Ashika Lal

Banking is often seen as being dominated by men – but at ASB, Ashika Lal has thrived, achieving both her own ambitions and those of her many business customers. That’s mainly due to her own hard work and strong business acumen, but she’s also grateful for ASB’s inclusive environment, where everyone is free to contribute to the success of the…

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Shobhna Golian

Experience and expertise are among the pre-requisites of legal practitioners and those with a friendly approach, faster accessibility, and sincere desire to promote customer care earn the respect of businesses and the resident communities. Shobhna Golian is one of the most prominent lawyers, admired for her legal acumen not only by businesses and individuals but also community organisations and charitable…

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Shivani Arora

Women of Indian origin have emerged as great team players and innovative businesspersons in New Zealand and among those known for their spirit of adventure and business acumen is Shivani Arora, Director of India Gate Restaurant, Shivani Vegetarian Restaurants (Papatoetoe and Mt Eden) and other enterprises, each of which is marked for high levels of productivity, staff motivation and profitability.…

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Seema Chatly

Vibrant and extremely diligent, Seema Chatly is often found handling multiple calls with equal charm and politeness. Managing a chain of lodges and motels across Auckland seamlessly comes easy to this spunky businesswoman. “My biggest high is interacting with guests from across the world, ensuring that they experience unique New Zealand culture and hospitality,” she said. Owner and director of…

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Purnima Lekinwala

The fact that hard work and honesty will be rewarded by popularity and success superseding despair and obstacles, has been proved time and again by people. Among them is Purnima Lekinwala, Director of Chakri Limited, a West Auckland (New Lynn) based company that produces a series of Indian snacks. Born and raised in an illustrious Gujarati family in Mumbai, India,…

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Funding cuts hurt Indian community associations

A growing number of Indian community organisations and individuals are beginning to question the rationale of the Auckland Council spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in organising Diwali and other festivals at their expense. Many Indian associations say that they have had to seek alternate sources of funding their activities after the Council refused to reconsider its decision over funding…

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