The Eighth Annual Indian Newslink Sir Anand Satyanand Lecture held on Monday, July 9, 2018 at Pullman Hotel was hailed as the ‘Best yet.’ Guest Speaker Sir Stephen Tindall, Founder-Chairman of The Warehouse Group and Chairman, Team New Zealand, Master of Ceremonies Jenny Salesa, Minister of Ethnic Communities and Building & Construction and Expert Commentator (under ‘Reflections’) Dr Rajen Prasad, former Member of Parliament contributed to the success of the Lecture. Most important of all, the opening address by Sir Anand Satyanand, former Governor General of New Zealand set the tone and standard for the proceedings. Almost everyone who attended the event said that the Lecture series has been contributing to the promotion of Good Governance in this country.
True to the precept that ‘All good things must come to an end,’ this was the last in the ‘Sir Anand Satyanand brand,’ for it was his wish that having run its course (for eight years), the series must conclude ‘in the fitness of things.’ He has been mentioning of a valedictory for the past three years which came into effect this year.
In promoting Integrity, Honesty, Accountability and Transparency as factors equating Good Governance, we were paying tribute to Sir Anand, for these were principles that have enshrined in his life and career. The Lecture series was establishing the Lecture in his name, we believe that thousands of people who attended the event every year over the past eight years were inspired and encouraged to emulate these principles in their domestic, public and professional lives. This alone should spell the success of this enterprise.
Although the name that denotes superiority would be missing, we believe in continuing the Lecture as a bouquet of our engagement with our readers and New Zealanders in general. As we salute Sir Anand for his inimitable qualities, we are confident that he will continue his association with us and even attend our future programmes.