Auckland Tamil Association, the community organisation for the Tamil speaking people living in Auckland, concluded its year with two events- Christmas and New Year celebrations and an employment seminar for students of Construction Management, Civil and Project Management.

The Christmas celebration event was held at Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall on Saturday, December 19 and employment seminar at Western Springs Community Centre on Sunday, December 20.

More than 200 people from the Tamil and non-Tamil speaking diaspora attended the annual function that showcased ATA’s charitable works in the year 2020, dance and singing performances, speeches, magic show for children, and Christmas cake cutting ceremony.

“Christmas is one of the most important events for us, just like Pongal, Tamil New Year, Eid and Diwali. We brought a Santa for our attendees, had some new talents who sang, danced and entertained the audience,” president of Auckland Tamil Association, Vai Ravindran said.

“We also brought a magician come in who showed illusions and tricks that entertained the children present at the event,” he added.

Auckland Tamil Association in 2020 hosted several free food box drives to help support students and temporary migrants stuck in Auckland without enough resources to support themselves during the first and second waves of Covid-19 lockdown.

The Association also conducts regular Tamil language classes for children and employment seminars for different groups of students and young migrants to understand the job application processes in NZ and improve their applications.

The Association on Sunday hosted a special job search seminar for students of Construction Management/Civil/Project Management, helping to find employment in New Zealand.

The key elements of the seminar attended by 20 aspirants from the construction management field were to emphasise on technology by giving insights by experienced civil professionals in the market, assist on individual candidates on their qualifications, skills and ways to boost confidence when approaching for work, and suggest proper courses, and networking sessions to increase their bandwidth in the job market.

One of the guest speakers at the seminar was Mr Srikanth from Auckland Transport.

Auckland Tamil Association will start its 2021 with a family summer camp from first to third January 2021 at Karanga Camp, and the activities at the camp will include the bush walk, beach games, cricket, badminton, quiz, dance, singing and more.