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MARCH 1, 2019

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Pakistan should not ignore global anger over Pulwama attack

It is time Islamabad brought terrorists to justice

Venkat Raman

Never in its 72-year

history as an independent,

Sovereign

country has India

committed any aggression

on any of its neighbours,

especially the Islamic Republic

of Pakistan; in fact, it has been

a singular victim of the latter’s

homegrown terrorist attacks.

The latest attack, that took

place on February 14, 2019

in the Pulwama District of

Jammu & Kashmir State of

India, killing 44 soldiers of

the Central Reserve Police

Force (CPRF), has angered the

world, with Presidents, Prime

Ministers and their envoys expressing

their condemnation

to the bombing and standing

by India at its hour of grief.

Jaish-e-Muhammad stakes

claim

The attack struck a bus

filled with young recruits

heading for deployment in

the wintry Kashmir valley.

The toll was the highest for a

single attack on the security

forces.

Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM),

the group that claimed responsibility

for the bus attack,

is guilty of some of the worst

atrocities in a30-year conflict

in Kashmir that has taken

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more than 70,000 lives.

The group’s leader, Masood

Azhar, lives openly in Bahawalpur

in Pakistan, where it

runs a seminary, a training

camp and a media arm.

As the Economist noted,

Pakistan has, over many decades,

covertly helped militants

infiltrate Jammu &Kashmir.

“India has in the past

often supplied Pakistan with

actionable intelligence, such

as against the perpetrators of

a terrorist attack on Mumbai

in 2008 that left 166 people

dead. Pakistan has either done

nothing, or limply chastised

the culprits and let them

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go. Mr Azhar himself has at

various times been detained,

before being quietly released

to mould more jihadists. India’s

fury is understandable,” the

publication said.

How the incident unfolded

According to reports, a convoy

of 78 vehicles transporting

more than 2500 CRPF personnel

from Jammu to Srinagar

was travelling on National

Highway 44. The convoy had

left Jammu around 330 am (IST)

and was scheduled to reach its

destination before Sunset.

At Lethpora, near

Awantipora, around 315 pm

(IST), a bus carrying security

personnel was rammed by a

Mahindra Scorpio SUV carrying

explosives. It caused a blast,

killing 46 CRPF personnel of

the 76th Battalion and injured

many others. The injured

were moved to the army base

hospital in Srinagar.

JeM released a video of the

assailant Adil Ahmad Dar (alias

Adil Ahmad Gaadi Takranewala

or Waqas Commando),

a 22-year old from Kakapora,

who had joined the group a

year earlier. Dar’s family had

last seen him in March 2018,

when he left his house on a

bicycle one day and never

returned.

India investigates

The National Investigation

Agency dispatched a 12-member

team to probe the attack,

working with the Jammu and

Kashmir Police.

Initial investigations

suggested that the car was

carrying more than 300 kgs of

explosives, including 80 kgs

RDX, a high explosive, and

ammonium nitrate.

Lt Gen Deependra

Singh Hooda, former General

Officer-Commander-in-Chief

of the Northern Command of

the Indian Army, said that the

explosives might have been

stolen from a construction site,

although he did not rule out the

possibility of these smuggled

across the border.

State funerals of security

personnel killed in the attack

were held in their respective

native places. The Punjab

State Government announced

ex-gratia compensation of

about US$ 17,000 each to the

families of the killed security

personnel and a government

job to the next of kin.

Punishing Pakistan

India’s Prime Minister

Narendra Modi has promised a

‘jaw-breaking response.’

The Federal Government

revoked Pakistan’s Most

Favoured Nation status and

raised customs duty on all

Pakistani goods imported to

India to 200%.

It plans to provide the

Financial Action Task Force

on Money Laundering with

a dossier outlining Pakistan’s

involvement in the attack.

Protests and candle light

marches were held across

India, New Zealand, United

A member of the family of Pankaj Tripathi, a

CPRF personnel killed in the attack (PTI Photo)

Kingdom and other countries.

A delegation of Indian doctors

cancelled their visit to Pakistan

to attend the 13th Association

of Anaesthesiologists Congress,

organised by the South Asian

Association for Regional

Cooperation, in Lahore on

March 7, 2019.

Following intelligence inputs,

in the early morning hours

of 18 February, a joint team

comprising 55 Rashtriya Rifles,

CRPF and Special Operations

Group of India killed two

terrorists and two terrorist

abettors in an anti-terrorism

encounter operation in the

ensuing manhunt for the

perpetrators in Pulwama.

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End of Land Tenure Review announced

and cultural and heritage

values are secured and

safeguarded through the

Crown’s management of

the land and (b) Allowing

for pastoral and non-pastoral

activities that support

economic resilience and

local communities.

Feedback is also being

Braided River at Head of Lake (Picture Supplied sought on how the Crown

can better implement

Treaty of Waitangi responsibilities

regarding Crown

pastoral land.

Amendment after

Consultation

After public consultation,

The government is

proposing sweeping

changes to the rules

followed by farmers

leasing Crown land.

Land Information

minister Eugenie Sage

has announced the end of

tenure review, under which

leased high-country Crown

land could be signed over to

farmers provided they set

aside areas for conservation

and plans to tighten the

rules for the 171 properties

that remained in Crown

hands.

Tightening Rules

Farmers and the

wider community would

be consulted on requiring

the Commissioner of

Crown Lands to seek expert

advice and consult when

leasehold farmers asked for

permission to irrigate and

farm more intensively.

The intention was to safeguard

natural landscapes,

indigenous biodiversity and

cultural and heritage values.

There were currently no

plans to change the system

for setting rents on Crown

land.

She issued the following

Statement

Iconic high country land

will be better managed

under changes on which we

have announced Consultation

today.

Voluntary Process

Tenure review is a volun-

Eugenie Sage RNZ Photo

by Rebekah Parsons-King

tary process where Crown

pastoral land can be sold to

a leaseholder and areas with

high ecological and recreational

value can be returned

to full Crown ownership as

conservation land.

Tenure review has seen

some land protected but

also large swathes, 353,000

ha, have been privatised

and large areas intensively

farmed or subdivided.

Ending tenure review and

changing the regulatory system

for high country pastoral

leases is about thinking long

term and the Crown working

with leaseholders to achieve

sustainable land and water

management.

Regulatory System

continues

With tenure review ending,

the remaining Crown

pastoral lease properties,

currently 171 covering

1.2 million ha of Crown

pastoral land, will continue

to be managed under the

regulatory system for Crown

pastoral lands.

The discussion document

entitled “Enduring stewardship

of Crown pastoral land”

outlines proposed changes

and seeks public comment.

The changes include (a)

Making decision-making by

the Commissioner of Crown

Lands more accountable and

transparent (b) Providing

more guidance and standards

for the Commissioner’s

decisions on leaseholder applications

for activities such

as burning and forestry (c)

Requiring the Commissioner

to obtain expert advice and

consult as necessary when

considering applications for

discretionary consents (d)

Updating the fees and charges

framework (e) Requiring

regular reporting against a

monitoring framework.

On Rental or Lease changes

No changes are currently

proposed to the system of

setting rentals on pastoral

leases.

Proposed new outcomes

for Crown pastoral land

include (a) Ensuring that

the natural landscapes,

indigenous biodiversity,

the Government will

develop and introduce legislation

to amend the Land

Act 1949 and the Crown

Pastoral Land Act 1998.

The changes needed to

implement a stronger stewardship

regime for Crown

pastoral land can only be

achieved by changing the

law, and in partnership

with iwi, leaseholders who

use the land, and the wider

public.

It is vital we ensure that

our high country pastoral

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National Institute and radically

reforming industry training

organisations.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins

said the Plan was challenging but necessary

for shoring up a sector that

had suffered falling enrolments and

multimillion dollar deficits.

Mr Hipkins said that the proposal

included creating a New Zealand

Institute of Skills and Technology

that would have asingle Governing

Council and would manage all 16 institutes’

capital and operational budgets,

staffing, and computer systems

for managing their courses.

He said that would solve the sector’s

financial problems and make

better use of taxpayer funding.

Consolidated Organisation

“A consolidated organisation would

make better strategic use of capital,

achieve greater efficiency in programme

design, development and

delivery, and reduce replication of

back-office functions,” Mr Hipkins

said in a Paper to the Cabinet.

The Plan also suggested stopping industry

training organisations from arranging

and paying for training and

paring back their role to setting standards

and qualifications and advising

the Tertiary Education Commission

under the new title of Industry Skills

Bodies.

Mr Hipkins said that tertiary institutions

would take over the job of organising

and providing work-based

Proposal

for Public

Consultation

industry training and that would be a

big challenge.

“Providers would take responsibility

for approximately 140,000 trainees

and apprentices in addition to the

approximately 110,000 vocational education

learners they already serve

(based on 2017 figures). This would

require increased capability and capacity.

This change will promote better

alignment between on- and off-job

education and training, and stabilise

provision of vocational education

across the economic cycle,” the

Cabinet paper said.

Negative response expected

The paper said industry training

organisations (ITOs) might respond

negatively to the proposals, but they

included asignificantly increased

leadership role for the industry.

Mr Hipkins said that the proposed

changes would be disruptive but the

current model was not sustainable.

He said the amalgamation of polytechnics

might result in more or fewer

main campuses in the regions and

some of the institutes might need

more financial support before the

changes were implemented.

Mr Hipkins’ Cabinet Paper showed

the Treasury was worried that it was

not clear how much the proposals

would cost.

“We are concerned that Cabinet is

being asked to agree to asignificant

in-principle decision without a clear

indication of the likely overall financial

implications of the changes proposed,

including short-term transition

costs, and enduring funding changes,”

the Paper said.

Last year the government loaned

$50 million to Unitec and gave $15

million to Whitireia in Porirua after

the two institutions ran into serious

financial problems. The money

was on top of abailout for the West

Coast’s Tai Poutini Polytechnic in

February that included an $8.5 million

capital injection and a write-off

of $25 million owed to the Tertiary

Education Commission.

The Auditor-General warned in

November last year that polytechnics

were under pressure and needed

first-rate governance.

The most recently available financial

results for polytechnics showed

nine of the 16 institutions made deficits

and 11 suffered falling enrolments

in 2017.

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Chris Bramwell

The issue of Australia

deporting New

Zealanders who

have committed

crimes across the Tasman

has become corrosive in the

relationship between the two

countries, Prime Minister

Jacinda Ardern has said.

Ms Ardern and her

Australian counterpart, Scott

Morrison held their annual

talks in Auckland on Friday,

February 22, 2019.

Mr Morrison has forgone

the normal overnight stay

opted by his predecessors.

Busy time in Australia

It is election year in

Australia and polls across

the Tasman are indicating it

could be a tight race, so Mr

Morrison will be keen for the

photo opportunity with Ms

Ardern, but at the same time

wanting to avoid any criticism

that he is visiting wineries

on Waiheke Island instead of

working in Canberra.

Ms Ardern thanked Mr

Morrison for making the trip,

saying she realised it was

a busy time in Australian

politics.

Tremor tears

Mr Morrison replied

thanking Ms Ardern, but

also acknowledging that the

days of their meeting was

the eighth anniversary of the

Canterbury earthquake.

He said that Australians

grieved and shed tears with

their Kiwi cousins on that day.

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Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern at Government House in Auckland on

February 22. (Photo: Pool/Diego Opatowski/AFP

“For us to be able to meet

on that day is a sign of that

friendship, and when it comes

to these meetings it’s always

families first and we are

family here in the Pacific, but

particularly between Australia

and New Zealand,” he said.

While the two leaders

discussed areas where they

agreed, Ms Ardern said that

they also talked about the

areas where they disagreed,

including deportations of New

Zealanders.

Corrosive in relations

“In my view, this issue

has become corrosive in our

relationship over time, I made

it clear that New Zealand has

no issue with Australia taking

a dim view of newly-arrived

non-citizens committing crime,

but equally the New Zealand

people have a dim view of the

deportation of people who

moved to Australia as children

and have grown up there,” Ms

Ardern said.

Mr Morrison was unrepentant

about the issue.

“Our government has taken

a very strong line when it

comes to those who are in

Australia who are on visas, see

visas are not citizenship, visas

are provided on the basis of

people being compliant with

those visas and that doesn’t

include committing crimes,”

he said.

Strained relations with China

News that Australian coal

imports were being held up at

the Chinese border was also

the subject of questioning at

the joint media conference, but

both leaders batted away any

suggestion that their countries’

relationships with China were

under any strain.

Mr Morrison said it was not

the first time that there had

been issues at Chinese ports.

“There is no evidence before

me or us that would suggest

that it has the connotations

that it has anything to do with

anything more broadly than

that, this happens from time

to time and we just work constructively

with our partners

in China,” he said.

Chris Bramwell is Deputy

Political Editor at Radio New

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The devil in the details of the proposed Mega-Poly

An Analysis by John Gerritsen

The government’s plan for a monster

merger of all 16 polytechnics

and institutes of technology has

taken everyone by surprise, but

some might say they had it coming.

After nearly $100 million in bailouts

last year and the possibility of more to

come, the government has eschewed

half-measures and complex policy solutions

for the relatively simple option of

rolling all institutes into one.

NZ Institute of Skills and

Technology

For good measure, it has also

decided to strip the job of organising

on-the-job training and apprenticeships

from industry training organisations

(ITOs) and give it to the proposed new

mega-polytechnic, the New Zealand

Institute of Skills and Technology.

Critics will say that the Plan takes

centralisation too far and will result in

an organisation that is too big and unwieldy

to ensure each region is getting

the skills training and courses it needs.

Others might say that it provides

a single solution to a range of

long-standing and complex problems,

and tensions in vocational education

and training.

Either way, the government cannot

s p a c e

be accused of tinkering around the

edges.

The Problems

So, what are the problems the

government is trying to solve with its

plan for a mega-poly?

Number one is the viability and

stability of the 16 polytechnics and

institutes of technology.

Right now, the institutions are going

through difficult times. The previous

government froze their funding for

most of its tenure and they have

suffered falling enrolments as high

employment encourages people to get

jobs instead of qualifications.

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Some have been badly burned

in the collapse of the market for

Indian foreign students.

High and rising deficits

Those stresses are showing in

their balance sheets. Collectively,

the sector made adeficit of more

than $50 million in 2017, at least

one institution - the West Coast’s Tai

Poutini Polytechnic - appears unviable

as a stand-alone institution, and

the biggest of the 16 polytechnics,

Unitec, is expected to have losses

worth $100 million over the four

years to the end of this year.

Polytechnic bosses and staff have

long argued that the institutions

just need a bit more government

funding. Penny Simmonds from

Southern Institute of Technology

told RNZ that $45 million would

probably be enough to fix most of

the sector’s problems, while the

Tertiary Education Union estimates

more like $200 million is required.

‘Wasteful duplication’

But the government wants

greater efficiencies and when it

sees practically every polytechnic

operating campuses in Auckland, it

doesn’t see nimble competition, it

sees wasteful duplication.

In addition, mergers have long

been seen as the road to stability in

the polytechnic sector.

Government briefing papers say

that the Manukau Institute of Technology

and Unitec were last year

discussing amalgamating, as were

the all-but-merged Whitireia in

Porirua and Weltec in Wellington.

A national merger follows to

its conclusion the logic that big

institutions are more stable and

ensures there are no Cinderella

left out of the picture because

their small size or large debts

make them unattractive partners.

The Unitec Example

That is not a conclusion

everyone will agree with. The

debacle at Unitec - the country’s

largest polytechnic - proves that

size is no protection from disaster

and some modest-sized regional

polytechnics have long track

records of financial stability and

success.

Last year, the Ministry of

Education told the government

the option of a single national

polytechnic offered the greatest

potential savings, but that was

outweighed by the potential risks.

The Ministry and the Tertiary

Education Commission warned

that the government risked

putting all of its eggs in one

basket; if the leaders of the new

mega-polytechnic get it wrong, it

goes wrong for every polytechnic

in the country.

The government’s proposal

would eliminate the long-standing

overlap.

The other significant problems

that the government’s proposal

tackles are long-standing tensions

between industry training and

polytechnics.

Please read the full text in

our Web Edition: www.indiannewslink.co.nz

Analysis by John Gerritsen is

the Education Correspondent

at Radio New Zealand. Indian

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New Mobile App a boon to children and ECE

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From Unicorns to Fairies,

Mythical Creatures

have contributed their

mite to honing of the

fantasy world of children.

Parents and educators have

tried to unveil the Pegasus

and narrate social stories.

But have the children

grasped them?

‘Ready for Big School’

assists parents and early

childhood educators in this

task, while being a toddler’s

best friend.

Good blend

A brainchild of Abel Tutagalevao,

Managing Director of

the Auckland based Cultural

Hubb Limited, ‘Ready for Big

School’ is a blend of stories

and games.

Launched globally last

month on Google Play Store

and App Store, this Storybook

Gaming App aids toddlers

and pre-schoolers during

their transitioning phase

from kindergarten to primary

school.

Multiple languages

Priced at US$ 7.99 for children

in the two-to-five years

age group, the App, initially in

English, will soon be available

in Mandarin, Arabic, Portuguese,

Spanish and Hindi and

many other languages with

updates. Please check for

languages availability in both

iPhone and Android versions

of mobile phones.

Mr Tutagalevao said

that the App represents a

technological leap in the

educational sector, with social

stories in the form of games

for smart and happy children

to prepare for school.

Real-life experience

“It also provides a supportive

and enthusiastic real-life

experience for children to be

positive and have a sense of

belonging in a new school en-

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vironment. Key concepts such

as confidently approaching

tasks and morning routines,

following instructions, forming

friendships, working in groups,

being courageous in trying new

things, coping with emotions

and learning about words and

numbers are all covered to

inspire learning. Use of this App

will boost achild’s confidence

and help in developing

independence,” he said.

Helping ASD children

‘Ready for Big School’ helps

toddlers coming from different

walks of life, especially those

with Autistic Spectrum Disorder

(ASD) by providing audio

and visual cues for better

understanding.

Mr Tutagalevao described

the App as a ‘game changer.’

“This will empower and

boost achild’s confidence to

become a more settled and be

school-ready. It will be a lifetime

of learning, help reduce a

busy parent’s anxiety, complement

many school readiness

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With a big focus on supporting

early childhood development

both with an academic

and life skills focus, ‘Ready for

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of going to school for the first

time and helps children face

the upcoming challenges with

excitement and fun.

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Home-based educators’ qualification rising

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The government-subsidised

education and care

of young children that

takes place in the educator’s

home or in the child’s home

will become professionalised, to

ensure better and more consistent

quality, Education Minister

Chris Hipkins has said.

He said this morning that

Home-based Early Childhood

Education has been the

fastest growing part of the

early learning sector, receiving

over $150 million each year in

public funding. 18,267 children

received education and care

from a home-based educator

in 2018, a n increase of 65%

increase since 2007, he said.

Mr Hipkins issued the

following Statement:

Existing inconsistencies

The Coalition Government

is committed to making New

Zealand the best place in the

world to be a child. High quality

early learning is a right of every

child and their parents and

whānau, to give them the best

possible start in life.

We have heard from

educators and parents about the

unique place that home-based

learning holds, in particular

the family-feel it provides, with

small groups and close relationships.

But we have also heard

concerns about inconsistent

quality across the sector, due in

part to inadequate government

oversight.

Currently, home-based educators

are not required to hold

a relevant qualification, and in

fact the proportion of services

with qualified educators has

declined over the last decade.

Lifting minimum standards

The Government has decided

to move towards a Level 4 Early

Childhood Education Certificate

becoming the minimum

qualification for home-based

educators.

Evidence suggests that an ECE

qualification supports educators

to provide children with stimulating,

warm and supportive

early learning experiences.

I will work with the sector to

determine an appropriate time

for this qualification requirement

to become mandatory.

This change represents a

substantial shift and it is important

to minimise disruption to

parents and whānau.

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Rotuman Language

classes in Auckland

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The Rotuman Community

in Auckland

has announced

commencement of

Rotuman Language Classes,

marking the ‘International

Mother Language Day,’

observed throughout the

world on February 21, 2019

as a United Nations approved

programme.

Organised by the Auckland

Rotuman Fellowship Group

Incorporated (ARFGI), the endangered

Rotuman language

is being taught by elders and

qualified teachers.

Chairperson Faga Fasala

said, “We took the initiative

using our own funds and

resources, to move things

forward and help save our

unique language.”

The Language Classes,

which are free, open to

everyone including Non-Rotumans

will be held every

Saturday from 6 pm at the

Fickling Convention Centre

in Three Kings, Mount Albert

Road, Auckland.

“Language is what makes

us who we are and is part

of our culture and identity.

It is our duty to preserve

this invaluable taonga,” Mr

Fasala said.

ARFGI is also hosting the

‘Rotuman Language Week

2019 in Auckland from May

12 to May 19, 2019.

About Rotumans

Rotuman people are a

separate ethnic group with

their own distinct language,

culture and identity, and

originate from the Polynesian

Island of Rotuma.

Rotuma consists of the

island of Rotuma and its

nearby islets and is located

in the middle of the Pacific

Ocean, about 500 kms north

of Fiji, and 500 kms west of

Wallis & Futuna.

The British annexed

Rotuma on May 13, 1881

(‘Rotuma Day’). Although a

nation by itself, Rotuma is

currently administered by

Fiji as a dependency.

Endangered Language

The Rotuman language

is currently listed on the

UNESCO List of Endangered

Languages as “Vulnerable.”

Rotuma is described as

‘Untouched Paradise’ with

some of the world’s most

pristine and beautiful

beaches.

For information, please

contact AREFGI President

George Nonu on

021-08792415 or Deputy

Secretary Jioji Vai on

021-02782216. Email: info@

rotuma.website,

Budget consultations next week

The Ministry of Economy will

host online national budget

consultations from next

week.

In a statement, Economy Minister

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum expressed the

need to bring the voices of Fijians

to the decision-making table to keep

building the Best National Budget.

For the first time, there will be

online consultations on Facebook,

with special sessions dedicated to

secondary students, tertiary students

and the public.

The theme will be ‘Your Voice,

Rachel Nath

Big supermarkets such as Cost

U Less, Morris Hedstrom and

Shop and Save are facing

charges arising from alleged

unethical practices.

FBC News is able to reveal the

names of 24 traders facing charges

of alleged unscrupulous business

practices.

The comprehensive investigation

was carried out by the Fijian Competition

and Consumer Commission

(FCCC).

Other Retailers

Other retailers include Melbourne

Works Limited, Automart Limited,

Novel Distributor Limited, MS Rao

Design Services, Laia Electrical Contractors,

Ahards Shopping Center,

Harrisons and Vision Investment

Limited along with Seaqaqa Shopping

Centre.

Seven individuals, including

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

Retailers face charges of misconduct

FCCC Chief Executive Joel Abraham

People’s Community Network

Director Semiti Qalowasa has also

been charged.

The Charges

The charges involve a number

of offenses, such as engaging in

Unconscionable Conduct, Accepting

Payment and Failing to Supply as

Ordered, Deceptive Conduct, as well

as False and Misleading Representation.

Other areas of concern are Failing

to Display Prices on Price-Controlled

Your Budget, Your Future.’

During these three online sessions,

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum will respond

directly to questions under clearly

identified posts on the designated

Facebook Page account.

Secondary school students will

have their session on March 5, 2019

from 12 pm to 3 pm.

Tertiary school students can

participate on March 6, 2019 from 5

pm to 8 pm.

Online consultations for the public

will be held March 7, 2019 from 5

pm to 9 pm.

Under Special Arrangement with

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation

and Non-Price Controlled Goods,

Overcharging, Failing to Keep Proper

Records, Illegal rent increases

and Failing to Furnish Information.

Chief Executive Joel Abraham

said that FCCC has warned traders

against such unethical practices on

several occasions in the past.

However, a handful of unscrupulous

retailers in the market continue

to take advantage of vulnerable

customers, he said.

“Some traders argue that they

were unaware of the provisions

in the law. We reject this excuse.

ignorance of the law is no defence

and strict enforcement should act

as a deterrent in the future,” he said.

The FCCC has also reminded

shoppers to report any unfair trade

practices.

Rachel Nath is Multimedia

Journalist at Fiji Broadcasting

Corporation. The above Report

has been published under a

Special Arrangement with FCCC.

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Deepa Dias

Westpac Bank Manager

Takanini

Deepa

immigrated

to Auckland

in 1999 with

her young family,

starting at Westpac

15 years ago. She

has Business Studies

qualifications from

Massey University

and is currently

studying towards a

Graduate Diploma

in Business Studies (Financial Planning) as

part of her ongoing professional development.

Her strengthlies in her communication

and ability to connect with her customers

on apersonal level, delivering great

outcomes andhelping them achieve their

financial goals.

Her genuine interestand customer-centric

approach helps her understand her customers’

expressed and unexpressed needs,

building lasting banking relationships.

Serving Communities

Deepa is atrained “ManagingYour

Money” workshop facilitator involvedin

projects to improve financial literacy and

capability within our communities. This

reflects her passion for helping customers

and collaborating with business partnersto

deliverthe bestoutcomes for them.

Values Deepa lives by:Respecting and

celebrating diversityasitgivesusachance

to learn and grow fromdifferent ethnic

backgrounds andexperiences making our

society richer and more vibrant. Having an

open and honest approachand acting with

authenticity and genuine care.

Advice to otherwomen about managing

career: (a) Be opentolearningand

acquiringnew skills. Our worldisevolving

at afast pace and keeping up with change is

essential (b) Create advocates within your

businessand your personal circles,asthese

networks help you to build and further

your personal brand.

Fathima Rahman

Westpac Bank Manager

Papatoetoe

Fathima

manages

Westpac

Papatoetoe,

where she is

recognised as

aversatile and

well-rounded leader

with arange of

clients catering to

their business and

banking needs.

Born in India with aBachelorof

Commerce from the UniversityofMadras,

She moved to NZ in 2002joining Westpac in

2004.

Fathima is skilled and fluent in

communication, organisation and customer

care. She speaks sevenIndian languagesand

is recognised by customersand colleagues

for her dedication to execution and service.

Fathima has constantly been atop

achiever,receiving the Westpac Annual

Legend Award three years in arow.

Supported by her family and friends, she

considersthem her source of strength.

Helping people

Involved in businessgroups such as

Rotary,she also plays amajor role in the

annual Diwali Function and has helped

manycustomers secure their firsthome by

giving genuine advice andworking alongside

them.

Values Fathima lives by:Grateful for

her family and friends, shevalues being

amother and role model,and is thankful

for allopportunities that arise in life. She

strongly believes that doing good for people

brings blessingsback around, and in leading

agenuineand honest life.

Advice to other women: “Mysincere advice

to all young womenwould be to study and

strive foryour dreams andaspirations,

as every womanhas aright to be aleader

within their career.”

Poonam Kumar

Westpac Commercial

Manager Manukau

Poonam is a

Commercial

Manager

based in Manukau,

supporting

arange of clients in

differing industries

across South

Auckland. Raised in

Fiji and educated in

Australia, Poonam

immigrated to NZ in

2004, becoming adynamic results-oriented

banking expert.Joining Westpac in 2010,

her dedicationtocustomers is best recognised

in the numerous messages of thanks

she gets from them, but also by twice

receiving the prestigious Westpac Annual

Legend Award, mostrecently in 2018.

Marriedfor 14 yearswith two teenage

sons, Poonam attributes her success to

them, as well as the great support offeredby

otherfamily and friends.

HelpingPeople

Having agenuine desire to help others,

Poonam has close relationships with many

organisationswithin the Indian business

and religious communities, and actively

participates in community andschool

events.

Values Poonam lives by: “I love to achieve

goalsand strive to learnatevery opportunity.Iamthankful

toGod forthe life, family,

friends andopportunities Ihave beengiven.

Iwill continue to share my wealth and

knowledge with the wider community and

help nurture and support people towards

their goals.”

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actions for awoman is to loveherself, be

herself and shine amongst those who never

believed she could” -Anonymous

“A strong womanstands up for herself.A

strongerwoman stands up foreverybody

else” -Anonymous

Rajni Prasad

Westpac Commercial

Manager North Shore

Rajni is a

Commercial

Manager based

on the North

Shore, managing high

profile small business

clients. She works

alongside theArea

Manager, Banking

Specialists and

Commercial Analysts

with atarget market of

businesses turning over$2million annually.

Rajni came to New Zealand30years

agoasastudent. She is now aChartered

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Women in Banking

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Antonia Watson

Managing Director, Retail

and Business Banking

As jobs go, Antonia

Watson’s is a big

one. The decisions

she and her team

make have a direct impact

on the lives of almost 1 in 2

New Zealanders who have a

relationship with ANZ.

“It’s a huge responsibility,

but also incredibly

rewarding,” says Antonia.

Bankers are in a unique

position to help people build

their financial security and

wellbeing. The best part

of my job is hearing from

customers how we’ve helped

them get ahead – whether

that’s helping them buy a

home, start a business, or

protect their families.”

Antonia has some simple

advice for a successful

career – never stop learning.

“I’ve had some brilliant

bosses and mentors and

learning from how they do

things has been incredibly

helpful. Observing how they

always think about people

first, adapt their approach to

suit the situation, and make

decisions when they need

to, has helped me shape my

own leadership style.”

“Stay open to new

challenges because that’s

how you grow. For example,

try to take work off your

boss – it’s a great way to

show you’re ready for the

next role. At the same time,

empower your team to

take on new things – it will

help them grow and give

you space to think more

strategically.

“It’s also important to

be proactive. If there’s

something you’re interested

in, let people know. Don’t be

afraid to ask for help. In my

experience, most people are

only too happy to share their

knowledge. They just need to

be asked.”

Cassandra Lee

Senior Manager, Migrant

Business and Community

Development

accident!”

That’s

how Cassandra

“Acomplete

Lee describes

her decision to join ANZ.

But 22 years later she’s still

here – and enjoying it more

than ever.

“I had no idea what I

wanted to do after I finished

studying.” says Cassandra,

“A friend who worked in

banking suggested I apply.

To my surprise I absolutely

loved it! I still do. I actually

feel like I’ve had a whole lot

of different careers within

the same company.

“I’ve always loved frontline

roles. When I arrived in New

Zealand from Hong Kong, I

really missed my network

of family and friends. But

through ANZ, I’ve built new

networks with colleagues

and customers which

have turned into lasting

friendships.

In my current role I’m privileged

to help other migrants

through the experience of

moving to New Zealand –

from setting up accounts

before they even arrive, to

helping them get settled and

succeeding in their new lives

here.

“I’ve been lucky to have

some fantastic managers

who believed in me and

encouraged me to do things

I didn’t think I could do.

But you have to have faith

in yourself too. Don’t wait

until people tell you that

you can do something. Take

opportunities when they

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Terrorists must be

brought to justice

The dastardly attack in

Pulwama District of

Jammu & Kashmir in

India on February 14,

2019 has shocked the world

with most leaders condemning

this extreme act of terrorism.

More than 40 soldiers of the

Central Reserve Police were

killed, many others injured in

this incident, responsibility

for which has been claimed

by Jaish e-Muhammed (JeM),

a terrorist organisation that is

guilty of many acts of terrorism

in the past.

India’s Resolve

India’s Prime Minister

Narendra Modi has promised a

‘jaw-breaking response.’

“The event will keep 'inspiring

us relentlessly to uproot the

very base of terrorism'. It will

fortify our resolve. We shall

have to take up this challenge

facing our country, forgetting

all barriers of casteism,

communalism, regionalism and

other difference, so that, our

steps against terror are firmer,

stronger and more decisive" he

said.

How long can India continue

to a victim of terrorists and

extremists and how long can

Pakistan continue to ask for ‘real

evidence’ of the involvement

of terrorist groups bred on its

soil. How long can the world

Cautious approach to

new taxes essential

community watch in silence?

Strong condemnation

The New Zealand Parliament

unanimously passed a motion

on Thursday, February 21, 2019

moved by Foreign Minister

and Deputy Prime Minister

Winston Peters.

‘‘I move the motion that this

House condemns February

14 act of terrorism on Indian

CRPF leading to large loss of

life. We express solidarity with

the Government of India at this

difficult time as well as offer

our deep sympathies to those

affected,’’ he said.

While such expression of

solidarity by world leaders is

reassuring, justice should be

served with the perpetrators

brought before courts and

stand trial for their crime.

The Economist quoted Indian

officials as saying that they

are scarcely the only ones to

complain of Pakistani perfidy.

Indeed, some Pakistanis join

them in questioning the sincerity

of Pakistan Prime Minister

Imran Khan.

“Would you care to order an

inquiry independent of how

we respond to Delhi about how

Jaish continues to recruit and

train people for jihad, and runs

camps?” tweeted Ayesha Siddiqa,

a London-based scholar.

The New Zealand

government is saddled

with a raft of recommendations

by the

Tax Working Group released

on February 21, 2019. The

Group, led by former Finance

Minister Sir Michael Cullen

has suggested widening the tax

net to include Capital Gains,

Environment, Retirement

Savings and Charities. Changes

to the threshold of Personal

Income Tax, is perhaps the only

marginal relief in the Draconian

measures proposed.

New Zealand is a highly taxed

nation and further burdens will

not only hit the common people

but also provide a backlash

to the Coalition Government.

While there could be justification

of a Capital Gains Tax,

in so far as it ‘attacks’ whose

who make undue profit on

property sales for investment,

there is no reason to consider

the same punitive measures on

hardworking New Zealanders.

Counterproductive and nasty

The Working Group’s proposals

will be counterproductive

and nasty.

But we hope that the Labour

government will exercise

restraint and act responsibly.

New Zealand First Leader and

Deputy Prime Minister Winston

Peters has said that any Capital

Gains Tax proposal is off the

table, an opinion, reflected by

other MPs from his Party.

Although the Greens have

embraced the proposals,

without the support of NZ

First, there is no chance of

the proposals going through

Parliament.

The National Party has already

vowed that it will repeal

the Capital Gains Tax if they are

voted to power in Election 2020.

Besides, harsh taxes will be

antithetical to the government’s

‘Wellbeing Budget’ that is

awaited with anxiety on May

30, 2019.

We hope that Prime Minister

Jacinda Ardern and her Finance

Minister Grant Robertson will

tread carefully and do not face

public wrath.

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Last fortnight, an early

morning bust-up between

Labour Party MPs and

National MPs meant that

some of the public missed out on

participating in a parliamentary

process.

In a nutshell, the Finance and

Expenditure Select Committee

was scheduled to meet at 8 am

on Wednesday to begin hearing

submissions on the Budget Policy

Statement 2019 and end at 2 pm

after discussing a taxation bill.

But one of the Labour

MPs called in sick and their

replacement did not make it to

the meeting in time for it to go

ahead without needing National

MPs to make up the numbers (in

an unusual move the National

MPs stayed outside the Committee

Room).

The entire day’s worth of

meetings had to be cancelled and

submitters who had turned up

to speak (some travelling from

outside Wellington) were not able

to do so.

So whose fault is it?

Depends.

Mini-Version of the House

Select Committees are like a

mini version of the House.

Each Committee (there are

12 subject Committees and five

specialist ones) has a mix of MPs

roughly equal to the number of

seats each Party has in the House.

For example, National being the

biggest would have more people

from its Party on a Committee

than Labour.

But Labour has more friends

in the House (being partnered

with New Zealand First and the

Green Party) so it is unlikely to be

outvoted on the important stuff.

There are some Committees

where membership is split evenly.

The Finance and Expenditure

Committee has six Labour MPs,

one NZ First, one ACT, and five

National MPs.

Range of tasks

Committees can do a range

of things including examining

bills, international treaties and

petitions, asking for briefings

from officials so they can educate

themselves, conducting inquiries

and also review government

departments.

As far as accessing Parliament

goes, Select Committees are a

main point of contact for people

to come and speak directly to

MPs; perhaps to speak on a bill or

a petition.

It is rare to get a group of

cross-Party MPs in a room to

listen to you otherwise.

Once a Committee has reviewed

submissions, advice, and evidence

it writes a report which it sends

back to the House. For a bill, the

report might summarise views

from Parties and submitters and

also suggest amendments (which

are usually adopted).

Compared to the combative

nature of question time, Select

Committees are a nice part of

Parliament. MPs are generally

collaborative, bringing ideas to

the table in their role as Members

Rose Renton (centre) submits to a Committee about medicinal cannabis. Her son was the first

New Zealander to be treated with medicinal cammabidoil oil Elixinol. (Photo: VNP/Phil Smith)

Chair of the Finance and Expenditure Committee

Michael Wood. (Photo: VNP/Phil Smith)

of Parliament instead of members

of parties.

None of this can happen if

people do not turn up to the table

though and that is where things

went sour this week.

The Quorum

Select Committees can’t start

their meeting unless half of the

Committee members are there

and within ten minutes of the

start time.

The Finance and Expenditure

Committee has 13 members; so,

seven were needed for it to go

ahead. There is no specification

on which Party those members

must be from.

Where the blame lie depends

on whether MPs should be Parliamentarians

or politicians first.

Parliament and government

are intertwined but different and

in many instances an MP’s job

is to make sure the Government

is acting responsibly and to kick

them into gear if they are not (in

formal terms this is called ‘holding

the Government to account’).

Labour has agreements with

New Zealand First and the Greens

to govern together but that does

not mean every MP in those

Parties is part of the Government.

Only those with ministerial

positions are.

Keeping government under

check

Everyone else, whether in a

governing Party or in opposition,

has the job of keeping the Government

in check and scrutinising

legislation; part of which includes

the Select Committee process

meaning that both sides of the

House are responsible for making

a Committee work.

But sometimes the blood of

a Party is thicker than that of a

Select Committee and the alternative

view is that Parties who say

they are good enough to govern

a country should have members

who are able to organise themselves

properly.

Most of the time they are

organised enough to be in the

right room at the right time to

hear people speak.

The type of people speaking to

a Committee vary from top bosses

who are used to fronting the media

and spieling off performance

reports, like Ministry of Health or

Defence Force bosses - to others

who have taken time off work,

paid for travel, and spent weeks

preparing a speech on an issue

that’s often personal (like euthanasia

or medicinal cannabis).

The Select Committee Process

The setting of a Select Committee

can be unfamiliar and

intimidating with MPs, officials,

other members of the public,

and media fixing their gaze on

a submitter so the meetings are

largely treated with respect.

That said, it does not mean the

voices of those submitters will

not be heard at all. Submissions

to a Select Committee are made

in writing first with an option for

the submitter to say they’d like to

speak in person. The Committee

reads all the submissions and

invites some submitters to meet

with them in person for further

discussion.

Submitters have also spoken to

the Committee via teleconference

or video-call and over the past

year some sessions have been

live-streamed on Parliament’s

Facebook page.

Those missed the hearing

Among those who missed

submitting on Wednesday was

the Minister of Finance Grant

Robertson, Chief Executive of the

Pike River Recovery Agency Dave

Gawn, and ActionStation Director

Laura O’Connell Rapira who was

appearing “on behalf of around

8000 New Zealanders” calling for

full funding for sexual violence

support and prevention agencies.

Some Committee members

met informally with submitters

to hear their views and its Chair

Michael Wood wrote a letter of

apology to those who missed out.

Public submissions made to

Committees can be found here.

Bills and petitions that you can

submit on can be found here.

A full list of all the select Committees

can be found here.

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House journalist representing

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Capital Gains Tax a dilemma to NZ First Party

Peter Dunne

Greens Co-leader James

Shaw’s comment when

Parliament resumed

last month that the current

government does not deserve

to be re-elected if it fails

to introduce aCapital Gains Tax

would have been regarded as yet

another reason why the Greens

kept themselves from being invited

into government for almost

20 years.

Significant Perspective

But now they are inside the

tent, the comment takes on a

more significant perspective.

Not because there was ever

any doubt the Greens would

back aCapital Gains Tax -after

all, they have never yet met a

new tax they do not like - but because

of the acid it puts on the

government’s formal coalition

partner to state where it stands.

At the moment, it holds all

the cards. With the Greens having

now declared their hand,

the future of the Capital Gains

Tax rests not on the tax working

group’s recommendations,

nor even the Labour Party, but

on the nine New Zealand First

MPs, or, to be more specific, their

quixotic leader. To date, they

have maintained their typical

silence.

Opportunity for NZ First

With recent polls showing that

New Zealand First will struggle

to be in the next Parliament, an

issue like Capital Gains Tax is potentially

a heaven-sent opportunity

for the Party to reassert its

independence and act as a handbrake

on government to stop the

implementation of an unpopular

policy. Indeed, James Shaw’s

statement could almost be seen

as inviting New Zealand First to

do just that, perhaps in the hope

of restoring itself in Labour’s

eyes as the preferred partner it

was before the last election.

But it is not as simple as that.

For a start, on this occasion,

New Zealand First is not just any

other party.

It is the government’s formal

Coalition Partner, and its Leader

is the Deputy Prime Minister.

And the Capital Gains Tax is not

just any other policy. It is a key

plank of Labour’s tax policy, and,

as such, comes into the category

of aconfidence and supply issue.

Failure to gain support to introduce

such a policy, let alone

a formal vote against it in the

House, would raise serious questions

of confidence, and could

potentially bring down the

government. And an election

brought about in such circumstances

would almost certainly

see the end of New Zealand First.

So, there are strong reasons

for New Zealand First supporting

the introduction of a Capital

Gains Tax, albeit after afew

tweaks.

Party under pressure

However, aCapital Gains Tax

is unlikely to be popular with

a chunk of New Zealand First’s

provincial and rural support

base. Not that many of them are

likely to be affected by it, but, as

both Labour and National found

out during the Superannuation

debates of the 1980s and 1990s

that spawned New Zealand First,

it was not the reality of the impact

of the Superannuation

Surcharge - which never affected

more than a quarter of superannuitants

- but the perception

that every one of them was hit,

and the fear amongst those under

65 at the time that it would

hit them too, that did the political

damage.

A similar reaction is likely if a

Capital Gains Tax is introduced,

which is why New Zealand First

is likely to face pressure from

its support base to resist the

proposal.

Hint to tensions?

So, the decision to support or

oppose the Capital Gains Tax is

likely to be a finely balanced one

for New Zealand First, which is

where James Shaw’s statement

assumes its real significance.

It is far less a statement of the

Greens’ position, (which no-one

would have been at all surprised

to hear anyway) and much more

an attempt, to flush out where

New Zealand First stands. It also

gives more than a passing hint to

the tensions within the coalition

government on the subject.

In that respect, one has to feel

a little sorry for the Greens. They

spent most of the last Parliament

preening themselves as Labour’s

Coalition Partner in-waiting,

only to be gazumped at the altar

by New Zealand First, because

Labour was not astute,

strong, or brave enough to say

to New Zealand First they wanted

to form aLabour/Greens coalition

that they were welcome to

join, or else they could keep the

National Party in office.

In the event, the Greens were

jilted and relegated to the position

of Confidence and Supply

Partner. Ever since, they have

been struggling to reinsert themselves

into the major policy

loop, and this is but the latest

example.

Fudge and delay tactics

It could yet prove their most

effective if they can force New

Zealand First’s hand. But a

more likely outcome is that New

Zealand First will fudge and delay

a decision as long as possible,

quite possibly beyond the

current Budget cycle, to make

it difficult for Labour to legislate

in advance for the post 2020

Capital Gains Tax, as it wishes,

while all the time keeping its

own powder dry.

Although James Shaw deserves

acknowledgement for doing

his best to try to keep New

Zealand First honest, he has in

reality shown once more that

when it comes to realpolitik New

Zealand First will continue to

run strategic rings around the

hapless Greens.

Peter Dunne is aformer

Minister in the Labour

and National-led Coalition

Governments from 1999 to

2017. He founded UnitedFuture

Party but dismantled it upon

his retirement from politics

two years ago. He lives in

Wellington.

CGT: What you

need to know

The Coalition Government’s Tax

Working Group is recommending

a broad extension of taxing

Capital Gains.

Here is what you need to know:

The Group, chaired by Sir Michael

Cullen, has recommended the following:

•Tax the Capital Gain on sale of land,

shares, business assets,

intangible assets such as intellectual

property.

•Tax to be imposed when the asset is

sold, and levied at the seller’s margin

al tax rate.

• The tax would NOT apply to the family home, and personal

assets such as cars, paintings, jewellery, and household

appliances.

• Aholiday home WOULD be taxed on sale.

• No change to GST and no exemptions for certain types of

products, such as food and drink.

• The Capital Gain on shares in companies would be taxed but

in some circumstances capital losses would also be able to be

offset against other income.

• The Capital Gain on the sale of abusiness would be taxed,

including the goodwill.

• No changes to income tax rates, but a recommendation to raise

the income threshold for low and middle income groups.

• Environmental taxes: changes to the emissions trading scheme

to be more like a carbon tax.

• Dirty taxes on solid waste to reduce volumes to landfills.

• Taxes on water pollution and water extraction.

• Taxation of fertiliser use. Consider congestion charges to tackle

traffic issues.

• The government’s full response, including any planned new

taxes, is expected in April.

• The intention is to have legislation passed ahead of next year’s

election, but changes won’t come in until 1 July, 2020.

• National would have the opportunity to repeal the legislation if

it wins the election.

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Global Economic Growth appears gloomy for New Zealand CEOs

Venkat Raman

Chief Executives in New

Zealand have taken a

pessimistic view of the

global economic growth in

2019, with the number of ‘bulls’

declining this year, compared to

2018, according to the 2019 CEOs

Survey of PricewaterhouseCoopers

(PwC).

The firms’ Chief Executive Mark

Averill said that the outlook of

CEOs is markedly different now

to the expectations expressed

around the same time last year.

“Any optimism that our CEOs

felt last year has fallen sharply. A

standout from this year’s Survey

is how severely the enthusiasm

about global economic growth

has dropped, with New Zealand

CEOs among the most pessimistic,”

he said in his Executive

Summary.

The Report said that CEOs are

also pessimistic about the growth

of their own organisations.

Confidence level drops

According to the Survey Report,

many CEOS are worried that the

future appears uncertain.

“Whether it is Brexit, potential

trade conflicts or government

policy, many CEOs see a more unsettled

future. New Zealand CEOs

Infographics from the 2019 PwC CEO Survey

are considerably more gloomy

than their peers. Over half of our

CEOs (51%) believe global economic

growth will decline in the

next 12 months compared to 32%

in Australia and 29% globally. It

is a sharp rise in pessimism for

CEOs in this country, up from 19%

in 2018 and 16% in 2017,” the

Report said.

CEOs’ bullishness about their

own growth prospects has dropped

from 38% being ‘Very Confident’ in

2018 to 26% in 2019.

Mr Averill said that with the

wave of protectionism and populism

sweeping the globe, as well

as the increasing speed of technological

change, it is not surprising

that CEOs are looking ahead and

seeing an uncertain future.

Domestic threats

“For New Zealand CEOs,

however, domestic matters are

seen as the greatest threats to

growth alongside any factors that

could impact the ease of doing

business. This year, we used the

CEO Survey as an opportunity to

drill down into leaders’ thoughts

on artificial intelligence (AI),” he

said.

The level of uncertainty about

what lies ahead seems to be

pronounced.

Mr Averill said that New

Zealand CEOs recognise the

transformative power of AI but

only 32% have introduced AI

initiatives into their business.

“Opinions on the reach of AI

and the consequences it could

False memories often lead to confession of the innocent

Pranoti Gupta

Reading an article in Reader’s

Digest recently on false

memories created in an

innocent teenager who

confessed to a crime that he did

not commit, made me wonder and

question as to whether we really

trust our memory or the eyewitnesses

to judge in serious criminal

cases?

We need a more serene psychological

approach.

This phenomenon and the

shocking revelations have serious

implications on the criminal justice

system.

Teenager’s trauma

The 18 year old boy sat in the

interrogation room and after 25

hours of questioning confirmed

that he had brutally murdered his

mother during an argument.

He picked up a razor and slashed

her throat.

Based on his confession, the

Jury pronounced him guilty and

presiding Judge sentenced him to

prison term of up to 16 years.

The only problem was he was

innocent.

The teenager’s memory of his

mother’s murder was false.

By claiming that he had failed

the Polygraph test and that mental

illness had caused him to blackout

the crime, the interrogators

convinced this quiet, shy, good

natured boy that he must have been

the killer of his mom whom he

loved dearly.

Memory Illusion

London Southbank University

Criminal Psychologist and author of

‘The Memory Illusion,’ conducted

a research to show how and why

our brains form the complex false

memories.

She said that it is a far common

phenomenon than we think.

Our brains are unable to

distinguish between imagination

and experiences very well, making

it difficult to separate fact and

fiction, at times leading to ‘memory

conformity.’

Details of accounts of others’

memories are implanted or lead us

to accept other’s experiences as our

own.

If the eyewitness’ version changes

through discussions or remembering

the sequence, their reliability is

easily compromised.

Research has shown emotional

and traumatic experiences are

more vulnerable to fabrication.

Dr Shaw claims she can be the

‘memory hacker’ and implant false

memories of committing a crime

in 70% of the people or events that

never took place.

Parallel realities

Fiona Broome, a Florida (US)

based paranormal consultant said

that we are all sliding between

parallel realities with some glitches.

There could be multiple universes

existing simultaneously.

Where is our future generation

going? Are we as adults, parents,

mentors, teachers uplifting them

with the right morals? Are we using

the innovations and research for

constructive purposes?

Suicides in New Zealand

A new report by UNICEF contains

shocking statistics on New Zealand.

The country has by far the highest

youth suicide rate in the developed

world.

A shock but no surprise – it is not

the first time that the country has

topped table.

The UNICEF report found New

Zealand’s youth suicide rate

(teenagers between 15 and 19 years

of age) to be the highest of a long list

of 41 OECD and EU countries.

The rate of 15.6 suicides per

100,000 people is twice as high as

the US rate and almost five times

that of Britain.

The prime causes

Dr Prudence Stone of UNICEF

New Zealand said that the high

suicide could be connected to child

poverty, high rates of teenage pregnancies

or families where neither

parent works.

“New Zealand also has one of the

world’s worst records of bullying in

school,” Mental Health Foundation

Chief Executive Shaun Robinson,

who himself suffers from bipolar

disease, said.

According to him, there is a ‘toxic

mix’ of very high rates of family

violence, child abuse and child

poverty that should be addressed to

tackle the problem.

Think of New Zealand and you

will instantly think of nature’s

beauty, fjords, mountains and magnificent

landscapes, vast, endless

oceans.

Demons of emotions

However, the country has

struggled for years with another

form of isolation- depression and

suicide. Hardly do we realise the

feelings and demons of anger, jealousy,

frustration and resentment

represent fears we are experiencing

in life. We always have a choice of

choosing love within and conquer

our fears.

Today; in order to ‘fit in,’ youth

are forced to mature too fast and

lose their innocence.

Can we bring a change in the

society by contributing our values

of kindness, honesty, love, inspiration,

empathy and generosity and

eradicate violence and harassment?

Can we build a nation on spiritual

growth and evolution, developing

Emotional Quotient along with

Intelligence Quotient and choose

humanity over religion? Create

equal opportunities for everyone

rather than rush for the dogmatic

status quo world we live in today?

Together we can make a

difference, if we make it a moral

responsibility and pick up our share

of the burden to build a balanced

community.

Pranoti Gupta is aRefugees’

teacher based in Auckland with

more than 23 years of teaching

experience in India and New

Zealand. Amother of two

teenagers, she has faced serious

health challenges and adverse

circumstances with courage and

determination.

have not only on the workforce

but also on the society are

divided. The Government’s role in

implementation and development

is also up for debate with many

CEOs seeing AI as something

that’s beyond traditional governing

bodies,” Mr Averill said.

The Downbeat trend

The PwC Survey found that

fewer CEOs took a neutral stance

saying that the global economy

and prospects for growth in New

Zealand will ‘stay the same.’

“This downbeat trend is

mirrored in CEOs’ confidence

about revenue growth in their

own organisations. While over a

quarter (26%) are Very Confident,

they will achieve growth in the

next year, it is a considerable

drop from 38% last year and indicates

lower confidence than CEOs

globally (35%) or in Australia

(40%),” the Survey said.

It said that uncertain economic

growth is a major concern for

72% of the respondents.

However, New Zealand CEOs

expressed greater optimism in

the long-term perspective.

“When asked about revenue

growth over the next three years,

30% are ‘Very Confident’ about

their prospects. Despite the decreasing

optimism, CEOs are still

looking to invest in staff numbers,

although not at the same rate as

previously. 44% expect headcount

to increase in the next 12 months

compared to 51% in 2018,” the

Report said.

Ambivalence towards

government

Weakened business confidence

in New Zealand has been linked

to ambivalence about the new

government and a perception

that it is less ‘business-friendly.’

Threats related to government

policy loomed large for New

Zealand CEOs, with 79% pointing

to over-regulation and policy

uncertainty as key macro threats

for business.

When it comes to threats

outside these shores, CEOs in New

Zealand expressed less concern

than their global peers about

developments around the world.

“With the rise of populism and

protectionism, it is not surprising

that geopolitical uncertainty

is seen as one of the top three

concerns by CEOs both globally

(75%) and in Australia (73%).

Yet, a comparatively low 61%

are troubled in this country,” the

Report said

Housing Minister Phil Twyford with Dr Lucy Telfar-Barnard, an Otago University academic who

has studied Housing Standards (left) and Wellington property owner Lynley Thomas at the

announcement in Wellington today (February 24, 2019)

New rules for rental properties

from July 1, 2024

Jo Moir

The government has

announced a raft of new

rules for rental properties,

with a strong focus on

heating and insulation.

Housing Minister Phil Twyford

said that nearly 600,000 households

in New Zealand rent, and

rental stock is of poorer quality

than owner-occupied homes.

He said it was estimated that

200,000 families live in rental

homes that do not have ceiling or

underfloor insulation, and each

year 6000 children are admitted

for housing-sensitive hospitalisations.

Minimum requirements

Under the new rules, rental

properties will be required to

have ceiling and underfloor

insulation that meets the Building

Code standard or has a minimum

thickness of 120 millimetres.

Heaters that can heat a living-room

to 18 degrees Celsius will

also be required, plus rangehoods

or extraction fans in kitchens and

bathrooms.

Mr Twyford said that the new

requirements could cost landlords

up to $7000 but he doesn’t expect

them to push rental prices up.

Crucial Standards

He said the standards are crucial.

“The bottom line here is that

the cost of doing nothing is far

too great for us as a nation. We

cannot continue to send 6000

children off to hospital every

year,’’ he said.

However, Lynley Thomas, who

owns six Wellington properties,

said that in some cases that cost

will be passed on.

Ms Thomas, who was at the announcement

at one of her rental

properties in Lyall Bay today, said

that while she won’t pass it on to

her tenants, some landlords will.

“Properties who have property

managers, obviously it is a lot

more work on property managers

to get those standards in place. So

that will cost the landlord - flowon

effect - so that may in turn be a

cost to the tenant,” she said.

Annual inspections

Mr Twyford said up to 2000

inspections to check properties

are up to standard would be able

to be carried out each year.

All rentals will have to meet the

standard by July 1, 2024, or face

penalties.

Jo Moir is aPolitical Reporter at

Radio New Zealand. The above

Report has been published

under aSpecial Agreement with

www.rnz.co.nz


MARCH 1 , 2019

Businesslink

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ANZ heralds Lunar New Year with sublimity

Venkat Raman

The country’s largest commercial

bank ushered in

the Lunar New Year with a

large gathering of diverse

communities last fortnight.

More than 400 people attended

ANZ Bank’s celebrations held at

Pullman Hotel in Auckland on

Friday, February 15, 2019 with

Ethnic Communities Minister

Jenny Salesa as the Chief Guest.

Among the other dignitaries

were diplomats, Labour MPs

Michael Wood and Raymond Huo,

National MPs Kanwaljit Singh

Bakshi, Melissa Lee, Dr Parmjit

Parmar and Jian Yang, officials of

the government and public and

private sector enterprises and

ANZ officials.

Fastest growing community

Paying tributes to the Chinese,

Ms Salesa said that they represent

the fastest growing community in

New Zealand.

“The population of people of

Chinese origin in New Zealand

today is more than 260,000,

accounting for a sharp increase

from 174,000 recorded by the

2013 Census. Among them are

many businesses that have

achieved success through their

vision and hard work. ANZ has

been marking the Lunar Year

every year with its customers and

others. This is a celebration of our

diversity,” she said.

Winners of ANZ Awards 2019 with MPs and officials of ANZ

Ethnic Communities Minister Jenny Salesa

speaking at the ANZ event

Sir John Key greets

Earlier, ANZ Bank Chairman

(and former New Zealand Prime

Minister) Sir John Key greeted

the Bank’s customers on the

Lunar New Year through a Video

clip.

“At ANZ, we value our customers

and we wish the Chinese

Community a very Happy and

Prosperous New Year,” he said.

Entrepreneurs honoured

Five entrepreneurs of Chinese

origin based in Auckland were

recognised for their business

success during the past year.

Among them were Simon Cheung

of VIP Hire Car Rentals Limited

(ANZ Migrant Entrepreneur

Award 2019); Brian Kim of Gateao

House (ANZ Small Business

Awards 2019), Kok Keong (Kenny)

Ko of YNot Tiling Group Limited

(ANZ Migrant Support Award

2019); Asian Events Trust and The

Cookie Project (ANZ Community

Support Award 2019).

Year of the Pig

ANZ Auckland and Northland

Banking General Manager Ben

Kelleher said that the new Lunar

Year has heralded the ‘Year of the

Pig.’

“But this should not be treated

as just another year. The Pig symbolises

trust, general prosperity

and increased savings. We will

therefore consider it the ‘Golden

Year of the Pig,’ and look forward

to be of greater services to our

Chinese community,” he said.

However, according to Chinese

belief, ‘Year of the Golden Pig,’

occurs once in 600 years and that

the honour belonged to Year 2007.

The Chinese Legend

While a Pig is the twelfth of all

Zodiac animals, according to a

myth, the Jade Emperor (one of

the Representations of the ‘First

God’) said that the order would

be decided by the order in which

they arrived to his Party. The Pig

was late because he overslept.

The Pig is also associated with

the Earthly Branch and the hours

of 9-11 in the night. In terms of

‘Yin’ and ‘Yang’ (inseparable,

seemingly contradictory opposites),

the Pig is Yin. In Chinese

culture, Pig is a symbol of wealth

and its chubby face and big ears

are signs of fortune.

Regulating money in New Zealand Politics

Simon Chapple

In the aftermath of the controversy

surrounding former

National MP Jami-Lee Ross

and Opposition National

Party Leader Simon Bridges, discussions

have focused on possible

reforms of political donations

in New Zealand.

My colleagues Bryce Edwards

and Michael Macaulay have

raised the issue of taxpayer

funding of political parties.

So too has Minister of Justice

Andrew Little.

Lowering threshold

Green Party MP Marama

Davidson has suggested that the

donation threshold for the disclosure

of a donor’s name and

address be lowered from $15,000

to $1000.

She has also proposed banning

foreign donations outright and

capping individual donations at

$35,000.

Several of these proposals

warrant further discussion and

contextualisation.

Foreign interference

Foreign interference in domestic

politics is an increasing phenomenon

worldwide.

Currently in New Zealand, foreign

donations to a Party of up to

1500 are permissible.

Moreover, foreign donations

below this amount are not individually

or collectively disclosed.

It would be easy for a foreign

state or corporate body seeking

political influence to channel a

large number of donations into

the system just under the threshold

via numerous proxies.

Whether such interference has

been happening is unclear, since

New Zealanders do not know

how much money currently

comes in to political parties via

foreign actors.

Even if foreign donations are

not a problem now, one could

rapidly develop.

A strong argument can be

made that foreign money has no

place in democracy, including

New Zealand.

New Zealand would not be going

out on an international limb

by banning foreign donations.

Foreign donations to political

parties are not permissible

in the United Kingdom, Ireland

and the United States. They are

also banned in Canada but unfortunately

asignificant loophole

exists. Australia is currently

in the process of banning foreign

donations.

Anonymity Factor

As noted, the threshold below

which political donations can be

anonymous could be lowered. A

lower threshold would make it

more difficult to evade name disclosure

rules by splitting donations

and attributing each part to

a different donor.

Splitting may be what happened

to the alleged $100,000

Yikun Zhang donation.

The $1000 threshold proposed

by the Greens would be ahuge

improvement on the status quo.

A donor of $100,000 seeking to

evade legislation and to remain

anonymous would have to coordinate

100 individual donors,

rather than seven.

But New Zealand could go lower

still, to $200, without being

radical.

Giving $200 to apolitical party

is huge for an ordinary New

Zealander, and the reality is

that only a very small minority

would need to disclose their

names under such a law.

There is international precedent

for setting much lower

thresholds for anonymity than

the Greens propose. For example,

in Canada, the maximum

amount of an anonymous donation

was set at C$ 200 in 2015,

while in Ireland it is currently

€100.

Transparency vs privacy

One concern with non-anonymity

is that it delivers public

transparency at the cost of private

donor privacy. Currently,

the Electoral Act 1993 contains a

mechanism for anyone wanting

to donate to a political party and

not wanting their identity disclosed

to either the public or to

the party receiving the donation.

To obtain such anonymity, the

donation needs to be more than

$1500.

The Electoral Commission aggregates

all such donations. It

passes them on to parties at

regular intervals. When doing

so, it does not identify the dollar

amount of individual donations

or the number or names of

donors.

Not many donors use this protected

disclosure avenue.

For example, between

September 2015 and June 2018,

the commission passed on only

$150,000 in anonymised money

to parties. At the same time,

amounts well in excess of $10

million were passed on by donors

identifiable to political parties

(but not necessarily to the

public).

A preference for identifiable

channels suggests current donors

get value from non-anonymity.

It implies most donors

feel they are buying something.

The fact that donors feel they

are buying something should be

cause for concern.

Capping Donations

The Greens have suggested

$35,000 as a maximum cap on

donations.

Again, New Zealand could go

much lower without being out of

step with other countries.

For example, in Canada, donations

to each political party are

capped at C$1500 a year. Ireland

has a maximum annual cap of

€2500.

However, Opportunities Party

Leader Geoff Simmons has argued

that a cap would make it

difficult for small parties to get

started.

Simmons’ Party was kick-started

by large donations from multi-millionaire

Gareth Morgan,

who was also the Party’s first

Leader.

Another possibility for the reform

agenda is the Canadian

approach of only permitting donations

from individual people.

Corporate and trade union donations

are banned.

However, this proposal is unlikely

to be popular with neither

National, which receives considerable

corporate donations, nor

Labour, which traditionally gets

significant trade union funding.

Public debate needed

All these proposals, inevitably,

have pros and cons and possible

unintended consequences.

They are deserving of wide public

debate. One hopes that the

current government can provide

the public with a credible forum

for such discussions, as well as a

clear pathway to sensible future

reform.

This editorial was initially published

on The Conversation

Refer also to Porous line between

political access and political

influence in November 2018

issue of ‘Transparency Times.’

Simon Chapple is Director,

Institute for Governance and

Policy Studies at the Victoria

University of Wellington.

The above story appeared

in the February 2019 Edition

of ‘Transparency Times’ of

Transparency International

New Zealand.’

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MARCH 1, 2019

Communitylink

Faith is for simple, innocent people

Sadhguru, Isha Foundation

Faith is not something that

you can cultivate. If it

happens to you, it happens,

if it does not happen to you

it does not happen, that’s all.

Does it mean to say ‘I have to

just sit and wait and someday it

will fall upon me?’

Understanding fundamentals

No, it is just that if you

understand the fundamentals of

living here in this existence, you

will see, for anything to happen,

you must create the right kind of

situation.

You want to grow cotton, you

must understand what are the

right conditions for growing

cotton. If you go sit near a cotton

plant and pray to God, cotton will

not bloom!

If you just learn what are the

right conditions for the cotton

plant to grow, how the soil, the

manure, the atmosphere and the

water should be, and create them,

cotton will grow.

This is the basis of everything

that is happening in the Existence.

If you create the right kind of conditions,

it will happen. If you do not

create the right kind of conditions,

it does not matter how much you

struggle, it is not going to happen.

New Centre promises

authentic, traditional Yoga

Venkat Raman

Anew Yoga Centre,

scheduled to open in

Onehunga on Saturday,

March 16, 2019, promises

to teach and practice ‘authentic,

genuine and practical Yoga.’

Owned and managed by the

‘Yoga in Daily Life Society,’ a notfor-profit

organisation, the Centre,

located at 117 Arthur Street, will

be inaugurated at 10 am with Special

Pooja, followed by speeches,

a cultural programme, planting

of a ‘Peace Tree,’ and vegetarian

lunch.

Established in 2010, ‘Yoga in

Daily Life Society’ has been operating

from a temporary location

in Onehunga, conducting Yoga

classes and other activities.

Daily Yoga Classes

A press note said that Yoga

classes will be conducted at the

new premises daily for the

convenience of students and

enthusiasts.

“The Centre- our Ashram,

accommodates a larger hall for

practicing Yoga, and is located in

the Onehunga Town Centre with

good car park facility nearby. In

addition to classes for a variety of

levels of experience, the timetable

includes Discounted Classes for

$10; Gentle Classes for Seniors for

$5, and free Full Moon Meditation

and Spiritual Gatherings to

support the local community,” the

note said.

Workshops in March

The Centre will conduct a series

of Workshops, Lectures and Meditation

Sessions on Chakras, which

are energy centres in the human

body. These will be led and guided

by Yoga Master Paramhans Swa-

Appropriate conditions

So, if faith has to happen,

for that also you must

create the right kind of

condition.

What is the condition

necessary for faith?

Jesus said, ‘Come follow

me.’

If you really look at it,

that is his teaching; all the

other things do not matter.

The fundamental of his

teaching is: ‘Come, follow

me.’ That’s all.

When he said this, the

great scholars, the intellectuals,

the educated and the

powerful of that time did

not follow him.

It is only the fishermen

and the farmers who

followed him because the

thinking minds cannot

follow anybody. It is not

possible. Only the simple

and innocent could follow

him.

Others ignored him.

Those who could not ignore

him crucified him.

Education broadens

vision

Faith is only for the

innocent. The moment

modern education enters

you, you have a thinking

mind, a questioning mind,

A view of the New Centre in Onehunga,

Auckland

mi Maheshwarananda.

These will be held in

Auckland from March 11

to 17, 2019, in Wellington

(23, Jessie Street, Te Aro)

from March 8 to 11, 2019

and in Raumati (20 Alexander

Street, Raumati

Beach, Paraparaumu) on

March 6 and 7, 2019.

About the Society

Yoga in Daily Life Society

of New Zealand has

been involved in health

and wellbeing of New

Zealand communities for

more than 25 years.

The ancient wisdom

describing how to

balance body, mind

and soul is brought to

people of all walks of

life through Yoga classes

and programmes in

Auckland, Wellington

and Kapiti. Divided into

an Eight-Level Master

System, the teachings

have helped thousands

of people to regain

physical, mental social

and spiritual health.

The Society is a part

of an International

Fellowship, a not-forprofit

organisation with

a doubting mind. With this,

you cannot follow the path

of faith.

So, don’t start with something

that you don’t have.

Start with something that

you have right now. Whatever

is dominant in you, if

you are a thinking person,

let’s use that; if you are a

very physical person, let’s

use that; if you have a very

strong sense of energy or if

you have lots of emotions

in you, let’s use those.

But all the four need to be

cultivated and used. If you

come to a certain level of

experience, then devotion

becomes a natural part of

you. If you try to be devout,

you will become deceptive;

this sort of devotion is just

deception.

Inner feeling

Faith is something which

is within you. It is your

quality. It is something that

you become, not something

that you believe in. Faith is

just a deep falling back into

the Existence.

You as a person have

fallen apart, you have just

become like a simple little

wave with the Existence.

You understand and you

experience that you are just

centres worldwide. The

Founder,

Vishwaguru

Mahamandaleshwar

Paramhans Swami

Maheshwarananda

brought the teaching of

his lineage to Europe

about 50 years ago,

and from there it has

spread to 24 countries,

promoting health and

wellbeing, world peace

and spiritual development

and humanitarian

projects.

The Meaning

‘Yoga in Daily Life’

means upholding

the precepts of Yoga

teachings in daily life by

making positive contributions

to one’s society,

the environment and all

living beings.

Authentic and

traditional, the

Programme is designed

to meet the needs of the

modern times. It is a

holistic system of health,

encompassing the

science of body, mind,

consciousness and soul.

The message promoted

by the Centre, is

“Understanding, respect

and tolerance among

nations, cultures and

religions, non-violence,

protection of nature and

the environment and of

all living beings.

Phone: (09) 5508040;

Email: auckland@

yogaindailylife.org.nz

Website: www.yogaindailylife.org.nz

a brief happening here.

This moment the wave is

up, the next moment it will

be down.

It is not an intellectual

understanding, it is a living

experience that you just see

yourself as a small outcrop

of this earth.

When you are like this

as a living experience, then

you are faith. Until then

there is no point talking

about faith.

The faithfulness that

people talk about is simply

loyalty.

That is for slaves and idiots.

People who talk loyalty

are always people whose

vested interest is how to

hold you. It is a devise to

hold you.

Liberating factor

Faith is not a devise to

hold you, faith is about

liberating you. Faith is

not about being for this

group or that group. Faith

is just to become a part of

this Existence. That is not

something that you do,

that is something that you

become.

Isha Foundation New

Zealand conducts Isha

Inner Engineering and

Hatha yoga Programmes.

It also offers free Isha

Kriya and Isha Upa yoga

practices for the General

public regularly.

For more information,

please call 022-4637811.

Website: www.ishayoga.nz

Ranked amongst the

fifty most influential

people in India,

Sadhguru is a Yogi,

Mystic, Visionary and

Bestselling Author. The

Indian Government

conferred on him,

‘Padma Vibhushan’ the

second highest Civilian

Award for exceptional

and distinguished

service.

Indian Association (Manukau) New Zealand

57 Hillside Road Papatoetoe Manukau | P O Box 217 221 Botany Junction Manukau

www.indianz.org.nz

Photo almost as currently on site

The Salient Features of the project include:-

1.A modern new space at the heart

of Papatoetoe in south Auckland.

It replaces the old community Cen

tre that served the local community

of all ethnicities for nearly 40 years.

2. The new Centre gives exciting

opportunities to provide high quality,

contemporary and cost effective

facility for a wide range of communi

ty and family activities. This includes

a multicultural digital archiving

Centre.

3.The flexibility of use has guided the

design so that people of various age

groups can avail the facility. Also the

different sized rooms with the option

to combine them to give even great

er capacity will make the facility

even more fit for specific purposes.

4.On-line booking system coupled

with customer friendly staff/executive

committee intend to give enjoyable

experience to the facility users.

5. Facility layout:

Ground floor – Car parking, Recep

tion Lobby, Gymnasium

First Floor – Community Hall,

Meditation room

Second Floor – Flexible sized rooms

for various service deliveries,

Kitchen

Third Floor – 7 x Independent units

for temporary refuge (victims of

family violence)

Please avail opportunity to take ownership and

be part of the State of the Art Diversity Centre

project at 25 Tui Road, Manukau.

PLEASE CONTRIBUTE AND STAMP YOUR NAME:

Also Please join as members (life time membership

$100) and donate generously by paying directly into

the Indian Association of New Zealand

ANZ Bank Account: 060805‐0140705‐00

Membership is open to all Kiwi Indians living

anywhere in New Zealand.

Contact: admin@indianz.org.nz for application

form and any other details please

Achieved So Far:

In addition to the Land worth $2.5M donated by the

community; $2.8M dollars have been collected since

2017 and spent on the four story complex.

Please Note: (This centre is 90% complete and

needs a final push – please be part of the change

that you want to bring about)

President: president@indianz.org.nz | Secretary: secretary@indianz.org.nz


MARCH 1 , 2019

Communitylink

There is no bone of contention about the silent disease

Supplied Content

Osteoporosis (or fragile

bones) usually has no

signs or symptoms until

a fracture occurs; this

is why it is often called a ‘silent

disease.’

Many people are surprised

when diagnosed with this condition,

and in fact may not know

they have it until they break or

crack a bone from a seemingly

insignificant fall or bump.

People are often even more

surprised to learn that it is not

only older women who are

affected. While one in every

two women will experience a

fracture after the age of 50 due

to osteoporosis, so will one in

every five men.

Both older men and women

are susceptible to the devastation

of a hip fracture.

Reasons for occurrence

Osteoporosis occurs when

bone structures deteriorate

from middle age onwards. Bone

mass decreases more quickly

than the body can replace it,

leading to a net loss of bone

strength. As a result, the skeleton

becomes fragile, so that even a

slight bump or fall can lead to

a broken bone, (referred to as a

fragility fracture).

Bone fractures (breaks and/or

cracks) impose great suffering

on affected individuals and their

families, as well as substantial

costs to society.

Approximately 50% of people

with one osteoporotic fracture

will have another, with 80% of

re-fractures occurring within the

year after initial fracture.

Growing problem

Osteoporosis is a growing

public health problem.

The risk of sustaining a fracture

increases exponentially with age

due not only to the decrease in

bone mineral density, but also

due to the increased rate of falls

among the elderly, who represent

the fastest growing segment of the

population.

Thus, as life expectancy

increases for most of the world’s

population, the financial and

human costs associated with osteoporotic

fractures will increase

dramatically unless preventive

action is taken.

Ethnic groups at risk

The three ethnic groups that

are most at risk of developing Osteoporosis

are those of European,

Asian and Indian decent.

A recent study called,

‘Prevalence of Osteoporosis

in Apparently Healthy Adults

above 40 Years of Age in Pune

City, India’ was published in the

Indian Journal of Endocrinology

and Metabolism. It said that in

Indian men a low T-score compared

to women indicates higher

susceptibility to osteoporosis and

in women, menopause causes

a rapid decline in bone mineral

density.

Therefore, both Indian men

and postmenopausal women

require adequate measures to

prevent osteoporosis during later

years in life.

Need to lift awareness

Currently public awareness of

osteoporosis is very limited.

Most people never think about

their bones, they have never seen

them so just take it for granted.

Not many realise that the average

human skeleton is replaced every

eight to ten years, no matter if

they are 12 or 92 years old. Nor

that childhood and adolescence

are the critical periods in

Vedic Scholar to present discourses on Epics, Verses

Venkat Raman

The meaning and purpose

of popular Sanskrit

Mantras and prayers and

episodes from the Indian

Epic Ramayana will be among the

subjects of a series of discourses

by a visiting Vedic Scholar and

Mystic.

Dr Samavedam Shanmukha

Sharma will have a hectic schedule

of meetings and discourses

in Auckland, Wellington and

Hamilton, evincing the interest

of Telugu-speaking people. The

sheer power of the Mantras are

likely to attract even those who do

not speak the language but share

the spiritual experience of the

51-year-old man of lore.

Sangeetha Bharathi Charitable

Trust is organising his visit to New

Zealand.

Managing Trustee Govardhan

Mallela said that his Trust is proud

of the support by Sri Balaji Temple

( Hamilton), Sree Venkateswara

Swamy Temple (Wellington), New

Zealand Telugu Association, Telangana

Association of New Zealand

and Telangana Jagruthi New

Zealand, all based in Auckland.

The Programme

Following is the Programme:

Auckland: Fickling Convention

Centre, 546 Mt Albert Road,

Three Kings, at 6 pm on March

3, March 9, March 22, March 23

and March 24, 2019

Hamilton: Sri Balaji Temple, 2

Kent Street at 2 pm on March 10,

2019

Wellington: Randwick School, 59

Randwick Road, Moera, Lower

Hutt at 6 pm on March 16 and

March 17, 2019.

About Dr S S Sharma

A prominent Scholar in Hindu

literature, Master of the Puranas,

Ithihasa (Religious History or

Epic) and Vedas, and a profound

speaker, Dr Sharma was born

Asika (known as the ‘Sugar City)

Rushipeetham or ‘Bharatha Bhumi’ aims to

enhance human values

in the State of Odisha. Although a

graduate with an Honours Degree

in Economics, his proclivities

towards religion and spirituality

encouraged him to establish

‘Bharatiya Manasa Patrika,’ a

devotional magazine in Telugu.

His penchant to spread the

values of Hinduism with all its

manifestations of scriptures and

other treasures, led him to establish

‘Rushipeetham’ to propagate

and enhance culture, religious,

spiritual and human values and

reinforce the spirit of ‘Indianness.

Dr Sharma is a prominent

speaker on Hindu Dharma in

many Telugu TV Channels for

the past 15 years. His discourses

are on specialised topics such

as ‘Sivanandalahari,’ ‘Sree Mata

Vaibhavam,’ ‘Bhagavatam,’ ‘Sundara

Kandam,’ ‘Lalitha Sahasranamam,’

‘Vishnu Sahasranamam,’

‘Aditya Hridayam,’ ‘Bhagavad

Geetha’ and ‘Rudra Namaka

Chamakam.’

About Rushipeetham

‘Rushipeetham’ means ‘Bharatha

Bhumi,’ the land of seers and

sages.

Several centuries ago, seers of

yore perceived that knowledge

cannot be grasped by senses

through their power of penance.

They brought forth secular and

spiritual knowledge, wishing

the universal well-being and

happiness.

Dr Sharma said that the hidden

eternal values, latent knowledge,

unknown pearls of wisdom must

be searched, channelised and

manifested by assimilating

India’s greatness.

“Rushipeetham Charitable

Trust came into being, shouldering

this Herculean task,

accepting it as a humble duty

and responsibility towards that

cultural renaissance. The strong

feelings of Godly devotion and

patriotism in him found expression

as Rushipeetham, the voice

that echoes the eternal values of

Indianness,” Dr Sharma said.

“Almighty God is our Eternal

Pontiff. Human personalities can

never head this perpetual legacy

and remain as its humble, duty

bound servants,” he added.

Aims and Objectives

The Trust has been established

to perform selfless service.

It aims to explore, experiment

and express through service,

research and publications and

enlighten the people. It will honour

scholars of various Indian

studies and promote research in

various fields of Indian science.

For more information, please

contact Govardhan Mallela

on 021-1455708, Ravi on 021-

1762432 or Srikanth Vanka on

021-1762432.

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Telanganites celebrate birthday of KC Rao

Vijay Kosna

Editor’s Standfirst: On Sunday,

February 17, 2019, millions of

Telanganites celebrated the

65th Birthday of their Leader

and Telangana Chief Minister,

Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao

better known and abbreviated

as KCR, all over the world.

Landslide Victory

The TRS led by Chief Minister K

Chandrashekhar Rao steamrolled

the opposition to capture the Telangana

State Legislative Assembly

for a second consecutive term (on

December 13, 2018), with close to

three-fourth majority.

Proving all exit polls wrong,

barring the India Today Survey,

Chandrashekar Rao led the Ruling

Party’s demolition squad single-handedly,

winning 88 out of the

119 seats contested, to decimate

the Congress-led four-Party Prajakutami

(People’s Alliance) winning

just 21 seats. The Telugu Desam

Party won only one seat.

TRS New Zealand Branch President

Vijayabhaskar Reddy Kosna

and their team campaigned over

Telephone and Social Media.

Focus on Agriculture

KCR’s focus on agriculture,

rolling out the ‘Rythu Bandhu

Investment Support Scheme’ for

farmers that gave tillers Rs 8000

per annum per acre and a Rs

500,000 insurance cover for farmers,

consolidated his support-base

all over the State, especially in

rural areas.

Ensuring 24-hour power supply

for farmers and construction of

double bedroom houses for the

poor was also popular.

“This was expected because the

people have accepted the (welfare)

schemes (initiated by the government)...the

infrastructure that has

been built....24-hour power supply

and timely pensions...,” Mr Kosna

said.

KC Rao with Vijayabhaskar Reddy Kosna (left) and

Kalyan Rao Kasuganti (right) in Hyderabad in 2018

New Zealanders in Campaign

TRS New Zealand Honorary

Chairperson Kalyan Rao Kasuganti,

Arun Prakash Reddy and

Sushanthi Angampally were in

Telangana during November and

December 2018 to participate in

the election campaign.

They toured many constituencies

along with TRS MLA candidates.

Mr Kasuganti described the

‘direct campaign’ as a ‘great

experience.’

“The unprecedented mandate

is a reflection of the people’s

overwhelming support for development

and welfare-oriented

government as opposed to the

destructive politics of the opposition,”

he said.

Victory Celebrations in Auckland

Mr Kosna and his team

celebrated the victory of TRS and

its Leader KCR and thanked the

people of Telangana for entrusting

him with the State for further

progress and development.

He said that the Branch

welcomed the appointment of

Kalvakuntla Taraka Ramarao (Son

of KCR) as the Working President

of TRS.

As a part of the 65th Birthday

celebrations of KCR, the New

Zealand Branch of TRS conducted

a Blood Donation Camp on February

14, 2019 at the Epsom Blood

Donation Centre and the Manukau

Blood Center.

-From a Report by Vijayabhaskar

Reddy Kosna


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WIA getting ready for another blockbuster Holi

Thakur

Ranjit Singh

Waitakere

Indian

Association

(WIA),

which initiated the Holi

festival in New Zealand

with its first public Holi

event in 2006, is again

gearing up for its 14th

celebrations.

The 2019 Waitakere

Holi, the Festival of

Colours, will be held at

The Trusts Arena, Central

Park Drive, Henderson on

Sunday, March 24, 2019

from 1030 am.

New Organising Team

Chandrika Prasad

has been appointed as

the new Holi Project

Manager.

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Chandrika Prasad with his wife Nina (Centre) and daughter Michelle

In its quest to break out

new leaders in the community,

WIA promotes its members

to take up organisational responsibilities

and encourages

leadership.

Chandrika is a long-serving

executive and believes that he

can deliver take the WIA Holi

to another level of quality and

public participation.

“I am delighted that I have

been given this opportunity.

WIA is known to provide

leadership to new people. The

team changes periodically

and now Mahendra Sharma

is doing a commendable

job as WIA President. I am

sure that New Zealanders

from all over Auckland

and neighbouring places

will participate in our Holi

celebrations,” he said.

The Faag and other events

Activities, among others

include traditional Indian

singing (Faag), playing of

colours, exotic Indian food,

Hindi film dances and activities

for the entire family.

The highlight will of course

be ‘Dancing in the Park.’

A unique feature of WIA

events is the tradition of

adhering to the initial theme,

decorum and tradition of its

Festivals, especially Holi and

Diwali.

Fiji Holi follows another

custom- Faag or Chautal

by groups called Mandalis.

These are very energetic

chorus style singing, with

cymbals and other musical

instruments adding to the

spectacle of Holi.

Fostering Unity

With increasing Indian

population, the significance of

Holi in huge here.

It brings the mainstream,

mainly non-Indian Kiwis to

come to Holi events, enjoy

Indian food, play with

colours, understand our

culture and foster goodwill

and understanding.

People of Indian origin,

with their colourful clothes,

cultures and cuisine have

added to the brightness

of the country while

integrating well into the

local community.

We invite you this year’s

Holi with your family.

நியூசிலாந்து தமிழ்சச் ங்கம் வழங் கும்

பபான்மாலலப் பபாழுது 2019

“இன்னிலசமாலல”.

உங் களின்சி று நிதிப் பங்களிப்பு தாயக

மண் ணில் பபாரினால் பாதிக்கப்பட்ட எம்

மக்களின்வாழ்வாதாரத் பதலவகளுக்கு உதவும்

பபரும் பங்களிப்பாகும்.

நாள்: 30 March 2019

பநரம் : மாலல 6மணி முதல்

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Auckland.

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பாடகரக் ள்பங்குபற்றும் சிறப்பு இலசநிகழ்சசி் .

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Ruthra :0211547091 Niranjayan :0272727905

Thakur Ranjit Singh has

been associated with

the Waitakere Indian

Association for the past

15 years and reports

regularly its projects and

programmes. He lives in

West Auckland.

(Pictures Supplied)

SPORTS

COMMUNITY

Calling Sportspersons, Community Workers and

Organisations, Volunteers, Architects, Artists, Designers,

Photographers, Choreographers, Dancers, Singers,

Musicians, Teachers, Organisers and others connected

to enter the Awards or be nominated.

ARTS & CULTURE

Entries and Nominations now open

105 Awards to be won in 50 Categories

Last Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 (6 pm)

Forms can be downloaded from www.inlisa.com or www.inlscaca.com

Please completed forms by email only to inlscaca@peaceconsulting.co.nz

Awards Night on Monday, June 24, 2019

at Newmarket Room, Ellerslie Events Centre, 80 Ascot Avenue, Remuera, Auckland

Sports Categories:

1. Best Senior Division Cricket Player

2. Best Under 19 Cricket Player

3. Best Over 19 Soccer Player

4. Best Under 19 Soccer Player

5. Best Rugby Union Player

6. Best Rugby League Player

7. Best Netball Player

8. Best Hockey Player

9. Best Over 19 Player Other Sports

10. Best Under 19 Player Other Sports

11. Best Sportsman and Best Sportswoman of the Year

(Winners of individual categories will be automatically entered)

Elite Awards: For men and women of the community

who have excelled in sports during their life and career.

Community Awards Categories:

1. Individual

2. Registered Association

3. Registered Charitable Organisation

4. Registered Places of Worship

5. Registered Society

6. Religious Services Individuals

7. Religious Services Organisations

8. Social Worker

9. Volunteer

10. Any others acceptable to the Judges

Supported by:

New Zealand Telugu Association;

Telangana Association of New Zealand

Art Awards Categories:

1. Advertising Agency

2. Architect

3. Architectural Designer

4. Cartoonist

5. Copywriter

6. Graphic Artist/Designer

7. Painter

8. Photographer

9. Writer

11. Chef and other Creative People

(Acceptable to the Judges)

Supported by:

Muthamil Sangam New Zealand

Culture Awards Categories

1 Choreographer

2 Conductor of Musical Orchestra & Dances

3 Dancer (Indian Classical and Modern)

4 Director of Cultural Programmes

5 Musician (Vocalist & Instrumentalist)

6 Organiser of Cultural Programme

7 Producers of Cultural Programmes

8 Singer (Classical, Film, Folk and others)

9. Teacher (Classical, Film, Folk and

Instruments

10. Others Not listed

(Acceptable to the Judges)

Supported by:

Kannada Koota, Auckland; Auckland Malayali Samajam

Supported by:

New Zealand Indian Central Association (NZICA)

For Conditions of Entry, Rules and Regulations and other information, please visit our website: www.inlisa.com

or contact Editor, Indian Newslink: Phones: (09) 5336377; 021-836528; Email: venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz

Conditions of Entry: Entries must be in prescribed form sent only by email. Those sent by post, fax, courier and other means will not be accepted. The decision of the judges will be final and no correspondence will be entertained in this connection.


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Meera getting ready to take on the world

Aarti Bajaj

The destination

always inspires the

path.

But it is the way

you live that path is how

one can determine how

much the destination will

be cherished and nurtured.

Sitting in the beautiful

lush green meadows

of Queenstown in New

Zealand, crisp Sunshine

healing and rejuvenating

my body and soul.

Fresh cold breeze

conditioning the aura

around and the brain now

relives the entire journey

of ‘Meera,’ the sell-out stage

production on the Gold

Coast.

The conception, the

build-up, the threatened

miscarriage, the rescue, the

joy of feeling the first kick,

enjoying the turns and rolls

within as it grew, and then

feeling the growth with

in to a point that the ribs

started to ache. The baby

(Production Meera – a cast

300 strong) was ready to

take on the world.

Mammoth task

Yes, it was like a fullfledged

pregnancy, where I

had responsibility of all the

300 people who believed in

me, the idea, the passion.

And when I conceived

all of them together what

a mammoth task it was

to make sure all of us

shined together on that

spectacular stage of HOTA,

Gold Coast on November

4, 2018.

To achieve so, like a

mother does, like a father

does, like a teacher doeshad

to do it all so that the

time, effort, love that the

entire Gold Coast has put in

doesn’t go waste.

But what amazing team

we had!

The support, respect and

continuous unjudged affection

I have received from

everyone, makes each one

of them a real star.

Despite all the responsibilities

and pressures I

had as Director, Producer

(a completely self-funded

project), Lead Actor and

many other roles, the

entire community came

together and worked with

us, for our commercial

entity (Wild Dreamer

Productions), selflessly and

tirelessly.

I salute each one of them

who believed and did not

believe in the process and

Journey of making Meera,

the Production.

Tribute to participants

In the history of Wild

Dreamer Productions,

each one of them will be

loved forever for all their

contributions.

Gathering all the love,

strength and belief in humanity

that I have received

from the Gold Coast, Inow

spread my wings across

meera

Auckland

31 tst May, 1 st & 2 nd June 2019

Tickets selling now at ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland

the oceans all the way to Auckland, New

Zealand and all around the globe, so that I

can make all of them proud of something so

many passionately supported.

Keeping the mottos and ethos of Wild

Dreamer Productions in mind, we are all

geared to harness, nurture, collaborate and

enjoy the journey of known and unknown

in the world of arts and creativity by making

this a sustainable career option for many

and yet stay a commercial entity.

Taking all the affection and blessings from

everyone and sending loads of love to all

from the Wild Dreamers of past, present and

future.

What: ‘ Meera’

Where: ASB Waterfront Theatre,

Wynyard Quarter, Auckland

When: May 31 to June 2, 2019

Flutist Ronu Majumdar to perform in Auckland

Venkat Raman

One of the most popular and

talented flutists will perform in

Auckland early next month.

Ranendranath Majumdar, endeared

to his millions of fans across the

world as ‘Ronu,’ will present a Concert at

the Shri Ram Mandir Community Centre

of the Shri Ram Mandir Temple Complex

located at 11, Brick Street in the West

Auckland suburb of Henderson.

He will accompanied by his son

Hrishikesh Majumdar on the flute

and Prashant Kumar (son of Shri Ram

Mandir Managing Trustee Prem Kumar)

on the Tabla.

Tickets, priced at $30 (VIP) and $20

(General) including dinner are now

available.

For more information, please call (09)

8364647.

Versatile Performer

Ronu Majumdar is a versatile performer

of the ‘Maihar Gharana,’ and his

experiments with the instrument have

led to several innovations in this branch

of music.

Critics say that his in-depth knowledge

of various types of music practiced in

different parts of the world has enabled

improvisations, creating a unique blend

of harmony and culture.

Since his formal introduction by his

Grand Master Pandit Ravi Shankar at

the Moscow Festival in 1988, Pandit

Majumdar has become an international

performer, appearing at several important

events throughout the year.

Superb Flutist

Pandit Majumdar is a force to reckon

with in the realm of Indian classical

music as both a thinking musician and

scintillating performer.

Beginning his musical career under

the guidance of his father Dr Bhanu

Ronu Majumdar (From www.ronumajumdar.com)

Majumdar, he has had the good fortune

of being groomed by famed artistes

and teachers such as Pandit Lakshman

Prasad Jaipurwale, Pandit Vijay Raghav

Rao and Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Pandit Majumdar is an innovator and

an artiste capable of blending with the

contemporary style. He won the prestigious

Aditya Vikram Birla Award in 1999

for his dedication to music. Sahara India

Pariwar felicitated him with a Lifetime

Achievement Award on the occasion of

Jyoti Diwas 2001. In 2014, he won the

Natak Akademi Award.

He has composed and performed for

‘Primary Colours’ (a Hollywood movie)

and collaborated with several celebrated

artistes.

Supported by

YEAR

aiming excellence

Calling for Entries and Nominations

To the Twelfth Annual Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards 2019

CATEGORIES: (2 NEW CATEGORIES)

1. Business Excellence in Retail Trade

2. Business Excellence in Innovation

3. Business Excellence in Marketing

4. Business Excellence in Customer Service

5. Best Employer of Choice

6. Business Excellence in Health & Safety

7. Business Excellence in Ethics (New)

8. Business Excellence with Social Responsibility (New)

9. Best Small Business

10. Best Medium Sized Business

11. Best Large Business

12. Business Excellence in International Trade with India

(this category is open to all businesses registered in

New Zealand doing business with India)

13. Best Accountant of the Year

14. Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year

15. Best Businesswoman of the Year

16. Best Financial Advisor (Mortgage) of the Year

17. Best Financial Advisor (Insurance) of the Year

Supreme Business of the Year Award

(All entries will be entered for this category)

For more information on Awards, Terms and Conditions & Free Workshops, please visit www.inliba.com

Nomination Process: Direct by Entrants; Nominations for Individual Categories (13 to 17) by companies and individuals; Nominations by

commercial banks and chartered accountants for companies and individuals with information prescribed in the entry forms available on the

Awards website (www.inliba.com).

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