The Diwali festival of lights is a significant celebration for many people across New Zealand.
The festival is a vibrant, entertaining, and unique celebration for New Zealand’s Indian communities.
I always enjoy attending Diwali festivities, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the recent Diwali festival in Auckland. The warm and welcoming spirit and the colourful entertainment make it a must-do for many.
It is also a chance to recognise the growing contribution our Indian communities make to our culture, our economy, and our success as a nation.
I value the strong relationship the National-led Government has with our Indian communities. We are committed to ensuring your voice is heard at the highest levels of Government.
We are also continuing to work hard on the issues that matter to you – the economy, education, health, and law and order. We are building a brighter future for all New Zealanders, so that this is an even better place for you to live, work, and raise a family.
I hope you enjoy celebrating Diwali with your family. Best wishes for the year ahead to the readers of Indian Newslink.
John Key is Prime Minister of New Zealand. The picture appearing here (taken by Hemant Parikh of Radio Tarana) shows him speaking at the Diwali Festival held at Aotea Square in Auckland on October 13, 2012.