The need to protect small retailers from criminals, increasing police visibility in high risk areas, tackling domestic violence and protecting international students from exploitation were some of the concerns expressed by the Indian community at a meeting held in Auckland on Saturday, June 28, 2014.
More than 150 men and women of Indian origin were present at the ‘Kiwi Indian Conclave 2014,’ organised by Manukau Indian Association President Veer Khar under the aegis of the New Zealand Indian Central Association and other organisations at the Ellerslie Convention Centre.
Among those present were Members of Parliament (Ethnic Affairs Minister) Judith Collins, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi (National), Phil Goff, Dr Rajen Prasad (Labour) Jan Logie (Green Party), and Laila Harre and Roshni Sami (Internet Party).
The meeting was the first of its kind involving a cross-section of the community. The issues raised were far-reaching and covered areas such as Capital Gains Tax, Home Ownership, Bilateral Trade, Superannuation, Shortage of doctors, selection of List MPs and New Migrants.
Details of the responses from representatives of Parties and people’s impressions of the meeting will appear in our next issue.