Auckland based Immigration Advisor Arunima Dhingra was honoured with two Awards at the Annual Awards Ceremony of the New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment (NZAMI) held at Eden Park in Auckland on August 18, 2017.
She is Director and Fully Licensed Immigration Advisor at Aims Global Education and Immigration Services Limited.
Ms Dhingra won the ‘Immigration Advisor or Lawyer of the Year Award’ and the ‘Community Outreach Award’ at the Ceremony attended by NZAMI members, immigration advisors, lawyers, consultants and businesspersons.
Ms Dhingra is one of the earliest to obtain a full Immigration License when the Licensing regime came into force on May 4, 2009.
She has been a regular contributor to Indian Newslink since 2008. She is a strong advocate of transparency and accountability, based on which her immigration practice has grown to become one of the finest in Auckland.
ANZ Bank sponsored three awards – Migrant of the Year, Community Outreach, and Hall of Fame of the NZAMI Awards Programme.
Migrant of the Year
Founder and principal of North Auckland’s Albany School of Music, Grace Dong Liu was named ‘Migrant of the Year’ at the Awards Ceremony.
Dr Oliver Hartwich, Executive Director of the New Zealand Initiative and Jack Hou, ANZ Bank’s Head of Migrant, Asian Retail and Business Banking Auckland presented the Award to Ms Liu, who migrated from China with her husband and son in 2013.
A highly talented flute player, Ms Liu is a graduate of the Zurich University School of Music in Switzerland and the Conservatory of Southern Switzerland. In Europe, she was the principal flute player in numerous classical symphonies, conducted several concerts and collaborated with well-known conductors at the Lugano Conservatory Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Flutist and Pianist
In New Zealand, she has taught flute and piano at the Remuera Music Academy and was granted Skilled Migrant Residency in February 2016. In May 2017, her long-held dream became a reality when she officially opened ‘The Albany School of Music’ (ASM).
This unique school community boasts a world-standard teaching staff of more than 20, teaching studios, a first-class music salon and a recording studio. ASM has about 85 students and up to 10 new students joining every week.
NZAMI Chair June Ranson said that Ms Dong Liu was chosen for this Award because, in a short time since gaining residency, she built a school that will help thousands of young New Zealanders develop their musical abilities and enhance the quality of New Zealand’s accomplishments in the field of music.
“The NZAMI Migrant of the Year Award recognises a migrant whose personal efforts and achievement make them an exceptional migrant and Ms Liu clearly meets this high standard,” she said.
The Awards ceremony followed the NZAMI Annual Conference.
Full list of winners:
Grace Dong Liu: International musician, Founder and Principal of the Albany School of Music, Albany – ‘Migrant of the Year’ Award
Arunima Dhingra: AIMS Global Immigration and Education Services, Epsom, Auckland – ‘Immigration Advisor or Lawyer of the Year Award’
Arunima Dhingra: AIMS Global Immigration and Education Services, Epsom, Auckland – ‘Community Outreach Award’
David Ryken: Ryken and Associates, Auckland City – Inducted into ‘Hall of Fame’
June Ranson: Woburn International, Wellington – ‘Service Award’
Our Business Awards Sponsor
Aims Global Education and Immigration Services Limited is the Sponsor of the ‘Best Accountant of Year’ category of the Tenth Annual Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards 2017 jointly with The Fund Master, a mortgage and insurance brokerage firm based in Auckland. Ms Dhingra’s article on the changes to Immigration Policy that came into effect on August 28, 2017 appears under Businesslink in this issue.
Arunima Dhingra with her Award