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Counties Manukau District

Health Board (CMDHB) was

reluctant to ask the previous

government for funding to

fix mouldy, rotting and unstable

buildings because of pressure from

ministers to stay in surplus, its

acting CEO has said.

It will cost $1.6 billion to

remediate the issues in multiple

buildings, and add new buildings

to meet demand, and about the

same to build anew acute hospital

and facilities.

CMDHB Chief Executive Dr

Gloria Johnson told ‘Checkpoint

with John Campbell, “The reality is

that we may need both given the

growth in Auckland.”

Details of the serious building

issues were revealed earlier this

week (Indian Newslink web

edition dated March 22, 2018)

Minister wants answers

Health Minister Dr David Clark

said that he was demanding

answers from the DHB because

he was told that only one building

had serious mould, but the issue

was much larger than that.

There were “serious” cladding

issues in four buildings, and asbestos

and seismic issues and deferred

maintenance in other buildings.

“And some of our buildings have

all those problems together; we

have got lots of problems.”

The DHB has been aware of

some of the issues for about four

to six years but was hesitant to ask

for any funding to fix them.

Jonathan Coleman writes

In aletter titled, ‘Living within

your means’ dated October 27,

2016, former Health Minister Dr

Jonathan Coleman wrote to the

DHB: “I am pleased to see that your

DHB is planning asurplus for 2016-

2017 and the following three years.”

When asked if the DHB was not

doing the work required because

Dr Coleman wanted it to stay in

surplus, Dr Johnson replied “Yes.”

“I think the government, the

whole government, has expected

the health sector to be able to live

within its means, and to be able to

do that we have had to compromise

on our capital investment programme,”

she said.

Following the Christchurch

earthquakes, DHBs “were given to

understand” that there was “very

limited capital available for other

things,” Dr Johnson said.

If it had acted to remediate any

issues, or build any new buildings,

it would have to spend capital,

be charged interest and acquire

depreciation, “that then affects our

operational budgets and runs the

risk that we will run into deficit.”

Reluctant government

“In general terms, we have

a problem with areluctance to

actually identify the scale of the

problem and therefore the cost and

the effort that might be required

to fix the problems. Because of a

belief in the health sector that we

will not be able to get the capital

investment required and that we

will not be able to afford to engage

in the work.”

While the DHB desperately needed

issues on many of its buildings

to be remediated, there was amore

urgent need for additional buildings

to meet demand from agrowing

population, Dr Johnson said.

“We cannot afford to wait until

we have finished all the remediation

work before we start investing in

new capacity because we need new

capacity as well.”

Dr Coleman and Health Minister

Dr David Clark declined to be

interviewed on this subject.

Dr Clark has ameeting with Dr

Johnson later this week.

In astatement, he said: “The

previous government neglected

and underfunded our hospitals.

This government is committed to a

well-funded public health service,

but the reality is that the legacy of

underfunding will take some years

to turn around.”

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APRIL 1, 2018

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Some Early Childcare Centres can be dangerous places

Here are some horror stories

John Gerritsen (RNZ)

Nearly every child now

attends some form of

early education before

they start school.

But cracks are starting to show

in the system and children could

be at risk.

Many Early Childhood Centres

are struggling to make ends meet

and teachers say that some are

deliberately cutting corners that

leave children in the care of too

few adults.

Overall government funding

has increased as enrolments rise,

but the amount paid per child

has been frozen at times and has

not increased in real terms for

nearly 10 years.

Dangerous practices

Now, whistle-blowers warn

that dangerous practices are

putting children’s safety and

emotional well-being at risk.

Teachers have told RNZ News

that some Early Childhood

Centres often operate with fewer

teachers than the legally required

minimum, and some provide

poor supervision of large groups

of children.

Organisations representing

Early Childhood services

acknowledge that poor practice

is happening and say cracks

are appearing in the sector

because of years of government



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child attending an

Early Childhood

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safety; more

important, report

anything amiss.

Over-Crowded Rooms

One teacher who spoke to

RNZ News on condition of

anonymity said that she worked

with children under the age of

two in a large Early Childhood

Centre, which often failed to meet

the minimum requirement of one

teacher for every five children.

“More often than not we would

be running at 35 children in a

room that was licensed for 30,

with five teachers,” she said.

The woman said that the Centre’s

managers would count its

van driver and cook as teaching

staff, even though they were not

in the room looking after the


She said the situation was not


Children are at risk at some Centres Tools and Toys: A deadly combination Susan Bates from the Teachers’ Advocacy Group

Pictures by John Gerritsen (RNZ Insight)

Totally unsafe

“Often you would look over and

the teachers were not watching

the children. There were ropes

going around children’s necks,

there were children breaking

bones, there were children

receiving head injuries and a lot

of the time these things weren’t

being documented by staff. It was

really horrific to watch.”

The teacher said that when she

complained about the situation,

she was forced out of her job.

Unfair practices

Another woman who agreed

to talk to Insight on condition

of anonymity said she too was

forced from her job when she

complained about a teacher who

was abusing children.

“They are grabbing children to

take them to the toilet, they are

not respecting them, they are

holding them down while they

are sleeping, they are humiliating

them,” she said.

The woman said that the children

at the Centre were clearly

upset by the mistreatment.

“There was one child especially

(who) would come to me and ask

where this particular teacher was,

and she would avoid her. You

have children who were just wetting

themselves because they did

not want this particular teacher

to take them to the bathroom or

to take them for a nap,” she said.

Teachers’ Advocacy Group

The organiser of the Teachers’

Advocacy Group, a support network

for early childhood teachers

Susan Bates said that such stories

were not uncommon, but most

teachers were too scared to speak

out or lodge formal complaints.

Poor Management

Education Review Office figures

indicated there had been a slump

in quality in recent years.

Chief Review Officer Nicholas

Pole said that common problems

in badly performing services

included poor leadership and

management, poor teaching, and

poor appraisal and development

of staff.

“ERO’s greatest concerns in

terms of ownership structures are

with single operator services and

those operating a small number

of services, where approximately

one in five have been identified as

being of concern,” Mr Pole said.

Funding Issue

Education Minister Chris

Hipkins said he was still taking

stock of the sector.

A lack of government funding

and rapid increases in enrolments

had put early childhood services

under strain and there was wide

variation in quality.

Mr Hipkins said that the

Education Review Office and the

Education Ministry were good at

identifying problems, but they

needed new ways of intervening

in poor-quality services.

“The ability to intervene at

that top level, at the governance

management level is much more

difficult in early childhood than it

is in school sector,” he said.

John Gerritsen is Education

Correspondent of Radio New

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APRIL 1, 2018

Politics, Social Media and Parenthood

Venkat Raman

The Powhiri

Ngati Whatua Orakei’s

powhiri, or traditional

Maori welcome, began

Prime Minister Jacinda

Ardern said it was a

with the blowing of the

privilege to officially

welcome former US

conch and akaranga.

A warrior then performed

atraditional wero

President Barack Obama to

New Zealand.

and placed ataki or rakau

The pair met for about an

on the ground in front of

hour at Government House in

Mr Obama.

Auckland on Thursday, March Jacinda Ardern with Barack Obama at the The former president

22, 2018, following apowhiri Government House in Auckland on Thursday,

March 22, 2018 (Picture Supplied to was escorted through the

to welcome Mr Obama.


powhiri by Piri Sciascia,

Ms Ardern said that their

Barack Obama being escorted through the powhiri by

“I’m sure his insights would Cultural Advisor to

discussions were wide-ranging,

but mainly focused on the

Piri Sciascia, Cultural Advisor to Governor General of New

be the same as what any parent Governor-General Dame Zealand (RNZ Picture by Dan Cook)

would have.”

Patsy Reddy.

future of progressive politics,

Advice on Leadership

Ms Ardern and her

and how to keep the younger

generations engaged and

Ms Ardern also sought his advice

on leadership, saying she were part of the group

Partner Clarke Gayford


wanted to get asense of his approach

to leadership.

to Government House.

that welcomed Mr Obama

“We talked about pressing

issues like climate change and

The pair did talk about the The Ceremony

a little about our agenda here

state of political leadership internationally,

but she said it was ditional korowai and sat ● First Home

She was wearing atra-

in New Zealand,” she said.

Advice on Parenthood

a general discussion about the on the side of the tangata

whenua during the mi-

The pair also discussed

● Investment Property

future of politics, rather than

parenthood and Mr Obama

● Residential or Commercial

domestic politics.

himihi. After the haka

shared some tips, Ms Ardern

● Building / Extending / Renovating

She and Mr Obama also powhiri, those gathered


talked about the impact of social

media on politics, and the or himene and said that

in the tent sang ahymn ● Re-Finance/ Restructure

“It was aconversation Ifeel

extremely lucky to have had,”

need to maintain face to face a karakia before the mihimihi

started to welcome

Ms Ardern said.


In terms of the parenting

Ms Ardern said that Mr Mr Obama.

advice, Ms Ardern said the

Obama was particularly appreciative

of the taonga he was gift-

Ngati Whatua Orakei be-

Taiaha Hawke from

question she asked him was,

“How do you deal with guilt?”

ed by Ngati Whatua during the gan the speeches.

“Because Ihave no doubt I


Mr Obama was later

am going to experience some

She said that Mr Obama had presented with two whale

of that in the future as ijuggle

the roles that Ihave,” she

felt alot of warmth during his tooth pendants from Ngāti

time in New Zealand.

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one for his wife, Michelle.

He appeared happy and relaxed and

wore his gift over his suit.

Mr Obama also spoke at an invite-only

event organised by the New Zealand

United States Council.

About 800 people attended -including

members of the business and

Māori communities and young leaders.

Earlier in the day, Mr Obama teed

off at the exclusive Tara Iti golf course,

south of Whangarei.

He spent the night in luxury at the

exclusive property, The Landing, in the

Bay of Islands.

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APRIL 1, 2018

04 Homelink

Moderation builds political bridges with dignity

Simon Bridges with Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi at Indian Newslink office on March 22, 2018

Venkat Raman

When Simon Bridges

was elected as Leader

of the National Party

on February 27, 2018,

he told the Nation that he would

hold the government to account by

being firm but fair.

Last fortnight, visiting our offices

s p a c e

for the first time, he began his conversation

saying that the Labourled

Government deserves achance

and that he would support on issues

of national and international

interest and be aresponsible

Leader of the Opposition.

Some Positives

Mr Bridges has anumber of factors

working for him.

Firstly, he inherited astrong,

rather the largest Party in

Parliament, although there have

been rumblings among its ranks.

Secondly, as an elected MP, he

knows the hardships of pleasing

an electorate and remaining ahead

of the race. Thirdly, his youthful

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exuberance –perhaps he is the

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Party has had in decades –and

his humane approach will keep

him in good stead. Lastly, for the

time being at least, the National

Party caucus appears united

and hence its Leader could concentrate

on issues at hand.

Mr Bridges did not seem to

mind that the fight for the post

of the Leader was intense and at

times bitter. He does not seem

to have any misgivings, when he

said, “The race was respectful

and even ‘friendly’ at times.”

Worst Job in the world

Besides becoming the

Leader of the biggest opposition

party, with ashoal of minnows

splashing far behind, Mr

Bridges argued that National

Party, after nine years on the

Treasury benches, left the legacy

of astrong economy with

robust growth against such serious

challenges as the Global

Financial Crisis, Earthquakes

and other odds.

John Key did not like the

idea of being the Leader of

the Opposition (“I would rather

resign,” he had said) and Bill

English tried but his hand was

forced, making him adisappointed


On that scale, Mr Bridges

would score. He has patience

and time.

Does aLabour-led government

spell disaster, as some

National MPs have been saying

in tones of condemnation?

Mr Bridges does not believe

so. “Let them have afair chance

to govern. We will watch, applaud

where we should and

question them where warranted,”

he said.


He is aware that as the oldest

and largest circulated Indian

newspaper in New Zealand,

Indian Newslink has been playing

its part in the country’s polity,

economy and society.

“I respect your newspaper,”

he said in his Opening

Statement as we sat down for

a chat at our offices (on March

22, 2018). Your Business Awards

are amazing. Indian businesses

have so done well and have

much more to offer. We must

harness their potential,” he said.

Like leaders on either side of

the House, Mr Bridges is aware

of the need to keep pace with

businesses and understand their

aspirations and assess their


Mr Key began his term in

2008 with fanfare, meeting businesses

but soon that enthusiasm

faded; Mr English had little

time for interaction during his

brief stint as the Leader; but Mr

Bridges would have abundant


Business Visits

As he declared, “Business

visits have been high on my

agenda. It is great to have the

opportunity to get their feedback

on what’s working and

what is not. As predicted, changes

to Labour Law are causing a

lot of nervousness. Ithank businesses

that have opened their

doors to me and for their honest

feedback. We are highly energised

and are getting out and

about, talking and of course listening,

to New Zealanders.”

Intimidating strength

The sheer strength of National

Party in Parliament (56 members)

makes the role of the

Leader of the Opposition so

necessary, and potentially for

Labour, so dangerous. Two parties

are in coalition with Labour,

leading National with amonopoly

on mainstream opposition.

The coalition is embarking on

several programmes that will

entail public-spending.

There will also be plentiful

opportunities for demagogic

exploitation of measures

that, while painful, are needed,

and as National says, not

least because of Labour’s own

profligacy in office, but because

the government must be


Some of his caucus colleagues

seem too inclined towards the

damaging form of opposition.

Simon Bridges has won the

battle for national and international

recognition. He should

not lose the peace that follows it.

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APRIL 1, 2018

Education agents score low with INZ

John Gerritsen

Immigration New

Zealand (INZ) refused

most of the study visa

applications from some

education agents in India,

Vietnam and the Philippines

last year.

Latest figures showed

the approval rates for

applications decided by

Immigration’s Indian office

in 2017 ranged from 9% to

98% for agents who made at

least 10 applications.

Immigration made decisions

on 9117 applications

from that group of agents

last year and approved 70%,

up from around 50% in

previous years.

Low approval rate

The figures showed 34

agents had approval rates

below 50%.

For the first time, INZ

also published figures for

applications by agents to Immigration

offices in Vietnam

and the Philippines.

It approved 77% of the

1494 study visas decided on

last year in the Philippines,

and 78% of the 1232 applications

it decided in Vietnam.

In both countries, some

agents had approval rates as

low as 40%

The company Immigration

Matters had a 30% success

rate for its ten to 20 study

visa applications decided

by Immigration’s Mumbai

office last year.

Its Director, Jagjeet Sidhu,

said Immigration’s Mumbai

staff were failing people

over small details during

visa interviews.

Difficult officials

“It is really, really hard to

deal with Mumbai staff and

sometimes they do decline

student visas on very minor

mistakes,” he said.

For example, Immigration

staff might refuse a visa applicant

for a cookery course

if they could not describe

how to make a hamburger,

Mr Sidhu said.

“They just trying to put

them down on any little


Mr Sidhu said his company

had a very high approval

rate for visa applications

lodged in New Zealand, but

that was not published.

He said publishing the

offshore figures was having

a negative impact on his

business and so too was

Immigration’s tougher line

on study visa applications

from Indians.

“In the first year when

I start my business, 2014,

probably we have done

about 50 applications and

that actually has slowed

down over the years. So, last

year I would say, we have

done five or six applications

from India, and this year

now we have done nothing,”

he said.

Publication helpful

IDP, another company, had

high approval rates in India,

Vietnam and the Philippines

last year and had more than

200 study visa applications

decided in India.

Its Senior Education Consultant

in Auckland, Ridhi

Julka, said that publishing

the rates helped students.

“It just helps students

to identify who is a good

agent and who is not. It is

very easy for the offshore

agents to give information

to students which is not

correct and when we have

something that students

can look up to in terms of

the numbers in terms of

approvals I think this data

definitely helps students to

identify which agent would

be better for them,” she said.

INZ said that publishing

figures provided an incentive

for agents to improve

and it had included the

Philippines and Vietnam

at the request of education


It said that a common reason

for study visa refusals in

all three markets was doubt

about students’ finances.

John Gerritsen is Education

Correspondent at

Radio New Zealand. Indian

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Picture under a Special

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APRIL 1, 2018

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e2e) of the Tertiary Education

Commission (TEC) is currently

working with WelTec, Otago Polytechnic

and the Institute of Public Works

Engineers Australasia to implement a

Level 7Engineering Degree Apprenticeship


The qualification will be called,


Based on the Degree Standard

developed by New Zealand employers,

the proposed qualification will

be awork-based degree integrating

academic learning with on-the-job

practical training.

A TEC notification said that the

model is operating successfully in the

UK with Manchester Metropolitan

University (MMU), the largest provider

of apprenticeship degrees in


“They have partnered with over

130 employers to deliver digital

technology, management, leadership

and law degree apprenticeships,

including Masters Programmes.”

Massey University Professor Jane

Goodyer supported the proposed

viability of the apprenticeship model in

New Zealand in 2015.

Tripartite Relationship

She proposed that the curriculum

development process should be a

three-way relationship between

employers, policymakers and tertiary


Following an investigation of the

effectiveness of Degree Apprenticeship

models offered in the UK, she

commenced work in New Zealand on

a pilot basis.

The UK model has been adapted

for use in New Zealand, taking into

account the lessons learnt in that


During the first phase of the New

Zealand pilot, Professor Goodyer

worked with the New Zealand Division

of the Institution of Public Works

Engineering Australasia.

Guiding employers

The Institute represents people

employed in engineering in councils

around New Zealand.

Professor Goodyer guided this

group of employers as they developed

a standard for adegree apprenticeship

focused on asset management.

The programme of full-time work

and part-time study (learn and

earn) would be open to new applicants

or existing employees. It is

likely to be offered as day or block

courses with business focused

projects and assessments.

The Second Phase

WelTec and Otago Polytechnic

submitted aproposal to Engineering

E2E (the TEC) for the pilot’s

second phase –implementation of

the degree.

The proposal was reviewed

favourably by MMU, which noted

that it aligned with the UK experience,

demonstrated the need

for employer-led programmes to

ensure success.

During discussions, Professor

Julia Clarke from MMU offered

to visit New Zealand and present

MMU’s approach to Degree

Apprenticeships and the costs

and benefits to the institution,

employers and learners.

She outlined anumber of benefits

to consider for inclusion in a

New Zealand engineering degree

apprenticeship for learners,

employers and ITPs.

The TEC is currently negotiating

a contract with WelTec and Otago

Polytechnic for Phase 2ofthe

implementation of the Degree


This phase will involve the

expansion of the apprenticeship

standard developed in Phase 1

into a‘ready to implement’ curriculum,

complete with programme

design and end point assessments.

APRIL 1, 2018

The Government has made

its first move in fulfilling

its election promise of

building houses to combat

the housing crisis by acquiring

29 hectares of land at the Mt

Albert Campus of Unitec Institute

of Technology.

The Unitec property accounts

for 55 hectares, more of than

half of which is available for development

and the land deal will

also allow the Institute to proceed

with its own development

and expansion plans.

However, the development

would require the consent of the

Iwi of the Nga Mana Whenua o

Tamaki Makaurau collective, in

terms of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Historic Land

Announcing the move this on

Sunday, March 25, 2018, Housing

and Urban Development

Minister Phil Twyford said that

the government would construct

between 3000 to 4000 homes as a

part of its KiwiBuild Programme.

The purchased land will be

transferred to the Crown.

Mr Twyford said that acute

shortage of houses in Auckland

has forced many families with

children to live in cramped and

overcrowded homes and cars.

He described the Unitec property

as a ‘beautiful and historic

piece of land with natural features

such as the Oakley Stream

running through it.’

“The property is close to education,

employment and public

transport. This will be a new

community. This new community

will have open spaces, new

parks and shops,” he said.

Mr Twyford said that the government

was keen to create a

place for people to work, live,

learn and enjoy for several


“We want to create a place for

people to put down roots and to

live, work, learn and play, for

generations to come. There will

be a mix of affordable KiwiBuild

homes for first homebuyers,

public housing and open market

houses,” he said.

Mr Twyford was also confident

of working with the Iwi


Unitec development

Unitec Chairman Dr Lee

Mathias said that construction

of new homes would create a vibrant

space around the Mt Albert

Campus and that Unitec would

be able to fund its development.

“We have enjoyed this stunning

campus for 30 years and

it will be fantastic to open the

space up to others who will

make it their home, grow businesses,

and create a community.

All proceeds of this sale will support

the delivery of our teaching

and learning programmes,”

he said.

Some Unitec Facts

29.3 hectares of land in Mt

Albert, Auckland, within nine

kilometres of the Auckland CBD.

It is a mix of developed and

undeveloped land, suitable for

a master-planned, significant


The site is zoned as residential

(Mixed Housing Urban

and Terraced Housing and

Apartment Building), business

(Mixed Use) and Special Purpose

– Tertiary Education.

The Crown has purchased

the land from Unitec at market


The site is subject to a right of

first refusal and development

protocol under the Nga Mana

Whenua o Tamaki Makaurau

Redress Act 2014.

Unitec has already conducted

comprehensive due diligence

on the site’s housing potential,

which suggests it is suitable for

a large scale residential development

approaching 3000 houses.

The transfer of the land from

Unitec to the Crown represents

an opportunity to help address

the Auckland housing crisis,

through delivering a significant

number of high quality, affordable

houses for first home

buyers under the Government’s

KiwiBuild programme.

Some KiwiBuild Facts

Construction of KiwiBuild

homes will be financed by an initial

$2 billion capital injection,


Government to build 4000 homes on Unitec property

Purchase of 29 hectares of land the first step

Venkat Raman

Unitec Topography Survey (Supplied)


which will be recycled as the

houses are sold.

KiwiBuild will deliver 100,000

quality, affordable homes using

four primary tools undertaking

major urban redevelopment

projects in partnership with iwi,

councils and the private sector

(this will deliver the bulk of

KiwiBuild homes)

Converting existing Crown

land and purchasing additional

land from the private market,

which will be on-sold to development

partners who commit to

delivering KiwiBuild homes

Purchasing or underwriting

new affordable homes off the

plans, to de-risk suitable developments

led by the private sector

and others, in exchange for

accelerating a greater number of

homes at KiwiBuild price points

Identifying and leveraging opportunities

to procure KiwiBuild

homes through existing

Government-led housing initiatives,

such as those being undertaken

by Housing New Zealand.

Editor’s Note: Prime Minister

Jacinda Arden (who is the elected

MP from Mt Albert), Mr

Twyford and others attended

a ceremony at the Te Noho

Kotahitanga Marae in Unitec on

Sunday, March 25, 2018 to mark

the announcement.

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08 Fijilink

Auckland Cardiologist gets to the hearts of Fijians

Venkat Raman

Pilots and cabin crew on

airlines flying to and Fiji

are no longer surprised

to see Auckland-based

Interventional Cardiologist Dr

Seif El-Jack and his team on board

every Friday and again on every

Sunday on flights returning home.

They must now be aware

that the expert Interventional

Cardiologist has been undertaking

this weekly mission to the South

Pacific country since October 2017

to examine scores of patients, determine

their heart condition and

perform angiograms and angioplasty

when necessary at Heart

International clinic located at 12

Commercial Street in Nadi.

What they may not be aware

is that his team’s presence in Fiji

has helped hundreds of Fijians to

get timely attention at affordable


Increasing victims

An increasing number of people,

including those as young as 30 suffer

from cardiovascular diseases

in Fiji and are at the risk of losing

their lives since the country does

not have resident heart surgeons

and Interventional Cardiologists to

perform prescribed procedures.

Statistics on mortality rates

due to heart attacks and related

problems are sparse and vary.

According to ‘Health Grove,’ a



Clinics a boon

Dr Seif El-Jack (Picture Supplied)

health website, even youngsters

are susceptible to cardiovascular


“The peak mortality rate due

to heart-related diseases is

7131.9 deaths among women

and 6952.5 deaths among men

per 100,000 population,” it said.

Expensive alternatives

Rich Fijians, able to afford

surgery and angioplasty and

stenting procedures travel to

Australia and New Zealand for


India offers a cheaper alternative

but lengthy travel and

accommodation for patients

and their accompanying families

could be offsetting factors.

Unfortunately, therefore, the

poor in Fiji suffer and succumb

to diseases of the heart.

The Best Option

The best option therefore is

to train doctors and nurses in

Fiji to treat patients without


Teams of doctors from New

Zealand and Australia visit

four or five times a year and

stay up to a week to treat patients,

often free of cost.

This however, does not answer

the long-term issue of self-sufficiency

in treatment.

Dr El-Jack and a few others are

keen to promote local expertise.

As well as examining and

treating many patients every

weekend, he is training locals to

examine patients, determine the

need for angiogram and perform


While an angioplasty procedure

in Auckland could

cost up to NZ$ 30,000 Heart

International is able to offer the

same procedures at a fraction of

the cost in Fiji.

“A normal angioplasty requiring

one stent would cost F$

12,000 (about N$ 8100). We have

capped the cost of multiple stents

to a total of F$ 15,000 (about NZ$

10,100),” he said.

About Dr Seif El-Jack

Commencing his career

in the UK, Dr Seif El-Jack (of

Sudanese origin), completed his

General Cardiology training at

the Greenlane and Auckland

City Hospitals. Thereafter, he

undertook an Interventional

Cardiovascular Fellowship at

the William Beaumont Hospital,

Michigan, USA.

He is currently a General and

Interventional Cardiologist at

the North Shore Hospital and

Director, Cardiovascular Unit at

the Waitemata District Health


Dr El-Jack is a Fellow of

the College of Physicians

of Edinburgh, the Royal

Australasian College of

Physicians, the Cardiac Society

of Australia and New Zealand,

The American College of

Cardiology and the Society for

Cardiovascular Angiography and

Interventions (USA).

He evinces keen interest in

Academic Cardiology and leads

a busy Interventional Cardiology

Research Programme at North

Shore Hospital, which actively

participates in international and

local research with several relevant

publications in the field.

Dr El-Jack’s first contact with

Fiji occurred in 2011 when he

visited Suva to perform stenting

procedures at the Colonial

War Memorial Hospital. Since

then he has been undertaking

annual visits with the support

of the ‘Friends of Fiji Heart

Foundation,’ until October 2017,

when he commenced his weekly

clinics in Nadi.

About Heart International

The Nadi Clinic operates with

the support of an Aucklandbased

team with Cardiologists

visiting weekly. It is a dedicated

clinic performing heart screening

to assess the risk of heart

problems, it undertakes several

procedures including Blood

tests, Heart Rhythm Tracing

(ECG), Exercise or Stress tests to

assess for blood vessel blockages

in the heart, Ultrasound scans

to check heart function (echo

test), Angiography, a gold standard

procedure to accurately diagnose

blockages in blood vessels

and Angioplasty (stenting) procedures

to treat and open up

blocked vessels.

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10 Fijiink

Ron’s visit marks a milestone in Fiji relations

Rosi Doviverata

New Zealand’s Minister

of Defence Ron Mark

is the first Minister in

the Jacinda Arden-led

Labour Government to visit Fiji.

The former New Zealand

army officer arrived at Nausori

International Airport on March

22, 2018, saying that he was privileged

to be in Fiji.

The following day, he joined

Prime Minister Josiah Voreqe

Bainimarama in unveiling a

monument marking the Royal

New Zealand Air Force service

in Fiji, when it had a flying boat

base at Laucala Bay in Suva.

They also attended a presentation

by New Zealand author Bee

Dawson of her book, ‘Laucala

Bay – the story of the Royal New

Zealand Air Force in Fiji 1940 to

1967’, at University of the South

Pacific, Laucala Bay.

Mr Mark and his delegation

flew to Nadi on a Royal New

Zealand Airforce Boeing 757


The Kiwis brought a P3K2

Orion for a demonstration flight

over Fiji.

Back in time

Mr Mark’s first visited Fiji in

1978 to trek the steep and tough

Wainadoi terrain while undergoing

his jungle warfare training as

an officer cadet.

As a young Non-Commissioned

Officer and later as an officer, Mr

Mark worked with many Fijians.

Ron Mark with Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short and New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan

Curr in Fiji on March 22, 2018. (Picture by Rosi Doviverata for Fiji Sun)

Before Fijian soldiers were

sent to Sinai to serve under the

umbrella of the Multinational

Force and Observers (MFO), Mr

Mark was part of the advance element

of New Zealand army officers

to assist in setting up the

operation in 1982.

Mr Mark was there in his capacity

as a mechanical engineer.

He also served in Sinai for 13

months and later in Oman with

the Sultan of Oman’s military as

a major.

Military background useful

He believes that his military

background has nurtured values

and skills valuable to his role as

Minister of Defence.

“We tend to be quite firm,

quite rigid, we like things done

and it does not matter whether

it’s a man or military woman,

army, navy or air force, we are

actually shaped into a mould.

During the time of war, in times

of disaster, in times of emergency,

when all about them are

losing their head – you can guarantee

that the military won’t and

that is the strength that the military

brings to society,” he said.

Unchanged values

But the 64-year-old understands

that society determines

the direction it wants to go.

“When I became a member

of Parliament, I stepped out of

the uniform and I became a private

citizen and my duties and

responsibilities shifted – but my

values have not changed. That is

the strength that former service

personnel who end up in positions

such as mine bring.”

With a shift in policy for

the region spearheaded by

New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs

Minister Winston Peters, Mr

Mark reiterated similar sentiments


“We are on a good footing now,

but that is only going to deepen,

I am looking forward to New

Zealand and Fiji getting back to

where we always were as friends

and family. We have stood by

each other, for each other since

World War II and its fitting and

appropriate that we are here at

this time to remember and commemorate

the operations of the

Number 5 Squadron who operated

out of here from 1940 all the

way through to 1967,” Mr Mark


He said that it was about recognising

that we have shared interests,

shared security interests

and shared security concerns.

“It is not about us telling Fiji

how to do their job, it is about

us assisting where it is appropriate

where Fiji wants us to assist.

From there, it is really about

how we can enhance the security

of Fiji and of ourselves and

the Pacific as a whole and how

we can work together to protect

all of our people, Fijians and

New Zealanders,” he said.

Mr Mark also commended the

efforts of Fiji service men and

women in their peacekeeping efforts

around the globe.

He met his Fijian counterpart

Inoke Kubuabola while the

Vice Chief-of-Defence Air Vice

Marshal Kevin Short met with

the RFMF Commander Rear

Admiral Viliame Naupoto.

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New Zealand CEOs take a dim view of global economy

Venkat Raman

New Zealand may be

one of the best countries

in the world to

establish and run businesses,

but its Chief Executive

Officers (CEOs) are among the

most pessimistic people in the

world, according to the latest

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)


The Survey, released on March

15, 2018, said that only 32% of

New Zealand CEOs expect the

global economy to improve this

year. This contrasts with 59% of

CEOS in other countries expressing

optimism. China recorded

the highest, with 70% of its corporate

bosses optimistic of the

world economic growth.

Local confidence high

However, New Zealand CEOs

were more confident about the

growth of their own companies,

with 89% of the local respondents

saying that they were making

plans accordingly.

PwC New Zealand Chief

Executive and Senior Partner

Mark Averill said that local CEOs

were also looking at what they

can control, through cost-cutting

and building resilience into their

supply chain.

“The findings come at atime

when businesses are coming to

grips with achange in government,

aheightened focus on reg-

Mark Averill

ulation and the broader social

and environmental challenges

that could affect their growth,”

he said.

Uncertain start

According to Mr Averill, New

Zealand CEOs faced an uncertain

start to 2018, following the general

election on September 23,

2017, which coincided with the

PwC Survey and avolatile equity

markets this year.

“It is no surprise that CEOs

here are feeling more cautious.

While it might seem like CEOs

are pessimistic, our local respondents

are bullish about their

own growth prospects. They are

looking at what they can control;

their supply chains and expenses,

to get fit for the future,”

he said.

The risk factors

Terrorism and cyber-attacks

were among the top ten risks

that keeps CEOs awake at night,

the Survey found.

“CEOs are clearly getting up to

speed on digital and technology,

but the fact that cyber- attacks

are the top risk to growth shows

the vulnerability of New Zealand

organisations. All businesses are

now looking at the people and

capabilities that they will need to

transform their business models.

Digital and cyber security skills

are just the beginning; we have

to build diverse teams that can

cut across traditional business silos,”

Mr Averill said.

Among the other facts which

CEOs consider as ‘threats’ are

over-regulation, climate change

and populism.

“Dealing with uncertainty has

to be part of business planning

for 2018. We have to partner

across industries and between

government and business to address

social issues like cyber security

and climate change. This

means becoming nimbler and

developing a2018 agenda that is

agile enough to handle anything

that is thrown their way,” Mr

Averill said.

The Global Scene

However, the PwC Global

CEO Survey showed adifferent


Despite highly publicised

handwringing over geopolitical

uncertainty, corporate misbehaviour

and the job-killing potential

of Artificial Intelligence,

Chief Executives were optimistic

of the economic and business

environment, at least over the

next 12 months.

The Survey accounted for 1293

interviews in 85 countries.

The PwC sample was weighted

by national GDP to ensure

that CEOs’ views were fairly

represented across all major

countries. About 11% of the

interviews were conducted by

telephone, 77% online, and 12%

by post or face-to-face. All quantitative

interviews were conducted

on aconfidential basis.

The lower threshold for all companies

included in the top 10

countries (by GDP) was 500 employees

or revenues of more

than US$ 50 million. The threshold

for companies included in


the next 20 countries was more

than 100 employees or revenues

of more than US$ 10 million.

The Best Year- 2017

According to the Survey, 2017

will turn out to be the best year

that the global economy has

seen since 2010.

“This rising tide is not just an

overall macroeconomic phenomenon;

it is balanced across

regions. Most of the world’s major

economies are experiencing

positive growth in contrast

to the situation just afew years

ago. In 2015, Russia and Brazil

were in recessions brought on

by plummeting commodity prices

and political unrest,” it said.

The southern countries in the

Eurozone, notably Greece, were

on the brink of default, or in default

on their debt and threatening

to bring down the Euro.

“China’s surging growth had

taken ahit from the Shanghai

market crash. Now, global commodity

prices seem to have stabilised

at amoderate level.

Russia and Brazil have returned

to modest growth; China is doing

well, and the Eurozone has

mounted asteady recovery that

looks set to continue in 2018.

Even the UK economy, while

slowing this past year, has not

yet been severely impacted by

Brexit,” the Survey said.

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ISSUE 389 | APRIL 1, 2018

The menace of Moneylaundering

must be stopped

Were you surprised to

read our report that


is active in New Zealand and

more than $135 billion is

generated through the domestic

criminal proceeds every year?

A National Risk Assessment

Report has said that New Zealand

is not immune to terrorists

and fraudsters and that despite

being asafe country, crime

flourishes through money laundering

and terrorism financing

and harm communities.

Dizzying fines

The United Nations Office on

Drugs and Crime reckons that

every year crooks launder between

US$800 billion and US$2

trillion that they have made

from trafficking, prostitution,

corruption and other misdeeds.

Governments keen to crack

down on money-laundering are

increasingly slapping financial

firms with dizzying fines

for failing to spot suspicious

transactions or for overlooking

anti-money-laundering (AML)

regulations. These rules are


According to the Economist,

the European Union’s fourth

AML directive introduced a

book’s worth of fresh regulations,

and the next batch is

Staff underpayment must

be criminalised

Our Report in our Web

Edition (March 16) and

under Homelink here

about the owner of the

Shamiana Chain of Restaurants

being fined for underpaying

his staff and exploitation of his

workforce arguably angered

our readers, with many of them

calling for tougher punishment

to such offenders.

It is asad and bad reflection

on acountry known for its

integrity and honesty.

It is embarrassing and

distressing that an increasing

number of employers of Indian

origin are being investigated

for perpetrating such unhealthy


Frustrating trend

It is unforgivable that there

are employers who misuse and

abuse workers, while enriching

their coffers. It is even more

frustrating that the long arm

of the law does not reach

them- not to the extent that our

readers would have wanted in

the first place.

New Zealand has awell-structured

minimum wage structure,

which incidentally goes up to

$16.50 (from $15.75) from today

(April 1).

It can be argued that afair

wage can be deduced from

already being drafted.

AML software

“To avoid falling foul of

these new directions, financial

firms are spending heavily on

software that can detect transactions

that should be blocked

or flagged for human investigation.

The software looks for

attributes that have historically

been linked to laundering,

such as unusual transactional

patterns. Cash deposits to an

account via distant branches

are suspect. So are jumps in

transaction size or frequency,”

the publication said.

AML software also hunts for

transactions that may involve

an entity or person on any

of hundreds of watchlists,

including lengthy ones of

officials worldwide who might

have enough power to peddle


Last year software developed

by SAS, an American firm,

began to look for words and

imagery on social media to

identify, among other things,

people with suspiciously lavish


SAS says rather more than

half of transactions flagged

result in the filing of a

“suspicious-activity report” to


economic principles. If workers

are paid awage that is less than

their marginal productivity,

they are being exploited.

Tougher punishment

Some sceptics regard it

as obvious that third-world

workers are being paid less

than this. Their reasoning is

that such workers are about as

productive as their rich-country

counterparts, and yet are paid

only asmall fraction of what

rich-country workers receive.

Employers who exploit

vulnerable workers by paying

them less than the prescribe

wages and those making them

pay premiums in exchange

for ajob and breach the New

Zealand law should not be


This practice takes advantage

of migrants who may not be

aware of all their rights and

entitlements in New Zealand or

may not feel like they have any

other option.

We understand it can be

difficult for employees to come

forward and raise concerns

about the way they are being

treated by an employer but the

government has assured that

perpetrators would be brought

to justice.

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Regulating Facebook won’t

prevent data breach


William H Dutton

After revelations that political

consulting firm Cambridge

Analytica allegedly

appropriated Facebook user

data to advise Donald Trump’s 2016

U.S. presidential campaign, many

are calling for greater regulation

of social media networks, saying a

“massive data breach” has occurred.

The idea that governments can

regulate their way into protecting

citizen privacy is appealing, but I

believe it misses the mark.

What happened with Cambridge

Analytica was not abreach or aleak.

Wild Violation

It was awild violation of academic

research ethics.

The story is still developing,

but acollege researcher has now

acknowledged that he harvested

Facebook users’ data and gave it to

another company.

A scholar and his company failed

to protect sensitive research data.

A university did not do enough to

stop him. Regulating Facebook won’t

solve these problems.

What Kogan did wrong

I am aprofessor of media and

information policy at the Quello

Center at Michigan State University,

and Iwas one of the first academics

to study the internet.

The quality and integrity of digital

research is of great concern to me.

I think the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook

incident is atotal


I just don’t think it’s agovernment

regulatory failure.

Here’s the story, at least what the

media has confirmed so far.

The Story

Aleksandr Kogan is aCambridge

University Data Scientist and

Psychology Department Lecturer.

Outside of the university, Kogan also

collected and analysed Facebook

user data, presumably with the

knowledge of Facebook, for his

company Global Science Research.

Through online surveys, he was

reportedly able to gather sensitive

personal information on tens of

millions of American Facebook

users, including demographic data,

private messages, information about

their friends and possibly even

information about the friends of

their friends.

Kogan then provided this data to a

political consulting firm, Cambridge

Analytica. According to New York

Times, the company analysed

that information, aiming to help

shape the 2016 Trump campaign’s

messages and identify potential

Trump voters.

That was never his intent, Kogan

said in aMarch 21 BBC radio interview.

He reports being “stunned”

that his “perfectly legal” research

on the happiness and well-being of

Facebook users was deployed as a

political tool.

What Facebook did wrong

So, did Facebook do something

wrong, then?

In my opinion, not really.

Facebook already has strict

guidelines outlining what can and

can’t be done with user data, which

the researcher appears to have

violated by passing the personal data

he collected to Cambridge Analytica.

When Facebook launched in 2004,

it quickly became agoldmine for

social researchers. Suddenly, studies

that previously relied only on survey

data to gather information about

individuals could directly observe

how people connected to one

another, what they liked, and what

bound groups together.

In the early years, the company

took an open and experimental

attitude toward this kind of

data mining, even teaming up with

researchers to study how tweaking

certain features of individual’s Facebook

pages affected voter turnout,

say, or impacted their moods.

Those studies, conducted

without the informed consent of its

participants –Facebook users –were

widely criticised by social science


In 2014, Facebook strengthened its

existing guidelines on how user data

can be gathered, analysed and used.

Extensive Internal Review

Today, the company requires an

extensive internal review of every

request to extract personal data

from users for research purposes.

In other words, Facebook self-regulated.

It may have been lax in enforcing

its guidelines, though. The company

says that once it learned that Cambridge

Analytica had used Kogan’s

data set for unauthorized purposes,

it insisted that the data be deleted.

According to current press reports,

Cambridge Analytica did not comply.

For awhile, it seems, Facebook did

nothing to punish the company.

I believe the fallout from this

scandal –including aFederal Trade

Commission investigation –will

push Facebook to take enforcement

much more seriously.

After all, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg

said in aMarch 21 Facebook post,

the company “made mistakes” and

it “has aresponsibility to protect” its


Account suspended

Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook

account has now been suspended.

And under both US and UK law,

individuals or firms accused of

unauthorised disclosure of personal

information can face prosecution.

What academia does wrong

For me, what the Cambridge

Analytica fiasco exposes is that

university ethical review processes

are not yet equipped for the digital


University researchers are bound

by strict ethical guidelines.

Across the world, particularly

in the UK, with its strong social

research traditions, academics who

want to study the attitudes or behaviour

of private individuals must

first pass astringent review process.

They must also obtain explicit,

informed consent from those who

participate in their research.

It is impossible for me to imagine

that an ethics board at the University

of Cambridge would have ever

approved of Kogan sharing his data

with Cambridge Analytica.

Universities around the globe

actually encourage faculty to develop

entrepreneurial companies, as

Kogan did. That helps their research

reach beyond campus to foster

innovation in business, industry and


But the norms and rules that

protect participants in academic

research, such as not sharing identifiable

personal data, do not stop at

the door of the university.

Conflict of interest

Kogan’s exploits show that professors’

outside jobs may raise conflicts

of interest and may have escaped

the reach of institutional review.

This is an area of academic workfor-hire

that universities need to

review with an eye toward updating

how they enforce research ethics.

I have briefed institutional review

boards at anumber of universities,

and Ican attest that members often

do not understand how the internet

has been transforming the way data

is created, gathered, analysed and

shared on the internet and social

media networks.

Frequently, authorities who grant

professors and students permission

to conduct their studies are anchored

in the standards of medical

research, not modern social science.

Many schools fail to understand

how cutting-edge some academic

fields have become. Data and

computational analytics is one of

the most innovative scientific fields


Legitimate, company-approved

access to social media user data

allows researchers to study some

of the most urgent issues of the 21st

century, including fake news, political

echo chambers and technological


So, it is not surprising that political

campaigns would want to appropriate

these research practices. Until

they come up with new rules, Ifear

universities’ lack of digital savvy will

remain athreat to online privacy.

William H Dutton is Professor of

Media and Information Policy,

Michigan State University (MSU),

USA. A Disclosure Statement said

that he has received funding from

Merit, Rocket Fiber, Google, UK’s

Economic and Research Council

and the Insitute for Public Policy

at MSU. He has never been funded

by Facebook. The above article,

which appeared under ‘The Conversation’

(Australia) on March

23, 2018, has been reproduced

here under ‘Creative Commons


APRIL 1, 2018

Do you want to join the Conservation Boards?

Nominations are now open until April 30

Eugenie Sage

Nominations for Conservation

Boards have

been reopened to ensure

they reflect the diverse

communities they serve.

The Department of Conservation

reopened the nomination

process for recruiting abroader

cross-section of members from

the different communities each

board represents on the Minister’s


The Nomination Process

The nomination process for the

2018 appointments was undertaken

late last year and may have been

affected by the Christmas holidays.

The Department received 143 nominations

for atotal of 45 positions

on 15 Conservation Boards.

Conservation Boards are an

important way for people to have

their say and influence how public

conservation lands and waters

are managed. Their voice and

role really matter. Membership

of the boards should reflect the

strong and diverse public interest

in conservation and protecting

New Zealand’s natural and historic


I want to cast the net wider, using

online and media channels, to ensure

a wide range of people know about

the roles and how to apply.

The new process opens today

with nominations closing on

Saturday, April 14, 2018.

I will consider nominations and

decide appointments by 30 June.

People who already put their

names forward will still be


Knowledgeable people

Anyone in the community who

is passionate and knowledgeable

about conservation should put their

hands up.

Think about who you know with

knowledge of nature conservation,

natural earth and marine sciences,

cultural heritage, recreation,

tourism, the local community and a

Maori perspective.

On any one board there may

be students, teachers, farmers,

fishers, scientists, builders, tourism

operators, home makers and

retired people.’

About the Conservation Boards

The functions of Boards are set

out in Section 6M of the Conservation

Act 1987 and in the National

Parks and Reserves Acts.

The Boards focus on planning

and strategic direction, not the

day-to-day operational details of the

Department’s work.

The Board work includes (a)

overseeing the Conservation Management

Strategy for its region (b)

developing and reviewing national

park and other management plans

for lands administered by the Department

(c) advising on proposals

for marine reserves (d) considering

the impact of concessions for

tourism and other activities on

conservation land (e) looking at the

range of recreational opportunities

in the region (f) advising on proposals

to change the protective status

or classification of areas of national

or international importance.

About the Board Members

An interest in conservation and

enough capacity to do the work.

Most Boards meet four-five times

a year and meetings take afull day,

sometimes longer particularly if

inspection visits are needed.

There will also be committee

meetings, time required for

researching issues and working on

reports or submissions, preparation

time spent reading briefing material

before meetings, and time for

liaison and public consultation.

Payment to Members

Conservation Boards members

are paid $180 per day for meetings

and fieldtrips.

They can also claim for

preparation time, and for fair

and reasonable expenses (such as

petrol and mileage if they use their

personal vehicle for fieldtrips, car

parking and so on).

For further information please

see the Departments Conservation

Board pages.

For more information, please


Eugenie Sage is Conservation

Minister of New Zealand.


Money-laundering active in New Zealand

The country faces real terrorists risks too

Venkat Raman

Money-laundering is active in

New Zealand and more than

$135 billion is generated

through the domestic criminal

proceeds every year, the National

Risk Assessment Report has said.

The New Zealand Police Financial

Intelligent Unit (FIU), which released

the Report said that the updated assessment

indicated existence of real money-laundering

and terrorism risks.

Crime flourishes

FIU Manager Andrew Hill said that

New Zealand is not immune to these

criminals and that despite being asafe

country, crime flourishes through money

laundering and terrorism financing

and harm communities.

“Overseas criminals seeking to mask

their illicit funds are also attracted by

New Zealand’s reputation as asafe and

non-corrupt country,” he said.

This Report describes the vulnerabilities

of the New Zealand financial system

to money laundering and terrorism financing

and provides an awareness to

more successfully prevent and detect illicit

financial activity.

Anonymity of offenders

The channels that currently offer opportunities

to money launderers in New

Zealand are financial, legal, accounting,

real estate, and retail or dealer services

that keep offenders anonymous.

These channels, used for moving

large values and volumes of legitimate

funds and which provide ascreen for

illicit transactions are widely available

internationally and also have poor

AML/CFT controls internationally, and /

or are cash intensive.

These are used to disguise drugs



Mr Hill said that the FIU Report highlights

the high potential economic and

reputational cost associated with money

laundering and financing of terrorism.

Transparency imperative

Transparency International New

Zealand Chair Suzanne Snively said that

this Report further supports the need

for complete transparency of ownership

of New Zealand companies and

trusts. We know of trusts set up In New

Zealand used as instruments of crime

for corrupt people and regimes overseas.

This may well include terrorists,”

she said.

New Zealand not immune

Ms Snively said that New Zealand

should not consider itself immune from

being used by organisations like ISAL.

“Opacity of ownership under current

law encourages these activities and obscures

our ability to prevent them,” she


While the new requirement under

the Anti-Money Laundering and

Counter Terrorism Act to be implemented

in July will further assist the prevention

of money laundering for terrorist

and other criminal purposes, financial

transactions are not the only identifier

of criminal intent.

“The Government should pass with

urgency the bill that will identify beneficial

ownership of trusts followed quickly

with an amendment to cover all legal

entities used by overseas sources and

with the register fully transparent,” Ms

Snively said.

Read our Leader, ‘The menace of

Money Laundering must be stopped’

under Viewlink.


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APRIL 1, 2018

14 Women in Banking


Relationship Manager

Westpac Highland Park

Arpita has workedfor

Westpac for eight years in a

number of important roles

including Wealth specialist, Banking

Consultant,and Relationship


Arpita immigrated to New

Zealand in 2003 as atrained economist,

havingstudied the subject at

Hansraj College, Delhi University.

In 2006, she completed aMaster

degreeinInternational Business

from MasseyUniversity,and has

since been able to translate her

strong educational background into

an equally strong performance

in the bankingsector.

High-Profile Clients

As aRelationship Manager, Arpita

manages agrowing portfolio

of high-profile clientrelationships.

On aday-to-daybasis, she finds

herself recommending best-fit

banking products that meet her

clients’ needs and financial goals.

Her ability forbuilding and

maintaining enduringclient

relationships comes from her

passion for helping people achieve

their full financial potential,and a

genuine needtogothe extramile

in her chosen vocation.


At Westpac,Arpita has

benefittedfrom advice from

excellent mentors and asystematic

professional developmentprogramme.

These provisions have

helped withasteady growth in

her management, sales, finance

and investment skills,leading to

sustained highlevelsofpersonal

satisfaction and servicetoWestpac


Since moving to NewZealand,

Arpita has been aregular volunteer

in the Auckland Indian Community,performing

at concerts,

community events, andmentoring

budding musicians, thanks to her

training in Indian classical music.

She is alsoakeenartist andloves

to travel. She is happily married

and is aproud mum of two.


Bank Manager

Westpac Highland Park

Chhavi has been working with

Westpac for just under a

decade in Auckland.

Currently holding the position of

Westpac BankManager, Highland

ParkBranch, shehas extensive

experience in customer services,

having worked as Customer Support

Officer, Banking Consultant

and Personal Manager.

Helping People

Chhavi has apassion for helping

people around her for their growth,

individually andprofessionally,in

their fields.

Elegantlymanaging the branch

business, she takes pride in leading

the team withthe aim to help the

clients by goinganadditional mile

to maketheir dreams happen by

providing tailor made solutions.

She believes and supports the

Westpac policytoprovide excellent

and fully dedicated service to its

individual and business clients

at the same time promoting the

interests of the community.

Serving communities

By supporting the local communities,

she has had the opportunity

to be partofvarious eventsinvolving

programmes specially designed

for ‘Financial Literacy’, ‘Managing

your money workshops’ and helping

new immigrants by Westpac.

She endorses high-level of

regards to her mentorsand

colleagues who have always been

very supportive and helpful in her

successful efforts to deliverhigh

quality services to the bank’s clients

and the community.


Bank Manager

Phone: 09 5350637

Mobile: 021 712087

Westpac HighlandParkBranch

505Pakuranga Road,

Highland Park,Auckland


BusinessDevelopment&Initiatives Manager,

Auckland South &Asian Retail &BusinessBanking ANZ NewZealand

Rajmita Chand has come

along way sincemoving

to New Zealand with her

husband atage 19.

AFijian-born Indian, Rajmita’s

first job onarrival was asaparttimeteller

with ANZ. Today,

she’s responsible for building

ANZ’sbrand in the key Auckland

South andAsian markets.

Her success has been recognised

by winning ANZ’s National

Leadership Award for fourconsecutive

years, including aCEO

Recognition Award.

Influence in community

In hercurrent role, Rajmita

workswithANZ’sretail and business

bankingleaders to achieve

ANZ’smission of ‘helping people

and communities thrive.’

“ANZ has abig influence in our

communities and I’m proud to

be apart of that,” saysRajmita.

“In my two decades with ANZ,

Ihave workedwithmanyfemale

leaders who have been stellar

role models and mybiggest inspiration.

Ihave also been able

to takemytwo children along on

my journey, thanks to ANZ’sgenerousparental

leaveand flexible

working policies.

Dream Big

“I have had alot of help and

support in my career,” says

Rajmita, “butIalso believe very

stronglythat no-one canhelp

you until you help yourself.

“My advice is simple. Believe

in yourabilities. Empower the

women around you. Seek out opportunities

and don’t be afraidto

take them. And mostimportantly

–Dream Big!”


PrivateBanker ANZ NewZealand

Awillingness toembrace

change, combined with

apositive attitude, has

seen Bhakti Mehta build

anew life –and anew career -in

New Zealand.

India-born Bhakti moved to

New Zealand withher husband

in2001 and workedinthe naturalhealthindustry

until the recession

hit in 2009.

Passionfor Service

“The Bank gave me an opportunity

in the call centre, which

Iamverygrateful for. Ididn’t

know much about banking -but

Idid have agenuine passion to

help customers.”

That passion saw Bhakti quickly


about other parts of the bank

saw her movetothe Private

Banking team, where she also


In her current role as aPrivate

Banker, Bhaktilooksafter banking

and mortgages for the top

3% of the Bank’shigh value


“I have beenlucky tohavea

lot of support along the way,”

says Bhakti.

“ANZ has been fantastic –particularly

when Iwas studying for

my Authorised Financial Adviser


Family Support

“The support of my husband

and son, over more than ayear

of combining full time work

and study, has also made itall


“I think the key to success is

having a‘can-do’ attitude.Ifyou

aregenuinely interested in helping

people, you canmake areal

difference –toyour customers’

lives and your own!”

APRIL 1, 2018



Mortgage Broker wins top industry award

Venkat Raman

Dev Dingra, Director of

the Auckland-based

mortgage and insurance

brokerage firm

‘The Fund Master,’ has won the

‘Home Loan Adviser of the Year


He received the industry-coveted

Award given by the New

Zealand Financial Services

Group (NZFSG) at abrief, informal

ceremony held recently in


High Achiever

The Award comes as recognition

for the highly-rated performance

of Mr Dhingra, whose

ability to assess the needs of his

customers and coordinate with

lending institutions to obtain

mortgage loans. In that process,

he has not only put together a

team of well-motivated professionals

but also raised the level

of customer service.

The Fund Master is reported to

have won in all three major categories

of the NZFSG Awards, the

first company to do so.

People of Indian origin are becoming

more active partners in

New Zealand’s economic development

and social progress, a

process which involves their participation

in the property and

real estate market.

Lending institutions, including

Dev Dhingra receiving the Home Lone Adviser of the Year Award from NZFSG Sales Manager

Mike Allen at his Office

NZFSG Sales Manager Mike Allen with Dev Dhingra and his Fund Master Team (Pictures Supplied)

commercial banks are obliged

to reduce their market exposure,

driven by astricter regime

of the Reserve Bank of New

Zealand and other financial authorities

and as such, the expertise

of firms like The Fund

Master are becoming increasingly


Experience and Expertise

With his experience in banking

and ability to understand the

needs of borrowers- first home

buyers and investors in residential

and commercial property –Mr

Dhingra has been at the forefront

of his young company’s success,




Forms can be downloaded from

since its inception in 2012.

A press note said, “Being amigrant

himself, Mr Dhingra has

been through the daunting process

of purchasing a first home

as well as setting up abusiness

first hand. He has extensive

knowledge of the inner working

and complexities of the loan

market and real world experience

and awide network of industry

contacts. His talent, skill

and dedication have been recognised

with many awards, including

the NZFSG, the most

prestigious awards in the


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National ListMPbased

in Manukau East






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APRIL 1, 2018

16 Businesslink

What happened in Vietnam is unforgivable and unforgettable

“American boys behaved like Nazis”

Note: This Story has some graphic details.

Reader discretion advised.

Robert Hodierne, USA

Sa Thi Quy was 43 years old

on the morning of March

16, 1968, when Americans

came to her hamlet near

the coast of the South China Sea

in what was then South Vietnam.

“The first time the Americans

came, the children followed

them. They gave the children

sweets to eat. Then they smiled

and left. We don’t know their

language – they smiled and said

OK and so we learned the word

OK. The second time they came,

we poured them water to drink.

They didn’t say anything. The

third time they killed everyone.”

The name of her hamlet was

My Lai.

Horrific crime

If Americans remember that

name at all, they most likely remember

that something dark

and awful happened there. They

are probably fuzzy on the details.

Maybe they remember

some grainy color photographs

of Vietnamese bodies piled in a


Or a Lieutenant named

William Calley.

But on this 50th anniversary

of what happened in that

Vietnamese hamlet, it is worth

recalling the grotesque details, in

the hope that doing so will help

prevent a future My Lai.

It is still an unsettled question

about what, exactly, the troops of

the Americal Division were ordered

to do and who, exactly, issued

the orders. What is settled

is that for four hours that morning,

American young men went

on a rampage of killing and rape.

Grotesque details

When they finally broke for

lunch, the Americans had butchered

504 Vietnamese old men,

women, children and babies. No

military-aged men were killed.

Only one weapon belonging to

the Vietnamese was found.

Sometimes, the soldiers

shot Vietnamese one at a

time. Sometimes they herded

them into ditches and machine-gunned

them down in


Sometimes it seemed as if the

Americans were making a sport

out of it.

One soldier threw a wounded

elderly man down a well then

dropped a grenade in after him.

A soldier bayoneted an old man

to death.

Another soldier was armed

with an M-79 grenade launcher.

Other soldiers testified at Army

Lt. William S. Calley, shown on Nov. 21, 1969, with newsmen at Ft. Benning, Georgia, where he was charged with

premeditated murder of approximately 100 Vietnamese civilians. (Photo Courtesy: AP)

hearings that the man was frustrated

that he had not been able

to use his weapon, so he herded

some women and children

together, backed off and fired

several explosive rounds into

them. Other soldiers with pistols

killed those who were only


In a better-disciplined outfit,

the officers in the field would

have stopped such violence.

But in this outfit, officers took

part in the killing.

William Calley’s massacres

According to testimony from

his men, one company commander,

Captain Ernest Medina,

shot and killed a wounded and

helpless woman. Lt William

Calley grabbed one woman by

the hair and blew her brains

out with his .45-caliber pistol.

Then he shot to death an infant

she had been carrying. In total,

Calley is thought to have killed

or ordered killed more than 100


It is worth noting that the massacre

may never have come to

light if it were not for a soldier

who was an aspiring journalist.

Ronald Ridenhour served in the

Americal Division in Vietnam at

the time of the massacre but was

not present at My Lai.

Ridenhour got wind of it, interviewed

men who had been there

and wrote his findings in a letter

to 30 members of Congress and

the Pentagon.

As the story started to break

– mostly due to the efforts of

young investigative reporter

Seymour Hersh – another soldier

who had been in My Lai published

the colour photos that are

the best documentation of the

horror at My Lai.

I covered Vietnam for two

years as a photojournalist and

was in Vietnam when the My Lai

story broke. I remember that I

was stunned. I had seen villages

burned and Vietnamese pushed

around, but nothing even approaching

My Lai.

In the wake of all that bad

publicity, the Army appointed

a highly decorated and well regarded

three-star General Lt Gen

William R Peers, to investigate

the cover-up.

Over four months, he and his

staff took sworn testimony from

about 400 witnesses.

The transcript runs to 20,000


BBC Radio Documentary

Ten years ago, a sharp producer

in London, Celina Dunlop,

found out that the testimony had

been tape-recorded. I worked on

a two-part BBC radio documenta-

Continued on page 15

APRIL 1, 2018



Continued from page 14

ry about My Lai, using those

tapes. It was the first time

I’d heard the voices of the

men who took part, describing

what they had done and


Their voices haunt me.

I used voices to write a

play about the massacre –

called simply enough, “My

Lai” – and in doing so, read

all 20,000 pages of their


No writer could do better

than their simple, direct description

of the horror they

let loose on that village.

Heroes amid the carnage

There were really only

three Americans who behaved

heroically that day.

Warrant Officer Hugh

Thompson was flying a small

scout helicopter with two

crewmen, Glenn Andreotti

and Lawrence Colburn.

They witnessed the massacre

from above. When they

saw American troops advancing

toward a group of

old men, women and children,

Thompson landed his

helicopter between the soldiers

and the civilians and

ordered his crewmen to

shoot the Americans if they

opened fire on the civilians.

He called other choppers to

evacuate the civilians. For

that, Thompson was shunned

by fellow officers for years


What is not usually written

about at My Lai are the rapes.

Unreadable incidents

While the exact number

may never be known, the

Americans raped at least several

dozen women and girls,

some as young as 12. And

then murdered and mutilated

many of them.

One soldier, Dennis

Bunning of Raymond,

California, testified that a sergeant

“took one girl there,

and drug her into a compartment,

like in a hootch there,

you know, and hootches

don’t have doors or nothing,

and you could see, and he

raped one girl inside there.

And then there was three

other guys and one girl all at

one time. … A guy would just

grab one of the girls there

and in one or two incidents

they shot the girls when they

got done.”

Pham Thi Tuan, who lived

in My Lai, told a documentary

filmmaker, “Over there

a naked woman who had

been raped and a virgin girl

with her vagina slit open.

We don’t know why they behaved

liked that.”

‘Failure of leadership’

And that, finally, is the

question that is most vexing.

How could American boys

behave like that?

How could they behave like

Nazi and Japanese soldiers in

World War II?

One excuse frequently offered

is that the unit had

been hard hit and was in

some sort of shock. In fact,

the unit had only been in

Vietnam for three months

and had never been in a firefight.

Before My Lai, only

five men from the unit had

been killed, all by mines

or snipers, at a time when

Americans were losing 15-20

men per day.

Another excuse is that the

men were subpar, draftees,

the bottom of a rapidly emptying

barrel. But that is not

true either, according to an

Army investigation.

By every measure – intelligence,

education, physical

fitness – they were typical of

the hundreds of thousands of

soldiers who never engaged

in such behaviour.

In the end, Peers, who

headed the investigation,

concluded that the massacre

was a failure of leadership,

from the commanding

General on down. He concluded

that 28 officers and

enlisted men had committed

war crimes – murder and

rape – or conspired to cover

up the crimes.

Culley gets it light

But in the end, only 14 officers

were charged. And

only Calley was convicted.

President Richard Nixon,

bowing to public pressure

from those who believed

Calley was a scapegoat, commuted

his life sentence. He

spent three and half years

confined, most of that time

under house arrest.

Nixon would not even

allow Peers to call it a


The massacre became, instead,

“a tragedy of major


The darkest side of

American exceptionalism is

the belief that somehow, we

are more moral than others

and that our troops would

never slaughter innocent


Americans need to understand

that in every war in

the history of humankind,

soldiers commit hideous

acts. Even our troops. It is


Americans need to be prepared

to share the moral responsibility

for those crimes

when we send our young

men and women off to fight

wars on our behalf.

Robert Hodierne is Chair

and Professor of Journalism,

University of Richmond. He

does not work for, consult, own

shares in or receive funding

from any company or organisation

that would benefit from this

article, and has disclosed no relevant

affiliations beyond their

academic appointment. The

above article, updated to correct

producer Celina Dunlop’s name

and work title, appeared under

‘The Conversation’ (UK) on

March 18, 2018 and has been reproduced

here under ‘Creative

Commons Licence.’

Excess cigarette imports light

up serious consequences

Anne Marie Taggart

Growth in abandoned and seized tobacco at

international airports and sent from overseas

has prompted Customs to remind travellers and

friends or family to be aware of the limits and help

spread the word.

There has been a noticeable increase in the amount

of tobacco being abandoned by travellers and this may

be because they are unaware of the limits.

Maximum quantity admissible

The current duty-free allowance is 50 cigarettes, or

50 grams of cigarettes, cigars or tobacco. Duty will be

applied to any cigarettes, cigars or tobacco over this


Not declaring or hiding excess tobacco is a criminal

offence – this tobacco will be seized and there could be

serious consequences.

There has also been growth in the amount of

tobacco abandoned or seized that has been sent from

overseas, and in particular from the Asian region,

through international mail or by freight.

There is no gift or duty-free allowance and whoever

the tobacco is addressed to, is considered to be the

‘importer’ and is liable for the taxes.

Huge numbers intercepted

In 2017, more than three million cigarettes and

cigars and around half a tonne of loose tobacco was

intercepted by Customs, with more than 2.5 tonnes of

tobacco abandoned as people did not want to pay the

extra charges.

Customs will shortly be running a campaign to raise

awareness about the limits and the duty that must be

paid for excess tobacco.

Public support

Everyone can play a part in this by making sure

their friends and family are aware of the allowances.

We want people to be aware of the additional costs

that will be incurred before they travel, or send from

overseas, to avoid having their tobacco abandoned or


Any tobacco that is intercepted or abandoned will

be destroyed.

Anne Marie Taggart is Group Manager, Border

Operations at New Zealand Customs.


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18 Businesslink

Gail Costa joins Cigna as Chief Executive

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Cigna New Zealand

has appointed Gail

Costa as its new

Chief Executive


She will take charge on

April 1, 2018.

Ms Costa brings

significant international

leadership experience

and insurance knowledge

to the role, which will

be of benefit to Cigna’s

partners and customers.

She had previously

led Cigna’s operations

in New Zealand for 10

years and returns at a

time of significant growth

for the company, which

serves more than 250,000


Cigna has operated in

New Zealand for nearly

a century and provides

a range of life, health,

accident and travel

products and services

under the Cigna brand. It

also works with partner

companies who retail

Cigna products under

their own names.

Innovative approach

Cigna New Zealand

is known for being an

innovator as it seeks to

support the health and

well-being of the people it

serves. It has accelerated

its digital transformation

in customer care, and

acquired Grownups, New

Zealand’s leading lifestyle

website and social community

for those over 50

years of age, an important

customer group for Cigna.

Cigna New Zealand

Chairman Steven Fyfe

said, “Gail has extensive

understanding of Cigna

New Zealand and the

New Zealand insurance

market. We are delighted

to have someone of her

calibre lead the business,

and her appointment

makes for aseamless

transition. We are excited

about the contribution she

will make to Cigna New

Zealand’s already strong

performance, culture,

brand and desire for


About Gail Costa

Ms Costa has served on

the Cigna New Zealand

Board since 2012 and

returns after successful

assignments in Asia and

Turkey. She is currently

Chief Executive of Cigna’s

Joint Venture business with

QNB Finansbank in Turkey,

a role that she took up in


“Cigna has grown in the

past five years. However,

at its heart, it remains a

business committed to

improving the health,

well-being and sense of

security of its customers. I

look forward to sharing my

international, distribution

and marketing experience

with the New Zealand team

and our community of

business partners. Cigna

New Zealand is committed

to growth and continuing

to provide great products

and services to its customers,

so I’m thrilled to re-join

this exceptional business,”

she said.

Please visit www.cigna. for more information

and follow on

Facebook and Twitter.

Liberalism has destroyed

everything that came with it

Kieran Madden

In the early nineties, political

theorist Francis Fukuyama

famously proclaimed the “End

of History” was upon us—that

Western Liberal Democracy was

the “endpoint of mankind’s ideological

evolution…the final form of

human government.”

The Berlin Wall had just fallen—

Communism, and Fascism before it,


The Liberal Order, based on the

idea of choice-making, rights-bearing

individuals seeking their own

conceptions of the good was here

to stay.

Stirred, but not shaken

But the past few decades have

seen the post-1989 liberal consensus

of opening everything up—from

markets to morality—stirred, if not

significantly shaken.

Trump’s rise in the US and

Britain’s exit are signs of abroader

discontent with the way things are,

people have had enough of feeling


There are now even murmurings

of Cold War 2.0.

Is it the beginning of the end of


Famous opinions

Professor of Political Science at

Notre Dame, Patrick Deneen thinks

so, and outlines why in his recently-released

and provocatively-titled

book, “Why Liberalism Failed.”

The contradictions of liberalism

have taken hold, he claims, and

tinkering at the edges won’t do.

The whole project is beyond


Columnist David Brooks summarises

these contradictions well;

“Liberal Democracy has betrayed

its promises. It was supposed to

foster equality, but it has led to great

inequality and anew aristocracy.

It was supposed to give average

people control over government,

but average people feel alienated

from government. It was supposed

to foster liberty, but it creates a

degraded popular culture in which

consumers become slave to their


Fall of Family

The story goes that the rise of

the individual precipitated the

fall of the family, the neighbour,

the community—the traditional

virtue-making institutions.

Cultures, defined as “a set of

generational customs, practices,

and rituals that are grounded in

local and particular settings,” have

been weakened, with Deneen

going so far as to call Liberalism


We have become alienated, he

says, from one another, our past,

and our place.

As these bonds deteriorate,

ever-growing markets to meet

our desires and burgeoning governments

to guarantee our rights

emerge in their place.

Liberalism has therefore “drawn

down” on its inheritance—it has

destroyed the conditions which

enabled it to flourish; and doesn’t

have the means to recreate it.

Developing practices

And there’s no easy fix. Rather

than replacing one flawed ideology

with another, Deneen recommends

we focus on “developing practices

that foster new forms of culture,

household economics, and polis

life” where a“abetter theory of

politics and society might ultimately


While this DIY approach is agood

and necessary corrective, it doesn’t

have the teeth to solve national and

global political problems we face


An eye-opener

While Deneen’s proposed solution

doesn’t go far enough, Ithink

his diagnosis of the problem should

open our eyes.

Liberalism underpins policy

on both the left and right—it is

the social and political air that we

breathe. It has in many senses

delivered the goods—the relative

peace and prosperity of the modern

period has been astounding—but

we can’t continue to ignore the


Kieran Madden is a Researcher

at Maxim Institute based in


APRIL 1, 2018

Shamiana owner fined

for staff underpay

(Pictures Sourced)

An Indian restaurant

chain has been fined

more than $40,000 in

penalties after several

breaches to employment

law, despite having paid more

than $24,000 to staff in arrears


Shamiana Limited and

Shamiana Enterprises Limited,

with Satish Shetty as the sole director

and shareholder, have

been fined $41,000 in penalties

after several breaches to employment


Cheating employees

Following complaints received

by the Labour Inspectorate, it’s

been found that Mr Shetty failed

to pay staff minimum wage and

holiday pay, as well as keep correct

employment agreements.

Labour Inspectorate Regional

Manager David Milne said, “The

companies collectively employ

120 staff across 22 restaurants

throughout the country, and we

have had several complaints dating

back to August 2015 of Mr

Shetty not upholding his staff’s

basic employment rights.”

Despite arrears previously being

paid to employees and corrective

action taken to adhere

to the Inspectorate’s improvement

notice, breaches continued

to occur.

Continuous breaches

“The continuous nature of

these breaches, despite remediation

at the time, shows that Mr

Shetty wasn’t taking his obligations

as an employer of 120 staff


“It was surprising that even

after several complaints to the

Inspectorate, Mr Shetty was not

deterred from underpaying his

staff. One of the breaches uncovered

was for unpaid work trials

for staff – a practice that’s illegal

under New Zealand employment

law,” says Mr Milne.

These repeat breaches of the

law meant that Shamiana Limited

was ordered to pay $33,000 and

similarly, Shamiana Enterprises

Limited was ordered to pay


Warning to companies

“Employers should understand

that the Inspectorate follows up

earlier non-compliance with a zero-tolerance

approach. Additional

strong penalties will be sought

where any ongoing non-compliance

is found.

“Not only is underpayment and

mistreatment at the detriment

of employees, it also gives companies

an unfair commercial advantage

over their law-abiding


“On top of this, reputations are

left tarnished and the National

Consumer Survey 2016, conducted

by Consumer Protection found

that knowing a business treats

its workers fairly regularly affects

consumers’ purchasing decisions,”

Mr Milne said.

Anyone concerned about their

employment situation, or the situation

of someone they know,

should call 0800-209020 to report

in a safe environment.

Source: Ministry of Business,

Innovation and Employment.

Please read our Leader, ‘Staff

underpayment must be decriminalised’

under Viewlink.

While visiting a family

in Samoa recently,

Prime Minister Jacinda

Ardern said, “There

is nowhere more sacred than your


Welcoming visitors is one thing,

opening it up to complete strangers

is another situation entirely.

When you are selling a property,

you get to decide how the Open

Home process is run.

If you are working with a real

estate agent, this will be part of the

Marketing Plan that you agree with

them before signing the Agency


The real estate agent will advise

you on the timing and frequency of

open homes, or any other viewings.

If there is anything you are uncertain

about, talk to the agent and

make your feelings clear.

There is no law that compels you

to have open homes – you may

decide that you would rather have

viewings by appointment only.

Viewing homes for sale

Real Estate Authority (REA) Chief

Executive Kevin Lampen-Smith said

that people must see a home that is

for sale.

“You may have to be flexible on

when viewings are held, even if

they are not particularly convenient,

he said.

If you are selling privately, you

have full responsibility for running

any viewings.

This can be time-consuming and

has the potential to be distressing

if you are not braced to hear other

people’s criticisms of your property.


Invite buyers to Open Home, not trouble

Lucy Corry


Some private sellers get a friend

to help out for this reason.

Mr Lampen-Smith said that when

it comes to the marketing and selling

process of your home, it would

be a good idea to look at things

from the perspective of the real

estate agent and any prospective


Record of interest

“Open homes often attract people

who are just browsing to see what

is around, or neighbours who have

always wanted to see what ‘that

house at number 10’ is like. The

agent will report to you after the

Open Home event the level of interest

– if they have kept an electronic

or paper record of visitors, it will

give you an indication of how many

visitors were sticky beaks from

down the street,” he said.

Some Don’ts please

Do not shove things into cupboards

or wardrobes – prospective

buyers will be keen to gauge storage

capacity. Remember that families

with small children could be going

through your property and delicate

ornaments or family heirlooms

might be better out of harm’s way.

Selling a property can be a stressful

time, but you will make it much

easier on yourself if you work out a

Plan, including getting the advice of


“Present your home well and it is

more likely to attract another set of

owners,” Mr Lampen-Smith said.

Lucy Corry is Media Communications

Manager at the Real

Estate Agents Authority based

in Wellington. For independent

advice, please visit www.settled.

APRIL 1, 2018

20 EasterSpecial

Easterdenotes charity, introspection and service

Wenceslaus Anthony

New Zealand, like the

rest of theChristian

world will observe

Easter (Sunday)on

April 1, 2018, with the preceding

two days and the succeedingday

spent in churches, congregations

and otherreligious pursuits.

Signifying the Resurrectionof

Jesus Christ and His Sacrifice for

thegood ofhumanity, Easter denotes

introspection, charity and

service to the community.

Forall thefestive and commercial

clamour surrounding

Christmas, Easter is the much

moresignificant occasion on the


Sombre and Joyous

Forbelievers, the event, which

embraces Christ’s death, burial

and resurrection, is both

the most sombre and the most

joyous of their year, and special

foods for theoccasion have

evolved in anyculture where the

tradition ishonoured.

In the Northern Hemisphere,

from Pagantimes,the Spring

Equinoxcelebrated the end

of Winter, and thepractice of

transposing Christian festivals

ontothe older Pagan calendar as


In the Southern Hemisphere,

the seasonal significance of

Easter andthe four-day holiday

that traditionallyattends

it,tends tocentre on it being

the last great opportunity for a

long-weekend away before the

onset ofWinter. As we are reminded

every year, more of us

travel at Easter than at any other

time of the year.

TheHoly Week

Most Christians refer to the

week before Easter as ‘Holy

Week,’ sinceitaccounts for the

days of the Easter Triduum, includingMaundy

Thursday, commemorating


‘Last Supper’and Good Friday,

commemorating the crucifixion

and death ofJesus.

In Western Christianity,

Eastertide, orthe Easter Season,

begins onEaster Sunday and

lasts seven weeks, ending with

the comingofthe Fiftieth Day,

known as‘Pentecost Sunday.’

In Eastern Christianity, the season

ofPascha begins on Pascha

and ends with the coming of

the FortiethDay, the Feastofthe


Moveable Feats

Easter and theholidays that

are related toitare ‘moveable

feasts,’ which do not fall ona

fixeddate in the Gregorian or

Juliancalendars,which follow

only the cycle of the Sun.

Jesus Christ, Our Father and Our Saviour

Its date is determined

on aLunisolar Calendar

likethe Hebrew


The First Council of

Nicaea (325) established

two rules, independence

of the Jewish calendar

and worldwide uniformity,

which were the

only rules for Easter explicitly

laid downbythe


No details for the

computation were specified;

these were worked

out in practice, aprocessthat

took centuries

and generated several


It hascome to be the

first Sunday afterthe

Ecclesiastical Full Moon

that occurs on or soonest

after March 21, but


Easter eggs, special

cakes and hotcross

buns are among

the special foods of

Easter, with roast lamb,

the dish of the Jewish

Passover(which often

coincides with the

Christian festival) the

traditional meat of the

celebratory Sunday


The Power of the

Lord,His Grace and

Mercy are the most

significant aspects of

Easter, which must be

told time and again, to

remind us mortals that

we are merely instruments

of His Destiny.

Jesus Christ said, “My

blood is shed for many

for theforgiveness of


His blood redeems us

fromsin and gives us

righteousness andeternal


His sacrifice par

excellence the Old

Testament sacrificial

system because Jesus

reconciles the believers

and restores the relationshipthat

was broken

byAdam’s sin.

Wenceslaus Anthony

(Picture by Ashok

Kochhar) wrotethe

above articlewhich

appeared in our April

1, 2017 Easter Special.

He passed away suddenly

in Chennai on

July 23, 2017.Inreproducing

this article,

we alsopay tribute to

the memory of adear

friend and Indian

Newslink columnist.

Mr Anthonywas the

Chairperson ofthe

Divine Retreat Centre

Movement in New

Zealand and Advisor

to theVailankanni

Committee to celebrate

the feast of the

Birthday of Mother

Mary(on September

8) and Director of

Conquest Club, which

aims to shapethe

character and personality

ofyoung boys in

the 8-14 age group.

APRIL 1, 2018

Get to the World Prayer Convention in Jerusalem

Venkat Raman

If you believe in the power

of prayer and can take

some time off, you had better

book your space at the

World Prayer Convention scheduled

in Jerusalem from May 22 to

24, 2018.

The event will include speeches,

prayers and ‘healing time.’

Dr Paul Dhinakaran of Tamil

Nadu will deliver the keynote address

and lead the Convention.

Among the other speakers would

be Pastor Benny Hinn, a popular

Evangelist based in Israel.

Dr Dhinakaran said that the

Lord has been impressing upon

his heart to gather all His chosen

people in Jerusalem for a time of

Prophetic Prayer and Anointing.

Divine Intervention

“It is during this time that God

wants to pour out His Prophetic

anointing on all His Chosen ones

to strengthen them and prepare

them spiritually,” he said.

He said that among the highlights

of the Convention would

be a Special Prayer for the Peace

of Israel and to declare the

‘Prophetic Word of God to all


“This event will be like none

other. Many Leading Speakers

and Worship Leaders of Christian

Ministries have consented to participate

with us in prayer. We will

also visit few of the Blessed and

Anointed Prayer Sites around

Undertake a

Land Tour of

the Holy Land

next month

Jerusalem, including Jacob’s Rock,

Shiloh, Ephrata’s River, Western

Wall, Garden Tomb, Gethsemane

and Mount of Olives, and plead

the Lord to pour out His Spirit

of Grace and Supplication in

an overflowing measure,” Dr

Dhinakaran said.

Israel Platinum Jubilee

The global event will also commemorate

the Fifth Anniversary

of the ‘Jesus Calls Israel Prayer

Tower,’ which coincides with the

70th Anniversary of the State of


Jason Prasad, who leads the

‘Jesus Calls Prayer Tower’ in

Auckland with his wife Sunila,

said that the Israel Prayer Tower

has been serving the people of

Israel and the world.

“The Prayer Tower hosts Prayer

Intercessors from all over the

world who pray and prophesise

round-the-clock for the peace of

Israel and the World. This Prayer

Tower, dedicated to the Lord, was

established in August 2013, obeying

the voice of God. The Lord

has since enabled me to be able

to pray and prophesy for Kings,

Nations and people,” he said.

Global Ministry

Describing the Global Ministry

as unique, Mr Prasad said that

as the Co-Founder,

Dr Dhinakaran and

his family bring solace,

cure and peace

of mind to people all

over the world, regardless

of their nationality,

ethnicity or

socio-economic status.

“Among them are

men, women, young

people, children, the

poor and needy, as

well as all the partners

and donors of the

ministry. This happens

through large Prayer

Festivals or through

Prayer Towers. As

they pray for the

needs of the people,

God wipes away people’s

tears and turns it

into joy with his loving

and healing presence,”

Mr Prasad said.

Prayer Towers are

a place of refuge to

many around the

world as the Jesus

Calls intercessors cry

out to God for the

blessings and miracles

on behalf of those

who walk in, call or

write their needs to

the ministry.

Prayer Tower in


‘Jesus Calls,’ is a

Ministry that attracts

millions of people

around the world to

pray for someone in

distress, not just out of

physical ailment but

out of mental agony,

marital incompatibility,

physical deficiencies,

other problems,

complaints and hopeless


Hundreds of priests,

prayer-leaders, volunteers

and community

workers engage themselves

in prayer and

community service,

seeking God’s Mercy,

almost always for people

who they neither

know nor met.

And almost always


works. Believing is


Jesus Calls New

Zealand Prayer Tower

started functioning on

November 17, 2012. It

is located at 1/80 Carr

Road, Mt Roskill and is

open from Monday to

Friday (9 am to 6 pm)

to offer prayers for

those who call or visit.

After hour prayers

are offered through at

all times. Please call


Healing Blessing

Meetings are held

every Tuesday from

7 pm at the Prayer

Tower, with a different

person ministering the

Word of God each week.

Mr Prasad said that a

team will represent ‘Jesus

Calls New Zealand’ at the

World Convention and

participate in the accompanying


For more information,

please call him or Sunila

Easter Special


on (09) 6207160; Mobile:

027-4772937; Email:;

website: www.jesuscalls.


Indian Newslink will

publish more about the

World Convention and

Jesus Calls in the ensuing


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22 Communitylink

Meditation eliminates spiritual ignorance for better life

Swami Tadananda

Editor’s Note: Swami

Tadananda is President

of Ramakrishna Mission

in Fiji. He will conduct

Meditation Sessions from

Friday, April 13, 2018 to Sunday,

April 15, 2018 at the Waitetuna

Retreat Centre, 391, Cofswell

Road, RD 1, Raglan 3295. The

Centre is about 20 minutes

from Hamilton and about twoand-half-hours

drive from

Auckland. There would be 25

reserved seats at $150 per person

for two nights.

Further information can

be obtained from Kumaran

Ramakrishnan on 021-973663



from Javahir Lal (Jailal on 021-

02635162 javahirlal@yahoo.


This article is apreliminary

presentation of meditation for

beginners as atool for the development

of the vast and untapped

subjective or inner

spiritual dimensions of human


The aim is to teach meditation

as aproven scientific technique

to strengthen and purify the

mind, comprising of our inner

mental, intellectual, emotional,

moral and ethical aspects of being,

by systematically harnessing

the power of the inner Pure

Consciousness within us all.

As the concentration of the

mind and will-power develops,

the mind becomes abetter

channel for the flow of the

inner knowledge, bliss, power,

beauty and strength.

Divine birthright

These powers potential in us

are our divine birthright.

An impure and untrained

mind is like ahigh impedance

to the expression of the inner

powers. Deprived of the inner

power, we become weak and

suffer physically, mentally, emotionally

and so on.

The same mind, when purified

and concentrated through

meditation and other Yogas, can

ultimately become asuper-conductor

for the spiritual current.

Then the infinite power of

the spirit shines through in

all its glory, transforming our

thoughts, words and deeds.

Nourished by the spiritual

power the strengthened mind

easily overcomes all challenges

that the external world can

throw at us.

Having identified the primary

cause of all our ailments such

as anxiety, stress, depression

etc. we now also have the remedy


Training of the mind

Therefore, education

in its true sense ought

to be the training of the

mind to make it abetter

instrument through

which we can connect

to our core Pure

Consciousness and avail

its powers to creatively

and easily overcome the

various challenges we

face in our internal and

external lives.

Swami Vivekananda

said, “The training by

which the current and

expression of will are

brought under control

and become fruitful

is called education…

Perfecting the instrument

and getting complete

mastery of my

own mind is the ideal

of education. We

must have life-building,

man-making, character-making


of ideas.”

Moreover, meditation

not only self-empowers

us to live a

better life, it is apowerful

tool for totally destroying

the darkness of

spiritual ignorance and

bestowing the supreme

gift of freedom and enlightenment.

Life in its

spiritual perspective.

World as a gym

This world is the great

gymnasium where we

come to do exercises to

make ourselves strong.

The various challenges

in life are the exercises

which help in the

manifestation of our inherent

strength –physically,


intellectually, morally

and ethically and spiritually.

We should not

run away from them

but face them boldly

with the faith that within

us are all strength

needed for success.

Life in general is a

constant struggle between

forces of external

nature and internal


We are products of

the experiences of these


Most societies develop

aformal system of

education to empower

us with knowledge and

skills to fight the battle

of life better.

Therefore, it makes

sense that agood education

should teach us

both about the external

world we live in as well

as about the various dimensions

of our inner


Unfortunately, such is

not the case.

Most of the attention

of the education system

is on the study of

the external world –the

macrocosm; very little

attention is given to the

microcosm –the training

and development

of the mind -the internal

instrument upon

which depends much of

our happiness and suffering,

knowledge and

ignorance, success and

failure, and so on.

The above article is

a highly edited version.

For full text,

please visit

(Picture of Swami

Tadananda from FBC


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24 Communitylink

Diaspora urged to represent Rising India here

A Correspondent

As India takes significant

strides in various sectors

of its fast-developing

economy, the Indian

Diaspora in New Zealand, especially

former residents and

citizens of India, should be its ambassadors

and promoters, a visiting

orator has said.

Ashoke Pandit, known for

his inspiring oratory, was in

Auckland last week to participate

in the first in a series of ‘Indi

Talks’ (an acronym for India New

Zealand Diversity) organised by

the Indian Association of New

Zealand (IANZ), formerly known

as Manukau Indian Association.

The event, held at the Vodafone

Events Centre in Manukau on

Sunday, March 18, 2018, also witnessed

a panel discussion and

a Sufi music concert by Neerja


Paradigm Shift

IANZ Vice-President

Ram Lingam described the

Programme as a ‘Red Letter

Day’ for the Association since “it

marked a marked a change in the

thought paradigm for the Indian


“The Indian community is

known for its business acumen,

for its resilience, work ethos

and education. But the reality is

that we want to be recognised as

thought leaders. Real empowerment

lies in thought leadership,”

Ashoke Pandit speaking at the Indi Talk Series

he said.

He said that as a social activist,

Mr Pandit’s views on the ‘New

India’ was thought-provoking.

Speaking about the rapid

transformation of India under

the leadership of Prime Minister

Narendra Modi, he extolled the

achievements of his government.

His address was followed

by a panel discussion chaired

by Veer Khar, the Chair of the

‘Diversity Centre (of IANZ),

Communications Manager Roy

Kaunds and Mr Lingam.

The Panel discussed how a

change in narrative is happening

at the macro level by the Indian

government and how we could

rise up at a ground-up community


Eclectic Mix

“IANZ continues to be a trailblazer

in thought leadership; and the

‘India Rising’ event was one those

pioneering activities that defines

the Association,” Mr Lingam said.

IANZ President Suresh Ramji

Panel Discussion with (from left) Roy Kaunds, Veer Khar, Ashoke Pandit and Ram Lingam

Neera Pandit in Concert with (from left) Navneel Prasad, Manjit Singh and Hemant Thaker

(Pictures Supplied)

said that as a part of the ‘Indi

Talks Series,’ the Association

will invite thought leaders, who

have an opinion and a viewpoint,

to share it with the wider


“This, we hope, will spark debate

and discussion on topics

that affect the community and

which in turn will empower the

community,” he said.

According to Mr Khar, the

Indian diaspora in New Zealand

is an eclectic mix, and hence

cannot be slotted into pre-defined

political, social or economic


“Due to this diversity of opinion,

we need a consensus and a

collegial approach to confront issues

that affect us. The ‘Indi Talk

Series’ is one of those efforts to

bring various viewpoints on a

common platform,” he said.

Mr Kaunds said, “India is a

Continent disguised as a Nation

and our Association represents

the largest number of the various

cultures that are called by

the generic term ‘Indian’. In the

last five years, we have broadbased

our membership and welcomed

younger and talented

professionals to join our team.”

Diversity Centre

The ‘Indi Talk Series’ compliments

the ‘Diversity Centre,’ currently

under construction in

the South Auckland suburb of


The $5 million initiative of

IANZ, the multi-storey edifice to

diversity is in its final stages of

completion and is expected to

become operational by the end

of the year.

“The Diversity Centre will be

the cauldron in which the rich

ethos of Indian values will meld

with the diversity of Aotearoa,”

Mr Lingam said.

Stating that IANZ has moved

on from the ‘migrant’ mindset,

he said that Indians are well represented

in business, industry,

academia, research, finance, the

public sector, politics, spirituality

and other areas.

“We make up a little over 4%

of the New Zealand population

but we contribute 8% to the

country’s GDP. While only 7% of

all New Zealanders have a university

degree, 50% of Indians

have a tertiary degree,” he said.

The music concert by Neerja

was supported by Manjit Singh

on Tabla, Navneel Prasad on

Dholak and Hemant Thaker on


Neerja’s rendition of the Sufi

songs using classical ragas and

popular songs took the mood of

the audience to a sublime level.

-With Reporting by Ram


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Every Ambulance saves a life and every dollar runs an Ambulance

Kiwis become Saints with St John Annual Appeal and Indian Newslink launches first crowdfunding initiative


Jennifer Porter

St John is hoping to raise

eyebrows as well as money

this year, introducing a

fun, new online fundraising

campaign asking Kiwis to

“Be a Saint” and donate to its annual


The New Zealand ambulance

service says that the move is a

playful take on the way Kiwis refer

to a helpful person who goes

the extra mile: “What a Saint.”

Building on last year’s ‘Heart

of Gold’ appeal, St John is encouraging

New Zealanders to

“Be a Saint and Donate” at www.

Exclusive Halo Graphic

Donors who give through the

website will receive access to an

exclusive St John ‘Halo.’

graphic frame to sit on top of

their existing social media profiles

to help spread the message.

High profile New Zealanders

including World Heavyweight

Boxing Champion Joseph Parker,

Silver Fern Kayla Cullen and

All Black Liam Messam have already

become saints themselves,

changing their profile pictures

and encouraging other Kiwis to

do the same.

St John Chief Executive

Peter Bradley said that the

Organisation hopes to raise

more than $2.2 million from its

annual appeal in April, to help

pay for much needed ambulances

and lifesaving equipment.

Fun Digital Campaign

“Many New Zealanders still do

not know that St John is a charity

and that we need to raise

more than 25% or $70 million

of our annual operating budget

every year.

“This year we aim to increase

that awareness through this fun

digital campaign, which tries

to encourage Kiwis to come together

and donate enough money

online for a new ambulance.

Everyone who donates $25 or

more will get their name on the

side of the ambulance – this is a

first, traditionally reserved only

for those who donate an entire


“We believe that all our people

are saints in some way, helping

to deliver little miracles

around New Zealand every day.

This year, we encourage New

Zealanders young and old to be

a saint too,” he said.

A single ambulance costs

$225,000, and the lifesaving

equipment that St John is fundraising

for means its ambulance

officers can treat people more

effectively in the wide variety of

scenarios they encounter across

the country.

Unique to Indian Newslink

In another first, Indian

Newslink readers have a unique

chance to “come together” to

contribute directly towards a

new ambulance via the newspaper’s

novel crowd funding initiative.

Readers can help St John

buy an ambulance for the community

and help save lives, simply

by donating at www.stjohn. or sending a

cheque to St John, Private Bag

14902, Panmure, Auckland (including

your name, address and

code Newslink).

St John Northern Region

Fundraising & Marketing

Manager Kristin Cross said that

the charity is grateful to Indian

Newslink for running such an

innovative fundraiser.

“One ambulance can attend

as many as 600 incidents each

year, potentially saving 600

lives, so to get another ambulance

in the community thanks

to Indian Newslink readers

would mean a huge deal to us.

We really look forward to seeing

how this crowd funding initiative

unfolds and as always, we

appreciate any donations, big or


Donations towards the ‘Heart

of Gold’ appeal can be made

in any ASB branch across New

Zealand, online at,

by calling 0800 ST

JOHN, or to St John & ASB volunteer

collectors throughout New


St John facts:

St John Heart of Gold Annual

Appeal runs from April 2 to

April 8, 2018, with street collections

nationwide on Friday

April 6, 2018.

Online campaigning will run

for the month of April.

St John treated and/or transported

469,850 patients last year

Community and commercial

programmes run by St John

range from first aid training,

health shuttle services, ASB St

John in Schools, Friends of the

Emergency Department, Caring

Caller telephone service, monitored

Medical Alarms, Outreach

Therapy Pets and a St John

Youth Programme

St John is made up of a mix

of full-time paid employees and

volunteer staff

For the fourth year in a row, St

John was voted ‘New Zealand’s

Most Trusted Charity’ in

the ‘Readers Digest Most

Trusted Brands Awards 2017’

It costs $225,000 for afully-equipped

new generation


St John trained over 82,000

people in first aid last year.

Jennifer Porter is Regional

Communications Advisor,

Northern Region of St John.

She lives in Auckland.

Let’s fund an

Ambulance together

St John operates 24 hours aday,seven days aweek.Our

ambulanceservicetreatsand transports about 400,000

people everyyear.This can be the differencebetween life

and death forpeople.

Anew ambulance costs over $200,000* to build and kit out.

St John is acharity so donations are the only way to make

this new ambulance happen.

Readers: As agroup, will you help St John buy an

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26 Communtylink

Telugu communitycelebrateits NewYear

NZTA also marks its 20th Anniversary

Supplied Content(Edited)

‘Ill-disciplined’ government

says National MP

More than 800 men,

womenand children

attended Ugadi

celebrations organisedbythe

New Zealand Telugu

Association atAvondale College

in Auckland onMarch 11, 2018.

The event thisyear acquired

special significance on three


Significant milestone

Firstly, it marked the 20th

Anniversary of NZTA.

From its humble beginnings,

the Association has grown to offer

services tothe community

and its members based on their

evolving needs. Literary, cultural

and entertainment programmes

areheld to sustain the interest

of the Telugu-speaking people in


Secondly, NZTAcreated history

by electing Aruna Bhoompelli as

its first Woman-President.

“Times are changingand NZTA

has shown the way for more

women toundertakesuch responsibilities

and lead in social,

cultural and literary activities.

Aruna has been ashining example

ofeffective leadership and

thusfar organised festivals such

asShankaranthi, Holi and now

Ugadi,” amember said.

Single family

“Although Telugu-speaking

peopleinIndia todaybelong

Cultural dancers at the NZTAevent

Young and old performed at the Ugadi Festival (Pictures supplied)

to twodifferent States namely

Telangana and Andhra Pradesh,

we are one big family in New

Zealand,” she added.

The Ugadi event started with

the ‘Ugadi Pachchadi, comprising

coconut, banana, raw mango,jaggery,

neem flower, salt and

redchilly powertosymbolise

that life bringswithissues that

arehard, ripe, soft, sour,sweet,

bitter, salineand spicy.

Padma Govardhan honoured

Sangeetha Bharathi School of

Music Director and Principal Dr

Padma Govardhan wasfelicitated

on her achievement of obtainingadoctorate

(PhD) in Carnatic

Music (Indian Newslink March

1, 2016 issue).

Shanti Niwas Charitable

Trust Project Manager Nilima

Venkat andTelangana Jagruthi

New Zealand PresidentAruna

JyothiMallikarjun Reddywere

also recognisedand honoured

for their servicestothe community

through their respective



Singh Bakshi

With each passing

day, the

Government is left

fighting tocontain

the damage caused either by

membersofits Coalitionparties

or its own Ministers.

The unnecessary anduncalled

for attack on Air NewZealand is

an example of what little control

the Prime Minister hasover her

Cabinet ministers.

While Shane Jones wastrying

to be the champion of the

regions by attacking acommercial

operation, Winston Peters

wascausing embarrassment by

suggesting New Zealand pursue

afree trade agreement with

Russia atthe same timeasthe

restofthe world was condemning

thecountry sighted as the

culprit behind the nerve agent

attack in Britain.

New ZealandFirst

It appears that NewZealand

First doesn’t feelthat itsrole in

Government is of governance

but, rather, aself-interested road

triparound the regions from

which its MPshail.

The latestembarrassment

for thePrime Minister is her

Broadcasting Minister’s cover

ups and back tracks around

meetings thattook placewith

Radio New Zealand that has led

to the resignationofasenior


Followingthe 2017 election the

Coalition Government inherited

astrong, growing economy.

Our leadership governed New

Zealand in amanner that delivered

positive results on all fronts

for all New Zealanders.

We got through theglobal

financial crisis as well as the

Christchurch and Kaikoura

earthquakes because of the exemplaryleadership

that our

team provided duringthose


Unachievable promises

On the other hand, the

Labour-led Coalition has made

unachievable and impractical

promises to the people of this

country. Andinstead of fulfilling

their promises, all we have seen

are announcements of reviews,

working groups and committees

or infighting and ill-discipline

amongst the Coalition.

This leaves very little time and

energy forNew Zealand’sgovernanceand

Iamquite sure

New Zealanders expect better.

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APRIL 1, 2018


Model of the Fortnight

Listening to the inner voice fosters human endeavour

Diffidence is the most formidable

obstacle to human

progress but those able to

listen to their inner voice and

gain self-assertion will become

good achievers in life.

That is the belief of Poonam

Shashi, our Model of the


“Strong willpower, self-confidence

and ability to listen to myself

have been motivating factors

in my life and career. I believe

that I am successful because I

have been able to counter many

challenges in life,” she said.

Pursuit of Passion

A mother to a five-year-old

daughter, Poonam says that a

woman’s passion in life and career

need not be restricted after

child birth.

“In fact, the arrival of a child

motivates a mother to become

a role-model and inspire the

younger generation. I have a lot

to achieve in life,” she said.

Poonam said that she had

dreamt of being a model for a

long time but did not have an opportunity

but hopes that being

our Model of the Fortnight would

open the doors to showbusiness

and modeling industry.

Born and raised in Suva, Fiji,

Poonam says that she was a doted

child, being the youngest in

a family of five, including her

brother and sister. But the family

also taught her to be passionate

about cultural and religious

values, which have molded her

personality and character.

“I grew up as a polite, hardworking

and cheerful girl. My

main aim has been to ensure the

welfare and happiness of my

parents. I followed the career

path chosen by my family and I

have no regrets,” she said.

Awards and Citations

She obtained her Masters

in Health Science (First Class

Honours) and is employed as

Infection Control Specialist at a

major hospital in Auckland.

Poonam has been a recipient

of Scholarships, Citations

and Awards and represents her

Hospital at overseas seminars

and conferences.

“I enjoy reading evidence-based

randomised controlled

trial, gazing at the Stars,

walking along the beach, dining

out and shopping, not to forget

my recently developed interest

in belly-dancing,” she said.

Pooja is a contestant at the

Pageants of India New Zealand

to be held in Papakura, Auckland

on Sunday, May 27, 2018.

-Venkat Raman

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28 Communitylink

Project to feed hungry children impacts New Zealanders

Venkat Raman

‘Eat for a

Good Cause’


the way

When Smita

Kanwar, Channel

and Business


Manager (International and

Migrant Banking) at ANZ learnt

from the print and social media

that thousands of New Zealand

children attend school either undernourished

or unnourished, she

decided to do something decisive.

“After all,” she told herself, “I

would not want my four-year

daughter Krisha attend school as a

hungry child; why should any other


Supportive ANZ

Encouraged by her Bank’s supportive

attitude towards staff

volunteering to help community

groups, she contacted Brijesh

Sethi, Director of the Kingsland

based ‘Zing Restaurant’ (located at

where Ms Kanwar and her team

had dined recently.

She asked Mr Sethi if he would

support the ‘Eat for a Good Cause’


The idea was simple: Sell lunch

boxes to ANZ staff at $16 and donate

50% ($8) to ‘KidsCan’ (which

this newspaper has been supporting

for the past several years). A

bonus was that every purchaser

would go into a draw, with the

winner getting a $50 voucher to

dine at ‘Zing.’

Ms Kanwar enlisted three senior

bankers at ANZ, namely Mark

Hill-Rennie (Regional Manager,

Auckland East), Jack Hou (Head

of Migrant Banking and Auckland

Asian Banking) and Padmini

Vikash (Regional Manager,

Auckland South) with their ready


This team has the support of

ANZ management and staff, some

of the latter including Lynnette

Carruthers, Bhakti Mehta, Miki

Lee, Lin Zeng, Sam Lee, Bandhana

Singh, Julie Tan, Tyerell Moodley

and Shaun Carruthers.

Brijesh Sethi Passion

Mr Sethi, who has been involved

in the education sector for the past

15 years, owns the New Zealand

School of Education and Advanced

Training Centres in West, South,

Central Auckland, North Shore and

Hamilton. He agreed instantly to

the proposal.

“I am passionate about the children

and youth of our country and

hence the Project was appealing.

Smita was keen to support KidsCan

The team that feeds: (from left) Smita Kanwar, Brijesh Sethi, Jack Hou, Padmini Vikash and Mark Hill-Rennie

and also provide quality food to

her team at ANZ. ‘Zing’ is a restaurant,

not a takeaway, and hence

we had to subsidise the cost to

make this initiative more effective,”

he said.

“We work hard for the success

of our students, who cannot focus

on empty stomach. We do our best

to ensure that our students do not

go hungry. Food is almost always

available for students at some

of our campuses. NZSE provides

bread and butter, while our team

approaches food companies to donate

cereals, arrange food parcels

and even cook for students,” Mr

Sethi added.

Staff Volunteers

That sentiment matches well

with ANZ, whose stated purpose

is “to help shape the world where

people and communities thrive.”

ANZ staff are encouraged to donate

one working day each year

to offer help within the community

and spend collectively 15,000

working hours.

A Chef at Zing Restaurant prepares lunch

(Pictures Supplied)

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Tribute to Sachin Dev Burman brings back the Golden Age

Venkat Raman

The Golden Age of Hindi

film music with Sachin

Dev Burman will return,

at least for an evening, as

a musical programme gets under

way in Auckland in May.

Organised by the Auckland

based Swar Sadhana Academy

of Indian Music and Ravi Shetty

Concepts, the Programme will

put together some of the finest

songs of Sachin Dev Burman,

paying tribute to the late


Called ‘Sunehri Yaadein,’ the

event will be held on Saturday,

May 26, 2018 from 630 pm

at Dorothy Winston Centre,

Auckland Girls Grammar

School located at Howe Street in

Auckland Central.

Tickets, priced at $20 per person

are now on sale.

Hohepa Auckland

Third in the annual ‘Sunehri

Yaadein’ annual series, the programme

this year is being held

in aid of ‘Hohepa Auckland,’ a

charitable organisation that provides

people with intellectual

disabilities to live, learn and

work with others of all abilities.

About S D Burman

Born on October 1, 1906,

Sachin Dev Burman in Comilla

(Bangladesh) to Raj Kumari

Nirmala Devi, the Royal

Princess of Manipur and

Nabadwipchandra Dev Burman,


Swar Sadhana

event in aid

of Hohepa


Maharaja of Tripura (1849-

1862), Sachin Dev Burman was

the youngest of the five sons in

a family of nine children. His

mother died when he was just

two years of age.

He started as a musician in the

Calcutta Radio Station in 1920.

He began composing songs

for Bengali films in 1937 and later

become one of the most successful

Bollywood film music


With more than 100 films to

his credit, his songs were known

for their light semi-classical

and folk style of Bengal. His son

Rahul Dev Burman was also a

celebrated music composer in

the Indian film industry.

Almost all leading singers from

1950 to 1970, including Lata

Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi,

Geeta Dutt, Manna Dey, Kishore

Kumar, Hemant Kumar, Asha

Bhosle and Shamshad Begum.

Mukesh and Talat Mahmood

have songs composed by

Burman. He also rendered about

14 Hindi and 13 Bengali film


Partnership with Dev


Burman joined Dev

Anand to compose songs

for ‘Afsar’ (1950), the

first movie of the latter’s

company Navketan

International Films

Private Limited. The success

of their second film

‘Baazi’ (1951) elevated

Burman to the top of

the Hindi film industry


The jazzy musical score

in ‘Baazi’ revealed a new

facet of singer Geeta Dutt,

who was mainly known

for melancholy songs

and bhajans. While every

song in the film was a

hit, ‘Tadbir Se Bigdi Hui

Taqdeer,’ a ghazal that

was occidentalised into

a seductive song became


The ‘Jaal’ song ‘Yeh

Raat, Yeh Chandni’ by

Hemant Kumar is an alltime

great classic.

The song, ‘Thandi

Hawain’ from ‘Naujawan’

(1951) sung by Lata

Mangeshkar was one

of his first major hits.

It made Lata very famous

as also poet Sahir


The songs sung by

Mohammed Rafi and

Kishore Kumar became


Guru Dutt and others

He also wrote music

for the Guru Dutt classics

such as ‘Pyaasa’

(1957) and ‘Kaagaz Ke

Phool’ (1959). Among his

other hits of that decade

were ‘House No. 44’

(1955), ‘Funtoosh’ (1956)

and ‘Solva Saal’ (1958).

In 1959 came Sujata, a

masterpiece by Bimal

Roy, and Burman created

magic again with ‘Jalte

Hai Jiske Liye’ by Talat


Asha Bhosle promoted

In 1957, Burman

fell out with Lata

Mangeshkar and adopted

her younger sister Asha

Bhosle as his lead female

singer. The team of

Burman, Kishore Kumar,

Asha Bhosle and lyricist

Majrooh Sultanpuri became

popular for their

duet songs.

Thus, he was responsible,

along with O P

Nayyar for shaping Asha

Bhosle as a singer of repute,

who became his

daughter-in-law after

she married Rahul Dev


Rise of Kishore

In 1958, Burman composed

music for Kishore

Kumar’s house production

‘Chalti Ka Naam

Gaadi,’ the same year in


which he was awarded the ‘Sangeet Natak

Akademi Award.’

He remains the only music director to

have won the prestigious award.

He often took inspiration from Folk,

Hindustani Classical Music as well as day-today

sounds of life.

During an interview with Filmfare, he explained

how he had composed the ‘Kaala

Pani’ tune for ‘Hum Bekhudi Mein Tum,’ a

song written by Majrooh Sultanpuri, rendered

by Mohammed Rafi and picturised on

Dev Anand.

He said that he was inspired by

Hindustani Classical ‘Raag Chayyanat’ and

Muslim Muezzin’s call for prayers that one

hears daily near a Mosque to compose the


More on Sachin Dev Burman and Sunehri

Yaadein will appear in our next issue.

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Holi in Parliament adds to cultural plurality

Venkat Raman

Prime Minister Jacinda

Ardern called it ‘A Vibrant

Celebration that brings

together so many of us,’

Indian High Commissioner

Sanjiv Kohli described it as ‘A

Festival that reflects India’s rich

cultural heritage and colourful

customs offering the best to

the world,’ while more than 200

people enjoyed the speeches,

music and dances.

That was how it was at

the first-ever Holi celebrations

held at the Banquet Hall

of Parliament Buildings in

Wellington on Tuesday, March

20, 2018.

This may not be an annual

event, since ‘Holi’ is not an

indoor event; but it served to

compensate for the absence of

‘Diwali in Parliament’ last year.

Spirit of Oneness

The spirit of oneness, joy and

goodwill ran across the event,

which witnessed dance items,

demonstrating the emerging local


Ethnic Communities Minister

Jenny Salesa, who hosted the

event, said that Holi brings together

friends, families, and

communities and described it as

‘A Festival shared by everyone

regardless of status, gender, social

or professional standing.’

“Most, if not everyone, will

know that one of the key characteristics

of Holi festivities

is when people throw coloured

powder at each other while

Prime Minister Jacinda Arden speaking at the Holi Festival

getting drenched in water.

However, as we are holding our

celebration in the Banquet Hall

(in Parliament), we needed to improvise

while trying to retain the

essence of Holi,” she said.

Distinctive Feature

Ms Salesa said that smearing

of bright colours is adistinctive

feature of Holi, and

although aHindu spring Festival,

it is celebrated widely by other


“Its message resonates with

many New Zealanders. Holi in

Parliament showcases Hindu culture

and heritage, allowing us to

share in the beauty of the culture

and its message. This is an important

part of building aharmonious

and strong New Zealand,”

she said.

“As many of you will know,

I migrated from Tonga to New

Zealand with my parents when I

Ethnic Communities Minister Jenny Salesa on

the significance of Holi

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with (from left Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Jenny Salesa, Sanji v

Kohli and Paul Patel

was 16. Ihave had first-hand experience

of what it means to be

a migrant in this country. Like

most of you here, Ican relate to

the opportunities and challenges

that come with this experience.

It also means Iknow how important

it is for culture and traditions

to be remembered and

celebrated in this country which

I now call home. Iunderstand

how important it is to maintain a

connection with one’s roots and

heritage,” she added.

Other Highlights

Vanisa Dhiru, President, New

Zealand National Council of

Women was the Master of

Ceremonies at the Festival, which

included aBharata Natyam number

by Radha Raman (a student

of Natraj School of Dance) and

a Hindi film song and dance sequence

by alocal group.

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Study reveals value of sports to New Zealanders

And we need more participation by women

Grant Robertson

Ihave launched anew study

by Sport NZ which explores

the value of sport to New Zealanders,

their communities

and our country.

There is no question that sport

is at the heart of our national

identity, but what this study tells

us is that being physically active

also creates happier, healthier

people, and better- connected


‘The Value of Sport’ surveyed

around 2000 New Zealanders and

reviewed previous studies from

here and around the world.

Building confidence

This study shows that Kiwis

believe sport and physical activity

bring people together and create

a sense of belonging.

Other key findings from the

Value of Sport include (a) 88%

of people believe that sport

and other physical activities

provide them with opportunities

to achieve and help build

confidence (b) Three-quarters

of Kiwis say sport and physical

activity help build vibrant and

stimulating communities and (c)

The sport and active recreation

Images and Infographics from ‘The Value of Sports Survey

sector employs more than 53,000

New Zealanders.

Community support

The report was launched on

Saturday, March 17, 2018 at

Wellington’s ASB Centre as part of

a visit to local club netball trials

and asecondary school volleyball


It is fantastic to see athletes of

all ages and skill levels, and the

volunteers and whanau who

support them, coming together

under one roof.

It just goes to show the power

of sport to bring people together

and create asense of belonging.

Grant Robertson is Sport and

Recreation Minister of New


Following is aReport by Radio

New Zealand, published by

Indian Newslink under aSpecial

Agreement with

We need more women in Sports

Sport and Recreation Minister

Grant Robertson said that he

is committed to getting more

women into sport.

Mr Robertson released astudy

on March 18, 2018 by Sport

New Zealand, which highlights

the importance of sport to New

Zealanders, and how it benefits

individuals and communities.

The report canvassed 1500

people including many in the

sport and recreation sector.

It found almost three quarters

of adults participated in sport

over the past week, compared to

nine out of 10 young people.

Just one in five adults belonged

to asports club and 9% had gym


The report also found that 51%

of young people were part of a

school sports team.

Issue on priority

However, the report said that

60% of boys were participating

in club sport, compared to 49%

of girls.

Mr Robertson said that he had

made it his priority as Minister

of Sport to see agreater role for

women and girls in sport.

“It is also the role modelling

question, we want role models to

be celebrated. I’m really excited

with some of the developments

in women’s sport that we are

starting to see across the codes,

but there’s awhole lot more to

do,” he said.

Grassroots changes

Mr Robertson said that he

wanted to see changes at a

grassroots level.

“It is actually about the

priorities that we put on that -encouraging

and supporting clubs,

for instance, to have development

officers who focus on women.

And Iknow anumber of the

codes around New Zealand are

now doing that -their development

officers are not just males

but they’re also females,” he said.

Former Silver Ferns’ Coach, and

Head Coach at Wellington Netball

Club PIC Wai Taumaunu attended

the launch and said that her Club

provided positive role models to

younger women.

“I was fortunate enough that

having started sport quite young,

I was then exposed to awide

range of wonderful female role

models in positions of authority,”

she said.

Ms Taumaunu said that she

strongly believed that her netball

club made apositive impact on

her community.

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IPL 2018 brings challenges, excitement and plenty of money

Apurv Shukla

The Indian Premium

League (IPL), the biggest

T20 Cricket League in the

world will begin its 11th

season in Mumbai on April 7,


Defending Champions

‘Mumbai Indians’ will be looking

to win their Fourth IPL

Championship, warding off challenges

from seven other franchisees,

including the returning

‘Rajasthan Royals’ and ‘Chennai

Super Kings.

IPL was the brainchild of businessman

and former Indian

Cricket Board official Lalit Modi.

Now disgraced and embroiled

in ahost of controversies, Modi

set up IPL to counter the rising

popularity of the now defunct

Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Little did anyone know that the

event would turn out to be aphenomenon

and acquire aglobal


Auction of Players

The start of IPL 2018 was

preceded by aplayer’s auction

held in late January this year.

Purists of the game despised

this process. But clearly, the market

forces like the auction and

players like Ben Stokes, who was

the most expensive buy of the

auction (NZ$ 3.1 million) have no

reason to complain.

This draft led to alot of new

team combinations now at play in

IPL 2018.

Kolkata Knight Riders

‘Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR),

owned by film star Shahrukh

Khan, has anew captain in

Dinesh Karthik, anew entrant

to the team, although an experienced

IPL campaigner.

KKR have invested heavily in

young players.

Stars of India’s victory at this

year’s U-19 World Cup in New

Zealand like Shubham Gill and

Shivam Mani find aplace in this

squad. These youngsters are untested

at domestic and international

level and hence KKR may

find the going tough at this IPL.

Gautam Gambhir returns to

Delhi as their captain.

Other Teams

‘Delhi Daredevils’ (DD), the perennial

underachievers at IPL,

have anew coach in former

Australian captain Ricky Ponting.

The team hopes that their expensive

buys like Glen Maxwell

and South Africa pace sensation

Kagiso Rabada will help them win

their first IPL.

Kings 11 Punjab, finalists in

2014, will bank on new captain

Ravi Ashwin to turn their fortunes

around. Coach Virender

Sehwag was instrumental in getting

players like Chris Gayle and

Yuvraj Singh into the fold. He

will now be hoping these players,

branded by some as past their

prime, help Punjab win games

and also make them an attractive

proposition for crowds and sponsors


Chennai and Rajasthan make

their comeback at IPL after aban

of two years.

Both franchisees will be looking

to put off the field matters behind

them and let their cricket make


Rajasthan shunned their approach

of previous years in investing

on young players priced

economically, to spend big on

marquee signings.

Alongside Stokes, they spent a

large amount of money on left

arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat and

wicketkeeper Sanju Samson.

Shane Warne, their winning

captain of 2008, returns to the

franchisee as the Head Coach.

The IPL Advantage

IPL has given Indian domestic

players achance to rub shoulders

with the greats of the game.

These players now have an opportunity

to showcase their talents

to the world.

Since IPL is adomestic tournament

of the Indian Cricket Board,

a lot of money is being pumped

back into domestic cricket.

This improves its visibility

and the pay scales for everyone


A clear by-product of corporate

involvement in the game is the

visible improvement of in-stadia

infrastructure and facilities used

by players and fans.

There is no doubt that IPL is

here to stay.

It is an excellent product and

has attracted new legion of fans

to the game.

Eight weeks of excellent Cricket

await cricket fans.






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