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For the next three years, my

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We will continue to invest in

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housing affordability issues, while

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The visitors who will arrive in

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posed by climate change

and introduced pest species.

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A review of the Council-controlled

organisations will ensure

they are fit for purpose and

delivering for Aucklanders.

In addition, I will ensure that

the council and CCOs maintain

a sharp focus on cost-savings

and efficiencies. We will keep

up our efforts to reduce waste

and duplication and maintain

value for money in all the

services we provide to the people

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Auckland is New Zealand’s

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I am committed to ensuring that

it remains a multicultural and

multifaith community, one that

respects all peoples’ rights to

practise their faith and retain and

celebrate their cultural identity.

I look forward to working

with Councillors, Local Boards,

communities and individuals to

continue building a world-class

City of which we can all be proud.

Thank you for your support.

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Labour MP counters lawyer’s comments on Immigration

Michael Wood

One thing I have learned in politics

and public life is that a calm and

rational approach supported by the

facts is important, particularly if

you are seeking change.

As Labour MPs, we listen closely to the

feedback that we receive from all communities

and take this into account as we develop

new policy.

Mr McClymont’s hysterical commentary

(see story under Homelink) does not assist

with the development of new policy which

might meet his concerns.

This is unfortunate and does not do his

clients or the community much good.

Offensive Claims

His highly offensive claims of a ‘war’

on Indian migrants is also ironic given

that a steady stream of his clients receive

assistance from this Labour MP’s office after

his firm has not been able to secure the

visas that they seek.

There are a number of specific concerns

raised in Mr McClymont’s article, some of

which are quite reasonable and are currently

being addressed by the government.

What is not reasonable is the suggestion

that there is some kind of broader approach

to slashing immigration numbers.

The figures simply do not bear this out.

New Zealand is a small country of around

five million people, but over the past year

around 250,000 people arrived into the

country on work visas and around 34,000

became New Zealand residents.

While it is true that in a number of

categories the total number of visas granted

have reduced, it is also true that numbers

have increased in other categories.

Overall, numbers are slightly down on

the record levels seen in recent years but

still above historical averages.

Eliminating exploitation

What the government has been focused

on is ensuring that the system is fit for purpose,

meeting the needs of both migrants

and employers, and that we stamp out

migrant exploitation.

Our recent announcement of changes to

streamline work visas, and better match the

skills of migrants with employer needs is an

example of this.

We do acknowledge that significant

delays in the processing of visas this year

have caused problems for people. These

delays have been caused by a range of

factors including very high volumes, and

changes to INZ’s processes.

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway

has expressed a firm view that processing

times must be improved, and additional

resources have been provided to support


Across most categories, the processing

times are now coming back down.

Processing time issue

The reality is that the processing of visas

does require significant work by INZ staff

and that a small number of applicants will

try to cheat the system.

We are working hard to ensure that

our immigration system is robust, while

processing legitimate visas in a timely way.

In the case of concerns about the processing

of culturally arranged marriages, the

same principle applies. INZ recognises that

culturally arranged marriages are a legitimate

form of partnership, and continues to

provide visas on this basis.

At the same time it is fair and reasonable

that reasonable checks are made to ensure

the legitimacy of the partnership.

Sadly, some people will claim try and

use this category in an abusive way and

we need to be on guard for this. Along with

my Labour colleague (and MP) Priyanca

Radhakrishnan we have received approaches

from a number of community leaders

recently expressing concern about the way

that some applications in this category are

being treated.

We have raised this directly with the

Minister, and are working with INZ to

ensure that there is good dialogue between

them and the community.

Constructive feedback needed

Finally, I acknowledge some of the

concerns that I am hearing about the

re-opening of the parent category. While

the income thresholds are higher than they

have been in the past, it is important to note

that the category is now at least opened

after being closed by the previous National

government – this represents progress.

Along with other Labour MPs, I am keen

to hear constructive community feedback

so that we can develop Labour policy to take

into the 2020 election.

We will listen carefully to the vast

majority of the community who engage in

these issues in a calm and factual way.

Striking a balance

I am proud to represent Mount Roskill,

which includes one of New Zealand’s

largest Indian communities. New Zealand

is a better place for our active and vibrant

Indian community, and our immigration

system will continue to facilitate this.

Immigration policy is always about striking

a balance, and over the coming period

I look forward to positive engagement

with the range of views held within the

community so that we can develop good

policy that meets the needs of our country,

and of people who wish to come here and


Michael Wood is elected Member of

Parliament from Mount Roskill in

Auckland and is the Chief Whip of the

Parliamentary Labour Caucus. He has

exercised his Right to Reply, in response

to the comments of Immigration Lawyer

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Parent Visa should be open to all Permanent Residents

Peter Dunne

The Government’s

announcement last

week that it was

removing the requirement

that Quota Refugees

from Africa and the Middle

East regions must have

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there are still many aspects

of our Immigration Policy

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view during that time, under

successive Labour- and

National-led governments,

that our Immigration Policy

was essentially racist.

While New Zealand’s

approach was never as explicit

or as total as Australia’s

notorious “White Australia”

policy that lasted until the

advent of the Whitlam Government

in 1972, the effect

until comparatively recently

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consistently more difficult

to win cases (on behalf of

constituents) for people

coming from the Pacific, Asia,

the Indian subcontinent and

the Middle East and Africa,

than it was for those from

Britain, Europe, Canada and

the United States.

In part, it was the policy,

and in part it was the attitude

of officials who were always

more inherently suspicious

of the cases of people who

were not from the “white”

countries. Appreciation of

differing cultural norms was

virtually zero, with applicants

simply expected to fit the New

Zealand template immediately,

and to be treated with

wariness and disdain if they

did not.

Refugees and parents of

New Zealand residents from

outside the “white” countries

were usually the hardest

cases to advance. This is

despite most of the evidence

which shows that migrants

to New Zealand from refugee

backgrounds often make the

strongest of contributions to

our society, enriching it in so

many ways.

Yet non-quota refugees’ stories

were usually disbelieved.

I was even asked on one

occasion to get confirming

evidence from authorities in

Saddam Hussein’s Iraq that

they were in fact subjecting

a couple seeking to join children

here to the persecution

they were claiming!

At the same time, parents

wanting to join children in

New Zealand were always

assumed to be harbouring

illnesses that would prove

costly to our health system,

or, if they wished to make a

short-term visit, that when

the time came, they would

just never go home.

Small but significant step

Last week’s move was a

small but significant step

forward, but there is still

a mighty long way to go

to make the New Zealand

immigration system truly fair

and justly applied.

One area where the

Government could move

relatively easily relates to


It has just restored the

Parents’ Visa, but limited it to

1000 applicants a year, who

are financially independent.

However, the change will

have limited effect and is cold

comfort to many migrants

seeking family reunification,

but who will not qualify

under this policy.

Our policy needs to go

further and allow all parents

of New Zealand permanent

residents and citizens an

automatic right to short-term

entry or residence, subject

to the standard health and

character requirements. This

would deal in one fell swoop

to the many cases of parents

wanting to make short-term

visits to see children or

grandchildren, or attend

family events like weddings,

reunions, or funerals which

arouse too many suspicions

in the minds of immigration

officials at present, and

currently lead to so many

disappointments when their

applications are declined, or

the events have passed by.

Balancing factors

It would also make it easier

for children wanting to bring

elderly parents to New Zealand

to look after them, thus

easing the current problem

of remittances to home

countries, in Asia and the

Pacific especially, as well as

providing basic peace of mind

to so many. It will not open

the immigration floodgates,

nor will it create significant

burdens for the New Zealand

taxpayer, because of the current

restrictions on things like

eligibility for superannuation.

Rather, it is simply the right

thing to do.

Britain’s noble expression

of regret to the descendants

of Cook’s victims, and the

Government’s encouraging

immigration changes are

worthwhile first steps, both

holding the promise of more

to come.

Just as important, and the

real test of the policy commitment

in both cases, however,

will be what comes next.

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OCTOBER 15, 2019

New ETA for visitors to New Zealand

Tougher border rules to improve efficiency and safety

Visitors will be unable

to travel to New

Zealand without a

new Electronic Travel

Authority (ETA) as tougher

border rules went live on

October 1, 2019.

Up to 1.7 million travellers

from 60 countries who previously

did not need a visa will

now be required to declare

their passport details and any

criminal history before they

can travel.

The government has spent

$5 million on a domestic

and international marketing

campaign to make sure people

are not stopped at the gates.

Routine chore

Board of Airline Representatives

New Zealand Executive

Director Justin Tighe-Umbers

said that about 4000 to 5000

travellers would need an ETA

each day.

“The key risk is passengers

going to the airport without an

ETA. Look, we have all been

there travelling, looking forward

to your flight and then

to find out you have not got a

critical piece of documentation

can be really stressful,” Mr

Tighe-Umbers said.

“Obviously, that is not

a great impact for visitor

experience to New Zealand

so this really does come down

to the success of the comms


Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Chief Executive Chris Roberts

said that getting an ETA was

becoming a routine chore for

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international travellers.

Travellers from UK

“We are seeing other

countries introducing ETA; so,

it will become more common.

But for markets like the UK,

who have always been able

to jump on a plane and come

to New Zealand, there would

be a little bit more planning

required, you have to pay up

front - essentially get permission

to come to New Zealand

now - so that will take a little

bit of time to get used to, but

we certainly hope it comes in

as smoothly as possible.”

The tourism industry had

been working with Immigration

New Zealand to minimise

any disruption, he said.

New Zealand and Australian

citizens, some transit passengers

and valid visa holders

don’t need an electronic travel

authority - everyone else does.

Travellers can request an

ETA online for a fee of $12 or

through a free app for $9.

Risk assessment

Immigration New Zealand

(INZ) Director of Policy

Integration Nick Aldous said

that the new system brought

the country’s border control

into line with international

best practice.

The $20 million project

means travellers will be

screened much earlier.

“At the moment, a lot

of visa free travellers are

only screened immediately

at check in and that gives our

border officers very little time

to assess risk.”

But under the new process,

that information would be

made available when an ETA

request was made, he said.

The government was taking

no chances and will have

about 30 Immigration NZ

staff stationed around major

international airports to help passengers and

airline staff for the next month, Mr Aldous


Mr Tighe-Umbers welcomed the added


“For airlines, it can be an expensive process

repatriating people who are not allowed

to cross the border from New Zealand so the

benefit there is; it is clear that it’s going to cut

down on the number of incidences where

that occurs,” he said.

Quick approval

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So far, 196,000 requests have been made

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that’s nearly double the number of people

expected to need one this month.

While the uptake in most countries has

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“We picked up on that quite early and

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those numbers have really picked up, they’re

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OCTOBER 15, 2019


New immigration policy a war on Indian migrants

Alastair McClymont

The government has opened

a new front in the war

on Indian migrants in the

same week that they have

announce that the Parent Category

is reserved only for the wealthy.

For a year, Partnership applications

have been sitting unprocessed

with Immigration New Zealand

(INZ) in Mumbai.

INZ have trotted out a litany of

excuses for these delays including

blaming it on internal restructures,

staffing shortages and even the

Christchurch Mosque attack.

The reality however has now

become clearer, with INZ having

worked on a reinterpretation of

immigration policy which ensures

that people from the Indian

subcontinent living and working in

New Zealand may no longer be able

to return to their home country to

marry and sponsor their partners to

New Zealand.

Euro-centric Policy

Immigration policy around Partnership

applications has remained

the same for a long time with the

requirement that a couple should

be living together in a genuine and

stable partnership.

The policy and its definition of

a Partnership has always had a

cultural bias against non-Europeans,

based on the idea that the couple

have already begun living together

and building a life as a couple

before applying together for visas

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to New Zealand, or in a situation

where a New Zealand resident or

citizen living and working overseas

and wishes to return home with his

or her new partner.

Insensitive to Culture

Immigration Policy around Partnerships

has never been reflective

of the cultural practice found in

the Indian Subcontinent where

students, workers or migrants settle

in New Zealand first, establish a

home, employment and income and

then return to their home country to

marry, often to a partner of their extended

families choosing or at least

approval, before sponsoring their

new partner for a visa to return to

New Zealand after the sponsor has

returned to New Zealand for work.

However, INZ have, in the past,

taken a practical approach when

applying Immigration Policy to these

distinct cultural practices by accepting

that Indian marriages frequently

have a different way of developing,

often with couples spending only a

limited period of time together before

their engagement or marriage.

Stability of Indian marriages

It is often reported that India has

one of the lowest divorce rates in

the world and in comparison to

those divorce rates New Zealand,

the stability of Indian marriages is

significantly stronger.

A partnership must be genuine

and stable. Genuine Indian

marriages have a significantly

higher success rate than in New

Zealand. Immigration New Zealand

acknowledges that the relationships

are genuine, yet applications are

declined because the sponsor has

returned home to New Zealand to

work and make a home for their

new family.

The Mumbai office of INZ is now

ploughing through a massive backlog

of Indian applications in a very

simple way: If the sponsor didn’t

stay behind in India after marriage,

and wait for the visa decision, then

application declined. This would

appear to be the message made clear

from Wellington.

So, returning home to work, save

money and wait for the partner’s

visa is now the sole ground for

declining those visas.

INZ are making it clear to the

Indian community that if they want

to return to their home country,

marry and sponsor their partner,

then they must quit their job, leave

their home, leave their life in New

Zealand and resettle back in India;

living with their new partner and

waiting the six to 12 months that

it is taking them to process Visa

applications before returning as a


INZ couldn’t be bothered

At the same time however,

sponsors of partners must prove

that they have the financial means

and accommodation to support their


This of course is difficult to do;

the sponsor has quit their job, leave

their home in New Zealand to

returned to India to live with their

new partner.

Immigration decisions declining

visas under this new reinterpretation

of Policy clearly show

that marriages are recognised as

genuine, applications often being

accompanied by photographs and

DVDs showing enormous time and


INZ have no concerns about the

genuine nature of the marriage

and yet Visas are declined solely

on the grounds that the sponsor

has returned to New Zealand to

work whilst waiting for the Visa

applications to be processed.

Over the last decade, we have seen

a practical, common-sense approach

to Indian Partnership Visas through

recognition of how partnerships are

developed, the focus on issues such

as credibility, indicators of a genuine

marriage and most importantly

recognition of the fact that sponsors

need to return to New Zealand to

their home and work whilst waiting

for Visa decisions.

Abrupt U-Turn

That has now changed with an

abrupt U-turn, the reasons for which

we can only speculate.

We know that the Labour government

expected a reduction of 20,000

to 30,000 nett migrants a year.

We know that (Deputy Prime

Minister) Winston Peters has been

bragging to his followers about the

lowest number of resident visas

granted in 20 years.

On all aspects of the immigration

system, we see the Indian community


These developments and Partnership

Visas would strongly suggest

an underlying strategy to reduce

migration numbers through specific

targeting of the Indian community.

The Policy is being interpreted in

such a way as to drive Indians out

of New Zealand, either back to their

own country or to third country like


How will this change? As the

Prime Minister makes her annual

appearance at Diwali events this

year, she will take very careful

note of members of the Indian


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Diploma courses face abolition

John Gerritsen

Significant and persistent

quality problems centred on

foreign students could see an

entire class of qualification


The New Zealand Qualifications

Authority (NZQA) is considering

the future of Level 7 diplomas, oneyear

qualifications that sit at the

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Concern over quality

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strong need for Level 7 diplomas

in some industries, some have

recently been used as a fast track

to residency for international

students. This led to an increase

in provision, and subsequent concerns

about international students’

English language proficiency,” it


Another document said: “Since

external monitoring of Level 7

diplomas commenced in 2016,

a number of significant issues

with English language testing and

assessment practice have been


However, the documents

also noted that immigration rules

changed in December last year and

the authority had strengthened its

monitoring activities.

Options being considered

NZQA Acting Deputy Chief Ex-

RNZ Photo 123RF

ecutive for Quality Assurance Eve

McMahon said that the Authority

was considering options including

abolishing the diplomas altogether,

or retaining them but changing

monitoring requirements and

reviewing each of the existing


“The main thing with the Level

7 diplomas is that they are not a

degree qualification, but they sit at

the same Level as degree qualifications

and a part of our thinking

was do we need both or do we just

need degree Level qualifications at

Level 7,” she said.

NZQA figures showed that in

2017 there were 2550 equivalent

full-time students enrolled in the

Programmes, of which 1520 were

foreign students.

Executive General Manager

Academic and Provost at Manukau

Institute of Technology, Martin

Carroll said that changes to work

visas and residence rules had reduced

foreign student enrolments

in Level 7 diplomas.

He said that the qualifications

were aimed at skill shortage areas

and they had value for domestic

students too.

Proposal opposed

“So, there is a reason for having

the Programme; it was not simply

a fast-track to residency for international

students as some people

have claimed,” he said.

Professor Carroll said that the

Level 7 diploma should be retained

because students in vocational

education and training should be

able to find vocational qualifications

at every Level of the Qualifications


“We want to keep these smaller

packages of learning, these certificates

and diplomas, at every Level of

the framework so, they don’t need to

disrupt their career for a period of

three or four years in order to access

higher Levels of learning,” he said.

Aspire2 Chief Executive Clare

Bradley said that half of the

private tertiary institute’s first-time

international students were enrolled

in Level 7 diplomas.

She said that axing the qualifications

would hurt enrolments and

that it would take time to divert

future students into other courses.

“Turning it on its head would be

quite complex and time-consuming

and certainly expensive for providers

to adjust. It means reorganising

a lot of our messaging, for us that

is in about 30 different markets,

and re-educating our recruitment

networks,” she said.

Attractive to foreign students

Ms Bradley said the option of

studying for a year and then working

in New Zealand was attractive

for a lot of foreign students.

Since 2016 the Qualifications

Authority had taken a more stringent

approach to monitoring the

programmes, and that had driven

some providers out of business, she


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Programme to lift low decile students to Varsity

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Promising students from four low decile

Auckland schools will have a better chance

of achieving University Entrance, thanks

to a gift from the Buchanan Charitable

Foundation to a University of Auckland initiative.

For the past decade, the University, through

the Faculty of Education and Social Work (EDSW)

Woolf Fisher Research Centre, The Centre for

Educational Leadership and The Starpath Project,

has been conducting long-term research into the

factors that enhance success at secondary school

and entry into university education, for students

from under-represented groups.

Support and Advocacy

Informed by that work, a new Programme

has been designed to enable greater success at

University Entrance (UE) by providing academic

support and advocacy for students and their

families, and by giving students regular access to

role models with whom they identify and who

are successful in university education.

Former EDSW Dean and current University

of Auckland Director, Educational Initiatives

Professor Graeme Aitken has been central to

developing the Programme.

“We are often disappointed with the numbers

attending university from lower decile schools.

Just 17% of students in decile one and two schools

in New Zealand achieved UE in 2016, compared

with 69% in deciles nine and ten,” he said.

“While university education is not for

everyone, the reality is that we will not turn

around the access statistics unless we work with

schools to provide support that raises aspirations

and equips students with the skills and tools to

successfully complete secondary school and then

transition to university.”

Buying Teachers’ time

Launched at Alfriston College in South

Auckland recently, the Programme will involve

‘buying’ the time of senior teachers across the

four schools to work closely with the students,

with a focus on supporting achievement in

subjects that will give them access to university.

Dr Parmjeet Parmar, National

List MP based in Mt Roskill

invites you to share your views

at an afternoon tea with

Simon Bridges, Leader

of the Opposition

The stakeholders (from left) Robert Solomone, Professor Graeme Aitken, Trevor & Caroline Gray and University of

Auckland Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon (Picture Supplied)

These senior leaders will be the students’

problem-solvers, advocates, and allies as they

navigate their way through NCEA. This support

from school leadership will be coupled with mentoring

from students who have graduated from

their school and are now successfully engaged in

university study.

The longer-term hope is that the mentored

students will in turn become university student

mentors at their old schools.

Achieving positive impact

Dr Trevor Gray and Dr Caroline Gray of the

Buchanan Foundation approached the University,

interested in helping students at low-decile

schools pursue tertiary study.

“By enabling promising senior school students

to explore a clearer path to university, and

giving them the necessary support, we hope to

equip them with tools to achieve their dreams of

academic and career success,” they said.

In doing so, this Programme should have

a positive impact on their families, friends,

communities and future generations. In this

sense, education is indeed ‘the gift that keeps on

giving,” they said.

Changing lives

Alfriston College Principal Robert Solomone

believes that Programme has the potential to

change the lives of his students.

“Many of our learners need to see for themselves

the potential that others see in them, and

a programme like this will help us do this even

Imagine if you could influence funding for

the healthcare you receive, or for the schools

your children attend, with just a few strokes

of your pen.

That’s what the census does, along with other

things like help set the size of Parliament, and

that’s why it was so concerning to hear last week

that 1 in 6 New Zealand residents didn’t complete

the 2018 census questionnaire when the results

were released.

For most of us, the idea of a census isn’t exactly


Many of us fill out our forms without understanding

why we’re doing it or what difference it

makes, but the information it provides is part of

the lifeblood of policy-making, service planning,

and resource allocation.

Useful information

Census data is used to determine who we

are, how many of us there are, and how public

services can best do their job and manage

competing interests.

Population-based funding formulas, for example,

use information about the population size

and makeup of a particular area to determine

the breakdown of funding for District Health


Census data is also used to determine the

weighting of school deciles which impacts the

funding that schools receive.

The results, population breakdown, and

forecasting are also necessary for policy-makers

and local government to evaluate major projects

and determine which infrastructure or project

should be the highest priority.

New Electorate planned

Even the number and boundaries of electorate

better,” he said.

As well as Alfriston College, the other school involved

are Aorere College, Onehunga High School, and

Tangaroa College.

The Foundation’s gift of $1.867 million will fund the

pilot project over the next four years. It was received as

part of the University of Auckland’s For All Our Futures


About For All Our Futures

New Zealand’s most ambitious fundraising campaign,

For All Our Futures was launched in September

2016 aiming to raise $300 million to put towards

Programmes, Research and Scholarships to help the

University of Auckland contribute to some of the

biggest questions facing society today.

Some Questions

Questions posed include: Can we stop wasting talent?

Can we dramatically improve cancer survival rates?

Can we have clear rivers and seas? Can we prepare

young New Zealanders to be global citizens and


Donors, trusts and foundations, alumni, staff, and

friends of the University have contributed to the

campaign, indicating the areas they wish to support.

A majority of the gifts have been made for a specific

purpose, from funding significant chairs of study to

supporting scholarship initiatives.

The campaign closes on October 31, 2019 and the

final total will be announced on November 21, 2019.

Public apathy over Census leads

to confusing decisions

Danielle van Dalen

seats are determined by census results.

For example, population growth has meant

the introduction of a new electorate for the North


The 2018 census results have barely been

released and we’re already seeing how gaps in

the data affect essential activities.

For example, National have criticised forming

the new electorate based on insufficient data, low

Māori turnout and a potential misrepresentation

of the population is leading to fears about loss of

funding for the Gisborne based Tairāwhiti DHB,

and late release of census data has meant the

“recalculation of school deciles“ will be based on

outdated 2013 census results and school funding

might not accurately represent the needs of a

given region.

Learning Lessons

It’s essential then that New Zealand responds

to the flaws of the 2018 census. Much has

been said about government failure, including

arguments about inadequate funding, the administrative

flaws of government agencies charged

with collecting census data, and the weaknesses

of the online collection process, leading to the

recent resignation of Government Statistician Liz


But the rest of us also need to take seriously

our own role and responsibility in data collection

and fill out our census forms.

We need to pay attention to, understand, and

participate in the process. If we appreciate and

understand what the census is for we’ll be much

more motivated to participate and encourage

others to do the same.

The Government needs to play its part, but

so do we. Statistics, data collection, and census

results might not be sexy, but we can’t expect

government to serve us well if we don’t give it

the information it needs.

Danielle van Dalen is a Researcher at the

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OCTOBER 15, 2019


MIT Graduate Diploma takes graduate on career path

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Daniel Rajamanohar has

just secured a job he

hopes will make a big difference

in the lives of

many New Zealanders.

The 24-year-old only arrived in

the country last July, but in that

time has successfully completed

his Graduate Diploma of Data

Analytics at the Manukau Institute

of Technology and was recently appointed

to the role of data analyst

with IHC.

The organisation is New

Zealand’s largest provider of services

to people with intellectual

disabilities and their families offering

residential care, supported living,

social housing, specialist and

vocational support.

Demand for Data Analysts

‘I am excited. I cannot really explain

how I feel. It is going to be a

real challenge. I am inspired to do

the work,”

There is a big demand right now

for data analysts.

Individuals who can mine the

right data, interpret it and present

their findings to management

so they can have that all important

‘aha’ moment solving a problem,

are highly valuable to any


Equipping Graduates

At Manukau Institute of

Technology (MIT), we pride ourselves

in equipping our graduates

with the hands-on skills industry is

Daniel Manohar (Picture Supplied)

looking for so they can contribute

in the workplace from day one.

Many of the graduate diploma

classes already have qualifications

and on-the-job experience.

In Daniel’s case, this was a

Bachelor of Computer Science

earned in Chennai as well as

working as a developer for Data

Consultant Services looking at

ways companies could make cost


‘That triggered me to look at

higher study in the field of data analytics.

So, I opted for New Zealand

and MIT, which has very good academics

in data analytics,’ he said.

It is our job to make sure these

experienced, well-trained students

who come through the Diploma

are challenged and learn skills allowing

them to reach for the career

advancement they’re looking for.

We do not produce geeks. We focus

on applied teaching so graduates

can work in a business with

people to help find answers to their

problems to improve performance.

Robust Internship

Internships offered through MIT

are very often where it all comes

together. These are available at

a range of top companies, but in

Daniel’s case he was offered one

at MIT working on our student


Here, he learned more about machine

learning, data integration

software – Talend and data visualization

tool, Power BI and would

particularly like to thank principal

lecturer, Fadi Fayez, for his support

with assignments and research.

This experience was not only

valuable to his education, but also

came up in his job interview with


“I recommend this as one of the

MIT School of Digital Technologies Senior Lecturer Michael Thompson

(Picture Supplied)

best institute’s in New Zealand.

It’s a one-year course. You study

Level 7. But the skills are the same

as what you would get in Level 9

Masters,’ Daniel said.

IHC Chief Information Officer

Mike Hughes said it’s great to have

someone like Daniel, with his qualifications

and experience on board.

“We believe data is a critical

component to enable the IHC

group to provide the best and most

responsive disability and housing

services into the future. Our sectors

are changing rapidly, and we

need the best analysis to ensure we

are delivering on meeting people’s

changing expectations,” he said.

Passion to help others

One of the most pleasing aspects

of his success is it allows Daniel to

apply his skills in helping others,

something he is passionate about.

Back home in India, he would


visit orphanages and aged care

homes as part of corporate social


‘I am really passionate to help

people. Some people need a bit

more support to be able to achieve

the same things as others and it

feels great to be able to do my part.

The values I have are the same as

the organisation (IHC).’

India was the first country in the

world to make corporate social responsibility

mandatory. It requires

big companies to spend a percentage

of their net profits on advancing

social issues including poverty

alleviation, education and the gender

pay gap.

As an institute, we are just

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OCTOBER 15, 2019


TINZ supports Fiji to fight corruption in Sports

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Fiji Khalsa College alumni meet in Auckland

At Mangere United Football Club, Mangere on November 23

Transparency International New

Zealand (TINZ) Chair, Suzanne

Snively visited “Civic Leaders

for Clean Transactions Integrity

Fiji” (CLCT Integrity Fiji) last month

to work together on an approach to

address corruption.

While there, she was invited as

the guest speaker by the Fiji National

Sport Commission Talanoa.

Corruption in sport

She discussed how integral sport is

within the DNA of both Fiji and New


Both countries have excellent

athletes and take a great deal of pride

in their successes.

Because of this, it is important to

avoid the tendency to turn a blind eye

when it comes to cheating at sport.

Particularly vulnerable are our

youth and teens where the rules about

the use of performance enhancing

drugs are unclear or non-existent.

Many experience long term health

issues and dependencies that disqualify

them at the professional level if

they succeed in getting there.

Youth are also vulnerable because

they can be tempted by relatively

small sums of money.

Online gambling challenges

With the growth of on-line

gambling, led by corrupt individuals,

young people involved in sport,

even from small, rural teams, can be

groomed and bribed to fix a game.

It is critical to deal with issues of

integrity in sport now. It is important

that all our athletes learn to compete

fairly, and we work to keep drugs,

corruption, fraud and bribery out of


Practical steps needed

The Fiji Sun covered the event Put it

into practice, says Snively in the same

Transparency International New Zealand

Chair Suzanne Snively

edition that covered the Fiji

Airways Flying Fijians team’s

initial game at the Rugby World


Ms Snively’s visit to Fiji was

arranged by CLCT Integrity Fiji

who have developed a partnership

with the Fiji National Sport

Commission. The latter provides

sport governance policies to all

45 sporting bodies.

Governance integrity


While in Suva, Ms Snively

facilitated a governance workshop

for the CLCT Integrity Fiji

team to assist in contextualising

their anti-corruption work.

The topics covered included

(a) Policies around governance

and behaviour (b) Innovative

ideas about fund raising (c) Suggestions

for improvements to

their Strategic Plan 2020-2022.

Transparency International

New Zealand and CLCT

Integrity Fiji have a long history

of working together to oppose

corruption in the Pacific.

Source: Transparency Times

(October 2019) of Transparency

International New Zealand.


Ranjit Singh

The common belief in Fiji is that

there is something in the dusts, the

waters, the soils and environment

of Ba, that those coming from that

district tend to excel in whatever they do.

The town has given most businessmen

millionaires, number of writers and

authors, scholars, politicians, and its

biggest feat lies in its craze for Soccer, and

holding the unbeaten records in Fiji.

Lately, Secondary Schools are known to

have held international school reunions.

Xavier College, DAV College and Khalsa

College have been in the news for its


Refreshing initiative

High decile non-Indian high schools in

Fiji have been known to hold reunions,

like Suva Grammar, Natabua College,

Jasper Williams and Xavier College,

among others.

But Indian and Girmitya-origin schools

have almost been unheard of doing this.

However, DAV College in Ba broke this

drought with its three respective continuous

biennial reunions in Vancouver Canada

in April 2015, Auckland New Zealand in

2017 and the latest one in Fiji in July 2019.

Khalsa College is also held one locally-based

reunion in Sacramento, USA in 2018.

The origins

Where did Khalsa Auckland reunion


In late 2018, students of DAV and Khalsa

Colleges of 1970s, Sadasivan Naicker and

Thakur Ranjit Singh jointly mooted the idea

and Satish Chand, the current Secretary also

came on board motivating the concept to

become reality.

An Organising Committee has been set


Members of the Organising Committee (from left) Dinesh Chand (Vice President), Madhavan Raman (President),

Satish Chand (Secretary). Standing (from left) Shashi Kala Singh, Asha Singh (Assistant and Samila Chand (Picture

by Thakur Ranjit Singh)

We were fortunate to have the students

of the formative year of 1959 and a former

Senior Civil Servant to lead us.

Madhavan Raman, the bright scholar

from class of 1959 is our President, ably supported

by an Auckland Soccer personality

Dinesh Chand as Vice-President.

Satish Chand was elected Secretary

while Asha Singh is supporting him as his


I was appointed Media and Communications

Spokesperson, with a two team

Committee members, namely, Samila

Chand and Shashi Kala Singh.

This small team of dedicated Committee

Members have taken this mammoth task

of bringing together scattered children of

Khalsa College, Ba, and fulfil a long-held

dream of having a reunion in Auckland.

Sharing memories, experiences

There was a desire to create an opportunity

for Khalsa College ex-students to meet their

old classmates, walk down memory lane,

share life experiences and laugh and cry

together, and have a great party before the

older ones pass on. And most importantly,

to celebrate the legacy of Khalsa College and

salute those visionary Sikh leaders.

About Khalsa College

Khalsa College, Ba, Fiji was established

in 1959 by an enterprising group of

Sikhs who saw education as a means to

bringing success to their children and future


We honour those stalwarts and teachers

particularly Jogindar Singh Kanwal,

the first substantive Principal whose

dedication and hard work brought such

lasting success to this proud institution.

The Khalsa Reunion event will be held

at the Mangere United Football Club,

(Mangere Centre Park), 101 Robertson

Road, Mangere, Auckland, New Zealand

on November 23, 2019 from 630 pm to

1130 pm.

We have a very fitting venue in the

picturesque Mangere with open sprawling

sports fields and very presentable hall,

with opportunity for people to mix and

mingle outside on the stadium for sharing

and reliving on school secrets, those jokes

and hilarious and serious events. This is

turning up to be a night full of fun, drinks,

delicious food and meeting the long-lost


We are looking forward to meeting

all of you in Auckland at the event, the

tickets for which are available worldwide

on Eventbrite or by email thakurji@xtra.

co.nz .

Thakur Ranjit Singh is a Journalist and

Media Commentator and runs his blog,

‘Fiji Pundit.’ He and his wife Shashi

Kala Singh attended Khalsa College for

one year in 1974. They live in Auckland,

New Zealand.

Email: thakurji@xtra.co.nz

OCTOBER 15, 2019



John Key faces choice over banking role

Guyon Espiner

Former Prime Minister

Sir John Key could be

forced to stand down

from one of his banking

roles because of a potential

conflict of interest.

Sir John chairs ANZ New

Zealand and sits on the board of

its parent bank in Australia.

Reserve Bank Governor

Adrian Orr said that the

Trans-Tasman roles held by Sir

John at ANZ and BNZ chairman

Doug McKay, who holds similar

roles, could raise questions

over whose interests are


Mr Orr said that if an Australian

parent company got into

trouble and a Director sat on

the Australian and New Zealand

boards and the Australian

board wanted to bring money

back from New Zealand, it

would be difficult for a Director

to act in the best interests of

both boards at the same time.

A big concern

“My biggest concerns with

boards is in whose interests are

they working? Are they working

for the parent shareholder,

or the subsidiary shareholder ...

that’s a real critical challenge,”

he said.

Mr Orr had already indicated

he was planning to rein in the

big four Australian-owned

banks - ANZ, BNZ, ASB and

ANZ New Zealand Chairman and

Former Prime Minister John Key

(RNZ Photo by Dan Cook)

Westpac - as he believed they

were making too much money

and posed too much risk to the

financial system.

Mr Orr wanted them to

hang on to more of their own

cash in New Zealand to ensure

greater financial resilience. He

was proposing doubling the

minimum amount of capital

held to 16 percent, though he

said he had yet to decide the

exact amount or timing.

Banks’s submission

The big four Australian-owned

banks all refused

to be interviewed for RNZ’s

Insight investigation into banking,

but their representative

organisation, the Bankers’

Association, commissioned

former Treasury boss Graham

Scott to write a submission

on the Reserve Bank’s capital


He argued that requiring

banks to hold twice as much

Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Governor Adrian Orr (RNZ Photo by

Claire Eastham-Farrelly)

money in reserve would cost

the economy about $1.8 billion

a year and could lead banks to

pull money out of the country.

“Those big banks will have

an expected rate of return on

their investment in all their

activities around the world and

if the New Zealand subsidiary

is not producing that rate over

time, then they’ll disinvest in it

over time one way or another,”

Mr Scott said.

While Mr Orr is considering

making banking directors

choose between New Zealand

and Australia, he was not

touting the move as a high

priority and no decisions had

been made.

Guyon Espiner is Investigative

Reporter (In Depth)

at Radio New Zealand. The

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Door opens ajar for migrant workers’ parents

The government is re-opening

and re-setting the visa

programme for parents of

migrant workers wanting to

come to New Zealand.

The Visa, which applies to skilled

migrants, was frozen by the National

government in October 2016.

Important changes

As of October 7, 2019, the old

Parent Category scheme is gone and

a new one will open in February,

capping the number at 1000 people.

The financial requirements will

increase and will be based on the

adult child’s income rather than

their parents’.

The ability for a parent to gain

residency through having a guaran-

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway

(RNZ Photo)

teed lifetime income or settlement

funds will be removed, but parents

will still be required to meet health

and character requirements.

Those with current applications

pending will be able to update them

and keep their current place in

the queue, while those no longer

eligible will be able to apply for a

full refund.

Immigration Minister Iain

Lees-Galloway told Morning Report

that the visa had been reopened

because it would help attract and

retain highly skilled migrants who

were valued in New Zealand.

However, the income criteria

would change, he said.

Financial capability

“A single person wanting to

sponsor one parent they will need to

be earning twice the median income

which is $104,000 a year.”

The parent wouldn’t need to

demonstrate their own ability to

support themselves, as required


“What’s important is the adult

migrant who is sponsoring them

is able to demonstrate that they

have the resources to sponsor their


Mr Lees-Galloway said that people

would still need to have been in

the country for a minimum of 10

years before becoming eligible for


Other criteria

Those coming under the parent

category would be subject to the

health and character checks just like

any other migrant would.

He said these changes wouldn’t

mean an increase in migrant


“Amongst the residency visas that

are issued in the family category,

1000 of those will be set aside for

parents. So it affects the mix of

people who are coming, not necessarily

the number of people who are


He said that he was working in a

government made up of three different

parties and in adherence to the

Coalition Agreement and Confidence

and Supply Agreement.

“This government has never had a

target for immigration numbers.”

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Tinkering with Superannuation will precipitate public ire

Peter Dunne

In 1984, when the fourth

Labour Government introduced

its now infamous

tax surcharge of 25 cents

in the dollar on additional

income above $100 a week

for those in receipt of National

Superannuation, it was claimed

that about only a quarter of superannuitants

would be affected

– the actual figure turned

out to be 23% - and that very,

very few of them would lose the

equivalent of all their National


Angry reaction

In the heat of the time, that

claim was largely disbelieved as

much greater numbers of superannuitants,

thinking that their retirement

income would be more

than it actually was, believed

they had been adversely affected

and reacted angrily accordingly.

Then, there were just under

400,000 National

Superannuitants, accounting for

12% of the population. National

immediately promised to repeal

Labour’s surcharge, only to replace

it with its own version in


Superannuitants’ outrage was

predictable and immediate, leading

not only to the establishment

of Grey Power but also contributed

to the birth of New Zealand

First to fight for the abolition of

the surcharge. That eventually

occurred in 1997, leaving both

the Labour and National Parties

of the time with massive credibility

scars for their handling of the

issue over the years.

National’s timidity

Since then, universal entitlement

to New Zealand

Superannuation (as it is now

known) has been restored and

no major political Party has been

brave (or foolish) enough to tamper

with that. National’s commitment

since 2017 to gradually

increase the age of entitlement

to 67 by 2037 is perhaps the biggest

potential move, but it is timid

by the standards of Labour’s 1984

and National’s 1991 changes.

Now that the current government

has resumed contributions

to the so-called Cullen Fund to future

proof superannuation payments

from 2025, an uneasy

consensus appears to reign on superannuation


In the meantime, the raw numbers

of those in receipt of New

Zealand Superannuation have

risen around 95% since 1984 to

just under 770,000, and their proportion

of the population is up by

a third to around 16%.

Perhaps it was that growth and

projections that it will increase

in the future to around 1,430,000

New Zealand superannuitants

by 2050, around 21% of the total

projected population then, that

has influenced the University

of Auckland’s Retirement Policy

and Research Centre to call for a

tax surcharge on higher income

earners receiving superannuation,

to cover the cost of their superannuation


Too hot to handle

Whatever economic and equity

considerations there might be in

favour of a proposal like this,

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political reality means it or anything

like it is unlikely to fly. Too

many political parties and politicians

have been scared by the superannuation

experience of the

last couple of decades to want to

go anywhere what looks like a reintroduction

of the discredited

approach of the 1980s and 1990s.

Even though most of the generation

of politicians involved at

that time has moved on, the legacy

of the sense of betrayal and

antagonism engendered by those

earlier changes remains.

Importantly, it was often not

the superannuitants themselves

who felt most aggrieved, but

rather those approaching superannuation

who saw their potential

future income – and thus

their intended retirement standard

of living – being reduced, and

their children, worried about

how their parents might cope. It

would be just the same today.

The only way change of this

type could be progressed at this

time would be through some

form of multi-Party agreement,

but the chances of that occurring

are zero.

Apathy of Political Parties

For a start, no Party would

want to be seen to initiating a

move to tax superannuitants

more, and few others would be

keen to join them. There was a

brief accord between National

and Labour before the 1993 election

which quickly fell apart because

both saw richer pickings

in continuing to attack the other

over their earlier “treachery and


There is no reason to think it

would be any different today.

Moreover, if ever there was

a cause to revitalise the flagging

fortunes of New Zealand

First, this would be it, and while

Labour, and it appears National

too, are prepared to cuddle up to

them as the price of gaining political

office, neither is so generous

as to gift them a whole generation

of voters in this way.

The rising numbers of older

New Zealanders presents

enough of a challenge for both

Labour and National anyway,

and while both are steadily moving

to recapture that ground, neither

can afford to alienate, for

whatever reason, that group of

voters on an issue as basic as


Now, while all this might appear

an overly cynical assessment,

it is nevertheless a political

reality. It is not to say, however,

that the preservation of vested

interests means that future discussions

of superannuation policy

are off the table, but, rather,

that if those discussions are to

have credibility, they need to be

couched in such a way to gain

broad political support.

Promoting KiwiSaver

Enhancing and promoting

KiwiSaver may well a prove a

starting point towards some common


Today, over 2,800,000 New

Zealanders are enrolled in

KiwiSaver and that number

is increasing steadily. Making

KiwiSaver contributions compulsory

for all those in the work

force would allow for a more

considered approach to be taken

to New Zealand Superannuation

over time.

Backing that up with an annuities

policy whereby KiwiSavers

could manage their investment

on a regular income stream basis

once their funds mature at

the age of 65, would mean that

the absolute reliance on New

Zealand Superannuation as the

major retirement income source

for so many would steadily reduce

over the years, and that

the climate for considering its

long term future would be more


There is scope for Labour and

National to work together on

this ground, if they are of a genuine

mind to secure a stable retirement

income scene for the


New Zealand Superannuation

is but one – albeit a very large

– part of the retirement income

mosaic. The mistake we have

made for more than a generation

now has been to treat it as the

whole picture. It is time to learn

from that, and to move forward.

Peter Dunne was a Minister of

the Crown under the Labour

and National-led governments

from November 1999

to September 2017. He founded

the UnitedFuture Party but

wound it up when retired from

Parliament. Mr Dunne lives in


Underbelly of graft and

dishonesty on the big screen

New Zealand International Fraud Film

Festival on November 13 & 14

The Third

New Zealand


Fraud Film

Festival 2019 will be held

in Auckland on November

13 and 14, 2019, with a

great line-up of films will

expose the underbelly of

fraud and its impact globally

and locally.

The two-day

Programme will explore

three main themes, namely

Corruption, Technology

and Dishonesty. Six films

will be screened on these

themes and the Festival

will include panel discussions,

examination of

scams, tax evasion, cyber-security,


culture, and art forgery.

Business focus

A full-day session on

Wednesday, November 13,

2019, will focus on business,

with New Zealand

premiere screenings of

four international films,

with lunch, opportunities

for individuals and teams

to network throughout

the day, and refreshments

and drinks following the

final film.

Public Focus

Local New Zealand impacts of fraud

will be highlighted in a free ‘Scam

Prevention with Fair Go’ session (email

registration required) at 10 am on

Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Tickets for the lunchtime screening

of The Panama Papers and the afternoon

screening of There are No Fakes

on Thursday, November 14, 2019 may be

purchased individually ($15) or as a pair


Creating awareness and debate

New Zealand International Fraud Film

Festival spokesperson Ian Tuke said that

the aim of the Festival is to educate people,

create awareness, and spark debate

around fraud prevention. ”At the same

time, it provides an opportunity to foster

cross-industry collaboration for the

key public and private sector organisations

involved in the fight against fraud,”

he adds.

For more information and to purchase

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ISSUE 425 | OCTOBER 15, 2019

Immigration Policy

should be equitable

It is easy to get emotional

on Immigration for, it

involves movement of

people, in most cases,

immediate members of the

family, partners, parents

and relatives.

No government anywhere

in the world has ever been

able to please everyone

when it changes rules,

practices and procedures.

Immigration Minister and

along with him the Labour

Party have been receiving

a lot of flak over the recent

decisions on Parents Visa

and Partner’s Visa; at best

the changes tighten the

procedures and ensures that

right people are allowed to

settle in New Zealand and

at worst, they are seen as

‘driving Indians out of the


Benefits of migration

The liberal case for

immigration is simply put.

Openness to newcomers is

morally right, economically

beneficial and culturally


But to remain a

multicultural country,

our Immigration Policy

should be more equitable,

widespread and better


As former Minister

Peter Dunne wrote, “Our

policy needs to go further

and allow all parents of

New Zealand permanent

residents and citizens an

automatic right to shortterm

entry or residence,

subject to the standard

health and character

requirements. This would

deal in one fell swoop to

the many cases of parents

wanting to make shortterm

visits to see children

or grandchildren, or attend

family events.”

The economic case

for migration is equally

compelling. Just as labour

mobility is desirable within

national borders, so too

across them. Allowing

people to move from poorer

countries to richer ones that

have more capital, superior

technologies and better

institutions boosts their

productivity and that of the

global economy.

Some are more willing to

do jobs that locals spurn,

such as picking fruit or

caring for the elderly.

Others have skills that

natives lack.

Welcome Back, Phil,

build the City Great!

Phil Goff has won his

battle for Mayoralty of

Auckland for a second

successive term.

Aucklanders have given the

veteran politician a massive

mandate; compared to the

dismal polling number, his

acceptance rate of 48% (a marginal

increase of 0.4% over the

2016 election) is convincing.

In his Victory Message, Mr

Goff said that he would build

on the foundations to make

Auckland a world class and

inclusive City.

“We will continue to invest

strongly in our transport infrastructure,

in the City Rail Link,

Light Rail, busways, arterial

roads, cycle and walkways to

decongest our city and give

people choices in transport

modes,” he said.

Keeping promises

Mr Goff said that the

Council, under his leadership,

will keep up our rate of

building new homes to meet

demand and also cater for

the vulnerable, working with

government to build more

social homes and remove the

blight of homelessness.

As an Indian Newslink

Columnist, he said, “We

need our city to be New

Zealand’s best performing

city. That means an efficient

Council that cuts waste and

duplication. It means changing

the culture of Council so that

it is transparent, responsive

and accountable. We have to

sustain a City that is inclusive

of and celebrates all cultures

and faiths.”

Fear of rates rise

Mr Goff now has an opportunity

to turn Auckland in to a

City of his dreams and that of

common people.

There are fears that he

would raise the rate structure,

which would squeeze the

wallet of Aucklanders, who

are already being pinched

by spiralling cost of living,

would find any further hikes


We will pin our hopes on

Mr Goff, wait and watch with

interest how he performs.

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Credit Card fees must be regulated

Bernard Hickey

New Zealand has fallen behind

Australia and Britain in using

contactless payments because

our light-handed regulation

means bank fees are two to three times

higher and retailers are revolting.

Now the Government may have to

regulate fees directly.

In the telecommunications industry,

it’s known as ‘bill shock.’

As soon as a customer gets an unexpectedly

large bill during a trip overseas,

they immediately stop using their phone

because it feels like an unexploded device

that could ‘go off’ at any time.

That’s what happened to many retailers

over the past five years as customers

started using the contactless chips in

their credit and debit cards to wave their

way past the till rather than stop and

swipe and put in their PIN numbers.

Rising fees

Debit payments that had once been

virtually free EFTPOS transactions or

slightly more expensive Visa or Mastercard

debit payments suddenly became

contactless credit or debit transactions

with double or quadruple the fees.

Almost overnight, Merchant Service

Fees (MSFs as they are known in the business)

started costing retailers hundreds

of dollars extra a month. That is because

their fees and charges for the various flavours

of payments were bundled up and

retailers could not tell which payments

were doing the damage.

Those manky ‘No Paywave’ stickers

The response by many retailers was

immediate, just as it is for travelling

phone users. They stopped using contactless

almost immediately.

This ‘bill shock’ was expressed by slapping

little bits of paper and cardboard

onto their EFTPOS terminals with the

now familiar ‘No Paywave’ signs.

Now, all manner of home-made

stickers are plastered and tacked onto the


Eight years on from Mastercard’s

launch promotions with the 2011 Rugby

World Cup, the stickers are looking tatty

and now both retailers and consumers

are becoming increasingly frustrated at

the slow progress in reducing the fee and

making them more transparent to win

back the trust.

The previous National Government

looked at the issue in late 2016 and

early 2017 but did little more than give

the banks a telling off. Then-Minister

Paul Goldsmith asked his officials to

investigate and his successor Jacqui

Dean sent a letter to Payments NZ, which

operates the system on behalf of the

banks, telling them to do more to open up

pricing information and be more open to


‘Please explain’

New Labour Commerce Minister Kris

Faafoi wrote to Payments NZ in April last

year again asking for more progress.

His patience is starting to wear thin

and he wants to see evidence within

weeks that the banking and payments

system is serious about opening up.

He is unhappy that banks have been

slow to ‘unbundle’ contactless credit and

debit card fees for retailers and open

their banking networks to ‘FinTech’


He has warned they face regulation

without showing more urgency on an

issue that retailers say is costing them

almost $400 million a year in unjustified

bank fees.

Asked if the banks were ‘taking the

mickey’ with their slow response to the

concerns about ‘No Paywave’ stickers

and high fees for retailers, he told me: “I

am not necessarily happy with the time

frames and we’ve sent that message to

both the banks and Payments NZ to get

a move on, otherwise there could be


In Australia and Britain all cafes,

restaurants and retailers accept contactless

Visa and Mastercard payments,

especially through Apple Pay and Google

Pay phones, which has increased their

uptake and encouraged the adoption of

cheaper non-cash payments, including

Image by Lynn Grieveson (Newsroom)

National Party Finance Spokesman Paul


(RNZ Picture by Rebekah Parsons-King)

on public transport.

The cost of not regulating

Currently, New Zealand retailers pay

around 1.1% in fees for contactless debit

cards and 1.5 percent for contactless

credit card payments.

That is almost twice as much as

retailers pay in Australia and almost

four times as much in Britain. Both of

those markets have seen Government

intervention to regulate the so-called

Merchant Service Fees (MSF), which are

made up of interchange fees between the

banks and transaction fees by the credit

card companies.

Some banks have started unbundling

their fees and a few retailers have asked

for better deals.

Meanwhile, tourists are frustrated

that they can neither wave their cards or

their phones with Apple Pay and Google

Pay to pay like they do in other countries.

And the credit card providers are keen to

push ahead and use the technology more

widely, particularly as a way to tap on

and off buses and trains, as is the case in

Sydney and London.

The Reserve Bank of Australia intervened

in 2003 to regulate card fees there,

which has seen those fees for retailers

drop from around 1.5% to 0.7%.

British authorities also intervened to

get fees down under 0.5 percent.

‘Please unbundle’

The problem is the bundling of fees,

according to Retail NZ CEO Greg Harford.

“Historically, the banks have tended

to charge a relatively high flat rate to

merchants. That was based on the maximum

possible cost of providing credit

card transactions. Since contactless has

entered the market, most banks have

not offered unbundled services, so it’s

essentially the same rate for contactless

debit as credit card transactions, which

has had the effect of inflating the amount

that merchants pay for contactless,” he


Retailers see the perverse outcome

of competition between banks to

get customers to sign up to rewards

programmes being high fees for retailers,

who effectively pay for the free flights

and toasters. Harford wants the banks to

move faster to unbundle fees so retailers

can build their confidence and use the

technology more widely.

“Ultimately, consumers love the

convenience and we’re out of step ...and

ultimately it costs merchants sales if they

don’t have that facility available,” Harford


‘Falling behind the rest’

Mastercard CEO Ruth Riviere said its

surveys show a third of customers are

annoyed when they strike a ‘no Paywave’

sticker and that 75 percent use Paywave

and Paypass, which is the Mastercard


“We are also falling behind Australia,

where one in five people now use their

mobile phone to pay. Here’s it’s one in 20,”

she said.

Tourists, in particular, are mystified

about the stickers and the inability to tap

and go, as are New Zealanders who visit

Australia and Britain and find everyone

takes the cards.

“I think you’ve hit the nail on the head

naming those markets as well because I

think the piece we might be missing in

New Zealand is we’re a huge destination

market for tourism,” Riviere said.

“We are heading quickly into 2021

which we’ll see APEC and the America’s

Cup and the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

If you look at the UK it’s now about 70%

contactless. Australia is 90% contactless.

If we as New Zealand want to realise the

absolute maximum benefit from that

year of huge tourism that’s how people

expect to pay.’

Unintended consequences?

However, Riviere is wary of regulation

of fees, saying the costs eventually appear


“I think we have to be really careful

when we talk about regulation in this

space about the unintended consequences

of that because certainly in the UK

and across Europe, where we’ve seen

interchange regulation, there are costs

within the system.

“And just because the interchange has

been regulated doesn’t mean those costs

disappear. They show up somewhere

else. And across Europe consumers are

actually paying more for banking. If

the costs can’t be covered and if they’re

regulated out in one place they’ll come

out somewhere else.”

Riviere is in talks with NZTA to get

contactless adopted for buses and trains,

potentially nationally.

“If you take Transport For London for

example, their efficiency savings for not

having to run their own closed loop with

the system have been far outweighed by

the benefits of leveraging that technology

that already exists and can be used

elsewhere,” she said.

“I think the other interesting thing

we’ve seen in other countries is that once

transit is open the areas around those

stations or other transit hubs see the

spend also increase.”

‘We’re working on it’

I asked the banks for some comment.

They referred me to Payments NZ, who

run the system for the banks. Payments

NZ sent through a statement that it was

now reporting interchange fees to the

minister and the banks had started


Faafoi is hopeful that a payments system

trial by the banks where they open

up their systems for small startups to use

their data will come up with something

special and new.

“I myself have seen some other

products that are pretty cutting edge that

will leave Paywave in the dust.”

About Two Cents’ Worth

Two Cents’ Worth has been launched

by Newsroom in a co-production with

RNZ. It is the country’s first weekly

business podcast and will be broadcast

just after the midday news on Sundays

on RNZ National, will be available on

both RNZ and Newsroom’s websites and

can also be found on iTunes and other

podcast apps.

Each week we will examine one issue

in depth and then convene a panel

discussion. Here is this week’s version on

RNZ as well.

Two Cents’ Worth - the business week

and the business outlook.

Bernard Hickey is the Managing Editor

of Newsroom Pro based in the Parliamentary

Press Gallery in Wellington. He is a

director and shareholder of Newsroom

NZ Ltd. He has previously worked for

Interest.co.nz, Fairfax NZ, the Financial

Times Group and Reuters.

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OCTOBER 15, 2019

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The Divine Trinity Herald new era of prosperity

Venkat Raman

Despite being given commercial

connotations all over the

world, Diwali (or Deepavali)

retains its traditional, moral,

social and religious values. In millions

of Hindu homes, the day features

Pooja, special dedication to ancestors,

family reunion, festive food, new

clothes (and jewellery) and fireworks.

Diwali is usually a five-day Festival,

beginning on Amavasya (New Moon),

considered auspicious by Hindus. Although

related largely to Lakshmi, the

Goddess of Wealth, it is customary to

worship Lord Ganesha as the Premier

Deity, and Saraswathi, the Goddess of


This Divine Trinity is therefore

seen in most homes as Deities and on

the cover of most Diwali Specials of

newspapers and periodicals. Indian

Newslink is no exception.

Lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesha, the one tusked,

potbellied Hindu Deity, starts all things

auspicious in Hindu homes. He is worshipped

for wisdom, prosperity and

luck that He bestows on His devotees.

Hindus believe the Elephant-Headed

God, known as the ‘Remover of Obstacles’

and ‘God of Power and Wisdom,’

is the eldest son of Lord Shiva and

Goddess Parvati. Every religious

festival, be it a simple prayer at home

or a grand yagna at a temple, begins

with a submission to Lord Ganesh.

Goddess Saraswathi

Invoking the blessings of Goddess

Saraswathi, known to be associated

with knowledge, music and arts on

Diwali Day is another custom in Hindu

homes and Temples.

The general belief is that appeasing

Goddess Saraswathi is highly beneficial

Diwali is always associated with Lakshmi, Ganesha and Saraswathi

in countering Planet Mercury for removing problems in

education and career.

Ganesha is frequently depicted with Saraswati and


The Deities are worshipped together because they represent

similar goals.

Goddess Lakshmi

The Goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity is the

Wife and Shakti (Energy) of Vishnu, one of Trinities and the

Supreme Being in Vaishnavism Tradition.

With Parvathi and Saraswathi and Lakshmi forms Tridevi,

the Holy Trinity.

Lakshmi is also an important Deity in Jainism found in Jain


She is Goddess of Abundance for Buddhists and represented

on the oldest surviving stupas and cave temples of


Lakshmi is also called Sri or Thirumagal because She is

endowed with six auspicious and divine qualities, or Gunas,

and is the divine strength of Vishnu.

In Hindu religion, She was born from the churning of

the primordial ocean (Samudra Manthan) and She chose

Vishnu as Her eternal consort.

When Vishnu descended on the Earth as the Avatars

Rama and Krishna, Lakshmi descended as His respective

consort as Sita and Radha, Rukmini.

In the ancient scriptures of India, all women are

declared to be embodiments of Lakshmi.

She typically stands or sits like a Yogin on a Lotus

pedestal and holds Lotus in Her hand, a symbolism for

fortune, self-knowledge and spiritual liberation.

Her iconography shows Her with four hands, which

represent the four goals of human life considered

important to the Hindu way of life: Dharma, Kama, Artha

and Moksha.

Diwali and Sharad Purnima (Kojagiri Purnima)

Festivals are celebrated in Her Honour.

Lakshmi is mentioned once in Rigveda, where She is a

sign of auspicious fortune.

In Atharva Veda, transcribed about 1000 BCE, Lakshmi

evolves into a complex concept with plural manifestations.

This Veda describes the plurality, asserting that a

hundred Lakshmis are born with the body of a mortal at

birth, some good, punya (virtuous) and auspicious, while

others bad, paapi (evil) and unfortunate.

The good are welcomed, while the bad urged to leave.

In the Epics of Hinduism, such as in Mahabharata,

Lakshmi personifies wealth, riches, happiness, loveliness,

grace, charm and splendour.

In another Hindu legend, about the creation of universe

as described in Ramayana, Lakshmi springs with other

precious things from the foam of the ocean of milk when

it is churned by the Gods and demons for the recovery of

Amrita. She appeared with a Lotus in Her hand and so

She is also called Padma.

Root of the word

Lakshmi in Sanskrit is derived from the root word

lakṣh and lakṣha, meaning to perceive, observe, know,

understand and goal, aim, objective respectively.

These roots give Lakshmi the symbolism: know and

understand your goal.

A related term is lakṣhaṇa, which means sign, target,

aim, symbol, attribute, quality, lucky mark, auspicious


Happy Diwali!

Diwali is a time to give, a

time to raise hope and a

time to look forward to

better times.

As the members of our community

mark the Festival of Lights this

year, we are confident that their

celebrations will herald a new

era of progress and prosperity for

the people of the world at large,

irrespective of their social status

and religious beliefs.

The management and staff of

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take this opportunity to wish our

readers, advertisers, sponsors of

various programmes in which

we have been involved through

the year and well-wishers a very

happy and prosperous Diwali.

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Report, we also wish to express

our sincere gratitude to them

for their continued support and


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realisation of all your dreams and

objectives in your career, business

and lives.

Happy Diwali

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That is what we do every day of the year.

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OCTOBER 15, 2019

Change is a law of Mother


Today, everything has the

touch of change including the

celebrations and rituals of festivals.

Diwali (Deepavali) has also undergone

a complete metamorphosis.

The name Diwali itself is supposed

to be a transformed form of the

more correct word ‘Dipavali’ or

‘Deepavali,’ the literal meaning of

which in Sanskrit is a row of lamps.

Filling little clay lamps with oil and

wick and lighting them in rows all

over the house, is a tradition that is

popular in most regions of India.

Earlier, on the main day, the

best part used to be the darkness

approaching the night. The ritual

of lamp burning used to take quite

some time, even the dingiest slum

hut used to acquire a glow of the

earthen lamp and a traditional

festive air of celebration. This was

followed by a short prayer to Goddess

Lakshmi, the Progenitor of wealth,

with one rupee silver coin soaked in

milk, few low-tone crackers, ordinary

sparklers and rockets launched in

empty soda water bottles.

To welcome Lakshmi into their

home, people used to make floor

designs of Lotus, the seat of Lakshmi

at the entrance. Lights were kept

on all night to ensure that she does

not lose her way. In South India,

celebrations began with an oil bath

before sunrise. Goddess Lakshmi is

said to reside in the oil on that day

and Goddess Ganga in the water.

The scene today

Diwali is not what it used to be, a

festival not seen as it is now and the

reverence for the occasion is gone.

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Now it is fun, frolic,

revelry and pleasure.

The religious

trappings are pushed

to the background.

The forefront

is occupied by the

ritual of consumption,


merry-making and

life affirmation.

The festival is a

consumer’s delight

and producer’s dream.

The innocence of the festival has

been invaded by sophistication and

scale in all its aspects. The earthen

lamps are replaced by flickering

strings of lights, neon and other

innovations that make the flames

gyrate to attract attention.

Fireworks are thoroughly professional,

high-sounded with burst

of bombs that pierce through the

ears, high decibel sounds and a long

string of crackers in thousands.

The art of pyrotechnics advances

every year. The rockets soar higher;

make kaleidoscopic patters after

bursting, with loud sounds.

Gifts and Goodwill

The second aspect is the intensification

of the practice of gift giving.

In most religions, there is at

least one occasion when gifts are


Hindus do so on Diwali day.

Diwali candles have largely taken

over the twinkling from earthen diyas.

Nobody has the time nowadays

to twist wicks out of raw cotton and

to fill each individual diya with oil.

To clean up the mess the following

morning is another big problem.

But crackers and fireworks have

come into their own, vying with

Jewellery, a popular Diwali purchase in India (Source: Jewellerista)

each other for range, variety and eye

appeal, also sadly, noise and smoke. It

is perfectly possible to drape the night

in stars without an almighty bang

that also releases a pall of smoke.

Conspicuous consumption

Diwali is an important economic

event today. The hidden persuaders

work overtime to justify consumption

and convincing people of spending

money. This season of gifts is marked

by advertisements that offer the gift

giver a variety of options, especially to

the business houses that can get their

logos imprinted on the items a kind of

PR exercise.

The festival has now come to

be associated with conspicuous

consumption on the one hand and

indulgence on the other. The expenditure

on celebrations has gone up by

geometric proportions. Gambling

is with very high stakes. Gone are

the innocent coins; in are the high

denomination notes in bundles.

But diyas are fickle and gusts of

wind unpredictable. As sleep tugs

at the eyelids of merrymakers, most

of them taking advantage of the

technical advances today, like to play

safe by leaving an electric bulb on.

Advertisments such as this sell millions of Sarees

Men’s fashion is booming business

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Next Year (2020) marks the

centenary of the arrival of

Paramahansa Yogananda

arrival in the USA to introduce

Kriya Yoga to the West.

While not as familiar to the Indian

audience as elsewhere, Yogananda

is a Spiritual teacher of renown

internationally; his spiritual classic

‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ having now

sold over 10 million copies.

Kriya Yoga groups through the

world are celebrating the occasion

and no less so than here in Auckland.

Kriya Yoga New Zealand welcomes

the divine presence of its current

head, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda

to commemorate this event on May

2, 2020.

The specialty of Kriya Yoga

Kriya Yoga is an authentic yogic

practice that unfolds a sure path to


It is an ancient method of living and

meditation that cultivates body, mind,

intellect, and awareness of the soul

using powerful meditative and yogic


Importantly, it helps the practitioner

experience the three divine qualities

of light, vibration, and sound by using

techniques of concentration, posture,

and breathing.

This develops a one-pointed mind,

which enables penetration of the

deepest levels of consciousness.

One is initiated into the technique by

an approved and advanced spiritual

teacher. Students learn how to dive

deep into their own Self and realise

their innate nature of pure existence,

consciousness and bliss.

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Special event on May 3, 2020 to mark centenary of arrival of Yogananda in USA

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Paramahansa Yogananda

They also learn how to sustain

this perception or state of realisation

throughout their daily activities,

bringing sense of peace and happiness

to their lives.

Non-Sectarian Discipline

Kriya Yoga is a universal and

non-sectarian spiritual discipline

that crosses all divisions and

boundaries. Its simple technique

causes no hardship, requires no austerities,

and is suitable for aspiring


Kriya Yoga is the very Yoga spoken

of in the acclaimed Yoga Sutras

of Patanjali and has been taught

since time immemorial.

This powerful yogic technique is

also referred to in the Bhagavat Gita

and includes all three main arms of

the yogic path, Karma Yoga, Janana

Yoga and Bhakti Yoga.

It is said to have been ‘lost’ during

the dark age (Kali Yuga) when

most people are ignorant of the

Self, and revived in recent times by

Mahavatar Babaji when he initiated

Lahiri Mahasaya in 1861.

Lineage of Masters

Mahavatar Babaji told Lahiri

Mahasaya, “The Kriya Yoga that I

am giving to the world through you

in this 19th Century, is a revival of

the same science that Krishna gave

millenniums ago to Arjuna; and

was later known to Patanjali, and

to Christ, Saint John, Saint Paul and

other disciples.”

The Science of Breath

The specialty of the Kriya Yoga

technique is that it affects the simultaneous

development of body, mind,

and Soul in the shortest possible


Kriya Yoga is a relatively quick

and easy non-sectarian path to

reach higher states of consciousness

and change your life by developing

mind, body, intellect, and awareness

of the soul. Based on the science of

breath, it provides a very powerful

technique of meditation that greatly

enhances all spiritual practice.

Kriya Yoga techniques are

engineered for better living and are

scientifically proven to increase vital

life-force energies in the practitioner’s


Kriya Yoga enables one to develop

a healthy brain, a keen mind, and

a prompt understanding. It assists

daily activities in a profound way

leading to a more healthy and

successful life, with longevity.

Accessible Technique

This technique can be practiced

without any restriction of religion,

ethnicity, creed or sex. Any boy

or girl above 13 years of age can

practice Kriya Yoga; even an elderly

person of 75 years or more can

derive a good deal of benefit from it.

Kriya Yoga is the essence and

synthesis of all yogic techniques

taught in the world. However, the

meticulous austerities and painful

processes, which are associated with

many traditional Yogas, are totally

absent in the Kriya Yoga technique.

It is accessible and suitable for


No dietary restrictions are

required for this technique.

Understanding Kriya

The word Kriya signifies that you

live your life as directed from within

through your perception of the soul,

directing you through your brain to

your proper activities.

Without a soul, your brain cannot

function. Without a soul, we would

not get any thought or mood, and

our body would be a dead body.

So, it is necessary to remember

that every thought comes from the

invisible body, the soul within.

If you perceive that the indwelling


Self is the sole doer in you, that God

is activating and functioning within

your whole-body system, then

Self-realisation is attained.

Conscious realisation of one’s

unity with the spirit is the goal of life,

and, consciously or unconsciously,

every person is trying to advance

towards that end. When we realise

our unity with the universal Self

– our own spiritual existence – we

become one with the universe.

The science of Kriya Yoga is that

knowledge which, when it is applied

to the internals of man, allows him

to realise his ever-present unity with

God and perceive that whatever he

is doing is done only by the power of

God, activating his whole system and

directing all of his activities.

Panel Discussion

The 2020 Yogananda celebration

event will feature a panel discussion

with several esteemed guests

including Dr Giresh Kanji, author of

recent bestseller, ‘Brain Connections:

How to Sleep Better, Worry Less and

Feel Happier.’

For more information, please visit


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Yoga Association of New Zealand

Happy Diwali 2019

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Communities Team

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Hon. Jenny Salesa, MP for Manukau

East and Minister for Ethnic


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Our Achievers: Sahaayta Counselling and Support Services, Auckland

Helping hands rescue victims of family violence

Venkat Raman

As Kashmir Kaur spoke about

her life and suffering at

the fundraising dinner of

Sahaayta Counselling and

Support Services held on August

23, 2019 at Ellerslie Events Centre,

it looked like an Indian film which

abounds in villainous plots, some of

them leading to the murder of the


It is ironic that parents long to see

their sons married, men and women

start relationships but soon thereafter,

the saga of violence commences

and ends when there is interference

of the law or organisations of


In the case of Kashmir, the

extremities that she suffered were

perpetrated by her parent-in-law,

brother-in-law and sister-in-law.

Born and raised in a loving family in

Punjab, she was married to a man

who was mentally incapacitated

following an accident, of which she

was not aware until she came to New


She suffered physical violence and

verbal abuse for five years before she

got an opportunity to get to Immigration

New Zealand through a nurse at

a hospital. The Police and Sahaayta

were involved and thereafter life

began to change.

Today, Kashmir lives with her

husband with her legal status secure

as a Permanent Resident, while the

perpetrators of violence face charges.

Indian Newslink will do a

separate feature on her torturous life


There are hundreds and thousands

of women like Kashmir Kaur who

Kashmir Kaur: Do-gooders always come to rescue Sucharita Varma, at the core of family values Zoya Karim Kara: Holistic approach to safer communities

are victimised by men and families


Rising Menace

Family Violence is a rising menace

throughout the world and New

Zealand is no exception. Every three

minutes or so, someone, somewhere

in this country is harmed and the

Police field calls about this problem

more than anything else.

The Government brought into

being the Family Violence Act 2018

on July 1, 2019, redefining Family

Violence with provisions for pressing

criminal charges and prosecution of

perpetrators and swift carriage of


But it does not go far enough to

address the real problem: Supporting

victims in culturally enclosed

communities; and victims who

ensnared by the very system that

intends to protect them. There is

therefore a need for organisations

that understand female victims (who

are by far a majority), helps them to

seek palliatives from their despicable

predicaments and enable them to become

economically and emotionally


One such is the Auckland based

Sahaayta Counselling and Social

Support Services.

Established in 2013, it works not

only with women, but also with men,

older people and children to uplift

their status, health and wellbeing.

Sucharita Varma and Zoya Salim

Kara, who combined their earlier

expertise at the South Auckland Family

Violence Prevention Network (a

report on which appeared in Indian

Newslink July 1, 2012 issue) to form

Sahaayta, have brought comfort and

solace to a growing list of victims,

while also working with offenders to

reform and recommence their lives

with love and peace in their families.

A volley of emotions

“Our clients experience grief

and loss, anger, low self-esteem,

relationship conflicts, stress, anxiety,

depression, abuse and trauma to

name a few. Sahaayta provides

holistic and culturally-sensitive counselling

and support services in Hindi,

Fiji Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati,

Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam

and English. Programmes and Workshops

for personal and professional

development for individuals and

corporates are also held regularly,”

Ms Varma said.

Today, Sahaayta accounts for 23

Councillors and Volunteers who offer

an extensive range of programmes

and solutions to suit almost all

people. These include Sahaara

(Coffee Groups for Ethnic Women),

Soch (Community Education and

Awareness), Ahimsa (Non-Violence),

Sitaare (for Children).

The services through these

programmes relate to Migration

and Settlement, Grief and Loss,

Anger, Self-Esteem, Family Violence

and Abuse, Trauma, Anxiety, Stress

Relationships, Conflict resolution,

Communication and Parenting.

Special Awards

Sucharita Varma was presented

with the Raman (Ray) Ranchhod

Commemoration Award for Excellence

in Counselling and Reducing

Family Harm and Zoya Karim

Sara with a Community Award for

Services to Safer Communities at the

Sixth Annual Indian Newslink Sports,

Community, Arts & Culture Awards

held on June 24, 2019 at Ellerslie

Convention Centre in Auckland.

Changing force of Law

Closer attention by the forces of

law and order would see a decline

in family violence worldwide. Over

the past few years, coppers in almost

every country have abandoned what

is known as ‘the tea and sympathy

approach’ to abuse. These days,

the Police treat violent partners in

much the same way as the American

authorities treated Al Capone: “If we

can’t get him for beating up his wife,

what else can we get him for?”

We should not underplay the importance

of introducing tougher laws

to bring the perpetrators to justice.

For, what is a society if it features

homes that are less safe than public

places, say a pub, where brawls are


We certainly do not want our

homes to become watering holes

with fountains of violence erupting

beer after beer.

We would like to see organisations

like Sahaayta to be well-funded

and strengthened to service our

communities better.

Pictures by Angie Ong at Sahaayta

Fundraiser on August 23, 2019

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Achievers Diwali 2019: Natraj School of Dance, Lower Hutt

Honour and dignity mark the vicennial of a Dance School

Venkat Raman

Dance in any form has found

a place of distinction and

support in most parts of

the world, transcending

manmade barriers of religion, class

and income.

Young men and women dancers

today show commitment and dedication,

not experienced a few decades

ago, save for a few who kept the fire


Talented teachers have established

dance schools to explore and expose


New Zealand is one of them.

Arangetrams are held, not just as

a public announcement of student

achievement but also as a measure of

promoting an art that has stood the

test of time.

Harnessing Talent

New Zealand boasts of a rising class

of talented youngsters who are eager

to take the art forward and Natraj

School of Dance based in Lower

Hutt is a good example as among the

bastions of the art.

Prabhavathi (better known as Prabha)

Ravi, who established the school

in 1999 at her home in Lower Hutt,

has singularly fostered its structure,

form, course content and quality of

teaching and learning.

Her penchant for dancing sprung

from her innate passion for the arts

and took her (at the age of three) to

Kalaimamani Krishnakumari Narendran,

a renowned Bharata Natyam

teacher who runs ‘Abinaya Natyalaya’

in Chennai.

Birth of a Star

Following her Arangetram in

Chennai at the age of nine, Ms Ravi

Prabha Ravi (third from left)) with Radha Raman, Raagavi Niranjan, Ashwini

Suhamaran, Renuka Sabesan and Madhusha Paraneetharan

Prabha Ravi with her student

Radha Raman

pursued advance training under

Guru Udupi Sri Laxminarayan,

known as ‘Acharya Choodamani’

(‘Uncrowned Master’).

Ms Ravi is credited with more

than 100 solo Bharata Natyam

performances in various academies

and associations in Tamil

Nadu and at community and

dance festivals held in Canada,

Sri Lanka and the US.

Wellingtonians and visitors

have seen her performing

at a number of functions

organised by the Wellington

City Council and associations.

More than 700 students of

The Natraj School of Dance

have added dignity and honour

to their Guru with their

energetic display of talents

over the past 20 years in

various cities in New Zealand,

Australia, India and the United

States of America.

Services to Charity

She has staged more

than 500 free performances

for charity including the

Wellington Tamil Association,

Wellington Free Ambulance

and Red Cross New Zealand

and at official events and

functions held in Parliament.

She has helped raise more

than $15,000 for various community

projects. These include

Wellington Free Ambulance,

Awards and Citations

Ms Ravi received the

Queen’s Service Medal as a

part of the Queen’s New Year

Radhika Ravi (Second from left, top row) with Ashwini Suhamaran,

Radha Raman, Raagavi Niranjan, Madhusha Paraneetharan

and Renuka Sabesan

Prabha Ravi’s student Sushrutha

Meturaki presenting ‘Shiva

Sakthi’ symbolising Arthanareeswarar,

the composite

androgynous from of Lord Shiva

and Goddess Parvathi

Honours in 2018 and an

Art Award at the Sixth

Annual Indian Newslink

Sports, Community, Arts

and Culture Awards 2019

for her services to the

Community and Classical


About Bharata


Institutions like

Natraj School of

Dance demonstrate

that Bharata Natyam

is no more confined

to people of Tamil

Nadu or of Tamil

origin, including Sri

Lankans, Singaporeans

and Malaysians.

Gujaratis, Punjabis,

Maharashtrians, Bengalis

and others (the

people of the three

other Southern states

of Andhra Pradesh,

Telangana, Karnataka

and Kerala have been

avid followers since

long), young men and

women of European,

Maori and Pacific

Island ethnicity

have been evincing

interest, with some

of them aiming to

graduate in the art.

According to belief, Bharata

Natyam was developed by Bharata

Muni (Sage), who wrote the ‘Natya

Shastra,’ out of the ‘Fifth Veda,’ a

combination of the four original

Vedas (Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva)

by Brahma, the Creator.

The purpose of the Natya

Shastra could not have been more

pronounced than the words of the

great sage, which, translated from

Sanskrit, reads as follows.

“As the world became steeped

in greed and desire, in jealousy

and anger, in pleasure and pain,

Brahma was asked to create an

entertainment avenue which

would be seen and heard by all.

This was because the scriptures,

too learned and ambiguous, were

not enjoyed by the masses. The

creation of Natya Shastra is very

important in Kaliyuga, the present

age of destruction and decadence.”

Special Programme

As a part of its 20th Anniversary

Celebrations, Natraj School of

Dance is producing a classical

dance programme in Hutt City this


Called, ‘Bhava Raga Talam Natyam,’

it will be held on Saturday,

October 19 and Sunday, October

20, 2019 at the Little Theatre

located at 2 Queens Drive, Lower


“Indian Classical Dance is not

mere body movement to a rhythm.

It is a discovery of roots, philosophy,

mythology and many other

facets of life. Every child develops

his or personality and mind by

learning this dance,” Ms Ravi said.

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Achievers Diwali 2019 Tejal Tailor

Atop the Universe with perseverance and family support

Achieving a status is easier than performing

up to expectations thereafter and setting a

benchmark for self-improvement and emulation,

says Tejal Tailor, who was crowned

‘Mrs Woman of the Universe New Zealand’ at a

contest held in Auckland on Saturday, September 21,


The title accords her the placement as ‘Ambassador

of Mrs Universe New Zealand 2019,’ and

participate in an international contest at an overseas

location, details of which will be announced in due


People’s Choice

She also earned the ‘People’s Choice’ at the Contest,

which did not surprise many, since, given her

attributes of honesty, dedication, commitment and

seeking genuine friendship,

“This has been a remarkable journey, although I

believe that it is ongoing. Contrary to popular belief,

there is no make-believe fantasy here. Every Contestant

in Miss Universe New Zealand should be herself.

This is the hardest thing to achieve,” Tejal said.

Being a responsible wife, mother and daughterin-law

do not diminish the right of a woman to

participate in a beauty pageant as she proved at the

event last month.

It is her penchant for details that distinguishes

Tejal from others.

Turning dreams to reality

“Do not forfeit your dreams and hopes for achieving

anything in your life to either fate or to anyone

else’s wishes,” she advised married women who may

feel natural or family constraints in stepping on to


“I believe that making a positive difference in

the community starts from making changes in the

lifestyle and wellbeing of your own family. I have

had the support of my family and friends to reach

that distinct status. If everyone with ambition and

hope makes sincere attempts, they too will realise

their dreams, no matter how long it takes,” she said.

Tejal said that her husband Jimmy Tailor (who

won the ‘Business Excellence in Health Safety

Award’ at the Eleventh Annual Indian Newslink

Indian Business Awards 2018) is her ardent admirer

and supporter.

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Tejal with her husband Jimmy Tailor

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Social enterprise has been

working with communities

to find employment for

people with a disability.

Established last year (2018) by

Graeme Haddon and Eric Chuah,

the enterprise, called, ‘The Cookie

Project’ just does that- make cookies

employing people who otherwise

find it difficult to get jobs because of

their disability.

They said that the employment

rate for people with a disability is

low in New Zealand at only 23%,

compared to the employment rate of

68% for those who are non-disabled.

The Cookie Project helps New

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launched at ANZ Migrant Expo on

June 18, 2018, currently employs

more than 30 bakers and its wait list

of bakers is growing by the day, with

more than 50 Kiwis wanting a job.

According to Stats NZ, one in

four New Zealanders have a

disability and about 250,000 capable

people are desperately looking for


“We are leading New Zealand

with our inclusive employment

framework for the disability community

by having a pan-disability

recruitment policy. All our cookies

are handmade at the Eat My Lunch

Graeme Haddon

The founders with Bakers of the Cookie Project

(Picture from Website)

Kitchen, using only the finest Kiwi

ingredients like Lewis Road Creamery

butter. Therefore, we know that

you will love the taste as much as

the purpose behind it,” Mr Haddon

and Mr Chuah said.

About Graeme Haddon

Graeme Haddon has been looking

after disadvantaged and disabled

Eric Chuah

youth for over 15 years in various

ways. In 2006, he and Chris started

Te Hau Kainga Charitable Trust

in Hamilton, with the purpose of

helping youths with behavioural

and offending problems.

In 2007, fate introduced three

children to Graeme and Chris. Their

unconditional love was so radiant

that just before the children’s

grandmother passed away, she had

a dying wish that both Graeme and

Chris adopt the children full time at


So in 2012, they moved in to live

with Graeme and Chris. Sadly, Chris

passed away in 2016 and Graeme

has been looking after the children

on his own.

About Eric Chuah

Eric Chuah was born in Ipoh, a

small mining town in Malaysia.

He comes from a family line of

migrants and grew up with the

stories of how tough life was for his

parents and grandparents - war,

poverty and lack of education.

In the 1950s, Mr Chuah’s parents

had to sell cakes and cookies after

school to help make a living for the


Their struggle fuelled him to succeed

in life and made sure that he

broke the cycle through education.

He studied hard and worked even

harder during his early banking


He was one of the youngest

expatriates working in the banking

sector and was fortunate to experience

life in eight different countries

across Asia and Australia.

In 2013, he arrived in New

Zealand as Head of Migrant Banking

ANZ, the country’s largest bank.

Four years later, he decided to

leave the corporate world and start

his first social enterprise to help

community groups and those in less

fortunate positions.

Cookie Project Facts

“At Cookie Project, we have

generated over 850 hours of paid

employment at minimum wage of

$17.70 an hour. We have received

an average score of 8.5 out of 10 for

happiness levels from people with

disabilities. We have received an

average score of 8.5 out of 10 for

happiness levels from the people

with disabilities. We have received

9 out of 10 for sense of belonging

from people with disabilities,” he


Mr Haddon said that the Project is

breaking down social stigma about

the disability community because

eight out of ten volunteers have not

worked with people with disabilities

prior to coming to their kitchen.

“Have you ever wondered who

actually baked our delicious cookies

when you’re enjoying them? With

the new product packaging, we are

bringing product traceability to life

for the first time in New Zealand.

All our bakers have chosen to participate

in our ‘Who’s Your Baker’

Programme and will have their

own personalised QR Code sticker

that they stick onto the packaging at

the end of each baking session,” Mr

Chuah said.

Mr Haddon added, “Now, when

you use your smartphone and scan

the QR Code, you will learn more

about the actual person who baked

your cookies. You can also leave

your baker a message of support,

encouragement or even request

them to bake your next batch of

cookies. If you are an employer,

you can check out our awesome

bakers and get in touch with them

for employment opportunities in

your company. We are also making

disability easier to understand by

grouping them into four categories

that are represented by different

colours. You’ll see these colours on

our baker’s QR code stickers.”

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OCTOBER 15, 2019

More than 300 pages of 100

Recipes from Aromatic

Spices to Lamb Kebabs

The culinary art of

Gujarat demonstrates the healthy

cuisine that the Indian Sub-Continent

offers and as long-time settlers,

Gujaratis have brought the specialities

of their State to most countries

of the world.

Gujarat is primarily a vegetarian

state, influenced by Jainism.

Many communities however

include seafood, chicken, and goat in

their diet.

The typical Gujarati Thaali

consists of Rotli, Dal or Kadhi, Rice,

and Shaak/Sabzi (a dish made up

of combinations of vegetables and

spices, which may be either spicy or

sweet). The Thaali will also include

preparations made from pulses

or whole beans (called Kathor in

Gujarati) such as mung and blackeyed


Gujarati cuisine varies widely in

flavour and heat, depending on a

family’s tastes as well as the region

of the State.

Pass It On

Food columns run by chefs,

cooking enthusiasts and mothers in

the media continue to create widespread

interests all over the world.

Like their Western counters such as

Master Chef Junior, Cake Boss and

The Kitchen, Indian Cookery shows

on television are capturing the

attention of viewers worldwide,

Despite the invasion of digital

technology, the printed word continues

to thrive and cookery books are

among those that have a long reprint


If the sample that we have seen

is any indication, a new book being

published from Wellington will soon

join that lineage.

Called, ‘Pass It On,’ the Book contains

100 recipes that are a tribute to

the Gujarati Cuisine that has global


Written by Mother-Daughter duo

Shoba and Keryn Kalyan, the publication,

due for release next time, has

something for everyone.

As Keryn said, “The Gujarati

Diwali 2019 Special

New Book captures culinary art of Gujarat

The Authors Shobha and Keryn Kalyan

Spiced Charcoal Lamb Kebabs with accompaniments

(From Facebook)

The sumptuous Thaali from Gujarat

palate, and we can’t wait for you to

explore our cuisine soon from the

roots of our family

“Gujarat Cuisine is the most

colourful that we know”

Gujarati Indian Charcoal


We have a Barbecue Section in

our Cookbook that we are excited

to share with you super soon

so that you can enjoy our secret

recipes over the summer!

Waitakere Diwali at Trusts Stadium this weekend

Supplied Content (Edited)

Waitakere Indian

Association was one

of the first Indian

organisations to mark

Diwali publicly in Year 2000.

At Waitakere Diwali this year,

you will find something new and

something traditional.

While there will be food from

various parts of India and Pacific

Cuisine bursts with delicious

aromatic and vibrant flavours that

pop and dance on your palate and

will keep you coming back for more.

‘Pass It On’ features over 100 recipes

with colourful food photography,

showcasing the delicious food and

bright culture of Gujarat. There’s

something for everyone with recipes

for traditional Curries, Rotli Bread,

Samosas, Bombay Mix, Spiced

Barbecue Charcoal Lamb Kebabs,

Chutneys, Masala Chai, Mango Kulfi

and so much more. The Book is also

full of tips and tricks for Gujarati

cooking techniques, and secret recipes

to make your own aromatic spice

grinds from scratch.”

Shobha belongs to one of the

pioneering families from Gujarat

to settle in New Zealand a hundred

years or more.

The Book narrates how she and

her how she and her family learnt to

cook through their senses rather than

following a written recipe.

These recipes are documented in

the Book.

‘Pass It On,’ features more than 100

authentic recipes and tells a special

story of how these have been passed

on through generations from Gujarat

to New Zealand.

“We want to continue to preserve

the authenticity and share the

deliciousness of the Gujarati cuisine,”

Keryn said.

The duo has active social media

accounts on Instagram and Facebook.

For more information and to order

your copy, please email passitoncookbook@gmail.com

Facebook Posts

Guess What’s On Our Cookbook


Who can guess it right?

We have put so much thought

into our Cover and we can’t wait

to share it with you.

We don’t believe in the saying,

‘Don’t judge a book by its Cover,’

because for us, our Cover has to

create a great first impression and

reflect the quality of our inside

pages. And most importantly, it

has to tell our story because that’s

tastes, there will be outdoor and

indoor performances, last minute

shopping for Diwali and activities for


Try your Doosra at the Cricket

nets, enjoy performances by young

and old and watch the segment

dedicated to traditional dances of


‘Ram Lila’ will be performed

in English with fireworks in the

a huge part of this project.

We love what we have come up


Coriander Chutney

In our Book, we have a whole

section on Chutneys and Pickles,

because, a Gujarati dish isn’t

complete without them! They

really tie a whole meal together

and make it extra delicious. This

one is Coriander Chutney, a family


It pairs so well with a range of

dishes - samosas, curries, barbecued

meats...the list goes on. The

great thing about this particular

Chutney is that all you have to

do is put all the ingredients in a

blender, press pulse, then you are

done - quick and easy but so good.

Flavours from Gujarat

The flavours of Indian Gujarati

food are, in our opinion, like nothing


So many people have asked us,

‘Will Butter Chicken be in your


The short answer is No!

We are not putting Butter Chicken

down, but what we are saying

is that our family food is quite

different from the Indian food you

might be used to. The curries and

dishes are more tomato and spice

based, rather than cream based.

This not only makes them super

tasty, but also healthier which is

definitely a win-win!

We promise that the flavours

will pop and dance on your

evening concluding Waitakere

Diwali 2019.

We would love if you would join

us on Sunday, October 20, 2019 from

midday at The Trusts Arena, Central

Park Drive, Henderson, Auckland.

Entry is Free.

Our best wishes and greetings on

Diwali to all of you.

We wish that all your dreams and

resolves get fulfilled in every possible

way! May your lives be blessed

with success and happiness.

From our Archives

Waitakere Diwali has become an

icon of not only West Auckland but

the whole of New Zealand. Among

others, it has been continuously

featured in the calendar of Auckland

year after year.

And in doing so, unlike other

similar organisations, it has always

Diwali Festival 2019

Sunday 20 October

11:00 am to 9:30 pm

A collage from ‘Pass It On’ (From Facebook)

Aromatic Masala Chai

It felt like Summer in Wellington

yesterday (September 21, 2019),

which made it a perfect Charcoal

Barbecue Day. The Charcoal adds

a delicious charred flavour to the

succulent masala spiced meat

which you really can’t beat. When

the meat was cooked, we squeezed

fresh lemon juice over before

eating with salad and coriander


granted opportunities to all its executives

to gain leadership positions,

and train as leaders.

WIA is mindful of the fact that

Diwali needs to retain its theme, its

respectability, reverence and dignity.

In following that policy, the Association

has checks and balances to

have a mix of modern culture with

tradition to ensure Diwali retains its

light of wisdom, divinity and dignity.



Join us at:

The Trusts Arena,

Central Park Drive, Henderson

Waitakere Indian Association

Te Ropu Inia O Waitakere

Est. 2000



waitakereindian @WaitakereIndianAssociation @DiasporaIndiaNZ www.wia.kiwi

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Ola drivers bring Diwali spirit to Auckland roads

Supplied Content

Hundreds of Ola drivers are

gearing up to bring the

lights and spirit of Diwali to

the streets of Auckland by

setting their cars a-glow during the

Festival weekend.

As candles and diyas begin to

take pride of place in households

celebrating the Festival of Lights

across the country, Ola drivers are

also preparing to add a kaleidoscope

of illuminated colour to their cars in

a symbolic nod to Diwali’s light-inspired


Colours synchronised to music

Ola drivers will be lighting up

their cars’ interiors with glowing

lights in a rainbow of colours,

synchronised to music, as they ferry

passengers around our cities during

the festival, giving their passengers a

taste of the spectacular Diwali spirit

Bankim Patel with his decorated car

that is so widely celebrated across

the Indian subcontinent and beyond.

Ola driver Bankim Patel, whose

family immigrated from Gujarat to

Auckland 17 years ago, has been

driving for the Indian-founded

rideshare company since its launch

in New Zealand last year.

Bankim Patel initiative

He said that lighting up his car will

be a fun way to celebrate his culture,

Bankim Patel with his wife Chetna and their

children Sanvi, Tulsi and Hani

spread the happiness of Diwali

with his passengers and create a

memorable ride for them during the


“In India – everything is lit up for

Diwali, from houses to temples and

shops. It’s like Christmas for us. Adding

colourful lights to my car is a way

to share a little of the festival mood

and party atmosphere of Diwali with

my passengers. I hope that the lights

Unity and uniqueness mark Durga Pooja in Christchurch

Shirish Paranjape

Different community groups in

Christchurch celebrated Durga

Pooja in some unique ways last


The main Durga Pooja was held on

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Cotswold

Preschool and Nursery. It was attended

by over 150 guests. All the decorations at

the Pooja were prepared by a team over

a few weeks leading up to the event.

These decorations included LED light

fountains and many more.

Plastic Free Event

Amritajit Sarkar, one of the organis-

Decorations at the Tarafdar Residence

ers, said that they have tried to keep this

event ‘plastic free.’ The plates for lunch

were of recyclable materials, while

wooden spoons were used instead of

plastic ones. The glasses and cups were

made from recycled paper.

This event coincided with the declaration

of the results of the local elections.

Lianne Dalziel, elected the Mayor of

The main event at Cotswold Primary School

Christchurch for a third term, visited

the event briefly. This was her first

public event after the Local Government

election results were announced.

Hosting families

Years ago, the first Durga Puja began

at the residence of Amlan and Karabi

Ghosh. It is still the first stop and people

gathered to pay homage to goddess

act as a bit of a conversation starter,

because one of the beauties of living

in New Zealand is that we celebrate

all kinds of cultures,” he said.

Mr Patel also plans to extend the

Diwali ritual of exchanging authentic

Indian sweets to his passengers, offering

them a chance to try delicacies

like Jalebi and Ladoo.

“Like everything to do with

Diwali, even some of the sweets are

technicolour!” he said.

Celebrating Diversity

Ola Country Manager Brian

Dewil said that Diwali is a great

opportunity to celebrate the

diversity of its driver community

and recognises the heritage of the

rideshare company. “Ola has more

than 7000 drivers across the country,

who come from a diverse range of

cultural and religious backgrounds.

Offering our drivers the opportunity

Durga on the Ashtami day.

Separately, Durga Pooja was celebrated

at the residence of the Tarafdar


The uniqueness of this event was all

the decorations, as well as the wonderful

idols, were made by the family themselves

- rather than buying them from

a shop.

Kasibhatla family from Andhra

Pradesh had a Community Golu with a

display of idols which depicts the coming

together of Gods to share their powers

with Goddess Durga.

Embracing good qualities

The final event was Christchurch

Vijayadashami Utsav - Dussehra celebrations,

organised by Hindu Swayamsevak


The organisers invited all present to

destroy the negative qualities within


to light up their cars for what is one

of the most important festivals of the

year for many of them, reflects that,”

he said.

The Auckland Diwali Festival was

held on October 12 and October 13,

2019 on Queen Street and Aotea

Square at which more than 50,000

people reportedly turned out to

enjoy music, dance, food, culture

and fireworks, making it one of New

Zealand’s largest cultural festivals.

Ola is New Zealand’s fastest

growing rideshare platform,

operating in Auckland, Wellington

and Christchurch, as well as Sydney,

Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast,

Adelaide, Perth, Canberra and now

the Sunshine coast, in Australia.

Ola delivers a better value ride

to passengers and a better deal to

drivers, who take home more from

every trip.

Each participant wrote one negative

quality which he or she wanted to

change on a balloon, and then burst the

balloon with an arrow shot from a bow.

The idea was to ensure that

everybody - including the children -

understood the true meaning of our

tradition festivals.

‘Anger,’ ‘Too much TV,’ ‘Too much

social media’ were among the ‘evils’ that

people wanted to overcome.

All in all, it was so inspirational to see

traditional festivals being observed, but

also used to spread messages relevant in

the modern society.

Shirish Paranjape is our Correspondent

based in Christchurch. He was

re-elected as a Member of the Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood


Board at the Riccarton House and

Bush Trust.

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Hindi films break into Kiwi homes with subtitles

Nevil Gibson

On my first visit to India

in the early 1980s, the

absence of western

consumer goods was


I imagine it is still advisable

that foreign travellers restrict

their beverages to boiled and

bottled drinks.

In those days that meant

drinking Campa Cola, the market

leader in the 1970s and 1980s

when foreign brands were


India liberalised its economy

in the 1990s, allowing Coca Cola

and Pepsi to reclaim a market

they had been excluded from for

15 years.

The Pure Drinks Group

introduced Coca-Cola to India in

1949 and its Campa Cola brand

kept the familiar bottle shape

and logo. That made it easier for

the marketers when the “real

thing” returned. But it meant

the demise of the imitator and in

2001 its bottling plant and offices

in Delhi were closed.

Campa Cola has a key role

in ‘Photograph’ (distributed by

Madman), a low-key romantic

drama in which a shy street

photographer, Rafi (Nawazuddin

Siddiqui), attempts to woo

Miloni (Sanya Malhotra), who

asked him to take her picture at

Mumbai’s Gateway of India.

Urban-Rural gap

The gap between the two

is considerable, given India’s

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra in ‘Photograph’ (Picture Supplied)

Adult Romance on Netflix: Sunny

Leone in ‘Beiiman Love’

(Bollywood Hungama)

widely disparate class and

social systems. She is city-bred,

well-educated and about to

travel to further her education.

She has also started a modelling


By contrast, Rafi is from a

village and has few skills apart

from being able to develop

instant pictures from his Nikon


He is also well past the age

when he should be married,

though he is still in his early

30s. Under pressure, he sends

home the picture of Miloni as

his “girlfriend,” prompting his

Nani (Farrukh Jaffar) to join

him in Mumbai to speed up the

marriage process.

She is plain-speaking,

refreshing in an era of political

correctness, and has firm views

on race, religion, sex and the

purpose of life.

Hindi films woo

Hindi-language films are noted

for their accessibility for Kiwis

and other non-Indian viewers,

as half of the dialogue seems

to be spoken in English. Like

writer-director Ritesh Batra’s

previous film, The Lunchbox

(2013), Photograph is aimed at

arthouse audiences in the West.

This distinguishes them from

Bollywood-style features that

make up the bulk of India’s

output. But that is changing

as co-productions, such as

‘Lion’ and ‘Hotel Mumbai’ from

Australia, or the ‘Marigold Hotel’

series and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

from Britain, meet demand for

Indian content.

Recycling plots

American Darcy Paquet, who

is a film school director in Busan,

South Korea, made an interesting

observation at a recent University

of Auckland seminar.

He said that as most Asian

audiences (as elsewhere) don’t like

subtitles, it is rare for countries

with unique languages to make

films with other countries.

Instead, successful plots are


He named one popular Korean

comedy, ‘Miss Granny’ (2014), as

being remade in China, Japan

and Indonesia with an American

version in development.

Hollywood is aware that audiences

lap up Indian themes, with

Disney backing ‘Million Dollar

Arm’ (2014) about a Cricketer who

becomes a baseball star.

The Netflix NZ catalogue has

several dozen titles that give

an excellent introduction to

Indian movies. For newcomers,

I recommend these: gritty

social issues (‘Ajji,’ ‘Beyond the

Clouds,’ ‘Gandu’), teen comedy

(‘Nasha’), adult romance (‘Aitraaz,’

‘Beiimaan Love,’ ‘Lust Stories’),

period drama (‘Rang Rasiya’),

crime (‘Andhadhun,’ ‘Ek Khiladi

Ek Haseena’) and sport biography


From Pakistan: ‘Chalay Thay

Sath’ (for the scenery) and ‘Pinky

Memsaab,’ about migrant workers

in Dubai.

Nevil Gibson is Editor-at-Large

at The National Business Review

based in Auckland. He has been

a Judge of the Indian Newslink

Indian Business Awards since

inception in 2008. The above

article appeared in the ‘New

Zealand Catholic.’ Indian

Newslink Editor worked as a

Correspondent/Contributor to

NBR for eleven years from 1999

to 2010.

Diwali 2019 Special

Someville Rotary

plans Diwali Night

The Rotary Club of

Somerville based

in East Auckland

has announced will

mark Diwali as a fundraiser

early next month.

Club President Farida

Master said that the event

will be held from 630 pm

on Saturday, November 9,

2019 at Our Lady Star of

the Sea School located at

14 Oakridge Way, Howick.

“The Programme will be

packed with foot tapping

entertainment, raffles,

prizes won, auction and

authentic Indian cuisine.

The small but vibrant

Rotary Club of Somerville

punches well above its

weight and is working

hard to ensure an evening

to remember,” she said.

‘Beyond Water’ Project

Ms Master said that all

proceeds of the evening

will be donated to local

and internatinal projects

of Rotary. Among the

projects to which the Club

is committed is ‘Beyond

Water,’ a charitable organisation

run by Rotarians

passionate about bringing

clean water and sanitation

solutions to communities

in East Africa.

‘Beyond Water’ fights

water poverty at a

grassroot level involving

the community so that

they can take the lead in

rebuilding lives by deep


bore wells, water tanks, latrines,

hand washing stations and

sanitary products.

“The Rotary Club of Somerville

is an energetic Club of professionals

working in the community

and none of these projects would

have been possible without the

patronage and support of the

community. We are looking

for sponsorships for the Diwali

Programme,” Ms Master said.

The Club meets on Wednesdays

(except on Second Wednesdays)

at Howick Club.

For tickets and further information,

please contact Farida

Master on 021-0365235; Email:

faridamaster20@hotmail.com or

Assistant Governor and Past President

Vinod Sareen 021- 615412.

Email: vinodksareen@gmail.com

Let us


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Supported by


Gala Black Tie Awards Night with Cocktails and Dinner on

Monday, November 25, 2019

at Sky City Convention Centre,

Corner Victoria & Federal Streets, Auckland City.

Master of Ceremonies: Jackie Clarke

Celebrity Speaker and Entertainer

1. Business Excellence in Retail Trade

9. Best Small Business

2. Business Excellence in Innovation

10. Best Medium Sized Business

3. Business Excellence in Marketing

11. Best Large Business

4. Business Excellence in Customer Service 12. Business Excellence in International Trade with India

5. Best Employer of Choice

(this category is open to all businesses registered in

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6. Business Excellence in Health & Safety

13. Best Accountant of the Year

7. Business Excellence in Ethics (New)

14. Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year

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OCTOBER 15, 2019

Diwali 2019 Special

Indian envoy calls for stronger business ties, mutual presence

Muktesh Pardesi also pitches for Mahatma Gandhi Statue in Auckland

Venkat Raman

Muktesh Pardeshi, India’s

High Commissioner to

New Zealand believes

that bilateral relations

between the two countries should

go beyond government-to-government

relationship, manifesting in a

higher level engagement between


Speaking at the Inaugural Session

of Summit 2019 of the New Zealand

India Business Council (INZBC)

held at Pullman Hotel in Auckland

yesterday (Monday, October 14,

2019), he said that there are immense

opportunities to strengthen

commercial, economic, trade and

industrial ties between India and

New Zealand.

Pronounced participation

“While we recognise the importance

of higher levels of engagement

between the two countries,

we should identify the areas where

potential exists and take steps to

utilise the existing and emerging

opportunities. One of the most

significant measures that we should

exercise is to ensure the presence

of New Zealand businesses in India

and vice-versa. We would also be

happy if investors and businesses

from this country participate in our

‘Make in India Programme’ and

enhance their performance,” he


Importance of SMEs

Mr Pardeshi underscored the

importance of Small and Medium

Enterprises, saying that promoting

them would an essential step

INZBC Chairman Sameer Handa felicitating India’s High Commissioner Muktesh Pardeshi at the

Summit in Auckland on October 14, 2019. Also in the picture (taken from Facebook) is Labour

MP Priyanca Radhakrishnan.

towards closer relationships.

“SMEs have an extensive range

of products and services to offer

both in India and New Zealand.

We should find ways and means of

harnessing their contributions for

a more meaningful increase in our

bilateral relations,” he said.

Earlier, INZBC Chairman Sameer

Handa opened the one-day Summit

which comes under the Council’s

‘India Unplugged Series,’ outlining

the aims and objectives of the event

and the role being played by the two

governments, various organisations

and INZBC.

Chapters in India

Mr Handa announced said that

INZBC would open two chapters

in India, one each in Delhi and

Mumbai and announced the

appointment of Bharat Joshi (Chief

Executive, J Curve Ventures) in Delhi

and Sreedhar Venkatram (Chief

Executive, South Asia of CricHQ) in


“Both the Chapter Heads will be

representing INZBC in India and we

look forward to developing more

programmes and delegations with

them,” he said.

Mr Handa said that in response

to an invitation from Bihar Chief

Minister Nitish Kumar, INZBC would

be leading a business delegation

with the Auckland based Bihar

Foundation in January 2020.

Bihar beckons

“The Bihar Government is rolling

out a red carpet for investors in

the field of agriculture, dairy, food

processing and other sectors. The

delegation will also attend the Indus

Food Expo 2020 scheduled to be held

on January 8 and January 9, 2020 at

Exposition Mart in Greater Noida,”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaking at the Auckland Diwali at Aotea Square on Saturday,

October 12, 2019 (Picture by Hemant Parikh)

he said.

Among the speakers at the

Inaugural Session were Employment

Minister Willie Jackson, Fonterra

Asia Pacific Chief Executive Judith

Swales and Federation of Indian

Chambers of Commerce and

Industry Australia Country Head

Jasmeet Singh.

Labour MP and Parliamentary

Private Secretary to Ethnic Communities

Minister Priyanca Radhakrishnan

chaired a Panel Session with

the main speakers and others.

“We have a strong Kiwi-Indian

community and such, we should be

able to engage more meaningfully

with India. We live in an increasingly

interdependent world, driven by

globalisation and digital revolution.

Our people are out biggest asset,”

she told us.

A Statue for Mahatma Gandhi

Speaking at the Auckland

Diwali 2019 held at Aotea Square

on Saturday, October 12, 2019, Mr

Pardeshi asked the local government

to allocate space at an appropriate

location for installing a Statute of

Mahatma Gandhi.

“India and indeed the World, is

celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary

of Mahatma Gandhi and as a

City which accounts for the largest

number of Indians in New Zealand, I

believe that it would be appropriate

to have his Statue. It would be a

fitting gesture. We have a Statue

of Gandhi in front of the Railway

Station in Wellington,” he said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

inaugurated the Festival and spoke

about the growing relations with

India and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff

praised the growing diversity in the

country’s largest City.

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