Christchurch, June 11, 2018
Two Indians, one of them a ten-year-old student, were honoured by the Indian community at an event held here on Saturday, June 9, 2018.
Nishitha Maarka, who has been on a winning spree at Tennis Tournaments in recent weeks on either side of the Tasman, her parents and Gaurav Sharma, a photographer and media person on his move to Auckland, were felicitated at the Fendalton Community Centre.
Indian Social & Cultural Club President Shilpa Shailaj and ‘Revel Events’ Founder and Organiser of Christchurch Holi Festival of Colours Hitesh Sharma were the Chief Guests.
They presented Certificates to Nishitha and Gaurav at the Ceremony.
As reported by Indian Newslink on May 28, 2018, Nishitha was the winner at her first overseas tennis tournament held in Melbourne from March 30 to April 2, 2018.
She was a runner-up at the Bendigo Tennis Association 2018 McDonalds Classic 10 and Under Girls Singles Tournament played in Melbourne.
She received a Gold as the winner of the Under 10 Girls Doubles Tournament, with her doubles partner Yasmin Matthew.
Ten days later, Nishitha scored Silver as she became a runner up at the Tennis Central Tier 2 Technifibre Junior Open 2018 Girls 10 and under Singles in Wellington.
Former Editor of the ‘Migrant Times,’ Gaurav Sharma is moving to Auckland to take charge as the ‘Editor-in-Chief’ of ‘Multicultural Times,’ a new publication, scheduled to be launched in Auckland in August this year.
It is understood that ‘Multicultural Times’ will be released every alternate Wednesday and cater to ethnic communities all over New Zealand.
Ethnic communities ignored
“New Zealand has 213 ethnic groups calling them their home. Unfortunately, though, inspite of all the good intentions of the average Kiwis and efforts of the government, ethnic communities still feel ‘alienated,’ ‘left out’ and ‘voiceless.’
What aids such a feeling-and this is a general consensus- is that ethnic issues, news, views, struggles, successes or celebrations, do not find adequate representation in the country’s public discourse,” he said on his Facebook posting.
Shirish Paranjape is Indian Newslink Correspondent based in Christchurch.
- Nishitha Maarka with her Certificate
- Gaurav Sharma with his Certificate