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New ethnic-based party creates a stir

Kiwi-Indian businessman Roshan Nauhria’s newly-formed New Zealand People’s Party will be focused on law and order and address the rising crime against Indians and Asians

  • ¡ Esha Chanda, Swati Sharma

T here’s a new player on

New Zealand’s political

battleground.

New Zealand People’s Party,

formed by successful Kiwi-Indian

businessman and member of

the New Zealand Order of Merit

Roshan Nauhria, will focus on

law and order and address the

rising crime rate against Indians

and Asians in New Zealand.

“The biggest issue with our

people is law and order,” said

Mr Nauhria. “We are always

targeted

...

no

one

is

listening

to us. A murder happens, it is

reported, the MPs and PM issues

a statement, but it doesn’t solve

the problem.”

The party, which was

formed earlier this week, has

already drawn criticism from

political leaders.

Taking about the party, NZ

First leader Winston Peters said:

“New Zealand cannot afford to get

caught up in race-based politics.

No country is going to progress

if we have political parties

spending time accentuating

their differences.

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Roshan Nauhria, the founder of New Zealand People’s Party

“For people to come into New

Zealand and say we’re going to

start an ethnic-based party is an

extraordinary demand to make.

They are already well-presented

in Parliament. New Zealanders

would not consider making such

a demand in any country in Asia.”

(Read more about his view on

Page 12).

However, Mr Nauhria said

Asians contributed only 13–14%

to New Zealand’s population and

he felt that they were not fully

represented in parliament and

local council or government jobs.

“We have three Indian MPs, one

Chinese and one Korean. There

are so many issues concerning

us, for instance, the immigration

scam. Twenty per cent of the

students had to go back because

they were victims. Does the

government know about this?

Yes, but there are not doing

New Zealand People’s Party, formed by successful Kiwi- Indian businessman and member of the New Zealand

New Zealand People’s Party, formed by successful Kiwi- Indian businessman and member of the New Zealand Order of Merit Roshan Nauhria, will focus on law and order and address the rising crime rate against Indians and Asians in New Zealand.

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anything. They are happy with

the money that comes in.”

him about the allegation that a

new party would divide people, he

replied, “Winston Peters is only

making noise. We are not doing

anything undemocratic. We have

the right to create a party. It is

then up to the people of New

Zealand to decide who they want

to work for.”

Prime Minister John Key said

a new party was not surprising

considering the recent focus

on migration.

“It’s not just Winston Peters

with an anti-migrant message; it’s

also been people like Labour. So

you’re always going to get people

wanting to make sure their voice

is heard the other way,” Mr Key

told the NZ Herald.

However, he added that ethnic

communities would be better

served by major parties selecting

candidates from the communities

rather than a new party being

formed. “I think that’s far

more effective and likely to be

successful.”

Indian Weekender spoke to community leaders and

politicians to know their views on the new party.

Read their comments on the next page.

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4 NEW ZEALAND 2 September 2016 | www.iwk.co.nz I support the Ethnic Expressions like New Zealand
I support the Ethnic Expressions like New Zealand is a democracy. People I know Roshan quite
 
I support the Ethnic Expressions like New Zealand is a democracy. People I know Roshan quite
   
I support the Ethnic Expressions like New Zealand is a democracy. People I know Roshan quite
 
I support the Ethnic Expressions like New Zealand is a democracy. People I know Roshan quite

I support the Ethnic Expressions like

New Zealand is a democracy. People

  • I know Roshan quite well. I like him. He

New Zealand is a mature democracy.

However, I also believe that the best way

National has it—two Indian MPs, a Korean

that’s far more effective and likely to be a

the formation of NZ People’s Party. The

have the right to form political parties

has been a strong backer of the National

We are fortunate to enjoy the fruits of living

reason this party has been formed is

and a responsibility to vote for the parties

Party in recent years but has clearly

in a democracy. That anyone or a group

that major political parties have not given

and candidates they want in Parliament.

become disillusioned with it. We live

of people can get together and form a

enough hearing to these sections of

in a democracy, so people are free to

political or any organisation is a tribute

NZ population. When we look at

National, we need to ask ourselves, ‘do

we really have quality representation and

have we really achieved anything or has

this been used just to collect funding.

Look at the Labour party; they don’t

even seem to care at all. It is not only

MPs; what about the representation

in bureaucracy and 100s of

government boards.

  • I joined the Labour Party 10 years ago

because the Labour values—of social

justice, and fairness of opportunity for all

regardless of race, religion, sex or social

standing—reflect my own. Over the past

100 years, Labour has driven significant

progressive change for New Zealanders.

Labour has also been vocal on issues

that disproportionately affect migrants—

the Office of Ethnic Affairs and a

comprehensive settlement support

vote for whoever they want and to set

up their own parties if they wish. It’s up

to members of the Indian community

to make their own decisions on this.

Speaking for Labour, we are keen for

the Indian community to be active in

our party. There has been a close and

longstanding relationship between

Labour and the community, and I have

enjoyed a strong support from it.

to this democracy. Any political or other organisation should be inclusive, not exclusive.

to seek representation of any group is through mainstream political parties having representatives of their communities, so

MP a Chinese MP. We have representation across a wide range of ethnic groups. I think

The party may or may not be able to

strategy are just two examples.

  • I have been at meetings with the New

successful rule, than a standalone political

secure seats in forthcoming elections

  • I strongly believe that our Parliament

Zealand Indian Central Association and

party. Further, National Party has led the

to get into the Parliament but a stir will

should reflect and represent all of us.

Manukau Indian Association where I

way in seeking representation from Asian

definitely be created in the political

Ethnic MPs are well-placed to contribute

have heard strong criticism of the MPs.

and Indian communities. Pansy Wong was

spectrum. This will in turn help in real

based on individual expertise and on

  • I think sometimes that has been a little

the first Asian Member of Parliament and

representatives of people, who actually

issues that disproportionately affect

unfair. I know that Labour will have strong

Cabinet Minister. Other political parties have

I feel that our community should stand

understand and are capable.

ethnic communities.

representation from the community in the

tried to follow examples set by National

As far as the issue of dividing people

While it’s important for MPs to be held

candidates we select for the next election.

Party.Furthermore, others have tried this approach before forming a political party,

on race is concerned, this party may

gather Asian candidates, but it is open

for everyone and not just Indians or

Chinese. If Maori Party has a reason to

be there, I think it is apt to have a party

focused on other ethnic groups such as

Indian or Chinese communities. I believe

accountable by those who elect them, I

suspect we may be a bit harsh on ethnic

MPs who have a disparate electorate of

about 500,000 people to represent. As

Dr Rajen Prasad said in his valedictory

speech, it is potentially more difficult for

ethnic MPs to have a strategic impact in

There is a party already based on race—

the Maori Party. My own preference is for

parties that represent all ethnicities. What

divides people is race-based comments

that politicians sometimes make.

Phil Goff

however, based on their experiment, I feel that this is a waste of community resources that can be used for other fruitful purposes.

behind current representatives in the time to come.

this is a typical outcome of a democracy.

Parliament because the structures they

MP for Mt Roskill

Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi

If these many (500) people want such

a party to be formed, I think there is a

operate within are largely monocultural.

While this must change over time, a

Labour Spokesperson for

Ethnic Communities

National List MP

new party in Parliament in the current

 

genuine reason behind it. And whatever

 

Winston Peters says (about dividing

people on race), it is his viewpoint.

climate will be operating within the same

   

structures and limitations.

 

Students’ deportation bid

 

Priyanca Radhakrishnan

sparks protest

Veer Khar

Elected member,

President,

Manukau Indian Association

Labour Party Policy Council

Former Labour List Candidate (2014)

¡

IWK Bureau

 
Former Labour List Candidate (2014) ¡ IWK Bureau
   
M ore than 150 international Indian students are about to be deported from New Zealand because
   
  • M ore than 150 international Indian students are about to be deported from New Zealand because their

 

India-based agents used fake financial

documents to get them into the country on

student visas.

The students had no idea that the agents

were using fake documents and feel that

being deported for something they didn’t

even know about is unfair.

The students are organising a protest on

Saturday, September 3, outside National

Party list MP Dr Parmjeet Parmar’s office.

The students have paid tens of thousands

of dollars to the educational institutes

in New Zealand who worked with the

recruiters in India but now they are being

told that the fees cannot be refunded if

they are sent back home.

Despite the fact that Immigration New

Zealand has been informed about these

agents, no action has been taken against

document that was given to Immigration

New Zealand on my behalf was done by

the agent and not me.”

Sairup Teegala, a student at Royal

Business College says, “I came to New

Zealand with a lot of dreams but now this

situation is a nightmare. Had I known

[this] earlier, I could have acted to correct

the situation. I could have stopped at the

airport to avoid this grief and hassle.”

Hafiz Syed, who graduated from

NZSE, says, “I opted for New Zealand for

education over the US and Canada. When

fraudulent agents.

I applied for my student visa, I had no idea

Sunil Chinta, a student at AWI

International Education Group says, “We

are here for studying and international

exposure, not for cheating someone. We

are honest, hardworking, and law-abiding

migrants in the country. Please don’t

deport us for something that we have not

about any fraudulent document. When

I applied for my open job search visa, I

was told about the fraudulent documents.

If deported, I will not be able to face my

family and friends. [If] anything happens

to me, Immigration NZ will be accountable

for it.”

done.”

Pradeep Sudini, another student at New

Zealand Institute of Studies, says, “Don’t

punish me. I have not cheated in any

way to get my student visa. The financial

Anu Kalloti of Migrant Workers

Association is calling students to join the

protest at noon on September 3 outside the

Stoddard Road shops in Mount Roskill,

Auckland.

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Aucklanders plan
grand Ganesh
Chaturthi celebrations
¡
Esha Chanda
which will go on from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
with visarjan starting at 2 p.m., will
F or Indians, Ganesh Chaturthi
see Ganpati ahishek, followed by a puja
spurs up memories of delicious
and aarti.
home-cooked modaks, visiting
As Indian community organisations
homes in the neighbourhood for
get together over the next weekend,
darshan, and Ganesha aartis. Back
Kiwi-Indian homes will be celebrating the
home, this 10-day-long celebration
festival that falls on Monday, September
unites the community like no other,
5. Last year, Auckland resident Anjana
with public gatherings seen in
Iyer decided to bring Ganesha to her
housing complexes and temporary
home. This year, too, she will be setting
mandals set up in various parts
up a small mandap at her home and
of the city.
has invited friends over for darshan.
A part of the festival comes alive
“I miss the energy and enthusiasm
in Auckland this year with different
throughout Bombay (Mumbai), visiting
celebrations planned across the city.
all the Ganesh pandals with my friends
Auckland Marathi Association is
and family and, of course, my mother’s
organising Ganeshotsav on September
delicious home-cooked food.” For Iyer,
11 at the Mount Eden War Memorial
a get-together at home is a small way of
Hall. Aarti would begin at 3 p.m., which
continuing the tradition from back home.
will be followed by several cultural
programmes, a speech from the chief
guest Phil Goff—mayoral candidate for
2016 and former MP for Mt Roskill—and
a dinner from 6:15 p.m. onwards. While
entry for members is free, non-members
can register for the event by dropping an
e-mail by September 5 to nzmarathi@
gmail.com to purchase a ticket for $15.
Another celebration planned on the
same date but earlier in the morning
will see the community come together at
Malaeola Community Hall in Mangere
in an event planned by Sri Ganesh
Food and Spice, Mandap Events and
Hire, and Humm FM. The programme,
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6 NEW ZEALAND 2 September 2016 | www.iwk.co.nz Know your mayoral candidates In our first in

Know your mayoral candidates

In our first in the mayoral special series for the month, we introduce our readers to the candidates vying for the position of Auckland mayor.

 

¡

Esha Chanda

AUCKLAND LOCAL ELECTIONS 2016
AUCKLAND
LOCAL ELECTIONS
2016

Vic Crone

   

I

n the weeks leading up to the

elections, Indian Weekender

I n the weeks leading up to the elections, Indian Weekender My approach to transport is
My approach to transport is as an funding sources through partnerships.

My approach to transport is as an

funding sources through partnerships.
funding sources
through partnerships.

will speak to each candidate

integrated smart system.

and ask them about their vision

There’s more than $6

for Auckland, how they plan to

billion in transport

address the two important issues

faced by Aucklanders—public

investment planned over

transport and housing—and

the next seven years, out

their stand on the much debated

of the $60 billion 10-year

Auckland Unitary Plan. This week,

we spoke to David Hay, Vic Crone

spend. I’ll move more of

and Susanna Kruger. Here’s what

council’s total spend into

the city’s potential future leaders

transport and broaden

had to say.

 

David Hay

The plan expands the range

David Hay The plan expands the range

of housing types across the city,

 

offering more choice to home-

V ic has 20 years’ experience

across business,

government, and social

enterprise. She resigned last year

as Managing Director of Xero to

shake council up. Her vision for

owners. We now have to ensure that those homes are built to high standard and that

owners. We now have to ensure

that those homes are built to

high standard and that vibrant

communities are able to develop

in and around development areas.

Your

approach

to

the

Auckland: a world class city that is

housing

and

public

smart, inclusive, and competitive.

transport issues

She says that at the moment, it is

These aren’t just Auckland’s

more expensive than ever to live

issues; they’re issues for all of New

here and harder to get around.

Zealand. The housing problems

Your plan for the first 60

are complex and a solution will

days in office if elected

require a joint effort by the council

rate have exposed serious flaws

In the first 60 days, my main

 

and government. The council has

in the way central and local

priority is to get an honest and

 
  • M ost Aucklanders would remember David Hay from his Green Party days

before his departure following

some control over issues of land

government work together. We

clear picture from the inside of

and infrastructure supply but little

can’t fix Auckland’s problems

the council finances, particularly

control over housing supply or

demand. The council will do what

without addressing this issue, and

it would be best to do that on a

the situation with housing and

transport. I will make those

a dispute over leadership and

direction of the party, particularly

Green’s “lack of attention to,

and engagement with Auckland

issues”. He stood for parliament

twice, in 2008 and 2011, and

has held various positions with

the Greens. Hay is now standing

for Mayor of Auckland as an

independent candidate with the

vision statement—cool Auckland:

carbon zero by 2060 or sooner.

it can, but it can’t solve the housing

problem without the central

government’s involvement.

A solution to Auckland’s

transport problem is quite simple,

in theory: we need to build the

Rapid Transit Network, which is

already in the Auckland Plan. It’s

an electric rapid rail system to

move people on, of, around, and

across Auckland’s central isthmus.

nation-wide basis.

Stronger Democracy: Changing

the structure of local boards and

devolving power to them, also

introducing Single Transferable

Vote elections and replacing the

Independent Maori Statutory

Board with councillors elected by

Maori wards.

High-performing Council:

Significant reforms to the

observations public.

Your views on the Auckland Unitary Plan

There are a few things I’d like

to tweak if I’m mayor. Firstly,

removing the Metropolitan

Urban Limit and secondly,

more intensification near good

public transport. Ultimately, the

council needs to genuinely take

Your plan for the first 60 days in office if elected

My first priority will be to

provide emergency housing for

Auckland’s homeless. I think we

could do that in 60 days or less if

we really tried. If there were just

one thing I could achieve in two

months, that would be it.

Your views on the Auckland Unitary Plan

In practice, however, there have

been difficulties to get the central

government to sign up to building

rail instead of motorways.

We need to create a

cross-party consensus, at the

central government level, to fund

the Rapid Transit Network and

address issues of housing supply

and demand. And that consensus

has to endure over a period of

years or decades.

management of the council

organisation and CCOs to make

them more efficient, effective,

and responsive.

Your vision for the future of Auckland

“Cool Auckland: carbon zero by

2060 or sooner.”

We mustn’t lose sight of our

long-term goals, and our plans to

get there while dealing with the

current problems.

communities along on the journey

rather than shutting them out.

People have valid concerns about

how their neighbourhoods will

look like and how schools, roads,

and local facilities will cope.

Your approach to housing and public transport issues

My plan to speed up the

housing supply chain includes

getting tough on land bankers

and property speculators with

projects I’ll bring forward not

included in council’s plan or are

too far away. They include the

North-Western Busway, Penlink,

AMETI, Lake Road, Mill Road,

and electrifying rail to Pukekohe.

To make public transport more

user-friendly, I’ll increase ferry

services, improve feeder services,

and focus on better safety.

 

I

am in

favour of

the

Unitary

 

Three

initiatives

you

 

Plan. It has some flaws, and we

can deal with those, but overall

it is well thought out and sets a

direction for Auckland’s future.

Three

initiatives

plan

on

the mayor

undertaking

you

as

Auckland underwent major

reforms when it became the

Climate change is the most

profound challenge that Auckland

faces in the long term. All over

the world, cities and regional

governments have been taking the

additional targeted rates, making

sure we have strict development

expectations in contracts for

the land council sells, and a lean

process review on the consenting

plan

on

the mayor

undertaking

as

A line-by-line review of all

spending and making it public so

people can see how their money

 
“super city”. Those reforms need lead on reducing carbon emissions system, which is out of control.

“super city”. Those reforms need

lead on reducing carbon emissions

system, which is out of control.

is being spent. I’ll broaden our

to be continued, consolidated, and

and dealing with the effects of

Council must work better with

funding sources to take the

completed. I will focus on three

climate change, while national

these stakeholders, including

pressure off rates and taxpayers.

key ares:

governments are still dithering.

social housing providers.

Finally, I’ll move council towards

Government Relations:

Auckland is already a part of

My approach to transport is

a digital council so it is better

Working with other local

the international cities movement

as an integrated smart system.

equipped for the future and to

authorities, political parties, and

through its membership of the

There’s more than $6 billion in

serve you.

 

the government of the day to

C40 group, and we have a Carbon

transport investment planned

improve the working relationship

Action Plan in place. I will keep

over the next seven years, out of

Your vision for the future

 

between the central and local

pushing forward and harder

the $60 billion 10-year spend.

of Auckland

government in New Zealand.

on reducing carbon emissions

I’ll move more of council’s

My vision for Auckland is a

Some of the difficulties we are

so that we will achieve net zero

total spend into transport and

world-class city; one that’s smart,

experiencing are not Auckland’s

carbon emissions by 2060, at the

broaden funding sources through

inclusive, and competitive on the

alone; our size and rapid growth

very latest.

partnerships. There are six key

world stage.

 
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A business school owner making housing affordable for construction and related fraud getting corporations more than

A business school owner

making housing affordable for

construction and related

fraud getting corporations

more than a new name for an

of the community benefitting

investigations into it and into

other alleged historic city plan

to pay out communities,

claiming to address the needs

Auckland’s housing crisis

Susanna Kruger

offering the Young

Entrepreneur Program

transport issues

everyday Kiwis.

is the result

the mayor

approach

industries,

housing

facilitate

bringing

afford it.

win-lose

public

nothing

agenda.

Three

Your

plan

and

will

on

old

to

of

I

will make Auckland safe by

Your vision for the future of Auckland

These three initiatives are my

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“Coordinators for this event

were Aman Saini, Rashik, and

Navtej, who had put in a lot of

effort to make this event a reality.

Bringing to life the greatest story

of friendship in Indian culture was

a special thing,” noted Sandeep

Sachdev, President of ICG.

Buoyant by the success of the event,

ICG has already started planning

its next endeavour, which will be

the Children’s Day celebrations on

the weekend before November 14,

he concluded.

The event, organised by ICG, was a first-of-its-kind in Canterbury incorporating a public pooja of Ladoo Gopal, with specially made Makhan

Matki cake

Devotees celebrate

Krishna Janmashtami

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  • M ore than 200 devotees from in and around Christchurch got together

on Saturday, August 27, in the

Garden City to celebrate Krishna

Janmashtami (Lord Krishna’s

birthday) with great devotion at

an event hosted by the city-based

social and cultural organisation,

Indian Cultural Group (ICG).

The event was a first-of-its-

kind in Canterbury incorporating

a public pooja of Ladoo Gopal,

with specially made Makhan

Matki cake.

Charlotte and Divyana, who are

dancers from Revathi Performing

Arts—a Bharatnatyam school in

Christchurch—also performed

a specially choreographed arti

pujan on the occasion.

A daring matki phod

competition, where chocolates

replaced the traditional makhan,

was organised, too.

Jeet Gadhvi of Youngistan,

an Indian youth group, which

participated in the matki phod

and dandiya ras that followed,

said, “These two are a huge part

of Gujarati culture, the state from

where most of our members come

from. It’s exciting to be able to

celebrate Janamashtami in New

Zealand’s South Island.”

Monty Parti from Mike Pero

Bishopdale Real Estate, who

was the main sponsor for the

event, expressed great delight

in being a part of Lord Krishna’s

birthday celebrations.

“Indian community in

Christchurch has grown

exponentially in recent years,

which has made celebrations such

as these possible. We are honoured

to do our bit in contributing

towards it.”

The highlight of the evening

was the Krishna-Sudama act

performed by Raman Saini,

Anmol and others.

The first Indian Women Expo in South Island a roaring success

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  • C anterbury was put on the national map this weekend with the

successful organisation of the

first-ever Indian Women Expo in

Christchurch. The six-hour long

event, which had 47 stalls divided

into nine zones, saw almost 1,000

people attending with several

ministers and MPs including Amy

Adams, Nicky Wagner, Parmjeet

Parmar, and Ruth Dyson.

An initiative of the Canterbury

Indian Women Group (CIWG)—

established on March 8, the

International Women Day—the

expo provided a platform to Indian

women for showcasing their skills,

talents, and successes in different

spheres including business, art,

culture, education, health, and

well-being.

“When we started thinking

about organising such an event

a few months back, we never

imagined we would get such an

overwhelmingly positive response

from the Indian and wider

community. Chances are that it

might become a regular annual

affair on the Christchurch’s events

calendar,” said Archna Tandon,

founder of CIWG and the main

brain behind the expo.

Informing about the goals of

CIWG, she added, “Our vision

is to help Indian women and

their families maintain cultural

values, promote health and

well-being and collaborate to

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Above: From left: Nicky Wagner, Amy Adams, Archna Tandon, Surinder Tandon, and Parmjeet Parmar at the expo Right: Various Indian classical dance performances enthralled the audiences

share knowledge

and

information for

mutual

support, capacity building

 

and empowerment.”

 

Going

by

the idea

 

of

having

something

for

everybody,

the

expo’s

nine different zones were

beauty,

cuisine,

 

fashion,

home

decor,

art

and

culture,

business,

education,

health

and information.

 

An

obvious

hit

among

these

was the Henna Body Art. Other

attractions

included:

in the

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Pegasus Health, Art of Living,

Reiki; as well as Christchurch

Resettlement Services and

Citizen Advice Bureau in the

Information Zone.

For those new to Christchurch,

the Business Zone had many

handy stalls including the

Western Union for transferring

money to India, Eco Travels for

Fashion Zone, Punjabi juttis; in

Home Decor, Rencontres Blings,

which specialises in scented soy

candles; in Art and Culture, the

Lincoln

University

Dance Club

and

Bharatnatyam

Group of

Christchurch;

in

Health Zone,

air fares, as well as several real

estate companies.

With growing importance of

Indian students to NZ’s education

sector, the Ara Institute of

Technology led by its International

Director, Beth Knowles, was also

present at the expo to provide

information about its various

course to potential students.

For those interested in trying

out ethnic Indian wear, the city-

based firm Jalsa Unique Indian

Wear showcased Indian dresses in

a fashion show. Ranjeeta Chand,

the owner, noted, “We thank the

CIWG’s organising committee,

especially Archnaji for giving us

this opportunity.” The final word

belonged to Kevin Park, former

President of the Korean Society

of Christchurch, who attended

the expo with family and friends,

“The organisation of the expo, the

gathering, the crowd management

and the participation of businesses

in the event has been wonderful.

“It didn’t look like CIWG is a

new group, or that this is the first

event they have organised, at all.

Such was the professionalism

we experienced.”

 

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Free classes for Hindi, Gujarati, Telugu, Sanskrit, and Punjabi

O ne of the most widely

appreciated zones

Bharatnatyam at her dance

school, Revathi Performing Arts,

during the expo was

the Education Zone, which had

information about free weekend

classes for those wishing to

learn or brush up their language

skills in Hindi, Gujarati, Telugu,

Sanskrit, and Punjabi.

Kala Nand, who immigrated

to New Zealand in 2002 from

Fiji, is a primary school teacher

and teaches Hindi. She noted,

“The free classes are part of our

contribution to the community

and an effort to teach the younger

generation our history, culture

added, “Those wishing to learn

Bharatnatyam have to have

a basic understanding of the

language to gauge the meaning

of various hastas (dance moves).

But those wishing to learn the

language only can come to our free

Saturday classes.”

Similar sentiments were

expressed by Lavanya Kasibhatla,

who takes free Telugu classes in

Christchurch. Kasibhatla, who

also provides astrology services

and writes personalised poems to

be given as memorable gifts felt

that the expo was a life-changing

and develop a sense of belonging.

event for her, providing great

Our flagship annual event is

exposure to potential clients.

the Hindi Divas, which we are

Information was also available

organising on September 14.”

for free Gujarati and Punjabi

Uma Varma, who is starting

classes conducted in Christchurch

Sanskrit classes in Christchurch

by Manisha Sonigra and Kuljeet

soon and also teaches

Kaur respectively.

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Kiwi-Indians urged to unite
at NZICA’s open forum
Saraswathi idol to be
installed in Auckland
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The Maha Kumbhabishegam will take
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place on Sunday, September 4 between 11
T he goddess of wisdom, learning and
a.m. to noon, and the rice offered to the
mportant issues affecting Indians in New
I
art, Saraswathi, will be installed at
devi will be distributed among the devotees.
Zealand will be on the agenda at New
the Thiru Subramaniyar Aalayam
The ceremony will conclude with Maha
Zealand Indian Central Association’s
on Sunday, September 4, with prayers
Abhisgegam, Alangaram, bhajans by
(NZICA) open forum to be held on
and Maha Kumbabishegam. According to
Bobby Naidoo Andra, Maha Deeparathani
September 11.
the temple committee, this is the first ever
and Prasaatham distribution.
The open forum will address issues such as
The 45-day-long Mandalapoojai will
installation of the goddess in New Zealand.
start from Monday, September 5, for
immigration, race relations, discrimination,
The main prayers following the
which performers and sponsors are being
human rights, health and welfare, law and
Kumabishegam will start from Friday,
welcomed. Interested people can contact
order, promotion of Indian cultural events,
September 2 and devotees will be allowed
the temple priests or committee members to
suppression of white league, portability of
to offer oil to the goddess on September 3
book their spot and offer their performance
after 8 p.m. Smt Bhavani’s students will
retirement pension, Overseas Citizenship
as upacharam (offerings to the goddess).
recite Veena at 7:30 p.m. onwards as an
of India (OCI), political representation in
The temple committee invites everyone
offering to the goddess of music, dance,
to be a part of the grand ceremony at 69
NZ, Indian TV in NZ as well as Indian news
and art.
Tidal RoadMangere, Auckland.
media newspapers and radio broadcast.
The wider community forum is being
Halal guide listed on NZ Tourism Website
arranged to strengthen the Indian
bonds working together for a
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than seven years and will be releasing their
united voice.
Prakash Biradar, General Secretary of NZICA
eighth edition soon. The directory provides
The aim is to actively
T ourism NZ has released a Halal
involve all the Indian
information about prayer timings across
in 1926 with three branches of
food guide in conjunction with Kiwi
groups to continue
the nation, mosque locations, Halal food
Indian Association throughout
Muslim Directory and FIANZ for
doing their good
outlets, etc. that caters to the basic needs of
New Zealand, now has 10
the benefit of the Muslim travellers to the
work as independent
the Muslim travellers.
full branches, one associate
country. New Zealand houses an increasing
associations/groups
KMD is compiled with the help of many
branch, five associate
number of Muslim travellers every year
having a link to an
Muslims organisations in the country
members and one probationary
especially from Indonesia, Malaysia, Middle
umbrella body ‘New
such as New Zealand Muslim Association
associate member.
Eastern countries and other nationalities of
Zealand Indian Central
Muslim descent.
(NZMA) and especially Federation of
Fighting against discriminations,
Association’, which is well
the members of NZICA Inc. have
Muslim community follows the Islamic
Islamic Associations of New Zealand
recognised in New Zealand.
worked relentlessly in the last 90 years
rule for consuming only Halal certified
(FIANZ) that provides Halal certification
With an established track record of 90
creating a good living environment for
food, and this guide will help them locate
to retail outlets and restaurants/
years’ existence, NZICA Inc. takes the
Indians in New Zealand.
Halal certified restaurants, meat shops/
takeaways, etc.
lead role in association with all other
The open forum will take place 2 p.m. to
groceries, mosques, etc. during their stay in
The Halal directory is listed on
Indian groups to raise voice against any
5 p.m. at Mahatma Gandhi Centre, 145 New
the country. Kiwi Muslim Directory (KMD)
newzealand.com (Tourism NZ website) and
discrimination. NZICA Inc., established
North Road, Eden Terrace, Auckland.
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10 NEW ZEALAND 2 September 2016 | www.iwk.co.nz Islam opens its doors to the public ¡

Islam opens its doors to the public

  • ¡ Rizwan Mohammad

F riendly debates, knowledge sharing,

fun activities and an outpour of

queries and doubts is the summary

for Islam Open Day exhibition held at Aotea

Square last weekend.

The exhibition saw a footfall of more than

1,500 visitors during each of the two days

that kept the volunteers busy.

Sporting a blue t-shirt that read “Ask me!

  • I am Muslim’’, the volunteers interacted

with visitors from different ethnicities and

walks of life.

On display were posters on the history

of Islam, long white pillars signifying

the five pillars of the religion, a model of

the Prophet’s mosques, booths with face

painting for children and free scarves and

henna for women, and stalls hosted by

representatives of some Islamic countries

such as Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia,

Afghanistan, Pakistan and Palestine.

Indian Weekender spoke to both, the

volunteers and visitors at the venue, to

know more about the exhibition and what

people had to say about the religion. Some

volunteers mentioned that most of the

queries the visitors had were if Islam was

somehow linked to terrorism and what does

the Quran say about it.

Many present at the event said the

religion had been framed by big corporate

houses for political and economical gains.

The following are some of the quotes

given to Indian Weekender by the visitors

and volunteers at the venue.

Christine Anne Soranson

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“I am a poet and a photographer on a tour

from Australia. I was passing by the street

and this beautiful chant and colourful view

caught my attention. I am a messenger of

peace myself through the work that I do.

  • I tried the hijab and it feels so safe and

complete wearing it. Now I understand why

women in Islam wear them. I am so glad

to have stumbled by the booth today, and I

look forward to learning more about Islam.”

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Two female concert goers

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“We were off to a theatre show nearby and

this music drew me in. I was curious about

hijab so I asked the lady at the booth. I

know the media is responsible for spreading

hate against the faith that we see today.

Exhibitions such as these are important to

educate people about the real teachings of

the religion and to clarify doubts.”

Jonas

10 NEW ZEALAND 2 September 2016 | www.iwk.co.nz Islam opens its doors to the public ¡

“There are many Muslims in Germany

but not in a majority. I am a student here

and I work on farms as well. I liked the way

things are lined up over here; the posters

telling the history of Islam, some have an

overview on various different subjects such

as responsibilities towards animals, rights

for women, and miracles of Quran. ”

Abdul Jaleel Patel (volunteer)

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“We have received a very good response

this year. I have noticed that people are

more interested in questions related to

terrorism and then about the religion. I

belong to Masjid-e-taqwa from Papatoetoe

and once every month we set a stall in Aotea

Center and Kiwis, Maori, and sometimes

Pacific Islanders visit our stall. A few years

ago, seven people reverted to Islam and

they were of English, Scottish, and Irish

descent. Some people were also interested

in the history and literature of Islam and we

have distributed many books to them.

Miles Opey

“I came to know about Islamic Awareness

Week last week through a community

member at a gathering. I have met a number

of Muslims here from Egypt, Oman,

Pakistan, Malaysia, and Afghanistan. Yes,

we have our disagreements about the faiths

10 NEW ZEALAND 2 September 2016 | www.iwk.co.nz Islam opens its doors to the public ¡

as I am a strict follower of Christianity and

the volunteer I spoke to was a Kiwi-Muslim

from Afghanistan. But they are peace-

loving people and it was a delight to know

about Islam and its teachings, most of it

match with ours.”

Leonard

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“Speaking to these young minds gives

me a better perspective and understanding

about the religion. The exhibition looks

vibrant with these crafted informative

posters, model of the Kaaba and beautiful

chanting in the background.”

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Police to deal with

Little said fewer numbers of

they continue to make burglary

be visiting every burglary site, it

increase in the burglaries by

now deal burglaries as a priority

would mean that “they’re going

with more common crimes being

serious about tackling burglary

  • I in Auckland, NZ Police will

they cannot attend a dwelling

there will be occasions where

a priority with ongoing work

police officers had led to the rise

published a report about the

public of full police attendance

a scene of crime officer or a

of the victim. However, the

constabulary will attend the crime

burglary for a range of reasons,

dwelling burglary from a volume

offenders,” Police Minister Judith

in every district to reduce this

“Given the nature of policing

crime type while also focusing on

statistics, there has been an

including adhering to the wishes

at dwelling burglaries, where

Police have responded by raising

made his expectations clear,” Ms

Commissioner of Police has

and also sends a clear message to

rising crime rate in Auckland,

offence, effective from Monday,

scene within a reasonable time.

11.9% over the past 12 months.

According to the latest crime

Opposition leader Andrew

The new policy will ensure

“Police have assured me that

“This shows that police are

He said that if police would

In our issue last week, we

crime in the country, especially

n a move to curb the rising

increasing resolution rates.”

crime to a priority offence.

robberies and burglaries.

in the crime rate.

Collins said.

Collins said.

August 29.

next year.

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we are shaken with this horrific

A father-son duo in Napier

pieces. Manmohan came back

him off the counter. The robber

worth $5,000 approximately, and

then used the iron stand to cover

himself and ran off the store and

but the offenders have not been

fought the offenders with their

father-son duo at the counter

with a heavier blow pushing

stormed the Te Awa Dairy

hockey stick from the shelf inside

the cash counter-attacked the

the second escaped the scene the

hockey sticks chasing them off in

The police have the CCTV footage

has witnessed more than six such

the counter and shattered into

in a robbery attempt. The

suffered some bruises” Sukhjinder

through the playground across

owner Manmohan Singh, 61, and

armed with claw bar and hammer

in his defence while his father on

entered the store and attacked

computer scanner, pulled out a

miraculously unhurt, but I am

ourselves as we had kept the

suggested by the patrolling police

sure the offenders may have

successfully escaped the scene

but we are vigilant than ever now.

minutes, but by then the offenders

sticks just inside the counter as

robbery attempts including ours,

his son, Sukhjinder Pal Singh, 32.

other robber with a baseball bat.

At 5:41 a.m., two armed men

The police arrived in four

The offenders in balaclava

“We lost goods and property

The attacker pushed Manmohan

“We somehow defended

“My father and I are

Sukhjinder, stationed at the

“In the last 10 days, the suburb

caught, as they were masked.”

experience,” Manmohan said.

armed robbery in the early

successfully defended an

hours of Friday last week.

told Indian Weekender.

very next moment.

just 15 seconds.

a few days ago.

the road.

burglaries as priority offence

Police to deal with Little said fewer numbers of they continue to make burglary be visiting

to have to drop something else

they’ll be otherwise doing”.

New Zealand First has said that

more frontline police force is the

solution and they will increase it

by 1,800 if they hold the balance

of power after the election

While there are many robbery

victims awaiting justice or even

their stories to be heard, this

announcement comes as a relief

for the Kiwi-Indian community

that has been a regular target of

robberies and burglaries.

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John Key

Prime Minister

T here’s been a lot of

discussions recently

about crime and safety in

our communities.

Some people in our Indian and

other ethnic communities are

telling us that they’re scared and

concerned for their safety. I would

like to reassure you that National

remains as focused as ever on

preventing crime and helping

to keep our communities safer.

There’s no doubt there has been

a recent upturn in burglaries. I’ve

been burgled three or four times

over the years before I became

Prime Minister, and I know

what an invasive and disturbing

experience this can be.

That’s why I’m pleased to see

police making moves to put more

focus on preventing and reducing

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burglaries and capturing those

responsible and holding them

to account.

From September 1, police will

raise the priority level of house

burglaries to a priority offence

so all break-ins are attended by

police staff within a reasonable

time frame.

I also want to reassure you that

despite the perception, and while

there has been a recent upturn in

burglary, the crime rate is still at

near historic lows.

Overall, crime is down by 16%

on

five

years

ago—that’s

more

than 53,000 fewer crimes.

And

violent

crime

is

down

eight

per cent

and

youth

crime is

down 38%.

Police

are

working hard

to address crime in ethnic

communities

and

have

special

officers

who

work

closely

with

those communities to discuss any

specific concerns.

 

While the ideal would be that

no one in New Zealand is the

victim of crime, unfortunately, no

country in the world is crime-free

and New Zealand is no exception.

However, in today’s increasingly

uncertain world, we are one of the

safest countries in the world to

live. A recent international survey

rated us the world’s fourth safest

country out of 162 countries.

We have heard people’s

concerns, though. That’s why

recently I indicated we are

looking at likely increasing police

numbers even further. Since we

came into government, we’ve

increased the number of police on

the beat by 600.

We’ve also increased frontline

policing by half a million hours

a year by investing in new

technology—that’s equivalent

to around 350 more police

out and about protecting New

Zealand’s communities.

This year we also gave a $300

million funding boost to support

police and the good work they

do, preventing crime in our

communities. We’re also cracking

down on the perpetrators of

crime. We introduced the

three-strike policy that ensures

the worst repeat criminals

receive the maximum allowable

sentence with no parole and have

toughened sentences for a range

of other crimes.

People can do a lot to keep

themselves and their families

from becoming victims of crime.

Together, communities can

become safer and more resilient

by looking out for each other,

getting to know each other, and

making sure they know where

family members are.

I would also urge you to visit

your local police station if you are

feeling unsafe or have been the

victim of a crime. They are there

to help.

National cares a lot about law

and order. We’ve been investing

heavily in that area and we will

continue to focus on it so we can

help make our communities safer.

Race-based political parties not good for NZ society

 

Health target results come back positive

Kanwaljit Bakshi National List MP
Kanwaljit Bakshi National List MP

Kanwaljit Bakshi

National List MP

has increased from 117,951 in

 

2007–08 to 171,608 in 2015–16.

Winston Peters

 

DHBs are working hard to

NZ First Leader

NZ First Leader

 

continue to improve the services

they deliver.

 
Race-based political parties not good for NZ society Health target results come back positive Kanwaljit Bakshi

The target for more heart and

   

diabetes checks was again met

 

and

this quarter with 91%.

F rustration

disappointment often calls

for a dramatic action.

 

E nsuring New Zealanders

can access better,

sooner, more convenient

While it will remain an

accountability measure for DHBs,

this is the last quarter that the

Who can ever forget the tragic

stabbing of Arun Kumar in his

Railside Dairy in Henderson two

healthcare remains the

more heart and diabetes checks

government’s number one

target will be reported, as it’s been

years ago?

Unfortunately, for too long,

dairies and liquor stores

have been the target of thugs

and thieves.

In spite of all the propaganda

from the Minister of Police Judith

Collins, dairy owners and others

in the Indian community feel

unsafe; they believe they are not

being listened to.

And they are right; their

concerns are not being addressed

by the National government or

Ms Collins.

With this background, some in

the Indian community have taken

the dramatic step of establishing

their own Indian-led party.

However, it must be said

this move is neither in the best

interests of the Indian community

nor of New Zealand society as

a whole. Already in New Zealand,

we have elements of divisiveness,

which have been a weight on this

nation’s back.

Whilst Maori may feel

aggrieved and many of them

today feel disadvantaged and left

out, but that is not a reason to

go down the cold, narrow path

of separatism.

New Zealand First believes this

is a dangerous route that leads

only to more pain and suffering

and will hold both Maori and the

country back.

Far better is the situation of

people of different ethnicities

working together in a system of

one law for all, irrespective of

ethnic background.

It is important, therefore, to

have political parties working for

all New Zealanders, regardless of

their origins.

The acting leader of the

New Zealand People’s Party,

Roshan Nauhria, says it is about

time Indians and Asians were

represented. If he looked at

local government and at our

Parliament he would see that

that has been happening for

some time.

The problem is the National

government does not just ignore

the Indian dairy and liquor store

owners; there is now a majority

of ordinary New Zealanders who

know they are being ignored

as well.

Separatist race-based politics

is not the answer. Voting for

politicians who do listen to the

concerns of ordinary people

regardless of background is the

only sound solution.

funding priority, and the latest

quarterly data shows our progress

from the previous quarter has

been largely maintained.

District health boards (DHBs)

are once again performing more

elective surgeries, surpassing the

health target by eight per cent.

People are spending less

time waiting in emergency

departments with 94% of

patients admitted, discharged or

transferred from the ED within six

hours. Immunisation coverage for

our children remains at 93% and

more people are being supported

to make healthy changes to their

lifestyles by quitting smoking.

Access to elective surgery is a

priority for this government. As

part of Budget 2016, we invested

an extra $96 million over four

years to ensure more New

Zealanders receive the surgery

they need.

Since National came into

replaced by the new childhood

obesity health target.

The new health target will see

95% of obese children identified

in the Before School Check (B4

School Check) programme offered

a referral to the services they

and their family need to support

healthy eating and activity. By

December 2017, more than 4,000

children a year are expected

to be supported to achieve a

healthy weight.

Focusing on results, we

are working towards specific,

measurable targets to improve

the lives of families, particularly

the most vulnerable.

These latest health target

results are a credit to our

health workforce throughout

the country.

government, the number of
government, the number of

government, the number of

First Specialist Assessments

has increased from 432,047 in

2008-09 to 551,013 in

2015–16. As a result, the number of

patients receiving elective surgery

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Local Board elections: Kiwi-Indians take the lead

¡

Swati Sharma

 

I n

the

upcoming Local

Board

elections,

the

Indian

community has got

a

wider

representation

of

candidates

to

choose

from.

More

than

15

candidates

of

Indian

descent

are standing for local board and

district

health

board

elections,

which

are

just

a

few

weeks

away now.

 
 

While Kiwi-Indians are

yet

to make

up

their minds about

their

ideal

candidate,

Indian

Weekender

introduces

the

readers

to

the

future

leaders

of

your

constituency

through

a

multi-issue

election

special

feature.

 

Anne Degia-Pala QSM

Whau Ward, Independent

Council Candidate

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A nne Degia-Pala is standing

for Council in Whau Ward

that includes Avondale,

Blockhouse Bay, New Lynn, New

Windsor, Green Bay, Kelston, and

area in Titirangi.

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based in West Auckland. She

has also been fundamental

in organising community

events such Diwali Festivals,

International Food Festivals

and fundraisers for Safety

and charity.

In 2007, Ms Pala received

QSM for her work for the

betterment of women

and children in the larger

Ms Pala is a well-known ethnic

community leader and works in

community development, human

rights activism, local and central

government issues and non-

governmental sectors.

Born in Fiji with family roots in

Gujarat, India, Ms Pala migrated

to New Zealand in 1990 with

husband and two children,

settling in West Auckland. She

says that it was passion about

diversity and cross-cultural

integration that inspired her to

step forward and work for the

community.

Ms Pala is a founding member

of the Auckland Council Ethnic

Peoples Advisory Panel, former

president of the Waitakere Ethnic

Board, Trustee of NixCrew Road

Safety Trust, and Governance

Board Member of WaterSafe

Auckland. She is also a company

director of WinMac Solutions Ltd

community.

Message to the Community:

Ms Pala says her focus will be

on:

¡

Prioritising home and street

safety

¡

Considering local views

expressed for economic, social

and cultural well-being of all

¡

Promoting youth initiatives

for education, training and

employment

¡

Supporting growth and

development in Avondale and

Kelston and

¡

Being vocal about Council

borrowing and debt reduction

“Diverse Auckland needs

diverse representation. This is an

opportunity to influence decision

making in Council on behalf of our

ethnically diverse communities

and together we can bring change

to Auckland Council,” says

Ms Pala.

Baljit Kaur

Howick Local Board

(Botany subdivision),

Labour Council Candidate

member of Life’s Charitable

Trust NZ. Ms Kaur is standing for

Council in Botany subdivision of

Howick Local Board.

Message to the community If elected, Ms Kaur seeks to focus on the seven policies set
Message to the
community
If elected, Ms Kaur seeks to
focus on the seven policies set up
by the Labour Party team:
¡
Being more accessible to the
public
¡
Lobbying for better transport
links with Howick and
Auckland
¡
To better preserve, adequately
fund and resource our local
heritage
¡
Provide better community
facilities that cater for our vast
local interest groups

B aljit Kaur migrated to New

Zealand in 2002 from a

village of Punjab, India.

Currently working as a Medical

Underwriter for Southern Cross

Health Society, Ms Kaur has

previously worked as assistant

nurse in the rest homes in New

Zealand and Australia.

As a chairperson of New

Zealand Sikh Women Association

Otahuhu, she supports initiatives

to stop domestic violence. She is

also working towards her passion

to help senior citizens, as a board

  • ¡ Focus on better events and support networks for senior citizens and those with disabilities

  • ¡ Push for better public safety

  • ¡ Build a stronger community through the arts and cultural heritage “I will work closely with

the community and ensure

that we keep our channels of

communications open. This is the

best way to identify their needs

and make an earnest attempt to

their issues,” says Ms Kaur.

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Narinder Kumar Singla JP

Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board

(Papatoetoe subdivision), Independent

Council Candidate; Counties Manukau

District Health Board Candidate

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N arinder Kumar Singla is a

Papatoetoe

14

years.

resident

He

is

a

from

past

local

board

candidate for Papatoetoe subdivision of

Otara-Papatoetoe and is also standing for

Counties Manukau District Healthboard

that includes Pakuranga, Howick,

Botany, Flatbush, Danamore, Otahuhu,

Mission Heights, Manukau Heights,

Otara, Papatoetoe, Mangere, Manurewa,

Takanini, Drury, Papakura, Pukekohe,

Tuakao, Waikiu, Clendon.

Mr

Singla

is

currently

the

chairman

of Hunters Corner Town centre

Society, President of GOPIO South,

a White Ribbon ambassador, an

independent marriage celebrant and

President of newly formed Life Vision

Society Charitable.

Message to the community

for health related issues among children,

youth and adults by utilising the resources

Mr Singla says that, if elected, he will

do his best to promote communities, and

work towards providing them a safer,

caring and prosperous environment. He

will also focus on health and sound family

values by strengthening bylaws to regulate

prostitution on the streets.

As a District Health candidate, he stands

properly. He also seeks to open service

desks to help multilingual communities.

“I will certainly work for enhancement

of transparency in governance and for

welfare of our community. I will promote

unity in diversity and strengthening and

protecting our vibrant communities and

neighbourhood,” says Mr Singla.

The feature will continue in our next issue on September 9, where we’ll introduce more Kiwi-Indian candidates standing for the Local Board elections.

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A people’s party for all?

T he emergence of a new party, based on race, raises an interesting spectre on

the local political scene. On one hand, it may have got the major political

parties a bit worried about losing a slice of the ethnic vote, and on the other

hand, they are pretending not to be too worried about it at all.

The People’s Party, for the moment led by Auckland businessman Roshan Nauhria,

emerged on the scene early this week, aiming to fight the general election next year

on crime and security issues concerning the Indian and Chinese communities in

particular.

And, for a change, NZ First leader Winston Peters and Prime Minister John Key

have agreed on something—neither thought it had a chance and both believed those

ethnicities were better represented within the ranks of broader parties. Key’s National

has two list MPs in Dr Paramjit Parmar and the long-serving Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi.

The People’s Party has already raised the ire of Peters, who says a move to set

up a new ethnicity-based political party for Asian and Indian immigrants is “an

extraordinary demand”, which will harm New Zealand.

While race-based political parties, or any organisation, can be seen as bad news,

and loosely interpreted to further divide a multiracial society, it does exist in New

Zealand—in parliament (Maori Party) and in local government (Maori seats) to name

a few.

It may be an “extraordinary demand” for migrants to come to New Zealand and

start an ethnic political party, whether it gathers enough support from the community

it claims to represent to make it into Parliament, remains another matter.

Major party leaders say the ethnic communities are better served by the bigger

parties—their voices are better heard and are more successful at accentuating their

demands.

Many smaller parties have emerged in the past and have disappeared, and the

People’s Party has already its first hurdle—its name. The term “People’s Party”

resonates a party for all New Zealanders, but the founders have said it will focus on

one particular community.

Only time will tell what’s in store for the People’s Party.

Driving the transport issue

T he work seems to be cut out well for the new team coming in to take charge of

the Super City after the Auckland Council elections next month.

Grappling with myriad issues ranging from rising rates, housing, and

transport, the new mayor will be expected to deliver a lot to an ever-increasing

population in the country’s biggest city.

The 19 candidates vying for the mayor’s job need to offer robust solutions to take

the city forward without burdening the ratepayers with hefty rates increases year

after year.

Transport in the city could prove to be a contentious issue. While the current

council is trying to get more people out of their cars and onto public transport, the

key will be to make the buses and trains cheaper for the commuter.

Whatever options they offer need to be able to make a real difference to congestion,

and the are limits to what ratepayers will be prepared to pay —asking for too much

could turn a whole pack against a programme.

Making broad promises at campaigns is easy; delivering results that will satisfy the

public is much harder.

Get it right and the political rewards could be high; get it wrong and it’s a long

road back.

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Editorial A people’s party for all? T he emergence of a new party, based on race,
Editorial A people’s party for all? T he emergence of a new party, based on race,
Editorial A people’s party for all? T he emergence of a new party, based on race,
WHAT DO YOU THINK ? Are you happy that police will now attend to all burglaries?
WHAT DO YOU THINK ?
Are you happy that police will now
attend to all burglaries?
Sandip Mandal,
Teacher, Blockhouse Bay
It is ridiculous that now the police are realising the
consequences these burglaries have on middle class
families like ours. It’s not a just personal property loss,
burglaries drive fear among people which much more
disturbing. Yes, it is not too late to declare burglary to
be a priority offence, but the police should have taken
this action long back.
Shikha Shukla,
Chef, Blockhouse Bay
I think it’s a smart move to consider burglary a
priority offence now but once again, I think this
decision has come considerably late.
Sneh,
Childcare teacher, Hillsborough