~ Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame 2021 ~
Kiwi-Indian Hall of Fame Award winners 2021
Dr Gaurav Sharma
Young Achiever of the Year 2021
Former Labour Party MP from Hamilton West, Dr Gaurav Sharma, who also holds the recognition of being the first-ever Kiwi-Indian electorate MP was awarded as the Kiwi-Indian Hall of Fame Young Achiever Award 2021.
Dr Sharma’s long list of achievement at a freshening young age is not just limited to academic excellence and political success, but also in volunteering and community service and the desire to help others, which makes him a true role model for the younger generations of the Kiwi-Indian community.
He has been involved in public health, policy and consulting in New Zealand, Spain, USA, Nepal, Vietnam, Switzerland and Mongolia. He has a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
Hall of Fame inductee 2021
Noted Kiwi-Indian industrialist and a well-known philanthropist Roshan Nauhria has been inducted into Kiwi-Indian Hall of Fame 2021 in a glittering ceremony at the Cordis Hotel, Auckland on Wednesday, June 16.
Nauhria’s story is a quintessential story of a migrant, who leaves behind their shores, with dreams in their eyes, often with little resources at their disposal, but a firm resolve to make it big in their chosen new home in a distant foreign land.
Roshan Nauhria landed in New Zealand in 1972 at the age of 28 with his wife and embarked upon an inspirational journey that saw him rise as one of the leading industrialists in the Kiwi-Indian community.
As a leading industrialist, he has been an integral part of the business-to-business level relations between New Zealand and India, including being a part of the high-level business delegation accompanying former Prime Minister Sir John Key in 2011.
However, his stupendous success did not alienate him from his roots and the community.
For his contributions to the community he was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009.
Community Excellence Award winner 2021
Anjum Nusrat Rahman is a leading and reassuring voice for ethnic women in this country, particularly Muslim women, and does not need any introduction.
A Chartered Accountant by profession, Anjum has always had a passion for building stronger communities.
She was involved in the establishment of the Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand in 1989 – a national organisation dedicated to providing a voice and representation for Muslim women – and became its first secretary.
She sits on a number of boards sharing her financial skills and consensus-building approach, fresh perspectives and strong community connections.
Since 2002 Anjum Rahman is the founding Member and Trustee of Shama (Hamilton Ethnic Women’s Centre) – an organisation provides support for women from ethnic minority communities.
Also, in 2019 she founded the Inclusive Aotearoa Collective, Tahono, a project that will develop a national strategy for belonging and inclusion in New Zealand and implement it using the Constellation Model.
Supreme Sikh Society
Community Organisation of the Year 2021
The inaugural Indian Weekender Community Service Award was presented to the Supreme Sikh Society NZ for their exemplary work with the community and people across the nation in the true spirit of selfless service solely for the benefit of the people. It is a shining and inspiring example and model of how a community organisation ought to be.
A trailblazer in community initiatives and rising to the occasion every single time in a crisis, Supreme Sikh Society NZ has successfully completed some of the biggest independent projects for community welfare and wellbeing around Auckland.
Some of these include an international standard sporting complex with sports fields and infrastructure, a heritage school, a preschool besides many others to serve the community with a single-minded sense of purpose.
Members of this organisation rose to the occasion during the ongoing pandemic, providing much needed help to wide sections of the community during the lockdowns, by way of free meals and other much needed services.