Ganesha Temple in Papakura enters its 20th Year

Venkat Raman The Lord Ganesha Temple in the South Auckland Papakura marks its 19th Anniversary today, making a quite statement of piety leading to progress and prosperity, orchestrated by self-discipline and self-confidence. As it begins its 20th year as one of the most important places of worship for Hindus from all parts of the country and the world, those involved with this…

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New Zealand Parliament witnesses Annakut

Raghavan Rengachariar Diwali and Annakut Festivals were hosted in New Zealand Parliament on November 5, 2019 by BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Sanstha, Auckland. Among the guests were Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway, Ethnic Communities Minister Jenny Salesa, Members of Parliament Michael Wood, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi and Indian High Commissioner Muktesh Pardeshi. Diwali and Annakut festival celebrates the triumph of good…

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House of Lords mark Ayurveda Day in London

Supplied Content The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Indian Traditional Sciences celebrated Ayurveda Day 2019 at a packed meeting in Houses of Lords on November 5, 2019. Among those present were the Baroness Uddin, Sri Lankan High Commissioner Manisha Gunasekera, Indian High Commission Coordination Minister Manmeet Singh Minister and Counsellor Yamuna S V. Baroness Uddin exalted the glory of longevity…

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The tragedy of Jallianwala Bagh at Wellington Exhibition

Ekta New Zealand will host Amritsar’s Partition Museum Exhibition: ‘Punjab Under Siege: The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre’ in Wellington from November 21 to November 29, 2019. In this second and concluding part, the Organisation examines the events leading up to the Massacre and why the story is being told once again a hundred years later. The East India Company The British…

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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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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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Confluence of Urdu, Hindi poetry with communities

Venkat Raman Urdu and Hindi poetry enthusiasts of the Indian Sub-Continent and of Fijian origin are set to meet in Auckland next week for an evening of ‘serious fun.’ Auckland based Urdu and Hindi Cultural Association of New Zealand is organising a ‘literary engagement’ on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Fickling Convention Centre, located at 546 Mount Albert Road, Three…

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