DIWALI MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER OF NEW ZEALAND

Happy Diwali.

The Diwali festival of lights is a significant celebration for many people across New Zealand.

The festival is a vibrant , entertaining and unique celebration for New Zealand's Indian communities.

I always enjoy attending Diwali festivities. The warm and welcoming spirit and the colourful entertainment make it a must-do for many,

It's also a chance to recognise the growing contribution our Indian communities make to our culture, our economy, and our success as a nation.

I value the string relationship the Nation-led Government has with our Indian communities. We are committed to ensuring your voice is heard at the highest levels of Government.

We are also continuing to work hard on the issues that matter to you - the economy, education, health, and law and order. We are building a brighter future for all New Zealanders, so that this is an even better place for ou to live, work, and raise a family.

I hope you enjoy celebrating Diwali with your family. Best wishes for the year ahead.

Best Wishes

Rt Hon John Key
PRIME MINISTER



Mayoral Diwali message for Indian Weekender

Namaste

It is my honour to wish you a happy Diwali.

Diwali is an important event for our whole community and its message about the triumph of good over evil signifies the hope we all share about our future.

Huge crowds of Aucklanders from all backgrounds braved the rain to come to Aotea Square for Auckland Diwali Festival 2012. Festivals like this are vitally important to celebrating and sharing the wonderful diversity that makes up Auckland, and helping us learn more about our neighbours.

As Diwali continues, I want to send greetings to Auckland’s 75,000 strong Indian community and the 20,000 strong Indian international student population in Auckland.

Indian events, such as Diwali, Independence Day and India’s National Day, are all celebrated and supported by the Auckland Council.

We recognise the positive economic, educational, cultural and sporting contributions the Indian community makes to the new Auckland.

I join with you in this celebration and wish you all the best.

Len Brown
Mayor of Auckland



Diwali message from David Shearer, MP for Mt Albert and leader of the Labour Party

I wish you and your families Shubh Diwali and happy New Year.

Diwali in Aotearoa is not just a celebration of an ancient festival; it is the celebration of our South Asian identity. It’s a reminder that New Zealand Indians are a precious part of our culture, enriching us all.

This year I am aware of 11 major Diwali celebrations at which thousands of New Zealanders will be present. I or my MPs will be attending all of them.
For me, the lighting of the lamp that symbolises knowledge is most significant. I am a former teacher, from a family of teachers -- education is very important to me. I enjoy lighting the lamp of knowledge and reflecting on learning and wisdom. It’s a great metaphor.

It’s also very meaningful to remember that people have been doing this, and observing other Diwali traditions with their families for 5000 years.

I would like to thank the Indian community in New Zealand for your hard work and contribution to our economic, social and cultural life. We acknowledge you all today and we celebrate with you.

Enjoy exchanging your gifts and sharing good food with your families. I wish you Happy Diwali and a Happy New Year.



DIWALI MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL MP KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI



Diwali, the festival of lights, celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness. Indians across New Zealand and the world along with many other cultures celebrate Diwali with their family and friends. The festival carries special significance for our community. Diwali provides is with the opportunity to come together and enjoy our cultural richness and diversity. I also provides us with the opportunity to share our joy and happiness with our friends from different cultures whom we have the opportunity to live with here in New Zealand.

I take this opportunity to wish readers, staff and management of Indian Weekender a very Happy Diwali. May this festival of lights fill your home and life with happiness, prosperity and good fortune.

Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
Member of Parliament





DIWALI MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE AUCKLAND INDIAN ASSOCIATION


NAMASTE

WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VERY HAPPY DIWALI AND PROSPEROUS NEW
YEAR V.S.2069.

MAY GOD FULFILL ALL YOUR WISHES OF WEALTH, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS IN
YOUR LIFE.

AAP SAB KO DIWALI KI SHUBH KAMNAYEIN.

AAP KI MONOKAMNA PURI HO.

ASHOKBHAI B. DARJI (GAIWALA) (MNZM, JP)

PRESIDENT

AUCKLAND INDIAN ASSOCIATION INC.



Diwali Message from the High Commissioner of India

I am happy to learn that the Indian Weekender is planning to bring out a Diwali Special Issue on the auspicious occasion of Diwali. As you are aware, the festival of Diwali has always been very close to the heart of every Indian. The festival is a symbol of victory of good over evil and light over darkness. Traditionally, Diwali has been a festival of peace, harmony, and brotherhood among various communities, the need for which has become particularly relevant in today's worls marred by voilence and acts of terrorism.

The Festival of Diwali has assumed global significance in present times. It gladdens my heart to note that in New Zealand, the festival is celebrated as a representative festival of the Indian community with the active support from the Government and the people of New Zealand. The Indian community in New Zeland has been an important link in fostering and strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries and Diwali offers an excellent opportunity not only to celebrate but also to strengthen the traditional bonds of friendship among all the communities in New Zealand, as also between the two countries.

I extend my personal best wishes and greetings to all on this joyful occassion!

Avanindra Kumar Pandey
High Commissioner


Diwali Message from the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Fiji

I am pleased to send this message of Greetings on the occasion of Diwali, extending my good wishes on behalf of the Government and the people of the Republic of Fiji.

The festival of lights has a lot of culture behind the lights. It is light after darkness, victory of good over evil, welcoming the Goddess of Wealth and indeed renewing of friendship. This is the time we renew bonds and make new friends.

Diwali heralds a new year of progress and prosperity, bringing with it joy, happiness and excitement. The Festival of lights has becomg an event in which people of varied ethnicities, cultures, beliefs and background participate, extending their goodwill.

Fireworks usually symbolizes a welcome to the goddress, and also the blasting away of the devils in some parts of India. Generally fireworks are not an integral part of the Hindu prayers and rituals, but have become an extension of the festivals recently.

It is gratifying that Diwali has become an important occasion in New Zealand and over the years, an increasing number of New Zealanders attendnd the festivities organised by government agencies, associations, groups and individuals throughout the country.

At this time I wish every citizen in New Zealand a very happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year.

Harish Lodhia JP
Honorary Consul for the Republic of Fiji


DIWALI MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF PUKEKOHE INDIAN ASSOCIATION


Diwali is a very important festival in the Indian Calendar.

Also known as the festival of lights, it signifies victory over evil, the good defeating the bad. It is celebrated in a colourful, entertaining and vibrant manner across the world.

Diwali is a time for families and communities to come together, reflect and celebrate the past, and to look forward to an even brighter future.

There was a time in New Zealand when Diwali was only celebrated within the homes of the Indian community. It is now very pleasing that the Indian community has extended its arms of Diwali to the wider New Zealand public. It is equally satisfying to see the New Zealand public embracing Diwali in all positive manners that it should be celebrated. It shows the contributions that Indians in New Zealand are making to promote its culture, to the multi -cultural nature of our country.

On behalf of the Pukekohe Indian Association, I wish everyone a very happy Diwali

Bhikhu Bhana
President Pukekohe Indian Association



DIWALI MESSAGE FROM WENCESLAUS ANTHONY

My sincere greetings of Diwali to the Indian Weekender family and its readers

Diwali is festival of lights and May God, the Supreme Light enlighten our minds, hearts and strengthen the bond in our homes and communities!

Thus we enhance our respect and trust for each other.

This respect and trust creates in each one of us and in our communities our readiness and willingness of doing well in general, but also, addressing the challenges to ensure a life of peace and prosperity for all of us and integrating into Society.

May we be a blessing in our home, our community and in the Society.

Wenceslaus Anthony