When Indian Newslink was launched in November 1999, there were no other contenders; and yet, we began with principles of honesty and transparency, humility and friendliness and sincerity of purpose and spirit of service.
Nineteen years on, we are no longer alone in the market. But our principles have remained steadfast. We have neither discarded those founding ideals nor succumbed to the pressures of competition. We do not subscribe to price wars,because we are aware that our discerning readers, advertisers and well-wishers would want us to remain what we are and serve them with the same fortitude aswe have done for more than a decade since the publication came to exist.
We are happy that over the years, Indian Newslink has won a place in the hearts and minds of tens of thousands of readers, who have been the strongest source of guidance and patronage. In understanding their needs and evolving tastes, we have established a partnership that has stood the test of time.
The Business Awards
We launched the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards (INLIBA) in 2008 to reward business successes and motivate our people to pursue excellence and foster productivity and profitability. INLIBA has today become an important brand, and the Awards Presentation Ceremony (held in November) is one of the most significant events in the New Zealand business calendar.
As a part of our national and professional responsibility, we designed the Indian Newslink Scholarship Scheme to encourage young and creative minds to pursue the journalism course and become responsible and successful media persons.
We propose to renew the Scheme soon. It will be open to all New Zealand citizens and permanent residents, irrespective of their ethnicity.
Sports, Community, Arts and Culture Awards
The growing importance of people of Indian origin in various sports encouraged us to launch the Indian Newslink Indian Sports Awards in 2012. These Awards were the first of its type for the Indian community in New Zealand.
We added Community Awards and honoured 54 people this year including the Elite Awards to distinguished sportspeople. We propose to include achievers in Arts and Culture and honour about 100 people in 2019.
The Indian Newslink Lecture
As a newspaper committed to promoting finer aspects of Community, Corporate, Economic and Social conduct, Indian Newslink has instituted a Lecture held as an annual series, principally in Auckland City.
TheIndian Newslink Sir Anand Satyanand Lecture series was held for eight years from 2011 to 2018 as a mark of respect and tribute to Sir Anand Satyanand, who retired as the Governor General of New Zealand after five years in office on August 23, 2011.
The Series is being rebranded with a fresh approach from 2019.
We believe that these brands bespeak our commitment to the community, the society and the country, promoting values that are inimitable and endearing. These brands are growing in strength, thanks to the support and patronage of the business community including sponsors and advertisers and our readers and well-wishers.
From editors, reporters and stringers and thumbnail artists, layout personnel and production experts to marketing executives, distributors, sponsors, advertisers, readers and well-wishers, we say, “These brands have become successful because of your encouragement and patronage. We salute you!”