The India New Zealand Business Council on 14 Dec Friday, held it’s end-of-year event at Eden Park, Auckland. The Key note speaker was the minister for Whānau Ora, Youth and for the Community and Voluntary Sector – Hon. Peeni Henare.
Mr. Henare spoke to the gathering about the importance of sports in the community, youth and improving relations with the Indian diaspora. He congratulated INZBC on the events done during the year and the continued work done by the council, to promote trade ties between New Zealand and India.
Sameer Handa, the new Chair of INZBC also spoke about the love of Cricket and how it binds the people of the two nation. He said, “Today, we choose to dwell on the more informal aspect of the relationship with India, which is Cricket. Cricket & Sports binds the souls of the two countries, India & NZ, like nothing else.”
“The beach cricket in New Zealand rivals with the ‘Gully’ Cricket or Street Cricket in India. Cricket has played a significant role in India’s culture for the best part of 80 years and unites a country of huge diversity. It is loved and worshipped.
But today, it has also become a big business.”
Board member, Earl Rattray explained the importance of the role of Cricket specially, in the current scenario.
With the five year IPL media rights worth $2.55 billion USD, it’s now a billion dollar industry. There are 11 Black Caps playing in the IPL and around 800K Indian likes on the BLACKCAPS Facebook page.
“All this goes to show the great interest of both countries in the game of Cricket and the possibility of leveraging it for the betterment of the ties between the two nations”, said Earl.
INZBC Treasurer and Hon. Consul of India, emphasised, “Cricket is where we can relate with each other; it’s a bridge that can span the cultural divide. It’s with cricket that the real conversations can be had, and it is through cricket that the deals can be made. And this is the reason for making this event happen today.”
INZBC Launches a quarterly business magazine – KiaOra India
On this occasion, the minister also launched the quarterly business magazine, published by INZBC, called KiaOra India.
This magazine will be published every quarter and be available for free circulation, digitally. This magazine will give a platform to celebrate the success stories in the India-NZ Trade, which often go unnoticed.
It a platform to debate, discuss and share issues, facing the industry and will incorporate contributions from all chambers of commerce – in India as well as NZ.
The editor of the magazine, Dev Nadkarni said, “The India New Zealand Business Council, in the thirty years of its existence, has had a ringside view of developments in the New Zealand-India relationship. It has helped facilitate and catalyse parleys between officials of both countries and hosted summits. The Council is excited as the relationship enters this meaningful new phase and is poised to do its bit to help power the growth of trade and investment between the two countries.”
“There is no gainsaying the power of communication in the building of successful, growing relationships. Kia Ora India hopes to be the platform to connect INZBC members and stakeholders in the New Zealand-India relationship to help craft the exciting new chapters of the unfolding story of the kiwi and the elephant, said Dev.