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Historical visit concludes with hope,

optimism, agreements, and awards
Maya Shivam

and services with India topped $2 billion

last year, and more than 23,000 Indian
students studied in New Zealand last
year alone.

istory was created when the

President of India arrived in New
Zealand on April 30the first
visit by an Indian President to the country.
Expectations were high, as the visit
was viewed as an opportunity to highlight
the warm Indo-Kiwi relationship based
on a shared Commonwealth heritage,
commitment to democracy and the over
160,000 New Zealanders of Indian-origin,
who make an important contribution to
business, cultural and sporting life in
New Zealand.
President Mukherjee and his delegation
arrived for a series of events in Auckland,
including an official welcome at the
Government House Auckland, a state
dinner hosted by the Governor-General,
and talks with the Governor-General and
the Prime Minister.
While in Auckland, President Mukherjee
also addressed students at the AUT
Business School and met Indian business
and community leaders. Prime Minister
John Key said, India is an increasingly
important trade and economic partner
for New Zealand. Our total trade in goods

President Mukherjee and his delegation arrived

for a series of events in Auckland, including
an official welcome at the Government House
Auckland, a state dinner hosted by the
Governor-General, and talks with the GovernorGeneral and the Prime Minister.

The flight arrived early morning and Air

India One was heartily welcomed by the
Minister of Ethnic Relations Sam Lotu-liga
and other business and community leaders,
both Indian and Kiwi, along with the media.

The Guard of Honour

ater that day, the President attended

the official welcome at the Government
House by the Governor-General. The
President was given a traditional Maori
welcome or powhiri with the Haka and the
traditional hongi.
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The Indian national flag was hoisted,

which was followed by the Indian national
anthem. The President, who is also the
Supreme Commander of the Indian
Armed Forces, then inspected the Guard
of Honour.

President Mukherjee invites

New Zealand to join Make in
India initiative

uring his address at the state dinner

held at the Government House,
President Pranab Mukherjee invited New
Zealand investors and entrepreneurs to
participate in the Make in India initiative.

New Zealand has made tremendous

progress in dairy development, food
information technology, clean energy
biotechnology, healthcare and services,
to mention a few, Mukherjee said in his
speech during the banquet. We would
very much like to enhance our bilateral
co-operation in these areas, learn from
the successful experience and practices of
New Zealand and collaborate with you in
creating new and innovative products and
technology, he said.
Stating that India looked forward to
new partnerships with New Zealand in
areas of common interest, he said, We
invite investors and entrepreneurs from
New Zealand to join Indian counterparts
in the Make in India initiative of
my government.
Mukherjee said that bilateral relations
between India and New Zealand gained
a new momentum since the visit of New
Zealand Prime Minister John Key to India
in June 2011 stating that it was in 2013 that
our bilateral trade crossed $1 billion.

Andrew Little meets with

President Mukherjee

eader of the Opposition Andrew

Little says it was a privilege to meet
the President of India during his recent
visit to Auckland. The meeting signalled

6 May 2016 |

the importance of the Labour Partys
relationship with the Indian community in
New Zealand.
We enjoyed a fruitful conversation
where a Free Trade Agreement with India
was discussed including issues around
economic development and food security.
I urged that the FTA be expedited and
the President said he looked forward to
new trade partnerships with New Zealand.
This would be of value to both countries
and is an important ongoing issue for the
relationship between our two nations.
I also raised with the President the
valuable contribution of the Indian
community in New Zealand and the
communitys warm history with the Labour
Party, Andrew Little said.

INZBC- catalysts to Indo

Kiwi business relationship

ith new initiatives undertaken by the

Indian government, the economy of
India is bound to grow at 810% for several
decades, said Honourable President of
India at the Business Leaders Meet held on
May 1 in Central Auckland.
across New Zealand were
invited to meet the Hon.
President of India. The
Business Leaders meet
was hosted by Indian High
Commission, Wellington
along with India New
Council (INZBC).
President Mukherjee
Zealand for a high GDP
and GNP growth. He
expressed his happiness
over the great leadership
provided to the younger
generation of the country. Mentioning
about the 15,000 Indian students studying
in various universities and colleges in New
Zealand, the president acknowledged that
New Zealand is one of the top destinations for
Indian students.

INZBC Chair, Robert Barker. He further

added that the government of India
welcomes investments from New Zealand
in broad range of sectors such as agriprocessing, food processing, post-harvest
technology transfer in refrigeration, cold
chains, storage and logistics for minimising
post-production losses.
We sincerely hope that honourable
president takes back with him the message
of furthering the already blossoming
bilateral relationship between India and
New Zealand, said INZBC Treasurer,
Bhav Dhillon.
Mr Dhillon commented later that the
FTA process with India needs patience
by both the countries so that it becomes
valuable for the needs of both countries.

We sincerely hope that

honourable president takes
back with him the message
of furthering the already
blossoming bilateral
relationship between India
and New Zealand, said
INZBC Treasurer,
Bhav Dhillon.

There is a wrong perception that the

India-NZ FTA is taking a long time. The
talks with China went to 1415 rounds
and the talks withBlack
India are stillOrange
at the
10 round.
The economy of India is the seventhlargest in the world by nominal GDP and the
third-largest by purchasing power parity
(PPP). Due to the enormous opportunity
that lies in India, the relationship with
India has become the priority relationship
for the New Zealand government.
The New Zealand-India FTA is a crucial
step towards achieving that goal. The
presidents visit to New Zealand expedited
the talks further in areas of agriculture,
dairy, food processing, education and skill
development as well as high technology.
FTA between the two countries is likely to
boost the trade significantly and benefit
the countries in a number of ways such as
vast market for consumer products and
services, reduced tariffs on Indian imports
and more certainty for investors.

Code share agreement with

India finalisedAir Traffic
Agreement signed

n the sidelines of the business meet,

a new deal between New Zealand and
India was signed that opens the door for a
direct flight between the two countries.

The air services agreement signed

in Auckland should also boost tourism
and trade between New Zealand and the
worlds second-most populated nation,
says Transport Minister Simon Bridges.
Bridges signed the deal with Sanjeev
Balyan, Indias Minister of State for
Agriculture and Farmer Welfare. The
ceremony at the Langham Hotel was
witnessed by Prime Minister John Key
and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.
INZBC was acknowledged for its work and
contribution in making this a reality.

The president brings home

the message of peace
and solidarity

I am going back with the deep

satisfaction that we have identified a group
of persons, identified a country where
we share the common perception about
the development, progress, peace and
prosperity, said President Mukherjee.
The president urged Kiwi businesses to
look seriously at India
as an investment
Huge and growing
continues to attract
Kiwi businesses to
India. Many of the big
names across the globe
are present in India. I
believe New Zealand
businesses need to
take that extra step
to tap those potential
opportunities, said,

he High Commissioner of India, Sanjiv

Kohli, hosted a dinner reception in
honour of the president on the evening of
May 1. It was an occasion where a large
chunk of the Indian diaspora gathered in
honour of the President of India.
The evening was well planned and
executed under the able guidance of the
High Commissioner.

Last weekend, I welcomed Indian important trade and economic partner for
President Shri Pranab Mukherjee on a New Zealand with our total trade in goods
historic visit to New Zealand, the first ever and services topping $2 billion last year.
by an Indian president. The presidents
- NZ Prime Minister John Key
visit was also a great opportunity to
highlight our warm relationship, which
is based on a shared Commonwealth
heritage and commitment to democracy.
President Mukherjee and his delegation
arrived for a three-day visit on Saturday,
April 30 and attended a series of events in
Auckland, including an official welcome at
Government House in Auckland, a state
dinner hosted by the Governor-General,
and talks with the Governor-General
and myself. We had a number of positive
conversations focused on establishing
a free trade agreement between our
two countries. India is an increasingly

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The presidential address was something

that everyone waited for and Shri Pranab
Mukherjee, known for being a strong
orator, did not disappoint.
He said, If we want to draw a lesson
from history, we have to draw the lesson of
peace and solidarity.
He went on to narrate the story of Tagore,
who wrote to thinkers and educationists
from his deathbed expressing concern
over the future of the world asking them
why they were all silent during the time
of the world war. He eventually received a

response from one of them that reassured

him and rid him of his anxiety. The letter
read: Tagore, the course of civilisation
has never been dominated by the swords
of conquerors but by persons who
preach message of love and compassion.
Therefore, the contemporary history is
not going to be shaped by the black shirts
of Mussolini, the brown shirts of Hitler,
not even the red shirts of Stalin but by
a frail person who has no shirt and lives
in your countryMahatma Gandhi. He
called upon the Indian diaspora to further
Mahatma Gandhis message of peace and
solidarity while serving your motherland
from afar.
The highlight of the evening was singing
the Indian national anthem that brought
a lump in every throat and a tear to many
an eye.

MoU brings senior Indian

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Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) signed in Auckland in the
presence of the President of India gives
Victoria University of Wellington students
a unique opportunity to be taught about
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Under the MoU, a senior Indian

academic will visit Victoria University every
year to teach an undergraduate course on
modern Indian history and culture.
The MoU will also enhance academic
relationships between Victoria and Indian
for greater exchanges of ideas, staff
and students.
The parties to the MoU are Victoria
Universitys Faculty of Humanities and
Social Sciences and the Indian Council
for Cultural Relations of New Delhi. The
MoU will continue a visiting ICCR Chair in
Indian Studies.
Hon. Steven Joyce, Minister for Tertiary
Education, Skills and Employment was also
present at the occasion.
Professor Jennifer Windsor, Pro-Vice
Chancellor, Faculty of Humanities and
Social Sciences, signed the MoU with His
Excellency Mr Sanjiv Kohli, who signed on
behalf of the ICCR.
until 2019.

New Zealand Excellence

Awards for Indian
students announced

Employment Minister Steven Joyce
announced a new university scholarship
initiative for Indian students. The
announcement was made while President
Mukherjee was in Auckland.
Thirty-five top Indian scholars are being
offered the opportunity to study graduate
and postgraduate programmes at eight of
New Zealands world-class universities,
engineering and maths (STEM), fashion,
and business-related courses through the
New Zealand Excellence Awards.
India is New Zealands 10th largest
trade partner. Last year, our two-way trade
reached $2 billion. This initiative signals

the commitment of the New Zealand

Government and our universities to
strengthen the relationship and recognise
India as a core trade, economic, political
and education partner.
Education is key to New Zealands
bilateral relationship with India. In 2014,
more than 20,000 Indian students chose
to study in New Zealand, making India
the second-largest source of international
students to New Zealand.
Scholarship programmes [such as] this
are an important aspect of strengthening
relationship. Each Indian student studying
here will act as an ambassador for New
Zealand promoting the high quality of our
university system.
Continuing to grow the number of
higher-level Indian students studying
courses in undergraduate and postgraduate
programmes is a top priority, especially
in study disciplines that New Zealand
industries need in order to keep growing,
says Mr Joyce.
The successful New Zealand Excellence
Awards recipients will each receive NZD
$5,000 towards their tuition fees and will
begin their studies in 2016 and 2017.

It was both an honour and a privilege to

meet the honourable President of India. This
was a historic visit, both because it was a first
by any Indian president and also because of
the numerous things that were achieved.
The Air Services Agreement will go a long
way in increasing the people-to-people
contact and encouraging trade between the
two countries. I look forward to a better and
a mutually beneficial relationship between
the two countries.
MP Mahesh Bindra

6 May 2016 |

President Mukherjees visit is a

significant step in strengthening bilateral Red
ties between New Zealand and India. India
is one of the fastest growing economies in
the world. It represents huge opportunities
for trade and is a priority relationship for
the New Zealand Government. In 2011,
Prime Minister launched the NZ Inc India
Strategy, a plan for India to become a core
trade, economic and political partner for
New Zealand.
The visit by President Mukherjee
was a historic visit not only because this
was the first visit to New Zealand by an
Indian president but also because of what
we achieved. New Zealand and India
have negotiated and signed air services
agreement to enable more flights between
(AUT) business school. In his presence,
the two countries. New Zealand airlines
Hon. Steven Joyce, Minister for Tertiary
now have the option to code-share to
Education, Skills and Employment
seven major cities in India. This will
Minister announced that New Zealand
undoubtedly boost tourism and trade,
will start offering scholarships to 35
giving further encouragement to our
Indian scholars. These scholarships will
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It was also my honour to meet
graduate and postgraduate programmes
President Mukherjee during his visit. I
at any of our universities.
took the opportunity to make the case
The latest signed agreements will
for an Indian consulate to be based in
surely boost the friendship between the
Auckland because a large number out
two countries and push them to remain
of the 160,000 people of Indian origin
core partners in economic and political
reside in the greater Auckland region. I
sectors. I hope that the two countries
also took the opportunity to share with
continue to thrive by collaborating
the delegation, the need for direct flights
with each other and benefit people
between New Zealand and India.
who call New Zealand and India their
President Mukherjee was invited to
permanent homes.
speak and interact with students at the
Auckland University of Technologys
MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi

Behind the scenes hero

or those who dont know, His

Excellency Mr Sanjiv Kohli, the
High Commissioner of India,
presented his credentials just 10 days
before this historic visit and within
this short span of time, he displayed
his organisational as well as people
management skills to provide excellent
leadership, coupled with timely decisionmaking to make this visit a success.
Talking on the sidelines of this visit, a
senior security official along with the
president commented, I have been
involved with 35 president visits over the
years and this visit can surely be termed
as the best. With the feedback we have
got from all quarters, there is no doubt
that Mr Kohli has managed to hit a six on
the first delivery.
After the president left, Indian
Weekender spoke to Mr Kohli and he
commented as below:
The visit of our Honourable President
to New Zealand has been hugely
successful. The visit has reaffirmed
the priority that India attaches to this
important and historic relationship.
Discussions between the two countries
clearly brought out the great potential that
exists for mutual benefit in an enhanced
partnership at all levels, bilateral,
regional and multilateral. We foresee a
more substantive engagement in areas
of trade and investment. The signing of
agreements in the fields of air connectivity
and education is an acknowledgement of
our rapidly increasing cooperation in
the education and tourism sectors. The
impact of these agreements will, however,
extend beyond these two sectors. The
visit will provide a new momentum to our
foreign policy towards the Asia-Pacific
region. This visit has shown that India
and New Zealand may be geographically
distant but the warmth and friendship

that marks our relationship is remarkable.

I take this opportunity to thank the
government and people of New Zealand
for the hospitality and goodwill extended
by them during this visit. I do not have
adequate words to thank our friends from
various government organisations such
as MFAT, VCO, Auckland Airport and
police authorities who ensured that the
various arrangements for the visit were
just perfect. I also convey my gratitude to
the business community of New Zealand
as well as to the Indian community for
their enthusiastic participation in the
events organised during the visit. My
gratitude is also due to the media for
their comprehensive coverage of the visit.
I will be failing in my duty if I do not
acknowledge the hard work put in by the
management and staff of The Langham
and Rendezvous hotels in Auckland in
making our delegates feel comfortable.
On another note, we have no doubt that
with his experience and skill, the High
Commissioner will scale new heights in
the India-NZ relationship. We at Indian
Weekender will continue to follow his
progress during his term in Wellington
and wish him the very best.

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Nanaksar, Manurewa on Saturday,
April 30, where around 200 people received
information on common health issues in
the community.
Present at the expo were MP Mr
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Manurewa Local
Board Chairperson Angela Dalton, and
Deputy Chairperson Simeon Brown, who
appreciated and congratulated the youth
members on their successful initiative of
creating awareness.
The programme started with an
introduction by Harjit Kaurthe emcee
for the dayfollowed by an informative
presentation by Yash Chheda from Heart
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Healthy snacks and lunch was served after
the presentations.
People received information about
diabetes, dental care, cholesterol, and water
safety. Michelle Henry from Burns Support
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medical emergencies were addressed by
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Nagi shared his views on healthy living.
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Community voices dissatisfaction with

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anukau Indian Association

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on Friday, April 29, on the issue
of rising crime in Auckland, especially in
the south of the city where assaults have
become a daily routine.
Present at the meeting were MP Jenny
Salesa and MP Phil Goff of Labour party,
Auckland Council Deputy Chair Ross
Robertson, MIA President Veer Khar,
community representatives, shop owners
and victims of crime.
South Auckland has recently become a
hub for the crime mongers to rob, assault
and peddle unsolicited activities. The
objective behind these actions has more
often than not been termed as opportunistic
and materialistic instead of being
racially motivated.
representatives, most of the victims are
dissatisfied with the approach and actions
of the police; some even complain of not
being heard at all by the police. The victims
mostly are dairy, liquor, jewellery shop
owners besides pedestrians on deserted
streets. The gathering raised concerns
among many who questioned if the police
were properly performing their duty.
According to statistics, as mentioned
by MP Phil Goff, only six per cent of the
crimes reported are solved or has an
outcome where the offenders are punished

but the remaining 94 per cent manage to

get away with it without being convicted or
punished. This further encourages them to
continue with such activities and increases
the number of crimes in the city.
A victim present at the meeting spoke
of the astonishing response and action
from police when her husband was being
attacked at the East Tamaki dairy shop
last week.
My husband was being hit with a
hammer by a man when he tried to retort
to the robbery at our dairy shop in East
Tamaki. I called the police and mentioned
that we are being assaulted right now. I was
[asked] silly questions instead of sending
the cops to the scene. On raising an alarm,
locals and friends rushed to the scene but by
that time the offender had fled. The police
arrived much later after the attacker [ran]
away and my husband was already covered
in a pool of blood, the woman said.
A couple of other stories were also
presented at the forum where people
complained of the police department pays
no attention no heed to their issues.
The police have to be more vigilant
not just in terms of issuing traffic violation
tickets but in tackling such crimes with
stringent rules and grim punishments, said
one of the victims of assaults at the meeting.
At the Q&A session responding to
various queries and suggestions, MP Phil
Goff added that the problem remains
deep-rooted within the society. The fault



Above: (from left to right) MP

Phil Goff, MP Jenny Salesa,
Auckland Council Deputy
Chair Ross Robertson and MIA
President Veer Khar
Right: Attendees at the Crime
and Safety meeting

does not only lie with

the offenders but also
with the family and
the environment they
grow up in. From the
history and family
backgrounds of the
recent offenders, it
was ascertained that
the parents of these
were involved in drugs
addiction, dealing and
smoking marijuana, were alcoholic and
had a history of domestic violence. Most
of these offenders were young, had not
attended school for weeks and months, and
their guardians had little to no knowledge
about it. Mr Goff also mentioned that 50
per cent of the prison population is of
Maori origin. Most of these offenders were
Pacific Islanders and have had a history of a
dysfunctional family.

To reduce the crime rate in the city,

such broken families and individuals have
to be rehabilitated because there lays the
root cause of all the problems, added an
attendee at the forum.
The community associations of South
Auckland are holding regular meetings to
discuss means to mitigate illicit activities
in the areas and how to stay safe and act at
times of distress.

NZICAs 90th annual conference

PM John Key meets
children of Mt Roskill
IWK Bureau

IWK Bureau

n Tuesday, April 26,

New Zealand Prime
Minister Rt Hon.
John Key invited students
from different schools of
Mt Roskill suburb for open
discussion. The event was
organised by MP Dr Parmjeet
Parmar at Mt Roskill Baptist
Church. The children had a
great session discussing with
the PM. They were curious to
know about the working and
life of a prime minister. A
group from each school was
present with their teachers,
Principals from some of the
schools also accompanied
their students.
A group of 25 children from
Bhartiya Samaj Charitable
Trusts Language and Cultural
school were present for
the occasion. On behalf of
Bhartiya Samaj, young and
talented artists Eksimar and
Ishan Chopra presented their
work in the form of painting to
the prime minister.
PM Key answered each
question patiently that made
children more comfortable to Topmost: PM Joh Key with MP Dr Parmjeet Parmar
ask him questions. His down- Above: The prime minister with children of Mt Roskill
to-earth approach was a source of
in future. After an hour, the
inspiration to everyone present
on the occasion. People took programme ended with smiles on
pictures with the PM to reminisce childrens face.

(NZICA) held its 90th
on Saturday, April 23, at the
Auckland. The conference was
hosted by Auckland Indian
Association Inc. (AIAI) and was
attended by 120 delegates from
across New Zealand.
Special guests included List
MP and Parliamentary Private
Secretary for Ethnic Communities
Melissa Lee, Board of Director
of National Party Mr Alastair
Bell, MP Phil Goff, List MPs
Mr Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi and
Dr Parmjeet Parmar. Other
dignitaries included Judge Dr
Ajit Swaran Singh, Dr Satendra
Singh, Anthony Wenceslaus and
Jeet Suchdev.
Melissa Lee awarded merit
certificates to Sharda Patel of
Wellington and Nanette Nathoo of
Auckland for attending more than
15 annual conferences. Mr Bakshi
gave away NZICA Community
Service Awards to Mohan Ganda
of Auckland, Paul Patel of Central
Districts, Susie Ranchhod of
BOP Rotorua and Hansa Naran
of Manukau.
The conference also honoured
and acknowledged the valued
services of its life members by
presenting a recognition award.
Mr Goff presented these trophies.
The conference was a day full of
deliberations and concluded with

NZICA officers for 20162017

the election of office bearers for the

year 20162017. Mr Bhikhu Bhana
of Pukekohe Indian Association
was elected as President, Mr Paul
Patel of Central Districts Indian
Association was elected as Vice
President, Mr Prakash Biradar of
Auckland Indian Association was
elected as General Secretary, Mrs
Manisha Morar of Wellington
Indian Association was elected
as Assistant Secretary and Mrs
Hansa Naran of Manukau Indian
Association was elected as
Treasurer. The outgoing President
Mr Harshad Patel will continue
on the executive team. The new
vibrant team is determined to
develop a long-term strategic plan
to strengthen its branches and
affiliate associations in order to
empower the sizeable population
of Kiwi-Indians. With the Indian
population close to 160,000
according to the latest census,
NZICA is developing strategies to
enhance the wider representation
of them. NZICAs immediate task
list includes:
Representing the voice of Indian
community in NZ
Increase dialogue with the New
Zealand government to resolve

issues such as security, law

and order
youth programmes
Provide more representation of
women from local to national
executive level
strengthen the links between
minor Indian ethnic groups
Continue the good relations with
the Indian High Commission
and discuss with His Excellency
to look into the problems faced
by Kiwi-Indians
measures for New Zealand in
India and vice versa
NZICA was established in 1926
by three Indian associations
Country Sectionto advance
the cause of all Indians, be it
educational, health, welfare or
cultural identity.
Today, it is well established
and has a track record of 90
years history in dealing with the
issues concerning members of the
association and Kiwi-Indians.

NEW ZEALAND | 6 May 2016

An introduction to apply
for resource consents




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pplying for a resource consent can

be a daunting prospect initially,
but if you know why they exist and
when youll need one, youll save time and
costs in the long run.
A resource consent is essentially a green
light from the Auckland Council to begin a
development project on a piece of land that
you want to work on.
Knowing when to apply for a resource
consent depends if the project is likely to
impact the environment. This can include
natural surroundings such as land, water,
skyline or the community, which may cover
light, noise, traffic and heritage areas.
Its really important to check if you need
a resource consent before you consider
any type of work that may impact the
environment, says Resource Consents
General Manager Ian Smallburn.
Without the correct consent, there
could be significant damage to a property or
impact on the community. In New Zealand,
we have a strong DIY mentality, but we
need to balance all development with its
effects on the environment.
A basic factor in determining if a
resource consent is needed is if the work
you have planned is permitted in your local
district plan. The best way to check this is
by calling Auckland Council or looking on
the council website.
Also, the bigger the size of the works, the
more detailed the consent is likely to be. For
instance, all subdivisions need a resource
consent because there will be a greater
impact on infrastructure such as water,
sewage and roads. Major earthworks need a
resource consent as does any development
that may impact traffic. Other activities that

may also need a resource consent include
building a new house or minor dwelling or
dividing a house into flats.
Auckland Council offers a free
information service, where you can call their
planning helpdesk or have a discussion with
a planner about your project for 15 minutes.
When preparing your consent application,
it is also important to have advice from
professionals such as a surveyor, planner
or engineer.
It is usually best to get your resource
consent before your building consent.
Resource consents come with a set
of conditions that require compliance
throughout different stages of the building
or development works. These conditions
reduce any possible hazards to the
environment or the community.
The best approach is to discuss your
plans with the council, do some homework
on what is needed, and make use of
councils pre-application service if you have
a complex proposal.
If you need more information or want to
apply for a resource consent, please contact
Auckland Council on 09 301 0101.

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6 May 2016 |




PM attends Sudima Airport

Hotels reopening

The time to be happy

is now: Brahmrishi
Shri Gurudev

Gaurav Sharma

udima Hotels and Resorts Group

marked the official reopening of
its iconic Christchurch Airport
hotel following its recent $25 million
redevelopment project. Prime Minister
John Key was present at the occasion along
with Lianne Dalziel, mayor of Christchurch,
and other ministers including Gerry
Brownlee, as well as MPs Nicky Wagner and
Amy Adams.
Sudesh Jhunjhunwala, CEO of the
group, informed, The redefined Sudima
Christchurch Airport is another sign
that the city is slowly getting back on its
feet after the earthquakes. With 88 new
executive rooms, a new faade and lobby,
a fully refurbished restaurant and an
increased conference space, we are now
one of the largest conferencing facilities
in Christchurch. Acquired by the
Jhunjhnuwala family in 1999, the hotel
was re-branded as Sudima Christchurch
Airport and became the first member of
the Sudima Hotels and Resorts group.
Now the group operates four hotels in New
ZealandAuckland, Rotorua, Hamilton
and Christchurch.
Apart from its business interests, the
group supports community initiatives
such as providing free breakfast to local
schoolchildren via its Breakfast Club and
supporting youth leaders through Sudima
Rotoruas scholarship programme.
We are looking to expand in the
Auckland CBD, Wellington and
Queenstown: Sudima CEO

Above: (from left to right) Laxmi and Sudesh Jhunjhunwala with PM John Key at the official
reopening of Sudima Airport Hotel
Inset: Brahmrishi in Christchurch

Indian Weekender caught up

with Sudesh Jhunjhunwala recently.
Below are some excerpts:
IWK:Please tell us a bit about
Sudima Hotels and Resorts Group in
New Zealand.
Sudesh:While our family has had
presence in New Zealand since 1991,
I shifted here in 2001. Starting from
Christchurch, we have expanded our
reach to Auckland CBD, Hamilton, and
Lake Rotorua.
IWK:And a bit about the groups
history internationally.
Sudesh:Sudima Hotels and Resorts is
owned by the Hind Group of Companies
headquartered in Hong Kong. It all started

patriarch, Shyam Sundar
Jhunjhnuwala, an Indian,
immigrated to Myanmar in 1918 to
set up a textile business there. The family
relocated to Hong Kong in the 1960s to
start a watch manufacturing business called
Hind Corporation. We went into hospitality
in late 1970s with businesses spread over
many countries including Singapore,
Australia, and Hong Kong.
IWK:What are the groups future
plans in New Zealand?
Sudesh:We were waiting for this
Christchurch project to get completed.
Going forward, we are looking to open
Sudima hotels in Auckland CBD, Wellington
and Queenstown.

Sudima Airport Hotel had its
first function in the form of a
spiritual evening,Awaken your Soul,
whereBrahmrishi Shri Gurudevan Indian
religious gurudelivered a public discourse
on ideals, teachings and preaching of
various religions. Borrowing from the
popular nursery rhyme, the Brahrishi
emphasised, If I can summarise what
I want to say today, it will bethe time
to be happy is now and the place to be
happy is here.
The four-hour programme
was organised by Laxmi
Sudesh Jhunjhunwala and
Women President of the
New Zealand chapter of
World Spiritual Awareness
Forum, and was attended
by more than 100 people.
I have been connected
to the guruji since last July
when I met him in Auckland
for the first time. Later on, I got a
chance to visit his ashram in Triputi as
well, where I met lots of people connected
to him and listened to their experiences.
He is a self-realised soul and it is
amazing to learn that he has helped
thousands of people with his spiritual
guidance. Thats why, this time, we decided
to organise an evening of sacred audience
with the Brahmrishi in Christchurch as well
so as to benefit the community here too,
said Laxmi.
Thomas Shaji Kurian, who met the
Brahmrishi for the first time in Christchurch,
noted, It was a divine experience to say
the least. Brahmrishis mission to guide us
to liberation while we continue with our
worldly duties is indeed praiseworthy.

Christchurch celebrates its annual Multicultural Social

Gaurav Sharma

technologies to the NZ Fashion Week

runway shows, Science of Fashion in 2008
and 2010, which captured the interests of
several entrepreneurs.
My wife Archna is a Justice of Peace and
marriage celebrant, my daughter Ruchika
is a Clinical Pharmacist at the Auckland
Hospital, and my son Sachin is studying
commerce in Dunedin.

he story of DrSurinder Tandona

senior scientist at AgResearch until
early this yearwho came to New
Zealand 27 years ago and rose to become
the member of the New Zealand Order of
Merit for services to the community and
textile science,is anything but ordinary. He
now heads the Christchurch Multicultural
Council (since 2009)a member of the New
Zealand Federation of Multicultural Council.
On Saturday, April 30, the organisation
celebrated its annual Multicultural Social
an event celebrating the diversity of New
Zealand and recognising the contributions
of volunteers in the citys not-for-profit
sector. Indian Weekender caught up with
him on the sidelines of the event for a
quick chat where he spoke about his New
Zealand journey and contributions to the
Indian community.
IWK:Please tell us a bit about your
New Zealand experience.

Tandon: I cameto New Zealand in 1988

from Delhi with a research scientist job
at Wool Research Organisation of New

voluntary organisations in and
around Christchurch.

Surinder Tandon at the Multicultural Social in Christchurch

Zealand based at Lincoln. I continued to

work as a senior scientist at WRONZ and
its successors Canesis and AgResearch until
early this year.
During these years, I led the development
and commercialisation of a number of
innovative wool fabric technologies for
wool grower groups and textile companies
worldwide. The highpoint was when I
helped AgResearch take the new wool

Tandon: I have been passionately involved

in the voluntary sector for the wellbeing of Indian, multi-ethnic and wider
Christchurch communities ever since my
arrival in New Zealand. I was the founding
Secretary (19972000) of the Indian Social
and Cultural Club, Christchurchs largest
Indian community group and helped
to run cultural events, Hindi language
classes, radio programme as well as various
sports events.
As a member of the Lincoln Rotary
Club since 1998 (President 201011), I
introduced an annual Lincoln Multicultural

Festival in 2004 to celebrate cultural

diversity there. Moreover, as the chair of
the Christchurch Multicultural Council
since 2009, I have closely worked with
various multicultural communities, local
councils, NGOs and government agencies
working in the refugee and migrant sector,
to help strengthen the ethnic communities,
meet their aspirations and promote their
diverse cultures.
Since 2007, I have been an executive
member of the Christchurch Interfaith
Council, which works to promote
greater understanding of diverse faiths
and religions.
IWK:Please tell us a bit about your
New Zealand Order of Merit award.
Tandon:In 2014 Queens Birthday
honours, I was made Member of the New
Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services
to the community and textile science.
Along with that, I have also been awarded
Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow
Medal in 2005, the UK Royal Chartered
Textile Institute Medal in 2012, and Hind
Rattan Jewel of India Award from the NRI
Welfare Society in New Delhi in 2014. | 6 May 2016

ITA welcomes the Air

Services agreement




ITA Media desk

new deal between New Zealand

and India should boost tourism
and trade between the two
countries, the government says. Transport
Minister Simon Bridges on Sunday, May
1,signed a new air services agreement
with Sanjiv Balyan, Minister of State for
Agriculture and Farmer Welfare of India
the worlds second most populated nation.
The ceremony at Aucklands Langham
Hotel was witnessed by Prime Minister
John Key and Indian President Pranab
Mukherjee, who visited New Zealand
last weekend.

New Zealand airlines now have the

opportunity to code-share to seven cities
in IndiaBangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad,
Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi,
Bridges said.
India is an emerging superpower and its
population of 1.25 billion people presents
enormous opportunities for New Zealand.
Our annual trade with India is worth
more than $1 billion. In the year to March
31, 2016, almost 52,000 Kiwis travelled to
India and close to 60,000 Indians visited
New Zealand. In addition, more than
160,000 people of Indian descent live here.
Todays (May 1) signing will boost
tourism, trade and personal ties between
our two countries, Bridges said
Since the governments air transport
policy was introduced in 2012, Bridges said
50 new or amended air agreements had
been negotiated, bringing the total to 78.
Most of the major airlines in the world
are now able to operate services to New
Zealand without restriction, with 18 new
air routes announced in the past year alone.
Our success in negotiating Air Services
Agreements is providing New Zealand
access to a large wealth of benefits including
tourism and trade. Well continue our efforts
to grow and enhance these connections,
making it easier for New Zealanders to
travel and trade internationally.

This comes as a welcome move for

India Trade Alliance (ITA) who has been
rallying with both governments for a while.
The agreement follows strong advocating
from ITA on behalf of its member, Air
New Zealand, with Air India Chairman
and Senior Member of Parliaments of
India, during the recent visit on March 11
by ITA Chairman Giri Gupta and General
Secretary Sunil Kaushal along with MP
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi.
Duncan Small, Head of Government
and Industry Affairs, Air NZ said, Air
New Zealand welcomes the signing of the
Air Services Agreement, which will enable

Top: Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare of

India Sanjeev Balyan and Transport Minister Simon Bridges
signing the agreement
Above: (from left to right) ITA General Secretary Sunil
Kaushal, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani
Lohani and MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi

extensive code-share connectivity between

New Zealand and India on Air New Zealand,
Singapore Airlines, Silk Air and, of course,
Air India. We recognise and thank the
High Commissions in both, Wellington and
New Delhi, the India NZ Business Council
and the ITA for their efforts in achieving
this significant milestone in the India
NZ relationship. Air New Zealand are
corporate members of ITA and are pleased
with this outcome.
Information on signing as provided by
Hamish Fletcherpool reporter




6 May 2016 |




HomeStart assisting people into their own homes

Kanwaljit Bakshi
National List MP

ational values home

it brings security to
individuals and their families.
Thats why the Nationalled government has a wideranging programme aimed at
improving housing supply and
affordability. We are rolling
out housing accords to freeup more land for development.
are taking steps to cut
unnecessary compliance costs.
Investment in skills will raise the
productivity performance of the
building sector. The government
is keeping firm control of its
own overall spending, thereby
assisting to hold mortgage interest
rates at their lowest levels in half
a century. All these measures will
pay growing dividends over time.

And supplementing these

policies, the government last
April doubled the level
of financial support
available for

home buyers through its KiwiSaver

HomeStart scheme.
Data on the first year of the
HomeStart programme have
now been published. And what
the figures show is that in its

even stronger, the

decided to slightly
alter one aspect
of the KiwiSaver

first year the scheme helped

11,943 people into their first
home with grants valued at
$55.6 million.
And to make the scheme

programme in respect of secondchance home-buyers.The change
being made from July aims to
better help mid-life, middleincome New Zealanders who have

been through a separation or

business failure and are struggling
to get back into home ownership
by enabling them to access their
KiwiSaver funds. The way the
current scheme works is that it
limits KiwiSaver withdrawals to
first home buyers and people who
have previously owned property
but have low assets and earnings.
The asset limit is 20 per cent of
the house price caps of $550,000,
$450,000 and $350,000, and
the income limit is $120,000
for a couple and $80,000 for
an individual.
The income limits are being
removed on July 1, meaning a
second-chance homeowner whose
assets are small will be able to
access their KiwiSaver funds to buy
a home regardless of how high their
income is.
This change aims to help
those that have been through a
separation or business failure
and want to get back into
home ownership.

Need to improve housing conditions

David Shearer
Labour MP

ven in an electorate like mine

where most households are
comfortably well-off relative to
elsewhere in the countrymy staff receives
several calls a week from families who are
struggling with mould, cold and dampness
in their homes. At this time of year with
winter setting in, people are becoming
even more desperate. Remember EmmaLita Bourne? Just a toddler, she died last
year from causes the Coroner attributed
to the unhealthy state house rented by
her family. If nothing changes, well have
more of the same this winter, and that



of cold, mouldy and damp housing on kids

Commissioner Russell Wills says the effects



contributes to 42,000 hospital admissions

and 15 deaths each year.
I see that as a national shame.
Most other western countries in the
world have regulations about the quality
of rental property. Here we have very
little. But this week, National MPs will
get the chance to ensure every rental
home in New Zealand is warm and dry
by supporting Labours Healthy Homes
Guarantee Bill (No 2). The Bill is designed
to protect New Zealand children by
guaranteeing that all rented homes meet
minimum standards for warmth and
dryness. It sets strict guidelines around
the insulation and heating of homes.
All landlords will have to comply before
they will legally be allowed to rent out
their properties.

Its about doing what the government

has failed to do. Instead of looking after
those in need, it has continued to protect
slum landlords. But its time for that to
stop. Improving rental properties means
we all save. A dollar spent on insulation has
been proven to prevent many more dollars
being spent on our hospitals caring for kids
who have respiratory problems. It means
children dont miss classes because they
are sick.
The upside is huge. It makes you wonder
why it is the government is so slow in fixing
such an obvious problem. And its not just
our most vulnerable who need help getting
warm, dry homes.
More and more middle New Zealand
families are renting because of the soaring
prices in our housing market. Many young
families arent able to buy a home until
well after theyve had children, and those
children need to spend their early years
in rentals that can cater for their health.
A previous Labour Bill that would have
ensured every rental home was warm
and dry was rejected by the government
last year.
Were hoping theyll see sense this time.
No child, no pensioner, no university
student, no New Zealander, should be
living in a mouldy, damp, cold home. Sadly,
many are.
Labour believes every Kiwi family
should be in a warm, dry, healthy home.
The government has the opportunity to
do something about that this week. Please
talk to your MP about supporting Labours
Healthy Homes Bill in parliament. | 6 May 2016






Six km Puhinui Stream

Challenge this weekend

ecord clean-up leads

into South
walk this weekend.
Hot on the heels of a massive
community effort to clean up the
Puhinui Stream over the weekend,
registrations are rolling in for
the first annual six km Puhinui
Stream Challenge.
More than 1,900 volunteers gathered
on Saturday, April 30, collecting six tonnes
of rubbish, 500 kg of recyclables, 200
shopping trolleys, and 300 car tyresall
within four hours. The effort was organised
by the Manukau Charitable Beautification
Trust with funding from six southern local
boards and now holds the record for the
single largest environmental clean-up in
New Zealand.
Following on from this stellar effort, the
Manurewa and tara-Papatoetoe Local
Boards are funding the first six km Puhinui
Stream Challenge this weekend.
The free community fun walk traces the
Puhinui Stream from Manukaus Hayman
Park to Manurewas Totara Park, with free
shuttles back to the start line and a funfilled day of entertainment.
Its the first time weve had an event
like this out in South Auckland. A free walk
event for everyone to enjoy of all fitness
levels, through local parks and along urban
streets, says Manurewa Local Board Chair

Angela Dalton. When youre finding 200

trollies and 300 car tyres in our streams,
you know we can do a better job at loving
and caring for our waterways. So as well as
getting the community together for some
healthy fun, this event is part of our efforts
to reconnect people to our environment.
The Puhinui Stream has a rich history
of service to the local community and mana
whenua, far before settlement. Wed like to
make sure that continues for generations
to come.
The inaugural Puhinui Stream Challenge
will start on Saturday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m.,
with warm ups and on-site registrations
from 9:30 a.m.
Online registration forms and further
details can be found on the Puhinui
page or OurAuckland.aucklandcouncil. Registrations will also be taken on
the day at the start line. For any accessibility
queries, please contact the event team on or
09 301 01 01 for the events team.



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6 May 2016 |


Fiji, India to sign MOU

iji is expected to engage

on a Memorandum of
with Indias Ministry of Shipping
not only to strengthen the close
relations of the two countries,
but to benefit from enormous
opportunities available in India.
This was one of the points
highlighted at the Maritime
India Summit held at Bombay
Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai, India.
this summit that included the
Permanent Secretary for Public
Enterprise, David Kolitagane, Fiji
Ports Corporation Limited CEO,
Vajira Piyasena and Fijis acting
High Commissioner to India
Sakeasi Waikere. Mr Waikere said
the conference also highlighted

the Indian Maritime States

and Union Territories. In light
of this, Mr Waikere said Fiji
was keen to engage with India
particularly in the dredging
of its rivers and improving its
berthing facilities. The delegation

was pleased at the rates and

quality of services available in the
India maritime sector and Fiji was
willing to engage more in enticing
these investors into our shores.
The Maritime India Summit was
held from April 14 to 16.

Beauties in the Sun

ontestants of the 2016

Miss World Fiji Pageant
had a glimpse of how the
Fiji Sun is produced.
This was after they were hosted
to a morning tea at the Fiji Suns
main office in Walu Bay, Suva.
Fiji Sun is the official print
media partner for the pageant.
School teacher and contestant
Vani Dakunivecena said the trip
was educational and she would
share this with her students when
school resumes next week.
This is my first time to visit, I
always read Fiji Sun a lot but then
I dont know what really happens

Left to right: The top nine contestants vying

for Miss World Fiji titleVika Fifita, Vani
Dakunivecena, Nanise Raboilku, Heather
Marama, Pooja Priyanka Caroline Gatu, Crystal
Singh, Kacilala Kotobalavu and Sandra Ratusau
during their visit to Fiji Sun office

behind the scene and todays

experience was great. I have taken
pictures and I hope to share it with
my students, Ms Dakuvecena
said. Pooja Priyanka, 24, a dancer
and actor from Sydney, who is

among the nine women vying for

the Miss World Fiji crown, said she
had always wondered how stories
were printed and how newspaper
business was conducted.
Its interesting to see how
people work well together here.
It is quite demanding and its
brilliant to see how everyone
here at the Fiji Sun put things
together, Ms Priyanka said
Ive also come to find out that
the Fiji Sun cover a wide range of
news stories.
The Miss World Fiji pageant
crowning was held at the Grand
Pacific Hotel in Suva.

About MIS 2016

Maritime India Summit 2016
(MIS 2016) is a maiden flagship
initiative of Ministry of Shipping,
provides a unique global platform
for investors to explore potential
business opportunities in the
Indian Maritime Sector.
Inaugurated by the Indian
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi,
the conference aims to foster
interaction between stakeholders
through B2B and G2B meetings;
and will have special sessions
on investment opportunities in
Maritime sector with focus on ship
repair and recycling, dredging,
shipping and logistics, hinterland
transport, green energy, security,
education and training, financing,
island development, cruise and
lighthouse tourism, marine food
and aquaculture.

ndia approved 100 per

cent foreign investment in
companies, formalising rules for
the first time for the multi-billion
dollar sector.
After years of protectionist
policies, India started opening up
its retail sector in 2011 but so far
had not laid down explicit rules
governing foreign investment
in the fast-growing e-commerce
segment. In a notification, Indias
commerce ministry said it would
allow 100 per cent foreign direct
e-commerce companies, which

Source: Fiji Sun

Left to right: Producer Rachel Singh, Director Devesh Singh and actor Rishi Deepak during the launch of their movie trailer Feeling Lucky

Fiji, he said. Mr Singh said their

upcoming movie, Feeling Lucky,
would make every Fijian feel
proud and appreciate the talents
of those Fijians who have acted in
the movie.
Actor Rishi Deepak said, I am
very happy that my movie trailer

for Feeling Lucky is launched in

Fiji. After watching this movie,
people will definitely love to visit
beautiful places in Fiji which they
have not seen or visited, he said.
Mr Deepak said 70 per cent of
the movie location has been shot
in Fiji and 30 per cent in New


Fiji to host
on Ramayan

he inaugural International
Ramayan Conference will
be held in Fiji in October.
Organised by the Fiji Sevashram
Sangha, the conference will mark
centenary celebrations.
The Ramayana is a holy book
for Hindus, who recite it during
religious gatherings on Tuesdays
and on other occasions.
India, Australia, New Zealand,
Mauritius, Trinidad, Guyana and
the USA are expected to attend
the conference which is scheduled
from October 14 to 16 at the Suva
Civic Centre.

India allows foreigners

to invest in e-commerce

Fijians have talent: Indian movie


ore than 80 Fijians

have shown their
acting talents in the
upcoming movie Feeling Lucky.
The comedy thriller, directed
by Devesh Pratap Singh and
produced by Dreamz Productions,
had its movie poster and teaser
trailer launched in Suva.
said, I believe there is a lot of
acting talents here in Fiji and
Fiji is very beautiful country to
shoot a movie.
The movie was shot in Nadi,
Suva, Lautoka, Sigatoka, Ba and
Denarau in Fiji.
Previously, when we came to
Fiji for the premier of the movies
Urban Turban and
Families, we then decided to
shoot our next movie here in


Zealand. The movie is expected to

hit the theatres in Fiji, Australia,
New Zealand, India, United States
and United Kingdom in August.
I would like to advise all
Fijians to watch our movies in
theatres and you will surely enjoy
it, he said.

would also be allowed to provide

services including warehousing,
processing to merchants.
However, the notification said
e-commerce companies would not
be allowed to influence prices of
the goods sold on their website,
and that not more than 25 per cent
of goods sold could come from a
single merchant.
The ministry also said foreign
investment in inventory-based
e-commerce companies, where
goods sold were owned by the
online retailer, would still not be

PM: People are

our success

ourists feel an emotional

connection to our people
and this experience sets
Fiji apart from other holiday
destinations. This was the
message shared by Prime Minister
Voreqe Bainimarama when he
opened the 2016 Fijian Tourism
Expo at the Sheraton Fiji Resort,
Denarau Island last week.
He said it was through these
connections that Fiji continued to
enjoy one of the highest returnee
tourist numbers in the world.
A connection that often
becomes an attachment and sees
thousands of international visitors
repeatedly coming back for more,
he said.
Mr Bainimarama said Fijis
unique connections with tourists
could be measured by the recent
growth in visitor arrivals despite
the setbacks caused by Severe
Tropical Cyclone Winston and the
recent floods.

FIJI | 6 May 2016

Fiji to chair Asian Development Bank Regional Meeting in 2017

iji will chair

the 27th Governors
Meeting of the Pacific Developing
Member Countries (PDMC) of the
Asian Development Bank when the ADB
holds its next annual gathering in Japan
next year.
The position of chair will be assumed
by the Attorney-General and Minister for
Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, who has
been attending the current 26th PDMC
Governors Meeting in Frankfurt, Germany.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum led a discussion by
finance ministers of the ADB Pacific Member
Countries on how they can gain better
access to finance to build their resilience to

the extreme weather events and rising sea

levels caused by climate change.
He said there was a need for climate
financing to be mainstreamed into all
development financing including national
budgets. He said because extreme weather
events were likely to be more frequent and
more intense, it was vital that all future
infrastructure investments in the region be
climate resilient.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Pacific Island
countries needed to collaborate on
formulating bankable projects to build
resilience and access funding.


NZ Trade Minister to
advance development
component of PACER
Plus in Fiji

He said that because island nations were

relatively small and had limited economic
bases, they needed to work closely together
to confront the challenge of climate change
together. And this could be achieved
by countries with similar economic
needs collaborating on a regional or sub
regional basis.
There was general consensus among
the Pacific delegates that Fijis proposal
was the appropriate way forward and Mr
Sayed-Khaiyum will chair the PDMCs next
gathering during the 50th ADB annual
meeting in Yokohama, Japan, in 2017.

Accredited Agent

(Head Office)

rade Minister of New Zealand Todd

McClay travelled to Fiji on Thursday,
May 5 to continue discussions with
Fijian counterparts on PACER Plusa
regional trade and economic integration
agreement involving all members of the
Pacific Islands Forumand deepen links
with the Fijian private sector.
As we move into the final stages of
PACER Plus negotiations, we are working
hard to conclude an agreement that benefits
all Pacific Islands countries and NZ,
through promoting economic integration
and sustainable economic development,
Mr McClay said before leaving for Fiji.
My discussions with Minister for Trade
Faiyaz Koya will provide an opportunity
to engage with and understand Fijis
perspectives on negotiations.
I will use my visit as an opportunity to
meet with regional civil society stakeholders
interested in PACER Plus and I also plan on
meeting with New Zealand stakeholders
interested in negotiations in the upcoming
weeks, said Mr McClay.
While in Fiji, Mr McClay is also
expected to take part in a tour of Natures
Way Cooperative, a fruit and vegetable
exporter supported by the New Zealand
Aid Programme.
Fiji is our largest trading partner in the
region and New Zealand continues to look
for opportunities to deepen business and
trade ties with Fiji, Mr McClay said.

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Thought of the week

Try not to become a man of success. Rather

become a man of value.
Albert Einstein


From the desk of the

Managing Editor

This self-change process is uneven. We truly do feel like one day we leap ahead
and the next day we fall back. Although we have to be committed to change
and firm in our efforts to be strategic, we also have to be kind to ourselves
during this challenging process. We all face setbacks, disappointing moments, and
frustrations with our apparent lack of progress. Your attitude toward these setbacks
and yourself will be extremely important to your continued progress. Be kind but
firm with yourself, and be willing to forgive yourself when you do not live up to your
own expectations.
One of our recent studies was about this issue of self-forgiveness and
procrastination. It has important implications for each of us as we take the selfchange journey. What we found was that self-forgiveness for procrastination was
related to less procrastination in the future.
~Timothy A. Pychyl from Solving the Procrastination Puzzle

Whenever we have a setback, the first person we blame is ourselves. Even when
we are willing to forgive others, we seem to not be able to forgive ourselves. Even
when no one else is saying anything to us, we seem to still be hard on ourselves.
It is important to remind yourself at such times that only those who dare to move,
stumble. So when you do, pick yourself up, be kind to yourself and brace yourself for
the next challenge. Its really your attitude during these times that determines what
lies ahead for you
The Indian Presidents visit has been in the spotlight the past week. It was
interesting to see how it seemed like the entire Indian High Commission had moved
to Auckland, under the able leadership of our new High Commissioner Mr Sanjiv
Kohli. The team did a stellar job and every event was a success.
The President of India has now returned home after his successful visit to New
Zealand. We bring you detailed reports on everything that happened during his visit
so that even if you felt that you missed out, you dont. We have managed to get some
good pictures, which along with the story will give you a sense of every minute that
the President was here. There was engagement between the two governments at
many levels and in the long-term it means that the relationship between the two
countries will be stronger and better than ever. This is great news especially for us
who hold both the Countries close to our hearts.
Last week, we had announced that we will be closing nominations to the Hall of
Fame this week and suddenly the numbers of nominations have started to go up.
This makes us feel as though there may still be people who want to send in their
nominations. For this reason, we will be extending the closing of nominations by one
week. So everyone who has been thinking about it, now is the time to take action.
If you think you or anyone you know is eligible to be nominated to any of our three
awards - now is the time to act.

Pick of the week

We hope you enjoy reading our new issue.

Until next time.

Giri Gupta

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President of India Pranab Mukherjee being traditionally welcomed in Maori style by Mr Gregory Baughen,
Official Secretary of the Governor General of New Zealand at Government House in New Zealand on April 30

Word: Hongi
Pronunciation: hoong-ee
Meaning: A traditional Maori greeting done by pressing
ones nose and/or forehead to another person (see Pic of
the Week above), akin to the Western custom of a formal

Tip from the trenches

Resume mistakes to avoid

1. Ensure that there are no grammatical errors or typos.
Employers will dismiss a candidate if they see any sloppiness.
2. Dont get simple details such as phone number or job titles
3. Giving everyone the same resume. Not two roles are alike
and your resume should be tweaked to fit the job description.
4. Include a list of hard skills but skip an objective statement
5. Do not include positions that you have held for a short
period of time

HALL OF FAME | 6 May 2016

Inviting nominations for

Kiwi Indian Honours 2016



The guidelines, which need to be adhered to, for

nominations, are as follows:





Established 2013

The Indian Weekender calls upon nominations for those who have built a road to glory for themselves
and left a path for the coming generations to tread on; who have touched the lives of thousands and
enriched the society with their being; whove brought fame and respect to New Zealand and the KiwiIndian community. The Indian Weekender invites nominations for such personalities from
the community for getting inducted into the Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame 2016. We also invite
nominations for Kiwi Indian Young Achiever of the Year and Kiwi Indian Unsung Hero of
the Year 2016.

Nominate Online :

Last date for sending nominations extended till May 15, 2016

Entry Form: Form for nominating candidates for Kiwi Indian Honours 2016

Nominator Details

Nominee Details

Name of the Nominator

Name of the Nominee


He/she needs to have an undisputable recognition

in his or her field of work.
2. Nominated by a nominator of repute. Further,
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3. The nominator has to provide their full contact
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4. All fields of work are welcome. For the purposes of
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5. The definition of Kiwi Indian, for the purposes of
this award, hereby, is defined as follows: any person
of Indian origin, from any part of the world, who
has settled here in New Zealand. To be of Indian
origin, at least one of the parents of the nominee
have to be Indian, by blood. Thereby making the
nominee of Indian lineage.
6. The nominee must have either a Permanent
Residency (PR), or Citizenship of New Zealand to
be eligible for consideration.
7. The nominee should have no prior convictions.
8. Age is no bar; for minors, under the age of 18,
parental consent will be required.
9. The successful candidate will be required to attend
the ceremony in person. In case a person is not able
to attend, due to any unforeseen circumstances, the
jury will use its discretion.
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6 May 2016 |




India set to participate in

multinational exercise in South P
China Sea

Will provide better

life to poor: Modi

ndia is set to participate in a

multinational maritime exercise in the
strategically important South China
Sea, which will have the US, Japan, Russia,
Australia and China along with other
countries as participants.
The participants of the exercise, to
be held in Brunei, include Singapore,
Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam,
Malaysia, Myanmar and South Korea. It is
being held at the South China Sea.
An official statement said it is part of
the Indian Navys endeavour to enhance
maritime security in the Indo-Pacific.
The exercise is a multinational exercise
on maritime security and counterterrorism
under the aegis of ASEAN Defence
Ministers Meeting Plus, or ADMM
Plus consortium. The current edition will
commence at Brunei and culminate at
Singapore, with various drills and exercises
in the South China Sea.
Indian Navy and the navies of ASEAN
countries have a mutual interest in
promoting peace and prosperity in the
Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific, given

our shared maritime security interests, the

statement said.
The statement added the exercise is
aimed at enhancing mutual understanding
with respect to maritime security issues and
streamlining drills on counter-terrorism
operations at sea.
INS Airavat, amphibious warship,
arrived at Brunei on Sunday, April 30.
The exercise will conclude on May 9.
The ship, which has been indigenously

designed and developed, was inducted

in Indian Navy in 2009, and has a lift
capability of 500 troops, 10 tanks and 11
Combat Trucks, which allows her to be
effectively tasked for a variety of missions
ranging from amphibious operations to
humanitarian assistance and disaster
relief (HADR). The ship also has an
integral helicopter. India has been a regular
participant in maritime exercises conducted
by the ADMM countries.

rime Minister Narendra Modi on

Sunday, May 1, pledged to ensure
a better life for the poor, saying his
government was for the poor.
This is a government for the poor.
Whatever we do will be for the poor, the
prime minister said, launching the Pradhan
Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.
We have worked a lot on labour related
issues, he added.
The scheme will provide free LPG
connections to five crore women belonging
to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families
between 2016 and 2019.
He said schemes must be made for the
welfare of the poor not keeping in mind
considerations of the ballot box.
The prime minister greeted the workers
or shramiks as he described them, on the
occasion of May 1, Labour Day.
I laud the hard work of all shramiks
and appreciate their role in the progress of
India. In this century, our mantra should
be: All shramiks of the world, lets make the
world one. Unite the world.
Modi was in Uttar Pradesh on a day-long
visit. He visited Varanasi later in the day
and distribute e-rickshaws and interact
with its owners. He also launched a scheme
for environment-friendly e-boats at the
famous Assi Ghat.
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Modi tweeted earlier.


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INDIA | 6 May 2016

Ban on registry of highercapacity diesel vehicles

arbitrary, SC told





he Supreme Court was told on

Saturday, April 30 that the banning
of diesel vehicles with engine
capacity of 2,000 cc or more was arbitrary
as there was no established link between
engine capacity and the emission levels.
Telling the bench of Chief Justice
T.S.Thakur, Justice A.K.Sikri and Justice
R. Banumathi that diesel vehicles with
engine capacities of 2,000 cc or more were
being wrongly targeted for deteriorating
air quality in the national capital,
senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi,
appearing for Society of Indian Automobile
Manufacturers (SIAM), said the real
culprits were older pre-BS I, BS I and BS II
diesel vehicles emitting more pollution.
To reduce emission from diesel
vehicles, the most effective way is to ban/
phase out/penalise the older pre-BS I, BS I
and BS II vehicles that emit several times
of what a BS IV vehicle emits, he said in
the course of the hearing of plea by SIAM
seeking the lifting of the ban imposed by the
top court as a measure to curb deteriorating
air quality. The Supreme Court by its
December 16 order had imposed a blanket
ban on registration of diesel vehicles of
2,000 ccA and above including SUVs in the
National Capital Region (NCR).
Although Saturday is a non-working day
for the court, Chief Justice Thakur decided
to hold the hearing on Saturday, April 29 to
save time on other working days.
Apparently supporting the position
taken by the automobile manufacturers, the
central government said that a balance had
to be struck between protecting environment
and the manufacturing activities. The
government is committed to a balanced
approach to protect the environment on
one hand and simultaneously protect and
encourage manufacturing in India and also
guard jobs, Additional Solicitor General
Maninder Singh said.
Singhvi took the court through the
report of the study undertaken by the
IIT Kanpur, which says that of the total
pollution in Delhi, vehicular emission

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of all commercial, passenger, two, three,

and four wheelersaccounted for just
20 per cent.
Road dust was the biggest contributor
with 38 per cent, industries were
responsible for 11 per cent, municipal solid
waste, diesel generation sets and other
reasons accounted for 13 per cent, domestic
activities 12 per cent, and concrete batching
contributed six per cent.
Making a case for the lifting of the ban,
Singhvi said that based on the study by the
IIT at the instance of the Delhi government,
of the total particulate matter 2.5 (PM
2.5) in Delhi, all the passenger cars were
contributing only two per cent.
And out of this, diesel passenger cars
of all emission level running in Delhi were
contributing 1.5 per cent, with the share of
4W diesel cars just 0.5 per cent of this.
Telling the court that it were the cars
using petrol that were contributing to the
greenhouse effect, Singhvi said that though
branded as a villainous fuel, diesel caused
far lesser CO, CO2 and HC emissions.
Singhvi will continue on the next hearing
of the matter on May 9.

Western Union Online

Chinese investors to fund

10 Indian start-ups

s many as 15 Chinese investors

representing nine firms have
shortlisted 10 Indian startups, operating in mobile technologies,
e-commerce and medical technology, for up
to $5 million seed and Series A funding, it
was announced this week.
However, the shortlisted Indian start-ups
selected at the Date with Chinese Investors
were not disclosed to avoid poaching from
rival investors, while another five to seven
start-ups are being reviewed for funding.
We have chosen Bengaluru over
other cities to start because of the great
infrastructure and tremendous support
given by state government. Manyaare
thrilled to see the potential among Indian
start-ups, said investor and OnionFan
CEO Hutu.
Pickup Wheat (Shimai) Finance,
Harmony Invest, Grand (Daguan) Capital,
Incapital, Zhejiang Wen Chuang Group,
Yeah Mobi, Hangzhou Zhexin Information

Technology and Cyber Carrier are among

the firms, which participated in the event
scheduled from May 1 to 3.
The Chinese investors visited the
Karnataka governments Mobile 10X
Hub in Diamond District to evaluate the
entrepreneurial pitches of more than 150
start-ups, which arrived from Chennai,
Hyderabad and Mumbai.
The event was aimed to show the
landscape of Chinese and Indian venture
and investment, and to facilitate the
innovation and communication between the
two countries, said an official statement.
Funding interest from China is aimed
at expanding the business range and
global impact of Chinese investments
organisations while on the other hand
Indian start-ups stand to benefit from
better and easier funding.
The event was organised by tech media
and investment company OnionFan in
association with Mobile 10X.

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6 May 2016 |




Sikh art exhibit to spread awareness about

identity in US
Kavita Bajeli-Datt

ven 15 years after 9/11,

Sikhs in the US feel they
are more likely to face
profiling, bigotry and backlash
than the average American
because of the two symbols of
their distinct identitybeard
and turban.
To dispel this perception and
spread awareness about the
religion, a new Sikh art exhibit will
be held in New York later this year
to showcase the pride taken by the
community in their religious and
cultural practices.
UK-based photographers Amit
and Naroop will click portraits
of Sikh Americans under The
Sikh Project mounted by The
Sikh Coalition. These portraits
will be unveiled around the 15th
anniversary of 9/11.
The Coalition is the largest
Sikh American advocacy and
organisation in the US and works
towards the realisation of civil

and human rights for all people,

particularly Sikhs. After their
critically acclaimed exhibit in the
UK, the two photographers, who
are proud of their Sikh heritage,
said they are very excited about
their upcoming exhibition.
We are very excited! In the
US, it will serve as an educational
piece as well as an art project
as the awareness of the Sikh
identity is still misunderstood;
so we are hoping it will have
a wider impact, the two
photographers said.
which explores the beauty,
style and symbolism of the Sikh
articles of faith, will include
turbaned men and women and
feature a combination of iconic
Sikh Americans and a few
selected winners.
Speaking about how the
idea of came to them, the two
photographers said it was in
2013 that it struck them when
they noticed men of different

backgrounds and ages growing

beards for fashion, as part
of their identity. Being Sikh
photographers, we wanted to
show that in our culture, the beard
has been a part of the Sikh identity
for hundreds of years, they said.
Their UK exhibition got
overwhelming response and was
appreciated and respected for
the message it was giving and the
way it was executed.
The content and context
resonated with people from
different backgrounds as it is not
just about Sikhs, its about pride
for your identity.
The two, who have worked in
the US earlier, want their latest
project to stand up to the UK

Singh Project and if anything even

better than it.
According to the Coalitions
Executive Director Sapreet Kaur,
the goal with bringing this
project to the United States is the
opportunity to combat bigotry
by sharing a positive narrative
of Sikhs in America through
portraits and the incredible stories
behind them.
Talking about the response of
the people, the two photographers
said it has been fantastic.
They strongly feel that such an
exhibition will help in showing
the Sikh community in the
US in a positive light and help
fight bigotry they face in their
daily lives.

Each one of the subjects

has a story to tell, which will sit
alongside the portrait. Some are
positive, some are more dramatic,
but through the stories, visitors
will get to learn what it means
to be an American Sikh, both in
identity and also in spirit.
Yes I believe so, he said when
asked whether the exhibition
will help in highlighting the
importance of the beard and
turban, an important article of
faith of the Sikh community.
The project, they said, is a
fusion of their Sikh heritage and
British upbringing.
It is traditional in content
but the execution is modern and
contemporary. Hopefully this has
allowed it to spread to a wider
audience. Has it been successful?
Its hard to judge. People have to
be open to learn and understand
other faiths and identities.
All we can do is to try our best
to spread the message. From the
response we have had, it appears
to have done the job, but there are
always more people to reach.

SPORTS | 6 May 2016




India clinches one silver,

two bronze in archery

ndian womens recurve team

settled for the silver medal in
the final, while mens team
and mixed pair each won bronze
medals in the first stage of Archery
World Cup at the Yuanshen
Stadium on Sunday, May 1.
The mixed pairing of Deepika
Kumari and Atanu Das gave
the country a bronze medal,
defeating Koreans Areum Jo
and Seong Cheol Park 54 in a
nail-biting shoot-off.
After trailing 24, the Indian
pair came back strongly to make
it, 44 to take it to shoot-off. It
also ended in a tie (99). But the
Indian pair edged past the Korean
eventually as they were closest to
centre in their shoot-off.
The third seeded Indian mens
recurve team of Atanu Das,
Jayanta Talukdar and Mangal
Singh Champia also won a bronze
medal, outclassing ninth seed
British team 60 in style.The


Indias Deepika Kumari

Indian trio beat English trio of

Patrick Huston, Larry Godfrey and
Kieran Slater. India took a good
20 lead at first and later clinched
the tie winning with consistent
shootings in the second and third
sets. Earlier, the womens team
of Deepika Kumari, Bombayla
Devi Laishram and Laxmirani

Majhi lost to lower-ranked

Chinese Taipei 26 in the recurve
team final.
The seventh seeded Chinese
Taipei trio of Ya-Ting Tan, ChienYing Le and Shih-Chia Lin were
dominant right through the tie as
they defeated the Indians in a onesided battle to win the gold medal.

Leicester City crowned EPL champions

Rohits unbeaten 85
powers Mumbai to
thumping win over Pune

eading from the front,

skipper Rohit Sharma
smashed a match-winning
unbeaten 85 off just 60 balls
to guide defending champions
Mumbai Indians to a comfortable
eight-wicket victory over Rising
Pune Supergiants on Sunday, May
1. Batting first, Pune posted 159/5
in 20 overs, thanks to opener
Saurabh Tiwarys much-needed
57 off 45 balls.
In reply, Rohit came up with
another impressive knock, which
included eight boundaries and
three sixes, as Mumbai chased
down the total posting 161/2 with
nine balls to spare.
After win, Mumbai climbs to
second position in the points table
with 10 points from nine games,
having won five and lost four.
Chasing a challenging target
of 160, in-form openers Rohit
and Parthiv Patel got Mumbai
off to a good start scoring 24
without losing any wicket in the
first three overs. But the fourth
over witnessed a see-saw battle as
Parthiv after striking Ashok Dinda
for three consecutive boundaries
eventually got a thick edge off a
wide off stump delivery, which
was collectively well by a diving
wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh
Dhoni, leaving Mumbai at 39/1.
Despite the wicket, Rohit
Ambati Rayudu (22) played

eicester City broke all rules when they were

officially crowned champions of English
Premier League on Monday, May 1. A team
valued at less than just one of the big-club footballers
snatched the greatest prize of all.
Thousands of citizens in Leicester watched a late
kickoff clash between London rivals Chelsea and
Tottenham Hotspur, knowing the result of that game
will make history in Leicester. Tottenham needed a
possible. Every game they fight for each other and
victory at Chelseas Stamford Bridge ground to keep
I love to see this in my players. They deserve to be
alive hopes of catching up with Leicester City.
The kickoff at 8 p.m. BST meant
the people of Leicester had to cling on
to every second of the match in the
countrys capital. The wait was over after
90 minutes plus six agonising minutes
of extra time, with a 22 draw enough to
secure championships for Leicester.
The victory guarantees a place for
Leicester in the financially lucrative
next season.
Within seconds of the final whistle,
Leicester City FC was proclaiming its
title win on the clubs official website:
For the first time in the clubs 132-year
history, Leicester City are the champions
of England.
Leicesters Mayor Peter Soulsby said he
would announce, in due course, an official
celebration to mark the achievement,
and added, They can rest assured that
Leicester knows how to throw a party,
and that everyone will be invited.
Meanwhile, the man regarded as
the architect of the Leicester Miracle,
the teams Italian head coach Claudio
Ranieri, spoke with pride after the team
became champions of England for the
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first time in the clubs 132-year history.
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have been fantastic. Their focus, their
determination, their spirit has made this

Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians in action during

an IPL match between Rising Pune Supergiants
and Mumbai Indians

positively to take their team to a

comfortable position.
The duo brought up 50-run
partnership for the second wicket
to take the team past 75-run mark
in the 10th over and stay on course
for a good run chase.
But as Rayudu was looking
set for a big innings, the right
handed-batsman gave his wicket
away cheaply in the 12th over to
put Pune back into the game.
But skipper Rohit played
sensibly as he continued his good
form in the ongoing tournament
also bringing up yet another halfcentury in just 38 balls. He was
well supported in the other end by
Jos Buttler (27 not out).
The duo batted through to
ensure the visitors went past the
victory line at ease.




Authorised by Mahesh Bindra,

Parliament Buildings, Wellington


6 May 2016 |

Fun with knowledge




The deep blue ocean seems calm

that old owl seems wise
that smile seems happy
but it only looks like that
because thats what our eyes see
who knows how many dangers lurk in the blue ocean
that owl might seem wise but could be something else
and that smile that seems so grateful
might hide something mysterious

Shashank Meenakshi, 8

Alpha Crossword
ars next to its clue in alphabetical orde
The first letter of each answer appe
e the puzzle?
entered into the grid. Can you complet

A. Fruit of the oak tree (5)

B. Something to read (4)
B. Insect (3)
C. Taxi (3)
C. Desert animal (5)
D. Sand hills (5)

Send us
stories, drawings,
poems and other
contributions by your
little ones along with
their photographs
for this page.
E-mail us at editor@


unny rabbit lived in the forest. He had many

friends. He was proud of his friends.
One day Bunny rabbit heard the loud barking of the
wild dogs. He was very scared. He decided to ask for
help. He quickly went to his friend deer. He said: Dear
friend, some wild dogs are chasing me. Can you chase
them away with your sharp antlers? Dear said: That
is right, I can. But now I am busy. Why don't you ask
bear for help?
Bunny rabbit ran to the bear. My dear friend you are
very strong, please help me. Some wild dogs are after

E. The night before (3)

G. Type of antelope (7)
G. Precious stones (4)
I. Ice hut (5)
I. Writing fluid (3)
J. Type of music (4)

All the first letters have been

J. Fruit drink (5)

K. Tap on a door (5)
L. Jump (4)
S. Unhappy (3)
S. Brief periods of rain (7)
S. Snow runner (3)

me. Please chase them away, he requested the bear.

Bear replied: I am sorry. I am hungry and tired. I need
to find some food. Please ask the monkey for help.
Poor Bunny went to the monkey, elephant, goat and
all his friends. Bunny felt sad that nobody was
ready to help him.
He understood
that he has to think
of a way out. He
hid under a bush.
He lay still the wild
dogs went their

FEATURES | 6 May 2016




From the desk of

From our heart to yours

I am Woman launched
Madhu Sharma

philosopher and thinker
of our time, Dr Daisaku
Ikeda says, The 21st century
can be called the Century of
Women, and that a great human
revolution in a single individual
can bring about a change in
the destiny of a nation and will
further enable a change in the
destiny of all human kind.
So if the two key words of this
century are women and change,
then this is the right time for I
am Woman. I am Woman is a
womans networking initiative to
bring together women of diverse
cultures, ethnicities and from
different walks of life, to a place
that helps them step it up, to
live better and inspired lives and
to tap into their fullest potential.
More importantly, I am Woman is
about everyday women.
I am Woman had its hugely
successful first public event and
launch on April 30 at a high
tea event held at the Langham
Hotel, where about 200 women
(and some great men) attended.
The proceeds for the event were
donated to RAWa charity that is
engaged in rehabilitating women
who are recidivist and have been
Speaking at the event, Founder
and CEO Annu Sharma said,
We are not about a particular
thought, philosophy, ideology, fad
or fashion. We are about you. We
dont want you to join us because
you agree with or like our vision
and goals. We want you to join us
because we would like to know
you and work with your vision,
your goals and your thinking. We
strongly believe that each one of
us has a story and at I am Woman,
we want to hear your story.
She added, There are several
vulnerable women, there are
working for the women in the
boardrooms. However, there is a
dearth of organisations that work
with us, who sit somewhere in the
middle. Do we not have our own
struggles and challenges? Do we
not need constant inspiration
to aspire to be better versions
of ourselves? We, who face our
struggles day after day but are
not defeated, are probably the
most important cog that keeps

the machinery of our society

working. We are the force behind
our families, our communities
and our workplaces, keeping it all
together with our strength, love
and nurturing. But who is the
force behind us? Or who is it that
acknowledges us or appreciates
us enough to inspire us to do even
better? I am Woman would like to
be that platform.
Research shows the power
of sharing personal stories, not
only for the person who listens
but also for the person who
tells it.
The star attraction for the
day was Annah Stretton and her
team from RAW presenting the
Live Life in Colour Series. In the
typical I am Woman style, the
day was about sharing stories and
personal journeys to inspire one
another. Two girls from RAW, Ina
and Jina, narrated stories from
their lives that brought tears to
almost every eye. This led into an
inspiring interactive session.
The day was generously
supported by Dame Susan
Devoy, the Race Relations
Parliament Dr Parmjeet Parmar,
Jacinda Ardern, Jenny Salesa
and David Seymour, Counsel
General Chan Sun Cha of Korea,
Laila Fayden from the Consulate
of Saudi Arabia, Inspector
Rakesh Naidoo, Chairman of
India Trade Alliance Giri Gupta,
Editor of Indian Newslink Venkat
Raman, Maree HowdenDeputy
Chief Executive of the Southern
Institute of Technology, Chami
Abeysinghe, Marketing Head
of the Southern Institute of
Technology and the charming
Colin Mathura Jefferey to name
a few. The event was strongly
supported by several community
leaders and organisations.
Because I am Woman is about
helping women come out of their
comfort zones, a fashion show
with a difference marked the
event. Rather than models, the
ladies who walked the runway,
adorned in the gorgeous dresses
by Annah Stretton, were everyday
Women who
had never done anything like
this before took the courage
of stepping out and showing
everyone else how it is done.
The girls had gone through a
workshop on self-expression and

had received a pamper package

by professional hair and makeup artists prior to the show.
One of them later stated, I am
so thankful to I am Woman
for challenging me to do this. I
feel so liberated and confident
about myself.
There were other performances
that the ladies enjoyed while they
sipped on their cups of tea and
enjoyed the high tea.
It was clear how all women
present there clearly related to
the spirit of I am Woman. Ladies
at I am Woman told us: Our
phones have not stopped ringing
from women wanting to be a
part of I am Woman or wanting
to know when the next event is
likely to be. We would like to
thank everyone for their support
and appreciation. We will be
announcing our two new projects
very soon.

Thank you for your support



6 May 2016 |

Last-minute Mothers Day gift ideas




You have slacked again and now you are short on time. Mothers Day is on Sunday, May 8, and you still
havent bought the perfect gift for your dear mum. Instead of heading to the nearest store to pick up a
Hallmark card, swap it with these simple and touching gestures to show your love for your mother.
Esha Chanda

Bake for her

Take her out for


how your love for your mother

by baking her favourite
treats. Look up for easy recipes
online or refer to your mothers
reliable cookbook, make sure you
have the essential ingredients and
celebrate the day with indulgent
brownies, cupcakes, cookies,
muffins or pies!

Get creative

ou cant go wrong with

this one. It may seem like
something you do every year,
but it never gets old. Choose a
cute cafe in the neighbourhood,
snag a reservation and treat her
to a sumptuous meal. There is
nothing better for your mum
than starting her morning with a
delicious cup of coffee, sunny side
eggs, sausages and some waffles.

Box of truffles +

hether it is a handwritten
letter or an elaborate
appreciate personalised gifts.
Remember your first drawing
that she proudly displayed on
the refrigerator? So get a little
creative and make customised
gifts such as candle art, handmade
cards, and painted tea cups or go
down memory lane by making a
Polaroid album.

Cook a meal
will appreciate waking up to a hot
meal prepared by you. But if you
trust your cooking skills, prepare
an elaborate dinner complete
with dessert and, of course,
some wine.

Spa day

eres something better than

taking your mum out for a
meal. Cook one for her instead!
Go for something basic such as
pancakes, bagels and a glass of
freshly squeezed juice; your mum

movie marathon for your film

buff mother with Mothers Day
classics such as Blind Side, My
Sisters Keeper, Flight Plan, Mrs
Doubtfire and Erin Brockovich.

eing a mother is hard work.

Between all the cooking,
cleaning, and handling a fulltime job, she barely finds time
to unwind. Make this Mothers
Day extra special by pampering
her. Either gift an at-home spa
package complete with essential

Plan a movie night

oils, bath salts, scrubs, fresh

flowers and scented candles, or
get a gift card from the local spa
where she can opt for a day of
massages, steams and mud baths.

ake your mum out for a movie

or plan a movie night at
home. Get into your comfortable
pjs, make a big bucket of fresh
stovetop popcorn and watch
her favourite flicks. Plan a

box of truffles and a pretty

bunch of carnations can
make any womans day. Check
out online stores that have great
offers and a variety of chocolate
bouquets that can be delivered
home. Or head to your nearest
florist to pick out the perfect
bunch of flowers, pack a box of
chocolates and surprise your
mum on her special day.

NZTC celebrates early childhood education graduates

ew Zealand Tertiary College

(NZTC) celebrated 532 graduates
at capping ceremonies in
Auckland and Christchurch in April and
honoured them for their hard work,
dedication, and commitment to early
childhood education.
One of the highlights of the ceremony
was the launch of NZTCs te reo Mori
learning resourceTe Reo Mori: He
taonga m ttou mokopuna. Each
graduand was gifted a copy of the resource.
Chief Executive Selena Fox noted the
significance of the resource in supporting
the graduates within the sector.
Edited by our Roimata Rokx and
brought together by our wider NZTC team,
this new resource was designed with you,
our graduates, in mind, to support you in
learning and sharing te reo Mori alongside
children. Over the years we have often had
our students share with us that they would
really love to learn te reo Mori more, or
would love to use it more with children
but they were nervous or needed more
support. So as you were the inspiration it
is fitting that we share this book with you

NZTC Graduands Walk of Honour

first, said Fox. NZTCs values of vision,

heart, competence and spirit are held dear
by the college and underpin all initiatives
undertaken. Tereapii Aniterea and
Binumon Thanangattu were acknowledged
for displaying a true commitment to each of
these values throughout their qualification
as they were jointly awarded the special
NZTC Values/Puawaitanga Award. Over the
course of her study, Tereapii became a role

model for many students, demonstrating

the NZTC values in the way she supported
and respected her fellow students. For
Tereapii, it was a special moment hearing
her name called as one of the Values Award
recipients. Its very special and an honour.
It helps me reflect on the support I got from
my lecturers and also my fellow students
so its really specialand surprising too!
she said.
Tereapii credits her family, particularly
her mother and the support she gave
Tereapii to complete her qualification
while juggling her commitment to her faith,
family, and work on top of study, readings
and assignments.
consistently held the college values in
high regard throughout his practice and
this was reflected in his study. Binumon
exemplifies every one of the NZTC values.
He has made multiple resources as gifts for
the various centres he did placements in,
he supported other students in study and
was active in fostering our community of
learners, said NZTC lecturer Ra Keelan.
Similar to Tereapii, Binumon was
inspired and supported by his family

throughout his study journey. I lost my

mum at age 15, but she was a big inspiration
in my life. I can see her holding these values
and encouraging me, said Binumon.
Binumon credited his lecturers for
supporting his learning process. I knew I
could ask my lecturers questions and they
would get back to me quickly. They gave
corrections to my work in a way that was
helpful to me, and I valued that support,
he said.
When asked about their plans for the
future, both graduates spoke about the
ECE sector with excitement. Binumon has
secured a role in a centre and looks forward
to supporting the children, and Tereapii
plans to continue with the centre she
worked at during her studies, with a longterm goal of managing her own centre.
Chief Executive Selena Fox shared a
special message with graduates: You have
taken your love for children, and stepped up
through hard work, determination, sheer
grit and at times against all odds to realise
your professional goal of a qualification
specialising in early childhood education.
We are so very proud of you.

ASTROLOGY | 6 May 2016




Weekly forecast: May 6 to May 12






A religious ceremony connected with wedding or

otherwise can get underway. A letter of appreciation
for a job well done will make you feel immensely
proud. Your longing for lover will be fully rewarded.
A wise investment done previously promises rich
returns. Good news about a sick family member will
give you a sigh of relief. Those learning to drive will
gain enough confidence to go it alone.
Lucky No.: 1 / Lucky Colour: Maroon

A comfortable journey is foreseen for those

travelling long distance. You are likely to floor
those around with your communication skills.
An encounter with someone you admire will
leave you with fond memories. Falling in love is
a distinct possibility for the lonely hearts. Those
apprehensive about their medical reports will
heave a sigh of relief, as they turn out perfect. A
delayed payment may finally be received. Health
remains excellent.
Lucky No.: 15 / Lucky Colour: Crimson

Those living in single accommodation should be

careful about their security. Your ability to impress
others is likely to get you the post you are eyeing.
Consider carefully before presenting an expensive
gift to someone, as the expected returns may
not be forthcoming. Hiring help for a specialised
work can prove difficult and may require lowering
of standards. A new eating place may prove
disappointing and a waste of money.
Lucky No.: 2 / Lucky Colour: Light blue

Leave applied for is likely to be sanctioned for

those desperate for it. An excellent period when
you do generally well in whatever catches your
fancy! A business trip is likely to bag you a good
deal. Achievements of a family youngster can
make you proud. Window shopping with the
partner will not only be pleasurable but also
enhance togetherness. Some of you can enjoy a
leisure trip with friends.
Lucky No.: 1 / Lucky Colour: Peach





Those jilted in love are likely to make a fresh

beginning and regain lost ground. Deliberate well
before giving your views and opinions regarding
an issue at work. Dipping sales of some retailers
will require some hard thinking. Money will be no
problem as earning stabilises. A promise kept is
likely to draw someone close to you. A regular
workout schedule will help keep you trim and
Lucky No.: 22 / Lucky Colour: Dark turquoise

Fitness classes alone will not be of much use;

focus on dietary control too. Those travelling
on a long journey must make all preparation
before starting off. Speculation may not bring
in the kind of returns you have been expecting.
Some of you can undergo difficulties in finding
a good match for an eligible family member.
Homemakers can feel frustrated if a change of
scene doesnt happen fast.
Lucky No.: 4 / Lucky Colour: Turquoise

Organising a party can have its share of hassles,

but the event will turn out to be a thumping
success. Those thinking of taking up a franchise
must weigh all the pros and cons carefully.
Those embroiled in a legal battle can expect
a trying time ahead before achieving victory.
You will need to seize the chance to showcase
talents. Those longing for love will have to think
of newer ways.
Lucky No.: 11 / Lucky Colour: Sky blue

You will need to start thinking of mending fences with

someone you have strained your relations with. The
job market appears rosy as opportunities increase.
An argument with superior over an issue at work is
best avoided. No amount of pleading will speed up
the return of loaned money. Those suffering from an
allergy will need to be extra careful of what they eat.
Lovers indifference can prove frustrating for some.





Spouse is likely to throw a pleasant surprise

by preparing your favourite dish. A handsome
commission in a deal is likely to make your bank
balance healthy. Creative people may be able
to profit as their work sells like hot cakes. Good
preparation by students will help restore their
confidence. Lovers will get the chance they had
been seeking of being together. You remain in
the pink of health.
Lucky No.: 2 / Lucky Colour: Baby pink

A tight schedule can make it difficult for you to

spend some quiet time with lover. A senior is
likely to put in a good word for you to the higher
ups. Those into side business will be able to
expand their horizons. Guiding a youngster
will give you an immense sense of fulfilment.
Deskbound professionals will manage to shake
a leg and get a whiff of fresh air through their
own efforts.
Lucky No.: 4 / Lucky Colour: Electric blue

You will be able to overcome fatigue by

adopting fitness techniques and taking herbal
alternatives. A good grip of the situation will
make you an automatic leader at work. Those
with additional skills can hope to get a good
break. Following the advice of someone clued
up financially can result in profits. Domestic
front will be most peaceful and family most
accommodating. A long drive with lover will
prove enjoyable.
Lucky No.: 22 / Lucky Colour: Royal blue

Your gift to partner can make him or her crazy

about you once again. This is the right time
for investing in a scheme you have been
contemplating for long. You feel ready to take
on this period with full energy and dynamism.
The second half of the week seems a good time
for job seekers. Romantic mood prevails as you
accompany lover for an outstation trip. Support
of a close relation will be most welcome.
Lucky No.: 9 / Lucky Colour: Magenta

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Lucky No.: 17 / Lucky Colour: Lavender

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6 May 2016 |

Invasion of the Chinese smartphones


Mahesh K


iaomi, headquartered in
Beijing, emerged as worlds
fifth largest smartphone maker
with 70.8 million units in 2015.
It overtook Samsung to become
vendor. Besides smartphones,
Xiaomi also makes tablets, TVs,


ounded in 2004, Oppo

Electronics is based in
Guangdong and has a big presence
in Asia including India, Pakistan,

mobile apps, and other consumer

electronic products. Xiaomi is
expanding rapidly with a presence
now in India, Brazil, Philippines,
Malaysia, etc.
Xiaomi launched its first
smartphone in 2011 and recently
launched its flagship device
device available in three variants
and with top-of-the-line specs
that include the latest Snapdragon
820 processor. All variants
feature a brilliant 5.15 IPS screen
and a beautiful metal-clad body.
The 16-megapixel rear camera is
made by Sony and sports four-axis
optical image stabilisation with
usual phase-detection autofocus.
Versions offered are 3GB of RAM
with 32 or 64GB storage and a pro
edition that boasts of a ceramic
body, 4GB of RAM and 128GB
storage. Starting from US$350,
Mi5 is excellent value for money

Headquartered in
Beijing and founded
in 2004, LeEco has got
into diverse businesses
including Internet TV,
smart gadgets and selfdriving electric cars.


nother company that has

been receiving accolades for
its products is LeEco. Formerly
known as Letv, it is one of the
largest online video companies
in China. Headquartered in
Beijing and founded in 2004,
the company has got into diverse
businesses including Internet TV,
smart gadgets and self-driving
electric cars.
The companys smartphone
brand Le has various offerings,
the latest being Le Max 2. The
phone has a Quad HD 5.7-inch
IPS screen clad in a pretty metal
body. It is powered by Snapdragon
820 quad-core CPU and has two

Bangladesh, Thailand, Philippines

and even in the USA.
Oppos flagship smartphone
R9 is another winner with
brilliant specs and somewhat
iPhone-ish looks. The phone
has MediaTekHelio P10 octacore 64-bit processor at its heart
and an amazing 5.5-inch full HD
screen with 4GB RAM coupled
with 64GB ROM. The phone
sports a 16MB Sony OIS camera.
It also features a fast fingerprint
scanner, 2850mAh battery and
rapid charging,


eizu Technology Company

is also based in Guangdong,
China and started off with

Bipasha, Karan tie the knot

t was a starry affair at Bipasha

Basu and Karan Singh
Grovers wedding reception
in Mumbai last weekend, which
saw the whos who of tinsel town
gracing the event. The reception
was attended by Bollywood
A-listers like Amitabh Bachchan,
Shah Rukh Khan and Salman
The reception, held at St. Regis
hotel in south Mumbai, was also
attended by other celebrities like
Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya
Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor,
Preity Zinta, Malaika Arora,
Genelia and Riteish Deshmukh,
Sanjay Dutt and Ranbir Kapoor
among others.
Salman congratulated the
couple and said that they looked
great together.
Biapsha Basu tied the knot with
actor Karan Singh Grover at a very
private ceremony in Mumbai on
Saturday, April 30.
She looked dazzling in a heavily
embellished red and golden
Sabyasachi lehenga teamed with
kundan jewellery, nath bangles
and mang patti as she was dressed


variants4GB and 6GB RAM. On

the rear is the 21 megapixel Sony
camera with six-physical lens and
f/2.0 aperture. The phone also
features an ultrasonic fingerprint
sensor, dual-SIM slots, Type C
USB port, CDLA loss-less audio
and a 3,000mAh battery.

hinese phones have long

been considered as lowpriced and functional
but unpredictable clones of
known brands. While Chinese
improving rapidly in the hardware
department, the software side
leaves a lot to be desired. With
Googles open source Android
operating system, they finally had
a solution to their software woes.
It didnt take them long to build
their custom UI on top of Android
and with the advantage at the
hardware side, they emerged as
formidable smartphone makers
with offerings at incredibly
low prices.
Here, we look at some of the
leading Chinese smartphone
with their beautifully crafted
smartphones in metal, have global
aspirations. They are quick to
embrace latest advancements
such as USB Type C, fingerprint
scanning, fast charging and NFC.
I have not included Huawei
and OnePlus because they have
become known names around
the world and are now counted as
major competition to established
players such as Samsung in
the market.


as a true Bengali bride.

Whereas Karan chose an
ethnic look for the wedding.
He accesorised his ensemble
with a carved polki and jadau
brooch strung with pearls and
blue sapphires from the house
of Jaipur Jewels, a renowned
jewellery brand.

manufacturing MP3 players in

2003. In 2008, it launched its
first smartphone- M8. It has
announced its next flagship, the
Meizu Pro 6, which has a 5.2-inch
3D press screen (think Apples 3D
Touch), 2.5GHz MediaTekHelio
X25 processor, 4GB RAM and
32GB/64GB storage. While the
phone doesnt offer anything new
beyond what all the flagships
are offering, an inclusion of 3D
press and improvements in its
Flyme operating system based
on Android Marshmallow might
impress some.


ivo Mobile was founded

in 2009 and is based out
of Guangdong, China. It is also
one of the major smartphone
manufacturers and is ranked in
the top 10 smartphone makers in
Q1, 2015.
Vivo has a striking line-up of
smartphones that includes the
upcoming Vivo Xplay 5 Elite. The
phone features impressive specs,
the highlight being 6GB RAM
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Black SRK plan
Main Hoon Na sequel


s Main Hoon Na turned 12 in

the world of cinema on Saturday,
April 30, choreographer-director
Farah Khan and superstar Shah Rukh Khan
got into a discussion over making part two
of the 2004 hit.
When Shah Rukh, who was seen playing
the role of an Army officer in the film, went
into nostalgic mode and talked about the
making of the film, Farah asked him to join
forces again to make a second instalment of
the movie.
Applauded for getting a fresh breeze into
the cinematic storytelling way, the film also
stars Zayed Khan, Amrita Rao, Kabir Bedi,
Satish Shah and Suniel Shetty.
Bollywoods Baadshah tweeted: Making
films with friends is so beautiful. Big hug
Farah, Zayed, Sush, Amrita, Mani, Anu,
Suniel and all stars and crew and so many
others for the hug for MHN. Boman,
Shirish, Harry, Keiten, Binduji, Rakhi,
Kabir, Naseer, Kiran and the spitting Satish.
Thanks Farah Khan.
To this Farah replied, Come on, [lets]
plan part two.
Shah Rukh also expressed how badly he
miss this film.
The union of the duo on the silver screen
has always spelled success, be it Main Hoon
Na, Om Shanti Om or Happy New Year.
Now, fans can only hope their discussion
turns into a reality soon.

pursued the career of an independent

film-maker when he had started
producing films.
Ive always been a supporter of
independent films. I myself have been an
independent film-maker when me and
my brother (Boney Kapoor) started... The
biggest example of an independent film was
Slumdog Millionaire, which was a small,
little film which became so huge, Anil said.
All the independent filmmakers should
dream... Anything can happen. They might
make a film which might be seen all over the
world. I want to wish all the independent
film-makers all the best for the future films
which they will be making, he added.
Anil ventured into production with
the 2002 film Badhaai Ho Badhaai and
subsequently produced and co-produced
numerous films such as My Wifes Murder,
Short Kut: The Con is On, Aisha, No
Problem, Khubsoorat and Gandhi, My
Father, which won a National Award.
He is also producing the Hindi version of
the popular international series 24, which
will return with its second season later
this year.
Anil has spoken about independent
cinema in the wake of I am a Film Maker,
I am Independent campaign started by
Gaurav Pandey.
I am extremely delighted with Anil
Kapoors comments and it is a big boost to
our campaign. It is a matter of great pride
that such a big name, Anil Kapoor, also
supports independent film-makers and the
biggest motivation for all of us is that he is
a superstar, but he, too, had to start as an
independent film-maker, Pandey said.
I am a Film Maker, I am Independent
also has a community consisting of
independent film-makers and carries out
various initiatives for them.

RGV to make film

based on greatest
gangster ever

Ive always been

a supporter of
independent films:
Anil Kapoor

Veerappan, also shared information

about the budget of Rai and mentioned
that it would be his most expensive film
Rai film is going to cost more than Rs.55
crore, which will be my most expensive film
ever by leaps and bounds, he said.
Rai is going to be shot in Mangalore,
Bengaluru, Mumbai, Dubai, London and
Kazakhstan, Varma added.

Tiger Shroff waiting

for good script to
work with father


R. Madhavan has so
much to learn
from SRK

ctor R. Madhavan says Shah Rukh

Khan makes his fans feel royal
and he has a lot to learn from
the superstar.
Shah Rukh Khan how awesome and
royal you make your fans feel chief... Have
so much to learn from you, Madhavan
tweeted on Sunday, May 1.
Madhavan also shared a photograph of
SRK along with his wife Sarita Birje in his
tweet. Madhavan, who has starred in hits
such as Tanu Weds Manu, Tanu Weds
Manu Returns and 3 Idiots, was last seen
on screen in Saala Khadoos.
On the work front, SRK was last seen on
screen in Fan and will next be seen in Rahul
Dholakias upcoming film Raees.

Lovely to meet funny,

charming Barack
Obama: Priyanka

ctor Tiger Shroff says he is not

keen to work with his father and
actor Jackie Shroff for some time,
but would like to share screen space with
him if they come across a good script.
Asked if he would like to work with his
father Jackie, Tiger said, As of now, I dont
want to work with my father for at least
seven to eight years. But if we come across
a good script, then we would surely like to
work together. The actor made his debut
in 2014 with the film Heropanti, which
also featured actress Kriti Sanon. Tiger was
lauded for his action sequences in the film.
Asked if he only wants to do action films,
Tiger replied, Heropanti is not an action
film. It is a family drama, but the audience
really appreciates the few action sequences.
My next film is A Flying Jatt, where you will
see me doing comedy.
The actor is seen doing some action
sequences in his latest release Baaghi:
A Rebel For Love. The film also features
actress Shraddha Kapoor in a pivotal role.

ctress Priyanka Chopra was elated

to meet the very funny and
charming US President Barack
Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at
the White House Correspondents Dinner.
The 33-year-old actress, who found
global recognition with her character
Alex Parrish in the American TV series
Quantico, looked ravishing in a deep-cut,
striped black gown at the dinner held on
Saturday, April 30.
Priyanka also shared a photograph
of herself along with the two. The US
President looked dapper in a black suit and
crisp white shirt which he teamed with a
black bow tie, while Michelle Obama looked
lovely in an embellished beige gown.
Lovely to meet the very funny and
charming Barack Obama and the beautiful
Michelle Obama, Priyanka captioned
the photograph.
Thank you for a lovely evening.
Cannot wait to start working on your girls
education programme, she added.
The 2016 White House Correspondents
dinner, which was President Obamas last
in office, was hosted by comedian Larry
Wilmore. The non-profit White House
members include the reporters, producers,
camera operators and other journalists
regularly covering the White House news
beat, traditionally hosts this annual dinner
to raise money for journalism scholarships.

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says he is a big supporter of
independent cinema and has

averick film-maker Ram Gopal

Varma is making a film titled
Rai, which is based on the life
of former underworld don Muthappa Rai.
Rai mega launch. First look of the film I
am making based on the life of underworld
don Muthappa Rai... The greatest gangster
ever, Varma tweeted on Sunday, May 1.
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Spinning into the psychedelic experience




Originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Akash Sandhu aka Akasha, has been living in Auckland for the past eight years. Although a Business
Development Manager by profession, Sandhu can be seen spinning at New Zealands hidden underground psychedelic trance parties and
festivals. She is a former Miss India New Zealand contestant and has contributed towards a couple of publications. Indian Weekender spoke to
Sandhu, the only female psytrance DJ in the country, to know more about her life and her journey into the world of psychedelic trance.
Esha Chanda

IWK: When did you develop

an interest in working as
a DJ?
Akash: I developed a passion
for psychedelic trance and its
vibe in 2011 when I went to my
first outdoor psytrance festival
in Auckland called Madagascar,
organised by the leading producer
in high-end live events, Phat
Productions. In 2012, I had
already started playing at a few
house parties and then it all
just unfolded from there. I was
absolutely awe struck with New
Zealands underground party
scene. It was all a surprise to
me, as I didnt know I wanted
to be a DJ until I was exposed
to the psychedelic trance music
scene for a year, which took
me to Melbournes largest and
Maitreya, Total Solar Eclipse 2012
and RainbowSerpent Festival.
IWK: With a full-time job,
how do you manage to find
time to pursue your interests?
Akash: Time is a created thing.
To say I dont have time is like
saying I dont want toone of my
all-time favourite quotes by Lao

Forest Park. It was my first Phat

Productions gig as DJ Akasha, and
it turned out to be an absolutely
experience with all the support
I received. My other memorable
night was when I played at the
Moon Mountain Xmas (Boat
Party) 2014 in Thailand.

Akash Sandhu
Tzu. It was tough at the beginning
and I didnt quite get it for the first
two years when I began learning.
But I stuck to it because I knew
I had discovered something I
absolutely loved. It was new and
fresh, which drove me to keep
pushing harder.
usually spin?
Akash: Im a resident DJ at
Phat Productions. You can see
her spinning at the next Phat
Productions gig at Bar Africa in
Albany on July 23.
IWK: Where do you think the
scene is headed?
Akash: The scene has grown so
much since 2011, and Im proud
to say that seeing it progress along
with me as a DJ has been a thrill. We
have three to four major psytrance
productions in Auckland who
have already brought down wellknown talented artists from the
international psychedelic scene.
Its great! I think in five years,
a lot of people in New Zealand

would know about

the psychedelic trance
scene and festivals and it
will be larger in scale and
IWK: What single night out
has been the most memorable
for you as a DJ?
Akash: Ive had quite a few as
a DJ! But the most memorable
one was at Forest Antics held in
Auckland by the Kaimai Mamaku

IWK: How is the music scene

different in New Zealand
from back home?
Akash: The music scene in Kuala
Lumpur is a lot livelier than
Auckland. The nightlife is great
with ample of genres of
music to enjoy and an
awesome variety
ambiances. It
is impossible
to be bored
you dont like the
nature of nightlife. The
psytrance scene in Malaysia has
grown extensively because of
Thailand. In fact, Kuala Lumpur
is much more advanced with the
psychedelic music scene than
Auckland. I was so excited when I

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For Kids is a family-friendly, interactive
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CAB workshops
Renting in New Zealand


Date: Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Mezzanine meeting room,
Central library, 65 Victoria Street,
CAB Wellington Central will hold a free
information session for newcomers on
Renting in New Zealand. Learn more
about: tenancy legislation, rights and
responsibilities of tenants and landlords,
and dispute resolution. Presenter: Gaynor
Loryman from Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
Complimentary hot drinks and finger-food
provided. For more information call CAB
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discovered it in 2013.
IWK: You were a participant
in Miss India NZ in 2010.
In the past, youve also
written for quite a few
publications, and currently,
youre working as a Business
Development Manager. How
has your experience been in
such varied roles?
Akash: My experiences in varied
roles are the reflection of my state
of mind at the time. Ive had the
opportunity to be in different
roles, which has been interesting.
I see myself as an adventurous
person with no limits. Limiting
yourself is only going to stop
you from doing what you really
want to do. If I dont try it, Ill
never truly know how Id be at it.
Joining Miss India in 2010 was
something I did for the love of
fashion and to experience the fun
of what a beauty pageant was all
about. The few small publications
I wrote for during my time at
the university made me realise I
wanted to get into online content
writing, which took me to the
role I am in right now. So I guess
I could say I wouldnt really be
where I am today without all
those experiences.

Auckland Writers
Festival more than
150 writers over 6 days

Date: Tuesday 10 May to Sunday 15 May

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Aotea Centre and other venues
Booker and Pulitzer Prize-winning
authors, a British knight of the realm,
feminist icons, literary funny men,
blockbuster childrens writers, together
with some of the worlds best political,
historical and philosophical thinkers,
join many of New Zealands standout
writers at the Aotea Centre for the 2016
Auckland Writers Festival. Prices vary
some free events.

ARMS workshop for

new migrants

Date: Monday, 16 May 2016

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Venue: 82 St Lukes Road, Mt Albert
Auckland Regional Migrant Services is
holding a new workshop for migrants
on 16 May which is designed to help
newcomers understand where to go for
specific services as well as recognise
the emotional aspects of moving to a
new country. The part-day workshop
will explain how migrants can access
services to better assist their settlement
in Auckland. For more information or to
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