‘One Village’-the theme of Annual conference of NZICA, hosted by Wellington India Association, turned into reality with life members and delegates from Affiliated and Associate branches spread all over New Zealand converged @ Bharat Bhawan 48 Kemp Street Wellington on 28 Apr. 2012.
Traditional Indian welcome was accorded to Guests of Honour Wellington Mayor Her Worship Celia Wade-Brown, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi and Dr. Rajen Prasad- Hon’ble MPs and Sanjay Verma-2nd Secretary from Indian High Commission.
Addressing the august gathering the Mayor highlighted Indian Diaspora’s contribution in country’s economic development and called upon the NZICA members to strive for getting the Sister City status for Wellington with New Delhi to further promoting the cultural, social and sports links between two Sister cities. Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi (MP) briefed about initiatives taken by National Govt. for developing and strengthening the trade ties with India and hoped that the Free Trade Agreement with India will be concluded soon. In his address Dr Rajen Prasad applauded the role of NZICA-the oldest Indian Association (founded in 1926)-in the Kiwi society. Since generations it has been striving towards preserving the rich Indian culture, moral values and heritage in NZ while learning and adopting the Kiwi way of life.
On this occasion Jerambhai Dullabh was awarded Merit Certificate for continuously attending 15 NZICA Annual General Meetings. The Mayor released the NZICA Newsletter for the delegates. She had special words for the Youth delegates encouraging them to be the torch bearers for their country and community. The upgraded version of NZICA website was launched by web master Jasbir Singh Dhillon.
The new Team of office bearers for 2012-13 was elected unopposed-Paul Singh Bains (President); Harshad Patel (Vice-President); Rajeev Singh Thandi (Secretary); Raj Bedi (Asstt. Secretary) and Manjit Singh (Treasurer).
Wellington Indian Association played and wonderful host. All the delegates, life members and observers were treated with sumptuous meals during the day and evening concluded with colourful cultural performances.
Raj Bedi JP
Asstt Secretary NZICA
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