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The first significant step in the process of integrating Tamil-speaking people in New Zealand was taken on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 when Transport and Workplace Relations & Safety Minister Michael Wood launched the Aotearoa New Zealand Federation of Tamil Sangam (ANTS) Inc at the Banquet Hall of New Zealand Parliament. The first significant step in the process of integrating Tamil-speaking people in New Zealand was taken on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 when Transport and Workplace Relations & Safety Minister Michael Wood launched the Aotearoa New Zealand Federation of Tamil Sangam (ANTS) Inc at the Banquet Hall of New Zealand Parliament. 

Milestone in Parliament 

The event also witnessed another milestone- Pongal Day celebrations with Inclusion, Diversity and Ethnic Communities Minister Priyanca Radhakrishnan and Vanushi Walters, Elected Member of Parliament from Upper Harbour saying that the Festival is an important occurrence in their lives as well.

FIRST-EVER PONGAL CELEBRATIONS IN NZ PARLIAMENT

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 Rizwan Mohammad

 

The first-ever celebrations of the Tamil festival Pongal were held in the New Zealand parliament on Tuesday, February 23, witnessing participation from community members from all around the country. 

The importance of promoting language as a cultural and regional identity and the need to encourage the younger generation to understand linguistic values were emphasised at a unique event held in Wellington yesterday (August 1, 2021).

Organised by the newly formed Aotearoa New Zealand Federation of Tamil Sangam (ANTS) Inc, the one-day Retreat, held at Brentwood Hotel in Kilbirnie event was attended by Indian High Commissioner Muktesh Pardeshi, Wellington Mayor Andy Foster, Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon, Labour List MP Ibrahim Omer, Ethnic Communities Ministry Regional Manager Kudakwashe Tuwe, Multicultural New Zealand President Pancha Narayanan and New Zealand Police National Partnerships Manager Ethnic Superintendent Rakesh Naidoo and others.

 

The Retreat was attended by a majority of the Founding Members of ANTS, Presidents and Secretaries of member organisations and others. The event included the launch of the new Sangam’s website (www.tamilfederationnewzealand.org.nz)

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Peniel Prabhakaran-Elliot:
Deepening Maori-Tamil relations

Venkat Raman
Auckland, January 16, 2022

 

As Peniel Prabhakaran-Elliot rendered the Powhiri in chaste Maori and Tamil at the start of the Leaders Meeting of the Aotearoa New Zealand Federation of Tamil Sangams (ANTS) on Friday, January 7, 2022 in Wellington, the pride in the room went to lofty heights.

For, this young woman, with her proficiency in Maori and Tamil- first as a child of Tamil Nadu and then as the resident of New Zealand, her adopted country – not only symbolised the bond that exists between Maori and Tamils for centuries but also glorified the efforts of ANTS leadership to forge an even tighter bond. More of these elsewhere on this page.

As the Patron of ANTS, this Reporter is gratified that Peniel has been appointed to lead a Project to strengthen relationships with iwi Maori and Tamil Samudayam.

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ANTS Leaders Srinivasan, Vai, Raveen and Rajesh at the meeting on January 7, 2022

Venkat Raman
Auckland, January 16, 2022

Promotion of Tamil language and culture, a better understanding of Teo Maori to foster a closer relationship with the Maori people, a day-long Seminar with Maori in their environment in Rotorua later in the year and unifying the Tamil-speaking people in the country are among the priorities of the Aotearoa New Zealand Federation of Tamil Sangams (ANTS).

Citing the above at a two-day meeting of the Leaders of the Federation at Brentwood Hotel in Wellington on January 7 and January 8, 2022, President Raveen Annamalai said that uniting the Tamil-speaking people and effecting a meaningful integration with Maori is now becoming a possibility with the establishment of ANTS.

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Staff Reporter
Auckland, January 16, 2022

The get-together of officials of the Aotearoa New Zealand Federation of Tamil Sangams (ANTS) held in Wellington on January 7, 2022 acquired added dignity and significance with the presence of India’s High Commissioner Muktesh Pardeshi and his wife Rakhi Pardeshi.

 

The event was further exemplified by Durga Dass, Second Secretary (Press, Information and Culture) at the Mission, who attended with his wife Deepa Dass.

ANTS Leaders Srinivasan, Vai, Raveen and Rajesh at the meeting on January 7, 2022