The forgotten women who helped build Islam in Britain

The forgotten women who helped build Islam in Britain

Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor Coventry, England, March 8, 2020 The two first British Mosques were established in 1889 in Liverpool and Woking, and women played a major contribution to the communities that helped to set up these Mosques. But you wouldn’t necessarily know it. Indeed, women’s contributions throughout history are consistently forgotten – often lost so the past becomes “his story.” I…

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The best way to mark Women’s Day is to respect them

The best way to mark Women’s Day is to respect them

Venkat Raman Auckland, March 6, 2020 The World will observe ‘International Women’s Day’ on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Designated by the United Nations, the day will mark usual speeches, statements and feature articles in newspapers, magazines and social media. Governments will announce new plans to lift the status of women in their societies, national and international organisations will pledge to…

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Debut vocalist transcends entertainment to spirituality

Debut vocalist transcends entertainment to spirituality

Meenakshi Iyer The debut vocal performance of Arabi Jeyashankar held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Dorothy Winstone Centre (Auckland Girls Grammar School) was a display of innate talents of this promising young Carnatic music singer. It would be an understatement to say that Arabi excelled in her performance. She mesmerised the enlightened audience of nearly 700 music enthusiasts on…

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Endeared social and community worker passes away

Endeared social and community worker passes away

Pratima Nand Reginald Vinod Nand, known to Rotarians, members of the Fiji Indian community and many other New Zealanders as a kind-hearted social welfare worker, passed away on February 8, 2020. He was 78 years old and left behind his wife Maureen, their son Sanjeev, daughter Seema Woollaston, four grandchildren, six sisters and three brothers. He was my elder brother…

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Pakuranga Mosque closes for two weeks in East Auckland

Pakuranga Mosque closes for two weeks in East Auckland

RNZ Auckland, March 7, 2020 An Islamic centre located at 27 Ben Lomond Crescent, Pakuranga East Auckland, is closing for at least two weeks in an effort to prevent the novel coronavirus spreading in its community. With members who often travel to Iran, the Islamic Ahlulbayt Foundation in Pakuranga, Auckland, is shutting its doors for at least two weeks. It…

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Applications invited for $7 million Culture and Heritage Fund

Applications invited for $7 million Culture and Heritage Fund

Supplied Content Applications are now open for the fifth round of the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Robertson has announced. “I am delighted to open this year’s fund which has some $7 million available to support performing arts venues, galleries, museums and whare taonga throughout Aotearoa. Through the Fund the Government is…

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Drugs seizure by New Zealand Customs hits $2 billion

Drugs seizure by New Zealand Customs hits $2 billion

Jenny Salesa The Government’s investment in a strong border and disrupting transnational organised crime produced record results for stopping drugs in 2019. The illegal drugs were seized at the New Zealand border by Customs, and overseas by Customs’ international border partners before the drugs could be sent to our shores. Customs’ preliminary statistics for 2019 indicated that 2613 separate drug…

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