Devotees help in ‘reinstatement’ of Lord Ganesha

Venkat Raman –  Thousands of devotees of Lord Ganesha, The Remover of All Obstacles, had cause to celebrate on Sunday, October 25, 2015 when the long-planned and much awaited ‘Reinstatement’ of the Deities was completed and marked with a grand ceremony. In fact, the ‘Maha Kumba Abhishekam’ held last weekend was culmination of seven days of Poojas, religious rites and…

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At these costs, you don’t do yourself a favour

David Shearer –  I watched a remarkable investigative story on the TV3 programme ‘3D’ recently. Journalist Michael Morrah focused the spotlight on the way our building hardware market works – and the picture wasn’t good. New Zealanders have a history and culture of renovating, improving and sometimes even building their own homes. Prohibitive venture But every indication seems to show…

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Detention Centres betray Trans-Tasman friendship

David Shearer – david.shearer@parliament.govt.nz The relationship between Australia and New Zealand has always been close. As countries go, we are the best of mates. We have fought in wars together, our troops are currently training together in Iraq, and hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders live in Australia. It is a measure of our relationship that Australians and New Zealanders…

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