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NZICA's AGM: Celebrating Indian Culture & Unity In NZ

The New Zealand Indian Central Association (NZICA) convened its 98th Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The New Zealand Indian Central Association (NZICA) recently held its 98th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the vibrant Diversity Centre in Papatoetoe, Auckland. The event, hosted by the Punjabi Cultural Association, was more than just a meeting—it was a jubilant celebration of Indian culture, unity, and progress in New Zealand.

The AGM kicked off with a captivating keynote speech by historian Jacqueline Leckie, who mesmerized attendees with tales of India's rich history and its influence in New Zealand. The atmosphere was electric as delegates from all corners of the country came together to reflect on past achievements and set the stage for future endeavours.

A momentous highlight of the evening was the honouring of Jagdish Natalie, a dedicated Life Member of NZICA, who marked his 50th AGM attendance. President Narendra Bhana delivered a heartfelt tribute to Mr. Natalie, acknowledging his unwavering commitment and invaluable contributions to NZICA and the wider community.



President Bhana also outlined the association's achievements over the past year, including initiatives to promote cultural awareness and support educational endeavours. He shared his vision for NZICA to own its building by 2030, setting an ambitious yet inspiring goal for the future.

The AGM was not just about business; it was a celebration of community spirit and volunteerism. Several volunteers were recognised with Community Service Awards for their outstanding contributions to their local branches, highlighting the dedication and passion within the NZICA community.

The following Delegates were elected as the Executive Officers:

The event also saw the addition of two new branches, Hamilton Kerala Samajam and Tamil Society Waikato, expanding NZICA's reach and influence across New Zealand. This growth is a testament to the association's commitment to serving the needs of the Indian community and promoting its interests in all spheres of society.

As the evening drew to a close, there was a sense of optimism and excitement for the future. The AGM had not only reaffirmed NZICA's commitment to unity and progress but had also reignited a sense of pride and cultural identity among Indian New Zealanders.

In conclusion, the NZICA AGM was a resounding success, showcasing the strength, resilience, and vibrancy of the Indian community in New Zealand. Through collaboration, dedication, and a shared vision, NZICA continues to be a driving force for positive change and empowerment in the community.

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