into training, education and
I had the honour and privilege
to be a guest at an event organised
by the Australian Telangana State
Association (ATSA) (formerly known
as the Australian Telangana Forum)
last fortnight in Sydney to celebrate
the ‘Telangana State Formation Day.’
Among the dignitaries that I met
at the event included Vinod Kumar
Boianapalli, an elected Member of
Lok Sabha, India’s Lower House of
Parliament representing the Karimnagar
Constituency in Telangana State,
Julie Owens, an elected Member of
the Australian House of Representatives
representing the Division of
Parramatta, New South Wales and
Jaypal Kadire, President of ATSA.
Editor’s Note: The Telangana Association
of New Zealand hosted a similar
event at Mt Eden War Memorial
Hall in Auckland on Sunday, June
11, 2017, a report on which appears
under Communitylink in this issue.
Caged dairies do not define perception of safety
No one can deny that the
method of the criminal is
changing and number of
crimes is increasing. There
are many reasons given for this, but all the
information I have seen points to the rise
in the use of methamphetamine as a major
The Police admit that the price of meth
is as low as it has ever been and, despite
a number of recent seizures, the volume
into our communities continues to flow at
In a business case to the National
Government’s Cabinet in December 2016,
the Police themselves stated that they
needed 1165 more sworn officers at a cost
of $555 million over four years to ‘change
the trajectory of rising crime.’
Instead they have been only been given
880 new sworn officers and $388 million
over four years; a number that the Police
stated would provide ‘limited additional
crime prevention capacity.’
The Police have also recently
announced a $1.8 million fund to help
dairy owners pay for security measures
that might keep them safe from the robbers
who have terrorised the sector over the
past 12 or so months.
I am not against such a fund if it would
help dairy owners, their families and
employees feel safe, but I see it as an
admission by the Police that they can no
longer keep dairy owners safe.
This is a terrible admission, because
dairies with grills, perplex screens and
duress alarms is not the New Zealand
in which I grew up and certainly not the
country I think we hold up as Paradise.
Another long-term and pragmatic
solution is actually more Police in our
I am a huge advocate of Community
Policing. This definition is one that, as Police
Minister, I would love the opportunity
to implement across the country
“Community policing is, in essence,
a collaboration between the Police and
the community that identifies and solves
community problems. With the Police no
longer the sole guardians of law and order,
all members of the community become
active allies in the effort to enhance the
safety and quality of neighbourhoods.
Community policing has far-reaching
“The expanded outlook on crime
control and prevention, the new emphasis
on making community members active
participants in the process of problem
solving, and the patrol officers’ pivotal role
in community policing require profound
changes within the Police organisation.
The neighbourhood patrol officer, backed
by the Police organisation, helps community
members mobilize support and
resources to solve problems and enhance
their quality of life. Community members
voice their concerns, contribute advice,
and take action to address these concerns.
Creating a constructive partnership will
require the energy, creativity, understanding,
and patience of all involved.
Foundation of Trust
“Reinvigorating communities is
essential if we are to deter crime and create
more vital neighbourhoods. In some communities,
it will take time to break down
barriers of apathy and mistrust so that
meaningful partnerships can be forged.
Trust is the value that underlies and links
the components of community partnership
and problem solving. A foundation of
trust will allow the Police to form close
relationships with the community that
will produce solid achievements. Without
trust between Police and citizens, effective
policing is impossible”
So, my message is that hiding behind
grills and setting off duress alarms while
officers are dispatched from a distant
station is not the answer to 21st century
problems that bedevil our communities.
Labour has promised 1000 more sworn
officers during our first term, thus meeting
the Police’s request for the resources
to substantially deal with crime and
As Police Minister, I would advise the
Commissioner of Police to concentrate on
developing a wide and robust community
policing network permanently located in
our shopping centres and areas of concern,
as well as significantly increasing the
number of officers in the Organised Crime
Squads; whose primary responsibility is to
go after the gangs.
Fresh approach needed
What the Government is currently doing
to keep people safe and communities
engaged is simply not working, and we
need a fresh approach in the way policing
engages with our communities.
As Police Minister in the Andrew
Little-led Government, this would be my
number one priority.
Stuart Nash is elected Member of
Parliament from Napier and Labour
Party’s Spokesman on Police matters.
Attacking Greens on
all fronts is unfair
Over the years, a media myth
of my intractable negativity
towards the Greens has
developed. While I have been
properly critical of the Greens at times, and
may regret some of my harsher criticisms
in the cooler light of day, I have nonetheless
worked constructively with a number
of Green MPs during those years.
Keith Locke and I raised more than
a few eyebrows when we made a joint
submission to a Select Committee calling
for the repeal of New Zealand’s antiquated
sedition laws, but we succeeded and the
laws were repealed.
Kevin Hague and I maintained a very
good common-ground dialogue over a
long period on drug-related issues, and
even though the media liked to pit us
against each other, Nandor Tanczos and I
worked fairly closely together on law and
order and broader justice issues. During
this Parliament, I kept in close contact with
Eugenie Sage during the debate around the
changes to the Resource Management Act,
and I work closely with Kennedy Graham
on climate change policy through the
multi-party GLOBE group.
Young MPs side-lined
Recently, the Greens have attracted
criticism from the staider corners of the
political spectrum over their selection of
some very young candidates on their Party
JUNE 15, 2017
I do not know any of them personally,
but I do not share that criticism.
More than that, I welcome their
selection as a sign of renewal within the
body politic, and I wish them well.
However, it will not be easy for them.
I say so from experience, having been
one of the youngest MPs in the House
when first elected, and therefore knowing
first-hand how difficult it is to break
through the glass ceiling.
Young MPs quickly discover that the
system is loaded against them. Passion
and enthusiasm go only so far, when the
opportunities to express them within the
Parliamentary system are so limited.
Speaking opportunities in the House
are not spontaneous, but predetermined in
advance by the Whips and the Business
Committee; and the hours spent grinding
worthily away in a Select Committee
seldom attract much public attention.
Yet, the public expects these new MPs
to make their mark quickly, and becomes
frustrated and unforgiving (“You have sold
out, just like all the rest”) when they do
not immediately do so. Few do – it often
takes years of hard work for a young MP
to overcome some of the prejudice they
encounter and to be noticed, and more
importantly to be taken seriously, for
their achievements, rather than constantly
pigeon-holed for their age.
Peter Dunne is Interior Minister of New
Zealand and Leader of the UnitedFuture
Party. The above is a part of his
excellent article. The full text appears in
our web edition: www.indiannewslink.
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JUNE 15, 2017
Funding boost and tough measures for safer diaries Enhanced complement will
strengthen Auckland Police
Nobody in this country should
go to work feeling unsafe.
We are determined to stop
aggravated robberies on small
That is why the Police and the Government
are working together on a range of
measures to make your communities safer.
Earlier this month, I announced $1.8
million for robbery prevention. This
funding is for dairies, superettes and small
local businesses. Businesses assessed
as being high-risk by the Police will be
invited to apply for co-funding for things
like panic and high volume interior
alarms, DNA spray, fog cannons and time
safes for cash and storage of cigarettes.
Police will fund up to 50% of the cost
of the security measures.
In some exceptional circumstances,
they may pay a larger share.
It is expected that all the 500-600
businesses considered high-risk will be
eligible for co-funding. In addition to that,
around 3500 businesses will be visited to
receive safety advice.
Businesses at high-risk of robberies
will be determined by using established
intelligence assessment tools that overlay
crime rates with other characteristics,
such as type of crime, the time of day and
The Police have assured me that they
will be able to support a majority of highrisk
businesses over a six-month period.
In the 1990s, there was a period where
bank robberies increased. The banks
increased security and since then the
number of bank robberies has dramatically
By making dairies, superettes and other
small businesses safer, we are hopeful this
will have the same effect.
This is just one of a range of measures
that we are taking to stop these attacks
from happening in the first place and to
catch the offenders.
The funding for these security measures
comes on top of the “There’s nothing good
about stolen goods” campaign announced
by Police last week. This campaign targets
businesses or individuals receiving stolen
property from robberies.
On-selling stolen goods only encourages
these crimes. Rewards have been
offered through Crimestoppers for those
who provide information which leads to a
Aggravated robbery is a serious crime.
These criminals need to know that they
could face 14 years in prison and that they
are much more likely to get caught now
that the Police have these new measures
Police have carried out ‘Operation Dukan,’
through which they have increased
the numbers of officers in high-risk areas,
and carried out crime prevention seminars.
Officers in Auckland have visited more
than 1000 businesses over the past three
months to provide prevention advice.
In the past two months, the Police have
arrested over a hundred people in connection
with aggravated robberies. They have
increased their presence on the streets and
have been working with shop owners to
help make their businesses safer.
Taking small steps like clearing the
front windows of shops so that the public
can see and moving shop counters to the
front of the shop can make a big difference
in making shops safer. I would encourage
all small business owners who are visited
by the Police to take their advice seriously.
I want to assure the community that the
Police are taking this matter seriously and
so is the Government.
Increased Police numbers
In February, the Prime Minister and I
announced 1125 more Police staff. The
first will be on the beat in October.
The total number of Police will be
boosted by 10%.
The extra frontline police officers will
work in targeted areas where we know
that they are needed. Five hundred will
go out on the beat and into community
Those officers will strengthen the
emergency response, and focus on youth
offending, burglaries and community
Everybody deserves to feel safe and I
am confident that the range of measures
we have in place will make our shops and
Paula Bennett is Deputy Prime Minister
and Police Minister. She is seen here
briefing the media in Auckland on June
1, 2017 after announcing $1.8 million
funding for safer diaries. (Picture
Aggravated robbery in our local
community is concerning, and
a number of business owners
have told us that they are
scared and worried about their safety.
This National-led Government has
always and continues to appreciate the
efforts of the New Zealand Police.
The New Zealand Police is working
hard to address the issue of aggravated
robbery - identifying where these crimes
are likely to happen and increasing
visibility in these areas. Police officials
have already arrested 107 people in
connection with the 140 aggravated
robberies that have taken place over the
past two months.
However, the Government as well as
the New Zealand Police are well aware
that more needs to be done to combat
The National led-Government is
investing $503 million as part of our
Safer Communities package to provide
new staff and associated policing services
across the country.
The Police has therefore announced
how new constabulary staff will be
allocated throughout the country over the
next 12 months.
Specifically, for the Auckland region, a
total of 56 new officers will be allocated
across Counties Manukau, Waitemata and
Auckland City Police Districts over the
next 12 months.
The staff will be deployed across
the wider Auckland region to target
specific issues including youth crime and
community work, and to staff the 24/7
The additional staff will help build
police capacity and support local policing
teams to deal with future growth in
The allocation decisions have been
made by District Commanders, based on
crime patterns and police demand across
This is just the allocation for the first of
The National-led Government is
focused on delivering a more responsive
police service, prevent harm and victimisation,
resolve more crimes, and more
effectively target crime in our community.
Twelve new mobile police stations
will also be set up around New Zealand,
and we will be setting new challenging
targets for police including 98% of home
burglaries attended within 48 hours and
one minute faster emergency response
The first recruits will start Police
College next month and be on the beat in
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While traditional courses
in management practices
continue to attract young
students and people on
their career paths, a new breed of MBA
is beginning to gain traction at the Unitec
Campus in Auckland.
‘Master of Applied Practice,’ run by
Tech Futures Lab provides opportunities
for people to acquire knowledge and skills
to re-engineer their careers, link business
decisions with technology and remain at the
Accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications
Authority (NZQA), the 50-week
Programme is administered by Tech
Futures Lab in association with Unitec, the
first batch of candidates are due for their
Adapting to change
Frances Valintine, Tech Futures Lab
Founder and education futurist, believes
that there is a growing need for tertiary
programmes to evolve and adapt to prepare
students for the future of work.
A member on the Board of Directors of
Callaghan Innovation, KEA New Zealand
and the US Board of Talentnomics, an organisation
committed to the empowerment
of women in developing nations, Ms Valintine
perceived the need for an alternative
to the conventional MBA course to enable
Candidates of the first batch of Master
of Applied Practice Programme
people to be innovative in an evolving
world of businesses and vicissitudes.
“The Master of Applied Practice has
achieved global recognition for its focus
on challenging old thinking and enabling
students to connect with the best in the
business with expert mentoring and advice,”
Diana Sharma: Prime Example
Unitec General Manager (Alliances and
Partnerships) Diana Sharma is a prime
example of people who love challenges
and do something different even in their
well- settled careers.
“Traditional business and administration
MBA is not for me because it is based on an
outdated way of looking at business. I wanted
something more relevant and tangible for
our tech-enabled world,” she said.
It was during a workshop conducted by
Ms Valintine that Ms Sharma realised that
she had not accounted for the impact that
new technology has been exercising on
business, and the world.
“That is what triggered me to think about
what I was doing in my life. It was not
about a job or money, it was about ‘What
is my purpose, what is that I can do that
actually makes a difference to the future of
In her various roles, Ms Sharma is
“always doing something new, always
testing and tweaking projects and ideas, and
having an open dialogue with customers,
seeing what is working, and fixing what
needs to be fixed.”
She said this programme broadened her
perspective and got her thinking differently
and asking the important questions.
“This programme gave me the flexibility
to think in a safe environment and explore
new ideas, while also giving essential
knowledge about future technologies,” she
said. Ms Sharma recently completed the first
12 weeks of the 50-week Programme during
which she developed a unique project with
the support of skilled technical experts and
leading industry mentors.
While she is still refining and building
her project, Ms Sharma is driven to create a
digital platform for families to preserve and
share their stories and memories.
Her project stems from her own memory
of escaping Kuwait as a young child.
Her family left the oil-rich Gulf State in
September 1990 following the Iraqi occupation
a month earlier. The experience has
now prompted her to explore modern ways
of using technology to preserve precious
“This Masters programme is curated for
your personal journey, which is quite different
from what other education environments
are like, where you are expected to follow
a certain rhythm. This is real, and you will
end up with something real, not theoretical,”
She used the Masters of Applied Practice
– Technological Futures, to cultivate and
implement her idea for a digital storytelling
platform to help families preserve their
memories and heritage for future generations.
Her experience in Kuwait made her
see an opportunity to create a means for
families to protect their treasured stories
JUNE 15, 2017
Workshops for constructive
engagement with youth
workshop aimed at engaging
with the younger members
of the society will be held in
Auckland on Saturday, July
8, 2017 at Mangere East Community
Centre, 372, Massey Road, Mangere
East from 1030 am to 4 pm.
Organised by the Human Rights
Commission, Multicultural New
Zealand and Hui E, it would be the ninth
workshop in a series of 12 such events
being held throughout New Zealand.
Three more workshops, one each at in
Hamilton, Rotorua and Dunedin will
be held shortly, details of which will be
These workshops are free and are
open to the youth and adults who work
As well as meals, participants will
have free WiFi access at the venue.
The purpose of these workshops is to
explore some of the barriers youth face
when accessing social services particularly
when they require assistance.
The workshops provide a positive
environment to interact, discuss these
issues and mutually educate and inform.
The youth will also contribute to developing
a Youth APP – YouthAoteaReo
funded by the New Zealand National
Commission for UNESCO. This will
serve as an ongoing national resource
to support youth.
Our focus is on getting the key
voices of youth at the workshops.
We are confident this positive initiative
will strengthen our engagement
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It is scary how Gonorrhoea is spreading globally
Worse, it remains impervious to antibiotics
The threat of increased antibiotic
resistance is often on the
Two Massey University
researchers argue that in the case of
sexually-transmitted gonorrhoea, this
is inevitable, and we had better figure
out what to do after the antibiotics stop
Dr Collette Bromhead and Dr Heather
Hendrickson jointly wrote an article
entitled ‘Untreatable gonorrhoea, are we
there yet?’ published last week in ‘The
Biochemist,’ looking at how we got to
this point, and what the future might
Gonorrhoea is a common and
easily spread bacterial disease that has
modified its genetics over time. And in
most countries, including New Zealand,
there is only one antibiotic available as
Dr Bromhead, Senior Lecturer in
Molecular Microbiology at the Massey
University College of Health, said that
gonorrhoea has evolved swiftly and mercilessly
to resist every class of antibiotics
introduced since the mid-1930s.
“Currently, in most countries, the only
options for first-line treatment are injectable
antibiotics. However, in 2012, we
found the first scary genetic signatures
of resistance to these drugs circulating
in New Zealanders. We are only a hair’s
breadth away from being unable to treat
gonorrhoea with antibiotics at all,” she
That is a scary thought, with about one
Dr Collette Bromhead
in 10 infected men and almost half of infected
women not experiencing any symptoms, allowing
the nasty infection to spread more easily.
“To make things worse, many pharmaceutical
companies have lost interest in pursuing the
expensive research and development needed
to develop novel antibiotics because rapid
resistance leads to a failure to recuperate their
investments. Without new treatment options,
we face a return to the pre-antibiotic era, and
the days of devastating childhood mortality,
amputation and infections that can kill millions
of people,” Dr Bromhead said.
So, how can science help?
Bacteriophages (phages for short) are used
today in Russia, Georgia and Poland to fight
bacterial infections. They are protein-based
entities that attach themselves to bacterial
cells, infecting them. Phages only target the
bacteria they are meant to kill, eliminating any
disruption of the greater microbiome that can
occur with some antibiotics.
Dr Heather Hendrickson, Senior Lecturer
Dr Heather Hendrickson
at the Massey University Institute of Natural
and Mathematical Sciences said that our
top priority is to preserve the antibiotics we
have left through embracing the principles of
“In other words, we must stop abusing
antibiotics for things like viral infections. On a
personal level, get yourself and your children
immunised with every single vaccine your
healthcare provider recommends, even if you
have to pay for it. And keep an eye out for the
release of new vaccines.
“The public genuinely needs to figure out
what is more frightening when it comes to
protecting the young and vulnerable: sex or
untreatable infections? Antibiotic resistance
is a problem for everyone, not just doctors,
scientists and pharmaceutical companies.
Health protection agencies must move from
being reactive to proactive. We need to find
new ways of incorporating phage and phage
products into medicine. If we don’t win this
fight, the bugs will carry on here long after we
have disappeared,” Dr Hendrickson said.
guard at English
Popular barrister and
solicitor and Indian
has been appointed Chairman
of the English Language
Partners New Zealand
He succeeds Alasdair
Finnie who retired at the end
of last month.
Catherine Neil will continue
in her role as Deputy
Mr Aulakh paid tributes
to Mr Finnie, saying that his
wisdom and experience will
be greatly missed.
He also welcomed new
members to the Board.
Wealth of knowledge
“They bring a wealth of
knowledge, skills and diversity
to ELPNZ. I am sure
that the team will continue to
serve the wider New Zealand
community with the same
vigour and enthusiasm,” he
ELPNZ works with the
English language needs and
smooth integration of refugees
and migrants through its
23 centres across the country.
It has 300 staff members and
about 2000 volunteers imparting
services to 6000 learners from 150
Former Governor General Sir
Anand Satyanand was the Chief
Guest at an earlier event held at Te
Papa in Wellington.
As well as speaking on the occasion,
he presented Certificates to
learners and Awards to volunteers
acknowledging their services.
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JUNE 15, 2017
Fiji pulls its weight on rights of disabled, Climate Change
Prime Minister Josiah Voreqe
Bainimarama deposited the
instrument of ratification for the
United Nations Convention on
the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,
formally committing Fiji before the international
body to guarantee equal rights
and dignity to people with disabilities.
He deposited the instruments at the
UN Headquarters in New York during
a ceremony on June 5, 2017 at which
he spoke of Fiji’s commitment to full
equality for all citizens.
“Today marks another historic chapter
for my government in our pursuit of
creating equal opportunities and rights for
every Fijian especially those Fijians living
with disabilities,” he said.
“We cannot have a progressive Fiji if
one section of our community is unable to
participate in this process because of their
disability. We must always be inclusive if
we want to progress together as a nation
and today’s event is a step further in
realising that objective, Mr Bainimarama
Call to unite on Climate Change
A day earlier, Mr Bainimarama urged
leaders from the Pacific region to unite
to present a strong case at COP23, the
UN Conference on Climate Change, in
Germany in November.
During his talks with Pacific Leaders
on the sidelines of the UN Oceans Conference
in New York, he updated them
on Fiji’s preparations for the COP 23
He also encouraged the leaders to use
COP23 as an opportunity to advance
awareness on the impacts of climate
change in the region.
“As incoming president of COP23, I
want you by my side all year at the big
events leading up to Bonn in November.
This is not just about Frank or about Fiji
but every Pacific leader, every Pacific
nation, every civil society group, every
private sector body, everyone who
represents the ordinary men, women and
children in the Pacific who look to us for
leadership on this issue of critical importance
to our collective future,” he said.
Mr Bainimarama said that a collective
voice of commitment is imperative to
New detector dogs boost New Zealand, Fiji borders
ensure the success of COP23.
“I very much see this as a Pacific
presidency – an inclusive process in which
I ask you all to stand shoulder-to-shoulder
with Fiji as we give voice to the concerns
of our own countries, our own region.
And because we are among the most
vulnerable to climate change, to also lead
the fight on behalf of every vulnerable
person on earth.”
“The Pacific cannot afford to drop the
ball on climate action. We need to work
together as a team to persuade the world to
get points on the board if we are to ensure
our own security and the security of
generations of Pacific Islanders to come,”
Nine detector dog teams bound
for Wellington, Auckland and
Fiji have graduated from the
Royal New Zealand Police
College’s Dog Training Centre.
The addition of three new dogs boosts
the New Zealand Customs Service’s
detector dog capability to 14 teams, with
10 located in Auckland and two each in
Wellington and Christchurch.
The six graduating Fijian handlers
and their dogs have been trained as part
of the New Zealand Customs and Police
Fiji Detector Dog Project, which has
introduced detector dogs to the island
nation in a bid to prevent criminals using
Fiji as a transit point for illicit goods, such
as drugs, in the Pacific.
New Zealand Customs Acting Group
Manager (People and Capability) Paul
Campbell said that the second batch of
graduates has increased the number of
teams that can be used in Fiji to eight,
allowing for deployment in Suva for the
“This initiative demonstrates the way
agencies and countries can collaborate to
deliver outcomes that benefit the wider
Pacific, and is reflective of our determination
to apply a range of solutions, both
technical and traditional, to screen people,
goods and craft,” he said.
Dog Training Programme
The detector dogs for New Zealand
and Fiji were sourced from the Australian
Border Force’s renowned detector dog
breeding programme before being
Fiji Officer-Graduates at the Royal New Zealand Police College’s Dog Training Centre (from
left to right) Saimoni Tuiraki with Detector Dog Quip, Sairusi Raibili Tokasara Detector Dog
Floyd and Team Leader Taito Nawai Damuni with Detector Dog Flame
trained in New Zealand at the Police Dog
National Coordinator for Police Dogs
Inspector Todd Southall said that the New
Zealand Police is proud of the continued
success of the trainers and dogs that go
through the Dog Training Centre facility
“Police also recognise the continuing
and strengthened relationship between
Police and Customs in both New
Zealand and Fiji. The Fiji Detector Dog
Programme has a focus on long-term
capability and border security, and we
are very pleased with the results so far,”
The Fiji Detector Dog Project, which is
funded through the Pacific Security Fund
administered by the Foreign Affairs and
Trade Ministry, began two years ago.
The first trained handlers and dogs
were deployed in November 2016.
The Fiji dogs, which are trained to detect
drugs, cash and firearms, will provide
protection at the border and within the
JUNE 15, 2017
Check your credit score online and be surprised
How good is your credit
Checking is simple, and
All you need is some details from
a driver’s licence (or passport) and a
click on the website creditsimple.co.nz.
It literally takes less than a couple of
A credit score is a number between 0
and 1000 that indicates how credit-worthy
you are, and how likely you are
to pay your bills on time. Most credit
scores are between 300 and 850. The
higher the score, the better your credit
rating is. A good score is more than 500.
The higher the score the more likely
it is that you will be able to get credit
from suppliers, lower interest rates
from banks, and better deals from
telcos, insurance companies and utility
companies. A bad score can lead to
companies being reluctant or unwilling
to give you credit, or charging a higher
As well as viewing a credit score,
Credit Simple provides a credit report,
which is a history of bill payments, any
defaults, court judgements, and how
much credit a person has (such as a
mortgage or credit cards).
Credit reporting has until recently
been based on ‘negative credit events’
- payments not being made. But it is undergoing
something of a transformation
with two major banks now providing ‘positive’ information to the
big credit ratings agencies, and the other major banks likely to do so
before the end of the year.
That means good money habits like paying bills and loan repayments
on time are now recognised and can influence a person’s
credit score. That is providing greater differentiation between those
with good and bad credit records, and giving banks a greater ability
to tailor their lending to risk profile.
Virtually everyone has a credit score, even though they may not
know it, and everyone should know what it is. Those with a good
credit record can use it to their advantage, like using it as a basis to
negotiate a lower mortgage rate from their bank, or tenants applying
for a rental could use it to show they are a low credit risk - after all,
a person who is responsible with their money is more likely to be a
Given how simple it is to obtain a credit score, it is surprising
how few landlords do so when vetting potential tenants. It is also
surprising how many businesses give credit to customers without
first undertaking a credit check, only to end up regretting it later.
Staying with things simple, a low-cost KiwiSaver provider called
Simplicity is offering something new to the KiwiSaver scene:
low fees and ethical investing (its investments exclude tobacco,
landmines, cluster bombs and nuclear weapons!).
Their website (simplicity. kiwi) states the fees are $30 a year plus
$3.10 for every $1000 in an investor’s account (0.31%), for all their
fund types. That compares to fees that typically average between
1.07% for conservative funds to 1.45% for growth funds. Their
promise is to keep their fee to at least 50% less than the industry fee
average, and to continually lower fees over time as the fund grows.
According to Simplicity, a person making a $50,000 investment
would be better off by $13,000 after 10 years as a result of the lower
fees. That is very significant when taken over a lifetime of saving.
While ethical investing is not new to New
Zealand (and has gained little traction, it has
to be said) the low-fee message seems to be
resonating. Since August last year, they have
gained just over 5500 members and have over
$100 million under funds management.
No doubt, other managed funds will argue that
actual performance is more important than fees.
They are of course right. The test will be whether
Simplicity can achieve returns at least as good as
the other high fee-paying funds, but at this stage
there is no reason to assume their returns will
be lower, as their investment approach is quite
Here are some interesting facts and figures
As at March 2017, the total value of KiwiSaver
funds under management was $38.8 billion.
The six largest KiwiSaver providers currently
have over 85% of market share.
About 55% of the funds are invested in fixed
interest securities, 40% in shares and 5% in
property. 52% are in overseas investments.
ANZ has the largest market share with $10
billion under management. ASB is the second
largest at $7.1 billion.
In the year to the end of March 2016, 175,000
members switched from one KiwiSaver provider
to another. The amount switched was just over
If you want to learn more about the performance
of KiwiSaver funds, have a look at http://
Frank Newman is the author of numerous
books on investment. He has worked as
a share broker, investment adviser and
University lecturer. He was a member of the
Whangarei District Council for six years. He
writes a weekly article for ‘Property Plus.’
The above article appeared in the New Zealand
Centre for Political Research Weekly,
reproduced with the permission of its Editor
Dr Muriel Newman ©
Public Meetings on
Trade Minister Todd McClay has planned to hold
a series of trade-related public, iwi and business
events for public engagement to help New
Zealanders identify new opportunities and benefits
from trade agreements.
These meetings, to be held in June and July throughout
New Zealand will include discussions on trade negotiation
agenda, the NZ-China FTA upgrade, the prospective
NZ-European Union FTA, Brexit, the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP), the Regional Comprehensive Economic
Partnership (RCEP), and the Pacific Islands FTA – Pacer
Plus, as well issues with the
Pacific Alliance and countries of
Wealth and Job creators
The meetings follow significant
engagement in 2016 on
TPP, RCEP, EU FTA and Trade
“Trade is important to every
region of the country and the
jobs of more than six hundred
thousand New Zealanders are
linked to our export sectors. It is important the public can
talk about their priorities with our trade experts and discuss
why we fight so hard for greater fairness in important
overseas export markets,” Mr McClay said.
The first discussion, focusing on the recently concluded
Pacer Plus agreement between 12 Pacific Island countries,
Australia and New Zealand was held early this month
with the Council of International Development at Oxfam’s
“We want New Zealanders and New Zealand businesses
to give their views. This feedback will help inform the
Government’s approach to future negotiations,” Mr McClay
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Labour’s immigration policy hard to disagree
Amidst prejudice and disrespect,
a community rises
About 30 years ago, a migrant
from India would have had
cause to feel depressed,
stung by the trauma of relocation and
Getting a job that suited his or her
qualifications and experience was not
But going by the cliché that
‘everything by its time,’ most migrants
would have reason to rejoice today,
thanks not only to the increasing
employment opportunities but also the
persisting skills shortage that plagues
More important, those who have
had the ‘get-up-and-go’ and shown the
requisite initiative are pursuing their
careers in their chosen profession.
Among them are bankers, accountants,
lawyers, doctors, teachers, real estate
agents and many more.
But the new breed of wealth
creators is those who have become
entrepreneurs, establishing businesses
as partnerships, family concerns or
These would range from the
ubiquitous dairies or superettes and car
retailers to brokers and manufacturers.
Their participation in the country’s
economy has been acknowledged and
continues to grow.
A significant milestone
This Leader offers its salutations
to the early settlers from India, their
immediate followers and the succeeding
generations for their fortitude and
perseverance. In essence, this Leader
commemorates the 125th Anniversary
of the arrival of the first settlers.
Details of the celebrations and a
Photo Exhibition appears elsewhere in
Indians first settled in New Zealand
Andrew Little drew mixed
response for Labour Party’s
Immigration Policy which
he unveiled at a press conference in
Auckland on Monday, June 12, 2017.
It did not favour some members of
the Indian community, some private
education providers and of course the
In essence, Mr Little has stayed
on the same page as National,
although signing the same note on a
different tone. He has sought to reduce
immigration by numbers whereas the
ruling Party wants a check by raising
the income threshold.
The debate over whether international
students should seek and get jobs as
a ‘matter of right’ continues to rage but
according to many residents and citizens,
while they can be accorded ‘the
privilege’ for no more than 20 hours
a week, there is an increasing view
that they pose a threat to homegrown
graduates and jobseekers.
Over the years, we have seen thousands
of students from India arriving
here, not just for pursuing their higher
education but also to land on a job and
settle here as permanent residents and
Cause for concern
While export education is a profitable
enterprise, providing thousands
of jobs for people here, the increasing
number of international students
competing for jobs with nationals and
other permanent residents has become
an issue of concern.
Many New Zealanders have begun
to feel that students, with their ability
to be flexible and accept lower salaries,
have depressed the income levels,
creating socio-economic problems. The
rising number of work permits issued
to students is also a matter of concern,
according to some people.
Hostility to immigrants is rising all
over Europe, but opinion polls suggest
it is worse in Britain than in any other
rich country. The new government of
Theresa May in London has promised
to cut net migration to “tens of
Export education is good- for
businesses, educational institutions and
the economy. But a system has to be in
place to ensure that incoming students,
welcome as they are, do not upset the
applecart, and bring down the standard
of living, which is easily achieved by
In our view, Mr Little has done well
to spell out a policy that is in tune with
in the late 1800s. Most of these early
migrants came from the regions of
Punjab and Gujarat and were temporary
labourers. They numbered only
a handful, an estimated 46 persons in
1896 and were listed in occupational
statistics as peddlers, hawkers and
They were also overwhelmingly
men. In 1896, only one Indian woman
was listed as resident in New Zealand!
Most of these early migrants did not
intend staying here but wanted to earn
money before returning home.
Migration increased until 1920,
when the New Zealand Government
introduced restrictions under a ‘permit
system.’ By this time, there were just
over 2000 Indians in New Zealand.
The number of Indian women had
grown to 142, as some of the Indian
men living were sent home for their
wives or, if they were single, for
Birth of NZICA
In some places where Indians were
perceived as ‘taking over,’ prejudices
ran deep and lasted a long time. In
Pukekohe, Indians were not allowed
to join the local growers’ association,
some landowners refused to lease
them land and they were not allowed
into the balcony seats of the picture
theatre. Until 1958, only one barber’s
shop in Pukekohe would cut the hair
The discrimination Indian migrants
encountered and their increased commitment
to settling in New Zealand
permanently, led to the formation
of the New Zealand Indian Central
Association in 1926.
The Association has completed 90
years of service to the community,
which is yet another cause for celebration
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May is the month when
Government of the day
puts forward its budget to
The 2017 Budget is this National-led
Government’s ninth budget since
returning to Treasury benches in 2008.
Every initiative in Budget 2017 flows
from having a strong economic plan that
delivers sustainable growth and jobs.
I have in my earlier column discussed
the broad measures that Budget 2017
has put forward due to our prudent
financial and economic management.
Investment in Skills
The Government’s Innovative New
Zealand programme invests in the
skills and innovation that will keep our
economy growing in the years ahead.
Keeping this in mind, Budget 2017
will invest $372.8 million of new
operating funding in this area.
The funding includes $203 million for
Science and Innovation over four years.
This accounts for $40.5 million in
strategic science investments to explore
our natural hazards and the Antarctic
There is $82 million for New
Zealand’s largest contestable science
fund, the Endeavour Fund, to support
research with the potential to have longterm
transformative impact. And $74.6
million will help meet the rising demand
for Callaghan Innovation’s Research and
Development Growth Grants. $6 million
over three years goes to the expansion
of the Strategic Innovation Partnerships
Programme to deliver on its goal of
attracting 10 multinational companies to
undertake R&D activity in New Zealand
Economic Development Funding
Economic Development funding of
Is the government’s flagship Social
Investment approach simply the
“incremental privatisation of social
When journalist Richard Harman
posed this description to newly-appointed
Social Investment Minister Amy
Adams she pushed back, responding that
it is actually about “this Government
having a much stronger recognition and
belief that the Government is not best to
The Minister’s response gets at one
of those contentious political questions
that never goes away: the role of
It is a litmus test for our political
allegiances and usually described in
size-terms, if you like big you vote red;
small and you vote blue.
But her reply focuses on fit and
function rather than size.
Who is the closest and best-equipped
to solve the social problem at hand?
“At some point,” the Minister
continued, “you have to get to a situation
where you identify the families who
need help, and we have to get to a point
where we can go up a driveway and
change a life.”
Going up a driveway, however, “is
absolutely based on local relationships,
you cannot run it from Wellington.”
$31.1 million, includes $6.4 million over
two years for the New Zealand Business
Number initiative to support adoption
and implementation across the private
sector and government agencies. There is
$5.7 million over two years to help meet
the Better Public Services Result 9 target,
which aims to improve the experience for
business when dealing with government.
And $15 million over four years will
support the Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment’s role as the
lead space agency.
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment
gets $132 million over four years,
including $69.3 million for increased
tuition subsidy rates at qualification level
three and above, supporting providers
to continue to deliver quality skills for
There is $52.5 million for the
Performance-Based Research Fund to
promote high-quality research in tertiary
education; $6.8 million to support
sustainable growth in the international
education sector to strengthen the net
benefit to New Zealand and its value to
our regions; and $3.5 million of reprioritised
funding will help meet increased
demand for workplace-based literacy and
numeracy programmes in 2018, giving
more people the skills and confidence to
It must be someone trusted and
respected from the community who
understands those there and they feel
comfortable with, she said.
Wary of this or not, the Minister is
employing the concept of “subsidiarity,”
defined by the Oxford dictionary as “the
principle that a central authority should
have a subsidiary function, performing
only those tasks which cannot be
performed at a more local level.”
Tracing its origins back to the Latin
“subsidium,” which literally means “to
sit behind,” the term was used in the
context of Roman military reinforcements
called in to help and serve a
Today, this means larger institutions
like the State are there to serve, help and
coordinate when the smaller ones cannot
or are unable to do the job themselves,
and importantly, the intervention should
be temporary with the purpose of
restoring that original function.
There is more to healthy society than
just autonomous individuals and the
State, we need families, community
organisations, unions, and churches too.
If the Social Investment approach is
“just a warm and fuzzy cloak for seeking
to shrink the state,” as a recent column
in The Spinoff said, it is destined to fail.
There are concerning signs here
already, with the implementation,
targets, and evaluation thus far seeming
to focus more on reducing future Government
spending rather than improving
outcomes for our most disadvantaged.
engage in the workplace and community.
These initiatives are another major
step towards building a stronger and
more connected economy that enriches
New Zealand, lifts our productivity, and
raises living standards.
They are particularly welcome for
migrants who migrate predominately for
better lifestyle and higher income growth
as well as to use their skills and knowledge
towards research and development
of new ideas or towards establishing and
running successful businesses.
The Innovative New Zealand
programme offers opportunities for all
New Zealanders who want to contribute
to the New Zealand growth story. An
innovative New Zealand will use the
skills and knowledge delivered by our
tertiary system, and the high-quality,
high-impact science to help innovative
Kiwi businesses to be successful on the
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi is Member
of Parliament on National List,
Chairman of the Parliamentary Select
Committee on Law & Order and
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the
The litmus test of Social Investment approach
If we ascribe to subsidiarity, it is not
about smaller Government, but limited
It is about best fit.
Calling this privatisation is pointed
While the Government is great at
dispensing cash, it just is not built
for relationships, or to walk down
There are lot of challenges inherent
in empowering smaller organisations do
the work of bettering people’s lives: data
privacy and accountability just to name a
few, but if done right, it pays off.
The Minister is saying the right
things. Let us hope that she will lead the
Social Investment Agency to do the right
Kieran Madden is a Researcher at
Maxim Institute based in Auckland.
JUNE 15, 2017
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JUNE 15, 2017
Asia tops in investment partnership with New Zealand
But India does not feature on the list
An extract of Asia
New Zealand Report
The importance of foreign investment
goes beyond its role
in financing New Zealand’s
persistent current account
deficit with the rest of the world.
Foreign investment inflows take
a variety of forms, including debt
raised by our banks and companies on
offshore markets, foreign purchases of
stocks and bonds, and foreign direct
FDI is defined as a foreign acquisition
of a ‘substantial’ interest in a local
company, with ‘substantial’ generally
set at ownership of 10% or more of
the company’s equity, sufficient to
exercise influence over the company.
It can occur through a foreign
investor either buying into an existing
company or establishing a wholly or
partly owned new company.
FDI is a particularly important
category of investment.
A recent large-scale econometric
study that investigated the relationship
between openness to foreign investment
flows and economic growth
concluded that FDI was the only type
of foreign capital inflow associated
with significant positive effects on
At first glance, the idea that FDI has
positive effects might be surprising.
A core tenet of scholarship in international
business is that foreign-owned
companies face ‘liabilities of foreignness’
– the costs and risks that come
simply from being an outsider,
and thus less familiar with local
customs, laws and regulatory practices
than local firms.
Add to this the potential for a backlash
against foreign-owned companies
(think of all the ‘100% Kiwi-owned’
signs around the country), and you
might wonder how foreign ownership
could bring long-term benefits.
The potential for such benefits arises
not so much from the financial inflow
associated with FDI (after all, if it
were just about the money, FDI would
not be much different from debt), but
from the other things that some foreign
investors bring: access to technology,
management expertise, knowledge of
foreign markets and links to partnerships
and collaborations abroad.
Potential for FDI
It is these things that create the
potential for FDI to raise productivity,
increase exports and yield other positive
spill-overs for the host country.
Foreign investment, like migration,
often generates political controversy
and can trigger a range of concerns in
the host country. Recent high-profile
sales (and attempted sales that failed to
go through) of New Zealand companies
to investors from Asian countries
have attracted criticism.
Apparently in response, the government
has laid out a case for welcoming
foreign investment. According to a
government survey, 3816 firms in
New Zealand were foreign-investment
controlled as of February 2016.
This was only 0.7% of all firms,
but these firms accounted for around
13% of the total national employee
count. In an earlier survey of 515 New
Zealand-based firms with significant
foreign ownership, over half stated
that they had provided advice or help
to local partners, such as help with
technology, skill development, export
market knowledge or information on
suppliers and contacts.
This Report does not attempt to
arbitrate among contending views or
arrive at generalisable conclusions
about the effects of FDI. Instead, the
first part of this Report provides some
answers to three questions: Who
invests in New Zealand? Where in
New Zealand are their investments
located? In what activities and business
sectors do they invest?
The focus is on the role of investors
from Asian countries because their
investments have been very much in the
limelight in recent years.
The Report aims is to provide a better
understanding of the potential benefits of
investment in New Zealand from Asian
This is important, as investment from
Asia provides an opportunity to improve
our trading and cultural ties with a
region where economic growth has been
higher than in our traditional export
markets of Europe and North America.
Asian partnership grows
These trends are set to continue, with
economic growth in ‘emerging and
developing Asia’ projected to be more
than twice as rapid in the next two years
as growth in Europe and the United
These differential growth rates mean
that New Zealand’s economic growth
increasingly depends on the reorientation
of our international connections
towards increased exchanges with Asia.
Six out of our top 10 trading partners
are now in Asia.
Asia also accounts for much inward
migration to New Zealand, with China,
India, the Philippines, South Korea
and Pakistan in the top 10 countries of
The terms on which we develop trade
connections with Asia depend very
much on the quality of the partnerships
we forge through investment and
Shooting Club to
open next month
Police Minister Paula Bennett
will inaugurate a new facility
to learn and practice shooting
in the greater Auckland region
The Auckland Shooting Club, located
at 287 Tuhirangi Road, Makarau (next to
the Vipassana Meditation Centre), about
47 minutes’ drive from Auckland’s
Central Business District.
According to the website of the Club,
the primary objectives of the Auckland
Shooting Club are to promote safety
and education around pistol, rifle and
shotgun shooting, provide a complete
training programme for members
wishing to excel in shooting, organise
competition shoots and matches and
promote a club culture that supports and
encourages new and existing members.
The Club Committee comprises
experienced shooting leaders and those
with a genuine interest in promoting
shooting sports and running a club that
looks after its members.
“Auckland Shooting Club is in the
early stages, and seeks to be New
Zealand’s premier shooting club
hosting local, national and international
competitions. Significant progress has
been made to date including securing
the land for ranges, registering the club
with the incorporated societies office
and submitting the Club for both Pistol
New Zealand and New Zealand Police
approvals,” the Website says.
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Indians weather storms of discard, foster prosperity
Behold a Pictorial Expo at Mahatma Gandhi Centre, Auckland Indian Association, 145, New North Road, Eden Terrace, Saturday,
July 1, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm; At Papakura Museum, 209 Great South Road, Papakura from August 7 to September 22, 2017.
The Indian community in
New Zealand has acquired a
special status in the political,
commercial, industrial, social
and community spectrum of New
Zealand, with almost everyone paying
tribute to a society of people for their
patience and perseverance.
Year 2017 marks the 125th Anniversary
of the arrival of the first settlers,
although informal references to the
early arrivals date back to 1880s.
Year 2017 also marks the 90th
Anniversary of the New Zealand
Indian Central Association (NZICA),
indubitably a remarkable milestone in
the history of a nation.
It is hard to perceive if there is any
parallel to NZICA and its seniority
anywhere in the world; for, while
Indian presence began in many parts
of the world almost 140 years ago
as indentured labourers, there is no
evidence of a formal grouping or
association. On that score, Indians in
New Zealand could be justly proud of
Some inevitable questions
How and why did Indians arrive
in New Zealand? Did the first arrival
occur by accident or was it planned?
What was their experience on the first
day of arrival? Were they treated with
respect or contempt? If they were not
welcomed, why did they decide to stay
Pritam and Plara, sometime
in the 1900s
back, especially since they were
not bonded labour? What kept
them going? And finally, which
is the era that can be identified
to say that ‘they have arrived?’
There may be no written
answers to these questions but
a pictorial exhibition could
speak a million or more words
of the life, career, business,
social disposition and trials and
tribulations of Indians in New
The Exhibition, put together
by NZICA, will be open from
10 am to 4 pm on Saturday,
July 1, 2017 at Mahatma
Gandhi Centre located at 145,
New North Road, Eden Terrace
in Central Auckland. Later,
it will be held at Papakura
Museum, 209 Great South
Road, Papakura from August
7 to September 22, 2017. The
Exhibition commemorates the
Freedom Movement in India had its strong influence among
Indians in New Zealand
125th Anniversary of the arrival
of Indians in this country.
NZICA officials have been
working since last year to
organise this event.
Following is a statement
from NZICA President Bhikhu
The Exhibition, comprising
photographs and commentary,
will tour all over New Zealand.
The settlement of Indians
in New Zealand for over a
century marks a very significant
Outside of Asia, the settlement
of Indians in New Zealand is
one of the oldest in the world
and the Indian Diaspora can
be proud of this remarkable
As a third Generation
New Zealander Indian, I
am immensely proud of the
achievement of the Indian
A community meeting in progress in Auckland
community – a community
that started with settlers from
Punjab and Gujarat, now
encapsulates Indians from all
states of the subcontinent. They
have established themselves in
many professions, businesses,
sporting and artistic qualities.
The structure of NZICA
and cooperation of all Indians
in New Zealand presents an
opportunity to be a role model
in the world for Indians living
This exhibition, due for
launch on July 1, 2017 with
a formal opening and Jubilee
dinner, marks the start of a national
roadshow and a stepping
stone for exciting future profile
enhancement of Indians in New
Following is the Statement
sent at our request by Prakash
Biradar, General Secretary.
India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at a Reception hosted by NZICA
during her visit to New Zealand from May 27 to May 29, 1968
The New Zealand
Indian Central Association was
established in 1926 with existing
three branches of Indian
Associations as an apex body
to engage with the Government
for the betterment of the
Indian Community. Since then,
NZICA has worked relentlessly,
taking up the issues with the
Government and resolved
them to create a good living for
Indians in New Zealand.
In a thickly populated Gujarati
and Punjabi community at
the Indian Associations, I am
proud to say that I am the first
Kannadiga, a South Indian to
become General Secretary of
the apex body in 2013 through
Auckland Indian Association
which was a main branch of
I salute pioneer Indians who
established this organisation.
I am fortunate to be in office
as NZICA celebrates its 90th
NZICA is organising a
Black-Tie Jubilee Dinner,
with three course meal,
complimentary drink and Cash
Bar at Mahatma Gandhi Centre
on July 1, 2017. The event will
have a special guest appearance
by celebrated theatre personality
Entry by tickets, priced at
$50 per person should be purchased
in advance since there
would no door sales. For further
information, please email
Prakash Biradar at secretary@
nzindians.org.nz or Hansa
Naran at firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Reading: Our
Editorial, ‘Amidst prejudice
and disrespect, a community
rises,’ under Viewlink.
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Indians in Aotearoa
Celebrate 125 yearsofIndian NewZealanders
with remarkable stories and close to 100
compelling and rarely seen photographs.
Curated by the NewZealand Indian Central
Association, this exhibition tells the storyfrom
the firstIndian presence to pioneering settlers
to established communities in NewZealand.
Mahatma Gandhi Centre, Auckland
JUNE 15, 2017
Mohana Veena lifts the Divinity of Arts
Long rehearsals are currently
the norm for artistes of the
much-awaited live music
and dance concert, ‘Sargam
Fusion with Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt,’
scheduled to take place on Friday,
July 7 at Dorothy Winstone Centre,
Auckland Girls’ Grammar School, 16
Howe Street in Newton, Auckland.
Organised and presented by Old
Fort Bar & Eatery, this two-and-half
hour Programme (with an interval of
15 minutes) will commence at 730
Band with a Difference
‘Sargam Fusion,’ the band known
to cross horizons and create new
benchmarks in the contemporary
music and dance world, has promised
its fans that, like last year, it will
deliver something new this year.
As reported in our June 1, 2017
issue, following are the artistes.
Piano – Ahi Karunaharan
A classically trained pianist and cellist,
Ahi plays both Indian and Western
Classical music and has collaborated
with organisers of various International
Arts Festivals and diverse local
communities. He has also performed
solo in London, Malaysia and Canada.
Apart from music, Ahi is a trained
actor, writer and director.
Vocal – Ashish Ramakrishnan
A winner of the popular Zee TV
Saregama & Close-up Antakshari,
Ashish has performed at over 500
concerts across the world. He has
sung and composed jingles for radio
stations in the UK, India and New
Zealand, and has several voiceovers
to his credit. Ashish has performed
with veterans of Indian music such
as Ustad Fazal Qureshi and Ustad
Vocal – Seetha Jandhyala
A prominent Hindustani vocalist,
Seetha began her early training in
Carnatic vocal tradition from her
mother Jandhyala Rajyalakshmi and
Indian Idol finalist for Auckland music concert
One of the most prolific
singers of the South Indian
film industry rising as a
sensation in Hindi cinema
will be the star attraction at a music
concert in Auckland next month.
PVNS Rohit (Rohit Paritala,
also known as Naga), who battled
hard to get to the Finals of India’s
Idol 2017 (Ninth Edition) less than
three months ago, will perform at
the annual programme of the SB
(Sangeetha Bharathi) Music Magic
Group on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at
Dorothy Winstone Centre, Auckland
Girls Grammar School.
The Programme, which will commence
at 530 pm will have several
local artistes including Vishnu Priya
Mallela, Ravi Muthumanikkam,
Sreesutha Nampally, Praveen Ravela,
Archana Ravi, NP Srinivas Rao and
They will be supported by
Madan Kalyan and Cloyd D’Mello
(Keyboards), Anthony Yempee, Diya
Anthony (Lead Guitars), Vishnu
Sreekumar (Bass Guitar), Joseph
File Photo of the Performing Artistes of Sargam Fusion with Rakesh Chaurasia in June 2016
later from Gowri Gokul. Her aunt,
Jagarlapudi Shobha is a well-trained
Hindustani singer in Mumbai and has
been a strong influence in sparking
Seetha’s interest in Hindustani vocal
tradition. She continues to hone her
skills in Hindustani singing from her
guru over Skype.
Tabla – Basant Madhur
Principal and Director of ‘Sargam
School of Indian Music,’ Basant is a
prominent Tabla player in New Zealand’s
music community and is known
for his modesty and sense of humour.
Born and raised in a musically oriented
family, he has accompanied renowned
Indian Classical stalwarts such as
Rakesh Chaurasia, Pt Ronu Majumdar,
Pt Vidya Bhushan and Pt Vishwa Mohan
Tabla – Akhilesh Madhur
Disciple and nephew of Basant,
Akhilesh has over the years, inspired
many people with his impressive
performances on the Tabla. He is a
multi-faceted concert accompanist,
including as a solo Tabla player and as a
spirited part of Jugalbandi.
Alexander (Octopad), Joscel Alexander
(Acoustic Drums), Navneel
Prasad (Tabla) and Balu Mallela
Rohit’s wide repertoire, well
matched by our singers and instrumentalists,
will enable the Concert
to transit between Telugu, Tamil and
Hindi film music.
Idol idolises legend
As a son of the Telugu soil (Hyderabad,
Telangana), it was natural
for Rohit to consider legendary
singer S P Balasubrahmanyam
(known as the ‘Living Robot’ with
more than 50,000 songs in at least 21
languages to his credit) as his Idol.
“Singing is my passion and I hope
to achieve my goal and become
a singer like SP. Otherwise, there
would no meaning for my life,” the
25-years-old singer said.
Commencing his career in
music when he was five years old,
Rohit received formal training and
proficiency in Classical Music,
which helped him at the India’s Idol
auditions, knockout, quarter-finals,
semifinals and final rounds.
The Idol Season and episodes
brought him to the attention of
famous music personalities including
Veena, Mandolin and Ghatam –
Trained in Keyboard and classical
Veena, Saketh presented his Veena
Arangetram in February this year. He is
a self-taught performer on the Mandolin,
Guitar, African Udu Drum, Flute and
Ghatam and has participated in many
classical and light music programmes
in Auckland. Saketh has also lent his
musical talents to numerous Dance
Fiddle – Krissy Jackson
Composer, performer, teacher and
choral ‘Musical Director,’ Krissy has
played with many Irish/Celtic bands
including Reel Men and Shenaniganz
and has performed with Craig Smith at
the ‘Taranaki For Christchurch’ concert.
Besides classical, Krissy enjoys playing
Celtic, Bluegrass, NZ Folk, Jazz, Gyspy
as well as country. She loves to jam with
singer-songwriters and cover bands.
Guitar – Rob Mita
A popular musician in New Zealand,
Rob has been a regular guitar player at
several music festivals. He plays the lead
(Acoustic and Electric) as well as Bass
SP, Anu Mallik and Sonu
Nigam, the last of who
became his mentor to guide
him through the competition.
Popularity at home
Even before India’s Idol 9
Contest, Rohit had established
his prowess as a performer in
‘Padutha Theeyaga,’ a popular
reality show conducted by
SP on ETV Channel.
His singing style, good
execution of various Ragas
and ability to switch between
high and low notes quickly
made him a singing sensation
with a huge fan following
on Facebook and YouTube.
His active participation in the
Social Media keeps him in
touch with friends and fans
across the world.
Rohit has a unique desire
that he wants to sing in every
single native language of
He has well and truly
discovered and established
himself as a force to reckon
with from the stage of Indian
Idol. He was one of the two
runners up in the show and
has been touring all around
the world since then, with
performances in Dubai and
all over the United states
with several singers of fame
including KS Chitra.
What: Priya Ragam with PVNS Rohit and others
Who: SB Music Magic Group
When: Saturday, July 8 at 530 pm
Where: Dorothy Winstone Centre
Auckland Girls Grammar School
Howe Street, Auckland
Tickets: Adults ($15) Child/Senior $10
Contact: Govardhan Mallela on 09-6245922 or 021-1455708
guitar. Specialising in Jazz and Western
music, Rob has participated in many
international events and has contributed
to numerous albums across the globe.
Percussion – Ravi Nyayapati
Ravi is an active figure in the
Auckland music scene, mainly
involving stage management and
anchoring concerts over the last few
years. A multi-skilled percussionist,
he has resumed his interest in playing
Dholak and side rhythm for concerts,
giving ‘completeness’ to live music arrangements.
Ravi will be seen playing
as many as six rhythmic instruments at
the forthcoming programme.
Drums – Swap Gomez
Son of prolific Bengali singer
Leonard Gomez, Swap is best known
for his drumming work in the NZ music
industry, working with artists such as
Nick Hohepa, Bailey Wiley and The
Exponents. He has performed widely
across Europe and Asia and has worked
with international artists namely Oli
Goz, DJ Disk, Vernon Reid (Living
Color), Uli Jon Roth (The Scorpions)
and Karsh Kale.
Dance – Ratna Venkat
An award-winning Indian Classical
and Fusion Dancer, Ratna is known
for her unique dance presentations and
passion for excellence on stage. She
has performed in numerous local and
international events including ‘Tribute
to Sir Edmund Hillary,’ ‘Asia-Pacific
Culture Day,’ ‘Mother Teresa Interfaith
Committee,’ ‘Diwali’ at New Zealand
Parliament and at the 103rd National
Day of the Republic of China Celebrations.
Being a dancer, Ratna will be a
visual treat at the forthcoming concert.
She is Assistant Editor of Indian
Tickets, priced at $60, $40 and
$25 are available at Old Fort Bar &
Eatery and Sargam School of Indian
Music (419 Blockhouse Bay Road,
Blockhouse Bay, Auckland).
Readers are encouraged to book
early to get the best seats.
“Sargam Fusion with Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt”
An evening of Indian Classical and Fusion Music
Friday, July 7 at 730 pm
Old Fort Bar & Eatery
Dorothy Winstone Centre,
Auckland Girls’ Grammar School,
16 Howe Street, Newton, Auckland.
Tickets: VIP – $60, ‘A’ Reserve – $40, ‘B’ Reserve – $25
Contact: Basant Madhur on 021-0357954;
JUNE 15, 2017
Eid Al Fitr Special
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I would like to extend
Eid greetings to the
Communities across New Zealand
have been celebrating the end of
Ramadan - a month of fasting and
spiritual reflection and the Eid Al
Fitr festival will be celebrated by
Muslims around the world on or
about June 25, 2017.
Ramadan is a special time
where Muslims give thanks to
Allah for their health, wellbeing
and strength, and to celebrate
the “happiness” one feels after
completing such an important task.
Festivals and celebrations
such as Ramadan and Eid play
an important role in maintaining
identity and traditions.
Celebrations of these traditions
help New Zealanders come to a
better understanding of the different
communities around them.
Interfaith knowledge and religious
tolerance is critical to maintaining
a socially cohesive society.
Rising Muslim population
As New Zealand’s diversity
increases, it is important that we
recognise and acknowledge the
many cultures and religions within
New Zealand, and the community’s
contribution to a strong,
inclusive and prosperous nation.
According to Census 2013,
there are around 46,000 Muslims
New Zealand. In just over a
decade, the number of Muslims
living here has almost doubled,
growing from 23,000 in 2001.
The Islamic community in
New Zealand is diverse within
itself with over 42 ethnicities.
Muslims living in New Zealand
are predominantly born in four
regions (source; Statistics NZ,
Census 2013); 27% (12,250
people) were born in Asia, 26%
(11,700 people) were born in New
Zealand; 23% (10,600 people)
were born in the Middle East or
Africa; and 21% (9500 people)
were born in the Pacific.
I am looking forward to hosting
the Parliamentary Eid Al Fitr on
July 5, 2017 and acknowledging
the contributions made by Muslim
Kiwis in New Zealand.
Ethnic People in Commerce
I hope to see many of you at
the Ethnic People in Commerce
(EPC NZ) conference later this
month (June 30, 2017 at Sky City
EPIC NZ is the Office of
Ethnic Communities annual
conference celebrating New
Zealand’s growing and diverse
business community. The theme
of this year’s conference is; The
New Zealand business story; best
practice, better business.
EPIC NZ is a half day (afternoon)
event that will attract about
300 attendees from New Zealand’s
ethnically diverse business
Attendees will have the
opportunity to engage and connect
directly with government agencies
and to find out about the support
and services available to drive best
practice, and to help businesses
thrive and grow.
Open dialogue with Government
The conference focuses on how
to succeed in the New Zealand
business environment and internationally,
and what is next for
New Zealand’s ethnically diverse
It aims to encourage
engagement and an open dialogue
between Government and the
ethnically diverse business
community about the opportunities
and challenges faced; connect and
inspire New Zealand’s ethnically
diverse business community
and demonstrate the benefits of
diversity; and discuss how to get
the best out of the New Zealand
business story in our fast-paced
EPIC NZ provides an opportunity
for New Zealand’s ethnically
diverse business community to
make valuable connections with
local and international business
leaders to drive innovation and
Information about the conference
including the programme,
who will be speaking, and how
to register is available from the
Office of Ethnic Communities’
website at this link; https;//
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The Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed during the Holy Month of Ramadan
Dedication to the people of a great faith
As we offer our hearty
greetings to the
members of the Muslim
community in New
Zealand on the occasion of Eid Al
Fitr, Indian Newslink records with
pleasure our sincere appreciation of
the spirit of tolerance and harmony
that the community has displayed in
integrating into the mainstream of
Amongst our Muslim brothers
and sisters are lawyers, solicitors,
accountants, scholars, teachers,
engineers, businesspersons, traders
and a host of other professionals
who have done the country proud
through their contributions to
the economic growth and social
Some of them made New
Zealand their home several decades
ago, and like most others, early
settlers in the community had to
battle a series of challenges and
odds to move forward in life.
They decorate the country with
dignity and honour.
This newspaper has been
working closely with the Muslim
community, like it does with others,
and over the years, has reported
on issues, people, events and
developments. The community has
responded to our queries on issues
with a sense of responsibility and
We salute the community celebrating
Eid Al Fitr, marking the end
of the Holy Month of Ramadan (on
or about June 25,2017) and hope
that every person marks the event
with piety, joy and serenity, with
greetings from other ethnic groups.
Peace and tolerance
Islam is a religion of peace, not
war; a promoter of harmony, not
discord; a preacher of tolerance, not
belligerence; and an embodiment of
goodwill, not evil.
It is often said that every man
and woman who fasts during the
Holy Month of Ramadan, emerges
stronger, with a more intense feeling
for fellow beings. There comes
a revelation, year after year, of the
need to be humble, helpful and
honourable towards the community
in which they live.
That in fact is the true spirit of
We live in the hope that Eid Al
Fitr this year will bring together
more people and foster in them the
feeling of oneness.
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Super Veena artiste with Super Singers for Auckland
Those watching the
Super Singers Programme
to explore and expose
talent among Seniors and
Juniors on Star Vijay Tamil Television
Channel would not like to miss a rare
opportunity of watching a few of them
perform in Auckland.
The star attraction of the event
coming up on Saturday, July 15, 2017
(from 630 pm) at Dorothy Winstone
Centre at Auckland Girls Grammar
School will undoubtedly be Rajhesh
Vaidhya, one of the most talented and
‘vigorous’ Veena artistes of our times.
His performances as a ‘Support Artiste’
at the Super Singer Competition
have overshadowed the rendition of
young contestants, but nobody objects,
for such is his repertoire that popular
music directors such as A R Rahman
and participants and judges in the
competition adore him.
Charity to benefit
Anand Aravindakshan, the young
singer who created waves and raised
eyebrows when he was declared Super
Singer of the Year in 2016 and Hari
Priya, who won the acclaim of all the
judges during the audition, knock-out,
quarterfinals, semi-finals and final
round at the Super Singer Competition
held in 2015 will be added attractions.
Organised by our community
leaders and musicians including Suren
Surendran, a part of the proceeds of
the programme will be donated to
‘Gandhi Illam New Zealand Trust,’
a charity organisation that supports
children in Sri Lanka.
Further details can be obtained
from Suren on 021-952747. Email:
Those of us who have grown with
world-renowned Veena masters such
as S Balachander, Chitti Babu and
Doraiswami Iyengar would appreciate
the divinity of this great instrument – it
is believed to be the gift of Goddess
Saraswathi, who is always seen with
the Veena in her hands. We have
watched and applauded these maestros
perform miracles with this stringed
Rajhesh is a chip of the old block.
Born into a musically endowed family,
he inherited the talent of his father
K M Vaidyanathan, a Mridangam
and Ghatam master. Inspired and
encouraged by him, Rajhesh was also
highly influenced by the mastery of
Chitti Babu. With such pedagogues,
he began to fine-tune his nuances
on the Veena and the result has been
magical. He later came under the
tutelage of Lakshminarayana Shankar
Apart from his blistering speed, Rajhesh’s
performances are distinguished
by his use of electric and amplified
strings. Besides his stage instrumental
concerts, he is deeply involved with
recordings for leading cine music
directors and documentary filmmakers.
He is a part of the multi starred phenomenal
International album ‘Playing
for change’ www.playingforchange.
Honours and Associations
Among the honours that he has
received include ‘Shree Kanchi
Kamakoti Peetam Aasthana Vidwan’
(2001) and ‘Kalaimamani’ (2011)
given by the Tamil Nadu government.
His appointment as ‘Roland Endorsee’
is an international acclaim.
As the brother-in-law of famous
comedian S V Shekher, Rajhesh
was drawn into the film industry,
and scored music for his Tamil film
‘Vegam.’ He has also worked with
music directors Vidyasagar, Harris
Jayaraj, Bharathwaj, Deva, Devi Sri
Prasad, Srikanth Deva, Ilaiyaraaja and
A R Rahman.
He composed the music for K
Balachander’s television series
He collaborated with ‘Playing for
Change,’ for the album ‘Songs Around
the World,’ published in 2008. He has
performed with several global stars
including Sir Elton John.
Within the Veena and South
Indian music tradition, Rajhesh is
undoubtedly one of the most intriguing
and technically beguiling artistes of
Anand Aravindakshan was the Star
among top 33 contestants in Airtel
Super Singer 5 shown on Star Vijay
Born, raised and educated in Chennai,
he acquired his higher education
in Sound Engineering and Recording
at the Soundtech Media School Pune.
A well-trained classical musician,
Anand is an emerging playback singer
in Tamil films.
Hari Priya (also Haripriya) was a
top finalist in Super Singer Junior 4 of
Star Vijay TV.
Although she did not win in the
Contest, she is rated high as a singer of
great talent. She has been performing at
concerts in many parts of the world and
the forthcoming event in New Zealand
would be the first in this country.
Indian Newslink is promoting
this Programme through its Print and
Web Editions, Bi-Weekly Newsletter,
Facebook and Twitter.
Dance drama pays tribute to Tamil God
The beauty and charm of Lord
Murugan, also known as
‘Karthikeya’ (or Karthikeya),
‘The Tamil God’ and ‘The
War God’ will become a visual treat at
a spectacular dance drama scheduled
to be held in August in Wellington.
The Mudra Dance Company
of Wellington is presenting the
Programme titled, ‘Kartikeya,’ at
Whitireia Theatre located at 25 Vivian
Street from August 4 to August 6.
Tickets priced between $20 and $30
are on sale.
Choreographed and produced by
well-known dancer and teacher Vivek
Kinra and performed by the students
of the Mudra Dance Company, the
event will portray Karthikeya, the
younger son (the older son is Lord
Ganapathy) of Lord Shiva, a form of
the Supreme Force that controls the
Universe and destroys evil.
“There is not a village in South
India, however small, which does not
possess a shrine to this powerful deity,”
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Lord Murugan or Kartikeya
Dancers and students of the Mudra Dance Company of Wellington
Mark Graham said.
He said that Kartikeya, as a warrior
son of Lord Shiva, is cosmologically
linked to the Pleiades, the cluster of
six stars that lie in a nearby area of our
galaxy, 400 light years distant. As the
god of war, Kartikeya is the destroyer
of demons. Kartikeya crushes the evil
forces - external and internal - removes
ignorance, and bestows eternal
knowledge,” he said.
Kaleidoscope of emotions
“Kartikeya will be a kaleidoscope
of motion, colour, music, mime,
and rhythm. The dances highlight
Kinra’s choreography which combines
innovative and traditional elements of
dance. Characterised by exotic beauty
and charm, Mudra Dance Company is
a visual feast of brilliant sari colours,
traditional headdresses of braids and
flowers, and the sparkle of gorgeous
jewellery,” Graham said.
Boxing greats of Fiji
in June bout
Junior Farzan Ali and Sebastian Singh
(Picture Courtesy: Fiji Sun)
Fiji Sports fans in general and
those who follow boxing in
particular can expect ‘real action’
as two of the best Superlight
Weights meet in Nadi on Friday, June 30,
The much-awaited boxing bout
between Junior Farzan Ali and Sabastian
Singh will attract a huge crowd as
both boxers have fought with overseas
They are now preparing well and
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Fiji will get two WBO officials to oversee
New Zealand Boxing President Ioana
Swalgaer and I will be in Fiji for the
Farzan has had 37 fights with 28 wins
and 7 loses with 2 draws.
Singh has had only 10 fights with 8
wins and 2 loses however Singh is only
23 whereas Farzan is about 38 years old.
Age plays an important role in boxing
and hence boxers should make the best
use of their young age and when the
going is good.
I propose to train new officials for Fiji
Boxing as the country has a shortage of
referees and judges.
Boxing should not be seen as a ‘fight
between two individuals or groups’
but as a healthy sport that promotes
physical wellbeing of people.
I have often heard that most members
of the Indian community do not have
much physical activity and hence are
vulnerable to various types of ailment.
It is not enough to do hard work at
home or office.
There is a need to exercise regularly
and boxing is a sport that keeps the
mind and body fit, provided it is played
according to the rules and regulations of
the game. In fact, every game that can
be categorised as ‘contact sport’ follows
‘rules of prohibition,’ to protect people
involved- be in the ring or in the field.
According to Scotie Keithlow, a
‘Platinum Level Expert and Author,’
people who have tried boxing as a form
of exercise find it to have very positive
results, arms and legs usually gain a lot
of strength and become more defined
Gaining inner strength
“However, the benefits are not all
physical. People also find that they gain
a greater sense of inner strength and feel
more emotionally balanced. Boxing as
a form of training and exercise became
part of the large fitness-training arena
a few years ago. Great benefits can be
found from boxing workouts on muscle
toning and the cardiovascular system,”
Faiyaz Khan is Fiji Boxing Commission
Advisor. He lives in Auckland.
JUNE 15, 2017
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Paula Bennett Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi Bala Venu Beeram Rahul Sirigiri Kalyan Rao Kasuganti
Telanganites mark their anniversary with solemnity
People of Telangana demonstrated
their spirit of unity,
patriotism, and solidarity as
they marked the third anniversary
of their State on Sunday, June 11,
More than 500 men, women and
children attended the festivities organised
by the Telangana Association of
New Zealand (TANZ) held at Mt Eden
War Memorial Hall in Auckland City
at which Deputy Prime Minister (and
Minister of Police and Tourism) Paula
Bennett was the Chief Guest.
Paying tributes to the people of Telangana,
Ms Bennett said that they are
known for their hard work, dedication
“Our Government is grateful to the
Indian community for their support and
contributions to economic development
and social progress. I am happy to
experience the richness of Telangana
culture and I hope that the younger
members of the community will
preserve and promote the traditional
Is New Zealand Rugby losing its shine?
Conference in Palmerston North from June 28 to 30
With the British and Irish
Lions Tour under way
and renewed concerns
over the state of Rugby
in New Zealand being expressed in
the media, organisers of the upcoming
World in Union (New Zealand) 2017
International Rugby Conference
at Massey University have invited
contributors to reflect on the historical
development of the game.
One common theme among
contributors is that such concerns are
They have been repeatedly
expressed, albeit in different contexts,
as long as the game has been played.
Massey University School of
Humanities Senior Lecturer (History)
Dr Geoff Watson has spent 17 years
researching sports history in New
All Blacks Tours
His Paper entitled ‘Tales of the
Tours,’ investigates the 1959, 1966,
1971 and 1977 tours, charting the
contrasting fortunes of New Zealand
The Paper documents the All Black
dominance of the 1950s and 1960s,
which then faded with the defeat at the
hands of the 1971 Lions and an unconvincing,
albeit victorious performance
against the 1977 Lions.
“The fluctuating performances
of the national team mirrored wider
concerns about the state of the game.
Controversy over New Zealand’s
sporting contacts with South Africa, the
rise of soccer as an alternative option
Paula Bennett with Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi and Bala Venu Beeram at the ‘Telangana Formation
Day’ celebrations on June 11, 2017
and cultural values,” she said.
“I feel privileged to be a part of the
‘Telangana Formation Day’ celebrations,”
Among the others who spoke at the
event were National MP Kanwaljit
Singh Bakshi, National Party Candidate
at Kelston Bala Venu Beeram, Global
Indianz (National Party Youth Wing)
Vice-President Rahul Sirigiri, New
Zealand Indian Central Association
(NZICA) President Bhikhu Bhana
Dr Geoff Watson
and critiques of violence and male
chauvinism undermined public support
for the game,” Dr Watson said.
“These tensions took an unprecedented
physical form in New Zealand
during the 1981 South African tour,
during which more than 150,000 New
Zealanders engaged in protest action
resulting in some violent clashes
between demonstrators, Police and protour
supporters. With reference to the
1981 tour, Sebastian Potgieter (a PhD
candidate from the University of Otago)
argued that it had a profound effect
upon sport in South Africa, notably in
ensuring South African Rugby remained
largely isolated during the 1980s.”
The recent dominance of the All
Blacks should not necessarily be interpreted
as representing universal support
for the game in New Zealand.
Professor Toni Bruce, from the
University of Auckland, will discuss
New Zealander’s contrasting responses
to the 2007, 2011 and 2015 Rugby
World Cups and ways in which both
fans and non-followers of Rugby have
experienced these events.
While Rugby is often alluded to as
and TANZ President Kalyan Rao
Other prominent guests included
New Zealand People’s Party of New
Zealand Leader Roshan Nauhria, NZI-
CA General Secretary Prakash Biradar
and Link2 Services Limited Managing
Director Indra Sirigiri.
The ‘Promise’ of a separate State
for the people of the Telangana goes
back to August 15, 1947 when India
the national game, Professor Bruce
argues that the reality is much more
complex, with many New Zealanders
feeling, at best, ambivalent about its
position in society.
Has Rugby dropped the ball?
Indeed, present concerns about
declining passion for sport, lower
participation levels and injuries need
to be seen in the wider context of the
history of the game, which has never
received uncritical support from all
sections of society.
As three of the Conference contributors
argue, New Zealand Rugby
has experienced recurring cycles of
Professor Greg Ryan, from Lincoln
University, argues that the 1950 Lions
Tour, popularly remembered for the
attractive back play of the tourists,
occurred at a time when New Zealanders
were insecure about the state
of their national game, having lost six
test matches in 1949. Moreover, this
sense of insecurity was compounded
by global events, with New Zealand
having to adapt to Britain gradually
losing its previous position of global
dominance as its former colonies
Conference Director and Lecturer
in Sport Management Dr Rachel Batty
said that the historical perspectives
will add value to the conference.
“They highlight how the game has
changed over time and Rugby’s continuing
relationship with society. Such
historical perspectives complement the
presentations of the practitioners and
other rugby experts who will discuss
became independent. The ‘Promise’
was not fulfilled even in 1957 when the
‘Linguistic Reorganisation of States’
Since then, the people of Telangana
have been demanding delivery of
that ‘Promise’ peacefully. It became
a reality in February 2014, one of the
major acts of the outgoing government
of Dr Manmohan Singh. Telangana
is an independent State today with
Hyderabad as the Capital.
the present state of the game.”
Former All Black Eroni Clarke
will also give a presentation at the
He knows what it is like taking
on the Lions, after playing two tests
against them in 1993.
Mr Clarke will be coordinating a
session on cultural competence in Rugby
with Jeremy Hapeta from Massey’s
School of Sport and Exercise.
The Summit will begin with a
welcome ceremony at the New
Zealand Rugby Museum on June 28,
followed by two days of presentations
and discussions at Massey University’s
Sport and Rugby Institute in Palmerston
North on June 29 and 30.
The event will tackle the big issues
facing rugby union, in addition to
Andhra Pradesh (AP) continues as an
independent State sharing Hyderabad
as the Capital.
The promulgation of a Statute
declaring Telangana as an independent
State provided for such sharing for ten
Eventually Vishakhapatnam will
become the Capital of AP.
‘Telangana Formation Day’ is therefore
a very important and emotional
event for the people of Telangana.
Young Telanganites rendering Telangana State Anthem, Vande Mataram and
New Zealand National Anthem (Pictures by Santosh Tukkapukam)
passing on knowledge and advice
to those involved with the sport.
Presentations on nationalism, culture,
social issues, history, sport development,
strength and conditioning, injury
and prevention, coaching, performance
enhancement, sponsorship, volunteer
management and event management
have already been confirmed.
An international array of academics,
practitioners and educators will attend
from Australia, the United States,
Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe
and Japan, as well as from throughout
In addition to the presentations,
there will also be interactive displays,
including Woderwick the Kicking
Robot’ created by staff from Massey
University’s School of Engineering
and Advanced Technology.
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Grand Slammer Venus lifts the Tennis bar
New Zealand’s Michael Venus
became the first Kiwi in 38
years to win a Tennis Grand
Slam, at the French Open in
Paris on June 10, 2017.
The last time a New Zealander held
aloft a Grand Slam was in 1979 when Judy
Chaloner won the Australian Open.
Twenty-nine-year old Aucklander,
Venus partnered the big serving American
Ryan Harrison to beat Mexican Santiago
Gonzalez and American Donald Young 7-6
(7-5) 6-7 (7-4) 6-3 in the finals.
Pacific Dance Festival promises cultural extravaganza
New Zealand tennis fans are familiar
with all players in the finals as Harrison,
Young and Gonzalez have been regulars at
the Auckland ASB Open.
Venus is projected to rise as high as 15
in the ATP doubles rankings after his win.
Kiwi Tennis is in the best health it has
been in years with Marcus Daniel, Artem
Sitak and Michael Venus all doing well
in the international doubles circuit and
Marina Erakovic playing the main draw at
India’s Rohan Bopanna became the
fourth tennis player from that country to
win a Grand Slam, when he partnered
Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski to win the
mixed doubles title at Roland Garros.
Playing his second Grand Slam final
after reaching the US open finals seven
years ago, Bopanna and Dabrowski saved
The Pacific Dance Festival, which
attracted thousands of people last
year, returns with a more colourful
and bigger programme this year.
Scheduled to be held at the Mangere
Arts Centre in the South Auckland suburb
of Mangere from June 15 to 24, 2017, the
Festival has been inspired by the Pacific
Dance Choreographic Laboratory.
The Festival will provide an opportunity
for Pacific choreographers to create, develop,
and perform original dance works in a
celebration of Pacific cultures.
Embracing Contemporary Art
Pacific Dance New Zealand has taken
this initiative to embrace contemporary Pacific
dance in the most populous Polynesian
city in the world.
Festival Director Iosefa Enari said that
the Festival is New Zealand’s only contemporary
Pacific dance festival of its type,
showcasing most exciting contemporary
Pacific dance choreographers.
“It is also a wonderful opportunity for
audiences to familiarise themselves with
the incredible diversity of performance out
there. Pacific Dance New Zealand fosters
and encourages the development of the
Pacific dance sector of New Zealand. We
are involved in running dance workshops,
conferences, community and professional
events promoting Pacific dance in New
The First Week
The first week of the festival will present
(Picture Courtesy: Radio New Zealand)
two match points to secure a thrilling 2-6,
6-2, 12-10 win over Germany’s Anna-Lena
Groenefeld and Colombia’s Robert Farah.
It also made Dabrowski (who was part
of this year’s ASB Open) the first player
from Canada to secure a Grand Slam win.
Bangalore based 37-year-old Bopanna,
turned professional in 2003, and has spent
close to two decades on the tennis circuit
carving out a solid career where he has
reached a career high ranking of three in
Wahine Toa over two nights, a collection
of four works by female choreographers
in celebration of the strength and
diversity of Pasifika women: Tai Akaki by
Tepaeru–Ariki Lulu French, Ave by Ufitia
Sagapolute, West Meet South by Losalia
Milika Pusiaki, and Found Words by Julia
The week will conclude with the debut
performance of the highly anticipated Nu’u
by Freshman’s Crew on Saturday June
17, 2017, fusing together Pacific, Maori,
Urban and Contemporary dance styles in
a story exploring three characters and their
experiences growing up in New Zealand.
Nu’u will debut at the Pacific Dance
Festival before travelling overseas, with
interest from as far abroad as Hawaii, Los
Angeles, and Utah already being expressed.
doubles a few years ago.
Coincidentally, Bopanna beat another
Indian Grand Slam winner Sania Mirza in
the quarter finals (she partnered Croatian
The first Indian to taste victory at the
French Open was Ramesh Krishnan, when
he won the boy’s title in 1979.
Spaniard Rafael Nadal won a record
10th French Open when he beat Swiss
Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in the finals.
Nadal’s 15th Grand Slam win puts him
just three behind Roger Federer world
record of 18 Slams.
He also lost just 35 games in total at
Paris this year and only six in the final,
recording his most comprehensive victory
since losing only four games in the 2008
final to Federer.
Former World No 1 and 2016 French
The Second Week
Week Two will feature the men of the
programme in action, presenting Tamatoa
and consisting of original works: ‘Muamua
and Keeping the Faith’ by Joash Fahitua,
Fa’aafa by Pati Tyrell, Mea Tau by Elijah
Kennar, and Tu Move by the New Zealand
School of Dance.
Closing the festival will be a huge double
bill performance of Aumaga by Le Moana
and Le Mau by Jasmine Leota, showing on
June 23 and June 24, 2017.
In addition to the evening performances,
the Festival will invite South Auckland
schools to attend free matinees of four of
the works, Tia, Keeping the Faith, Le au
and Aumaga as part of their commitment
to nurture and support the stories of young
JUNE 15, 2017
Open winner Novak Djokovic had another
disappointing Slam in losing to Dominic
Thiem in straight sets in the quarter finals.
This was the Serb’s first partnership with
new coach Andre Agassi.
Speculation is rife that he might skip
the forthcoming Wimbledon to stay away
from the game for some time, to hopefully
Jelena Ostapenko beat third seed Simona
Halep to win the ladies singles title.
She became the first player from Latvia
to win a Grand Slam. The unseeded
20-year- old played an attack game, and
used it to good effect to beat her fancied
opponent after being a set and 3-0 down in
Women’s game has been crying for
newer stars and rivalries to emerge –
hopefully Halep and Ostapenko can fill
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