However, this was only after Ranjana Patel, one of the founding members behind Gandhi Nivas and the primary host of the evening took everyone on a trip to the memory lane about how the community initiative came into being in 2014.
Gandhi Nivas is a partnership between the Serenity Foundation, New Zealand Police, Total Healthcare PHO and Sahaayta Counselling & Social Support. The service was originally set up to address the problem of family harm in the Indian community but has since then expanded to include people of all ethnicities around Auckland.
The event had generous representation and support of members of NZ police, MPs, community leaders and members of public who had arrived in individual capacity purely to support the cause behind the evening.
Among those who attended the event were the Minister for Ethnic Communities, Jenny Salesa, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Michael Wood, Kiwi-Indian MPs, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Dr Parmjeet Parmar, along with National party MPs Denise Lee and Melisa Lee.
There were two main cultural performances – a Bollywood infused semi-Kathak dance and a Samoan dance performance by the dance group XYZ which kept guests thoroughly entertained in the evening.
The auction, which included a list of some great products and services such as a signed portrait of legendary All Blacks Sir Richie McCaw handmade by a policeman, along with luxury holiday package to Queenstown, was the last itinerary of the evening.
In all, it was an entertaining, informative and a fruitful evening, which not only enthralled all those attended but also succeeded in collective a generous sum of $50,000 to go toward supporting Gandhi Nivas.