By Venkat Raman
Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards Presentation Ceremony, since its beginning in 2008, has witnessed thousands of people gathering, initially at Stamford Plaza Auckland Hotel and for the past four years at Sky City Convention Centre. Each of these events has attracted comments guests, most of them bouquets in appreciation of the initiative and its implementation. We have also heard adverse remarks, some of them clearly critical of the Awards Programme, questioning its very need. We have taken these as suggestions for improvement. In that spirit, we reproduce a few comments that we have heard and read about the Seventh BNZ-Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards 2014 held on Monday, November 24, 2014 at Sky City Convention Centre.
With more than 900 people in attendance, this year’s Awards Night was not only the largest to date, but also the most satisfying. The following comments have inspired us, vindicating the purpose and content of the Awards.
Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards are getting bigger and better every year. The Indian business community in New Zealand are effective partners in building our relationship.
John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand
The Business Awards programme not only showcases the success achieved by the Indian business community through hard work but also fosters healthy competition.
I have been attending the Awards Night for the past five years and I am happy to acknowledge its growth as a major event of the year.
Phil Goff, Member of Parliament
It was a wonderful evening. The quality of entrants, the food, entertainment and the list of winners were all of very high standard. Keep up the good work.
John Waller, Chairman of the Board, Bank of New Zealand
The Indian community has consistently performed well and the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards Ceremony has become one of the most significant events on our calendar. We are happy to be involved in both.
Anthony Healy, Managing Director & Chief Executive, Bank of New Zealand
We enjoyed the Indian Business Awards function. In all aspects, it was a grand success.
Dr Ajit Swaran Singh, Judge, Auckland District Court
Wow, another great celebration of Indian Businesses. It is a big show. It was a pleasure to be involved.
Mike Skilling, Panel of Judges, Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards
Awards Night 2014 was excellent. Beginning with about 200 guests in 2008, the Awards Programme has grown to attract more than 900 people. This is a tribute to the high degree of support that Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards enjoy among businesses.
Lawrence Ponniah, Managing Partner, Corban Revell Lawyers
Thank you for arranging such a great event. It was our pleasure to be involved it and see so many great Indian companies participate. We look forward to next year.
Rakesh Nauhria and TonyNawisielski, Nauhria Precast Limited
Thanks for a wonderful event. Our team and guests had a very good time. The effort and passion that you have put into making this a success is well appreciated.
Amita Gejji, International Marketing Manager, New Zealand School of Education
Being at the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards Presentation Ceremony was a fabulous opportunity to see the potential, hard work and business acumen that the Indian community brings to the multicultural society and multi-sector economy of New Zealand.
Rashna Tata, Former President of the Zarathushtrian Association of New Zealand
Congratulations to Indian Newslink on its 15th Anniversary and for yet another successful Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards Presentation Ceremony. While I am sorry to have missed the event, my son informed me that it was a grand programme.
Kuldeep Arora, Director, India Gate Restaurant