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Former Prime Minister Sir John
Key will visit India in October
Although the visit is primarily
to chair a meeting of the International
Democrat Union (IDU), he will utilise
his visit to foster his friendship with
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi
and exchange thoughts and information
on international developments and
further the goals of the organisation.
Meeting with Modi
“I look forward to the visit and spend
some time with Mr Modi who will also
attend the IDU meeting. IDU is a working
association of over 80 Conservative,
Christian Democrat and like-minded
political parties of the centre and centre
right,” he told Indian Newslink on
Tuesday night (July 11) at the Langham
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Sir John Key with Earthcheck CEO Steve Moore and Langham Auckland Managing Director
Franz Mascarenhas after unveiling the Earthcheck Platinum Certification Commemorative
Plaque (right) on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.(Pictures by Logan West Photographer)
Hotel, where he addressed a group of
hospitality-related businesses and guests
from Earthcheck, the world’s leading
scientific benchmarking, certification
and advisory group for travel and
Sir John, who was relaxed and jovial,
spoke briefly about his life after resigning
from the post of Prime Minister on
December 12, 2016 and as Member of
Parliament on March 23, 2017.
Life after PM
“I have been busy travelling on the
Speakers’ circuit since my resignation.
It has never been a dull moment and I
enjoy my engagement with Air New
Free Mobile App launched in Rotorua
Trade Minister Todd McClay with App developer Paramdip Singh and Rotorua Chamber of
Commerce Chief Executive Alison Lawton. (Photo supplied by Paramdip Singh).
who likes to feel safe. Our National
Government is committed to providing a
safe environment to all New Zealanders
and this initiative will help us achieve
that goal,” he said.
Nationwide multiple use
Mr McClay also hoped that the
Mobile App will have widespread usage.
Zealand as a member on its Board of
Directors. There is a lot to do,” he said.
Sir John said that he was in contact
with many of the world leaders, past and
“My role as Chairman of IDU provides
opportunities to meet with many
of the world leaders with whom I was
associated during my tenure as Prime
Minister. Mr Modi’s Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) is a member,” he said.
Formed in 1983, the IDU provides
a forum in which Parties holding
similar beliefs can come together and
exchange views on matters of policy
and organisational interest, so that they
can learn from each other, act together,
establish contacts and speak with one
strong voice to promote democracy and
centre-right policies around the globe
Sir John was at the Langham to celebrate
the Hotel’s ‘Platinum Certification’
accorded by Earthcheck, the only hotel
“I would encourage the New Zealand
Police to use this App as a part of its
crime prevention efforts. This initiative
will be rolled out nationwide,” he said.
Among those present at the event
were local Councillors, the Neighbourhood
Support Group, officials of the
Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology and
The Auckland launch, hosted by
Ashish Trivedi, Managing Director
of Newton College of Business and
Technology (NCBT), will be held on
Thursday, June 13 at 415 pm at the
Institute premises located at 25, Union
Street, Auckland Central.
Mr Singh said that the App runs quietly
and automatically in the background.
“A floating ‘Emergency’ button is
available on the active screen of Android
smartphones. This will help the user to
in Australasia to achieve the distinction.
Langham Auckland Managing
Director Franz Mascarenhas said that
the Hotel has been striving to meet the
high standard for the past ten years.
“We started this journey in 2006,
recognising that hotels are large users of
energy and natural resources, and therefore
realising that every little action that
a large hotel like ours could take would
help. Last year at the New Zealand
Hotel Industry Conference held here at
the hotel, we won the Environmental
Initiative Award for being the most
sustainable hotel in New Zealand and it
was good to receive that from our own
peers,” he said.
Sir John unveiled a plaque that
commemorates Langham’s Platinum
Indian Newslink will publish a more
detailed report with more pictures of
the milestone achieved by Langham
Auckland in its next (August 1, 2017)
raise alarm anytime without any need
of starting the App. Up to 30 people
can be reached simultaneously. We will
consider setting up an alert directly to
the Police. Android phone users can
download it from Google Store,” Mr
“I came to New Zealand 20 years
ago to start a new life and career. I have
developed this App as a token of my
gratitude to the New Zealand communities.
Some politicians make migration a
big issue. Most migrants feel obliged to
New Zealand and its people and want to
contribute towards economic and social
development,” he said.
Indian Newslink will promote the
efforts of Mr Singh by encouraging
the New Zealand Police and other
organisations to use the App.
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Indian listed Fourth on Act List
One person of Indian origin is
prominent on the ACT Party
List announced in Auckland
on Sunday, July 9, 2017.
Singh will contest
from the Manukau
in the General
to be held on Saturday, September 23,
Mr Singh, who works for Ray White,
is better known for as a Cricketer who
played for Auckland Aces from 2008
to 2012 and represented New Zealand
A on their 2010 tour of Zimbabwe.
He is currently the Head Coach at the
Papatoetoe Cricket Club.
ACT Party President Ruwan Premathilaka
said that the List displays the
‘process of Renewal’ that has occurred
in his Party over the last three years.
“Our candidates showcase
talent, youth, and diversity. They are
committed to ACT’s values of freedom
and personal responsibility. They will
campaign across the country for the
Party Vote,” he said.
Mr Premathilaka said that if elected,
the ACT Members of Parliament will
fight to cut tax and red tape.
“They will expand choice in
education and restore affordability to
housing by reforming the Resource
Management Act. They will welcome
immigrants who embrace our values
and positively contribute to New
Zealand. They will provide both
stability and spine to a centre-right
government,” he said.
and Member of
Epsom, is the
party leader in
Parliament. Since 2014, he has served
as Parliamentary Under Secretary
for the Ministry of Education in the
National-led Government. His ‘End of
Life Choice Bill’ was drawn for debate
in June 2017.
for Rodney, Beth
Houlbrooke is the
current Chair of
the Rodney Local
Council). She has twice been elected
into local government in 2013 and
2016. Beth has stood for ACT in two
previous elections as well as serving
ACT as a member since the Party’s
inception and for the past four years on
its Board of Directors.
Central, is a
and corporate affairs consultant with
Exceltium, an Auckland based PR firm.
She holds a joint Bachelor of Arts and
Bachelor of Commerce degrees, majoring
in economics, international trade,
politics, and international relations from
the University of Auckland. Brooke is
an avid singer and currently resides in
ACT’s East Coast
has worked in
the retail industry
for 20 years
and is currently
employed in senior management for
Countdown Supermarkets. Stephen has
previously run as an ACT candidate in
2014 and as the Affordable Auckland
candidate in the 2013 Mayoral race,
finishing in third place. Stephen lives
with his partner of nine years, John in
Tauranga, is a
with a background
in economics and
investment field. He is passionate about
sailing and is an active volunteer with
the Bay of Plenty Sailing Academy
Trust. Stuart and his wife, Pamela,
currently reside in Mt Maunganui.
New Plymouth, a
small health and
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studying for her business law degree.
She also holds a diploma from AUT in
health and fitness. Previously, Anneka
spent two years as a Police Officer in
west Auckland. Anneka is a passionate
advocate for animal welfare, serving on
the board of the North Taranaki SPCA.
Along with the Cancer Society, Anneka
runs a support group for men suffering
for Mana, is a
with a background
in the ICT and
procurement and commercial sector.
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University and has been admitted to
the bar as barrister and solicitor in three
jurisdictions, Malaysia, New Zealand,
and the United Kingdom. Shan is fluent
in four languages, including Cantonese,
Malay, and Mandarin.
for Dunedin North,
is a student at
double major in
microbiology and chemistry. Sam is
the President of ACT on Campus and is
heavily involved in the performing arts.
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years working for the Canterbury
Health Laboratories and holds a QTA
in Immunology. Toni previously ran as
an ACT candidate in 2008, 2011, and
2014 in Christchurch and currently
serves on the Board of ACT New
Three Indians in Manukau
Manukau East will have the
distinction of receiving three candidates
of Indian origin at its polling stations
this year. They include Kanwaljit Singh
Bakshi (National), Raj Singh (Greens)
and Bhupinder Singh (ACT).
This Constituency is however a
stronghold of Labour Party, which
has consistently won this seat with its
candidates (Ross Robertson from 1996
when the Constituency was created
and Jenny Salesa in 2014). The Party
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There is little indication that the ratio
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We are on a mission
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A key part of
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Imagine never having a
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Never feeling the satisfaction
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and the added security, increased
self-esteem and respect that a
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There are thousands of people
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prison, were not holding down a
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Education and employability
For many of the men and
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An astonishing 65% of the
people in prison could not read
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You can imagine that we are
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But we can celebrate the fact
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The Government too has a
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General Election 2017
Democratic ideas entail sanctity of suffrage
First in a series of Six Parts
It isn’t every day that people face an
It isn’t every day that ordinary
people are considered the most
important entities in the country.
It isn’t every day that we can make
politicians and lawmakers listen to us and
make them answerable to their acts of
omission and commission.
It isn’t every day that we get an
opportunity to change the course of our
It isn’t every day that we realise how
important we are, however unimportant
we may consider ourselves to be.
Democracy is a funny thing. It puts
power in people.
How that power is used or misused is
entirely up to those who hold it.
And a general election is an occasion
to be decisive.
It is also an occasion to be responsible.
And no matter who you are or where
you come from, you must cast your vote,
if you are eligible to do so.
This is not a privilege but a duty and
And the right to criticise comes only
after we discharge our duty.
Clean, fair and open
New Zealanders are extremely fortunate
in that they live in a country where
freedom of expression is guaranteed
as a sacred necessity of life itself. True
to what the late Sir Winston Churchill
believed, “Politics is not a game; it is
an earnest business.” Be it a minister
of the Crown or a backbencher in the
debating chamber, Parliamentarians in
New Zealand understand and appreciate
the fact that they are constantly under
media and public scrutiny and that there
is no compromise over their integrity and
New Zealand can be proud of its rich
parliamentary heritage and disciplined
behaviour of elected representatives,
although they are allowed to conduct
heated exchange of opinions to express
their Party’s point of view.
The Electoral Commission, which
is responsible for conducting general
elections and by-elections, is known for
its fairness and transparency.
The Electoral Commission conducts
the general election once in three years,
on a day determined by the Prime
Minister, similar to the system followed
in the United Kingdom.
A single election day throughout
New Zealand was not introduced until
1881. Even then, elections in general
(European) and Maori seats were held on
different days until 1951.
Elections were organised locally,
and each returning officer was usually
responsible for several electorates.
Therefore, elections were staggered
over weeks or even months.
The first parliamentary elections in
1853 began on July 14 (in the Bay of
Islands) and ended on October 1 in
There were only 24 electorates, but
some of them returned two or three
members, and hence 37 representatives
The first Parliament met in May 1854
in Auckland, which was the Capital of
New Zealand until 1865.
Franchise for Women
When Governor Lord Glasgow (David
Boyle, the 7th Earl of Glasgow) signed
the Electoral Act into law on September
19, 1893, New Zealand became the first
country in the world to grant women the
right to vote in parliamentary elections.
It was not until after the end of World
War Two that Britain and United States
of America enfranchised women. India,
regarded as the largest democracy in the
world, adopted Parliamentary system of
governance after independence on August
Citizens and Permanent Residents who
are aged 18 years and over must enroll at
the Electoral Commission to vote. Voting
is not compulsory.
New Zealand has a single Chamber of
Parliament which consists of the House
of Representatives, which generally has
120 MPs, and the Governor-General (who
does not personally attend the House).
The House is elected for a maximum
three-year term using the Mixed Member
Proportional (MMP) system. This means
the proportion of votes a Party gets will
largely reflect the number of seats it has in
Each voter gets two votes.
The first vote is for the political party
the voter chooses. This is called the Party
Vote and largely decides the total number
of seats each political party gets in
Parliament. The second vote is to choose
the MP the voter wants to represent the
electorate they live in. This is called the
electorate vote. The candidate who gets
the most votes wins. They do not have to
get more than half the votes.
Under current MMP rules, a political
party that wins at least one electorate seat
or 5% of the party vote gets a share of the
seats in Parliament that is about the same
as its share of the party vote.
For example, if a party gets 30% of the
party vote it will get roughly 36 MPs in
Parliament (being 30% of 120 seats). So,
if that party wins 20 electorate seats, it
will have 16 List MPs in addition to its 20
Coalitions or agreements between
political parties are usually needed before
Governments can be formed.
An electorate is a voting district for
parliamentary elections in New Zealand.
There are two types of electorates:
General and Maori.
General Election 2017
You can vote from Monday September
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On election day, Saturday September
23, 2017, all voting places will be open
from 9 am to 7 pm. You must be enrolled
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Across my portfolios of
and Associate Tertiary Education,
Skills and Employment, there is a
topic about which I am passionate.
That is expanding the pipeline
of people into employment and
We have a skills shortage in
I believe that by expanding this
pipeline we can make a significant
contribution to New Zealand’s
continued economic growth and
productivity and also help build
strong, cohesive, and successful
Improved outcomes for youth
Educational attainment is a critical
pathway to improved outcomes
for at-risk youth, migrants and
jobseekers and, and along with it,
their families, communities and
New Zealand as a whole.
The world of work is rapidly
changing and it is through our education
system, careers advice and
businesses that this Government
can help New Zealanders connect
to the knowledge and skills needed
for lifelong success and enable
them to compete on the global
When I think of what an
improved education sector and
careers system looks like, it is one
that delivers real results for real
A strong, connected education
sector and careers system is great
for everybody. There are some
things we can all do to keep the
needs of the learner at the forefront
of everything we do.
New framework coming
Bringing to life the Government’s
new Employability Skills
Framework will be vital in supporting
New Zealanders to navigate the
labour market of the future.
These are the transferable skills
that New Zealand and international
employers tell us are essential for
getting and keeping a job – skills
like a positive attitude, willingness
to learn and resilience.
As the demand for skills changes
to accommodate technology,
employers will be placing more
and more importance on these
‘employability skills’ alongside
We know that traditional delivery
models in tertiary education
will be placed under greater
pressure. Learners and employers
are demanding more relevant and
flexible delivery from providers in
an increasingly global market.
From July 1, Careers New
Zealand’s functions and staff
were transferred to the Tertiary
Our Government’s decision to
bring both organisations together
has the needs of New Zealanders
firmly in mind. For the first time,
investment in tertiary education
will be directly supported by
careers information, products, and
Employers will benefit from
stronger connections with schools
and tertiary providers, enabling
them to more directly influence the
skills pipeline – learners will know
what employers need and will be
ready for the world of work.
We also want our industry training
system to contribute to better
lives for all New Zealanders.
That is why, this Government
is continuing to support growth
in apprenticeships and industry
Recently, we announced that we
are allocating a further $7 million
over four years on top of the
additional 2016 funding of $14.4
million to support industry training
Industry training plays a huge
role in supporting New Zealand’s
economy by providing life-long
learning opportunities and industry-relevant
By broadening the reach of
industry training organisations,
diversifying partnerships with
industry, and strengthening
connections between individuals
and the world of work, I believe we
can make even more progress.
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Minister of Tertiary Education,
Skills and Employment.
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General Election 2017
How it works and why it is important to us
Robust electoral system inspires confidence and trust
Regulated Period for expenditure limits
Second in a Six-Parts Series
New Zealand’s voting public
can expect a wide range of
policies, programmes and
incentives offered by various
political parties as the General Election
2017 enters an exciting and energetic
While the polling booths will be open
at several places throughout the country
on Saturday, September 23 declared as
the ‘Election Day,’ Overseas Voting will
commence on Wednesday, September
6 and Advanced Voting within New
Zealand will start on Monday, September
The ‘Regulated Period’ began on
Friday, June 23, 2017 and will remain in
force until the completion of polling at
7 pm on Saturday, September 23, 2017.
Election Expense limits on advertisements
for Parties, Candidates and Third Parties
will apply during this three-month period.
Checks and Balances
Chief Electoral Officer Alicia Wright
said that New Zealand can be proud of a
transparent system and that people should
have confidence in it.
“There are checks and balances in place
including rules on Election advertising
and the disclosure of donations to parties
and candidates. There are limits and rules
for political parties and candidates around
The New Zealand People’s
Party (NZPP) is a relatively new
Formed in 2015, the Party
now boasts of large Indian and Chinese
While we would like to represent all
of New Zealand, it is no secret that we
are particularly dedicated to bringing
attention to the causes and concerns that
are important to our communities.
Our goal is to take the voices of our
communities to the debating chamber in
And to make a meaningful change, we
need to be able to work with whomever
is the largest Party.
New Zealand has an MMP Parliament,
so that means parties like ours stand a
Alicia Wright, Chief Electoral Officer
spending on Election advertising and the
identification of promoters, so people
know who is behind the advertisements
that they see. There are also rules in place
for third party (lobby group) advertising
during the Election campaign,” she told
Indian Newslink in a written response to
According to Transparency International,
New Zealand is one of the least corrupt
countries in the world. The Electoral
Commission is an Independent Crown
Entity responsible for voter enrolment and
for organising, managing and supervising
Ms Wright said that there are
multiple sets of eyes on the voting process
including many staff, Justices of the
Peace, scrutineers representing parties
and candidates, and Election day workers
from the local community.
“Ballot papers are counted twice. The
first count is on the Election night and this
provides the preliminary Election result.
The ballot papers are then counted again
during a two-week official count before
the final result is declared. Special votes
are also counted during this two-week
period,” Ms Wright said.
She said that the official count takes
place in the presence of Justices of the
Peace and candidate or party scrutineers
who can observe that everything is done
as it should be.
The process is set out in law, and for
good reason, the official count is detailed
No voter fraud
Ms Wright said that there was no
evidence of significant voter fraud in New
Electoral rolls are scrutinised to identify
voters who have voted more than once.
“In the 2014 General Election, the
Electoral Commission referred 126 cases
to the Police where individuals appeared
to have voted more than once. This is
an extremely small number within the
2,446,279 votes cast,” she said.
Every New Zealand citizen and New
Shifting the conversation
NZPP seeks to change that, shifting the
conversation from one that is about us to
one this is with us.
As we grow as a Party, so will our
regional programmes, initially to include
all the major centres and then eventually
Passionate people wanted
We need passionate people who want
to make a difference in their community
and be involved with the party. We have
a brand-new website where people can
sign up for updates, join the party and
sign up to volunteer.
We recently became an officially
registered political party with the
Electoral Commission and that allows
us to campaign for the Party Vote in the
election this year.
Reaching the threshold
While reaching the required 5%
threshold is an ambitious goal for any
new party, it is one we believe that we are
capable of reaching. To do this, we need
Zealand Permanent Resident who has
lived in New Zealand for more than
one year continuously at some point in
their life, who is 18 years or older must
enrol themselves with the Electoral
While registration is a must, voting is
not compulsory in New Zealand, which
is one of the reasons for a low turnout in
Those eligible can enrol or update
their details by filling in an Enrolment
Form, which can be downloaded from
the Electoral Commission website www.
The can also be obtained by calling
0800-367656 or by texting your name and
address to 3676. The Enrolment Form
can also be completed at any advance
voting venue from September 11, 2017.
According to the Electoral Commission,
as at May 31, 2017, New Zealand’s
estimated number of people eligible to
vote was 3,569.830, of which 2,916,771
were categorised as ‘General Roll’ and
236,927 persons on ‘Maori Roll.’
The total number of persons enrolled as
on that date was 3,153,698, accounting for
88.34% of the eligible population.
About the Candidates
Ms Wright said that candidates
contesting in the General Election must be
enrolled as a voter and be a New Zealand
citizen. Candidates need not be enrolled in
the electorate from which they are seeking
There are two ways that electorate
Viable alternative and true voice of the people
People’s Party to revisit Immigration regime
The New Zealand People’s
Party (NPP) seeks major
changes to the country’s
immigration regime, making
it more responsive to the needs of the
economy, appropriately aligned with
the aspiration of the people.
The Party’s Immigration Policy,
announced on July 7, 2017 (and carried
in full without our commentary under
‘Latest Stories’ in our Web Edition of
that date and subsequent appearance
in the Social Media), seeks a fair and
pragmatic solutions to the existing
anomalies without compromising
principles of quality and values.
At the start of the Party’s immigration
portfolio is the need to minimise
resettlement stress suffered by most
new migrants, an integral part of which
is to revamp the ‘Family Reunion
better chance of reaching Parliament and
our communities better represented.
For now, we are keeping our focus
narrow so that our policies can be enacted
by the government without them having
to change theirs.
While not everyone may agree with
this approach, we believe that it gives us
the best shot at affecting the meaningful
and lasting changes our people need.
Too often, we are kicked around by
other political parties as some sort of
vote-grabbing football, and talked about
like we do not matter.
Category,’ allowing migrants to bring
their families to New Zealand.
“We want to change the system
so that it is easier for families to be
together whilst bringing prosperity to
the economy,” the Policy says.
The Party has pledged to reopen the
‘Family Reunification Visa,’ closed by
the current government in 2012, saying
that this category was a ‘victim of its
NPP’s policy will provide Immigration
New Zealand (INL) the requisite
resources to process these visas within
a reasonable time and grant two-year
work visas to successful applicants,
with the applicants providing an
undertaking that they will either have
their own financial resources of that of
their families to support.
“When families are all together in
New Zealand it becomes very hard
to keep assets left behind secure.
everyone to ensure that they are enrolled
to vote in this year’s General Election.
For those who have not yet registered,
enrolment can easily be done on the
Electoral Commission website.
For us, this election is about stamping
out the intent on the political landscape.
NZPP’s plan on being around for a
long time and we can only do that if we
build up off a solid foundation.
We plan on giving you a viable
alternative to the mainstream parties.
We believe that the values of the
NZPP are the values shared by all New
Zealanders, from all backgrounds, from
all walks of life.
We want a strong, prosperous country
that protects the security and safety of
everyone while looking after those most
Helping our younger generations have
the best education we can provide and
leaving them an environment in which
they can flourish and grow.
This will lead to families transferring
all their wealth to New Zealand. In
conjunction with this, the need to send
money offshore disappears. Keeping
this wealth in New Zealand will allow
it to be reinvested in the economy,” the
Recognising the importance of export
education that provides increasing
earnings from overseas, the NPP Policy
aims to attract the right students with
the right purpose and right motives,
following the right path.
The Policy will require all education
agents to obtain a licence with stringent
standards of quality, integrity and
honesty, akin to that of Immigration
It also seeks to end the social evils
that the current export education
generates and clean up the system.
“Students are sold New Zealand
education programmes on the perception
that it is a pathway to permanent
residence. Families put themselves
in massive debt to send their children
to study in New Zealand. We want to
end their exploitation by unscrupulous
providers, employers and politicians
alike. New Zealand needs to honour its
commitments and be held accountable,”
the Policy states.
“All students currently in New
Zealand will have their education
provider and course evaluated. Students
found to be in low quality courses will
be granted a two-year work permit with
a requirement to become qualified in a
Skilled Migrant Category occupation or
an occupation on the Skilled Shortage
Lists. Visa extensions will be granted
to students who need more time to
complete the required study.”
Visitor Visa category will also
change if the NPP has an opportunity to
candidates are nominated.
Registered political parties can
lodge a bulk nomination for all their
electorate candidates with the Electoral
Commission, or individual nominations
can be made to the Returning Officer in an
List candidates are nominated by
registered political parties supplying a list
to the Electoral Commission.
The deadline for bulk nominations
from parties is midday on Monday,
August 28, 2017.
The deadline for individual nominations
to Returning Officers is midday on
Tuesday, August 29, 2017.
The deadline for party lists to be
supplied to the Commission is midday on
Monday August 28, 2017.
“The Electoral Commission is confident
about the security of its systems and
the measures in place to protect the vote.
Each electoral cycle, the Commission
reviews and tests its systems to make
sure they are ready for the Election,” Ms
Brought to you by Electoral
Every New Zealander is entitled to live
in a warm, dry, healthy home.
Transparent and Open
NZPP is an open and transparent
political party. We want to be the true
voice of this multi-cultural, diverse
nation. Connect local communities, and
engage the leaders of ethnic and cultural
backgrounds in the democratic process.
Devise innovative solutions for the
betterment of the society.
Politics can be confusing and
intimidating to many, and this has been
a barrier to many in our immigrant communities
participating in New Zealand’s
Giving all New Zealanders an equal
opportunity to participate in the governance
of the country is akin to giving
them an opportunity to participate in the
success of the country.
Roshan Nauhria is the Leader of the
New Zealand People’s Party and a
senior Community Leader with a
long-standing record of service.
“Our system will provide for
automatic grant of any visitor visa
sponsored by a family member who is
a citizen or permanent resident, with
a clean sponsorship history. INZ will
retain the ability to decline these visas
in situations where they believe the
application is not genuine. Making
the visitor visa sponsorship process
more inclusive can only benefit the
Sponsors putting the personal and
financial reputation on the line will
be less likely to turn a blind eye to
over stayers. While making it easier
for families to be together in times of
celebration or loss, this category will
grow stronger communities.
JULY 15, 2017
FAIRER IMMIGRATION FOR ABETTER NEWZEALAND
Reopen Parent ResidentVisa
For many families who have come to New
Zealand in search of abetter life, leaving their
parents behind can be avery stressful time.
The Parent Resident Visa has been very
popular however poor policy and knee jerk
reactions has meant ithas become unavailable
The New Zealand People's Party will reopen
this in amore sustainable way that has better
outcomes for families and the wider
Offering parents an initial 5year work permit
before getting permanent residence will give
them independence tocontribute to New
Bring Last Family Members to NZ
New Zealand is at its best when we all come
together. We believe families are the same. It
can be tough when an adult sibling and their
family are left behind.
Bringing families together in Aotearoa will
create stronger community bonds, keep wealth
from leaving the country and bring happiness
We will create a sustainable model that gives
these family members achance atbeing their
best in New Zealand.
An automatic 2year work permit will let them
find ajob without being hamstrung by
government red tape and show the country
they want tobehere.
Honor Commitments Made to Students
New Zealand has had huge economic success
from the thousands of international students
who come here to study. This success however
has caused growing pains in the industry. We
believe that despite these challenges New
Zealand has made acommitment tothese
sons and daughters and we will honour them.
We will give every student currently in the
country afair chance. Everyone will get a2
year work permit and assistance totransfer to
acourse or training institution that will provide
them with skills and qualifications that will
benefit them and New Zealand.
We will restore some integrity tothe industry
by requiring all education consultants to be
Licensed Immigration Advisors.
Easier Visitor Sponsorship forFamily
For many families in New Zealand it can be
very difficult for their family tocome visit them.
This is especially stressful in times of illness or
Currently the long process of applying to
Immigration NZ to sponsor arelative gives no
weight to the sponsor and their family. We will
flip this around so people can automatically
sponsor their families to visit but still retain
Immigrations right to refuse when they feel the
visit isn't genuine.
Shifting the burden of proof from afamily to
the government will mean better decisions are
made and families aren't left paying the price
for long processing times due togovernment
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Fair Pay Agreement benefits employers and employees
What a great couple of weeks
for our beautiful country!
We are on top of the sailing
world after winning the
America’s Cup, we tied the Rugby series
with the Lions and we are top of the pops
after Lorde hit number one on the US album
All these things make us proud to be
Kiwis. But we still have big challenges at
home. One of the things we need to get
right is fair pay for workers.
Our employment relations policy is all
about fixing that problem.
A truck driver told me last year how he is
working longer and harder just to get by and
how he has not had an increase in his pay
rate in six years.
Then there’s the young teacher I met at a
Lions game the other weekend. He and his
partner are teachers and earn good salaries
but accept that they have little chance of
ever owning their own home in Auckland
with the rent they have to pay and the
amount they have to pay for a deposit.
Lingering child poverty
When 40% of children in poverty live in a
working household and two-thirds of workers’
pay fell in real terms last year, despite
the economy growing, working people are
not sharing in economic prosperity.
This is not fair. We need a fresh approach.
We need balance in the law that governs employment
relationships and the negotiation
of wages and conditions.
Weak employment law has created
avenues for some businesses to undercut
good employers by driving down wages and
Wellington bus drivers
Consider what is happening to Wellington
bus drivers right now.
The Wellington Regional Council has relet
the tender for bus services in Wellington.
They have a preferred bidder – a new bus
company. The new company does not have
the buses to run the services yet. They do
not have the bus drivers yet either.
It is assuming that drivers from the
existing bus company will take up jobs with
But the new company is not offering the
same terms and conditions of employment.
It plans to reduce the cost of the payroll
but drivers have not had a say on this.
There has been no negotiation.
As it turns out, the bus company agreed
to a lower price for its bid. And it wants the
drivers to pay the cost of the shortfall with
There’s no justification for reducing
the price of labour when the job remains
Productivity gains are not achieved by
raiding workers’ pay packets.
They are achieved through good management
and good technology. This is what
good employment law must promote.
Labour realises that good employers
share a commitment to strong employment
standards and often face unfair competitive
pressure from those employers who seek to
employ workers just at the cheapest price.
This penalises businesses with good pay
and conditions and it encourages the race to
That is why we will work with unions and
with businesses to develop and introduce a
system of Fair Pay Agreements that will set
minimum conditions on pay and conditions
for workers across an industry.
The concept of Fair Pay Agreements
is similar to the recent care and support
workers settlement. Actually, everybody
came together, worked it out together, and
did a deal.
Good employment law should enable
employees to be fairly rewarded for their
work and ensure fair treatment.
Changing the Statute
That is why Labour will also scrap
National’s ‘fire at will’ law or trial periods,
which removed virtually all rights to a
worker dismissed unfairly during their first
I know that businesses welcomed it, but
Treasury has found that the law has created
no new jobs and not increased hiring of
disadvantaged job seekers.
Labour will replace that law with one that
I have spoken to dozens of small
employers about that issue and they tell me
that they strive to treat employees on trial
fairly by giving feedback and believe that is
the right thing to do.
They fear long, drawn-out grievance
procedures for someone employed for a
short time and who did not work out. If a
worker on a trial period is treated unfairly,
they must have redress.
An employer who has done everything
right should not be up for a legal fight that,
even if they win, will cost them.
Labour’s replacement law restores
fairness. It will ensure that employers are
able to take workers on a trial basis and put
in place a fast, fair, simple referee system for
Claims will be dealt with within three
weeks. There will be no cost to the parties
and no lawyers will be allowed.
After nine years, we need a fresh
approach to employment relations that
is fair, practical and inclusive. One in
which employers and employees have the
confidence to face their future together.
That is Labour’s plan.
Andrew Little is Leader of the Labour
Party of New Zealand and Leader of the
Opposition in Parliament.
Greens on warpath over Ruataniwha dam
The Green Party will fiercely
oppose Bill English’s plan to
override the Supreme Court
decision that saved part of
the Ruahine Forest Park from being
flooded for the Ruataniwha dam.
Bill English has signalled that he
would change the law to override the
Supreme Court’s ruling that prevents
the Department of Conservation from
swapping conservation land for private
If National changes this law then
specially protected forest and the
habitat of threatened species will be
‘Cynical and destructive change’
The Green Party will fight National
all the way if they pursue this cynical
and destructive law change – and so
will thousands of New Zealanders who
care about our protected parks and
New Zealand’s protected parks
and forests are meant to be safe and
preserved for future generations, not
traded away to make a quick buck.
It is a slippery slope. How many
other areas of our protected parks
and forests will be traded away and
destroyed so that they can be dammed
or mined for private gain?
National is being disingenuous by
claiming the conservation estate will
gain from the exchange of protected
forest for private land. This ignores the
fact that the private land in this case is
not threatened, so if we lose part of the
Ruahine Forest there will be a net loss
of native bush and habitat.
This dam does not stack up economically,
it does not stack up environmentally
and it requires the destruction of
habitat of threatened species. It’s time
to walk away from this dam.
Mojo Mathers is a Member of Parliament
on Green’s List and the Party’s
Spokesperson for Conservation,
Animal Welfare and Disability Issues.
Anne Pala gets NZ First nomination for Kelston
consultant and company director
Anne Degia-Pala is New
Zealand First’s candidate to contest the
Kelston seat in the General Election.
Anne has called Kelston home for
30 years and is passionate about her
community and her country. She is
well known and respected across the
electorate for her work with women,
children and Kelston’s diverse ethnic
West Auckland veteran
Anne was the first woman president
of the Waitakere Ethnic Board in 2004.
When she was returned in 2008 she
worked closely with the then Waitakere
City Council, and is a founding member
of the Ethnic People’s Advisory
Panel Auckland Council.
She is an advocate for social justice,
equality, human rights and child poverty.
Anne received a Queen’s Service
Medal in 2008.
Winston Peters is elected Member
of Parliament from Northland and
Leader of New Zealand First Party
Our Staff Reporter adds:
Born in Fiji, Anne Degia-Pala’s
family roots go back to Gujarat in India
and she speaks a number of languages.
Her public service record includes
Waitakere Ethnic Board (Past Chair),
NixCrew Trust (Trustee) and Ethnic
Peoples Advisory Panel (Founding
She owns WinMac Solutions Ltd, an
IT company based in Kelston.
“I want to represent the people of
Kelston as a New Zealander and my
Party (New Zealand First) seeks unity
and is against separatism. We seek to
ensure Law and Order,” she said.
wilt in sunlight
The fact that the number
of foreign trusts registered
in New Zealand
has plummeted after
the Government’s belated and
reluctant imposition of a new
reporting regime, in the wake
of the Panama Papers scandal,
shows the need for a transparent,
It is no surprise that the 12,000
foreign trusts registered in New
Zealand has wilted to around
3000 after IRD’s deadline for
more information has passed.
Labour has been consistent
in our belief that plenty of rats
would scuttle away when you
shine some light on these foreign
The Panama Papers Revelation
The Panama Papers revealed
strong evidence that there was
shady behaviour in a lot of these
trusts and that many people
didn’t want that behaviour to be
While there is a significant
reduction in the numbers, there
are still a great deal of foreign
trusts registered in New Zealand.
The fact that around three
quarters of the foreign trusts
have disappeared indicates
how many would’ve existed to
conceal financial activities and
assets from home jurisdictions.
JULY 15, 2017
As such, we need as much
transparency as possible. There
is still a clear need for a more
transparent regime including a
fully-searchable public register.
There is no justification for this
register to not exist, especially
when we have a similar searchable
register for New Zealand
A one-off charge of $270
would not have been a significant
inhibitor for most of these
trusts, so the likely reason why
the number of registered trusts
has fallen is because people do
not want any sunlight on their
The Government cannot claim
credit for a regime it took far
too long to impose, and even
then, it was only after significant
political and media pressure.
After nine years, the National
Government is just phoning it
in; transparency is essential.
Labour’s fresh approach will see
the introduction of a searchable
register to ensure we shine
a stronger light on shadowy
Michael Wood is elected
Member of Parliament from
Mt Roskill and Labour Party’s
Spokesman for Revenue.
Record investment in education
delivers rich rewards
My background as a scientist,
along with experience in
other professional fields
gives me a natural interest in
My close involvement with education,
through our local Mt Roskill schools,
especially with Special Education, has
been hugely rewarding.
National is serious about making
sure our children receive world-class
We need your Party Vote this election
to keep building on the achievements that
our education system is delivering.
Since 2008, the amount of 18-year olds
achieving NCEA Level 2 has increased
from 68% to over 83%.
This shows that National’s approach
to education is getting results and our
children are reaping the rewards.
Labour likes to say that they are
serious about education but their results in
government show otherwise.
The National-led Government is
funding the education system to record
levels - $11.6 billion per year.
A part of our significant investment in
education will go towards making sure
that schools are able to accommodate
roll growth with classrooms that are
comfortable and modern.
Over the next four years, more than
$455 million will be put towards a number
of school infrastructure projects including
six new schools, two school expansions,
11 new special education satellite units
and 305 new classrooms nationwide.
In 2008, National inherited a school
property portfolio with an average age of
40 years, and affected by issues such as
leaky buildings and poor maintenance.
Since then we have invested over $5
billion – significantly more than any
previous government - to upgrade and
modernise our schools, and build extra
schools and classrooms in areas where
families are growing.
The extra funding will see us increase
the total number of new student places in
Auckland schools to more than 21,000
by 2021, including funding for four new
classrooms at Dominion Road School.
Benefit in Mt Roskill
National knows education is one of
the most important issues for Mt Roskill
families and this investment will see our
local children benefit from learning in
modern, comfortable classrooms.
That is why I am proud to be a part
of the National Party – a Party that
understands that we need to deliver an
education system that will see our children
achieve more than ever before.
National knows that we need to keep
investing in the next generation and
building on the gains that we have made
in improving school infrastructure.
Families in Mt Roskill want young
people to have access to the best possible
education; the education they deserve.
A Party Vote for National this year
will return a Government that truly
understands how to deliver an education
system focused on what matters – helping
our children succeed.
Dr Parmjeet Parmar has been a Member
of Parliament on National List since
2014. Her Out-of-Parliament Office is
located at 1/165 Stoddard Road, Mt
JULY 15, 2017
initiative lends its
EARS to elders
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
National List MP based in
All seniors deserve
to be treated with
dignity and with care,
whatever their background or
They deserve to be able to
trust their families and those
close to them, but the sad
reality is that 79% of older New
Zealanders who are abused are
harmed by family members and
43% of victims live with their
Elder abuse is a serious and
growing problem in all our
communities throughout New
Zealand. Up to 70,000 seniors
will experience some form of
elder abuse this year – either
physical, psychological, sexual,
financial or neglect. Sadly,
most cases are not reported, as
the victims are too ashamed to
admit they are being abused.
Given our ageing population,
this serious and growing
problem requires a different
approach and more effective
and accessible help and
intervention, wherever and
whenever victims need it.
From July 1, our new Elder
Abuse Response Service
(EARS) put the victims
of elder abuse first. The
cornerstone of EARS is a free
and confidential 24/7 help-line,
0800-32 66865 (0800 EA NOT
Registered nurses will be on
the other end of the phone to
listen and advise anyone who
needs information or support
about elder abuse - whether
they are the victim or someone
who’s concerned it might be
happening to a friend or family
There will be a wider
geographical spread of service
providers to help more at risk
elderly people than ever before,
with a range of organisations
around the country funded to
be able to intervene quickly and
step in to help victims of elder
The new service will be able
to serve different ethnic groups,
with translation services available
to the free 24/7 Helpline,
and providers selected to
ensure services are culturally
In addition to longstanding
providers like Age Concern
receiving a funding increase,
18 new organisations will be
involved, including 10 Age
Concern branches being funded
for the first time.
We have increased funding
for these services and have
negotiated new contracts with
organisations that have been
selected specifically based
on their ability to deliver an
effective intervention service
for our vulnerable older people.
Our SuperSeniors Champions
are also adding their voices
to help spread the word and
encourage people to speak out
and ask for advice and help
about elder abuse.
For information about your
local service provider, please
follow the above link.
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi has
been a Member of Parliament
on National List from Manukau
East since November
2008. He is the Chairman
of the Parliamentary Law
& Order Select Committee
and Parliamentary Private
Secretary to Police Minister.
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National gaining popularity in Kelston
Bala (Venu) Beeram
Last Sunday (July 9),
I met with Prime
Minister Bill English
to campaign at the
local flea market in Avondale.
We received a lot of positive
comments from the shoppers, as
the PM and I went around and
It was nice to meet
people from different ethnic
backgrounds, and learn about
what they want the Government
to do to make New Zealand a
better country. Everyone was
pleased with the new budget
announcement and especially
our Family Incomes Package.
Engagement with youth
A few days ago, I was
invited to speak about politics
at St Johns youth cadets in
Henderson. The blue and gold
cadets are trying to earn their
community awareness badge,
which means they have to understand
how a city runs under a
specific parliamentary ruling.
I talked to them about
what a politician does, how I
got to where am, and why I
am running to be the MP for
Kelston. In return, the children,
aged from 9-19, asked me some
incredibly interesting questions
from how I feel about Donald
Trump to who I like more, John
Key or Bill English.
It was really nice to see
the future generation be so
interested in politics and how
well-formed their ideas about
As a new candidate, I am try-
Bala (Venu) Beeram campaigning in Kelston with (from left) Uday Mamidi,
Murali Annu and Devender Chanderi
ing to understand what matters
to the people of Kelston.
I have been meeting with
different people, from different
ethnic backgrounds and suburbs
within our electorate. It is such a
rewarding feeling when people
tell you that they have seen
your posters, fliers or your car
traveling around the area.
The main issues for people in
Kelston seem to be the need for
more police to respond to aggravated
assaults, traffic congestion
The community wants more
jobs available in Kelston, and
business owners looking at
employing more people from
the area. I also met with the
Rosebank Road business owners
to discuss this matter.
Our local Police District will
benefit from 73 more police staff
as part of National’s Safer Communities
Package. This will see
more officers on patrol, faster
response times and improved
National is also investing
in reducing traffic congestion
across Auckland. The new Waterview
Tunnel is already seeing
commutes shortened by up to
20 minutes and is taking cars off
our suburban streets. Our strong
investment in the City Rail Link
will also see our area benefit
from higher train frequencies,
making it easier to get to and
from work and school.
We are also making big
gains in employment, with job
growth remaining high. Our
forward-looking economic plan
will see international exports
grow, more jobs and higher
wages – things that are very
important to our community.
It motivates me more to keep
going, as more and more people
are recognising me and what I
stand for. I have also noticed that
a lot of people are happy with
National’s performance under
the leadership of Mr English.
I am proud to be part of a
party that is delivering for New
Zealanders and will continue
advocating strongly for the
people of Kelston
For all government faults, migrants get the blame
Recently, I was invited by
Multicultural New Zealand
(also known as Multicultural
Council of New Zealand) to
speak about our immigration policy and
I said, the truth is that we need to have
a conversation about values, before we
can have a conversation around numbers.
This is because the debate around
immigration policy has really been
captured by those with a xenophobic or
This has led to migrants being blamed
for a host of issues - from expensive
housing and traffic jams to unemployment.
I was clear in my speech and I will be
Migrants are not to be blamed for the
social and economic ills of this country.
Migrants are not to be blamed for the
Migrants are not to be blamed for our
children who go to school hungry.
Migrants are not to be blamed for the
long hospital wait lists.
Migrants are not to be blamed for our
It is the government’s failure to plan
for the right level of infrastructure and
services that has caused this.
Strengthening Labour Inspectorate
This lack of planning has meant
that services that are meant to help
migrants on their settlement journey are
underfunded and can’t do the jobs that we
need them to do.
For example - even though only 5%
of our workforce are non-permanent
resident migrant workers, nearly a third
of all prosecutions for employment
conditions violations have included a
migrant worker. We will boost funding
The Green Party promise gets loud and clear
Raj Pardeep Singh is Founder
Principal of Legal Associates
Barristers & Solicitors. His
passion for law led him to
establish Legal Associates in 2014 with
his wife and Co-Founder Ashima Singh.
At Legal Associates, Raj specialises
in all areas of Immigration Law, Immigration
& Protection Tribunals, Judicial
reviews at High Court, Ombudsman
Office at Parliament, Immigration Minister
Appeals and further deals in Criminal
& Employment law and seeks to provide
legal services to the ethnic communities
and the general public.
He provides counselling and guidance
to immigrants and is an active supporter
of the Indian community as a sponsor for
Raj Singh at the Call Hub of the Green Party in South Auckland
Home for Life
Raj has been selected a candidate for
Manukau East from Green Party. Raj
believes that Green party has the vision
and plan for better New Zealand.
Raj will work towards to strengthen a
national policy on enhancing clean and
dry houses across New Zealand. “Home
for life” will help the government
to build more affordable houses for
everyone. Rent to buy options will be
Raj will do his best to enhance equality
in the society and work to implement
a strong legal framework to maintain
law and order.
The Green Party believes that it
should be done by improving social
justice in the society and providing
education to Families and Communities.
Raj will support small and medium
James Shaw, Co-Leader of the
Green Party has wide experience in
working and transforming economies
to sustainable economies and he will
lead the New Zealand Economy into the
future to provide support for innovation
for the Labour inspectorate so they can
more proactively address this.
Multicultural associations, migrant
centres and advocacy groups, which
not only support settlement journeys
but bring needed diversity and social
connections throughout New Zealand, are
constantly struggling to survive.
Funding Migrant Centres
Just last month - the Canterbury
Migrant Centre was forced to close due
to lack of funding. The Green Party will
initiative a review of funding with the
goal of ensuring that these groups get a
certain level of baseline funding so they
can do their jobs without having to chase
the next dollar.
and training people.
The Green Party will improve opportunities
to bring migrants with families
including parents to New Zealand. It will
promote Visas for parents for temporary
We believe that migrants, with families
and parents, will make more productive
contributions towards improving the
prosperity of Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Green Party wants to be a place
that provides a warm welcome for
immigrants, rejecting the racial stereotyping
and profiling that is unfortunately
common in politics.
Our priorities are to support people and
tackle inequalities that leave too many
Kiwis struggling to pay the bills.
We want to create a more equal society
and a unique environment for our children
and our grandchildren.
In the coming general election, the
Green Party requests every voter to use
JULY 15, 2017
The Green Party is committed to reflecting
the aspirations of an increasingly
diverse Aotearoa through our policies.
We are also committed to ensuring
that our Caucus looks more like modern
New Zealand. At this election, we have
got the most diverse list of candidates that
we have ever had, including Raj Singh in
We still have a long way to go - but
we are committed to listening to your
community and advocating for your
Because we are only great, if we are
James Shaw is Co-Leader of the Green
Party of New Zealand.
their right to change the Government
for a better and more progressive Green
Raj was instrumental in establishing a
Call Hub covering the electorates in South
Auckland. The Hub, which has candidates
and volunteers, connects with people, apprises
them of the objectives and priorities
of the Green Party and encourages them to
exercise their franchise in the forthcoming
“This is a great team effort. We
connected with the constituents in the Manukau
East and Mangere electorates. The
Green Party is certainly growing bigger
and gaining popularity in South Auckland.
We are well focused on increasing the
Party Vote. We firmly believe that Green
Party is the only Party to provide quality
leadership, promote economic growth and
provide greater opportunities to migrants
to become true partners in the country’s
development,” Raj said.
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Skills elevate Tony and his Team to the tower of excellence
New Zealand’s property sector
has had robust growth
over the past several years,
bucking the global trend of
sluggishness and bearish outlook.
Industrial and commercial property
have also witnessed impressive rates of
growth but several challenges confront
Commercial banks are beginning to
reduce their exposure, orchestrated by
stringent regulatory framework of the
Reserve Bank of New Zealand including
Loan-to-Value Ratio restrictions.
Against such a scenario of developments,
Bayleys Real Estate Limited
has maintained its rate of growth
throughout the country.
Exceptional Clearance Rate
Tony Chaudhary, Team Leader of
Bayleys in Auckland (based in East
Tamaki), said that the Company has
maintained an excellent clearance rate
in its commercial auction rooms across
the country thus far this year.
“We are halfway through 2017 with a
lower level of commercial sales activity
evident due to a significant shift in the
credit lending criteria required within
the commercial banking sector, across
all major banks. Bayleys, however, has
performed extremely well. It is obvious
that good quality and competitively
priced property are still highly sought
after by buyers who are able to access
appropriate finance,” he said.
Given the strong economic outlook,
with the expectation of continued low
interest rates, buyers can invest with
confidence, he added.
The achievements of the ‘Tony
Team’ have been inspiring. The total
value of property sold during the
12-month period covering January to
December 2016 was more than $150
million, accounting for 57 transactions.
Tony is a professional with sound
experience and proven expertise and
hence his opinions are well considered.
He has been consistently ranked
among the company’s top 5% of agents
nationwide. His Team has been ranked
Third across Commercial, Retail and
Industrial in the Country.
Tony has proved to be a consistent
winner, with some of the finest
attributes of a salesperson. Affable
manners, integrity and transparency are
qualities that have earned him a place of
distinction not only within Bayleys but
also throughout the Greater Auckland
region. He sets high standards not only
for his small but well-knit team but also
for himself and leads by example. The
fact that he is adaptive, geared to rise
above the expectations of his clients
and be available to suit their convenience
builds confidence in people.
His proficiency in English,
Hindi, Punjabi and an understanding
of Gujarati, provides him an edge in
negotiations, gaining in the process
Tony’s proven strategies for attaining
outstanding results for his commercial
property clients have seen him rise
through the ranks of the Bayleys group
over the last seven years. Dealing with
individual property owners, corporate
clients, high-profile national retail
groups and key international property
investors, his business has grown
exponentially on the back of repeat and
referral business, record sales prices, a
changing market, and clever solutions
to his clients’ property challenges.
Tony leads a team of three Sales and
Support Staff including Janak Darji,
Ash Jogia and Amy Weng. They provide
high quality services to a growing
number of national and international
clients, who value their diligent work,
intelligent marketing strategies and
proven negotiation skills.
A property graduate, Janak’s
academic real estate foundation is
complemented by his personal business
skills and administrative experience.
and buyers ensuring
that they are kept
recent leasing and
sales deals, and new
listings as they come to the market. His
keenness to learn and his strong communication
and information technology
abilities are an asset to the team.
He speaks fluent English and
While Amy was completing
her BCom degree at University of
Auckland, she worked part-time at
a restaurant and café. The skills that
she gained in the
service industry such
as good customer
relations are now
available to the
real estate industry
where she strives to
Amy is proficient in Mandarin and
A newly added recruit, Ash has come
from a finance background.
With an experience of ten years
in the industry, he brings to the team
strong customer relationship and
Eagar to learn, Ash
is helping Tony with
towards his Real
He is fluent in
English, Hindi and
Tony Chaudhary and Bayleys Real
Estate Limited are the Sponsors of the
‘Best Employer of Choice’ Category
of the Tenth Annual Indian Newslink
Indian Business Awards 2017.
About the Property Sector
A recent Urban Economics
Report commissioned by the
Property Council of New Zealand
described the country’s Property
Sector as ‘New Zealand’s single
largest industry,’ accounting for
13% ($29.8 billion) of the Gross
Domestic Product (GDP) as at
the end of the financial year in
This figure represents the
difference between the cost
of inputs (such as labour and
materials) and the value of
outputs (buildings and real estate
services) and the real value added
to the economy by the Property
The Report also said that the
Property industry has grown by
$11.7 billion over the nine years
representing 2007-2016, more
than double the growth of any
other industry, ahead of manufacturing,
healthcare, tourism and
“As at the end of March 2016,
the Property industry contributed
$83.4 billion to the New Zealand
economy. This includes a direct
impact of $29.8 billion and flow
on (direct and induced) impact
of $53.7 billion. These figures
do not include capital gains
from the appreciation of land
and property values. In addition,
60,800 employees were directly
employed in the Property industry,
accounting for 8% of total
employment in New Zealand,”
the Report said.
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Harsh punishment works
only up to a point
Priyanca Radhakrishnan, in her
article, ‘Lengthy sentences do
not deter crime,’ argues that a
closer analysis of why crime occurs
and how it can be cut at grassroots
would be far more effective and less
expensive than throwing people
Her article (appearing in this Section)
also cites two good examples:
Celia Lashlie’s ‘A Journey to Prison:
Who goes and Why?’ and a Report
of the National Research Council on
the incidence of crime unmatched by
As Ms Radhakrishnan has pointed
out, crime is an emotive issue.
Communities often react with anger
over incidents of crime, its escalation
and worse, the lenient approach
of the law courts in dealing with
perpetrators. Such anger turns into
rage when offenders, who are young,
are sent out on parole or returned
to the society after a brief period in
While we condemn crime
whenever and wherever it occurs and
do not condone those perpetrating it,
we also subscribe to the thought that
there must be a way to address crime
collectively as a community, as a
society and as a country.
Years ago, it was natural to express
angst over men (or women) who perpetrate
violence against women (or
men) and demand that the law come
down heavily on them. Over time,
family violence is being approached
more in terms of understanding the
reasons behind such heinous crime
than in terms of awarding long-term
Rising voter apathy
Bharat Kumar (not his real
name) is 32 years old and
while in India, he often wondered
why he was not allowed to vote
(he was just eight years old then).
“I have the right to choose the
Government that plans for my
future,” he would often think and say
to his parents and his friends.
He migrated to New Zealand when
he was ten years old. He became
eligible to vote in the November 1999
general election. And yet, thus far,
six general elections later, he is yet to
exercise his franchise.
Bharat’s abstention, he says, is “A
Political Statement” on the sorry state
of politics. He does not think that any
of myriad Parties is likely to bring
about the change he wants.
That could be the reason for the
overriding apathy among our youth
New Zealand has a peculiar electoral
system. While enrolling at the
Electoral Commission is mandatory,
with non-compliance leading to
prosecution in a court of law with
sentences. Admittedly, the incidence
of family violence is on the increase
but there is also a rise in awareness
among the socially conscious. In
our own turf, we have established
‘Gandhi Nivas,’ a home that provides
temporary food and accommodation
and long-term counselling to men
who have been issued with Police
Indifference to future
The Economist has, in an analysis
of the problem, said that sociologists
have long suspected that those who
commit crimes place less value on
the future than law-abiding citizens.
But they have mostly struggled
to find hard evidence that criminals
think about sentence lengths at all.
The publication said that following
a review, Steven Durlauf of the
University of Wisconsin and Daniel
Nagin at Carnegie Mellon University
found little evidence that criminals
responded to harsher sentencing,
and much stronger evidence that increasing
the certainty of punishment
“This matters for policy, as it
suggests that locking vast numbers of
people in jail is not only expensive,
but useless as a deterrent.”
“A new working paper presented
at the Royal Economic Society
annual conference, by Giovanni Mastrobuoni
at the University of Essex
and David Rivers at the University
of Western Ontario, provides new
evidence that the story is a little more
nuanced; criminals do value the future,
just not as much as the average
person. Harsher sentences work as a
deterrent, but only up to a point.
penalty and a possible prison term,
voting is not compulsory.
Voter apathy appears to be widespread.
According to the Economist,
in Britain and Poland, less than half
of under 25s voted in their country’s
most recent general election. Twothirds
of Swiss millennials stayed at
home on election day in 2015, as did
four-fifths of American ones in the
congressional election in 2014.
Indifference among youth
Those fretting about the future of
democracy have been searching for
ways to get more young people to
vote. The most obvious would be to
make voting compulsory, as it is in
Australia, Belgium, Brazil and many
We have raised this subject again
since New Zealand is on the threshold
of demographic change. It is
important that we debate the process
of our participation in the electoral
process and encourage our youngsters
to become politically responsible.
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Lengthy sentences do not deter crime
Too many people, especially
dairy and liquor store owner/
operators, are living in fear.
I have spoken to many who
tell me that they start their business
each morning anxious that burglars will
make an appearance – or reappearance
– to rob and assault them.
Many suffer from the trauma of
brutal attacks, broken limbs, a violation
of privacy and are unable to re-open
their shop for months. This results in
additional anxiety caused by mounting
bills that cannot be repaid.
Punitive measures ineffective
There is an absolute need to reduce
crime and to increase safety – but
what’s the best way to do that? We can
go down the punitive route to tougher,
longer sentences – but do they work?
There is overwhelming evidence that it
does not work.
Former Justice Minister Phil Goff
also told me that it does not work.
Evidence from the Singapore Government
– Singapore is known for its
low crime rates and harsh punishments
– credits its success to a community
policing model. Overwhelmingly, the
evidence tells us that addressing the underlying
causes of crime and ensuring
that offenders are caught works better.
The current National Government
has increased spending on prisons and
cut spending in real terms on health,
education and the Police. They have
also allowed housing unaffordability
to persist such that it has reached crisis
point. A recent UNICEF report that
tracks countries’ progress on goals such
A picture does not always tell the whole story
Attention to details important in choosing a property
Buying a brand-new home off
the plans can seem extremely
attractive, especially if you
are struggling to find a
property that meets all your needs.
If you decide to go down this route, it
is absolutely crucial to enter the process
with your eyes wide open. Reading
the fine print – starting with the photo
caption advising you that ‘some images
are an artist’s impression’ – is just the
There are many benefits to buying
off a plan. Not only are you signing up
for a new home that should meet all the
latest building specifications, but you
are also buying something at a set price
with an initially low outlay.
A long settlement period (while the
development is completed) gives you
time to get your finances in order.
In theory, if the market remains
buoyant then the property will increase
in value over this period so you will be
getting more than what you paid for at
However, the process is not without
If the market falls, then you may
encounter problems if you try to sell.
Also, the property may not meet your
expectations and the build may take
longer than expected. You are entirely
reliant on the developer, so you are at
as reducing child poverty, inequality
and deprivation placed New Zealand
near the bottom of a list of developed
Origins of crime
Recently, I read ‘The Journey to
Prison: Who goes and Why?’ written by
the late Celia Lashlie, a former Prison
Officer and one of New Zealand’s
most fearless social justice advocates.
She analyses the origins of crime in
New Zealand, and the way we punish
She also talks about the underlying
causes of crime and how there is
something cancerous in our society in
which children as young as 12 commit
murder. She argues for the need to
address the underlying factors that
lead young people to commit crimes.
Her argument is backed by a wealth of
international evidence that conclude
there are specific risk factors associated
with criminal offending.
Risk factors include relative poverty
and inadequate housing; inconsistent
or insufficient parental or guardian
guidance; limited social and cognitive
abilities; exclusion from school;
family violence; few opportunities for
employment and economic exclusion;
gang involvement and drug and alcohol
No single risk factor leads a young
person to offending; but there is a much
higher chance that they will offend if
multiple risk factors are present and
there’s limited assistance to overcome
Internationally, projects that tackle
risk factors achieve significant reductions
Interventions that address youth delinquency,
drug and alcohol addiction,
family violence and gang involvement
risk if their business fails and/or the
development is on-sold to another
Buying off plan requires the same
due diligence and care as buying an
Start by putting in some solid
Do not be swayed by pre-sale
sweeteners and flash show homes
that may bear little resemblance to
the actual finished product. Do your
homework about the developer and
the construction firm – find out what
their track records are, examine their
credentials and look at any previous
developments in which they have been
Remember that you are giving these
people your hard-earned money and
you need to be confident that they will
deliver the goods.
Generally, buying off a plan means
providing a deposit upfront to secure
the property. The remainder of the
money is due on completion, but you
will have to prove that you have the
finance from the outset. While the long
lead-in period provides time to save
money, there is also a risk that interest
rates may go up or lending criteria may
change. I suggest that you discuss these
issues with your bank or financial advisor
to make sure that you are prepared
if the situation changes.
If a real estate agent is involved in
selling properties in a proposed development,
they can help you navigate the
It is also important to engage a
have demonstrated success. According
to a report by the US Department of
Justice, in addition to being effective,
such measures are usually more cost-effective
than traditional crime control
measures, such as incarceration.
The American experience
A 2014 report by the National
Research Council on mass incarceration
in the US found that lengthy prison
sentences are not the best way to deter
From 1972 to 2012, the US
incarceration rate quadrupled as
America’s courts began handing out
longer sentences (particularly for drug
crimes), according to the report, which
was commissioned by the Justice
Department. Instead, the report noted
that the certainty of being caught and
the imminence of punishment were
more effective deterrents of crime.
What that tells me is that a focus on
addressing the underlying causes of
crime along with a focus on community
policing that would increase the probability
of being caught are more effective
than tougher sentences and building
Crime is an emotive issue. Anyone
calling for Government interventions
to reduce crime should ensure they
know what actually works. The worst
thing they can do is to play on people’s
emotions and advocate for punitive
measures that at best, only make us feel
Priyanca Radhakrishnan is Labour
Party’s candidate in the Maungakiekie
constituency in the general
election scheduled to be held on
Saturday, September 23, 2017. Read
our Editorial, “Harsh punishment
works only up to a point’ in this
lawyer to help you understand all the
details of the sale and purchase agreement
and any covenants on the title.
These may extend to the ‘look
and feel’ of a development or new
subdivision, and include restrictions
regarding fences, landscaping, exterior
colour and cladding choices and may
even include car parking rules for you
or your visitors.
Developers will approach selling off
plans in many different ways. Some
contracts are designed to allow the buyer
to choose their own floor plan; others
may allow the developer to change the
layout without checking first.
Every detail of the property, from the
expected timeline to the finishes used,
must be spelled out in the contract.
It is vital to get legal advice before
The Sunset Clause
If you do not go through these details
very carefully before you sign; you may
be in for some unpleasant surprises
later. Remember to check the contract
to see if there is a ‘sunset clause’
that specifies what will happen if the
development is not finished in time.
Do not forget to ask what will
happen if the developer goes into
liquidation and the project is sold to
The last thing you want is for your
dream home, not to mention your
deposit, to vanish into thin air.
For independent advice on buying or
selling property, check out www.reaa.
Kevin Lampen-Smith is Chief Executive,
Real Estate Agents Authority
based in Wellington.
JULY 15, 2017
From Course to Career, it’s a guided path at MIT
(MIT) takes pride
graduates who are ready to make
a meaningful contribution in the
workplace from Day One.
Getting people into great jobs
is our purpose.
MIT’s Faculty of Business and
IT walks the talk.
Work Placement Programme
We provided work experience
opportunities for 435 students
last year with close to three-quarters
of these placements leading
Three hundred and fifty
companies took part in our work
placements programme including
Dimension Data, Vegaworks,
Paperplus, Good TV.
Major players like Fisher
and Paykel and Vodafone have
recently signed partnership
agreements to work with MIT
students each semester for the
Contact Centre course.
High work ethics
Lyndal Stewart, CEO of
Business Mechanix, a company
developing software for the
education sector is a big fan of
students from MIT.
“Their work ethic makes a
Lindal Stewart with MIT students
big difference. They also have
passion, fire and real focus for the
area they want to work in. Their
skills are very current. We love
working with them,” she said.
Ms Stewart said that MIT
students are a great fit with the
culture of her company.
“They can start straight away.
We don’t have to change our
business practices to accommodate
them. They are willing to
socialise. They work in well with
the Kiwi way of doing business,”
Soft Skill development
That is no accident. We put
a lot of emphasis on the ‘soft
skills’ that make a candidate work
ready by running on-campus
programmes like ‘Stand Out in a
Crowd’ and ‘Passport to Success’
that have been designed in
partnership with industry to give
our graduates an edge in the job
It is all a part of preparing our
students for the real-world while
they are studying.
They prepare a professional
CV and go through an interview
process to get a placement.
An Intern’s experience
Lovepreet Verma is studying
towards a Graduate Diploma
while working at Business
“We should look for
opportunities, grab them and not
let them go. At the moment, I
am grateful to be studying and
getting industry experience as
well,” the 20-year-old man, who
started with the company as an
One of the reasons why
Lovepreet ‘hit the ground
running’ at Business Mechanix
was that he was a part of the team
that won the Manukau Innovation
Challenge run by Panuku and
South Auckland issues
Entrants had to come up with
solutions for issues facing South
Auckland and their pitch for a car
pool app reducing congestion on
the roads took first place.
It’s this sort of creative thinking
applied to practical challenges that
A work placement through MIT
can be a great starting place in a
competitive job market. To give
you an idea about how sought
after some positions are, recently
Business Mechanix advertised a
job and received more than 150
Every year, 16,000 students
choose to study at MIT, which
is one of the country’s largest
providers of technical, vocational
and professional education.
Established in 1970, the institute
now has nine campuses across the
greater Auckland region.
MIT’s stated purpose is ‘to get
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Sooner or later, all of us would need St John
When 58-year-old Mt
Roskill resident Suresh
Bhana suddenly had
shortness of breath and
tightness of chest while walking to his
car after work, he thought his asthma
was playing up.
As he drove from Beaumont Street
to Grafton, the pain worsened, causing
him to stop and call 111.
An ambulance arrived quickly,
with St John ambulance officers Anne
Robinson and George Tyrell attending
and transporting Suresh to nearby
As they took Suresh on a stretcher
into hospital, he cardiac arrested.
Shock after shock
George and Anne acted quickly by
shocking him with a defibrillator and
starting chest compressions.
“He went into arrest very fast and
we both responded immediately,”
said Anne. Suresh needed four more
shocks in hospital.
Over a month after the incident,
which included a week’s stay in
hospital and having a stent inserted,
Suresh regrets trying to drive to the
hospital himself and instead wishes he
rang St John earlier.
“I thought it was asthma and didn’t
realise how serious it was,” Suresh
said and added, “I had had a heart
check-up less than a year earlier and I
didn’t recognise the warning signs of a
Supporting St John
Having used St John previously
due to his asthma, Suresh had recently
signed up as a supporter through the
St John Team Green Programme,
which means he supports the frontline
ambulance services through a monthly
After starting back at work for Air
New Zealand, Suresh had an opportunity
to meet Anne and George and thank
them for their assistance.
“My family and I really appreciate
what you both did. I’m pretty much
here today because of your care,”
Suresh told them.
Northern Region Fundraising &
Marketing Manager Hannah Davies
said, “It is wonderful to know Suresh
is doing well, and we are grateful for
Suresh Bhana (centre) with Ambulance Officers Anne Robinson and George Tyrell
the help he provides as a Team Green
supporter. Team Green is our ‘regular
giving’ programme, which enables
people like Suresh to be on the same
team as our ambulance officers and
provide the financial support they need.
“Team Green donors are critical to
our work here at St John. Without them,
we simply wouldn’t be able to help as
many people as we do. They are part
of the team that makes our lifesaving
work possible,” Hannah said.
Team Green donations deliver
critical support to St John, including
ongoing training and support for
ambulance officers, and essential
vehicle resources and equipment. To
sign up, visit http://www.stjohn.org.nz/
Suresh is one of the lucky ones.
Approximately 1500 people die
following cardiac arrest every year in
New Zealand – a number five times
higher than the national road toll.
St John Medical Director Tony Smith
said, “Death from cardiac arrest is our
‘silent toll’. It can happen to anyone
of any age, including children. We
remain focused on reducing this toll,
but we can’t do it alone. We need all
New Zealanders to help by knowing
how to do CPR and use a defibrillator
AEDs shock the heart back into
rhythm and are essential in the ‘chain
of survival’ for somebody suffering
A cardiac arrest is allocated the
highest response priority by St John,
and the closest responder is immediately
dispatched but bystanders need
to initiate the ‘chain of survival’ with
immediate recognition, early CPR and
“For every minute without CPR or
defibrillation, a patient’s chance of
survival falls by 10%-15%,” Dr Smith
The defibrillators talk users through
the process, making them accessible to
all, but New Zealand’s low rate of public
access to defibrillators remains an issue.
While 60% of patients had bystander
CPR performed, only 6% of patients
were defibrillated using a public access
Key St John partner ASB installed
AEDs throughout their branches nationwide
in 2015 and Z Energy completed a
similar initiative in 2016.
People can find their nearest defibrillator
on the AED locator website www.
aedlocations.co.nz or by downloading
the mobile app, while information
about First Aid courses is on the St John
website, along with a CPR app.
High survival rate
The latest St John ‘Out of Hospital
Cardiac Arrest’ report confirmed that the
ambulance service maintains a strong
16% survival rate for patients who are
treated for cardiac arrest.
In 2016, St John introduced
its ‘3-Steps for Life’ Community
Programme, which trains people to take
three key actions when someone has a
JULY 15, 2017
Indian insurer to widen market exposure
The chief of the largest
non-life insurance company
of India has pledged that his
company will widen its market
exposure in New Zealand to tap
the immense potential that the county
offers to companies and individuals.
G Srinivasan, Chairman & Managing
Director of New India Assurance
Company Limited, said that the Indian
insurance industry is robust with
growing economic prospects.
“There are many exciting
developments taking place in India,
with the Government determined to lift
economic growth which is currently at
about 7.25%. All sectors of the Indian
economy are geared towards higher
levels of productivity and profitability.
New India Assurance Company New
Zealand Limited, established 15 years
ago, is keen to explore new avenues
for business. There is ample potential
in this country,” he said.
As at the end of the financial year
ending on March 31, 2017, the Company’s
written premium was valued at
Rs 22,279 Crores (about $4.75 billion)
and net worth and fair value placed at
Rs 34,716 Crores (about $7.5 billion)
Its asset base was Rs 69,173 Crores
(about $14.95 billion) and investments
at market value were Rs 53,009 Crores
(about $11.45 billion).
Note: The figures quoted in New
Zealand Dollars are not accurate but
rounded off (Swedish Rounding) for
Later, answering questions, Mr
Srinivasan agreed that the New Zealand
Company has kept a low profile since
it commenced operations in May
2005 and that there was a need to
create greater awareness of insurance
and insurance products among New
Zealanders, especially those of Indian
Among the speakers at the meeting
were Nilanchal Mishra, Chief Operating
Officer, New India Assurance
Company New Zealand Limited and
Prince Kumar, Executive Committee
Member of INZBC.
The Early Days
Indian Newslink had reported the
establishment of the Company in its
June 1, 2005 issue. In that report, we
had quoted the then Chairman and
Managing director Rajendra Beri, who
was in New Zealand for the inaugural
ceremony as saying that New India
Assurance Company New Zealand
Limited would initially compete in the
motor and property insurance market,
although other services including fire
and general accident would also be
“While our activities as a re-insurer
began 53 years ago in Sydney and 51
years ago in Fiji (as at June 2005), it
has taken us a while to enter the New
Zealand market, which, although small,
offers rich potential for growth,” he told
“Although Indian in origin, our
target would be the wider New Zealand
market through brokers and direct
G Srinivasan (centre) with Nilanchal Mishra and staff at New India Assurance
New Zealand Limited
services to companies and individuals,”
Mr Beri had said.
He advised people to have adequate
insurance cover for their homes and
“Households are often the target for
burglars while properties are also open
to fire and other risks. Proper advice
and timely action will prevent grief
later,” he had said.
Those words of advice are more
relevant today than ever before.
Ram Vashist, who, as the Company’s
Chief Manager based in Fiji at that time
was instrumental in setting up the New
Zealand operations, had said that by
and large Indians did not have adequate
“Many do not feel the need for
insurance until it is too late. It is
advisable to have jewellery, important
documents and precious items in a
bank safe deposit vault. Home contents
insurance should also be adequately
covered,” he said.
Mr Vashist was present at tonight’s
That statement is still valid, although
properties financed through bank loans
must be adequately insured.
However, other areas such as
Contents, Public Liability, Statutory
Liability, Employer Liability, Carrier
Liability, Marine Insurance, Aviation,
Construction and Engineering Insurance
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BNZ marks Golden Jubilee of banking technology
Adoption of decimal currency adds to the occasion
July 10, 2017 marked the 50th
anniversary of decimal currency
adoption in New Zealand
and for BNZ, coincides with
the introduction of computers into
banking – a first for the sector.
Fifty years ago, New Zealand was
a country where cash was the only
way to pay and the conversion from
pence to cents heralded a time of
independence and change.
Catchy jingles and clever TV
adverts can still be recalled with the
iconic ‘Mr Dollar’ dancing across
screens explaining, ‘a 10-shilling note
becomes a dollar note and a pound
note become two dollars - and there’ll
be 100 cents to a dollar!’
The mammoth conversion
As the day grew closer, 27 million
bank notes and 165 million coins
valued at $120 million and weighing
more than 700 tonnes were distributed
around the country. All banks were
then closed from Wednesday 5 July
until Monday 10 July, giving bank
staff the time to convert their records
into dollars and cents.
It was not just the currency changing
at BNZ though as the bank was
the first in New Zealand to introduce
computers into the workplace.
BNZ scores a First
Stephen Bowe, Head of Digital
at BNZ said that the introduction of
technology and its continued influence
on banking has connected people with
their money in a way we have not ever
“Being the first bank to introduce
computers back in 1967 really
positioned us as a forward thinking
organisation that was committed
to providing innovative solutions.
Fast-forward 50 years and we still aim
to push the boundaries and provide
the best solutions for our customers,
but the influence of technology on our
environment means we are doing this in
very different ways.
Fast evolving technology
“In many ways, digital evolution has
been the norm for us since then and we
are now at the point where 89% of our
transactions are either through internet
banking or our app. That equates to
about 14 million sessions each month
– something that was virtually unheard
of 10 years ago, let alone 50 years ago.
Mobile phones are fast becoming the
remote control to people’s financial
lives with technology providing a level
of comfort and accessibility that has
ultimately changed the way Kiwis
interact with their money.”
Culture and Heritage Ministry Chief
Historian Neill Atkinson said that the
decision to move from imperial to decimal
currency was a defining moment in
the country’s history.
“While we retained strong links with
Britain our move to the dollar currency
showed the world that our identity was
more than colonial.
Discussion of decimalisation started
in the early 1900s and by the 1960
general election both the National and
Labour parties supported the move.
Work on the change, overseen by then
under-secretary for finance and future
Prime Minister Rob Muldoon, began in
1963. But the first proposed designs for
the new currency drew unfavourable
comment when sent to England’s Royal
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Exhibition on ‘Indian Journey’ opens in Auckland
An exhibition of pictures and
informative panels depicting
the history of ‘Indian
Journey’ in New Zealand
opened at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre
of the Auckland Indian Association at
145 New North Road, Eden Terrace
on July 1, 2017.
Ethnic Communities Minister and
India’s High Commissioner to New
Zealander Sanjeev Kohli inaugurated
the exhibition, titled, ‘Mokaa,’
(Opportunity) following a Powhiri and
Karakia by Tangata whenua.
Popular classical dancer Ratna
Venkat presented a dance item which
was a ‘Maori Prayer to Hindu God
Ethnic Communities Minister
Judith Collins said that the Exhibition
is a demonstration of the growth
of the Indian community in New
Zealand over the past 125 years and
its contributions to the progress and
prosperity of the country.
“Indians are among the early
settlers in New Zealand and it is heartening
to note that they have made this
country their home and contributed
significantly towards progress in all
fields of activity. As Ethnic Communities
Minister, I am privileged to work
with this hard-working community.
We are happy to be partners in this
Exhibition,” she said.
Earlier New Zealand Indian Central
Association (NZICA) President
Bhikhu Bhana said that the Exhibition,
commemorating 125 years of Indian
in New Zealand, augurs well with the
90th Anniversary of the Association.
Powhiri and Karakia by Tangata whenua
Judith Collins and Sanjeev Kohli inauguration the Exhibition
Ratana Venkat presenting a classical dance item
“The Exhibition, comprising photographs
and commentary, will tour
all over New Zealand. The settlement
of Indians in New Zealand for over
a century marks a very significant
worldwide commemoration. Outside
of Asia, the settlement of Indians in
New Zealand is one of the oldest in
the world and the Indian Diaspora
can be proud of this remarkable
achievement,” she said.
Among those who attended the
event were National Party List MP
Dr Parmjeet Parmar, Labour Party
JULY 15, 2017
Maungakiekie candidate Priyanca
Radhakrishnan, NZICA General
Secretary Prakash Biradar and some
members of his Executive Committee,
Auckland Indian Association President
Parshotam Govind, Wellington
Indian Association President and Vice
President Nanu Ranchhod and Taruna
Bhana, Executive Committee Members
of various branches of NZICA and
The Exhibition will be open at Papakura
Museum, 209 Great South Road,
Papakura from August 7 to September
An Informative Tablet
Book a musical evening with Ustad Aashish Khan
Indian music lovers will be looking
forward to booking their next
weekend when Auckland-based
‘Sargam School of Indian Music’
presents its annual programme devoted
to the beauty and intricacies of North
Indian Classical music (known as
Hindustani), this time in collaboration
with ‘Sarod’ maestro from India, Ustad
The event is scheduled to be held on
Saturday, July 29 at Blockhouse Bay
Community Centre, 524 Blockhouse
Bay Road in Blockhouse Bay from 6
pm to 9 pm. Tickets are priced at $20
Sargam School of Indian Music
Director and Principal Basant Madhur,
and his students are busy preparing to
showcase their best talents amidst their
hard work for the second half of this
Besides the main Sarod recital by
Ustad Aashish, performances will include
expositions of Tabla, Hindustani
Vocal, Sitar and Violin recitals.
“We are committed to presenting quality
Indian classical music programmes
for our audiences. Through such
programmes, our students will not only
develop confidence on stage but will also
benefit learning from visiting artistes of
international repute,” Basant told Indian
Ustad Aashish Khan
Disciple and son of India’s legendary
Sarod player, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and
grandson of well-known Alauddin Khan,
(the founder of Senia Maihar Gharana or
style of Indian Classical Music), Aashish
was initiated into the Sarod family
tradition at the age of five.
After presenting his debut
performance at the age of 13 under the
guidance of his grandfather on the ‘National
Programme’ of All India Radio,
Aashish has since then performed at
major venues of classical music and
fusion music in India and abroad.
He has also founded an Indo-American
musical group named ‘Shanti’ with
Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain in 1969,
where he is often seen playing the
acoustic Sarod through a fender guitar
Aashish has also worked on a
number of projects for both films
and on stage, including Oscar winner
Satyajit Ray’s ‘Apur Sansar,’ ‘Parash
Pathar,’ ‘Jalsaghar’ and Richard
Attenborough’s film ‘Gandhi.’
He has collaborated with various
western musicians such as George
Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Barham
and Charles Lloyd.
Aashish’s musical achievements in
his résumé state him being a forerunner
of many honours for India. He was
awarded the Fellowship of the Illinois
Arts Council in 2002 and in 2005,
India’s highest award for performing
arts, the Sangeet Natak Akademi.
In 2006, he was nominated for a
Grammy Award in the ‘Best World
Music’ category and in 2007, was
the first Indian Classical musician to
become a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic
Society of Great Britain and Ireland,
UK’s highest society in Asian arts and
The forthcoming programme with
‘Ustad Aashish Khan’ will feature
opening performances by the students
of Sargam School of Indian Music
with support by Deepak Madhur on
Harmonium and Professor Shukdev
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Where there is fire, there is panic and deadly damage
But with precautions, it is possible to minimise incidents
On July 1, 2017, more than
3500 rural volunteers who
help ‘firefight,’ joined
the New Zealand Fire
Service (NZFS), making it one of the
largest organisations in the country,
accounting for 1800 fire fighters and
Last year, NZFS firefighters
attended 74,879 incidents nationally,
an increase of 2.8% over the previous
year. In line with long-term trends,
the number of structure fires remained
largely static at 5384 in contrast to a
rise in non-fire emergencies. Responses
to medical emergencies increased
by 10% to 11,339 and motor vehicle
accidents increased by 14.6% to 5518.
Responsible and empathic
The New Zealand Fire Service is
among the foremost organisations
in the world and its firefighters are
known for their efficiency and speedy
response. They are often requested to
provide their professional services in
Australia, which experiences bushfires
Established on April 1, 1976 with
the merger of local fire boards and
fire brigades enunciated by the Fire
Service Act 1975, NZFS is managed
by the New Zealand Fire Service
The New Zealand model is one of a
few that have countrywide jurisdiction.
According to official figures, there
are more than 150,000 people of
Indian origin in New Zealand; and yet,
Fire knows no friend- it catches all Mukesh Babu is among a handful of Indians in the Service Fire doubles itself every 30 seconds Safety measure save life and property (Pictures supplied)
there are less than five people in the
Nation’s fire service.
Mukesh Babu is one of them.
His family’s destiny with New Zealand
began almost 100 years ago when
his great grandfather migrated from
India and settled down in Pukekohe.
Mukesh entered the Fire Service in
2008 and has understandably attended
to a range of ‘events’ such as big cool
stores fires, house fires and scrub fires.
He has also attended numerous car
accidents, accidents created by hazardous
substances and more recently
cardiac arrest incidents with St John.
A separate story on St John appears
under Educationlink in this issue.
“There were 19 avoidable three
residential fire fatalities in 2015-2016.
This equates to 0.41 fatalities per
100,000 population, which is below
the expected rate of 0.45 per 100,000.
Eleven of these people died in fires in
rental properties with eight of these
occurring in homes with no working
smoke alarms. Career stations aim to
respond to 90% of incidents within
eight minutes,” Mukesh said.
The Flatbush fire
For professionals like Mukesh, any
fire that ruins a home is devastating
for that family. “The most recent fatal
house fire that we had was on December
22, 2016 in Flatbush, Auckland.
Fire crews were alerted at 324 am;
they were confronted with a two storey
modern house in which three people
had already died. Firefighters pulled
out the fourth person who later died in
the hospital,” he said.
A few days later, at an ‘Open House’
firefighters explained to the people in
the community the ways and means of
avoiding fire accidents.
The pride of New Zealand
Firefighters must be adaptable, and
more importantly, they should have the
pride and willingness to help people
Mukesh said that firefighters should
have a huge sense of comradeship as
some situations can be hard to cope for
an average person.
“This is a physically demanding
job,” he said and appealed to young
people to consider joining the Service.
“We want to recruit the right people
for the job. Our communities are
growing but we do not have many
South Asians in the Fire Service. We
think the best way to understand the
needs of the South Asian community
is to have more firefighters from
among us. All new recruits spend three
months training in Rotorua. The basic
starting wage is $43,000. Typically,
a firefighter would do two-day shift,
followed by two-night shifts and
then have four days off. There is also
the potential to do extra shifts on
overtime. The Fire Service has just had
a recruitment round but will have one
later in the year,” Mukesh said.
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Home safety measures
Fire causes maximum damage to
human beings and properties.
Fire Service and firefighters are
an essential part of every society,
although public knowledge about them
is poor; there is therefore a need to
educate and inform.
Mukesh said that every home
should have fire alarm and everyone
should know a few safety tips. He
recommended all New Zealanders to
download the ‘Escape Planner Tool’ at
Some Interesting Facts about Fire
Earth is the only planet on the
Universe where fire burns.
With the ability to double itself
every 30 seconds, fire can spread
1100% every four minutes and
generate heat at an amazing rate of 90
feet per second.
Fire is a chemical reaction that
releases light and heat.
Flames are the part of a fire which
we can see; they can be in different
colours, depending on the substance
which is burning.
A candle flame typically burns at
around 1000 degrees Celsius (1800
Fire is as dangerous to humans as it
is essential for sustenance
Fires are also an important ecological
process that can stimulate growth.
JULY 15, 2017
Model of the Fortnight
The inner beauty shines like a diamond
but the inner
beauty is not
only sustainable throughout
one’s life but also radiates
through character and attitude,”
is the belief of Simran Madan,
our Model of the Fortnight
and she encourages others to
subscribe to this thought.
A full-time Science student,
she is known for her scholastic
by hard work, tenacity and
dedication towards which she
sets her mind.
Concern for the unfortunate
What sets Simran apart from
many others is her sincere
concern for the less fortunate
members of the community
and the extra efforts that she
exercises in bringing them back
to the mainstream of life and
“I love to work with special
needs and disability children. I
believe that everyone is unique
in their own way; it is just
a matter of embracing your
inner beauty and shining like a
diamond,” she said.
Energising Miss Talent
“Miss Indianz 2016 played
an important role in my life.
This event recognised my talent
and awarded the ‘Miss Talent’
title. I hope to be recognised
by many organisations and
professionals in the fashion
world,” Simran said.
She is a recipient of Dance
Scholarships and has won the
Junior Latin and Ballroom New
Zealand Pro/Am Champion
She came out in flying
colours at the ‘Kiwi Classic’
International Competition held
in Auckland in April this year.
In October last year,
Simran had an opportunity of
representing New Zealand at
the World Championships held
“I am a proud Kiwi-Indian
and hope to represent New
Zealand at world events and
competitions,” she said.
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Dance training starts at an early age
Wellingtonians await North-South meet in Classical style
Lovers of Indian classical dances
can expect a double treat of
Bharata Natyam and Kathak
styles at what promises to be
a spectacular event in the Capital next
Students of the Wellington based
Mayur Dance Academy will witness
the South Indian and North Indian
dance formats at Sacred Heart College
located at 65 Laings Road, Lower Hutt
on August 5, 2017.
The Programme, third in an annual
series, will bring alive the time-honoured
traditions of India, demonstrating
the abiding interest evinced by the
younger generations, cutting across
barriers of ethnicity and language.
Tribute to Lord Murugan
The first part of the Programme
will be devoted to Lord Murugan, the
Tamil God and His victory over ‘Soora
Padman,’ an evil king whose reign of
terror and refusal to obey Lord Shiva
caused anguish among the people and
In Hinduism, not only does God take
several forms but also several faces
within the same Avatar. Vishnu is a
constant factor of evolution, ending
period and space, whilst others too have
a ceremonial role.
Lord Murugan or Lord Subramaniam
is one such. Born out of the collective
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Twin treat for Carnatic Music lovers on the Cards
Carnatic Music will be exalted at a
Concert that promises to bring together
the best of instrumentalists and a
vocalist next month in Auckland and
Perusing the names of performers, it would
be hard to say if the vocalist is supporting the
instrumentalists or vice-versa, since the calibre
of the visiting artistes is such that one would get
better off the other.
Organised by Rasikas New Zealand, Sangeetha
Bharathi and New Zealand Indian Fine
Arts Society of Wellington, the Programme
will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from
4 pm at Raye Freedman Art Centre of Epsom
Girls Grammar School in Epsom, Auckland and
on Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 3 pm at the
Adam Concert Hall of Victoria University (7
Kelburn Parade) Kelburn, Wellington.
Tickets priced at $50 (Reserved) and $30
(General) per person (including refreshments
during the interval) for the Auckland Concert
can be obtained from Priya Srinivasan on
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from Jaya Venugopalan on (09) 6208074
Details regarding the Wellington Concert
can be obtained from Raghu Raman on 027-
2103477 or from TN Balajee on 021-0599405.
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Double Header Music Evening
A team of musicians on Violin, Mridangam
and Kanjira will perform with Veena and Vocal
exponents in this Double Header, treating
listeners to an extended evening of melody.
The programme will commence with the
lilting sounds of the Veena followed by a grand
Vocal concert after a short interval during which
refreshments will be available.
is considered the epitome of beauty,
valour, generosity and compassion.
Although essentially a God of the
Tamils, Murugan has been mentioned
in Kautilya’s ‘Arthashastra’, Patanjali’s
works, ‘Kumarasambhavam,’ an epic
poem by Kalidasa and in the Sanskrit
The worship of ‘Kumara’ was one
of the six principal sects of Hinduism
at the time of Adi Shankara. In
many Shiva Temples of Tamil Nadu,
Subramaniam can be found to the left
of the main deity.
Essence of Tamil God
The essence of Murugan will be
captured by the students of Mayur
Dance Academy as they present Lord
Murugan and ‘Soora Samharam’ or the
Vanquish of Soora Padman.
Based on ‘Kanda Puranam’ (Skanda
Purana), Soora Samhaaram portrays
the main purpose of the being of Lord
Murugan, created by Lord Shiva (according
to one version, by His Consort
Parvathi) to destroy Soorapadman.
Apart from reinstating the belief that
Truth will always triumph and that the
Good will always vanquish evil, Kanda
Puranam depicts the beauty, grace,
dignity and courage of Lord Murugan.
Known as the ‘God of Six faces’
(‘Shanmugan’), Murugan later marries
Devayani, the daughter of Lord Indira
and Valli, the daughter of a hunter.
Story through Dance
Kathak, a glorious dance style
Nirmala Rajasekar is a master Veena artiste
and vocalist. A dynamic and vibrant performer,
she began training in this art from the age of six
and became a concert performer when she was
13 years old.
Nirmala’s music is marked by a repertoire
that reflects her adherence to the rich patanthra
(lineage and heritage) of her Gurus.
Kunnakudi M Balamurali Krishna
popular in North India, will form the
second part of the annual production of
Mayur Dance Academy.
Kathak is a classical dance form that
traces its origins to the nomadic bards
of ancient Northern India, known as
Kathakars or storytellers, primarily as
a means of portraying the epic tales.
It absorbed traces of temple and ritual
dances, the influence of the Bhakti
Movement and certain features of Persian
and Central Asian dances imported
by the Royal Courts of the Mughal era.
Out of three major schools or Gharanas
of Kathak, Mayur Dance Academy
specialises in the Jaipur Gharana, which
was born in the courts of the Kachwaha
Suparna Basu, Director and Principal
of the Academy, said that Kathak
is marked as a perfect combination
of scintillating Ghungroo rhythms,
dramatic footwork, spectacular spins
and subtle expression.
“Yet, it is an ever-evolving dance
form that embodies beauty and soul.
Dance symbols can be as effective as
language or music symbols for dramatic
communication. What sets dance
apart is the universality in movement
and gesture, which is not bound like
language, nationality or Culture. Dance
transcends geography and humanises
expression,” she said.
Ms Basu said that Bharata Natyam
and Kathak use special musical
effects of different rhythmic patterns
Kathak was patronised by Mughals in India (Pictures supplied)
Kunnakudi M Balamurali Krishna is
one of India’s top young vocalists.
Meenakshi Sundaram, his father and
first guru, is also a musician and an
eminent teacher. Trained by Neyveli
Santhanagopalan and V Sundaresan,
he has been under the tutelage of PS
Narayanaswami since 1993.
Balamurali has enthralled audiences all
over the world.
BU Ganesh Prasad
B U Ganesh Prasad hails from a
family of connoisseurs of classical music
and had his initial violin training under
Basavanagudi Nataraj and vocal guidance
from Bangalore S Shankar during his
It was under the able guidance of
Violin maestro VV Subramaniam that
Ganesh was able to further hone and
nurture his skills. An accomplished
vocalist, he vocalises his violin style with
fluency. He is currently a disciple of PS
Narayanaswami of Semmangudi School.
Vidwan Tanjore K Murugaboopathi
Tanjore K Murugaboopathi hails
from a family of musicians and artistes
of several generations. He had his
initial training under TR Srinivasan
(Mridangam Vidwan and Lecturer) at the
Tamil Nadu Music College, Chennai.
He was conferred the title of ‘Vadya
Visharada’ with distinction by the Music
He has performed at several concerts in
B Shree Sundarkumar
B Shree Sundarkumar is a leading
Kanjira artiste. Entering the musical
Bharata Natyam coaching in progress at Mayur Dance Academy
executed by the dancer’s feet, which
are enhanced and multiplied by the use
“Bharata Natyam is a form of sacred
and meditative dance Yoga and had
deep-rooted divine origin. Our students
learning Kathak will present the story
of the Woman and her awakening
through the pages of history. This dance
journey is one through which families
will experience the artful narrative of
Indian stories,” she said.
About the Academy
Established in 2012 with 11 students,
Mayur Dance Academy has grown
to be a major Indian Classical Dance
institute in Wellington with classes held
in Johnsonville, Petone and Miramar.
It prides itself of a syllabus and an
examination system with certificates
and mark sheets, for each of the dance
forms taught. The Academy follows
a skill-based system under which
students are categorised by their skill
level rather than their duration as a
Tickets for the event, priced at $10
per person (free for children under
five years of age) are now available.
Further details can be obtained from
Suparna Basu on 021-1431341.
world at the tender age of three, he has been mesmerising
audiences with his intricate rhythm beats and innate creativity.
Coming from a musical family, he initially learnt under
his father, renowned Mridangam artiste Dr KBS Mani and
then started his training from maestro Guru Kaaraikudi R
Mani. Known as the ‘Kanjira Man,’ Sundarkumar’s unique
way of playing the instrument has evolved a craze among
the music fraternity.
Winners lead, aspirants follow the Miss Indianz trend
On its 15th Anniversary, Miss Indianz takes pride
In February 2002, as I was
preparing to launch Miss Indianz,
I was told by mainstream media
and fashion industry experts that
the event will never take off because
In our June 2002 issue of Indian
Newslink, reviewing the first Miss
Indianz 2002 held at Mahatma
Gandhi Centre (of the Auckland Indian
Association), we had said that the First
Title Winner Pooja Chitgopeker will go
places and earn the respect, admiration
and fan-following of people around the
‘Indian girls are beautiful but not tall
enough to become models.’
That statement was proved wrong
during the very inaugural year with
Pooja Chitgopeker winning the Title.
Thereafter, we have had the privilege
of awarding a number of titles to our
Soon thereafter, she pursued her
higher education and took up many
modelling and other assignments in
Show Business. In 2007, she won the
‘Miss India Earth’ and ‘Miss Earth
Air’ titles, bringing joy and pride to her
family and friends.
On January 7, 2011, she married
Vikram Aditya Kumar, an America-born
entrepreneur based in Chicago.
A much-publicised wedding, it brought
together more than 500 people from
various parts of the world.
Pooja became a mother two months
ago, much to the delight of all of us.
young participants of varying dispositions
and countries of origin, with
the belief that beauty is just skin deep
and that there are more attributes that
contribute to the beauty of a person.
Miss Indianz has moved away from the
usually believed concept of beauty contests
to become a pageantry of culture,
costume, colour and cosmopolitism.
This annual event has given opportunities
to more than 350 young women
thus far and many have reached heights
of fame and global accolades.
Our Staff Reporter adds:
JULY 15, 2017
September 16, 2017
at 730 pm
Aotea Centre, Auckland
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Miss Indianz 2002 Miss Earth 2007 On Wedding Day with Vikram
Neha Bhatia is another
young woman who
became a Radio Tarana
Programme Presenter soon after
going on stage for Miss Indianz
in 2005. She is today owner of
Sun Travels and partners with the
Born in Auckland (Northshore),
Karishma Hemi Ranchhod says
that 2017 is a year of ‘double
excitement’ for her and her family; the
first of which could be easily guessed as
her participation in Miss Indianz. The
second, perhaps, larger reason is the
upcoming Silver Jubilee celebration of
the wedding of her parents.
She is a second generation New Zealander
(her father was also born here).
A student at the University of Auckland
studying for Bachelor of Commerce and
Bachelor of Health Science Conjoint),
she has learnt that hard work is the only
way to progress.
It is unfortunate that Karishma suffers
from Crohns but does not let it affect her
or any of her pursuits and aspirations.
“I want to learn to carry myself
with confidence and accept the unique
young woman that I am through Miss
Indianz. I have certainly had my share of
difficulties and I want to inspire others
and be their beacon of hope when faced
with struggles; because there really is
light at the end of the tunnel. I also want
to reconnect with my Indian Heritage
which can often be blindsided living
in the New Zealand society and make
lifelong friends,” she said.
Pictures of Karishma Ranchhod are
by Andrew Bignall
Miss Indianz Producer-Director
Dharmesh Parikh hates the
“This is not a Beauty Pageant,” he
tells from time to time and Pranika
“I am participating in this event as
an undergraduate student studying
Medicine. I have excelled in academics
and ready to accept the challenge. I
believe that Miss Indianz will allow me
to connect with the young women of
our generation who want to step out of
their comfort zone and have fun and take
what life offers,” she said.
Born in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh,
Pranika is proud to be a part of the Indian
and Kiwi culture. She says that Miss
Indianz will provide her an opportunity
to connect with her roots, culture and
Pictures of Pranika Arisht are by
Miya Rakete, Jaynika Vaghani and
Deepa Jain (Pranika’s Mother).
Hospitality is at the heart of this
young woman from New Delhi.
Ridhima Janveja, who works at
AIS St Helens, said that her ambition
has always been to be a part of the
fashion industry, since it would afford
her opportunities to hone her skills as a
creative and people’s person.
“I have always dreamt of walking down
the ramp with grace and confidence and
hence I am excited that this dream would
become a reality at Miss Indianz 2017. I
am aware of the challenges which makes
life more interesting,” she said.
Ridhima hopes that the event will also
enable her to become more focused on
her life and career and improve her stage
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Upsurge of talent
Many Miss Indianz
made their mark in
life and it would be great
if at least some of them are
present at this year’s event,
which commemorates the 15th
Bhakta’s of Lord Krishna would
say that they like adventure,
fun, challenges and excitement,
because their Master was known to be
full of these attributes.
Smriti Dilawry, who lives and works
in Hamilton would agree; for, like millions
of devotees of Lord Krishna and
as a member of the International Society
for Krishna Consciousness (ISKON),
she lives life with all its vicissitudes.
Born and raised in Haryana (which
was once a part of the State of Punjab),
Smriti is exploring better employment
Anniversary of the cultural
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
and career opportunities.
“I want to do something in life which
is challenging and interesting,” she
said and looks forward to Miss Indianz
Pictures of Smriti Dilawry are by
Kamal Preet Kaur Dhiman
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
Tickets are on sale now.
JULY 15, 2017
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Agreat fat burner for the jelly-bellied admirer
of the belly button, the oriental belly dance is
often associated with sensuous, bare-footed
female dancers jingling finger cymbals and
wearing scanty costumes lacedwith coins.
In the 1893 Chicago World Fair,alithe Syrian
artiste named Little Egypt amazed her staid
audience with her erotic swirls and seductive
undulations in the then novel belly dance,
which was later called the Hootchy-Kootchy.
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smiley face represent different digits. Rewrite
the addition sum using the following digits:
Solution to Attemptation No. 015
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JUMBLE No. 1749 SUDOKU No. 1070 HI
13 Words Good
17 Words Very Good
20 Words Excellent
23 Words Genius
SOLUTION TO 1748
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How many words of 4letters ormore can you make from these 9letters?
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1 Indian nobleman
13 Drying cloth
14 Solemn promise
15 Book of maps
16 Foot-operated lever
18 Female horse
20 Sudden attack
21 Clothes cupboard
23 Awkwardly bashful
27 Physically painful
31 Deals with
33 Distinctive air
35 Planet’s path
37 Grape producer
38 Feel sorrow
2 Girl’s name
3 Inaforeign country
4 Dull and unoriginal
5 Respiratory disease
6 Inthe direction of
8 Type of triangle
11 Man’s name
16 Take legal action
17 Plunge into water
21 Homeless child
1 Put the deck together
ready for leaving? (4)
wrongdoing tires out (8)
8 Put down help needed
by learner (4)
9 Huge dart upsets
11 Get one’s view across
to add to one’s score?
13 Arelatively showy
display ofpussy willow?
14 Cuts back on company
making fine plaster (6)
17 Don’t shirk making a
stand as aconductor?
20 Meals supplied to
sailors onthe coast?
21 Think deeply of the
22 Give out writing
instruments in side
23 Venerable historian
somewhere to sleep (4)
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Crossword No. 11917
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L O A T H E R A M R O D
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G R E E N N E E D S
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4 Ittakes me along time
to produce idols (6)
5 Enjoying oneself before
things actually start?
6 Not one famous painter
7 Inwinter areally warm
spell is unusual (4)
10 Be on target and hit
1. Clock face different colour
2. Bears arm missing
3. Bedside table different colour
4. Alarm sound missing
5. Bar missing at end of bed
6. Tree trunk in background different colour
7. Pillow different colour
8. Bell missing off alarm
9. Shape lines missing on blanket
10. Clump of rocks missing
22 Musical instrument
25 Annoy with frequent
26 Die of hunger
28 Cooking instructions
30 Monetary unit of
12 Building material
produced by first
company onisland (8)
15 Cut some material to
make atwo-piece (7)
16 What some drinkers
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18 Collect adonkey in the
19 Employed editor from
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11 Annie; 12 Rancour;
13 Osprey; 15 Pistol;
18 Alabama; 20 Thing;
22 Alibi; 23 Parties;
8Neurologist; 14 Praline;
16 Interim; 17 Carpet;
19 Adieu; 21 Idiot.
H O D A L I
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The Lions couldn’t be tamed after all
In a pulsating finish, they leave us in a knot
The Lions and the All Blacks
could not be separated
after an immense battle for
supremacy at the third and
final test held at Eden Park, Auckland
on July 8, 2017.
The All Blacks can only blame
themselves for not winning the series,
as they spurned four obvious chances
to score. They did however play
beautiful rugby for which they are
famous with tries through the young
Ngani Laumape and Jordie Barrett.
First in 62 years
This has been the first drawn series
since 1955 in South Africa when
four Tests were played. It took the
players some time to take in what
had happened as they stood around in
huddles, uncertain whether to celebrate
They got together for a collective
huddle on the podium. Eden Park
has not been breached since 1994, 38
victorious Tests in succession for the
Frustrations were evident in All
Blacks Captain Kieran Read as he
ripped off his headband and heaved it
to the floor. His team was also denied
a penalty in the dying moments of the
game when the referee, Romain Poite
All Blacks Captain Kieran Read and Lions Counterpart Sam Warburton lift the Trophy together
after the Three-Test Series was drawn 1-1. Picture by Marty Melville/Photosport.NZ (Photo Courtesy: Stuff)
had called a penalty against Lions
hooker, Ken Owens, for handling a
knock-on from a re-start after Liam
Williams had fumbled the take in the
air. On reflection and TMO review,
the referee determined that it was an
accidental offside and so a scrum.
The Lions had great performances
from lock, Maro Itoje and centre,
Jonathan Davies who were superb
on the night. They simply could not
shake off the black mantle that encased
them. All Blacks were on a redemption
mission but they could not trump the
spirit of the Lions.
The Lions hung in there, fighting
against the waves of black shirts headed
their way. Owen Farrell was reliable as
ever with the boot as he converted five
He was also helped by Elliot Daly
with a 55-metre strike.
Farrell levelled the scores with a
thriving 48-metre just two minutes
from the full-time.
There was urgency in All Black’s
play that was absent in Wellington.
The Lions were under immense
pressure for long in the first half but
the All Blacks could not covert as the
Lions hung on in there.
The was a moment of brilliance from
Laumape who off-loaded in the tackle
to feed on to Anton Lienert-Brown
who found Jordie Barrett in full flight
to the line. The conversion was missed
but the All Blacks looked comfortable
with their 12-6 lead at half way mark.
A yellow card shown to Jerome
Kaino for a swinging arm in the tackle
on Alun Wyn Jones was debatable. The
Lions did not capitalise on All Black’s
shortfall up until right at the end of the
10 minutes when Farrell converted a
penalty from 43 metres to level the
scores at 12-12.
The All Blacks took the lead when
Kyle Sinckler was ruled to have
collapsed a scrum and Beauden Barrett
took the three points on offer.
The Lions supporters cheered their
men towards a dramatic finish as
Farrell did the honours when slotting
another goal in the 78th minute.
It all finished at a 15-All, a frustrated
All Blacks team but the Lions and
especially their supporters celebrated
till the early hours of the morning.
All Blacks: 1. Joe Moody 2. Codie
Taylor 3. Owen Franks 4. Brodie
Retallick 5. Sam Whitelock 6. Jerome
Kaino 7. Sam Cane 8. Kieran Read (c)
9. Aaron Smith 10. Beauden Barrett
11. Julian Savea 12. Ngani Laumape
13. Anthon Liernert-Brown 14. Israel
Dagg 15. Jordie Barrett
JULY 15, 2017
Reserves: 16. Nathan Harris 17.
Wyatt Crockett 18. Charlie Faumuina
19. Scott Barrett 20. Ardie Savea
21.TJ Perenara 22. Aaron Cruden 23.
The Lions: 1. Mako Vunipola 2. Jamie
George 3. Tadhg Furlong 4. Maro Itoje
5. Alun Wyn Jones 6. Sam Warburton
(c) 7. Sean O’Brien 8. Taulupe Faletau
9. Conor Murray 10. Johnny Sexton
11. Elliot Daly 12. Owen Farrell 13.
Jonathan Davies 14. Anthony Watson
15. Liam Williams
Reserves: 16. Ken Owens 17. Jack
McGrath 18. Kyle Sinckler 19. Courtney
Lawes 20. CJ Stander 21. Rhys
Webb 22. Ben Te’o 23. Jack Nowell
Match facts and stats
Referee: Romain Poite (FRA)
Sideline officials: Jérôme Garcès
(FRA) and Jaco Peyper (RSA)
Review officials: George Ayoub
Series won: Played 11, All Blacks
10, Lions 1
Head to Head: Played 40, All Black
30, Lions 7, drawn 3
Last time played: Lions 24 def All
Blacks 21, July 1, 2017
Last time at Eden Park: All Blacks
30 def Lions 15, June 24, 2017
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