Grant Robertson for Indian Newslink Lecture

Venkat Raman

We are happy to announce that Finance Minister Grant Roberson will deliver the Ninth Annual Indian Newslink Lecture on Monday, July 29, 2019 at Pullman Hotel, Auckland.

The central theme of his Lecture is likely to be ‘Good Financial Management contributes to Good Governance.’

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff will be the Master of Ceremonies at the Lecture which will commence with Cocktails and Networking at 630 pm, followed by Dinner.

National Party List Member Paul Goldsmith will provide his ‘Reflections’ on the Lecture while former Labour List MP and former Advisor to the Kingdom of Lesotho Dr Rajen Prasad will offer Concluding Remarks.

Rebranded Series

The annual event, known from 2011 to 2018 as ‘Indian Newslink Sir Anand Satyanand Lecture,’ has been rebranded this year as ‘Indian Newslink Lecture Series’ but continues with its core objective of promoting Good Governance in the Corporate and Private sectors and individual lives of New Zealanders.

Indian Newslink instituted the Lecture concept to foster qualities of Honesty, Integrity, Transparency and Accountability as critical factors determining Good Governance.

Today, with the strengthening of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act and probe into the bona fides and otherwise of the banking and insurance sectors, the need for Good Corporate Governance has acquired greater significance.

New Zealand is at crossroads of financial discipline and commercial greed and hence the Indian Newslink Lecture series has the potential to become a veritable public platform for dissection, analysis and direction of State and Public Policy.

Budget and Responsible Governance

Mr Robertson is due to present his ‘Wellbeing Budget,’ stated to be the first of its type in the world, to Parliament on Thursday, May 30, 2019. While the details of his fiscal policy will be detailed within the proposal, the Budget is expected to become the watershed of ‘Open Government’ and ‘Responsible Governance’ propounded by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the start of her new political career in October 2017.

In that sense therefore, the Lecture by Mr Robertson would acquire greater importance in articulation of public finance, fiscal orderliness and cleanliness in administration.

Mr Goff as the Master of Ceremonies would certainly bring to bear 50 years of experience in public life, while Mr Smith is expected to add a diversified view of the issues that Mr Robertson would indubitably raise in his Lecture. Dr Prasad will bring to his Concluding Remarks the wisdom of academic and governmental experience to the Governance equation.

Tickets to the Lecture, priced at $172.50 per person and $1725 (with GST) per table of ten persons, including Cocktails and Black Tie Dinner are now available. Please call 021-836528 or email


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