‘Annapurna’ (‘Giver of Food’), ‘Business Woman of the Year’ (Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards 2013) and ‘Loving Mother’) are some of the titles attributed to Shivani Arora, one of the most respected personalities across communities in New Zealand.
Her family, friends and contemporaries say that she is a Superwoman on Planet Earth and that she goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure customer satisfaction.
Her hard work resonates, inspiring men and women to pursue their dreams with determination and commitment.
Cooking is her passion, and it was her penchant to serve quality food that led to the establishment of a chain of restaurants, including ‘India Gate,’ and ‘Shivani.’
Shivani Restaurants (Papatoetoe and Mt Roskill) are known for their vegetarian delights popular in many parts of India, pure desi ghee mithai (sweets) and chaats (savory snacks).
Innovation par excellence
Shivani has set high standards in culinary arts and service. It should be no surprise to see her working incredibly hard at her restaurants throughout the week.
She is dedicated to excellence and is very clear about the level of quality required in the business. From a superette of which she was the owner many years ago to the successful ‘India Gate’ brand and Nando’s, she has demonstrated that a strong focus on marketing and sales, and good alignment in values with team are ingredients of success.
Her husband Kuldeep Arora has been a pillar of strength, support and understanding, guiding her through her ambitions with prudent management.