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Biography - Current Team


Mr. Raveen Annamalai


Raveen Annamalai is a dynamic person who has vast experience and a no-stranger to non-profit organizations and charitable causes in New Zealand and abroad.  Raveen Annamalai is the President of Aotearoa New Zealand Federation of Tamil Sangam Inc (ANTS) and is its principal founding member as well. Raveen is actively involved in engaging with Tamil communities all over New Zealand. His advocacy in this space includes the active encouragement for Tamil communities to be socially connected in their respective local regions through the establishment of Tamil societies and for Tamil communities all over the country to be united and represented under the umbrella of ANTS.

He is also the current President of Wellington Muthamizh Sangam, past Vice President of The New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils and Ambassador of White Ribbon New Zealand.

Born in Malaysia, Raveen has now made New Zealand his cherished home. Raveen has good leadership capabilities and a reflective listener who carefully considers viewpoints.  He encourages others, is always positive and is highly regarded in the community.

Raveen is happily married to Shanthy and is blessed with three lovely children. In his free time, Raveen loves to do yoga and do volunteer work to promote Tamil.

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Mr. Vai Ravindran

Vice President

Vai Ravindran President of Auckland Tamil Association Inc. He arrived in New Zealand in 1996. He wanted to create a community to help our Tamil people who hail from India with lots of hope and dreams. That is why he started the Muthtamil Sangam in 2001 for which he was the founding member and later became the President. He was also a Past President for the Hindu Temple Society and a Past Vice-President for the Vedanta Educational Society.
In the year 2014, with a small group of like-minded people, he started something bigger with more inclusivity and that is when Auckland Tamil Association was launched. Auckland Tamil Association is not just for Tamil people, it has diverse group of people with similar aspirations. The main objectives were to promote Tamil and its various culture through our festive activities and regular events. It promotes the language, and provide a base for the younger generation in sports, media and art. In addition, ATA also provide career advice and support services for new Tamil and Indian immigrants. 
This year, ATA started an initiative for the wellbeing of Women under the name “Wahine”, planning for a cricket tournament for youngsters and a short film competition under the ATA banner.

He is married to Latha, who is also very active in community activities. Blessed with a son Keerthanraj who is studying in Auckland University.



Dr.Luxmanan (Lux) believes that the basic knowledge founded in different disciplines facilitates understanding of a technology, and in deciding how technologies fit together to make a product. 

Lux did his PhD in Biochemistry at Otago University, in plant molecular biotechnology. He has also worked on biomaterial science, ice active proteins and investigating cancer genomes, which led to a publication in Nature and PNAS and as a named inventor on a patent for preparation of edible protein from sheep wool. 

Currently he is working as a product development scientist at a biotech company in New Zealand called Pacific Edge ltd bringing new, innovative, and non-invasivemolecular technology for cancer detection. He is excited by the prospect of working on translational science, where basic research is translated into meaningful outcomes for the society. Lux is working on combining cutting-edge technologies and basic science to bring novel products for PEL to detect cancer quickly and accurately. 

On his community service front, Lux is a

Founding member and the past president of Dunedin Tamil Society (DTS), the southernmost Tamil organisation in the world. DTS under his leadership team has accomplished a significant amount in his 3 years from becoming an incorporated society and charities registered to conducting multiple events and connecting across organisations. Lux also volunteered as RJ and coordinator for Vanakkam Thamizah, the first Tamil radio in South Island, New Zealand. He's also the current President of Dunedin Multicultural council (DMCC), an organisation looking after the interests of all the different ethnic and cultural communities in Dunedin; DMCC coordinates with the National multicultural New Zealand to facilitate the well-being of new migrants and ethnic societies throughout New Zealand. Lux’s DMCC portfolio has involved looking after refugee and migrant interests in Dunedin. Co-director for Arasan Media which is the first National Tamil media company which also works in the multiethnic space as a media and communication company. Arasan has a 24-hour news channel and News and 24 hour online radio. Lux also founded and established Arasan NZ Trust which is a charity registered non-profit organisation working for Tamil and south Asian community social cohesion and inclusion. Arasan NZ Trust works to connect and empower not only Tamil communities but all the south Asian communities nationally and connecting them to each other within geographical regions and also nationwide.

Lux is also a lead coordinator for the Dunedin Hindu temple society. This group formed this year aims to unite Hindus in Dunedin and has a dream/goal of building a Hindu temple for the worshippers in Dunedin (Hindu worshippers in Dunedin are from various cultural backgrounds). He is a member of the Interfaith group which aims to promote respect, understanding and harmony between different religious communities. 

Finally involved in coaching and volunteering for his kids' sports team. He has successfully coached cricket and soccer teams for adolescents and has helped implement systems for these sports institutions. Lux is also the past president of North East Valley Junior Cricket Club.


Mr. Srinivasan Jaganathan


Srinivasan Jaganathan is a committee member of Tamil Society Waikato since 2018 and President of Tamil Society Waikato since December 2020. He is also a Trustee of Hamilton Sri Balaji Temple Trust since 2018. 


Born and brought up in a small town called Rasipuram in Tamil Nadu, India, he moved to New Zealand in 2005 with his family. Before moving to New Zealand, he lived in Singapore for a few years. He has Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical from Madras University, India and Masters of Science in Supply Chain and Logistics management from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Srinivasan is currently working as a SAP Consultant in Fonterra Limited, Hamilton, New Zealand.


He is a very happy husband and a proud father of a son and daughter. During his tenure in Tamil Society Waikato, he is actively involved in arranging many cultural events and sports activities. He was also a Tamil language teacher for children at  the Tamil School for the past few years. He favorite past time include reading Tamil literature books, travelling and making new friends.


Favorite quotes: 

“என் கடன் பணி செய்து கிடப்பதே” – திருநாவுக்கரசர்


“உள்ளுவ தெல்லாம் உயர்வுள்ளல் மற்றது  தள்ளினுந் தள்ளாமை நீர்த்து.”                -  திருவள்ளுவர்

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