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Guy Fawkes Day – the Kiwi spin on Diwali

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Karan Vir Sharma

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ifth of November is celebrated each year
with fireworks, lighting of bonfires and
family gatherings . Known as Guy Fawkes
Day, this celebration is in commemoration of
a significant event in history. Ever wondered
what this is all about ? Who was Guy Fawkes
and what is the historical significance of this
day? Read on:
After the demise of Queen Elizabeth-1 in
1603, James-1 ascended the throne of England.
Catholics in England, who at that time had been
persecuted under the rule of Queen Elizabeth-1,
looked forward to better tolerance of their faith
under the rule of King James-1 who was the
son of a Catholic mother. However, this was
not to be. King James turned out to be equally
intolerant of the Catholics as his predecessor
had been.
In 1605, a group of young men decided
that recourse to violence alone could alleviate

the problems facing the English Catholics.
Accordingly, they decided to blow up the
Houses of Parliament along with King James-1
and possibly the Prince of Wales as well. A
modern day act of terrorism, one may say.
As the detailed planning of the plot
progressed, a few of the conspirators started
having second thoughts about the killing of
innocent members of Parliament as also those
who had promoted more freedom for the
Catholics. By then, to carry out their plan, the
conspirators had managed to store 36 barrels of
gun-powder in a cellar hired by them directly
below the House of Lords i.e. The Upper House.
However, one amongst the conspirators,
wrote an anonymous letter to his friend, a
member of the House of Lords, to refrain
from going to the Parliament on the fifth of
November under all circumstances.
The news and the letter reached the
King, who ordered his forces to unearth the
conspiracy. In the early morning hours of

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November the Fifth, the King’s forces stormed
the cellar. Guy Fawkes, one of the conspirators,
was apprehended, guarding the cache of
gunpowder, slow burning fuses and matches.
Under torture, he revealed the names of the
other conspirators who were executed after trial
on 27 January 1606. Guy Fawkes was executed
later on 31st January 1606.
The saving of the King was viewed as
‘Divine Intervention’ by the public. Bonfires
were lit in celebration and effigies of Guy
Fawkes burnt across England. Over a period
of time, fireworks were introduced to the
celebrations; the tradition there after spread to
other territories and colonies under the Crown.
Today, the reigning monarch enters the
Parliament just once a year on the opening i.e.
“ State Opening of Parliament “. Traditionally,
to this day, the Yeomen of the Guard search the
cellars of Westminster.
A Nursery Rhyme to commemorate “ The
Gun Powder Plot “ is still taught all over U.K.
It goes as under:
Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot.
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes, guy, t’was his intent
To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England’s overthrow.
By god’s mercy he was catch’d
With a darkened lantern and burning match.
So, holler boys, holler boys,
Let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.
And what shall we do with him?
Burn him!

Hallo, Halloween!
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Vikram Singh Thakur

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alloween marks the end of summer and
harvest, and the beginning of the cold and
dark days of winter. The Celts associated the
day with human death. Although this is also the
beginning of a new year for them, on the last
day of the year gone-by the boundaries between
the living and the dead also got blurred.
This is the day the dead came back to earth
and possessed the bodies of the living. So
the ritual of Halloween is supposed to scare
them away by wearing ghoulish costumes and
lighting up the darkness.
Over the years, the historical references
have been redefined several times over. In New
Zealand, we don’t celebrate it in as big a way as
it is in the US and European countries. However,
in the past couple of years the hype seems to
be picking up. Primary schools organised for
school discos in the city, while adults crowded
around dollar stores buying costumes and
makeup to look their scariest best.
In the evening, residential houses were lit
up with fairy lights. The children skipped from
door to door for trick ’n’ treats. The loot at the
end of the day was envious – never mind the
fact that they ate them till they felt sick. All
said, a good time was had by all.

Prime Minister
Minister for National Security and Intelligence
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Minister Responsible for HNZC

Hon Bill English
Deputy Prime Minister

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Minister of Finance

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Swati Sharma

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Hon Gerry Brownlee

Leader of the House

Minister
for Canterbury
Earthquake Recovery
“Anyone who says, he is not interested in politics is like a drowning man who insists he is not interested
in water”Mahatma Gandhi

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hether you are from India or New
Zealand or any other part of the world,
a basic knowledge about the politics and
politicians of the country you are living in, is a
must. Afterall they are the ones who are taking
important decisions for the whole country. If
you have interest in politics, great; if not, it’s
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never too late!
National government after winning the third
term and New Zealanders’ hearts is back to
work now after all ministers have been assigned
their respective ministries.
We have already covered about how three
Kiwi-Indian MPs - Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi,

Minister
of Defence
Mahesh
Bindra
and Dr.Parmjeet Parmar,
are providing more representation to the
4 Hon Steven Joyce
community in NZ Parliament.
To Minister
widen for
your
knowledge
about the
Economic
Development
country’s politics we have decided to come up
Minister for Regulatory Reform
with this week’s special feature on the newlyMinister
of Science
and Innovation
appointed
Cabinet
of ministers.
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and
Employment

The Cabinet
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Portfolios

Other responsibilities

RtHon John Key

Minister Responsible for
Ministerial Services

Prime Minister

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Associate Minister of Tourism

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman

Minister for Sport and Recreation
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Hon Amy Adams

Hon Gerry Brownlee

Leader of the House

Minister of Justice

Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Minister Responsible for the
Earthquake Commission

Minister for Courts

Minister of Defence
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Minister of Local Government

Minister of Health

Minister Responsible for HNZC

Minister of Finance
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Associate Minister of Finance

Minister of State Services

Minister of Tourism
Hon Bill English
Deputy Prime Minister

Hon Paula Bennett

Minister for Social Housing

Minister for National Security and Intelligence

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Minister Responsible for the
Earthquake Commission
This week we bring you who’s doing what in
the current government, who’s handling which
Minister Responsible for Novopay
ministry, what are the responsibilities of the
three Kiwi-Indian
whatofare
expectations
AssociateMPs,
Minister
Finance
of our community from the government this
time and more.

Hon Steven Joyce

Minister Responsible for Novopay

Minister for Economic Development

Associate Minister of Finance

Minister for Regulatory Reform
Minister of Science and Innovation
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and
Employment
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Hon Paula Bennett

Associate Minister of Finance

Minister of Local Government

Associate Minister of Tourism

Minister for Social Housing
Minister of State Services
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Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Minister of Health
Minister for Sport and Recreation

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Hon Amy Adams
Minister of Justice
Minister for Courts

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The three Kiwi-Indian MPs in the Parliament
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
List member, National Party

Mahesh Bindra
List member, NZ First

Dr Parmjeet Parmar
List member, National Party

Current Parliamentary Roles
• Deputy Chairperson,
Law and Order
Committee
• Member, Commerce
Committee

Current Parliamentary Roles
• Member, Law and
Order Committee
• Spokesperson,
Corrections
• Spokesperson, Ethnic
Affairs
• Spokesperson, Land
Information New
Zealand
• Spokesperson, Customs

Current Parliamentary Roles
• Member, Social
Services Committee
• Member, Transport and
Industrial Relations
Committee

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Top Guns in the newly-appointed
Cabinet of ministers
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BILL ENGLISH

Deputy Prime Minister and
Finance Minister

Bill English is the Deputy Prime Minister,
Deputy Leader of the National Party, Minister of
Finance, Minister for Regulatory Reform, and
MP for Clutha / Southland. He was first elected
to Parliament in 1990 as MP for Wallace, a large
rural electorate covering the deep south-west
end of New Zealand. Bill was born in Dipton,
Southland, and farmed in the area.
He completed a Bachelor of Commerce
degree at Otago University, followed by a
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English Literature at
Victoria University in Wellington.
Bill held ministerial posts in education,
health, revenue and finance and he was leader
of the National Party from October 2001 to
October 2003.
Bill’s wife Mary is a General Practitioner
and they have six children, Luke, Thomas,
Maria, Rory, Bartholomew and Xavier. 
Courtesy of http://www.billenglish.co.nz/

Paula raised her daughter single-handedly. She
worked in hospitality, secretarial and retail
roles. Realising her opportunities were limited
without an education, Paula went to Massey
University as an adult student. Although she
originally studied social work, she ended up
with a degree in social policy.
Paula has worked in human resources and
recruitment with a variety of clients across
various industries, from banking and finance
to manufacturing. Her rapid promotion saw
her managing an Auckland human resources
company before resigning to pursue a career in
politics.
Her mantra? “Self-belief - with a dose of
hard work - can make anything possible.”
Paula became a National Member of Parliament
in September 2005. After three years in
Opposition as a list MP, the public of Waitakere
- her “Westies” chose her as their electorate MP
and representative in Wellington.
Paula is passionate about ensuring a brighter
future for all New Zealanders. As the Minister
for Social Development, she believes she’s
been given a great opportunity to affect positive
change in people’s lives, the lives of their
families and their communities.
Courtesy of http://www.paulabennett.co.nz/

STEVEN JOYCE

Minister for Economic Development,
Regulatory Reform, Minister of
Science and Innovation, Minister
for Tertiary Education, Skills and
Employment, Minister Responsible
for Novo Pay, Associate Finance
Minister

PAULA BENNETT

Minister of local government,
Minister of Social Housing, Minister
of State Services, Associate Minister
of Finance, and Associate Minister
of Tourism

Paula
lives
in
Waitakere,
West
Auckland, and has lived in the City of
Sails since 1992. She grew up in Taupo.

the National Party’s three person Campaign
Review after the 2002 election, and a full
reorganisation of the Party in April 2003.
He then took on the role of being the Party’s
first General Manager, and managed the
2005 election campaign for the Party.
He retained an involvement in the business
sector, serving as a director and then Chief
Executive of Jasons Travel Media, and as
a director and then Chairman of Taranakibased hospital bed manufacturing and export
company Howard Wright.
Steven chaired the National Party’s
successful 2008 national election campaign
and was elected as a list MP at the same
election. He was appointed directly to cabinet
as Minister of Transport and Minister of ICT
and associate Minister of Finance. Major
projects in that first term included the Roads of
National Significance, the Kiwirail turnaround,
the Ultra-fast Broadband and Rural Broadband
packages, and a series of road safety initiatives
that helped reduce New Zealand’s road toll.
In early 2010 Steven was also appointed
Minister of Tertiary Education, where he has
led changes to improve results and performance
across the tertiary sector, re-launched
apprenticeships and industry training, and put
an increased emphasis on relevant skills for
employers.
After chairing the 2011 election campaign
for National, Steven was given responsibility
for Economic Development, Science and
Innovation, and Skills and Employment while
retaining tertiary education.  In those roles he
has led the Government’s Business Growth
Agenda, and developed projects as diverse as
the National Science Challenges, Callaghan
Innovation, the NZ International Convention
Centre, and international education marketer,
Education New Zealand.
Steven spends any spare time he has
developing his seven acre lifestyle property at
Albany, north of Auckland, where he lives with
his young family, Gemma the Retrodoodle, and
assorted ducks, geese and wild rabbits.
Courtesy of http://www.stevenjoyce.co.nz/

SAM LOTU-IIGA

Minister of Corrections, Minister of
Ethnic Communities, Minister for
Pacific Peoples, Associate Minister of
Health

After completing a zoology degree at
Massey University, Steven started his first radio
station, Energy FM, in his home town of New
Plymouth, aged 21. Along with two business
partners, he built up RadioWorks over 17 years
until, as a listed public company, it consisted of
22 local radio stations and four national radio
networks with 650 staff in twenty branches
around New Zealand.
Along the way he developed nationwide
music brands The Edge and The Rock.
In 2000 RadioWorks was purchased by
Canadian company Canwest. Steven retired as
Managing Director in April 2001 on his 38th
birthday.
Steven then entered politics, chairing

Peseta Sam was born in Apia, Samoa and
moved to New Zealand with his family when
he was a child. He grew up in Mangere and
was educated at Mangere Central School and
Auckland Grammar School. He graduated from
the University of Auckland with a Masters in
Commerce (Hons), Bachelor of Commerce and
Bachelor of Law degrees.
After graduating, he joined Russell McVeagh
McKenzie Bartleet & Co. as a solicitor, working
in the area of corporate and commercial law. He
later moved to England, where he worked for
Bankers Trust as a financial analyst. While in
England he graduated with an MBA from the
University of Cambridge (Queens College).
He has worked as an executive consultant
with Macquarie Bank in Sydney before
returning to New Zealand to work as
a management consultant and advisor.

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In 2008, Peseta Sam was elected as the MP for
Maungakiekie and has held the seat since. He is
an active leader in the Pacific community and
holds the high chief (alii) title of Peseta.
Locally, Sam is patron of the Maungarei
Cadets, the Dolphin Theatre and the Onehunga
Bowling Club. He is an active member of the
Royal Oak Baptist Church and belongs to the
Rotary Club of Penrose.
Prior to parliament, Peseta Sam was
elected to the Tamaki-Maungakiekie seat on
the Auckland City Council and was appointed
Chairman of the City Development Committee.
In January 2014, he was appointed as Minister
of Pacific Island Affairs and Associate Minister
of Local Government. 
Peseta Sam is currently the Minister of
Corrections, Minister for Ethnic Communities
and Minister for Pacific Peoples (formally
Minister of Pacific Island Affairs). He
is also the Associate Minister of Health.
Peseta Sam lives in Onehunga with his wife
Jules and daughter Hope.
Courtesy of http://www.lotu-iiga.com/

Paula is passionate
about ensuring a
brighter future for
all New Zealanders.
As the Minister for
Social Development,
she believes she’s
been given a great
opportunity to affect
positive change
in people’s lives,
the lives of their
families and their
communities.
- Paula Bennett

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NIKKI KAYE

Minister for ACC, Minister for
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Civil Defence, Minister
for Youth,
Associate Minister for Education

Nikki Kaye was elected as the Member of
Parliament for the Auckland Central electorate
in 2008, winning the seat for the National Party
for the first time in New Zealand’s history. She
was re-elected as the MP for Auckland Central
in the 2011 election. Following her re-election
in 2011, Nikki held the role of Chair of the
Education and Science select committee.
In April 2012 she successfully called for a
Parliamentary inquiry into Digital literacy and
21st  century learning environments, the select
committee reported back to Parliament in
December 2012.
In January 2013, Nikki was promoted to
the National Government’s Cabinet and given
responsibility for Ministerial portfolios of
Food Safety, Civil Defence and Youth Affairs.
She was also made Associate Minister of both
Immigration and Education. Nikki is proud to

have been given these portfolios and to have
been promoted into Cabinet.
While
assuming
this
additional
responsibility, she remains determined to be
a strong voice for Auckland Central.  She
has established a track record for being very
active in her electorate, having handled more
than 11000 constituency cases between 2008
and 2012. Since being elected as a Member of
Parliament, Nikki has been a strong advocate
for environmental and local government issues
and has delivered a number of projects locally
in Auckland central. She was an integral
member of the Select Committee that reformed
Auckland’s Local Government system.
Prior to entering Parliament as an electorate
MP, Nikki worked in both the public and
private sector. She has held roles in the United
Kingdom at the Halifax Bank of Scotland,
Transport for London, and in Social Services.
She also worked as a researcher in the Office of
the Leader of the Opposition in New Zealand
while still studying at university.
Nikki was born and educated in Auckland.
She attended Corran School where she was
Head Prefect. She gained a Bachelor of Science
from the University of Otago, majoring in
Genetics. She has also completed a Bachelor
of Laws in 2009. Nikki’s interests include
reading and films, and she is a keen participant
in sporting events, she has completed several
marathons and the Coast to Coast in both 2008
and 2013 – a 240km multi-sport race from the
West Coast to the East Coast of New Zealand’s
South Island.
Courtesy of http://www.nikkikaye.co.nz/
The other ministers and their ministries
that are not mentioned here, hold equal
importance. The names cited in this article
are a random selection by the editorial team.

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Great expectations: What people want?
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Meenal Naneria
University tutor and market research
consultant

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t’s not that
the national
government has
been completely
ineffective in
their past term.
The fact that
New Zealand
managed to
barely escape the
economic downturn, could, aside from being
hugely just lucky, be also in part attributed to
efforts made by the state.
In their new term the government should
primarily focus on overhauling and oiling the
economy. Eco-industrialisation could be New
Zealand’s next niche and an example could be
a big boost to renewable energy sector. This
land is rich with wind and water and can well
use these resources to carve a global niche.
Such activities will not only boost economic
growth and local employment but also attract
expertise and talent from overseas.
There are in place some financial help
policies for migrants, say from India. However,
better incorporation of the skilled migrant
category in the work force will essentially help
in turning the economy as well as creating
employment for others. This would mean
considering migrant overseas qualifications
and experience and recommending local
industry to acknowledge these. The Education

Ministry could look into better accreditations
with various overseas institutions to be able to
accept degree/ certificate courses on a par with
NZ institutions. 
Extending easy loans for entrepreneurial
ventures to migrants is also an initiative that
will promote economic activity and attract
foreign funds.
Shubhranshu Mehanwal
Software engineer

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he
government
needs to make
more investment
in start-ups
and emerging
businesses. Try
to move away
from milk and
cow and sheep.
It is okay to get your bread and butter from
dairy/ farming, but also look at emerging
industries to sustain in the long run. Invest in
technology and research.
So far the government has been going
good. But they should stop asset sale and be
responsible towards their own country. Not
let foreigners buy the country. Then the local
people will get poorer and the rich people
even more richer. To counter this, it will be
a good idea to introduce capital gains tax.
Government should make sure it’s harder to
own more properties.

Two bedrooms, one bathroom,
large lounge and separate kitchen.
Located within easy walking distance to Newmarket, bus stop,
train station, supermarket and medical facilities.

Shruthi Nair
Chemical engineer

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mmigration
laws are
becoming stricter
every year and
this will make it
difficult to stay
back and work
in this country
after you finish
education. The
immigration instructions are often not clear.
You are forced to spend on lawyers and
random agents to understand what the rules
mean. At this rate we will see more people
leaving the country. 
Arijit Chakraborty,
Doctoral researcher, Neuroscience

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nless the
government
funds higher
research, the
ranking of
universities
in NZ will
continue to go
down. Science
and technology
survives on research. The number of citations
and patents from University of Auckland
shows that the academics here engage in
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funding will only discourage them to continue
with their hard work and intellectual output
will reduce. NZ is facing a massive brain drain
at present. This can be curtailed by taking
indigenous research and development needs
seriously.
Prem Kumar
Postgraduate student 

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s an

international
student, I have
concerns about
the government
turning a
blind-eye to
Level 7 and
under courses
run by PTEs to make money and later their
certificates have visa issues. These students
agree to work under minimum wage and most
of them leave NZ because they cannot find a
proper job.
So it should be discouraged at first instance
by not permitting international admission
programmes in these institutes. It is time to
limit the number of visas issued per year.
IELTS should be strictly implemented for
all students. This is for the greater good of
Indian students who can plan their overseas
career with long term vision, and also for their
parents back in India.
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Present perfect, progressive future
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Looking into the future of our current government, let us round-up the
promises and rein-in the surprises in the next three years
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Paula Ray
Disclaimer
Reforms or the impact of changes brought
in by governmental policies can be measured
or manifested only over the span of a decade or
more. Three years are too less a time to arrive at
conclusive statements.
The present
The two main elements that work in favour
of the current government led by Prime
Minister John Key: firstly, for the first time
in about 20 years a government has come to
power with an almost majority; secondly, the
same government continues to be in power for
the third consecutive term.
Both of these factors together make for a
strong and stable government. It gives them
immense potential to implement changes than
any other government could achieve in the
recent past. Being able to continue with the
same policies for almost a decade strengthens
the implementation of those decisions. Even
though there might be dissention, stable policies
bring stability to the nation. There will be few
surprises for the people to deal with.
Key has already warned his elected
colleagues against complacency. The entire
Cabinet of ministers who have been allotted
their portfolios have a legacy to uphold – a
legacy of policies for which the government
will be known by and revered for, irrespective
of their political affiliations.
As such, there is little doubt that the current
government will jeopardise this hard-earned
position. And that’s the hope we live for.
Room for improvement
New Zealand has a geographical advantage
in relation to all its island neighbours in South
Pacific region. The current government should
ensure policies that make the most of it, over
other competitors. Kiwis share cultural ties
with their South Pacific brethren, which helps
empathise with their neighbours. Foreign
investors will find this barrier difficult to
overcome.
The government also needs to increase its
funding for tertiary education. Else, the local
skills will continue to look for opportunities
outside of the country. The consequent braindrain is not going to help the economy.
There is need for investment in research and
development, and not rely on the US to come
up with innovations. The national government
potentially has a key role to play in shaping
policy-decisions to cater to this gap.
Broadly speaking, the country needs to look
beyond its agricultural and farming industries
for long-term returns. Any investment in
technological, transport and supportive
infrastructural industries will be a legacy the
government will be reckoned with.
The future
If we look back in history, Aotearoa
is primarily an immigrant country and its
economy is shaped by migrant investments.
Many of these migrants, over the course of
years, have made New Zealand their home.
The British arrived on this land about 250
years ago. But, in more recent times, it is

to immigration laws. Making them clearer and
transparent can keep the confusions at bay.
Housing – Adequate housing facilities can
bring down the unrealistic price of properties.
With the current rate of employment, young
Kiwis will seldom find the financial means to
buy their first property. That’s a crucial area for
improvement.
That apart, for its existing residents and
citizens, the government will have improved
policies and increased investments on – the
welfare system (to minimise abuse), make
health facilities more affordable and convenient,
and ensure eco-friendly measures to maximise
natural energy resources.
Of course, three years of tenure of the
current government will not be enough to
notice the changes.

It’s unfortunate that
Modi will be in
Australia in a few days
time, followed by a trip
to Fiji, bypassing New
Zealand on his way.
It is an opportunity
lost.
the Chinese and Indian migrants who are the
dominant migrant communities here. Key’s
government needs to come up with policydecisions that would not only involve the
migrants but also continue to attract skilled

migrants to the shores of this island nation.
Some of the time-tested means to achieve
this is by concentrating on the following
industries: Education – Attracting skilled
migrants through quality education comes
with a lot of promise. But these students need
to be given opportunities to continue living in
the country. Otherwise, it leads to brain drain,
which is quite rampant at present.
Trade – Forging trade relationships with
the home countries of the migrant community,
helps the migrant settle down in their newfound home. The trade relations manifest
at mass level in the form of local stores and
cultural exchange between the two countries,
giving the migrant an option to find familiar
and comfortable surroundings to settle in.
Immigration – Key’s government can
perhaps iron up the recent hiccups with regard

Ethnic ties
Indians are the second largest migrant
community in New Zealand. It will work
in favour of the government to develop a
relationship with Kiwi-Indians who can, in
return, forge ties with the Indians back in India.
What helps is that the current government in
India is extremely trade-friendly. Working
towards a Free Trade Agreement with the
Indian government will be promising.
This will not only make the Kiwi-Indians
feel valued on this land, but also boost the
economic development of the nation as well as
attract quality immigrants to its shore.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is
diaspora-friendly, as was evident from his
Madison Square Garden speech in the US,
where he promised all Persons of Indian Origin
(PIO) cardholders a life-time visa. This means
India will engage with its diaspora in NZ
constructively and productively.

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It’s unfortunate that Modi will be in
Australia in a few days time, followed by a trip
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to Fiji, bypassing New Zealand on his way. It is
an opportunity lost.
More representation of the community
through Members of Parliament, something
that 2014 elections have successfully achieved,
is another factor that can work in the favour
of the government. It represents increased
interest and involvement of Kiwi-Indians in

Kiwi-Indians, the
second largest Asian
ethnicity, form five per
cent of the national
population, but
contribute more than
eight per cent to the
country’s economy.
policy-making at governmental level. This
also represents a new-found interest in politics
among the migrant community. But, of course,
this interest is limited to the settled segment of
the Kiwi-Indian community who have already
established themselves in the new land.
If these representatives manage to
communicate well with their community
brethren, the possibilities for the government
to harness resources among this hard-working
community will be immense. And that is a
potential as yet untapped. In return, this will
not only strengthen trade and economy of
the country, but also increase support for the
government in power.
Let us look at some statistics. Kiwi-Indians,
the second largest Asian ethnicity, form five per

cent of the national population, but contribute
more than eight per cent to the country’s
economy. The current population of Indians in
New Zealand stands at 1,55,000. Hindi is the
fourth most spoken language after English,
Maori and Samoan. Needless to mention, Indian
takeaways, restaurants and spice stores are very
popular among the local people. The presence
of the community is felt in business, medicine,
engineering, information and technology, small

business owners, art and culture.
The present composition of the government
shows that Kiwi-Indians are ready to transfer
their professional success to political
representation. This can be harnessed via trade
relations between the two countries. New
Zealand as a country has to improve its exports
ratio, which is currently half of its neighbour,
Australia (after accounting for the size of the
economies). The current government’s vision

is to double exports and increase the ratio of
exports to GDP from 30 per cent to 40 per cent
by 2025. Forging economic ties with India will
help further this mission.
The icing on the cake is perhaps the fact that
a strong and stable Prime Ministerial tenure
of Key overlaps with the tenure of an equally
trade-friendly Prime Minster in India. Thus
said, bilateral relations can only improve under
the Key-Modi partnership.

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Calling all Tenants, OwnerOccupiers and Investors

Prime Takapuna Investment
Unit B, 106 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland

Unit 17, 18 Link Drive,
Wairau Valley, Auckland

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• 364m² floor area + 11 carparks
• Fantastic opportunity for owner-occupier
or add value investor
• Located in Auckland’s bulk retail mecca
with existing fit out
• A range of national bulk retail tenants nearby
Expressions of interest closing 4pm, 5th of
December 2014. 29 Northcroft St, Takapuna

Boundary lines are indicative only

Unit 18, 18 Link Drive,
Wairau Valley, Auckland
• Unit 18, 18 Link Drive, for sale as a
tenanted investment
• Established tenant, leased until
September 2019.
• Annual rental return $69,152pa net.
380m² floor area + 9 carparks.
• IEP of 90%.
Auction 11am, 3rd December 2014
(unless sold prior) 4 Viaduct Harbour Ave,
Auckland

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Multi tenanted strip retail investment returning $79,500pa + GST and OPEX
Two functional shops with rear access
Total net lettable area approximately 133.7m²
Split risk with two tenancies
Retail investments of this calibre on Hurstmere Road are not available often

Located in the heart of the Takapuna retail district, this property enjoys dual frontage to
Hurstmere Road, lots of street appeal and neighbours that are local, national and
international.
With Takapuna beach, the bus terminal, public car parks, access to the motorway and
many more amenities this location is looking to be intensified under the PAUP (Proposed
Auckland Unitary Plan) zoning with the ability to build up to five levels (subject to consents).
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Property Details
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Floor Area
133.7m²
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Deep Purohit
M +64 21 190 9494
B +64 9 489 0981
deep.purohit@bayleys.co.nz

Trevor Duffin
M +64 21 245 9731
B +64 9 489 0978
trevor.duffin@bayleys.co.nz

Adam Curtis
M +64 21 720 997
B +64 9 489 0997
adam.curtis@bayleys.co.nz

Devereux Howe-Smith Realty Ltd,
Bayleys, Licensed under the REA Act
2008

Devereux Howe-Smith Realty Ltd,
Bayleys, Licensed under the REA Act
2008

Devereux Howe-Smith Realty Ltd, Bayleys,
Licensed under the REA Act 2008

www.bayleys.co.nz/377286

Land
Use
Business 3
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PAUP
Business Metropolitan Centre - Takapuna 1 Sub-Precinct A
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Tenancy Details
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Name of Tenant
CH&S Homestar
Golden Ling Limited
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Term of Lease
Three (3) years, one (1) month Two (2) years
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Commencement Date 3rd December 2012
20th October 2014
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Net Rental

$37,500pa + GST and OPEX

$42,000pa + GST and OPEX

Auction (unless sold prior)
11am, Wednesday 3rd December 2014
Maritime Square, Ground Floor
4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue
Auckland, New Zealand
Deep Purohit
M +64 21 190 9494
B +64 9 489 0981
deep.purohit@bayleys.co.nz
Devereux Howe-Smith Realty Ltd, Bayleys,
Licensed under the REA Act 2008

Simon Aldridge
M +64 21 774 951
B +64 9 489 0982
simon.aldridge@bayleys.co.nz
Devereux Howe-Smith Realty Ltd, Bayleys,
Licensed under the REA Act 2008

Damian Stephen
M +64 21 80 80 92
B +64 9 489 0810
damian.stephen@bayleys.co.nz
Devereux Howe-Smith Realty Ltd, Bayleys,
Licensed under the REA Act 2008

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www.iwk.co.nz
7 November 2014

Duty-free
understanding of religious diversity, says Pio tobacco
reduces this
weekend

Businesses need to have a deeper

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eligion can be explosive, dynamic and
amazingly magnanimous,” Professor
Edwina Pio, told the full capacity audience,
of over 200 people, who had come to hear her
inaugural professorial address at AUT’s City
Campus recently.
Pio is Professor of Diversity at AUT
University, New Zealand’s first. Her research
is focused on the intersections between work,
ethnicity, religion and pedagogy. Her latest

book, Work and Worship: Religious diversity
at workplaces in New Zealand, explores the
sacred and secular divide in the workplace,
especially with minority religions.
Pio says, “While the religiously unaffiliated
continue to increase, so too do the number of
people who consider aspects of religion and
spirituality an important part of their daily life.”
“Organisations need to push beyond
conventional frameworks and challenge

themselves to engage with work issues in novel
ways, particularly keeping in mind the halal
markets and the major emerging economies of
Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.”
New Zealand’s increasingly diverse
workforce has naturally brought about many
benefits and challenges for employers. Whilst
many organisations have taken steps towards
greater inclusiveness in gender diversity,
Professor Pio says that religion is still being left
out of the conversation.
“Many organisations in their need or greed
for ever higher and quicker economic profit
margins fail to factor in the rhythms of nature .
. . including our relatedness with one other and
the fusion of the sacred and secular for many
individuals in their working life.”
Her research has revealed that visible
expressions of religious diversity, for example
wearing a burkha or growing a beard, can mean
unemployment or slow career progression for
individuals whose religion differs from the
norms of the familiar Western Christianity and
Anglo-centric worldview.
The AUT Professor of Diversity says this
needs to change.
She says, “Businesses need to have a
deeper understanding of religious diversity and
incorporate this in their policies and practices.
A successful business is one which is open to
multiple perspectives.”
View the video of Professor Pio’s inaugural
professorial address: http://new.livestream.
com/accounts/5183627/events/3334713

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ustoms Comptroller Carolyn Tremain says,
the duty-free limit for bringing tobacco
into New Zealand has reduced from 200 to 50
cigarettes or 50 grams of tobacco products.
“From 1 November anyone exceeding the
50 cigarettes or 50 grams limit will have to
declare it on their passenger arrival card and
pay duty and GST on the excess or place it in a
tobacco disposal bin,” says Ms Tremain.
“Travellers should be aware that if they
do not declare their excess tobacco, it will be
seized. They could also face prosecution if
they’re found to be deliberately trying to evade
duty.
Now there also will be no duty free
concession available for tobacco sent by mail
or cargo, meaning anyone sent tobacco from
overseas will have to pay duty and GST on the
entire amount when it arrives, regardless of
quantity.
“In the past, people receiving parcels
from overseas may have qualified for a gift
concession – but this concession no longer
applies to tobacco and people should let their
family and friends overseas know about the
change.”
The drop in the duty-free limit aligns New
Zealand with Australia’s duty-free tobacco
allowance, and is another step towards reducing
the harm caused by smoking.

www.iwk.co.nz
7 November 2014

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CHEAP LAND! MUST SELL!

Manukau

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Deadline Private Treaty
4pm, Friday 5th Dec 2014
1 Allens Road, East Tamaki
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386 Ti Rakau Drive

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Great exposure
Significant land holding of
2121m² (approx.)
Returning $261,183pa net
(approx.)
Close to The Hub, Botany
Town Centre etc.

Auction (unless sold prior)
11am, Wed 3rd Dec 2014
4 Viaduct Harbour Ave, Auckland
www.bayleys.co.nz/1900061

Tony Chaudhary
M 021 995 121

Shane Snijder

M 021 995 121

M 021 730 488

BAYLEYS REAL ESTATE LTD,
MANUKAU, LICENSED UNDER THE
REA ACT 2008.

BAYLEYS REAL ESTATE LTD,
MANUKAU, LICENSED UNDER THE
REA ACT 2008.

Panmure

RETAIL & RESIDENTIAL INVESTMENT

Manukau

8 Basin View Lane

46 Eugenia Rise

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Bite-size
In close proximitly to Town
Centre, Train Station
Ideal for add value investors
and owner occupiers

Auction (unless sold prior)
11am, Wed 3rd Dec 2014
4 Viaduct Harbour Ave, Auckland
www.bayleys.co.nz/1900062

Tony Chaudhary
M 021 995 121
tony.chaudhary@bayleys.co.nz

Janak Darji

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Four retail premises & One
basement flat
Returning $75,051.85pa
(approx.)
Seismic Rating (A+) 125%

Auction (unless sold prior)
11am, Wed 3rd Dec 2014
4 Viaduct Harbour Ave, Auckland
www.bayleys.co.nz/1900054

Tony Chaudhary
M 021 995 121
tony.chaudhary@bayleys.co.nz

Janak Darji

M 021 047 1290
janak.darji@bayleys.co.nz

M 021 047 1290
janak.darji@bayleys.co.nz

BAYLEYS REAL ESTATE LTD,
MANUKAU, LICENSED UNDER THE
REA ACT 2008.

BAYLEYS REAL ESTATE LTD,
MANUKAU, LICENSED UNDER THE
REA ACT 2008.

Papatoetoe

MULTI-INCOME STREAMS - 5 TENANCIES

Howick

Unit H, 258 Puhinui Road

180 Moore Street

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Tony Chaudhary

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Significant land holding of
approx 2664m²
Centrally located in the
industrial precinct of
Manukau
In close proximity to both
South Western & Southern
motorways
Zoned Business 6

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off

18 Oak Road
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Affordable and tidy retail unit
Neighbouring tenancies
include a Superette, Liquor
Shop, Doctors etc.
Established residential and
industrial area

Deadline Private Treaty
(unless sold prior),
4pm, Tue 9th Dec 2014
1 Allens Road, East Tamaki
www.bayleys.co.nz/1900056

Tony Chaudhary
M 021 995 121

Janak Darji

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High profile corner site with
multiple access
Returning $122,105pa net
(approx.)
Future development potential

Auction (unless sold prior)
11am, Wed 3rd Dec 2014
4 Viaduct Harbour Ave, Auckland
www.bayleys.co.nz/1900055

Tony Chaudhary
M 021 995 121
tony.chaudhary@bayleys.co.nz

Shane Snijder

M 021 047 1290

M 021 730 488
shane.snijder@bayleys.co.nz

BAYLEYS REAL ESTATE LTD,
MANUKAU, LICENSED UNDER THE
REA ACT 2008.

BAYLEYS REAL ESTATE LTD,
MANUKAU, LICENSED UNDER THE
REA ACT 2008.

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NEW ZEALAND

Auckland Council
postpones indoor fire
decision

A

uckland Council’s Governing Body
last week made a decision to postpone
the passing of the Air Quality Bylaw. The
proposed bylaw aims to manage indoor fires
to reduce air pollution and meet National
Environmental Standards for Air Quality
(AQNES).
Councillors agreed that further discussion
was needed with the government to meet their
legislative requirement and garner support for
the large number of Aucklanders this bylaw
will affect.
Councillor
Calum
Penrose,
Chair
Regulatory and Bylaws Committee says, “We
have over 80,000 households in Auckland that
currently use open fires and old wood burners.
We would like the government to work
with us in providing people with clean heat
alternatives and support the  more vulnerable
in our community whose only form of heating
is open fires.”
Cr Penrose recognised that the proposed
bylaw needs to be put through to meet the
AQNES and also for the overall health of
the wider Auckland community – 110 people
dying a year from illnesses due to fine particle
emissions from indoor fires is another vital
reason to rectify this problem.
The proposed Air Quality Bylaw will go
back to the Regulatory and Bylaws Committee
in February 2015 with further clarification on
support for alternative heating options. The
overall timeframe of an indoor fire ban in late
2018 is not expected to change.

www.iwk.co.nz
7 November 2014

Aucklanders asked to
help shape downtown
public spaces

A

ucklanders are being asked to help plan a
network of high-quality public spaces set
for Downtown Auckland.
Auckland Council says there is an
opportunity to create several quality spaces in
the area from Lower Queen Street through to
the waterfront areas between Prince’s Wharf
and Captain Cook’s
Wharf. Each could
perform a different
role; for example
allowing a focus on
events and gatherings
in one space, eating
and
relaxing
in
another, and play
and recreation in yet
another.
An
online
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survey – accessed

Mayor proposes
balanced rates policy

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ayor Len Brown has proposed a change
to Auckland Council’s rating policy
for its upcoming Long-term Plan 2015-2025,
in light of recent changes in property values
across Auckland.
The latest revaluation figures in Auckland
have altered the balance between business
and residential ratepayers. While the average
capital value in
the business sector
rose 15.8 percent,
residential properties
rose by an average of
34.8 percent.
“The increase
in the value of
Auckland properties
makes no difference
how much money
t he Counc il to
council
receives
in rates, but the
resulting distribution of the payment of rates
would mean business pays 8 per cent less,
while residential ratepayers face an average
5 percent increase – this doesn’t seem fair to
me,” says Mayor Brown.
The Mayor is proposing to offset the impact
of revaluations by holding the business sector
contribution to rates at the same proportion as
2014/2015 (33.3% of $1.4 billion), this will
prevent additional rates being transferred to
residents.
From 2016/17 this proportion will start to
decline again until it reaches 25.8 percent in
2025/2026.

MAYORALDRIVE

through  shapeauckland.co.nz  – asks people
what they would most like to see and do in
these spaces. This follows the publication of
the Downtown Framework last month, which
highlighted the opportunity for more and better
public space. 
“Aucklanders want and deserve world-class
design, with places designed for people,” says
Auckland Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse.
“Downtown Auckland will be transformed
over the next decade, and that includes a really
exciting opportunity for much more attractive,
vibrant, useable public spaces. This will benefit
all those who live, work and study in the city
centre, as well as businesses, visitors and
shoppers.”

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ast week saw a critical step in the most
important funding debate Auckland has
ever had: whether or not Aucklanders are
willing to pay for the transport system this
city desperately needs to keep it moving, says
Mayor Len Brown.
  Auckland faces a $12 billion transport
funding gap to build the new roads, rail,
ferries, busways, cycleways and supporting
infrastructure needed to cope with a
population set to hit 2.5 million in the next
three decades.
Two reports were released to Auckland
Council’s budget committee. The first from
the Independent Advisory Body (IAB)
presents two alternative funding pathways for
Auckland to raise $12 billion to achieve the
fully-integrated transport network promised
in the Auckland Plan.
The second report, from Auckland Council
group, presents two different transport
budgets: one which shows the limited number
of transport projects the city can afford using
current revenue streams, and a second budget
that would use alternative funding pathways
to build the Auckland Plan transport network
Aucklanders have said they want. 
Auckland
Council
will
consult
Aucklanders from January 2015 on which
transport budget option they want - the basic
or the full Auckland Plan network - and if
they choose the Auckland Plan network,
how they would prefer to pay for it. The final
decision will be made during the Long-term
Plan 2015-2025 adoption process throughout
May/June 2015.

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Commemorating World War I

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Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
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century ago this weekend New Zealand
troops and their Australian friends sailed
together for the battlefields of World War I.
Prime Minister John Key and Australian
Prime Minister Tony Abbott are marking the
occasion in Albany, near Perth, where that first
contingent of troops left from. It was the first
time New Zealand and Australian troops had
ever deployed together.
On 1 November 1914 nearly 8500 Kiwi
men were aboard the convoy of New Zealand
and Australian ships that departed for Egypt.

The Albany Convoy Commemorative Event
honours them and the more than 90,000 other
troops and nurses who later followed in their
footsteps during the 1914-1918 First World
War.
The Australians and New Zealanders
from this first convoy went on to fight on the
Gallipoli Peninsula. More than 2700 New
Zealanders lost their lives serving as part of the
Australia New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC)
that landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.
Anzac Day next April will be a key milestone
of New Zealand’s centenary commemorations
for World War I, which was one of the most
significant events of the 20th Century and had
a deep and lingering impact on New Zealand
society. Ten percent of our population of one
million served overseas – more than 18,000

died and over 40,000 were wounded or fell ill.
Nearly every New Zealand family was affected.
Our centenary commemorations include the
opening next year of the Pukeahu National War
Memorial Park in Wellington. The park will be
our lasting legacy to all service men and women
who have fought for this country.
To date, there are almost 500 projects
and activities scheduled over the course of
the centenary from re-enactments of troop
departures, theatre and musical performances,
museum and art gallery exhibitions to academic
lectures, digitisation of family mementoes, and
television documentaries and dramas.
The centenary is not only an opportunity to
remember and reflect on all New Zealanders’
service and sacrifice during World War I, it is
also a time to better understand what we stood

for and why.
Through our experience in this conflict,
New Zealand’s identity and values became
more distinct at home and abroad.
I encourage all New Zealanders to take
part in the centenary programme to better
understand our past and how it still shapes us
today – whether you reflect on the nature of
war, remember family members who served,
visit a memorial, or think about how your
community was affected by events long ago.
It is also an opportunity to pay tribute to
our more contemporary veterans, recognising
the courage and commitment of all men and
women who have served for our country.
Authorised by Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, MP, 1/131
Kolmar Road, Papatoetoe, Auckland.

Housing of no concern, only cash from big sell-off
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here is no government plan to improve
housing for all New Zealanders.
The government has put the Housing
portfolio under three ministers and we now
have a confused state of affairs.
The Ministers have been waffling and
talking new jargon but it is all a disguise. The
real purpose is to cash up state assets. That’s
National’s real agenda, not housing new

Zealanders.
We had the big show at Budget time of a
surplus, but that was manipulated. Now the
government is focusing on another asset sale to
raise easy money.
The Minister of Finance Bill English has
refused to specify how money from the sales
will be used. He has not declared whether sales
income will be put into building more houses
despite long waiting lists.
Minister for Social Housing Paula Bennett
has been making a lot of media appearances but
what she is saying is anyone’s guess.
There was a secret plan before the election
to sell off houses, but nothing was said. After

all, the Prime Minister had promised Genesis
was the last state asset sale.
There was no goal for the betterment of
housing Kiwis, and that is why the Housing
Ministers can now only talk in a confused
and minimalist manner. If any other political
leader had similar vague notions they would be
railroaded.

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Henderson Interchange, Council Airbridge

2.30pm to 6pm

In person: Come along to an event

Sunday 9 November

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7.30am to 12pm

Tuesday 18 November

Westgate Bus Interchange

2.30pm to 6pm

Sunday 23 November

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others that will determine the significance of the
life we lead.

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From the desk of the
Managing Editor

- Nelson Mandela

The Funny Bone @ Indian Weekender

The 31st of October is celebrated as the National Unity Day in commemoration of
the birth anniversary of India’s Iron Man – Sardar Vallabhai Patel who is considered
to have been the key person in keeping India united. Needless to say, the postIndependence India would have been rife with various issues and the top amongst
them would have been the issue of disunity as a result of years of “divide and rule”
that the British had subjected us to. It was at that time that Sardar Patel stood like a
rock behind Gandhi and Nehru and kept the country together, putting aside his own
interests. It is heartening to see that his selfless spirit is being celebrated in India and
the new generation is learning from it.
Unity is emerging as the big need of the hour as India stands at the helm of
unleashing its potential to the world. The age-old saying of “united we stand and
divided we fall” is in fact true. But the rising Indian now seems to be able to see
beyond petty differences and is rising like a global phenomena. Much of the credit
goes to the fearless leader that India has found in Narendra Modi that does not spare
a second to constantly remind each Indian, in India or abroad, of his or her own
potential.
Indian Weekender too is endeavoring to express its own potential in providing its
readers an improved reading experience. Although this is still work in progress and
we think we have miles to go, we are grateful to our communities that have received
our weekly issue with open arms. We thank you for your appreciation and promise
to keep working harder to meet your expectations.
The newly elected government in New Zealand now is settling into its new
term and we thought it was an opportune time to update our readers on “who got
what” in the distribution of portfolios – with the spotlight on Paula Bennett, who
inaugurated the first issue of Indian Weekender six years ago, and Sam Lotu-liga,
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In the mean time, Indian Weekender is preparing to bring an exclusive – limited
edition for our readers in our next issue with some exciting announcements. While
we constantly give you something to look forward to, we also bring you something
new in each issue – in this issue we bring you our new spot called Kiwiana – this
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“Listen to that roar! I love Chicago, and Chicago definitely loves me” Nik
Wallenda boasted as he walked about two city blocks worth of wire suspended between two 500-footplus-tall Chicago skyscrapers for Discovery Channel, and about 50,000 people below screamed
approval Sunday night. For the second leg of his walk, which he performed blindfolded, Nik told
them to shut up. “You guys watching think I’m crazy, but this is what I’m made for,” said Nik

Mōrena

Pronounced: Morena
Maori greeting, (good) morning!
Usage: ‘Mōrena! How are you today?’

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ndia received its second serving of Mann
Ki Baat from the Prime Minister Narendra
Modi where he pledged in his radio address, to
bring back “every bit” of unaccounted wealth
stashed abroad and said his Clean India drive
had become a mass movement.
Speaking on a variety of subjects in the
20-minute programme, the prime minister said
that Khadi Gram Udyog Bhavan authorities had
reported a hike of 125 percent in sales since he
urged people earlier to go for khadi.
Addressing the nation for the second time
in a month on All India Radio -- the address
was heard on Doordarshan too, Modi said his
government was on the right track to bring
back black money and there would be no bias.
“I reiterate that, as far as black money is
concerned, please have faith on this ‘pradhan
sevak’ (prime servant) of yours, and it is an
article of faith for me.
“Every bit of the money of the poor that
has been stashed abroad has to be brought back.
This is my commitment,” he said.
Modi said there could be different opinions
on the process to bring back the unaccounted
wealth. But “based on my knowledge and
understanding of the subject, I can assure you
that we are on the right path”.
Modi touched upon a range of subjects
including on people’s feedback on the Swachh
Bharat or Clean India campaign and on the

human resource development ministry’s effort
to help disabled children in the wake of his
reference to them in his last radio talk Oct 3.
Modi said he would discuss the effects of
drugs in his next radio address. He asked people
to share information with him on the subject.
He also said that citizens who do not have
access to social media and the internet can write
to him at Akashwani and he would seriously
consider various suggestions.
The prime minister said his reference to the
needs of the specially-abled children during
his last radio address had inspired the human
resource development ministry to think of
schemes to help such children.
One scheme was to provide 1,000 such
meritorious children with scholarships to study
in technical institutes. The other was to provide
Rs.1 lakh to each Kendriya Vidyalaya and
central university to create infrastructure for
the disabled such as ramps and special toilets.
He referred to his visit to Siachen on Diwali
Oct 23 and congratulated an Indian Army team
for winning the gold medal at the Cambrian
Patrol event in Britain while competing against
more than 140 teams.
Saying that a new change was sweeping
through Indian society, Modi said that when
people come to visit him, they speak a lot about
the problems of the society and how they can
help -- and less about their own matters.

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hile the two lascars who came on board
a French ship in 1769 were the first
Indians to visit New Zealand, the first settler
was another lascar who deserted his ship City
of Edinburgh in 1810, married a Maori woman
and settled down in the Bay of Islands. He was
followed by six others who also jumped ship
in 1814 from Matilda and settled in the South
Island.
The number of Indians settling down in New
Zealand in the nineteenth century remained
small. We know of Edward Peters from Goa
who came in 1853. Locally known as ‘Black
Peter’, he was the first person to discover gold
in Otago, although credit for that is usually
given to the celebrated Gabriel Read. The other
early settlers for whom we have historical
records are the two brothers, Bir Singh Gill
and Phuman Singh Gill who arrived in New
Zealand in c.1890 from Punjab.
In the twentieth century the number of
Indians coming to New Zealand gradually
increased. They came mainly from Gujarat
and Punjab and were therefore a homogenous
community.
It was predominantly a male
population, who did mainly manual jobs, like
scrub-cutting, bottle collecting and hawking,
serving communities in some of the remotest
parts of the country. In other words, they
contributed to the colonization of the land.
Gradually they moved into small retail trade
and market gardening and thus contributed
further to its economy.
So when we talk about New Zealand’s
national identity, we need to keep in mind that
Indians were a part of that national community
from historical times.

Prof Sekhar Bandyopadhyay

Director of New Zealand India Research Institute

While during the inter-war period migration
of Asians remained limited because of a
restrictive immigration law, Indians continued
to come, as they were the subjects of the
British Empire. Professional skilled migration
increased after immigration restrictions were
lifted in 1987, reaching 155,178 or 3.9% of the
national population in 2013. To them we must
also add the 10,929 Indo-Fijians.
Hindi is now the fourth most commonly
spoken language in New Zealand, spoken by
66,309 people.
But more importantly, Indians are now
a successful minority ethnic group in New
Zealand. It is not just we find people of Indian
origin in high profile public positions, from
Governor-General, Members of Parliament
to CEOs. According to 2006 census figures,
analysed by Arvind Zodgekar, Indians are a
highly qualified group: 29.4% of the adult male
and 29.8% of the adult female population have
Bachelor degree or above; comparable figures
for NZ European population are 13.1% for male
and 13.9% for female. Also occupationally
they are highly placed: 64.2% of them are in
top four occupational categories, compared
with 64.09% among the NZ European. But
this does not mean that they have no problems;
despite being more qualified, unemployment
rate among them is much higher - 6.30%,
as compared with 3.90% among the NZ
European population. The 2013 census data,
not yet properly analysed, will possibly show
further improvement to their position, due to
the enterprising spirit of these skilled Indian
migrants. But more about that later.

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here was once a time, not too long ago in
historical terms, that there may not have
been India as it exists today but a fractious
collection of nearly 600 princely states. If
a nation-state called India emerged in 1947
from the staggering ruins of close to 200 years
of colonial plunder, to a significant extent the
credit settles on one man - Sardar Vallabhbhai
Patel.
Described by The New York Times as
“leather tough”, Patel, whose 139th birth
anniversary is celebrated today, is in the midst
of a major national revival. For someone on
whom fell the enormous task of nation-building
and political regeneration, Patel has for decades
remained in the towering shadows of Mohandas
Gandhi on the one hand and Jawaharlal Nehru
on the other, “the father of the nation” and the
first prime minister respectively of India.
In recent years, there has been growing
popular awareness and eminently justifiable
celebration of the defining role that Patel played
in bringing together sometimes vain, sometimes
egotistic, sometimes deluded and almost always
utterly self-absorbed rulers of 565 princely
states to join the Indian union. A country of
some 300 million in 1947, impoverished by
two centuries of brutal colonial exploitation
and torn asunder by religious and cultural
bloodletting, it needed the quietly firm and
unassailable resolve of Patel to re-emerge. Patel
had to use a combination of statecraft, flattery,
coercion and whatever else he was required to
muster to forge a nation-state out of what by
the time the colonial British rule ended in India
was, for want of a better word, a bloody mess.
Vallabhbhai Patel was an extraordinary
figure sandwiched between Gandhi’s lofty
stubbornness and Nehru’s urbane westerninfluenced liberalism. Although closer in age to
Gandhi (he was six years younger than Gandhi),
for many history has cast Patel as an implacable
adversary of Nehru, who was 14 years his
junior. There is really no comparable figure in
modern world history to Patel simply because
there has not been anyone anywhere who was at
the center of uniting an undefined geographical
entity claimed in pieces by 565 self-serving
princes, satraps and kings whose loyalties
swung between their self-aggrandizement and
crafty but obliging colonial masters.
It was Gandhi’s return from South Africa
and his extensive tours throughout India rallying
the people around the cause of independence
that drew Patel into public life. Eventually,
he forsook his Britain-influenced lifestyle,
including English clothes, for a wholly Indian
outlook as defined by Gandhi. Early on, Gandhi
saw in Patel a quietly steely resolve and the
eagerness to get down to the task of firing up
the grassroots. His rise as one of a handful of
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was not necessarily meteoric but steady and
solid.
It was a measure of Patel’s personality that
both Gandhi and Nehru had extremely high
praise for him despite the fact that he often
diverged from the former’s saintly renunciation
and the latter’s aristocratic urgency. Gandhi
called him a colleague who was “most
trustworthy, staunch and brave”, while Nehru
called him “the builder and consolidator of
India...a great captain of our forces in the
struggle for freedom...a tower of strength that
revived wavering hearts”. By all accounts, Patel
was an equal member of the Gandhi-NehruPatel triumvirate in his lifetime unlike the often
unfounded assertions to the contrary by new
generations of politically dogmatic Indians.
There have been frequent speculations about
how different India might have turned out had
Gandhi chosen Patel over Nehru to be India’s
first prime minister but many historians have
pointed out that being a near contemporary of
Gandhi, he never really saw himself in that
role. By the time India became independent
and a union of states, the latter thanks in very
large measure to Patel, he was already 72
years old compared to Nehru’s 58. Patel died
Dec 15, 1950, barely a year after it became an
independent republic by adopting a constitution
Jan 26. Patel was among key players in the
Constituent Assembly of India tasked with
framing the constitution. If of all the illustrious
leaders of the day, there was someone who was
a completely hands-on, nuts and bolts figure, it
was Patel.
Although Patel was very much in the
tradition of pre-independence open-minded
consensus man, his views on the formation of
Pakistan, the division of Kashmir and generally
the question of how to unify the country’s
Muslim minority were at serious variance with
a disillusioned Gandhi and impatient Nehru.
Patel was known have taken a characteristically
unemotional view of the country’s partition
and, unlike Nehru, who was for a collective
national effort to make Muslims want to stay
in India, Patel was in favour of leaving it to
individual choice.
It was this approach that has in recent years
particularly endeared him to India’s political
right symbolized by the now ruling Bharatiya
Janata Party and its several cultural offshoots.
Even before he became prime minister,
Narendra Modi, as the chief minister of Gujarat
state, had cleared plans to build a 597 feet
high statue of Vallabhbhai Patel at the cost of
close to $500 million. The construction of the
statue is scheduled to begin to coincide with the
leader’s birth anniversary today.
Although he was deputy prime minister and
home minister, Patel was by a wide consensus
the man who was involved in every aspect
of nation-building. As someone who chaired
committees dealing with the rights of the
minorities and tribes, fundamental rights and
provincial constitutions, Patel was at the very
heart of creating a nation-state that is now the
world’s largest democracy. If Nehru was the
articulator of a grand vision of India as a new
democracy, Patel was the executor of that idea
from so many different and often conflicting
vantage points.
He was unflinchingly loyal to Gandhi, often
at the expense of his own ideas of operative
politics. It was that loyalty to Gandhi’s idea
of India that Patel, despite his enormous and,
in many ways, greater capabilities than Nehru
that he chose the role as a behind-the-scenes
man. His forging of the Indian union alone
guarantees him a permanent position among the
country’s pantheon but he also happens to have
shaped India’s destiny in so many diverse but
quantifiable ways that he remains without peer.

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arring most of the African Union countries, Indian
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have met leaders
of most countries of the world, including Fiji, by the end
of the year. This reflects a heightened emphasis on foreign
policy by the new Indian government that took power in
May. The 15th Indian Prime Minister’s economic policies
have received positive vibes from across the international

community.
Setting off a foreign policy buzz, Modi started with
inviting eight of the South Asian neighbours of India to his
swearing-in ceremony, including Pakitani Prime Minister
Nawz Sharif. Modi also made it a point to met big powers
like the US, China and Russia – in a row.
The Indian PM’s agenda for November includes meeting
the Southeast Asian leaders at the ASEAN summit in
Myanmar, as well as the East Asia Summit (EAS) leaders at
capital Nay Pyi Taw, which is held at the same time. 
Besides the 10 ASEAN nations, the EAS members
include Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea,
Russia and the USA.
Modi is scheduled to fly to Fiji from Australia on
November 19, where he will meet Prime Minister Frank
Bainimarama. This will be a moment to remember for the
Fiji-Indians who left their ancestral homeland a few hundred
years ago.
Perhaps this will be the beginning of a new era in IndoFiji relations.

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he Fijian government, on the other hand, has started
preparing for Modi’s visit. He would be the second
Indian PM to visit Fiji, the first being the late Indira Gandhi
who visited Fiji in 1981.
The Ministry of Information states that Modi will pay
a courtesy call to the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau,
following which he will meet with his Fijian counterpart
Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama and other Cabinet
ministers.

These meetings will be an opportunity to discuss bilateral
relations between the two countries on developmental
issues.
During his visit, Modi will attend the unveiling of
a plaque for the parliamentary library gifted by the
Government of India, and tour the new Fijian Parliament.
Modi will also meet with other Pacific Island leaders.

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inistry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation promises
improved access of their services to those who are entitled to
the various schemes administered by the office. Minister Rosy Akbar
said this in response to the numerous complaints raised in recent
times.
The minister said, “Social welfare clients in rural and remote areas
who had faced difficulties in accessing their monthly allowances will
now be relieved to know that the relevant ministry is exploring new
ways to reach out and assist them.”
While visiting Nadakuni village in Naitasiri, Akbar explained,
“I am aware that there are clients, particularly the senior citizens
receiving social welfare in rural communities who face difficulties
in having to spend money on transport to travel all the way down
to towns to withdraw their monthly allowances. This was even
highlighted at the consultations held in Navua this week (last week),”
Ms Akbar said.
“The ministry will work on a program so the social welfare officers
will come right out to your village to make the payments, so that you
won’t be burdened with transport expenses incurred in accessing the
social welfare allowances.”
“Whether you are a mother who needs women empowerment or
senior citizen who is assisted under our social pension scheme, we
are here to assist everyone that meets the eligibility criteria for the
social welfare programs,” Akbar said, in an attempt to reach out to
the citizens.

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An upwardly mobile
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eserve Bank of Fiji, in a recent review,
confirms the positive performance of the
key sectors in the economy of the country. As
of 20th October, cane production increased by
15.9 per cent, which is an increase of 28 per
cent. Woodchip and electricity production also
rose by an annual 49.2 per cent and 0.2 per
cent respectively. Tourism demands continue to
strengthen, as visitor arrivals rose by 4.2 per cent
in the first nine months of the year. In fact, job
vacancy advertisements have gone up by 17.7% .

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015 World Cup could bring in some surprises
from the Pacific islanders, believes Fijian
Rugby coach John McKee. His comment comes
in the wake of smartphone technology driving
the world towards maximising efficiency.
“To qualify for the quarterfinals of the World
Cup is something which would be a surprise,
but why not?” McKee told media. “But for me,
as a coach, my philosophy on where I want to
be is to be competitive with the Tier 1 countries,
and in one, two or three years to see Fiji go and
play England, France or Ireland not as a Tier 2
against a Tier 1 country.”
Smartphones can be employed from the

southern hemisphere to provide finger-tip hints
on fitness levels to those players playing in
Europe.
“With my senior players, we are working
with Skype conference calls and we have
a database system where they enter their
information if they have new injuries, they tell
us how they are sleeping, what their energy
levels are like,” explained McKee.
Referring to the talent of the Fijian players,
the coach says, “The talent is enormous but
potential is not being realised because there has
been no medium- or long-term vision. We know
we can develop our own style of play and not
try to copy the big teams.
“But for that to happen, we need to improve

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our systems of play. There’s no reason why we
cannot do that. Look at the Top 14 in France
some of the best players are Fijian.
“We want to create the opportunities for
Fijian front-rowers to play in good competitions.
We have players with the right size but there
is not the culture of the scrum like there is in
Samoa and Tonga,” said the coach.
“When clubs are looking for a prop they look
for a Tongan or a Samoan; if they are looking
for a winger or a back row, maybe they look for
a Fijian. It’s very hard for (front row) players to
come from Fiji and to compete directly at the
international level because the gap is huge,”
McKee explains.

he country has accepted 98 of the 137
recommendations made by the Human
Rights Review Council, confirmed the head of
Fiji’s delegation to the second Universal Periodic
Review in Geneva, Attorney General Aiyaz
Sayed-Khaiyum. The AG urged the Council to
pay attention on what Fijians consider emerging
human rights issues. These include trans-border
impacts on human rights because of climate
change, asylum policies and socio-economic
rights of traders due to free-trade agreements.

Fiji and PNG forge ties
with Aus

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iji as well as Papua New Guinea are
important to Australia, says the Aussie
Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop. On her visit to
Suva, she says, “PNG is one of our dear friends,
such as Fiji, and I believe this opportunity to
form a closer friendship with Fiji will also help
us with our relationship with PNG. Fiji and PNG
are strong and powerful nations in the pacific,
and I hope that we will be able to work together
for the betterment of the Pacific and the people
who live here.

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constantly seen along the corridors of South
Block along with their staff, catching up on
work, prepping and updating files, lest the
Prime Minister calls for an update on them. To
make matters worse, even at late hours.
Gone are the days when officials delayed
decisions for ulterior motives or procrastination.
Right or wrong – there are orders to take
decisions – to move files along, citing reasons
either way. Should they bear a Cabinet note,
files have to be cleared within three days. The
upright officials, who earlier faced frequent
transfers, are now happy with a work culture
of fast paced decision-making devoid of
corruption, and favouritism.
Alongside, the number of feedback meetings
has increased and stricter deadlines are in place.
Officials are reporting that attendance at these
meetings has improved and files are getting

cleared faster. Senior bureaucrats of various
ministries are now required to forward periodic
updates to the PMO on the progress of projects
under their jurisdiction even if no progress has
been made since last reporting.
There have been reports that PMO is tracking
attendance and punctuality through a unique
biometric identification system. All Central
Government officials and junior staff have been
asked to get their new biometric cards made to
enable their entry and exit record under the new
system. The data, to be updated in real-time,
is likely to be monitored by the PMO. That is
good governance and delivery for you.
Globetrotting with the spouse in tow, is no
longer a perk of the job, nor is travelling first
class. It has also been indicated that spouses
will not be covered by the State and will need
to pay for their own travel.

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nce upon a time there lived a bureaucrat
in the capital city of Delhi. He had a
dream life and a dream job. His work day
started – whenever he felt it was time; he would
then break for a beer with lunch at the plush
Gymkhana Club; about four, it would be time
for golf followed by a leisurely evening with
the family. Every once in a while he would
travel overseas on a work trip. Of course, the
wife would accompany, the couple travelled
first class – all expenses paid, and have a good
holiday.
As they say, all good things must come to an
end and so did this dream life. Narendra Modi
got elected as the Prime Minister of India and
with that, suddenly the work-life situation of all
the ‘Babus’ seems to have taken an about turn.
The Delhi Gymkhana Club, now has enough
room for its other members and business people.
Tables for lunch are easy to come by, and the
sights of bureaucrats throwing their weight
around have suddenly gone missing. The Delhi
Golf Club bears a deserted look during work
hours and the swimming pools are near empty.
The India International Centre, once a popular
hangout, now seems to be missing its hustlebustle. The work-life (im)balance that once so
easily existed has now become non-existent.
Work has piled on, while “life” has shrunk – the
dream life is now a thing of the past.
Though officials of the Central Government
still have a five day week, they are now

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Not only has the PMO made it mandatory
to submit an “outcome report” after every
foreign trip, Modi has ordered officials to
forgo the luxury of flying first class, avoid
holding conferences at five-star hotels and stop
buying cars. Officials are advised to use video
conferencing for meetings wherever possible,
and also barred the creation of any new posts in
the government.
The cleaning of all Government offices is
another step that is being pushed by the PMO
with the same passion that it drives the Swachh
Bharat mission.
For now, it seems this is how the new life
of a Babu may be profiled. It sounds like great
news for the country to know that it is being
led by one who is not just a taskmaster, but also
leads by personal example. Although, it may
seem inconvenient for the class of ‘Babus’ that
have been sucking the system dry for years,
the more honest ones feel empowered and
motivated to do better.
The Prime Minister is believed to have shared
his telephone number with the Secretaries and
encouraged them to contact him directly if
there is an urgency. There have been reports
of officials doing just that; and in some cases,
even bypassing their direct bosses. Should
the machinery of our Central Government get
ship-shape and well-oiled like Modi is trying
to make it – the day will not be far when India
comes together to emerge as the power that the
world is expecting it to be. That is when we will
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Varanasi makeover to cost nearly Rs 12,000 crore

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he anticipated metamorphosis of Varanasi,
the ancient and spiritual city for Hindus, yet
maddeningly chaotic and filthy, into a heritage
site is estimated to cost a whopping Rs. 11,800
crore ($2 billion), thanks to the high-level
attention being showered on it because it is also
now Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s
parliamentary constituency.
The ambitious plan - to rejuvenate the soul of
Varanasi, a city of 1.2 million, through heritage
revitalization - envisages cruises on the Ganges,

a Bhojpuri film city and an international centre
for spiritualism and philosophy, an urban
development ministry official told media,
speaking on condition of anonymity.
The official said that the tentative date of
the plan’s launch is Dec 25, the birthday of
Bharaitya Janata Party stalwart and former
prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Varanasi
tops the list of 100 ‘smart cities’ that Modi
wants to create by 2019, when the next Lok
Sabha elections are due.

In fact, the 63-year-old prime minister
wants to develop the temple-town on the lines
of ancient Japanese city Kyoto, whose deputy
mayor visited Varanasi Thursday. Varanasi
elected Modi to parliament in the May general
election with a thumping majority.
One of the world’s oldest cities, Varanasi is
in bad shape, because of decades of cumulative
political and municipal neglect, with filth,
garbage and unplanned construction marring
its landscape. Also, traffic is in shambles, so

much so that stray cows make for dividers on
the narrow roads.
Many of the ghats, thronged by tourists both domestic and foreign - for their spiritual
importance, are dirty and unsafe after dark.
According to the redevelopment plan,
which has already been presented to Modi, of
the Rs.11,800 crore, the centre will contribute
Rs.2,082 crore and the Uttar Pradesh
government Rs.1,488 crore.
The remaining Rs. 8,230 crore will be
invested by private and foreign players, the
ministry official said. The plan also envisages
inter-connected guest houses and connecting
tour and transport services with police stations.
While the cremation sites alongside the
ghats will be modernised, the traditional old
structures will be restored. Areas in and around
the famed Kashi Vishwanath Temple thronged
by thousands of devotees every day will also be
modernized.
The proposal also envisages 24-hour water
and power supply, broadband connectivity
and elevated roads. Schools with e-learning,
homes for widows and senior citizens, 100-acre
botanical garden and a world class stadium will
also come up in the city as per the plan, the
official said.
While research centres and academies for
music and dance, literature and poetry have
been planned, a school of oriental languages
has also been proposed.
The official said that the cabinet is likely to
give its nod to the plan by Dec 15.
The official said the deadline for completing
elevated roads, storm water drainage, waste
water system, the stadium and the essential
cleansing of the river Ganga and its adjoining
ghats is September 2019.
Other projects like a Metro rail and satellite
townships are likely to be completed by
September 2021, the official said.

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Fadnavis sworn in as
Maharashtra CM

New twist to Goa’s peculiar
‘dual nationality’ issue
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evendra Fadnavis was sworn-in as the
chief minister of the first BJP government
of Maharashtra at a gala public function here
Friday. Nine other ministers also took the oath.
Maharashtra Governor C. V. Rao
administered the oath of office and secrecy
to Fadnavis (44) and the others at a glittering
ceremony in the sprawling Wankhede Stadium
witnessed by over 30,000 people.
Present on the historic occasion were Prime
Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata
Party president Amit Shah, business tycoons,
film personalities, sportspersons and celebrities
from different walks of life.
The ministers sworn-in include Eknath
Khadse, former minister and also former
leader of opposition in the last assembly and
Vinod S. Tawde, the leader of opposition in the

legislative council.
Former state unit president Sudhir S.
Mungantiwar, former Mumbai unit chief
Prakash M. Mehta, late union minister
Gopinath Munde’s daughter Pankaja MundePalwe, Chandrakant Patil and the party’s tribal
face Vishnu R. Savra also took oath as cabinet
ministers.
Fadnavis’ oath-taking was cheered loudly
by the massive crowd of BJP activists which
packed the stadium this afternoon.
Other prominent personalties present
included senior BJP leaders L.K. Advani and
Murli Manohar Joshi, former chief minister
Prithviraj Chavan, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav
Thackeray, chief ministers of several states
including Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab,
and Haryana, and business tycoon Anil Ambani.

ortugal’s new consul general in Goa has
given a new spin to the simmering row
on the eligibility of indigenous Goans for
Portuguese nationality, an issue that has forced
the state government to approach the central
government for help.
On a day when Goa Chief Minister Manohar
Parrikar attended a meeting at the home
ministry in Delhi seeking a ‘dual nationalitytype’ for thousands of Goans who have opted
for Portuguese nationality under Portuguese
laws for some of its former colonies, Rui
Caravalho Baceira told media that the identity
card was proof of Portuguese citizenship.
“If you obtained the Bilhete de Identidade
de Cidadao Nacional, then you are a Portuguese
national,” Baceira said here.
Baceira’s comment comes when the police
are reluctantly probing a First Information
Report (FIR) filed by an activist claiming
several politicians, even legislators, police
officers, bureaucrats, lawyers and thousands of
Goans have over the years applied and availed
themselves of the Portuguese identity card, also
referred to as the Bilhete.
Police initially refused to file the complaint
filed by Kashinath Shetye but later registered it
on the directions of a trial court.
The FIR says people (several of whom are
named) who have the identity card should
surrender their Indian passports. It wants
government officers and politicians in this
category to resign.
The ‘dual citizenship’ issue has become a

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political hot potato with two ruling legislators,
Glen Ticlo and Caitu Silva, being accused of
having Portuguese passports and processing
their Bilhetes after formally registering their
birth in Portugal. Both have maintained that
their documentation in Portugal was processed
by agents without their knowledge.
If Baceira’s logic is applied, both could
stand to lose their legislatorship.
Caitu Silva is already facing a petition filed
by his political rival in the Panaji bench of
the Bombay High Court which claims he is a
Portuguese national and, therefore, cannot be
elected to political office in India.
The Bilhete is in fact a much misunderstood
document. While the Portuguese government
issues it as a national identity card, most Goans
who register their birth in Portugal, as one of
the first steps towards obtaining a Portuguese
passport, assume that citizenship is obtained
only once the passport has been issued.
A Portuguese passport and nationality
automatically has opened doors of the European
Union for several thousand Goans over the last
three decades. Being a Portuguese citizen helps
them bypass stricter European laws against
employing ‘foreigners’ versus local talent.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led
coalition government has been claiming that
the Bilhete alone is not proof of Portuguese
identity and the individual continues to be
an Indian citizen. The government has also
promised to offer a solution to the vexed issue,
with Parrikar lobbying with the home ministry
for a one-time solution to Goans who have
availed of Portuguese nationality.

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New computerised
driving-testing system

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camera-based innovative driving testing
system that will ensure a technologyoriented assessment of the driving quality of
license-seekers without human intervention
will be inaugurated by union Road Transport,
Highways & Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari
in Pune last week.
This technology at the Institute of Driving
Training & Research (IDTR) will enable
promotion of a corruption-free platform for
granting driving licenses and selection of
drivers, ensuring the applicant’s quality.
The camera-based system has been
developed by the Central Institute of Road
Transport (CIRT), Pune as an advanced version
of the earlier sensor-based testing technologies
which are in place at some locations.
The CIRT is a part of the road safety
initiatives taken by Gadkari as transport
minister, a ministry release said.
Eight IDTRs are being set up across the
country under the aegis of the ministry during
the 11th Five Year Plan. CIRT also plays the
role of monitoring agency on behalf of the
ministry for setting up the IDTRs. The IDTR
at Pune has been set on a PPP basis with Tata
Motors.
The IDTR has state-of-the art facilities,
including spacious class rooms equipped
with audio visual facilities, a driving range
for imparting driving practice on the road
for various maneuvers, a driving laboratory
displaying aggregate and cut-section models,
a testing laboratory for checking physical
characteristics, a workshop for routine
maintenance activities, a library and a hostel
with a capacity of 75 participants. Two driving
simulators have also been installed in the IDTR

for imparting pollution-free training to the
trainees on a range of cognitive skills to deal
with complex roadway and traffic conditions.
The training will be conducted by welltrained driving instructors to impart practical,
systematic and scientific training to new drivers
as well as in-service drivers along with trainers.
The IDTR also proposes to train exclusive
batches of women drivers for city cabs. This
will give a boost to the road safety initiative of
the road transport ministry and will also play a
catalytic role for the government’s development
programme.
India has one of the highest rate of road
accidents in the world and the new government
has set a target of reducing the accident rate by
50 percent in the next five years. This would be
achieved with improved driver training, better
road conditions, efficient enforcement and safer
vehicle technologies, the ministry said.
The ministry has already released a draft
of the new Road Transport & Safety Bill
2014 inviting suggestions from the public
and stakeholders. It has also discussed the
provisions of the bill in the recently concluded
Transport Development Council meeting with
the transport ministries of various states. The
ministry aims to introduce the bill in the winter
session of Parliament in November-December.

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Nokia will not make
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okia, once an iconic mobile handset
maker, shut down its India plant at
Sriperumbudur.
“As announced earlier (Oct 7), we are
stopping handset production at our Chennai
plant from tomorrow (Nov 1) in the absence of
orders from our new parent firm (Microsoft),
which terminated the mobile purchase
agreement,” a Nokia India official said.
Global software major Microsoft, which
acquired the Finland-based Nokia’s global
devices and services business, including assets
in India for $7.2 billion April 25, decided
to suspend manufacturing handsets from
its Chennai plant though it could not take
possession of it due to legal battles over a tax
notice from the Tamil Nadu government and
the Supreme Court in March.
“We can confirm that constructive
discussions with union representatives and
the labour commissioner have resulted in an
agreement on a financial package for Chennai
factory personnel,” the spokesperson said in a
statement a day after a tripartite meeting here
between company officials, union members and
the top labour officer.
At the time of closing down the operations,
about 1,100 employees were working in the
plant, including 900 on the assembly lines.
Of the 6,600 employees the company had on
rolls till March, 5,500 opted for VRS (voluntary
retirement scheme) it offered and left.
Nokia made a cumulative investment of
$300 million (Rs.1,800 crore) in the Chennai
factory over the last eight years.

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Touted as Nokia’s largest production facility
outside Europe, the Chennai plant started
rollout out initially low-end mobile handsets
from January 2006 after it was unveiled by
then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the
presence of his Finnish counterpart Matti
Vanhanen.
“The asset freeze by the state tax department
has prevented us from transferring the factory to
any other mobile handset maker despite having
a fully functional electronics manufacturing
system,” the official said.
The state government slapped a Rs 2,400
crore notice to Nokia’s India subsidiary in
March, accusing it of selling the handsets from
the Chennai plant in the domestic market than
exporting them.
In another tax case, the apex court
directed Nokia India in March to furnish a Rs
3,500-crore guarantee before transferring the
plant to Microsoft.
According to the company’s employees
union, as Microsoft kept out the Chennai plant
from its acquisition deal with Nokia, the facility
turned into a contract manufacturing unit and
production slumped to four million handsets
per month in March from 13 million units at one
time in the past when about 8,000 employees
were working in three shifts.
Once a dominant player in the burgeoning
mobile phones segment across India, with over
80 percent market share, Nokia lost out to rivals
like Samsung, Apple, Sony and Panasonic in
the next-generation handsets, popularly known
as smart-phones over the last couple of years.

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A record 30 Indian-Americans vying for office in US poll
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record 30 Indian-Americans are contesting
Tuesday’s US elections that will determine
the course of power politics in the last two years
of President Barack Obama’s term in office.
Nearly three million people of Indian
descent with an ever growing number of
officials in high places,are better educated, earn
more than other Americans, but haven’t had
much of an impact on national politics though
they have two state governors and a lawmaker
in the House.
No Indian-American is running for any of
the 36 seats, including three special elections,
up for ballot in the 100 member Senate where
Obama’s Democratic Party is facing the
prospect of losing its 53-45 majority with two
Independents in the mix. But four of them are
vying for a two-year term in the House where
all 435 seats are up for election.
In a divided US Congress, Opposition
Republicans currently control the House
with a 233-199 lead. Poll pundits expect the
Republicans to keep their lead if not increase it.
Prominent among Desi contestants to the
House are Democrat Amerish ‘Ami’ Bera, who
two years ago became only the third IndianAmerican lawmaker in US history -after Dalip

Singh Saund and Bobby Jindal- and a former
Obama administration official Rohit ‘Ro’
Khanna.
Bera, whose parents immigrated from
Rajkot, Gujarat, received a big boost in his
tight re-election race against Republican
businessman Doug Ose in California’s 7th

district with former President Bill Clinton
coming to stump for him last week
In the battle for Silicon Valley, Khanna,
former deputy assistant secretary in Commerce
department, is giving a run for his money to
veteran fellow Democrat Mike Honda, who has
held the seat for the last 14 years.
Khanna, who has won the backing of
Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer and Facebook’s Sheryl
Sandberg in this home of tech titans, in a recent
interview to IANS called it “the best pick up
opportunity for an Indian American in the
country.”
In Pennsylvania, Democrat Iraq war veteran
physician Manan Trivedi is making his third try
to enter the House, while Arvin Vohra of the
Libertarian Party is running from Maryland.
In the States, Republican Nikki Haley,
seeking a second four-year term as South
Carolina Governor, was considered a virtual
shoo in even before her Democratic opponent
Vincent Sheheen called her a “whore” at a
campaign rally and became “a headache” for
his party.
Born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa, the daughter
of Sikh immigrant parents, has also received
the backing of Louisiana governor, Piyush

Made in China: New wedding destination
for Indian couples

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ying the knot at Kunming or taking the
path to marital bliss at Dali could soon
become a fad as the big fat Indian weddings get
the Made in China tag.
With its clean and modern cities, shopping
choices, affordable logistics and exotic cuisine,
China is luring Indians whose rising affluence
and desire for celebrations with a difference
are making destination weddings increasingly
popular.
Eager to get a piece of the expanding Indian
wedding market, Chinese tour operators and
entrepreneurs, always on the lookout for
new business opportunities, are aggressively
marketing cities like Kunming, Lijiang and
Dali as attractive wedding spots.
The most popular tourist draw in southwest
China, Kunming, is known as the City of
Eternal Spring for its pleasant climate and
flowers blooming all year long. With a history
of more than 2,400 years, it was the gateway to
the celebrated Silk Road that facilitated trade
with Tibet, Sichuan, Burma (now Myanmar)
and India. It is also just a two-hour daily flight
away from Kolkata.

Chinese Consul General Wang Xuefeng
said talks were on with Indian firms and
tour operators to find partners in China for
organising Indian weddings in the country and
facilitate not only financial ties but cultural and
traditional relations as well.
“We are encouraging Indian companies to
find partners in China. We will organise hotels,
transportation, decorations... Besides we are
already setting up several new restaurants
specialising in Indian food,” Wang told media.
“Much like ours, Indian weddings too are an
epitome of the people’s rich cultural heritage,”
he added.
While Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia
continue to be the preferred destinations,
stakeholders believe China’s proximity and
cultural similarities with India as well as
economical logistics may prove to be a game
changer as the trend of getting married in
overseas venues is now moving beyond the
illustrious and nouveau riche families.
“Destination wedding is now fast catching
up with upper middle class and with budget
and logistics being the two important criteria,

China surely is an alluring proposition. While
Thailand continues to be the most preferred
destination, people are also looking out for
newer venues,” Neha Mehrotra of Foreign
Wedding Planners told media.
Observing that cheaper airfare and hotels
make China an attractive destination, Travel
Agents’ Federation of India’s eastern region
chairman Anil Punjabi said efforts were on for
forging collaborations with Indian and Chinese
stakeholders.
“There are no doubts of China being an
alluring proposition, but only that which is
seen is sold. So efforts are being made so
that delegations of tour operators and other
stakeholders visit the cities and engage in talks
to
concretise collaborations,” Punjabi told
media.
Famed wedding planner Ankit Bhargava
said destination weddings, which started
mostly with NRIs and foreigners opting for
Goa’s exotic beaches and Rajasthan’s princely
palaces as their wedding destinations, are now
fast catching up with the upper-middle class
and middle class and from the Metros to even
Tier-II and Tier-III cities.
“A large number of families are now looking
at venues beyond the usual Thailand, Mauritius,
Singapore or Dubai.
Chinese cities like Kunming and Dali are
known for their natural beauty plus the Chinese
cuisine, all that make them a good proposition,”
Bhargava told media.
Talking about the wedding market, roughly
estimated at around Rs.250,000 crore ($41
billion), Bhargava said besides remaining
vastly insulated to meltdowns, the sector
has been rapidly growing with new players
steadily joining in.
“The rise of the middle class has made
people splurge on weddings, leading to an
increased trend of hiring a wedding planner and
opting for overseas venues,” Bhargava added.

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“Bobby” Jindal, who himself is considering a
presidential run in 2016.
But in California governor’s race, fellow
Republican Neel Kashkari, also known as the
“700 billion dollar man” for running the bailout
programme after the 2007-2008 financial
crisis, faces an uphill task against Democratic
Governor Jerry Brown.
If he wins again as expected, Brown, 76, will
become the only California governor elected to
four terms.
In the race for California’s top law officer,
Kamala Harris, the state’s first female IndianAmerican and African-American Attorney
General, is sitting pretty against Republican
Ronald Gold.
The daughter of an Indian mother from
Chennai and a Jamaican father, whom Obama
last year called “by far the best-looking attorney
general,” to cause a bit of a stir, is also said to be
on the President’s short list to succeed Attorney
General Eric Holder.
A score other Indian-Americans nine Republicans, 10 Democrats and one
Independent - are eyeing legislative seats in
15 states in a bid to win a rightful place in the
political arena for the community.

Sushma Swaraj to
visit Mauritius, attend
diaspora event

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xternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
begins a three-day visit to Mauritius from
Saturday during which she will participate in
the 180th anniversary of the Aapravasi Ghat,
where from 1834 and 1920 almost half a
million indentured Indian labourers arrived to
work in the island’s sugar plantations.
She will be the chief guest on the occasion
of activities being organised by the Mauritian
government to mark the occasion.
Sushma Swaraj will call on President
Rajkeswur Purryag and Prime Minister
Navinchandra Ramgoolam.
She will also hold talks with her counterpart
Arvin Boolell.
During her visit, both sides will discuss
among other things the Double Taxation
Avoidance Agreement (DTAA).
“As far as the DTAA is concerned, we have
an agreed format with Mauritius. All issues
pertaining to this matter will be discussed by
the minister during her visit,” the external
affairs ministry spokesperson said.
Prime Minister Ramgoolam had attended
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in
on May 26.
Sushma Swaraj would touch down at Male
on her way back, said Syed Akbaruddin.

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Proper breathing is key to body,
mind control

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reathing is the most essential and frequent
activity that we engage in from birth till
death. Yet it is one of the most neglected aspects
of our existence because we erroneously
presume that it is entirely an involuntary
function. The end result is that this giver of
life has been ignored, leading to numerous
unwanted consequences.
Our lungs have the capacity to take in
about four litres of air in each breath. In olden
times, we used to take this full quota when
we were active throughout the day, first as
hunter-gatherers and then as crop growers. The
modern lifestyle has turned us into veritable
couch potatoes that barely take half a litre of
air per breath. That is only one-eighth of the
requirement. Our diaphragm barely moves if
we are sedentary, with the result that the lower
part of our lungs hardly gets any oxygen.
The shocking shortfall not only causes
numerous aches and pains and diseases but also
leads to negative emotions like anger, anxiety
and stress.
Air is available free of cost, but we have
to make a deliberate effort to ensure that we
take in our full quota. The most important
item on the to-do list is to set aside at least one
hour every day for exercises which make us
moderately breathless. Regular brisk walking is
an ideal starting point. In the process we will be
taking a lot of air willy-nilly.
You can also train yourself to take in more
oxygen even when at rest. The technique is
called yogic or diaphragmatic breathing.
Lie down or sit comfortably. When you start
inhaling, fill your belly from the lowest part

up so that by the time you have taken the full
breath, your tummy is protruding as well as the
chest. Hold for a few seconds and then start
exhaling while at the same time contracting
your belly.
This should be done preferably on an
empty stomach. So reserve five minutes for
this practice before breakfast, lunch and dinner
every day. After you have practised for some
weeks, start spending all your spare time in
mindful breathing.
Suppose you are having to wait at traffic
lights. Instead of ruing the delay, utilise the time
for diaphragmatic breathing. As your practice
increases, you will notice that you have started
pumping your belly without even noticing.
Interestingly, many of those who lead a
sedentary life tend to do exactly the opposite.
They contract the belly when they breathe in
and expand it when they breathe out. If you
too are making that mistake, make a persistent
effort to correct it because this kind of breathing
is worse than not moving the belly at all.
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the belly. It is going into the lungs only. It’s just
that when you expand the belly, the diaphragm
is forced to move down and the lungs can take
in more air.
You will soon find that your stress level has
started going down. The air that you breathe,
besides nourishing your body, has a vital force
called ‘Prana’. The more air you pump in, the
more vitality you have.
There is an additional advantage. This
pumping action strengthens your abdominal
muscles and helps in reducing the waist size.
The yogic way of breathing which involves
‘Kumbhaka’ (making a big belly after a deep
inhalation and holding the breath for a few
seconds) and ‘Rechaka’ (expelling all air and
holding for a few seconds while the belly has
been pulled in) helps one increase the lung
capacity to as much as six litres.
Amar Chandel, the author of two self-help
books, including “Perfect Health in Twenty
Weeks”. The views expressed are personal.
He can be reached at asknature@gmail.com

ngaging brain areas linked to so-called
“off-task” mental activities such as mindwandering and looking back at good times
can actually boost performance on some
challenging mental tasks, new research reveals.
The prevailing view is that activating brain
regions referred to as the default network
impairs performance on attention-demanding
tasks because this network is associated with
behaviours such as mind-wandering.
Like if you start thinking about what you
did last weekend while taking notes during a
lecture, for example, your note-taking and
ability to keep up will suffer.
“Our study is the first to demonstrate the
opposite - that engaging the default network
can also improve performance,” said Nathan
Spreng, neuroscientist at Cornell University.
Spreng and his team developed a new
approach in which off-task processes such as
reminiscing can support rather than conflict
with the aims of the experimental task.
While undergoing brain scanning, 36 young
adults viewed sets of famous and anonymous
faces in sequence and were asked to identify
whether the current face matched the one
presented two faces back.
The team found participants were faster and
more accurate when matching famous faces
than when matching anonymous faces.
This better short-term memory performance
was associated with greater activity in the
default network.
“The results show that activity in the default
brain regions can support performance on goaldirected tasks when task demands align with
processes supported by the default network,”
Spreng added.

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Success Mantra

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ver wonder why some people in life are
always successful at whatever they set out
to do, whereas others get left behind struggling.
A lot of us find ourselves in dead end jobs
or unhappy life situations?  The truth is that
success does not just happen nor is it a question
of being lucky.  People don’t just stumble on a
million dollars or that dream job or the dream
man / woman.
Almost all successful people have some
key traits in common that ensure that they
achieve their dreams. They have discovered the
secret to creating the life they want. They have
realized that all of us have an awesome power
within us that none of us has ever been taught to
use. Successful people simply use this power to
create the future they desire. For them there is
no other reality than the reality of their dreams
or their goals coming to fruition.
Life Coaches, Management Gurus,
Philosophers and Thinkers have from time to
time tried to tell us this, in one way or the other.
The steps to success are simple yet difficult to
follow. This is because our minds constantly
give us reasons why we cannot be successful
or why our dreams cannot come true. For those
of us who manage to win over our minds the
negative reinforcements from our families or
friends or the society in general confirm our
fears of failures. So success is definitely not for
the fainthearted. But, for those of us who have
the grit , determination and the will, the steps to
a dream life are simple.
Step 1 : Set your goals
Setting your goals is the first step towards
your dream life. Some people may want to
write these down or create a wishlist, others
may like to draw or paste pictures of the dream
destination, dream house or the dream lover.
You can use your imagination. You have never
lived this life before, you do not know what is
going to happen or what the journey may be

like. You do not even know what lessons you
will learn or memories you will create. But by
creating your own Goal Map you will certainly
achieve a sense of direction and pave the
pathway taking you where you want to go.
Goal setting is one of the most essential
ingredients for success. Without goals you
will end up just drifting away or going around
in circles. By writing down your goals step
by step, in an achievable and positive way
you will train your subconscious mind to
accept them as reality. This will also activate
your subconscious mind to start generating
creative ideas to achieve your goal. This will
programme your brain to more readily perceive
and recognize resources you will need to
achieve your dreams.
Step 2 : Visualise
Your mind is a powerful instrument which
connects you to your higher self and all the
creative forces of the universe. To visualize
your goals or dreams is considered to be the
strongest tool or the most important step in
your journey to the world of your dreams.
After having set your goals or written down
your wish list it is important to visualize that
each of your wishes or your dreams have
already come true. For example if you had
wished for a dream house, in this step you
actually visualize yourself walking around the
house, smelling the luxurious furniture and
hearing the peace and tranquility of the location
or sitting in the balcony watching a sunset. It
is important that this visualization become a
strong experience, its important to think about
it with your entire being, to imagine that you
are there and feel the feelings you would feel
when your dreams come true.
Positive visualization also prevents
negativity about your goals from creeping into
your mind and stop you from being knocked off
your goal path.

Use affirmations to support your
visualisation and repeat them several times
a day. An example of this can be “ I own a
beautiful five bedroom house on the beach front
with a beautiful garden and spacious , brightly
lit rooms”. Repeat this to yourself several times
a day and slip into your world of visualization
as often as you can.
Step 3 : Positivity and gratitude
Once you have learnt to visualize that
you have already achieved your dreams, feel
appreciation and gratitude for them. When
you radiate the feelings of appreciation and
gratitude, you will draw more positive energy
and circumstances in life. These will take you
even closer to your desired goals and dreams
and ensure they become your reality.
Understanding the Law of Attraction is
essential for anyone hoping to manifest their
dreams.  What this universal law means is that
everything that’s happening in your life right
now, as well as what’s still to come, you are
attracting it to you.  The images and thoughts
you project in your conscious mind over and
over on a daily basis eventually reach your
subconscious mind and attract the situations
and events to you that create that reality.
Constant negative and pessimistic thoughts
such as, I am never going to be able to do this,
my boss hates me, no one will believe in me,
this does not work, my wife is cheating on me,
end up filtering into your subconscious mind
and attract the events that cause that reality.  It’s
important to reframe your thoughts continually
to positive to ensure what you truly desire
comes to you.
Step 4 : Expect Results
Through creating a goal map or making
your wish list , using the power of visualization
and repeating your affirmations and remaining
positive with a deep sense of gratitude, you
can achieve amazing results. These will allow
you to change your beliefs, assumptions, and
opinions about the most important person in
your life - YOU! They allow you to harness the
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working in a singular and purposeful direction.
The direction of your dreams.
Your subconscious will become engaged
in a process that transforms you forever. The
process is invisible and doesn’t take a long
time. It just happens over time, as long as you
put in the time to visualize and affirm, surround
yourself with positive people, read uplifting
books and listen to audio programs that
flood your mind with positive, life-affirming
messages and stay focused on your goals.
Step 5 : Never give up – no matter what.
Remember how we said in the beginning
that the journey to success is not for the
fainthearted. For the most successful people ,
failure is not an option.  When times are hard,
it’s tempting to change your goals or give up
completely, with feelings that the world is
against you or there is some obstacle or person
getting in your way.  It’s time to stop playing
the victim and take responsibility for your own
life. 
Its true that “ when the going gets tough, the
tough get going”. It’s during the tough times
that real achievers show their true colours,
because of their unwillingness to give up
and their hard work and sheer determination. 
This persistence drives them on through the
storm, keeps them afloat as the huge waves
of the stormy sea try to drag them under.  It
is this persistence which allows them to keep
their goals in sight.  Constant positive goal
affirmation is what keeps them on the path to
success and proves to be a life raft during the
most challenging times.
Step 6 : Don’t be afraid to be yourself.
Most successful people were ridiculed and
laughed at when they first started out. Don’t
be afraid to be different, to be the face in the
crowd. Don’t let anyone dissuade you from
your dreams or convince you that they will not
come true.
As long as you believe in your dreams
beyond all doubt and know that you are headed
in the right direction, there is no way that you
will not succeed.

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‘Chaar Sahibzaade’: Tale
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A date with NZ’s first Hindi film
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he very first Hindi film that’s made in New Zealand is
ready to hit the theatres this weekend. Before you plan
your weekend, make sure you don’t miss the opportunity
to watch this action-packed thriller. We bring you a brief
interview with the lead actors of the film.

Kapil Asrani:As Inspector

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t looks like it’s the ‘Film Fever’ in Auckland these days. Every week, there
is a new film released by Kiwi-Indians. The latest in the bandwagon is
Punjabi film ‘Chaar Sahibzaade’. It promises to bring something new for the
large Punjabi audience in New Zealand.
For the first time ever, a Punjabi animated film was released worldwide
on 6th November on the occasion of Guru Nanak Dev jayanti. ‘Chaar
Sahibzaade’ is the story of the four sons of Guru Gobind Singh ji, tenth guru
of Sikhs. The film narrates the story of the four Sahibzaade (princes), how
they happily and bravely sacrificed their lives to save the country from the
evil rulers, following in their father’s footsteps.
It would be great to watch this movie as it will revive memories of
sacrifices and bravery within the community that the new generation is
finding a novel way to revisit.
For tickets and more information, contact: Inderjit Kalkat- 021783488,
Manik Talwar- 0211112527
The cinema listing for New Zealand is as follows:
Auckland: Event cinemas,Manukau & Hoyts cinemas,Botany
Hamilton: Hoyts cinemas Teawa
Christchurch: Hoyts cinemas Riccarton
Hastings: Focal point Queen St
Tauranga: Baycity Cinemas
Wellington: Event cinemas queensgate

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Q: About the movie
Chakravyuh- Lethal circles is the first Hindi film
being made in New Zealand. Our actors have put brilliant
input into the film. Our unit’s hard work will be visible to
everyone very soon. I’ll request everyone not to ignore this
film. Whether you like it or not, I’ll be more than happy to
take feedback. It’s a must watch entertainment packed film
made in NZ, for NZ, for Hindi speaking audience in NZ. I
think no one should miss this
Q: What is the film like?
The story is so powerful with lots of twists and turns
and very well woven, that we thought if we do not give
our best to the movie then we are not really doing justice
to the story.

Kedar Divekar: As Deepak Singh

Two hours of full entertainment including thrills, twist
and turns. Do support us by coming and watching the film.
Q: Working with team Chakravyuh:
When we work as a team, we have our focus on
getting best out of the product we have got to deliver. I
knew all the people. We have worked together in different
projects. That’s why working with them was fun. It wasn’t
like something that you never experienced before. Now
having already worked with them, we’re going to make it
something really worth filming for us
Q: About your character: Deepak Singh
Preparing myself for this character was a different kind
of challenge. The previous roles I have done were kind of

similar ones. But this one is complete different character.
Q: Why should NZ Audience watch this film?
I know as of today, people watch movies on you tube
or buy DVDs to watch movies. But as an average person
I think there should be good support for a movie that has
been made in the country for country people. So that for
the people here, we can give them even better shown in
the future.

Monica Nangia: As Jyoti Singh

I enjoyed working in this movie. The story is really
good and so do the team. We have tried to make a good
film.
Q: What is the best part of the movie?
It’s story, which I hadn’t heard before. When I heard
the story, I like it very much. The story is that the female
lead Jyoti’s husband has died and police is investigating
her having a doubt that she has killed him. She get nervous
and scared with the investigation. Then how she gets out of
the situation is what the story is about.
Q: Funny moments
There are a lots, but one that I remember is that we were
shooting an intense scene. We almost thought that it done
now and we’ll be packing up. Our assistant director told us
that sorry we have to shoot the scene again as I am visible
in that frame. So when we watched that scene, he was
sitting there behind us and that looked so funny!
Q: Message for the fans
Please do come and watch our movie. I am sure you’ll
like it as we have put our honest efforts and hardwork
on this. I guarantee you that you’ll definitely enjoy a lot
watching this film.
Q: About her role
I have not done this kind of role before. I like this role
because it’s a really strong role with lots of variations. I
enjoyed this role.

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Love, peace and service- In
Gold rush at Sona Sansaar
the honour of Mother Teresa ¡¡Swati Sharma
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he Mother Teresa Inter Faith Committee
invites everyone to honour one of the 20th
century’s greatest figures, Mother Teresa of
Calcutta in homage to inspiring Leadership and
Community work.
Among those on the committee are
representatives of the Hindu, Muslim,
Buddhists, Christians, Sikhs, Zoroastrians and
Jewish communities from around the Auckland
region.
People from various Community are
invited to come and bond together as one

Family in the name of Mother Teresa to
promote LOVE, PEACE AND SERVICE
which were the guiding principles of Mother
Teresa’s life.
The commemorative ceremony will be
led by Hon.Peseta Sam Lotu- liga- Minister
of Ethnic Communities and the Indian High
Commissioner H.E. Ravi Thapar will be
lighting the lamp.
The ceremony is hosted by the Catholic
Bishop of Auckland, Most. Rev. Bishop Patrick
Dunn. There will be    skit, songs and hymns
on Peace and Love. Mother Teresa sisters in
Auckland will be taking part in this very special
event.
One of the reasons for this initiative is that
Mother reached out to everyone irrespective of
faith and community and there was a need to
come together as one body to pay tribute to her.
In words echoing those of the other members
of the committee, Mother Teresa’s love and
compassion, crossing all boundaries, knew no
bounds. Her humble and dedicated care of the
dying, the unwanted, the lonely and those who
were desperately poor is legendary and is a
legacy that continues to this day.
The function is open to the public and all
are cordially invited to come and be part of this
very special ceremony.
For details of the event see What’sOn page

Investment opportunities
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pendant and more. A total of 22 prizes were
distributed.
Labour MP Phill Goff gave out the gifts
through a draw. The draw had hundreds of
enries. Anyone who spent $200 or more during
the month of August was eligible to enter into
the draw. Some people even had up to 10 entries
in the draw. Random draw chits were picked up
to decide the winners. Following is the list of
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Contact Number

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Rope Chain

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Diamond Earrings

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Gold Earrings

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Gold Ring

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Gold Earrings

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Gold Bali/Hoop Earrings

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Gold Pendant

Shahjahan

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Maya

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Shahajan Mohammed

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Sehadeven

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Sanjida

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Marisha Kumar

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Yajat Pandya

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Hewan

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rom 18th  to 20th  Oct 2013, a group of
98 Senior citizens and volunteers from
Bhartiya Samaj Charitable trust enjoyed a
wonderful three days outing to Paihia and its
satellite places in two comfortable coaches.

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Date: 15th and 16th November (Saturday
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Amitabh cycles in
Kolkata, says city
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nostalgic Bollywood superstar Amitabh
Bachchan Sunday relished “too many
memories” of Kolkata as he pedalled on
a bicycle through the city’s nerve centre
BBD Bagh that houses numerous heritage
structures as also the Writers Buildings - the
regular seat of the West Bengal government.
Amitabh arrived in the city Sunday
morning to shoot for “Vicky Donor” director
Shoojit Sircar’s upcoming film “Piku”,
where he plays the role of father to starlet
Deepika Padukone.
“In ‘PIKU land’ ... !! Too many memories
flashing by as the drive from the airport ends
.. but so much more to come in the days
ahead. Kolkata shall always hold a special
place and space within...a ‘city of joy’ that
energises you with intellect and passion !!”,
the 71-year-old one-time angry young man
of Indian cinema posted on his Twitter page.
He cycled in the afternoon as part of the
shooting for the film that is scheduled to hit
the screens April 30, 2015.

Stop comparing me
with my cousins:
Parineeti

The actress is currently busy promoting
“Kill Dil”, a film helmed by Shaad Ali.
Govinda, Ranveer Singh, and Ali Zafar are
part of the movie that is slated for a Nov 14
release.
With just five films in three years,
Parineeti has not only found a firm foothold
in filmdom, she also won a Special Mention
National Award for “ Ishaqzaade”.
Is she hoping to bag another National
Award for “Kill Dil”?
“When I did ‘Ishaqzaade’, I only wanted
that my critics, the audience, and my parents
should like my work. With this film (‘Kill
Dil’), I have tried something different and
National Awards definitely motivates you,
but I can’t demand a National Award. If I
deserve it, I will get it. If not, I will work hard
next time,” said the 26-year-old.

I have only been
dumped so far:
Ranveer

Actor Ranveer Singh, who has often been
chased by link-up rumours, says so far he has
not dumped anyone in his life.
“Actually I have never dumped anyone
in my life so far. I have only been dumped
so far,” Ranveer said at the unveiling of
“Nakhriley” song from “Kill Dil” at the Yash
Raj Studios.
Director Shaad Ali’s “Kill Dil” is coming
out Nov 14.
Co-incidentally Ranveer’s “Ram-leela”
also released in November.
Is November auspicious for you?
“I don’t know because I don’t decide the
release dates of my films. I can only work
hard as an actor. I hope even ‘kill Dil’ does as
well as ‘Ram-leela did,” said the actor who
is reportedly dating his “Ram-leela” co-star
Deepika Padukone.
In “Kill Dil”, he has teamed up with
Parineeti Chopra and Govinda and says that
the latter inspired him to be an actor.
“The biggest reason why I have become
an actor is Govinda,” said Ranveer.
“Since childhood days I have been
watching his films and dance moves, so I
can proudly say that today I am here only
because of Govinda. I think I am the biggest
fan of Govinda,” he added.

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er cousin Priyanka Chopra is a star.
Now, another family member, Mannara,
is all set to enter Bollywood with “Zid” and
Parineeti feels that it is unfair to pit her
against her cousins.
“Zid” trailer is out and when Parineeti
was asked whether she had seen it and did
she think Mannara will be a competitor, she
said: “Yes, I saw the teaser and I think she
looks sexy. We grew up together and there is
just two years difference between us.”
“I think it’s time that people stopped
comparing me with my sisters in a negative
way. We all have immense love for each
other,” she added.

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Jagad Guru Speaks

Date and Time: Thursdays at 8:30pm and
Sundays at 11:30am
Venue: Face TV (Sky 083)
For thought provoking and uplifting insights
into who you are and your purpose in life,
tune into Jagad Guru Speaks. Jagad
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Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
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Interfaith meeting

Date: Saturday 22nd November 2014
Time: 2pm to 3:15 pm
Venue: Christ the King Church, 260
Richardson Road, Mt Roskill
The Mother Teresa Inter Faith Committee
invites everyone to honour one of the 20th
century’s greatest figures, Mother Teresa of
Calcutta in homage to inspiring Leadership
and Community work. The commemorative
ceremony will be led by Hon.Peseta Sam
Lotu- liga- Minister of Ethnic Communities
and the Indian High Commissioner
H.E.Ravi Thapar will be lighting the lamp.

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Date: 6th November to 9 November 2014
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Main Diwan: Thursday 6 Nov (Evening
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2014

Date: 7-9 November 2014
Time: TBC
Venue: Mangere Centre Park Stadium,
101 Robertson Road, Mangere, Auckland
2014 NZ Sangam Golf tournament will
be happening on Sunday 2nd November.
This event is open to all Sangam and Non
Sangam Golfers with prizes available for
both categories. For details or registration
to the Sangam Golf tournament please
contact Krish Krishna 021717161 or Ravi
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Sandhya Sanjana and
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Music of love and romance

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Dhanashree Pandit Rai promotes this dying genre of light classical Indian music through a recent concert in Auckland
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arrived in Auckland, quite literally, with a
thunderstorm. My first thought was: hope
I manage to create a similar thunderstorm
on stage!,” says Dhanashree Pandit Rai, who
showcased her vocal skills recently at the
Mt Albert War Memorial Hall in Auckland
organised by Migrant Heritage Charitable
Trust Inc.
The event was sponsored by East Tamaki
Healthcare, Relianz Forex, Chasers Foods and
Snacks, Eco Travel, ASB Community Trust,
Creative NZ and COGS.
Trained in “fully-grounded” Indian
classical music under the tutelage of Pandit
Firoz Dastur, Rai specialised in thumri under
the able-guidance of the legendary Shobha
Gurtu. Dhanashree holds a master’s degree in
Hindustani classical music from University of
Mumbai.
Dhanashree is one of the leading exponents
of the thumri form of music and her repertoire,
besides khayal, consists of thumri, chaiti, hori,
kajri , sawan, jhoola and the likes.
Rai aspires to give thumri its rightful place
on the concert stage today since it definitely
faces the risk of extinction with the dominance
of khayal. “Thumri stands in between pure
classical and light classical forms of music. It
can be comparable to jazz music in western
classical,” explains Rai. “I want the public to
appreciate its special flavour and charm. This
form of music has fewer specialisations and
so its not taken seriously.”

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Rai attempts to give thumri a contemporary
touch by comparing the love and romance
expressed in braj bhasha, to the canteen
language among teenagers. “Language could
be a barrier for the music form to not appeal
to younger people,” says Rai. “Thumri’s job
is to preserve heritage. The emotions can be
relived in the contemporary world.”
In fact, Rai has combined her thumri
vocals with jazz music played by New
York City-based pianist Richard Bennett.
Named ‘Mumbai Masala’, the fusion album
is expected to be released end of the year.
She plans to teach the nuances of thumri to
students of classical music and also organise
for a master class in Auckland.
“Thumri is not getting the respect it
deserves,” laments Rai. However, her
rendition of this light classical music style at
Rangarasiya, as the concert in Auckland was
named, was lapped up by the audience that
had gathered for the concert.
An appreciative Rai says, “The people
were attentive, appreciative, enthusiastic,
receptive and interactive - everything that
an artiste secretly wishes for in an audience.
Besides the coterie of lay people, there
were singers and knowledgeable people
who asked some questions to which I didn’t
even have an answer. It reminded me of the
audience at NCPA in Mumbai.” Rai, who was
accompanied by Manjit Singh of Rhythm
School of Music on tabla and Samir Bhalodkar
on the harmonium, admitted to enjoy clicking
personal photos with the audience.

Let the Pyar sparkle
brighter this Diwali

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