The Kiwi-Indian Hall of Fame – as it is popularly known in the community – is the collection of three biggest awards in the community that strives to celebrate achievements of few rarest of rare individuals, who have been trailblazers in their respective fields, leaving a profound impact on the community.
The evening is known for its glitter, with guests gushing with praise for its classiness and flawless execution that elevated it to such an enjoyable and memorable event.
What has made this award ceremony one of the finest shows of the Kiwi Indian community in New Zealand and the most sought after event of the country is its glamour, excellent vibe, networking opportunity, celebrity presence and more.
Here are twelve factors that make the Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame the most unique and fashionable event of the community.
1. THE GLITZ AND THE GLAMOUR:
Packed event hall with over 600 guests, the movers and shakers of the community, dressed in their best business outfits making the event one of a kind.
2. THE COMMUNITY:
The Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame is an event for the community, it’s an evening celebrating the contributions of the entire Kiwi Indian diaspora in New Zealand for effecting positive changes in the community. The event hall sees the leaders of the Kiwi Indian and Fiji community representing their community and community organisations on behalf of their community members at the event.
3. CELEBRITY PRESENCE:
The Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame has brought the famous names from the Indian entertainment industry to its show, who elevate the glamour quotient of the night. Be it stand-up comedians Amit Tandon, Manish Tyagi or award-winning singer duo Amaal and Armaan Malik.
4. THE EMCEES/HOSTS:
The Masters of Ceremony of the Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame events in the last few years are the benchmark setters who not only lead the event but also entertain the guests with their witty anecdotes and polished emceeing skills. Some of the emcees who are known for their charming presence behind the mic and on the stage are Newshub anchor Wilhelmina Shrimpton, comedians Manish Tyagi, Amit Tandon, Kritika Satija and others.
5. THE WINNERS:
The inductees to the Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame says it all why HOF is the most coveted title for the Kiwi Indian community. The inductees include Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Judge Dr Ajit Swaran Singh, Sukhi Turner, Dr Benjamin, Dr Kanti Patel, Anand Satyanand and Dr Sharad Paul in the main category, while, the Younger Achiever category has honoured footballer playing for Bayern Munich II Sarpreet Singh, neuroscientist Dr Malvindar Bains, Muskaan Devta, Shail Kaushal, and others. and Community Service Excellence award recipients such as Jeet Suchdev, Thakor Parbhu Singh, Harshad Patel and others.
6. PRIME MINISTER, HIGH COMMISSIONER & THE CAUCUS:
There are so many Members of Parliament and politicians present in one event under one roof that one senior politician said that half of the cabinet was in the room. At the same time, another jokingly commented that being at one couldn’t hope to get elected without being present at the awards. In the seven previous Hall of Fame events of the Indian Weekender, never has it seen the absence of the chief guest, the Prime Minister of New Zealand.
7. WHO'S WHO OF NEW ZEALAND, NETWORKING:
Imagine 600+ movers and shakers of the community under one roof talking to each other, sharing business cards and making new contacts. The guests include ministers of the Crown, businesspeople, top professionals, senior government bureaucrats, the Mayors of Auckland and Invercargill, sponsors of the event and prominent citizens. The who’s who of the community, business and politics! Need it say more!
8. THE ENTERTAINMENT:
The event has kept its promise of elevating the glamour and entertainment quotient of this annual event to a higher level. Five dance performances, three award category ceremonies, stand-up comedy against a 20ft wide LED screen emanating a million pixel of motion graphics and abstracts. From Bollywood to Bhangra, mashups, fusion and Great Gatsby to classical Indian- the guests at the award ceremony get to witness all in the space of a few hours.
9. THE SHOWBIZ:
Multiple live cameras floating in the hall, giant LED background, two elevated canvases hanging on either side of the four projected live-streaming screens, throbbing music carefully orchestrated for every second and every sequence of the event, exclusive videos of winners and IWK corporate video, high-octane dance performances and launchpad for some upcoming events. The Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame event is the pinnacle of showbiz and glamour one can witness in an annual corporate and community event in New Zealand.
10. ADDRESSES BY MAYORS, PRIME MINISTER, SPONSORS:
The event marks ceremonial addresses by Mayors of Invercargill Tim Shadbolt, Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff who launches the Auckland Diwali Festival poster (by ATEED) every year at the event and Prime Minister who recalls and thanks the contributions of the Kiwi Indian community to ethnically diverse and thriving New Zealand.
11. BUSINESSES AND SUPPORTERS:
The sponsors and businesses who are the supporters of the Indian Weekender and the Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame get to see the exuberant reach of the brands to the mass present at the event. Branding on LED screens, Live projected screens, banners and standees in the event and networking hall, promotions and logos on all branding materials of IWK including print, digital, social media and in the address by the Director of IWK.
12. POWER LIST T0P 25:
The Indian Weekender’s NZ-India 25 Most Influential list acknowledges those making a difference in the NZ-India relations. The Indian Weekender at its Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame Awards releases its latest edition of the list that features 25 such trailblazers in the India-NZ space who contribute immensely towards the growth of this bilateral relationship between the two nations.