Jacinda Ardern praises Indian businesses

Our Business Awards hailed as the ‘Best Tribute to success’

Venkat Raman

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern praised the contributions of the Indian business community in New Zealand and hoped that they would continue to strengthen the efforts of the governmetn for closer economic engagement with India.

Increasing bilateral trade

Speaking at the Tenth Annual Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards (INLIBA) held at SkyCity Convention Centre on Monday, November 27, 2017, she said that bilateral trade with India, currently placed at $2.5 billion, has the potential to grow further.

“My government is focusing on creating opportunities for businesses to grow and Awards such as the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards are important to recognise and reward business successes,” she said.

Emphasising the importance of small businesses, she described them as ‘incredibly important ‘for the New Zealand economy and that her government would support innovation leading to higher levels of growth and prosperity.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff also paid tributes to the Indian community and said they have been true partners in the progress of the New Zealand economy.

Finalists and winners were announced in 15 categories including a Special Commemorative Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence and the Supreme Business of the year.

Awards Categories

The Awards covered different scales of businesses owned, operated, managed or franchised by people of Indian origin. Among them were manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, consultants and qualified and certified professionals.

The Awards Ceremony recognised commercial entities, especially small businesses that form the core of the New Zealand economy.

Crimson Education won in three business categories and its Co-Founder Sharndre Kushor in two individual categories but neither an official from the company nor Ms Kushor was present and hence the Awards were given to her sister Yenti Kushor.

Sponsors’ Delight

Our sponsors formed the heart of the project, fostering a mutually rewarding relationship. We believe that association with INLIBA has accrued a two-way benefit, helping both of us to reach out to the community.

The cordiality and goodwill promoted by us these past two years will extend to a new era of partnership with growing mutual respect, which in itself is an ‘Award for Best Partnership for Business Progress.’

The management of SkyCity Convention Centre, which hosted the event, were gratified by the outcome.

It is often said that starting a venture is easier than running it; just like reaching the top position is easier than staying there.

INLIBA has now become an integral part of our daily routine and hence is not perceived as an annual event, but as a project that needs to be exercised at least for an hour every day. That is the seriousness with which we treat Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards.

Because, we know that nothing comes without effort and no success accrues without persistence and perseverance.

As we congratulate the finalists and winners in each category and the winner of the Supreme Business Award, we wish to reiterate our commitment for excellence in everything that we do; be it this newspaper, the Indian Newslink Fastfind Indian Business Directory, Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards, Indian Newslink Sir Anand Satyanand Lecture or Indian Newslink Indian Sports and Community Awards.

Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards 2017


Business Excellence in Retail Trade

Jesters Pies Mt Wellington

Business Excellence in Innovation

Crimson Education

Business Excellence in Customer Service

Global Imports and Exports

Business Excellence in Marketing

R Jay Financial Services

Best of Employer of Choice

Legal Associates

Business Excellence in International Business with India


Best Small Business

Forever Shine Beauty Therapy

Best Medium Business

Legal Associates

Best Large Business

Crimson Education

Best Accountant of the Year


Minoo Master – Medtech Global Limited

Best Financial Adviser of the Year (Insurance)

Anand Srinivasan – Brisk Insurance

Best Financial Adviser of the Year (Mortgage)

Rachana Dave – Loan Market Waitakere

Best Businesswoman of the Year

Sharndre Kushor – Crimson Education

Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Sharndre Kushor – Crimson Education

Special Commemoration Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence

Satyan Mehra, IFLY Limited

Supreme Business of the Year

Crimson Education

Photo :

  1. Jacinda Ardern speaking at our Business Awards Night
  2. There is no politics here, just goodwill and friendship- Bill English and Jacinda Ardern
  3. Jacinda Ardern with Indian Newslink Managing Director Jacob Mannothra and Zindia officials Yogesh Jain and Sharat Kanthan
  4. A section of our guests at INLIBA 2017

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