New Association plans celebration for Tamilians in Auckland

New Association plans celebration for Tamilians in Auckland

Half-day event starts at 2 pm on January 26, 2019

Venkat Raman

Auckland, January 11, 2019

Games, cultural programmes and networking make up a busy programme at a newly formed organisation in Auckland.

The Programme, called, ‘Tamilar Thiruvizha’ (Tamilians Festival) will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall, located at 13, May Road, Mt Roskill.

The new body, called, ‘Tamil Association of New Zealand Inc’ (TANZI) will be officially launched at the event.

Sports and Culture

Association official Sowndra (Sowndar) Rajan Palanisamy said that the Progamme will commence with outdoor activities at 2 pm.

“These will include Kabaddi, Kolam (Rangoli) and fun games for all ages, up to 4 pm. Our cultural progamme will commence inside the auditorium at 5 pm. This will comprise Fancy Dress Parade by children, music and dance by Nivetha and her team, Rhythmic Thunder School, Bharati and the Moksha Team, Chennai City Gangzta (Academy of Dance) and Yalini. The Programme will include traditional Tamil food and games” he said.

Tickets and Contacts

Tickets priced at $10 per adult and $5 per child are available. Further information can be obtained from Aaron Samuel Joseph on 021-02588847; Pradeep Ravi on 021-442147; Tamil Maran on 021-1609800; Guhan Gunasekaran on 021-740818.


Sowndar described ‘TANZI’ as a group of people who have come together to help Tamil people from all over the world and in particular from Tamil Nadu to settle down smoothly in New Zealand.

“TANZI has been informally serving Tamil-speaking people for the past two years through ‘Jallikattu,’ a WhatsApp group with has more than 450 members.  We have helped a good number of new immigrants in finding jobs, meet and assist on arrival, accommodation, buying and selling vehicles, advice on education, career and legal matters and other issues,” he said.

He said that TANZI’s informal service has been very well received and appreciated, encouraging its establishment as a registered, not-for-profit organisation.

“We look forward to the active support and collaboration of all New Zealanders to be enable us render service and expand the scope further to reach the community at large,” he said.

Sowndar said that the Association hopes to make an impact with its ‘Tamilar Thiruvizha’ on January 26, 2019.

Sowndra Rajan Palanisamy can be reached on 021-1804908.

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