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14 February, 2014 Vol. 5 Issue 19 | www.iwk.co.nz
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Hall of Fame second coming
ollowing on the grand success of the inaugural Kiwi Indian Hall of fame, the auspicious event is set to grace Auckland again. The second Hall of Fame will be held in Auckland in May with as much grandeur as the first event where the recipient of the honour was local MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi. Event organizers say that, as promised, an independent judging panel has been set up to co-ordinate the event which has left an indelible
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welve years, more than $4.5 million, and countless hours of toil by members of the Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan of New Zealand came to fruition at 12-18 Princess St on February 6, as the splendor of the mandir was unveiled to all. Four days of rituals, pooja and discourses culminated with cultural programmes and Shej Aarti on Sunday, February 9. Discourses were delivered by Dr Bhanu Satpathy, prolific writer, philanthropist, and renowned devote of Shirdi Sai Baba. Sansthan executives told the Indian Weekender they were delighted with the opening of the mandir and the way the community had responded to make the event so successful. The Shirdi Saibaba Centre is also available for hire to members of the community. Kitted with commercial kitchen and dining facilities, the venue is suitable for weddings and any other major functions. - IWK Bureau
Last year’s Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame recipient Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi with Prime Minister John Key mark in the hearts of the local community. Prime Minister John Key was chief guest at last year’s function, which was attended by scores of dignitaries and guests totaling more than 200. The Hall of fame is designed to honour members of the local Indian community who have made significant achievements in New Zealand, and as such have contributed positively towards the progress of this nation. Nominations will soon be invited from members of the community for who they think should be the next recipient of the annual honour. Watch the next issue of Indian Weekender for full details. - IWK Bureau
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Talking up the power of youth
he power of youth will be celebrated at next month’s third National Hindu Youth conference. “Dynamic You – The Power of Youth” is the theme of the conference which will be held in Auckland on March 1. Hindu Youth New Zealand president Nikita Sharma said the conference aimed to build and enhance leadership capacity among Hindu Youth, provide a platform for interaction between Hindu youth of various Hindu sampradaya, sects and groups, and provide a stimulating atmosphere where young people learn about Hindu heritage, the Hindu identity and critically examine the contribution of Hindu society to New Zealand and the status of women in Hindu Dharma. “Our purpose is to inspire young people to discover the potential within and be proud of our very rich Hindu Heritage,” Ms Sharma said. The stellar cast of speakers for the evening include: • Dr Sudhvir Singh – 26 years old Auckland based medical doctor by profession and the director for Generation Zero, a group of mostly young professionals promoting solutions to climate change through transport, energy and liveable cities. • Kunal Bhargava - Engineering Manager for Power by Proxi – creating revolutionary wireless charging and wireless power technology. • Krishna Ramarathinam – Australian based international Carnatic musician who has performed at various international music festivals. Krishna is one of the founding members of Hindu Youth Movement in Australia and made a significant difference to the development of Hindu Youth in Sydney and Australia. • Divya Hariharan - Chief Executive Officer of P3 Foundation, consultant with Deloitte New Zealand. Professionally accomplished as an analyst consultant with Deloitte NZ, Divya leads the P3 foundation to eradicate extreme poverty in Asia-Pacific Region. • Rahul Chopra - With a Masters of International Business and professional accomplishments of working in key strategic roles with some of the biggest brands in New Zealand, Rahul is passionate about developing young people with character and universal human values. • Telisha Kumar – first Hindu female to join the New Zealand Police. • Akshita Patel – Founder and co- director for Indiance, one of New Zealand’s most popular art groups, that provides a platform for a large number of young people to learn dance and drama and show their talent at a professional level. The Ministry of Youth Development will conduct stimulating workshops on personal development and goal setting. The Ministry of Youth Development has been requested to run stimulating workshop on personal development and goal setting. These workshops have been most popular at previous Hindu conferences and similar response is expected this time. There will be an opportunity to learn public speaking and there is a very competitive quiz to round up the day long programme. The conference organising committee welcome young people of all ethnicities and affiliations to attend the conference and are sure that the event wills open doors of opportunities for young people looking for more opportunities. - IWK Bureau
ll New Zealanders are being invited to share stories of the teacher who had the greatest impact on their lives in an online initiative launched this week. ‘InspiredbyU’ is being launched as part of the inaugural Festivals of Education (to be held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch from March 21). Using virtual postcards, thousands of New Zealanders will have the opportunity to share the story of the teacher that had the biggest impact on their lives. Prime Minister John Key was among the first to share his ’InspiredbyU’ story, writing an oversize postcard to his former teacher – Rob Hughes – who taught him economics at Burnside High School, and who still teaches economics at the same school today. In the postcard, he writes: “Dear Rob, I was inspired by you because you had a love, passion, and great knowledge of economics. You added to my desire to make a difference to New Zealand.” Education Minister Hekia Parata added her “inspiring teacher” story to the launch, identifying Mrs Patricia Fitzpatrick, who taught Ms Parata and many of her siblings at Ngata memorial College in Ruatoria. Ms Parata writes: “I was inspired by you because you: • Encouraged my LOVE of reading • Broadened my taste in literature • Bolstered my confidence when other kids thought it was pretty nerdy
• And you were big on “big words” (though not bureaucratic ones).” Members of the public are invited to create their own digital postcards, sharing their teacher story online, at www.inspiredbyU.org.nz. Largescale postcards from around 200 prominent New Zealanders will also be exhibited at the Festivals. Chris Sullivan, General Manager of Knowledge and Growth for Cognition Education, says “The Festivals of Education are all about celebrating excellence and innovation in our wider education system, and teachers play a crucial role in this. It’s important that we celebrate the enormous contribution our educators make to society and the InspiredbyU website is a nice way of doing this.” Everyone is welcome to contribute their inspiring teacher story at www.inspiredbyU.org. nz The Festivals of Education – free, opento-the public events including inspiring speakers, interactive displays, activities, food and performance – will take place in Auckland 21-23 March at the Viaduct Events Centre, Christchurch 23 March at Wigram Air Force Museum and in Wellington on 29 March at TSB Bank Arena, Shed 6 and Frank Kitts Park. For more information or to get involved visit www.festivalofeducation.co.nz. - IWK Bureau
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Second Maori Indian hui to be held next month
ollowing the success of the first Hui (gathering) of Maori Indians with the theme “Coming together, working together, growing together”, a second Hui will be held next month. More than 100 delegates are expected to participate in the second gathering at the Tangatarua Marae, Waiariki Institute of Technology campus, Rotorua from Friday, March 14 to Sunday, March 16. The official program will start at 5pm on Friday with a powhiri (official Maori welcome) by Dr Ken Kennedy, Kaumatua of the Waiariki Institute of Technology. The main purpose of the two-day gathering is to bring the Maori Indian community together, and to motivate them to contribute to the community. The Hui is organised by Hindu Council of New Zealand, in association with International Centre for Cultural Studies (ICCS Aotearoa) and Aotearoa Bharat Friendship Society (ABFS). The participants will have an opportunity to learn a bit about Hindu culture. The second Hui will take place at the Tangatarua marae, which was carved by Lyonel Grant, a MaoriIndian himself. Tangatarua translates to “two peoples” and strongly symbolises the bicultural nature of the people who participate in the Hui of Maori Indians. An organizing committee, comprising of academics, project managers, lawyers and business people of Maori-Indian origin, has been formed to organize the second gathering. People from Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Whakatane, Opotiki, Kawhia, and Wellington are expected to participate in the second Hui. We have sent the invitations to a number of Iwi/ hapu that includes Ngati Awa, Ngai Tuhoe, Whakatohea, Ngati Pikiao, Tainui, Ngati Paoa,
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INZBC builds confidence for doing ‘Business Beyond Barriers’ T
he food processing industry in India, with a growth of 13% per annum, emerged as one of the most lucrative industries for Kiwi investment in India, in the ‘Business Beyond Barriers’ seminar held by INZBC. This came as part of Dr. Devi Singh’s submission to the audience of industrialists and international business experts at the seminar held at PwC towers on 3rd Feb.
of infrastructure in food processing, storage and transportation. Due to which a big proportion of products are lost before it can be bought by the consumer. This area is of great value proposition to the Kiwi companies looking for opportunities to expand in India. Clayton Kimpton, cautioned New Zealand companies that India was a market for the long term
Dr Devi Singh (Director IIM Lucknow India), Sunil Kaushal (Chairman – INZBC); Wenceslaus Anthony (INZBC); Clayton Kimpton (Regional Director – NZTE); Dinesh Naik (INZBC); Bhav Dhillon (Treasurer INZBC); Gavin Young (Trade Commissioner NZTE Mumbai); Richard White (Trade Commissioner NZTE Delhi) Clayton Kimpton, Regional Director – India Africa & Middle East for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) and Dr. Singh, were speaking at the first part of this series held on Monday, at the PWC towers, Auckland. Their focus was on removing the myths of international business and talking about the hidden opportunities in trade with India. Dr. Devi Singh is the Director of India’s premier management institute, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow. Dr. Singh reiterated that India has high volumes of production in food, livestock and dairy. However the gap is in the lack and not for gains in the short term. Keeping in with their aim of building business relations between India and New Zealand, the India New Zealand Business Council (INZBC) has started a series of lectures, in that direction. “The main purpose of this event is to get the industry moving from both sides of the world”, said Sunil Kaushal, Chairman, INZBC. He said that the organisation is planning more events like these that will help introduce the kiwi businesses with the opportunities and challenges of doing business with India. - IWK Bureau
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he Indian Union Minister of Steel, Shri Beni Prasad Verma led a delegation to New Zealand to forge bilateral relations in areas of mining. On his visit to New Zealand, he was greeted by members of the INZBC in Wellington. Shri Verma’s visit aimed to push for allocation of mineral assets on a Government to Government basis. As a part of the visit, Minister of Steel met with Mr. Simon Bridges, Minister of Energy & Resources, Government of New Zealand. The trade between the two countries has grown by about 40% during the last four years and can be increased further through better cooperation and synergy. Mr Wenceslaus Anthony & Sameer Handa
of INZBC spent an hour with HE Indian High Commissioner Mr Ravi Thapar and the visiting Indian Minister of Steel Hon. Mr Beni Prasad Verma. The Minister during his visit to Wellington met his counterpart in NZ along with Mr Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi. In Auckland he met the senior executive team of Solid Energy, Garry Diack, Interim CEO. INZBC was represented by Wenceslaus Anthony, Dinesh Naik & Sameer Handa during lunch meeting with the Minister’s delegation which included Chairman of SAIL, Mr C S Verma; CEO of ICVL, Mr Ajay Mathur; CMD of MOIL, Mr G P Kundargi amongst others. - IWK Bureau
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ANZ provides a rare meet and mingle opportunity
uckland, February 4: The air in the Great Room, at the Langham Hotel, was filled with excitement and enthusiasm as the press and patrons of ANZ waited to meet in person the cricket stars from both the BlackCaps and Team India. The meet began with David Hisco, ANZ CEO welcoming the BlackCaps and Indian cricket team at the special function to celebrate the India Tour as part of the ANZ International Series. “This was a coup for ANZ as it is the only appearance the Indian team will make while in NZ. Our customers received a true money can’t buy experience and had the chance to chat to members of both teams. It’s all about giving our clients the best service and access to experiences only ANZ can deliver,” said David Hisco, CEO ANZ. The evening was an opportunity to celebrate the ANZ International Series, which saw the BlackCaps take out a keenly contested ANZ ODI Series. It was also a chance to get ready for the ANZ Test Series which started in Auckland on Thursday, 6th February, followed by the final game in Wellington from Friday, February 14. Both team captains (Brendon McCullum and Mahendra Singh Dhoni) were interviewed by Laura McGoldrick and spent an hour mingling with over 300 ANZ clients and guests. McCullum and Dhoni, both captains, were candid about the upcoming series, pegging each other. If the ODI series is any indication the Indian
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Pundit Vikash and Prabhash return to delight New Zealand
he father and son duo of, professional classical Indian musicians, Pundit Vikash Maharaj and Prabhash Maharaj, will be visiting Auckland, Hamilton, and Wellington again. The two are no strangers to New Zealand. This is their sixth visit here having performed with many different bands. They have specially come this time to perform with the Holiwater Band at the three-day Splore Festival to be held at the Tapapakanga Regional Park in Orere, near Auckland this weekend (Feb 14-16). Earlier, the father and son first performed with the band at the same festival in 2002. Pandit Vikash Maharaj, is the 14th generation of musician in the prestigious and oldest musician family of Banaras Gharana (traditional Music School) in Varanasi, India. He started his Sarod lesson from Guru Sri Rajesh Chandra Moitra of the prestigious Maihar Gharana and in six months of hard training and his mother’s inspiration emerged him as youngest Sarod performer of All India Radio Varanasi graded artist. As he belongs to a family of great performers and teachers; his grandfather Pandit Bade Ramdas ji, Pandit Kanthe Maharaj, father Pandit Nanhku Maharaj, uncle Pandit Kishan Maharaj, one can see in his Sarod performance and teaching as excellent combination of ‘Swar’ (Tone) and ‘Laya’ (Rhythm). Pandit Vikash Maharaj’s unique musical quality is his ability to innovate Ragas and Talas at Sarod with his own natural proficiency and magical finger ability. His rare feet is attributed to the musical lineage he possesses from his father
and fore fathers who has been great masters in various fields of ancient Indian Classical Music. Since Sarod is a rare instrument in India and it is only in recent years that it has come into great prominence and reserved for itself the status of a classical concert instrument by the effort of music masters like Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and by himself among next
generation of Sarod performers. He has performed and recorded with many internationally recognized musicians. Pandit Vikash Maharaj is a gifted artist and creates an ambiance that is both deep and moving. His composition and improvisation is filled with joyful and complex interactions between melody and rhythm.
As he belongs to a family of great performers and teachers; his grandfather Pandit Bade Ramdas ji, Pandit Kanthe Maharaj, father Pandit Nanhku Maharaj, uncle Pandit Kishan Maharaj, one can see in his Sarod performance and teaching as excellent combination of ‘Swar’ (Tone) and ‘Laya’ (Rhythm).
As visiting professor, he gave workshop and lessons on India’s musical culture to prominent Professors in the field of music, advanced music students and professional musicians. Successfully he was able to create a bridge of understanding between European and Indian music and teaching. Prabhash Maharaj started receiving Tabla lessons from tender age of two. Prabhash Maharaj is the oldest of three sons of Pandit Vikash Maharaj. As being grandson and disciple of Tabla legend Pandit Nanhku Maharaj, he received hard training and many hours every day practice made him received numerous awards and performances, which includes six gold medals awards by the Govt. of India and two National Scholarships for the best Tabla player. Prabhash Maharaj was already touring internationally as a professional percussionist, since the age of 19. Both the father and son has performed many international and national music festivals including WOMAD, Splore, Ganga Mahotsav, Kalidas Sangeet Samaroh, Tanzbrunnen and many more throughout USA, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, France, Switzerland, Austria, and Australia. In New Zealand the two have played with different bands performing at two Diwali Festivals, at the Parliament Diwali event and at many other venues around the country. The Hamilton concert will be held at the Hillcrest Normal School Hall, at 218 Cambridge Rd on February 23 at 5pm. The Auckland show at the Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall, 13, May Road on March 1 at 6pm. Venue and details of the Wellington show and possibly other shows are yet to be announced.
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Auckland taking bigger strides
uckland business and the council are looking to combine the city’s reputation for high liveability with openness to business and investment through a clear agenda for economic growth, following a three-day economic forum. Mentored by international cities expert Greg Clark, who advises many of the world’s most successful cities, the forum identified nine priorities to accelerate delivery of Auckland’s Economic Development Strategy and the Auckland Plan. The forum was attended by representatives from business, the council and government departments. Mayor Len Brown said: “Auckland’s amalgamation has delivered huge opportunities of scale. But we need to translate those opportunities into clear action. Auckland requires one leadership team to drive the jobs and growth we need. “This is a very strong start. It identifies some clear priorities and actions for Auckland. And, importantly, it shows a real consensus for action from business and council. The next step will be to take this to government to seek their full backing for Auckland’s growth priorities.” Councillor Arthur Anae, Chair of the Economic Development Committee said: “We have the right strategy for Auckland’s growth. But we need to move from planning to action and begin to shift up a gear. This set of priorities will send a clear message that Auckland is serious about achieving its economic potential.” The nine priorities agreed at the forum are: 1. A new Auckland Leadership Team 2. Raise youth employability 3. Build, retain and attract talent 4. Build the Auckland business proposition for a business-friendly city 5. Boost the investment rate into Auckland’s economy and infrastructure 6. Motivate greater investment in products, services and markets 7. Increase Auckland’s visibility 8. Optimise Auckland’s platforms for growth 9. Support improved performance of Maori businesses Further engagement with central government and the private sector will maintain the momentum of the forum, and confirm the agenda. The draft plan will be referred to the council’s Economic Development Committee in February. Announcement of a confirmed action programme is expected at the end of February.
2014 set to be ‘bumper’ year for Auckland home building
ayor Len Brown says 2014 will be a ‘bumper’ year for building consents in Auckland, with approvals for around 7000 new homes expected in the 2013/14 year, twice the total for 2011/12. Speaking at an event to mark the start of construction of Brickworks, Auckland’s latest apartment development, at Hobsonville Point this morning, Len Brown said: “It’s clear that we are entering a growth phase for Auckland home building. Over the next few years Aucklanders will see a lot more building activity across the region, with a good mix of apartments, terraced houses and standalone houses. “This boost in residential construction has been helped by strong economic growth, greater certainty for developers and improvements to the council’s consenting processes. “I have been really impressed by the work of our consenting teams. Although volumes are much higher than previous years, the building and resource consent teams have continued to perform at 95 per cent at least, of consents processed within statutory timeframes.” Highlights include: • More than 6300 building consents were granted last year in Auckland, up 38 per cent on the previous year and double the year before. • Resource consents continue to increase – up from 12,000 in 2011/2012, 13,000 in 2012/2013 and at the current growth, expected to increase to 14,000+ in 2013/2014. • The resource consents issued will result in a significant increase in new dwellings over the next years with more than 20,000 new lots approved as part of resource consents issued in the last 6 months. • Apartments are becoming a larger proportion of new homes - in December alone in Auckland consents were granted for 397 new apartments. (Over the last six months, consents for 1918 new apartments were granted.)
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oksha, an Odissi dance recital was held on the 1st of February, 2014 at the Musgrove Theatre in Auckland. It was performed by Thamizhavanan Veshnu, an Indian classical dancer of international repute, having performed in many countries and was narrated by Dr. Chandrabhanu, a doyen in the field of Indian classical dance. How does one review a performance from a dancer and his guru, people who have dedicated their life to learn the complex dance form of Odissi, known as the one of the oldest dance forms in the world. Well, one can’t and one shouldn’t indulge in this indiscretion. So this is not a review. What I will instead try to do is relay to you the enriching experience I had at Moksha, the first live Odissi recital in New Zealand. The intimacy of Musgrove Theatre made it possible for the each and every audience member to get to experience every quiver and every gesture performed expertly by Veshnu. The recital followed the traditional form, starting with a salutation to God, moved into a more elaborate ‘Pallavi’, peaked with the ‘Abhinaya’ of Jaydev’s Geet-Govind and Shankaracharya’s ‘Panchakshari Stotram’, ending the liberation, ‘Moksha’. Veshnu masterfully created and dismantled a variety of universes with practiced yet spontaneous ease, enrapturing the audience while doing so. What furthered our involvement was the enlightening narration by the doyen, Dr. Chandrabhanu explaining the meaning of the performance that was to follow, even demonstrating certain key steps and themes. Dr. Chandrabhanu’s command over the craft meant that we were waiting to see Veshnu perform after every enthralling introduction and Veshnu
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delivered, every single time. It was fascinating to see the Veshnu’s versatility on display, tenderly portraying the lover’s tiff from Geet-Govind and followed immediately by the more masculine and powerful presentation of Shiva, in all his glory in ‘Panchakshari Stotram’. For an audience witnessing live Odissi for the very first time, this recital was a definite success as it involved and enraptured them in equal measure. Me? I lost count of the number of times I had goose bumps while experiencing the marvel that was, Moksha. - Prateek Vadgaonkar
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Prime Ministers Key and Abbott meet in Sydney
rime Minister John Key met with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Sydney and jointly chaired a meeting of Australian and New Zealand Cabinet Ministers. “New Zealand and Australia share one of the closest economic partnerships in the world and it’s critical that we continue to deepen the economic and business links between our two countries,” says Mr Key. Mr Key thanked Prime Minister Abbott for inviting New Zealand to join the G20 meetings, which Australia is hosting this year. Mr Key welcomed Prime Minister Abbott’s
confirmation that Australia would extend access to students under the Higher Education Loan Program to long-term New Zealand residents in Australia. The Prime Ministers also announced that international visitors will only need one visa to attend games in next year’s Cricket World Cup which is being co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia. “This will make it much easier for fans to watch games on both sides of the Tasman,” says Mr Key. The two Prime Ministers also released a joint response to the study the New Zealand and Australia Productivity Commissions.
Judgment on Australian Bank Fees Case
onourable Justice Gordon of the Australian Federal Court delivered judgment in the Australian Bank Fees case, Paciocco v ANZ. Her Honour found that late payment fees charged by the ANZ were illegal and ‘extravagant, exorbitant and unconscionable’. Lawyers for the plaintiffs claim the ruling is set to change the banking landscape in Australia. Fair Play on Fees lawyer Andrew Hooker says, “We have been closely monitoring the progress of the Australian bank fees case because, although there are differences between the Australian and New Zealand laws, it will provide our legal team with some important guidance on how best to represent the needs of New Zealanders in the bank fees case in New Zealand. Justice Gordon today ruled that the late payment fees the bank charged customers were invalid. But her Honour also said that other fees the bank charged, including honour
and dishonour fees, over-limit fees on credit cards, were reasonable and were not penal in character. Her Honour therefore found that banks could charge its customers these kinds of fees legally.
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Kiwis fourth biggest gamblers in the world
Our annual plan for 2014/2015 is now being developed. We want to hear your views on how we propose to improve Auckland’s liveability and support growth. Visit www.annualplan.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz to read more about what is planned for 2014/2015, the consultation topics and how to have your say. Information and submission forms are also available at your local library, service centre and local board office. Submissions must be received by 4pm on Monday 24 February 2014. www.annualplan.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz For more information, phone 09 301 0101
ew Zealanders are the fourth biggest gamblers per head of population in the world – a shameful figure that Peter Dunne must take action to remedy, says Labour’s Internal Affairs spokesperson Trevor Mallard. “It is a disgrace that New Zealand is number four in the world for gambling, according to analysis in The Economist. We need tighter rules and greater controls on pokies.
“Now that Peter Dunne is Internal Affairs Minister he has much more influence on gambling policy. He must take responsibility for reducing losses,” Trevor Mallard says. Kicking off another row about the proposed deal with SkyCity about additional pokie machines, making gambling increase in the country, especially in Auckland. - IWK Bureau
NEW ZEALAND POLITICS
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Key promises big on Waitangi Day
aitangi Day is a commemoration of the Treaty of Waitangi; as known to many New Zealanders, the treaty was signed between the Maori chiefs and the representatives of the British Crown. Often referred to as the founding document of New Zealand, the treaty made New Zealand a part of the extended British Empire as well as gave Maoris rights over their lands, as well as the status and rights equal to that of a British citizen. The treaty was signed on the 6th of February, in 1840 and the day has seen been one that is celebrated every year. The very first Waitangi Day was celebrated and commemorated on the 6th of February 1934 and was established as a public holiday in 1974 by the Labour Party and then Prime Minister Norman Kirk. Initially, the law had been passed under the name of The New Zealand Day Act 1973 – also the suggested name for Waitangi Day. To the then Prime Minister Kirk, the name and commemoration of Waitangi Day as The New Zealand Day was a representation of New Zealand moving towards a broader concept of nationhood. However, in 1976, the then Prime Minister, Robert Muldoon, changed the name to Waitangi Day by passing the Waitangi Day Act 1976. Waitangi Day, however, has not only been a day of commemoration, but also one of controversies. Maori activists have protested on the day since 1971, their main focus being a greater recognition of the Treaty by the government, calls for honouring the treaty as well as raising awareness of the treaty. Incidents in 2000, 2004 and 2009 have disrupted celebrations; nonetheless, the day is celebrated every year, with celebrations starting on the 5th of February, at the Ngapuhi Te Tii Marae; local dignitaries, as well as the Prime Minister, officials of the Maori Party
and other ministers are welcomed in to the marae and listen to speeches by the local iwi / tribes. Apart from the speeches, the New Zealand Navy hoists the New Zealand Flag, Union Flag and the White Ensign at the flagstaff in the treaty grounds; this is followed by a church service, cultural song and dance performances a re-enactment of the calling ashore of Governor Hobson to sign the treaty and ends with all the flags being lowered down by the Navy. Celebrations are also held across New Zealand; this year, Wellington and Banks Peninsula held citizenship ceremonies where several new New Zealanders attained the status of becoming “officially Kiwi.” Conducting citizenship ceremonies on Waitangi day was symbolic of the importance of concepts like those of relationships, diversity as well as nationhood, concepts that the treaty upholds and honours. However, Waitangi Day 2014 was not spared of controversies, as the Ngapuhi tribe, like every year protested on treaty grounds demanding a settlement along with a fulfilment of the promise made by the Labour Party. Prime Minister John Key’s government had promised to settle all the treaty related disputes by the year 2014, a promise it has been unable to keep. PM Key has not extended the date to 2017; however he has promised a down payment of 40 million dollars to the Ngapuhi tribe, that’s 20% of the entire settlement, estimated at around 200 million dollars. PM Key has promised that the cash will flow quickly, given the Ngapuhi agree on it. The Ngapuhis are themselves divided into two factions, and have not been able to agree on similar terms. The current government is however, ready and keen to settle, given the Ngapuhi, the last tribe standing, show initiative. - IWK Bureau
New Zealand just half way in OECD jobs rankings
he unemployment figures can’t hide the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots under National, says Labour Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. Reacting to the OECD survey figures that showed New Zealand is languishing half way down the OECD rankings for unemployment and that wages are stagnating. “Nowhere is the growing gap between rich and poor more obvious than in the jobs rate for our youth. Unemployment for 15 – 19 year olds has increased by 4000 since National took office. “No one should be crowing about today’s figures when joblessness is growing for young people. “Kiwis aren’t getting ahead. Real wages are stagnant and, despite being the fifth fastest growing economy in the OECD, New Zealand is 12th in the OECD for unemployment. “There are still 41,000 more people unemployed since John Key took office in 2008. “That’s further proof that the only winners in National’s economy are those who are already rich. “The economy’s growth is primarily driven by the Christchurch rebuild and high dairy prices, shaky foundations at the very least. And not a recipe for long term job growth,” says Grant Robertson. - IWK Bureau
Government needs to open eyes to climate change consequences
he latest United Nations report on climate change is yet another warning to the Government that it can’t continue to ignore reality, Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey says. “This report again makes it quite clear that unless governments around the world commit to meaningful emissions reduction targets the results will be catastrophic. “Yet despite these repeated grim predictions Climate Change Minister Tim Groser and his cabinet colleagues appear content to ignore them.
“New Zealand may represent only a small percentage of overall global emissions but we are one of the worst greenhouse gas polluters per capita in the world. “National has withdrawn from Kyoto, ripped the guts out of the Emissions Trading Scheme, and reversed every measure put in place by the last Labour Government to reduce our gross greenhouse gas emissions. “It has sat on its hands as a collapsing carbon price threatens the economic viability of our carbon forestry sector. - IWK Bureau
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The economics of good nutrition
ne of the biggest problems facing New Zealand at the moment is hardly ever talked about: what we eat and how we eat. In just a generation we’ve moved to food that’s heavy on the sugar, fat and salt, and light on the nutrients our body needs. As a result, more than one in four New Zealanders is obese. Obesity brings with it other problems, like diabetes and heart disease. Heart disease accounts for more than 40% of all deaths in New Zealand annually: several times more than road accidents. It’s the single most common cause of death here. It’s estimated that poor diets are now killing more people in New Zealand than tobacco. That’s both a tragedy and an economic burden New Zealand can’t afford. It’s not just an adult problem: a third of New Zealand children are either overweight or obese. It’s not just a low socio-economic problem either: poor nutrition is a burden on our health system, it’s a crisis that will soon swamp our hospitals, and we’re all going to pay for it though our taxes. It’s a problem that’s finding its way into all our communities: the Indian community is
facing some of the same risks. Last week I interviewed Geoff Simmons on Planet FM. Geoff is an economist and researcher for the Morgan Foundation -- he recently co-wrote a book with Gareth Morgan, called Appetite for Destruction: Food - The Good, The Bad and The Fatal. We talked about the importance of clearer food labelling, so people can tell at a glance what’s healthy and what’s not. I’d like to see nutrition taught in all our schools so our children grow up understanding how to grow and cook food, and - just as crucially what’s in the food they buy from supermarkets. That’s why I have a Food In Schools bill before parliament at the moment. The last Labour government stipulated that only healthy food could be sold to children in schools. The current government has changed that, allowing unhealthy foods into schools and child obesity has predictably increased. We can do a lot more. Nutritional education for children, clear labelling of foods so people can choose healthy foods over unhealthy processed food, and healthy foods in schools. It’s a problem I want to see fixed. - David Shearer MP, Labour Party spokesman for Foreign Affairs and Energy
A Government working for all New Zealanders
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
As an MP, one of the most important things to me is supporting families and households. I know that the issues that matter to our community are a stronger economy and more jobs, better frontline health and education services, and a safer New Zealand. The National Government is building a faster-growing economy with more jobs and rising incomes to support New Zealanders and their families. We are achieving this through our four key priorities. We haven’t wavered from these and we are getting results. Firstly, we’re responsibly managing the government’s finances – just like you’d expect us to. We’ve turned around the books and we’re on track to surplus, when we can start repaying debt and spend a little more on the services the public want. Secondly, we’re building a more competitive and productive economy because that’s the best way to create more jobs and increase your wages. We’re delivering economic growth of more than 3 per cent – much better than most other developed countries. Household incomes have generally been rising faster than the cost of living, and income inequality has declined. Thirdly, we’re delivering better public services. For example, we’re giving parents good information about how their children are performing at school, and we have bold new plans to strengthen the teaching profession to help lift educational achievement. There are more police on the frontline, more elective surgery is being done in public hospitals, long-term welfare dependency is falling, and we’re continuing to help families and older New Zealanders with generous income support. All this is being achieved while the Government is keeping tight control of its spending. National understands that solving problems is not necessarily about spending more money. Our fourth priority is to support the rebuilding of Christchurch because we pledged we would stand with the city, and we are. The Earthquake Commission has repaired more than 50,000 damaged houses, and nine of the 16 anchor projects in the central city will begin construction this year. After five years of a National-led Government, the economic fundamentals are in place but there is still a great deal to do, and more to achieve. In the coming years we need to lock in the hard-won gains we’ve made and reject the alternative high-spending prescription. A National-led Government can be trusted to make the best decisions for the strengthening of our economy, the prosperity of our citizens, and the security of our future.
Fly the flag for Kiwi workers and businesses
he Government continues to make things worse for Kiwi workers, letting government contracts overseas and ignoring the need to build our economy. The latest government purchase is another example of how Kiwi businesses and workers are losing out. A $154 million contract has just been awarded to an American company for aircraft and training. Why reject a local firm? Yes, a Hamiltonbased company that has been working with the armed services for decades has missed out. Government buying needs to support New Zealand companies and workers, after all it is Kiwi taxpayer dollars that the Government is spending. Let’s create jobs here, instead of overseas. And let’s be proud that our workers get decent wages and are not paid a pittance as
many are overseas. In our regions businesses have been shutting up shop since this government has been in office. For example, Swazi apparel in Levin lost a $2 million contract to supply wet weather gear to the armed service, the Government awarded a contract overseas to a supplier who uses a Chinese manufacturer. New Zealand First has proposed a strong piece of legislation that will ensure government purchasing takes into account wider economic benefits. When the government buys it should have to consider factors such as job creation or retention, tax losses, and the overall contribution to Gross Domestic Product. New Zealand First’s Buy New Zealand (Procurement) Bill is ready and waiting to go. It’s time for the Government to fly the flag for Kiwi workers and businesses. - Rt Hon Winston Peters Leader of New Zealand First
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Many Aucklanders have already played a role in creating the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan, however we still have a way to go. The plan is now in the formal submission phase, so this is your chance to have a look at how it is progressing, see the changes that have been made and have your say. The unitary plan will shape how Auckland grows, setting out what can be built and where, as well as safeguarding what already makes Auckland special. The council will run a series of unitary plan open days around Auckland in November 2013. Go to www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/unitaryplan to ﬁnd out more, view the e-plan and make a submission.
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To become Dean of Harvard College. n January 22, 2014, it was announced that Rakesh Khurana would become Dean of Harvard College, effective July 1, 2014; he will succeed Evelynn Hammonds. Rakesh Khurana (born November 22, 1967) is an American organizational theorist, and the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development in organizational behaviour at Harvard Business School. He is also a professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the co-Master of Cabot House at Harvard University along with his wife, Stephanie. Rakesh received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1990, his A.M (Sociology) from Harvard in 1997 and his PhD in organizational behaviour from Harvard’s Ph.D. program in 1998. He worked for three years as a founding team member of Cambridge Technology Partners before starting graduate school in 1994. After finishing his doctorate, Rakesh taught at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In 2000, Rakesh accepted an appointment at the Harvard Business School.
Global Indians surging:
Dr. Renu Khator
One of the first persons of Indian origin to head a higher system and a research university in America. President and Chancellor of The University of Houston. enu Khator (born June 29, 1955) is the eighth chancellor of the University of Houston System and the thirteenth president of the University of Houston. She is the second foreign-born president of the university, and the second woman to hold the position. Khator is also the first Indian American to lead a major research university in the United States, and is the second Indian American to lead an accredited university in the United States. Khator was born in Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh (India). Prior to moving to the United States, Khator earned a bachelor’s degree from the Kanpur University in 1973. Moving soon thereafter, she attended Purdue University, and received Master of Arts in political science and a Doctor of Philosophy in political science and public administration in 1975 and 1985, respectively. Beginning in 1985, Khator began a 22-year career affiliation with the University of South Florida. She served in various positions, culminating in her position as provost and senior vice president of the university. On January 13, 2011, Khator was appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas board of directors, to serve out the remainder of an unexpired term ending December 31, 2011.
Satya Narayana Nadella is the Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. e succeeded Steve Ballmer, on February 4, 2014. Previously, he was executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, responsible for building and running the company’s computing platforms, developer tools and cloud services. Nadella was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, to an IAS officer, B. N. Yugandhar, from Bukkapuram village. Satya attended the Hyderabad Public School in Begumpet, before attaining a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication degree from Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, Karnataka. After moving to the US, Nadella earned an MS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Nadella worked with Sun Microsystems, as a member of its technology staff, prior to joining Microsoft in 1992. Nadella worked as the senior vice president of research and development (R&D) for the Online Services Division and vice president of the Microsoft Business Division. Later, he was made the president of Microsoft’s $19 billion Server and Tools Business and led a transformation of the company’s business and technology culture from client services to cloud infrastructure and services. Satya Nadella played a major role in Microsoft’s transition to cloud computing. “During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” said Bill Gates. Since joining the company in 1992, Nadella has spearheaded major strategy and technical shifts across the company’s portfolio of products and services, most notably the company’s move to the cloud and the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world supporting Bing, Xbox, Office and other services. During his tenure overseeing Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, the division outperformed the market and took share from competitors. “Microsoft is one of those rare companies to have truly revolutionized the world through technology, and I couldn’t be more honored to have been chosen to lead the company,” Nadella said.
Satya Nadella CEO of Microsoft
Sanjeev Kulkarni, Has been appointed as the dean of Princeton University Graduate School.
anjeev Kulkarni, professor of electrical engineering and director of the Keller Center, has been appointed as the next dean of the Princeton University Graduate School with effect from March 31. “Through more than 20 years as a faculty member and administrator, I have developed a very deep appreciation for Princeton,” Kulkarni said. Kulkarni, is an associated faculty member in the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering and in the Department of Philosophy, previously served as associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 2003 to 2005. He was also the master of Butler College, an undergraduate residential college, from 2004 to 2012 and since 2011 has been the director of the Keller Center.
Is the 10th and the current dean of Harvard Business School.
Satish K. Tripathi is an Indian-American computer scientist from Buffalo, NY, and is the president of the University at Buffalo (UB), part of the State University of New York Subra Suresh
(Born May 30, 1956) is the ninth and current president of Carnegie Mellon University.
Vijay K. Dhir
Dean of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
Ajit G. Hutheesing
(Born 4 March 1936) is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of International Capital Partners Inc.(ICP). CP commenced investment activities in 1992, providing private placement equity to finance the growth of successful smaller companies. Mr. Hutheesing was a member of the Greenwich Roundtable, a group of 100 invited members who collectively manage $1 Trillion plus. Ajit was one of the first Indians in Wall Street when he started his investment banking career in 1960 with Loeb, Rhoades & Co. He returned to India in 1963 to start the first investment bank but when his cousin, Indira Gandhi, became Prime Minister and started nationalizing banks and insurance companies, he decided to leave India.
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hen Satya Nadella took over the CEO position at one of the world’s biggest companies Microsoft, he sparked a wave of pride among the people of Indian origin. Becoming the latest addition to a long list of meritorious Indian-origin businessmen, academicians, politicians and other executives leading organisations and institutions from positions of authority. The Indian diaspora has been surging ahead in the United States of America, and the following list is not in a particular order of merit or achievements but a glimpse of what a handful of Indians have managed to achieve with the right opportunity. From executive positions in business, to positions of authority in some of the Ivy league Universities and even breaking the glass ceiling by reaching the pinnacles of federal democracy
and heading States as Governors they have all lead by example. All the personalities highlighted in our Global Indians feature are role models and have shattered the belief that the third world cannot lead. While we showcase the immense talent that is being celebrated in the USA, we can’t help but think how India fails to provide similar opportunities. Spare a thought for mighty New Zealand, which is attracting talent from India but are they finding their place in its hierarchy? - IWK Bureau
Dr. Vivek Murthy
as the U.S. surgeon general ivek Hallegere Murthy (born 1976 or 1977) is an American physician who has been nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama to serve as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States. He is the founder and president of Doctors for America, a group of 15,000 physicians and medical students supporting Obama in advocating for policy that would provide Americans with more affordable, accessible healthcare. In 2011, Murthy was appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to serve on the U.S. Presidential Advisory Council on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The group advises the National Prevention Council on developing strategies and partnerships to advance the nation’s health. Since 1995, he has also been a leader in H.I.V. prevention and AIDS education, co-founding and serving as president and chairman of a non-profit organization, Visions Worldwide, focused on that mission in the U.S and in India.
Education, and Economics and Chief Scientist on April 17, 2009. Before serving in this administration, Shah worked in a range of leadership roles at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2013, Shah was named by the publication India Abroad as Person of the Year for Public Service – 2012.
Srikanth “Sri” Srinivasan
(Born February 24, 1967) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 97–0 on May 23, 2013.
Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi
(Born 28 October 1955) is an Indian-American business executive and the current Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. ccording to Forbes, she is consistently ranked among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Nooyi was born in Madras (presently Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India. She was admitted to Yale School of Management in 1978 and earned a Master’s degree in Public and Private Management. Nooyi joined PepsiCo in 1994 and was named president and CFO in 2001. Nooyi has directed the company’s global strategy for more than a decade In 2006 she became the fifth CEO in PepsiCo’s 44-year history.
Preetinder Singh “Preet” Bharara (born 1968) is an Indian American attorney and the current U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. harara was nominated to become U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York by President Barack Obama on May 15, 2009 and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He was sworn into the position on August 13, 2009. In 2012, his office has prosecuted several international terrorists, and secured life sentences for many high profile ones like Faisal Shazad, the Times Square Bomber. He has charged several former and current elected officials in corruption cases and acted against organised crime in the country. He was recently in the spotlight again with the prosecution of an Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, which created tensions in India-US relations. Bharara served as the chief counsel to Senator Chuck Schumer and played a leading role in the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary investigation into the firings of United States attorneys. He was assistant United States Attorney in Manhattan for five years, bringing criminal cases against the bosses of the Gambino and Colombo crime family and Asian gangs in New York City.
is the current president and chief executive officer of MasterCard.
Ajaypal Singh Banga
rior to being confirmed as a judge he was the Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States and he has argued 25 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and was also a lecturer at Harvard Law School. Srinivasan also is known for having represented former Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling in his appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court, Skilling v. United States (2010). On August 26, 2011, Srinivasan was appointed to replace Neal Katyal as Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States. Earlier in his career, he also performed pro bono work for presidential candidate Al Gore during the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election.
(Born July 23, 1951 in Orissa, India) is an employee of Berkshire Hathaway who currently heads several reinsurance businesses. Today, Jain is the President of Berkshire Hathway Insurance group and is allegedly touted to be Warren Buffet’s successor.
Dr. Rajiv Shah
is the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development USAID managing USD 22bn of funds.
(Born October 20, 1964) is an American attorney. She is the 32nd and current Attorney General of California following the 2010 California state elections.
Kamala Devi Harris
(Born 1956, Jharkhand, India) was an executive, and the president of Standard & Poor’s
is a board member of Google and one of the first investors in Google. Shriram was previously President of Junglee, a member of the Netscape executive team, a founding board member of Google and 247-inc.com. Shriram serves on the boards of StumbleUpon, Zazzle and Paperless Post.
Kavitark Ram Shriram
(Born 1963) is the CEO of GLOBALFOUNDRIES and former chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobility.
Sanjay Kumar Jha
ajiv “Raj” Shah (born March 9, 1973) is the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development USAID. He was confirmed by the Senate on December 24, 2009. In this role, Shah leads more than 9,600 professionals in 80 missions around the world, and manages an annual budget of over 22 billion dollars. USAID is focused on ending extreme poverty. Prior to his appointment at USAID, Administrator Shah served as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research,
(Born 1972) served as the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States (CTO), appointed by President Barack Obama.
Aneesh Paul Chopra
(Born October 9, 1974) is an Indian American administrator who served as the first chief information officer of the United States from March, 2009 to August, 2011 under President Barack Obama.
is the CEO of Adobe Systems. Prior to this post, he held the role as the President and Chief Operating Officer since 2005. He is also the President of the board of the Adobe Foundation.
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Governor of Louisiana
iyush “Bobby” Jindal (born June 10, 1971) is the 55th and current Governor of Louisiana and the Vice Chairman of the Republican G o v e r n o r s Association. Jindal was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to immigrants from India. Prior to entering politics, Jindal studied for a Bachelor of Science in biology and public policy at Brown University from 1988 to 1991 and then a M.Litt in Political Science from New College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. He first ran for governor in 2003 but lost in the general election to Democrat Kathleen Blanco. He then won a seat in the United States House of Representatives in the 2004 elections. The second Indian American in Congress, he was re-elected in 2006. He ran for Governor again in 2007 and secured an outright majority in the first round of balloting. He was re-elected in a landslide in 2011.
Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley (born January 20, 1972) is an American politician and the 116th and current Governor of South Carolina. A member of the Republican Party, Haley represented Lexington County in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2005 to 2010. aley is the first woman to serve as Governor of South Carolina. At the age of 42, Haley is the youngest current governor in the United States. Haley was born in Bamberg, South Carolina, on January 20, 1972, to an Indian Sikh family. Haley is a graduate of Clemson University with a B.S. in accounting. Haley was named to the board of directors of the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce in 1998. In 2003, she was named to the board of directors of the Lexington Chamber of Commerce. Haley became president of the National Association of Women Business Owners in 2004.
keen on California governor run eel Tushar Kashkari (born July 30, 1973) is an American banker and politician. A Republican, and is running for Governor of California in the 2014 election. Born and raised in Ohio to Kashmiri Pandits, who immigrated to the United States from Kashmir in the 1960s. Educated at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Kashkari worked initially as an aerospace engineer. After attending business school at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he became an investment banker, covering the information technology security sector for Goldman Sachs.
In May 2006 President George W. Bush announced his intention to appoint Paulson as Secretary of the Treasury. When Henry Paulson, the former head of Goldman, was appointed Secretary of the Treasury in 2006, he brought Kashkari on as an aide. Kashkari was eventually named Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Economics and Development. Kashkari began as a special assistant to Paulson working on energy policy. He and Allan B. Hubbard developed Bush’s “Twenty in Ten” plan to promote energy conservation. He also worked on issues related to India, particularly infrastructure development. In November 2007, Bush nominated Kashkari to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Economics and Development. The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination in June 2008, and Kashkari was sworn in the following month. As interim Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability from October 2008 to May 2009, he was responsible for overseeing the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) that was a major component of the U.S. government’s response to the financial crisis of 2007–08.
Clarification: In the Shirdi Sai Sansthaan Special, dated January 31, 2014 Mr Manoj Dutta was incorrectly referred to as the ‘Architect’. The information was provided by the Sai Sansthaan Trust. Inconvenience is deeply regretted. - IWK Bureau.
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JOURNEY OF 15 YEARS
Two Billion dollars & still going strong...
As GFS turns 15, Ajay Kumar has contributed over two billion dollars to the New Zealand economy through supporting Indian businesses. The much revered financial advisor shares his secret with Indian Weekender.
his devotion to his clients that has made the relationship so fruitful for both parties. The unassuming and humble Mr. Kumar has a very reassuring way of dealing with his clientele. He makes sure that his company goes the extra mile to understand what is it, the client needs. He says, sometimes it is the case of mere communication, or presenting the case properly, on others reassurance of help when it comes to claims, or addressing queries on much simpler things. Then there was a general opaque wall against Indians not being investors, thus many were reluctant to offer them the funds. But now things have changed and the same business class Indian is being wooed all over. Initially, Indian cultural understanding, smile breaks on his face when he says that I even have a 2nd generation of my clients now looking to me and doing considerable business with me. On asking him what is the value proposition that they at GFS offer people, it is the fact that most people don’t advise their customers on how to finish the loan; that is the extra help they get from GFS. As we advise them case by case, depending on their capacity to finish the loan. This eventually saves them interest. With us educating the client on these factors they return to us. We don’t sell and disappear. We make sure we are constantly supporting the client. Besides the in house developed software technology, helps us stay on top of all oncoming dates and
A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.” - Mahatma Gandhi jay Kumar and his work at Global Financial Services Ltd. has epitomized Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of putting the customer first. “Customer is God,” he says. From humble beginnings on March 5, 1999 when customers questioned their capacity and presence a year from then, to being the market leaders and providing over NZD 2 billion worth of loans to clients, Ajay Kumar and GFS has come a long way, he is now one of the top insurance advisors in the country. A very serious man, and labourious like the bees Ajay Kumar, has seen time tick along slowly. His memory and recall ability, remembering incidences and customers at will, is almost on par with his in house developed CRM software that has given him the edge over the market. He remembers how people questioned their stability and poked whether they will be behind their tall promises in the years to come, what if they desert them and go. Over the years he has most certainly quashed those apprehensions and doubts about their presence and ability to deliver what they promise. In the 15 years that they have been in establishment, no one has come near the kind of business they have been able to provide, especially to the Indian community. Businessman, doctors, restaurant operators, lawyers, professionals from all walks of life have benefitted from GFS work in the mortgage and insurance sector, with most banks, and thousands of clients Ajay Kumar and GFS enjoys a numero uno position in terms of customer satisfaction. “When a bank sees papers forwarded from GFS they are happy to take the case, as they are assured it is a good clear case,” he adds, “a case of high quality.” The journey has certainly not been easy and like bouquets brickbats have followed too, recounting an incident from 2008, when a competitor filed a complaint with the highest Advertising Standards Authority challenging their promise to the customers to reduce the term of the mortgage and saving them interest. “The journey has not been an easy one, but my philosophy of keeping the customer informed and being honest with them has pulled me through,” says Mr. Ajay Kumar. The courts upheld GFS’s position on the case and adjudged that,” the information could not be imparted any more simplistically while still remaining accurate” and further, was truthful and accurate observing high standards of social responsibility. Mr. Kumar maintains that it has been
the whole country’ are among the many laurels to his credit. The efforts of Mr. Kumar being recognized doesn’t make him any less assure, with heaps of awards lining up his walls, but he personally gives little value to the awards stating that, “it is the customer that is of more value”, it is their testimonials and their word of praise that keeps his business growing. “My service has been about listening to the customer, being honest with them and most importantly fulfilling their needs,” said Mr. Kumar. Taking up challenges and wriggling through them is not his style, he has always outperformed and done it with ease. Touching a billion dollar in business in 2009, and more than doubling it in less than 5 years he has continued to add to golden feathers to his hat. Mr. Ajay Kumar, has also presented before the Hon. Prime Minister John Key, his recommendations for the New Zealand economy to become a net lender from its current debt ridden position. His inputs were well received and have even been reflected in the past budgets. The confidence in his knowledge is also a partial reason to his success, the courage he exudes has been as a result of “my Ajay Kumar, ANZ Business & Commercial Advisor of the Year 2013 education and back ground,” he said. He continued to acquire local knowledge and qualifications required to excel in the business in Australasia. For instance his fellowship at the FINSIA, or not simply being a registered advisor but practicing the economic advice over broadcast media like Radio Tarana. Previously, he had worked in the Indian banking industry for 21 years, before moving to New Zealand. Among his other feats what goes unnoticed is his continued service to the Indian community. The Takanini, Manurewa and Tauranga gurudwaras, among other religious and cultural centers have benefitted from his services in times of distress. The near future will see us expanding Receiving IBA Supreme Business Award 2010 from Governer General in presence of in space and the office infrastructure being Prime Minister, High Commission of India, Auckland Mayor and other dignitaries built will be one of the best in the country, his world vision drawing ideas from shops and “My philosophy has always been to deliver better value streets of Tokyo and Hawaii. Mr. Ajay Kumar and services to my customers, by empowering them with a straight face adds that, his clients need with all the vital information and working with them to more space. In terms of more intangible future growth his young entrepreneurial son, Aseem, make intelligent and practical financial decisions,” has joined his business after completing his MBA from ISB, Hyderabad and the Wharton –Ajay Kumar School of Business. A very sober, serious young man, much like his father, was awarded deadlines. Talking about the CRM system, Mr. gained from a vast banking experience in India the ‘Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the Ajay Kumar said, “it is one of the best in the helped. It was difficult to get loans approved, Indian Business Awards. business.” He boasts of a 100% record in the but then his sound financial expertise and “Finance is a fuel” not just for the immediate life insurance segment of claim settlements. educational qualifications kept him in good personal growth, but for the betterment of We assist our clients not just when deciding the stead. Ajay Kumar said, “no one was willing to society in the long term, and Mr. Ajay Kumar policy but are there to give them confidence and touch the Indian clients, back then” and now as believes he has always striven to deliver to assist them with their claims as well, said Mr. they are flourishing, adding volumes every day, his clients with the utmost devotion, he stills Kumar. now everyone wants their business. welcomes each one with his heart kindling a The recent ANZ award for best advisor It helps by dealing with customers case by lamp to the Gods that have graced his premises. in ‘commercial banking’ segment, and being case, customizing and personalizing has been previously awarded for the ‘highest business in the catchphrase of this Indian business. A rare
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“I take this opportunity to appreciate your services, which helped me to save thousands of dollars by reducing my interest and terms of mortgage accounts. Overall restructuring helped me to a great extent to manage my financial affairs successfully. I am confident that I can finish my mortgage within 7-9 years instead of 25 years without increasing any instalment. I highly appreciate for your ongoing services and guidance whenever I sought. I wish all the success to your company.” - Peter William McGregor “Just to drop few lines to appreciate the service we received from Ajay kumar and his team from Global Financial. Like many I too was nervous to take up big responsibility of buying first home in foreign land. I scouted around to find someone who I could rely upon, dependable, trustworthy for their words and reassure me when I am feeling nervous about the big responsibility. Many I met but was just interested in figure/sales with empty words. Friend of mine swore by Ajay Kumar. He was right the man has integrity, accountable, dependable and trustworthy in difficult time. He is very direct, can be harsh at times to remind you regarding what is reality (your buying power) but all is done with good intention. Since 2004, we have never look back for another person for mortgage needs. In my difficult time he gave me peaceful formula to deal with my financial circumstances. T be honest, least of my worry is mortgage because I know Ajay and his team always there to come up with some bright plans to rescue. Best wishes.” - Dr. Sunil “I am pleased to express that I have known Mr.Ajay Kumar of Mega Financial Services for the last eight years. During the experience to arrange a mortgage Mr. Kumar’s services were outstanding. He has been a good mortgage adviser and has always been punctual and professional in performing his promises. He has contributed significantly towards the enhancement6 of the community and has built a reputation in the Indian Community which I wholeheartedly appreciate with vital initiative. Mr. Kumar is an honest and hard working person. His experience has helped to save interest efficiently in a highly competitive marketplace. I wish him all the best for the future and success.” - Davinder Singh Rahal “One of the most important criteria I was looking for, was finding a broker that I could trust with confidential information, be able to handle that professionally and to be honest. Based upon my experience, I have concluded that GFS provides me with the level of service, trust and comfort. The response time and accuracy has been exceptional and has made mortgage process, which can be
challenging and frustrating, a highly efficient and effective. This is the second time I have used GFS as my loan office. The GFS team answered all my questions and concerns. Helped me to make the right decision I will use GFS again and would refer friend, relative to them. Thank you GFS and look forward to working with you again in my next project.” - Kossey Petros “I would like to take this opportunity to honor Ajay Kumar and his team from Global Financial for their on going and excellent service. Mr. Kumar did a plan with facts and figures keeping in mind of my income and expenses. With repayments remaining the same I could see that I am paying off my mortgage faster saving thousands of dollars in interest. Mr. Kumar is honest, trustworthy; humble and a man of his principles who goes extra mile to render his best service. He is a very good wealth advisor dealing with any type of money matters. He is prompt, professional and knows his job well. Mr. Kumar was able to get my second mortgage approved within 15 minutes. I am pleased to be with Mr. Kumar and his team and wish Global Finance continue serving the people of New Zealand. I will use Global Finance again or recommend someone, because I know they can do it.” - Satend Chand “I wish to convey my gratitude to you and your team for all the efficiency and professionalism displays in this case. I am really thankful to you the way you handled this case when some problem arises in between. It was a pleasure dealing with you and the team.” - Pradeep Kumar “I first met Mr. Kumar in 2007 when we decided to start a new segment called Money Matters, in the breakfast show on Radio Tarana. I found him to be a very knowledgeable and a humble person who I have always looked up to for some great advice regarding all my personal financial matters ever since. In the last 7 years there have been many changes in my program but one segment that has remained unchanged, it is the Money Matters segment. The segment is very popular among our listeners and is scheduled at 7.45am daily from Monday to Friday. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays we get feedback from customers. It is amazing to see how people from different backgrounds, from different age groups and professions have all benefited so much out of GFS’s services. On Tuesdays and Thursdays Mr. Ajay Kumar himself comes on air and gives us updates on the latest matters regarding mortgage and insurance for example - current interest rates, prediction of the mortgage market as well as advantages and disadvantages of different types of insurance policies available these days. I am glad that Radio Tarana has such a great relationship wit GFS and wish it continues the same way.” - RJ Neha, Radio Tarana
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December, 2008 The journey has certainly not been easy and like bouquets brickbats have followed too, recounting an incident from 2008, when a competitor filed a complaint with Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), challenging their promise to the customers to reduce the term of the mortgage and saving them interest. The complaint accused GFS of breaching two basic principles of advertising, that of not observing a high standard of social responsibility particularly as consumers often rely on such services for their financial security; and, of not strictly adhering to the basic tenets of truth clarity and misleading the client. GFS in its defense presented elaborate documentary evidences, highlighting how their ideas were in sync with latest financial studies, and practices of modern banking. As they were only recommending standard and well-known products such as Mortgage Interest Saving Plan, also offered by other financial institutions to customers to help them strengthen their financial position and pay-off their mortgage quicker without any increase in the loan installment. ASA upheld GFS’s position on the case and adjudged that, “information could not be imparted any more simplistically while still remaining accurate” and further, was truthful and accurate observing high standards of social responsibility.
Presentation to the PM
2011 Mr. Ajay Kumar, presented before the Hon. Prime Minister John Key, his recommendations for the New Zealand economy to become a net lender from its current debt ridden position. His inputs were well received and have even been reflected in the past budgets. “The pre-budget announcement regarding changes in KiwiSaver and some of the actions the government has taken and is contemplating are very much the same as suggested in the presentation on April 1, (2011) which had been presented to the prime minister,” Mr Kumar told Indian Weekender in 2011. “Our suggestions are a practicable way for the country to come out of the debt trap while building savings,” Mr Kumar said. Keeping in mind his global vision and continued engagement with the wider community. He continues to be actively involved in discussions with key personalities in the New Zealand economic legislation. “I was there when Mr Kumar made his presentation to Prime Minister John Key at a dinner in Auckland in which he had laid out some practical, if politically unpalatable, suggestions to rein in New Zealand’s then worrisome debt. These suggestions centered mainly around KiwiSaver. I dined at the same table as Mr Key and he told me the suggestions indeed seemed practical but needed some thought. Some time later, I was surprised that quite a few of those suggestions were taken on board – though not to the full extent Mr Kumar had suggested – when Finance Minister Bill English announced some measures around KiwiSaver in his Budget speech which I was covering for the National Business Review (NBR) in the Beehive. That speaks a lot for Mr Kumar’s innovative thinking.” - Dev Nadkarni, Founding Editor-in-chief, Indian Weekender.
Bring it on!
2012 An interesting incident happened when David Keller, the then Regional Director of AIA Insurance, flew down from Hong Kong only to have lunch with Mr. Ajay Kumar. Mr. Kumar was felicitated, for exceeding the product challenge, thrown at him very ambitiously by Mr. Keller six months prior to the lunch arrangement, to meet stiff targets. Mr. Kumar felt elated at excelling at the challenge. He was rather surprised, at Mr. Keller keeping his word of flying all the way to Auckland, just to have lunch with him.
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AAP Se Acha Kaun hain
They swept in to Indian homes, just like a strong gust pushes through the smallest of creeks in doors and windows.
common man. YOU, have the power, YOU have the control. YOU hold the reigns of the democracy. I, will represent YOUR needs; I, will represent YOU – Mr. Kejriwal’s promise. He is the common man and the common man him; a rather utopic idea, but hey, it is hope that makes the world go round. However, here is a timeline - another clever play on words - a look at how the AAP came, they saw and they conquered:
r Kejriwal first created a furore when he fell out with social activist Anna Hazare and decided to form the Aam Aadmi Party, also, quite fondly known as ‘AAP.’ Quite a clever play on words, I think. AAP – the Hindi word that stands for ‘YOU’; YOU, the aam aadmi, the
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Indo-NZ friendship launched
he Government of New Zealand has conferred the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit on the Queen’s New Year Honours List, January 2014 for services to New Zealand-India Relations on Wenceslaus Anthony. This is the 1st time the Government of New Zealand has conferred the honor for this category. In India- this was a matter of great pride and F r. C a s i m i r Raj, Advisor, Loyola institute of Business Administration, Loyola College, Chennai had organized a very impressive gathering of business persons, leading academicians, professionals, friends and family of Wenceslaus Anthony to felicitate him at the The Residency Towers Hotel, Chennai. Fr.Vincent Chinnadurai, CBCI- SecretaryLaity in his introduction address had stated that Wenceslaus Anthony was the first Person of Indian Origin to be the Chair of India New Zealand Business Council. He revitalised the Council, trebled the membership, and established chapters in Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington. He promoted a number of projects and programmes involving New Zealand Business. He did the Indians in New Zealand proud by being an important member of the official delegation of NZ Prime Minister Rt.Hon. John Key during his State visits to India in June 2011 and included in the State Banquet for Dinner (A rare Honour) with Prime Minister of India Rt.Hon. Manmohan Singh. Her Excellency Ms.Jan Henderson, High Commissioner of New Zealand from New Delhi graced the occasion at Chennai. She spoke of the invaluable contribution of Wenceslaus Anthony had made to the Indo NZ Relations. She spoke of the many qualities of Wenceslaus Anthony including his grace, charm, commitment, passion, hard work, tireless effort, integrity and credibility in enhancing the relationship between India and NZ. She said that one of his great qualities is bringing people together and forming formidable relations between the governments, business houses, associations, various communities and people from all walks of life. She said that he is a Global Ambassador for India and NZ and above all a genuine human being who touches the lives of everyone. Mr.Anthony in his response had said that when he chose New Zealand as his place of residence it took him some time to adjust to the environment in New Zealand. It was a struggle in the beginning. He now cherishes New Zealand as his own. However, his motherland India is dear to him too. He said that India is his mother and New Zealand is his wife. Towards the latter part of life his mother loved his wife dearly. That is what is going to happen in the case of India New Zealand relationship. - IWK Bureau
NTDs could drive India’s next big public health success
he Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (Global Network) today named Abhishek Bachchan, Bollywood superstar and international humanitarian, as its first official END7 campaign ambassador in India to help raise awareness of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Mr. Bachchan joins the END7 campaign at a crucial time, with India at the tipping point of achieving control and elimination of five NTDs affecting 500 million people by 2020. “India represents 35 percent of the total global burden for NTDs, causing massive suffering among our poorest citizens. As a parent, I am deeply moved by the devastating toll of NTDs on children, and I want to ensure that no Indian child has to suffer needlessly,” said Mr. Bachchan. “I am proud to serve as the END7 campaign’s ambassador in India and hope that others will join me in ridding our country of these preventable diseases.” “We have already defeated smallpox, guinea worm and polio in India. NTDs can be our next major public health success story, and we are on track to eliminate lymphatic filariasis very soon. A focus on NTD control and elimination also represents one of the best investments we can make in the health and economic future of our country,” said Anshu Prakash, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. “We are happy that the Global Network is supporting our efforts to control and eliminate these diseases of poverty.” “India currently runs some of the largest NTD control and elimination programs in the world, signaling its commitment to improving the plight of millions of people,” said Dr. Neeraj Mistry, managing director of the Global Network. “By continuing to prioritize NTDs and building up the ability to deliver treatments, India can be a global leader in efforts to defeat NTDs once and for all.” The seven most common NTDs— hookworm, ascariasis (roundworm), trichuriasis (whipworm), schistosomiasis (snail fever), lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), onchocerciasis (river blindness) and trachoma—infect more than 1 in 6 people worldwide. They cause blindness, massive swelling in appendages and limbs, disfigurement, severe malnutrition and anemia. NTDs prevent children from growing and learning. They reduce adults’ economic productivity and ability to care for their families, keeping communities trapped in a cycle of poverty and disease. END7 is the first and only global public awareness campaign dedicated to controlling and eliminating the seven most common NTDs by 2020. It was launched in 2012 by the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, an advocacy initiative of the Sabin Vaccine Institute. - IWK Bureau
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Nido Taniam’s death, causes another embarrassment to Delhi
erming the attack on the 19-year-old student from Arunachal Pradesh “most condemnable”, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said “every possible effort” would be made to punish the guilty. “The attack on Nido Taniam, the student from Arunachal Pradesh, is most condemnable. While the actual cause of Nido Tania’s death will be known only after the autopsy report is received, the violence which preceded his demise is tragic and shameful,” said the Prime Minister. Manmohan Singh stressed that every Indian should ensure that fellow citizens from the northeast feel safe and “every part of the country welcomes them, especially New Delhi, which is the national capital” and a “diverse and vibrant city, enriched by people from all over the country who have made it their home.” “People from other parts of the country like the northeast are as much a part of the city as anyone else. All citizens need to work together to ensure that our brothers and sisters from northeast feel safe and secure in Delhi,” he said. “What is at stake is human values, amity in society, and the unity and integrity of the country,” he added. Taniam, died last week after he was beaten up by shopkeepers in a south Delhi market. The
Narenda Modi woos Northeast
ujarat Chief Minister and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi made a strong pitch for his party in the Northeast region in Imphal this past week. He slammed the Congress for the death of an Arunachal Pradesh youth from an alleged racial attack in New Delhi and promised development and jobs for the region saying that a state like Manipur Speaking on the death of Arunachal boy Nido Taniam in Delhi from beatings by shopkeepers for his hair style and Northeast origin, Modi called it national shame and said: “It is a sad incident. I offer my prayer for the boy, his parents and family. I assure you that the whole nation is with you.” He said the incident is owing to misgovernance in Delhi and hoped that instead of blame game there should be justice. He said while five years is enough to change the world the PM who represented the NE in Parliament as Rajya Sabha member for decades have not done anything. “You gave the Congress 60 years but ‘Aapka Bhala Hua’? 60 years were ruined now please give us 60 months,” said Modi seeking the support of the NE people. “Extremism and infiltration threats. Manipur has seen bad governance of Congress. Drug trafficking is a problem,” said Modi. “Because of lack of attention and lack of governance, the NE fell into hands of divisive forces,” said Modi. - IWK Bureau
victim’s friends say it was a racial attack. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday demanded action against those responsible for the unfortunate death of the Arunachal Pradesh student and announced steps to stop racial discrimination against people from the northeast. “It is a very unfortunate incident. It is not only the fight for people of northeast. It is our fight. We all have to fight it (racial discrimination),” he said. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had on Monday joined the protesters at the Jantar Mantar and assured them that the government would ensure that they get respect and justice. Kejriwal also emphasised upon the need to revamp criminal justice system to sensitize policemen towards people. - IWK Bureau
can also be an IT hub. He said the Northeast corner of a house is important and so is the region for the nation and it should be taken care of. He promised to complete the National Highway 53 which is for years lying unattended. “What is happening. Do you think they can do it? No, we will do it,” said Modi.
AAP to contest 350 LS seats, PM asks for a shift in focus for Central Universities to target ‘corrupt’ MPs
he Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced its decision to contest more than 350 of the total 543 seats for the Lok Sabha elections later this year. It also plans to make corruption and criminalization of politics prominent poll issues and has zeroed in on 162 seats especially where the sitting MPs are either facing criminal or corruption charges or have been deemed corrupt by AAP. Including and not limited to several union ministers such as P Chidambaram (finance), Shushilkumar Shinde (home), Kapil Sibal (HRD and IT), Praful Patel (heavy industry), Kamal Nath (parliamentary affairs), Farooq Abdullah (renewable energy) and Salman Khursid (external affairs). The party also plans to take on former telecom minister A Raja of the DMK, who stepped down over the 2G spectrum scam. The decision was taken at AAP’s national executive meeting. “Since we want to weed out criminals and the corrupt from politics, we would surely be fighting the elections in these 162 seats,” party spokesperson Sanjay Singh said. The party will deliberate on other issues to be taken up for the elections in its national council meeting on Friday. While the party has decided to contest more than 350 seats, it could reconsider its decision on seats for which it does not find suitable candidates. “We won’t field candidates in seats for which the applications we receive don’t pass our scrutiny,” Singh said. “We have to ensure the candidates we field are honest and have not deserted any other party for the sake of getting elected on an AAP ticket,” he added. The pundits are not surprised but do not peg their chances for a repeat of the Delhi polls, however Kejriwal, very boldly said that the Congress will be reduced to the 10% figure they received in the assembly elections. - IWK Bureau
We have expanded educational facilities in the country on an unprecedented scale. We have taken steps to improve access to education for the disadvantaged sections of our society and to improve quality” said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressing the conference of Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities. The need now is to concentrate on removing the deficiencies that still exist, particularly the deficit in quality. I believe that conferences like the present one can help us greatly in this task. The Government looks upon Central Universities as agencies of change. I am happy that this conference will specifically deliberate upon promotion of Industry-Academia linkages to improve the quality of education in Central Universities. This is obviously an area in which our Higher Education system lags behind. Global experience shows that such linkages strengthen both universities as well as Industry. I would also like to mention the Rashtriya Uchhatar Shiksha Abhiyan which our Government has launched and which should go a long way in expanding access to Higher Education opportunities. The programme gives enhanced attention to State universities for improving their quality of education and research. It aims to create 278 new universities and 388 new colleges and to convert 266 colleges to Model Degree Colleges by the end of the 13th Plan, apart from providing infrastructure grants to 286 State universities
The need now is to concentrate on removing the deficiencies that still exist, particularly the deficit in quality.
and 8500 State colleges. It will cumulatively create 20,000 new faculty positions and support them in the 12th and 13th Plan periods. - IWK Bureau
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The obstacles to progress
It has been a good week for many members of the Indian community living in New Zealand. A feel-good event such as the opening of the Shirdi Saibaba Centre in Auckland brought much joy to the thousands of devotees who flocked to Onehunga over four days of religious festivities last week. Twelve years of toil had come to fruition for the members of the Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan of New Zealand who had devoted much time and energy into realizing this dream of making this abode of worship for devotees. Baba himself had always preached peace, respect and love for each other be it man or beast, and discourses by Dr Chandra Bhanu Satpathy at the opening of the Saibaba Centre delivered the same. Not just Baba, but all peace loving people who appreciate each other and each other’s differences, have said the same since time immemorial. Unfortunately, this message has failed to reach some undesirable elements in Lajpat Nagar of Delhi. The beating to death of a northeastern Indian lad on holiday in Delhi does not paint a pretty picture of the nation that gave the world its greatest fighter of non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi. Ninteen-year-old Nido Taniam, of Arunachal Pradesh, was beaten up by a group of men in Lajpat Nagar market on January 29 after an argument broke out between him and a shopkeeper over the colour of his hair and appearance. Taniam was found dead in a friend’s flat the next day, triggering widespread outrage. Initial post-mortem examination results said swelling in the brain, usually a result of violent shaking; the teenager was punched in the head and also repeatedly hit with a stick. The swelling led to accumulation of fluid in the lungs which blocked the respiratory system, killing Taniam, who was laid to rest in his village last week. “Our identity should be made clear. We are Indians and we should not be treated like foreigners. Taniam was laid to rest in our village yesterday,” Taniam’s uncle Nido Jose Apil told media. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and even Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, have expressed condolences over the death to Taniam’s family. Such senseless violence and “gunda-gardi” should be another one on the list of Aam Aadmi Party and its leader Arvind Kejriwal as they embark on their anti-corruption campaign in the world’s largest democracy. Yes, senseless violence happens in other parts of the world as well. It doesn’t have to in India. Let Bharat not just become an economic super-power, but a super country in every way. - Arvind Kumar
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Treat our elderly with respect and dignity
n the rapidly changing world we live in, society seems to have lost a huge part of its compassion. The competing values of modernisation puts a lot of pressure on people’s sensibilities to a point where many of us become desensitised to the core values we learnt when we were children. There was a time when aging parents lived and died in their own homes under the care of their children or grandchildren. It was part of our culture and re-inforced by our religious beliefs that we must honour our parents. Today, this culture is changing as more elderly are being transferred to institutions where they get medically looked after and enjoy a quality of life in their twilight years. In Fiji, institutions like the Father Law Home, are doing a wonderful job in taking care of the elderly. Recently, Father Law Home residents were given a treat by a Chinese youth group as part of its Chinese New Year celebrations. It was a great gesture and lifted the spirits of the residents. Many of these elderly have had an eventful life. They have held a job or run a business, raised a family and lived a life of independence. It can become a painful process when they make the transition from independence to dependence. They realise they can no longer stand alone but depend on others to do what they value as important. It’s time like this that they need all the love and support.
That is why the visit to the Father Law Home by the Chinese Youth Social and Cultural Association led by Jenny Seeto was a great act of compassion. In the midst of Chinese celebrations, the group decided to share some fun with the residents of the home. Visits like this are treasured by the residents because they could be the only contacts with the outside world. In many homes they have in-house programmes that help to deal with boredom and loneliness. But visits from relatives and groups are always special. They bring to the home a special spirit. Those who have their elderly in residential care homes need to be reminded how important these visits are. It is hoped the elderly are not forgotten once placed in these institutions. Learning the process of aging takes time. It requires family involvement; children and siblings must find ways to explore the changing needs of our seniors in order to make the transition of seasons smooth and less stressful. Keep in mind what is hard for us is tenfold for our elderly. The aging process brings with it seasons of joy, but it also carries fear and loss of personal worth. The “what if’s” of life become vivid reality and the elderly find themselves torn between dependence and independence. Preparation and education are necessary evils no one wants to face. But following these reminders will help family members reserve the dignity of their elderly. - Nemani Delaibatiki is Managing Editor / training of Fiji Sun, based in Suva.
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Why not mummy?
Despite having such meritorious achievements to his credits, Mummy Gandhi still won’t name Rahul Baba the Prime Ministerial candidate. Why won’t Mummy do so??
ahul baba wants to empower the voter, create an empowered democracy, and empower women – it’s the secret solutions to all current issues that India is facing as a nation. Mummy says that the ruling party does not traditionally name its Prime Ministerial candidate before the voting is actually held; but since Mummy is confident that the Congress party will do well in the coming elections as the party will manage to defeat its main enemy, fundamentalism, and unite the nation, Rahul Baba will then win the hearts of the janta and be Prime Minister. There is no other candidate more suitable than him. Handsome, Ivy league graduate, and the great-grandson of Pandit Nehru, definitely has all the qualifications one requires to run the world’s seventh largest democracy! NAME: Rahul Gandhi (or Raul wassit?) DATE OF BIRTH: 19 JUNE 1970 (Don’t go by that he is still an adoloscent) FATHER’S NAME: Mr. Rajiv Gandhi MOTHER’S NAME: Mrs. Sonia Gandhi GRANDMOTHER’S NAME: Mrs. Indira Gandhi GREAT- GRANDFATHER: Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru OCCUPATION: 2004 to Present - Member of Parliament for Amethi
EDUCATION: • St. Columbus School, New Delhi • The Doon School, Dehradun • St. Stephan’s College, New Delhi • Harvard University, Massachusetts • Rollins College, Florida • Trinity College, University of Cambridge, England. EMPLOYMENT: • 2013 to Present - Vice President – Indian National Congress (INC No.2) • 2007 to Present - Chairperson – Indian Youth Congress • 2007 to Present - Chairperson – National Students Union of India • 2007 to Jan 2013 - General Secretary – Indian National Congress ACHIEVEMENTS: • Garnered attention as the symbol of dynastic politics. • Took charge of Youth Politics within the Congress party, with an intent to make the youth congress grow. • Faught in Bhatta Parsaul – and got arrested – for being a part of the farmer’s agitation. • Failed to achieve success in Amethi in 2012, despite having held 200 rallies. • Believe that poverty is just a state of mind, and can be overcome with self-confidence. Also believe that people should dream big as that is important for the progress of the country. • Believe that women should be empowered – it is the end all solution to create a strong democracy. • Played a significant role in bringing about the RTI – the single most democratic tool in the hands of the Indian public – given by the Congress party. • Believe that the Lokpal should be made a constitutional body and should be made accountable to the Parliament; the Lokpal alone cannot however, root out corruption. • Proud member of a democratic and politically correct Congress Party that does not announce its prime ministerial candidate in advance. -Shreya Bakhshi
Dr. (Ms.) Rajesh Joshi
ollowing a loud consternation on the street below my apartment, I peeped out. In a typical street fight style, my neighbours were huddled there in big and small groups. Initially, I could not fathom the reason of this sudden mayhem but then witnessed two of my neighbours wagging their fingers and tongues with equal ferocity at each other. Rest of the neighbours considering it their moral responsibility had readily jumped upon the bandwagon with one of the two parties. (Who wanted to miss free entertainment?) Everybody had something to say and so there was hardly any poor soul to listen except me helplessly perched upon my metro-city tiny-winy balcony. Soon the arguments became louder. With more dutiful neighbours joining in, it looked like ‘Panipat ki chauthi ladai.’ Just in case you are wondering about the roots of this chaoslet me not keep you guessing any longer. It so happened that Mr. Khan’s and Mr. Sharma’s little girls had a showdown over a mohalla dance competition; the one that Miss Khan had won beating Miss Sharma. The girls marched back home and poisoned the ears of their parents who instantly took it as a blow to their ever-fattening ego. They decided to teach a
Soon the arguments became louder. With more dutiful neighbours joining in, it looked like ‘Panipat ki chauthi ladai.’ Just in case you are wondering about the roots of this chaos- let me not keep you guessing any longer.
lesson to each other. In the heat of the moment they forgot that their families had been living together for long and had seen good and bad times. Fretting & fuming, they marched out to settle their scores. The opportunist neighbours saw it as good time to add fuel to fire. I was aghast to see educated, mature and wellbred people having lost all sense of civilized society. They forgot that the expletives they were using were pouring into their children’s ears as well. Probably bored of this action drama, an elderly uncleji hobbled towards the epicentre and separated the Khan and Sharma supporters chastising them with another volley of invectives. By this time, a wise soul announced that their favourite ‘Saas Bahu Serial’ was about to begin. The crowd started melting quickly. In a little while the street looked like a deserted battle-field and I could hear the title song of the serial blaring out of almost all flats. I returned to my bedroom with a sigh. I knew what would ensue. Two families will not be on talking terms for indefinite period. Immediate neighbours will also choose to join one without any personal issues against the other. I was thinking to save myself from this tug-of-war as I had good relations with both. I knew both of them had their own version of the story but there was a third version also; the truth; which none of them tried to find out. None of them tried to talk to their daughters that
difference of opinion should not lead to clashes and also that winning and losing are the two sides of the same coin called life. The parents could have taught them that it is sometimes better to lose the argument in order to win the person. My neighbourhood was quiet since the last night’s commotion. I rather liked it but certainly not the reason behind it. After two days, I was leaving for my work and what did I see! The Khan and Sharma girls clustered in a corner waiting for their school bus; giggling and patting each others’ backs in the true comradeship. The little girls were way more mature and friendlier than the adults who fed their hearts on hatred and jealousy. I went up to the girls and promised them a treat over the weekend. Beamingly they chirped, “Thank you auntie, you are so sweet!” And I chimed, “Thank you darlings but not sweeter than you!” BRICKS & BOUQUETS: Give your expert comments on how would you add fuel to fire in such a situation or would you be the one with the fire extinguisher? Write to me: rainbow@ indianweekender.co.nz Dr. Rajesh Joshi, has recently arrived from India. The new series of articles “Rajesh’s Rainbow” is based on her experiences in India and abroad. All characters in these articles are fictitious with no offence to anyone. Your feedback on this series is important to me. So don’t forget to write back.
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Youth votes could decide poll outcome
battle for youth votes has picked up intensity because political parties realise young voters could decide the outcome of this year’s general election. While so far it has been confined to cyber space, it is now building up on the ground with workshops to educate young voters on their role and face-to-face encounters in pocket meetings. Most of the voters were born since 1987 when the first military coup happened. They have grown up in a Fiji that has been through four takeovers and political turmoil. This is their first real opportunity to participate in the political process via the ballot box. The lowering of the voting age to 18 empowers many young people to have a say in who runs the country after the election. In the past, young voters were merely glossed over and given lip service by politicians. It led to a general voter apathy by young voters. That is no longer the case in this election. All the parties are smart enough to know that without the youth votes they will struggle to win seats in Parliament. Previously, politicians used to claim to have the interests of the young people at heart, but their political parties would hardly register members in their 20s or 30s. Dynamics of Fiji’s politics are changing. We have already seen the People’s Democratic Party brag about having the support of the youth with it. In the opposite camp, Isikeli Komaisavai leads the Social, Democratic Liberal Party’s youth wing and their campaign is gaining momentum.. The Fiji Labour Party and the National Federation Party have not yet shown any real attempt to go for young voters. They will need to change course in their
campaign and show their serious intent to attract young voters. Their traditional support in the cane belts has waned. Once regarded as their stronghold, the cane belts have had enough of politicians who have threatened to ruin their industry. There should be no illusion that the political landscape has changed dramatically. Adjustments are required accordingly. It would be foolish to leave out the young voters from the political equation. Youth advocate, Pita Waqavonovono feels the minimum voting age of 18 years gives Fiji a unique opportunity. “Because of this, and the fact that Fiji has a large youth population, winning the vote is pivotal for many political parties – and young people know it.” He says, today’s youth are smarter and not afraid to raise their voice to be noticed. “Studies in the USA, have declared that young
people are more likely to vote in line with their parents or elders. “This may be a little different for Fiji, because youth and the adult population live in two different worlds and their views are also different, but we are all united in the fact that we want a democracy. “Imagine if we had more young people standing up and holding their political parties accountable and attending youth or party campaign meetings.” “Democracy for Fiji will be won on the backs of the youth of Fiji. This is the truth. It will be the youth who determine the next government, therefore it is imperative that young people step up and become active in the whole democratic process. “I would like to encourage young people to register for elections and read up on different parties, than support a party and help that party.” - Jyoti Pratibha
China eyes cultural centre in Fiji Bainimarama to step down to contest poll T P
he Political Counsellor at the Chinese Embassy in Fiji, Yang Zhaohui, says discussions to build a Chinese cultural centre in the country are well underway. Mr Yang said there had been talk to sign an agreement soon and the centre to open its doors by the end of this year. “The cultural centre will provide an opportunity to expose the Chinese culture in Fiji. We are hoping to get the agreement done soon so we can start off with the project,” he said. At Sukuna Park for the China Cultural Day he said he was thrilled to see so many Fijians coming together to be part of their new year celebration. “This is amazing as we see the Fijians and Chinese go through cultural exchanges and we feel that people should participate more in cultural events like this,” Mr Yang said. “It provides Fijians an opportunity to learn about the Chinese culture since we are quite a small population in Fiji and not everyone is familiar with different aspects of each other’s culture. “We are happy to see people enjoy and we wish them luck with this New Year as the Year of the Horse is a very lucky year and we encourage people to work hard and reap the benefits.” The proposed cultural centre will exhibit Chinese movies, music, and photos to show more about Chinese culture. - Farisha Ahmed rime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says some work has started about his soon-to-be-announced political party. A relaxed PM told the Fiji Sun in Nausori recently: “There are many just waiting for the announcement of the party.” He said he would reveal more details after he stepped down as Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and announced his successor. He said he had many people ready to back him. “A lot of them are just waiting for the day that I will announce the party so that they can come in,” Commodore Bainimarama said. He was keeping close his chest details like
the name of his party. But Fiji Sun readers asked at random (see page 45) to suggest a name were full of praise for the work achieved by Commodore Bainimarama. One suggested the name “People’s Party”. Commodore Bainimarama is on record as saying that those who would like to join him must be prepared to serve the people in the new Fiji. He was in Nausori to attend the funeral service of the late Sergeant Nemani Matirewa from Ravitaki, Yale, Kadavu. He led a military delegation to pay their last respects. Mr Matirewa, was a former national rugby representative. - Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari
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The joy of reading ‘REAL’ books
or few, Kindle, eBooks’ lovers and others that have abandoned the real books - this will make you somewhat nostalgic of the beauty and joys of the paper books, and then you’ll shrug it off and go back to your LCD screen glaring words back at you. For the rest of us, this only reconfirms and solidifies the everlasting love affair we have with our books. I often hear my good friend complain about eBooks’, “There is no way I will ever cuddle up in bed with some machine to read. I like my books.” I completely understand the sentiment. There is no denying the aesthetics of a wellmade, well-loved book. The smell, the feel, the weight, and the way they look on our shelves, the crisp whisper of pages turned― all of these things are part of the pleasures of a book. And curling up with one in bed on a cold winter night, or soaking up sun while reading on a beach, are some of the finer pleasures we can know. I am sure you would agree with me the feeling of how a book makes us feel: The kind that you can touch, feel, smell, dog ear the pages of a book The one you lay on your chest and fall asleep The folded page which then you close &
flip over on the night stand so that the monsters don’t crawl out and devour you The kind you can flip back and read that one part that makes you smile over and over again The one with tear-stained pages from the tears that dripped from your face to the pages as you read the heart wrenching parts The kind you’ve highlighted, underlined and doodled the pages of The one you sneaked under the covers and read by the light of a flash light so that your mom wouldn’t know you were still awake The one who’s spine you lovingly trace your finger down dreaming of a memory long gone Yes, you get the idea now? The musty smell of the paperback hard bound books! Each type has its pros and cons. E-book! Well, it’s pretty convenient since you can have as many books as you like even in your phone and you can retrieve them whenever and wherever you like. Also, there are many apps from which you can download for free the books you like. But a book in digital form isn’t really a book. You can’t touch it with your hands or put it on your shelf so you can just watch it, like the real, papery book. But the real, papery book is expensive and, of course, inconvenient and heavy to carry it around with you. Although I’m comfortable with all forms of technology, when it comes to books, I suppose I’m a traditionalist. My personal preference will always be the real paperback. There is no
substitute to it. Today, I ended up cleaning the so-called book cupboard in my room and stacked it with guess what? More Books. So what’s the big deal here? Well bloody hell it’s a big deal….a new addition to my (very expensive) addiction list. And now I am tempted to spend a good chunk of my very small salary package on buying books. Nope, borrowing stuff has never been my thing. Funny when I think back; my sentiments on reading books were somewhat on the same lines as wearing Indian outfits. Let me add the word “forcefully” in there. Jokes apart, in fact for brother’s wedding my mum paid me some two grand to wear a salwarkameez and don a traditional look. Ah! Those were the good old days….off late I find myself pretty easily giving into emotional blackmails. Maybe it’s a part of growing up!! Or whatever! “Chalo” no more digressing… So far I have added to my collection the following: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – Liked it. Even sobbed. Found it a notch better than A Thousand Splendid Suns. Currently in the process of downloading the film based on the book. Married Woman by Manju Kapoor – Not bad. Quite similar to Deepa Mehta’s Fire but not as dramatic or exaggerated. One of those books which leaves with an incomplete feeling. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri – Found it to be okayish.
Katha, Short Stories by Indian Women – Completely Loved it. If you are into reading short stories then this book is a must have. Easy on the words and the sheer variety it presents is fantastic. God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy – Yes yes yes…I did finally read it. And I loved it. No mind freak business here, as I had been warned by all who did/didn’t recommend it. I guess after reading the likes of Weight Loss & Animal’s People….you are kind off prepared for all sorts of emotional mambo jumbos. Karma & Other Stories by Rishi Reddi – I seem to be hooked on Short stories and this one doesn’t disappoint. Around the Hearth (Khasi Legends) by Nongkynrih Kynpham Sing – Punchtantra reincarnated. A fun read. The Book of Ram by Dr. Devdutt Pattnaik – Different perspective on Lord Ram. Not the preachy sort and therefore an excellent read. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie - This youngadult novel won the National Book Award, and deservedly so. Alexie’s story of a Native American teen should be required reading in schools. Currently reading Provoked by Kirantjit Ahluwalia. What next? You suggest..... OK, your turn: What are your favourite books from the last 25 years? Please share in the comments, and I’ll name a few of my “honourable mentions” as well!
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sians make up the fastest-growing ethnic population in New Zealand today. Asian culture, in particular the Indian culture is known for its diversity. Each region has its own language, traditions, values, family systems, beliefs, food, clothing and music. This is what makes our culture unique and different. Having been influenced by such a rich heritage those who migrate to another country such as New Zealand can experience many challenges in adapting to new a environment, language, food, culture, family system and life style These changes can pose many demands for their better adjustment in a new country. This process can be stressful. Some of the changes expected of us do not necessary align with our values and beliefs. As a result the whole family can get affected. For example, immigrant parents expect their children to be obedient and perform well in school and maintain strict traditions and beliefs which can be hard for children wanting to fit in with the new culture.. This can trigger conflict, disagreement or stress for parents who they feel they are failing a parent’s duty to influence the good cultural values of their children. Such friction can be a stressful for both children and parents and can affect everyone’s wellbeing. When it comes to psychological or mental health matters, our culture is known to suppress or bottle up the problems due to stigma. Hence, often seeking support or help from appropriate services unfortunately comes last. We have the tendency to medicalise the underlying psychological/mental health issues. For example anxiety is mistaken for heart problems, depression can be mistaken (fatigue, low energy) for major physical health issues. Getting help These issues are not uncommon and can happen to anyone at any time. It is not in our nature to seek help for these matters due to common myths and stigma about mental illness. What can be easily treated or managed could take months or years to resolve if not treated early. The first step might be just sharing how you feel with someone like a health professional such as your Doctor/GP. In light of these barriers, Counties Manukau Health is committed to work with local Indian communities across South Auckland to address their mental health needs and to improve their health. If you, or someone you care about requires help for mental health issues, please contact your or the person’s GP or contact your nearest Community Mental Health Centre you will find the numbers listed in the phone directory under community mental health services. For further information in regards to Counties Manukau Health mental health services, please contact Kitty Ko, Asian Service Development Coordinator on 09 5380700 or email: asianmentalhealthservice@ middlemore.co.nz.
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spirited NZ bowling attack lead by Neil Wagner beat India by 40 runs on the fourth day of the first Test at Eden Park. Chasing 407 runs for victory, India were all out for 366 despite steady batting by Shikhar Dhawan (115) and Virat Kohli’s 67. Wagner took two key wickets in the postlunch session to close the chapter for India. Wagner scalped Virat Kholi and Shikhar Dhawan and then took the wickets of Zaheer Khan (17) and skipper MS Dhoni (39). A dramatic fourth day was on cards for spectators as India need 320 runs more to win the first Test against New Zealand after the homeside collapsed dramatically in their second innings at 105. India skipper MS Dhoni
after the loss praised his bowlers though. BlackCaps captain, Brendon McCullum, was adjudged the Man of the Match for his double century. He said that , “They (India) put us under immense amount of pressure. At 220 for 3 it wasn’t looking that great, but we showed enough fight.” He added, “One of my best innings in an NZ shirt. A Test victory over this Indian team is no small achievement.” New Zealand 503/10 (121.4) & 105/10 (41.2) India: 202/10 (60) & 366/10 (96.3)
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Another IRIS award for Bhavnesh Soni
he New Zealand I n s t i t u t e of Professional Photography (NZIPP) organized IRIS awards recognized Bhavnesh Soni’s visually appealing and delightful photography in his work for the New Zealand Indian Bridal Magazine in 2013. His efforts in the commercial realm were recognised with three more bronzes in the “Commercial” category of the 2013 NZIPP Iris awards. Bhavnesh turned his hand to fashion photography, shooting bridal fashion for the New Zealand Indian Bridal magazine (NZIB). Previously, in 2012, One By Infinity’s Bhavnesh Soni took his place among NZ photography best and brightest, winning two bronze awards in the “Wedding” category of New Zealand’s premier photography awards – the Iris Awards. Also, wining a Silver and a Gold at the Kodak Gold Awards for Wedding Portraits. Bringing his characteristic vision and energy to this challenging field, his dedicated efforts have led to a polished, sophisticated style that’s been lighting up the pages. The IRIS awards are given for not just the
Mumbai Monologues A Labour of Love
he poet wrote these “Through love’s great power It is an English language production, lines after a review to be made whole a collection of freshly petition was rejected written monologues and in the Supreme Court of India, regarding its In mind and body, heart and original songs and live music. The production verdict on Section 377 soul – has already garnered of the Indian Penal some great reviews with Code. This is the context of the poem Through freedom to find joy, the snippet it presented at the Pride Gala. All and it is pertaining to the or be these are reason enough LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, to watch the live shows bisexual, transgender, from the 12th to the intersex and queer) By dint of joy itself set free 16th of February at issues in India and TAPAC (The Auckland abroad along with the In love and in Performing Arts discrimination the Centre). community faces. But companionhood: Here are some more. largely the lines quoted Go, watch Mumbai above, are about love. This is the true and Monologues for love, And love as the poem the love you feel for suggests, is a wonderful natural good.” Mumbai and India and thing that bestows great power and joy to the - Vikram Seth, 2014 satiate that yearning. Go, explore a little person experiencing it. bit of the bustling It is no coincidence megalopolis that is Mumbai and fall in love with then, that the Auckland Pride festival is held in it. Go, soak in the voices that you might not hear February around Valentine’s Day, the season of otherwise and understand something new. Go, love. Love after all is a universal feeling and with a partner and enjoy an evening of live and doesn’t understand age, nationality, race and enriching entertainment. Go, listen and feel a even gender. It transcends all these boundaries thousand unsaid words erupting in unison with and limitations. every passing moment in, Mumbai Monologues. Mumbai Monologues which is a part of Queer@TAPAC and the Auckland Pride Festival - IWK Bureau is one such labour of love by Agaram Productions.
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How to reduce your tax on rental income using depreciation expense?
rom 01 April 2011, depreciation on building and items attached to the building are depreciated at zero %, thus there is no deduction for you. However, there are lots of assets in your rental property for which you can claim deduction and reduce your taxes. Commissioner’s view (TIB vol 22 No 4 May 2010) on a depreciable asset is to follow a 3 step process to ascertain whether the assets are a part of the building or are individual assets. Step 1 – Identify, if the item is in some way attached to the building or not. If the item is not attached then it is not a part of the building and can be depreciated. If the item is attached to the building go to step 2 Step 2- Is the item an integral part of the building, means without that building would not exist, then the item would be considered as a part of the building. If it is not an integral part of the building go to step 3 Step 3: Look at the difficulty involved in the removal of the item, and whether there
would be significant damage to the building were the item not present in its current form. If the item is a part of the fabric of the building, then it is a part of the building for depreciation purposes. The whole idea is to establish whether an asset is a part of the building or not, remember if this is a part of the building then it would be depreciated at zero % otherwise it can be depreciated for its expected useful life. Depreciation is the medium to spread the initial cost of an asset over several years, as the benefit will flow through in x numbers of years rather than in a year of purchase. Legislation itself does not specifically cover repairs or depreciation separately but they are interrelated to each other and are a part of general deduction rules. One of the key things to remember is only depreciable properties can be depreciated, normally they are expected to decline in value while used in deriving assessable income EE6 (1) ITA 2007 things like antique paintings cannot be depreciated. Case law also confirms the notion of whole assets vs part of the assets, it was seen in Auckland Gas Co Ltd v Commissioner of Inland Revenue (2000) 19 NZTC 15,702 major improvement in gas pipeline was considered as a single asset.
Next time when you are looking to replace your asset consider items that are segregated from the building which means they can be depreciated. It is slightly interesting as well as tax law permits one asset to be depreciated over the other, such as free standing cooktop can be depreciated but the fixed cooktop cannot, or carpet can be depreciated whereas floor tiles cannot, free standing cupboards can be depreciated but inbuilt one cannot. Items which may still be considered as depreciable property: 1. Carpet/blinds 2. Hot water cylinder 3. Security systems 4. Cupboards 5. Free standing cooktop 6. And many more So purchase decision may result in a tax savings for you. We offer free consultation on your tax affairs so drop us a line we would love to hear from you. In a next article, we will try to cover repairs & maintenance expenditure vs capital
expenditure specifically for rental assets. This is also an interesting and tricky one and is interrelated to the notion of depreciation expense.
- Saurav Wadhwa is an Auckland based chartered accountant and a director of IBBZ Accounting Limited. Saurav is a tax specialist with Masters in Tax with Distinction (Auckland) and have 10 years of experience in the industry. He is very passionate about helping small business owners. His easy going personality and a friendly nature makes him easily approachable. For all your tax problems including overdue tax returns, management of tax debt, tax consultancy, and IRD audits & disputes you can contact him at Saurav@ibbz.co.nz or 027 5555 458. - Information above is provided for general use only, if you are intending to rely on any of the information above please consult with us or seek a professional advice. If information provided above result in any kind of loss to you we can not be held responsible.
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Prospective early childhood students in Sri Lanka and India!
Marketing representatives from New Zealand Tertiary College will travel to March and April. key cities in Sri Lanka and India this In Sri Lanka, Marketing Manager A complete list of the cities Sanil and Sanjay will visit and their activities is below: Sanil Haria will host a free seminar
on NZTC’s programs for the July 2014 and February 2015 intakes. He will continue onto India where he will
be meeting with educational partners alongside Senior Marketing Officer Sanjay Jain. If you know someone
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get them to contact Sanil at sanil. (Sanjay is the local contact in India. He can be contacted at sanjay.jain@ nztertiarycollege.in or by calling 00918879639704 for appointments and schedule information). If you are currently residing in New Zealand and are interested in studying at New Zealand Tertiary College, please call us on (09) 520 4000 or email international@nztertiarycollege. ac.nz
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SIT confirms sponsorship Nga Kete confirmed as O-week organisers for second year running of Sharks for 2014
outhern Institute of Technology (SIT) has confirmed its sponsorship of the Southland Sharks franchise for the fourth year running as the team looks to continue its winning streak after last year’s grand final win of the NBL in December. Whilst they are first time championship winners, SIT has sponsored the team since the start-up of the franchise in 2009 and have built a positive relationship over this time says SIT Deputy CEO Bharat Guha. “We feel the reason why we have continued to support the sharks is because basketball is gaining in popularity with the younger generation and the Southland Sharks have been excellent ambassadors in the past for SIT.” “There are quite a few initiatives to implement between the SIT marketing team and the sharks, bearing in mind their first commitment are to win the championship again. The sharks have made the province of southland proud.” Southland Sharks General Manager Jill Bolger says they are expecting the team to do well again for the 2014 season. “Naturally both the franchise and the public will have very high expectations of our team in 2014 – we have almost the same team and they will be hungry to prove that last year’s win was not a fluke. We will be aiming for playoffs again but certainly back to back titles would be nice. We will have a big target on our backs though. “ Jill is pleased with the working relationship between SIT and the Sharks and looks forward to implementing new initiatives with SIT this year. “We are always open to new initiatives
ith the first influx of students starting classes last week, the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) is set for O-week celebrations to begin on February 17th, with the event run by Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust for the second year running. Each year the event undergoes a tender
process to external organisations. Nga Kete won the event tender over several other applicants due to both its planned variety of events (from fear factor competitions to a hangi) and its success running the event last year. They gained a lot of positive feedback says Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust CEO Tracey Wright-Tawha. “The feedback we got was positive and students enjoyed the feast of Middle Earth – a hangi, which we are going to do again. We have responded to feedback for
some evening activities so we are working hard on organising some fun and entertainment.” In addition to increasing activity numbers and involving more support agencies, more night time activities have been included this year says Tracey. “Reading Cinema is supporting a reduced entry evening for a range of movies, we have some other evening things in the pipe line- maybe even bull riding. We have increased the number of agencies involved and have more freebies and prizes.” The official powhiri will welcome new students on campus at 11am followed by the annual market day that introduces students to a variety of local support services and businesses from budget advisories to waste management. “Last year was so exciting and we wanted an opportunity to make this year’s event even more fun. We also have over a number of years provided student support services at SIT and it is a privilege to be a part of the learning journey in supporting students,” says Tracey.
– this year we are running a secondary school tournament with SIT support and we hope to be able to help encourage local players to stay in the south and study here.” The first round of the competition begins on Spril the 2nd with a match between Wellington Siants and HBS Bank Hawkes . The Southland Sharks first match is on Friday April 4th against Oceana Golf Nuggets at the ILT Stadium.
For more information please contact: Andrei Robertson Marketing Liaison Officer Southern Institute of Technology Tel: 03 211 2699 Ext: 8760 email@example.com
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Anushka and Kohli spotted in Auckland
ollywood actress Anushka Sharma, who has been romantically linked with Virat Kohli, has flown to New Zealand to support him. Kohli is currently playing the Test series against New Zealand. In her usual carefree style of dressing, Anushka posed with some fans too during her stay in the city and according to an eyewitness, both she and Virat looked happy and relaxed together, the media reported. The duo thus far had kept their relationship away from the limelight, but by going to New Zealand and being in full public glare with Kohli, the two have made things clear. Fans posted pictures of Anushka and Kohli went viral on social networking sites. One picture even show the two
Singles, out of mingles
ove is in the air… Valentine’s day is here. While most of our Bollywood couples are busy enjoying the romantic breeze, we bring you the hottest and desirable singles from B-Town.
The Sri Lankan beauty debuted in 2009 with the film Aladin. The pretty face was dating the super star director Sajid Khan for a long time. She also starred in Khan’s Housefull franchise. She was majorly noticed in Mahesh Bhatt’s Murder 2 and was widely praised for her performance in the film. Fernandez was lately in the news for bagging a film opposite Salman Khan in Kick. This is one actress who is always well dressed, politically correct and controversy free. Way to go girl!!!
holding hands and walking on the streets of Auckland. The two have been snapped together at various restaurants and malls. In fact, the couple looked very comfortable in each other’s company,” a source was quoted as saying.
‘Satyamev Jayate 2’ set to go on air March 2
he second season of Aamir Khan’s much-awaited television show “Sataymev Jayate” will premiere March 2. Aamir made his TV debut with “Sataymev Jayate” in 2012 and the show dealing with sensitive social issues like female foeticide, domestic violence and child abuse received a warm welcome from the TV viewers after it went on air on Star Plus in May. Some of the episodes recorded the highest ratings.
Now the 48-year-old, whose latest movie “Dhoom: 3” created fireworks at the box office, is coming back with the second season of the talk show, which will be beamed on the same channel. However, the format will be different this time. According to reports, the makers have decided to break the second season into three parts with each segment airing four shows on Sundays.
A superstar from the Chopra clan, Parineeti is one vivacious actor. With films like Shudh Desi Romance and Ishaqzaade, she has proved her robust acting skills time and again. She is known for her gift of gab and energetic personality. She has managed to keep her personal life away from the limelight post her relationship with actor turned producer Uday Chopra. The two broke up after the release of Ladies v/s Ricky Behel for reasons best known to them. This lady is extremely desirable due to her cute and flamboyant personality. The lady is soon to be seen in Karan Johar’s upcoming film Hassee Toh Phasee where she plays the character of a girl next door and different from her usual bubbly character. We look forward to this one!
PM releases postage stamps in honour of Shri Jagjit Singh
he Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, released two commemorative postage stamps in honour of Ghazal singer and musician Shri Jagjit Singh. The stamps were released in the presence of Mrs. Chitra Singh. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said Shri Jagjit Singh held a special position in the history of Indian music. He described Jagjit Singh as an exceptional artiste, who was adept at various forms of music, including classical music, devotional music, folk music and Ghazal. The Prime Minister recalled Shri Jagjit
After being involved with two leading Bollywood ladies Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, Shahid is all single again. He admitted at the latest episode of Koffee With Karan Season 4 that he would not like to date any actresses in the future and unabashedly enjoys his freedom. The actor lately garnered great appreciation for his films Phata Poster Nikla Hero and Rambo Rajkumar this year. With two back to back hits and killer looks, Shahid Kapoor is definitely one of the most eligible bachelors this year.
Singh’s contribution in the fields of film and television as well. Jagjit Singh’s music will continue to touch our hearts, even though he is no longer among us, the Prime Minister added.
Ash, Deepika feature among top world beauties
ollywood beauties Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Deepika Padukone have made their ways to be listed among the World’s 30 Most Beautiful Women of 2014 in a poll conducted by HollywoodBuzz. While B-town’s pretty mummy Ash made it to the fourth position, the ‘Chennai Express’ girl bagged the 29th position in the list. A statement released by Ash in media read, “The results of this poll by Hollywood Buzz was brought to my notice in fact by my well-wishers whatsapping me, believe it or not, and I must admit it’s overwhelming…I say a huge loving thank you to all my wellwishers (fans) for making me smile and always being there for me. More power to our love.”
Italian actress Monica Belluci was voted number 1, while American model and actress Kate Upton was number 2. The former Miss World from India was positioned right behind Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, who was at number 3. Following is the list of the ‘World’s 30 Most Beautiful Women of 2014′: 1. Monica Bellucci 2. Kate Upton 3. Angelina Jolie 4. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan 5. Irina Shayk 6. Meryem Uzerli 7. Charlize Theron 8. Amber Heard 9. Rihanna 10. Scarlet Johansson
This Delhi boy is Bollywood’s latest discovery. The model turned actor who debuted in Karan Johar’s Student of the Year wooed a number of females from his drop dead gorgeous looks and sexy attitude. Malhotra seems quite promising in his upcoming film Hasee Toh Phasee and assures to show his acting skills. The actor admitted to The Times of India that he was dating a South African model but is single now. Seems like this new lad is here to stay.
To all the singles out there- Stay hot, Stay desirable. Our Bollywood biggies are accompanying you.
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Rangmanch‘s Hindi play: Mareech Ka Khel goes on stage
angmanch – the pioneer group who started Hindi plays in Auckland (since 2008) is coming up with yet another super duper production - Mareech Ka Khel! Rehearsals are on full swing at the moment and the group promises to deliver another of their fantastic productions, comments director Jayanta Bhaduri. The best of the artists will be performing on stage accompanied by exceptional music scored by noted music director and music maestro of Auckland – Amit Sengupta, will most certainly mesmerise the audience. The noted actors of Auckland stage – Shailesh Prajapati, Ujjal Ghosh, Kedar Divekar, Tapas Mandal, Rupal Parmar, Chirag Solanki, Sachin Purohit , Santanu Ghosh and Jayanta Bhaduri will present a delightful experience bringing forth their superb acting prowess on stage. Also all other very talented actors Samir, Jeet, Ajay, Om, Hardik and Hina will add flavour to this mind blowing play: Mareech Ka Khel. As usual like in all Rangmanch’s productions, Mareech ka Khel too is interlaced with exquisite music and Audience are bound to be thrilled by the songs by Auckland’s popular singers none other than: Arpita Chanda and Rachit Bhatia. Backstage support will be given by Somenath Nandi ,Sanjay Banerjee and Sudarshana Bhaduri. Marketing and promotion are looked after by Pavitra Roy and Babla Banerjee. Mareech Ka Khel is an intelligent and unique storytelling form with wry humour adding that special flavour to the play leaving the audience wanting for more…. A warm invitation to all our audience to watch the play which unfolds on stage on 01/03/2014 & 02/03/2014 at Playhouse theatre, Glendale, Glen Eden.
Event: Hindi play by Rangmanch: Mareech Ka Khel Venue: Playhouse Theatre, 15 Glendale Road, Glen Eden, Auckland. Date: Saturday- 01/03/2014 at 06.30 pm Sunday-02/03/2014 at 05.30 pm For ticket please contact: Pavitra at 021445166
Deepak star of Urban Turban
ucklander Deepak Rishi plays the lead in the first Bollywood film set in New Zealand, geared for release next month. Filmed entirely in Auckland with local actors, Urban Turban is a traditional tale of boy meets girl, with a twist. It’ll first premiere in Fiji. Rishi, who has featured in eight other feature films, also played lead in Highway to Suva, not too long ago. Urban Turban has all the ingredients of a Bollywood flick; outlandish drama, a budding romance, misunderstandings, and broken dreams, says director Devesh Singh. But it’s all filmed in the city of sails. Urban Turban is the story of a girl from Timaru and a boy from India who get together in Auckland before being torn apart by a dominating relative - a familiar story for many. “For every Indian so to speak who comes here, every Indian has got a story,” Mr Singh said. But this home-grown production didn’t get any of the tax incentives the government has just granted to Hollywood movies being made in New Zealand. “We’ve showcased Auckland in such a nice way, I’m sure the council will like it,
Urban Turban is the story of a girl from Timaru and a boy from India who get together in Auckland before being torn apart by a dominating relative - a familiar story for many.
the government will love it, we didn’t get a single cent for it, but we’ve gone ahead and done it, we have not held ourselves back,” Mr Singh said. He said the film was pulled together with favours and good intentions. “A lot of borrowing and that’s how it happened otherwise it would not have been possible. A lot of people put a lot of time and effort absolutely for nothing,” As well as a cast and crew who mostly have full-time day jobs. “They took the opportunity we took the opportunity, collectively we got together and bingo - we got Urban Turban,” Mr Singh said. Urban Turban has already got an online following of keen Bollywooders who are begging the company to release it. But they’ll have to wait until March it’ll premiere in Fiji, before heading back to New Zealand for one here. - firstname.lastname@example.org
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Valentine’s Day by Pullman
Pullman Auckland has the ultimate romantic gift this Valentine’s Day - a special 4-course dinner menu designed by Pullman’s Chef De Cuisine Charlie Pihera. The evening will include a glass of Moët & Chandon on arrival followed by a divine 4-course menu of fine cuisine. Then on the night your loved one will receive a $30 Spa at the Pullman gift voucher*. Places are strictly limited, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to indulge your taste buds and spoil the one you love.
When: Wed 5th, 12th 19th 26th Feb 6:009:00pm Domain Dr, Auckland Domain Admission: Tickets are $8*. To book call +64 9 306 7048, or email bookings@ aucklandmuseum.com
2014 Auckland Pride Festival celebrating the Rainbow Community in Aotearoa New Zealand. The theme for the Auckland Pride Parade 2014 is Time.
Where: Auckland War Memorial Museum,
An Eve of Indian Classical Music – A Charity Concert
When: : Saturday 22 February 2014,
Where: Western Park to Three Lamps,
Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
The Origins of Language
When: 14th Feb From 6pm – Late Where: The Café Restaurant, Pullman
Hotel, Waterloo Quadrant. +64 9 358 8013 (Bookings Essential)
Admission: $120 Per Person. To book call
Join Nigel Dickey of Auckland University in an eight-week course. The course will first examine current theories of the origin of spoken language and then focus on the origins, development and spread of the Indo-European languages in Europe (which includes English), from both a linguistic and an historical/anthropological perspective.
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Jetstar Summer Zoo Lates
Selling Dreams: Viva Smart Talk Series
When: Wednesday 26 February 2014,
7:00pm – Wednesday 16 April 2014, 9:00pm
Experience the Selling Dreams exhibition after hours with a series of late Wednesday night events featuring floor talks and panel discussions by leading fashion designers, magazine editors, photographers and others with a finger on the pulse of fashion. Including the V&A Selling Dreams Exhibition Curator Susanna Brown, WORLD director Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, BLACK Magazine Editor Grant Fell and many more. Each night will be complemented by delicious food, drink and music in the spirit of glitz and glamour.
Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama, Auckland Admission: $130. To book call 09 521 9623 or visit www.selwyncomed.school.nz/
Where: Selwyn Community Education, 203
Auckland Zoo is staying open until 7.30pm most Wednesdays throughout February and March - a magic time to be at the Zoo. So why not come and chill out after school or work with family and friends. Our cafes will be open, most animals will still be up, and there will be live music at the band rotunda from 5.30pm - 7.30pm.
Sargam School of Indian Music is presenting a classical music night featuring Pt Rakesh Chaurasia (Disciple & Nephew of Legendary Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia) one of India’s leading flautist, accompanied by Basant Madhur on Tabla live in concert. All funds raised will be donated for the construction of Shri Ram Temple- Henderson.
Auckland Pride Parade 2014
2014, 4:15-7:30pm Where: Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Rd, Auckland Admission: $15 More information: www.aucklandzoo. co.nz
When: Wednesdays, 5 February -12 March
Feel the love at the Auckland Pride Parade! With over 40 entries expected, the Auckland Pride Parade will be the highlight of the
Auckland Girls Grammar School, 16 Howe St, Auckland Admission: $50 ( VIP ) $40 & $25 available at Yogi Ji Food mart- Mt Roskill, Lotus Foreign Exchange- Westfield St Lukes & New Lynn More information: For Tickets & more info contact Basant Madhur on 626 2646 / 021 035 7954 & Deepak Madhur on : 8274151/ 021-02643739
When: 6:30 pm, Saturday, 8th March 2014 Where: : Dorothy Winstone Centre,
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Follow the Drury-Waiuku Route. Turn into Glenbrook Station Road.
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Punjabi Sufi singer, Sartaaj coming to NZ
oulful sufi music will reverberate in NZ and Australia when reknowned Punjabi sufi singer and performer visits for his tour down under. A multi-gifted artist, artist, songwriter, singer, composer and poet. Satinder Sartaaj possesses an unprecedented list of achievements and remains in the fore front of his craft, a true inspiration. As an artist he excites, enlightens, leads and embraces his fans with insights into life’s meaning and deepest feelings. Ancestral values are seen embedded deep in his poetry. Satinder Sartaaj captivates audiences through the vigor and sheer beauty of his words and lyrics. His songs stir the souls, energize the bodies, liberate the minds and heal the hearts. Satinder Sartaaj was born in an ordinary farmer family of remote and drowsy village Bajrawarpur in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab state. In his childhood, Satinder Sartaj was too much inspired by the nature and very serious about the aspects of life. Since then he used to praise the beauty of nature. Every natural phenomenon inspires Satinder Sartaj very much. He studied in the Government school of his village Bajrawarpur till 5th class. Curiously, he used to marvel at the beauty and fragrance of flowers, spectrum of rainbow, the water springs in the calm surroundings besides the melodic strains of music that flowed from a flute and sarangi which the wandering folk and sufi musicians played. As a child he developed a taste for the perfect Punjabi tradition and the Sufiana Qalaams though apparently it was not within his conceptual grasp. However an intense desire to learn and imbibe the rich mysticism of sufiana music dominated in his educational career. Following the passion of his inner soul, Satinder Sartaj concentrated on his sufiana musical career having done his M. Phil in Sufi music singing and later a doctorate in Sufi singing (gayan) from Punjab University. With a view to have an close feel of the divine radiance and mystic experiences of the greats like Jalludin Rumi, Shams Tabrezi from Iran, Satinder Sartaj had secured a diploma in Persian with distinction. When Satinder Sartaj started singing, he felt to have a different surname. One night he was sleeping in hostel of the university, and woke up at 3 AM tried but couldn’t sleep again. He picked up the paper-pen, starts writing the song, and the last line was ‘Tere Sir Taareyan Da Taj Ve’ at this moment he adopted the surname Sartaj. Revealing in the glory of the mysticism of Baba Farid, Bulle Shah, Sultan Bahu, Shah Hussain and others, the accomplished singer Satinder Sartaj had recorded his first album of Sufi music called Mehfil-E-Sartaj. Now he writes like Waris Shah, Dresses like Waris Shah. To enquire about tickets and sponsorship, call Navjyot Singh: 021 545 100. - IWK Bureau
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