Eid Al Fitr spreads goodwill around the world

Venkat Raman Muslims have a rich history of celebrating festivals, each of which is a combination of religious and social factors and on such a score, Eid Al Fitr marks a special occasion in the Islamic calendar. Special prayers, decoration of homes and offices with colourful lights, distribution of special food and sweets mark the three-day festivities in the Arab…

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Two Centuries on, Muslims foster their fraternal bond

Two Centuries on, Muslims foster their fraternal bond

Abdullah Drury The first Muslims to visit New Zealand were Lascars, Asian Sailors, who worked on board European vessels. Recent research by Dr Todd Nachowitz has revealed that two Indian Muslim sailors toured the Northland Coast in December 1769 on a French ship named Saint Jean-Baptiste. The Crew Muster Roll included ‘Mamouth Cassem’ (presumably Mahmud Qasim) and a 16-year-old Bengali…

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Women in Banking Westpac

Women in Banking Westpac

Deepa Dias Bank Manager Takanini Deepa immigrated to Auckland in 1999 with her young family, starting at Westpac 15 years ago. She has Business Studies qualifications from Massey University and is currently studying towards a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Financial Planning) as part of her ongoing professional development. Her strength lies in her communication and ability to connect with…

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