There’s a good feeling in the air.
Three years on, from humble beginnings, the “Pulse of the Kiwi Indian” is beating stronger than ever.
Yes, your favourite publication is three years old and we are now even more confident that we are serving Kiwi Indians well judging by the messages of support received on our anniversary and for the services rendered.
There is a renewed sense of achievement – backed by community leaders, Government officials and the ordinary man on the street.
This issue, being a bumper anniversary special, has attracted numerous congratulatory messages.
While anniversaries may be defining moments in their own ways, messages received by the Indian Weekender have been special – from each and every sender listed in this issue.
Media here in New Zealand and around the world is often criticised and vilified for creating differences that divide society and nations.
One of the most refreshing messages received was from former Government Minister Richard Worth, who has recognised and lauded the newspaper’s influence and contribution towards better cultural and trade relations between New Zealande and India.
“Clearly there was space for a community newspaper of high quality to identify aspiration and highlight the unheralded successes of those of Indian heritage,” Mr Worth said.
“Significantly, the paper was driven by an imperative to focus on positive news rather than sensationalism and negativity. Readers responded to that style.
“Indian Weekender has gained a substantial space in the print media and deservedly won an influencing role. But it has done more than that. The publishers have shown innovation in the publication of a weekly online edition and a readiness to expand the frontiers of the paper with new content ranging from well researched business comment to Bollywood news.
“Significantly, the paper has also supported a raft of charitable causes including the Order of St John which provides our ambulance services. As the paper moves into its next year of publication, its owners can take satisfaction from the community expression of support for their unstinting work.”
These comments speak for themselves what the Indian Weekender is all about.
It reminds us that newspapers, and media in general, have a role to play in the shaping and development of society, but not to back away from exposing injustice and corruption.
The Indian Weekender has embraced this philosophy with open arms and will continue to do so in the future.
While media publishing may be a business, we feel we need to be a business with heart.
And our achievements over the years have proven just that.
The “pulse” will continue to beat even stronger.