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Indian Weekender Vol 5 Issue 17

Indian Weekender Vol 5 Issue 17

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www.iwk.co.nz17 January 2014
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January 17, 2014 Vol. 5 Issue 17 | www.iwk.co.nz
The leading Kiwi Indian fortnightly newspaper
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The Pulse of Kiwi Indians
 
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 N
eill Andrews, the owner of Famous nightclub, continued to defend his racist rant against Indian customers;  posted on his Facebook page on the 30th of December.Dame Susan Devoy, Race Relations Commissioner, has made a strong remark on the Famous owners comment and has asked  people to boycott the club.After removing the posts, he said that, it was a joke and was over the top but continues to  believe that young Indian men are a problem. Mr. Andrews believes, he is not the only one and Indian patrons are a problem everywhere.Ironically, he further says that he is not making a sweeping statement or saying it in general. After expressing some regret for posting the comment, Mr. Andrews suggested that he will be happy to host an “Indian night”, with all Indian customers and DJs – provided the customers pay for their own alcohol.On December 30th, he had posted the following:“Just because we don’t let groups of creepy Indian rapists into the club doesn’t make us racist, they also don’t buy alcohol”“Probably so they can be sober enough to tie up the sack and lift the body into the back of their hybrid taxi, while wearing oversized leather jackets and sports shoes.”However, Mr. Andrews said that no one was excluded from Famous because of their ethnicity. The story was picked up by Massive magazine and highlighted by the editor Morgan Browne, which went viral on Facebook from there on.
- IWK Bureau
 Wellington bar labels Indian patrons as rapists
DJ Neill Andrews loses  business after ‘racist post’
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ompanies who have used wellington  based dj nda (a.k.a. neill andrews) for functions have announced that they will not use him again as a result of an offensive status andrews posted on facebook on december 30.
ANZ issued a statement today conrming
that they would not use Andrews again at future ANZ events.“We have spoken to the company that organized the entertainment for our Christmas event and asked that Mr Andrews not be used at our events in future in light of his reported remarks on Facebook,” said the ANZ spokesman.Andrews has previously DJed at two ANZ Christmas functions.RACE Incorporated CEO Alasdair Robertson says he is aware of the social media comments alleged to have been made by Andrews.
“I nd the comments extraordinary and
quite incompatible with the standards of the Wellington Racing Club and the overall RACE Incorporated group,” he says.“Assuming the comments are correctly attributed we will not be having any association with Mr Andrews.”Andrews had been scheduled to DJ at the Wellington Cup Carnival on January 25.British DJ Carl Cox, whose management reportedly prompted Andrews to remove the offensive comment, is scheduled to perform at Famous on January 17. Cox’s management, Safehouse Management UK, still cannot be reached for comment.MASSIVE reported yesterday that Wellington DJ and owner of nightclub ‘Famous’, Neill Andrews, posted the below status on his Facebook page, to the “disgust” of Wellington club goers and residents:“Just because we don’t let groups of creepy Indian rapists into the club doesn’t make us racist, they also don’t buy alcohol. Probably so they can be sober enough to tie up the sack and lift the body into the back of their hybrid taxi, while wearing oversized leather jackets and sports shoes”.
- By Morgan Browne, Editor,  Massive Magazine
“We have spoken to the company that organized the entertainment for our Christmas event and asked that Mr Andrews not be used at our events in future in light of his reported remarks on Facebook,” said the ANZ spokesman.
 
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ew Zealand’s Indian community has expressed unequivocal displeasure at the recent racist comment on Facebook by DJ and club owner Neill Andrews. Several Indian
associations are poised to take ofcial action.
“The NZICA will approach the Human Rights Commission and also other relevant
agencies with an ofcial complaint,” said Mr.
Harshad Patel, President of NZ Indian Central Association. “The comment Mr. Andrews made is racist, discriminatory and outrageous. The whole community is extremely offended and shocked at this kind of racism.” On December 30, Mr. Andrews, the owner of Famous nightclub in Wellington posted a racist rant about Indian patrons on his Facebook page. The derogatory comment was replete with racist undertones. He termed Indians as “groups of creepy Indian rapists”.Indian associations, businessmen and several community leaders are vocal in expressing their anger and are contemplating a joint course of action. “Mr. Andrew’s comment was deplorable. All Indian associations and organizations need to respond to in one voice within the community. In fact, we should boycott his club and not attend any functions where he DJs,” said Mr. Ashok Bhatia, Director, AB International. “To raise this concern is important because instances and comments like this can harm our younger generation of Kiwi Indians who are frequenting these clubs.” This sentiment is echoed by others. “I think it is very important that we strongly vocalise and document our concerns,” said Ranjna Patel, Director, East Tamaki Health Care and Chairperson of NZICA Women Group. The Human Rights Commission has encouraged those in the community, anyone who thinks they have been treated unfairly because of their ethnicity, to come forward with
an ofcial complaint.
“The post is offensive and unacceptable. The fast  pace and changing nature of social media throws up some challenges in dealing with these sorts of comments. We encourage people to report offensive posts or material directly to the media organisation involved,” said Dame Susan Devoy, Race Relations Commissioner.In a brief conversation with the Indian Weekender, Mr. Andrews remained unapologetic and said, “I do not regret what I said. Indian men are sexually repressed. The only thing I apologize for is how it was taken and I am not responsible for that.” The audio of the full conversation is available online on the newspaper’s website.
- IWK Bureau
Shocked community contemplates action against ‘Famous’ owner.Indian Weekender investigates.
Outrage over DJ’s racist comments
Indian associations, businessmen and several community leaders are vocal in expressing their anger and are contemplating a joint course of action.
 Niell Andrews: DJ & owner of the nightclub ‘Famous’
Kiwi Indians speak out
A joint course of action is necessary to counter such racism.
- Alkesh Sharma, National President, Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO NZ INC)
He surely is racist. What’s more, there is no sign of remorse or apology; this is not acceptable. If he is going to meet up with the Wellington Indian community, I urge them
to not meet till he apologises as a rst step.
- Vinod Kumar, Owner, Mitre10
 The comments made by the DJ Neil Andrews about Indians are outrageous. I strongly believe that we should be united in our response and course of action. We are seriously contemplating making a formal
complain to the ofce of the Race Relations.
- Harshad Patel, President, New Zealand  Indian Central Association
I am appalled at the comment and it is very important, that every organization (whether Indian or other) complains to the Race Relations . We must document our concerns.
- Ranjna Patel, Chairperson, NZICA Women Group
Any form of racism is unacceptable. With regards to Mr. Andrews’ comment, we will certainly be pursuing joint action with other Indian associations in the next few days.
- Ashok Darji, President, Auckland Indian Association

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