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Ambiguity betrays Work Visa applicants

Arunima Dhingra

International students come to New

Zealand for superior education

experience and to pursue brighter

career prospects.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ)

recognises that academic knowledge

alone is not enough to produce qualified


To hone skills and bring real world

context to the things a student learns in

the classroom, it is important to gain

valuable work experience.

New Zealand offers international

students an opportunity to apply for

graduate work experience visas, for

finding a job and gain relevant experience

so that they can eventually gain a

pathway to residence in New Zealand.

Employer-assisted category

INZ instructions for Post Study –

Employer Assisted Work Visa category

(WD1) – specify that for grant of a

visa under this category, an offer of

employment must meet two key

criteria: (a) Be relevant to the main

subject area of the qualification (b) Be

a key factor in employer’s decision to

offer the applicant the role.

This visa category has caused confusion,

misinterpretation and ambiguity

amongst migrants, advisers and other

stakeholders. INZ officials have raised

concerns on ‘relevance’ between

qualification gained and employment.

The Relevance Factor

While my immigration practice has

had a good record of successful outcomes

for many years, we notice a shift

in the way assessment of ‘relevance’ is

done in the past few months.

A Level 7 Business graduate with a

job offer as an Assistant Manager in any

retail or hospitality setting faces an uphill

task of getting immigration officers

to recognise the relevance between their

qualification and employment.

I believe that the recent VisaPak on

WD1 instructions play a major role;

there are three examples of qualifications

and job offers, categorised

as ‘Relevant,’ ‘Maybe Relevant’ and

‘Not Relevant.’ The ‘Maybe Relevant’

category cites assistant managers

and supervisors with management

qualifications as an example.

It appears that to err on the side of

caution, officers are assuming that most

business graduates with mid-management

roles do not meet the relevance


The other concern that assessing

officers have with WD1 applications

is whether the qualification was a key

factor in the employer’s decision to

recruit the applicant.

I believe that there may be a flaw

in the way this is being discerned in

multiple dozens of PPI/decline letters

that we have seen in recent months.

Objective missed

Obviously, not all job descriptions

match academic transcripts down

to the letter, but that does not mean

qualification is not the primary reason

for the applicant being recruited.

On the contrary, a job description that

closely matches with the applicant’s

transcript should perhaps be questioned

for authenticity and genuineness.

The main requirement for this visa

is that the key responsibilities utilise

skills acquired in the main subject area

of the qualification. An IT graduate uses

a wide range of IT skills in their dayto-day

tasks as a Fibre technician, but

did not learn to be a Fibre technician

Arousing reception awaits America’s Cup heroes

Apurv Shukla

Thousands of people are expected

to join a victory parade in

Auckland City as the winners

and stakeholders of America’s

Cup return home with the coveted

trophy. Auckland Tourism, Events &

Economic Development (ATEED)

Chief Executive Brett O’Riley said that

the date and time of the homecoming

parade for Emirates Team New Zealand

will be announced in due course.

Supreme Form

ETNZ won the 35th America’s

Cup, beating Oracle Team USA by

7-1 at the Great Sounds- Bermuda

on June 27, 2017, the first victory for

New Zealand since 2000.

It was an epic team effort led

by Olympic Gold medallists Peter

Burling and Blair Tuke.

The win was redemption for

the team which had lost the 34th

America’s Cup four years ago in San

Francisco 9-8 to Oracle Team USA.

Since then, the team has seen

many changes, including the exit of

former captain Dean Barker. The

class of 2017 was in supreme form

The Winning Moment- Revenge and Redemption in Bermuda

(Picture Courtesy: Emirates Team New Zealand)

since the qualifiers started in May.

They beat Team Artemis from

Sweden in the finals to set up a rematch

with the Australian Jimmy Spithill led

Team Oracle.

The Auld Mug

Right from the start, young Burling

led the squad with a quest to win the

oldest trophy in world sport – affectionately

called the ‘Auld Mug.’

specifically in their course.

This visa aims to provide applicants

with a pathway to skilled employment,

not place them directly into that skilled


INZ should revisit WD1 instructions

and assessment procedure to determine

why there is such an inconsistency

and ambiguity in the decision-making


I invite other practitioners to share

their experience on this instruction to

open a discussion on this topic and get

some varied views and perspectives.

Arunima Dhingra is Director and

a Fully Licensed Immigration

Advisor at Aims Global Education

and Immigration Services. The

above is a highly edited version of an

article that appeared in ‘Aims Global

Newsletter’ dated June 27, 2017.

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They led USA 4-0, before the Oracle

boat claimed victory in race six to make

it 4-1 at the end of day three of racing. In

the end, Team New Zealand took the top

honour convincingly with a 350 metres

lead and a 55-seconds winning margin.

This win made Helmsman Burling

(26) from Tauranga, the youngest person

to win the race for the America’s Cup.

Team skipper Glenn Ashby and CEO

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The team was up against one of the

biggest and richest sailing conglomerates

in the world in Team Oracle. Oracle

had access to the best technology and

manpower but fell short against Kiwi

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Organisation prepares new programmes for elders

JULY 1, 2017

Roopa Suchdev

Roopa Aur Aap Charitable

Trust is developing a new

project to promote the

welfare of elders in the

community and address the social

menace of abuse.

An increasing number of our

elders – senior citizens, at the evening

of their lives face physical, mental

and psychological abuse and suffer in

solitude and silence.

While our Trust is already delivering

care for the elderly through existing

programmes, there is a need for more

activity-based programme to enable

them to regain self-confidence and


We are in the process of gaining

accreditation from the Social Development

Ministry. Roopa Aur Aap

Charitable Trust is maintaining a

round-the-clock call service. Those in

need can contact me on 021-665609.

Established nine years ago, the Trust

moved into its current premises at

1193B Dominion Road, Mt. Roskill in

September 2016.

Critical factors

With a strong foundation on

critical factors such as gender equality,

Overstating ads can put your real estate in trouble

Lucy Corry

Constable Mandeep Kaur (now Ethnic Communities Relations Officer at Waitemata Police

District) conducting a workshop for Roopa Aur Aap Charitable Trust volunteers

non-judgemental support to victims of

family violence, free counselling, quality

service providers and high standard

of confidentiality, the Organisation

has been diligently working with

various other charitable organisations

including the Salvation Army, Women

Care Charitable Trust and Mount

Roskill Police.

It is gratifying that this Agency enjoys

the reputation of being a premier

organisation whose service is quintessentially

different in every aspect from

other similar organisations.

Intelligence and empathy

Our Trust uses emotional intelligence

and empathy to understand the

dilemma of the victims. Our services

Real estate advertisements are

designed to make every property

look like a dream buy.

That is why they gloss over

the negative aspects and linger on the

good points, wanting you to be drawn

in by the sun-drenched location rather

than be put off by lack of garaging.

It is no crime to gloss over a

property’s quirks, but lying by omission

or design about more serious matters is

not allowed.

If you do this when selling your

property, you may be at risk of being

sued by the purchaser.

When you are ready to sell your

property, it is a good idea to get legal

advice about your obligations before

you sign an agency agreement.

Most of these agreements, which set

out the terms and conditions of your

contract with the real estate agent,

require you to confirm that you are

unaware of any undisclosed defects

in the property and that you have not

withheld any information about it.

As a seller, you must also confirm

that your property has all the necessary

consents and code compliance certificates

for any building work.

Any outstanding consents, including

ones that involve any works at a neighbour’s

property, should be disclosed to

the agent.

Agents’ obligations

This is important for several reasons.

Licensed real estate agents have clear

obligations when it comes to disclosure.

They must not mislead a seller or a

potential buyer, or withhold any information.

While it’s not up to the agent

to uncover any hidden defects in a

property, they must tell any prospective

buyers what they know.

Under the Real Estate Agents Act

2008, if licensed real estate agents

suspect that a property may have a

defect then they are obliged to ask

the seller about it, or advise potential

buyers of any risks. For example, if a

property is next door to a proposed new

development, or if it’s in an area that’s

been subject to flooding, the agent

must tell prospective buyers rather than

turning a blind eye.

Identifying risks

If your property may be prone to

weathertightness issues because of its

age or cladding, then the agent may

have to disclose this potential risk

are prompt and accurate and focus on

therapeutic intervention programmes

designed to the needs of individuals

seeking support in a crisis.

The organisation also focuses on

therapeutic methods to engage victims

in diverse activities like gardening,

cultural and language classes, computer

classes, drama classes, festivals and

social events.

Although an agency subscribing

to the Family Violence Interagency

Response System (FVIARS), the

Roopa Aur Aap Charitable Trust is

actively engaged with the people of

South Asian origin, accounting for

diverse communities.

Our aim is to provide services to

There is nothing like a ‘trouble-free’ house

(Picture supplied by Real Estate Agents Authority)

to prospective buyers. If it does not have any

weathertightness problems, it may be worth

getting this confirmed in an expert report by a

qualified building inspector who has professional

David Seymour tops Epsom Poll

A garden maintained by a victim of elderly

abuse with support from Roopa Aur Aap

Charitable Trust

all age groups including the physically


Our volunteers often undertake home

visits to provide support to the physically

challenged victims and senior citizens of

the community.

The Trust conducts workshops

regularly to educate our communities on

family Violence in various forms.

As a part of our efforts to be more

inclusive and expand our services, we

encourage new migrants to be aware of

the laws of New Zealand, their rights and


We also address their attitude and

behaviour with their partners.

Efforts are constantly concerned to

indemnity insurance, understands

the strict legal requirements of

their role and carries out their

work in accordance with the New

Zealand Property Inspection


This will help make the sale

process as efficient as possible.

If you know there are issues

with the property, whether it is

something small like a garage door

not working properly, or a bigger

deal like an unconsented deck, it is

best to discuss them with the agent.

Managing problems

They can help you decide how

to manage the problem, whether

that means fixing it, or disclosing it

to potential buyers.

However, a licensed real estate

agent must not disclose any problems

with your property to buyers

without getting your consent first.

If a seller does not agree on a

disclosure, the agent is required

to stop working for them rather

than disclose any defects without


Caveat Emptor

These rules offer more protection

to buyers than the traditional

integrate them into the mainstream


Taking neglecting issues

Roopa Aur Aap Charitable Trust

has been vigorously addressing the

most neglected issues involving senior

citizens. Well-experimented technical

workshops are held to encourage them

to become vocal about their rights to

be respected and stop being abused.

We focus on providing them a platform

to voice their concerns about their

lonely life and urge them to break their


Happy Day

One of our most successful workshops

is ‘The Happy Day’ held last year

to commemorate the ‘World Abuse

Awareness Day.’

The workshop focused on networking

of the elderly people by recognising

and responding to their ill-treatment,

and enable them to achieve optimal

quality of life.

The primary objective was achieved

through connecting people to the happy

times spent with families.

The Happy Day was intended to give

abuse and neglect of elderly adults a

global relevance that will sustain and

move prevention efforts forward in the


Roopa Suchdev is Chairperson of

Roopa Aur Aap Charitable Trust

based in Auckland.

attitude of ‘caveat emptor’ (buyer

beware), which assumed that the

seller would always know more

than the buyer and any sale was at

the buyer’s risk.

However, buyers should always

do their own research about a

property before signing a sale and

purchase agreement.

Buyers should also ask the agent

about anything they are concerned

about, no matter how trivial it may


It is far better to get an answer

upfront than find out when it’s too


For more independent advice

about selling your property, check

out sellingahome.reaa.govt.nz

Lucy Corry is Media Communications

Manager at the Real

Estate Agents Authority based in

Wellington. For more free and

independent advice on buying a

property, please access the Home

Buyers’ Guide at buyingahome.


If you still have questions, call

the Real Estate Agents Authority

(REAA) on 0800-3677322 or 04-

4718930 from a mobile phone.

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recent poll conducted of 750

voters (+/- 3.5% margin of error),

in the Epsom electorate shows

incumbent Epsom MP and ACT

Party Leader, David Seymour, ahead with a

strong 16-point lead.

When asked “With your electorate vote,

which of these candidates would you vote

to be the electorate MP for Epsom?” Mr

Seymour led on 46% of decided voters, with

National’s Paul Goldsmith on 30%, and both

Labour’s David Parker and Green’s Julie

Ann Genter following on 11%. Since the Poll

was conducted, the Green Party nominated

Barry Coates as its candidate in Epsom.

Heartening result

“I am heartened by today’s result. It has

been a tremendous privilege to represent

the people of Epsom in Parliament over the

last three years. Epsom voters understand

the critical role they play to ensure a stable

centre-right government by continuing to

give me their electorate vote,” Mr Seymour


“While this is a positive starting point

for the campaign, we will not be taking the

support of Epsom for granted. I am an approachable

and effective local representative,

ensuring stable centre-right government in


“This poll result is important, as it shows

that every party vote for ACT will count.

Only a Party vote for ACT will keep Winston

Peters out of power and ensure a stable

centre–right government for the next three

years,” Mr Seymour said.

David Seymour

JULY 1, 2017



$6 million for occupational disease and alcohol research

Staff Reporter


The Health Research Council

of New Zealand (HRCNZ)

has awarded about $6 million

to two researchers at Massey

University to conduct research on

‘Occupational Disease in New Zealand’

and ‘International Policy and its


These are a part of five research programmes

which have received $24.85

million, in addition to 51 research

programmes that have received $56.5

million from the 2017 HRCNZ funding


Three Intervention Studies

The largest of the grants- $4.99

million over five years, goes to

Professor Jeroen Douwes, Director of

the Wellington Centre for Public Health


His research, entitled ‘Interventions

to reduce occupational disease’ will

include three intervention studies

targeting agricultural, construction

and vehicle collision repair workers

exposed to pesticides, silica, and


The research programme, to be

conducted in collaboration with

scientists from the United States, Netherlands,

United Kingdom, Scotland

and Australia, will build on previous

HRC-funded studies conducted by

Massey’s Centre for Public Health

Research, which identified major

occupational risk factors for cancer,

asthma and neuropsychological deficits

in New Zealand workers.

Preventable disease

Professor Douwes said that occu-

Professor Jeroen Douwes

pational disease is largely preventable

through reduction of causal exposures.

However, interventions to reduce

work-related disease – estimated to

contribute to 600-900 deaths and

30,000 new cases of work-related disease

each year, at an annual cost of $2.4

billion in New Zealand alone – remain

rare, he said.

“These exposures can cause

respiratory conditions, cancer and

neurotoxicity. We will conduct three

cluster randomised controlled trials

comparing pre-and post-intervention

exposure levels; biomarkers in serum,

urine and the airways; and reversible

respiratory and neuropsychological

effects, with controls. The intervention

will entail technical control measures,

improved use of protective equipment,

and behavioural changes, and be

guided by extensive airborne and skin

exposure assessment. This will provide

the scientific evidence to successfully

reduce common harmful exposures and

related ill health in high-risk industries

in New Zealand,” Professor Douwes


According to him, casual risk factors

Professor Sally Casswell

are known for many occupational

diseases, but surprisingly few studies

evaluating occupational interventions

have been conducted. The programme

will be the first health-focused

occupational intervention study in New

Zealand and given its size and scope,

will be unique in the world.

“In addition to contributing to

primary prevention of occupational

disease, it will also contribute to developing

human capacity in occupational

intervention studies which is currently

lacking in New Zealand and is rare

internationally,” Professor Douwes


Alcohol impact

Professor Sally Casswell, Co-Director

of Social and Health Outcomes

Research and Evaluation (SHORE) and

Whariki Research Centre in Auckland,

has been awarded a project grant of

$1,188,701 over 36 months.

The research project, entitled ‘Assessing

and comparing National Policy

to reduce harmful use of Alcohol’ will

use unique data from the International

Alcohol Control (IAC) study to develop

two new International Alcohol Control

Policy Indices, one for youth and one

for adults, comparable across high and

middle-income countries.

For the first time, this will include

both policy input (legislation and regulations)

and policy impact (measures

of the environment affected by the

policies) for a range of key alcohol


“The relationship between the International

Alcohol Control Policy Indices

and drinking patterns will be analysed

to assess impact of policy in disparate

high and middle-income countries,

among adults and young people. This

study will provide new knowledge

about the relationships between alcohol

policy and alcohol consumption and by

deriving quantifiable metrics provide

a tool for communicating with public

and policy makers,” Professor Casswell





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Bill and Andrew deserve condonation

New Zealanders are perhaps

among the most unforgiving

beings when it comes to

politics and political leaders.

Possibly because public memory is short,

they demand immediate reparation from

defaulting leaders- which is often removal

from the political landscape.

Helen and John

Some political leaders have survived

the worst crises in their careers- Helen

Clark and John Key are among the most

prominent Prime Ministers who mastered

the art of survival.

Both left New Zealand politics- the

former after a humiliating defeat of her

Party at the polls (although she herself won

her seat in Mt Albert with almost 60% of

the votes cast) and the latter when he was

at the pinnacle of popularity.

Both have re-emerged into public

life- she as a world leader, heading a UN

organisation and the latter as a corporate


Ms Clark and Mr Key were of course

seen as leaders of unimpeachable integrity

and hence the otherwise unrelenting

public left them alone after initial outburst

whenever a scandal or an accusation of

transgression surfaced.

Bill and Andrew

Prime Minister Bill English belongs to

another school of another time. Many of us

knew him as the Leader of the Opposition

for a couple of years when Mr Key entered

politics. He was at the helm of National

when the Party was in its worst form with

depleted morale and divisive forces.

But riding the wave of the Party’s

popularity, he became Mr Key’s deputy

and in charge of the national exchequer.

Together, they struck a great partnership

and were the chief architects of the Party’s

political fortunes.

Voter apathy must end

Although voting is not

compulsory in terms of the

existing provisions of the New

Zealand Electoral Act, the

country has been consistently witnessing

a high turnover at the polling booths for

several years.

Declining trend

Electoral Commission statistics show

that New Zealanders are keen to exercise

their franchise with a high percentage

of votes polled in 1987 (89.1%), 1990

(85.2%), 1993 (85.2%), 1996 (88.3%),

1999 (84.8%), 2002 (77%) 2005 (80.9%),

2008 (79.46%), 2011 (74.21%) and 2014


Elections have always excited people,

although some surveys showed apathy

among the younger members of the

society, which is likely to reverse on

September 23, 2017, given the fact the

race is open as of now.

Indian votes

The Indian community, which is

likely to account for about 75,000 votes

throughout the country, has thus far been

somewhat indifferent towards politics. In

a number of constituencies which account

for a large number of Indian population,

especially Mt Albert and Mt Roskill in

Auckland, the winning candidates were

both from Labour.

Voter turnout is even more critical

in the ensuing election than ever before

and both Labour and National have been

wooing voters to cast their party votes in

their favour – an odd system in which a

candidate, defeated at the electorate, can

still make it to parliament through the

party list. Minority parties (especially

Greens and New Zealand First) have

thrived on party votes.

People rise to their jobs, it is often said,

and perhaps that bill fits both Mr English

and Labour Party Leader Andrew Little.

The Irony

Both Mr English and Mr Little have had

engagements with their opposite political

party. Mr English was an employee of

the Treasury when Roger Douglas was

the Finance Minister under a Labour

Government, while Mr Little, as the son

of a devout National Party supporter, used

to distribute publicity material to homes

and offices.

While Mr English has had a second-chance

as the Leader of National – the

Party that was unkind 15 years ago, Mr

Little has one fact to his credit- he is the

only leader to remain unchallenged for

almost three years. Other than that, he has

had to face uncharitable disposition of the

mainstream media.

Leaders like Mr English and Mr Little

appreciate the principled approach of small

media organisations like Indian Newslink

and Radio Tarana.

The Todd Barclay fiasco that left Mr

English on the defence and the indiscretion

of Matt McCarten that embarrassed

Mr Little have had the potential to kill

but luckily, both leaders appear to have


Give them a break

Political leaders- Prime Ministers and

their Shadows – are constantly placed under

the microscope and dissected. While it

is important to hold them to account, they

should be given leverage, an elbow room

to manoeuvre and deliver. They should

be treated with a little more empathy and

understanding and allowed to function

without deviation.

They should however be responsible

for their own acts of omission and


That is one of the vagaries of the Mixed

Member Proportion (MMP) system,

which few of us have understood.

Voter turnout from the Indian

community would also be critical to both

parties since party votes in some key

constituencies could tilt the balance in the

final analysis.

It is often argued that Indians will not

vote if they feel that an election does

not offer a chance of real change, what

is termed a ‘mobilising election.’ Such

change can come either from the party in

power or from the one that aspires to get

to the beehive.

Increasing awareness

Experience here and elsewhere has

proved that when an election can make

a difference, turnout rises. On that score,

Election 2017 could create history; for,

the electorate in general and the Indian

community in particular, is increasingly

becoming aware that a few hundred votes

could change the fortune of a candidate or

the party in question. Some say that people

badly want the government out, they

will go to the polls in greater numbers.

But for the moment, they are apathetic, if

not content.

In theory, votes should be decisive.

People are consulted, a new government

is formed; the losers accept the result and

political discussions begin again on a new

basis and the government and the nation

carry on until it is time to poll again.

Elections, in fact, are just one part

of the network of institutions (like

honest courts) that need to be in place for

democracy to work properly.

Without those institutions, voting

sometimes seems, at least in the short

term, to make things worse.

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Tinkering makes noise but does not fix problems

Action needed to make our communities safer

Priyanca Radhakrishnan

Everyone has the right to be

safe – at home, at work and on

the streets.

However, people are feeling

less safe in New Zealand.

According to the 2016 Public

Perceptions of Crime Survey, 71% of

respondents felt that total national crime

had increased since the previous year.

Last week, on a wet and windy

Wednesday evening, I held the third public

meeting of my electorate campaign.

It was on community safety and was

held in Ellerslie, where the local community

has been up in arms at the closure of

their community police station.

Rising Crime

Across Auckland last year, there were

1941 incidents of reported crime victimisation

each week. Mt Wellington, which

is also in the Maungakiekie electorate, has

the highest rate of reported burglaries in

the country.

Across Auckland, the burglary resolution

rate was under 10%. That means, in

over 90% of cases, burglars get off free.

Shutting community police stations as

crime continues to rise makes no sense.

Media reports last year indicated that

closure of 30 police stations could result in

saving $3 million. If it is at the expense of

community safety, is it really a saving?

In this article, which is the first of two

on the topic, I will explore government

spending on law and order. In the next

article, I will discuss relevant international

crime prevention models that are considered

best practice.

In 2005, the Corrections Operational

Budget was $526 million. In 2015, it was

just over $1.3 billion. The Corrections

Operational Budget is $800 million a

year more now than it was a decade ago.

In addition, about $4 billion is spent on

prisons since 2005.

The opportunity cost of increasing

government spending on prisons appears

to be an under-resourcing of the Police


In 2016, then Police Minister Judith

Collins signed off a four-year Police

strategic plan which stated that there

would be no increase of Police numbers

for the four-year duration.

Declining Ratios

Labour MPs were upset and reminded

the then Prime Minister Jon Key of his

2008 election year promise, which was to

increase in Police numbers to account for

one Police Officer for 500 people. He also

promised that the ratio of Police to citizens

would keep up with population increase.

At present, we have one Police officer to

526 persons.

A few months after the furor, National’s

first election year promise was for 880

additional Police officers over four years.

How did they go from no increase in

Police numbers to an increase of 880 in a

few months?

A Cabinet Minute obtained by the

Labour Party through the Official Information

Act gives us some background to

that decision change. Ms Collins took a

paper to her Cabinet outlining a proposal

for 1165 more Police officers costing $555


According to the Police, increasing

Police numbers by 1165 would result in

10% reduction in serious crime.

While that may not sound like a big

deal, it is a start.

Proposal rejected

Unfortunately, the Cabinet rejected the

proposal. The Minister’s next proposal,

which was for 880 Police officers, was

met with this response from the Police:

“There will be no dedicated extra resources

for rural New Zealand or Auckland

and limited additional crime prevention


So once again, the Government

tinkers around the edges, increases Police

numbers to look like they are taking

action on the face of political pressure but

does not do enough to actually warrant a

positive change.

We are spending more money on

prisons, locking up more people and it is

clearly not working.

In addition, health and education

funding cuts in real terms and an abject

failure to address the housing crisis only

serve to widen the inequality gap that also

contributes to increasing crime.

We need a better solution to keep our

communities safe.

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.

Inspired leadership opens opportunities to succeed

Venkat Raman


Ten years ago, in our July 1, 2007

issue, we had quoted Steve

Bovaird (who was then Principal,

Lynfield College, Auckland)

paying tributes to the leadership qualities

of a Form Seven student.

Less than a year later, in our March

1, 2008 issue, we had reported that the

young student – Pauras Rege – had been

awarded the PricewaterhouseCoopers

(PwC) Foundation Aspire Scholarship

for his ‘consistent academic success and

contribution to school and community

life.’ He also represented New Zealand at

the UNESCO World Heritage Forum in


Corporate Solutions

Now, a decade later, we found the

young man leading the way for New

Zealand’s Business Sales and Capital

Solutions Sector.

As Investment Manager for Colliers

International New Zealand, he has

emerged as a market leader in the sector,

guiding deals for businesses valued at

more than $2 million.

Analysing industry prospects and

sourcing new clients, he brings each deal

to its logical and successful conclusion.

He also raises funds by securing

capital commitments and developing


“I aim to position myself in the Indian

community as a market leader in the

Business Sales and Capital Solutions field

and help people realise their objectives,”

he said.

Impressive Career

Born and raised in Mumbai, he

migrated to New Zealand when he had just

turned a teenager, with his father, Chief

Marine Engineer in Merchant Navy and

mother, employed at ASB Bank.

A Chartered Accountant, he

commenced his career at PwC, acquiring

invaluable experience in financial

accounting, financial analysis and financial

Pauras Rege (right) with and colleagues Shelley May and Marcus Jacobson

(Picture Supplied)

reporting. His portfolio extended to major

clients in retail, distribution, not-for-profit,

technology, manufacturing, real estate,

software and telecommunications fields.

Later, his role as an Internal Advisory at

ASB Bank afforded opportunities to lead

internal reviews comprising small-sized

teams and develop advice-based relationships

with internal business partners.

Opportunities at Colliers

Colliers International offered him

challenges and opportunities to pursue

his career ambitions in expanding his

capability in finance, accounting,

entrepreneurship and leadership in finding

successful business solutions to small and

medium enterprises that dominate the

New Zealand economy.

“Joining Colliers International allowed

me to synthesise these skills and join a

highly motivated, collaborative team with

over 40 years of combined experience.

We have a diverse range of skills that

complement in providing quality business

investment opportunities backed by

industry research and market knowledge,”

Mr Rege said.

Recipe for success

Personalised service, supported by

a sound knowledge of the needs and

financial disposition of every client,

market intelligence and negotiation

skills enable Mr Rege and his team to

deliver high quality service with expertise,

integrity and honesty for which Colliers

International has an indubitable record


He and his team are currently

marketing a strategically located Auckland

quarry that is awaiting a new owner to

unearth its mineral wealth and develop the

site into a potential future suburb.

Indian community potential

Mr Rege is keen to tap the increasing

potential of the Indian community and its

propensity to invest and create wealth.

“My education and work experience

will enable me to help provide high

quality professional service in Business

Sales and Capital Solutions for the

fast-growing Indian community in New

Zealand,” he said.

Beyond his profession, Mr Rege is a

member of ‘Prayas,’ an Indian Theatre

Company, and ‘Indiance,’ a School

specialising in Bollywood dances. He has

been featured in New Zealand based TV

soaps such as Shortland Street.

He is also currently a member of

the Auckland University Cricket Club

(Premier Reserves & Senior A-Men’s

cricket) and was previously Captain of

the Eden Roskill Cricket Club (Premier

Reserves-Men’s cricket) from 2010-2014.

Pauras Rege can be reached on (09)

3578604 or 021-1558107. Email:


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Trust supersedes everything in politics

Michael Wood


received some very good advice at

a seminar a couple of years ago.

A seasoned political campaigner

who had overseen dozens of

campaigns across Australia, the USA

and New Zealand, asked us all what we

thought the most important quality in

politics to be.

Many ideas were offered:

intelligence, skilled oratory, charm and

warmth, perseverance… and so the list

of suggestions went on.

‘No,’ answered the convenor. As valuable

as all of the above traits maybe,

we were rightly told that they all count

for nothing if a leader (in politics or any

other field) does not earn and convey a

sense of trust.

It makes sense; after all, if you do not

have confidence that someone is being

truthful, or that they can be relied upon

to deliver upon their commitments, then

what does it matter what they say?

Disagreement is respectful

Trust also matters a lot when you

think about the fact that none of us

will always agree with leaders and

politicians, even those that we like and


It is the same with our friends – we

might have disagreements with them

about certain issues, but if we trust

that they are fundamentally decent and

honest people with good values, then

we will see our way through one-off

disagreements and continue to support


The Barclay debacle

It is on the subject of trust that I

wish to address the ongoing fallout

from the Todd Barclay scandal that has

dominated the news media over the

past couple of weeks.

The facts of the Barclay scandal are

relatively well established and I will

not rake over the details here. Suffice

to say that Todd Barclay’s conduct

towards his staff member was in my

view very poor, and he is now paying

a steep price, with his political career

terminated after just one term.

There is an old maxim in politics:

“It is almost always the cover-up rather

than the event that causes trouble,” and

once again it has been proven correct.

The cause of the current calamity

engulfing not only Mr Barclay, but also

(Prime Minister Bill) English, has been

the repeated attempts at misdirection

that have occurred over the past year.

The New Zealand public are reasonable

and forgiving.

Editor’s Note: This run contra to our

observation in our Leader’s Column

under Viewlink.

Generally speaking, when public

figures make mistakes and own up

to them, the public will give another

chance. Most people simply want us to

focus on providing good leadership for

the country.

False documents lead woman to prison

Sourced Content (INZ)


New Zealand permanent

resident who tried to

fraudulently bring a child

into New Zealand has been

sentenced for providing false and

misleading documents to Immigration

New Zealand.

Haiyan Luo, who is 46 and originally

from China, was sentenced in the

Waitakere District Court on June 20,

2017 to 26 months’ imprisonment

having pleaded guilty to 17 charges

of providing false or misleading

information to an immigration officer.

Tax evasion charges added

The Crown, representing

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and

Inland Revenue Department (IRD), also

charged Ms Luo with matters relating to

tax evasion resulting in 19 months to be

served cumulatively. The total sentence

was 3 years 9 months.

Ms Luo, who originally obtained

residence in 2000, married a Chinese

national in 2008 and sponsored him for

residency in New Zealand.

INZ was advised in 2012 by Ms

Lou and her husband that a child had

been born to the couple in China and

Mismanaged issue

As such, Mr English’s current

problems are not so much Mr Barclay’s

original unwise conduct towards his

staff, but the way in which the story has

changed over time.

Was there a recording or not? Did Mr

English know about it or not? Was there

a payment of hush money from the

National Leader’s budget to the former

staff member?

The different answers that the public

are hearing give people no confidence

that they are getting the full story. If

we are told one story one day, and

something different the next day, people

begin to lose trust.

I am a new MP and every day I am

constantly reminded of the privilege of

serving in this role. At any one time,

only 120 of us are elected to sit in the

House of Representatives.

Strange bubble

The people put us into our roles

because they trust us to represent their

interests, to provide help when needed,

they requested the child be added to

the father’s application for residence.

Identity documents for the baby and

documentation in relation to Ms Luo’s

medical care and delivery of the baby

were submitted to INZ and flagged as a

concern by INZ’s Hong Kong office.

False papers

INZ Area Manager (Compliance and

Investigations) Alistair Murray said,

and to make laws for the good of our


Parliament is a strange bubble and

I can say how sometimes people get

caught up in the political games and

forget about why we are really there.

Each of us has a duty to keep

ourselves as grounded as possible, to

focus on public service, and to treat the

people around us with respect.

No one in politics, myself included,

is perfect - but public faith in our

democratic system relies upon leaders

acting with a basic level of integrity.

When people lose sight of that, they

lose trust. Mr Barclay lost that trust, and

Mr English has very serious questions

to answer.

Michael Wood is elected Member of

Parliament from Mt Roskill and Labour

Party’s Spokesman for Ethnic

Communities, Consumer Affairs and


“Our enquiries ultimately revealed that

contrary to her claims the child was not

her biological child and she had not

legally adopted the child in China. This

type of offending using immigration

processes to try and fraudulently bring a

child into New Zealand, and indeed any

type of fraudulent behaviour, will not be

tolerated by Immigration New Zealand.

This sentence is a strong deterrent.”

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English signals closer relations with local governments

Venkat Raman


Notwithstanding the fact

that New Zealand continues

to register robust

growth, there are still a

number of challenges, Prime Minister

Bill English has said.

Speaking at a meeting of the

Auckland branch of the Institute of

Directors on June 23, 2017, he cited

Auckland as an example.

His impromptu speech had the

‘make-good feel’ with constant

references to ‘what is likely to happen

in the next three months,’ meaning the

outcome at General Election 2017.

Despite the severe criticism that

he has been facing from his political

adversaries over the ‘Barclay Debacle,’

he remained at his humorous

best, saying, “Steven Joyce is a better

Finance Minister than the previous


He referred to ‘changes coming

for a better New Zealand’, carefully

crafting his speech to suit the audience

Financial capability of Maori businessses under study

Venkat Raman


Massey Business School

researchers have

undertaken a study of

the financial capability

of Maori enterprises, with a $30,000

grant, awarded by the Westpac

Massey Fin-Ed (Financial Education

and Research) Centre by the SkyCity

Auckland Community Trust.

Westpac Massey Fin-Ed Centre

director Dr Pushpa Wood and Te Au

Rangahau (Maori Business and Leadership

Centre) co-director Dr Jason

Paul Mika will lead the research.

Measuring capability

The project will measure the financial

capability of Maori entrepreneurs

and their ability to start and run Maori


Cryptocurrencies have become

a global phenomenon.

Perceived variously as

geeky, mysterious, and scary,

the concept of cryptocurrency is not

well understood, though many are

aware of its growing importance.

Cryptocurrency is a medium of exchange

like normal currencies, but designed for

digital information transactions through a

process of cryptography.

This method is used to secure transactions

and control the creation of new ‘coins.’

The beginning

The first cryptocurrency to be created

Dr Pushpa Wood

The researchers are hoping to talk

to at least 30 Maori entrepreneurs,

including rangatahi (youth), pakeke

(adults), kaumatua (elders) and whanau

(families) in Auckland and Northland,

using interviews and focus groups.

“We want to understand how culture,

money and wealth play out in the lives

was ‘Bitcoin’ in 2009.

Today there are many other

cryptocurrencies, often referred to as

‘Altcoins,’ which continue to survive,

although not as successful as Bitcoins.

Free sites such as www.coinhaunt.

com provide latest prices of cryptocurrencies.

Bitcoin was developed by unknown

person or persons called, ‘Satoshi


Nakamoto said in 2008 that ‘A

Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System

has been developed.”

But as the system was beginning

to attract the IT world, Nakamoto

vanished, and his forum posts and

emails stopped.

How Bitcoin works

Bitcoin continues to soar in value.

Dr Jason Paul Mika

and thinking of Maori entrepreneurs. We

want to speak to those new to business,

and those who have been in business for

some time so we can better understand

how to strengthen the financial

capability of Maori entrepreneurs,” Dr

Wood said.

The project’s name ‘Te manu ka rere’

Rupert Holborow is our envoy to Germany

Former High Commissioner

to India Rupert Holborow

has been posted to Bonn to

serve as our Ambassador to


He is currently Divisional Manager

of the Economic Division of the

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

and Exports Work-Stream Lead for

the Government’s Business Growth

Agenda, as well as a Vice-Chair of the

Rupert Holborow

OECD Trade Committee.

His assignment included the role as

Chief Negotiator for the ever-elusive

Free Trade Agreement with India.

He was a regular columnist of Indian

Newslink during his three-year tenure in

New Delhi (from 2007 to 2010).

Major Trading Partner

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee said

that New Zealand enjoys an excellent

relationship with Germany, with

Digital currency coins new trades, bit by bit

Anand Mokashi

Bill English speaking at the Institute of Directors

Auckland Conference.

comprising top and senior management

of large and medium companies in


Infrastructure for Auckland

“Nine years ago, Auckland Council

as we see it today did not exist. There

were seven or so Councils each following

its own agenda. The formation of

a single Council has seen fast growth.

The construction sector has grown by

20%, which is a record,” he said.

Bill English with Liz Coutts and IoD Auckland President Clayton Wakefield

He said that there was closer cooperation

between the central and local

governments today than ever before.

“Auckland needs an investment of at

least $20 billion to improve transport

network and we know from where the

money would come. There are many

other challenges such as water supply,

electricity. Investment in water infrastructure

is equally important, especially

in rural areas,” Mr English said.

Two weeks ago, one bitcoin was

worth US$ 2.846 up from US$ 1.200 at

the end of April.

Bitcoins are organised through a

network known as ‘Blockchain,’ which

is an online ledger that keeps a secure

record of each transaction in one place.

When a bitcoin is bought or sold,

the swap is logged. No one controls

these blocks, because the blockchain

is decentralised. Each bitcoin wallet

Housing Plan

He said that the Government would

build at least 30,000 houses in Auckland

over the next ten years and that the

implementations of the Unitary Plan

will provide more accommodation.

“Amidst all these plans, we must be

sure of what will work and what is good

for the economy. We need to move

away from the practice of ‘muddled

planning,’ and pursue successful investment

planning. We are moving towards

is taken from the oft-quoted Maori

saying “Ma te huruhuru te manu ka

rere”, which means that, with feathers,

the bird can fly.

“We suspect that for some, financial

capability – the ability to manage

money and wealth – is not a problem,

but for others it might be. Ultimately,

we want whanau to develop their

financial capability and entrepreneurial

skills to be successful in business and

contribute to the collective wellbeing of

Maori and the wider community,” Dr

Mika said.

Understanding iwi

Fonteyn Moses-Te Kani, Westpac’s

head of Maori and iwi strategic

relationships, said that the Bank has a

long history of working with Maori and

iwi businesses and communities, and

is keen to increase its presence in this

growing market.

“We hope this research will show

extensive political, trade, scientific and

tourism links.

“Germany is an influential member

of the European Union, and we work

together closely at the United Nations

on global issues such as human rights,

disarmament, security and climate

change,” he said.

Germany is also a major trading

partner for New Zealand. Two-way trade

amounts to over $3 billion per year, and

has a complicated unique identifier of

26-35 alphanumeric characters, which

essentially acts as an ‘email address.’

However, unlike e-mail addresses,

people have many different Bitcoin

addresses and a unique address must be

used for each transaction.

Bitcoin is also unique in that the

number of BTC is currently capped at 21

million BTC.

a more efficient and people-friendly

government regime’” he said.

Positive Choices

Mr English spoke of tax incentives,

reduction of child poverty by 30% next

year, raising education standards and

achieving better public health outcomes

in the community over the coming


“Development of the youth and

providing them training opportunities

to be successful in life and career is

imperative and I hope businesses will

take up the challenge,” he said.

Job Opportunities

Answering questions, Mr English

said that New Zealand is creating

10,000 new jobs every month, more

than any other country based on per

capita population.

“We need skilled people through

our Immigration Policy but we are not

overdoing that. We want to achieve a

proper balance,” he said.

Earlier, Liz Coutts, who became the

first woman to be elected President of

Institute of Directors a fortnight ago,

spoke briefly about the Institute.

how Westpac and other financial

institutions can best help our Maori and

iwi customers achieve their business


SkyCity Auckland Community

Trust Chairman John Bongard said

the Trust is pleased to contribute to

the growth of financial capability and

employment opportunities in Auckland

and Northland.

“The Trust is proud to be helping to

support families to thrive and communities

to prosper through grants like this

for the Westpac Massey Fin-Ed Centre.

The research this funding is supporting

will help identify actions to strengthen

the financial capability and resilience

of Maori entrepreneurs. This, in turn,

will contribute to whānau, hapū, iwi

and community economic prosperity

and wealth, and the trust’s grant is our

way of supporting this vision and these

communities,” he said.

Germany’s ongoing support for a Free

Trade Agreement with the European

Union is critical to achieving New

Zealand’s ambitions.

“Over 96,000 German tourists visit

New Zealand each year and around 4000

students travel from Germany to study

here annually,” Mr Brownlee said.

Married to Pauline, the couple has

two sons (Toby and Sam) and a daughter


The legality

The legal status of cryptocurrencies

varies substantially from country

to country and is still undefined or

changing in many of them.

(To be continued)

Disclaimer: The above article does

not constitute any type of financial

and/or investment advice. The writer

is an IT Lecturer and a passionate

netizen. He is not a Registered Financial

Advisor or legal professional.

Please seek proper legal as well as

financial advice before dealing with


Email: anand_mokashi@consultant.


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Four jailed for liquid meth in wine bottles

Sourced Content

Four persons including two Taiwan nationals

who were charged in relation to

the importation, as well

as conspiracy to import

methamphetamine into New

Zealand have been sentenced.

In early 2015, a joint

investigation involving Police

and Customs was launched after

it was discovered that a drug

syndicate was operating, which

involved Taiwanese nationals

travelling to New Zealand under

the guise of being tourists.

Case history

They would receive packages

which claimed to contain wine,

when in reality they contained methamphetamine

in a liquid form.

Under this operation, authorities seized

6 kilograms of methamphetamine with a


company director whose

labour hire business

supplied workers for major

Auckland transport projects has

been sentenced to nearly three

years’ jail for tax evasion.

Ronald Teheretiu Message, also

known as Ronnie Message, was

sentenced in Manukau District

Court on June 16, 2017 to 32

months’ prison on charges relating

to more than $2 million in tax


His company, ‘A Message

Services Limited’ provided

labourers for the Waterview Tunnel

street value of approximately $6 million. In

September 2015, four offenders were charged,

and have now been convicted as follows:

24-year-old man and 27-year-old

woman were convicted of one charge

of conspiracy to import methamphetamine,

and one charge of conspiracy

to supply methamphetamine - nine

years’ jail.

25-year-old man convicted on three

charges of importing methamphetamine

and one charge of conspiracy to

import methamphetamine - 17 years

and 4 months’ jail

21-year-old male convicted on

one charge of conspiracy to import

methamphetamine – six years and

three months’ jail.

Detective Superintendent Greg Williams of

the National Organised Crime Group said this

joint investigation, the arrests, and the sentence

reflects the effectiveness of joint agency

and Victoria Park Tunnel motorway


Failure to file returns

Inland Revenue Department

(IRD) Group Manager

Investigations and Advice Patrick

Goggin said that Message was an

experienced businessman and hence

would have known his obligations

as an employer to pay income tax,

GST and PAYE deductions.

“Mr Message had a successful

business operation working on

multimillion-dollar infrastructure

projects. To flout these most

basic of employer obligations is

completely unacceptable. This

sentence should send a clear signal

that tax cheaters will be caught and

punished,” he said.

During the period from November

2011 to March 2015, Message’s

company filed 39 monthly GST

returns. Of these, 11 claimed

refunds the company wasn’t entitled

to while the remainder were zero


Tough Questions

On all occasions, the returns

should have resulted in a position of

GST to pay.

When questioned about the 11

refund returns by IRD investigators,

Message said that he simply made

cooperation in detecting and dealing with this

type of offending.

High demand drug

“Police are under no illusion that there is a

very high demand for this drug. The damage

to individuals, families and whanau from

methamphetamine is immeasurable. Our work

is to disrupt these organised criminal groups

who do not care at all about the devastation this

drug causes to our community is ongoing.”

“Police and Customs have a strong

partnership and work together with a focus on

stopping this drug infecting our communities.

Police are focused on getting help for those

with drug addiction and encourage anyone

concerned for someone they know to contact

police or one of the many community support

groups available to them for assistance,” he


Changing trends

Customs Investigations Manager Bruce Berry

said that the sentence shows those who risk

Auckland man gets 32 months for tax fraud Sourced Content (IRD)

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up the figures to arrive at a refund

position. In total, the company

evaded paying $877,471 in GST.

Over a two-year period, the

company also failed to pass on

nearly $500,000 in withholding

tax deducted from income paid to

contractors it employed.

Message did not file personal

income tax returns for three years

either, despite repeated requests

to do so, resulting in just over

$700,000 in tax being evaded.

His only defence when questioned

was that he had a gambling

addiction and that is how he spent

the company’s money.

getting involved in the illicit business of importing and supplying

drugs should be prepared to get caught and pay for their crimes.

“Customs is aware of the different trends and methods that

criminal syndicates try to use to smuggle methamphetamine, and

are agile in responding to these. Whether it’s sending individuals

into the country as tourists, or smuggling drugs in plain sight as

a legitimate product – in this case wine – we use intelligence to

understand what risk looks like, and focus our efforts accordingly.

Customs will continue to partner with Police to take down other

drug supply networks.”

There are many support services and organisations in our communities

that can assist. The Drug Alcohol Helpline (0800 787

797 or alcoholdrughelp.org.nz) is a great place to seek information

and support to begin removing yourself from the harm caused by

these types of drug.


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It ranked New Zealand in 38th

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Sustainable Development.’

As a result, child wellbeing

assessments now include such things

as climate change, the environment,

and peace.

The Poverty Equation

That a political agenda pervades

the UN is evident in the UNICEF

Report’s child poverty measure. It is

defined in relative terms as 60% of the

median household income.

Poverty, of course, was originally

based on the human struggle for the

basic necessities of life such as food

and shelter. This is a reality in Third

World countries where abject poverty

is defined by the World Bank as living

on US$1.25 or less a day.


Social handouts keep New Zealand a poor nation

It is time to abolish social welfare argues political analyst

Dr Muriel Newmanl

Image Source: Ministry for Vulnerable Children

However, with universal welfare

safety nets leading to the disappearance

of ‘real’ poverty in developed nations,

advocates of income redistribution and

progressive taxation have reinvented the

measure as a relative term.

Defining Poverty

In essence, relative poverty is a

political construct based on a country’s

income distribution. Under this measure,

people are considered poor if they earn

less than a benchmark based on the

median wage.

With Statistics New Zealand data

showing that the median disposable

household income for a Kiwi family of

four was over $1800 a week in 2015,

UNICEF’s definition would mean that

any such families with a weekly household

income of $1000 or less, would be

categorised as living in poverty.

By defining poverty in relative terms,

even if incomes were to double, the

claim could still be made that New

Zealand had a poverty problem because

the same percentage of people would

remain below the median income.

Equalising income

In fact, the only way to alleviate relative

poverty is to equalise incomes. That

means under this measure, countries like

North Korea and Cuba - where everyone

is equally poor - would probably be

defined as having less relative poverty

than New Zealand!

In spite of UNICEF’s report card being

highly political, it does nevertheless

reveal areas where our Government’s

policy settings are putting children at


In particular, it has found that 16%

of New Zealand children live in jobless

households - the third highest in the

developed world, with only Hungary

and Ireland faring worse.

What this means is that our welfare

system is failing to require able-bodied

beneficiaries to find work. The consequences

for those 180,000 children

who live in benefit-led households can

be devastating with sole parenthood

and long-term welfare dependency

known to be two of the most serious

risk factors for children.

Dangerous arrangements

The UNICEF report outlines just

how dangerous such arrangements can


New Zealand is ranked the seventh

highest country for child murder - with

0.78 child murders per 100,000 children

in 2010 – and we have the highest

rate of teenage suicide in the developed

world, with 15.6 deaths of 15-19 year

olds per 100,000 population in 2010.

Provisional statistics released by

the Coroner’s Office shows that the

situation is getting worse, with 51

(16.02 per 100,000) teenage deaths

by suicide in 2016 and 52 (16.41 per

100,000) in 2015.

In order to reduce these risks, the

Government is undertaking a major

revamp of child protection services,

and is updating its Youth Suicide Prevention

Strategy. But what is alarming,

when looking into these reforms, is the

dominant role played by the Treaty of

Waitangi and biculturalism.

Culture before safety

When it comes to the country’s most

vulnerable children, it appears that

culture has precedence over safety.

Child, Youth and Family, the country’s

current child protection service

has a ‘whanau-first’ policy, whereby

if a child is at risk of abuse or neglect

and is to be taken from a dysfunctional

home, the priority must be to place the

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child with “a person who is a member

of the child’s or young person’s hapu

or iwi, or, if that is not possible, who

has the same tribal, racial, ethnic, or

cultural background as the child.”

Removing Whanau First

These higher rates of abuse suffered

by Maori children at the hands of

their wider family, led the Social

Development Minister Anne Tolley

to remove the ‘whanau first’ rule

for the new child protection agency,

proposing instead that placing children

with a “safe, stable and loving family

at the earliest opportunity” should be

the priority: “The new Ministry for

Vulnerable Children will be totally

child-centred and everything it does

must be completely focused on safety

and the very best long-term outcomes

for children and young people already

in the care system, or who are at risk of

needing care.”

However, this proposal to prioritise

child safety over culture was strongly

criticised by the Maori Party and Maori

welfare providers, who do not want

their bicultural Maori world view

dominance of child protection services

threatened – even though it is putting

vulnerable children at risk of harm.

Dr Muriel Newman is Director of

the New Zealand Centre for Political

Research, a web-based free weekly

Newsletter, NZCPR Weekly. For

other articles, please visit www.

nzcpr.com. The above is a highly

edited version. For the full text,

please visit our web edition www.


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Second and Final Part

Holy gatherers in benediction for universal good

‘Sri Maha Rudra Yagnyam’ creates a record in Auckland



Sri Maha Rudra Yagnyam demonstrated piety and discipline

Papakura (South Auckland)

Parameswaran (Chandru)

has been a source of piety

and inspiration to the Hindu

community for the past 16 years and

many festivities and special ceremonies

have been held at his Temple and other

places of worship, bringing together a

cross-section of people.

One such was the ‘Sri Maha Rudra

Yagnyam’ held on May 13 and May 14,

2017 at Sri Shirdi Saibaba Temple in

Onehunga, Auckland.

There are not many Ridwiks (scholars

and priests who chant Vedic hymns

as per tradition)

In New Zealand and hence the Yagnyam

was held over two days. With the

help of Chandru, devotees and friends,

arrangements were made to fulfil all the

requirements including dress material,

flowers, pooja materials and food.

On both the days, while the chanting

was in progress, special Abhishekams

were continuously performed to Lord

Ganesha, Lord Murugan, Lord Ayyappa,

Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga.

Chamakam and Vasordharai

Simultaneously, another group of 11

Ridwiks and the Chief Priest performed

Holy ‘Havan’ during the 11-times

recital process, offering ‘Vasordharai,’

(‘Dharai’ meaning non-stop pouring

of ghee) seeking the blessings of the


‘Vasordharai’ is performed (as

‘Chamakam,’ the final part of Rudram

Recital) with a very long ghee pouring

equipment, specially made for the

purpose and is usually handled by the

Chief Priest.

At the end of the Rudram recitals,

special ‘Rudra Thrisati Archana’ (offer

of flowers with 300 names of Lord Shiva)

was performed. Special decoration

with special Vasthrams (clothes for the

Deities), flowers, prayers and Maha

Aarthi formed a part of the proceedings.

Maha Prasadam was served to all


On the evening of first day, the

Deities were decorated and Vedic

recitals of Siksha Valli, Brugu Valli and

Aanandha Valli and Lalitha Sahasranamam

filled the air.

This was then followed by a recital

of ‘Krama Archana’ (Rudram verses

in special Archana format) for the first

The Ridwicks at the Yagnyam (Pictures supplied by Venkat Subramaniam)

time in New Zealand.

Chandru led the performance of

Vedic rites, joined by Priests of Sri

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple and Thiru Subramaniyar

Temple and Ridwiks - elders

and youngsters from Bhajan Satsangh,

RAMS Foundation, Aasthiga Bhaktha

Sangeerthana Samajam, Kannada

Koota and others from Wellington,

Hamilton, Sydney and Melbourne).

The Programme was supported by

donations and contributions towards

various Sankalpams, while scores of

volunteers attended to various tasks.

It was a divine experience, gratified

by the appreciation and expression

Hold on to your hearts, they may be stolen!

Venkat Raman


It is one of those occasions when men

and women, young and old – everyone

in fact, stand the risk of having

their hearts stolen.

It is also one of those occasions at

which getting to dance or rising to a

standing ovation would be hard to resist.

It is one of those occasions which rarely

repeats itself.

Dorothy Winstone Centre at Auckland

Girls Grammar School will reverberate

with music, humour and applauds on

Saturday, July 8, 2017 with the presence

and performance of one of the most

prolific singers of the South Indian film


As the curtain goes up, the much awaited

programme with PVNS Rohit (Rohit

Paritala, also known as Naga) will come

alive with a group of talented artistes.

SB (Sangeetha Bharathi) Music Magic

Group is organising the event as a part

of its annual music concert, which will

commence at 630 pm.

Rohit battled hard to get to the Finals of

India’s Idol 2017 (Ninth Edition) less than

four months ago.

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 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 ‘Human 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-year-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 SP, Anu Mallik

and Sonu Nigam, the last of who became

his mentor to guide him through the


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

Visitor brings teachings of ‘Hugging Mother’

Venkat Raman


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.


renowned disciple of Mata

Amritanandmayi will

be in New Zealand from

July 3 to July 17, 2017, to

spread Her divine teachings.

Bramachari Shraddhamrita will

conduct discourses, Meditation, Puja

and silent retreat during his stay in

the country.

Thiru Subramaniyar Temple

Shraddhamrita has offered to

conduct ‘Vilakku Pooja’ on Tuesday,

July 4 and a Discourse and Bhajan

on July 5, both events occurring

from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Thiru

Subramaniyar Aalayam located at 69

Tidal Road, Mangere.

The Programme

Shraddhamrita will conduct ‘Integrated

Amrita Meditation’ on July

6 from 9 am to 1 pm at ‘Soul Centre

of the Body and Mind,’ on Thursday,

July 6 from 9 am to 1 pm at 18 Huia

Road, Titirangi, Auckland July 9

from 530 pm to 830 pm at Assurity

Consulting, 95 Customhouse Quay,

Wellington; and on July 13 from

530 pm to 930 pm at 122 Wilsons

Road, St Martins, Christchurch.

Discourse and Bhajans are on

the agenda at Shri Ram Mandir

and Hanuman Temple in Auckland,

at St Georges Anglican Church,

Tauranga and at different venues in

Christchurch and Wellington.

The highlight of this tour is the

‘Silent Meditative Retreat’ to be held

July 14 to 16, 2017 in Rotorua. This

Retreat reinforces existing spiritual

practices and provides the foundation

for a lifetime of meditation

practice. Connecting with this sacred

and ancient wisdom within ourselves

brings meaning to life.

‘Divine Amma

Mata Amritanandmayi, popularly

known the world over as ‘Amma’

and the ‘Hugging Mother,’ is

believed to represent purity of spirit.

Her teachings have captured the

minds and hearts of countless men,

women and children of every ethnic

and cultural vicissitude in every

continent on earth.

Christened Sudhamani at birth (at

Parayakadavu, a fishing village in

the Quilon district of Kerala), she

showed compassion and understanding

from an early age.

She is known for her philanthropic

work as well as her innate knowledge

of almost everything that a

human being could seek.

Centres advocating her teachings

have been established in Australasia,

Middle East, Africa, North and

South America and Europe.

The Monk

Shraddhamrita received his

initiation as ‘Brahamacharya’ in

1997, making him equivalent to

a Monk in the Hindu religion. A

graduate in Electrical and Electronic

Engineering, he relinquished his

career in the software industry to

serve Amma. He is involved in

coordinating scientific research

and social welfare projects at the

Amrita University, established in

the name of Amma with campuses

in Amritapuri, Cochin, Coimbatore,

Bangalore and Mysore.

of interest by families and younger

members of the community for similar

religious festivals in the years to come.

Ragavan Rengachariar is Founder-Trustee

of the RAMS Foundation,

a Trust registered under the New

Zealand Charities Commission. An

Auckland resident, he writes extensively

on Temples and spiritual and

religious matters. The above is the

second and final part of his article.

The first part appeared in our June

1, 2017 issue, which can be accessed

(under Archives) at our website www.




Despite odds, National maintains cautious confidence

Venkat Raman


Political gloves came off on

June 23 when the General

Election 2017 transited to

the ‘Regulated Period,’ and

almost at the same time both Leaders of

National and Labour had to do damage

control – the former having to face

the accusation of ‘lying’ in the Todd

Barclay affair and the latter having to

cope with the misdoings of his former

Chief of Staff over the ‘Campaign for

Change,’ which allegedly did things

that ran counter to Labour’s immigration


These are discussed in our Leader

under Viewlink.

The current scenario

The current political scene would

confound any seasoned observer;

against accusations of arrogance,

complacency and indifference, the

National Party appears to be doing well

at Opinion Polls, if such polls are to be


Labour appears to suffer sliding

popularity although its leaders and candidates

remain confident; the Greens

experience mixed bags of popularity

and disregard. The only Party that

seems to register consistently good

performance is New Zealand First,

which, even at its best, is not likely to

get more than 15 seats.

Political fortunes can change in

seconds but the current state of the

polity may lead to a hung Parliament

on September 23, 2017. New Zealand

First Leader Winston Peters may

hold the trump card as he did at the

beginning of the second term (2005) of

Bill English with Rahul (right) and Jaya Sirigiri at the 81st Conference of National Party in Wellington on June 23

the Helen Clark government.

National Party Conference

But those following the 81st Annual

Conference of the National Party held

in Wellington on June 23-24, 2017

would have been somewhat surprised

at the jubilant mood of almost everyone

attending it, most important of all

being Mr English.

He was at his career best, delivering

an address that almost sounded like the

Acceptance Speech after the election.

But anxiety and nervousness in

some quarters were palpable.

There is no indication yet of the

anti-incumbency factor, but National

Party leadership would certainly not

take the General Election for granted.

However, Mr English has put his foot

forward to bat into the future.

Speaking about ‘New Zealand

Beyond 2020,’ he set the scene for

‘National’s New Zealand.’

Such a country, he said, would be

open to trade and investment, happy

to have Kiwis stay home and embrace

growth because it delivers more jobs,

higher wages and greater opportunities

for New Zealanders.

“We will work for a New Zealand

where innovation and hard work is recognised

and rewarded, a New Zealand

that looks after the most vulnerable,

and helps them change their lives,” he


And then, he delivered his political


“Labour, the Greens and New

Zealand First, on the other hand, would

shut down growth because they are not

up for tackling the challenges success

brings. Well, National is up for it, and

New Zealanders are too,” he said.

The Immigration muddle

Immigration is an issue that would

ruffle a few feathers, Immigration

Minister Michael Woodhouse has

already announced formulae for

Skilled Migrants with a higher income

threshold but no one seems to notice

or care to notice the similarity of ideas

among the three parties- National,

Labour and New Zealand First.

National continues to enjoy a

friendly mainstream media, which in

some ways could be detrimental to its

own preservation.

Mr English and many of his cabinet

colleagues know that.

Queering the pitch

Some insiders say that National does

not have the luxury of a popularity

wave that swept the Party to power

in November 2008. Nine years in

government always bring with them

weariness, both for the incumbent

Party and for the public. Ideas often

run out of steam and long-standing

MPs announce their intention to quit.

Mr English was the choice of Mr

Key as his successor, but even so, there

were factions within the Party, the first

seen since November 2006, when Mr

Key became the Leader.

Mr English has announced that

he and his team would fight hard to

win every party vote to form a strong

and stable government. However, as

JULY 1, 2017

he conceded, the MMP system would

force him to work with others through

‘Confidence and Supply Agreements’

that have worked in the past.

His preference is to continue working

with current partners - ACT, United

Future and the Maori Party and has ruled

out any other combination.

“New Zealand First is an unlikely

partner, however I am prepared to have

discussions with them post-election

depending on the makeup of Parliament,”

Mr English said.

Political gamble

When he was Finance Minister,

Mr English was not obliged to make

promises before a General Election; but

as Prime Minister, he is obliged to do so.

Election promises may be reckless and

Mr English indulged in some of it.

“We will deliver an ambitious

programme to invest $32.5 billion in

schools, roads, hospitals and broadband

– the next stage of which is allocating

the $1 billion Housing Infrastructure

Fund to help build tens of thousands

of new homes faster. We will also

further lift incomes and cut taxes to help

hard-working New Zealanders get ahead

and reduce the pressure on families most

in need,” he said.

The economy is at the heart of the

National Party’s election campaign.

National Party supporters expect the

Government to remain in office for a

fourth term, although the Election will be

tightly contested.

A fourth term for the centre-right

National Party would be a near-unprecedented

feat; only two governments have

won four consecutive elections since the

Second World War.

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Dance School extols Tamil language and culture

Venkat Raman


JULY 1, 2017

The beauty of Tamil as a

language and the honour of

Tamils as people will come

centre stage in Wellington

on July 15, 2017 thanks to one of the

most talented and celebrated Bharata

Natyam artistes of New Zealand.

The Programme

Prabha Ravi, who is set to receive

Queen’s Service Medal as a part of the

Queen’s Birthday Honours announced

on June 5, 2017 and the students of

her ‘Natraj School of Dance’ will

present the programme, simply called,


The event, supported by Hutt City

School is scheduled to begin at 630

pm at Sacred Heart College located at

Laings Road in Lower Hutt is a tribute

to Tamil, considered to be one of the

Six Prime, Original languages of the

World (the other five being Sanskrit,

Greek, Latin, Chinese and Hebrew).

Ms Ravi said that the scripted text

in Tamil dates back to over 3000


“Natya Sastra, the Scripture of

Dance, which forms the basis of the

classical Bharata Natyam was written

in Tamil, thousands of years ago,” she


‘Tamil,’ will witness the performance

of more than 50 students (some

of them as young as five years) of

Natraj School of Dance.

Natraj School of Dance

Ms Ravi established her school 19

years ago and has trained more than

500 young students and encouraged

them to participate in local and

national events.

“Indian classical dance is not merely

moving the body to a rhythm. It is a

discovery of one’s roots, philosophy,

mythology, language, culture and

many other facets of life. Every child

develops his or her personality and

mind by learning this dance form.

Many youngsters have benefited

learning this valuable art,” she said.

For tickets and further information,

please call 021 817252; Email:


About Tamil Language and


Tamil is a Dravidian language

predominantly spoken by the Tamil

people of India and Sri Lanka and

by the Tamil diaspora including

Sri Lankan Moors, Burghers,

Douglas, and Chindians. Tamil is an

official language of Sri Lanka and

Singapore and has official status

in the South Indian states of Tamil

Nadu, Puducherry and in the Union

Government along with Hindi and 20

other languages.

It is also used as one of the

languages of education in Malaysia,

along with English, Malay and

Mandarin. Tamil is also spoken by

significant minorities in the four

other South Indian states of Kerala,

Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and

Telangana and the Union Territory of

the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

‘Continuous Language’

Tamil is one of the longest-surviving

classical languages in the world.

Tamil-Brahmi inscriptions from 500

BC have been found on Adichanallur

and 2200-year-old Tamil-Brahmi

inscriptions have been found on


It has been described as “the only

language of contemporary India

which is recognisably continuous

with a classical past.”

The variety and quality of

classical Tamil literature has led to it

being described as “one of the great

classical traditions and literatures of

the world.”

A recorded Tamil literature has

been documented for over 2000

years. The earliest period of Tamil

literature, Sangam literature, is dated

from ca. 300 BC – AD 300. It has the

oldest extant literature among other

Dravidian languages.

Epigraphic Records

The earliest epigraphic records

found on rock edicts and ‘hero

stones’ date from around the 3rd

Century BC. More than 55% of

the epigraphical inscriptions (about

55,000) found by the Archaeological

Survey of India are in Tamil.

Tamil language inscriptions

written in Brahmi script have been

discovered in Sri Lanka, and on trade

goods in Thailand and Egypt.

The two earliest manuscripts from

India, acknowledged and registered

by the UNESCO Memory of the

World register in 1997 and 2005,

were written in Tamil.

In 1578, Portuguese Christian

missionaries published a Tamil

prayer book in old Tamil script

named ‘Thambiraan Vanakkam,’

thus making Tamil the first Indian

language to be printed and published.

The ‘Tamil Lexicon,’ published by

the University of Madras, was one of

the earliest dictionaries published in

the Indian languages.

According to a 2001 survey, there

were 1863 newspapers published in

Tamil, of which 353 were dailies.

Aucklander becomes People’s Choice at Ms Earth 2017

Anjini Lata does us proud in Las Vegas contest

Venkat Raman


When ‘Mrs Earth’ and

‘Ms Earth’ Pageant was

established a few years

ago, it promised a great

experience for women ‘everywhere

to promote themselves, voice their

opinions, get involved, network,

promote a special cause, fulfil personal

goals and have fun.’

The Pageant organisers sought

“beautiful adult ladies who are married

or were previously married, over

the age of 21 and are well-rounded,

confident, intelligent and committed to

family and community.”

Since then, a few of our elegant

women have achieved well in the

increasingly competitive pageant.

Gratifying Choice

The latest among them is Anjini

Lata, an Auckland based Real Estate

professional. She was crowned, ‘Ms

Earth People’s Choice 2017’ at the

competition held in Las Vegas last

weekend. Back home with the Title

and a heart full of gratitude and sense

of satisfaction, Anjini has had time to

reflect on the glamour and spotlight.

“Although I represented Fiji at the

pageant, I am well tied to my Indian

roots and take pleasure in describing

myself as a ‘Fiji-born Indian woman,

living and working in Auckland as

a New Zealander. There is a certain

charm and dignity in being so. It was

a moment of honour, dignity and

Bharata Natyam and Tamil complement each other

pride in Las Vegas when my name was

announced as the ‘People’s Choice,” she

told Indian Newslink.

Like Mother Earth, motherhood takes

priority in the life of this 38-year-old

woman whose world revolves around

her teenage son, currently pursuing his

university education.

“He is my greatest strength,” she said.

Other Honours

Winning in contests is not new to

Anjini. Among the other Awards that

she has thus far won include ‘Mrs

Charity at Mrs India New Zealand’

Students of Natraj School of Dance

(2015), ‘Mrs New Zealand’ (2016)

and ‘Mrs Community Service’ (2016),

a Special Award given to a person for

‘Her outstanding performance and for

being an inspiration for other women.’

Varying qualifications

Striking a balance between

traditional values and modern style of

living, Anjini is a pragmatic woman,

who loves her family, friends and her

profession. As a real estate consultant,

she is a people’s person, and it shows

in her conversation.

Charity work

As a Board Member of Life

International Charitable Trust, she

helps senior citizens to enjoy their life

and be a part of the society. She also

helps international students to settle

well and works closely with officials to

ensure health and safety of children.

“Most important of all, I believe in the

empowerment of women who have lost

their husbands. They deserve a chance

to achieve their dreams and progress in

their life and career. I am equally privileged

to be involved in several charitable

organisations such as Starship Children’s

Foundation, St John, Pink Ribbon,

Breast Cancer Foundation and Women’s

Refuge New Zealand,” she said.

Among her passions are reading

Romantic novels and watching horror

movies and travelling. She could be a

perfect model for Coffee advertisements,

since she takes to the drink at a mere


“I love to visit every country; that

is my Bucket List Dream. I believe in

living irrevocably.

You do not have to be Size 8 or have

lots of Botox. A genuine smile and a

good heart can win people and make

friends,” Anjini said.

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Model of the Fortnight

Passion with commitment clears the path to success

It is common (almost important)

for the young mind to

reach for the stars, aspire to

do better in every endeavour

and become someone who is

talked about day after day.

Ambition motivates people to

act and triggers them to venture

into new areas of activities and

anchor upon success.

Nothing wrong with any of

these, for the youngsters today

need to ignite their thoughts and

kick into action.

Important attributes

“Every person should be

passionate about something (or

someone) in life; otherwise, you

would be the most boring person

in the world,” says Sonia Singh,

our Model of the Fortnight.

While she has what it takes to

be a model, there are several other

attributes to this young woman,

who will someday go places and

have the last laugh.

The world of fashion and Tinsel

Town are among them.

Born and raised in Ludhiana,

Sonia is proud of her Punjabi and

Indian roots.

Following her graduation, she

belongs to the hospitality industry

and hence has a natural flair

for reaching out to people and

understanding them.

Showbusiness beckons

“I am passionate about dance

and modelling. I believe that those

with a positive attitude about their

life and themselves can achieve

anything they want. I have always

pursued my goals with confidence,

commitment and concentration.

Nothing comes without effort,”

she said.

Sonia said that she has been participating

in events such as Miss

Indianz and gained experience in


“Now I have the privilege to

participate in Miss Indianz 2017.

Sonia said that her desire is to

be a successful businesswoman

with a flourishing career in

modelling and acting.

“I am a fun-loving person. I like

to spend time with friends and in

the gym,” she said.

-Venkat Raman

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Virgilio Santos

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Aucklanders eagerly await one of New

Zealand’s biggest Indian musical events in the

2017 calendar to be staged on Friday, July 7 at

Dorothy Winstone

Centre, Auckland Girls’ Grammar

School, 16 Howe Street in


Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

Titled ‘Sargam Fusion with

Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt,’

the forthcoming live concert

will feature the world-renowned

musician who founded the

‘Mohana Veena,’ an improvised

Hawaiian Slide Guitar that

adapts well to the Indian

Classical music tradition.

Having given performances

all over the world, Pt Vishwa

Mohan returns to New Zealand,

joining forces with popular Auckland-based fusion band

‘Sargam Fusion’ for three hours of engagement.

Sargam Fusion

Since its inception, ‘Sargam Fusion’ has been providing

a harmonious blend of Indian, Eastern and Western music,

which has appealed to a wide range of mixed audiences.

Its motto ‘Creating music, connecting cultures’ is a

testimony to the band’s aim of bringing people from

different cultures, living by the spirit of diversity and

multiculturalism that forms the crux of modern New


The ensemble for this year comprises Ahi Karunaharan

(Piano), Akhilesh Madhur (Tabla), Ashish Ramakrishnan

(Male Vocal), Basant Madhur (Tabla), Krissy Jackson

(Fiddle), Saketh Vishnubhotla (Veena, Mandolin and

Ghatam), Seetha Jandhyala (Female Vocal), Ravi

Nyayapati (Percussion), Ratna Venkat (Dance), Rob Mita

(Guitar) and Swap Gomez (Drums).

Old meets New

The second ‘blockbuster show’ organised and presented

by Old Fort Bar & Eatery, (after the highly popular

concert of Flute maestro Rakesh Chaurasia at Auckland

Town Hall last year), the people behind the restaurant

business proudly showcase their passion and support for

Indian artistic traditions across the community.

Besides the Old Fort premise being beautifully decorated

with embellishments of Indian

art and splashes of colour, the

place is also known to promote

Indian classical music through its

‘Old Fort Music Sessions,’ which

has, over the years, featured various

reputed artistes collaborating

with ‘Sargam Fusion’ musicians.

Like last year, concert-goers

will be given an opportunity to

meet, greet and interact with Pt

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt at Old Fort

Bar & Eatery on the evening of

Saturday, July 8.

Those who wish to meet the

Veena maestro should reserve at

Old Fort on (09) 3794928.


Students of Indian Classical music and enthusiasts will

have an exclusive opportunity to learn the vicissitudes of

Indian music from the maestro himself on Sunday, July 9.

The once-only workshop will be held at Blockhouse

Bay Community Centre, 524 Blockhouse Bay Road from

530 pm to 730 pm.

Concert-goers and students keen on attending the

workshop should contact Basant Madhur on 021-0357954.


Tickets to ‘Sargam Fusion with Pt Vishwa Mohan

Bhatt,’ priced at $60, $40 and $25 are available at Old

Fort Bar & Eatery (7 Bacons Lane, Chancery, Square,

Auckland City) and Sargam School of Indian Music (419

Blockhouse Bay Road, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland).

Readers are requested to purchase their tickets as early

as possible to avoid disappointment.


“Sargam Fusion with Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt”

An evening of Indian Classical and Fusion Music

When Friday, July 7 at 730 pm


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16 Howe Street, Newton, Auckland.

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Parita Bose Pathak performs a Kathak number Anjali Gupta and Aditi Tiwari are learning Kathak at the Academy Students have opportunities to practice a fusion of Kathak and Bharat Natyam

land is organising the event called, ‘Let’s

Dance,’ at the Memorial Theatre, Victoria

University on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

More than 50 students aged between 4

and 70 years will participate in the annual


Embracing cultures

Parita Bose (Pathak), Director and

Principal said that since its relaunch in

2016 after a two-year break, Shivam

Dance Academy aims to embrace different

cultures and present them in dance form.

“The institution attempts to enhance

Indian culture and encourage younger

members of our communities to participate

and learn through the process,” she


Different dance styles

Parita said that her students enjoy the

curriculum, which includes folk dances of

India including the Bhangra and the Garbha,

Classical dance forms like Bharata

Natyam and Kathak, Western music such

as Latin, Jazz and Hip Hop and song and

dance sequences from Hindi films.

“I like to work with the strength of

people and help them to overcome their

weaknesses,” Parita said.

Students must appear for examinations

that include detailed theory which

describes the purpose behind every move.

“I love receiving feedback from students

or their parents who say the classes

made them overcome confidence issues,

stress and depression.”

With several external tutors visiting

the Academy and conducting workshops,

Shivam Dance Academy aims to prepare

students for optional performances including

the upcoming academy’s Annual

Dance Production.

Artistic Kathak

Having worked with renowned

Bollywood dancers and celebrities and

provided production support to a variety

of events, Parita is recognised for her

skills in Kathak.

“The origin of Kathak is traditionally

attributed to the traveling bards of ancient

Northern India, known as Kathakars or

storytellers. Starting from a basic level,

Kathak classes are divided into various

levels as the year progresses and students

develop their awareness of space, body

and rhythm,” she said.

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Use the photos to find the answer: His real name was Tatanka Iyotake


No. 025


No. 015

Comprising around 20 species, the widely

cultivated Dahlia − or Daalia in Norwegian,

Dalia in Italian, and Dalio in Esperanto − is

native to Mexico where it was called by the

Aztecs, acocoxóchitl. Initially considered a

vegetable by the Europeans, the term dahlia

was adopted in 1791 from the surname of

Swedish botanist Andreas Dahl (1751-89)

because of his interest in the plant, which is

now designated as Mexico’s national flower.

Spot the 10 Differences






In the addition sum different letters and

the flower symbol represent different

digits. Rewrite the addition sum using:


0 2 3 5 6 7 9

Solution to Attemptation No. 014


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9


JUMBLE No. 1748 SUDOKU No. 1069 HI


11 Words Good

13 Words Very Good

15 Words Excellent

17 Words Genius


active avocet cave

cete cite civet cote

cove covet evict


ovate veto vice

vivace vive vocative

voice vote votive


How many words of 4letters ormore can you make from these 9letters?

In making aword each letter may beused only once, and the centre letter

must be included. There must be at least one 9-letter word. No slang,

foreign words, plurals, hyphens or apostrophes.



3 Ensnare

8 Detest

9 Gun loading device

11 Hammering block

12 Mettle

15 Dash

17 Indefatigable

18 Passionate desire

20 Short-lived craze

21 Fine net material

23 Colour

25 Requires

26 Eccentrics (coll)

28 Excavation

29 In this place

30 Maxims

33 Parsimonious

35 Pamper

36 Apple drink

37 Infantryman’s gun

38 Fireplaces

39 Consumes food


1 Explosion

2 Lowest point

3 Country

4 Hired out

5 Minister

6 Small grain

7 Allow entrance

10 Everything

13 Puncture

14 Rugby arbiter

16 Asserts without


19 Unhurried



1 The upper classes

have to account for

the scary riot taking

place outside (11)

9 Ring five times for a

symbol (7)

10 Begin to organise a

drinking bout (5)

11 Terribly inane musical


12 Ill-feeling stems from

the Franco-Uruguayan

conflict (7)

13 Bird in alarge quarry


15 Pilot’s new gun (6)

18 State that the girl’s

outside the boxing

association (7)

20 Lean on agood article


22 As aparty member I

have adefence (5)

23 Groups of pirates? (7)

24 Translate ‘meet up’

into Latin before the

end (11)


2 Light fabric? (5)

3 Wrongly presume to

be the greatest (7)


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No. 17568

4 Large vehicles sought

by film stars (6)

5 Birdman (5)

6 Was Prince Albert the

right type? (7)

7 Oslo data Pat

processed and made

ameal of (6,5)

8 Sit or lounge around

with adoctor (11)

14 Plainer mixture of nuts

and sugar (7)

1. Letter Emissing

2. Persons top different colour

3. Cloud missing

4. Part of rope missing

5. Pier post shorter

6. Windows moved

7. Board on pier different colour

8. Ark roof different colour

9. Step missing on ramp

10. Extra birds

22 Mythical one-horned


24 Intensely serious

27 Goblin

28 Dishonest practice

29 Hurts

31 Sacred song

32 Stow

34 Card with single


16 Intervening and not

quite meriting a

change (7)

17 Rolls of afavourite

floor covering? (6)

19 Goodbye to

commercial that is

high class (5)

21 Fool returning to Amin


Sudoku No. 1068 Cryptic No. 17567

Across: 1Well-to-do;

5 Mini; 9Agra; 10 Scotfree;

11 Balsa; 12 Naivete

13 Penny-farthing;

18 Anarchic; 19 Ruth;

20 Inertia; 21 Deuce;

22 Ta-ta; 23 Nepotism.

Down: 2Engrave;


4Decontaminate; 6Israeli

7Iceberg; 8Strict;

13 Pianist; 14 Nearest;

15 Yachts; 16 Hardest;

17 Notices.

Snap Decision No. 014 What’s Different No. 024 Attemptation No. 014
























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Miss Indianz 2017 attracts engineers, doctors and managers

Dharmesh Parikh

Indian Newslink and Radio Tarana

have been a great source of

strength and support for Rhythm

House, participants, contestants

and others involved with Miss Indianz


since its establishment in 2002.

As we celebrate the 15th Anniversary

of this cultural extravaganza this

year, I am gratified by the fact that

Miss Indianz has grown beyond beauty

pageants, to create opportunities for

our young women to gain self-confidence,

give vent to their talents and

pursue the career of their choice.

Some of them have become models

and many have been successful in

international beauty contests while a

few have joined the film industry in


Year after year, our contestants come

from varied background- young women

of Indian origin from India, Fiji, New

Zealand, South Africa, Australia,

Malaysia, Singapore and many other

parts of the world.

This year’s event will see a budding

dentist, a First Class Honours graduate

in Chemical and Biological engineering

and a professional in the hospitality

industry. Each of them says that

becoming eligible to participate in Miss

Indianz was a part of their dream.

I am gratified.

Over the past 15 years, I have found

hundreds of contestants saying that

Miss Indianz is ‘a great experience,

rewarding and empowering, and most

important of all, it is fun.’

For many of them, this annual cultural

programme has been a life-changer.

As well as celebrating this unique

Kiwi Indian culture, Miss Indianz

provides a platform for young women

of Indian heritage to showcase their

innate talents.

It has been the springboard for many

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dynamic careers over the past 15 years,

and I hope that it will continue to be so

for many years to come.

Miss Indianz 2017

The 15th Annual Edition of Miss

Indianz will be held at Aotea Centre,

Auckland City on Saturday, September

16, 2017. About 20 contestants, aged

between 16 and 25 will take to the

stage in the hope of taking home the

Title Crown, the Runners-Up (First and

Second) honours and/or one of several

other individual titles and prizes.

Tickets will be on sale in August.

Indian Newslink continues to

profile the contestants in this second


Norisha Chand

positive mental attitude, friendliness and a spirit of adventure

A are among the attributes of Norisha Chand, who is currently

studying Public Relations and Event Management at Unitec,


“I am always full of energy; I love to be active and wish to travel

all over the world. Most of all, I love swimming, snorkelling and

dancing,” she said.

Born in Wellington and raised in Hamilton, Norisha is also keen

to do a stint in modelling and decided to enter Miss Indianz 2017,

which she said is “a big step towards the achievement of that aim

and the means to gain self-confidence.”

Pictures of Norisha Chand by Andrew Bignall

Shalini Guleria

Reiterating our earlier statement that Miss Indianz brings together

young women of high academic achievements is Shalini Guleria,

who recently obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical and

Biological Engineering with First Class Honours from the University

of Waikato in Hamilton.

Shalini plans to undertake Cancer research and obtain her doctorate

and establish a charitable institution to help children and families

suffering from chronic illnesses.

“Miss Indianz is a new challenge for me and is completely out of

my comfort zone. I like to push boundaries and this contest will help

me build my confidence and teach new skills,” she said.

Photos of Shalini Guleria by Sheril Mathew

Varsha Choudhary

Born and raised in the Pink City of Jaipur (Rajasthan), Varsha

Choudhary is pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Health

Service Management.

While her father was keen that her favourite daughter should become

a University Lecturer, Varsha believes that she could give vent

to her passion for people through dental care. However, her quest for

exploring the world took her to the modelling profession.

“I reinvented myself as a model but my heart is still towards caring

for people. I hope to become a qualified dentist over the next two

years,” she said.

Meanwhile, Varsha hopes that Miss Indianz 2017 would provide

her opportunities in showbusiness and as a talented artiste.

Pictures of Varsha Choudhary by Andrew Bignall



1. Business Excellence in Retail Trade

2. Business Excellence in Innovation

3. Business Excellence in Marketing

4. Business Excellence in Customer Service

5. Best EmployerofChoice

6. Best Small Business

7. Best Medium Sized Business

8. Best Large Business

9. Business Excellence in International trade with India*

10. Best Accountant of the Year

11. Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year

12. Best Businesswoman of the Year

13. Best Financial Advisor (Mortgage) of the Year

14. Best Financial Advisor (Insurance) of the Year

Supreme Business of the Year Award

(All entries will be entered forthis category)

*this categoryisopen toall businesses registered in New Zealand, importing or exportinga

product or service from and to India or engaged in enrolling international students from India.

Categorywinnersin the past twoyearsshould enter other eligible categories.

Enter up to any three of the above first nine categories.Winners in

the past two years cannot enter the same category orcategories but

may attempt other categories.

Download Entry forms from

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Completed entries must be sent on or beforeThursday, August 31, 2017

to iba2017@chadwilkie.com

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Wallace Haumaha (left) with Maori leaders at the Waiteti Marae on June 24 Mike Bush Winston Peters Steve Chadwick Dame Iritana Te Rangi Dr Anwar Ghani

Safety takes the front seat of election campaign

Venkat Raman


While Law and Order

and increased

resources for

policing would be

a major issue as political parties

launch their campaign for General

Election 2017, the New Zealand

Police is revitalising its strategies

and programmes for improving

safety at work, home and public


The National Party leadership

says that it will tackle crime from

the front and has announced a

$503 million package that will

account for 880 additional sworn

officers, 140 of them specifically

designated to regional and rural


The Labour Party has made

Law and Order a priority and will

announce a series of initiatives to

promote safety.

The New Zealand People’s

Party was established in 2015 with

a primary focus on law and order

with policies to improve safety.

Engagement with Maori

Police Commissioner

Mike Bush said that increased

engagement with Maori was

the quintessential feature of the

revised focus and that the response

was encouraging.

“Prevention of Crime and

making people feel safer are

among the priorities of the New

Zealand Police. Challenges come

with growth and we have listened

to the people and their concern.

We are taking steps to address the

issues,” he said.

Mr Bush was speaking at a

reception organised at the Waiteti

Marae Ngongotaha in Rotorua

on June 24, 2017 in honour of

Wallace (Wally) Haumaha, who

was recently promoted to the post

of Assistant Commissioner of

Police (Maori, Pacifica and Ethnic


“We are committed to Maori

and the Treaty (of Waitangi); we

will work more closely and more

meaningfully with all communities

and ensure that New Zealand

remains a safety country in the

world,” he said.

Tribute to Wallace Haumaha

Rotorua Mayor (and former

Cabinet Minister) Steve Chadwick

said that it was pleasing to observe

today’s New Zealand Police

which has transformed from ‘No

Representation’ to ‘More Representation’

of Maori in its ranks

and the promotion of Wally to the

post of Assistant Commissioner

was an example.

About 1000 people representing

the Maori, Pacifica, Chinese, Indian

and other communities were

present at the event in Rotorua.

Among them were police officials,

Maori chiefs and community


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.

He established the first Memorandum

of Understanding between

Police and 14 major Iwi groups in

the Bay of Plenty District, marking

the beginning of a long-standing

partnership model to work with


He was instrumental in establishing

the first MOU with Te Wananga

o Aotearoa to launch a Police Career

Preparation Programme for Maori,

Pacific and ethnic people.

Assistant Commissioner

Haumaha was appointed Deputy

Chief Executive Maori in 2014 and

has supported the Commissioner of

Police on the development of crime

prevention advice to reduce the

over-representation of Māori in the

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“Erroneous immigration policy is leading us towards collapse

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Winston Peters

Any society that allows a

pool of discontented and

disaffected young people to

grow is playing with fire. Not

giving our young people a proper place

in our society is hazardous. Because it

is fundamental for a healthy society for

everyone to feel they have a stake in

their society and its wellbeing.

In New Zealand First, we say that it

is vital for all young New Zealanders

to have a physical and financial stake in

our country. One way to ensure that the

young are invested in their own country

is through home ownership.

People who are buying their own

home have a purpose, a direction, and

a structure for their lives. People who

are buying a home put down roots in

It saddens me that many of our

small business owners dread

getting up in the morning and

going to work.

their community – because they have a

stake in it. And secure housing is vital

in creating the conditions for raising


They are not then vulnerable to the

blandishments of trouble makers.

Rising unemployment

Young people also face another

challenge in putting down roots and

being connected to New Zealand society

– job security – or more correctly – job


The official statistics for the first

quarter of 2017 show that the rate

of youth unemployment is deeply

concerning. The proportion of youth

(15–24 years) not in employment,

education, or training (NEET) is running

at almost 13% - (12.8% actual according

to HLFS).

We are talking about over 90,000

young New Zealanders.

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dismal fact, that the Government never

mentions in its spin about the economy.

A better plan to tackle rising crime

Jenny Salesa

Purpose BuiltChildcare Centre

Boundary lines are indicative only


Small businesses such as dairies and service stations offer

backbone services to our neighbourhoods.

Owners and their workers have a right to go to work in the

knowledge they will be safe from violence, intimidation and


My colleagues and I have been coordinating Law and Order

meetings and supporting calls from the Indian community

for an immediate focus on safety.

I have also marched with my constituents to draw attention

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it, at decent pay rates is an important

social goal. Uncertain work prospects

undermine commitment to a community.

Prime Minister Bill English is saying

“Immigration is the Economy.’

Collapse on the cards

So, if the brakes are not applied,

collapse is on the cards.

It is only the trick of massive

immigration – a sort of economic sugar

hit - that makes ‘GDP growth’ look


Who can recall when New Zealand

enjoyed high quality public services?

The times when our schools, hospitals,

prisons, and infrastructure were not

grappling with overload?

Today it is only the dedication and

commitment of those in public services

that are keeping so many systems from


We say that it is not a utopian dream

for all New Zealanders to have access to

first world standard health and education

services. By sleight of hand and trickery,

National has taken what once Kiwis

took for granted as reasonable and

achievable expectations and made them

only for the lucky few.

In addition, the Government has

taken no steps to ensure that our rapidly

growing population stays cohesive.

Although they are careful to conceal

their real agenda, they are still locked

into the way of thinking advocated by

Margaret Thatcher who declared: “There

is no such thing as society.”

NZ First is New Zealanders first

In New Zealand First, we could not

disagree more.

All our policies are framed with

a concern for the future health and

security of New Zealand as a whole.

The New Zealand national interest is

our starting point.

And there is one overriding imperative

right now that is in the national

interest and it is to cut back immigration

to a sensible level.

to the hazards they face simply going to work

every day.

Increasing crime

Despite protests, petitions and media exposure,

we continue to see increases in violent crimes of

this kind against small retailers.

In the past year, robberies are up 43% in

Waitemata, 24% in Auckland City, and 18% in

Counties Manukau.

From 2015 to 2016, Counties Manukau

West area (Otahuhu, Mangere, Middlemore,

Papatoetoe) saw a 29% increase in “acts intended

to cause injury” – four times higher than the

national rate.

Over the same period, the Counties Manukau

East area (Howick, Otara, Beachlands) saw

44.4% increase in robberies, two times higher

than the national rate.

We must ask why this Government is allowing

these crime rates to keep rising?

Why are they leaving hardworking business

owners and shopkeepers alone on the frontlines of

a crime spike?

Inadequate response

Have they given the Police the resources and

the staff they need to keep our communities safe?

Well, there has been some response.

But I believe it is too little.

Police received less than three-quarters of what

they asked for in this year’s budget. Instead of

well-resourced community policing, which we

know works – keeping our communities safer –

the plan is to put our dairy owners behind bars.

This is what allocating some money to put up

grills and install duress alarms really means.

Of course, I support these measures if they will

increase security but this is not the New Zealand

We mean closer to 10,000 highly

skilled immigrants a year, not 72,000

mostly unskilled immigrants per year.

So under-resourced are the media

these days that news reporting has been

devalued and unsupported in favour

of mindless speculation, opining,

editorialising, and vacuous explanation

have become the substitute.

But the great news, confirmed from

overseas evidence, is that those in

politics who speak straight to the people,

do gain their support.

That explains our inexorable rise in


Winston Peters is the elected Member

of Parliament from Northland and

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in which I want my children to grow. This support

for increased security in shops and service

stations must be temporary. The real solution is to

attack the root causes of crime in society and to

increase policing.

Local leaders in South Auckland have

started a campaign to cut the market for cheap

cigarettes and alcohol that is the proceeds of these


Community responsibility

If community members refuse to buy these

proceeds of crime and report people who offer

them for sale, the crimes become less attractive.

It is imperative that your Government listens

to you when times are tough, when housing is not

affordable and unhealthy, when workplaces are

not safe, and when disorder is increasing.

Labour has listened to the community and to

the Police and we promise 1000 more sworn

officers in our first three years in government plus

the resources that they need to perform well and

to make our communities safer.

For nine years, National has failed to sufficiently

support essential services across health,

education and, now, Police.

It is time for a fresh approach.

Labour’s Plan

Labour has a plan which means working in

partnership with the Police to urgently tackle the

increasing numbers of assaults, sexual assaults,

burglaries, robberies, as well as methamphetamine

supply. We would put people first and

Community Policing would be a priority.

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National upbeat about election prospects

Bala (Venu) Beeram

The 81st Annual Conference

of the National

Party held in Wellington

last weekend (June

23-24, 2017) was one of the most

important events in my life and

career. Although I have attended

many conferences over the past

10 years as a member and worker,

the just-concluded conference

brought me close to ministers, the

National Caucus and Board of


Among the highlights of the

two-day conference was the

opportunity that I had of meeting

former Prime Minister Jim Bolger,

who gave me invaluable advice

on how to conduct my campaign

in Kelston.

Bill English

The main address by National

Party Leader and Prime Minister

Bill English gave us confidence

and renewed hope. He spoke

about ‘National’s New Zealand,’

and how the government is

working hard to improve the lot of

New Zealanders.

“We will work for a New Zealand

where innovation and hard

work is recognised and rewarded,

a New Zealand that looks after the

National Party Leader Bill English presenting

two Certificates to Bala (Venu)

Beeram at the Party’s Conference held

in Wellington on June 23-24, 2017

most vulnerable, and helps them

change their lives. Labour, the

Greens and New Zealand First, on

the other hand, would shut down

growth because they are not up

for tackling the challenges success

brings,” he said.

Steven Joyce

Finance Minister Steven Joyce

briefed me on the steps being

taken to maintain and improve

economic growth. He explained

the salient features of the first

Budget that he presented in Parliament

on May 25, 2017 and said

that it would have positive impact

on small and medium businesses,

such as those operating in my


Simon Bridges

I also had an opportunity to

speak to Transport Minister Simon

Bridges who apprised me of the

efforts of our Government to find

solutions to the growing traffic

congestion in Auckland and the

residents of the Kelston area. He

said that the Waterview Tunnel, set

to open shortly, is of the most significant

and the largest infrastructure

project of its kind ever undertaken

in recent years. He said that the

extension to the Northwestern

Cycleway will provide safety and

convenience to cyclists.

Nikki Kaye

Education Minister Nikki Kaye

told me of the work being done

by her Ministry to the children

in Kelston. She said that some of

the schools in the electorate will

derive benefits from Budget 2017

including the Pacific Education

Plan, Digital Learning and new


It was a proud moment for me

when Prime Minister Bill English

honoured with two certificates,

one each for securing ‘Most

Memberships’ and for ‘Improved

Memberships’ at the Conference.

Like my fellow members at National,

I returned home on Sunday

with a resolve to intensify my efforts

in Kelston and campaign harder and

reach out to all my people.

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Government’s neglect of our children pathetic

Jacinda Arden

All Kiwi children deserve so

much more than the impoverished

picture painted

by the shameful rankings

provided by the UNICEF Innocenti

Report Card.

After nine years of National, New

Zealand ranks near the bottom for child

well-being and that’s just not good

enough. The Sustainable Development

Goals (SDGs) rankings confirm the

hardship and suffering with nearly 20

per cent of all Kiwi children living in

relative income poverty.

Measuring poverty

Labour is committed to a framework

of measuring poverty in New Zealand.

My Child Poverty Reduction and

Eradication Members Bill would measure

child poverty and set a reduction


It is shameful that New Zealand

joins the Republic of Korea, Turkey

and Chile as the only countries that

do not measure child poverty. What’s

even worse is that New Zealand has the

highest adolescent suicide rate of all 41

European and OECD countries in the


Labour has been asking how the

Government is working towards

reducing the number of children living

in poverty. There’s no meaningful work

programme that Minister Tolley is

currently doing to reduce the number of

children living in poverty.

Low OECD rating

It is a poor track record for the

National Government that sees

New Zealand ranked 34th out of 41

European Union/ OECD countries in

the League Table.

The SDG to end hunger ranks New

Zealand 18th with 10.9% of children

below the age of 15 living with an adult

who is food insecure.

Failing to put food on the table is

more common than the Government

cares to admit. The report shows that

national income alone is no guarantee

of a good record in sustaining child


We can do better, and under Labour

JULY 1, 2017

we will. We will start by putting child

poverty measures into law, and report

on them every budget. We’ll focus

on lifting incomes, making housing

affordable, and putting nurses in

schools. After nine years, it is time for

a fresh approach and one that puts child

well-being at the heart of what we do,

and puts New Zealand at the top of the


Jacinda Ardern is elected Member of

Parliament from Mt Albert, Deputy

Leader of Labour and the Party’s

Spokesperson for children.

Let us welcome more refugees with open arms

James Shaw

Recently, we announced that when

we are in Government, the Green

Party will increase the refugee

quota to 5000 (it is currently 1000).

Of those, 4000 will be directly resettled

by the government (as under the current

system) and another 1000 will be community

sponsored placements – replicating a very

successful programme that has been run in

Canada for over 30 years.

I am personally very proud of this policy.

To me, it demonstrates that the Green Party

is committed to promoting openness and

extending a warm hand of welcome to

refugees and migrants.

Increasing dangers

The world around us has become an

increasingly dangerous place for many people

around the world. We are living through the

greatest humanitarian crisis since World War

II. Sixty-five million people are displaced

around the world, 21 million of whom are

UN recognised refugees.

Families – people just like you and me –

have had to flee from their homes through no

fault of their own, leaving behind brothers,

sisters, sons, fathers, mothers, daughters

and other family members. Leaving behind

friends, communities and jobs.

I know many of you reading this column

have had to do it.

I respect the resilience you’ve shown.

Refugees have also had to leave their lives

behind – but under the fear of death and

destruction. Too often – they cannot come

back because there is no home for them to


Moral Obligation

We have a moral obligation as people who

can help – to help those in need.

And New Zealand is not doing enough.

Australia takes more than 20,000 a year

under their refugee quota – that is about four

times as many as New Zealand does, per

head of population. Canada takes in around

50,000. Lebanon has more than 1.1 million

Syrian refugees. New Zealand’s paltry target

of 1000 is not enough.

And I acknowledge the concerns that

people have had.

Too many people here are struggling to

get by. Too many are waiting for hours in

line for crucial treatment. Too many people

are living under bridges or in cars – without

a home. But a compassionate and competent

government can do both.

We can and should step up and help people

in need overseas and at home.

Raising the refugee quota is the right thing

to do.

James Shaw is Member of Parliament on

Green List and the Party’s Co-Leader.


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When it comes to education, nothing is excessive


Singh Bakshi

Last month, I had an

opportunity to meet and

interact with students of the

Papatoetoe High School in

South Auckland.

With less than three months to go for

the General Election, it was a welcome

opportunity to share with our children

the importance of our democratic process,

the need for all New Zealanders

to vote and how ensuring that we vote

leads to positive outcomes for our


I told the students that New Zealand

has one of the most generous student

support systems in the world, spending

over $1.14 billion in 2015-2016 and

over $4 billion in total on tertiary


Supporting Students

Our National-led Government is

committed to supporting students with

a contribution toward the costs associated

with tertiary study, and we are

the first government to ensure that the

financial support available to students is

adjusted every year for inflation.

Since 2010, student loan and allowances

policy changes have targeted

student support spending for the most


This has increased the Government’s

ability to invest elsewhere in tertiary

education, and target support to where

it can be most effective. Student Allowances

provide grants for students from

low-income families and those most

in financial need, while student loans

enable students to meet their share of

the costs of study through interest-free


Substantial investment

Budget 2017 invests $132 million

for Tertiary Education, Skills and

Employment over four years. This

includes $69.3 million for increased

tuition subsidy rates at qualification

level three and above, supporting

providers to continue to deliver quality

skills for industry.

There is $52.5 million for the

Performance-Based Research Fund to

promote high quality research in tertiary

education. There’s $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. $3.5 million

of reprioritised funding will meet

increased demand for workplace-based

literacy and numeracy programmes in

2018, giving more people the skills and

confidence to engage in the workplace

and community.

Budget 2017 Family Incomes package

aims to reduce the pressure that

rising costs are placing on low-income

families. Some of the initiatives will

directly benefit students.

Accommodation benefits

The initiative with the most direct

impact for students is an increase to the

Accommodation Benefit, a supplement

to Student Allowance payments

recognising the accommodation costs

of students who do not live at home.

From April 1, 2018, about 41,000

students will receive more assistance

for accommodation costs as a result of

an increase in the Accommodation benefit

rate. Around 26,000 students living

in areas with high accommodation

costs, principally Auckland, Wellington

or Christchurch will have $20 a week

increase. For around 15,000 students

who live in areas with relatively lower

accommodation costs, such as Hamilton

and Palmerston North, the increase

to the maximum rate will be lower.

This Government is committed

to supporting our education system

from school through to varsity level to

deliver the best education possible –

ensuring every young New Zealander

has the opportunity to succeed.

Modernising the system

Budget 2017 will see the largest

injection of new funding into our education

system since this Government

was elected in 2008. This funding will

focus on modernising and expanding

our education system, as well as

supporting our most at-risk students.

With Vote Education receiving its

largest ever budget – $11.6 billion – our

children are starting school better

prepared to learn and leaving school

better qualified.

There is $458.9 million of additional

operating funding over the next four

years, largely to help primary and

secondary schools accommodate roll


$456.5 million is being invested

in school property including six new

schools, the expansion of two schools,

11 special education satellite units, and

305 new classrooms nationwide. $386

million of additional operating funding

for early childhood education providers

will provide 31,000 further early

learning places over four years.

$63.3 million of additional operating

funding over four years will support

students with additional learning

needs, including expanding specialist

behavioural services.

$60.5 million boost over four years

for schools’ operational grant funding.

$34.7 million of new funding will

provide specialist behaviour services

for an extra 1000 children.

$9.4 million over four years will

support students with English as

another language through the ESOL


$7.6 million is being invested in

Māori language curriculum resources

and there is $6 million to support young

children with difficulties talking and


We understand value that our community

places on education for their

children. We will continue to listen and

invest in our children who are New

Zealand’s future.

Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi is Member

of Parliament on National List from

Manukau East. He is the Chairman

of the Parliamentary Law & Order

Select Committee and Parliamentary

Private Secretary to Police Minister.

There is a promise at the end of the Tunnel

transport infrastructure envisioned decades ago

is a major change so it will take time for people

to get used to the new roads for those who will

just want to drive on them for the first time, to

commuters and other road users determining their

new travel patterns.

Like you, I am looking forward to checking it


Dr Parmjeet Parmar is Member of Parliament

on National List since September 2014.

Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi

National List MP based in

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am looking forward to driving

through the Waterview

Tunnel when it opens to

traffic early this month.

Once open, it will transform

the way people and freight move

around Auckland, and herald the

biggest change in Auckland’s

transport system since the

opening of the Harbour Bridge

in 1959.

It is the final link in the Western

Ring Route – a second route

through Auckland, bypassing

the city centre, creating greater

reliability and resilience.

Mammoth Project

The $1.4 billion tunnel

will help unlock Auckland’s

potential as a world class city

and secure its future economic

prosperity. And it will also

greatly benefit the communities

in our Mt Roskill-Mt Albert area

by freeing up local roads by

transferring traffic onto the state

highway network.

The twin 2.4 km-long,

three-lane tunnels and a giant

motorway interchange at Great

North Road are the final piece in

the Western Ring Route, a new

48 km system linking the West

of Auckland, Manukau, the City,

and the North Shore.

It is a significant part of the

strong investment the Government

is putting into Auckland.

Transport Options

It will also provide more

transport options. New bus

shoulder lanes will mean more

efficient journeys for people

using buses to travel to and from

the central business district and

demonstrate the Government’s

commitment to better public


Significant upgrades and an

extension to the Northwestern

Cycleway will provide a safe,

separated and enjoyable route

for pedestrians and cyclists,

between the city and western


The completed Western Ring

Route will provide a better

balance of traffic flows across

the entire road network, it is not

designed to remove congestion

altogether. Depending on the

time of day, people will be able

to see what best route will work

for them, providing for a more

balanced network.

Better traffic flow

Ramp signals similar to

those already operating where

State Highway 20 joins State

Highway 1 will help to regulate

traffic flow on both ramps

leading into the Waterview

Tunnel and the east-bound ramp

out of the tunnel.

The ramp signals are not

operated in isolation and are

designed to be controlled by

operators who are managing the

entire road network.

Ramp signals are one of many

tools to manage the network,

these include things like variable

speed signs, variable message

signs to inform customers and

direct traffic, and the over height

detection system.

The signals are not expected

to lead to significant queues.

This is a long-awaited and

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Hindi School showcases children’s talents

Venkat Raman


The inherent talent among

the younger members of the

community took centre stage at the

Annual Children’s Charity Show held on

June 17, 2017 in Auckland.

Waitakere Hindi Language and

Culture School, an affiliate of the

Waitakere Indian Association (WIA)

organised the programme to provide an

opportunity for its students to give vent to

their competence at the event held at Te

Atatu Peninsula.

Labour Member of Parliament

Phil Twyford, National Party Kelston

Candidate Bala Venu Beeram, Auckland

Councillor Linda Cooper, WIA President

Mahendra Sharma, Past-President

and Executive Committee Member

Linda Cooper crowns Drishtee Verma ‘Miss

WHS 2017

Manoj Tahal, Shri Ram Mandir Charitable

Trust Chairman Pravin Kumar and other

community leaders witnessed the programme

and honoured the children.

Growing children

Parent Teachers Association

President Saten Sharma said that since

its establishment in 2001, the Waitakere

Hindi Language and Cultural School,

better known as Waitakere Hindi School

has grown from strength to strength,

experiencing the support and patronage of

parents, caregivers and other residents.

“The School accounts for 92 students

enrolled in six Language classes and in

Harmonium, Tabla and Dance classes. We

have eight teachers and the School is administered

by a ten-member Management

Board from the PTA. The Board, elected

annually, conducts monthly meetings and

its accounts are audited by an independent

authority ensuring accountability and

transparency,” he said.

Management veteran joins MIT Council

ANZ Head of Corporate Affairs

Peter Parussini has joined

Manukau Institute of Technology

Council as a Member.

His appointment, covering a four-year

tenure, began on May 1, 2017. He

replaced long term-Council member

Bernadette Pone.

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MIT Chair Peter Winder said that Mr

Parussini brings a wealth of experience to

his role as a Member of the MIT Council.

“His knowledge, coupled with his

experience in corporate communications

and government affairs will be a valuable

asset to MIT’s Council and in helping the

Institute to fulfil its purpose of getting

people into great jobs,” he said.

Mr Parussini said that MIT is one of

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the cornerstones of the community, having

helped hundreds of thousands of people -

many Pasifika, Maori and under 25s - over

almost 50 years into careers and professions

and I hope I can in some small way assist the

Council to keep that great tradition going.

Impressive Career

Mr Parussini’s responsibilities at ANZ,

include management of external and internal

communications. customer complaints,

CSR and government relations.

He is a member of the Bank’s New

Zealand Leadership Team.

Mr Parussini led the communications

work around the merger of The National

Bank and ANZ, New Zealand’s biggest

brand change project a few years ago.

Born and raised in Mangere, South

Auckland, he has more than 30 years of

experience in journalism, sports marketing,

university lecturing, sponsorships,

branding, broadcasting, politics and

international affairs.

His previous assignments include

Head of Corporate Affairs at Television

School objectives

Mr Sharma said that among the

objectives of the School are (a) to teach

Hindi in the context of a multicultural

and multi-ethnic society (b) to promote

an understanding and awareness of the

history, the background, richness and the

diversity of Indian culture and value (c) to

teach Hindi by promoting and developing

the primary skills of learning, speaking,

reading, and writing and (d) to teach moral

and cultural values in the curriculum and

demonstrate their relevance in daily lives.

“The School is open on Sundays from

9 am to 1 pm in consonance with the

School Terms determined by the Education

Ministry, giving 40 weeks of interactive

teaching of Hindi and Culture. The School

also teaches Harmonium, Vocal, Tabla

and Dance. A special class is being run for

New Zealand, Head of Group Brand and

Sponsorship at Telecom New Zealand and

General Manager, Communications at the

New Zealand Rugby Union.

Honours and Awards

Mr Parussini has won a number of honours

and awards including the ‘Corporate

Public Relations’ and ‘Supreme’ Awards

of the Public Relations Institute of New

Zealand, ‘Gold Quill’ Excellence and Merit

Awards of the International Association of

Business Communicators, ‘Global Alliance

COMM Prix’ Awards and a ‘Silver Stevie’

at the International Business Awards.

In 2005, Mr Parussini was a ‘Fellow in

Residence’ at Furman University’s Richard

Riley Institute for Politics and Education

in Greenville, South Carolina, and in 2008

he won a ‘Commonwealth Broadcasters

Association Bursary’ to observe public

service broadcasting in Britain.

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people from non-Hindi speaking (including

European) background,” Mr Sharma said.

Unique Curriculum

The School has developed its own

Curriculum for classes 1 to 6 with weekly

learning outcomes and a teacher’s guide.

Stated to be the first in New Zealand,

the Curriculum conforms to the country’s


Quoting former South African President,

the late Nelson Mandela, Mr Sharma said,

“If you talk to a man in a language he

understands, that goes to his head. If you

talk to him in his language, that goes to his


For enrolment and further information

please contact Saten Sharma on (09)

8348250 or 021-686357.

The George Washington University and

given guest lectures at Loyola Marymount

University in Los Angeles.

He was recently recognised by the

‘Achievement in Multicultural High

Schools Group’ with an ‘Outstanding

Service Award’ for his contribution to

education in low decile communities.

Promoting youth

He is the Chair of the Board of Trustees

for Southern Cross Campus School in

Mangere and a member of the International

Advisory Board of APEC’s Youth Programme


He has previously served as a Founding

Trustee of ‘The Rising Foundation,’ a

South Auckland Youth Mentoring initiative,

as a Wellington City Councillor, and

as a Trustee of the Wellington International

Festival of the Arts.

He has also been a Senior Rugby




to combat global tax evasion

It’s important everyone pays the right amount of tax.

That’s why the New Zealand Government has signed

up to an international initiative to automatically

share information about foreign tax residents with

financial accounts in New Zealand.

This means from 1 July 2017 your financial

institution may ask you about your tax residency.

Find out more at www.ird.govt.nz/infoshare

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