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Labour’s Immigration Policy musters support

Venkat Raman


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.

Bold initiatives

Announcing some bold initiatives on

Monday, June 12, 2017, Labour Party

Leader (also Leader of the Opposition)

Violent women terrorise husbands in South Auckland

Venkat Raman


While women have been

predominantly mentioned

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

female partners.

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.

‘Batly’ beaten

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

of Tauranga.

Sustainable intake

“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

Venkat Raman


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

December 2016.

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

of Merit

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

of Merit

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

Ravidas Sabha.

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

Venkat Raman


More than 600

people attended

the funeral

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,

understanding, compassionate,

ready-to-help anyone at any

time and most important of all,

a bearer of goodwill and love

towards all.

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

Wellington region.

Property Business

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

all times.

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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JUNE 15, 2017

Reckless migration impoverishes New Zealanders

Michael Wood

Assalam Alaikum to all Muslim

friends as we approach

the important celebration of

Eid Al Fitr on or about June

27, 2017.

I am extremely proud to represent

the most multicultural electorate in

New Zealand.

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

home here.

Concerning moves

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


Massive mismatch

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

running rampant.

Labour’s KiwiBuild Programme will

start to make housing more affordable

by building 10,000 affordable homes

per year.

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.

Immigration Control

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.

Ending abuses

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

build houses.

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

Priyanca Radhakrishnan

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.

Wrong Predictions

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

30 seats.

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

three months.

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

wealth inequality.

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


Labour’s package

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 priyanca@labour.org.nz

Finally, to our Muslim readers, I

wish you all a blessed Ramadan and at

the end of the month, a very happy Eid

Al Fitr.

Priyanca Radhakrishnan was born

in India, educated in Singapore and

New Zealand. She has been with the

Labour Party for about 11 years in

various capacities. She is the Party’s

candidate in the Maungakiekie

constituency in the general election

scheduled to be held on Saturday,

September 23, 2017.

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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


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with the New Zealand Police and

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As well as working with the Indian

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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

Telangana State Association in Sydney on June 3. He is seen here with (from left) Jaypal Kadire,

Vinod Kumar Boianapalli and Julie Owens.

experiences that lay the foundation for

their children’s success in school and

later life.

The Programme has been designed

specifically for those parents who

may not feel comfortable in their own

abilities to support their children’s


Great Potentials Foundation

introduced HIPPY to New Zealand

in 1992.

Challenged parents

It works with parents of 3 ½ to

six-year old children who live in

low socio-economic areas with

under-achievement in education.

Some parents on the Programme have

additional challenges for success, such

as English as a second language, and

many of the children not attending

other Early Childhood Education at

the time of their enrolment to HIPPY.

The 60-week Curriculum, worked

over two years, comprises 60 weekly

workbooks with activities that develop

the cognitive and non-cognitive skills

essential for children to become

competent learners.

The activities are linked to Te

Whaariki, the Early Childhood Curriculum

Policy Statement, and the New

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


Australian engagement

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

Stuart Nash

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

record rates.

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.

Terrible admission

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


Community Policing

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

Peter Dunne

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.



Fresh Policies to:


Put more community

police onthe streets


Build affordable houses

for families


Get young people into

jobs, education

and training



Email Michael.Wood@parliament.govt.nz

Email Ethnic.Communities@labour.org.nz

Phone 09 373 3332

Address 85 Grafton Rd

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Andrew Little MP

Labour Leader

Michael Wood MP

Spokesperson for

Ethnic Communities

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Funding boost and tough measures for safer diaries Enhanced complement will

Paula Bennett

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.

High-Risk businesses

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.

Targeting Receivers

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

in place.

Operation Dukan

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

communities safer.

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



Singh Bakshi

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

rising crime.

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.

Additional Constables

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

Eagle helicopter.

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

the region.

This is just the allocation for the first of

four years.

Preventing crime

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

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A new breed of MBA growing in Auckland

Frances Valintine

Venkat Raman


Diana Sharma

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

cutting edge.

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

graduation now.

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,”

she said.

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

the world?”

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.”

Defining hours

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.

Digitalising memories

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

family heritage.

“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 said.

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

Rakesh Naidoo


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

announced soon.

These workshops are free and are

open to the youth and adults who work

with them.

As well as meals, participants will

have free WiFi access at the venue.

Exploring barriers

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

with youth.

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It is scary how Gonorrhoea is spreading globally

Worse, it remains impervious to antibiotics

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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


Merciless resistance

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.

Waning interest

“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.

Preserving 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

antibiotic stewardship.

“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.

Change of

guard at English

Language Board

Staff Reporter


Popular barrister and

solicitor and Indian

Newslink columnist

Gurbrinder Aulakh

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

Gurbrinder Aulakh

23 centres across the country.

It has 300 staff members and

about 2000 volunteers imparting

services to 6000 learners from 150

different ethnicities.

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

Staff Reporter


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,”

he said.

Supplied Content

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.

Fiji Project

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

first time.

“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

Training Centre.

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

at Trentham.

“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,”

he said.

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

Frank Newmani

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

interest rate.

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).

Negative Credits

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

responsible tenant.

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.

Ethical KiwiSaver

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

about KiwiSaver:

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

$2 billion.

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 opportunity

Venkat Raman



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

Agenda 2030.

“Trade is important to every

region of the country and the

jobs of more than six hundred

thousand New Zealanders are

Todd McClay

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

Auckland office.

Quality pacts

“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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Issue 371 | JUNE 15, 2017

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

the economy.

Wealth Creators

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

proprietary companies.

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

this issue.

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

National Party.

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

become citizens.

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.

Rising hostility

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

unfair competition.

In our view, Mr Little has done well

to spell out a policy that is in tune with

the times.

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

of Indians!

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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Singh Bakshi

May is the month when

Government of the day

puts forward its budget to

New Zealanders.

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

by 2020.

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

do everything.”

Contentiously political

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.

Subsidiarity concept

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

failing unit.

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.

Concerning signs

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.

Stronger economy

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

world stage.

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

Police Minister.

The litmus test of Social Investment approach

Kieran Madden

If we ascribe to subsidiarity, it is not

about smaller Government, but limited


It is about best fit.

Calling this privatisation is pointed

yet blunt.

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

things too.

Kieran Madden is a Researcher at

Maxim Institute based in Auckland.

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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

investment (FDI).

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.

Positive effects

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.

Poignant Questions

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

migrant origin.

The terms on which we develop trade

connections with Asia depend very

much on the quality of the partnerships

we forge through investment and

personal interactions.


Shooting Club to

open next month

Venkat Raman


Police Minister Paula Bennett

will inaugurate a new facility

to learn and practice shooting

in the greater Auckland region

next month.

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.

Primary objectives

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.

Venkat Raman


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

their grouping.

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


Commemorative Exhibition

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.

Bhikhu Bhana

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

worldwide commemoration.

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


Prakash Biradar

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

Jacob Rajan.

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 nhuns@hotmail.com

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.

Saturday1st July

Mahatma Gandhi Centre, Auckland

Open from

10am –4pm

Free Entry

Supported by


Artlink-Ratna Venkat

JUNE 15, 2017

Mohana Veena lifts the Divinity of Arts

Ratna Venkat


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

Dilshad Khan.

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

Venkat Raman


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 Artistes

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

Prathyusha Vikrant.

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 –

Saketh Vishnubhotla

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;

Email: basant_madhur@ihug.co.nz

JUNE 15, 2017

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JUNE 15, 2017

Judith Collins

Eid Mubarak

I would like to extend

Eid greetings to the

Muslim community.

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

living in

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

Convention Centre).

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

business community.

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

global economy.

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;//



Judith Collins is Minister for

Ethnic Communities.


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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

our society.

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.

-Venkat Raman

Wishes the Muslim Community

Eid Mubarak

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Super Veena artiste with Super Singers for Auckland

Venkat Raman


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:


Rajhesh Vaidhya

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

(or Shenkar).

Amazing Speed

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

our times.

Anand Aravindakshan

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

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

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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.

Cosmologic winner

“There is not a village in South

India, however small, which does not

possess a shrine to this powerful deity,”

Mudra Dance Company Publicist

Change of Name

I, Raminder Kaur D/O Ram Singh

R/O VPO Binjon, Teh Garhshankar,

Hoshiarpur, Pin 144520, Punjab, India,

have changed my name to Raminder

Kaur Parmar for all future purposes.

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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.

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Junior Farzan Ali and Sebastian Singh

(Picture Courtesy: Fiji Sun)

Faiyaz Khan

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

Southern Boxing with Ministry of Sports

Fiji will get two WBO officials to oversee

the programme.

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.

Training officials

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.

Keeping fit

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

in shape.

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,”

he said.

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

Venkat Raman


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

and enterprise.

“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

Sourced Content

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

nothing new.

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,”

she added.

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.”

Ambivalent attitude

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.

About Telangana

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

became independent.

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’

was implemented.

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.

Conference details

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

New Zealand.

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

Apurv Shukla

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.

Pleasing win

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

Staff Reporter


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

Grand Slams.

India’s feats

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

Michael Venus

(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

Mage’au Gray.

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

Ivan Dodig).

The first Indian to taste victory at the

French Open was Ramesh Krishnan, when

he won the boy’s title in 1979.

Other Greats

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

Pasifika people.

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

regain form.

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

the second.

Women’s game has been crying for

newer stars and rivalries to emerge –

hopefully Halep and Ostapenko can fill

the void.



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