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Friday, 17 June 2022

Volume 14 / Issue 13

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Auckland school includes Hindi

as medium of instruction



school in South Auckland has

emerged as the only one in the

country where an Indian language

coexists with English as the medium of


Papatoetoe North School in Mangere

East, which caters to children from

Year 1 to 6, is offering its students the

option of learning all subjects in the

Hindi language.

The school has a role of approximately

830 children, which includes 30 per

cent Indian , 24 per cent Samoan, 22

per cent Maori, 20 per cent of other

pacific heritage and a small proportion

drawn from other ethnic communities.

Thirty per cent of children in the

school speak a language other than

English at home.

At a function held on the school

premises today, Honorary Consul of

India in Auckland, Mr. Bhav Dhillon,

welcomed the introduction of Hindi as

an alternative medium of instruction.

“This is a great milestone in the

growth and acceptance of the Hindi

language in Aotearoa New Zealand as

a mode of communication”, Mr Dhillon


“It will remove the barrier to learning

for many children who come from

households where Hindi is the primary

language of communication”, he added.

Mr Dhillon said learning in Hindi

would “enhance the overall academic

competence of students in today’s

increasingly multicultural world”.

Stan Tiatia, Principal, said the initiative

was “driven by research about bilingual

learning as well as from the aspirations

of parents”.

He said the school, which had 30 per

cent of students from Hindi-speaking

households, needed to reflect the

diversity of “the community we live in”

“We have been overwhelmed by the

community support, and we are looking

forward to developing the provision

further in the future,” he said.

The Principal noted that offering Hindi

as a bilingual option was modelled on

the bilingual Māori classes ‘Te Whānau

Tupuranga’, and that the school had

been developing language learning

progressions in Hindi, Samoan and Tereo


Mr Tiatia applauded the role of Mrs

Sheetal Singh, the teacher coordinator

running the bilingual class.

Mrs Singh told the Indian Weekender

that the bilingual class had been

operational since February. The official

opening ceremony was delayed due

to Covid- related lockdowns and


She said the bilingual class helped get

around the language barrier faced by

many students.

Key community leaders such as Satya

Dutt of the Hindi Language Culture

Trust of New Zealand, Kanwaljit Bakshi,

“This is a great milestone

in the growth and

acceptance of the Hindi

language in Aotearoa

New Zealand as a mode

of communication”, Mr

Dhillon said.

former National Party MP, Lata Singh

of New Zealand Sanatan Naari Sabha,

among others, also attended the

inaugural function.



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Nearly 92 percent of Phase 1 Residence

Visa applications by Indians approved


Almost 92 per cent of applications

received by Immigration

New Zealand from Indian

nationals under the One Off residence

programme, that was announced in 30

September 2021, have been approved.

It is expected that the programme

announced by Prime Minister Jacinda

Ardern’s government would provide

about 165,000 migrants currently in NZ

with residence class visas.

Nicola Hogg, General Manager Border

and Visa Operations told the Weekender

that the processing of applications for

the 2021 Resident Visas are a priority

for INZ.

“We are committed to deciding most

of these residence applications as quickly

as possible. Our staff have been working

hard to process these applications since

the category opened, and we are making

good progress,” Hogg said.

The processing of the first phase,

phase one, began on December 1, last

year, for those who had already applied

for residence under the Skilled Migrant

or Residence from Work categories on

or before September 29, 2021, or had

submitted a Skilled Migrant Category

Expression of Interest, and had included

your dependent child in the Expression

of Interest aged 17 years or older

on September 29, 2021. Moreover,

the second phase for all other eligible

migrants was due to begin in March.

Still, INZ announced that from February

21, they would open applications early

for a group of up to 10,500 individuals

with a Skilled Migrant Category (SMC)

Expression of Interest (EOI) in the

pool that was submitted on or before

September 29 2021.

Since it has been more than six

months since the one-off residence

process began, Indian Weekender got in

touch with INZ to get the stock of the

situation regarding the processing time


As of June 6 2022, INZ has received

more than 99,300 applications for the

2021 Resident Visa. Of those, more

than 23,800 have been approved so far,

resulting in more than 52,900 people

becoming NZ Residents under the new

policy. This represents nearly 24 % of

the applications approved so far.

With regard to applications received

from Indian nationals during this period,

Hogg said: “As of June 6 2022, INZ

had received 7,277 applications from

Indian nationals in Phase 1 that opened

on December 1 2021, of which 6,728

applications have been approved for

residence, resulting in 13,518 Indian

nationals being granted residence to


This means that nearly 92 per cent

of applications by Indian nationals that

INZ has received in Phase1 have been


What about Phase 2 ?

During the same timeline, INZ had

received 23,973 applications from

Indian nationals in Phase 2 that were

processed from 3 March 2022.

Of these, 460 applications were

approved, according to INZ.

Hogg confirmed that a full border

opening was in the offing and that the

“border exception regime” would be

scrapped with visa application volumes

set to rise as a result.

“We are building capacity and

capability to ensure timely visa decisions

for applicants across all visa categories

can be delivered. As part of this, we have

hired and trained 229 new processing

staff over the last 12 months. These

staff have been trained across several

different visa categories to ensure they

can be moved between different visa

categories depending on visa volumes.

We have also opened an additional

processing office in Christchurch to build

our capacity. Hiring is underway for this

new office,” Hogg pointed out.

Additionally, INZ has made system

changes, including moving more

visa categories onto their enhanced

Immigration Online platform. While

Visitor visa applications and 2021

Resident Visa applications are already

on the enhanced Immigration Online

platform, the new Employer Accredited

Work Visa will be next in line to be on

the enhanced platform, as per Hogg.

Kapiti mayor says NZ is bicultural

nation and multicultural society



In this sequel to his interview

published by the Indian

Weekender last week, Kapiti

Coast Mayor K. Gurunathan

says New Zealand is a bicultural

nation which has a multicultural

society, and that the Treaty

of Waitangi bestows a special

importance on the indigenous

Māori. He believes the minority

communities must identify

with the Māori rather than the

mainstream. Excerpts:

Q. You are a non-Pakeha

mayor who was voted in by a

Pakeha-majority electorate.

How do you explain that?

Racism was not a factor?

A. In one sense, it is harder

to say that the population is

racist. But you also have people

who will use this (electing a non-

Pakeha mayor) to say that New

Zealand is a multiracial country,

while at the same time denying

the bicultural responsibility

they have to Māori and this

frightens and makes it difficult

for Māori. They don’t want to be

censored of their Treaty rights

on account of being lumped as

part of a multiracial country.

Kapiti Mayor K Gurunathan

Q. So the other minorities

must engage more with Māori

A. There are two ways of

looking at this. One, the new

minority groups coming in

from outside who identify

with the mainstream. Then,

what Māori are to the mainstream.

The mainstream has

always depicted Māori in very

negative terms. Māori have

statistics that are really bad.

It doesn’t help that Māori have

the largest per capita number

of inmates in jail. In all those

critical areas Māori are ticked

off as bad. So, why should new

migrants coming to NZ try to

identify themselves with Māori

rather than with the mainstream


But the new minorities

coming here must realise that

the partnership with Māori is

very important because Māori

are minorities just like us.

Māori have an exceptional

power, the power of the Treaty

(Treaty of Waitangi), which

gives them partnership (with

the majority Pakeha). No other

minority has that power. Māori

would understand the plight of

minority groups like us better

than the Pakehas would.

Q. What is holding back other

minorities from identifying

with Māori?

A. The bad statistics.

But those bad statistics are

starting to change. The Treaty

settlements and the changes

in legislation are making Māori

more important. Their career

prospects are increasing. New

generations of Māori are coming

up who can take on the Pakeha

system and do well. All that’s


Q. What do you think needs

to be done to bring other minorities

closer to Māori?

A. I am a great supporter of

the New Zealand Federation of

Multiracial Councils. They have

a programme called “Treatybased

Citizenship”. New

minorities coming to NZ must

go through a course on Treaty

rights so that they understand

Māori and the political struggles

of the indigenous people.

That will help cement a better

understanding between Māori

and the new minorities coming


When I applied for citizenship,

I did not want to take the

oath to the British Queen. So I

approached the local iwi. I said

Malaysia, where I’m from, and

India, where my people came

from, both gained independence

from Britain. If I want to be a

citizen of NZ, I have to take an

oath to the British Queen. How

is that possible. I can’t.

The iwi council listened to

me with some amusement and

wrote to the Department of

Internal Affairs. They got back

saying you have to take the

oath to the Queen. So, I took

the oath in Māori. It provided

a psychological barrier. I didn’t

have the angst of knowing

that I’m taking the oath to

the Queen, because the Māori

language had protected me

from that. It served as a buffer.

Q. But Māori see immigration

as a Pakeha strategy to water

down the Māori identity.

A. Some rednecks ask why

should we have a bicultural NZ?

But for me its simple arithmetic.

From numeral 1 you cannot go

to 3 unless you go through 2.

If Pakeha culture is No.1, you

cannot go to multicultural at

No.3, because you have the

Maori at No.2, and the Treaty

of Waitangi. So, New Zealand is

a bicultural nation which has a

multicultural society.

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Spreading the Uttarakhand charm


If one talks about the most

beautiful state of India

and especially North India,

how can one not speak about

Uttarakhand, which is home to

many scenic hill stations such

as Mussoorie, Nainital, Auli and

Mukteshwar, to name a few.

It can be best described as

a mystical land of mountains

and mythologies, exquisite

landscapes and exhilarating


Every year, millions of

people travel to Uttarakhand,

also known as “the land

of the gods” (Devbhumi).

Whether for a family vacation,

honeymoon, adventure or

visiting religious shrines like

Kedarnath, Badrinath, Rishikesh

and Haridwar, Uttarakhand has

something to offer everyone.

It is said, ‘Where the sky bows

down in front of the Himalayas

that is Devbhoomi Uttarakhand,

and the Uttarakhand

Association of New Zealand

(UANZ) is playing an essential

part in keeping the traditions

and cultures of the Devbhoomi

alive in NZ. Based in Auckland,

it caters to 500 people from

the Kiwi Uttarakhand diaspora.

In this twelfth part of our series

on Indian cultural associations,

we take a closer look at UANZ.

UANZ was conceptualised

Ramya Negi

in 2013 to keep the cultural

identity, interest and

importance of Devbhoomi in

mind. While it doesn’t have

any wing outside Auckland at

present, UANZ has organised

cultural programs in liaison with

other Uttarakhand associations

outside Auckland in the past.

Ramya Negi, secretary and

cultural head, UANZ, says, “We

have close to 200 community

members who are part of

our association. We all work

towards ensuring that the

vibrant culture of our home

state, Uttarakhand, is kept

alive and breathing so that

our future generations are

connected with their roots.

While it is important to be a

Roman in Rome, it is equally

or more important to stay in

touch with our motherland. Our

roots, our culture or origin, and

our cultural traditions together

make our identity. It is who we

are, and we must never forget


In tune with its vision, UANZ

organises several cultural

activities throughout the

year to celebrate festivals

significant to Uttarakhand,

such as Holi, Harela, and

Diwali, among others. “We use

these celebrations to come

together as a community, wear

our traditional outfits, bring

along traditional food and sing

and dance to Uttarakhandi

songs. A way to recreate the

festive ambience as you will

see in Uttarakhand for the

Uttarakhandis living in NZ,”

explains Negi. It also has its

cultural performance group,

“Jhumelo”, which has been

invited to many events to


Negi believes that Indian

cultural associations are the

key to preserving the authentic

cultural essence of India on a

global platform, showcasing it

to the rest of the world, and

UANZ organises

several cultural

activities throughout

the year to celebrate

festivals significant to

Uttarakhand, such as

Holi, Harela, and Diwali,

among others

being proud of it.

UANZ is working on a few big

projects, including Uttarakhand

NZ Idol for Uttarakhandis in

NZ. “The idea is to provide a

platform for Uttarakhandis in

NZ to showcase their talent

significant to the Uttarakhandi

culture using which we will bring

more and more Uttarakhandis

together. We are also looking

at working alongside and

supporting the wider Indian

organisations nationwide. We

want to take this association

to a greater height of success,”

says Negi.

Before signing off, Negi

reveals that with borders reopening,

UANZ is also looking

at a program to support and

settle new immigrants.



Friday, June 17, 2022

Seniors throng Elder Abuse

Awareness Day observance



Bhartiya Samaj

Charitable Trust

organised a senior

citizens’ meeting to

commemorate World

Elder Abuse Awareness

Day 2022. The event,

which took place at Mt

Roskill War Memorial Hall

on Saturday (June 11),

aimed to inspire elders to

voice their issues if they

face abuse in any form.

The well-attended

event saw the presence

of dignitaries such as

Hon Consul of India in

Auckland Bhav Dhillon,

Auckland Council’s

Seniors Advisory Panel

member Gayle Marshall,

President Auckland Indian

Association Dhansukh Lal,

President New Zealand

Indian Central Association

(NZICA) Narendra Bhana

and Vishwa Sharma from

Shanti Niwas among many




Chairperson of Bhartiya

Samaj Charitable Trust

Jeet Suchdev said, “It

was overwhelming to

see around 200 seniors

turning up for the event.

We tried to create

awareness among elders

that if they are being

abused for any reason,

they should not hesitate

and express themselves

and take help from the

right agencies.”

The event also saw

cultural performances

and a skit on the issue

enjoyed by the guests

as they relished some

delicious food.



experience of being part

of the afternoon, Hon

Consul of India Bhav

Dhillon said, “It was quite a

well-attended world elder

abuse awareness day

celebration by esteemed

diaspora organisation

Bhartiya Samaj. Great

work by Jeet Suchdev

to support our senior

citizens and look after all

their needs.”

For the uninitiated,

the World Elder Abuse

Awareness Day (WEAAD)

happens each year on

June 15. It was officially

recognised by the United

Nations General Assembly

in December 2011,

following a request by

the International Network

for the Prevention of

Elder Abuse (INPEA),

which first established

the commemoration in

June 2006. It represents

the one day in the year

when the world voices its

opposition to the abuse

and suffering inflicted

on some of our older


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Change of police ministers should

not be “window dressing,” says

dairy and businesses owners group


The Business

and Dairy


Group have

wasted no time in

writing to the new

Ministers of Police

and Justice to

request a meeting

to discuss a surge

in dairy crime and

Sunny Kaushal

what can be done

The former Police

to reduce them.

Minister’s $6m package

“We welcome Ministers belatedly responded to

Hipkins and Allen and look one issue, ram raids, and

forward to meeting them mostly Auckland. Our

as soon as possible,” says sector bleeds for the

Sunny Kaushal, Chair of

the Dairy and Business

Owners’ Group.

$1.8 billion we collect

for the government off

cigarettes and GST, so

“We are particularly around $25 million would

keen to meet Minister

Hipkins because proposed

changes to the sale of

help to secure two-thirds

of us with bollards and

fog cannon.

cigarettes, as early as “But this is the

this month, could spark

ambulance at the bottom

an open season upon

of the cliff. We need to

get a lot tougher and stop

dairies, our families and

tag and release justice.

our workers. We need a

“We hope Minister Allen

plan in place otherwise

will be prepared to row

good hardworking Kiwi

back on the 3-Strikes

businesspeople will suffer.

repeal while toughening

There’s a lot that can

up youth justice to halt

be done as we have not children sliding into gangs

only police/justice gaps who earn their stripes

but technological ones attacking us,” Mr Kaushal




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Tournament aims to grow badminton

as mainstream sport in NZ


Despite our incredible love

for cricket, badminton

remains a popular sport

among Indians. And the sport

got a big boost recently when

India’s badminton team won

the men’s finals beating 14-

time champions Indonesia,

registering a historic win at

the 2022 Thomas Cup. The

moment made every Indian

around the world proud.

The sport has a fair following

among Kiwi-Indians too and

Telugu Badminton Club of

Canterbury is one of the leading

flag-bearers for the sport’s

lovers in the Canterbury region.

On June 4, over the weekend

of the Queen’s birthday

celebration, Telugu Badminton

Club of Canterbury(TBCC)

hosted one of South

Island’s biggest badminton

tournaments. Featuring 96

players, 48 teams which

competed over 6 divisions, TBCC

Winter 2022 Doubles Open

Tournament was a huge draw

among Christchurch badminton

lovers with hundreds of people

cheering the players. And you

would be wrong to think that

the tournament was restricted

to players from only ethnicity.

In fact, professional and social

players from various ethnicities

and various ages participated

in the tournament which had a

total of 112 matches with 245

games played.

Jasper Wang and Jason

Zhang won the players of the

tournament award.

The winners are

Division 1

Gold - John Morahan & Anu


Silver - Roberto Bray-Descalzo

& Sam Loan

Bronze - Gopinath Rajarathinam

& John Graham

Division 2

Gold - Ajesh Jose & Andie


Silver - Anil Kumar & Sundeep


Bronze - Anand Satheesh &

Arjun Shashidharan

Division 3

Gold - Dhaval Lamghare &

Harish Bharadwaj

Silver - Amit Sodhi & Jess


Bronze - Chathura Samith &

Ruwinda Herath

Division 4

Gold - Baxter Lin & Logan


Silver - Eben Anil & Anil


Bronze - Ridhan Gnaanash &

Senthil Arumugam

Division 5

Gold - Jasper Wong & Jason


Silver - Hemachandran

Rajamanickam & Monty Kumar

Bronze - Vishal Singh & Sujith

Kunnil Sasi

Division 6

Gold - Benit Koshi & Joffre


Silver - Sandip Gadhavi &

Bhavin Chauhan

Bronze - Vatsal Talati &

Thirupathy Vairavan

Awards were presented to

the winners by the sponsors

of the tournament, Mr. Vivek

Srivastava, Senior sales

consultant-Generation homes

Christchurch, Mr. Dhairyadip

Mahida-Director, Details King

New Zealand, and Mr. Dhaval

Lamghare-Harcourts Vision

Residential sales consultant.

Started in 2017, Telugu

Badminton Club of Canterbury

has around 140 members with

more than 80 of these playing

on a regular basis. TBCC’s

President Rajeswar Peddisetti

has been a key figure in bringing

the lovers of badminton

together and providing a

platform for them to display

and hone their skills.

It must have been quite a

challenge to plan and organise

a tournament of this scale but

Rajeswar’s passion for the sport

and experience in organising

other tournaments came handy

in making this possible.

Peddisetti says, “It is great

to have an event that provides

equal opportunity for all the

participants to excel, which in

turn will help to grow badminton

as a mainstream sport in New


“It was heartening to see

tremendous support from the

players and the visitors. It has

inspired us to organise more

such events. I also would like

to thank all our sponsors for

coming forward and supporting

this tournament.”

If you live in the region and

want to become a member of

the club, you can contact them

for more details.



Friday, June 17, 2022

Panmure business owners

face parking issues


Some business owners

who have their shops on

Queens Road Panmure

are facing a tough time due to

parking issues.

Giving details about the

same, Ketan Satpute, Owner,

The Bottle-O,10 Queens

Road, Panmure, told Indian

Weekender, “We, shopkeepers,

especially shop no 6 to 22,

are facing parking issues in

front of our shop on Queens

Road, Panmure, which is getting

worse nowadays. It is a P60

zone, and some people are

parking longer than the time

limit and go away for hours.

And since there is no parking in

front of our shops, we are not

getting customers in our shop.

We got two bakeries, one fish

and chips takeaway, one liquor

shop, and one barbershop,

among others. Since we are a

quick turnover business in this

area, we are not making any

money because of the parking


Another business owner

Sylvia, who owns Sylvia Bakery,

12 Queens Road, Panmure,

says, “It has been months that

we are asking help from the

We are facing parking issues in front of our

shop on Queens Road, Panmure. It is a P60

zone, and some people are parking longer

than the time limit and go away for hours.

authorities to help us solve this

problem. It is disappointing that

despite several attempts, no

one is helping us. If this parking

issue is not solved, we will be

forced to shut our businesses

as it is becoming impossible to


Satpute has already made

several complaints to various

authorities but still hasn’t

got the problem fixed. Indian

Weekender has copies of the

same. He says, “Since last six

months, I have tried complaining

to many departments including

Auckland Transport, Auckland

Mayor, Member of Parliament,

Transport Minister, the Parking

designing team and our local

businesses association among

others but have got no


So, what is the solution? “We

want at least six car parks as

P10 Or P15 and one loading zone

for our small business owners.

As a small business owner, we

have already suffered a lot in

terms of pandemic, thefts

and burglaries, and now we

can’t survive anymore,” says


‘No changes justified.’

When Indian Weekender



Transport about the issue, AT

spokesperson Blake Crayton-

Brown said, “Auckland Transport

has received requests from one

retailer along Queens Road for

10-minute parking restrictions

to be introduced outside their

shop. Currently, there are

already six P10 spaces within

40 metres of their shop, and as

such, we advised the business

owner that the existing mix

of P10 and P60 parking was

adequate, and no changes

could be justified at this stage.

We also informed the business

that a parking study is planned

for Panmure Town Centre next

year, and we can reconsider

this change as part of that


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Covid 19:


confirms predeparture


will be scrapped

Covid-19 Response

Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall

said the government

had intended to remove the

requirement by 31 July but

as cases continued to decline

despite an increase in travellers,

there was evidence the measure

could now be lifted.

"Around 90 percent of

international arrivals undertake

their required testing once they

are in the country, with only a

2-3 percent positivity rate. So

we don't anticipate a significant

increase in border cases once

the requirement is lifted," she


The availability and cost

of getting a test had also

increasingly become a barrier

to people travelling to New

Zealand, she said.

Travellers would still be required

to self-test on day 0/1 and again

on day 5/6. Anyone who tested

positive would need to get a PCR

test to allow the government to

understand what new strains

of Covid-19 were arriving at the

border, she said.


This week June 14, was

the World Blood Donor

Day (WBDD). It aims

to raise global awareness of the

need for safe blood and blood

products and is also an occasion

to acknowledge blood donors

for their life-saving noble act.

Undoubtedly, the significance

of blood donation for the health

sector is immense as the range

of its uses is much more diverse

than anyone can think. From

plasma treatments to research

and emergency uses, donating

blood has been a crucial

cornerstone that aids humanity

at crucial times.

History of WBDD

WBDD was established in

2004 by the World Health

Organization (WHO) to bring

awareness to the ongoing need

for blood donations to save

lives. Interestingly, June 14 also

marks the birth anniversary of

Karl Landsteiner, who won the

Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1930

for his work in classifying blood

types and blood transfusions.

This year’s theme is “Donating

blood is an act of solidarity.

Join the effort and save lives”,

which focuses on the urgency

to increase the number of

donors. On the occasion of

WBDD, we caught up with Kiwi

Indian Shashi Srivastava, who

has made 154 blood donations

so far.

“Blood donation is the least

one can do for society”

Talking about his blood

donation journey, the 66-yearold

Dannemora resident says,

“I started donating blood since

I was 18 and have made 154

donations (80 blood donations

and 74 Plasma donations) till I

was 63. I can no longer donate

blood since I started taking

insulin for my diabetes after


Srivastava has donated blood

in India, South Africa and New

The bond of blood that unites us all

Shashi Shrivastava

Zealand. He made his first

blood donation as a student

at Banaras Hindu University

in Varanasi. He says, “I didn’t

have money to help the needy

nor could offer physical help

every time. So I thought blood

donation was my way of doing

my bit for society. Every time

I donate blood, I feel good and

happy with myself. It gave me

immense satisfaction. I get

blessings from so many people

who could use my blood in any


Srivastava wants to

encourage everyone to donate

blood as he says, “It is the least

you can do to help the society.

It is hundred per cent safe,

and no one should hesitate to

donate blood.”

Moving on, we spoke to

Asuka Burge, National Manager

Marketing and Communications

at New Zealand Blood Service

(NZBS), to learn more about

the day, blood donations in NZ

and the impact of Covid on the

same, among others.

“One blood donation takes an

hour and can save up to three


About the significance of

WBDD Burge says, “This year,

World Blood Donor Day falls

within the first-ever National

Blood Donor Week (June 13-

19) to be held in NZ. It is

an opportunity for NZBS to

acknowledge and thank our

110,000 unremunerated blood,

plasma, and platelet donors

across Aotearoa. Their selfless

generosity helps save the lives

of 29,000 Kiwis each year. It’s

also a chance to encourage

those who have never donated

before to roll up their sleeves

and join our whānau of


Currently, less than four

percent of the eligible

population in NZ donates blood.

According to Burge, there is a

need for 38,000 new donors

in the next 12 months to

keep pace with the increasing

demand for blood and blood

products, as every day, 83

Kiwis will need life-saving blood

or plasma donation due to an

unforeseen emergency.

The last two years have seen

the world grappling with the

Covid-19 Pandemic, so has that

impacted blood donations in


“We’re seeing an increase

in cancellations and no-shows

due to donors either having

Covid-19 or being a household

contact of someone who

has Covid-19. And with flu

season and winter now upon

us, we expect to see more

cancellations and no-shows.

It’s important to remember

that blood only lasts 35 days.

That’s why we’re asking donors

in good health to book or

keep their appointment during

the winter months to ensure

we can meet our collection

targets. If people cannot keep

their scheduled appointments

for whatever reason, we’d

appreciate it if they could let us

know ahead of time.”

Burge says all blood types are

greatly needed, although there

is always more demand for A

and O blood groups, given that

80 percent of the NZ population

has those blood types. “One

blood donation takes an hour

and can save up to three lives.

Please don’t wait to save a life,”

signs off Burge.

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Diversity, inclusiveness, empathy

at heart of NZ’s policing

The New Zealand Police facilitated a visit to the Royal New Zealand Police Training College and the National

Headquarters in Wellington last week for a section of NZ’s ethnic media. Indian Weekender was part of the delegation


Ensconced in a picturesque valley

in Porirua, a short drive from the

Wellington CBD, the Royal New

Zealand Police Training College is the

premier institution where NZ’s police

force is trained.

Training imparted at the college is for

all levels of the police force, with just

20 percent of all training being for new

recruits, though there is a common

misconception that the college exists

only for recruit training. Face-to-face

training is conducted for new recruits

and increasingly, e-learning and blended

learning approaches are used to train

staff in other locations and those on

deployments overseas.

For new recruits, the skills taught

are wide ranging –from physical fitness

and physically and tactically dealing

with offenders in contact situations to

learning about legislation, offences and

preparedness for fast-unfolding sceneof-crime

situations. Developing mental

alertness, toughness, quick reflexes, and

multitasking is also an important part of

the training.

Sprawled across 17 hectares, the

campus comprises several buildings

housing lecture theatres, large indoor

gym-like facilities, training fields, skid

tracks for driver training, a shooting

range, dining halls that serve up 1300

hot meals daily, accommodation blocks

with some 459 beds and several other

facilities. There is also a police museum

that is open to the public.

The college has had to scale up in

recent times, with the induction of 1800

new police recruits to the force since

2017. The new recruit training lasts

sixteen weeks and the selection process

before being recruited is stringent.

Candidates are carefully selected so that

those recruited complete their training

successfully and join the force at the

end of it.

Increasingly diverse


The NZ police force employs 14,500

staff, both sworn and non-sworn. Of

these 11,500 are uniformed, spread

across 12 districts across the country,

with three in the larger Auckland urban

region alone.

Growing ethnic diversity in the police

force reflects New Zealand’s increasingly

diverse population. In 2017, excluding

Pacific Island and Maori, the percentage

of ethnic peoples was 3.7 percent. In a

matter of just five years, that has nearly

doubled to 7 percent.

“We’ve put in a lot of hard work over

the years to shift the cultural paradigm

of this organisation and I’m absolutely

proud of what we’ve built,” says Deputy

Commissioner Wallace Haumaha.

Increasing ethnic diversity in the force

has helped the police to work closely

with a growing range of communities.

“We would be one of the leading

jurisdictions around working inside of

indigenous communities right across

the board,” Haumaha said. “I’m proud

to say in all my travels across Southeast

Asia, Europe, Australia that I have been

privileged to see a lot of indigenous

and cultural communities and I have to

Ethnic media representatives at Royal NZ Police Training College

Ethnic Responsiveness Manager Jessica Phuang

say that it has reaffirmed the position

that we in in this country are world

leaders. We still have a long way to go

but our diversity strategy inside of this

organisation has been second to none.”

The Deputy Commissioner commended

National Ethnic Partnerships Manager

Rakesh Naidoo for his work in bringing

in diversity into the force. “Rakesh

has introduced into the organisation

the ability for these people to come

in and bring with them their religious

backgrounds – some of our India police

officers wear their traditional dress,

we’ve established a little multi-faith

prayer room for staff from different

religious backgrounds who want to

pray... Those things would have been

unheard of in police stations across the


Haumaha was also appreciative of

the Commissioner’s Ethnic Forum,

whose members were also present

with the ethnic media representatives

during the visit led by NZ Police Ethnic

Responsiveness Manager, Auckland

based Jessica Phuang.

“We’re very fortunate in this country

for our inclusiveness and diversity and

when I hear the rhetoric and the banter

saying that this organisation is soft on

Police Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha

Police media team – Jarred Williamson, Stephanie McKay and Media Relations Director Julie Clausen

crime ––you couldn’t be any further

from the truth,” Haumaha said.

Burglaries, ram raids,


Addressing the recent spate of

gangland shootings, burglaries and ram

raids, the Deputy Commissioner said

that as well as policing, there was need

to approach these issues from other

important angles like the socio-economic


“So what does prevention look like?

Is it about building bollards outside

of every convenience store and dairy

across the country – or is it about

trying to change the mindset or get

inside those desperate homes and work

with those families that are suffering

economically?” Haumaha said.

With some sections of society left in

long term, cyclical poverty and bereft

of options, young people faced with

empty kitchen cabinets in their homes

feel forced to commit crimes. “So, how

do we collectively come together – if

you understand that a sector of our

community who contribute to all the

crime issues are part of the problem

that we’re trying to address?” he asked.

National Ethnic Partnerships Manager

Rakesh Naidoo

When Indian Weekender asked if

the police had the support of the

government on all fronts, Haumaha said,

“Absolutely.” Do we need legislative

changes to make policing more effective?

“Absolutely,” he said again adding that

the Commissioner was in talks with the

government on these exact matters “as

we speak.”

Haumaha fronted TVNZ’s Breakfast

show on the same day saying that the

NZ Police had the complete support of

the police minister but when asked if

(now former) minister Poto Williams was

up to it, he said that was a matter for

the government to answer. In less than

a week, Williams has been replaced by

Chris Hipkins.

Police media team

The visiting ethnic media

representatives also had the opportunity

to drop in on the New Zealand Police

National Headquarters and briefly look at

the control room – the high-tech nerve

centre of the nation’s police activity.

The police media centre is a 6am-to-

11pm operation in Wellington with some

ten team members rostered across

the workday. Two of the team – Jarred

Williamson and Stephanie McKay – and

Media Relations Director Julie Clausen

spent an hour-and-a-half speaking to the

visiting ethnic media members.

The team fields more than 200

media queries on a good day. At Indian

Weekender’s request the media team

explained the detailed process and

stages between the reported crime,

the writing and distribution of the news

release. Court reporting protocols are

strictly adhered to while drafting and

putting out news releases, but there is

little that can be done with social media

often jumping the gun and spilling out

details before the official word is out.

Processing reports as they come

in and develop and putting out news

releases is not the only role that the

media unit plays. It also assists with

Official Information Act requests and

coordinates activities with other media

(advertising), public relations and

communications across the organization.

The police media unit works in sync

with the control room and is situated

there – at the coalface of developing

situations nationwide.

One of the buildings at the college in


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Telugu guru makes learning easy for diaspora kids


Mastering Telugu is a challenge

even to native users of the


Telugu has some unique features. For

instance, every word ends in a vowel.

The language has 57 alphabets, of which

five are in disuse. Even so, it is ahead of

most other Indian languages in terms of

the total number of alphabets.

But for the 2000-strong Telugu

-speaking diaspora spread across the

Greater Wellington region, this is no


The Wellington Telugu Pathasala

opened on Telugu New Year Day (Ugaadi)

on 6 April 2019 in Lower Hutt, with eight

students. The school was an initiative

launched by Kameswari and Srikanth

Vanka as well as other trustees of the

Sanatana Dharma Paripalana Seva Trust

of the Venkateswara Swamy temple,

located in Wainuiomata, Wellington.

Currently, the school holds hourly

online classes every Saturday evening.

At present, the school’s running

costs are met by the temple trust.

The teachers are volunteers and the

students pay no fees.

“We used to have two permanent

teachers, including myself,” says Murthy

Manchiraju, Principal. “After that teacher

left, I’m managing with two relievers.”

Manchiraju says the teaching

comprises three 20- minute segments.

The first 20 minutes focus on teaching

alphabets and words, the next 20

minutes on stories from the Puranas and

major festivals of India and the last 20

minutes are spent on learning padyams

or shlokas based on the scriptures.”

As in the case of the Hindi and Tamil

language schools previously highlighted

by IWK, the Telugu school also uses

English as a learning tool to help students

born and raised in New Zealand to gain

basic proficiency in their mother tongue.

“We ask the students to write the

word or letter in English first before

moving to the Telugu alphabets. For

instance, they learn to write “Amma”

(mother) in English before learning to

Principal Manchiraju (left) with ex-teacher Lavanya and students

write it in Telugu,” Manchiraju explains.

Adopting the classroom practice

followed by its Hindi and Tamil

counterparts in Wellington, the Telugu

school too encourages its students

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The schoolchildren also sang at the Sri

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In 2019, he was recognised as one

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A Fiji Indian’s voyage of self-discovery



The Leonidas sat anchored

off the Fiji coastline for

several weeks before

it was allowed to offload its

cholera-infested human cargo

on shore.

It was the first of 42 ships

that transported around

61,000 Indian indentured

labourers to Fiji over 87

voyages between 1879 and

1916 (when the practice was

officially abolished).

From 1834, when the

first boatload of indentured

labourers disembarked in

Mauritius, around one million

indentured labourers had been

transported to plantations

strewn across eight colonial

destinations around the world,

culminating in Fiji.

‘Across the Kalapani: Uttar

Pradesh to Fiji’ chronicles the

first arrivals to Fiji under the

infamous indentured labour

system devised by Great

Britain to bolster the plantation

economy of its far-flung colony

in the Pacific.

Girmit Day, named after

the indenture agreement

signed by the first batch of

Indian indentured labourers

who arrived in Fiji aboard the

Leonidas on 14 May 1879,

is observed by the Fiji Indian

community worldwide.

The indenture contract was

Sunita and husband Dev Narayan

for a period of five years.

Over 450 “girmitiyas” signed

up to work on the sugarcane

plantations owned by white

settlers who took over the

island nation after it became a

Crown colony under the Deed of

Cession signed on 10 October

1974 by 13 Fijian chiefs.

Sir Hercules Robinson signed

the document on behalf of the

British Crown.

But for author Sunita Narayan

the book marks a personal

odyssey of self-discovery as she

follows the journey of five men

recruited from her ancestral

village in Uttar Pradesh to toil

on rubber plantations in Fiji.

The book, the first of a

planned trilogy, is part

history and part fiction.

But above all, it is an act

of catharsis for a woman, torn

between dual cultures, who is in

search of her identity.

The paradox at the core of the

book is that the journey of the

indentured labourers, plucked

from their roots in India, is

ultimately one that denies them

the scope of returning to their

point of origin.

Their identities remain

permanently stranded between

two cultures, India and Fiji.

Narayan attempts to plumb

the depths of this paradox

as she plots the journey of

Mangal, loosely modelled on

her father’s older

brother, who leaves his village

in the hinterland of UP to board

a vessel headed for Fiji.

“I’m a Fiji Indian and a

mainland Indian. I’m also a New

Zealand national,” Narayan

points out. “Fiji Indians carry

this split identity within them

wherever they go”.

Narayan started work on her

book in 2004. The book was

published in May this year.

“I did most of the writing up

in the air”, she recalls. “I have

flown to Fiji at least 22 times,

and taken long-haul flights to

Canada and the US.”

Narayan likes to describe the

book as an amalgam of history

and imagination.

“A lot of Fiji Indians from my

generation are very interested

in visiting India to learn where

they came from,” Narayan

notes. “But I can see that the

next generation, who are the

main target of my book (apart

from my own self-discovery) ,

are also getting interested in

exploring their identity.”

So, what has Narayan

discovered about herself in

the making of this book?

The main discovery for me

happened on my first visit

to India in 2005,” Narayan

reminisces. “My plane was

about to land in Mumbai

airport. I was so overwhelmed

by emotion and my eyes welled

up in tears. I was about to

set foot on the land of my

forefathers. At that moment, it

became apparent to me who I

was. I realised that I was very

much an Indian at heart.”

The first thing Narayan did

when she stepped on the

tarmac at Mumbai airport was

to touch the ground and say

“I’m here.”

Property market facing unique set of

pressures, real estate boss says


The pressures on the

property market are

unlike anything seen

before in 40 years in the

industry, a real estate boss


House prices are continuing

to fall and properties are taking

longer to sell, new figures show.

The latest Real Estate

Institute price index, which

measures the changing value

of properties, increased 3.7

percent for the year ended May,

compared with a 6.3 percent

rise in April.

The seasonally adjusted

national median house price

was up 3.1 percent from May

2021 to $840,000.

But the month-on-month

price decreased 3.1 percent

from April this year, when it hit


The median price excluding

Auckland, was up 7.8 percent

to $730,000 year-on-year

while in Auckland it fell 1.9

percent from a year ago to


Residential sales volumes fell

28.4 percent and in Tāmaki

Makarau dropped by 38 percent

from May last year.

Barfoot and Thompson

managing director Peter

ThompsonBarfoot and

Thompson managing director

Peter Thompson. Photo:

Barfoot and Thompson / Getty


The managing director of

Auckland's largest real estate

agency, Barfoot and Thompson,

Peter Thompson said the

volume of sales has dried up

driven by uncertainty within

the real estate market as well

as the global economy.

There was a seven-year real

estate cycle, he said, with the

last big decline in 2008 and

prior to that 2001.

"When you start seeing those

cycles go into that mode it's

natural that people just take

their time at the start of that

and see where we go," he told

Morning Report.

He has been in the industry

for 40 years and has not seen

a similar cycle - interest rates

rising, the global economic

crisis and the Russia-Ukraine

war which was affecting the

supply chain.

Shortages of timber and

gib board were examples of

why construction costs were

increasing and that was feeding

into the supply of existing


"I think prices

won't fall as

much as what

people are

talking about"

Barfoot and Thompson

managing director

Peter Thompson

"I think prices won't fall as

much as what people are talking

about, but vendors do need to

be negotiable with their price,

they need to meet the market."

He was predicting a flattening

off and then a slight decrease

until the end of the year before

prices might start to lift next


Banks were demanding more

proof of the valuation of a

property prior to lending, which

was understandable, and they

had stopped pre-approval of

loans which was affecting the

willingness to buy at auctions.

However, auctions still

worked well to bring people to

the table, Thompson said.

He would prefer that the

Reserve Bank left the OCR at

the current level so that those

with mortgages knew where

they stood financially for a few


Thompson was expecting

to see a drop in the number

of salespeople in the industry

because there were fewer

properties being sold.

-Reprinted from RadioNZ

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Neeraj Lala: Meet the Kiwi-Indian CEO of Toyota NZ


Neeraj Lala –

an avowed


(born and raised in

the capital city to

a then-new migrant

family from the

Gujarat state of

India) and a Kiwi who

is equally proud of

his Indian heritage

– opens his heart

about his personal Neeraj Lala

life and professional

excellence, including the journey to the

top ladder of the corporate world.

Speaking with the Indian Weekender

in our brand-new video show Lunch

with Business Leaders, which aims

to capture the stories of some of the

most influential, rising and inspiring

leaders from the business and corporate

world, Lala gives us a peek into some

of the most personal and important

facets of his life - ranging from bagging

his first job in Toyota by sending an

“unconventional resume” to his hiring

manager to the challenges of managing

the disappointments of his mother and

would be in-laws when he failed to live

up to their respective expectations.

Part of a recent PM-led business

delegation to Japan

Recently, Lala travelled to Japan – the

home of the global automotive maker

Toyota – as part of the Prime Minister

Jacinda Ardern-led business delegation,

where she announced a hydrogenpowered

car-sharing scheme.

Revealing more about being part

of that PM-led business delegation,

Lala said, “Yeah, that was humbling

to be invited as a part of her business

delegation to Japan.

“PM takes a unique business trade

group on many of her trade missions,

and most of them are NZ companies,

prominent NZ brand companies. So

for Toyota, that’s a non-New Zealand

Company to join her trade mission to

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Japan was a privilege and an honour to

be invited. It was all around hydrogen

technology. We had just announced a

car-share initiative in NZ… to support

her, and you know, the whole hydrogen

opportunity for NZ,” Lala said.

A Kiwi with an Indian connection

Sharing his India connections, Lala

said, “My mum and dad moved from

India when they were very young. They

married very young and had a very young

family. My three elder sisters and I were

all born in Wellington. So, we consider

ourselves Kiwis, but of course, you

know, being brought up in Wellington, in

this Indian community, it was hard not

to also be an Indian

a welder to the Indian

heritage, culture and

the values.”

Toyota – the only

company where he has


“My passion was to

work for Toyota right

from when I was in

university … I didn’t

have a resume. I just

wanted to work for

Toyota,” Lala said.

Sharing more about

his work history

and the rise to the

topmost rung of the

ladder in Toyota NZ,

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Lala astonished with the revelation that

he has worked his entire work-life (more

than 25 years) in Toyota only (including

a stint in the USA).

However, Lala clarifies that it in no

way means that he was stuck in the

same job.

“I haven’t been in the same job for

25 years that’s the key thing. I’ve been

with the same company. But my role

has changed every three or four years.

In fact, I’ve tried to force the change,”

Lala said.

Social pressure of living in a “closeknit”

Kiwi-Indian community?

On being asked about his experience

of being raised as the next generation

Kiwi-Indian in a migrant family with

strong cultural values and belief systems

in an altogether new country, Lala said,

“I think when you’re in it, it’s quite

stressful. But when you reflect on it,

that kind of shapes who you are...”

“I remember telling my mother that

on one of my first trips to Japan that

I ate beef as per the Japanese culture

and she was disappointed… I could see

the disappointment. Just one example

of the standards [to be followed in the

home],” Lala said.

When further quizzed about any

questions being raised about his choices

or potential choices while growing up

on key matters such as choosing a life

partner of the same ethnic and cultural

background, Lala quipped philosophically,

“there wasn’t a question for me, it was

an expectation.”

Lala shared a lot of insights into his

growing up days, which could easily

reflect any other Kiwi-Indian migrant

household with the confluence of two

different cultures, the conversations,

the contestations, and expressed

rejoiced that he did not understand then

but understands now.

“When you’re growing up, it’s hard to

understand, I understand it now. But I’m

going through the same thing now with

my kids, Lala said.

Many more such hitherto untold

and unseen aspects of the Kiwi-Indian

CEO of Toyota NZ came out in Indian

Weekender’s new Lunch with Business

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Simmering issues

on new Immigration

Minister’s plate

Seen as the Achilles heel of the sixth

Labour government, the immigration

portfolio is a daunting challenge for

incoming Minister Michael Wood.

Ever since it swept to power in 2017

and retained office in 2020, the Labour

government has been swamped by

immigration issues, most notably the pile- up

of migrant applicants at the border.

The government has shown little inclination

to loosen the rules around letting in “low

skilled” migrant workers and international

students (particularly in level 5 and level 6


There is concern that the border tightening

would drag the economy and offset a record unemployment level of 3 per cent.

Among the key issues in the pre-Covid era was the delay in processing the

partnership visa and perceptions around traditional Indian marriages.

Wood needs to redefine “partnership” within the immigration rules so that it

addresses the sensitivities and customs of non-white cultures where living together

prior to marriage is not culturally acceptable.

The fallout of this narrow definition of partnership has resulted in citizens,

residents and temporary migrant workers not being able to bring their partners into

the country, an issue that Indian Weekender has highlighted.

Wood also needs to stand up for the migrant workers stranded overseas due to

the two-year border closure and work towards clearing a pathway for their return to

the country. This would mean restoring expired visas.

The government needs to take cognisance of the innumerable post-study work

visa holders who have invested exorbitant amounts to study in the country and who

have not been allowed to return. The ethnic communities will be expecting the new

minister to alleviate the plight of temporary migrants who have been shut out of

the country.

Until 2016, new migrants were allowed to bring their parents into the country

as an incentive to attract skilled migrant workers. This had made New Zealand the

destination of choice for temporary migrants.

The previous National government, bowing to electoral exigency and the paranoia

around runaway immigration, froze the provision.

Acting under pressure from the skilled migrant worker lobby, the Labour government

reopened the parent visa category, but with stringent curbs that adversely impacted

low skilled workers, the bulk of whom would not qualify to sponsor their parents’


Sponsorship requirements under the parent visa category are capped at an annual

earning of $169,000 for a single parent and $ 212,000 for both parents.

This caused an outcry over the question of affordability, with new migrants losing

sympathy with the Labour government especially over its much-touted messaging

of “kindness” and “compassion”.

Migrant workers are prepared to bear the cost burden of healthcare incurred by

their parents and are looking at “long term parent visas”, but are dismayed at the

government’s intransigency in the face of this new demand, which they argue are in

line with other western countries such as Canada and Australia.

Michael Wood would do well to read the writing on the wall and retain the goodwill

of his support base in an overwhelmingly multicultural constituency.

Test Your Smarts with these Sudoku puzzles


"Elder abuse is often hidden. Abusers are often someone the older person

depends on for support or care. They often live with the person or are someone

close to them, whānau, a friend, or neighbour. “Today marks World Elder Abuse

Awareness Day, a good day to remind us all to check in on those around you

especially our older neighbours, friends and whānau.”

-Minister for Seniors Dr Ayesha Verrall on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

IN FOCUS : Picture of the week

This week in New Zealand’s history

20 June 1987

All Blacks win the first World Cup

Indian Weekender : Volume 14 Issue13

The first ever

color photograph

This picture showing a

colorred ribbon was taken by

the mathematical physicist,

James Clerk Maxwell and was

unveiled by Maxwell at a lecture

in 1861. The inventor of the

SLR, Thomas Sutton, was the

man who pressed the shutter

button, but Maxwell is credited

with the scientific process that

made it possible.

With Michael Jones, John Kirwan and David Kirk scoring tries, the All Blacks

defeated France 29–9 at Eden Park, Auckland. Kirk became the first captain to

lift the Webb Ellis Cup.

21 June 1964

The Beatles land in New Zealand

Beatlemania hit New Zealand when 7000 hysterical fans greeted the Fab Four

in Wellington during their ‘Far East’ tour. After concerts in the United States,

Europe, Hong Kong and Australia, the lads from Liverpool touched down in New


23 June 1961

Antarctic Treaty comes into force


s claimant to the Ross Dependency, New Zealand took part in a 1959 conference

in Washington DC about the political and international status of Antarctica. The

resulting Antarctic Treaty was agreed to by the 12 participating states.

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PM Modi announces 10 lakh

jobs in 18 months

At a time when the job

market globally is going

through a tumultuous

situation, Prime Minister

Narendra Modi directed that

10-lakh people should be given

jobs in the federal government

in the next 18 months. It will

have a tremendous positive

impact on the economy of the


"PM reviewed the status

of human resources in all

departments and ministries

and instructed that recruitment

of 10 lakh people be done by

the government in mission

mode in next 1.5 years,"

the Prime Minister's Office

(PMO) tweeted. Immediately

stepping into action following

this directive, the Ministry

of Home Affairs tweeted, "In

line with instructions of PM @

narendramodi to carry out 10

lakh recruitments in all GOI

Deptts & Ministries over a

period of 1.5 yrs, Ministry of

Home Affairs has initiated steps

to fill up vacancies in Mission


Various government

departments have flagged

large number of vacant posts

in government departments.

Some have also raised concerns

about work being affected due

lack of staff.

Following this, every

department and ministry had

prepared a list of vacancies

against the sanctioned posts.

It was reported that at

a marathon four-hour-long

meeting with all the central

government secretaries in April,

the PM had talked about the

recruitment drive. PM Modi's

direction to expedite the filling

Sidhu Moose Wala murder case:

Gangster Bishnoi presented

before CJM in Mansa court

Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi

was on Wednesday

presented before Chief

Judicial Magistrate in Mansa

court by Punjab Police in

connection with Sidhu Moose

Wala murder case.

Bishnoi was taken to Punjab

after Delhi's Patiala House

Court on Tuesday allowed

Punjab Police to arrest

gangster Lawrence Bishnoi in

connection with singer Sidhu

Moose Wala's murder and also

allowed Punjab Police's transit

application. Advocate Vishal

Chopra appearing for Lawrence

Bishnoi opposed the Punjab

Police application and said that

there is a security threat. There

is apprehension that Lawrence

Bishnoi may be "eliminated" if

transit remand is granted.

Bishnoi's lawyer submitted

that we are not opposing virtual

interrogation and investigation.

"We are just opposing his

physical transit remand to

Punjab. Punjab Police can arrest

of vacancies gains importance

in the light of the opposition

trying to turn "vacancies" and

unemployment in general in

the recently held assembly

elections, particularly in Uttar


In another report, it was

mentioned that during his

meeting with the secretaries

on April 2, the prime minister

had stressed that employment

should be the focus of all

government interventions in

public and private sectors.

The cabinet secretary had

written to the secretaries and

requested them to initiate

immediate action on the prime

minister's suggestion.

According to the latest

annual report of the

Department of Expenditure

on Pay and Allowances, the

total number of regular central

government civilian employees

in position (including in the

Union territories) as on March

1, 2020, was 31.91 lakh

as against the sanctioned

strength of 40.78 lakh and

approximately 21.75 per cent

of the posts were vacant.

The report said almost 92

per cent of the total manpower

is covered by five major

ministries or departments --

railways, defence (civil), home

affairs, posts and revenue. Of

the total strength of 31.33

lakh (excluding the Union

territories), the percentage

share of the railways is 40.55,

home affairs 30.5, defence

(civil) 12.31, posts 5.66,

revenue 3.26 and all other

ministries and departments


him in the case, if needed, but

in Delhi only," he added.

Sidhu Moose Wala was shot

dead by unidentified assailants

in Jawaharke village of Punjab's

Mansa district on May 29. The

incident took place a day after

his security was withdrawn by

the Punjab police among 424


Notably, the singer had

joined the Congress party last

year in December ahead of the

Assembly elections.

According to the report,

against the sanctioned strength

of 10.16 lakh in central police

forces, 9.05 lakh employees

were in position as on March 1,


Certain economic indicators

such as job enrolments in the

organised sector, rise in the

number of new companies

registered, growth of start-ups

and rapid rise in the number of

Unicorns in the country, a rise

of employment opportunities in

new sectors such as AI, cloud

computing, data analytics,

automation under IT/ITES

clearly point towards an

increase in creation of jobs in

the country.

CCS approves 'Agnipath' scheme

aiming to grant opportunity

to youth to get inducted into

Armed services

Union Defence Minister

Rajnath Singh on

Tuesday said that

the Cabinet Committee on

Security (CCS) has taken a

historic decision by approving

the transformative scheme

of ‘Agnipath’ wherein Indian

youth would be granted an

opportunity to get inducted

into the Armed services.

"The Cabinet Committee on

Security has taken a historic

decision today to approve

the transformative scheme of

'Agnipath'. Under this, Indian

youth would be granted an

opportunity to get inducted

into the Armed services. Under

the 'Agnipath' scheme, efforts

are to create a youthful profile

of the Armed forces," Singh

said while addressing a press

conference in the national

capital today. The Union

Minister said, "It would help to

train them for new technologies

and also improve their health

levels. This scheme will increase

employment opportunities with

new skills in different sectors."

The Defence Minister said

that the entire nation, especially

our youth, treats the armed

forces with respect. "Every

child aspires to wear an army

uniform at some point in their

lifetime," he said.

Asking the youth to have

a "youthful profile", he said,

"Youthful profile will also

have the advantage that they

can be easily trained for new

technologies, and their health

and fitness level will also be


"Efforts are being made

under the Agnipath scheme,

that the profile of Indian Armed

Forces should be as youthful

as the profile of wider Indian

population. This will also lead

to the availability of a higherskilled

workforce to the

economy which will be helpful

in productivity gain and overall

GDP growth. The employment

opportunities will increase with

the 'Agnipath' scheme. Skills

and experience acquired during

Agniveer's service will assure

employment in various fields,"

he said.

5G soon in India, to be 10 x faster than 4G

With the Union Cabinet

approving the

proposal to conduct a

spectrum auction, India is soon

to get a strong ecosystem for

the launch of 5G services which

will likely to about 10 times

faster than 4G.

To boost digital connectivity,

the Union Cabinet chaired

by Prime Minister Narendra

Modi has approved the

proposal of the Department of

Telecommunications to conduct

a spectrum auction through

which spectrum will be assigned

to the successful bidders for

providing 5G services to public

and enterprises. IT Minister

Ashwini Vaishnaw said the

5G spectrum auction is the

beginning of a new era for the

Indian Telecom.

Taking to Twitter, Vaishnaw

said, "Moving forward with

PM Narendra Modi ji's vision

of a Digital India. Spectrum

auction announced today is

an integral part of developing

the 'Bharat Ka 5G' ecosystem.

No mandatory requirement to

make upfront payment by the

successful bidders. Payments

in 20 equal annual instalments.

Relief in bank guarantee."

Spectrum is an integral and

necessary part of the entire

5G ecosystem. The Centre

believes the upcoming 5G

services have the potential to

create new-age businesses,

generate additional revenue

for enterprises and provide

employment arising from the

deployment of innovative usecases

and technologies.

A total of 72097.85 MHz of

spectrum with a validity period

of 20 years will be put to

auction to be held by the end

of July 2022. The auction will

be held for spectrum in various

Low (600 MHz, 700 MHz, 800

MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz,

2100 MHz, 2300 MHz), Mid

(3300 MHz) and High (26 GHz)

frequency bands.

It is expected that the

Mid and High band spectrum

will be utilised by telecom

service providers to roll out

5G technology-based services

capable of providing speed

and capacities which would be

about 10 times higher than

what is possible through the

current 4G services.

Continuing the pace of

Telecom Sector reforms, the

Cabinet announced various

progressive options with regard

to the spectrum to be acquired

by bidders through the

forthcoming spectrum auction

for facilitating ease of doing


For the first time ever, there

is no mandatory requirement

to make upfront payments by

successful bidders. Payments

for spectrum can be made in 20

equal annual instalments to be

paid in advance at the beginning

of each year. This is expected

to significantly ease cash flow

requirements and lower the

cost of doing business in this

sector. The bidders would be

given an option to surrender

the spectrum after 10 years

with no future liabilities with

respect to balance instalments.





Dal khichadi is one the comfort indian one bowl food that can be prepared within

30 mins. Try this easy recipe which is perfect for cold evenings!


• ½ cup rice

• ½ cup toor dal

• 1 tablespoon moong dal


• 1 cup water, to soak

• 2 cup water, to cook the


• 1 tablespoon ghee

• ¼ teaspoon mustard

• ¼ teaspoon cumin

• 1 tablespoon garlic,


• 1 tablespoon green chili

• 1 medium onion,


• salt to taste

• ½ teaspoon turmeric


• 1 teaspoon red chili


• 2 tablespoon butter

• fresh coriander , to


• ½ teaspoon kasoori



• take a bowl and add rice,

toordal and moong dal in


• add water and

soak for 5-7 mins.

• heat oil in pressure


• add mustard and cumins.

• add garlic.

• when the garlic turns

golden brown add green


• add onion and saute.

• add tomatoes.

• add salt, turmeric powder

and red chili powder. mix

it well. cook until mushy.

• add soaked lentils.

• add water. add kasoori

methi as well.

• pressure cook for 4-5


• add butter at time of


• enjoy hot dal khichadi.

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Red Coconut

Chutney recipe

An authentic south indian spicy

chutney made with

coconut grate

and red chillies


• 1 cup coconut


• 1 tbsp putani /

roasted gram dal

• 3 dried kashmiri red


• small ball sized tamarind

• 1 inch ginger

• 1 clove garlic

• ¾ tsp salt

• ½ cup water

for tempering:

• 3 tsp oil

• ¾ tsp mustard

• ½ tsp urad dal

• 1 dried kashmiri red chilli

• few curry leaves


• firstly, in a blender take

1 cup coconut, 1 tbsp

putani, 3 dried red chilli.

• also add small ball sized

tamarind, 1 inch ginger,

1 clove garlic and ¾ tsp


• blend to

smooth paste adding ½

cup water.

• in a small kadai heat 3

tsp oil and splutter ¾ tsp

mustard, ½ tsp urad dal,

1 dried red chilli and few

curry leaves.

• pour the tempering over


• finally, enjoy red coconut

chutney with idli or dosa.

Try these 8 easy cooking hacks

to save time in kitchen

Those who cook on a daily basis will Boiling milk

Cooking dal

definitely agree to the fact that

Before boiling milk, add a little water

kitchen hacks are truly a bliss.

in the container, add milk, and then boil.

And when it comes to cooking, these

This will help you get rid of milk deposits

hacks make life way easier. According

that stick to container while boiling.

to Chef Rajesh Kumar Singh, Taj Mahal

Hotel, New Delhi, “Cooking hacks are a

Peeling labels

result of practice and experimentation

that at times turn out to be a miss and

there are times when they give you

eureka moments.” So, if you are also

looking for such easy cooking hacks,

you have clicked on the right piece of

information. Scroll below and learn the


Boiling potato

In order to save time, before boiling

potatoes, prick them with a fork and

then place in the pressure cooker. The

potatoes will be boiled in half the time.

When it comes to reusing the glass

bottles of, we often try to remove the

label and fail. The easy trick to peel the

label is to heat the bottle in microwave

or blow dry for 10-20 seconds. Peel the

label immediately. Afterwards, once the

bottle cools down wash under running

water to remove glue marks.

Peeling garlic

The thin skin of garlic makes it a

tedious task to peel them for cooking

purposes. The easy way to remove

the peel is to microwave them for 30

seconds and they come off quickly.

It often happens that while cooking

dal, it spills out of the cooker. To avoid

that, add two drops of vegetable oil and

see the magic!

Curd without starter

In case you forget to keep starter/

jamun for preparing curd, all you need to

do is to take a small bowl of warm milk

and add 2-3 red chillies along with stem.

Mix well and place the bowl in a warm

place. Allow it to sit for 10-12 hrs and

your starter is ready.

Coconut hack

Breaking coconut shell might be

an easy job for many, but taking out

coconut out of the shell is not a cake

walk. To make it easy, all you need to do

is to place the broken shell on the stove

for 2-3 minutes. Allow it to cool, then

tap on the shell and coconut will come

off smoothly.

Frying chips

If you want to eat oil-free chips, simply

place the potato slices in a microwave

safe bowl, coat them with a few drops

of oil and microwave for a minute. Your

oil-free, crispy chips are ready.

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7 Yogic secrets for a long life

There are seven yogic

health secrets for a

long life. Living long is

not the goal of yogis as such,

but leading a healthy and long

life provides enough time to

master oneself and to achieve

the ultimate spiritual state of

oneness – which is the goal of


According to yoga there are

seven “secrets” of longevity.

1. Proper physical labour

Most people’s lives are

sedentary with little if any

physical exertion. Lack of

exercise and physical inactivity,

as we know, causes a number

of illnesses. Activities such as

walking, running, dancing or

sports will not only exercise

your body but also generate

energy and maintain a healthy

mental state.

2. Going to bed when one

feels sleepy

Both yoga and ayurveda

recommend to sleep at night

and stay awake during the day.

Sleeping during the day and

remaining awake at night is

very detrimental to our health

and it is well known that such a

lifestyle causes disease.

3. Eating when one feels


It sounds straightforward

but it isn’t. This is so because

people eat for so many reasons.

If we eat for the wrong reasons

we will experience indigestion,

acidity and constipation. This

can lead to a host of other

more serious diseases, such as

diabetes, high blood sugar and

cancer. Some people eat all the

time so they have completely

forgotten what it feels like to

be hungry and to have a healthy

appetite. The yogic advice is to

eat when one feels truly hungry

and if there is no appetite, it’s

better to wait for some time

and then eat a proper meal.

4. Regular fasting

Fasting is one of the best

things you could ever do for

your health. It detoxes your

entire system and provides

rest to your digestive organs. If

you had to work day and night

without any break, what would

happen? You would collapse

and perhaps even Yogic fasting

is prescribed for one full day

at a time and it allows the

digestive system to rest fully.

In a way we are resting the

system whenever we complete

a full yogic fast for 36 hours,

without food or water.

5. Ablution before sleep

Not only is it a prerogative

to sleep at the correct time

in accordance with the natural

cycles, but it also helps to cool

down some of the major body

parts such as our forearms and

hands, calves and feet, genitals,

neck and face. This is achieved

by using cool water, below

body temperature, just before

going to bed. If you incorporate

this into your routine you will

find that you will sleep more

soundly, wake up fewer times

during the night.

6. Regular meditation

The findings of modern

science prove what yogis have

known for millennia – that

meditation has a profound

healing effect. Meditation helps

to maintain and/or re-establish

homeostasis in the body, which

is essential in maintaining

proper health. Homeostasis

refers to the stable condition

of the body and its internal

environment. This is a state

wherein there is balance of

the bodily functions, such as

the proper body temperature,

correct blood sugar and fluid

levels, to name a few.

7. Asana Practice

Asanas, when practiced with

a certain number of repetitions

and held for a specific amount of

time, affect the glands, nerves,

muscles and all the organs

of the body. There are many

physical benefits, but the most

important effect is on the mind.

The practise of asanas places

pressure on the endocrine

glands and this results in

the regulation of hormones

secreted from those glands.

The hormones are closely

related to our emotions and

the resultant emotional balance

facilitates concentration.


A clock Your voice

She fell off the bottom step



‘Lagaan’ team to reunite at

Aamir’s residence to celebrate

21 years of film

Bollywood superstar Aamir

Khan's cricket drama 'Lagaan'

is all set to complete 21

years of its release on June 15 and

to commemorate that the star is all

set to get together with the cast of

the film at his house on Wednesday.

'Lagaan' is one of India's most

successful films. It also became

only the second film after 'Mother

India' in India's history to receive an

Oscar nomination for Best Foreign

Language Film. It's been over 21

years since the film was released,

yet its popularity remains the same.

To celebrate the legacy of the

film, the star cast is all set to reunite

at Aamir's residence. Last year, the

entire team came together virtually

to celebrate the success of the

mega-blockbuster film.

'Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in

India' is a 2001 sports drama film

written and directed by Ashutosh


Set in 1893, during the late

Victorian period of India's colonial

British Raj, the film follows the

inhabitants of a village in central

India, who, burdened by high taxes

and several years of drought, are

Friday, June 17, 2022

challenged by an arrogant British

Indian Army officer to a game of

cricket as a wager to avoid paying

the taxes they owe.

On the work front, Aamir is

gearing up for the release of 'Laal

Singh Chaddha' on August 11.

Sushant Singh Rajput's sister pens

down a heartfelt note on the actor's

2nd death anniversary

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh

Rajput's untimely demise

left a void in the heart of

his fans and family members. On

his 2nd death anniversary, the late

actor's sister, Shweta Singh Kirti,

pens down a heartfelt note on her

Instagram account.

"It has been 2 years since you left

your mortal abode, Bhai, but you

have become immortal because of

the values you stood for. Kindness,

compassion and love for all were

your virtues. You wanted to do so

much for so many. We shall continue

to model after your wonderful

virtues and ideals in your honor.

Bhai, you have changed the world

for the better and will continue to

do so even in your absence.

Let us all light a lamp today and

perform a selfless action to bring

a smile to someone's face" she


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Malaika Arora to

turn an author with

her book on fitness,

wellness, nutrition

Actress Malaika Arora is set to turn into an

author with her debut yet-to-be-titled book

on nutrition, the work on which is currently in

progress. The book will offer readers an understanding

into her healthy eating routine.

Covering some key elements of food and nutrition

like the relationship between eating right and overall

well-being, the challenges associated with food

deprivation; the literary work will help the readers

grasp the process of mastering discipline in eating

with a guide on how to blend nutrition plan with

fitness goals.

Talking about the book, Malaika Arora said in a

statement, “My goal has always been to facilitate

ideas around health and wellness. The book will help

us share our insights with people at large. I personally

believe in the comprehensive well-being of our body.

Concentrating on just one, does not support the

other. So the idea is to promote good health inside

out and we have barely scratched the surface as of


The book is being agented by The Sunflower Seeds

literary consulting. Speaking about the project.

Pallavi Barman, Founder, LAP Ventures- An Exceed

Entertainment group company, added by saying,

“We are glad to partner with The Sunflower Seeds

for Malaika’s literary foray. The book is an extension

of the focus on health, fitness and well being that

Malaika Arora Ventures (MAV) has.”

“As an entrepreneur, MAV has already invested

in Label Life, Sarva Yoga and now Nude Bowl. Her

purpose as an author will be guided by the same

values that she believes in as an entrepreneur”, she


Much-awaited trailer of Ranbir-Alia starrer 'Brahmastra' out

The much-awaited trailer

of Ranbir Kapoor and

Alia Bhatt starrer

'Brahmastra' is finally out. Star

Studios, Dharma Productions,

Prime Focus and Starlight

Pictures unveiled the highly

anticipated trailer of the

magnum opus a while ago.

The trailer takes one on a

magical journey and boasts of a

larger-than-life film. Brahmastra

is a new original universe

inspired by deeply rooted

concepts and tales from Indian

history but set in the modern

world, with epic storytelling

of fantasy, adventure, good

vs evil, love and hope; all told

using cutting-edge technology

and never-seen-before visual

spectacles. The last few days

have had fans anticipating and

In the post, the 'Chhichhore' actor

is seen holding the hand of his fan in

a black a kurta pyjama.

The actor passed away in 2020 at

eagerly waiting for the trailer

to drop. Check it out here:

The trailer gives us a glimpse

of how a parallel universe exists

in the modern age, with many

visuals depicting a magical

world of romance along with

a lot of action sequences.

his Bandra residence which created

a lot of controversies. The CBI was

brought to investigate the actor's

death from various angles

Post demise, his Patna residence

was turned into his memorial with

the late actor's telescope, books,

guitar and other personal things.

Sushant Singh Rajput made his

Bollywood debut with 'Kai Po Che'

and was known for his kind gesture,

and always treated his fans with

utmost pleasure, he gathered a lot of

popularity after his biggest success

'M.S Dhoni - The Untold Story'. His

last big-screen appearance was

'Chhichhore' which was released in

2019 and was a blockbuster hit.

The actor was last seen in director

Mukesh Chhabra's 'Dil Bechara'

opposite Sanjana Sanghi which was

the official remake of the novel 'The

fault in our stars', the film went for

an OTT release.

The story is set in modernday

India, against the premise

of a secret society called the

Brahmansh; who generation

after generation have protected

many divine 'Astras' (weapons)

that were created in ancient

India, and are safeguarded

from the eyes of the world.

The most powerful and the

deadliest amongst these divine

weapons; the Lord of all the

Other Astras - named after the

most powerful weapon of the

Gods, the BRAHMASTRA, is now

waking up. And it threatens

to completely destroy the

universe we know today.

Brahmastra - Part One: Shiva

is one of Bollywood's most

ambitious projects. Apart

from Ranbir and Alia, the film

has a stellar ensemble cast of

Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy

and Nagarjuna Akkineni.

The fantasy-adventure flick

is directed by Ayan Mukerji

and is produced by Karan

Johar's Dharma Productions.

The film will hit the theatres

on September 9. Speaking

about the trailer, Director Ayan

Mukherjee said, "Marking the

beginning of a new cinematic

universe, 'The Astraverse', I

believe Brahmastra is the kind

of film that the country would

feel really proud of. It touches

on our roots; celebrates our rich

culture and takes us forward

with our technology. The film is

proudly Indian and Imaginative

and bringing together some

of Pan-India's most renowned

names was a dream come


Brahmastra- the Trilogy, is

a 3-part film franchise and will

have a Pan-India release, across

five different languages - Hindi,

Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and


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Protect them for life. Immunise.

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visit BookMyVaccine.nz or call 0800 28 29 26.

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*Residential *Selling *Buying

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027 577 3747

Business Owner


Nick Kochhar

021 186 6969

Business Owner

Auction Consultant

09 629 0088


2 White Swan Road Mt Roskill

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