Valentine’s Day Special – Purity of love takes wings with feathered friends

But humankind yet to learn the value of flocking Ratna Venkat This year’s Valentine’s Day focuses on love in the air, literally! Love, as per human understanding, has always been a fascinating subject; simple, yet complicated, emotional, yet dramatic. However, love in the world of birds is simple and unadulterated, which is why writers and thinkers have since long looked…

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Meditation is not the best solution for wellness

Massey University Mindfulness and meditation are widely touted as solutions to a range of health conditions and social stresses, but a new study shows the impact of these practices on our collective wellbeing has limitations. Dr Ute Kreplin, Massey University Psychology Researcher and co-author of an international study just published in ‘Nature Scientific Reports’ said that while many may experience personal…

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Model of the Fortnight

Cultural plurality broadens the mind If you think that swimming in the sea, while posing for photographs is no big task, you had better have another think coming. Both are different and challenging, unless you are Valentine Fernandes, our Model of the Fortnight. This New Plymouth beauty must have been the cynosure of all eyes as the photographer put her…

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GOPIO marks Tenth Anniversary in Auckland

Venkat Raman While a majority of chapters of the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) remains opaque to the Press in New Zealand, the first and perhaps the only Chapter that is active is GOPIO Waikato based in Hamilton. Its Founder-President and International Coordinator (Oceania) Suman Kapoor and her husband and current President Pradeep Kapoor organised the tenth…

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Tamil extolled as the world’s oldest and pure language

Event raises $10,000 for Professorial Chair at Harvard University Venkat Raman For the first time in at least a decade, members of the Tamil-speaking community ignored their petty differences and got together to support a group of young men and women to celebrate the international status of the Language. The Programme, organised by ‘The New Zealand Tamil Youth Group,’ was…

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137,000 buildings risk flooding in Auckland

Newshub, Auckland Auckland Council has released documents showing just how vulnerable the region’s housing is to flooding. It warns the likelihood of “high intensity rainfall events” will increase due to climate change, and around 137,000 buildings in the Auckland region are at risk of flooding. The research was released as part of a stormwater resource consent application, which contained plans on…

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Festival to connect with Mangere Mountain history

Supplied Content Four hours of live music, food and market stalls is set for the ‘Love Your Maunga’ event at Mangere Mountain on Saturday February 17, 2018 from 11 am to 3 pm. An impressive stage line-up includes R&B singer/songwriter Vince Harder, Lavina Williams, and many others. A highlight of the day will be a kapahaka performance by local school…

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Religious Leader brings eight days of pious festivities

BAPS Swaminarayan Mahant in Auckland from February 14 Ragavan Rengachariar Devotees of BAPS Spiritual Head Mahant Swami Maharaj and other religious-minded people eagerly look forward to his visit to Auckland next fortnight. The revered spiritual master, who has had meetings with world leaders including Prime Ministers of India, Canada respectively Narendra Modi and Justin Trudeau; Presidents of Tanzania and Kenya,…

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