ATEED under fire on Diwali Festival dates

Venkat Raman – Following increasing public pressure, the Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) is likely to consider the possibility of changing the dates of its Diwali Festival in Auckland to days that are in consonance with the Hindu practices and religious sentiments. The Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) had announced earlier that Auckland Diwali will be held on October…

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Free Media will spell true democracy in Fiji

Phil Goff The general election held on September 17, 2014 was a turning point for Fiji and for the bilateral relations with New Zealand. Re-establishment of an elected Parliament provides an opportunity for us to reengage with Fiji, and to rebuild relations. That can be made easier because despite successive coups that have affected government- to-government relationships, Kiwis and Fijians…

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Governor General honours Veteran Indian

Venkat Raman –  Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae said that New Zealanders who contribute positively to the progress of the country deserve to be recognised and applauded. Speaking at an Investiture Ceremony held at Government House in Auckland on May 7, 2015, he said that the Nation took pride in such persons and that they enriched the values of our…

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