WIA is ecstatic to be recognised as a finalist in the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards last week and we are proudly wearing this on our sleeve - and why not? With this week being National Volunteer Week, we want to take time to acknowledge the contribution our volunteers make to the WIA. Without them, we would not be where we are today. They have helped accomplished over 116 events this year - absolutely incredible and we can't wait to do it all over again next term. You can read our submission here.
The WIA are supporting the appeal relief efforts for the devastation. WIA are supporting Kamil Laxshman in collecting clothes for the victims affected by the recent cyclone – Cyclone Winston.
We are requesting all to bring items for donation to this cause and we would like your assistance in donating any of the following items:
•Non-perishable foods (can and packet foods e.g. rice)
Donations will only be collected at Bharat Bhavan on Sunday 6th March between 11am – 2pm
This is a humane response. Fiji is a tiny place and is very vulnerable. Your help is greatly appreciated.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate only Love can do that” a quote from Martin Luther King Jr’s were the opening remarks to the two hundred odd audience at Parliament’s annual Diwali celebration hosted by Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga Minister.
Attended by Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key, along with other MPs, dignitaries and representatives from across New Zealand’s ethnic communities, the Prime Minister opened the evening by acknowledging and recognising all Indians for their diverse contribution to New Zealand.
The evening was supported by the New Zealand Central Indian Association (NZICA) and has been over the past thirteen years began with an opening invocation prayer, lighting of the Diya to symbolise the victory of light over darkness and the VIP guests were presented with garlands. Speeches were then delivered by Minister Lotu-Iiga, Prime Minister, the President of New Zealand Indian Central Association – Harshad Patel and Charge de Affairs, High Commission of India – Mr Sandeep Sood which were followed by cultural performances
“One of the things that makes New Zealand such a wonderful place to live is the way in which communities actively participate across wider society to share and celebrate their cultures and traditions.” says OEC Director, Berlinda Chin.
The New Zealand Indian Central Association (NZICA) was established by three regional Indian Associations in 1926 and is now an organisation representing seventeen Indian organisations consisting of over 5,000 Indians across NZ. Members of NZICA Inc. have worked relentlessly in the last 89 years creating a good living environment for Indians in New Zealand whilst also representing Kiwi-Indians.
The Indian community is one of the largest and fastest growing ethnic communities in New Zealand. The numerous communities that form the wider Indian community are distinguished by factors such as religion and language.
Whilst the majority of New Zealand Indians are Hindu, there are also Sikhs, Muslims, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians originating from India, Pakistan, Fiji, Malaysia, Africa and Europe.
Hindi is spoken by 65,622 New Zealanders making it the most widely spoken Indian language and the fourth most spoken language in the country. However there are communities that identify more strongly with other languages such as Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil, Bengali and Malayam.
The biggest Guajrati dance fest is back....
MARI NAVRATRI in Ambepoor
9 nights of traditional garba and raas and Indo-western sanedo.
For the first time ever, enjoy a delicious meal from the Ambepoor Cafe. From the menu you can choose Gujarati Thali. Lassi or Chai.
Buy new dandiya to match your outfits
Dress to impress according to colour to be part of the competitions on the following days:
Friday 16th YELLOW DRESS DAY
Sat 17th GUJU DRESS DAY & TATTOO COMPETITION
WED 18th RED/WHITE DRESS DAY
THIS YEAR, PARTICIPATE IN THE NAVRATRI TATTOO COMPETITION.
More details will be on Facebook, so keep an eye out!
TAKE A PIC WITH RANGLO AND RANGLI, LIVE STREAMING AND MORE!!!
ALL STARTS FROM TOMORROW UNTIL THURSDAY 22ND.
WE'RE EXCITED!!! ARE YOU?
Thursday 17th September
9:00am Ganpati Sthaapna followed by Pooja
7:00pm Aarti followed by Samuh Bhajans
Friday 18th September
7:00pm Aarti followed by Samuh Bhajans
Saturday 19th September
10:00am Ganesh Pooja for Youth followed by Ganpati Visarjan then Maha Prasad
Will be held Tuesday evenings, 5:45pm-6:45pm, starting Tuesday 22nd September. These fitness sessions are bollywood dance/aerobic-style and are suitable for all ages. Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear and bring a bottle of water. The first session is on September 22nd at the Bharat Bharvan. This is free so come alone or bring a friend.
FREE yoga session every Thursday at the Hall 7-8pm. Great for regular practitioners and for those who have never done it. Just bring a mat and a blanket.
19 Aug 7pmDon't let the wet weather stop you from attending tonight's seminar at the Hall with our members Dilip Naik (Endovascular Specialist), Pratibha Balu (Dietitian) and Vishal Nagar (Exercise Physiologist).
To coincide with Heart Awareness Month the speakers will talk about heart health, the Indian diet and fitness followed by a Q&A session. A similar seminar last year at the WIA Health Expo was well received. There will also be FREE blood pressure screening. See you tonight.
This is a great opportunity for us all to become more better and more confident drivers. If you're a learner or an experienced driver, this course will help you.
This is half the price of the AA course so be in quick to book this heavily discounted course which consists of 4 x 2 hour classroom sessions plus one-hour practical training session.
Restricted license holders, completing this course can reduce their full license application from 18 months to 1 year if under 25 years old and over 25 year olds from 6 months to 3 months.
Full license holders can also do this course to improve their driving. There are limited places so to secure yours please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RSVP by Thursday 20th August
A1 Driving School consists of Wayne & Christine Young as proprietors and a team of contract Driving Instructors who are approved by the N.Z Transport Agency, for this purpose.
There are a host of people throughout our community who work quietly away, without pay and with precious little recognition, to make our communities better places to live.
Without fuss or fanfare they undertake all manner of good work on behalf of neighbours, friends, schools, clubs and service in organisations. Their commitment is unstinting; their generosity and dedication is unquestionable.
The Wellington Indian Association (WIA) created the Community Service Awards as a way to recognise and acknowledge contributions by an individual member or group of members for their selfless work or services rendered.
The WIA Community Service Awards are a way of giving some well-deserved recognition to these unsung heroes of our community.
These awards are an annual affair and it gives us an opportunity to make sure they are rewarded with the thanks they deserve for the outstanding service they have given on behalf of our community in a variety of activities.
This is a great opportunity to learn about the causes, prevention and how to treat
6.30 pm to 8.30 pm, Wednesday July 22nd, 2015, Matairangi Room, ASB Stadium, 2 Kemp St, Kilbirnie, Wellington. Book early to secure your spot – entry is FREE
Register online at nzpain.com via contact page or phone 0800 663 463.
Our old website had served us well. Its now time to evolve our website to meet our new needs. With this "upgrade" we will make the website more engaging and useful for our members and the community at large. We have many resources for you on this site. We also have new easy to use sign up forms for the newsletter and for getting in touch, so don't be shy, get involved either via these forms or our social media channels. This is your website so got for it. As always feedback is welcome.