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Ambiguity betrays Work Visa applicants
International students come to New
Zealand for superior education
experience and to pursue brighter
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
Grant Dalton were integral to the squad’s
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
ingenuity and hard work.
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Organisation prepares new programmes for elders
JULY 1, 2017
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
With a strong foundation on
critical factors such as gender equality,
Overstating ads can put your real estate in trouble
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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 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.
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
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
One of our most successful workshops
is ‘The Happy Day’ held last year
to commemorate the ‘World Abuse
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
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
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.
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.
“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.
JULY 1, 2017
$6 million for occupational disease and alcohol research
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.
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
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
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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Issue 372 | JULY 15, 2017
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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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JULY 1, 2017
Tinkering makes noise but does not fix problems
Action needed to make our communities safer
Everyone has the right to be
safe – at home, at work and on
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Now, a decade later, we found the
young man leading the way for New
Zealand’s Business Sales and Capital
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,”
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
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:
JULY 1, 2017
on the move
on the move
JULY 1, 2017
Trust supersedes everything in politics
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
Editor’s Note: This run contra to our
observation in our Leader’s Column
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Massey Business School
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.
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 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
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
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
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
Bill English speaking at the Institute of Directors
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
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
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
“We hope this research will show
extensive political, trade, scientific and
“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
a more efficient and people-friendly
government regime’” he said.
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.
Answering questions, Mr English
said that New Zealand is creating
10,000 new jobs every month, more
than any other country based on per
“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
“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
“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 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
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JULY 1, 2017
Four jailed for liquid meth in wine bottles
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.
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
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
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
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
Customs Investigations Manager Bruce Berry
said that the sentence shows those who risk
Auckland man gets 32 months for tax fraud Sourced Content (IRD)
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.”
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Last week, the United Nations
Children’s Fund (UNICEF),
published its annual report
card on child well-being
across the countries of the European
Union and the Organisation for Economic
Cooperation and Development.
It ranked New Zealand in 38th
place out of the 41 nations.
To provide some perspective,
UNICEF’s measures of child well-being
are based on their UN Convention
on the Rights of the Child.
While in last year’s report they
included Marxist notions of ‘fairness’
and ‘social justice,’ this year, they
have incorporated their ‘Agenda for
As a result, child wellbeing
assessments now include such things
as climate change, the environment,
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
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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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)
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
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
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!
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
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 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
His singing style, good execution
of various Ragas and ability to switch
Visitor brings teachings of ‘Hugging Mother’
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
“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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
“He is my greatest strength,” she said.
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.’
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.
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
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.
JULY 1, 2017
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.
“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
Following her graduation, she
belongs to the hospitality industry
and hence has a natural flair
for reaching out to people and
“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,”
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.
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‘Model of the Fortnight’ series
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Impatient wait for the creator of Mohana Veena
Aucklanders eagerly await one of New
Zealand’s biggest Indian musical events in the
2017 calendar to be staged on Friday, July 7 at
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.
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.
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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
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
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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SNAP DECISION 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
H O T I N E K
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
SOLUTION TO 1747
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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.
CROSSWORD No. 11917
9 Gun loading device
11 Hammering block
18 Passionate desire
20 Short-lived craze
21 Fine net material
26 Eccentrics (coll)
29 In this place
36 Apple drink
37 Infantryman’s gun
39 Consumes food
2 Lowest point
4 Hired out
6 Small grain
7 Allow entrance
14 Rugby arbiter
16 Asserts without
1 The upper classes
have to account for
the scary riot taking
place outside (11)
9 Ring five times for a
10 Begin to organise a
drinking bout (5)
11 Terribly inane musical
12 Ill-feeling stems from
13 Bird in alarge quarry
15 Pilot’s new gun (6)
18 State that the girl’s
outside the boxing
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
2 Light fabric? (5)
3 Wrongly presume to
be the greatest (7)
Crossword No. 11916
D I N S T E P F E
P I A N O I A L A R M
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N E O N D E F E R W
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P R L I L A C I O
T H E M E E N R O L
A E V A D E O G R E
E M B R A C E W O O D S
S L I T T E R E D E
P L U T O D E L G A R
Y E R E S I D E L
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
28 Dishonest practice
31 Sacred song
34 Card with single
16 Intervening and not
quite meriting a
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
5 Mini; 9Agra; 10 Scotfree;
11 Balsa; 12 Naivete
18 Anarchic; 19 Ruth;
20 Inertia; 21 Deuce;
22 Ta-ta; 23 Nepotism.
13 Pianist; 14 Nearest;
15 Yachts; 16 Hardest;
Snap Decision No. 014 What’s Different No. 024 Attemptation No. 014
H O T I N E K
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9
Miss Indianz 2017 attracts engineers, doctors and managers
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
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
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
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
Born and raised in the Pink City of Jaipur (Rajasthan), Varsha
Choudhary is pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Health
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
CALLING FOR ENTRIES &NOMINATIONS
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
www.inliba.com or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Completed entries must be sent on or beforeThursday, August 31, 2017
Winners will be presented with their Awards at aGala BlackTie Dinner
on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Sky City Convention Centre,
Auckland City,details of which will be announced later
Free Workshops on
June 6and July 7, 2017
To Register and for more details please email
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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
While Law and Order
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
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
Mike Bush said that increased
engagement with Maori was
the quintessential feature of the
revised focus and that the response
“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
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.
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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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.
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
We are talking about over 90,000
young New Zealanders.
That is another number, or
dismal fact, that the Government never
mentions in its spin about the economy.
A better plan to tackle rising crime
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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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Stable employment for those who want
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
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
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
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
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?
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
Leader of the New Zealand First
Party. The above is a highly edited
version of his address to the members
and guests of the Auckland Rotary
Club at Stamford Plaza Hotel, Auckland
City on June 19, 2017. For full
text, please visit www.indiannewslink.
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
Local leaders in South Auckland have
started a campaign to cut the market for cheap
cigarettes and alcohol that is the proceeds of these
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 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.
Jenny Salesa is the elected Member of Parliament
for Manukau East and Labour Party’s
Spokesperson for Skills & Training; Associate
Health, Education and Employment.
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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
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
“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.
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
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.
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
All Kiwi children deserve so
much more than the impoverished
by the shameful rankings
provided by the UNICEF Innocenti
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.
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
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.
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
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
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When it comes to education, nothing is excessive
Last month, I had an
opportunity to meet and
interact with students of the
Papatoetoe High School in
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
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
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
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.
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
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
$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
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
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
It is the final link in the Western
Ring Route – a second route
through Auckland, bypassing
the city centre, creating greater
reliability and resilience.
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
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.
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
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
The signals are not expected
to lead to significant queues.
This is a long-awaited and
eagerly anticipated piece of
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With the job market buoyant and
the cost of living in Auckland
rising, choosing study over
work is getting harder and
“I wanted to do a Bachelor’s but never had
the time as I was constantly working,” says
Nazyd Ahmed, “I was not keen on doing a
three-year degree, because that’s a lot of time
After arriving in New Zealand ten years
ago, the 40-year-old – originally from the
Maldives - worked his way up to heading
international sales and marketing at a private
“When you have a team that works under
you, it makes you nervous because many of
them have degrees and you don’t.”
Ahmed, who left school at 16, but had
years of on-the-job experience chose to study
at the Manukau Institute of Technology
because of its Recognition of Prior Learning
It will allow him to complete the normally
three-year Bachelor of Applied Management
in half that time.
“What it means is if you’ve worked in a
specific area, say if you’ve been an operations
manager for five years we can assess how
that translates in terms of the qualifications
we teach,” says Dr Lehan Stemmet, associate
dean of MIT’s Faculty of Business and IT.
MIT assesses whether previous experience
and qualifications gained in the workplace
make an applicant eligible for RPL. From
there students are assigned a mentor who
will hold professional conversations so they
can demonstrate relevant knowledge while
their existing skills are matched to course
These skills are assessed under six
criteria including whether they are course
requirements, currently in use in the
workforce and up to the standards expected
“We need to have evidence you meet
the requirements. We look at ‘who are you,
where do you want to go, what have you
done, where are the gaps and then we come
up with an individualised programme to fill
those gaps,” says Dr Stemmet.
“People who work in hospitality are a
classic example. They may have started
off young sweeping floors and worked
themselves up to management in a hotel
chain in operations or human resources but
they don’t have a qualification to match
that experience. They might have trouble
moving up or find they can’t jump sectors.”
Nazyd Ahmed – who started his working
life as a chef - looked into the programmes
offered by AUT and Massey, but chose MIT
because he found staff at the business school
approachable and responsive to his needs as
“It’s been a very pleasant journey. I’m not
young as such. It was hard to get my head
around being in class again. I don’t have an
academic background so coming back to
school was a challenge but they made me feel
comfortable and confident,” he says.
After graduating, Ahmed will have plenty
of options in front of him, returning to the
education sector is one of them, while
moving into the area of change management
Every year, 16,000 students choose to
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Hindi School showcases children’s talents
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
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
Manoj Tahal, Shri Ram Mandir Charitable
Trust Chairman Pravin Kumar and other
community leaders witnessed the programme
and honoured the 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
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.
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
His previous assignments include
Head of Corporate Affairs at Television
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.
He has been an Adjunct Professor at
people from non-Hindi speaking (including
European) background,” Mr Sharma said.
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
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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.
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
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