Auckland’s Queen Street for pedestrians only

Supplied Content The Auckland Council voted unanimously on November 27, 2018 to move towards pedestrianising Queen Street and trialling an open streets initiative in the City Centre and suburbs. Mayor Phil Goff said that further pedestrianisation of Queen Street would change Auckland’s main street from a traffic route to a place people can enjoy, and open streets trials would close…

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Auckland Santa Parade to lose public events funding

Vanita Prasad (Newsroom) Auckland’s Santa Parade faces an uncertain future as the City’s event Agency withdraws funding past this year because of a new policy. While next week’s 85th instalment of the Annual Parade will go ahead as planned, it is set to make a $100,000 operating loss without the help of eleventh hour financial aid. Despite the support of several commercial sponsors and…

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Auckland Health Foundation to benefit DHB patients

Supplied Content The Auckland Health Foundation was officially launched on November 1, 2018 aiming to advance healthcare for all New Zealanders. The Foundation goes beyond what is currently funded in the healthcare system to help Auckland District Health Board (DHB) patients benefit from innovative technology, research and facilities. The new fundraising charity supports adult health services within Auckland DHB, and…

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Ahmadiyya youth to commemorate ANZAC Day

Supplied Content Is it loyal or moral for Muslims to wear the poppy and participate in ANZAC and Remembrance Day commemorations? Is this a betrayal of their fellow Muslims who have been killed or displaced as a result of recent military conflicts? Prophet’s Teaching Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association President Azeem Zafarullah said, “This commemoration is all about saluting the sacrifices…

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Challenges harden the resolve of Pageant Winner

Venkat Raman Getting about and utilising the opportunities that New Zealand offers is the wont of Karishma Hemi Ranchhod, who emerged as a winner at the Miss Five Crowns New Zealand 2018-2019. The 21-year-old was named ‘Miss Five Crowns Charity Queen’ and ‘Miss Five Crowns New Zealand 2018-2019 Regional Winner’ at the finale held in Auckland recently. However, Karishma is…

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Indian SC verdict on Sabarimala irks Hindus here

Protestors gather pace in Auckland Temples Simi Sethu Hindu Dharma and Culture are going through a very turbulent time. The recent verdict of the Supreme Court of India on Sabarimala is a typical example. The Hindu community in Auckland, outraged by the SC judgment, expressed solidarity to our mothers, sisters and brothers who have been relentlessly fighting to protect Sabarimala,…

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Sabarimala Temple controversy raises piquant issues

Badri Raina The  enlightened state of Kerala is now struggling with the future. Certain aspects of tradition and  injunctions of the Constitution vie for its allegiance. But, given that civil society in Kerala is uniquely the progeny of some outstanding social reform movements whose fallout has had a lasting impact on Keralite polity across the board, it seems befitting that…

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