New initiative for elders

Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust will operate a new service for the senior members of the community.

Senior Citizens Minister Jo Goodhew launched the initiative called ‘Kushi’ (Happiness) at the ‘International Day of Older Persons’ held at the Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust in Onehunga (14 Spring Street) Auckland on October 6.

‘Khushi’ will provide services to protect elders against abuse and neglect for the Indian and South Asian communities and families, she said.

Among others present at the event were Shanti Niwas Trustees Ataur Rahman and Kumar Hari, Members of Parliament Phil Goff (Labour), Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga and Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi (National) and Social Development Ministry (Settling In) Relationship Manager Jennifer Jannif.

Shanti Niwas Project Manager Nilima Venkat said that objective of the new initiative was to recognise, prevent and respond to abuse and neglect of older people, ensuring their wellbeing.

“The Trust delivers positive ageing day programme thrice a week for older people and once a week for people with disabilities. We also provide counselling, advocacy, translation services and help to access health related practical assistance,” she said.

For further information, phone (09) 6221010 or visit

The photograph here shows (from left) Shanti Niwas Trustee Ataur Rahman, Labour MP Phil Goff, Senior Citizens Minister Jo Goodhew, Nilima Venkat, National MPs Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Kumar Hari, Jennifer Jannif and others at the International Day of Older Persons held at Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust on October 6.

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