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Former Prime Minister Sir John

Key will visit India in October

this year.

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


timely software that runs

as Mobile App that sets off

an instant alarm with GPS

location was launched in

Rotorua on Tuesday, July 11 with a

similar launch planned in Auckland on

Thursday, July 13.

Developed by Paramdip Singh,

Director of Special Projects International

(formerly Waiariki Institute of

Technology), the App, called, ‘Please

Help’ was launched by Trade Minister

Todd McClay.

“This App has multiple use for

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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.

About IDU

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

Langham Achievement

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.

Floating Emergency

“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

Singh said.

Good Migrant

“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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One person of Indian origin is

prominent on the ACT Party

List announced in Auckland

on Sunday, July 9, 2017.

Bhupinder Singh

Real Estate

Agent Bhupinder

Singh will contest

from the Manukau

East constituency

in the General

Election scheduled

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.

David Seymour

ACT Leader

and Member of

Parliament for

Epsom, is the

only millennial

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.

Beth Houlbrooke


for Rodney, Beth

Houlbrooke is the

current Chair of

the Rodney Local

Board (Auckland

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.

Brooke van


Brooke Van

Velden, candidate

for Auckland

Central, is a

public relations

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

the city.

Stephen Berry

Stephen Berry,

ACT’s East Coast

Bays candidate,

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

Forest Hill.

Stuart Pederson


Pedersen, ACT’s

candidate for

Tauranga, is a

private investor

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.

Anneka Carlson


Carlson, ACT’s

candidate for

New Plymouth, a

small health and

fitness business

owner is currently

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

with cancer.

Shan Ng

Shan Ng,

ACT’s candidate

for Mana, is a

commercial lawyer

with a background

in the ICT and


procurement and commercial sector.

She holds a law degree from Cardiff

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.

Sam Purchas

Sam Purchas,

ACT’s candidate

for Dunedin North,

is a student at

Otago University,

studying a

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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Toni Severin

Toni Severin,

ACT’s candidate

for Christchurch

East, is a small

business owner.

She previously

spent fourteen

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).

Labour Stronghold

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

Vote has also been largely in favour of


There is little indication that the ratio

will change but election results are hard

to predict.

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Louise Upston

We are on a mission

to create safer


A key part of

this is employment.

Imagine never having a

regular job.

Never getting up and do a

day’s work.

Never feeling the satisfaction

that comes from a job well done,

and the added security, increased

self-esteem and respect that a

regular income provides.

A regular income that may be

keeping you and your family in a

home, fed and clothed.

Now imagine a whole group

of people for whom this is a


There are thousands of people

who, at the time they go into

prison, were not holding down a

job. Some have never had a job.

Education and employability

For many of the men and

women in prison, their issues

began well before that.

An astonishing 65% of the

people in prison could not read

and write properly when they

came in to the Corrections

system. It becomes much harder

to get a job when you don’t have

a good education behind you.

One thing we do know though,

is that people who find stable

employment when they leave

prison are less likely to go on and

commit more crime.

This is massively positive

for them, their whanau, the

communities they are returning

to. It’s also helping us reduce the

reoffending rate and the prison


You can imagine that we are

starting almost from scratch

with some of the people in

Corrections’ care.

But we can celebrate the fact

that Corrections is working hard

to improve education, skills and

training opportunities for people

in prisons.

Renewed focus

The Government too has a

renewed focus to prevent this

from becoming a self-fulfilling

prophecy. We want to get in

early, target the children who are

at risk of going down this path

and make sure they have a safe

upbringing and a good education.

Corrections employs 10

full-time education tutors who

support 4769 prisoners to

improve their education levels.

Experienced education service

providers and organisations such

as the Howard League for Penal

Reform are contracted to help

prisoners learn to read.

These efforts are bearing

fruit; 42% of prisoners have

demonstrated significant gains

through intensive literacy and

numeracy programmes.

Corrections also provides

support for people to gain higher

level qualifications.

Last year, prisoners achieved

more than 4600 qualifications, a

25% increase on the year before.

Creative engagement

From the moment people

enter prison, they are involved

in industry, treatment and

learning activities that will help

them when they leave.

We know we have a skills

shortage in our industries.

Corrections has people who are

being trained and motivated to

fill those gaps.

New Zealand’s prisons offer

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including horticulture,

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Opportunities have already

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That is an increase of 50% on

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General Election 2017

Democratic ideas entail sanctity of suffrage

First in a series of Six Parts

Venkat Raman

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

country’s destiny.

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

a right.

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.

Electoral Commission

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

were elected.

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

15, 1947.

Parliament Today

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

Electorate MPs.

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

11, to Friday September 22, 2017 at any

advance voting place. You can also enrol,

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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

by Friday September 22, 2017.

Information about where and when

to vote, and who you can vote for, will

be available from Wednesday August

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Industrial training provides career boost



Louise Upston

Across my portfolios of

Corrections, Associate

Education, Associate

Primary Industries

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

New Zealand.

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

Education Commission.

Need-based approach

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.

Louise Upston is Associate

Minister of Tertiary Education,

Skills and Employment.

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When Dr Mani Mowji came to New Zealand with aPhD in Education and

master’s degrees in Hindi and English Literature, her plan was to write books

and translate them from Hindi to English. But heart disease soon “shattered”

those dreams.

To make matters worse, Mani learned she also had severe osteoporosis. It

meant that when it came to having bypass surgery, recovery was complicated

and painful.

“They said any little movement and your wire will break, because your bones

are breaking. Even today, Ican feel the wires poking through. But Ihave to live

with it, there is no other way,” says Mani.

“I sometimes feel very disheartened, that once upon atime Iused to work 12

hours aday, with thousands of students and hundreds of teachers under my

control. Now Ican’t even look after my own self. Everything has changed.”

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JULY 15, 2017

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

Venkat Raman

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

11, 2017.

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

political party.

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.

Sharp Focus

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

our questions.

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

Parliamentary elections.

Thorough Scrutiny

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

and meticulous.

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.

Mandatory Enrolment

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

beyond that.

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

some constituencies.

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

Roshan Nauhria

People’s Party to revisit Immigration regime

Venkat Raman

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.

Family Reunification

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

own success.’

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.

Shared Values

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

Policy said.

International students

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 Visas

Visitor Visa category will also

change if the NPP has an opportunity to

enforce it.

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

Wright said.

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




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

to most.

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

to families.

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

Andrew Little

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

minimising costs.

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

lower incomes.

Not justified

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

the bottom.

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

90 days.

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

restores fairness.

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.

Restoring fairness

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

resolving disputes.

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

Majo Mathers

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

destroyed forever.

‘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.

Slippery slope

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

Winston Peters

Community Development

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

Anne Degia-Pala

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:

Community Service

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.

Foreign trusts

wilt in sunlight

Michael Wood

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,

searchable register.

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


Ineffective charge

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

foreign trusts.

Michael Wood is elected

Member of Parliament from

Mt Roskill and Labour Party’s

Spokesman for Revenue.

Record investment in education

delivers rich rewards

Dr Parmjeet


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.

Great Achievement

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.

Significant investment

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

Roskill, Auckland.

JULY 15, 2017


initiative lends its

EARS to elders


Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi

National List MP based in

Manukau East


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


Growing problem

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


Geographical spread

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

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In addition to longstanding

providers like Age Concern

receiving a funding increase,

18 new organisations will be

involved, including 10 Age

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for the first time.

We have increased funding

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organisations that have been

selected specifically based

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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

met everyone.

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

politics are.

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.

Kelston concerns

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

and unemployment.

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

crime prevention.

Waterview Tunnel

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.

Motivating moves

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

James Shaw

Recently, I was invited by

Multicultural New Zealand

(also known as Multicultural

Council of New Zealand) to

speak about our immigration policy and

migrant communities.

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

racist agenda.

This has led to migrants being blamed

for a host of issues - from expensive

housing and traffic jams to unemployment.

Government’s failure

I was clear in my speech and I will be

clear now:

Migrants are not to be blamed for the

social and economic ills of this country.

Migrants are not to be blamed for the

housing crisis.

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

degraded rivers.

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

A Correspondent

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

Indian events.

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.

Supporting SMEs

Raj will support small and medium

scale businesses.

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.

Party priorities

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

Manukau East.

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

great together.

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


Call Hub

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

general election.

“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

Venkat Raman

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

the sector.

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.

Consistent Winner

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

people’s confidence.

Steady rise

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.

The Team

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.

Janak Darji

A property graduate, Janak’s

academic real estate foundation is

complemented by his personal business

skills and administrative experience.

Janak works

closely with

potential tenants

and buyers ensuring

that they are kept

well-informed of

market variables,

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


Amy Weng

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

continually provide

exceptional service.

Amy is proficient in Mandarin and


Ash Jogia

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

negotiation skills.

Eagar to learn, Ash

is helping Tony with

administrative duties

whilst working

towards his Real

Estate Licence.

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

March 2016.

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


Impressive growth

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

behind bars.

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

rehabilitation centres.

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.

Family Violence

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

threatens democracy

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

Safety Order.

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

deterred crime.

“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.

Declining numbers

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

other countries.

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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JULY 15, 2017

Lengthy sentences do not deter crime

Priyanca Radhakrishnan

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

Kevin Lampen-Smith

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

the outset.

Some risks

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

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

those challenges.

Internationally, projects that tackle

risk factors achieve significant reductions

in crime.

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

existing property.

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.

Financial implications

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


Legal counsel

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

more prisons.

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

signing anything.

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

another company.

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

Edwina Mistry

Manukau Institute

of Technology

(MIT) takes pride

in producing

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

to employment.

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,”

she said.

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

intern, said

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

Auckland Council.

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

we encourage.

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

people into great jobs.’

Last year, 79% of graduates

went into employment or further


For further information, please

email facultyofbusinessandIT@

Edwina Mistry is Industry

and Community Engagement

Manager at Manukau

Institute of Technology based in

Manukau. MIT is the Sponsor

of the ‘Business Excellence

in International Trade with

India Category,’ of the Tenth

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Sooner or later, all of us would need St John

Jennifer Porter

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

Auckland Hospital.

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

cardiac arrest.”

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.

‘Regular Giving’

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

(Photo supplied)

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


Striking death

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

(or AED).”

AEDs shock the heart back into

rhythm and are essential in the ‘chain

of survival’ for somebody suffering

cardiac arrest.

High Priority

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

rapid defibrillation.

“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. 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

cardiac arrest.

JULY 15, 2017



Indian insurer to widen market exposure

Venkat Raman

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.

Exciting developments

“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.

Impressive results

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

G Srinivasan

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


Other Speakers

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

Nilanchal Mishra

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

Indian Newslink.

“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.

Inadequate protection

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

insurance protection.

“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

are still not properly understood

and covered.

These are among the areas of

specialisation of New India Assurance

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BNZ marks Golden Jubilee of banking technology

Adoption of decimal currency adds to the occasion

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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

experienced before.

“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

Lord Ganesha.’

Minister’s tributes

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.

Judith Collins

Powhiri and Karakia by Tangata whenua

Bhikhu Bhana

Judith Collins and Sanjeev Kohli inauguration the Exhibition

Ratana Venkat presenting a classical dance item

Countrywide Tour

“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.

Special Guests

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

community leaders.

Commemorative Exhibition

The Exhibition will be open at Papakura

Museum, 209 Great South Road,

Papakura from August 7 to September

22, 2017.

An Informative Tablet

Book a musical evening with Ustad Aashish Khan

Ratna Venkat

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

Aashish Khan.

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

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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

Venkat Raman


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

11,500 volunteers.

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

during Summer.

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.

Scarce Indians

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

in need.

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.

For more information, please visit

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


is transient

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

achievements, empowered

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

in Hawaii.

“I am a proud Kiwi-Indian

and hope to represent New

Zealand at world events and

competitions,” she said.

-Venkat Raman

Photos of Simran Madan

by Andrew Bignall, David

Watson, Jasmin Sheikh and

Peter Jennings

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Dance training starts at an early age

Wellingtonians await North-South meet in Classical style

Venkat Raman

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

strengths of Shiva and Parvathi, He

Twin treat for Carnatic Music lovers on the Cards

Suplied Content

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

021-613155 (Email: or

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.

The following information was supplied by

Priya Srinivasan:

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

drama ‘Mricchakatika.’

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

The Performers

Nirmala Rajasekar

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

Rajput Kings.

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.

Supporting Musicians

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

formative years.

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

New Zealand.

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

of Ghungroo.

“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.

Email: suparna.basu2010@gmail.


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

Dharmesh Parikh

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

Pooja Chitgopeker

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.

Neha Bhatia

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




Annual event


September 16, 2017

at 730 pm

Aotea Centre, Auckland

Tickets on sale now

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

annual event.

Karishma Ranchhod

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

Pranika Arisht

Miss Indianz Producer-Director

Dharmesh Parikh hates the


“This is not a Beauty Pageant,” he

tells from time to time and Pranika

Arisht agrees.

“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).

Ridhima Janveja

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


Pictures of Ridhima Janveja by

Andrew Bignall

Smriti Dilawry

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Upsurge of talent

Many Miss Indianz

participants- not

necessarily winnershave

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

and prizes.

Tickets are on sale now.

JULY 15, 2017




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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

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17 Words Very Good

20 Words Excellent

23 Words Genius


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foreign words, plurals, hyphens or apostrophes.



1 Indian nobleman

5 Suitable

9 Singer

10 Gemstones

12 Decorate

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

29 Departed

30 Joints

31 Deals with


33 Distinctive air

34 Thespian

35 Planet’s path

36 Commonplace

37 Grape producer

38 Feel sorrow

39 Awry


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4 Dull and unoriginal

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6 Inthe direction of

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11 Man’s name

16 Take legal action


17 Plunge into water

19 Cunning

21 Homeless child



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ready for leaving? (4)

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8 Put down help needed

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offspring (8)

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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

goddess (4)

22 Give out writing

instruments in side

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0 2 3 5 6 7 9




The Lions couldn’t be tamed after all

In a pulsating finish, they leave us in a knot

Sheevas Dayal

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

or curse.

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

All Blacks.

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.

Visitors endure

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

penalty goals.

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.

Finer moments

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.

The Lineups

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.

Malakai Fekitoa

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


Past meetings

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

Sheevas Dayal is our Rugby Correspondent


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6. Best Small Business

7. Best Medium Sized Business

8. Best Large Business

9. Business Excellence in International trade with India*

10. Best Accountant of the Year

11. Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year

12. Best Businesswoman of the Year

13. Best Financial Advisor (Mortgage) of the Year

Supreme Business of the Year Award

(All entries will be entered forthis category)


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

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

Categorywinnersin the past twoyearsshould enter other eligible categories.

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

the past two years cannot enter the same category orcategories but

may attempt other categories.

Download Entry forms from or write to

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


Winners will be presented with their Awards at aGala BlackTie Dinner

on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Sky City Convention Centre,

Auckland City,details of which will be announced later

Conditions of Entry:

Entries and Nominations must be in electronic format sent by email. Those sent by post,

fax or other means will not be accepted. The decision of the judges would be final and

no correspondence will be entertained in this connection. The management and staff of

Indian Newslink and the supporting and sponsoring organisations are not eligible to enter

the Awards.

For more information, please email

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