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High Commissioner's Community Engagement in Auckland on March 3-4, 2018
21 Mar 2018
The High Commissioner of India to New Zealand, HE Mr Sanjiv Kohli arrived in Auckland on 3 March, as part of a 2-day official tour to interact with the large Indian diaspora. In Auckland, Mr Kohli was welcomed by Mr Bhav Dhillon, Honorary Consul at the Indian Consulate. At the Consulate, Mr Kohli first addressed the Kiwi-Indian media and provided an update on the Mission’s services and future outlook. Mr Kohli also met the Indian community leaders present at the Consulate and cordially acknowledged their contributions towards the Indian community in NZ. He later met Kiwi-Indian business leaders at a forum and discussed ways and means to strengthen bilateral trade and investment ties. Later in the day, Mr Kohli joined large numbers at the Three Kings Reserve in Auckland, for Holi festivities organised by Humm FM and the Bharatiya Samaj. For the Holi celebrations, Mr Kohli was joined by Indian-origin MPs Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Dr Parmjeet Parmar and Priyanca Radhakrishnan, along with other Members of the NZ Parliament, Indian community leaders, members from the Indian Associations, the Indian community and New Zealanders.
On 4 March, Mr Kohli visited the Balmoral Temple in Sandringham, Auckland and offered prayers along with members of the Indian community. Mr Kohli also had warm interactions with the gathered Indian public at the temple. He met with several teachers and young students at the Bharatiya Mandir who are enthusiastically teaching and learning Hindi, and other Indian languages. Mr Kohli praised the youth for their initiative in keeping the Indian culture rich and alive in NZ. Next, he visited Auckland Hospital to see an Indian man, who is in critical condition after a recent road accident. Mr Kohli met with his doctors and thanked them for their efforts in providing vital care for his recovery. The young man’s parents and uncle have been granted an urgent visa from India to NZ, due to the intervention of the High Commission. Later, Mr Kohli visited the Nanaksar Gurudwara in Manurewa, Auckland, where he was honoured with the Siropa at the Gurudwara. Mr Kohli praised the Punjabi community for their dedication in enriching the needs of the local communities and for their passionate efforts in keeping the Punjabi spirit alive in the multi-cultural country of New Zealand.