The Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration was speaking at the launch of Indian NZ Association of Christchurch (INZAOC) in Christchurch on Sunday; Parminder Kaur, President of the Association also shared her organization's vision to act as a bridge between Indian and Kiwi cultures at the launch.

"India is a very big economy. It’s where the future is, and we want your help in penetrating the market there.

"Our Government is focussing on India and Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee will be visiting the country soon,” Ms Wagner said.

Extending her facilitation to the INZAOC team, she added, “Indian diaspora has always added huge value to New Zealand.

"It’s very important that we have groups like these to showcase Indian culture here.

"One thing that I especially like about Indian celebrations is that every event involves all
age groups.

"Indians across all ages are involved in Diwali, Holi and other festivals, celebrating those together. This is wonderful, I think.”

Meanwhile, Ms Kaur after thanking the Minister for her address shared the vision

“We aim to provide basic support to Indian migrants in their early settlement, act as a bridge between the Indian and Kiwi culture, increase awareness of Indian culture among New Zealand-born young Indians, as well as support New Zealand Government in enhancing economic opportunities for New Zealand businesses back home in India,” she noted, while introducing other members of INZAOC namely, Bikramjeet Singh, Harpreet Singh, Amar Pannu, and Garry Lovi Aulakh.                 

Also present at the event was Christchurch City Councillor Deon Swiggs, who shared how yearly Holi celebration in the city is something he eagerly awaits every year.

“Indian community is very important to our city and thank you for being a part of us,”
he said.   

The event ended with Nimi Bedi, Canterbury co-ordinator for Sahaayta, and Archna Tandon, founder of Canterbury Indian Women Group, assuring support to INZAOC in future events, with the next one already being planned in October, which will be Karva Chauth, the ladies informed.