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F enthusiasm and verve were yardsticks to
measure success, last week’s Kiwi Indian
Hall of Fame awards was a super duper hit.
The cream of the community and offcialdom
gathered at the Pullman Hotel last Thursday to
honor and celebrate the achievements of its
community members – and the event left no
doubt in the minds of all present that this was a
function that was well on its way to becoming
entrenched into the annals of history of New
Auckland District Court judge Dr Ajit
Swaran Singh became only the second
recipient of the prestigious honour at a gala
event where Prime Minister John Key was
chief guest. The function was also attended
by numerous dignitaries including Indian
High Commissioner to New Zealand Ravi
Thapar, Members of Parliament Todd McClay,
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Dr Rajen Prasad, Phil
Goff, David Shearer, Winston Peters, Jamie
Ross and Sam Lotu Liga.
Dr Singh, born and raised in Fiji, was
awarded the honour from out of more than
35 entries by an independent jury for his
outstanding credentials and achievements as a
lawyer, judge, and a community leader.
“Educated in Fiji, New Zealand and Canada,
Dr Singh has always led the charge in fostering
the interests our society through community
education on social issues, as a White Ribbon
Ambassador in New Zealand: on campaign
against family violence, as a Visiting Professor
of Law: in the feld of legal education in Fiji,
as well as being a mentor and a role model,
and above all: in recognition of his invaluable
contributions in promoting the honour and
prestige of New Zealand, Fiji & India,” read
the citation.
MC’d by former Miss India New Zealand
Uttara Ramkumar, who is also a former
Bollywood star who has featured in two Tamil
movies, the glamour evening kicked off with
the lighting of diya (earthen lamps) by Mr
Key, Indian Weekender publishers Giri Gupta
and Bhav Dhillon, and Penny Simmonds, chief
executive of Southern Institute of Technology.
This was followed by a classical dance
performance by Abhishek of Anuradha School
of Dance.
Mr “Concrete” Dhillon kicked off the
function proper with a strong welcome to
the guests and dignitaries – thus setting the
appropriate for a stellar evening.
This was followed by an address from Ms
Simmonds, who highlighted the value and
contributions of the Indian community to the
fabric of the New Zealand society. Mr Gupta,
in his address, highlighted the importance of
remembering the achievements of the members
of the community.
A beautiful song performance by Shirley
Hall of Fame 2014 bigger and better
Arvind Kumar
Rajen Prasad will not
seek re-election
Maori girl in search
of her roots
India Elections
Bainimarama names
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Setia preceded the announcement of the
recipient of the Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame
inductee by Ms Simmonds, followed by
speeches by Mr Key and Dr Singh.
A rousing and enthusiastic applause greeted
the naming of Dr Singh into the Hall of Fame
as the function proper geared towards the end
and start of fne dining.
“It was very well organized event and it
was very exciting to be part of it,” quipped one
guest who made sure she got a photo op with
the chief guest. Mr Key obliged as hordes of
fans lined up for photos, as did Dr Singh and
Numerous guests later came up to the
organisers – the Indian Weekender team – to
express gratitude for the experience of such
Born in the beautiful Fiji Islands, Dr Singh
is of Indian heritage. His maternal grandparents
came from Rajasthan & Varanasi, India, to Fiji
under the Indenture system and his paternal
grandparents came in 1929 from Jallandhar,
Dr Singh and Subhag, a school teacher,
have been married for 41 years. They have
three children: Anjeet, Amit and Shobita,
all of whom are graduates of the Auckland
University. His mother, Pritam Kaur and
majority of his extended family reside in New
Zealand, with some members in Australia, UK,
USA & Canada..
09 May 2014
abour’s Immigration spokesperson Rajen
Prasad says he has decided not to seek re-
nomination for another term in Parliament at
the next election.
“I have approached my professional and
public life over the last 20 years, in the spirit
of moving on to new challenges once I had
made my parliamentary contribution. My
sixth year as a parliamentarian has also been a
time to refect on this role and consider other
challenges I might accept.
“I have made this decision not to remain in
Parliament, together with my family and friends
and have informed the Party leader.
“I have been enormously privileged to
have been given an opportunity to represent
ethnic communities in general and the Indian
community in particular in Parliament and
in the Labour caucus. This has happened at a
time of enormous ethnic diversifcation in New
“My activism for the Indian community
has called on the experience I gained as the
Race Relations Conciliator, Human Rights
Commissioner and a Member of the Residence
Review Board.
“My experience from my life and my
background in social policy and the front line
social services has been critical in framing our
Immigration and Ethnic Affairs policies for the
next election.
“I look forward to new challenges in the
international environment as well as in business
in the next stage of my life.”
Rajen Prasad will be greatly missed from
the ranks of the Labour Caucus when he retires
from Parliament in September, said Labour
Leader David Cunliffe
“He has been instrumental in developing
and refning policy around immigration and
ethnic affairs.
“He came into the House from a long and
distinguished career in public affairs, including
as Race Relations Conciliator, and used that
experience to signifcantly underline Labour’s
commitment to multiculturalism in Parliament.
“New Zealand is an increasingly diverse
country with a large and infuential Indian
community. Rajen was able to talk directly and
with particular empathy to that community.
“He has made a consistent and considerable
contribution to the Labour Caucus throughout
his time in Parliament. We will all miss his
fundamental decency, analytical ability,
clear and strong values and his quiet wit and
“We wish him very well for the next chapter
of his life and career after September,’’ said
David Cunliffe.
Rajen Prasad will not seek
ational List MP, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi,
has welcomed the Government’s pre-budget
announcement of $22 million in extra funding for
budgeting services around the country.
“We’ve got a number of great organisations
providing budgeting services here in Manukau
East and this funding will help them continue to
support people in our community to manage their
fnances,” Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi said.
“Money management can be especially tough
for people on low incomes, and budgeting services
play a vital role helping people get the right skills
so they can save for the things that matter and gain
fnancial independence.
“The work of organisations like Training and
Budget Services Incorporated is helping many
people in Manukau East get their fnances sorted
and get ahead, and this funding will help them
even further.”
This investment will see a 61 per cent increase
in Government funding over the next two years,
and will help budgeting services provide an even
greater level of support for New Zealanders.
The Ministry of Social Development will work
directly with budgeting services on the allocation
of funding.
“Supporting people on low incomes with
budgeting advice and support is part of our
commitment to deliver better public services for
Kiwis – one of National’s priorities,” Kanwaljit
Singh Bakshi said.
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Parliament Buildings, Wellington
Funding boost for Manukau East
based budgeting services
ayor Len Brown today published his
proposed 2014-15 Budget for Auckland
Council, which will deliver an average rates
increase of 2.5 percent across Auckland businesses
and households.
The budget follows public consultation on the
Mayor’s draft annual budget and will be tabled on
Thursday for adoption by the Council’s Budget
The budget delivers on commitments set out
in the third year of the Council’s long-term plan,
including new capital investments of $1.2 billion
and cost and effciency savings of $24 million.
Highlights include:· An immediate review of
Council and CCO capital programmes to identify
$300 million in new savings and possible deferral
of projects - as part of the preparation of the 2015-
25 Long Term Plan .
· A one-off capital grant of $900,000 to
the Auckland Regional Rescue Helicopter Trust
along with a proposal to work with government
to review the Auckland Regional Amenities
Funding legislation
Len Brown said: “This budget continues my
commitment to balance low and stable rates rises
with investment to meet the needs of a growing
“The Council’s focus is now shifting to the
review of our 2015-25 long term plan, which
will require us to make some tough choices
about Auckland’s priorities as we look to more
aggressively manage down our debt levels while
delivering low and stable rates rises.
Mayor publishes 2014-15 Council budget
09 May 2014
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ational List MP based in Manukau
East Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi recently
organised a public meeting, inviting members
of the public to engage with the Minister of
Social Development Paula Bennett.
“The National-led Government has worked
tirelessly towards reforming a welfare system
which trapped 11,000 people on welfare for
more than 30 years,” says Kanwaljit Singh
Bakshi.“This meeting was an opportunity for
the community to hear from and engage with
the Minister on her proactive role in reforming
our welfare support in to a targeting and work-
focussed system that challenges people to
become independent and reach their potential.”
Prior to 2012, 13 per cent of the working
age population received a beneft. This cost the
tax payer around $8 billion per year – or $22
million per day.
“Benefciary numbers peaked in 2010 to over
352,000, but today that number has dropped to
less than 295,500. That’s nearly 60,000 more
people in employment,” says Mr Bakshi
“Our work is focussed on supporting and
empowering those who most need it. That’s
why in 2012 we also introduced Youth Service
in 2012 which supports specialist providers
to help young people meet clear obligations,
manage their money and gain independence.
This $148 million programme aims to get
all 16-17 year olds and teen parents on beneft
into education or training and early results in
the valuation are showing higher rates of these
young people going off and staying off beneft.
Over the year, projected costs of supporting
young people dropped by 21 per cent,” says Mr
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ovie Anastaria Daniels, a shy young girl has
been looking for her grand father Chhana
Kuvarji. Her story is about both bravery and
an emotional plea. Lovie, is Maori, but has part
Indian lineage from her grandfather who came to
New Zealand in the frst half of the 20th century.
In the sands of time, her grandmother raised
the family independently with the grandfather
missing. There was little knowledge of his
origins, and Lovie and her cousins grew with a
limited understanding of their roots.
Lovie, growing up in Kaitaia, and later in
Auckland, knew from her childhood and from
an early age of cognizance that she was different
from others she grew up with, she accepted this
heritage with as much grit as she could garner.
Her resolve to answer the essential questions
of where I come from and connect with her roots
brought her to the crossroads many a times, and
she has continued to search for answers.
She has heard several stories of the
grandfather coming to New Zealand, with his
other family, and at times of returning with wife
and children, may be even doubts if that is his
real name.
She has in these last months attended
festivals like Holi (Hindu festival of colours) in
Rotorua, attended a Maori-Indian Hui, visited
temples, and in her endeavours even found
her grandfathers burial site, and further the
doctor who had signed her grandfathers death
She has met up with a gentleman at the
Onehunga temple who told her about knowing
the doctor who signed the grandfather’s death
certifcate and may be a connection to the other
Due to a convoluted path and plausibility of
many possibilities, her road map is taking her
through various obstacles in fnding her Indian
“I am not disappointed, yet, I have not faced
disappointment things have moved very quickly
in my search, I would like things to happen
faster but it takes time, and I understand that,”
said Lovie.
“I am not anxious, I am curious, and it has
been my curiosity that has driven my search.”
I want to fnd my Indian roots, I want to
know my grandfather’s other family, how he
lived, how they live. “It is a search, and I am
answering questions, for myself,” Lovie added.
It is about living his memory.
Lovie, believes people can help, and they
have she adds.
From the little that she has learnt she has
drawn inferences how both Maori and Indian
people are family oriented and are connected to
their mother earth.
She signs her name as Lovie Anastaria
Kuvarji Daniels on Facebook, still curious
much, and still hopeful of one day being able to
trace back her steps to the grandfather.
Maori girl in search of her roots
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The nationwide rollout of this service begins
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Yoobee, which has recently been acquired by
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First memories are fshing for little yellow tails
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started fshing with my uncle for snapper on
his boat in the Hauraki Gulf when I was about 11
years old.
Fishing in the deep is it a hobby or is it a
philosophical way to life?
Both. I enjoy going fshing and the places it
takes you to and the scenery is very calming. When
you fsh out wide, you really see the wonders of
the ocean and the creatures that live within.
How do you draw the patience to be still and be
I have learn’t to enjoy being on the water in
various boats big or small and on many occasions
you can fsh all day and catch nothing and then in
the last 5 mins of the trip land a 30Kg Kingfsh.
The picture of the Bass below was 60Kg caught
on the last day of a 5 day fshing trip to the
Ranfurly Banks on Enchanter where I had only
caught Kingfsh upto the size of 22Kg most of
the trip which isn’t big considering the area we
were fshing in and what lurks in the deep there.
Patience is a virtue!
Have you been practicing fshing as a sport or is
it more professional and a wage earner for you?
Sport, I was sponsered previously by Synit
Rods N.Z, and now affliated with Jigstar Rods
Tell me about your best catch? Is it the same as
your biggest catch?
Catching my frst Striped Marlin would have
to be my biggest catch as it is very visual from
the time you hook up to watching it leap from
the water into the air to landing it and seeing how
beautiful the colours are. However, my best catch
would be the large Bass below as they only grow
1cm a year so are very old fsh and are found in at
least 200m - 400m+ in the deep.
I am sure the joy must have been
immense, but did you feel like letting
it go?
Yes, I have great respect for Marlin
and have decided to and tag and release
now days.
What are your concerns in taking up
fshing as a career?
I’d like to keep fshing as a
personal hobby for relaxation and fun
and keep work as work. I have found
something that makes me truly happy
when doing it and I don’t want to lose
Would you push the youth to take up fshing as a
hobby, what can they learn from fshing?
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you about patience, takes you to some amazing
countries and locations some within New Zealand
that you would never generally explore and I
have met lots of good friends and shared lots of
laughs with them on expeditions. There is also
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Hooking Fish: Living the dream
Indian Weekender takes time out to indulge in fishing, and speaking to expert Anesh Patel,
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Psychoactive Substances Amendment Act passed
ealth Minister Tony Ryall has welcomed
Parliament’s support for the Psychoactive
Substances Amendment Act, passed today under
The Act, expected to receive Royal assent
on Wednesday and become law on Thursday 8
May 2014, removes all remaining psychoactive
products on the market. It also bans the use of
animal testing data in support of product approvals.
“When the Psychoactive Substances Act was
passed last year, some products were allowed to
stay on the market,” says Mr Ryall.
“The amendment means all interim retail
and wholesale licences will be cancelled and all
psychoactive products given interim approval will
be removed from sale. It will also become illegal
to possess and supply the products.
“While animal testing remains a necessary
and important component of the process for
developing a number of important products, such
as medicines, the government does not believe
that such testing was justifable for the recreational
drug market.
“The intent of the original Psychoactive
Substances Act remains with approved low risk
products able to come to market in the future when
regulations are made,” said Mr Ryall.
All psychoactive products will become
unapproved from Thursday and it will be an
offence to possess, supply or sell them. Those in
possession of products are advised to return them
to the retailer they purchased them from.
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air Trade Auckland Trust’s celebrations
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international criteria. A key part of this declaration
was the Auckland Council making a commitment
to supply fair trade certifed products at all council
offces and also to support the proliferation of fair
trade products throughout the city.
The community group is celebrating with
an event on the 6th of May at Ponsonby Central
between 6:30pm and 8:00pm. There will also be
a “pop-up space” running throughout the week,
hosting various organizations that promote fair
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Come and enjoy delicious fair trade refreshments
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When: Tuesday the 6th of May, at 6:30pm -
Pop-Up Space: Saturday 3rd of May until Saturday
10th of May, running from 9-5 each day.
Who: Speakers will provide their insights into
Fair Trade and their perspective on Auckland
becoming a fairtrade city.
Deputy Mayor, Penny Hulse
Chair of Fair Trade Auckland Trust, Sam Drumm
Fairtrade Certifed cocoa farmer from Ghana,
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hat’s it really like to live in New
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out what it’s like to live in New Zealand
but from the experiences of others, the
more you read the more you’ll see themes,
patterns and commonalities emerging,
from these you’ll have a good feel about
how you’re going to ft-in to the country.
Some of you must have read the recent
article (Apr 29th, 14) appeared in NZ
HERALD, where in an Indian national
with master’s degree in computing denied
residence as skilled migrant.
Some of the recurrent themes we’re
seeing are:
• Low salaries
• Problems fnding work, overseas
qualifcations not recognised by Kiwi
• Xenophobia, racism, bigotry and
• Expensive, poor quality
• Problems with the education
• A lackadaisical attitude towards
safety, security & proper medical care
• Feeling that NZ is actively mis-
sold to outsiders
• Isolation, missing family, friends,
old lifestyles etc.
• Crime and a frustration with the
way its dealt with
• High cost of living -especially
food, “Rip off NZ” etc.
• Lack of culture
• No future for kids, older kids
feel isolated and cut-off from friends and
family, no support networks.
• Bullying problems in schools
and workplaces, harden-up attitude,
not knowing where to turn for effective
counselling services
• The ‘Kiwi way’, ‘WWINZ’
(won’t work in NZ) small mindedness, #8
wire mentality, etc.
A recent NZ Herald article highlights
some of the nonsensical policy, and how it
is being applied, in the immigration sphere.
The situation: a talented Indian IT
specialist had a BCom (that is, not in IT)
but a Masters in Information Technology
(Computer Applications). He applied for
Skilled Migrant Residence without a job
offer, but he claimed points for matching
the criteria on New Zealand’s Long Term
Skills Shortage List (“LTSSL”) for an
IT Professional. To meet the LTSSL
requirements you only need to have a
Bachelor’s degree in IT, so he was clearly
more than qualifed on that score.
Skilled Migrant is a points system.
His application was declined because he
didn’t score enough points. First of all, he
couldn’t be awarded LTSSL Bonus Points
for the Masters degree. This is because
it was not a Bachelor’s degree in IT, as
specifed on the LTSSL. Little matter
that it was a more senior degree – it did
not match the LTSSL description exactly.
Now, Immigration New Zealand felt that
it had no choice in this – it had to apply
the Policy as it is written. This however
ignores the fact that it could have been
possible to interpret the LTSSL listing as
implying that a higher qualifcation would
meet the criteria. This way of looking at
it would in fact be more in line with the
intent of that part of the policy which says:
The aim of providing bonus points . . . is
to recognise that New Zealand’s short and
longer term economic development can be
facilitated by those with skills in demand
in New Zealand.
For INZ to use this part of the policy in
the way it did actually undermines the very
reason why the Skilled Migrant category
exists – to attract the brightest and best. If
it is not clear that it should be interpreted in
a positive rather than a restrictive fashion,
then it needs to be rewritten so that visa
offcers are not able to read it down, for
whatever reasons they may have for doing
According to a recent study on New
Settlers Programme at Massey University,
it highlights the presence of strong
barriers to the employment of immigrants.
Since 1991 when the points system
was introduced, immigration policy has
encouraged an infow of highly qualifed
and skilled young immigrants from non‐
traditional sources, i.e. from countries
other than the U.K. and Europe, with the
expectation that they would contribute to
New Zealand, economically and socially,
and settle well ( StatisticsNZ, 1999).
Higher qualifcations brought to a country
by recent immigrants increases the overall
skill level in society.
One of the important social issues
has been the severe diffculties many
immigrants encounter in fnding suitable
employment, indeed, any employment. As
a result, New Zealand’s unpreparedness
for the infux of skilled immigrants has
led to the subsequent underemployment
and unemployment of highly talented
individuals. Reasons suggested for this
phenomenon include delays in accessing
suitable positions due to the need to
frst gain local work experience and/or
undertake further study, and the general
demands of resettlement and integration
into society. Moreover, immigrants are
frequently unable to fnd jobs in the areas
for which they are qualifed, for reasons
including qualifcations (they are either
overqualifed or their qualifcations are
not recognised in New Zealand), and
their lack of familiarity with the English
language as spoken in New Zealand. The
plight of unemployed immigrants is also
refected in the media, with headlines like
“Myths and realities of moving country”
(National Business Review, 6 November
1998); “Employers treat immigrants
unfairly” (Dominion, 17 November
1999); “When the melting pot doesn’t
work”; “The land of missed opportunity”;
“Why workers New Zealand needs feel
unwanted” (Dominion Post, 19 September
2002, 30 August 2003, 8 November 2005);
“Immigrants feel rejected” (New Zealand
Herald, 24 September 2005). The stories
are typical: highly skilled and experienced
people are unable to get an interview, let
alone a job, and what jobs they do get are
low skilled (taxi driving, working in fast
food outlets etc.).
Examples of discrimination against
an applicant whose frst language is not
English and/or speaks English with an
accent different from New Zealand English
are recurrent in the media with headlines
like “The right accent can win the job” and
“Bias against accents rife” (e.g. Dominion
Post, 16 April 2003, New Zealand Herald,
13 September 2005).
Experiencing barriers to participation
in the labour market have several
important impacts on immigrants.
First, the immigrants themselves suffer
psychologically and emotionally. There
are also negative indirect impacts,
as immigrants who are perceived as
recipients of but not contributors to society
and public services and receive income
support become targets of politicians’ and
society’s wrath, often refected in negative
media debates. Unemployed immigrants
have also been blamed for raising
unemployment statistics and denting
business confdence.
I feel that it is not possible to second
guess the reasoning and decision‐making
of employers who ultimately do, or do not,
accept immigrant skills. Being unfamiliar
with qualifcations and experience, along
with English language differences, are
frequently used by employers as reasons
for not employing immigrants.
Frequently, immigrants are unable to
demonstrate their worth as applicants
because they do not get as far as
the interview stage. The few studies
of employer perspectives indicate
discriminatory practices when recruiting to
the disadvantage of immigrant applicants.
Research showed that although seven in
ten employers experienced a skills shortage
that local supply did not meet, more than
half had not considered recruiting from
the pool of skilled immigrants. Of those
who had employed immigrants, four in ten
required immigrant employees to acquire
local qualifcations and a third started
work in a lower level position. Reported
barriers to employment for immigrants
were defciencies in communication and
English fuency, interpersonal skills, New
Zealand work experience and cultural
Contimued next issue....
Settling in New Zealand: How migrants feel
Zee Shah
09 May 2014
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Hair extensions and clipping services were
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Zealand event held on April 26 at the store on
Elliot Street in the Atrium mall.
The girls dazzled the stage and the judges with
their beauty each one trying to out do the other
with their confdence.
Young and ambitious Rita Bhargava, owner
of Ari2 Hair Extensions, has taken Ari2 Hair
extensions a notch higher, with every endeavour.
Last month, girls whose hair was
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09 May 2014
ir Vice-Marshal Peter Stockwell (left)
hands over the role of Chief of Air Force
to Air Vice-Marshal Mike Yardley at RNZAF
Base Auckland.
The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF)
marked a change of leadership when Air Vice-
Marshal (AVM) Mike Yardley took command
as Chief of Air Force in a ceremony at RNZAF
Base Auckland.
The Change of Command ceremony was
traditionally formal and impressive, to refect
the importance of the role and the continuity of
command for the organisation.
After three years as Chief of Air Force, AVM
Peter Stockwell leaves a legacy of change and
strengthening of the Air Force.
AVM Stockwell congratulated AVM Yardley
on his promotion to Air Vice-Marshal and his
appointment as Chief of Air Force.
“AVM Yardley is an experienced operational
commander and strategic leader, so he is very
well placed to deal with the exciting challenges
ahead for the RNZAF,” he said.
AVM Yardley is looking forward to holding
command and facing the challenges ahead.
He thanked Air Vice-Marshal Stockwell for
handing over the Air Force in such a strong
position after his outstanding leadership in the
past three years.
“I look forward to guiding the Air Force
as it continues to be a modern, innovative and
capable Force.”
Mike Yardley is new Chief of
Air Force
abour’s Reserve Bank Upgrade will lead
to lower interest rates, a more competitive
dollar and better jobs with higher wages, says
Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.
“The next Labour Government will
upgrade the Reserve Bank Act by broadening
its objective and giving it a new tool that will
enable it to tackle our high overvalued dollar,
help create jobs and keep interest rates low.
“Governments around the world have
changed how they operate monetary policy
since the global fnancial crisis. New Zealanders
have a dollar overvalued by up to 15 per cent, a
weakened export sector and mortgage rates that
are among the highest in the developed world.
“Labour will make the following changes to
the Reserve Bank Act as part of our Economic
1) Broaden the Reserve Bank’s objective
beyond infation and price stability to also assist
to achieve a positive national external balance,
which will boost economic growth and create
more jobs.
2) Encourage the Bank to use its current
tools differently, in a way that will help
exporters and home owners.
3) Introduce a new tool - a variable
savings rate or VSR - allowing the Bank to
vary KiwiSaver savings rates (which would
be universal under Labour) as an alternative
to raising the OCR to take the heat out of the
economy. This VSR would mean Kiwis would
pay money to their retirement savings instead of
higher mortgage payments to overseas banks.
“The independence of the Reserve Bank,
and its ability to meet its infation control target,
are maintained.
“Labour’s changes will work with our
Economic Upgrade focussing on investment,
innovation and industry policies.
Alongside a capital gains tax, our KiwiBuild
housing policy, universal KiwiSaver and
reduced costs to businesses through NZ Power,
Labour is offering an alternative that will help
Kiwi families and ensure our economy can
create better jobs and higher wages,” says
David Parker.
Lower interest rates, a more
competitive dollar and better jobs
from Reserve Bank changes
Mike Yardley is new Chief of Air Force

Air Vice-Marshal Peter Stockwell (left) hands over the role of Chief of Air Force
to Air Vice-Marshal Mike Yardley at RNZAF Base Auckland.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) marked a change of leadership
when Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Mike Yardley took command as Chief of Air Force
in a ceremony at RNZAF Base Auckland.

The Change of Command ceremony was traditionally formal and impressive, to
reflect the importance of the role and the continuity of command for the

After three years as Chief of Air Force, AVM Peter Stockwell leaves a legacy of
change and strengthening of the Air Force.

AVM Stockwell congratulated AVM Yardley on his promotion to Air
Vice-Marshal and his appointment as Chief of Air Force.

“AVM Yardley is an experienced operational commander and strategic leader,
so he is very well placed to deal with the exciting challenges ahead for the
RNZAF,” he said.

AVM Yardley is looking forward to holding command and facing the challenges
ahead. He thanked Air Vice-Marshal Stockwell for handing over the Air Force in
such a strong position after his outstanding leadership in the past three years.

“I look forward to guiding the Air Force as it continues to be a modern,
innovative and capable Force.”
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09 May 2014
uckland now has its frst set of comprehensive
tsunami evacuation maps for the entire
region’s coastline.
Produced by Auckland Civil Defence and
Emergency Management, the 233 easy-to-read
online maps identify risk areas and explain the
ideal evacuation zones in the event of a tsunami.
Civil Defence Director Clive Manley says the
maps will help Aucklanders understand the risk to
their local community and help prepare them to
react effectively in an emergency.
“While most of Auckland has low tsunami
risk, it is still important for the region to be
prepared. These maps will assist us in refning
emergency response plans for each community
allowing each of them to be better prepared in the
case of an incident,” he says.
“Auckland Civil Defence is working with
local boards and communities to help them
understand the risk, and working with them to
identify evacuation routes, signage and public
alerting options going forward.
“These maps give communities the localised
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Anzac Day message 2014 – From the
Prime Minister of New Zealand
n the New Zealand of 1914, 25 April was
just like any other day.
Less than four months later New Zealand
was a country at war, preparing for what was
to be the frst truly global confict, the ‘Great
War’ – the war to end all wars.
It was a war which infuenced the
development of New Zealand as a nation.
The events that took place at Gallipoli
almost nine months into the First World War
meant 25 April would become of enduring
importance to all New Zealanders and
Australians. On this day, every year since,
we honour and remember the brave ANZAC
soldiers who landed at and fought above the
cove which now bears their name.
Today we remember not only those who
served during the First World War but also the
servicemen and women who have answered
the call to defend our freedoms and those of
others since, often very far from home.
Each year, New Zealanders journey to
places across the globe to commemorate
signifcant battles of New Zealand’s military
heritage. Later this year, a delegation will
travel to Cassino in Italy, to commemorate
70 years since that battle during the Second
World War.
On Anzac Day, we are joined in our
remembrance services today by people
throughout the world. Services are taking
place not only in Australia and New Zealand,
but also in Turkey and just about every
country where New Zealand or Australian
expatriates live.
It is with great pride that wherever we may
be, New Zealanders take time on this special
day to honour and remember the commitment,
courage, comradeship and spirit of all our
servicemen and women, who exemplify the
true Anzac spirit.
Anzac Day message 2014 – From the
Governor-General of New Zealand
t is almost 100 years since the events which
led to Anzac Day. The bonds forged between
Australians and New Zealanders on the battlefelds
of Gallipoli is the cornerstone of this country’s
most enduring relationship. Our soldiers fought
side by side, as comrades and as friends.
Each year we pause on April 25th to remember
those young men who scaled the cliffs at Gallipoli,
and all New Zealanders and Australians who have
served in wars around the globe since.
The First World War remains one of the most
signifcant events in our shared history.
World War One changed how New Zealanders
and Australians viewed themselves, and how
other countries viewed us. The spirit of the
ANZACs was forged on those foreign battlefelds
many years ago, yet it lives on today.
I encourage you to pause on Anzac Day this
year and take some time to remember the brave
men and women who have served our country.
Nations across the world prepare to
commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of
the First World War, and New Zealanders are also
planning projects, events and activities to mark
this anniversary.
Work on our National War Memorial Park
is moving ahead in readiness for the centenary
commemoration of Gallipoli next year. The
precinct is dedicated to honouring New
Zealanders’ experiences of military confict in all
wars, including the New Zealand Wars.
Through the inclusion of memorials from our
allies and friends, we will honour the relationships
forged between New Zealand and other nations
during times of confict and peace-keeping.
Centenary commemorations will be a community
endeavour with a huge range of events taking
place throughout the country.
Today, on Anzac Day, we join with our fellow
New Zealanders and remember the ultimate price
paid by so many servicemen and women. We are
grateful for their bravery, their courage and their
service to our nation.
Lest we forget.
Rt Hon John Key
Prime Minister of New Zealand
09 May 2014
ur commitment to keeping Kiwi kids
healthy is as strong as ever – Budget 2014
is about thoughtful, targeted spending, and a big
part of this is continuing our work providing
better healthcare.
Despite economic challenges, National has
continued to invest strongly in public health,
more than ever before – an average of $500
million extra each year.
We have just announced extra funding for
children with profound hearing loss and for
preventing an illness which strikes our most
vulnerable communities – rheumatic fever.
National is committed to stamping out
rheumatic fever. It is serious, yet preventable,
and has been a problem for too long. Budget
2014 will invest an extra $20 million over the
next four years to help reduce New Zealand’s
high rate of rheumatic fever.
We have been making progress but more can
be done – expanding a number of initiatives will
help reach more families whose children are at
risk of developing this serious illness.
Free drop-in sore throat clinics will be
expanded to target a further 90,000 children and
young people who are at risk of getting rheumatic
fever. When the free clinics open later this year,
over 200,000 children and young people in high-
risk areas will have access to prompt care and
treatment for sore throats.
This funding brings the Government’s total
investment in rheumatic fever prevention to
more than $65.3 million over six years.
Budget 2014 also provides an extra $6.3
million over four years for a bilateral cochlear
implants programme for children. Under this
programme, children with profound hearing loss
will now receive two funded cochlear implants.
Until recently, a single implant has been the
standard treatment for children with profound
hearing loss. International best practice has
changed so we have updated our programme as
a result.
There will be some children under six who
have already received a single implant through
the cochlear programme – $2.1 million has been
set aside to provide a funded second implant
for these kids. For families who have privately
funded a second implant for their child, we will
provide free follow-up services such as repairs
and replacement batteries.
There’s always more to do, and we will
continue to invest in our health services as part
of our commitment to deliver better, sooner,
more convenient healthcare for New Zealand
Budget 2014 announcements good news for Kiwi healthcare
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
ou will have heard that my colleague, the
Labour Party’s immigration spokesperson
Rajen Prasad, has decided to leave politics at
the upcoming election.
When he announced his decision on
May 2nd, he said “I have been enormously
privileged to represent ethnic communities in
general and the Indian community in particular
in Parliament and in the Labour caucus. This
has happened at a time of enormous ethnic
diversifcation in New Zealand.”
I know I speak for our colleagues too when
I say he has been valued, and will be missed.
So much of the work that MPs do, especially
those representing ethnic communities, goes
unnoticed outside of the mainstream media.
Rajen’s work has been critical in framing
our Immigration and Ethnic Affairs policies for
the next election.
But his stepping down also reminds us how
important it is to have political representation
for such a large and vibrant section of the Kiwi
population. I hope to see new leaders emerging
from the Indian community – we may see young
and female candidates stepping up perhaps.
There are around 140,000 Indian New
Zealanders and they make up a high percentage
of the population of Auckland, our biggest city.
My colleague Phil Goff values the enormous
Indian support he receives in Mt Roskill as
I do with the large community who live in
the Mt Albert electorate, particularly around
The Indian community brings so many
positives to our country. It contributes a greater
proportion to New Zealand’s GDP than the size
of its population.
You have a reputation as good citizens who
pay your taxes, work hard running businesses
that contribute to the economy, create
employment and have low representation in our
crime fgures.
As the Indian population has grown in New
Zealand I’ve noticed a greater mainstreaming
of Indian culture, evidenced by the growing
-- and increasingly multicultural -- crowds at
traditional Indian celebrations like Diwali, for
One of the big selling points of our MMP
electoral system is that it enables greater
representation in parliament for cultural
It’s up to the Indian community to vote,
encourage your young people to engage with
New Zealand politics, and encourage your
emerging leaders to step up. It’d be great to see
more young Indian New Zealanders following
in the stellar footsteps of Rajen Prasad, one of
our frst Indian Members of Parliament.
It’s an illustrious frst step.
David Shearer
Rajen Prasad’s departure is a reminder
Cover-up Collins up to old tricks
ozens of pages of documents have arrived
in the New Zealand First offce.
But we couldn’t read many as they were
blank. It was a deliberate cover-up from the
offce of Minister of Justice Judith Collins.
The Minister has covered up a lot since she
returned from a trip to China which included a
lunch and dinner with bosses of her husband’s
milk company Oravida and a visit to their
She did not declare a dinner she was to
have with bosses of Oravida, but later, under
pressure, said she should have put it in her trip
information to the Prime Minister. Then she
had to admit the dinner was also attended by
a senior Chinese border offcial. All the while
she claimed it was a personal and private dinner
with friends.
She suggested she just called in on her way
to the airport for a cup of tea at the frm’s offce.
But this too has proved to be nonsense, another
cover-up. Emails show it was a carefully
planned visit and over 30 kilometres in the
opposite direction to the airport.
Ms Collins was in China following the
Fonterra botulism scare, and companies were
struggling with new requirements put in place
by China.
But help was at hand – for Oravida anyway.
That company had written to the New Zealand
Government before Collins left asking for
assistance to get through a diffcult time. The
government bent over backwards.
Spare a thought for all the other New
Zealand companies that did not get special
treatment. This week only fve companies were
approved to continue exporting infant formula
to China under new regulations.
About 50 infant formula export companies
are faced with a loss of exports, closing
down or spending months getting through the
regulations. No special treatment for them.
They did not have the beneft of attending a
dinner with a senior Chinese border offcial and
a New Zealand government Minister – sitting
down to dinner with a New Zealand Cabinet
Minister would hold great sway in China where
contacts and networks are prized. A Minister
has great infuence.
In New Zealand we do not usually like to
blur the lines – unfortunately the National
Government does not take this traditional and
honest approach, and is allowing business
and the wealthy to infuence the government,
especially of they donate to the National Party,
as Oravida did to the tune of $80,000.
We do, however, have the Offcial
Information Act that gives citizens a chance to
fnd out exactly what is going on.
But, the National Government and Judith
Collins like to milk the exceptions as much as
they can.
Hence, today we received many, many blank
pages after asking questions under the Act.
A principle of the Act is that information
will be available and shall be made available
unless there is good reason to withhold it.
What is the good reason Judith Collins has
to withhold information from the public about
her dinner date and the arrangements around it?
This is another cover up. It will not work
this time.
Winston Peters
efence Minister Jonathan Coleman
says the Government is committed to
strengthening the New Zealand Defence Force
(NZDF), and will be investing $100.9 million
of operating funding in 2014/2015.
“This signifcant investment in our Defence
Force, combined with the savings and
reinvestment achieved through recent reforms,
means the Government is addressing the long
term funding gap which we inherited,” Dr
Coleman says.
“We greatly value the ongoing work and
commitment of NZDF personnel. The NZDF’s
work is vital to wider New Zealand interests,
and the tempo of activity is high. Recent
examples include the Air Force delivering aid
to the Solomon Islands, and supporting the
international effort to search for the missing
Malaysian Airlines plane MH370.
“The frigate Te Mana deployed to the Gulf
of Aden to conduct anti-piracy operations,
and the Navy continues to support a range of
Government agencies within our Exclusive
Economic Zone. Army personnel serve
internationally in a range of missions, and
closer to home, they recently supported storm
relief efforts on the West Coast.”
Budget 2014 confrms the NZDF’s funding
approach agreed by Cabinet in November
2013 after the Defence Mid-Point Rebalancing
“The Government’s investment of $100.9
million in 2014/2015 is the frst stage of an
allocation of $535.5 million operating funding
for the NZDF over the next four years,” Dr
Coleman says.
“It is vital that the NZDF can continue to
meet the Government’s requirements, whether
it is carrying out humanitarian assistance and
disaster relief work at home or in the Pacifc,
or contributing to wider global security efforts.
“There has been considerable investment
in defence under this Government. In the last
year, we purchased new naval helicopters,
army trucks and a pilot training package,” Dr
Coleman says.
Budget 2014: Investing $100.9m in defence
09 May 2014
ill English is tying himself in knots but
still can’t come up with a reason to attack
Labour’s forward-thinking monetary policy
and justify the status quo, Labour’s Finance
spokesperson David Parker says.
“Bill English has criticised Labour’s
objective of bringing the dollar down to a fair
level, only to say in the same breath that it is
bad the dollar is so high!”
A Labour government will deliver lower
interest rates, a fair exchange rate and more
jobs. We will use KiwiSaver to help dampen
infation instead of only interest rates.
“Labour’s plans are good for Kiwis and the
economy because more money stays in New
Zealand, rather than going to overseas lenders,”
David Parker says.
struggling to
argue monetary
ew funding for the Defence Force
of $535 million over four years is a
belated and inadequate acknowledgement by
the Government that its cost cutting in the
armed services was an utter failure, Labour’s
Defence spokesperson Phil Goff says.
“Today’s pre-Budget announcement
shows the Government has been forced to
admit the damage it has done in Defence.
Minister Jonathan Coleman’s cuts have
put our Defence Force at risk and seriously
undermined our armed services.
“Funding of about $134 million a year is
less than half the amount the Government
sought to cut from the Defence Force with
its cost cutting target of $350 million a year.
“The Government was forced to put
its plan on hold when the Defence Force
itself refused to continue civilianising 1400
positions. This disastrous policy led to
soaring attrition rates of up to 24 per cent in
the Army alone, the Navy unable to crew its
ships and a damming report by the Auditor
“What we are seeing now is too little too
late. This new funding will repair only a
fraction of the damage National has done to
our Defence Force.
“Jonathan Coleman said last year further
cuts could be delayed for up to two years
because they could jeopardise operations.
“This new funding shows the minister
has now been forced to scrap his policy
“This is a huge embarrassment for
Jonathan Coleman and the Government.
“Men and women in the Defence Force
deserve better from their Government than
what National done to them,” Phil Goff says.
Government admits Defence cuts a disaster
he Internet Party will pull the plug on
out-of-control Government spying by
immediately repealing laws which have given
the country’s spy agency, the Government
Communications Security Bureau (GCSB),
unprecedented and chilling powers to snoop on
Internet Party chief executive Vikram Kumar
said the GCSB Bill and theTelecommunications
(Interception Capability and Security) Bill had
put the privacy and Internet freedom of all New
Zealanders in peril.
“And all in the name of national security
and economic well-being. These pieces
of legislation were rushed through by the
Government in response to the Kitteridge
Report, which found that the GCSB had been
spying on New Zealanders illegally.”
Mr Kumar said the Internet Party would
remove the legal basis for the mass surveillance
of New Zealanders.
The Internet Party’s Privacy and Internet
Freedom policy will also:
• ensure that the 88 people illegally
spied on by the GCSB (as per the Kitteridge
Report) are informed about the unlawful
violation of their privacy and are issued an
apology from the Government
• review intelligence co-operation
agreements with a view to exiting the Five Eyes
• initiate an end-to-end review of the
GCSB Act and the role of that agency and New
Zealand’s other intelligence agencies
“Our commitment is to making good policy
by directly involving our members and taking
advantage of their expertise and insights,”
said Mr Kumar. “This is digital democracy in
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and Information Minister Maurice
Williamson announced New Zealand’s
most current publicly owned aerial imagery,
covering 95 per cent of the country, is now
available online.
Land Information New Zealand has been
working with other agencies to make imagery
available under an open licence, and to ensure
it is accessible through the LINZ Data Service.
“Releasing publicly held aerial imagery for
reuse has the potential to create cost savings
for the public sector and generate economic
benefts for the private sector.
“Imagery can be used to improve
productivity in agriculture and forestry, and
can be used in construction, engineering,
disaster recovery planning, and land and asset
“Making aerial imagery available is in line
with the government’s goal to make more
publicly held data accessible to as many people
as possible,” Mr Williamson says.
LINZ is also working with local authorities
and government agencies to establish a national
programme for coordinating public sector
imagery purchases. This will ensure imagery is
purchased on an open licence and at a consistent
standard, which will mean value for money and
open access.
Aerial imagery provides an accurate
photographic representation of the earth’s
surface and features, and can be used to
visualise landscape or to understand how an
area has evolved over time.
Aerial imagery now online for reuse
n exciting new era in public transport is being
ushered in with the launch of Auckland’s
half-billion dollar electric train feet.
The trains were launched at Britomart by
Mayor Len Brown along with Transport Minister
Gerry Brownlee and Auckland Transport
Chairman Dr Lester Levy.
Len Brown says the new trains are world class.
“Now is the time for Aucklanders to get on board
and I know they absolutely will. Recently we hit
the 11 million mark for annual trips, and given
these trains and agreement on the City Rail Link,
our aim of 20 million trips is now a very realistic
target in the coming years”.
“The new trains are setting up public transport
in Auckland for the future. Combined with the
City Rail Link, the new trains mean that in time
we will see trains operating every seven to ten
minutes on all lines”.
The City Rail Link, with its three new stations,
will see journey times reduced dramatically, the
trip from New Lynn to Aotea will take just 23
minutes and from Panmure to Newton 27 minutes.
To mark the launch of the trains, 5000
Aucklanders are today enjoying a free ride
between Britomart and Newmarket and return.
Dr Levy says Aucklanders have good reason
to be excited, “The new trains are a huge step up
from what our customers have been used to. They
are enviromentally friendly, energy effcient and
produce no air pollution. The trains are modern,
comfortable, safe and a pleasure to ride”.
The trains travel faster than the current feet
and will allow services to run more often and get
passengers to their destination quicker.
Each train has seating for 232 passengers and
standing room for more. The trains have wider
doors making it easier for passengers.
The central carriage is at platform level for
wheelchairs, prams or bikes and automatic ramps
mean a seamless transition between the platform
and the train.
Open gangways between cars mean passengers
can move from one end of the train to the other.
Fifty-seven trains are being put into service
across Auckland between now and the middle of
next year.
The frst paying services start with the electric
trains running on the line between Britomart and
Some facts and fgures about the new electric
There are now 12 electric train units in
Auckland. Seven have been commissioned - that
is, they have their registration and warrants with
fve more about to be tested.
The supplier, CAF has used equipment from
Japan, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Spain
- taking the best from the world to create trains
specifcally for Auckland.
It takes more than 15,000 hours to fabricate
and assemble one electric train unit, there are
110km of wiring in each unit.
Each train is tested for 1000 hours on the
To create the weight of passengers while
we were testing the trains, we used 1800 20kgs
sandbags on each train.
To date we have trained 47 drivers, 86 train
managers and 13 supervisors.
We have spent 3008 hours on driver training
and 1504 hours on theory.
Drivers have spent 752 hours on the electric
train simulator.
To date we have driven more than 25,000kms
with the electric trains during testing and
Aucklanders get the frst taste of
the future of transport
he fnal stage of a collaborative project to
fully digitise 82 years of the New Zealand
Herald from 1863-1945 is complete and online
at Papers Past, a newspaper website run by the
National Library.
All issues of the New Zealand Herald from
1925-1945 were recently added to the website,
completing the project that started in 2012 with
the digitisation of the newspaper from 1863-
“Access to the New Zealand Herald up to
1945 is a landmark event for researchers in
Auckland and in terms of content coverage for
the Auckland region,” says Jane Wild, Research
Centres Manager for Auckland Libraries.
“We owe the success of this project to the
National Library’s Papers Past website, which
hosts the content, as well as APN and Auckland
Libraries, who preserved the fragile newspaper
volumes that were frst microflmed before
being digitised.”
Papers Past now contains more than three
million pages of digitised New Zealand
newspapers and periodicals from between 1839
and 1945, including 83 separate newspaper
“1925-1945 was a period of worldwide
economic depression, the creation of the
welfare state in New Zealand and the Second
World War,” says David Verran, Auckland
Libraries Central Auckland Research Team
“Issues of the newspaper for 1945 identify a
world that had just come through a devastating
World War and its hope for the future.”
The project is a collaboration between
Auckland Council, the National Library of
New Zealand and APN (publishers of the New
Zealand Herald).
For the Auckland region, Papers Past now
contains the archived issues of eight newspaper
titles. The essential morning and evening papers
are digitised up to 1945, with the New Zealand
Herald starting in 1863 and the Auckland Star
in 1870. The oldest title is the Daily Southern
Cross, with coverage from 1843-1876.
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09 May 2014
Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame
Inductee for the Year 2014
Dr. Ajit Swaran Singh
Lighting of the lamp Address by Ms. Penny Simmonds,
Chief Executive - SIT
(H.E.) Ravi Thapar, Indian
High Commissioner,
addressing the gathering
Key note address by the Rt.
Hon. John Key , Prime Minister,
New Zealand
Dr. Ajit Singh gives his
acceptance speech
09 May 2014
John Key asks migrants to persevere in
multicultural New Zealand
n an informal chat with the Indian Weekender
at the Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame gala, the
prime minister answers questions relating to
employment and immigration, topics always
in conversation within the Indian community.
Indian Weekender: You’ve conceded in the
past how important skilled migrants are to
New Zealand. Indians make up a signifcant
population. Does the Government have any
plans to make work experience gained by
skilled migrants in India as equivalent to that
gained in other comparable labour markets?
PM: We’re really keen for Indians to live in
New Zealand, study in New Zealand and we’ve
been making plans to change the way that we
accredit those who study in new Zealand to be
able to stay long term. So really if you study in
New Zealand you get more points. And given
that you know NZ culture, you know English,
so no problems there. Normally that translates
into being able to stay for a long period of time.
From our point of view obviously it is great
from students, but if they stay as a part of our
long term population growth, it is good for
New Zealand. We’re encouraging that. With
the FTA, hopefully, that will lead to greater
migration between the two countries.
Indian Weekender: Are there any plans to
proceed with the Free Trade Agreement?
PM: Yes, the FTA has been on a bit of a hold
in the last year or so. The previous Government
realistically is a bit snowed under with a
number of issues.
So they got quite close to wanting to
complete the FTA.
But there will be a new Government in
India soon and we hope that they will renew
the interest in the FTA because India has a
massive demand for New Zealand’s products.
I think it works as a symbiotic relationship. So
hopefully it will work out.
Indian Weekender: People who want to
make NZ their long term home, they do face
quite a lot of barriers in assimilating and
gaining employment.
PM: One of the things that always happen is
that it takes time for migrant communities to be
fully accepted and absorbed.
And that position I think has improved and
changed over the recent years, but there’s still
a lot we can do. We will just continue to work
with employers and encourage them to take
a multicultural view of their workplace. But
one thing that can be sure of is as the labour
market is the type in which they are companies
will reach out to employees from a range of
Once they’ve done that they will almost
certainly never go back from that position. What
they’ll come to realize is that Indian workers
like Chinese workers, like Korean workers are
very dedicated are very hardworking and very
And in my experience I’ve seen lots of
companies historically have had a bit of
soft racism probably; just wouldn’t employ
multicultural workforce. Now they’re doing
that and they’ll never change because they’re
very successful as a result of that.
Indian Weekender: Multiculturalism as a
word has been used quite often and is being
used increasingly. However, I fnd that it’s just
tokenism in the sense that visibility is not true
integration. So what specifc ideas or plans do
you have to tackle this? New Zealand is often
criticized for not being ready for migrants.
PM: I think it depends. There is a whole
range of migrants that come to New Zealand;
some come with a lot of capital, some come
with lots of skills, some come simply because
they’re the right age and they want to work
in New Zealand and do well. And it depends
where along the spectrum they are.
Certainly those with very little skills, but the
right attitude sometimes fnd it quite diffcult
because they have to argue the case why
someone has to take them on.
But I think if you look at the overall view
that New Zealand is a multicultural society and
increasingly the mix is changing dramatically.
So I think there is no getting away from the
fact that it is always a bit more diffcult, a little
more challenging and there is great frustration
certainly amongst graduates. And I understand
that perfectly, but I actively encourage them
to persevere because attitudes are changing
and continue to change and the Government
continues to push that.
Skilled migrants are welcome; minorities are important. But it’s time to temper the dream of building an easy life in
the land of the long white cloud with subtle caveat. For New Zealand is a place to do well in and not for the faint-
hearted. Come, stay, but be prepared pay and to make your own way.
Rt. Hon. John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand talks about his experiences
in India and with Bollywood.
09 May 2014
A celebration of selfless service
HE one aspect of humanity that makes
Auckland District Court judge Dr Ajit
Swaran Singh stand out from others is that one
must not just live for themselves.
And it is values such as these that have
driven him to the pinnacle of success in life,
and have also been the motivation in his bid to
help others.
So it was no surprise to many last week
when Dr Singh was inducted into the Kiwi
Indian Hall of Fame, beating more than 35 other
nominees for the honour into the prestigious
institution now in its second year.
Dr Singh, 62, son of a sugar came farmer
in Labasa, Fiji, was bestowed with the Hall
of Fame honour at a gala function attended
by the cream of New Zealand’s offcialdom
and community leaders and families. Prime
Minister John Key was chief guest at the
function at Auckland’s fve-star Pullman Hotel,
along with MPs Todd McClay, Winston Peters,
Phil Goff, David Shearer, Rajen Prasad and
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi.
“One just can’t live for themselves,” a
humble Dr Singh told the Indian Weekender
after the event.
“One has to contribute to society to be
able to be a good citizen of the country, and at
the same time reaching out to your roots and
making sure that the future generation is left in
good stead,” Dr Singh said.
The soft-spoken Epsom resident, born and
raised in Fiji and educated in Fiji, New Zealand
and Canada, said education was the most
important aspect in life that could guide an
individual in life.
“For a good society to evolve, a good
education is so vital,” said Dr Singh, who
himself has been a pioneering educator who
has been instrumental in the setting up of Law
School at the University of Fiji – all for free on
his part.
And he has also been providing on a regular
basis – also free of charge – almost 60 to 70 per
cent of the books which now occupy the library
at the Law Schools in Lautoka and Suva.
So how does a busy Auckland District Court
judge fnd time to provide his services to the
students in his country of birth?
“I use up my annual leave and on occasions
have used sabbatical leave to spend more time
at the University of Fiji.
“There is great satisfaction in helping
people through education,” said Dr Singh, who
is also a Visiting Professor at the Law School
providing lectures for the law students in
Lautoka and Suva.
“The Lautoka facility is just great and it
is so satisfying to see that parents who would
hesitate to send their girls to Suva to study are
using this facility.”
The values of education were instilled into
the young Ajit Singh at an early age when he
was growing up on his father’s sugar cane farm
at Wailevu, Labasa. While dad Swaran Singh
was also involved in politics as president of the
local branch of the National Federation Party,
Ajit Singh has always steered clear of it.
Young Ajit Singh grew up in three homes
around Labasa – his father’s, his uncle Lashkar
Singh’s (businessman and local councilor) and
another uncle Sarwan Singh, a lawyer.
It was at Uncle Sarwan’s that young Ajit
spent a lot of time after school and at weekends
preparing documents and fles.
“That experience stayed with me and
has been the inspiration in me going for law
studies,” Dr Singh said.
It was also quite early that Ajit Singh
decided that politics was not for him, but law
certainly was.
“It’s best to be good at what you and to
concentrate on that. You can’t do too many
things at once.”
Dr Singh is a product of Labasa Secondary
School, from 1966 to 1069, and later moved
to New Zealand to do Law studies at Victoria
University in Wellington. After several years in
various law frms in Fiji and New Zealand, Dr
Singh then completed his PhD in Canada on a
scholarship. His thesis: The Lome Convention.
In 2002, he was appointed judge in Manukau
District Court, and 10 years later transferred to
Auckland District Court.
His advice to the youth of today:
“Value yourself to be of value to others. Be
proud fof who you are so that you can be good
New Zealand citizens and at the same time
acknowledge your roots.
“The world needs youth leaders today, and
the youth of today need to take up leadership
roles in society. One needs to contribute to
society; you can’t just live for yourself.”
Dr Singh, married to Subhag for 41 years,
has three children Anjet, Amit and Shobita.
Mum Pritam Kaur also lives in Auckland.
Dr Singh is also a White Ribbon
Ambassador, which is a campaign by men
against violence on women. He delivers his
message on Family Violence & Mental Health
issues at various conferences, seminars and
through radio interviews.
He has been recognised with awards by
various community organizations for his
contributions to community projects, law and
education, both in New Zealand and abroad.
In January 2008, he was a recipient of
the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, the
highest civilian Award bestowed on PIOs/
NRIs, presented by the President of India,
Srimati Pratibha Devisingh Patil:
In January 2010, the Minister of Overseas
Indian Affairs, Hon Vayalar Ravi, presented
him with the India Empire Award, in New
Delhi: In recognition of Dr Ajit Swaran
Singh’s “community leadership in the Asia
Pacifc region”.
In January 2012, he was honoured with 4
Awards in New Delhi:
(1) NRI Institute: Bharat Samman Award
For Outstanding Contribution in Law
Justice & Education
(2) Global Punjabi Society: GPS Award
For Fairness, Justice & Community
(3) India International Friendship Society:
Glory of India Award & Certifcate of
Excellence For
Meritorious Services, Outstanding
Performance & Remarkable Role
(4) Global Indian Association: GIA
International Excellence Award 2012
For Remarkable Contribution &
Excellence in Justice & Law
In June 2012, Dr Singh was the recipient
of the Bharat Gaurav Award in New York.
In October 2012, at the House of Lords
in London, Dr Singh was the recipient of the
Mahatma Gandhi Samman Award.
In October 2013, at the House of Lords
in London, Dr Singh was the recipient of the
Pravasi Rattan Award.
In January 2014, at Ahmedabad, Gujarat,
India, Dr Singh was the recipient of the
Global Visionary Award presented by the
Vision Foundation.
In New Zealand, Judge Singh has been the
recipient of numerous community Awards.
Dr. Ajit Swaran Singht gets inducted into the Hall of Fame 2014. From left to right: Giri Gupta, Bhav Dhillon, Penny
Simmonds, Dr Singh and John Key.
09 May 2014
09 May 2014
09 May 2014
stand before you today as a very proud - Kiwi
Indian. Not just because, I come from the
Country where Sachin Tendulkar lives - but also
because - it is one of the oldest civilisations and
now one of the fastest - growing - economies
in the World.
And then, as if this wasn’t enough, the
Indian diaspora is a great contributor to the
world economy - whether it’s the Mittals in
the UK or the spectacular resurgence of the
age old Land Rover/Jaguar brand brought
about by some sharp brains in the TATA empire
– we now cannot go unnoticed on the global
corporate stage. The Indian origin CEO’s of
top fortune 500 companies like Pepsi, Citibank,
Microsoft, Mastercard are surely making us all
proud. Then whether we talk about Mahatma
Gandhi who taught the world the power of
Ahimsa or be Rakesh Khuranna the current
Dean of Howard University. We all hear of the
glitz and glamour of Hollywood and India has
it own unparalleled - Bollywood.
And well - anything will be incomplete
without the acknowledgment of the gorgeous
Indian women!! Women - who are looked upon
for their strength - tenacity - beauty - business
acumen and intellect. Then whether it is Indira
Nooyi the CEO of PEpsico who is regularly
ranked by Forbes on the 100 most powerful
women in the world. Or Kalpana Chawla our
very own woman astronaut who broke the fnal
Well - the long and the short of it is that by
creed - we Indians are “movers and Shakers”,
so naturally the Kiwi Indians cannot be too
far behind. Then - whether it is Sir Anand
Satyanand - who became the frst Kiwi Indian
Governor General, - or Sir Roger Batnagar
- who is considered a stalwart of business
The one thing that we however don’t do
very well is - celebrate our achievements. Even
though it is good to get on with it and carry your
accolades in stride - its even better - to take a
moment and celebrate our successes. The Kiwi
Indian Hall of Fame endeavours to do just that.
The Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame acknowledges
and recognizes the success of Kiwi Indians.
Especially those amidst us who are trail-blazers
and who show the way and thus inspire others
to succeed.
The trust put in the Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame
to highlight the successes of the leaders in our
community is showcased by the fact that we
had 31 nominations for this years award. The
involvement of the community in honouring
their fellow kiwi Indians is commendable. This
widespread community involvement gives
us our strength. I have to mention that even
though there may be just-one- person who is
inducted to the hall of fame, it does not in any
way mean that the others - many of whom are
amongst the distinguished guests here today,
are in anyway unequal. Our Jury had a very
diffcult challenge at hand and I have to extend
my heartfelt thanks to them.
There are many Kiwi Indians who continue
to make their presence felt in every feld – Arts,
Government, Politics, Business, Medicine,
Law etc - and through their successes, they
contribute to New Zealand everyday. I again
emphasize that we are now 155,000 strong,
just look around us, and we can see the tangible
contribution of hard working, law abiding and
tax paying Kiwi Indians. I am tempted to take
a few names but I am mindful of the fact that I
due to paucity of time – I cannot do justice to all
those who deserve a mention.
I would however like to say here specially
to the political leaders here, that even though
we may make up only 5% of the Kiwi head
count, we make up for over 8% in economic
contribution to the country. We are an untapped
resource waiting to be harnessed.
As we look forward to many more
opportunities to celebrate the achievements
that Kiwi Indians are making to this beautiful
country we proudly call home - I wish them
more success - let even the skies not limit
your dreams and may you have the strength
to achieve your dreams and may we - at the
Hall Of Fame celebrate your success - year
- after – year and create role models for our
coming generations and thus make a tangible
impression on the wider NZ society.
In the end – I wish to congratulate each and
every person in this room as you all are trail
blazers in your own felds – keep aiming high
– be positive – don’t give up and have a strong
belief in yourself.
Ladies and Gentlemen - I hope you are
having a good time, enjoy your evening.
‘We Indians are movers and shakers’
Indian Weekender co-publisher Giri Gupta talks about achievement of Indians in New Zealand and abroad.
We are now 155,000 strong,
just look around us, and
we can see the tangible
contribution of hard working,
law abiding and tax paying
Kiwi Indians
09 May 2014
our young entrepreneurs from India were
among this year’s winners of Harvard
Business School New Venture Competition
(NVC) inspired by a belief that “one simple
idea can change everything”.
The Grand Prize in the Social Enterprise
Track went to Saathi, founded by Amrita Saigal
(MBA 2014) and Kristin Kagetsu at the grand
fnale of the competition in Boston, according
to an HBS media release.
The venture received the $50,000 Peter
M. Sacerdote Prize in the competition which
awards cash and in-kind prizes totalling more
than $300,000.
It provides affordable and available sanitary
pads locally produced from waste banana tree
fbre to women in rural India.
Currently in operation in two villages,
Saathi plans to expand soon to fve villages and
employ 50 women to make the product.
Booya Fitness, founded by Pritar Kumar
(MBA 2014) was runner-up, Business Track, in
the student competition.
Kumar received the $25,000 Satchu-
Burgstone Runner-Up Prize for his project.
It aims to revolutionise the physical ftness
industry with its on-demand video platform,
featuring workouts created by the best boutique
gyms and instructors.
Tomato Jos, founded by Mira Mehta and
Nike Lawrence (both MBA 2014), Shane
Kiernan and Jared Westheim of the Harvard
School of Public Health was the runner-up in
Social Enterprise Track.
It’s a vertically integrated tomato processing
company that helps small farmers in Nigeria
grow tomatoes that can then be made into
tomato paste.
Other fnalists in the student competition
included easyBiodata, founded by Yu
Kakitsubo, Pratik Agarwal, Peter Luptak, and
Allyson Pritchett (all MBA 2014).
easyBiodata, competing in the Business
Track, plans to disrupt the arranged marriage
practice in India by giving the power of control
and choice back to prospective spouses.
- Arun Kumar
Four Indians among winners of
Harvard’s new venture competition
aving completed the sale of substantially
all of its Devices & Services
business to Microsoft on Apr 25, Finnish
telecommunications gear maker Nokia
announced the appointment of Rajeev Suri
as its President and Chief Executive Offcer
(CEO), effective May 1.
Announcing a vision to be a leader in
technologies important in a connected world,
Nokia also announced a strategy to realize
that vision by building on Nokia’s three
strong businesses in networks, location and
Nokia Board of Directors has appointed
Rajeev Suri as President and CEO of Nokia
Corporation, effective May 1, 2014. Suri joined
Nokia in 1995 and has held a wide range of
leadership positions in the company. Since
October of 2009, he has served as CEO of
NSN, the former joint venture between Nokia
and Siemens that is now fully owned by Nokia.
During his tenure as CEO, that business went
through a radical transformation to become
one of the leaders in the telecommunications
infrastructure industry.
“As Nokia opens this new chapter, the
Nokia Board and I are confdent that Rajeev is
the right person to lead the company forward,”
said Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of the Nokia
Board of Directors. “He has a proven ability
to create strategic clarity, drive innovation
and growth, ensure disciplined execution, and
deliver results.”
“I am honored to have been asked to take
this role, and excited about the possibilities that
lie in our future,” said Rajeev Suri.
Nokia believes that over the next decade
billions of connected devices will converge
into intelligent and programmable systems
that will have the potential to improve lives in
a vast number of areas: time and availability,
transportation and resource consumption,
learning and work, health and wellness, and
many more.
Today, HERE is the leading global provider
of map content, powering four out of fve in-car
navigation systems.
“Nokia has a strong and proven team of
leaders,” said Rajeev Suri. “We intend to
move fast to further refne our execution plan,
build the right company culture, and institute
the necessary operational governance and
performance management systems.”.
Nokia appoints Rajeev Suri as CEO
ndian environment activist Ramesh
Agrawal has won the prestigious Goldman
Environmental Prize that honours heroic
grassroot environmentalists around the world
for their achievements.
The Goldman Prize, in its 25th year, is the
largest award for grassroots environmental
activism given annually by Goldman
Environmental Foundation based in San
Francisco, the foundation said in a statement
Agrawal, who ran a small internet cafe in
Raigarh city in India’s Chhattisgarh state, has
been awarded for his contribution to control the
unchecked industrial development throughout
“Agrawal succeeded in shutting down a
proposed coal mine by Jindal Steel and Power
Ltd.(JSPL), one of the largest in Chhattisgarh,”
the statement said.
The social worker is among six global
recipients of the award this year and each of
them will be given an individual cash prize
of $175,000. The other winners hail from
Indonesia, Peru, Russia, South Africa and the
Agrawal founded Jan Chetana, a grassroots
movement to protect people and the
environment from rampant industrialisation.
He organised local villagers in the state for
environmental violations and fled Right to
Information (RTI) applications on their behalf.
The foundation’s website said: “Starting
in 2008, Agrawal organised residents to voice
their opposition and fled numerous petitions
highlighting JSPL’s failure to hold mandatory
public meetings and obtain environmental
clearance for the project.”
Agarwal acted as a watchdog for rural
communities who did not have access to
Commenting on the honoured environmental
heroes, David Gordon, executive director the
of Goldman Environmental Prize said: “From
fracking to palm oil development, the 2014
Goldman Prize recipients are not only tackling
some of the world most pressing environmental
problems; they are also achieving impressive
environmental victories and inspiring others to
do the same.”
Indian environmental activist
wins ‘Green Nobel’ for fghting
against mining industry
Indian activist honoured with Goldman Environmental prize
n Indian scientist in Britain has been
granted a prestigious fellowship worth
1,068,000 pounds (around $1.8 million) by
a top British agency that funds research in
engineering and the physical sciences.
Ravinder Dahiya, a senior lecturer at
the University of Glasgow’s electronic and
nano scale engineering division, is among
the eight leading academics from 10 British
universities to be endowed with ‘Engineering
Fellowships for Growth’ by the Engineering
and Physical Sciences Research Council
(EPSRC) aimed at maintaining Britain’s
research leadership in three areas identifed
as Great British Technologies -- advanced
materials, robotic and autonomous systems,
and synthetic biology.
EPSRC is a British research council that
provides government funding for grants to
undertake research and postgraduate degrees
in engineering and the physical sciences
at universities and other organisations
throughout Britain
Dahiya, a former lecturer at Netaji Subhas
Institute of Technology (NSIT) in Delhi,
has been awarded the fellowship to pursue
research in robotics stream for the next fve
In robotics, Dahiya has been entitled
to develop tactile synthetic skin that can
be printed and used with robots to work
in healthcare known as “printable tactile
skin”. In a statement Thursday announcing
the research funding, Britain’s Universities
and Science Minister David Willetts said:
“These fellowships will keep the UK ahead
in felds identifed as part of the Eight Great
Technologies with the potential to propel
Britain’s growth. We champion and support
our leading academics in these areas to realise
our ambition to make the UK the best place in
the world to do and apply science.”
Philip Nelson, chief executive of EPSRC,
said: “To provide opportunities for growth,
both scientifc and economic, it is vital that
the UK has a steady supply of academic talent
in the physical sciences and engineering. To
do this we must support academics throughout
their careers. These fellowships will mean we
are retaining the leaders we need to maintain
our position in synthetic biology, robotics
and autonomous systems, and advanced
EPSRC, based in the town of Swindon in
southwest Britain, invests around 800 million
pounds a year in research and postgraduate
training, to help the nation handle the next
generation of technological change.
The 13 fellowship awards for this year
range between 804,000 pounds and 1,250,000
The Grand Prize in the Social
Enterprise Track went to
Saathi, founded by Amrita
Saigal (MBA 2014) and
Kristin Kagetsu at the grand
finale of the competition in
Indian scientist wins top British
research fellowship
ngineering students from India have bagged
top laurels in an aero-design contest held in
the US recently, offcials said here Saturday.
Students from Mumbai’s M.H. Saboo Siddik
College of Engineering won the frst prize in
the micro class and the ffth in the advanced
section at the SAE Aero Design competition
held in Fortworth, Texas.
Teams from M.H. Saboo Siddik competed
with some of the best Indian and international
teams, including from the Indian Institute
of Technology-Kanpur, Vellore Institute
of Technology and National Institute of
Technology-Jamshedpur, in the competition
accredited by Lockheed Martin, one of the
world’s top manufacturers of defence and
commercial aircraft. A team comprising
Sanjay Kumar (faculty member) and students
Adith Ajayan, Abdul Kadir Poonawala, Imran
Merchant, Hussain Shaikh, Muzammil Sarkhot,
Darpan Agarwal, Afsan Gujarati and Sarang
Biradar, all from the automobile engineering
stream, won in the micro class category.
Another team of Dilip Talwai (faculty
member), and students Mustafa Hathiyari,
Saqlain Siddique, Atharva Joshi, Harshad
Bhanushali, Abdul Karim Sarang, Hanif Shaikh,
Shehzaad Kerawalla, Faheem Chaudhary,
Manish Shukla, Zameer Ansari, Asma Khan
and Shaziya Shaikh, from the mechanical
engineering and electronics engineering
streams, also won a prize in the advanced class.
Indian students win awards in aero-design contest in US
09 May 2014
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Inductees impart
valuable lessons for
future generations
fter the events of last week at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland, one things is for
sure – that New Zealand Indians’ achievements, in whatever feld it may be – will
be remembered for eons to come.
The Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame, in only its second year, stamped itself as an event
of a colossal stature that was all about celebrating and honouring what members of or
community have gained after much toil.
It has been more than 150 years since the frst Indians arrived in New Zealand, and
while their achievements have not gone unnoticed by Kiwi community at large, not
many of the younger generation will remember too many of our achievers in next few
The Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame owes its inception to the vision of Indian Weekender
co-publisher Giri Gupta just over two years ago when he frst heard of Indian origin
American scientist Rangaswamy Srinivasan (born 1929), inventor at IBM Research,
honoured for his contributions to laser eye surgery by President Barack Obama and also
inducted in the Inventors’ Hall of Fame.
Our own Kiwi Indians were “Srinivasans” in their own right and fully deserving of
honour and celebration, thought Mr Gupta.
Thus was born the Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame, which, for the past two years, has been
attended by the heavyweights of New Zealand government offcialdom and our own
community leaders.
A son of a sugar cane farmer from Labasa, Fiji, Dr Ajit Swaran Singh, was bestowed
with honours as the latest inductee into the Hall of Fame on May 1, following in the
footsteps of the inaugural recipient Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, one of the frst Kiwi Indian
Dr Singh, Auckland District Court judge, was honoured for his outstanding
contribution in the felds of education, and services to community, for which he has not
only received recognition locally, but internationally as well.
Highlighting the achievements of community leaders and selfess visionaries like
Dr Singh and Mr Bakshi serve two purposes: one, we celebrate and honour these
And secondly, more importantly, it conveys the appropriate message for our youth
to follow.
As Dr Singh points out, one cannot just live for themselves but contribute to society
in positive ways that make a difference. He emphasized that the world needed youth
leaders who learned and lived the values imparted to them by elders, and incorporated
those ideals into today’s society to give strength and morality to values.
And what better way to go forward with that than to emulate the well-trodden paths
of community leaders like Dr Singh and Mr Bakshi.
ELIX Anthony and Linda Tabuya are
part of the revolution redrawing the new
political landscape
Since his breakaway from the Fiji Labour
Party, Felix Anthony has been on a mission.
As a self-proclaimed champion of workers and
the ordinary people, the trade unionist had no
option but to ditch his trade union job to fght
for them in the political arena as required by
As the new leader of the People’s
Democratic Party, Mr Anthony has a lot to
offer. The election of Linda Tabuya as new
president is signifcant. Her experience as a
lawyer, a mother and an iTaukei, provides the
party with a broad leadership representation of
the kind of issues that affect the ordinary voters.
Mr Anthony and Mrs Tabuya form a
dynamic partnership. In the latest weekly Fiji
Sun poll, PDP is running second to the proposed
Fiji First, the Prime Minister’s proposed party.
But in the Preferred Prime Minister stakes, the
outgoing president, Adi Sivia Qoro, is at the
bottom at one per cent. It has been like that
for weeks.
That picture is likely to change after the
election of Mr Anthony and Mrs Tabuya. The
National Federation Party has experienced
similar changes and outcomes. The election of
economist Biman Prasad as leader and iTaukei
lawyer Tupou Draunidalo as president has
rejuvenated party support. After weeks of poor
performance in the Fiji Sun poll, the NFP has
made a major breakthrough in the latest poll.
Mr Prasad is now running second to Rear
Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimnarama as
the Preferred Prime Minister. The NFP has also
improved its rating. The Fiji Labour Party’s
future hangs in the balance. Its leader Mahendra
Chaudhry is keeping his future plan close to his
chest after he was fned $2 million for violating
the foreign exchange control legislation. If he
fails to pay by June 30, he will go to jail for 15
months with a non-parole period of 12 months.
He will not stand in the election but will he lead
from outside the ring like a coach?
SODELPA is dipping in the polls . It needs
to do something now to stop the decline and
avoid a diffcult comeback. PDP and NFP are
beginning to emerge as credible challengers to
the PM’s proposed party which has a powerful
lead in the party rating.
- Nemani Delaibatiki is managing / training of
Fiji Sun, based in Suva
Nemani Delaibatiki
Changing face of politics in new Fiji
09 May 2014
Salute to Indian democracy
lection - 2014 exercise for 810
million Indian voters that is currently
underway is not only noteworthy but also
demands a big applause from the civilized
world. This civil operation comprises of
240,000 election officers supported by
200,000 central security personnel (plus
hundreds of thousands of provincial police
force) who manage 930,000 voting centers
(provided with 1.4 million electronic voting
machines). The two months long process
which will culminate into the election results
on 16th May takes an enormous dimension
because of the magnitude and diversity of
the electorate. The 5 billion dollars cost
tag to decide the fate of the aspirants of the
543 seats in the Indian parliament; is not
only justified by the enormity of the task
but also by the enthusiasm buildup of the
electorate who can be seen improving upon
the democratic process with every election.
The very fact that India is forging ahead as
one functioning democratic country with all
its multi cultural, multi lingual and multi
religious bearings has proven wrong the
pessimistic prophesies of even people like
Winston Churchill.
In fact the basic ethos of a democracy,
that is the tolerance towards others was well
entrenched in ancient Indian nation. The
democratic institutions were federalized
and power to deal with routine matters vest
with the village level local government -
Punchayat. The focus was on betterment of
the society. Advancement of medical science
- ayurveda, mind body coordination - yoga,
astrological science, mathematics and even
the practice of vegetarianism was emphasized
to benefit life on planet earth. But India paid
heavy price for being civilized well ahead of
the times when most of the rest of the world
was still on horse backs - armed to use brute
force to overpower others. With the arrival
of barbaric tribes from central Asia in 16th
century followed by the total exploitation
by European imperialists, India got pushed
back into the dark ages. But the virtue of
tolerance stayed deep rooted.
Even the Indian religious practice was
evolutionary in composition to allow
the change human development was
encompassing. The belief comprising of
many gods and goddesses and series of
lords ‘Avatars’ highlighted the realignments
required in view of the human evolution. It
is only after the arrival of foreign religions
like Christianity and Islam that Hinduism got
challenged and the very concept of religious
practice in India changed its paradigm. But
again the foundation of the relevant belief
stayed intact.
The pluralism that is being practiced in
India today and the election process that is
the hallmark of modern India is basically
nothing but the foundations of the above
mentioned rich heritage being revisited
after nation took back the reins in 1947. It is
these foundations of incredible India that has
nurtured democracy when other countries
with similar geopolitical and socioeconomic
situations have miserably failed. Three
Muslim presidents since independence;
current Sikh prime minister and Italian
born Christian head of the ruling party in a
country of 85% Hindu population provide
ample proof of that intermittent communal
skirmishes are work of only few sick and
does not represent the national ethos. This
inherent nature of Indian population is
also reflected in the settlement of Indian
Diasporas. Unlike many other nations
they never engaged in overpowering the
natives and worked to develop institutions
for coexistence. Unfortunately many a
times this has resulted in disadvantages
like displacements of Indian people from
countries like Uganda and Fiji.
It is very sad though that civil society
has not given the due credit to Indian nation
for practicing democracy against all odds.
Instead of hailing the process some cunningly
look only for gaps to show down the great
effort. Corruption and Bureaucracy in
Indian government does not dilute the effort
of the people’s firm belief in democracy.
Democracy in countries that have partnered
in crime against humanity during the era
of colonization is simply dwarfed by the
purity of action when we talk about Indian
situation. Indians accept and identify the
social evils that are still rampant in the
country and there is no doubt that the same
need to be weeded out without subverting
the democratic pathways. The process may
be frustratingly slow but the targets are clear
and honorable as compared with practices
where differentiation amongst people is
encouraged by having kings, queens and
princes. It is also surprising to see the world
being commandeered by so called champions
of democracy who go all out to overthrow
a dictator and yet accept another one where
dirty oil money is more valued than people’s
freedom. Even the institution of United
Nations without the permanent seat for India
has failed to give credit where it belongs -
Inclusion of India would only have brought
real relevance!
It is the Indian people that world needs
to salute for practicing all-encompassing
democracy. This appreciation does not
absolve the past governments for corrupt
practices and the future governments; from
the tasks of removing social inequalities and
taking all required action to bring India to
the modern day habitable levels.
Veer Khar is the President of Indian
Community (Manukau based) and is the
community representatives Film and Video
Labelling Body of New Zealand.
Veer Khar in addition to being a professional
engineer, has a background in International
Relations and Human Rights. As General
Secretary of New Zealand Indian Association
(2007-10); he not only Project managed
publishing of community Initiated ‘Historical
Book’ about ‘Early Settlers’ from South Asia
in New Zealand but also started the process
of analytical, intuitive and result driven
engagement through submissions and regular
interaction with policy makers on behalf of
the community. He has been instrumental in
devising strategies for effective functioning
of community organisations and consistently
ensured provision of the highest standard of
service and integrity of volunteers. Veer Khar
has lead community in various arenas and
worked relentlessly to evade the discriminatory
rules of the past and proudly contributed
towards the modern New Zealand of almost
level playing felds.
Veer’s role in spearheading key initiative for
establishing immigrants in New Zealand and
streamlining fatigued associations by bringing
in contemporary focus to successfully achieve
rejuvenation in all sectors of activities is well
he Congress is increasingly coming around
to the view that it is unlikely to win the 16th
general election on its own and that it may have
to work with a Third Front to stop the BJP from
coming to power.
At least four Congress leaders have already
hinted that allying with the Third Front, or a
coalition of parties not allied to either the United
Progressive Alliance or the National Democratic
Alliance, is a possibility for the party in order to
stop the BJP from coming to power.
The latest to do so is Ahmed Patel, Congress
president Sonia Gandhi’s closest aide, who told
a leading national daily that the party was willing
to consider the possibility of working with a
Third Front. Others like Prithviraj Chavan,
Salman Khurshid and Jairam Ramesh have
already spoken of this option.
While not all Congress leaders are willing to
say so in public yet, in private the view has been
doing the rounds for at least a couple of months.
At a lunch he hosted for journalists in the capital
some time earlier this year, a union minister from
the south was categorical in stating that the party
would not come to power on its own this time.
“Any party will start to stink if it spends 10
years in power,” he stated in a matter-of-fact
Another union minister averred that the
party was set to lose the elections but may still
continue to be in power. “We are not going to
win this time. But you may still see another UPA
government at the centre,” he said.
A union minister in the outgoing UPA-2
government said allying with the Third Front
was a distinct possibility for the Congress as it
was unlikely to get a majority on its own.
“We are keeping our options open and will
take a call on allying with the Third Front once
the results are out,” the minister told IANS, not
wanting to be identifed because of the delicate
nature of these issues.
Aware of the situation, the Left, which
has played a part in forming a Third Front
government at the centre each time in the past, is
working towards the formation of another such
government without making much noise about
Admitting that a Third Front government
cannot come to power without support from
the Congress, the Communist Party of India-
Marxist (CPI-M) is actively working towards the
victory of candidates belonging to non-National
Democratic Alliance (NDA), non-United
Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalitions, a well
placed CPI-M source told IANS.
In Delhi, for example, the CPI-M asked its
cadre and sympathisers to vote for the Aam
Aadmi Party (AAP), except in South Delhi
from where a Communist Party of India (CPI)
candidate was in fray. Although the AAP has
not yet shown an interest in the Third Front, the
CPI-M considers it a potential ally.
In Bihar, the CPI and the ruling Janata Dal-
United are contesting together. In Telangana, the
CPI has an alliance with Congress.
In other states like Odisha, Karnataka and
Andhra Pradesh, the Left Front is working
towards the victory of candidates belonging
to Biju Janata Dal, Janata Dal-Secular, and
YSR Congress respectively except a few seats
where its own candidates are contesting, said the
CPI-M source.
Manindra Thakur, a political science
professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, said
that “the possibility of a Third Front government
will arise if the BJP fails to cross the tally of 200
seats. In that case, the Congress may be able to
stitch together a group of allies to form a next
Thakur also opined that a Third Front
government this time may not be unstable.
“A good number of experiments in coalition
politics have been done since the Janata Party
government came to power in 1977. A Third
Front government may run for a good number of
years this time,” Thakur told IANS.
Nisar Ul Haq, professor of political science
at Jamia Milia Islamia, felt a Third Front would
come into picture only if the NDA failed to cross
the tally of 230 seats.
“If they get around 230 seats, they will be able
to draw more allies. But if they fail to reach that
mark, a Third Front government is a possibility.
The number of seats regional allies get in UP,
West Bengal, Maharashtra, and Odisha will be
crucial to its formation,” he said.
Haq also said that due to past experiences of
having formed such governments, the parties
may do a better job this time.
“The stability will also depend on the number
of seats the Congress gets. If it gets more than
100 seats, it will be in its favour to keep the
alliance and the government,” added Haq.
Is Congress banking on a Third Front to keep out BJP?
Veer Khar
09 May 2014
ustice Rajendra Mal Lodha will be sworn
in as the 41st Chief Justice of India by
President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati
Bhavan here on Sunday.
He will succeed Justice P Sathasivam who
retired from the offce on Saturday.
Justice Lodha will serve as the CJI for fve
months as he is due to retire on Sept 27.
He practiced Law in the Rajasthan High
Court and was appointed as the Permanent
Judge of the Rajasthan High Court in 1994.
He was also later appointed as the chairman
of the State Judicial Academy and subsequently
sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Patna High
Court in 2008. In 2008, he became a judge of
Supreme Court.
Justice RM Lodha to be sworn
in as Chief Justice of India
oming under attack from Congress Vice
President Rahul Gandhi, industrialist
Gautam Adani has denied any special treatment
by the Gujarat government.
“I have never received any special treatment
from Modi, nor do I expect any,” Adani told
CNN-IBN channel.
“In any of his discussions, Modi always
talks about policy matters and never about
individual companies. I am not BJP’s ATM
machine,” he said.
“Adani group has been buying land ten
years before Modi came to power, under
the then Congress regime, and has been
developing Mundra port since then. Land was
then purchased at Re 1 per sq metre. Under the
Modi government, we have brought land at
Rs 15 per sq m. All this was non-agricultural
and barren land on which development costs
were considerable. There was no preferential
treatment,” he told the channel.
This comes after Rahul Gandhi had said
that, “In Gujarat, Adani gets land in just Rupee
1, the same amount which you spend to buy a
toffee. It’s a toffee model.”
He also said that Tata gets loan for 20 years
in just 1 percent interest in the state while
farmers get it on 12 percent.
Did not receive any special favour
from Modi: Adani
lmost a year after the massive foods that
ravaged Uttarakhand, doors of Kedarnath
shine fnally opened on May 4th.
Earlier on Friday, on the auspicious occasion
of Akshay Tritiya, doors of Yamunotri-Gangotri
were opened.
According to reports, doors of Badrinath
shrine will be let open for the devotees from
Monday onwards.
The yatra to Kedarnath and Badrinath
temples were restarted last year itself.
The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva opened
for offering prayers at 7.30 am and the rituals
continued till 11 am.
Kedarnath was the worst affected area during
the fash foods in North India.
The Kedarnath temple complex, surrounding
areas and Kedarnath town suffered extensive
damage, but the shrine remained unharmed to a
large extent.
The temple, located at an height of 3,583
m (11,755 ft), 223 km from Rishikesh, on the
shores of Mandakini river, a tributary of Ganges,
is an impressive stone edifce of unknown date.
The structure is believed to have been
constructed in 8th Century AD, when Adi
Shankara visited this place and the present
structure is on a site adjacent to the site where
Pandavas are believed to have built the temple.
The temple has on Garbhagruha and a
Mantapa and stands on a plateau surrounded
by snow clad mountain and glaciers. In front of
the temple, directly opposite to inner shrine, is a
Nandi statue carved out of rock.
Badrinath temple, sometimes called
Badrinarayan Temple, is situated along the
Alaknanda river, in the hill town of Badrinath in
It is widely considered to be one of the holiest
Hindu temples, and is dedicated to god Vishnu.
The temple and town are one of the four Char
Dham and Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites.
It is also one of the 108 Divya Desams, holy
shrines for Vaishnavites.
The temple is open only six months every
year (between the end of April and the beginning
of November), due to extreme weather
conditions in the Himalayan region.
The main deity worshipped in the temple
is a one meter tall statue of Vishnu as Lord
Badrinarayan, made of black stone.
The statue is considered by many Hindus to
be one of eight swayam vyakta kshetras, or self-
manifested statues of Vishnu.
The murti depicts Vishnu sitting in meditative
posture, rather than his far more typical reclining
Kedarnath temple fnally reopens
n a hard-hitting letter, Prasar Bharati CEO
Jawhar Sircar acknowledged that certain
portions of the Narendra Modi interview on
Doordarshan “were apparently edited” and
pointed a fnger at Information and Broadcasting
Minister Manish Tewari for failing to grant the
public broadcaster “operational autonomy” that
it has been seeking for years.
Sircar, who in the past too has taken on the
minister over interference in functioning of
Prasar Bharati, pointed to the interference the
government can have in the form of transfers,
appointments and punitive actions regarding
Prasar Bharati offcials.
Tewari pleaded ignorance about the letter
Sircar shot off to the Prasar Bharati board,
under which Doordarshan and All India Radio
Tewari told IANS: “I have not seen the
letter. It was not addressed to me, so how am I
supposed to comment.”
Tewari had said: “Prasar Bharati is an
autonomous broadcaster and is governed
by an act of parliament. The ministry of
information and broadcasting has an arms-
length relationship with the broadcaster. We do
not interfere in their news agenda.”
In his letter, Sircar said he has been
inundated with non-stop calls, social media
messages, e-mails and other queries, to fnd out
whether Doordarshan had withheld the Modi
interview and why it had edited out portions.
He said “…it appears that while portions
critical of Doordarshan were telecast, certain
comments on other personalities were
apparently edited” in the Modi interview
telecast April 27.
Asserting that “questions have been raised
in the public domain about the impartiality and
‘motives’ of the public broadcaster”, Sircar said
the PB board had “taken several resolutions in
the last two years, seeking more operational
autonomy from the ministry, but it has failed
to do so”.
Doordarshan had edited out portions from
Modi’s interview where he had referred to
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and to Ahmed Patel,
Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political
The move had created a political storm with
the Bharatiya Janata Party alleging government
control over the public broadcaster.
Modi interview on national
broadcaster edited?
aking a dig at Congress leader Priyanka
Gandhi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s
Uttar Pradesh in-charge Amit Shah said she will
only get TV TRPs for her party.
“I never called Priyanka Gandhi a television
star. The TRPs are increased by incidents. We
have no problem in Priyanka campaigning for
her mother and her brother in their bastions. We
our fghting our battle and they are is fghting
theirs,” Shah told CNN-IBN channel.
“Priyanka Gandhi always campaigns for
the party and she also campaigned during the
Assembly polls,” he added.
Speaking on the issue of central government
appointing a judge to preside over snooping
scandal probe against BJP’s Narendra Modi,
Shah said, “We don’t want Centre’s trust in
the commission. Secondly, the commission
is being formed during elections when the
government will be changed at the Centre. So,
this is nothing but political vindictiveness.”
This comes in the wake of NDTV exit polls
giving Congress only 1 seat in the, last phase
of elections, state of U.P. meaning to say that
either Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi might
lose their seat.
Priyanka will only get TRPs for
Congress: Amit Shah
Prasar Bharati CEO took on Manish Tewari, Minister of
Information and Broadcasting, admits Modi interview was
n an attempt to damage control, Janata Dal-
United (JD-U) chief Sharad Yadav has said
there is no rift between Nitish Kumar and him
even after he was heard accusing the Bihar
chief minister of following caste-based politics
at a rally.
“This is wrong...From a half an hour speech,
they take out a portion and fll with lies. If you
listen to whole speech you will fnd I have not
said anything against Nitish. I was speaking
against caste-ism. What I said has been taken
otherwise. I said Nitish tried to fght against
caste-ism. The more the media try to create
rift between me and Nitish, the relationship
will become stronger. Not only me and Nitish
everybody is united in the party,” Yadav told
CNN-IBN channel.
This comes after Yadav was heard accusing
Nitish of following caste-based politics.
“First Lalu destroyed Bihar due to his
caste-based politics and now Nitish is also
following him. I take the responsibility for the
pathetic condition of the state (as he groomed
both leaders). We should try to become good
persons, not good politicians,” said the JD(U)
president at an election rally in Muzaffarpur.
No rift between me and Nitish:
Sharad Yadav
09 May 2014
rom moderate to as high voter turnout in states
like West Bengal (81 percent) was witnessed
as India underwent its seventh phase of elections
with 89 parliamentary constituencies across
seven states and two union territories going to the
This comes on a day when voting was held
in Gujarat, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West
Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir and Telangana
besides in Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman
and Diu.
A total of 13.83 crore people were eligible to
vote in this round. In Uttar Pradesh, the overall
voter turnout was 54 percent.
About 53.81 percent balloting was recorded
in the state of Bihar. The state of Telangana,
meanwhile, registered a high 68 percent votes
were polled. Turnout in Hyderabad was much
lower than the Telangana average, at 53 percent.
According to reports, the state of Punjab
registered over 50 percent of balloting.
The fates of Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi
(Rae Bareli) and BJP stalwarts like L K Advani
(Gandhinagar) and Murli Manohar Joshi were
decided in this round.
In Punjab’s Amritsar, the battle was between
BJP’s Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun
Jaitley against former Congress chief minister
Amrinder Singh.
This is Jaitley’s maiden Lok Sabha contest.
This phase is also crucial for the new state of
Telangana, which carved out of Andhra Pradesh.
Voting was held for 17 Lok Sabha seats from the
region along with 119 seats for what will be its
frst assembly. From June 2, Telangana will be a
new state.
LS: India records moderate to high polling in 7th phase
Chiranjeevi breaks queue, left embarrassed
nion minister and Congress leader K.
Chiranjeevi had to face some embarrassing
moments at a polling station as a voter raised an
objection when he broke the queue.
A voter stopped the actor-turned-politician
and his family members when they tried to
walk into the polling centre even as others were
standing in the queue. The superstar was taken
aback when a voter told him that he can’t have
a special treatment in a polling centre.
Accompanied by his security guards,
Chiranjeevi, his wife, their actor son Ramcharan
Teja and other family members were initially
standing in the queue at the polling centre in the
posh Jubliee Hills neighbourhood.
When some people invited them in the booth,
they broke the queue and were proceeding
As a voter raised the objection, Chiranjeevi
tried to pacify him. The actor and other family
members went back and stood in the queue to
cast their vote.
Kabaddi got a major facelift Tuesday with the
launch of the World Kabaddi League, a personal
venture headed by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister
Sukhbir Singh Badal.
The league is all set for inauguration in mid-
June at Thyagaraj Sports Complex here.
The league follows the Formula 1 touring
sports format and will be played across four
continents starting from August to December.
The offcial website of the World Kabaddi
League (www.worldkabaddileague.net) was
launched by Badal and Pargat Singh, sports
administrator and Olympian, here Tuesday.
“In the northern region of the Indian sub-
continent, kabaddi is an extremely popular sport
and the last four kabaddi World Cups held in
India bear testimony to this,” Badal said.
“I am extremely proud to let the world know
of India’s sporting prowess in the feld of kabaddi
through World Kabaddi League.
“This league is extremely close to my heart
and I envision it to grow by great leaps in the
next few years.
“In its current form, the league will be played
across four continents with access to nearly 200
kabaddi clubs across the world. For kabaddi, I
believe this is just the beginning,” he said.
Former India hockey captain Pargat Singh,
commissioner for the World Kabaddi League,
has been closely involved in the daily scope of
operations of the league.
“After successfully executing four editions of
the Kabaddi World Cup in Punjab, we realised
the need for a professional kabaddi league which
connects South Asians across the world with
their traditional heritage. By adding
World’s first kabaddi
league launched in India
09 May 2014
Not just Modi-Kejriwal, Varanasi features 75 others too
heir causes vary from wanting to turn
Varanasi into the religious capital of
India to protesting against bottled water. But
they all have one ambition, like AAP leader
Arvind Kejriwal: to trounce BJP’s prime
ministerial aspirant Narendra Modi in one
the most hotly contested seats of the 2014
general election. One of them is even doing
so silently.
These are 39 independent candidates in
the fray in Varanasi, along with candidates
from 38 parties like Shoshit Samaj Dal, Sarva
Samaj Kalyan Party, Nirmal India Party,
Moulik Adhikar Party, Rashtriya Ambedkar
Dal, Gandhi Ekta Party, Yuva Vikas Party
and Sanatan Sanskriti Raksha Dal.
Then, of course, there are candidates from
the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the
Bahujan Samaj Party apart from the BJP and
the Aam Aadmi Party.
However, Modi’s main challengers are
AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal and Congress’ Ajay
All this has taken the candidate tally to a
staggering 77, the highest for this election so
far, according to election officials. Monday
is the last date for withdrawing nominations
from here.
Only 43 candidates of the original 77
who filed papers remain in the electoral fray
in Varanasi after the final withdrawal and
scrutiny of nominations for the May 12 Lok
Sabha poll, the State Election Commission.
IANS tracked some of the independent
candidates contesting the elections from this
ancient city.
One of the independent candidates, P.N.
Sriramchandran, claims to be a nephew of
late sandalwood smuggler Veerappan.
Sriramchandran told IANS that he is
fighting against both Modi and Rahul Gandhi
(Amethi) because they are prime ministerial
candidates of their respective parties.
While Rajendra Prasad, who calls himself
Garib Das, said he is fighting the election for
the overall betterment of the country, Swami
Lakshminarayanacharya said he wants to
make Varanasi India’s religious capital.
“Varanasi is a pure land. I want to make it
the religious capital of the country. I am not
fighting the elections against somebody, but
for myself,” Lakshminarayanacharya said.
Forty-two-year-old Ghanshyam said he
is fighting to save the ideology of freedom
fighter Bhagat Singh.
“I want to guide the country to the right
path. The best way of doing so is by defeating
Modi,” Ghanshyam told IANS.
Another independent candidate - he’s the
silent one - Ambrose D’Mello, who has come
from distant Karnataka, wants to do away
with bottled water. He is also contesting
in Bangalore Central. A constant face of
protest against commercialisation of water
in Bangalore, reports said that the traveling
book-seller stopped talking 10 years ago as a
mark of his protest.
According to the Uttar Pradesh state
election commission, the Varanasi seat could
even see voting using the traditional ballot
papers if there are more than 63 candidates
as an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) can
accommodate only 64 options, including the
mandatory NOTA button.
If paper ballots are used then the result
could be delayed, the officials said.
Interestingly, there are three ‘Narendras’
aking on National Conference chief
Farooq Abdullah who said those voting
for Narendra Modi should “jump into the sea”,
the BJP prime ministerial candidate hit back,
blaming Abdullah and his family for the exodus
of Pandits from the Kashmir Valley.
Jumping into the fray, Abdullah’s son and
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah defended his father saying his family
did not need a lesson in secularism from Modi.
Asserting his secularism, Modi asked
Abdullah to refect on how politics was
communalised in Jammu and Kashmir by
the National Conference, headed by three
generations of his family.
“I want to tell Farooq Abdullah (that)
secularism is not only in our constitution
but also in our veins,” Modi said in a video
posted on his offcial website, with an English
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader
slammed the Abdullahs for the exodus of the
Kashmiri Pandits.
“In our culture of thousands of years, the
biggest harm on secular fabric done anywhere
(in India) is done in Jammu and Kashmir and it
is done due to politics of your father, yourself
and your son,” said Modi.
In the war of words which started when
Abdullah, a former Jammu and Kashmir chief
minister himself, said Kashmir wouldn’t be part
of an India that is “communal” and that those
who “vote for Modi should jump into the sea”.
National Conference patron Farooq
Abdullah’s son is the party president and
chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, while
his father Sheikh Abdullah was the ‘prime
minister’ of the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir
after its accession to India in 1947. He later
became the chief minister of the state in 1975,
following Sheikh-Indira accord of 1974.
Modi said: “It is due to your politics and
the politics of your son that Kashmir is the
only land from where Pandits were removed
solely for their religion. The land of Sufsm and
harmony has been made communal due to your
BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman
asked why the National Conference did not
want secularism in the constitution of Jammu
and Kashmir.
Modi blames Abdullah family for Pandit exodus, Omar hits back
- Sreeparna Chakrabarty
ational Conference (NC) patron and
Srinagar Lok Sabha candidate Farooq
Abdullah said Sunday that Jammu and
Kashmir would not remain a part of India if
the country becomes communal, while asking
those who vote for Narendra Modi to “drown
Lashing out at Modi, the Bharatiya Janata
Party’s prime ministerial candidate, Abdullah
told a party election rally in old city’s Khanyar
area that: “Those who say that people opposing
Modi should go to Pakistan must remember
that if India becomes a communal country,
Kashmir would not remain its part.
“Those who vote for Modi should drown
themselves in a river”.
Criticizing his opponents of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP), Abdullah alleged
that PDP’s open support
to BJP was a historic
betrayal of the people
of Jammu and Kashmir
and its patron Mufti
Mohammad Sayeed
should know that there
is a limit to a nation’s
tolerance to gimmickry,
political intrigues and
“Every single vote
that you will cast for
National Conference
will be a vote against
the Modi-Mufti alliance
and will be a vote that
will stop the march of
communal forces from entering Jammu and
“National Conference has defended Article
370 (of the constitution) and Kashmiriyat from
hundreds of intrigues and thousands of enemies
and National Conference will continue to be a
protection shield for Jammu and Kashmir and
its people long after I am gone,” he said.
“Mufti Sayeed nurtures a grudge against
Kashmiris that they have handed him
embarrassing electoral defeats from his
native constituency four times, a loud and
clear rejection that forced his rehabilitation in
Muzaffarnagar (in Uttar Pradesh) as a member
of parliament from a safe seat at a time when
he couldn’t garner more than 300 votes in his
own state,” Abdullah said.
Kashmir will not remain part of a communal India: Farooq Abdullah
09 May 2014
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nvestigations have started to determine how
a man who was being treated for a medical
condition went into coma, declared dead and
pronounced alive hours later.
Jai Narayan, 55, of Omkar Rd, Narere in
Nasinu, had sought medical attention at the CWM
Hospital on March 19 last year for a swelling in
his genital.
In an interview last week, Mr Narayan recalled
the day he was rushed to the hospital, seen by a
doctor who took his blood pressure and injected
him on his left hand several times, which he
claimed led to his unconsciousness state.
“I only had hernia. The doctor pushed the
needle one by one and within a minute, I yelled
out loudly as my chest started to pain and my
airways blocked,” he said. He said his wife was
with him that day and all he remembered was
having his chest massaged before he collapsed.
He said he fell into a coma and claimed medical
personnel attending to him pronounced him dead
when he failed to respond after the treatment.
His wife, Nirmala Wati, said a few minutes
after treatment, the doctor told her to move out of
the ward because her husband was dead.
She said she went outside to inform other
family members who were left shocked.
She said she then informed her son and
daughter-in-law to prepare to take his body down
to the mortuary.
“When I went inside (the ward), my husband
was lying on the bed and he was covered. I kept
on looking at him and suddenly noticed some
movement on his face,” Ms Wati told the Fiji
Times.“After one hour of being pronounced dead,
his eyebrow ficked.”
In a letter of complaint to Health Minister
Dr Neil Sharma dated April 22, 2013, Ms Wati
described the events leading up to her husband’s
deteriorating health condition. She asked for an
explanation on what happened on the day.
She also wrote to the Fiji Medical and Dental
Secretariat expressing her concerns on how her
husband was treated and the subsequent effects.
It is now over a year and Ms Wati said her
husband, who used to be a ft van driver, continues
to suffer from breathing and walking diffculties.
Mr Narayan said these started following his
treatment from CWMH.
He has also approached the Small Claims
Trubunal claiming for alleged medical negligence
by the CWM Hospital. He is claiming $85,000.
Fiji Medical and Dental Secretariat CEO and
registrar Dharmesh Prasad confrmed receiving a
complaint from Mr Narayan.
Mr Prasad said the matter was being
investigated and it was taking time because of the
complexity of the case.
“We are getting all the records and this was the
case where we directed him to meet up with the
hospital offcials to sort it out.”
He also confrmed they were talking to the
doctors involved before they go back to the victim
for further consultation.
Back from the ‘dead’
SPECIAL cardiac team from the United
States is in the country conducting free
surgeries at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.
The three-member team — cardiologist
Avinash Mondkar, cardio technician Ken Valikai
and Fijian-born Jyan Lal — began cardiac
surgeries last week.
“We want to conduct as many surgeries as
we can; we have enough equipment to install 20
pacemaker units,” Mr Lal said.
They frst visited Fiji last year and conducted
less than 20 surgeries, both pacemaker
implementation and angiograms, on patients
screened by the hospital.
This time around, and what they hope in their
next visit, they hope to conduct more.
Mr Lal said this year they brought in
pacemakers and a special pacemaker used for
cardiac resynchronisation therapy on those with
heart failure.
He said a pacemaker unit in the US costs
between $7000 and $12,000.
“Back in the 60s I used to drive the ambulance
at the CWM Hospital as a volunteer and I
promised myself that if I ever settled in the US,
I would give back to my people and this is how
I am doing it.
“We hope to make this trip to Fiji twice a year
if we get a lot of patients to perform surgeries
US heart team at work – for free
EADER of the Proposed Fiji First political
party and Prime Minister Rear Admiral
Voreqe Bainimarama last week registered his
party, accompanied by his committee members.
In registering his political party, Rear Admiral
Bainimarama also presented the 40,083 signatures
he collected from the four divisions.
The proposed Fiji First Party registered the
most signatures in the Western Division with
Rear Admiral Bainimarama presenting 15,636
signatures from there. He registered 14,499
signatures from the Central Division, 9045 from
the Northern Division and 903 from the Eastern
“We of course are registering a completely new
party and once approval is given for registration,
we will set up branch offces throughout Fiji,”
Rear Admiral Bainimarama said. “Our approach
as you know as demonstrated through my
leadership is to work for and with all Fijians.
“Our branches and branch offcials will
represent our youth, women and Fijians from all
walks of life.”
The committee members of the proposed
party were also announced yesterday following
the registration.
The Prime Minister will be the leader of the
proposed party, Minister for Social Welfare,
Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Jiko Luveni
is the president.
The two vice-presidents are former Fiji Labour
Party Nadi branch president and former senator
Bijai Prasad and Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is
the general secretary and accountant Vimlesh
Kumar is the treasurer.
Along with presenting the 40,083 signatures
the Prime Minister also paid the registration fee
of $5005.
Supervisor of Elections and Registrar of
Political Parties Mohammed Saneem reminded
the Prime Minister that it will take about 28 days
to process the registration - this included the
verifcation and registration objection period.
“I wish to thank all those Fijians who agreed to
be the original members for the registration of the
proposed Fiji First,” Rear Admiral Bainimarama
“These were men and women, young and old
from the towns, cities, rural and maritime areas.
“They were working men and women, they
were landowners, they were farmers, they were
mothers and homemakers, they were husbands
and wives, they were university students, and they
were people with special needs and the visually
Rear Admiral Bainimarama also thanked other
tens of thousands of Fijians who gave their verbal
He said once the party has been formally
registered the party will then soon begin their
party campaign.
“We will meet and sit down and discuss
with Fijians about how we all as citizens of this
wonderful country must come together and put
Fiji frst,” Rear Admiral Bainimarama said.
Fiji Times
Bainimarama names his team
09 May 2014
he Southern Institute of Technology
will host executives from International
College of Advanced Technology (ICATS) next
Monday 5 May until Wednesday 7 May at both
the Invercargill and Christchurch campuses.
This will be the frst visit to SIT for the ICATS
executives since the partnership was formalised
in March this year. Tan Sri Dato Amar Aziz –
Chair of ICATS, Dato Baharuddin Abdullah
– CEO of ICATS, Mr. Rambli Hasbi – Deputy
Executive Director (Student Services), and Mr.
Isham Fauzi – Chief Operating Offcer will
meet with SIT executives and tour SIT facilities
and campuses in regards to the pilot initiative
the two institutions are working on.
The pilot project between ICATS and
SIT involves stair casing ICATS trades
students (Electrical and Construction) from
ICATS to SIT’s Christchurch Campus with
the opportunity to do an internship with
construction frms involved with the rebuild
of Christchurch City. On the other side of
the globe SIT programmes will be offered at
ICATS Kuching Campus starting with National
Certifcate in Adult Education and Training
Level 5 and the Bachelor in Hotel Management.
SIT CEO Penny Simmonds commented at
the time of the partnership agreement “This
paves the way for SIT programmes to be
delivered partially in Kuching and students to
transfer to SIT Invercargill to complete their
qualifcation. Simmonds also added that the
support of Associate Minister of Education Dr
Pita Sharples, Deputy Speaker of the House
and Invercargill MP Eric Roy as well as NZ
High Commission David Pine at the signing
Southern Institute of Technology forms international partnership with
Malaysian education giant
ew Zealand Tertiary College was proud
to celebrate a record 515 graduates at our
2014 graduation ceremony on April 9.
The special event was held at Auckland’s
Victory Convention Centre and centred on the
theme of student journeys.
Chief Executive Selena Fox welcomed the
graduands and praised them for taking on the
College’s values as their own. “Where you
invest your Vision, your Heart, your love, your
hard work, and your passion, you invest your
life and you make a difference.”
Her address was followed by a video
asking graduates what their aspirations were
for the future. Answers were truly inspiring
and included opening centres, mentoring other
male early childhood teachers and working
for the Auckland City Council as an advisor
on early childhood matters. It was clear that
the knowledge and skills the graduates gained
from their NZTC qualifcations would go onto
impact many thousands of lives.
NZTC’s new Alumni initiative was also
unveiled on the night, with the aim of supporting
graduates in the next step of their professional
journeys. The soon-to-be launched NZTC
Alumni webpage will allow graduates to access
profles, news, events and special offers for
further study.
Student speaker, new graduate and 2014
Values Award winner Robert Jensen described
how his confdence had fourished over the
three years of his program, and how he hoped
to continue to “deepen [his] practice and be
present in children’s learning experiences.”
Fellow graduates and Lecturers Ra Keelan
and Roimata Rokx contributed some humour
to the night with their story of going down the
“Yellow Brick Road of Learning” at NZTC.
The ceremony ended on a poignant note
with Selena inviting each graduate to stand
and acknowledge their support people with
“NZTC has been, is, and will continue to
be proud to have joined you on your journey,”
Selena concluded.
With the exit of the offcial party, NZTC’s
newest graduates fung their caps high into the
To our 2014 graduates, we have been
delighted to witness your commitment to our
early childhood profession, NZTC values and
mission statement.
We look forward to you joining NZTC
Alumni so we can hear of your difference-
making in the lives of young children, families
and communities, and so we can continue to
support you in the years ahead.
To fnd out how you can start your
professional early childhood journey in 2014,
please eMail international@nztertiarycollege.
ac.nz today.
2014 graduation: a celebration of our students
IT Bachelor of Digital Media third year
Film and Animation students have merged
together under the banner ‘Physical Realm
Studio’ to create SIT’s frst Games Cinematic
project, The Bones of Essimer. Normally, a
games cinematic is a CGI short flm designed
to set the scene and mood at the start of a video
game. In this case, The Bones of Essimer will
incorporate more live action than traditional
games cinematics.
The flm is set in a post-apocalyptic world
recovering from a devastating solar radiation
burst. Kristana, a reclusive slave trader, is
persuaded to undertake a dangerous quest
to retrieve a stolen child from a deranged
cannibalistic bone cult. The Bone Cult – under
its terrifying leader, Osseous – pillages villages
and integrates the bones of their victims into
decorations for their clothing or weaponry. The
story takes place in the town of Essimer where
Kristana is trading her slaves. The Bone Cult
kidnaps a young child and leaves the father
for dead but Kristana saves him. The pair go
on a journey to rescue the child, along the way
traversing the dangerous environment and
battling Cultists, Bounty Hunters and vengeful
The students are currently creating props
and set designs at SIT and started flming from
May 2 in Bluff.
SIT’s first Games Cinematic project: The Bones of Essimer
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Myntra ropes in Ranveer Singh to endorse ‘Roadster’
ashion and lifestyle e-commerce platform
Myntra.com signed up Bollywood actor
Ranveer Singh as the brand ambassador.
Singh will endorse the most contemporary
jeanswear brand from Myntra.com –
‘Roadster’, that demonstrates both style and
Roadster is a Myntra’s flagship in-house
brand, built on the philosophy that ‘Life is
Now’, and not a distant dream of another day.
Speaking on the association, Vikas Ahuja,
Chief Marketing Officer, Myntra said,
“Roadster products are known for
their combination of style and class and
unparalleled quality. Signing on Ranveer
Singh is a sturdy step towards the evolution
of the Roadster brand, which we intend to
take to another level. Ranveer’s power-
packed and unconventional persona makes
him the ideal choice for Roadster.”
Singh said, “I have always been very
selective when it comes to brand associations
because I believe that who you associate with
says a lot about you. Roadster is a brand I
took a liking to instantly, the clothes are
wonderful and are more than real value for
the price point they are pitched.”
He added, “Most importantly however,
I subscribe to its philosophy of not being
bound to any societal norms and I’m really
looking forward to doing some great work
with Roadster as we continue ahead on the
Bollywood Diary
Bollywood’s biggest awards show comes to America
ighlighting the international appeal of
India’s Bollywood film industry, the
International Indian Film Academy (IIFA)
Awards event held in the US for the first time
in Tampa, Florida.
“This year, Bollywood, its glittering stars
and its legions of fans, have come to Tampa,”
National Public Radio (NPR) reported
noting, “At nearly all of the events held this
week in downtown Tampa, the soundtrack
has been throbbing Indian pop.
More than 20,000 people attended, and
IIFA estimates the worldwide TV audience in
the hundreds of millions, according to NPR.
Travolta rocked IIFA stage with impromptu ‘desi’ dance
ulti-talented Hollywood actor John
Travolta, a dancer and singer par
excellence, is so fond of Bollywood’s song-
dance that he matched steps with Priyanka
Chopra on “Tune maari entry” without any
prior preparation and wowed the audience at
the 15th edition of the International Indian
Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend.
The four-day extravaganza ended here
with the awards honouring the best work in
Indian cinema and actress-singer Priyanka
started the award ceremony with her
performance and Travolta added zing to the
act by joining her on the stage.
After the performance, Priyanka praised
Travolta’s impromptu act saying: “Nobody
could have done that without any rehearsal.”
At the gala, Travolta was honoured with
the outstanding contribution to international
cinema award.
On receiving the honour, he said: “It’s
a pleasure to be here ... I am honoured
and humbled. I want to thank the Indian
community for the honour.”
Third Ladakh International Film Festival June 27-29
he third edition of the Ladakh
International Film Festival (LIFF) will
be held in Leh June 27-29. Over 700 entries
from around 30 countries across the world
have been received by the organisers, but the
focus this year will be on Korean cinema.
“Apart from international cinema, what
is heartening is the participation of lesser
known filmmakers from places such as
Manipur, Nagaland and Meghalaya in
addition to Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil,
Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese and Hindi
cinema,” Melwyn Williams Chirayath,
founder and festival director, LIFF, said in a
“This year’s theme for LIFF is Spirituality
and Camaraderie. LIFF 2014 will culminate
with The Dalai Lama holding Kaalchakra
(special teachings), which is held once in
four years”, said Chirayath.
Google celebrates Ustad Alla Rakha’s 95th birthday
nternet search engine Google
commemorated the 95th birthday of tabla
maestro Ustad Alla Rakha Tuesday by
honouring him with a colourful doodle.
The doodle depicted a smiling Alla
Rakha, wearing a white kurta with orange
embroidery, playing tabla.
The Padma Shri recipient was born
in Phagwal village of Jammu. He was a
frequent accompanist of sitar player Pandit
Ravi Shankar. The duo had created many
magical jugalbandis.
He was conferred the Sangeet Natak
Akademi award in 1982.
He died in 2000, following a heart attack.
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09 May 2014
What does make up mean to Padma?
It is a creative, artistic form of expression...
Make up to me is about releasing your inner
artist, your inner child and your inner glamour.
It is not about cruelty to animals, scamming
women with products that don’t work or
creating an addictive buying frenzy.

Well said, Padma, but not everyone wants to
be made up?
The woman who doesn’t wear makeup is
not a better woman, just a different kind of
woman. But a woman who likes make up and
wants to explore herself is not stereo-typically
a bimbette. Nine out of ten days I don’t wear
makeup but for me makeup is fun time,
especially full coverage glamour makeovers.
It’s an indulgence; excitement.

Where does this love stem from?
I love colours. I fell in love with shadow
palettes at the age of nine. I vividly remember
my frst mini makeup kit brought in a small
mall, in Kuala Lumpur. My frst model - my
dad. I did my frst stage makeup at the age of
12 for a children’s show in an all boys school
- I had no real skills but my uncle let me paint
row of six year old boys, dressed in frocks.
There was no looking back!

What came next?
Makeup had always been a hobby. After years
of following my passion in theatre and flm
making in NZ, India and the US, I fnally got
some time to indulge in my other passion.
I refned my skills as a makeup artist, and
focused on makeovers. Besides bridal, proms
and special occasions, I quite enjoy makeovers,
the complete transformation and the surprise
on my client’s face is usually priceless.

What kind of experience can you offer those
interested in coming to you?
Having worked in Indian cinema as assistant
director, Theatre productions (in various roles,
such as Writer, Director, Producer), fashion
stylist for NZ bridal magazine; I have seen
beauty and glamour in different quarters and
perspectives, which has shaped my esthetics.
Makeup artists Martin Catalogne, Wayne
Goss and Debbie Delgado inspire me.
You can e-mail akulapadma@gmail.com
before 14th May & receive a $30 voucher
plus go into a draw to win a free full glamour
0/50 Dance Crew of NZ’s Got Talent fame
have started a new initiative to express their
talent and mentor other enthusiasts to learn the
skills of the art. They have started imparting skills
through dance workshops.
The dance classes will be for all age groups,
and covering all areas of Auckland. Sticking to
their forte of Bhangra, Bollywood, and Hip Hop
genres, the pupil has a choice to learn either dance
form or all of them, depending on the pupil’s
Their pitch is simple and most appealing; “it is
the most fun way to stay ft,” says Rahul Chopra
on behalf of the 50/50 dance crew.
“We feel the next step for us is to give back to
the community who has always supported us. Its
also the right time to start preparing for the future,
if kids get the right training from an early age then
as a NZ community we would be able to put on
world class performances which compete with
groups and individuals at the highest level.”
“For adults it is an excuse to come back into
dancing or ftness which they left due to other
commitments thus we want to give them the
“It is also an opportunity for people who have
been observing as an audience for many years to
come and join us on stage and get the feeling of
a performer.”
“We don’t have a specifc target audience, it’s
more upon the love and
passion for dancing.”
“For us it’s all about
spreading joy through
letting go of all worries
when you are lost in
the music and moves,”
Rahul added elated
with the progress of
50/50 dance crew.
“Its also a great
way to involve kids
and youth into something productive and helpful.
This would help them stay away from any other
negative distractions.”
The members of the crew Rahul Chopra,
Siddharth Krish, Athurva Kulkarni, Munsarim
Ahmed, Siva Subramanium, Vignesh Krish,
Abeer Syed, Devesh Lal, Daivik Raj, Moonis
Vegdani, and Kaushik Balan have all been
instrumental in taking the crew to these levels of
Why Join ?
- The most fun way to stay ft
- Develop your dance technique and performance
- Amazing performance opportunities
About 50/50 Dance Crew
50/50 Dance Crew is a fusion dance team founded
in March of 2006. Their unique story lines and a
complete package of entertainment has brought
smiles on peoples faces all round the world.
After gaining notoriety within the competitive
Bhangra/Bollywood/hip-hop circuit, 50/50 Dance
Crew took the next step to do stage performances
with various Bollywood artists and performed
in couple of Bollywood movies shot in New
Zealand. In 2013 50/50 Dance Crew was featured
on the hit show New Zealand’s Got Talent. They
became the frst all Indian dance team to make it
to the semi fnals of the show and were in the top
30 acts in the country.
50/50 Dance Crew continues to perform at a
variety of events and productions, and maintains
a strong presence on the bhangra/bollywood and
hip-hop circuit.
Register now: https://www.surveymonkey.
You want to dance? 50/50 Dance Crew will make it true!
Vaibhav Saklani
Padma Akula - A Palette Full of Fun
For Padma, makeup isn’t beauty; it’s play time. After years of dabbling in makeup as a hobby,
she decided to up her game and completed a course from an experienced make up artiste to refine her skills.
Read about Padma who surprises and delights us with her sensitive approach to beauty.
Vaibhav Saklani
09 May 2014
unique Multicultural Extravaganza of
Song and Dance put together by Mark
Pinto de Menezes (Nasha Entertainment Ltd)
and managed by CFI Events. This concept
of blending the Indo Kiwi communities
came about when Mark invited his kiwi drum
students to participate with his Bollywood
Band Nasha at the Auckland Council Diwali
event last October. The students thoroughly
enjoyed the experience and the audience
loved this too. So Mark decided to take this
a step further, involving a number of talented
kiwi and Indian performers to get on stage
together (FOR THE FIRST TIME!!) and
share their talents using Bollywood Hit songs
with Iconic Kiwi and Western Pop tunes. The
interest from all performers to be a part
of this was overwhelming. The Concert
event will feature Shore Based band Nasha,
Garagewalas, X Lake and Khottey Sikkey
Dance Teams, ‘ The Damsels of Dhoom’,
The WSS Orchestra, Rachit Bhatia, Ritika
Badakere, Leon Ruwhiu, Bronte Pierson &
Steven Winn and numerous other performers
from Papakura in the South to Orewa up in
the North. This is a FIRST ever, Family
based community event focused on integrating
the two communities via music and dance.
It will be held at Avondale College Theatre,
51 Victor Street (7.00Pm onwards) a location
central for audiences in the South, the CBD
and from the Shore. There will be food
and drink available and the Concert hopes
to generate a Festive atmosphere, a great
evening of entertainment on the long Queen’s
Birthday weekend. The concert also hopes to
lend a hand, generating funds to support
KIDSCAN Charitable Trust for disadvantaged
kiwi children. This event has NO FUNDING
at the moment, but the team has decided
to go ahead anyway, with the enthusiasm
and momentum it’s achieved. Mark is
still looking for corporate support and/or
sponsorships to cover all the production costs.
For more details you can contact Mark at
4760561 or 0212651975 or visit the website:
The Indo Kiwi Crossover Concert -
What is your favourite sweet dish?
I love chocolate ice-creams. That was my
childhood favourite and still remains my
favourite. There is nothing more pleasurable
in life than the combination of chocolate and
Aren’t you afraid that ice-creams might
affect your fgure, especially if you again want
to go back to your Size Zero look?
Well, at the moment, I am not Size Zero.
But given a choice between Size Zero and ice-
creams, I will defnitely go for the latter. Also,
it’s not that I am having 5 or 10 ice-creams a
day, one ice-cream a day is allowed.
Do you regret not being Size Zero any more?
If a girl is eating the right amount and is happy
from inside, she automatically starts glowing. I
am enjoying being more curvaceous and I am
glowing too. After all, I am a Punjabi girl and
I love to eat.
Does your husband, actor-producer Saif Ali
Khan also have a sweet tooth?
Let me tell you an incident. I have been
recently appointed the brand ambassador of
Magnum ice-cream in India. When people
from Magnum came to sign me, they gifted me
a box with 50 ice-creams in it. And guess what!
In three days, Saif ate up all the ice-creams. I
could not even taste one.
Do you have fetish for any other sweet item?
I also love chocolates. Chocolate helps you
change your mood. And only chocolate has
the ability to bring so much happiness to me.
Whenever I feel a little low, I have a bit of
chocolate and immediately become happy.
How good do you think chocolate is for your
Healthwise, I think chocolates are far better
than other ‘sweet’ food items available in the
What kind of food do you generally have?
I am a veg person. I have started having fsh
and eggs just a year back. But from heart, I
am a vegetarian. I can’t think my day without
karela (bitter gourd) and dudhi (bottle gourd).
Have you ever cooked for Saif?
Saif has never had food cooked with my own
hands, but defnitely I have fed him with my
Can you actually cook?
I am actually a very good cook. I believe a
person who can make a good dal is a very good
cook as dal is actually the most diffcult thing
to make. And everyone loves my dal. My mom
(Babita) and sister (Karisma) wait like when I
will make dal.
What’s your favourite cuisine?
It’s any homemade food. And yes, I love
paratha, especially aloo parathas with a spoon
of ghee.
You claim yourself to be a foodie. Then how
do you maintain the right shape?
It’s all about eating at the right time, the right
amount and then constantly balance it with
yoga and other workouts.
Does Saif interfere with your love for food?
Not at all. In fact, he too loves to eat. But
thankfully, he too is equally health conscious
and is always working out and keeping his
weight in check. So that motivates me as well.
Courtesy: Trans World Features (TWF)
‘I love chocolate ice-creams’
Kareena Kapoor Khan loves chocolates and ice-creams. TWF correspondent Sreya Basu
chats up with the actress in Mumbai on her fetish
09 May 2014
A Love
Story in
popular Gujarati play that has been
showcased in over 250 cities is now
about to hit the city of
Auckland on the evening of 20th by
Kamlesh Oza of Baa Bahu Aur Baby and
Khicchdi fame. His plays are known for
their excellent comedy and subtle morals
of life. 2 Idiots is about a marriage that
culminates into a beautiful tale of June
2014, Friday at the Dorothy Winston
Centre. The play is written
2 Idiots depicts the life of a four-month
old married couple that discovers various
aspects of each other through funny yet
touching incidents. The complications
of the couple are endearing and the fall-
outs are overwhelming. You defnitely
don’t want to miss this play. Whether
you’re married for long, newly married or
planning to get married, there’s something
for everyone in this play. The kids will
defnitely enjoy the antics of Kamlesh Oza.
Surely, this is a joyride that will leave
you in splits of laughter and you will
defnitely come back,
This play is brought to you by the
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he most important accessory in any PC
gamer’s arsenal is a mouse. If you are anything
more than a causal gamer you’d defnitely want
to take a look at this new bad boy from Logitech
called the Proteus Core G502 gaming mouse.
If you haven’t used a gaming mouse before
and migrating from a conventional two button
mouse you’ll fnd the difference simply jaw
dropping. The sheer possibilities that you have
available on this mouse will redefne what you
thought possible with your gaming. This mouse
screams sheer power and customisability.
The ergonomics of the mouse is really well
thought out. The grip is comfortable with a neat
groove and base that provided excellent support
for a thumb. True gamers will appreciate how
big a difference this would make over hours of
game play. The mouse has a total of 11 buttons
that are surprisingly easily accessible between
your fngers and thumb. Each of the buttons are
programmable to access functions and shortcuts
giving you super fast access to your favourites.
You’ll need a few hours of game play and your
muscle memory kicks in and speeds up your game
play appreciably.
The left and right buttons are super responsive,
they aren’t too hard or light. When clicking
them you’ll hear a distinct audible click which
is immensely satisfying to a gamer immersed
into the experience. The scroll wheel is dual
mode meaning you can switch it between super
fast scroll and slow scroll. This will give you
immense control over your zooms and pans.
For additional customisation there are also fve
3.6gm weights that allows you to add weight to
the mouse and customise the weight to make it
feel right for the game you’re playing.
The G502 is mostly tailored to gamers who
use the palm grip, meaning their whole palm and
fngers rests on the mouse. Though the claw grip,
which doesn’t involve the whole hand, is also
usable on the Proteus Core. The mouse brings a
new laser sensor which can be tuned to work on
any surface of your surface, but is pre-tuned for
Logitech’s gaming mouse-pads.
To sum it up is this mouse for you? If your
anything beyond a casual gamer this is a must
have accessory to your gaming kit arsenal. Once
you get this all setup and ready to go you’ll enjoy
hours of far more immersive gameplay.
The game blazer - Logitech Proteus Core G502 review
- Shane DeSouza
09 May 2014
Mushaira and Kavi
Urdu Hindi Cultural Assosiation of New Zealand
Inc. presents 3-in-1 ghazal programme
evening, in New Zealand. Help promote and
preserve the two most prominent languages
of the Indian subcontinent. Come one, come
all. ‘Mazedar Hydrabadi Biryani’ and other
vegetarian stuff will also be available. So don’t
miss this special entertainment opportunity,
which will also provide a glimpse of the cultural
richness of Indian and Pakistani plethora to
your children.
Date: Saturday 24 May, 6:30pm onwards
Venue: Fickling Convention Centre, Three
Kings, Auckland
Entry absolutely free
For more information please
contact: Syed Mujeeb 0211602135 or 09
High Affair - Feat. Arjun
(UK), with DJ Areeb & DJ
Bollywood Affair at No.1 High Street is proud to
present, High Affair – feat. Arjun (UK) with New
Zealand’s fnest Bollywood fusion DJs – DJ
Areeb and DJ Charlie take centre stage.
A night of glitz and glamour with Arjun featuring
in for an exclusive show. A classy event
presented to you by Auckland’s most exclusive
Bollywood nightclub. VIP (Meet and greet) -
$75 (limited availability). Arjun (UK): UK’s most
celebrated Asian urban artist is coming to New
Zealand for an exclusive show at Bollywood
Affair. Arjun won Best Urban Act at the 2012
UK Asian Music Awards and is the most in
demand Asian artist out of UK. His most
awaited T-Series album is due to release soon.
Date: Saturday 17 May, 10:00pm – 3:00am
Venue: No.1 High St, 1 High St, Auckland
Entry: $25 +
Phone Sales: 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)
Coffee Party
Be part of a unique coffee party that could
change your life! Find out how being in the right
place at just the right time can help you build
a secure future with a product that hundreds
of thousands of people all over New Zealand
are hopelessly addicted to - coffee! Have fun
impacting your community while sipping,
sampling and sharing a healthier coffee that
mesmerizes your taste buds. You can now
learn how to meet people while sharing the
greatest consumable product in the history of
the world and get paid for it.
Date: Saturday 3 May, 10:00am – Thursday
25 September, 8:30pm
Venue: Papatoetoe Cosmopolitan Club, 53
Rangitoto Road, Auckland
Maori Language
Beginners Course
An eight-session course starting Tuesday 13
May 2014 7pm - 9pm. Learn the fundamentals
of Te Reo Maori, as well as an introduction to
mythological stories of Aotearoa, its history
and connections to the Pacifc. Learn the
movements and actions of traditional songs
and Haka. First class is at Selwyn College and
the tutor will give you the schedule for the term.
Some classes are at the College and some at
the Orakei Marae.
Date: Tuesday 13 May, 7:00pm – Tuesday 10
June, 9:00pm
Venue: Selwyn Community Education, 203
Kohimarama Road, Auckland
Enrolment Fee: $63.00
Buy Tickets – 09 521 9623
Bollywood Dance
Bollywood dance combines hip hop with
traditional Indian dance. Move to exuberant
Hindi beats as you learn 2 popular Bollywood
dances. At Glanville Campus. Parnell
Community Trust runs an exciting programme
of Community Classes and Activities at Parnell
Community Centre and in inner city Auckland.
Let us know if you’d like us to mail you a copy -
phone Rayna on 09 555 5164.
Date: Monday 19 May, 6:00pm – Monday 23
June, 7:00pm
Venue: Glanville Community Campus, 27
Glanville Terrace, Auckland
Enrolment Fee: $65.00 for a 6-week class
For more information: www.parnell.org.nz
TICKETS - $20.00
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09 May 2014
09 May 2014
• 2cup- full fat milk powder
• 200ml- thick- heavy cream
• Mix milk powder and cream in a microwave
safe bowl. Mix it until smooth and creamy.
• Cover and cook for 4 minutes, take it out and
stir, cook for another 4 minutes.
• When you see the lumps are formed stir
and mash the lumps and cook for another 4
• The khoya is ready. Keep it aside. (Microwave
time can differ according to the different
Ruby’s Kitchen
By Ruby Dhillon
would begin by saying that Ankhon Dekhi,
for me, is right up there, in the same league
as Lunch box, however, not as polished.
Ankhon Dekhi is, simple, subtle, and unique;
it is a flm that leaves you with a sense of calm,
and confusion.
New Zealand is the new popular holiday
destination for Indians. While the lovey-
dovey honeymoon couples enjoy the romantic
serenity, tour operators also offer affordable
packages for a luxurious family holiday to
New Zealand. According to a recent survey
by The Outlook Travellers, New Zealand was
awarded the “Favourite Foreign Destination in
the Rest of the World”. The infux of a number
of Delhites in the country has categorically
increased. Films like Kaho Naa Pyar Hai and I
Hate Luv Stories have remarkably popularized
the destination and coaxed them to discover the
country’s untouched beauty. However, they do
feel that Auckland is incompetent with Delhi’s
food, fashion and transportation.
How can one not talk about food whilst
talking about Delhi? Delhites are known
for their heartiest love for food and food
joints. Sanjay Mehra and Madhavi Mehra
visited Auckland recently for their daughter’s
graduation ceremony and believe that Delhi
has the best food. “While the food places in
Auckland include a variety of Indian cuisines,
they fail to match the Delhi standards” says
Sanjay. Chhole- bhatoore, amritsari kulche,
chicken malai tikka, dilli chaat and other Delhi
specialities are easily available today but lack
the essential favour.
Delhites love to shop till they drop. They
will unabashedly bargain at the streets of
Rajouri Garden and shop at Select City Walk
equally sophisticatedly. They miss the fashy
shopping malls and great fashion sense of
Delhi. Charu Kathait, a student at AUT says
that “Delhi is full of colours while Auckland
only revolves around blacks and greys. Fashion
needs a big time revolution here”.
Delhi Metro is the backbone of the city.
Launched in the year 2002, Delhi metro
is the cheapest, fastest and most punctual
mode of transportation. Auckland transport
lacks connectivity. Some Delhites feel that
“Auckland really needs to work on the
availability of options in terms of transport”
says Kapil Anand, a recent graduate from
Cornell Institute of Business and Technology.
With the electric trains launched two days ago,
things are already looking better for Auckland
Once a Delhite, always a Delhite. If Delhi
has marvellous food, Auckland has breath-
taking beauty. We all come far away from
home to enjoy a better lifestyle and create
better opportunities for ourselves but at the end
of the day, we all miss home.
By a true Delhite. Peace!!
Akanksha Mehra
Dilli se Auckland tak!
By Akanksha Mehra
New Zealand is the new popular holiday destination for Indians. While the lovey-dovey
honeymoon couples enjoy the romantic serenity, tour operators also offer affordable packages
for a luxurious family holiday to New Zealand. According to a recent survey by The Outlook
Travellers, New Zealand was awarded the “Favourite Foreign Destination in the Rest of the
World”. The influx of a number of Delhites in the country has categorically increased. Films
like Kaho Naa Pyar Hai and I Hate Luv Stories have remarkably popularized the destination
and coaxed them to discover the country’s untouched beauty. However, they do feel that
Auckland is incompetent with Delhi’s food, fashion and transportation.
How can one not talk about food whilst talking about Delhi? Delhites are known for their
heartiest love for food and food joints. Sanjay Mehra and Madhavi Mehra visited Auckland
recently for their daughter’s graduation ceremony and believe that Delhi has the best food.
“While the food places in Auckland include a variety of Indian cuisines, they fail to match
the Delhi standards” says Sanjay. Chhole- bhatoore, amritsari kulche, chicken malai tikka,
dilli chaat and other Delhi specialities are easily available today but lack the essential
Mrs. And Mr. Sanjay Mehra visit Auckland.
Dilli se Auckland tak!
Dilli se Auckland tak!
By Akanksha Mehra
New Zealand is the new popular holiday destination for Indians. While the lovey-dovey
honeymoon couples enjoy the romantic serenity, tour operators also offer affordable packages
for a luxurious family holiday to New Zealand. According to a recent survey by The Outlook
Travellers, New Zealand was awarded the “Favourite Foreign Destination in the Rest of the
World”. The influx of a number of Delhites in the country has categorically increased. Films
like Kaho Naa Pyar Hai and I Hate Luv Stories have remarkably popularized the destination
and coaxed them to discover the country’s untouched beauty. However, they do feel that
Auckland is incompetent with Delhi’s food, fashion and transportation.
How can one not talk about food whilst talking about Delhi? Delhites are known for their
heartiest love for food and food joints. Sanjay Mehra and Madhavi Mehra visited Auckland
recently for their daughter’s graduation ceremony and believe that Delhi has the best food.
“While the food places in Auckland include a variety of Indian cuisines, they fail to match
the Delhi standards” says Sanjay. Chhole- bhatoore, amritsari kulche, chicken malai tikka,
dilli chaat and other Delhi specialities are easily available today but lack the essential
Mrs. And Mr. Sanjay Mehra visit Auckland.
Mrs. And Mr. Sanjay Mehra visit Auckland.
Delhites love to shop till they drop. They will unabashedly bargain at the streets of Rajouri
Garden and shop at Select City Walk equally sophisticatedly. They miss the flashy shopping
malls and great fashion sense of Delhi. Charu Kathait, a student at AUT says that “Delhi is
full of colours while Auckland only revolves around blacks and greys. Fashion needs a big
time revolution here”.
The Select City Walk mall in Saket, Delhi Chhole Bhatoore
Delhi Metro is the backbone of the city. Launched in the year 2002, Delhi metro is the
cheapest, fastest and most punctual mode of transportation. Auckland transport lacks
connectivity. Some Delhites feel that “Auckland really needs to work on the availability of
options in terms of transport” says Kapil Anand, a recent graduate from Cornell Institute of
Business and Technology. With the electric trains launched two days ago, things are already
looking better for Auckland Transport.
Delhi Metro
Once a Delhite, always a Delhite. If Delhi has marvellous food, Auckland has breath-
taking beauty. We all come far away from home to enjoy a better lifestyle and create better
opportunities for ourselves but at the end of the day, we all miss home.
By a true Delhite. Peace!!

The Select City Walk mall in Saket, Delhi Chhole Bhatoore
Delhi Metro
• 1kg- carrots
• 1 litre - full fat milk
• 225gm- sugar
• 3tbsp- ghee( refned butter)
• 2oogm- khoya ( you can make
microwave khoya or buy frozen
khoya from the Indian super
• Wash and grate the carrots with the
hand grater or in the food processer.
• In the thick bottom pan add ghee
when it melts add grated carrots, stir
and add milk to it.
• Cook the carrots on medium heat,
stirring constantly.
• When the milk is almost dried add
khoya, cook on medium heat stirring
• Add sugar and stir until the sugar has
• Serve warm with sliced almonds on
09 May 2014
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matter entirely at the discretion of the relevant schools. Prospective purchasers must make their own enquiries to satisfy themselves that purchase of a particular Ivory residence will allow for entry into their school of choice. **The purchaser must pay the balance of the deposit as specified in the
Sale and Purchase Agreement, within 10 working days of signing the Agreement. At settlement the full purchase price, less the deposit, must be paid. Every Precaution has been taken to establish the accuracy of the material herein at the time of printing, however, no responsibility will be taken
for any errors or omissions. Prospective purchasers should not confine themselves solely to the content of this material but make their own enquiries to satisfy themselves with regard to all aspects. The material herein was prepared prior to the commencement of construction and the approval
of necessary Territorial Authority consents. The Developer reserves the right to increase or decrease the number of units according to market demand and therefore the sizes and proposed layouts of the units may vary accordingly. The number of parking spaces and configuration of basement
levels in the Building may be altered in the sole and absolute discretion of the Developer. Changes may be made during development and all dimensions, finishes, fittings and specifications are subject to change without notice. Prospective purchasers acknowledge that they have had reasonable
opportunity to seek legal, technical and other advice and have either obtained such advice or decided not to do so of their own accord. Auckland Council District Plan (Isthmus) minimum complying apartment sizes are studio 35m2, 1 bedrooms 45m2, 2 bedrooms 70m2, 3 bedrooms 90m2.
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