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Lawyer slams National’s Immigration Policy as misleading
Indian, Chinese and other ethnic
communities are all talking about
Immigration and the election.
There is a lot of talk about reducing
But Immigration is not about numbers,
it is not about a monetary value, it
is about human beings and basic respect
for the rights of other people.
Having worked in Immigration Law
for nine years under a National Government
and nine years under a Labour
government, I feel qualified to comment
on both parties’ immigration policies.
Labour have not said that they want
to reduce migration by 20,000.
What they want is to bring a stop to
the immigration scam which sees tens
of thousands of students each year being
lured into the country with false promises,
delivered sub-standard education
Labour stands strong with New
Zealand communities to create
safe, welcoming and secure
environments for our families and
It is simply unacceptable to me that
our business owners and workers do not
and then thrown into an exploitative
labour market where they work long
hours for low wages while holding
on to the desperate hope of residency.
They estimate that closing this glorified
‘people smuggling scheme,’ will reduce
net migration by 20,000 a year.
And make no mistake about it, net
migration will reduce by similar numbers
anyway under the new immigration
policies introduced by this Government.
Policies that continue to attract
international students into sub-standard
courses and send them into the labour
market to work in low wage, exploitative
industries with absolutely no hope
of ever obtaining residency will result
simply in a system which continues to
con international students to come here
with a promise of work and residency
then after taking their money, send them
back after using their cheap labour for
several years and cutting off all avenues
Let us look at what other developments
have happened with immigration
feel safe when they are trying to earn a
living, or children cannot play in their
neighbourhood park because they feel
It is really important that our communities
feel safe, and know that when they
need help they can get swift action from
The New Zealand Police do a great
job, but have not had the resources or
support that they need to provide the
service that we need in communities.
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under a National Government. We
have seen hard working, good migrants
deprived of the ability to sponsor their
parents to live here; we have seen an
Immigration Department (a) actively
targeting Indian migrants (b) grasping
for ways to decline visa application by
an Indian while providing a generous
and flexible visa system for anyone
from white Western European countries
(c) targeting Indian agent fraud whilst
ignoring Chinese agent fraud (Chinese
students bring a lot more money into the
country than Indian students); and (d) a
massive reduction in the legal rights of
Try being an Indian who is one day
late in submitting their visa application;
who pleads to the Immigration Minister
to be allowed to stay with their spouse
and children; who has their visa declined
because of your ethnicity; who sees
white people being granted visas when
making the same mistakes for which
they were declined. Now tell me this is a
pro migrant government.
Under Labour, migrants were neither
Crime is rising. In the last 12 months
alone, robberies increased by 16%
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Labour will provide an extra 1000
frontline police in our first term of Government
to ensure that our communities
are safer. We will provide extra funding
for more support staff, training, and
resources that they need to do the job
A Labour Government will have a
numbers nor dollar signs but human
beings- with families, children, parents,
partners, hopes and dreams.
We now have an immigration system
characterised by racial and ethnic bias,
absence of legal rights for migrants,
fraudulent and corrupt agents and
schools continue operating and using
migrant numbers as a pool of cheap and
easily exploited labour, because simply,
it is good for business.
This government does not treat
migration as the movement of people
with hopes, dreams and families but as a
source of money. The richer you are, the
whiter you are.
The role of National Party MPs is
to fundraise for the Party within the
community. Do they care about Indians
here? For them, the migrants are at fault.
These MPs are loved and appear in
photos on Facebook pages of Education
Agents, School Owners, small business
employers and Immigration Advisors
because these are the same people
making a profit out of the current
The National Party is anti-migrant
because they want their money, the
business and cheap labour. They do not
want the people or their families.
Labour’s policies suffer only because
they are transparent. Labour will tell
you that the current Student Visa policy
is a scam, is cheating students and is
ripping off vulnerable Indians because,
that is the truth. They will tell you that
the mass of student visas in low income
courses simply enriches schools and
agents and provides a cheap labour
force, because it’s the truth.
I hope for a better future, one in
which this country treats everyone as
an equal, that treats all migrants with a
basic humanity and has respect for those
hard-working people who dream of a
I believe a change in government will
help achieve that goal.
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Auckland-based Immigration Law
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Prevention First approach will reduce crime
strong focus on community policing, and
increase the visibility of police among
We will put our communities at
the heart of our approach to policing.
Properly resourcing community policing
is a critical way of successfully implement
a ‘Prevention First’ strategy and
maintain strong links to the community to
understand local needs.
Getting to roots
The Prevention First approach also
extends outside of just policing.
A Labour Government will tackle the
root causes of crime to reduce offending
and make our communities safer.
Labour’s plans in Health, Education,
Social Development, Housing, Police
and Corrections reflect that commitment.
When crime occurs, the justice system
needs to protect the public and victims,
and ensure that there is long-term focus
on reducing re-offending.
Labour is strong on Law and Order,
and we will make our communities safer.
Let’s do this!
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Party and Leader of the Opposition.
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General Election 2017
Sixth and Final Part
Vote now or on September 23 but vote you must
Voting has started in the 2017
General Election, with
advance voting places now
open around the country.
Anyone who is ready to vote can cast
an advance vote between September
11 and September 22 at one of the 480
advance voting places right around
New Zealand. Voters can also enrol,
check or update their enrolment details
at an advance voting place.
The last day for voting is election
day on Saturday, September 23. This
is traditionally the day most people
vote. Approximately 2400 voting
places will be open on election day in
locations where people work and live,
for example, schools, shopping malls
and community halls.
List of locations
The Electoral Commission’s Chief
Electoral Officer Alicia Wright said that
there is a list of voting place locations
and opening hours at www.elections.
org.nz so that voters can plan where and
when to vote.
“My suggestion is to make going
to vote a family occasion. Make sure
that your friends and family can get to
a voting place, and take your children
with you so they see what voting is
like,” she said.
“We want everyone who is eligible
to vote in this election so they can
have their say on the decisions made in
Parliament,” Ms Wright said.
Easy to enrol
People can enrol to vote right up until
Friday, September 22, but they cannot
enrol on election day itself.
“One of the easiest ways to enrol at
this stage is to do it on the spot at an
advance voting place,” Ms Wright said.
“You can also download an enrolment
form from www.elections.org.nz,
fill it in and upload it to the website, or
pick up a form from a PostShop and get
it back to us as quick as you can.”
To be eligible to enrol and vote, a
person must be 18 years old or older,
a New Zealand citizen or permanent
resident, and have lived in New
Zealand continuously for one year or
more at some time in their life.
Voters already on the electoral roll
should receive an EasyVote pack in
the mail before the election with all the
information they need to vote. It will
include lists of parties and candidates,
locations of voting places, and an
EasyVote card which makes voting
When voters go into a voting place,
they should give their EasyVote card
to the issuing officer to help find their
name on the electoral roll. They will
be asked to confirm their name before
being given a ballot paper.
If people do not have an EasyVote
card, they can still vote, and will just
need to tell the person their full name
and address. No identification is
needed when people go to vote.
Once voters have been given their
ballot paper, they can go behind a
private voting screen and mark their
“There will be a list of political
parties on one side of the ballot
paper, and on the other side, a list of
people standing for election as the local
Member of Parliament.
“Place a tick by the name of the
political party of your choice and a
tick by the name of the candidate you
would most like to represent your
local area. These are your party and
“Afterwards, put your voting paper
in the ballot box – it is that easy,” Ms
The votes will be counted once
voting closes at 7 pm on September
23 and the preliminary election results
will be released. The votes are counted
again over a two-week period before
the official results are declared.
Under the New Zealand voting
system MMP, coalitions are often
needed to form a government, and
negotiations will take place after the
election between the parties that make
it into Parliament.
More information on voting under
MMP can be found at www.elections.
org.nz in many languages.
“Remember, it only takes most
people five minutes to cast their vote.
Your vote is important, so make sure
you take the time to have your say this
election,” Ms Wright said.
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Bill English and National are building on
the successes of the last few years with
a clear plan to keep delivering more
for all New Zealanders and ensure
everyone has the chance to succeed.
We need to maintain our focus on growing the economy so we can continue to create
more jobs and higher incomes and provide support for hard-working families.
We will continue to invest heavily in infrastructure for our growing country and
continue record investments in public services that are delivering 10% more police
staff across New Zealand, a much-needed pay rise for 50,000 care and support
workers, more life-saving drugs and bowel screening, more classrooms
and more special needs support.
Sticking to National’s strong, consistent economic plan
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SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
Andrew’s sacrifice takes Jacinda to the Crown
In 1936, British monarchy
faced a crisis when King-Emperor
Edward VIII had to
abdicate the throne because
he proposed to marry a divorcee,
As a result of that abdication,
today we have Queen Elizabeth II
as Head of Commonwealth when
her father George VI took over
from his brother Edward, and the
Queen inherited the throne through
that historical sacrifice for love.
There have been other cases in
history when such twists and turns
of events carved out with renewed
opportunities and changed
fortunes. The coming generations
in New Zealand will view similar
anecdotal sacrifice and political
history that took place just months
before 2017 election.
After departure of Helen Clark,
the New Zealand Labour Party
never really experienced stability
due to a lack of clear succession
plans, among others.
Leadership was like musical
chairs, with Phil Goff, David
Shearer, David Cunliffe and Andrew
Little temporarily occupying
the shaky chair.
It was always expected that
the leadership change would
spell better political fortunes. But
with infightings, poor internal
management, a wanting media and
communications cell, inability to
communicate clearly and a lack of
charisma from the leaders, good
political fortunes evaded the Party.
Hail Mary Pass
According to polls, Labour was
expected to lose the game, with
election months away.
They appeared to be in a
death-spiral, with National
confidently gearing up for a
historical fourth-term. They
needed a miracle. And miracle did
they get - with a Hail Mary Pass
before the last whistle!
Those familiar with American
Football would know that a Hail
Mary Pass is a very long forward
pass made in desperation, towards
end of the game. The ball is
thrown as far as you can throw,
hoping your player can catch the
ball and win the game.
And the Labour team’s Captain,
Andrew Little admirably made
that long frantic pass. And the
ball is caught by the new Labour
Leader Jacinda Ardern. She is
now in a desperate run for political
touchdown, with Kelvin Davis
in the flanks, with a looming
Andrew Little had big burdens
on his shoulders. With election
just months away, and polls really
hurting Labour, he had to rise to
the occasion. He thought, Labour
would be in better hands with
Jacinda at the helms, as she offered
better alternative government. As a
die-hard Labour man, he had to do
And he made the ultimate
sacrifice - an admirable and
unprecedented call. This came
unexpectedly, very suddenly, but
very decisively. He handed over
the leadership to Jacinda Ardern.
What a wonderful gesture, and an
exemplary action that dashed the
possibility of him ever becoming
a Prime Minister. Very few would
let that chance go by, never mind
how remote the possibility.
The Jacinda effect
But like a true gentleman and a
devoted party Marshall, he made
the Hail Mary Pass.
This gesture gave rise to
Jacindamania (also referred to as
Jacinda - effect). And it created
another history - that this Labour
transition in leadership was
bloodless, without controversy and
without opposition. People who
had seen enough blood in the past
Labour leadership battles would
have passed this leadership move
as a Sunday school picnic.
New Zealand Herald
Political Editor Audrey Young
observed this appropriately on
August 6, 2017:
“Ardern’ s elevation has been
the cleanest transfer of power
by any leader in recent memory,
way surpassing that of Key to
Bill English last year, in which he
faced a couple of faux rivals. Part
of the reason for this transition
is that it had no origins in a coup
Jacinda Ardern with Andrew Little with the Labour Caucus
or scandal or undertones of a
selfish decision, as Key’s had.”
We salute Andrew Little - the
unsung hero who brought good
political fortunes to Labour,
culminating in Jacindamania
which will rival Bob Hawke’s
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Maungakiekie people deserve better service
As we come to the end of the
campaign period, and the
General Election looms closer
many people have asked me
what a day on the campaign trail looks
So, here is a sneak peek.
My day usually starts at about 6 am.
If I do not have a train station to visit, I
spend a few hours responding to emails,
questions via social media or preparing
for a candidate debate. On days I visit
train stations, I stand outside with a volunteer
or two for a couple of hours, hand
out flyers and chat with locals. Discussing
policy detail before my morning coffee is
a skill that I have had to hone!
The day’s course
After a quick breakfast, I head off to
the day’s events – school visits, political
panels, community group visits or
meetings with spokespeople or the Leader
if she is in the electorate. Afternoons are
spent door knocking, talking to voters
outside schools and supermarkets. Evenings
are increasingly spent at candidate
debates, community events or phone
canvassing (calling voters and having a
chat about the issues that matter to them
as we head into an election).
It is all about being accessible, finding
out what is important to people and
sharing Labour’s vision and policies with
them. I believe in doing that by running
a grassroots campaign, and getting out to
where the voters are.
The Maungakiekie Electorate
If you live in Onehunga, One Tree
Hill, Ellerslie, Penrose, Mt Wellington,
Panmure or Tāmaki, you probably live in
the Maungakiekie electorate.
If so, I am your Labour candidate.
Maungakiekie is an extremely diverse
electorate. Almost half the electorate
is either Asian or Pasifika. It’s a young
electorate. Almost half the electorate
is aged between 20 and 49. Just over a
third of all households own their home,
down from about half in 2007. One in 16
households stated in 2013 that they had
no source of heating.
Housing crisis dominates
The housing crisis is the main issue
for my people in this Electorate. It affects
many people across the electorate.
My generation is locked out of home
ownership. Many are struggling to find
warm, dry rentals that they can afford.
Homelessness has increased and recently
a homeless man, Keith Johnson, died on a
park bench in Onehunga.
This electorate also has a large number
of young people who are not employed,
in school or training. Crime is increasing,
but groups that have been working
successfully to reduce youth reoffending
have shut due to lack of funding and local
community police stations are also being
Government ignores advise
Point England, the largest public reserve
on the Eastern side of the electorate,
will be carved up for housing despite
significant local opposition.
There was a viable alternative that
would save the reserve, deliver more
housing and address historical grievances.
Sadly, it was never considered by the
government. On the other side of the
electorate, the East West Link - one of the
most expensive roading projects - is being
pushed through despite local opposition
a and lack of evidence that it will actually
benefit local communities.
Speaking to constituents
There’s a common underlying thread.
Communities being shut out of decisions
that will impact their wellbeing. If elected
as the local MP, I will advocate for the
well-being of our communities who feel
that their voices are consistently ignored.
I also want to make sure that the voices
of 25% of the electorate, who are Asian,
I ask for your support to be the next
MP for Maungakiekie, in a strong Labour-led
government. Labour will make
sure that we build a strong economy – not
as an end in itself but as a means to end -
to make people’s lives better.
An economy that does not deliver for
people is pointless.
The next Labour-led government will
invest in people and in our infrastructure
– our environment, transport, safety,
housing, health and education.
It is time to vote for a government that
works for the many, not the few.
Please Party Vote Labour!
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candidate for Maungakiekie.
Privacy issue can get Winston Peters more votes
It is for the first time ever that
I, a strong critic of Winston
Peters and his party, may be
voting for him.
Why ‘May be?” I will explain
Why this sudden shift in not
only my thinking, but perhaps
also that of many other New
Zealanders, who in general hate
policies of the New Zealand First
It is due to the dirty politics of
the hit job on him, which appears
to have done the opposite of what
was desired by its masterminds.
I have never liked and approved
the political style of Mr Peters, as
mostly, he has been coming up
with issues aimed at polarising
the nation and spreading hatred. I
have seen him as an opportunist,
who will criticise immigrants
for the ills in this country, but it
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will be business as usual once he
becomes a Minister.
Victim of leakage
However, as the victim of the
leak of his private information, he
wins my sympathy.
We see a ray of hope that, for
once, he may shun the policy of
polarization to take up an issue
that is indeed unitedly first on the
minds of New Zealander’s across
Breach of Privacy has been on
the minds of the public for quite
some time now. There have been
many instances of callous breach
by the government agencies and
departments, with continued
repetition of their illegal actions,
without any remorse.
From the Government
Communications & Security
Bureau (GCSB) illegal spying
on its citizens in the name of
national security, leaking of ACC
and medical records of patients,
Police accessing bank accounts
of journalists and others without
obtaining warrants, and now the
Ministry of Social Development
records of a senior lawmaker, the
list keeps on growing with each
Suppression by repression
With no serious consequences
to the perpetrators, the conduct
appears to have become
entrenched in the system.
A majority of people is sick
of this suppression by repression
attitude of the successive
governments. It no longer trusts
that their information is secure in
the hands of government, or that
its agents are not trolling through
their private records and affairs in
the name of national security.
At a time when even the developing
countries are starting to
embrace privacy laws, and taking
these rights of its citizens more
seriously, New Zealand appears to
be going back to the dark ages.
Recently, a nine-judge Supreme
Court bench in India held, that
although the right to privacy is not
specifically mentioned anywhere
in the Constitution, it was a
fundamental right as it is intrinsic
to freedom of life and personal
It is high time that New Zealand
took its Privacy Act, and the
Bill of Rights more seriously
by slapping severe exemplary
punishments on those who breach
these laws so casually.
Now that Winston has himself
been bitten by the breach, if he
takes up the issue of overhauling
of the privacy laws in this country,
the public is likely to rally behind
In fact, this may be a big
opportunity for him to not only
come back with a huge contingent
of MPs to Parliament, but also to
leave a legacy, as it may be his last
term as a lawmaker. If he brings
this issue of privacy to a logical
conclusion, he may leave behind a
legacy for generations to come.
It is highly likely that either
of the two main political parties
would require his support to form
And here in lies the answer to
my ‘May be’ mentioned earlier.
If before the elections, Mr
Peters announces this issue to be a
deal breaker for any government
formation after the elections, then
for the first time in all these years,
he has my vote.
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Unruly behaviour mars
An election forum,
called, ‘Meet the Voter’
organised by the Indian
Association of New
Zealand (IANZ) on September
2 at its Papatoetoe headquarters
was marred by unruly behaviour
of Sunny Kaushal, Leader of the
Crime Prevention Group (CPG).
Appearing on behalf of their
Party were Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
(National), Priyanca Radhakrishnan
(Labour), New Zealand
First (Mahesh Bindra), Green Party
(Raj Singh) and New Zealand
People’s Party (Roshan Nauhria).
Indian Newslink neither
received an invitation nor
information to attend the meeting
but we had the benefit of watching
the proceedings on Facebook.
What we saw was appalling.
The despicable incident
occurred during a discussion on
law and order.
Describing the policies presented
by the Party representatives
as ‘wishy-wishy,’ Mr Kaushal
accused them of not visiting any
victims of robbery and violence
– mostly diaries, superettes, liquor
Mr Bindra was the first to retort
saying that he had visited a few
victims, which was immediately
endorsed by a victim who was
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present at the meeting.
Mr Bakshi also said that he had
made a few visits.
Ms Radhakrishnan said that
she had also visited a few victims,
upon which Mr Kaushal shouted,
“No, you have not… all lies.”
He had to be silenced by Mr
Bindra, Mr Bakshi, Mr Nauhria
and a couple of members of the
“You have not announced that
you belong to the National Party,”
Mr Bindra said, a view endorsed
by Mr Bakshi.
“Such language is not permitted
even in the debating chamber of
Parliament. He spoiled the decorum
of the Forum,” a member of
the audience told us.
IANZ Vice-President Ram
Lingam filed the following report:
Association President Suresh
Ramji made three points.
Indians balance their cultural
capital with their intellectual
capital. The second point was
that IANZ was the only body
which has representatives from all
parts of India and all age groups.
“We don’t consider ourselves as
migrants but as Kiwis of Indian
He pointed out that Indians
make up a little over 4% of the
New Zealand population but
contribute 8% of the country’s
The third point was Indian
voters are not a monolithic
block. This was exemplified
by the robust and often heated
exchanges between the audience
and the politicians and sometimes
between audience members.
At the end of the event, a jury
comprising Prithipal Singh, Vinod
Kumar and Veer Khar, adjudicated
on the proceedings.
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Disillusioned New Zealanders could use the ‘Scratch Vote’
All that political skullduggery is leading towards uncertainty
Some people think that it is better not
to uvote in an election, since they do
now know to whom their precious
vote should go.
“There are other means to make my
views known. I would rather waste my vote
than casting it to choose a person I do not
want. There is no point in electing people
who are no good,” they would say.
No to All and Sundry
Some others would say, “It is my choice.
If I don’t want to vote for anyone, I cannot
be forced. I can just cross out all boxes and
write ‘None of the Above’ or NOTA, which
is also understood as ‘Against All,’ or a
NZPP in government is a sure way forward
In many ways, this is a significant
election for New Zealand.
Interestingly, there are multiple
policies on the battleground of major
parties. While one Party has promised not
to increase taxes, another has offered free
education for the first year and another one
has highlighted the abysmal state of the
Promises made in the election manifestos
excite common people and take their aspirations
a notch higher, but these promises
have not always been implemented.
All election manifestos include assurance
‘Scratch Vote.’ In some countries, voters are
allowed to indicate their disapproval of all
candidates in an election and exercise their
right to ‘scratch vote.’
That is in essence is the mood of the
voters in New Zealand today.
New Zealand People’s Party, being a Party
of the people, has come up with very clear and
strong policies in terms of its collective voice
for representation of its people.
There are policies on crime, immigration
and housing that are in the front running for
coverage and press analysis - it is a different
thing that we are being excluded from the
main stream press.
Yet, we have done a review of the best
choice across the table to make the voters get a
clear picture and an easy comparison in terms
of their decision making in this election.
of fighting crime and improving safety. The
two major parties talk of improving the
condition of workers.
New Zealand People’s Party (NZPP)
does not shy away from indicating how to
meet these expectations and manage the
finances. It should be incumbent upon every
political party to have clarity on its policies.
They must have a feasible approach like
On quality of education - The University
of Auckland fell nearly 30 places (from
165) on the latest Times Higher Education
World University Rankings. It will be out
of the first 200 by next year. The reason
cited is that the government is not providing
enough funds to the sector that has given
the economy the highest boost by attracting
We have been receiving the feedback
from across different platforms - digital,
radio and TV and we present key issues
from the point of the common New
Zealander- the biggest concern being - is our
choice of vote actually going to make any
real change in the existing political scenario
of New Zealand?
Over the past few months, debates and
discussions between different political
parties and their policy throwing has ebbed
and overflowed into our daily lives.
In recent days, party leaders and their
representatives, along with the volunteers
have become more aggressive, driving into
a total overkill situation for every New
Shuffling between the two
Pro-Labour and pro-Jacinda sentiments
Again, the government has gone back
on the promise of making international
students permanent residents.
The health sector is in dire straits. The
number of suicides reached an all-time high
to reach 606 this year.
The Health Ministry axed $800,000
contract for Lifeline to provide suicide-prevention
training to frontline workers - an
organisation that has worked to prevent
suicide. This is because funding was shifted
to a new preferred supplier by the National
As a responsible government of the
people, we must provide universal and
quality access to affordable and effective
healthcare. When will the much-needed
increase in health expenditure happen to
support the right to basic health facilities?
are provoking more heated debates from a
nervous National party. All sides are digging
in, and everyone is seriously clamoring in
for more negotiations.
For a lack of better alternative, New Zealand
has been shuffling between National
and Labour only as their options for the past
many cycles of elections.
As for the current Bill English government-
there is nothing that can be said.
On the other hand, people are expressing
their concerns over Jacinda Ardern.
Labour not ready yet
Is Labour really able to take the reins and
undo all the damages?
For now, the confusion will continue.
With help from New Zealand First, can
Labour withstand the pressure to continue
running the government uninterrupted and
peacefully without any fear?
When will we have the right ratio per
person of doctors, nurses, hospital beds and
specialists? When will the long wait list to
access state services end?
Can we actually pride ourselves as a
progressive economy? How long can we
hide our heads in the sand and assume that
everything is fine?
I often ask myself these questions: How
long can we ensure this National government?
Do we not deserve a change for the
better? How long should people suffer an
indifferent government? Is it not time for
NZPP be a part of a government?
Our Party plans to start with step
one - deal with the confronting the economy
– cutting down wasteful expenditure
and investing in infrastructure. We have
introduced a comprehensive smart plan and
we want to divest funds to enable access
to high-quality health, education, housing,
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This direct political support depends
on one man, namely, Winston Peters. If
this absolutist renounces his support for
them, his resignation might destabilise the
In addition, watch the flow of other
parties attempting to enter into alliances
from the country’s current turbulent front.
But the biggest fear is, will this be a stable
or a ready-to-crumble government once
it forms on such an unsteady foundation?
Who can we trust? Who is right now the
best choice? Which is the one Party that is
dependable? The truth is that there are no
Sadly, the oust of New Zealand First will
not solve New Zealand’s larger problem:
Its National-dominated past exerts a
powerful reality of long failures and Labour
is nowhere near ready to help the country
build a more prosperous future.
Anil Sharma is General Secretary of the
New Zealand People’s Party.
transport, tourism and agriculture.
We will also enhance accountability of
the government and its agencies and State-
We must welcome the new idea for a
change and increase our trust in allowing
The thrust should be more on implementation
of schemes that are already enshrined
in the policies of our party.
Our goal is clear - to be in the next
government with our own separate identity.
We are not here to just win this election.
We are here to create a change.
No matter how long it takes, we will continue
our relentless fight to be represented
and be heard in a way that matters.
NZPP is your own party. And that is why,
it is better together with us.
Roshan Nauhria is Leader of the New
Zealand People’s Party.
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Incentives for employers to train unemployed youth
Getting skills and training policies
right plays a crucial role
in ensuring that young people
leave school and get earning
or learning, improving our workforce,
creating jobs and tackling New Zealand’s
As I move around the community,
people tell me that their number one issue
is housing. They are shocked at our levels
of homelessness. Cold, damp mouldy
housing is causing over 30,000 children
to be hospitalised, the deaths of around
20 children per year, and our young
people to develop long-term chronic
Health and community safety are
high priorities alongside employment –
working people want good jobs and good
incomes, which will allow our families
to thrive and our young people to own a
These are interdependent issues. The
solutions require us to put in place a suite
of policies, including a well-conceived
approach to skills and training, which
gets more young people into the trades,
help existing workers upskill and gets
those much-needed, affordable houses
Labour’s measures to solve the housing
crisis include increasing supply – our
KiwiBuild programme will see 100,000
high quality, affordable homes built over
10 years, half in Auckland. Increased
house-building will require a larger
workforce – KiwiBuild is projected to
create 5000 new jobs at its peak.
Labour will help young people to be
work-ready both before they leave school
and afterwards if they are not ready for
Under Labour, every secondary
student would complete a School
Leavers’ Toolkit, meaning that they will
leave with vital life skills and work-ready.
This includes getting a driver’s licence
and having key workplace competencies,
including financial literacy.
The huge number of 15-to-24-year-old,
who are currently not in employment,
training or education (NEET) and who
are at a loose end in our communities is a
scandal. A small portion of that group is
even putting our communities at risk.
Under National, the number of NEETs
spiralled to more than 90,000, a 50%
increase from when they came into
office. The current government’s funding
cuts, obsession with arbitrary education
achievement targets and punitive
reactions when their policies fail is not
solving the issues for our communities.
We simply cannot afford to have
young people wasting their lives sitting at
home doing nothing. Further, the longer
that our young people are disconnected
from opportunities the harder it will be to
ensure that they can access decent work
and training in the future. Labour has a
comprehensive plan to help them into
education, training or employment and
it’s time to put that plan into action.
Dole for Apprenticeships
For example, Labour’s Dole for
Apprenticeships policy will incentivise
employers to take on about 4000 young
people for on-the-job training in fields
including building and construction.
Our policy of three years free
post-school education will see tens of
thousands more people study in all fields,
including building and construction.
To further support New Zealanders
getting the education and training they
Mr English is always honourable but not always right
believe that Bill English is an
honourable person who has worked
as hard as he can for our country. As
we enter the final week of a dramatic
election campaign, the mood for change
that is building in New Zealand is not
because of any personal hostility to Mr
English, but the feeling that after nine
years, it is time for fresh energy and ideas
to tackle New Zealand’s problems and
unleash our full potential.
The contrast came through strongly in
one of the televised debates between Mr
English and Jacinda Ardern. During the
debate Jacinda spoke passionately about
her vision for New Zealand as a prosperous,
socially-just country with housing
for all and an end to child poverty. Instead
of engaging in a debate about this, Mr
English mocked Jacinda for talking about
vision. His focus seemed to be just on the
nuts and bolts of running the government
accounts. Certainly, this is important, but
it is not enough to lead our country.
What matters to people
Yes, we have solid economic growth,
but what does this mean when we have
homeless people on the streets and
children living in poverty? What does it
mean for young couples who are locked
out of the dream of home ownership?
For 75,000 young people not on work,
education or training? For people who
have been victimised by rising crime?
What does it mean for our rivers which
are so polluted they make people sick?
The current government shrugs these
serious issues off as ‘problems of success’
but Labour doesn’t see it that way. We
believe that the job of government is to
relentlessly serve the interests of the people.
To always be looking for new ways
to solve our problems. To be constantly
building on the strengths of our country
and striving to leave the next generation
Towards better New Zealand
New Zealand is the best country in
the world, and with a forward looking
new Labour government we can be even
better. With new ideas and energy, we
can start to solve the problems we face
and build a country in which all people
can lead good lives and reach their full
And with Jacinda Ardern as Prime
Minister, we will be able to face the future
with confidence, knowing that we have a
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need, we would also reinstate funding
for programmes, like night classes, that
support adult learners to adapt to the
The rise of working families having to
live in garages and even cars illustrates
again how important it is that Kiwis
have access to good jobs and are paid
fairly. Labour will boost the minimum
wage, initially to $16.50. And as a good
employer, Labour in government will
pay all core public sector employees at
least the Living Wage, and this will be
extended to contractors over time.
For more information on the policies
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Jenny Salesa is the elected Member of
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She is Labour Party’s Spokesperson
for Skills & Training and Associate
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leader of vision and integrity.
This election you have the power
to help build a better and fairer New
Zealand. You can vote for a Labour
government that will work for the many,
not the few. You can choose a new
generation of leadership who are ready to
face the challenges of the future. You can
vote for change.
This election, party vote Labour. Let’s
Michael Wood is an elected Member
of Parliament from Mt Roskill and
Labour Party’s Spokesperson for
Transport, Ethnic Communities,
Consumer Affairs and Revenue.
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Since National formed the
government in November 2008,
its sound and robust policies and
programmes have helped the
economy to grow.
Our economy is one of the fastest
growing in the developed world. It has
registered impressive performance over
the past 24 quarters.
National has led a responsible
government and managed finances
well; our businesses and people have
worked hard and this great partnership
has helped in the impressive rates of
The dividends of this growth
have allowed us to formulate wellthought-out
policies to deliver for New
Resources to boost infrastructure
Over the next four years, National
has committed to invest $32.5 billion
on infrastructure, $7 billion to improve
public services and $6.5 billion to lift
the earnings of low and middle-income
families. Our prudent fiscal management
will also help in reducing public debt
as a share of GDP to ensure that we
are well prepared for any unforeseen
developments, natural disasters and
other events over which we have no
Business confidence holds the key to
economic growth and social development.
It is only when such confidence
is high that the mood to invest remains
bullish and investment is made on
expansion and diversification, which
is reflected in increased production,
purchase of new plant and machinery,
development of new markets and
providing more jobs for people.
Increasing business confidence
New Zealand businesses have continuously
demonstrated their increasing
confidence in the economy because of
the clarity of policies and programmes
of the National-led government. They
are confident that we work in their
interests and in the interests of all New
Zealanders. They are aware that it was
the National government that helped
the country to steer out of the Global
Financial Crisis swiftly and without
experiencing its adverse effects, manage
earthquakes and implement efficient
Against such a scenario of positive
developments, the Labour Party has
thrown a blanket of confusion over the
heads of the public.
Regressive Labour Agenda
The following are major issues that
people must consider while evaluating
Labour’s policies announced in recent
weeks. What you do not do is knock
businesses’ confidence with Labour’s
agenda of (a) Vague new taxes on
productive businesses like a capital
gains tax and water taxes (b) Arbitrary
restrictions on access to skilled
workers so they cannot grow (c) Going
backwards on trade deals like the TPP
and (d) Unnecessary central wage
bargaining proposals that send New
Zealand back to the 70s.
Taxes, Taxes, Taxes
Labour has a growing list of
backward policies that will slow down
our economy and hit households. We are
referring to Capital Gains Tax, Land Tax
and Wealth Tax.
Despite the lapse of nine years,
Labour has not released details of their
Now, they want to appoint a working
group to decide as to how these taxes
can be imposed.
There is no clarity on their proposed
We should not allow Labour to throw us into regression
Kelston candidate reiterates the National promise
Bala (Venu) Beeram is anxious
but not nervous; he is excited
and less than ten days to the
general election (September
23), he remains as confident as he was
when it all began.
The National Party candidate in
Kelston is conscious that the electorate
is a strong Labour hold but has done
his best to make an impression among
the voting public.
If loyalty is a measure for reward,
Bala should have made it to a safe
place on the Party’s List announced on
Bala Beeram and his supports at the Rally in Kelston.
July 30, 2017. At 57, his position is precarious,
given the serious advances made
by the Labour Party in recent weeks.
But Bala is not a man to be ruffled by
these changing fortunes.
“Even as my nomination was
approved, I was aware of the serious
challenges that were confronting me both
within the Party and the community. I
have supported the National Party Kelston
Board for the past three years and
mobilised financial support at fundraising
events in 2016. More than 100 persons
including members of the Party and volunteers
joined me during the campaign
period. The close relationship that I have
developed with the communities in my
electorate gives me the confidence and
courage to represent the National Party,”
At most events, Mr Beeram had the
services of up to 100 volunteers. They
helped him organise one human rally,
one car rally and four public meetings in
the past four months.
His wife Pratibha has been a source of
strength and inspiration for Mr Beeram.
She joined him in visiting more
than 20,000 houses at least thrice each,
Regional Fuel Tax in Auckland.
Wellington, Hamilton and Tauranga
will be among the cities that will be hit
And they will axe National’s changes
to two-tax thresholds that will put an
extra $1000 a year into the pockets of
the average wage earner.
New Zealand is a nation of small and
We have come a long way over the
past nine years. New Zealand today has
a progressive economy with businesses
confident of investing in the future of
You vote for National will keeps on
that path of progress.
Otherwise, we stand the risk of becoming
a backward economy, reverting
to the long-gone Millennium.
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi has been
Member of Parliament on National
List since November 2008. He represents
his Party in Manukau East.
meeting people of varied ethnicities and
political leanings, understanding their
concerns and discussing their views of
addressing the issues.
As well as visiting every Church,
Temple, Community Centre and
Shopping Mall, Mr Beeram and his wife
went to diaries, convenience stories,
and schools in the Kelston electorate.
He visited 100 shops and attend three
election forum meetings.
“I am fortunate to have had the visits
of Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister,
five ministers and several MPs to my
electorate for campaigning,” he said.
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Greens will rescue New Zealanders from all robberies
By the time this column goes to
print, the general election will
be just a week away and early
voting will have already started.
I wanted to take this opportunity to
thank the Indian community for the hospitality
that I have been shown all around
the country - whether in visits to temples
or community forums or just engaging one
on one with members of the community –
it has been a privilege to engage and hear
out your thoughts and concerns.
I want to let the Indian community
know what our Green vision in government
means: safer communities, decent
housing and a cleaner environment for
There are too many in New Zealand
that feel unsafe. The attacks on dairies,
homes and international students are
unacceptable. It is a damning indictment
of National’s record that there have been
1287 aggravated robberies - an increase
of nearly 87% from the previous year.
We will put victims first by ensuring that
victims of crime get compensation and the
support they need.
There are no excuses for the attacks and
that is why we will take strong action on
The Green Party will bring true justice
by reforming our justice system so that
we can shift to a model which is proven
to reduce crime by reducing reoffending
through rehabilitation and ensuring that
prisoners are not just released into the
streets with no transition programme.
Poverty needs addressing because it
drives so many New Zealanders to the
point of desperation where they wrongly
feel as if they have no choices but crime.
Our families package will help end the
poverty that many people in New Zealand
Too many families - particularly in
Auckland are having a hard time finding
warm, dry and affordable housing. Whether
you are renting or wanting to buy a
home - we believe that you should be able
to easily find warm, dry and affordable
Cooling the market
That is why we want to cool the housing
market by putting in a capital gains
tax and putting a ban on overseas-based
It is completely unfair that a Hollywood
tycoon is pricing out the cost of housing
for a young couple who worked hard to
get residency and are wanting to make
a future in New Zealand. We will make
life easier for homebuyers through our
rent-to-buy scheme which will enable the
state to provide low-cost financing for
first-homebuyers having a hard time. For
renters, we will help by making tenancies
longer, banning letting fees and improving
your rights. You should be able to make
a home wherever you are - whether or
not you own your own home. We know
that Asian-New Zealanders are twice as
likely to be renting and so, we have made
it a priority to help protect your rights as
Election Day nears bringing improved prospects
After what feels like one of the
longest election campaigns
ever, it is finally coming to an
end. By the time this column
goes to print, early voting will have started
and you will have an opportunity to vote
on election day on September 23, 2017.
It has been a privilege to visit and talk to
many of you on the campaign trail.
Oftentimes, I have felt like an ‘icebreaker’
for the Green Party in helping us
communicate and talk to voters to whom
we have talked. Across Auckland, I have
had an opportunity to connect with you for
which I am grateful.
Green Party Leader James Shaw has
already talked about what the Greens in
Government will do for our communities,
and I would like to build on his points and
mention things he has not had the space to
Insight into community issues
As many of you know - I am a lawyer
and am involved with the community outside
of the campaign. This has given me
some insights into the difficulties that our
people are facing and a thing that comes
up again and again - not just at work but
also the campaign trail is immigration.
There are so many heart-breaking stories
of families having to be separated, of
students spending tens and thousands
of dollars to come here - lured on false
dreams only to be disappointed. Last but
not least, of those being exploited at work
by unscrupulous employers - most disappointing
of all - sometimes perpetrated by
members of our own community.
Fair Immigration Policy
The Green party has consistently stood
for a fair, compassionate immigration
Our plan will crack down on dodgy
international education agents by requiring
that all tertiary institutions in New Zealand
put in a code of practice so that someone
can be held to account. More importantly
- we are not just preaching rhetoric - when
the international students who were
exploited by their education advisors took
shelter - we were proud to stand with them
publicly. Behind the scenes we were active
in lobbying the minister and making the
case to the government for a compassionate
approach where the students would be
allowed to finish their courses.
Our Immigration Policy also supports
reversing the changes that National have
made around family sponsorship. We think
that you should be able to sponsor your
parents and siblings - because part of being
at home in a new country is having family
and it only makes sense that you should
be allowed to sponsor them if you are able
to so. We want to keep families together
and ensure that you are at home in New
Equality at workplace
We want to make sure we have fairness
across workplaces too. Too often many
of us experience discrimination from
employers - this has actually been proven
in a study in New Zealand with those not
having European names receiving half the
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Last but not least, I know that many
people come to New Zealand to experience
the wonders of our beautiful country.
We want to protect New Zealand’s
beautiful environment and create green
jobs through our Green Infrastructure
Fund which will invest in smart, clean and
sustainable jobs for the future and reduce
We will also protect our conservation
estate and parks by doubling the funding
for the department of Conservation and
protecting them from mining.
The Green Party in Government will
keep our communities safe, in warm,
affordable and decent housing and protect
our beautiful environment.
James Shaw is Co-Leader of the Green
Party of New Zealand.
interviews as European New Zealanders.
The Green Party will help address this
by trialing gender and race blind CVs
so that you are being assessed on your
merits - not ones coloured by the veil of
We also want to smoothen and assist
the cross-crediting of qualifications so that
our qualifications that we gain abroad are
I have been proud to be a Green
candidate this election because the Greens
have consistently stood up to defend
migrants from scapegoating and advocated
for policy that would help our community.
Please give your party vote to us so that
we can keep standing up for migrants in
Raj Singh is the Candidate of the Green
Party at Manukau East.
That’swhy we’re committed to
cleaning up our rivers, ending
povertyand taking action on
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Raj isthe founder and Principal of aSouth Auckland based
lawfirm who wants to sharehis professional success by giving
his community avoice and representing them in Parliament
through his work with the Green Party.
He is passionateabout policy, law, effectivecommunication
and leadership,education and immigration.
Rajoften offers legal education seminars to communities.
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Australian history set to repeat in New Zealand
Many with reservations about
Labour Party’s ability to
unseat three-term rule of
National Party may feel this
is a colossal task for Jacinda Ardern.
Among others, this means turning
around a rudderless and crippled ship
in such a short lap and time. Has this
phenomenon ever been achieved before?
No? Either you have a short memory,
or were not even born when it happened.
This happened in Australia some
34 years ago. There, a new Australian
Labour Party’s leader Bob Hawke,
accomplished an electoral victory in just
four weeks as leader.
He defeated siting PM Malcom
Fraser’s ruling Liberal Party government
Experience and Miracle
What caused this miracle for Labour?
One million votes uncast make us irresponsible people
Politics and political decision-making
affect all of us.
Many Indian Newslink readers
who have migrated to New
Zealand come from India, the world’s
They are therefore no strangers to
politics and its ability to influences the
lives of people.
On Saturday, September 23, 2017,
New Zealanders will have a chance
to exercise their voter franchise. It is
therefore appropriate to discuss the voting
process and importance of voting.
Australia was going through some tough
economic times in early 1980s. At the
time of proposed election in 1982, the
economy suffered from high inflation,
industrial disputes and high unemployment,
accompanied by a prolonged
drought. Fraser had been Prime Minister
On the other hand, Labour Party was
led by Bill Hayden, and like our Labour
Party, they were also going through
disputes, disunity and instability. A faction
of the Labour Party wanted to roll Bill
Hayden as Party Leader in favour of Bob
Prime Minister Fraser was well aware
of the disunity in Labour, and took
advantage of this.
He prematurely dissolved parliament
and called for election on March 5,1983,
unaware that Hayden had resigned and
was replaced by Hawke.
Frazer brought forward the election
by seven months to take advantage
on apparent disunity in Labour camp.
New Zealand has a unicameral legislature
and follows the Mixed Member
Proportion (MMP) system of voting. It is
a proportional system, which means that
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
The second vote is to choose the MP
the voter wants to represent the electorate
Under the leadership of Hawke, Labour
Party recollected, gained its lost territory
and support, and surprised all political
pundits. On the election night, Labour
party experienced a massive swing and
wrested back power.
Time Magazine, ran the following
self-explanatory story in its March 14,
Voters bet on a chummy, charismatic
Barely a month ago, Robert James
Lee (Bob) Hawke, 53, was a fledgling
parliamentarian with a mediocre record
as his party’s spokesman for industrial
relations. Last weekend, he was elected
Prime Minister of Australia, leading to
victory a listless, often divided Labour
Party that has held power for just three of
the past 34 years. Claiming about 74 seats
in the 125-seat House of Representatives
(an approximate swing of 22), Hawke and
his Labourites ended the 7½-year reign
of Incumbent Malcolm Fraser and his
Liberal/ National Party coalition.
they live in. This is called the electorate
vote. Candidate who get the most votes
win. They do not have to get more than
half the votes.
Share in Parliament
Under current MMP rules, a political
party that wins at least one electorate seat
or five per cent 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 about 36 MPs
in Parliament (30% of 120 seats). So, if
that party wins 20 electorate seats, it will
have 16 List MPs in addition to its 20
Now, let us compare this (1983
Australia situation) to 2017 election in
Change in Labour Party leadership
took place less than two months before
the election. The party, going through
instability since the departure of Helen
Clark in March 2009, failed to anchor
with any leader. Political good-fortune
eluded them and they were in a free-fall
with National Party gearing up for a
historic fourth term as the government.
And then a miracle happened, where
admirably, Andrew Little gave over
leadership to Jacinda Ardern. (See the
author’s ‘Andrew’s sacrifice takes Jacinda
to the Crown’ in this Section). And as they
say, rest is developing into history.
The polls taken since Ms Ardern took
charge have shown one thing clearly - Labour’s
consistent march forward, breaking
new grounds in polls and preferred
Prime-Minister’s choice. All indications
are that they will be in driver’s seat.
Recent analysis shows that in 2014,
close to one million enrolled voters
did not care to vote. For a nation of 4.8
million people this represents very low
Further, it also affects the formation of
the Government and public policy.
New Zealanders need to participate
in the process of voting and electing our
next and future Governments so that
policy formulation can take place based
on needs of majority of our population.
In case we choose not to vote, we
choose not to participate in the process
of electing people who will make
The meteoric rise for Ardern is
contrasted by a drop in support for
National Party, their campaign errors in
apparent desperation, and absence of any
major blunders by Ms Ardern. As a result,
Jacindamania had taken root in earnest.
All general indications and trends
point to one conclusion – history will be
Media worldwide will run similar news
story as the Time Magazine story above,
after the election on September 23, 2017.
Ms Ardern would execute a Bob Hawke
punch on Bill English.
Sceptics who consider this as a mammoth
task for Labour Party in general
and Ms Ardern in particular, are correct.
However, it is not impossible, considering
the telltale signs, as indicated above.
Thakur Ranjit Singh is a political
observer, media commentator and
journalist. He runs his blog, ‘Fiji
Pundit’ and lives in Auckland.
critical decisions on taxation, transport,
healthcare, climate change and housing
and many other social, economic and
Further, we also lose the right to
complain when we disagree with policy
decision framed by the Government of
Therefore, it is critical that all of us to
exercise our right to vote. We should also
encourage our youth who have reached
the voting age to exercise their rights.
Bawa Arora is a political observer,
resident in Auckland. Related articles
appear in this Section.
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Early voting has begun and
the election campaign has
entered its final phase.
People overseas began exercising
their franchise on September
6 and the rest of New Zealanders will
go to polls on September 23.
General Election 2017 is truly
If history is any indication, it is
time for a change in government. For
most of it the past century and thus
far in this Millennium, it has been
3+3+3 for a single party or a major
party-led to be in office. Thereafter,
the other camp takes charges. The
cycle has continued, every nine years.
The dominance of the National
Party or the National-led government
appeared to be invincible until recently.
The Party maintained an almost
conceited opinion that it would return
to the treasury benches after the
general election on September 23,
2017. Many agreed, since Labour
Party, the main opposition remained
troubled, torn and tormented.
But no one, especially those in
the echelons of National can with
certainty say that they would achieve
the rare feat of being in government
for the fourth consecutive term.
In one decisive move, Andrew
Little and Jacinda Ardern changed
the destiny of the Labour Party
and altered the course of the New
Zealand polity. Faced with a certain
defeat, Andrew had little choice
than to forfeit his post as the Leader
and again, on the face of fear of
extinction, Jacinda took over, as it
What followed was truly dramatic.
With her enchanting smile, modest
disposition, courage of conviction
and genuine concern for people,
Jacinda began to turn the wave of
approval towards her and her party;
and for the first time in ten years,
Labour is ahead of National in
opinion polls and Jacinda is leading
as the preferred Prime Minister.
But these should not send the
wrong signal that the war is over.
Opinion Polls are just that- opinions
and not facts. The real test is
about a week away and how people
will react to all the campaigns and
promises will be as counting begins
after 7 pm on September 23.
Policies, what policies?
Political observers will clearly discern
the path that this year’s general
election has taken since the tightness
of the race became apparent.
Policies has become less important
than numbers. National has suddenly
became reckless with its financescommitting
billions of dollars to
almost every sector of the economy.
Labour is equally magnanimous
although its policies lack clarity in
Policies are not light-hearted
moves or pronouncements at the spur
of the moment to gain public sympathy
and attention. They are drafted
and discussed at various levels within
a Party over time with a fair amount
of public consultation.
From such a standpoint, this general
election suffers the inadequacy
of thought and discussion, of issues
that dominate the everyday life of
ordinary New Zealanders. There is
more sensation than substance.
The Joy of Opposition
In a democracy, politicians who
drench each other in dignity are not
doing their jobs. That of Parliament is
not to govern but to hold the government
to account; and as a rule, it does
this best when it assumes the worst
about the government’s motives and
The job of the opposition is not to
salute the government but to pounce
on its every mistake, prick its every
pretension, belittle its every success,
and, above all, to offer an alternative.
Of course, there are times when it
behoves the opposition to stress that
it is ‘loyal,’ meaning that it is not
traitorous. Beyond that, however, too
much prating about loyalty, even in
war, damages democracy’s health.
Vagaries of electioneering
Both National and Labour have
made promises to put more money
in the people’s accounts, either as
reduced rates of tax, student loans, or
as more money in health, education,
law and order and so on.
Some of the promises are reckless
No doubt it would be better if
elections were not decided on such
Happily, most are not.
But in close election campaigns,
such pledges loom larger. The reason
is simple: wavering voters matter
A majority of voters decide in
advance whom they will support (and
waverers mostly cancel each other
out). Voting decisions are based on
voters’ social origins, political preconceptions,
and rating of the relevant policies and
performance of the contenders for
During campaigns, like it or
not, they sensibly turn off politics
in droves, making most of them
immune to the hocus pocus of the
likes of some politicians.
The fact that voters are sceptical of
politicians and their blandishments is
not a threat to democracy.
That is how democracy, in the real
world, really works.
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National and Labour pay
tribute to Indian businesses
Sponsors Dinner brings together political and commercial leaders
National Party Leader and
Prime Minister Bill English
and Labour Party Leader
Jacinda Ardern paid rich
tributes to the Indian business community,
extoling their role as effective
partners in New Zealand’s economic
progress and social development.
The Indian Newslink Indian Business
Awards, which is now in its tenth year,
have become a source of inspiration
and encouragement to improve their
performance, they said.
Mr English and Ms Ardern were
addressing the Sponsors of the Tenth
Annual Indian Newslink Indian Business
Awards, in whose honour Indian
Newslink hosted a reception and dinner
on Monday, September 4, 2017 at the
newly opened Mocambo Restaurant on
51 Hobson Street in Auckland City.
“These Awards have been growing
and I have had the pleasure of attending
them. Sponsors form the backbone of
these Awards and they have contributed
significantly to the growth of the Indian
Newslink Indian Business Awards. I
thank them for their continued support,”
both Mr English and Ms Ardern said in
two separate pre-recorded video clips.
Each of them said that their respective
Parties – National and Labour – is
keen to engage even more closely with
the Indian community than they have
done in the past.
Their full address (about a minute
each) can be heard on our three web
editions and on Facebook and Twitter.
Paula Bennett and Kelvin Davis
Deputy Prime Minister Paula
Bennett and Labour Party Deputy
Leader Kelvin Davis were the Guests
of Honour at the Sponsors Dinner.
Among the other politicians present
were Members of Parliament Kanwaljit
Singh Bakshi, Jami-Lee Ross (National),
Michael Wood (Labour), Labour
Party Candidate for Maungakiekie
Priyanca Radhakrishnan, National Party
Candidate for Kelston Bala Beeram and
National Party Extended List Candidate
Many other businesses and individuals,
who continue to support our Awards
Programme were also present.
Ms Bennett said that the Indian
Newslink Indian Business Awards have
become a major event in New Zealand,
the credit for which should go to the
“Your incredible support has been
the true reason for the impressive
success of these Awards. National Party
supports small and medium businesses
and we are working hard to make sure
that our Indian businesses have healthy
growth and more money to invest and
improve,” she said.
Mr Davis said that the Awards
Programme provides a good platform
for Indian businesses to grow and to
compete in high quality awards. Labour
Party has a long and enduring friendship
with the Indian community and we
will continue to support them. There
are great opportunities to engage with
New Zealander-Indians in many areas.
We thank the businesses supporting
this initiative. This Awards Night has
become an important event on New
Zealand’s Calendar,” he said.
Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett speaking
at the Sponsors Dinner
Indian Newslink Managing Director
Jacob Mannothra said that the country
must celebrate the success of the
business community, especially small
and medium enterprises which face
“I am happy that Indian Newslink
instituted the Awards Scheme to recognise
and reward business achievers in
the Indian community. Such projects
cannot be successful without the support
of sponsors and support sponsors,”
BNZ is the Title Sponsor of our
Awards for the seventh successive
year. BNZ is also the Sponsor of the
Best Large Business and the Supreme
Business of the Year Awards. Among
the Category Sponsors are 2degrees
Mobile Limited, Singapore Airlines,
AIA New Zealand, Bayleys Real
Estate Limited, Service Foods Limited,
Oporto Franchising New Zealand, The
Fund Master, Aims Global Education
& Immigration Services, Manukau
Institute of Technology, PIC Insurance
Brokers, Kiwi Liquor Group of Companies,
Alexandra Park, Relianz Travel,
Mercury Printz and Radio Tarana.
The New Zealand Human Rights
Commission is the Support Sponsor.
Now in its Seventh year, INLIBA is
SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
Labour Party Deputy Leader Kelvin Davis
speaking at the Sponsors Dinner
Those seated facing the camera (from left) Jami-Lee Ross, Lucy Schwaner, Paula Bennett, Jamie
Rihia, Simon Turcotte and Tony Chaudhary. The other wo persons are Kelvin Davis and Vijay Goel
Peter Mensah, Rachael, Rebecca, Ansuya Naidoo, Lawrence and Erica Pereira
Paula Bennett with (left) Kanwaljit Singh
Bakshi and Jami-Lee Ross
Kelvin Davis, Ravi Singh, Michael Wood and Priyanca Radhakrishnan
The Sirigiri Family- Mansa, Indra and Rahul
recognised and noted for its integrity
and confidentiality, with a panel of
judges receiving and evaluating entries,
completely independent of Indian
Newslink, sponsors and advertisers.
At the Dinner, the Sponsors
were informed of the rigorous and
robust judging process, which follows
internationally accepted parameters
and measures of assessment of entries,
evaluation of each entry by at least
two judges, selection of finalists and
announcement of the winners at the
Awards Night, which will be held on
Monday, November 27, 2017 at Sky
City Convention Centre in Auckland.
The Sponsors, who were apprised
of the mutual benefit that accrues
from their involvement in our Awards
Scheme, said that INLIBA fulfilled
an important responsibility in New
Zealand’s commercial, industrial and
“It is commendable that almost every
segment of the business community is
represented in INLIBA. From manufacturers,
wholesalers, retailers and exporters
to large, medium, small enterprises
to accountants, young entrepreneurs and
businesswomen, everyone in the Indian
business community makes a significant
contribution to the progress of the New
Zealand economy,” they said.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
Great new neighbourhood needs great newneighbours.
Relianz steps into Mortgage market
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The Relianz Group,
Relianz Forex Limited
and Relianz Travel,
has launched into the mortgage
loans market, calling it the
‘Relianz Loan Bazaar.’
The new initiative is a natural
extension of the Group’s experience
and expertise in financial
markets, with a sound knowledge
of the rules and regulations
in force, the guidance of the
Financial Markets Authority and
other regulatory mechanisms.
The ‘Relianz Loans Bazaar’ is
also the logical evolution of the
Company, with Relianz Forex,
a successful record money
exchange, and remittance services
that have earned it respect
for integrity, accountability,
transparency and complete
compliance of Anti-Money
Laundering (AMLC) and
Countering the Financing of
The Giridharan Family (from left Usha, Niveditha, Giridharan
and Namratha) Pictures by Narendra Bedekar
Terrorism (CFT) Act of 2009.
Announcing the move at
the Relianz Group’s Ninth
Anniversary celebrations held at
the Wharf in Auckland’s North
Shore, V Giridharan, Managing
Director of the Relianz Group
said that the operation of foreign
exchange and foreign remittance
business, which has grown to
establish branches in Auckland
(Dominion Road, where the
Head Office is also located), The
Central Business District (Queen
Street), Avondale, Manurewa,
Papatoetoe and Wellington, has
enabled a proper understanding
of the market, its growing needs
and possible areas of interest.
Challenge and Adventure
“Our foray into the mortgage
market with the Relianz Loan
Bazaar is the most challenging
and adventurous undertaken by
us so far. One could be wearied
to think that we might go
wrong but I am confident that
our team’s determination and
self-confidence to succeed will
never let us down,” he said.
Mortgage Brokerage business
has been developed as a
strong sector in New Zealand,
following rigid guidelines
and regulatory framework
established by the Reserve
Bank of New Zealand, the
Financial Markets Authority
and the strictures of the lending
institutions. Those operating
mortgage business are expected
to conform to high professional
and ethical conduct- which have
been in fact the norm at the
The event held at the Wharf
was primarily to mark the Ninth
Anniversary of the Group,
which also commemorated the
first anniversary of Relianz
Travel, launched at last year’s
Eighth Anniversary Celebrations.
Speaking about the Travel
Operations, Mr Giri said that
growth has been consistent. Our
customers have shown great
faith in our product and service
Musical treat by Lester Silver (Sitar) Manjit Singh (Tabla) and
Anand Thakore (Mandolin)
Pictures by Narendra Bedekar (Creative Eye Informatics)
delivery for Air ticketing and
Tours. The sale of air tickets
and custom-made tour packages
have been seeing impressive
growth and we are looking at
another year of hard work and
growth,” he said.
Among the highlights of
the evening was a speech by
Dr Sharad Paul, a specialist in
Skin Cancer Surgery with a
medical practice on either side
of the Tasman and an Adjunct
Professor (Faculty of Health and
Faculty of Creative Technologies)
at the AUT University.
Guests at the Dinner meeting
were also treated to a session of
melody with a sitar recital by the
Hamilton based Lester Silver,
accompanied by Manjit Singh
on the Tabla and Anand Thakore
Many members of the Staff,
working at various branches
of the Group were recognised
for their achievements over
the past year with trophies and
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House hunting should
begin with a good realtor
It is not uncommon that
people are keen on selling
their homes privately, but the
time and effort needed to get
the price would be beyond their
It is therefore in their interest to
choose the right agent.
Professional agents will have
a pool of ready buyers on their
database. They would choose the
best for you.
Care and Caution essential
You must be careful in
choosing the right agent. You
need to interview a few before
you make the final decision. As
a home owner, you should have
time to speak with the agents in
person and be convinced of their
experience, expertise and track
You should find out where they
had worked before joining the
real estate industry and whether
they have marketing, selling and
You should also determine if
the agency that the real estate
agent represents has a large
presence in the market. It is
always good to find an agent from
a reputable and bigger agency
because when you list your
property, it would be forwarded
to all its offices. Thus, perhaps
about 200 agents working in that
agency will come to know of
Know your agent
There are online resources to
check the profiles and credentials
of agents. Some of them have
their own websites, with
information on the number of
properties they have sold, with
When you shortlist agents, ask
questions on their plan to sell,
their marketing campaign and
other strategies. Some of them
could be buyers’ agents, in which
case, they will try to reduce the
price of your property. Please ask
for the prices of properties sold
Many times, home owners
want to give a general listing
to many agents from different
agencies. I prefer exclusive listing
because the agent will do a much
Know your property
Ask the agent whether the
house should be ‘staged.’ What
are the highlights about the
property? What are its positive
and negative factors? What is the
likely market trend?
There are more than 10,000
agents in New Zealand. Not
everyone is the right person to sell
your home. You want someone
with great experience – a person
who is trust- worthy and give lots
of time to sell the property.
A local agent will be far better
than someone who is experienced
but living away from your local
area. Local agents have more
knowledge of the area with more
buyers on their database. As a
home owner, you should be able
to work with an agent who is
friendly and easy.
Visiting Open Homes
Please visit Open Homes in
your area and see how agents are
demonstrating or communicating
with clients. Are they friendly and
know about the property well?
Have they provided comprehensive
information? Are the flyers
informative and attractive?
Real estate agents should
always have a close relationship
with the home owner. Once the
property is listed they should
keep in touch with the vendor
at least three times a week. Top
agents call every day and share
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Star of the Fortnight
Former Aucklander heads to LA for ‘The Golden Try’
is a word that
does not feature in his
and focused approach are
among the best attributes of Jazeel
Mistry, a young man from Howick
in East Auckland (now based in Australia),
who is on a mission to realise
his dreams in Hollywood as an actor,
producer and director.
Jazeel is getting ready for his visit
to Los Angeles in November to meet
the movers and shakers in Hollywood
to seek funds for his latest home
Titled, ‘The Golden Try,’ the film,
in English, is a romantic comedy and
sports adventure rolled into one.
The story of an immigrant- an
orphan (adopted by a New Zealand
journalist) with an endless passion for
Rugby – the film will portray Jazeel
in a new light. His role as a struggler
in life with the lofty ambition of
becoming an international Rugby star
and boost the image of his adopted
country’s national game will hopefully
make the movie a blockbuster and lift
the profile of Jazeel on the international
“’The Golden Try’ is an honest piece
of work and story-telling in its purest
form. My objective of making this film
is not to seek fame, awards or even
money but to create a film that will
remain as a memorable masterpiece. I
wish to share this emotional journey,
Pictures of Jazeel Mistry were supplied.
the story of a young man who has
crossed seven seas to make something
of himself. I hope it works. It is ‘The
Golden Try’,” he said.
The film will be shown at the Annual
American Film Convention in Los
Angeles in November in the presence
of some of the largest financiers and
owners of studios.
His counterparts in Hollywood
believe that if the film matches the
exacting standards of quality of production
and cast, it would create box-office
records and make Jazeel’s dreams come
The Showbusiness Man
Jazeel moved to Sydney about five
years ago but has maintained contacts
with his peers, people in the Parsi community
to which he proudly belongs and
the entertainment scene.
Every major entertainment programme
that features Hindi film stars,
be it Shah Rukh Khan or Salman Khan,
will see his presence in Australia and
Showbusiness has always held his
He began his career on stage as a
Master of Ceremony. His humour,
presence of mind and unique style of
presentation have all endeared him to
organisers of local and international
shows on both sides of the Tasman.
His ability to work with organisers of
corporate events, beauty pageants such
as Miss Universe and Miss World and
Concerts featuring international artistes
has endeared him to people, earning
him popularity as ‘Mistry MC of stage.’
The Movie World
His interest in acting involved him in
three films produced in New Zealand.
His role as Harry Singh in the 2008 film
‘Love has No Language’ was impressive.
The film featured Celina Jaitley (a
popular film actor of that decade), Ben
Mitchell (of Shortland Street fame) and
Colin Mathura-Jeffree, New Zealand’s
well-known icon of fashion, brand
ambassador and actor.
Directed by Ken Khan, it received
rave reviews and was a box-office
He appeared in a cameo role in
‘Curry Munchers,’ now known as
‘Vindaloo Empire.’ This film won
the ‘Best Global Film Award’ at the
‘Festival of Globe Movie 2017’ held in
California last month.
He was also featured in ‘Sione’s
Wedding,’ a 2006 film directed by
Jazeel was trained and mentored by
British actress Sally Spencer Harris
and is ready for bigger things in life
and career. His latest work as producer,
coupled by his acting talent, will
hopefully make the rich and famous in
Hollywood to take notice of him.
Pristine New Zealand
“Although I live and work in
Australia now, my heart is still in New
Zealand. This will always be my home.
‘The Golden Try’ is my humble contribution
to this beautiful country and the
film enables me to express myself,” he
told Indian Newslink.
During his years as a University student, he was a regular visitor to the
offices of Indian Newslink to share his experiences. The following report,
under the title, ‘Auckland readies for debonair show’ appeared in our May 1,
The sophisticated charm of the community youth would be put to test at a
show scheduled to be held in Auckland next month.
‘Mr India New Zealand 2004,’ claimed to be the first of its type on both
sides of the Tasman, will get under way at the Logan Campbell Theatre on
May 22, with about 18 contestants putting on their irrepressible smile and
agility to win the top honour.
And 20-year old Jazeel Mistry is one of them.
The India-born lad, raised with formative education in Dubai, is hoping to
His modelling assignments have thus far remained within the community,
including the ‘Bridal Show’ held as a part of the Diwali festivities in 2002 and
2003 and a few others and the young man is brimming with enthusiasm.
As well as pursuing a degree in Applied Communication at the Manukau
Institute of Technology, Jazeel wears dancing shoes and has appeared in
shows to give vent to his prowess.
“The forthcoming contest will be exciting and will follow the Bollywood
style,” he says.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
South Auckland couple inspire with ‘gift of life’ to St John
As a charity, part-funded by
the government, St John
relies on public support to
continue making a difference
– whether making a difference
through its Emergency Ambulance
Service or offering practical and emotional
support through its Community
A bequest to St John
Some people choose to make a donation,
attend a first aid course or have
a St John Medical Alarm, all of which
contribute to the $54 million annual
shortfall St John must raise. Another
way people can support St John
without affecting their current financial
situation is by leaving a gift to St John
in their will – a bequest – like Peter
and Lois Steele have chosen to do.
Waiuku couple Peter and Lois have
a long relationship with St John, both
individually, and as a couple. Peter
was a cadet with St John Youth back
in the United Kingdom, while Lois’
father gifted a piece of land to St
John for the building of the Waiuku
Like most of us, Peter and Lois do
not like to imagine needing to use St
However, when Peter had a stroke,
both realised that they could always
rely on St John to be there, saying: “St
John was just a phone call away.”
Gift of lifetime: Peter and Lois Steele
To this day, Peter remembers the
calming influence of the St John
ambulance officers when he suffered a
“They were just amazing. They went
about their job treating me calmly and
efficiently and constantly reassuring
me as they took me to Middlemore
Hospital,” he said.
Lois was at work when she received
a call from the ambulance officers and,
despite it being an emergency, their
reassuring tone gave her confidence that
Peter was in good hands.
Both Peter and Lois have confidence
that should anyone need help, including
themselves, St John will be there.
After the stroke, Peter and Lois
knew they needed to make a will, and
it was their confidence in St John that
reinforced their decision to leave a gift
to the organisation in their will. When
asked if they would like to leave money
to any charity whilst drawing up their
will, they both said St John “straight
“We have worked all of our lives and
want to give back to an organisation
that has helped us greatly. St John is
marvellous; it has been there to help me
and others I know, and I wholeheartedly
support St John and encourage people
to leave a gift to them in their will as
we have. We are comfortable with the
knowledge that we will have done
something good,” Peter said.
Being from a close-knit community
where everyone helps each other, Peter
and Lois realise how integral St John is
to communities like theirs across New
They now have peace of mind know-
ing their gift will help their family,
friends and future generations, and they
have confidence that St John will use
their gift in the best possible way.
St John Regional Fundraising and
Marketing Manager Hannah Davies
said that Peter and Lois are ordinary
people who have decided to do
“Peter and Lois have made a decision
that will enable future generations
to enjoy the same care that St John
provided to them. Wanting to do more
but not having the money available
now, they have chosen to leave a gift
in their will as it does not affect their
current situation, and they can choose
how their donation is spent. We are so
incredibly grateful for their generosity.
“We know that people’s wills are
very private and we respect that, but
we have recently received a number
of bequests from generous supporters
and we are saddened we didn’t have
a chance to say, ‘Thank You’ in their
lifetime. By remembering St John
in your will like Peter and Lois –
even in a small way – you can
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Meditation Course for youngsters next fortnight
Vipassana Meditation Centre,
which has become an institution
in offering meditation
courses and programmes for
corporate leaders, executives seeking
retreats and others New Zealanders,
is organising a day-long course for
younger members of the society.
The course will be held on September
30, 2017 at a location in Onehunga
in Central Auckland. The venue will
be announced in due course on the
websites of Indian Newslink
and Vipassana Meditation Centre.
Organiser Falgun Shah said that the
course will be held from 845 am to 345
“This Course on Saturday will be
held for children in the age group of 8
to 17 years. They will learn ‘Anapana,’
a technique of observing natural and
normal respiration as it comes in and as
it goes out of the body,” he said.
Mr Shah said that ‘Anapana’ is a
simple, scientific technique that is
morality-based but non-religious,
uses a natural object to focus and is
non-commercial in content.
“Our Centre aims to let young people
experience the benefits of meditation.
Regular practice of ‘Anapana’ accrues
Youngsters at a Meditation Course organised by Vipassana Meditation Centre (File Photo
many benefits, including (a) Improved
concentration and memory (b) More
self-confidence and greater capacity to
study (c) Ability to deal with agitation,
fears, anxieties and pressures and (d)
Increased goodwill for others. Our
Music, Dance, Drama, Food et al at Waitakere Diwali
The unique and exceptional
Waitakere Diwali will be
held at The Trusts Stadium
(The House of Diwali), located
at Central Park Drive, Henderson
on Sunday October 1, 2017 from
11 am to 1030 pm, culminating in a
spectacular fireworks display.
Entry and parking are free. All are
welcome to attend, where Auckland
Mayor Phil Goff will be the Chief
Across Political Spectrum
Depending on which side the
election dice falls a week earlier
(September 23, 2017), we may have
members of a new Labour government,
or the old National team, or
those from a hung Parliament as they
This is because, Waitakere Diwali
happens to be one of the first big
community events after the election.
So, we do expect fireworks!
Pure Community event
If Auckland Council wishes to use
Scenes from Ram Lila (Pictures supplied)
a community organisation as “owning”
an event, and working in partnership
with it to bring festivities in specific
regions in a cost-effective fashion - then
Waitakere Diwali is what it needs to
With funding from Auckland Council
or its related arms and sponsors,
Waitakere Indian Association (WIA)
has been lighting West Auckland for
over a decade, where Auckland Council
or its predecessor, Waitakere City
Council, did not have to directly get
involved in Diwali of West Auckland.
This is because WIA has been doing
this so efficiently and effectively.
As Diwali is basically a Hindu
festival, they are the ones who actually
run it, away from commercialisation
Urdu-Hindi body elects new officials
and financial interests.
In fact, some Indian community
leaders have stated that festivals and
events which belongs to a particular
community should be empowered
by Auckland Council and funding
agencies to run it.
One concern is that democratic
institutions formed by community
in each city (like respective Indian
Associations) are being pushed aside by
individuals, sometime family-owned,
trusts and corporates.
Since Diwali has become a cash
cow, more and more groups are being
formed every year to milk money from
The community needs to resist these
events being commercialised by those
corporate, tin-pot trusts and business
organisations whose interests are in
promotion, marketing, publicity, public
relations and generating revenue. That
is exactly the difference in Waitakere
Diwali, where the theme is to unite the
community, inculcate an atmosphere
of diversity and raise awareness of the
actual essence of Diwali.
The other uniqueness of Waitakere
Diwali is that The Trusts Stadium is
WIA’s community-based organisation
is fully-run by volunteers, unlike other
corporate or council organised Diwali
As a community organisation, WIA
is appreciative of religious, cultural,
traditional decorum, demeanour and
sensitivity of the event. Hence WIA
ensures that tradition of Diwali theme is
not eroded. It has strict dress codes and
other codes to ensure Diwali retains its
meaning and theme.
Ram Lila on stage
Every year, WIA Diwali has a main
themed-event after the evening prayers.
This year, it would be ‘Ram Lila’ by
Pooja Cultural Centre Trust, initiated
and managed by Pundit Ram Kumar
meditation sessions are combined with
discussion, creative activities, and
games in groups,” Mr Shah said.
The courses are free but the Centre
will be grateful for voluntary donations.
Please visit website www.children.
dhamma.org for more information.
To register for the course, please visit
www.medini.dhamma.org and click
on ‘Courses’ tab on the menu, click
on ‘Apply for a Course,’ scroll down
to ‘Teenagers & Children’s Courses’
section and click on ‘Apply’ button of
the relevant course.
Registration can also be by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting
Falgun Shah on 021-02719979.
Sewak, based at Skipton Hall, Mangere,
Auckland. The scenes from Ram Lila
would depict episodes of Ramayan
including Ram in exile, abduction of
Sita, meeting Hanuman and death of
Ravan, heralding victory of light over
darkness, and good over evil.
Sumptuous Indian Food
Among those with their food stalls
this year would be Saffron Indian
Restaurant, Bangalore Bites, Mithai,
Kulfi, Krishna Feast, Desi Wok and
usual features of Masala Dosa, Hare
Krishna, and Candy Floss for the kids.
You would have a choice to taste these
delights at one location.
In addition to food and craft stalls and
Ram Lila, there would be an assortment
of cultural and Bollywood items to keep
you and your family entertained.
The spectacular fireworks would
occur at 930 pm.
We look forward to your company
with family and friends.
Thakur Ranjit Singh is a journalist
who also writes about community
events. He has been a member of
Waitakere Indian Association for
more than ten years and was on
its Executive Committee. Email:
Roopa Suchdev (third from left) and other members of her Committee
Popular community worker and
Urdu and Hindi language expert
Roopa Suchdev is the new
President of the Urdu Hindi
Cultural Association of New Zealand.
She is the first woman to hold the top
post in the organisation since its inception
Dr M M Baig Taimoori and Dr M
A Haque were elected to the post of
Syed Mujeeb Hyderabadi continues as
Among the other officials elected or
nominated were Tehseen Sultana (Treasurer),
Ghouse Majeed (Events Manager),
Preeta Vyas (Women’s Affairs) and
Suman Kapoor (Media).
The Annual General Meeting, held
on September 10, 2017 at the residence
of Mr Hyderabadi, also elected Nafees
Akhtar, Kanika Desh, Roshni Navjot
Chadha, Akash Ishaq Altaf, Shiv Bhagirath,
Mohammed Sharique and Shaikh
Shamsuddin to the Executive Committee.
The Meeting also confirmed Mohammed
Tauqir Khan, Maqbool Ahmad, Dr
S D Mathur, Rajesh Maharaj, Dr Preeya
Punjabi, V Giridharan and Faiyam Khan
as Members of the Advisory Committee.
National MP Kanwaljit Singh
Bakshi continues to be the Patron of the
Anne Degia-Pala conducted the
Election as the Returning Officer.
Dr Taimoori said that the Urdu
Hindi Cultural Association is the only
organisation of its type in New Zealand
comprising people of Indian, Pakistani,
Bangladeshi and Fijian descent.
“We conduct literary and cultural
programmes to celebrate our traditions
with the members of the New Zealand
communities and to encourage our
younger generations to uphold and foster
these values. Mobilising finances is extremely
hard but we continue to conduct
our activities with the support of our
members and commercial organisations
that believe in preserving and promoting
our culture,” he said.
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Kunti, the ‘Mother of Guilt’ Dhritarashtra,‘The King of Tragedy’ Duryodhan, the ‘Prince of Impatience’ Karna, the ‘Warrior of Remorse’ Draupadi, the ‘Queen of Misfortune’
Chinmaya youngsters prepare to present Mahabharat
Mahabharat or Mahabharatam,
one of the greatest
epics of all times will go
on stage in Auckland later
Produced and presented by Chinmaya
Mission Auckland in association with
Relianz Travel and Kaysons, the drama,
titled, ‘Mahabharat,’ The Rise of Dharma,’
will be staged at Dorothy Winstone
Centre, Auckland Girls Grammar School
(Howe Street, Newton) on September
29 (730 pm), September 30 (2 pm) and
October 1 (4 pm).
Tickets priced at $25 per person and
$100 for five persons are now on sale.
Group tickets must be purchased in
Chinmaya Mission New Zealand Head
Swami Atulananda said that the forthcoming
production follows the success of
‘Ramayan, The Legend Relived,’ (Indian
Newslink, November 1, 2016).
“’Mahabharat, The Rise of Dharma’
is a thrilling production, live on stage for
the first time in New Zealand. It will take
some of us to the memories of the old TV
series that we used to watch and surprise
others with the contemporary style of
dance and drama,” he said.
Atulananda said that the Drama will
be well suited to all age groups and will
inspire children, youth and adults, with
dynamic acting, choreography, lighting
For tickets, please text or call Mrinal
on 021-2363773; Aniruddh on 021-
1359658 or dial
Chinmaya Mission Ashram on (09)
Tickets can be booked online
About Chinmaya Mission
Proceeds of the event will go to the
Chinmaya Mission New Zealand to fund
Atulananda said that Chinmaya Mission
aims to provide individuals from any
background, the wisdom of Vedanta and
the practical means for spiritual growth
and happiness, enabling them to become
positive members of the society.
Watch the trailer of the Play on
YouTube, follow on Facebook and visit
Editor’s Note: Mahabharat has left
many questions unanswered including
the rights of a King to place his
brothers and wife as pawns in a game
of dice, the ‘unholy silence’ of great
warriors and scholars at the King’s
court where a ghastly attempt was
made to disrobe a woman and the
tactics employed at the great Battle of
Kurukshetra. But we have often been
told that the main objective of Mahabharat
and the Battle was to enforce the
triumph of Dharma and the adage that
Truth always triumphs.
Fundraiser to promote Charity work of ‘Hugging Mother’
Charity workers, community
welfare organisations and
especially those in the
service of the world
renowned ‘Hugging Mother’ will
attend a programme on October 6 in
‘Amma New Zealand,’ an organisation
devoted to the cause of Mata
Amritanandmayi Devi is organising
the Programme on October 8, 2017
(from 4 pm) at the Blockhouse Bay
Community Centre located at 524
Blockhouse Bay Road, Auckland.
Simi Sethu, one of the organisers,
said that the proceeds from the
Programme will be used to support
under-privileged children and provide
food to homeless people.
“Both activities are dear to Amma,
who has devoted her life to uplift
the poor and the downtrodden and
give them fresh hopes and lives. This
Programme will be dedicated to her
with a prayer that she should visit
New Zealand soon,” she said.
Ms Sethu said that entry tickets,
priced at $10 per person (free for
children less than five years of age)
are now available. Vegetarian food
would also be on sale at the venue,
Amritanandmayi has never been
to New Zealand but hundreds of her
devotees hope that their prayers will
be answered soon.
“All of us look forward to the
visit of Amma to New Zealand. Her
very presence spreads divinity and
everything that is good and desirable
in Nature,” Ms Sethu said.
Mata Amritanandmayi Devi with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 28, 2015 in Delhi
Purity of Spirit
‘Amma’ (meaning Mother in several
Indian languages) is stated to represent
purity of spirit. Her teachings have
captured the minds and hearts of
countless men, women and children of
every ethnic and cultural vicissitude in
every continent on earth.
Christened Sudhamani at birth (at
Parayakadavu, a fishing village in the
Quilon district of Kerala), she showed
compassion and understanding from
an early age.
She is known for her philanthropic
work as well as her innate knowledge
of almost everything that a human
being could seek.
Centres advocating her teachings
have been established in Asia, Middle
East, Africa, North and South America
Her constant message is, “Everywhere
we look we see pictures of
bloodshed and people shedding tears.
There is no compassion even towards
children. Many innocent people are
perishing in wars and terrorist attacks.
And to her followers in Auckland
grouped under MA (Mata Amritanandmayi)
Trust New Zealand, Amma’s
(not to be confused with the former
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister the late
Jayalalitha Jayaram, who was similarly
addressed) birthday is a day to rejoice,
pray and recall her teachings.
Embracing the World is a global
network of regional humanitarian organisations
inspired by the India-based
humanitarian initiatives of Amma.
It helps alleviate the burden of the
world’s poor, helping them to meet
each of their five basic needs including
food, shelter, healthcare, education and
livelihood, wherever and whenever
“Augmenting these efforts, Amma’s
devotees work in the fields of environmental
conservation and sustainability
to help protect the future of our fragile
planet. And through Amrita University,
our researchers are innovating new
means of delivery of knowledge,
information, energy, and healthcare so
that we can provide support to those
in need,” Amma’s website www.
This is a global network of humanitarian
organisation inspired by Amma.
Amma New Zealand
Amma New Zealand has been
working on multiple projects including
Fundraising for Child Cancer
Foundation, Kidney Kids, St John,
Blood Donation, Tree Plantation, Food
Donation Drive for Auckland City
Mission, Free Food for the Homeless,
and Free Meditation and Yoga lessons.
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Jerry Amaldev Concert in Auckland on Sep 16
Jerry Amaldev and his Orchestra will
perform at Dorothy Winstone Centre,
Auckland Girls Grammar School on
Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 6 pm to
Organised by ‘Sing New Zealand,’ a
voluntary group of music aficionados, the
programme, called, ‘Music Melody Night,’
is being held in aid of St John Ambulance
Known for his creativity, affable manners
and high level of professional conduct, Amal-
dev (born Jerome Thomas Veleeparambil)
has been a conductor of music programmes
and a composer and music director of
Indian films (mainly Malayalam and
Tamil) for more than 40 years.
He is credited with the success of
several Malayalam film songs, including
‘Mizhoyoram’ (with which he debuted in
‘Manzil Virinja Pookkal’ a Malayalam film
released in 1980), ‘Aayiram Kannumai’
(composed for ‘Nokketha Doorathu
Kannum Nattu,’ a 1984 Malayalam film),
‘Aalorungi Arangorungi’ (‘Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku’
released in 1983) and
‘Pookkal Panineer Pookkal’ (‘Action Hero
Biju’ released in 2016).
SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
15 years make Miss Indianz unique and inimitable
As the curtain goes up on
the evening of Saturday,
September 16, 2017 at 630
pm at Auckland’s prestigious
Town Hall (in the Central Business
District), a cavalcade of colours, glitter,
fashion, music and dance will appear,
ringing in the 15th Annual Miss Indianz
Challenge and satisfaction
For a small company such as Rhythm
House Events Limited (aka Reshab D
Productions), it is a significant milestone.
Fifteen years may signify nothing
for a few but for this company and its
founder-director Dharmesh Parikh, they
represent achievement and pride.
Since 2002, year after year, Dharmesh
has faced challenges, solutions,
blossoming friendships, fading relations,
helping hands and betrayals. Yet, he has
stood firm with his steadfast belief in
providing a platform for young talents to
blossom and people to be entertained.
He and his supporters have had
nothing to complain.
The 15th Annual Edition on September
16, 2017 would be no exception.
Town Hall transformation
“Town Hall will be transformed into a
Bollywood Wonderland as 22 gorgeous
Group Photo of participants and performers at Talent Night
Contestant Sonia Singh at Talent Night
Kiwi-Indian contestants go for gold,
hoping to be crowned Miss Indianz
2017. As they battle in a wide variety of
categories, the audience will be treated
to an extravaganza of fashion, music and
Contestant Valentine Fernandes (Talent Night)
dance that blend the very best of Indian
and New Zealand cultures,” Rhythm
House producer and director Dharmesh
He said that for those who love fanfare
Masters of Ceremonies Melanie Ramsden
and Hemant Parikh
and razzle-dazzle, this event should not
be missed. It is the ultimate celebration
of Kiwi-Indian culture, showcasing
a unique and diverse mix of ethnic
backgrounds and passions, he said.
“There is no debate over the popularity
of Miss Indianz. Every year it is a
sell-out show and this year, it promises
the most spectacular yet. A few tickets
may be available for those who make a
“This year, we have upgraded the
glamour factor by bringing back haute
couture and designer ethnic wear from
the House of SVARN. We will also be
using the latest technology to create the
most elaborate visuals yet to be seen
in the 15-year history of Miss Indianz.
September 16, 2017
at 730 pm
Townhall, Auckland CBD
Tickets on sale now
It would be an incredible and magical
night,” Mr Parikh said.
The Talent Night held last weekend
(at Old Fort Eatery in the Chancery at
Auckland CBD), he said, demonstrated
the versatility of some of the Miss
As well as moments of self-assertion
at Q&A session, the participants will
have an opportunity to be crowned not
just Miss Indianz Crown but also win
other titles such as Miss Talent, Miss
Potential Model and Miss Popular.
Masters of Ceremonies include
Hemant Parikh, Jacinta Lal and Melanie
Ramsden. The Judging Panel comprises
Colin Mathura-Jeffree, Eric Ngan, Julia
Parnell, Akshita Patel Nama and Lesley
Pictures of Talent Night of Miss Indianz 2017
participants by Jasmine Sheikh, Freestyle Event
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