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Fiji First Party is

holding just over half of

the votes at the end of

provisional vote counting in

the Fiji election, polling for

which was held on November

14, 2018.

Its closest rival Social

Democratic Liberal Party

(SODELPA), led by Sitiveni

Rabuka, received 38% of the

votes.

The National Federation

Party (NFP) had 7.5% and was

the only other Party to have

passed the 5% threshold to

gain seats at press time.

Rains affect polling

Voter turnout ranged from

53% to 61% in Fiji’s four

divisions, according to the Fijian

Elections Office. Heavy rain

and flooding on polling day

forced the closure of 26 stations,

affecting 7800 people. A date

has yet to be set for them to

vote and a campaign blackout

with accompanying media

restrictions has been extended.

Final vote counting begun

after 70% of polling stations had

phoned their results overnight.

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brought in from all over Fiji to

the National Results Centre for

tallying with the votes which

were cast last week in Fiji’s

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remote areas as well as those

posted.

688 v 668

A FijiFirst candidate with a

candidate number similar to

Party Leader Bainimarama

was a surprising addition

to the list of top ten most

popular candidates, the Fiji

Sun reported.

The 668 Candidate, Alipate

Nagata, was sixth in the

popularity stakes at the last

count ahead of SODELPA’s Ro

Teimumu Kepa and FijiFirst’s

Parveen Bala.

Mr Bainimarama, whose

candidate number is 688 was

the highest polling candidate

by far with 38% of the vote; Mr

Rabuka had 17% of the vote

and NFP Leader Dr Biman

Prasad 3%.

Highest polling female

candidate

SODELPA’s Lynda Tabuya

was the highest polling female

candidate, according to the

last provisional results. The

lawyer, who is contesting for

the first time, had the fifth

highest number of votes,

ahead of former SODELPA

leader Ro Teimumu Kepa.

No other woman was in

the top ten at the close of

provisional vote counting.

Fiji has an open list proportional

representation system

where seats are apportioned

according to how many votes

a Party gets. Voters have a say

on which Party candidates get

in unlike the closed list system

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NOVEMBER 15, 2018

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An honest array of tributes devoid

of verbosity will be the hallmark

of the Ninth Annual Mother

Teresa Interfaith Meeting due to

held next week in Auckland.

National MP and former Trade Minister

Todd McClay will be the main speaker at

the meeting scheduled to be held at Christ

the King Church located at 260 Richardson

Road in Mount Roskill, Auckland on

Saturday, November 24, 2018.

Mr McClay is an elected Member of Parliament

from Rotorua since 2008 and has

increased his majority at each successive

election. He is the first MP to be elected

for the fourth sucessive term in Rotorua.

Peace and Love

The Mother Teresa Interfaith Committee

is privileged and honoured to have

the patronage of Bishop Patrick Dunn, the

Roman Catholic Archbishop of Auckland.

“We invite everyone to participate

in the Meeting and honour one of the

greatest personalities of the 20th century.

The Interfaith Committee, comprising

representatives of the Hindu, Muslim,

Buddhist, Christian, Sikh and Zoroastrian

communities, is devoted to spread the

message of love and peace of the Saint.

There will be songs and hymns on Peace

and Love and Mother Teresa sisters in

Auckland will be taking part,” a Spokes-

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throughout her life for the

poor and the needy. Those

with compassion and social

responsibility held her

special attention and it is

appropriate that Mr McClay

is with us this year,” the

Spokesperson said.

Mother the Saint

In 2016, Pope Francis held

a Consistory of Cardinals

and Bishops at which,

among others Causes, the

Canonisation of Blessed

Teresa was approved.

The canonisation, held

after the Sunday Mass, was

celebrated as a part of the

Jubilee for workers and

volunteers of mercy.

The entire Missionaries

of Charity family – Sisters,

Brothers, Fathers,

co-workers, Corpus Christi

Movement for Priests, lay

associates (Lay Missionaries

of Charity and Thirst

Movement), volunteers,

benefactors, friends

of different faiths, and

especially the poorest of the

poor – rejoiced on that day.

It is providential that

the approved miracle that

occurred in Santos, Brazil in

2008 through the intercession

of Blessed Teresa, was

brought to the attention of

the Postulation only in late

2013 and received approval

in December 2015.

Icon of Mercy

Even in her lifetime,

Mother Teresa was an icon

of God’s tender mercy, radiating

the light of God’s love

to many through the works

of mercy, both material and

spiritual.

From heaven, she continues

to fulfil her mission

as she lights the light of

those in darkness on earth.

With her canonisation, the

Church presents her as a

model and intercessor of

those who, like her, long

to light the fire of love

and peace throughout the

world. She can be taken as

a Patron Saint especially for

those who are most in need

of God’s mercy.

A Statement from the

Mother Teresa Charities

in Kolkata said, “By her

example and through her

intercession, may Mother

Teresa inspire many to

give their ‘hearts to love

and their hands to serve,’

starting with those closest to

them. May we all continue

to live and deepen our

awareness of being in

need of mercy and our

willingness to extend mercy

in our communities, in our

families and in our service

of the poor.”

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NOVEMBER 15, 2018

National misses the mark in its key target

National has a problem.

It’s not its leader, it’s

not the Party losing

faith and it’s not even a

fallen MP raising merry hell.

The salacious saga of Jami-

Lee Ross has severely tested

Simon Bridges over recent

weeks.

Page-turning novel

The Jami-Lee Ross story is

the political equivalent of a

page-turning novel, but the real

plot twist for National doesn’t

lie here but in the dry prose

of the Treasury, Statistics New

Zealand and the Reserve Bank

of New Zealand.

The story set out on those

pages is one of an economy in

good health. That makes the

going tough for National as it

prepares for 2019 - the middle

year of the term and the noman’s

land for Opposition.

Holding to account

Despite the JLR derailment,

National has largely been on

track in its role as government

critic.

Michael Woodhouse has been

forensic in the Karel Sroubek

case, leaving Minister Ian

Lees-Galloway struggling to explain

why he granted residency

to the Czech drug smuggler.

Chris Bishop has doggedly

hounded the government over

the appointment of Deputy

Police Commissioner Wally

Haumaha.

Paul Goldsmith has beavered

away on the Provincial Growth

Fund, this week revealing the

‘missing meetings’. More than

60 engagements that Shane

Jones held were not declared,

some of which related to the $3

billion fund he presides over.

Judith Collins continues to

chip away at KiwiBuild and its

Minister Phil Twyford.

Missing the mark

But National’s shots at its

most important target - the

economy - are missing the

mark.

Mr Bridges marked the

anniversary of the new administration

by declaring it “a year

of economic mismanagement”

and claiming that “under this

government the economy is

slowing.”

But it was hard to find the

numbers to match his words.

At 3.9%, unemployment is the

lowest in ten years; Or in the

words of RBNZ, “Employment is

around its maximum sustainable

level.”

GDP grew 1% in the September

quarter. It is the strongest

growth in two years, nearly

double the OECD average and

rivalled only by the US.

It was broad-based - 15 out

of 16 industries expanded, with

only mining dropping back.

The RBNZ believes GDP

growth will “pick up” over 2019.

Inflation not alarming

Cost of living pressures are

real but the latest CPI increase

of 1.9% recorded by Stats NZ

is low by historic standards.

Further blunting National’s

grab for attention on hip pocket

issues, petrol prices dropped 10

cents a litre in October.

In the housing sector, rents

have been rising, as have

concerns about KiwiBuild, but

the dangerously hot Auckland

market has cooled safely so far.

ASB said this week more

Kiwis believed it was a good

time to buy a house than at any

point in the last five years.

Low mortgage rates

Mortgage rates are almost

subterranean. This week

ANZ offered a one year rate

of 3.95%, claiming it was the

lowest since World War II.

A time traveller with a mullet

or shoulder pads might have

thought a one had been mistakenly

left off the front of the rate

(mortgage rates were nudged

20% in the late 1980s).

A deep grave has been dug

for claims of a fiscal hole.

A surplus of $5.5 billion is

forecast and the government is

on track to meet its Budget Responsibility

Rules of spending at

30% of GDP and debt at 20%.

This seems to leave Labour

more vulnerable to attack from

the left than the right.

Aside from a few tweaks,

and despite the rhetoric about

expunging neo-liberalism, the

economic paradigm remains.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership

(TPP) has a new name, 90-day

job trials are gone for big

companies but remain for

SMEs and teachers and nurses

strike for a greater share of the

surplus billions.

Foreigners can’t buy houses

but can certainly buy land.

RNZ revealed this week that

National Party Leader Simon Bridges in Parliament (Photo: VNP/Phil Smith)

Greens Minister Eugenie Sage

approved nearly every foreign

land sale in her first nine

months as Minister, putting

nearly 60,000 hectares into

foreign hands.

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then National’s warnings of

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The JLR saga has sparked

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Bridges could be rolled.

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about his MPs doing the

numbers and more about the

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NOVEMBER 15, 2018

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With gratitude we will work for peace

Ardern pays tributes to heroes of World War I

Jacinda Ardern

The Carillon and

Wellington’s ‘roaring

chorus’ recaptured (on

November 11, 2018),

the wave of spontaneous

jubilation and hope which

swept New Zealand when

news of the Armistice broke.

As the Stratford Evening

Post reported on November

13, 1918, “The ringing of the

fire-bell, whistles blowing, the

tin-can band of the boys, and

other devices with which to

make a noise joyfully, soon

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the countryside.”

Stark loss

A hundred years ago however,

the celebrations were

tempered by stark loss.

This same news item went

on to say, “It almost seemed

good to be sad for a moment,

and then joy won, and the

rest of the day was spent with

the spirit of thankfulness

uppermost, and with an

exuberance of pleasure, tempered

with remembrance.”

Reeling Nation

By November 1918 we

were a nation reeling.

New Zealand’s total war

losses had surpassed 16,000,

a toll that was cruelly compounded

by the influenza

pandemic which killed about

9000 people in New Zealand

over the course of two

months.

Many soldiers would

return to lives very different

to those they had left months

or years ago. Many found it

difficult to settle down -not

all were able to walk straight

back into their old jobs,

homes, relationships or social

groups.

The effect of War

When Lieutenant-Colonel

Many performances to mark the Armistice Anniversary

Lawrence ‘Curly’ Blyth went back to

farming in Waipukurau, he found he was

only able to stay put for a few days before

he had to move away.

Lawrence explained the effect that war

had on him as someone who had enlisted

at the age of 18: “I had a different outlook

in life. You’d been through all these different

things, mixed with all these different

people. The change was quite dramatic.”

We remember all the lives changed

by the First World War. We consider the

families across New Zealand that faced an

uncertain future without loved ones in a

world indelibly altered by the horrors of

industrial, modern warfare.

The Final Chapter

The centenary of Armistice signals the

final chapter in our WW100 commemorative

period.

The WW100 programme has had a huge

impact across Aotearoa during these four

years – connecting hundreds of thousands

of New Zealanders with our past, our

ancestors, our tupuna and each other.

What has shone through during this

time has been the willingness of people

from all walks of life – from veterans to

school students –toengage and reflect on

the legacy of the war and what it means to

them.

Just as communities last century

rallied together to support the war effort,

responding to Lady Liverpool’s appeal

by fundraising, sewing, and of course

knitting, New Zealand united again, this

time in remembrance.

So, while our formal commemorations

The main sign at Pukeahu

National War Memorial Park in

Wellington

(Pictures from Facebook

are drawing to a close my

hope is that the essence of

the commemoration will

endure.

I hope that we will

continue to engage with

our communities’ war

stories and memorials.

I hope that re-discovered

chapters of family

history will be passed on

to the next generations

and that we will never

forget the service and

sacrifices our forebears

made.

This Armistice Day, as

we reflect on the human

toll of war we are reminded

to value the living and

to hold fast to hope.

Achieving a better future

In a world where

conflict remains all too

prevalent, we look to how

we can achieve a better

future.

We think of our

commitment as a nation to

the ideals of peace, multilateralism

and inclusion.

We will best honour

our forebears by

continuing to hold

fast to these values as

we work for the next

generation and for our

future.

Ka maumahara tonu

tātou ki arātou

We will remember

them.

Jacinda Ardern is

Prime Minister of

New Zealand. The

above was her speech

at Pukeahu National

War Memorial Park,

Wellington to mark

the Armistice Day

National Ceremony

on November 11,

2018.

Editor’s Note:

Armistice Day is

commemorated every

year on November 11

to mark the armistice

signed between the

Allies of World War

I and Germany at

Compiègne, France, for

cessation of hostilities

on the Western Front

of World War I, which

took effect at 11 o’clock

in the morning, the

‘Eleventh hour of the

Eleventh day of the

Eleventh month’ of

1918. The armistice

initially expired after

a period of 36 days. A

formal peace agreement

was only reached

when the Treaty of

Versailles was signed

the following year.

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Workers’ exploitation leads to hefty fines

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The Employment

Relations Authority

(ERA) has ordered

a Waikato company

and its sole director to pay

respectively $25,000 and

$12,500 for exploiting six

staff.

The underpayment was

more than $17,300.

A Labour Inspectorate

investigation found that

Jagran Property Services

Limited (Jagran), owned by

Jagendra Prasad, failed to

pay minimum wage and

holiday pay, keep accurate

records and charged an

employee a premium to have

a work visa.

Employment Law breached

Jagran operates a Crew

Care Commercial Cleaning

and Green Acres Mobile

Care Valet in the Waikato

and differing employment

breaches were found across

six of Jagran’s employees.

Labour Inspectorate

Regional Manager Natalie

Gardiner said, “Our investigation

into Jagran came from

an employee’s complaint

that she was not receiving

wages that she had to make

a payment to support her

work visa.

“We then undertook an

investigation into Jagran’s

employment practices and

found further breaches

affecting five other employees.

These breaches left

employees out of pocket and

one employee concerned

about her visa status. While

arrears have now been paid,

the employee that made

the complaint was made

to survive for an extended

period of time with little

earnings for many hours of

work. This non-compliant

business model meant

Jagran’s employees were

exploited while his business

benefitted.

Work ethos in New Zealand

Ms Gardiner said this

also sends a strong message

for larger companies or

franchise operations.

Non-compliant business

models should be monitored

from the very top of the supply

chain. It is important that

businesses are able to provide

assurance to consumers

that their operating model

has its workers’ treatment at

front of mind.

“Cleaners are around us

every day but can often be

an invisible and the most

vulnerable workforce.

Cases like this should send

a message to consumers

to think carefully about

worker pay and conditions

when hiring a service such

as home or office cleaning.

Treatment of workers like

this undermines the New

Zealand ethos of a fair day’s

work for a fair day’s pay.

It also puts law abiding

businesses at a disadvantage

and they cannot compete on

prices,” she said.

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Migrant workers are a

particularly vulnerable

section of the workforce,

as they are less likely to be

aware of their rights and

entitlements and can be

concerned regarding their

visa status.

“Migrant workers have

the same employment rights

as all other workers in New

Zealand, and the Inspectorate

works with Immigration

New Zealand and other

government agencies as part

of a whole-of-government

approach to combat migrant

exploitation,” Ms Gardiner

said.

The Ministry of Business,

Immigration and Employment

(MBIE) encourages

anyone who has information

or is concerned about

minimum standards or

visa conditions not being

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service centre handled in

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NOVEMBER 15, 2018

Educationlink

Labour announces funding boost for mental health

Jane Patterson

Mental health is likely

to get asignificant

funding boost, Finance

Minister Grant

Robertson said, addressing Labour

Party members in Dunedin last

fortnight.

Grant Robertson hails from the

City, having grown up in South

Dunedin, a place where he said

there was “not a lot of material

wealth”, but where he learnt that

if you “do the mahi, you get the

treats.”

Five core priorities

He listed the changes the coalition

government has made since

being elected last year, but also

talked about the 2019 “wellbeing”

Budget, he said would have five

core priorities.

They would cover growing and

modernising the economy, improving

the wellbeing of children

and “finally giving mental health

the priority and focus it deserves.”

“All New Zealanders understand

that as a country we haven’t done

enough over a very long period

of time to make sure that our

mental wellbeing is of the highest

standard.”

The details about all five priority

areas for 2019 would be revealed

in the Budget Policy Statement in

December, Mr Robertson said.

Details under discussion

Aspects of any future mental

health funding like whether any

particular demographic group

were still being considered by

ministers, and he said they were

awaiting the Mental Health

Grant Robertson and Jacinda Ardern at the Labour Party Conference. Photo: RNZ/Jane Patterson

Inquiry report.

“We have amongst young people

“But quite clearly the mental a really connected group but at

health of our young people is the same time a really lonely one;

a significant issue, one that we we know we have mental health

know that if we don’t get right issues within that grouping so it

it has serious consequences for makes sense that our next Budget

them.”

would focus on the issue of mental

The aim, said Mr Robertson, was health overall.”

to identify the issues that would Continuing low business

have the greatest impact on the confidence was also addressed,

inter-generational well-being of with Mr Robertson dismissing that

New Zealanders.

as history showing “business tends

“That means we are seeking to be a bit more pessimistic when

projects not just driven by one a Government has Labour at its

government agency or one core.”

minister, that’s a fundamental “We are not taking our careful

difference in this approach...that approach to economic management

to earn a few points in a

it’s a priority for every minister.”

PM addresses youth

business perception survey,” he

As a part of the Conference, said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

chaired a youth panel, where Jane Patterson is Political

mental health was raised as a Editor at Radio New Zealand.

significant concern.

Indian Newslink has published

Ms Ardern said that was backed the above Report and Pictures

by government data like the under a Special Agreement with

Census.

www.rnz.co.nz

NCEA digitalisation

unlikely by 2020

says the Authority

NCEA exams may remain on paper even after 2020 (Photo Supplied to RNZ)

Sourced Content

The New Zealand Qualifications

Authority (NZQA) is

unlikely to reach its target

of having NCEA exams

completed online by 2020.

A computer glitch interrupted a

Pilot Level 1 Digital English exam

on November 13, 2018, in which

more than 3500 students were

registered to take part.

But a Secondary School Principal

said that technical difficulties

were not the only hurdle to

achieving the 2020 goal.

Some 46,000 students appeared

for the Level 1 English exams on

November 13. But for the 3600

students doing the Digital Pilot,

things didn’t all go to plan.

Just over two hours in, a

computer glitch froze the screen

for more than 20 minutes before

it was cleared and students could

get on with the exam.

Exam time extended

NZQA said the issue was fixed

within 10 minutes and the exam

was extended to make up any

time lost.

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But Hayley Searancke, aYear 11

Kāpiti College student, said it was

a major disruption.

“People were all affected in the

classroom, they were all rustling

about just really wondering how

long it was going to be until we

could get back into our work,” Ms

Searancke said.

Kapiti College Principal Tony

Kane said that the glitch was

avoidable.

“This is an utterly known quantity,

whoever was administering

that part of it knows exactly how

many students are going to be

online at that time,” Mr Kane

said.

“In days where millions and

millions of transactions happen

everyday, surely 3500 kids on a

digital exam is not a big ask.”

Problem in Pakuranga

Year 11 students at Auckland’s

Pakuranga College also had their

exam interrupted by the glitch.

The School’s principal, Mike

Williams said that quite a few

students were stressed by it.

NZQA is investigating digital assessment

methods, with the aim

of having NCEA examinations

available online by 2020.

The aim to go digital then was

optimistic, Mr Williams said.

“Invariably, we need to be in

a better place but I don’t know

we will ever get to a place with

digital devices where they never

crash,” Mr Williams said.

“It is implicit in the devices,

there are hiccups, what we need

to be able to avoid is when we

have a mass online exam, the

system is more robust.”

Other challenges

Technical difficulties were not

the biggest challenge standing in

the way of the digital push, Mr

Williams said.

“While there will always be

these technical things to resolve

and every step of the trials and

pilots we learn more about the

process, the biggest challenge

for 2020 will be the equity issues

across New Zealand of how do

we provide an equitable learning

environment for all students,” he

said.

“So, giving all students access to

devices - not just for an exam, but

for their learning.”

NZQA’s Andrea Gray said it

was unlikely all exams would be

digital by 2020.

“We are seeing that the types of

things that we would need to be

able to see, like technology to take

things like mathematics examinations

successfully, may or may not

be in wide use in schools so we’re

not going to rush, but we are able

to implement most of the text

based examinations next year

and some of the foreign language

ones the following year,” Ms Gray

said.

NCEA digital exams would remain

optional for the foreseeable

future, Ms Gray said.

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the above Report and Picture

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with www.rnz.co.nz

Educationlink

Whitecliffe College gets new Chief Executive

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Darryn Melrose has been

appointed Chief Executive

of Whitecliffe College,

a privately-owned

art and design institution based

in Auckland.

He previously had asimilar

role at the Media Design School.

Mr Melrose will take up his

new assignment in January 2019,

succeeding Michele Whitecliffe,

who stepped down as President

after selling the Institution earlier

this year.

Whitecliffe College, now

owned by Asia Pacific Education

Group (APEDU), also comprises

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APEDU Founder & Chief

Executive Feroz Ali said that Mr

Melrose has extensive expertise

in the art, design and technology

sectors.

“He is ideally placed to lead

the Group into 2019 and beyond.

I am proud that Darryn has

joined our Group to lead the

New Zealand schools. I have

always admired his leadership

and communication style and he

will be agreat fit for Whitecliffe

College,” he said.

Mr Ali said that the appointment

will allow him to focus

more on governance and work

with his New Zealand and Canadian

leadership teams in creating

a group of schools that students

Darryn Melrose (Picture Supplied)

choose for their learning experience,

alignment to industries, and

ability to help them reach their

greatest potential.

Strategic Vision

“With Whitecliffe College now

specialising not only in arts and

design, but also in fashion and

sustainability, and technology and

innovation, Melrose brings the

strategic vision and high energy

leadership necessary to ensure

the Group continues offering the

highly-relevant and contemporary

education that is crucial for

success in today’s digital world,”

Mr Ali said.

Mr Melrose said that he looked

forward to his assignment at

Whitecliffe College.

New Zealand focus

“I am also looking forward to

being able to return my focus to

New Zealand. This is a dynamic

time to be an educator, with a

range of employers and industry

bodies looking for an improved

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graduates, and better pathways

from high school through to

skilled employment. A major

issue for the education sector is

that we are not creating enough

graduates to meet the needs of

fast-growing industries, and it is a

challenge that I am motivated to

address,” he said.

Mr Melrose has a strong

background in the tertiary

education sector in New Zealand

and overseas – he was at the helm

of Media Design School when the

Institution launched New Zealand’s

first VR/AR qualification.

Significant achievements

He has been the GM Design/

Technology Vertical for Laureate

Australia, and a Board Director

for Santa Fe University of Art and

Design.

Apart from education, his

experience spans financial

services, FMCG, retail, marketing,

telecommunications and digital

sectors.

He established the ‘Digital

Leadership Group,’ and was

instrumental in AIM Proximity’s

2009 ranking as the second best

direct/digital marketing agency in

the world.

He led the world’s first entry by

a bank into the energy and telecommunications

retail markets.

Mr Melrose was also the creator

and leader of GlobalPlus,

the triple-alliance of Air New

Zealand, Bank of New Zealand

and Telecom.


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NOVEMBER 15, 2018

Fijilink

A small, positive chapter in New Zealand-Fiji relations

‘Fiji Diwali Night 2018’ brings together people

Venkat Raman

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It was another positive chapter

in the long and eventful

history of people-to-people

relations a more than 100

people gathered at the Hauraki

Room of the Grand Mercure

Hotel in Auckland City on Friday,

November 2, 2018 to mark the

Festival of Lights.

Guests of Honour

New Zealand’s Social Development

Minister Carmel Sepuloni,

her Partner Daren Kamali, Fiji’s

Wellington-based High Commissioner

to New Zealand Filimone

Waqabaca, Fiji’s Sydney-based

Consul General and Trade

Commissioner (Australia & New

Zealand) Zarak Khan, Honorary

Consul of Fiji in Auckland Harish

Lodhia and Radio Tarana Managing

Director & Chief Executive

Robert Khan were among the

Guests of Honour at the event.

Hosted by the Sydney-based

Diplomatic and Trade Mission,

‘Fiji Diwali Night 2018,’ was

organised by Indian Newslink

and Radio Tarana .

More than 100 persons representing

the Fijian, Indian, Maori

and European communities

attended the first-ever event

of its type hosted by the Fijian

government in New Zealand.

Closer ties and cooperation

Ms Sepuloni spoke about the

existing and emerging oppor-

Peter Rudd, Filimone Waqabaca, Stuart Rhodes and Chandar Sen

tunities for improving relations together,” she said.

between New Zealand and Fiji at Mr Waqabaca said that Fiji continues

to progress as a favoured

all levels.

“Our government is working destination for New Zealanders for

hard to ensure that we realise business and leisure.

the potential to grow those

Hub of the Pacific

relations further and establish Stating that Fiji is the ‘Hub of the

even stronger relations. Diwali Pacific,’ Mr Khan said that Fiji is

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UAE grants US$ 5 million for three new schools

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The strengthened bilateral

ties between

Fiji and United Arab

Emirates has led

to the assistance of US$

5 million which will see

the construction of three

schools in Navua, Sigatoka

and Lautoka.

A Cooperation Agreement

was signed yesterday

(November 8, 2018) at

the Ministry of Economy

Headquarters to formalise

the partnership between the

Fijian Government and UAE

delegation that is currently

in the country for the new

schools site inspection.

Accompanying the delegation

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were technical and senior

officials from the Ministry

of Foreign Affairs and the

Ministry of Education.

Significant contribution

Whilst formalising the

partnership, United Arab

Emirates Non-Resident

Ambassador accredited to

Fiji Saleh Ahmed Alsuwaidi

said that his government

was delighted with the

collaboration which will

significantly contribute

towards Fiji’s education

sector development.

“Education is important

for the future development

Makereta Konrote (Photo Courtesy: Fiji Broadcasting Corporation)

of any country and with this

special partnership with

Fiji, we have announced

the assistance of US$ 5

million to build new schools

in cooperation with Fiji’s

Ministry of Education. We

are proud to be part of this

noble project and we thank

the Fijian Government

for its collaboration. The

technical teams will visit the

three sites to accommodate

the needs of the students,”

Mr Alsuwaidi said.

Further support

UAE has also pledged

its support to further its

bilateral ties by enabling Fiji

to participate in the Expo

2020 universal exposition

which will allow Fiji to seize

new economic, trade and

business opportunities.

Speaking on behalf of the

Fijian Government, Ministry

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members of the local industries

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skills,” Ms Konrote said.

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Report cites weaknesses in banks’ governance

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The Financial Markets

Authority (FMA) and

Reserve Bank of New

Zealand (RBNZ) have

completed their joint review

into the conduct and culture of

11 New Zealand banks.

The review is the first of its

kind in New Zealand.

Significant weakness

The regulators identified significant

weaknesses in the governance

and management of

conduct risks.

These weaknesses have resulted

in a number of issues

that require remediation.

Banks’ lack of proactivity in

identifying and remediating

conduct issues and risks means

vulnerabilities remain.

The FMA and RBNZ conclude

that the overall standard of

banks’ approaches to identifying,

managing and dealing with

conduct risk needs to improve

markedly.

The regulators found a small

number of issues related to poor

conduct by bank staff which

the banks are following up.

However, based on their findings,

the FMA and RBNZ do not

consider that widespread misconduct

or poor culture issues

currently exist across banks in

New Zealand.

Governing risks

FMA Chief Executive Rob

Everett said, “The governance

of conduct risk in the banks requires

serious attention. Boards

and senior management must

address the recommendations

and findings from our review

with urgency. The FMA published

a guide to good conduct in

February 2017, but some banks

have only now started to consider

these issues, with most of

the initiatives not going deep

enough.”

Reserve Bank Governor Adrian

Orr said: “To promote a sound

and efficient financial system,

banks have a responsibility to ensure

customers receive products

and services they understand.

These products and services must

be suited to customers’ needs on

an ongoing basis. Failure in this

responsibility exposes customers,

banks, and the wider economy

to unnecessary risk – as dramatically

demonstrated by the recent

Global Financial Crisis.”

Recommendations for banks

All 11 banks reviewed will receive

individual feedback. Each

bank must report back and provide

plans to address regulators’

feedback by the end of March

2019.

Some key areas have been

identified for improvement,

including:

• Greater board ownership

and accountability – including being

able to properly measure and

report on conduct and culture

risks and issues

• Prioritising the identification

of issues and accelerating

remediation

• Prioritising investment

in systems and frameworks

to strengthen processes and

controls

• Strengthening staff reporting

channels, including whistle-blower

processes for conduct

and culture issues

• Removing all incentives

linked to sales measures

and revising sales incentive

structures for frontline salespeople

and through all layers of

management.

Regulatory issues

While the principal responsibility

for developing strong

governance and management

frameworks for conduct risk remains

with banks, the current

regulatory settings do not provide

sufficient scope for regulators

to hold banks to account for

their conduct.

The Report sets out a number

of options the government

could consider to address these

issues, the regulators acknowledge

further policy work will be

required.

New Zealand Banks Facts

Eleven retail banks that account

for 99% of household deposits

have been reviewed over

four months. This comprised 391

interviews with more than 500

bank staff in 13 towns and cities,

including directors, managers

and frontline workers.

It was not an audit of individual

files or accounts, or a detailed

investigation of historical cases

like the ARC.

In addition, RBNZ and the FMA

have sought input from six banking

sector stakeholders including

consumer advocacy groups,

bank workers’ unions, the

Banking Ombudsman and NZ

Bankers’ Association. A consumer

survey of 2000 banks customers

has also been undertaken.

Despite the lack of specific conduct

regulations for banks, the

regulators have used the current

international focus on banking

conduct and their general responsibilities

for overseeing governance

and risk management

as the impetus for this review.

But neither the RBNZ nor the

FMA has an express mandate

or resources to regulate overall

bank conduct.

The FMA has completed its

own separate thematic review

into bank incentives structures

which was already in its work

plan for 2018. This will be published

on November 15, 2018.

The Commerce Commission

has been kept informed during

the process.

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Budget deficit in line with forecasts

Thomas Coughlan

Crown accounts for the

Government show a $343

million deficit in the first

three months of the 2019 Financial

Year, which was broadly in

line with the May Budget forecasts

and on track to end with a surplus

of $3.7 billion for the full year.

They also show the Government’s

debt rose to 20.9% of GDP

from 19.9% in June 2018, but is

below the Budget forecast of 21.7%.

Small deficit

A small deficit in the first quarter

had been forecast in the last

Budget.

Deficits are normal at the start

of a financial year, as tax revenue

increases as the year progresses

while expenses are paced more

evenly through the year.

The last financial year also

began with a deficit of $90 million,

according to Treasury’s statement.

The previous government took

credit for reducing the deficit from

a forecast $343 million in that

quarter.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson

said that he had been advised

that the early deficit would reverse

out into a surplus as the year

progressed.

Government expenses were 1%

below their forecast.

Call for tax cuts

National’s Regional Development

Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith

called for tax cuts.

Picture of Grant Robertson for Newsroom by Lynn Grieveson.

“The amount of taxes pouring

into the Government’s coffers

suggest it is making too big a

raid on the wallets of ordinary

New Zealanders while driving

up the cost of living. It should be

considering tax relief rather than

additional taxes and levies,” he

said.

The continued strength in the

Government’s books could give

rise to calls for more borrowing.

New Zealand tends to focus on

the Government’s net debt to

GDP ratio, instead of the more

internationally common gross

measurement.

Gross Debt

New Zealand’s gross debt is just

30.7 percent of GDP, remarkably

low by international standards.

The Economist this week lauded

Australia’s “remarkable” public

bookkeeping, noting it has “one of

the lowest (debt) levels in the rich

world.”

But Australia’s gross debt is 41%

of GDP, a full third above New

Zealand’s.

But Robertson’s statement on the

release of the accounts showed no

loosening of the debt track in sight.

“We are running sustainable annual

surpluses, keeping expenses

under control and managing net

debt carefully. At the same time,

we are making record investments

in infrastructure and public

services like health, education and

housing. This is a careful balance

between making the important

investments New Zealand needs

while making sure we’re not

burdening future generations,” he

said.

Thomas Coughlan is a

Newsroom Reporter based in

Wellington who writes on policy

and economics. Indian Newslink

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and Picture under a Special

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New Zealand tops World

Bank ranking on business

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Recognition that New

Zealand continues to have

the most business-friendly

environment in the world

is another real example of the

strength of our underlying economic

and business fundamentals,

Finance Minister Grant Robertson

said.

New Zealand maintained top spot

in the Doing Business 2019 Report

released by the World Bank on

November 1, 2018.

Mr Roberson issued the following

Statement:

Regulations compared

The Report compares regulations

affecting businesses in 190

countries, including settings for

starting a business, dealing with

construction permits, access to

credit, trade, and protection of

minority investors.

The Report uses quantitative data

which is current in 2018, and specifically

notes that “The top three

economies this year, New Zealand,

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After polling,

nail-biting wait in Fiji

Exploitation of migrant

workers must stop

We have carried two

reports of exploitation

of vulnerable workers

at two different parts of the

country, in each of which the

Employment Relations Authority

(ERA) has imposed fines

and/or ordered compensation

on charges of having made

their workers overworked and

underpaid.

In the first case, ALabour Inspectorate

investigation found

that Jagran Property Services

Limited (Jagran), owned by

Jagendra Prasad, failed to pay

minimum wage and holiday

pay, keep accurate records

and charged an employee a

premium to have a work visa.

The ERA ordered the

company and its sole director

to pay respectively $25,000 and

$12,500 for exploiting six staff.

The underpayment was more

than $17,300.

In the second case, the Employment

Court ruled that three

migrant employees working

in remote New Zealand will

receive $10,000 from an employer-couple

who persistently

breached their employment

rights.

Migrant workers, especially

temporary migrant workers,

are vulnerable to exploitation

As we went to press, a

day later in fact to accommodate

the results

of the General Election

in Fiji held on November 14,

2018, counting was still at hand,

with polling suspended at 26

polling stations (accounting for

7800 voters) because of heavy

rains.

Better Performance

FijiFirst and its Leader Josaia

Voreqe Bainimarama was in the

lead but the Social Democratic

Liberal Party (SODELPA) and

the National Federation Party

have registered a better performance,

or so it seems, looking at

the provisional results.

This in itself should prove

that the electoral process has

been free, fair and transparent.

But the slow pace of announcement

of election results

and the less than expected

turnout (about 61% compared

to 84% in 2014) has made the

developments nail-biting. We

believe that we may be able to

announce the final tally online

before this print edition hits the

stands.

Democratic Process

Fiji has completed its democratic

process and international

observers, including those from

Australia and New Zealand are

in Suva as observers. Except

for the media blackout that was

in force over the closing days,

the election has proved that the

people of Fiji were determined

to install a government that

would have a majority.

It now remains to be seen if

Fijians have voted for political

stability to avoid further coups.

Political equity

Fiji First, the Party founded

by Mr Bainimarama has thus

far done well but it is too early

to predict victory. His new Constitution,

with its ‘One-Citizen,

One Vote’ philosophy and his

penchant to end inequality

among the people of the country

were factors that have been

the hallmarks of this Election.

In choosing their Government,

the people of Fiji would

have hopefully determined

what is best in their interest

and how they can move

forward, facing a number of

economic and social challenges.

A stable administration will

certainly help.

by employers. Many have

limited knowledge of their

rights, sometimes find it

difficult to communicate and

feel their ability to speak up is

constrained because they fear

that their immigration status is

at risk.

Routine abuse

Exploitation of migrant workers

and international students

is nothing new in countries

that depend on migration for

its economic progress. Britain,

America, Canada, Australia and

New Zealand have laws that

prescribe minimum wages,

working and living conditions

and rights of migrants on work

permits.

Yet, they suffer in silence a

variety of atrocities- working

long hours, accepting less pay,

often by cash, allowing their

employers to evade tax and

even immigration laws.

They suffer in silence to

avoid loss of jobs, and worse,

deportation.

A majority of migrant

workers come to countries like

New Zealand seeking a better

life, just like many of us, our

parents and grandparents did.

They should be treated with

compassion and respect.

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Inter-agency ‘dialogue’

on harder China line

Sam Sachdeva

Defence Force chief

Kevin Short has offered

some insight into the

Government’s harder

line on China, confirming a

‘dialogue’ took place about the

strength of statements in a new

defence policy document.

National claims the comments,

along with a lack of

movement on a free trade upgrade,

show uncertainty about

the Government’s position on

China is starting to bite.

The Strategic Defence Policy

Statement, released in July, attracted

some attention for its

references to an “increasingly

confident” China and its military

expansion in the South China

Sea’s disputed territories.

Strength of Statements

Speaking to media after an

appearance at Parliament’s

Foreign affairs, Defence and

Trade select committee, Short

said there had been some discussions

between the Ministry

of Foreign Affairs and Trade

(MFAT) and the Ministry of

Defence around “the strength of

statements” in the document.

“When you consider that we

are putting out a policy statement,

it does always have to fit

with our foreign policy side of

things, so it is really just a dialogue

between both to make

sure there was comfort about

what the ministry was putting

out, what Defence was saying,

and Foreign Affairs. Foreign affairs

were just looking at what

might be interpreted, so I’m

very comfortable that we had

an agreement on the wording as

it transpires, and it’s a very good

document for us to work with.”

Downplayed suggestions

He downplayed suggestions

that Defence officials had wanted

to take a harder line on

China, saying: “It’s the wording

that the people in uniform and

within the (Ministry of Defence)

use, quite direct, and the way

we are, and the way we put

things. Foreign affairs were just

looking at what might be interpreted,

so I’m very comfortable

that we had an agreement on

the wording as it transpires, and

it’s a very good document for us

to work with.”

‘Complete Agreement’

There had been “complete

agreement” between MFAT and

Defence officials on the final

content of the document, Short

said.

A delay of weeks in the

planned release of the statement

was simply an issue of timing

and bringing together the relevant

officials, he said.

Defence Minister Ron Mark

said he was “completely comfortable

with the final document

that was released”, which

had been approved by Cabinet

and consulted across the

Government without disagree-

Photo for Newsroom by Lynn Grieveson

ment on its content.

Cross-agency work on the

preparation of the document for

release was “standard process

for any government policy document”,

Mark said.

China uncertainty taking hold

- National

The final version of the defence

policy statement, even

if watered down, still struck a

nerve with Beijing: a week after

its release, China Foreign

Ministry spokeswoman Hua

Chunying said the country had

“lodged stern representations

with New Zealand on the wrong

remarks it has made on China”.

“We urge New Zealand to view

the relevant issue in an objective

way, correct its wrong words and

deeds and contribute more to the

mutual trust and cooperation between

our two countries.”

Foreign Affairs Minister

Winston Peters told Newsroom

at the time the Government

would not resile from its views,

with comments on the South

China Sea “just making an observation

that everyone’s making.”

National foreign affairs

spokesman Todd McClay said it

would be “extremely concerning”

if it had taken weeks for the

agencies’ officials to reach agreement

on the language in the policy

statement.

McClay said the Government

was sending mixed messages

about the relationship

with China, with Peters taking

a stronger line while Prime

Minister Jacinda Ardern was

“reading more from an MFAT

script.”

“It is that confusion or uncertainty

that creates worry, both

in as far as the relationships

are concerned but also for New

Zealanders who believe the trade

agreements we have are important

for them.”

Lack of progress

McClay said the apparent lack

of progress on an FTA upgrade

with China was cause for concern,

while it was “diabolical”

that Trade and Export Growth

Minister David Parker had been

unable to secure a meeting with

his Chinese counterpart during a

visit to Shanghai this week.

A spokesman for Parker

said while Chinese Commerce

Minister Zhong Shan had been

unable to meet him, he had had

a “long and good meeting - more

than an hour” with Vice Minister

Wang Shouwen, who was responsible

for the bilateral trade

relationship.

Six Government ministers had

already visited China this year,

compared to two National ministers

in 2017, the spokesman said.

Ardern has also previously

indicated she would visit the

country before the end of 2018,

although a trip has not been

formally confirmed with less

than two months of the year

remaining.

A hitch in Belt and Road?

One bilateral agreement which

has stalled is a memorandum

of arrangement on the Belt and

Road Initiative, signed under the

last government when Chinese

Premier Li Keqiang visited New

Zealand.

The document called for a

“more detailed work plan” to be

finalised by September this year.

However, Peters has been critical

of the last government for

signing up without a full understanding

of the deal, suggesting

at points the current administration

would not be bound by its

commitments.

Speaking to media this week,

Peters said he was still awaiting

further information from

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang

Yi on “what it [Belt and Road]

specifically means.”

Urgency needed

McClay said that the

Government needed to show

more urgency in pressing ahead

with the agreement, while it was

up for New Zealand to define

what Belt and Road could mean

for the country.

“It’s probably not good enough

that they say they don’t care

about missing deadlines because

when a Minister says

that, it sends another signal to

China about their view of the

relationship.”

It appears MFAT officials have

been pressing ahead with talks

on the scope and scale of any

Belt and Road projects, with a

spokeswoman confirming to

Newsroom there had been travel

“in both directions” to discuss

the work plan.

A recently updated section of

the Ministry website says discussions

have included “developing

a work plan based on information

sharing, which targets specific

issues, and focuses on areas

clearly in New Zealand’s national

interest”.

Sam Sachdeva is Political

Editor of Newsroom covering

Foreign Affairs, Trade, Defence

and Security Issues based in

Wellington. The above article

and picture which appeared in

the Web Edition of Newsroom

today (November 9, 2018) have

been reproduced here under a

Special Arrangement.


NOVEMBER 15, 2018

Permanent Independent Commission to ensure Justice

Phil Smith (RNZ)

The Criminal Cases Review

Commission Bill has been

sent to the Justice Committee

for consideration. This

is when Parliament asks the public

for feedback and suggestions on

a law which would create a new

Permanent Independent Commission

to investigate potential

miscarriages of justices.

With the Committee due to ask

for ideas, it is worth getting a looksee

at what is up for comment.

We sat down with Minister

of Justice Andrew Little and the

National Party Spokesperson on

Courts Chris Penk so that they

could discuss the ins and outs of

the proposal.

The Current situation

When the Bill was up for its first

reading in the house, Mr Little

succinctly described how reviews

work now.

“Currently, a person who

believes that they have suffered a

miscarriage of justice may apply

to the Governor General for the

exercise of the royal prerogative

of mercy. By convention, the Governor

General acts on the formal

advice of the Justice Minister.

Work on the prerogative of mercy

applications is undertaken by

lawyers in the Justice Ministry’s

Office of Legal Counsel, and assistance

is sought, where required,

from an independent adviser such

as Queen’s Counsel or a retired

judge.”

The new Commission would be

a bit different. For a start, neither

Minister of Justice, Andrew Little

Photo: VNP / Phil Smith

the Governor General nor the Justice

Minister would be intrinsically

involved.

Dedicated Commissioners

There would be dedicated

Commissioners who would not all

need to be lawyers, and couldn’t all

be Pākehā. They could also bring

in experts (say, on Forensics). They

could carry out investigations

(rather than rely on an appellant

to be able to afford to pay someone

to do the footwork). They could

require information be supplied to

them.

Prisoners could make appeals to

them, but they could also initiate

inquiries on their own initiative.

What’s more, they would have

the ability to decide to look into

categories of cases (rather than just

individual cases).

The example that Mr Little

has used of this broader kind of

inquiry is the use of “jailhouse

snitches” by prosecutors and the

police - a cellmate who claimed

a defendant admitted to having

committed a crime.

Reported Confessions

The use of such reported con-

National Party Courts Spokesperson Chris Penk

Photo: VNP / Phil Smith

fessions is seen as unreliable and

some convictions reliant on them

have recently been turned over on

appeal.

If the new Commission felt that a

conviction was dodgy, they would

refer it back to the Court of Appeal

(rather than making a ruling

themselves or having the Governor

General or Minister pardon the appellant).

There is a convention that

the Executive should not overturn

decisions of the Judiciary.

The Royal prerogative of Mercy

isn’t eliminated by the Bill, which

recognises that the Governor

General will continue to have the

power to grant a free pardon. But

the Bill allows the Justice Minister,

as the Governor General’s adviser,

to request the Commission’s

opinion on any matter relevant to

such a case.

The Justice Committee will ask

for public submissions on this Bill

in the next few weeks.

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Chorus speaks out on migrantexploitation

Teuila Fuatai

Identification of widespread

employment breaches among

some Chorus subcontractors

has prompted the telecommunications

infrastructure company

to investigate its own systems.

Complicated exercise

Rolling out ultra-fastbroadband

in New Zealand has been complicated.

The government enlisted

Chorus, which was spun out of the

old Telecom, to carry out the bulk

of the work. Chorus subcontracted

the job to four big international

companies which in turnsubcontracteditout

to ahost of smaller

local companies.

That is alot of people clipping

the ticket before an actual technician

on the ground gets paid.

Newsroom and other media

organisationshave runstories

about migrants,mainly Filipino

and Indian, being exploited by

these small subcontractors. The E

Tū union says that Chorus has had

its head in the sand, or at least its

hands over its eyes.

Chorus’ standard responsewas

that it had looked into thevarious

allegations andfound nothing

untoward.

Existing problems

However, confirmation from

the Labour Inspectorate that

widespread problems do exist,

appears to be changing things.

Insteadofproviding the usual

written response to questions

Chorus’Head of Corporate

Relations Ian Bonnar agreed to be

interviewed.

Bonnar askedifhecould run

throughsome of the numbers

and backgroundtothe current

ultra-fast broadband (UFB) build,

beforecovering how Chorus has

planned, built and maintained the

multi-year project which is now

nearing completion.

It became clear Bonnar and

presumably other executive

membershad felt reassured by

their contractors’ claims the network

rollout was going well and

incidents of alleged employment

abuse were isolated.

Whyhad they not dug deeper?

Anumberofindividuals –

migrant and non-migrant –have

contacted Newsroom to report

alleged labour law violations,

healthand safety problems and

issues with unsuitableworkers.

One subcontractor evenwent

as farasemailing abreakdown of

expenses associated with a fibre

Ian Bonnar (Photo Supplied)

installation job. According to the

subcontractor’s figures, the“cut”

taken by the four big infrastructure

companiesdirectly contracted

by Chorus, left littletonoamount

for subcontractors and those who

carriedout the actual fieldwork.

It was always going to lead to

undercutting and exploitation, the

subcontractor said.

Open Secret

Several people also described

exploitative practices on the UFB

build as an ‘Open-Secret’ in the

industry.

How is it things seem so different

from Chorus’ perspective?

Bonnar: “The wayinwhichwe

have structured it is that we have

been very specificabout what the

requirements areofour primary

contractors (Vision Stream, UCG,

Downer andBroadSpectrum].

“If it is proven that these people

[subcontractors] are in breach,

then ourprimarycontractors are

in breach with us.”

Skills Shortage

Bonnar also justified whyChorus

employed the four “Primary Contractors”

in the first place, pointing

to New Zealand’songoing skilled

labour shortage.

“It’s not actuallyour expertise

getting large workforces scaled up

and scaled back down again. That

is what these big infrastructure

companies do,” he said.

“This is their core business.

And once they finish with our big

project, they’ll go do abig road, or

power project or something like

that. Whilethey bid forthe work

through us,it’suptothem how

they resource it and find people.”

“The question is:‘Could we, and

should we have done more?’”

Investigating issues

Notably,since the Labour

Inspectorate announcedits early

investigation findings, Chorus has

brought in consultancy firm Martin

Jenkinstoinvestigate problems

in its systems.

In answering his ownquestion,

Bonnar draws on the experiences

of other“utility” industries like

electricity and building which operate

supply-chain models. In the

building industry,allegations of

migrant exploitation and shoddy

workmanship have hit also hit

headlines lately.

“That is apart of what we are

asking the (Martin Jenkins)report

to look at –thatiswhen issues

wereraised, were our processes

fitfor purpose or robust enough

to make sure the inherent risk in a

model likethis, withlarge migrant

populations, is managed as much

as possible?

“I guess we thought so until the

Labour Inspectorate came out with

their information.Even whenthe

previous ones[alleged problems]

had been raised, we’d done audits,

we talked to people andsought the

assurances,” he said.

Clarification needed

As the discussion movedto

the economics of the “model”,

Bonnar remained frank about the

situation. Askedif, as the subcontractor

who emailed about fibre

job installation costs alleged, there

was simply just not enough money

to payfor the allthe playersin

the supply chain, he said: “I think

that’sthe bit that really needs to be

clarified.

“That’sthe crux of the important

piece of workhere: doesthe model,

wherebyyou getsubcontractors

reporting to subcontractors...

takesomuch margin out atevery

stage that it drivesthosesorts of

behaviours?”

The ETūunion and the

migrant workers interviewed by

Newsroom have no doubt that the

answer is “Yes.”

ForChorus, which is nearing the

endofthe UFB build, thosequestions

will officially be answered

through recommendations from

the Martin Jenkins inquiry,expected

into nextyear.Meanwhile, the

Labour Inspectorate’sinvestigation

is alsoongoing, with the agency

saying it aims to laycharges in

casesitisinvestigating.

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issues for Newsroom, which

is an independent, New

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affairs site. The above article,

which appeared in their website

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an employer-couple who

persistently breached their

employment rights.

Labour Inspectorate Retail

Sector Lead Loua Ward said

that the workers came to

New Zealand on student

visas and upon completion

of their studies, secured

work visas to allow them to

work as shop assistants.

“The Court heard that the

employees were underpaid

and overworked. In addition

to undertaking shop

assistant tasks, the workers

looked after their employers’

children, washed their cars,

and cleaned their houses.”

Prabh Limited and its

shareholder and director-couple

Rajwinder Kaur

and Baljinder Singh, were

fined a total of $132,000

for significant breaches of

the Minimum Wage and

Holidays Act.

Stand-down list

The Murupara Store was

a general store, while the

small Kopuriki Store sold liquor

and petrol. Both stores

are owned by Prabh Limited

and trade independently.

Prabh Limited, Kaur and

Singh will be placed on the

Stand Down list for two

years and will be prevented

from hiring migrant workers

for that time.

The case follows an

investigation by the Labour

Inspectorate, first heard at

the Employment Relations

Authority, before new

employment legislation was

introduced to address serious

breaches of minimum

employment entitlements,

which allowed it to be

moved to the Employment

Court.

The Court ruled that

the treatment of the three

employees was such a

persistent breach over a long

period of time, that it could

not have been considered

unintentional.

The breaches

The breaches included

failure to keep wage records

and evidence of retrospective

creation of employment

agreements, going back to

2014.

“What’s even more

concerning is that the

managers had received

previous reminders from

the Labour Inspectorate

of their obligations to

provide minimum wages,

holidays and holiday pay,

following a complaint

made by a former staff

member. These two

employers took unfair advantage

of this situation,

and the Judge agreed

they had no intention of

paying them what they

were legally owed,” Ms

Ward said.

Workers’ losses

The Court accepted

that the three workers

suffered substantial

financial losses, depression,

stress and anxiety.

“It is disappointing

to see employers

taking advantage of their

employees, and gaining

a competitive advantage

over their law-abiding

competitors. Employers

should know that where

we have evidence of this

occurring, the Inspectorate

will take action

as necessary. “Migrant

workers are a particularly

vulnerable section

of the work force. They

have the same rights as

all other workers in New

Zealand, but are often

less likely to be aware of

these than New Zealand

workers, Ms Ward said.

Source: Employment

New Zealand

From home to business, the

Internet is changing Things

Lucy Wyndham

Big businesses across New

Zealand have taken to

smart environments with

aplomb.

According to an influential

study by consultants IDC,

business smart device usage

doubled throughout 2017.

For digitally-native

professionals in the country,

this is great news, as work

environments will become

suitable for a high level of

smart integration.

However, given the

disruptive nature of smart

tech and how it transforms

working patterns, this does

pose the question of where IoT

(internet of Things) business

environments will lead.

How will this technology

shape the workplace of the

future?

Key to understanding this

question is how the IoT has

transformed the home. Many

of the principles are transferable

and give an insight into

how businesses can expect to

evolve.

Transformation of Homes

The smart home which the

IoT creates has been slow to

build but now makes steady

progress.

The benefit has been

wide-ranging.

Tech expert Graeme Muller

has suggested that in 2019,

technology will continue

to improve and even save

lives in certain homes. These

gadgets have shaped the home

through improving the ability

of people to live their lives

with freedom.

By controlling heat, lighting,

communications and even

cooking, those leading increasingly

busy lives have the

opportunity to devote more of

that spare time to endeavours

that will improve them, rather

than the mundane parts of

everyday life.

This correlates to the busy

world in terms of efficiencies.

There are realities for

every business that must be

fulfilled; the likes of admin

paperwork, logistics and basic

HR functions.

The IoT allows business to

get around these hurdles.

How business uses IoT

There is a huge variety of

IoT applications in business

that can be applied to almost

any arena. For example, postal

services have been using

intelligent sensors to find

mileage efficiencies for years.

In New Zealand, businesses

are using IoT to improve

productivity and connectivity

with rural businesses alongside

urban environments; a

recent IoT network launch by

network operator Spark will

bring agri-culture smart tech

usage up to the 52% national

average.

This is great news for connectivity

with rural areas that

sometimes suffer from poor

infrastructure, and is bodes

well for countries around

the world with large rural

areas, like India. In the future,

with the aid of AI integration,

business decisions can be

made with a greater level of

information and more aspects

of the agricultural business

can be automated.

IoT in the future

The end stage for businesses

utilising IoT will be a fully

remote network.

Employees will be able to

work for home – something

that, according to CNBC, 70%

of global workers do already.

Products will be smart and

integrated with business

AI, allowing for rapid and

bespoke improvements and

maintenance.

Smart application of devices

and products will improve

consumer retention, and allow

businesses to grow bigger and

for longer.

IoT is a transformative

technology that will make

everyone’s life easier.

This is the case for business,

too. Initially, efficiencies are

being found as processes can

be streamlined or removed

altogether.

As businesses become more

comfortable with the technology

and its influence grows,

the consumer will benefit, too,

and businesses will be able to

provide excellent service for

longer.

Lucy Wyndham is Content

Editor for a Survey and

Review Site based in New

Zealand.


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New Zealand politics suffers celebrity affliction

Kieran Madden

Famously elusive about

her political leanings,

pop sensation Taylor

Swift recently went

beyond her usual neutral

get-out-and-vote message

to endorse a Democrat

candidate in her home state

of Tennessee.

This is a big deal, because

Swift’s post made a splash

with her 112 million Instagram

followers, contributing

to a huge spike in electoral

registrations—over 100,000

new sign-ups by under-30s

within two days of her post.

Americanisation of Politics

While commonplace in

the States, should we be

worried about celebrities

having ahuge influence

on our democracy like this

here, an “Americanisation

of New Zealand politics” as

commentator Bryce Edwards

put it?

Do we have a celebrity

problem, and what can we

do about it?

Writing in response to the

Green Party’s 2008 election

strategy featuring sports

stars and actors on their billboards,

at launch events, and

in electorate battles, Edwards

quoted scholars who said

celebrity politics is “a despicable

trend that epitomises

the banal and the mindless

in public life, empowering

image over substance and

producing pseudo-charismatic

leadership.”

Style (or ‘Stardust’ as it

is known these days) over

substance was a last resort,

he said, when leaders have

run out of ideas.

I think he’s right.

Remarkably impervious

Fortunately, while parties

haven’t always had good

ideas, they haven’t resorted

to the temptation to wheel in

celebrities either.

Alongside Western Europe

and Australia, New Zealand

has been, according to

academics Paul T’ Hart and

Karen Tindall, “remarkably

impervious to such celebrity

inroads into electoral politics.

They helpfully break

celebrity politics into

categories, including Celebrity

Endorsers like Swift;

Celebrity Politicians like

Arnold Schwarzenegger and

a certain President of the

United States who run for office;

and Politician-Celebrities

like Justin Trudeau of Canada

or Emmanuel Macron of

France, politicians who show

star-power in office.

Little evidence

There has been little

evidence the past decade

here of the first two kinds, a

few All Blacks and a Warrior

Princess notwithstanding.

We are however, becoming

addicted to the last kind, the

Politician-Celebrity.

First Winston Peters and

John Key, and now, Jacinda

Ardern.

I don’t think this is not

necessarily a problem,

provided that they have the

policy substance to match

their star-power.

Ardern certainly has the

charisma, but time will tell

whether her policies will

have the substance to make

New Zealand the place she

dreams it could be.

Swift ended her post with a

plea: “Please, please educate

yourself on the candidates

running in your state and

vote based on who most

closely represents your values…for

a lot of us, we may

never find acandidate or

party with whom we agree

100% on every issue, but we

have to vote anyway.”

Citizens, not fans

She’s right. For a healthy

democracy we should be

citizens not fans, voting for

those whose values and

policies we align with.

It is up to each of us to look

under the stardust on the

surface; our education must

go further than just following

the rich and famous.

If we see more stardust

settling on our politics we

should be wary, and if it’s

without substance, we better

shake it off, fast.

Kieran Madden is a

Researcher at Maxim Institute

based in Auckland.

Government must take the final step on Poverty

Alex Penk

Iwas born at the tail-end

of Gen X, so I grew

up with a pop culture

saturated by “Fear of

Commitment,” perhaps best

characterised by Joey and

Chandler on Friends.

So, when I heard the

Child Poverty Reduction

Bill described by one

expert as a “Commitment

Device” intended to cement

an unrelenting focus on

child poverty into our

politics, I could almost hear

Chandler’s voice: “Could

this Government be any

more committed to tackling

the issue?”

Well, actually, I think they

can.

Targets and Reports

Let me illustrate. Persistent

poverty, being stuck in

poverty for long periods of

time, is the kind that does

the most harm, because

over time the disadvantages

associated with poverty

have a devastating cumulative

effect.

The Bill recognises this

and sets out official targets

and reports on persistent

child poverty, but they don’t

have to start until 2025.

Frankly, I think that

is too long to wait, and

bringing this timeframe

forward was one of the

main improvements we

recommended when we

submitted on the Bill, which

has recently been reported

on by one of Parliament’s

Select Committees.

Primary Measures

Our submission was

supportive in a “two cheers

for the Bill” kind of way.

We like the way the Bill

creates a suite of poverty

measures that will serve

as official measurements

and definitions. Too often,

advocates of all stripes have

been able to cherry-pick the

various statistics to talk up

or play down the problem

to suit their cause.

With income and

hardship measures ranked

alongside each other as

“primary measures,” this

should be harder to do.

But we also submitted

there were ways to

improve the Bill to make

it world-leading. First, we

said that the Bill should include

child poverty-related

indicators, which measure

factors associated with the

causes and consequences

of poverty, like housing,

education, and health.

That is because poverty

is not just about income

or wealth—for policies

to make a difference in

people’s lives they must be

informed and guided by

measures that understand

the complex pathways into

poverty.

We are delighted that the

Select Committee has listened

to us and others and

recommended including

these indicators.

Tackling the issue

Second, we said more urgency

was needed to tackle

persistent poverty, also

supposed to be a “primary

measure” of poverty.

This matters because the

other measures “do not

distinguish between those

passing through [poverty],

those dipping in and out,

and those languishing

there for many years.”

This urgency starts with

defining persistent poverty

and collecting the necessary

data to measure it, ideally

much sooner than 2025.

If there are technical

issues with doing this, then

we recommended adding a

combined low income and

material hardship measure

as a “primary measure” instead,

at least temporarily.

Cross-Party Support

The Bill will pass with

cross-party support, and

with the addition of the

indicators I would now like

to say two-and-a-half cheers

for that.

But I would love to see

the Government take the

final step, to make the

difficult but necessary

commitment to measures

that will focus attention

and help on those with the

greatest need.

Alex Penk is Chief Executive,

Maxim Institute

based in Auckland.

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Inclusion is the best form

of Management, yet

Sadhguru, Isha Foundation

Once you step into the

world, there’s going to

be alot of filth.

There is corruption

and there is so much nonsense

happening everywhere.

One set of people

There is a set of people, who

will develop an allergy for this

filth.

They usually run to the

Himalayas. They want

everything pure.

But such a thing will not happen,

because the filth of the

world has, one way or the other

has entered our minds.

All the nonsense that can happen

in the world you know in

your head, isn’t it?

So this set of people who develop

allergy and try to run

away, they can never do it,

really.

Whether we empower that

filth or not, is all the option that

we have.

But we cannot avoid filth, it is

there.

Larger segment

Another set of people, a large

segment of people unfortunately

have come to think that anyway

the world is full of filth, let me

also become filth.

In homagetoinspiring

leadership and community work

So they have joined that, they

have merged into the filth.

But, what we call as filth can

also become great manure.

Symbolism of the Lotus

Indian spirituality has always

used the Lotus as a symbolism.

Why alotus flower is because

a lotus flower grows best where

the filth is thick.

This filth which is stinking,

which you cannot bear, has

transformed itself into a beautiful,

fragrant flower. This option

is with us also every moment

of our life.

If the atmospheres that we live

in make us, we cannot call ourselves

managers. If we make

the atmospheres that we live in,

only then we can call ourselves

managers.

Being a manager means that

we are going to create whatever

we see as the most beautiful

thing to happen right now.

Allowing situations to create you

is not Management at all, creating

the situations that you want is

Management.

Declining interest

But what we see with life for

most people is that let’s say somebody

got ajob, the first day when

they went and sat behind this table,

this table was the most fantastic

place in the world. But

within a few years, behind the

same table, they are manufacturing

blood pressure, diabetes, ulcers

and what not.

This is not because there is

something wrong with the jobs

that we do. This is not because

there is something wrong with

the world that we live in. This is

simply because we have not paid

enough attention to ourselves.

You need to make yourself

capable, not only in terms of

Management and other skills, but

also capable as a human being.

You need to be like aLotus flower,

to be able to go through situations

untouched. You need to

be able to maintain your beauty

and fragrance even if you are in

the filthiest of situations. If one

has this, he will float through life

untouched. If one doesn’t have

it, life will eat him up in so many

ways.

Management facts

We must also know that

when it comes to Management,

there is no such thing as Perfect

Management. It is just that if

people give themselves absolutely

to what they are doing, things

will happen.

Management is your ability to

be capable of inspiring people to

do their best.

And that is all we can do. If

everybody around us is doing

their best, that is the best possible

Management that can

happen.

Core of humanity

If you just learn to touch the

core of his humanity, then you

see that every human being is

willing to do his best for you, always.

If you just learn how to

touch the very core of a human

being who’s around you right

now, you will see everybody is

willing to lay down their lives

for you. Only if people around

you love you and they want to do

their best for you, you will not

get ulcers doing Management.

If people around you are trying

to pull you down, you will

anyway get ulcers trying to manage

situations. If we do not create

the people who truly love

us and are wanting to give their

best, then Management is going

to be a pain, Management

is going to be a huge suffering.

Only when people around us really

want to do their best for

you Management can happen

wonderfully.

Inclusion helps

Our lives become beautiful not

because of what we do, our lives

become beautiful simply because

we have included everybody

around us as a part of our dream

of wellbeing.

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Auckland Health Foundation to benefit DHB patients

Supplied Content

The Auckland Health

Foundation was officially

launched on November 1,

2018 aiming to advance

healthcare for all New Zealanders.

The Foundation goes beyond

what is currently funded in the

healthcare system to help Auckland

District Health Board (DHB)

patients benefit from innovative

technology, research and facilities.

The new fundraising charity supports

adult health services within

Auckland DHB, and its creation

follows extensive evaluation of the

financial needs of the DHB and

how best to meet the population’s

growing healthcare needs.

Regional and National care

Auckland DHB is the regional

provider of vital services across

many of its departments, and in

some complex cases, the national

provider – caring for more than

347,000 New Zealanders every

year.

Auckland Health Foundation

Chief Executive Gwen Green said

that the Charity is committed to

improving health outcomes for

patients, families and communities,

not only in Auckland but throughout

New Zealand.

“When people support the

Auckland Health Foundation,

they can feel confident their

contribution will result in healthcare

advancements, which could

not be developed without their

investment.

“We might be new and small,

Auckland Health Foundation Team (from left) Jennifer Porter, Jeanette Threlfall, Gwen Green and

Hannah Davies

but we intend to make a big impact,

and help people far and wide. We

look forward to working with the

amazing teams across Auckland

DHB, and with grateful patients

and the public, to realise our goal of

world-class healthcare,” she said.

Specific Projects

The Foundation will have specific

projects that funders can support,

including an on-going Research

and Discovery Fund; a Whānau

Rooms Rejuvenation Project, which

is the Foundation’s first community-based

project; and the Auckland

Simulation Centre of Excellence,

which will ensure DHB staff have

the best facilities to learn, practice

and improve vital skills and deliver

world-class care.

“We know many people have

personal connections to a particular

service or ward, and they will

always be able to donate to the

DHB department that helped them

or their loved one. Based on the

overwhelming gratitude we’ve seen

from DHB patients, and their desire

to thank those who’ve helped them,

we’ve also established a Grateful

Patients Programme. We know not

everyone can make a monetary

donation, so there are many other

ways they can get involved, or pass

on their gratitude and help others,”

Ms Green said.

About the Auckland Health

Foundation

Through donations from

grateful patients and the public, the

Auckland Health Foundation financially

supports projects, research

and education for adult health

services, which have the capacity to

transform healthcare and wellness

and the way it is delivered within

Auckland DHB.

World-Class healthcare

The goal is to ensure that the

future of healthcare in Auckland is

world-class, providing greater positive

health outcomes not only for

Aucklanders, but for the whole of

New Zealand. Success is not just the

equipment, research and facilities

our supporters have funded, but the

lives they have enriched and saved

in doing so.

Ahmadiyya youth to

commemorate ANZAC Day

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Is it loyal or moral for Muslims

to wear the poppy and participate

in ANZAC and Remembrance

Day commemorations?

Is this a betrayal of their fellow

Muslims who have been killed

or displaced as a result of recent

military conflicts?

Prophet’s Teaching

Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association

President Azeem Zafarullah

said, “This commemoration is all

about saluting the sacrifices made

by service men, women and their

families who served their countries

in times of need. This is not about

politics, but about people.

Prophet Mohammed taught

that loyalty towards one’s country

of residence is an essential part

of one’s faith. What better way

to demonstrate this loyalty than

to acknowledge those who have

fought for it?

The soldiers who took part in

wars were mainly ordinary men

and women serving their country.

If unjust wars have been

declared and fought by a Government,

it is not the servicemen or

women that are to blame.

The role of a soldier is not to

make complex political decisions,

but simply to follow orders and

defend their nation.

Soldiers cannot be held accountable

for the transgressions of their

governments.”

Logistics is the line between Order and Disorder

Wellington Muslim youth at the ANZAC

Parade (Picture Supplied

Global participation

Mr Zafarullah said that every

year, members of the Ahmadiyya

Muslim Community in New Zealand

attend dawn and civic parades

to reflect upon the sacrifices made

by servicemen and women and

those who continue to serve the

nation.

“Likewise, this is done by Ahmadi

Muslims the world over,” he said.

About ANZAC Day

Anzac Day is a national day of

remembrance in New Zealand and

Australia that commemorates all

Australians and New Zealanders

who served and died in all wars,

conflicts, and peacekeeping operations

to protect us and our country.

The word ‘Anzac’ is a part of the

culture of New Zealanders and

Australians.

Over the past few years,

Ahmadiyya Muslim youth in New

Zealand have paid their respects at

the cenotaph located by their local

RSA (Returned Services Association)

in Manurewa Auckland, by placing

a wreath and volunteering with

Auckland Council and Manurewa

RSA to organise the event.

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Challenges harden the resolve of Pageant Winner

Venkat Raman

Getting about and utilising

the opportunities that

New Zealand offers is the

wont of Karishma Hemi

Ranchhod, who emerged as a

winner at the Miss Five Crowns

New Zealand 2018-2019.

The 21-year-old was named

‘Miss Five Crowns Charity Queen’

and ‘Miss Five Crowns New Zealand

2018-2019 Regional Winner’

at the finale held in Auckland

recently.

However, Karishma is no

ordinary winner; she has been

fighting autoimmune problem for

the past nine years, but each day

makes her stronger in her will to

combat the problem and get the

better of it.

“Life is filled with difficulties;

however, how we confront our

challenges is what makes us

successful. I have been suffering

from autoimmune disease for

over nine years now and I have

faced incredible highs and lows

while still studying, working and

volunteering. But I have come out

the other side much stronger and

more determined to reach my

goals,” she said.

Spirited Volunteer

As a part of her efforts to serve

the community, Karishma volunteers

on Wednesdays for Starship

Children’s Hospital through Radio

Lollipop.

“I go to the wards and spend

time with the brave little children.

We play games, participate

in arts and crafts, sing, dance,

play music and spend time. It is

extremely rewarding helping to

lift them when they are at their

worst,” she said.

Raised in Auckland’s North

Shore, Karishma is proud of

her Indian tradition and living

in a joint family of parents, two

brothers and her grandmother,

she respects time-honoured

values and beliefs.

Education and Career

Karishma is a student at the

University of Auckland pursuing

her graduate degree (Bachelor

of Commerce) with Accounting,

Finance and Commercial Law

as Major subjects and another

degree (Bachelor of Health

Science) with Population Health

as the Major subject.

She is a part of the Accounting

and Finance team at an

international fast-food chain

and considers her forthcoming

trip to London (on November 18,

2018) for an internship with a

Consulting firm.

Facing Challenges

Karishma said that she participated

in the Miss Five Crowns

New Zealand Competition because

she loves facing challenges.

“Being a part of the Miss Five

Crowns New Zealand family has

helped me grow as a person. I

accept who I am, comfortably and

confidently speak in public and I

have gained 13 new Pageant sisters.

I have also been able to get

more involved in my community

through Miss Five Crowns New

Zealand,” she said.

Youthline New Zealand

Organisers of the Contest have

chosen ‘Youthline New Zealand’

as their Charity this year and

Karishma said that she helps

in raising funds through bake

sales, open mic nights, raffles and

bucket collections.

She is justifiably proud of having

collected more than $4000,

earning her the title of ‘Miss Five

Crowns NZ 2018 Charity Queen.’

She was also placed among the

Top 5 and took home the Regional

title.

“I did not enter the pageant

to win a Crown, but because I

believed that it was the perfect

way for me to help spread my

message to the world. Anything

is truly possible if you never give

up,” she said.

Karishma Ranchhod strikes a charming pose

Karishma Ranchhod with other winners

Raising funds for Youthline New Zealand

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Karishma faces life's challenges with courage


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Indian SC verdict on Sabarimala irks Hindus here

Protestors gather pace in Auckland Temples

Simi Sethu

Hindu Dharma and Culture

are going through

a very turbulent time.

The recent verdict of

the Supreme Court of India on

Sabarimala is a typical example.

The Hindu community in

Auckland, outraged by the SC

judgment, expressed solidarity to

our mothers, sisters and brothers

who have been relentlessly

fighting to protect Sabarimala,

the sanctity of our Temples and

the Hindu Dharma.

Eternal Celibacy

The Deity of Aiyappa in

Sabarimala is a ‘Naishtika

Brahmachari,’ one who has

vowed eternal celibacy. That is

how we need to worship him

there, the reason for the tradition

of disallowing women in the age

group of 10-50 being followed

since long.

Hindus across the world are

unhappy with the premeditated

desecration of Sabarimala.

The Hindu community

condemns the State Government

of Kerala which has used official

machinery to crush the protests

Hindu Protestors at the Lord Ganesha Temple in Papakura, Auckland on Sunday, November 11, 2018

(Picture Supplied)

of innocent pilgrims who just

want to protect their place of

worship from those who aim to

destroy it.

Time limit wrong

The State government is trying

to put a time limit on the devotees

who come to Sabarimala for

worshipping their Lord.

Hindus are simply trying

to save their faith, traditions,

culture, customs and heritage

that have stood the evolution for

thousands of years in their own

country. These are now being

attacked in the name of reforms.

All Hindu reforms should come

from Hindus themselves, after

thorough analysis, research,

study, and understanding.

Dharma gurus and scholars

should be consulted to bring

needed reforms

The protests were well organised

at Lord Ganapathi Temple

(Papakura) on October 28, 2018

as well as at Thiru Subramaniyar

Aalayam (Mangere) in South

Auckland on November 11, 2018.

Both temples witnessed a good

turnout of devotees supporting

the movement against the atrocities

on Hindus.

The Supreme Court Verdict

(From Press Trust of India)

The Supreme Court of India,

on November 13, 2018, made it

clear that fresh pleas relating to

the Sabarimala Temple will be

heard only after it decides on the

Devotees at the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala

(PTI Picture)

earlier petitions seeking review

of the judgment allowing entry of

women of all age groups into the

shrine in Kerala.

The Appellate Court agreed to

hear on January 22, 2019 (as Open

Court), the pleas seeking review

of its verdict which allowed entry

of women of all age groups into

Kerala’s Sabarimala temple, but

refused to stay the judgement.

September 2018 Judgment

On September 28, 2018, a fivejudge

Constitution bench, headed

by the then Chief Justice Dipak

Misra, in 4:1 verdict had paved

the way for entry of women of all

ages into the Sabarimala temple

saying that the ban amounted to

gender discrimination.

The review petitions against

the verdict were taken up

‘in-chamber’ by a bench of Chief

Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices

RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY

Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.

“Writ petitions will be heard

after the orders in the review

petitions,” the bench, also

comprising Justices S K Kaul and

K M Joseph said while hearing the

three fresh petitions filed by G.

Vijaya Kumar, S Jaya Rajkumar

and Shailaja Vijayan challenging

its September 28, 2018 verdict.

It was said earlier that if the

Apex Court decides to review the

verdict, then, three fresh petitions

will be heard along with review

petitions. If the court rejects the

review petitions, then fresh petitions

will be heard independently

on merits.

It was then said that a batch

of 48 petitions seeking review of

the judgement would be taken

up for consideration in-chamber

by a bench of Chief Justice Gogoi

and Justices R F Nariman, A M

Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud

and Indu Malhotra.

On September 28, a five-judge

constitution bench headed by

then Chief Justice Dipak Misra,

in its 4:1 verdict, had paved the

way for the entry of women of all

ages into the Sabarimala Temple

saying the ban amounted to

gender discrimination.

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NOVEMBER 15, 2018

The enlightened stateof

Kerala is now struggling

withthe future.

Certain aspects of traditionand

injunctions of the Constitution

vie forits allegiance.

But, giventhat civil society in

Kerala is uniquely the progenyof

someoutstanding social reform

movements whose fallout has

hadalasting impact on Keralite

polity across the board, it seems

befitting thatthe controversy

around the Sabarimala Temple

be approached with anhonesty

and rigour that Keralites are routinely

used to in analysing historical

questions.

Distinguished Deity

The belief isthat the Deity who

graces the ShrineatSabarimala

is distinguished fromother

Deities by His vow of celibacy;

and that, therefore, it is inadvisable

for women of menstruating

age to visit the Temple.

This begs two questions. One,

if we understand by celibacy the

refusal of sexual contact with the

opposite sex, why shouldwomen

of any age whatsoever beallowed

near the Deity?

After all, sexual temptation

Communitylink

Sabarimala Temple controversyraises piquantissues

Badri Raina

Swami Aiyappa, the Lord of Sabarimala in Kerala

need not come onlyfrom menstruating

women.

Upon whatbasiscan we say

that awoman who is 50 years

of age maybewholly free from

such urges? Even more importantly,whatdoes

it say ofthe

faith of adevotee of Aiyappa to

all those who believe the Deity

may besusceptible to sexual

temptation? Indeed, such a

consideration would inthe first

place comprise arather weak

view of theDeity’s powers.

Gandhi’s example

Further, recall that when

Mahatma Gandhi took his vow

of celibacy he did not shun any

women from his sight, but rather

held them closeinunique experiments

to examine the strength

of hisvow.And,despite being

mere mortal,succeeded.

How much morefaith then

should the devotees of Aiyappa,

aDeity, have inhis mechanisms

of self-control, and does itbehove

such devoteestoentertain

doubts in this regard?

So, whatisitabout menstruating

women that obliges those

who oversee the daily ablutions

of the Deity tokeep them out of

sight?

Is it the notion that such women

are “unclean?”

If so,what anenormityand affront

such aview entails.

Aland that extols motherhood

above all else–in scriptural and

secular texts and practices, and

routine teachings –how may

one have motherhood without

menstruation?

And if menstruation isthought

to be unclean so must motherhood

alsobe–athought not to

be entertained ever.

Piquant controversy

Whatmakes this aspect of the

controversy piquant indeed is

thelegend thatthe Deity Aiyappa

was procreated fromanencounter

ofthe Arthanareeswarar

and Lord Vishnu in hisfemale

Mohini incarnation–something

that makesthe Deity two thirds

female.

It would seem therefore that

what the Supreme Court of

India has opined on thesubject

wouldmeet the Deity’s approval:

that thosewomenwho wish

to hold ontothe orthodox view

of the tradition may indeed wait

their turn till they turn 50, but

those others who equally sternly

believe thatthe Deityisfar

toostrong tobeatany risk form

menstruating women may indeed

visit and realise theirobject

of homage.

Such acourse clearlysatisfies

the requirements both of faith

and of constitutional morality.

AbrahmisingHindu faith

Areview petition before the

Supreme Court, as per report,

has argued that the order of

thecourt in effect Abrahmises

the Hindu faith, curtailing its

‘diversity’.

Now,itisunarguable that diversity

has beenone laudable

feature of the Hinduway of life

and worship. But think that diversity

has also included such

things as sati, tantric human sacrifice,

child marriage and so on;

can it be anyone’sargument in

this day and age that those practicesmay

also be allowed on

the basis of the argument from

diversity?

One thinks not. It should be

obvious that religious practices

have, through history, constantly

undergone transformation –to

apoint where in many instances,

forexample,priests are no

longer always ready-at-hand to

perform poojas, and have been

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replacedby recorded recitations

of mantrasondiverse occasions.

At atime when many shibboleths

are coming down inthe

face of the evolved demands for

equality, doesitnot seem rather

retrogradethat women who

bear children from which devotees

are made should beheld

back from their right to equality

in worship?

Waytoequitable future

One looks to Kerala to show

the way toarational and equitable

future for all India. It would

be apity if history recorded how

in this matter Kerala failed the

Indiandemocratic future.

Badri Raina is areputed commentator

on politics, culture and

society.His writings have appearedinmajor

Englishdailies

and journals in India and his columns

on the ZNet website, aselection

ofwhich was published

in 2012 as abook titled, ‘The

Underside ofThings: India and

theWorld (A Citizen’s Miscellany,

2006-2011),’ have aglobal following.

His book, ‘Dickens and the

Dialectic of Growth,’ is considered

amongthe ten most regarded

commentariesonthe 19th

century British novelist Charles

Dickens.

Theabove article, which appeared

in TheWireIndia, on

October 12, 2018, has been publishedhere

under aSpecial

Agreement.


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NOVEMBER 15, 2018

Model of the Fortnight

Communitylink

Contemporary artists Lipika

Sen and Prabhjyot Majithia

have done a hattrick.

They have got together

for the third time at the New

Zealand Sculpture on Shore 2018,’

currently running at Fort Takapuna,

Auckland.

Their combined creative talent,

titled, ‘The Slapsticks,’ are engaging

the attention of people who evince

interest on issues that are above

mundane things in life.

Organised in aid of Women’s

Refuge, ‘Slapsticks,’ is stated to be

playful and humorous, making a

wry comment about the human

predicament that finds it easier to

confront rather than confer.

It is understood that more than

$1.65 million has been donated

thus far to help Women’s Refuge

support the victims of domestic

violence in New Zealand.

Slap away angst and anger

A large-scale, outdoor kinetic

work, it comes to life when human

interaction activates two wooden

figurines into slapping each

other. In a fragile, annoyed world,

ever-ready to wield guns and wage

wars, Slapsticks provides comic relief,

inviting visitors to “slap away”

their pent up angst and anger to

create space for conversations, empathy,

compassion and laughter.

‘New Zealand Sculpture on Shore

2018’ Chairperson Sally Dewar

said that the show in the past had

brought ‘so much happiness to our

site.”

Referring to the 2016 event,

which was an interactive musical

work of the artists, she described it

The world of beauty inspires compassion and care

With five

Pageant titles

to her credit,

Johannah

Prasad must hold some

kind of a record.

Her latest win came on

October 27, 2018 at the

‘Miss Five Crowns New

Zealand Coronation

Night,’ where she

earned the ‘Miss

Supernatural New

Zealand’ title.

On December 7,

2018, Johannah will be

‘walking the walk’ at the

grand finale on alive

webcast available to New

Zealand from the official

Miss Supranational social

media accounts.

The event, marking the

10th Anniversary Miss

Supranational 2018

Final, will be held in

Krynica Zdrój, Poland.

“I am truly honoured

to be given this opportunity

to represent New

Zealand internationally,”

a beaming Johannah said.

Impressive Journey

A school teacher by

profession on Auckland’s

North Shore City, Johannah’s

journey in the world

of beauty began when she

was a teacher at Lakeview

School in Masterton. She

moved up to Auckland to

pursue loftier ambitions

in teaching and modelling,

and has done well in both

over the years.

Her charming smile, affable

manners, graceful walk

and most important of all,

the sporting spirit with

which she accepts judges’

verdict have all been

instruments of success.

“There is no greater

gift than to inspire and

encourage those around

you to be all that they can

be and show them, if I can

do it, you can do it too,” she

said.

Love for children

Johannah enjoys watching

children grow.

“I love seeing achild find

their passion and own it,

like a young boy who stole

the show during an assembly

with his new found love

for dancing. Not only have

I had the privilege to be a

role model to children but

I have also been given the

opportunity to help others

in orphanages, hospitals,

shelters, organisations

and special needs schools

overseas,” she said.

Pictures of Johannah

Prasad are by Eric Feng

If you wish to be featured

as our Model of the

Fortnight, please write to

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co.nz

Local artists bring comic relief to a tense world

Why the world needs more Slapsticks

A Special Correspondent

New work by artists

Lipika Sen & Prabhjyot Majithia

At the ‘NZ Sculpture on Shore 2018

Fort Takapuna, 170 Vauxhall Rd,

Narrow Neck, Auckland 0624

In aid of Women’s Refuge

Concluding on November 18, 2018

Lipika Sen & Prabhjyot Majithia

as ‘Jugalbandi in the Park.’

Unique ingredients

Happiness, curiosity, human behaviour

and childlike wonder are

some of the ingredients of experiential,

energetic, interactive and

often whimsical works of Lipika

and Prabhjyot, be it their six-meter

tall steel and acrylic public art

that spins and swooshes with the

wind at the Puke Ariki Museum

waterfront; or ‘New Plymouth:

Firkeewala – ‘In my heart of eternal

childhood;’ or the intriguing

‘Tricky Box’ series of experiential

art installations including the

Creative New Zealand-funded

‘Tricky Box ‘8 showcased at Ted X

Tauranga.’

‘Tricky Box 5’ has created stories

with more than 50,000 Kiwis

of all ages, travelling to various

shows across New Zealand, and is

currently parked at Framingham

Winery, Marlborough.

Other attractions

Among the others that attract

visitors are the ‘Tricky Box 5,’ a

large-scale, multimedia sculpture,

‘The Curious Indian Water Well,’

shown at the North Shore Sculpture

on Shore 2014, now installed

permanently at a sculpture park in

Tauranga.

Visitors having fun with the Slapsticks (Pictures Supplied)

The recent multimedia, the 4.5

meter high ‘Tricky Box Tree of

Giving,’ commissioned by Tauranga’s

Christmas Park also features

a song specially contributed by

the popular New Zealand singer

Tiki Tane are worthy of special

mention.

About the Artists

Lipika and Prabhjyot have been

working together for more than

ten years in a unique trans-border

collaboration that sees them

creating and exhibiting in New

Zealand that has been home to

Lipika for more than 16 years; and

India, most recently at the India

Art Fair 2017.

Not constrained by any medium,

as artists and conceptualists, they

have worked with film producers,

including award-winning animated

virals, words, sound, timber,

steel and acrylic on canvas.

Their works can be viewed on

www.inhalingthespirit.com and

www.hichki.com and followed on

Instagram @inhalingthespirit @

thegoblette @hichkihipsters

About the Show

NZ Sculpture On Shore is stated

to be New Zealand’s largest outdoor

sculpture exhibition, and one

of the oldest (since 1996), moving

to its Fort Takapuna location in

2004.

The show provides a unique

snapshot of contemporary

three-dimensional art practice

in New Zealand, including monumental

standalone sculptures,

domestic and small-scaled works,

ephemeral projects, light and

sound art works, process art and

many site-specific installations.

All the works exhibited at ‘New

Zealand Sculpture On Shore’ are

for sale during the exhibition and

proceeds from each exhibition are

donated to Women’s Refuge.


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Fundraiser Concert for Kerala flood victims

Fundraiser Concert for Kerala flood victims

Divine Retreat Centre event on November 24

Venkat Raman

Amusic concert to raise funds

for the victims of the floods

that devastated the people

of Kerala in August 2018 will

be held on Saturday, November 24,

2018 at Mount Eden War Memorial

Hall, located at 489 Dominion Road in

Mount Eden, Auckland.

The Programme is being organised

by JZ Entertainment Network and

St Mary’s Avondale Parish. Funds

collected will be donated to the

Divine Retreat Centre located at Potta,

a village located about 50 kms to the

North of Kochi (Cochin). DRC Potta is

the parent body of Centres around

the world.

Quality Entertainment

Owned and operated by Jeffery

Nathan and his son Zane, the Group

aims to present quality entertainment

“with adifference reflecting the

duo’s love and passion for music and

stage performance.”

Mr Nathan said that the Concert

will be held under the patronage of

DRC Director

Father Augustine Vallooran.

Devastating Floods

“More than one million people

have been adversely affected by the

recent devastating floods in Kerala,

India. Many have suffered the

loss of homes, crops, livestock and

livelihood. Amongst those who have

experienced overwhelming losses is

DRC Potta,” he said.

Sponsorship packages and donor

options are available, Mr Nathan

said.

“Money collected through

sponsorships and donations will go

towards restoring damages caused to

the DRC, bakery, printing press and

charitable homes attached to the Centre.

With your help, DRC will be able

to continue their charitable works by

offering much needed comfort and

guidance to the people in India and

around the world,” Mr Nathan said.

Sponsorship Categories (In NZ$):

Diamond Sponsor: $3000; Ruby

Sponsor: $2000; Emerald Sponsor:

$1000

Advertisements in the Souvenir (In

NZ$):

Full Page: $500; Half Page: $300;

Quarter Page: $200

Cash Donations: (Acknowledgement

in the Souvenir)

NZ$100 or NZ$ 50

About DRC Potta

The Centre started as a preaching

Ministry by the Vincentian (Saint

Vincent de Paul) Congregation

in India. They have two aims: (a)

Preaching the good news to the poor

and (b) Caring for the welfare of the

poor and afflicted.

DRC is the largest Catholic Retreat

Centre in the world with over 10

million people having attended the

retreats from all over the world –

including many non-Christians since

1990. Week-long retreats are held

and conducted for as many as 10,000

people in English and six different

Indian dialects simultaneously. The

retreats are priced at nominal fees

and include accommodation and all

meals.

Affected Properties

Amongst the charitable works

drc pOtta

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fundraiser

Luke 6:38

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Date: 24 November 2018

Time: 7pm

Venue: Mt Eden War Memorial Hall

489 Dominion Rd, Mount Eden

Live Entertainment

Jeff &Timeless, Lygia Verhoven, Ratna Venkat

Sammie Campbell, Zane Nathan

Please credit your donations to

RC Bishop of Auckland -Avondale Parish

Account Number : 02-0100-0120958-004

Add your name in the particulars field and “Potta” in the

reference field. For a tax receipt, please email your name,

address and donation details to maranatha.jvz@gmail.com

conducted by the Vincentians

through different Homes attached

to Divine Retreat Centre are as

follows. However, much has been

destroyed by the recent floods,

including Saint Vincent’s Home

for AIDS patients; The Divine Care

Ticket (Incl. Buffet Dinner)

$30 per adult

$15 per child (5 to 10 yrs)

For tickets and more information contact:

Jeff Nathan :027702 7875

Zane Nathan :022 069 3016

Diamond Sponsors

Media Sponsor

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Emerald Sponsor

Miguel & Cecilia

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Centre for the Mentally ill; The Divine

Mercy Home for Elderly Men and

Women abandoned by their families;

The Maria Santhi Bhavan Home

for Elderly Women; Saint Mary’s

Home for Destitute Mothers and

Children; Divine De-Addiction Centre

a government approved centre for

the rehabilitation of drug addicts and

alcoholics.

Other Activities

Some other activities carried

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for orphans and street children

(2) Free Meals Scheme (3) Free

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Free Admission to Retreats (5) Divine

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About JZ Entertainment Network

JZ Entertainment Network brings

an array of vocalists and performers

showcasing their energy, talents, and

vibrance on stage through their rendition

from a range of retro numbers.

The music goes back to the 1970s to

present-day music from a variety of

genres such as Broadway, Country,

Folk, Indie, Jazz, Motown, Pop, R&B,

Rock, Rock & Roll, and Soul.

Jeff and Zane love the stage and

have a great desire to give back to

the community with what they have

been blessed with their music.

Therefore, their hope is for diverse,

multicultural communities of New

Zealand to come together in support

to help DRC Potta recuperate after the

recent devastating floods in the state

of Kerala, India.

For further information please

contact Jeffery Nathan on 027-

7027875. Email: maranatha.jvz@

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Account name: RC Bishop of

Auckland-Avondale Parish

Account Number:

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NOVEMBER 15, 2018

Sportslink

Sport NZ wants you views on integrity review

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Sport New Zealand has launched

nationwide public consultation

on its review into sport integrity,

calling on anyone involved

in sport to share their thoughts on a

range of integrity issues through an

online survey that will be open for

the next four weeks.

“There’s no question New Zealanders

love sport, but we also know that

the integrity of sport is increasingly

threatened at grassroots and elite

levels by issues such as side-line

behaviour, failure to protect children,

match-fixing, corruption and doping,”

Sport NZ Chief Executive Peter

Miskimmin said.

Review of controls

“There are already various controls

in place at different levels of the

sporting sector to address these. This

review is about determining whether

these measures are sufficiently

robust and appropriate, so that any

weaknesses can be addressed to

ensure our sport remains clean, fair,

and safe and enjoyable for everyone.”

Mr Miskimmin encourages anyone

involved in sport to have their say

through the online survey or by

making a written submission.

“Research indicates that sport

creates happier, healthier people,

better connected communities, and

a stronger New Zealand. We can’t

afford for there to be integrity issues

which discourage New Zealanders

from participating in sport and

realising the many benefits it offers,”

he said.

“That’s why we need as many

people as possible to contribute to

this review.”

Online submissions

The online survey and a Sport NZ

discussion document are available

at sportnz.org.nz/integrity.

The survey opened on October 31,

2018 and will conclude on December

11, 2018.

Survey Modules

Members of the public can complete

any or all of six survey modules,

each of which should take around 15

minutes to complete. Those modules

are (a) Organisational culture,

whistleblowing, and the institutional

arrangements for sport integrity in

New Zealand (b) Member protection

(c) Integrity issues in children’s sport,

including at secondary school (d)

Anti-Doping (e) Protecting against

corruption (f) Protecting against

match-fixing.

Sport NZ will analyse survey

responses and written submissions

before making recommendations on

priority areas for further work to its

Board in early 2019.

Also forming part of the Sport

Integrity Review is a stocktake of elite

athlete rights and welfare, which

commenced in June.

The findings of this are expected to

be released this month.

Christmas At The Races growing in popularity

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Alexandra Park’s eight

Christmas At The Races

hospitality evenings set

down for November and

December are selling fast but there’s

still time.

“Our three November evenings are

probably where we’ve got the best

availability. However individuals,

businesses and organisations need to

book now to avoid disappointment,”

Sales & Events Coordinator Roxanne

Alexander said.

The 2018 Christmas At The Races

evenings will take place on Fridays

in November (16, 23 and 30) and

December (7, 14, and 21) as well as on

December 8 and 15.

Christmas Party delights

The popular nights are promoted

as the perfect work Christmas Party

with a gourmet buffet, stunning

décor, and great entertainment

including a visit from Santa himself!.

Holly packages remain available

from $70 per person, as do the

delightful Mistletoe packages at $115

with the option of track-view dining

outside on the Epsom Balconies.

Premium Pohutukawa Packages

Also, still available are the

premium Pohutukawa packages in

the Tasman Room from $140 which

include a premium drinks package.

However, Pohutukawa packages in

Alexandra Park’s level five Top of

the Park venue, priced from $165,

are now limited but with some

availability still on November 16 and

December 21.

Ms Visser said that regardless of

the hospitality package, everyone gets

to enjoy a sumptuous all-you-can-eat

Christmas-style buffet.

Presidential Suite on hire

She said that Alexandra Park’s

exclusive President’s Suite can also be

hired for private parties, with availability

remaining on both November

16 and 30 as well as December 21,

2018.

Alexandra Park is renowned for

delivering delicious dining packages

and exciting harness racing under

lights. Then after the last race, everyone

gets together at The Alex Bar &

Eatery to enjoy live entertainment.

For further information on

Christmas At The Races or to reserve

your table please call (09) 6311165.

Email: dining@alexandrapark.co.nz;

Website: www.alexandrapark.co.nz

Alexandra Park is the Sponsor of

the ‘Best Businesswoman of the Year’

Category of the Eleventh Annual

Indian Newslink Indian Business

Awards 2018, entries to which are

currently being evaluated by an

independent Panel of Judges. The

Awards Night will be held on Monday,

November 26, 2018 at SkyCity

Convention Centre, Auckland City.

Tickets priced at $172.50 (including

GST) and Tables seating ten persons

at $1725 (including GST) per table are

now on sale. Please call (09) 5336377

or 021-836528 for bookings and more

information.

Supported by

Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards 2018

We look forward to the pleasure of your company at the Gala Black Tie Cocktails, Entertainment &

Dinner of the 11th Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards Presentation 2018

On Monday, November 26, 2018 from 5pm

At the Sky City Convention Centre

Corner Victoria &Federal Streets, Auckland City

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern,

Prime Minister of New Zealand

Hon Grant Robertson

Minister of Finance

Hon Carmel Sepuloni

Minister for Social Development

Hon David Parker

Attorney General, Minister for

Economic Development

Master of Ceremonies:

Jackie Clarke

Celebrity Speaker and Entertainer

Guests of Honour:

Hon Stuart Nash

Minister of Police

Hon Simon Bridges

Leader of the Opposition

Hon Jenny Salesa

Minister for Ethnic Communities

His Worship Phil Goff

Mayor of Auckland

H .E. Filimone Waqabaca

Fijian High Commissioner

H. E. Sanjiv Kohli

Indian High Commissioner

H.E. Jonathan Curr

New Zealand’s High

Commissioner to Fiji

Mr Zarak Khan

Fijian Consul General &

Trade Commissioner

(Australia &New Zealand)

Cocktails, Networking and Sponsors Stalls: 5 pm to 545 pm

Live Entertainment, Speeches, Dinner,

Awards Ceremony: 545 pm to 8pm

Tickets: Single $172.50 Table of Ten: $1725.00 (including GST)

Please indicate your meal preference- Vegetarian, Non-Vegetarian, Halal, Non-Halal and special dietary requirements if any.

RSVP 021-836528. Email: venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz

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