Waitakere Diwali brings the talent of the new generation

Thakur Ranjit Singh Waitakere Indian Association (WIA) was initiated and brought into being by a few third- generation Fiji Indians, descendants of Girmityas in Waitakere, West Auckland in 2000. Nineteen years on, the Association continues to be torchbearer of the community, celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights, year after year, in the spirit of family bond. This year’s event was held…

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St John launches Caring Caller Service in Hindi

A Diwali gift to those in need in Auckland Hindi speakers in Auckland with limited or no English, now have access to a friendship-based telephone service in their own language. The Service was launched on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Following the 2018 launch of the St John Caring Caller service in Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), St John has extended its delivery to reach more isolated…

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Singer from Canada takes Tamil Karaoke Star Title

Venkat Raman Ramya Ramachandran, a Resident of Toronto, Canada won the ‘Tamil Karaoke Star 2019’ title at the finals of the contest held in Auckland on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Her winning songs (with $1000 cash prize and a Trophy) were ‘En Mel Vizhunthal’ and ‘Kaatre En Vaasal Vanthaai’ (composed by A R Rahman respectively for  Tamil films ‘May Matham’ and ‘Rhythm’), rendered…

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First Collection of local poetry launched

Staff Reporter The Auckland based Urdu Hindi Cultural Association of New Zealand launched its first book containing a collection of poems written by local bards. Association Patron and National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi released the Book, called, ‘Safed Badlon Ke Desh Mein,’ (‘Aotearoa’ or ‘In the Land of the Long White Cloud’) on Sunday, October 20, 2019 in West Auckland.…

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Youngsters promote New Zealand as their second home

Venkat Raman A team of six youngsters is promoting New Zealand and its pristine beauty as a mission, focusing initially on the Tamil Diaspora worldwide. Dineshkumar Ravi, an employee in a Hamilton based engineering firm, has created a music video that captures in part the natural splendour of New Zealand, explaining why Tamilians consider it as their second home. About…

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