Anthony Uncle, life has never been the same

Ratna Venkat On June 24, 2019, I was presented with the ‘Wenceslaus Anthony Award’ for ‘Excellence in Performing Arts’ at the Sixth Annual Indian Newslink Sports, Community, Arts & Culture Awards 2019 held at Ellerslie Convention Centre in Auckland. I accepted it with humility and then cried. I wished that Anthony Uncle was there, applauding and giving me the bear…

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Eid Al Fitr spreads goodwill around the world

Venkat Raman Muslims have a rich history of celebrating festivals, each of which is a combination of religious and social factors and on such a score, Eid Al Fitr marks a special occasion in the Islamic calendar. Special prayers, decoration of homes and offices with colourful lights, distribution of special food and sweets mark the three-day festivities in the Arab…

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Two Centuries on, Muslims foster their fraternal bond

Two Centuries on, Muslims foster their fraternal bond

Abdullah Drury The first Muslims to visit New Zealand were Lascars, Asian Sailors, who worked on board European vessels. Recent research by Dr Todd Nachowitz has revealed that two Indian Muslim sailors toured the Northland Coast in December 1769 on a French ship named Saint Jean-Baptiste. The Crew Muster Roll included ‘Mamouth Cassem’ (presumably Mahmud Qasim) and a 16-year-old Bengali…

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