Monthly updates of Gujarati Samaj NZ

7. Sep, 2019

General Meeting & Programme

Minutes of the General Body meeting on 07/09/2019

The general body meeting was held at Friendship Club, 3063, Great North Road, New Lynn on 7th September 2019 at 10.00 A.M. Safety procedures were narrated by Kaushik Kansara. Shri Kaushikbhai Soni & team performed prayer. Shri Narharibhai Patel narrated good thought.

Shri Vijaybhai Modi informed the members about his decision to resign from the post of the President of GSNZ due to family reason. He spoke on the achievements during his tenure as a president as well as before that.
New President Shri Kiritkumar Parikh talked about the current situation of GSNZ and needed support from all for the progress of GSNZ. He also informed the members about the change of caterer of food with a contract for one year. He further stressed on the issue of six monthly or yearly meal money amount. Shri Kiritbhai Parikh further informed the members about the decision to charge $10.00 for the guests from the month of October 2019. All the present members approved this decision unanimously without any objection. Hence this resolution was passed with the absolute majority.

Then Shri Mahendrabhai J. Patel gave an excellent speech on the development and progress of GSNZ. He stressed on the issue of constitutional rights of all the members of GSNZ. He talked on aims & objectives of GSNZ.
All the members whose birthdays are in the month of September were honoured by the new president Shri Kiritbhai Parikh by presenting Birthday Cards to them. He also presented the welcome letters to the new members.
Our member SuShri Minaxiben Chauhan’s daughter SuShri Bindi & her husband Shri Manoj guided the members to “Yoga” & meditation. This session was very much appreciated & enjoyed by the members as well as the guests. Members felt refreshing and stress less after this yoga & meditation session. GSNZ is thankful to SuShri Bindi & Shri Manoj for this refreshing activity for the benefit of our members.

Auckland council ( Whau Local Board & Puketapapa Board) as well as local boards’ elections are to be held next month. Various candidates Jitesh Ganatra, Ami Chand, Ella Kumar and Shail Kaushal had come to introduce themselves and canvass for their candidature. They talked to the members and requested for their votes. One of our members, SuShri Madhuben Ganatra’s son Shri Jitesh Ganatra is one of the candidates. We wish him good luck.

Shri Tyagi’s family had kindly come to entertain our members. Their three children were playing individually Violin, Sitar & Tabla. Their mother SuShri Tyagi, SuShri Urmilaben & Shri Jasubhai Patel accompanied these children with vocal songs. GSNZ is thankful to Tyagi family.

Shri Madhusudanbhai Engineer performed a melodious Bhajan and was accompanied by Smt. Engineer, Smt. Bhagavatiben & Shri Ashokbhai Shah. Their performance was applauded by all.

SuShri Bhartiben Patel and her group of ladies performed a lovely Ganesh Stuti on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. This was very meticulously choreographed by SuShri Bhartiben Patel herself which surely was highly appreciated.

SuShri Neetaben Kajaria sung a very melodious & popular Krishna Bhajan and all the members joined her in chorus.

Shri Purshottambhai Merai sung a popular Bollywood song.

Shri Kiritbhai Thaker requested the members to pay next month the half yearly meal money. This is highly needed to streamline and reduce the workload of his collection team.

Shri Kiritbhai Parikh announced that the next month October will be a Navratri celebration with various prizes in different categories to be won. That was welcomed by the members.

The Bhojan mantra was chanted and all had their lunch. Shri Narharibhai Patel informed the members that Mohanthal was sponsored by SuShri Chandraprabhaben Pathak in the memory of her husband Late Shri Chandreshbhai Pathak and Gaajar Halwa was sponsored by Smt. Diptiben and Shri Bharatbhai Parikh. All appreciated and enjoyed the food from the new caterer. The Kitchen committee members served the members to their fullest satisfaction. So the Kitchen committee’s services deserve big thanks.
The meeting was hectic but ended with satisfaction to all.

10. Aug, 2019

Performance At Gandhi Center on 10th Aug. 2019

Participation of Our Members

Indian Diaspora Have organised 72 Independence Day of India program at Mahtma Ghandhi Center, Auckland on 10th August 2019.

On behalf of Gujarati Samaj New Zealand Inc. Our Members and Women Wing with Children has participated.
1) Mr. Jashubhai Patel, Mr. Sureshbhai Trivedi, Mr. Kaushikchandra Soni, Mrs. Urmilaben Patel and Mrs. Hemanginiben Trivedi have sing a Song “ Ganga Tera Pani Amrit”

2) Children Group organised by Mrs. Bhavanaben Soni and performed by Girls and Boys with a melodious wording “ Jay Ho – Jay Ho”.
Here are the Names of Girls and Boys:
( Girls – Jui, Diya, Riya, Jansi, Drina, Aanya, Siya and Fiyona. )
( Boys – Dhwanil, Harshal, Shubh, Rohan and Harsh.)

3) Women wing presented beautiful Garba with a unique Dress “ Man Mor Bani Thangat Kare”.
Here are the Names of all Participents:
Rashmikaben Patel, Bhartiben Patel, Purnimaben Mody, Urmilaben Patel, Chandrikaben Patel, Jayshreeben Kansara, Alkaben Patel, Minaxiben Champaneria, Bhavnaben Soni, Ranjana Gauri, Mamtaben Patel and Sandeeta Savania.

Audience have enjoyed an appreciated all the three programs.

3. Aug, 2019

General Meeting & Programme

Minutes of General Meeting held on 3rd August 2019

General body meeting was held at Friendship club on 03/08/2019, Saturday and as usual, Safety Instructions.

Suvichar narreted by Mrs. Sudhaben Rathod.

Physical exercise by Shri. Rameshbhai Patel was carried out successfully and all had enjoyed.

Vice President started his speech requesting all members in general to contribute total $300.00 to pay Auckland Indian Diaspora towards our contribution for the expenses incurred for celebration of Indian Independence’s day jointly by all Associations and Our Gujarati Samaj. All members did not agree to this and agitated. President took over to say on this and Shri. Mahendrabhai J. Patel shown his agony towards not given him a time slot to speak to the general body. President advised him to give him time slot in next meeting of September. while Shri. Chunibhai Mehta advised that everybody has right to speak and he should be allowed to speak. Shri. Chunibhai Mehta supported the contribution to Indian Diaspora event and convinced all the present members and the member have agree to pay from GSNZ a/c. Since our President has been attending meeting at Indian Diaspora, he had to make this commitment in the meeting when all were on the same page in Diaspora meeting. But in future he mentioned/advised to take approval for such expenses from general body. Shri. Chunibhai Mehta requested Shri. Mahendrabhai J. Patel to come and say but Shri. Mahendrabhai J. Patel refused to speak in this Meeting.
And President announced that the payment of $300,00 was to be paid before 5th Aug 2019, which he has already paid from his personal account prior to this debate just to be on one page with all other associations.

Then after Birthday Celebration carried out for Members those who have their Birthday in Month of August by providing Birthday Cards to each member By President Mr. Vijay Mody and Mr. Jashubhai Patel sing a song on Birthday wishes.

After that we called new members who have register their names and become a member of GSNZ to give there Introduction.

Then after we call Jashwantiben Patel and Shri Vijabhai Mody Honored with certificate on behalf of Our Samaj On completion of 90 years.

Then after remaining regular program resumed and get started.

A young Girl Siya Phathak Sing a Song on Wadhya Sangeet.

A Young Girl’s Trisha and Charmi perform a beautiful Dance.

Young Group Perform a Group of Jiyu, Hiya, Diya, Jyoti, Krystal, Arnav, Dhanil and Arav Dance on “Radhaji Nu Zanzariyu”.

Our Women wing group of Rashmikaben Patel, Bhartiben Patel, Sangeeta Savania, Minaxishiben Chauhan, Hemangini Trivedi and Kalpanaben have perform a beautiful Gujarati Rash on “ Gori Radha ne Kano Kalo ”.

Smt. Bhanuben Patel sing a beautiful song on “Des-Bhakti” on behalf of 15th.

Shri. Dilip Thakker song beautiful old filmy song.

Meeting was over and followed by Lunch meeting was adjourned well in time. But with more of debates as explained above, few members could not enjoy entertainment program well.

1. Jun, 2019

General Meeting & Programme

Minutes of General Meeting held on 1st June 2019

General body meeting was held at Friendship club on 01/06/2019.
The meeting started with information on house rules & safety.
Prarthna was chanted by Shri Kaushikbhai Soni, Shri Jasubhai Patel, SuShri Rashmikaben & the team of our members.
Shri Vijaybhai Modi called upon the stage SuShri Alkaben Patel & her son. All the members observed silence for one minute. Thus GSNZ members payed homage to Late Shri Dipakbhai Patel ex EC member and the founder member of GSNZ.
Su Shri Purnimaben Modi presented Suvichar & SuShri Jayshreeben Vyas spoke on Gujarat and its achievement.
GSNZ celebrated the victory of Shri Narendrabhai Modi as the PM of India. Shri Vijaybhai Modi talked about the Shri Narendrabhai Modi - the Prime Minister. Various other members – Shri Kiranbhai Sheth, Shri Mahendrabhai J. Patel, Shri Rameshbhai Patel and Shri Kishorbhai Mehta talked about Shri Narendrabhai Modi. SuShri Kusumben Patel sang a song about Shri Modi which she has penned.
Shri Vijaybhai Modi Informed the gathering about the meal money account. He also informed about the coming International Yoga Day & the Patotsav of RadhaKrishna Mandir.
Shri Sureshbhai Modi narrated to the members in detail on Mataraki, the Maori New Year.
Shri Mahendragiri Goswami talked on Piles & its cure.
Then the members whose birthdays are in the month of June were honoured by singing Birthday songs and giving them individually the Birthday cards by Shri Vijaybhai Modi.
SuShri Bhagwatiben Shah offered Icecream to all the members on the occasion of her birthday. Shri Surendrabhai Chauhan gave Jalebi to all on the occasion of his birthday. Following members donated cash to GSNZ.
Shri Kiranbhai Sheth - $10,
Shri Chunibhai K. Mehta - $51,
SuShri Kailashben Taylor - $50,
Shri Amratbhai P. Patel - $101 and
Shri Ashokbhai Shah - $71. GSNZ extends a big thanks to all these generous donors.
SuShri Bharatiben group performed dance on the tune of Bollywood song. SuShri Kokilaben Vyas narrated a poem on mother. SuShri Bhavanaben Soni written & directed a small drama – Jivan ni Vastavikta which was narrated by Shri Amritbhai Patel and acted by SuShri Hemanginiben & Shri Sureshbhai Trivedi, SuShri Urmilaben & Shri Jasubhai Patel, Mrs. & Mr. Purshottambhai Tailor, Shri Navinbhai Tailor.
SuShri Veena Dhana & Shri Dhansukhbhai Jamnadas presented evergreen Bollywood songs. Shri Kaushikbhai Soni sung song in Gujarati and Shri Purushottam Merai also sung as usual.
Everyone had lunch and thus the program ended on a happy note.

4. May, 2019

General Meeting & Programme

Minutes of General Meeting held on 4th May 2019

General body meeting was held at Friendship club on 04/05/2019.
The meeting started with information on house rules & safety.
Prarthna was chanted by Shri Kaushikbhai Soni, Shri Jasubhai Patel, SuShri Rashmikaben & the team of our members.
Shri Madhusudanbhai Engineer presented Suvichar & SuShri Jashwantiben Patel spoke on Woman’s Day.
Vice President Shri Kiritbhai Parikh addressed the members on the occasion of Gujarat Day. He also informed the members about the appointment of Shri Kaushik Kansara as the Secretary by the replacement of Shri Kaushikbhai Soni. Further, he informed about the appointment of Shri Maheshbhai Patel as a Joint Secretary in place of Shri Kaushik Kansara.
Shri Kiritbhai Thaker presented the accounts of last year i.e. 2018-2019 and the budget for the year 2019-2020. This was approved by the members in this AGM. There were some quarries from some members; which Mr. Kiritbhai Thaker satisfied them to the best of his abilities.
Then the members whose birthdays are in the month of May were honoured by singing Birthday songs and giving them individually the Birthday cards.
Following members turned 80 and they were honoured. Shri Balgovindbhai S. Trivedi was honoured with a shawl by Shri. Chandrakantbhai Bhulabhai. Shri Mahendrabhai J. Patel honoured Shri Ashwinbhai Vaidya with a shawl. Shri Madhavbhai Bahere was honoured with a shawl by Shri. Kiranbhai Sheth.
These members have happily completed 50 years of their wedded life and they were honoured by Shri Vijaybhai Modi by presenting flower bouquet –
• Smt. Kamlaben & Shri Vitthalbhai Parmar
• Smt. Urmilaben & Shri Jasubhai Patel
• Smt. Maniben & Shri Kalidas Patel
• Smt. Jayshriben & Shri Kantilal Vyas
• Smt. Niranjanaben & Shri Ishwarbhai Vayeda
• Smt. Shardaben & Shri Ramanbhai Patel
• Smt. Kusumben Rambhai Patel
• Smt. Bhagavatiben Bhavanbhai Patel.
President Shri Vijaybhai Modi welcomed, introduced &honoured with flower bouquet, the guest of honour Shri Harshadbhai Patel of Auckland Indian Association. Shri Harshadbhai Patel talked about the formation and development of Gujarat state.
Shri Jasubhai Patel & Smt. Bhavanaben Soni talked about the history of Gujarat State and the contribution of eminent personalities of the state. Grandchildren of our members as well as non - members presented a dance; wearing the costumes of eminent personalities of Gujarat state. The children were appreciated by giving them the certificates and gifts by Gujarati Samaj and the sponsors. Smt. Bhavanaben Soni & her group of ladies performed “Tippani” dance. Shri Kaushikbhai Soni sang a Gujarati song. Smt. Hemanginiben & Shri Sureshbhai Trivedi performed a dance on popular Gujarati song.
Smt. Taraben Maheshbhai Patel sponsored mango pulp for the lunch to the members today on the occasion of her birthday. SuShri Jashwantiben Patel turned 91 and she had bought a big cake which was appreciated by the members. There were many members today who donated to the Samaj and their names were announced and were acknowledged.
Everyone had lunch and thus the program ended on a happy note.

6. Apr, 2019

General Meeting & Programme

GENERAL MEETING & PROGRAMME

Minutes of the General Body Meeting held on 6th April 2019
The General Body Meeting was held on 6th April 2019 at New Lynn Friendship Club, New Lynn
The Meeting was started as usual at 10.00 AM while member’s attendance and registration of the members as well as guest is going on.
At 10.15 am Prarthana started by Kaushikchndra Soni and his selected team.
Then “Suvichar” has been produced by Smt. Jyashreeben Vyas.
Shri Sureshbhai Modi has shared brief knowledge about festival of Ramnavmi, why we celebrate Ramnavmi.
Ms. Jashwantiben Patel whished a Wishaw shantipath to keep the peace in everywhere in the world.
Then our members Shri. Mahendraouri Goswami gave a very useful information regarding Ayurved. Himself briefly given comparisons between Ayurved medicine and Allopathic medicine and explain how the Ayurved medicine is better for human body. Also ask members to think about uses of Ayurved medicine.
Ms. Chandraben Shah “ Gaust member” a Yoga Teacher from Mumbai, India. Narrated her own history. How she could reach at this level and what are the impacts she found within her body after accepted Yoga.
After yoga session we have started celebration of Birthday by inviting our members who have their birthday during Month of April, besides the stage. Mr. Soni and Mr. Jashubhai Patel sung birthday wishes song and Birthday cards.
Then Shri Vijaybhai Mody, President gave some important information to the members.
Then after Shri Kiritbhai Thaker brought Balance sheet of our Samaj for the financial year ended 2018-19 towards the members. He provided information head wise income and expenditures made during the year. Some of the members have done quotations and there answer was given briefly by him and then all the members are satisfied with his answer and work done and appreciated his work.
At the end Mr Jashubhai Patel called upon stage and some members to sing a song at 12.30 PM sharp he has announced that his programme over and told every- one to sing a Bhojan Mantra along with him and then after Kitchen Committee have served lunch dishes to all the members.
After lunch session is completed hall cleaning work carried out and hall his handed back.

2. Mar, 2019

General Meeting & Programme

Minutes of the General Body meeting on 02/03/2019


The general body meeting was held on 2/03/2019 at New Lynn Friendship Club, New Lynn.

The meeting was started as usual at 10.00 AM while registration of the members & guests is going on.

Then after Shri Kaushikbhai Soni Sung regular Prarthna along with his team members.

After Prarthana Paid homage to the martyrs of Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir by giving silence for two minutes.

Shri. Sureshbhai Modi has given valuable information about Hindu festival “Holi” in brief.

Smt. Jashwantiben Patel told very useful Su-Vichar to all the members.

Our member Dr. Saurabh Majmundar has given more valuable and useful information on Diabetics and its causes to all the members.

Members having their Birthdays in Month of March were greeted by Birthday card by Shri. Jashubhai Patel and announce by Secretary Shri. Kaushikbhai Soni.

Shri. Kiritbhai Parkh has informed all the members about increase in subscription ( Memebrship ) charges and about collection system of food charges. Also inform to members those who want to pay yearly may pay yearly and those who want to pay half yearly may pay half yearly. And if any members will have any problem will discuss accordingly.

Shri. Vijay Mody President informed regarding two days Wellington trip which was really enjoyable. One of our members Smt. Sudhben Rathore has told that the trip was very very Luxurious and remarkable as well. And all members were got satisfied.

Then entertainment program started with Dyro by Shri Kishorebhai Desai and every - one has enjoyed.

Under our Executive committee, committee has decided to arrange some kind of competition and in charge of Ladies Wing Smt. Anjanaben Tailor has organized “Farshan” Competition. In this competition there were sixteen ladies members had taken part and made various test full Farshan. Mrs. Poonam Lekinwala and Mrs. Nitaben were invited as Judges. They both have tested all items and decided to select three ladies as a winner who was made farshan the best as follows.

First Prize. Smt. Hemaben Merai - Mixture

Second Prize. Smt. Sangeeta Savania - Mixture

Third Prise. Smt. Minaxiben Chauhan – Rise cooker

The Gujarati Samaj appreciated their efforts and presented prizes each of them and thanks to all sixteen ladies who have been participated in this compaction.

Lastly the program was announced to finish with lunch and every one enjoyed.

2. Feb, 2019

General Meeting & Programme

Minutes of General Meeting held on 2nd February 2019

General body meeting was held at Friendship club on 02/02/2019.
The meeting started with the information on house rules & safety.
Prarthna was narrated by Shri Kaushikbhai Soni, Shri Jasubhai Patel & the team of our members.

Su Shri Jashwantiben Patel narrated Suvichar.

Then the members whose birthdays are in February were honored by singing Birthday songs and giving them individually the Birthday cards.

President Shri Vijaybhai Modi briefed the members on the picnic at Miranda, Thames.

Smt. Jayshriben Kansara & Shri Kaushik Kansara performed a small drama of single act depicting the important social issue.

Our guest for today were Smt. & Shri Samir Dabholkar an eminent Harmonium player. Their team played some nice tunes on harmonium & Tabla which were highly applauded by the members.

Our Shri Kishorbhai Desai sung some melodious bhajans & so

5. Jan, 2019

General Meeting & Programme

Minutes of General Meeting held on 5th January 2019
General body meeting was held at Friendship club on 05/01/2019. The hall was decorated by Shri Vijaybhai Modi, Shri Satishbhai Patel, Shri Jasubhai Patel and the volunteers so as to welcome New Year and also this was the first meeting of 2019.
The meeting started with the information on house rules & safety.
Prarthna was narrated by the team of our members.
Smt. Kokilaben S. Dave talked about the sacrifice of Gujarati Shri Garbaddas Mukhi in freedom fight of India.
Then the members whose birthdays are in January were honored by singing Birthday songs and giving them individually the Birthday cards.
President Shri Vijaybhai Modi briefed the members on the picnic held on 15/12/18 at Pakiri beach. He also informed the members the details on the coming picnic on 19/01/2019 at Miranda, Thames. He also provided the detailed program for the suggested three days trip to Wellington. Shri Vijaybhai Modi thanked all the members for their contribution during the year 2018 and he also appreciated the efforts put in by various committee members. President also appreciated the efforts of EC members during last year.
President informed the gathering about the achievement of two sons – Xitij & Kamal, of our members Mrs. & Mr. Nayanbhai Mistry. Both Xitij & Kamal were called on the stage and honored by the President Vijaybhai Modi. Both the achievers informed the gathering about their work and seek blessings form GSNZ members. Xitij is working with Ford motors as Product strategic design manager and Kamal on Artificial Intelligence with Uber for driverless vehicle.
Vice President Shri Kiritbhai Parikh’s daughter Shrina, son-in-law Nishit &granddaughter Kanishka impressed the members with the memory & brain development of Kanishka by systematic training with their Brain-O-Brain model.
Kaushik Kansara instructed all the members to sign the attendance book whether they have their food or not. He also read out the suggestions of the members and the efforts put in by the executive committee to implement them.
Shri Dhansukhbhai Jamnadas, Shri Purshottambhai Merai, Shri Jasubhai Patel & Shri Dharmesh Patel sang some good Bollywood songs and members danced to the tunes of the songs. Thus the New Year was celebrated by the members of GSNZ.
Shri Ashokbhai Raval sponsored sweet on the occasion of his birthday.
Everyone had lunch and thus the program ended on a happy note.

1. Dec, 2018

General Meeting & Programme

Minutes of General Meeting held on 1st December 2018
General body meeting was held at Friendship club on 3/11/2018. The meeting started with the information on house rules & safety.
Mantra & Prarthna were narrated by the team of our members.
Suvichar narrated by Smt. Jashwantiben.
Then the members whose birthdays are in December were honored by singing Birthday songs and giving them individually Birthday cards. New members came on the dais & introduced themselves.
President Shri. Vijaybhai Modi briefed the members on the picnic held on 17/11/18 at Mangawhai Heads. He also informed the members the details on the coming picnic on 15/12 at Pakiri beach. Shri. Vijaybhai Modi informed the members that there is a need for volunteers for laying chairs & table for general meeting. Current contract is about to be over and till we finalize the new contract; we need volunteers to help Satishbhai Patel. The members were provided with the new details’’ forms and the utility value of the data. President also detailed the members about the health issues of various members so as to pray for their speedy recovery. He also announced the names of the donors and expressed his sincere thanks. He further thanked and appreciated kind gesture of one member to donate “Laadu” to all the members attending General meeting today.
President informed the gathering about the selection as Youth Member of Parliament of a girl who happens to be the granddaughter of our member Madhuben Ganatra. This girl was called on the stage by the President and was presented with a flower bouquet. She spoke to the audience and thanked GSNZ for honoring her and seeked the blessings of all the members.
Our member Smt. Ushaben Trivedi talked to the audience about the origin of Gayatri Mantra and its creator.
Kaushik Kansara instructed all the members to sign the attendance book whether they have their food or not. He also read out the suggestions of the members and the efforts put in by the executive committee to implement them.
Smt Purnimaben Modi performed two good dance on Bollywood songs. Ms. Ella Kumar’s group performed rhythmic dance. Veenaben sung melodious songs solo and also with Purshottambhai Merai. Dr. Saurabhbhai Majmudar sung one classic Saigal song. Shri Sureshbhai Trivedi& Smt. Hemanginiben Trivediperformed very good dance on old Bollywood song. Ms. Saras Raninga told some jokes.
Everyone had lunch and thus the program ended on a happy note.

3. Nov, 2018

General Meeting & Programme

Minutes of General Meeting held on 3rd November 2018

General body meeting was held at Friendship club on 3/11/2018.
The meeting started with the information on house rules & safety by Kaushik Kansara.
Mantra & Prarthna were done by the team of our members.
The Hall was well decorated for the diwali festival look with colorful ribbons and baloons by Narhari Patel, Satish Patel & Preetiben Satish and our Shri Vijay Mody. Narhari had brought his own lighting series to add value to the decoration. Thanks to all. All members appreciated and was acknowledged by big clapping.
Then Birthday celebration started by giving Birthday cards to the members.
Suvichar was presented by Smt. Jashwantiben Patel on relevant to festival of Diwali.
Shri Chunibhai Mehta Past President talked on literature and stressed on the members to express their talents on literature and culture.
President Shri talked on the festival of Diwali, its importance and reasons why we are celebrating Diwali and wished to all members on the occasion. Thereafter, he also informed the members about the successful & positive event of 5th Sep 2018, like visiting the Cancer Hospital offering entertainment to the patients and prepared and served food to the patients and their care takers by our volunteering team.
He also acknowledged two events, one at Manukau on 30th Sep 2018 Diwali Expo by Radio Tarana and the second one at Waitekere on 28th October 2018 Diwali Celebration by Waitekere Indian Association, establishing of food stalls on diwali celebration. Almost 30 members volunteered the work under the leadership of Shri Kiritbhai Thaker. A round of applause was announced for the involvement and dedication towards the event in the interest of Samaj.
The financial gain in numbers were presented by Shri Kiritbhai Thaker which was much applauded by all the members. He also announced the names of the donors. The President called all the members on the stage and appreciated their efforts and also presented them with the Certificates of Participation in the events. The generated record profit of $4,411.00 out of the two events was credited to the GSNz bank account.
Mr Mody also informed about the plans in detail for the one day picnic on 17th November 2018 at Mangawhai.
Our member Shri Ashwinbhai Vaidya turned 80 this month. His son donated $500.00 to GSNZ towards “Laadu” to all the members attending General meeting on3/11/18. They were called upon the stage & felicitated by the President.
The President welcomed Mr. Kamaljeetsingh Bakshi, the List MP of National Party as well as Shri Amichand, the ex – local board member. Mr. Bakshi wished all the members for Happy Diwali and the new year.
The birthday cake was cut by Mr Vijay Mody on his birthday and was distributed to all members during the lunch time.
Shri Dhansukhbhai Jamnadas, Shri Purshottambhai Merai, Shri Jasubhai Patel, Shri Sureshbhai Trivedi & Shri Saurabhbhai Majmudar entertained the members by singing very nice songs. Shri Kishorbhai Desai told jokes and entertained the audience.
Kaushik Kansara appreciated the efforts of all who decorated the hall for Diwali and all the members to attend the general meeting.
Everyone had lunch and thus the program ended on a happy note.

6. Oct, 2018

General Meeting & Programme

Minutes of General Meeting held on 6th October 2018
General meeting started with the information on house rules & safety with Kaushik Kansara as Host, Mantra & Prarthna were narrated by the team. Then Birthday celebration started by giving Birthday cards to the members. Suvichar narrated by Smt. Jayshriben Vyas and a history of Garba by Kaushik Kansara.
President Shri Vijay Mody informed the members about the successful & positive events and said that
• We had proposed Cancer Society to give us an opportunity to serve the cancer patients and Ms Sue Beuvink, Community Fund Raising Coordinator agreed to it. So on 5th Sep 2018, our members entertained the patients and prepared food and served the patients assisted by

Kirit Thaker ,Hansaben Taylor,Kirit Parikh,Rashmikaben Patel, Purushottam Merai, Kishor Desai ,Jasubhai Patel,Vijay Mody,Chandrikaben Patel ,Suresh Trivedi, Kaushik Soni ,Narhari Patel ,Veenaben Thaker & Purnima Mody


Mr Jasubhai Patel donated $150.00 for the food / Groceries and other items and nearly 60 patients and their guests including our team had enjoyed the food and very next day we have received a letter of appreciation from Cancer Society for the food and entertainment delivered to cancer patients. Executive Committee and members appreciates Jasubhai's gesture for a donation of $150.00 for this event.

• Secondly while discussing in all our various Executive meetings, I had main concern as how to raise fund for the Samaj for its development and implementation of well organized services to the members and disabled members too, and a beautiful idea was proposed by our treasurer Kirit Thaker to go for food stalls in various event centers. Same time on 30th Sep 2018, an opportunity was available of Pre- Diwali Expo organized by Radio Tarana. Immediately the form was filled in and made a team of volunteers. All volunteers had shown a gesture to prepare items on their own. On 30th morning the team laded in Vodafone centre with all food stuff, utensils, gas cylinders, burners etc spending their own money. We had no withdrawal from our Bank account for this event and we established a food stall generating profit for GSNZ of $1,133.00 recovering all the costs including rent for the stall. Kirit Thaker managed the entire show even on stall and assisted by

Hansaben Taylor, Kirit Parikh, Rashmikaben Patel, Kishor Desai ,Jasubhai Patel Vijay Mody, Narhari Patel , Kaushik Kansara, Veenaben Thaker,Navinbhai Taylor Anjanaben Taylor, Urmilaben Patel, Purnima Mody,Jayshreeben Kansara, Natubhai Patel, Satish Patel & Dhirubhai Tarpara

Samaj acknowledges the work of Kirit Thaker. Vijay Mody also informed that such events can bring funds for the Samaj and we must keep working on that and requested all members to come forward and register their names who are interested to volunteer for such a noble cause for the Samaj and in-turn for our Community and even wider community..

• Vijay Mody also informed about the plans for the picnic on 17th Nov 2018, in next month. The one day trip destination will be Mangawhai heights in North and will cost $30 per head.

• Vijay Mody also informed about the meal cost. Though we are getting at @8.50 from Shriji, we shall charge on $7.00 from all members and $8.00 from Guest for year 2018-19. All members appreciated this proposal of $7.00. Also todays's meal is subsidized by $3.50 and members will pay only $5.00 instead of $7.00. This $3.50 for each member is contributed by members of executive Committee.

Vijay Mody lastly requested Kirit Thaker to present the Six monthly, provisional accounts as of 30th Sep 2018

• Shri Kiritbhai Thaker presented six monthly financial picture including Income and Expenses for the period. He also informed in detail the revenue generated from the food stall as well as our contribution to the cancer society. Appreciated by all members.
Then the Garba celebration started, where Shri Ashishbhai Dave, Smt. Jignaben Mehta & Chi. Nishita Ganatra sang very nice Garbas with Shri Jasubhai Patel & Shri Kishorbhai Desai. Later our President honoured Shri Ashishbhai by presenting flower bouquet.
Garba competition for girls between the age group of 4 to 10 years & 11 to 20 years was judged by outside judge Smt. Purviben Pateland Smt.Yasvantiben Hari and the first winners from each age group as well as runners up were presented with prizes which were sponsored by Sisters’ Beauty Therapy and a small gift from GSNZ. The names of the winners is as under :
1st prize went to ...Charmi 2nd prize to.....Janshi (Age Group 4 to 10 years)
1st prize went to ..Krishna Shah 2nd prize..Krisha Patel(Age Group 11 to 20 years)
Consolation prizes: Kanishka Shah,Riyaxi Moni, Riya Jignesh, Aarja Dhaval,Nandini Shah
Similarly Aarti decoration competition was held for our senior ladies members. Their beautiful & intricate work was adjudged by an outsider judge Smt. Yashvantiben Hari. Again the first and second prizes were honoured to the winners. These prizes were also sponsored by Sisters Beauty Therapy and a small gift from GSNz. The winners were :
1st prize went to .........Manjulaben Tailor
2nd prize to........Urmilaben Patel

Both the judges were honoured by Vice President Shri Kiritbhai Parikh & Smt. Anjanaben Tailor respectively and folloing
Smt. Rashmikaben, Navin Taylor, Purnimaben Mody and past president Shri Chunibhai Mehta presented the encouraging prizes to children.
Shri Chunibhai appreciated the efforts of small girls by reiterating the fact that GSNZ was also for the young generation and not only for seniors which is a general belief.
Everyone had lunch and thus the program ended with a happy note.

1 Sept, 2018

General meeting & Programme

On 1st Sept the general body meeting was held at Friendship Club, New Lynn.After the registration of the members and guests, the meeting started with Prathana.The Vice President informed the attendees about the exit procedure in the event of emergency like, fire etc. & also about parking of cars. He also described the programs of the day and the recent developments regarding the food & increased charges. Majority members agreed to $8.00 for food in the general meeting from October 2018. Vice President also communicated about caring of other members in the event of their illness or other health issues.While mentioning about our President’s operation & ill health of our members Smt. Alkaben Patel , Shri Dipakbhai Patel & Shri Kantibhai Vaasa.
Members having their birthdays in September were honoured.New members &. Guests introduced themselves to the other members.Good thought was presented by Shri Amratbhai Patel.
All the members observed one minute silence to pay homage on the sad demise of our member Smt.Minaxiben Choksi as well as past Prime Ministed of India Shri Atal Bihari Bajpaiji.
Our member Smt.Nilaben Kadakia chanted Ganesh Vandana & Shri Dharmendrabhai Mehta presented very melodious Bhagwan.
Group of our ladie members performed Nand Mahotsav- a dance drama.that was followed By a very beautiful dance drama on Geeta sadness by Radhika Kajaria & group.Illaben group presented dance on the tunes of Bollywood songs.
Vice President updated the members about our volunteering work at Cancer Society on 5th September & donation was collected for Daffodil day.He also informed members of the seniors’ idol event to be held by Shanti Niwas.Smt.Anjanaben Tailor with him notified about next meetings’ garba registration & prizes for Aarti Thali decoration.
Bhartiben Patel’s group presented tributes to the ladies and it was followed by a short drama by Smt.Bhavanaben Soni & her group.Followed by that Shri Sureshbhai Trivedi presented dance on Bollywood song and Shri Engineer sung a Bollywood song.
Services of past Vice President Shri Dharmendrabhai Mehta were appreciated and he was honoured by presenting a certificate.Also the services of choreographer Daxa Parmar were felicitated by presenting a memento to her.
All the participants of Independence Day celebrations were honoured by presenting them the certificated.All the participants of todays’ events were also presented performance certificated.
Meeting was concluded after lunch wherein sweet was contributed by the members of the kitchen committee.

5. Aug, 2018

General meeting & programme

General meeting started with mantra & prathana
Then Birthday celebration started by giving birthday cards to the members.Suvichar narrated by Shri Dilipbhai Thakkar.
Smt.Kokilaben Dave narrated the story of Independence struggle to the members.
After that Ella Kumar shared exercise with our members .
Mr.Jagdishbhai Natali JP shared his wide experience of settling in the country.
Dr.Neelimaben and her team performed very outstanding dance to commemorate the Independence Day of India.
Mrs. Bhartiben patel’s group performed dance on various Bollywood songs, which was also remarkable.
Festival of Rakshabandhan was also celebrated ..Mrs.Jasvantiben she tied Raksha to Mr.Vijay Mody, Mr.Kirit Parikh, Mr.Kaushik Soni, Mr.jasubhai Patel and Mr.Rameshbhai B.Patel.
Mr.Jasubhai Patel, Mr. Dhansukhbhai Jamnadas and Mr.Purshottam Merai sung Bollywood patriotic songs to celebrate Independence Day of India.
Everyone had a lunch and thus programme ended with a happy note.

5. May, 2018

EC Committee Election & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10 am on Saturday the 05th May 2018. As usual, our program started with a prayer, birthday celebration of the members born in the month of May followed by the introduction of new members and thought of the day.

Election of the executive committee for 2018-2020 was held under the leadership of our election officer Mr Bhikhubhai Purabiya. Following members aided:

Bharatbhai Parikh, Bhairav Khanpal, Dhirajbhai Tarpura, Tulsibhai Patel, Dipakbhai Patel, Sdgunaben Patel, Dipakbhai Patel, Rameshbhai Patel, Madhubhai Patel, Durgaben Purabiya, Bhartidevi Chauhan, Hemangini Trivedi, Sureshchandra Trivedi, Balkarishna Trivedi.

Election officer explained the whole procedure and rules of the election to all the members and candidates. There were twelve candidates in the election. Members had to elect eleven members for the next two years. Following were the candidates:

Anjanaben Tairlor, Kiritbhai Parikh, Kiritbhai Thakar, Kaushikchandra Soni, Kaushikbhai Kansara, Jashubhai Patel, Narhari Patel, Satishbhai Patel, Vijay Mody, Mahendrabhai J Patel, Maheshbhai Patel, and Rashmikaben Patel.

After counting the votes, the election officer declared the result and except Mahendrabhai J Patel the rest of the candidates were declared winners.

Our treasures Mr Dilipbhai Patel presented the account and was it was passed unanimously.

President Chunilal Mehta thanked all the members for their cooperation.

Dhansukhbhai presented beautiful songs, everyone enjoyed and had a great time.

After lunch meeting ended at 2pm.

21. Apr, 2018

Day trip to Tawharanui

A day trip to Tawharanui regional park was arranged on 21st April 2018. Mr Vijay Mody and his team made excellent arrangements for this trip. Nearly 90 members were present.

Tawharanui is a beautiful scenic place. Its famous for its stunning white sand beaches, native coastal forest and regenerating wetlands. We spent most of our time there and done some group activities.

We had lunch at Matakana community hall. Our members also presented different programs and enjoyed a lot.

We returned back to Auckland at 6:30 pm.

7. Apr, 2018

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10 am on Saturday the 07th April 2018. As usual, our program started with a prayer, birthday celebration of the members born in the month of April followed by the introduction of new members and thought of the day.

President Chunilal Mehta declared and explained in detail the following matter:
• Election of the EC members that is to be held on 5th May 2018.
• One day trip to Tawharanui Reginal Park on 21st April 2018.
• The fund received from Lotto Lottery Commission.
• Renewal of membership and explained who will be eligible for voting.

Under the leadership of Mr Jashubhai Patel and Mr Kishorbhai “Bhajan Swar” program was arranged, and more than twenty members took part in it. It was a beautiful programmed and all enjoyed very much.

The program ended at 2:00 pm after lunch.

25. Mar, 2018

Day Trip to Wenderholm Regional Park

A group of 50 members enjoyed a fun-filled day trip to Wenderholm Regional Park. Our journey started at 10 am and we reached there at 11:00 am. It’s a beautiful park with the leafy coastal area. It was just perfect for our group activities as it has trails and campgrounds, a boat ramp and beaches. We spent the whole day there, had a lot of fun. We had lunch there and returned to Auckland at 6:30 pm.

3. Mar, 2018

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10 am on Saturday the 03rd March 2018. As usual, our program started with a prayer, birthday celebration of the members born in the month of March followed by the introduction of new members and thought of the day.

Our former secretary Mr Sureshbhai Modi, one of the founders and pioneer members of our organisation has decided to settle permanently in Melbourne, Australia. Mr Modi was honoured with a flower bouquet a letter or appreciation by our president Mr Chunilal Mehta and Vice-president Mr Dharmendra Mehta. A letter of appreciation was provided to Mr Modi on behalf of all the members of Gujarati Samaj NZ inc. and EC members for the services rendered by him.

Our guest speaker Mr Bhikhubhai Bhana president of NZICA (New Zealand Indian Central Association). NZICA was established in 1926 by three Indian associations Auckland, Wellington and Country Section to advance the cause of all Indians for educational, health, welfare or cultural identity. Mr Bhana advised that Indian population has increased significantly in New Zealand and therefore NZICA is committed to enhancing its strategies to develop its branches and affiliations to empower Kiwi Indians. Currently, they are focusing on Representing the voice of Indian community in New Zealand by increase dialogue with the New Zealand government to resolve issues such as security, law and order, continue with the development of their youth programmes. Provide more representation of women from local to national executive level. Modernise intra-community information network and strengthen the links between minor Indian ethnic groups. Continue the good relations with the Indian High Commission and discuss with His Excellency to look into the problems faced by Kiwi-Indians. Provide image-building measures for New Zealand in India and vice versa. Our special thanks to Mr Bhikhubhai Bhana for spending his valuable time with our members and for providing such important information to us.


Mrs Purnima Mody presented a beautiful “Ghumar” dance. Other members presented songs and garba based on “Holi” festival. Everyone had a lot of fun and had a good time.

The program ended at 1:30 pm after lunch.

25. Feb, 2018

Day Trip to Omeru Scenic Reserve

One day trip to Omeru Scenic Reserve was organised by our Tour & Picnic Committee convenor Mr Vijay Mody and his team. Nearly 80 members were present. Our journey started at 9:00 am.

This reserve is recognised for its natural and historic features. There are beautiful walkways and swimming facilities available for visitors. The streams flow through the reserve and form series of waterfalls and pools.

There are two bridges for stream crossing. One is for the picnic area and the other to go towards the waterfalls.It was a peaceful place, everyone had a great time.

3. Feb, 2018

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10 am on Saturday the 03rd February 2018. As usual, our program started with a prayer, birthday celebration of the members born in the month of February followed by the introduction of new members and thought of the day.

Mr Vijay Modi provided full details of our next one-day trip to Omeru scenic reserve on Sunday the 25th February 2018.

We invited honorary consul of India Mr Bhav Dhillon as a guest speaker. Our president Mr Chunilal Mehta honoured him with flowers. Mr Dhillon shared some useful information about travelling to India, visas, Aadhar card, Pan card and banking etc. Mr Dhillon provided satisfactory answers to all the questions asked by our members. Mr Vijay Modi provided a short speech to thank Mr Dhillon for taking his valuable time out to meet our members. We thank Mr Dilip Thakkar, our Event Committee convener for organising this important meeting.

Members of our children wing provided two beautiful dance performances based on Bollywood songs. Participants are Ariya, Sophie, Drina and team.

Mr Rajesh Trivedi, Pragnaben Trivedi, Jashubhai Patel, Kaushikbhai Soni, Dhansukhbhai and Purshottambhai sang beautiful songs, all members enjoyed a lot.

Meeting ended at 1:30 pm.

20. Jan, 2018

Day Trip To Raglan & Hamilton

Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. organised a day trip to Raglan and Hamilton, more than 85 members were present. Our journey started at 8:00 am. Raglan is a small but a beautiful place to visit. We visited Raglan museum too and learnt about early days for surfing. It was interesting to see the collection of old Indian currency there!

Then we visited Raglan beach, it’s well known for surfing. Raglan is a surfer’s paradise! Kiwis are known for their interest in water sports. Raglan is home to the most famous line-ups in the country. We spent about two and half hours there watching beautiful scenery. After that,
we headed towards Hamilton for lunch in an Indian restaurant.

We visited Hamilton Gardens after lunch, It’s a beautifully well maintained and peaceful place. Everyone enjoyed a lot and had great fun. We returned back to Auckland at 8:00 pm It was a memorable trip.

6. Jan, 2018

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10 am on Saturday the 06th January 2018. As usual, our program started with a prayer, birthday celebration of the members born in the month of January followed by the introduction of new members and thought of the day.

President Mr Chunilal Mehta presented a short speech on the Republic Day of India and the journey of India’s progress and development until now.

Mr Kaushikbhai Kansara talked about the beauty if the Gujarati language by providing an example of one Gujarati word “Jhanjhar” (Anklets) that is used in various ways and in different meanings by our poets, it’s amazing.

Cultural Programs:

Patriotic songs were sung by Jayshree Vyas, Aarif, Dharmesh Patel, Dhanshukhbhai, Dharmendra Mehta, and Dilip Thakkar.

Mr. Jasubhai Patel presented a beautiful song and was supported by Dipti Parikh and Bharat Parikh’s excellent dance performance.

Mr Suresh Trivedi and a team of ten other senior members presented a wonderful classical Bollywood song and it was appreciated by all.

Meeting ended at 1:30 pm.

2. Dec, 2017

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10 am on Saturday the 02nd December 2017. As usual, our program started with a prayer, birthday celebration of the members born in the month of December followed by the introduction of new members and thought of the day.

Our president Mr Chunilal Mehta presented a short speech on Christmas and explained the importance of love and compassion for other human beings and respect for everything we have been gifted by nature.

Mr Sureshbhai Modi presented a speech to promote our native language “Gujarati” and it’s importance in the lives of next-generation Gujaraties who are born here in New Zealand.

Our senior members presented a beautiful couple dance to add more flavour to Christmas celebration. Participants: Madhubhai Patel & Sadgunaben Patel, Sureshbhai Trivedi & Hemaben Trivedi, Dipakbhai Patel & Alkaben Patel.

Meeting ended at 1:00 pm

10. Nov, 2017

Cultural Event On Completion of five years of Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc.

On completion of five years of Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc., we organized a cultural event to celebrate the occasion at Mahatma Gandhi Centre in Auckland on 10th November 2017.

We invited Mr Jay Vasavada from India to deliver an inspirational speech on “Jawani Zindabad”. Other worthy personalities including the chairpersons of different organizations were also invited to attend this milestone event.

Our president Mr Chunilal Mehta welcomed all our distinguished guests and audience. Mr Mehta presented a speech detailing information about the activities and journey of Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. prior to inviting our chief guest Mr. Ashish Trivedi.

Our chief guest Mr Ashish Trivedi; CEO and Director of NCBT collage said few words about the event before introducing Mr Jay Vasavada. Mr Trivedi delivered a beautiful speech highlighting our Gujarati culture, values, and beliefs with more emphasis on how we can blend in with other cultures within India and here in NZ; and how we can learn new things and adopt to new thoughts and ideas by bridging the invisible gaps in our thought processes. The speech was beautifully presented and inspired us all to open our hearts to new possibilities and opportunities to grow as better human beings.

Mr Jay Vasavada presented an inspirational speech on “Jawani Zindabad”. He illuminated some of the current issues of the society and covered the social, technological, spiritual and most importantly the attitudinal aspects of our human nature. His idea of changing our attitude to live a fulfilled life while coexisting with the evolving new generation are vitamins that are or dire need at present.

Members of our Youth and Children Wing, Women’s Wing, and other senior members participated in the cultural programs and showcased beautiful live stage performances.

Our cultural program started with a prayer presented by Mr Jashubhai Patel, Mr. Sureshbhai Trivedi, Mrs. Rashmikaben Patel and Mrs. Alkaben Patel followed by “Deep Pragatya” by our chief guest Mr Ashishbhai Trivedi supported by our president Mr Chunilal Mehta, vice president Mr. Dharmendrabhai Mehta and convener of the event Mr. Dilipbhai Thakkar.

The audio clip was played of Morari Bapu explaining the importance of our mother tongue “Gujarati” followed by a beautiful dance performance by Radha Laxmi. This 9 years old girl wowed everyone in the audience with her performance based on Gujarati Poetry “Nagdaman” written by our great poet Narsinh Mehta.

Mahima Group “Desi Beat” presented excellent dance performance based on Bollywood songs and beautifully showcased traditional Gujarati folk dance “Raas”.

Our senior members of Women’s Wing presented wonderful traditional Gujarati “Garba” with such grace and full of energy.

Our president Mr. Chunilal Mehta presented closing speech and thanked all our guests, audience and most importantly to all the sponsors and volunteers who made this event successful.

Program ended at 11:00pm

4. Nov, 2017

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10 am on Saturday the 04th November 2017. As usual, our program started with a prayer, the birthday celebration of the members born in the month of November followed by the introduction of new members and thought of the day.

Highlights of Cultural Programs:

• Radhalaxmi presented dance performance based on a Bollywood song. She is only 9 years old, but she has performed so beautifully, it was amazing, everyone enjoyed it.

• NZ’s senior Indian Idols Mr. Dhansukhbhai, Jashubhai and Kaushikbhai Soni sung beautiful songs.

• Our Senior female members presented Gujarati folk dance “Garba”, it was very graceful.

Mr. Dilip Thakkar provided a detail information about the event which was to be held on 10th Nov 2017 on the completion of five years of Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. at Mahatma Gandhi Centre in Auckland.

Meeting ended at 1:00 pm.

13. Oct, 2017

13th & 14th October - Participation of our members in Gujarati Play

Gujarati Sahitya Mandal organised a Gujarati Play “Yogesh Patel nu Vehvishal” on 13th and 14th October 2017 at Play House Theatre Glen Eden. Our four members: Mr Kaushik Kansara, Mrs Jayshree Kansara, Mr Suresh Trivedi & Mrs Hemaben Trivedi took part in that play and performed their roles very beautifully. We heartily congratulate them.

7. Oct, 2017

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 7th October 2017. As usual our program started with prayer, birthday celebration of the members born in month of October followed by introduction of new members and thought of the day.

Our member Mrs Sudhaben Mehta recently passed away. Our thoughts are with her husband Mr Dharmendrabhai Mehta and his family. May God give them strength to get through this difficult time. All our members prayed and two minute silence was held to pay our respect to Sudhaben.

Under the leadership of Mr Ashish Dave and his team “Sharadpunam Navaratri Garba” program was arranged and all enjoyed very much.

New Zealand senior Indian Idol singing competition held by Shantinivas Charitable Trust our following members have won the competition and medals.
Mr Dhansukh Jamnadas – New Zealand Senior Indian Idol
Mr Jasubhai Patel – 2nd Runner up
Mr Kaushik Soni – 3rd Runner up

We once again congratulate all of them.
Program ended at 2:00pm.

2. Sep, 2017

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 2nd September 2017. As usual our program started with prayer, birthday celebration of the members born in month of September followed by introduction of new members.

Our guest speaker Sima Lal is a famous Optometrist. She is a director at Spec Saver St Lukes. Sima has a degree in Bachelor of Optometry TPA endorsed by University of Auckland.

Sima provided useful information about eye problems and solutions. Our members asked few questions regarding eye health and receive satisfactory answers from Sima. We are grateful Sima Lal for spending her valuable time with our members.

“Lok Dayro” a wonderful traditional Gujarati program based on folk music presented by Ashish Dave and his team. Everyone enjoyed this.

Meeting ended at 1:00pm

13. Aug, 2017

Participation of our members

Bharatiya Samaj organised 71 Independence Day of India program at Sai Mandir Onehunga on 13th August 2017. Members of our Women Wing presented beautiful “Garba”.

Here are the names of all participants:
Alkaben Patel, Bhagavatiben Shah, Purnimaben Mody, Kokilaben Dave, Durgaben Purabiya, Jayshreeben Thakar, Jayshreeben Kansara, Mamtaben Panchal, and Sureshbhai Trivedi.

11. Aug, 2017

Participation of our members

Shri Om South Indian Association organised their annual program on 11 August 2017. Members of our Women Wing presented a beautiful “Garba”.

Here are the names of all participants:
Alkaben Patel, Bhagavatiben Shah, Purnimaben Mody, Kokilaben Dave, Durgaben Purabiya, Jayshreeben Thakar, Jayshreeben Kansara, Mamtaben Panchal, Bhavanaben Soni, Gayatriben Trivedi, Dhavani (as Kanhiya) and Sureshbhai Trivedi.

5. Aug, 2017

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 5th August 2017. As usual our program started with prayer, birthday celebration of the members born in month of August followed by introduction of new members.

Our president Mr Chunilal Mehta provided a short speech on the 71 Independence Day on India.

Mr Suresh Modi provided a short speech on “Matrubhasha Din” and explained the importance of our native language.

Patriotic songs were presented by Jasubhai, Dhansukhbhai and Purshottambhai.
A beautiful performance was presented on “Ganesh Vandana” by Anjanaben Tailor, Jayshreeben Kansara, Sudhaben Rathod, Mamtaben Panchal, Alkaben Patel, Bhagavatiben Shah, Jyotiben Amin and Durgaben Purabiya.

Meeting ended at 1:00pm

1. Jul, 2017

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 1st July 2017. As usual our program started with prayer, birthday celebration of the members born in month of July followed by introduction of new members.

Our member Mrs Jignaben Mehta’s father recently passed away. All our members prayed and two minutes silence was held to pay our respect to him. Our thoughts are with Jignaben and her family. May God give them strength to get through this difficult time.

Mr Kaushikbhai Kansara and Mr Chunilal Mehta presented Gujarati poetries.
On behalf of Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. Mr Suresh Modi, Mr Suresh Dave and Mr Ramesh Patel honoured all our members who completed their Golden (50th) wedding anniversary, by giving them flowers.

List of couples who completed Golden Jubilee! :
Mr Vinodkumar Visnagara & Mrs Chandrikaben Visnagara
Mr Shantilal Maisuriya & Mrs Chintamaniben Maisuriya
Mr Purshottamdas Tailor & Mrs Bhagwatiben Tailor
Mr Chandrakant Bhulabhai & Mrs Madhukanta Chandrakant
Mr Anup Vasa & Mrs Chandrikaben Vasa
Mr Laxmiprasad Jani & Mrs Sarojben Jani
Mr Gangjibhai Taunk & Mrs Rambhaben Taunk
Mr Jyotindra Shah & Mr Mrs Malvika Shah
Mr Sakaralal Khatri & Mrs Kalawati Khatri

Our best wishes to all above mentioned couples. May God continue to fill their lives with more love, happiness and faith.

We honoured our all our members who took part and performed in our different activities during the year 2016-2017. Mr Kiran Seth, Mr Suresh Chauhan, Mrs Jaswantiben Patel and Kusumben provided certificates to all the artists on behalf of Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc.

On completion of Five years of our organisation, we have decided to celebrate our establishment day by organising a lecture of experts from different fields every year. To begin this enriching tradition of increasing prosperity of knowledge and new ideas we are going to invite famous motivational speaker and a prominent author of Gujarati literature Mr Jay Vasavda from India. We are planning to organise this program in November this year, further details will be provided at later date.

Audited accounts of Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. for the year 2016-2017 was presented by Mr Dilip Patel to all the members who attended this general meeting and it was passed unanimously. A copy of the audited account has also been uploaded on our website should anyone wish to view it again later.

Meeting ended at 1:30pm.

3. Jun, 2017

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 03 June 2017. As usual our program started with prayer, birthday celebration of the members born in month of June followed by introduction of new members.

We gave our tribute to Mr Jigar Shah the son of Mrs Geeta Shah who passed away nearly at the age of 42. May God provide strength to Geetaben and her family to get through this difficult time.

Mrs Jayshreeben Vyas and Mrs Ushaben Trivedi gave beautiful speech on Gujarat state and a famous poet-saint of Gujarat Narsinh Mehta.
Dr. Vikas Sethi was our guest speaker; he is a General Practitioner at East Tamaki Health Care. Dr. Sethi gave speech on “fall in the elderly”. He provided information about the causes of falling and prevention. We appreciate Dr. Vikas Sethi’s time and we are grateful to him for providing useful information to our members.

Under the leadership of Mr Jasubhai Patel and Kishorbhai we arranged a wonderful programme of “Gujarati Mushayro”. Mr Sureshbhai Modi, Mr Rameshbhai Patel, Mr Ashokbhai Shah, Mr Sureshbhai Trivedi, Mr Dhansukhbhai, Mr Dharmendrabhai Mehta, Mr Purshottam Merai, Mr Kaushikbhai Soni, Mr Jasubhai Patel, Mr. Kishorbhai and Mr Chunilal Mehta participated in this programme. It was a nice programme, all enjoyed it very much.

Mr Amratbhai Patel donated $101 and Mr Kusumben Jailar donated $51 to Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. on their birthday. Our special thanks to both of them and we wish them a happy and healthy life.

Meeting ended at 1:30pm.

6. May, 2017

AGM & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 6th May 2017. As usual our program started with prayer, birthday celebration of the members born in month of May followed by introduction of new members.

Gujarati Samaj NZ expressed sincere sincere condolences on the loss of
Mrs Lalitaben Vaghela and Mrs Avaniben Trivedi. Words can't express how saddened we are, may God provide strength to their families to get through this difficult time.

We celebrated 57th “Gujarat Establishment Day”. As a result of a political Mahagujarat Andolan (Movement) in 1956 Sate of Gujarat was formed on 01 May 1960.

Mrs Sudhaben Rathod & Mrs Jaswantiben Patel gave a beautiful speech on Mother’s Day. Without the presence of mother, our own existence would not have been possible. A mother selflessly showers all her love upon her children and keeps showing the right path in life at every stage. This was a beautiful way to show our love for our mothers, honour her and respect her love.

We honour our seniors by Shawls and flowers who recently reached the age of 80 and those who are currently 80+ years old: Mr Dineshbhai Kajaria, Mrs Kamalaben Dhana, Mrs Lalitaben Pate and Mr Chunilal Mehta.

We honoured our members by flowers those who completed their 50th golden wedding anniversary: Mr Sureshbhai Trivedi & Mrs Hemaben Trivedi, Mr Sureshbhai Dave & Mrs Kokilaben Dave, Mr Sureshbhai Modi & Mrs Hansaben Modi, Mr Dineshbhai Kajaria & Mrs Nita Kajaria.

Our Women’s Wing members presented beautiful programme based on Gujarati wedding songs on the traditional Gujarati wedding theme.

Annual General Meeting:

Our President Mr Chunilal Mehta gave his speech on completion of five years of our organisation.

Our Secretary Mr Kirit Parikh provided details of activities done during the year 2016-2017.

Mr Dilip Patel presented accounts of the year 2016-2017 and was agreed and accepted by the members.

Meeting Ended at 2:00 pm.

1. Apr, 2017

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 1st April 2017. As usual our program started with prayer, birthday celebration of the members born in month of April followed by introduction of new members.

Our guest speaker Mr Kamal Merai is a famous chiropractor who was one of three finalists in the AUT University Young Business Person of the Year in July 2011; this was revealed at the Westpac Auckland South Business Awards. Dr Merai is specialised in headaches, migraines, neck conditions and extremity injuries. He provided useful information about Spinal problems and solutions. Our members asked him few questions regarding spinal health and received satisfactory answers from Dr Merai. We are grateful to Dr Kamal Merai for spending his valuable time with our members.

Our members presented a program based on “Holi” songs. Everyone enjoyed this beautiful performance.

Meeting ended at 1:30pm.

4. Mar, 2017

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 4th March 2017. As usual our program started with prayer, birthday celebration of the members born in month of March followed by introduction of new members and thought of the day by Jaswantiben Patel.

We gave tribute to Mr Vinaybhai Mehta’s father who passed away nearly at the age of 100 years.

Golden Jubilee! The 50th wedding anniversary of Mr Surendrabhai Chauhan and Mrs Bharatiben Chauhan was celebrated. Our president Mr Chunilal Mehta honoured the couple by giving them flowers on behalf of all the members of Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. and wished them a long, happy and healthy married life. On this occasion the couple sponsored lunch with sweets for all members and donated $500 to Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. We appreciate their generosity, our special thanks to Surendrabhi and Bharatiben.

Mrs Pragnaben Trivedi celebrated her birthday with our members and donated $101 to Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. Our special thanks to Pragnaben and we wish her a happy and healthy life.

Mr Vinaybhai Mehta, Jignaben Mehta and group presented an excellent program “Ame Gujarati” based on Gujarati Songs. “Doha”, “Chhand” and other melodious folk songs were all part of this beautiful performance. It was a beautiful program; everyone enjoyed it and admired the artists.

Program ended at 1:30pm.

25. Feb, 2017

Picnic

Gujarati Samaj NZ organised a picnic to Waihi on 25th Feb 2017. Two buses full of nearly 100 members departed at 9:00am. Waihi is located in the Coromandel district, and especially popular for its history as a gold mine town. There are still underground gold and silver mines currently operating located in and around the eastern end of the Waihi Township. The Examples of rich heritage are scattered throughout the town.

The "Cornish Pump house" was built in a different location next to the Martha Mine in1904 to accommodate a large Cornish steam engine designed to pump water out of the mine, from 1930s all the machineries were removed from the building and was registered as a Historic Place, in 2006 it was moved to Seddon Street which is easily accessible for tourists via a footpath.

The Ohinemuri River flows through Waihi on its way to the Karangahake Gorge. In the Gorge you can fish for trout, take walks through old mining tunnels and relics or cycle the Hauraki Rail Trail. Friendly local cafes and restaurants provide delicious food and you will be able to buy local arts and crafts along the way.

Waihi Beach, just 10 kilometers from Waihi, offers 9 kilometers of sweeping white sand and is one of the safest surf beaches in New Zealand. Laze on the beach, swim in the surf or try something little more adventures like boogie boarding, surfing or kayaking.

Main Attractions of Waihi: Karangaheke Gorge Historic Walk, Waihi Martha Mine Pit Rim Walkway, Goldfield Railway, Gold Discovery Centre, Waihi Gold mine tour, Victoria Battery Tramway & Museum Society, Waihi Arts Centre & Museum, Waikino Station Café, Hauraki Rail Trait.

Lunch was provided by Gujarati Samaj. Our members had a lot of fun and enjoyed the spectacular scenery at Waihi. Everyone returned back safely at 6:00pm, It was a memorable trip.

4. Feb, 2017

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 4th February 2017. As usual our program started with prayer, birthday celebration of the members born in month of February followed by introduction of new members and thought of the day by Jayshreeben Vyas and Jaswantiben Patel.

Mr Sureshbhai Trivedi and Mr Chunilal Mehta presented Gujarati Poetries. Mr Chunilal Mehta said few words about Vasantpanchami, Maha Shivratri and Valentine’s Day.

Mr Dilip Thakkar provided detail information about picnic at Waihi on 18th February 2017.

Mr Pareshbhai Dave, Dhansukhbhai, Purshottambhai, Aarif & Joseph presented beautiful songs.

Shabdakshari program was arranged by Mr Sureshbhai Trivedi. More than 40 members participated in that program. Everyone enjoyed it.

Meeting ended at 1:30pm.

14. Jan, 2017

Picnic

We organised a Harbour cruise trip on the 14th January 2017 through The Red Boats, it was Bottom End Waiheke Island cruise. It covered the coastal line of Half moon Bay, Maraetai Mussel Farm, Man O’ War Bay, Pakatoa Island, Rotoroa Island, Ponui Island and back to Auckland. Total 80 members joined this trip, our journey started at 10 am and ended at 3:30pm, about 5 and half hours in the sea, it was a thrilling experience for everybody. The Red Boat Ltd provided excellent service. The captain and crew members were very co-operative. We played “Antakshari”, some members presented jokes and songs. It was a wonderful experience for everybody to see the spectacular natural scenery.

7. Jan, 2017

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 7th January 2017. As usual our program started with prayer, birthday celebration of the members born in month of January followed by introduction of new members and thought of the day by Mrs Hansaben Mody.

Mr Dharmendra Mehta and Mr Chunilal Mehta presented Gujarati Poetries. Mr Vijay Mody provided full details of our Harbour Cruise trip on the 14th January 2017.

We celebrated Indian Republic Day 26th January by organising a beautiful musical program, our members participated and performed on patriotic songs. The granddaughter of member Mr Rameshbhai Patel and her team presented a beautiful dance performance on a patriotic song.

Mr Saurabh Majmundar and Mr Suresh Trivedi gave tribute to the great Mr Kundan Lal Saigal, often abbreviated as K. L. Saigal by singing his songs. He was an Indian singer and actor who is considered the first superstar of the Hindi film industry. Mr K.L Saigal passed away on 18th January 1947.

At last we organised a slideshow of photos and videos of our activities and picnics. Our members enjoyed it as it brought back the happy memories of good times.

Meeting ended at 1pm.

17. Dec, 2016

Picnic

We enjoyed a day trip to Wrights Watergardens & Glenbrook Vintage railway ride on 17th December 2016. Nearly 100 members joined us on this trip.

The Wright Watergardens are built around the historic Mauku Waterfall and stream in Putumahoe. It’s about an hour drive from Auckland. During the 1800s, a huge waterwheel was located at the top of the waterfall which powered the flax mill built beside it. Once dismantled, the area became a favourite picnic spot. After the Second World War, the land was turned into a rock quarry which provided hard metal for the roads leading out to the local steel mill. After the quarry was abandoned, the area was covered with weeds and rubbish for several decades. The quarry has now been transformed into a 4-acre garden, beautiful in all seasons. It has ever-changing selections of trees, shrubs and native plants. Waterlilies, Iris and lotus all flourish these stunning gardens. The gardens have several levels; there are many walkways, bridges and ponds. The gardens have lots of places where you can stop and enjoy the beauty of nature. It’s an absolute stunning place and a unique experience.

We enjoyed an hour of Glenbrook vintage steam railway ride; it’s a 15 kilometer return trip to Victoria Avenue through beautiful countryside covered with preserved native bush to the historic harbour town of Waiuku, south west of Auckland. The authorities made excellent arrangements for our group. A newly restored parlour car was included which is not usually included in their train. They also arranged for the steam train to stop at their workshop on the way back from Waiuku and we had an opportunity to observe where they overhaul and restore locomotives. One of the authorised staff members explained in detail about all the activities at the workshop and its operating systems. It was a pleasant trip we all enjoyed a lot.

3. Dec, 2016

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 3rd December 2016. As usual our program started with prayer, birthday celebration of the members born in month of December followed by thought of the day and introduction of new members.

Mr Kushik Kansara & Mr Chunilal Mehta presented Gujarati Poetries. Mr Suresh Trivedi & Mrs Hema Trivedi presented a beautiful Bollywood dance performance.

We celebrated Christmas by arranging a musical programme based on Bollywood songs. Mr Jasubhai Patel and his team organised it, many of our members participated. Everyone enjoyed a lot it was a nice programme.
Mr Vijay Mody provided full details of our one day trip to Wright Water Gardens on 17th December 2016.

The meeting ended at 1pm.

26. Nov, 2016

Tour

Gujarati Samaj NZ organised two days and one night tour to Whangarei on the 26th & 27th November 2016. Mr Vijay Mody and his team made excellent arrangements. Total 50 members joined the tour. Accommodation was arranged at Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre and meals were arranged at an Indian restaurant nearby.

Whangarei is a beautiful city and it’s a regional capital of Northland Region of New Zealand. We visited few places during our time there:

Kiwi north: At Kiwi north we saw New Zealand’s national bird “Kiwi”; rare great spotted Kiwi, little spotted Kiwi and brown Kiwi on display in a night time setting. We saw the unique “Tuatara”, a native New Zealand reptile, which pre-dated the dinosaurs. The Museum at Kiwi North exhibits beautiful collections of early settlers. We also enjoyed the Heritage Park train rides.
Quarry Garden: We visited Whangarei Quarry Gardens, it is a community garden created by volunteers. It is a beautiful creation of the members of the local community, it’s so colourful, peaceful, and it’s an absolute paradise! It was a wonderful experience.

Claphams National Clock Museum: Whangarei’s world-famous clock museum is home to over 1600 clocks and timepieces. Yorkshire-born Archie, who moved to New Zealand in 1903 use to create unusual clocks, something unexpected that made people laugh. He was known for his happy and funny personality. Archies sold all his clocks to local council for nominal sum including his personal collection of 400 clocks. Now the museum also includes other unique clocks including Archie’s collection. We saw some mind-boggling clocks! It was great fun.

In the end we visited beach to relax, we sang and danced and enjoyed a lot. All members who attended were very happy and they all are looking forward to our next trip!

5. Nov, 2016

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly general meeting was held on Saturday the 5th November 2016 at 10am ; as usual it started with prayer followed by birthday celebration of the members born in the month of November and thought of the day.

Our president introduced and greeted Mr Rahul Doshi & Mrs Bhavini Doshi, directors of “The Rainbow corner Early Learning Centre”; they were welcomed with flower bouquet by Mr Suresh Trivedi. Mr & Mrs Doshi provided information regarding all the different activities organised by the early learning centre and also advised about the services they provide. For Detail information please visit their website: http://www.rainbowcorner.co.nz. Our special thanks to Mr & Mrs Doshi for sponsoring lunch for all our members who attended this meeting.

Guest speaker Mr Roshan Nauhria, a successful businessman and the president of New Zealand’s People’s Party said few words and provided information about the party and its importance. This party is formed by Indians for New Zealand's Indian and Asian communities. It's the first New Zealand political party dedicated to immigrants.

Guest speakers from Work & Income Mr Tribhu Dod & Ms Nalini Prasad provided detail information about government policies and benefits. They also answered all the questions raised by our members.

We would like to thank all our guest speakers for attending this meeting and spending time with our members, we truly appreciate it.

Mr Vijay Mody provided detail information to the members regarding the two days tour organised by Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. on 26th & 27th November 2016.

Meeting ended at 1pm.

1. Oct, 2016

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly program was held on Saturday the 1st October 2016; as usual it started with prayer by Mr Jasubhai Patel and his team then followed by birthday celebration of the members born in the month of October, all birthday members were felicitated by a greeting card.

Mr Vijay Mody announced the three days and two nights tour to Paihia and 90 mile beach. Members were concerned about the cost of the tour however Mr Chunilal Mehta explained that a team of organisers will visit Paihia to ensure the necessary facilities are available for the members and will negotiate the cost with hotels and restaurants. The total cost of the tour will be shared by all the members joining the tour.

"Navratri Mahotsav" began with a beautiful performance by Dr. Nilima Upadhyay and her team. Jasubhai Patel and his team (Kishorbhai Desai, Dhruv Shah,Sailesh Chauhan, Sushilaben Shah, Rashmikaben Patel, Urmilaben Patel, Geetaben Patel, and Purshotam Merai) presented live “Garba” songs and music. All the members danced and enjoyed the Mahotsav.

Programs ended with “Arati”. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed a lot.
Meeting ended at 1:30pm.

3. Sep, 2016

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly program was held on Saturday the 3rd September 2016; as usual it started with prayer by Mr Jasubhai Patel and his team then followed by birthday celebration of the members born in the month of September, all birthday members were felicitated by a greeting card.

Entertainment programs were anchored by Mrs Kokilaben Dave. First performance was a beautiful Rajasthani dance; presented by Mrs Sudhaben Rathod.

Mr Suresh Trivedi performed on a beautiful romantic old Hindi film song for his wife’s birthday Mrs Hemaben Trivedi.

Mr Dilip Thakkar introduced Mr Perehuia Nepe and felicitated him with flowers. Mr Nepe and his team from Te Rautahi presented a very powerful “Haka” a Maori cultural program. They also invited some of our members on the stage to perform Haka with them, it was a wonderful experience.

Mr Ami Chand; member of Whau Local Board was felicitated by Mr Dilip Thakkar. Mr Ami Chand addressed our members and provided information regarding the services provided by the local board.

A beautiful solo dance was performed by little Krisha Dipesh Patel followed by “Raas” and play by members of woman’s wing.

Mrs Gayatriben Trivedi and Mrs Bhavanaben Soni performed a small but very entertaining play based on a “maid” in an Indian household.

The whole day has been full of entertainment and fun, everyone had great time. Program ended around 1:30pm.

10. Aug, 2016

Charity Work at Cancer Society NZ

On 10th August 2016 Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. organised dinner and entertainment for over 55 cancer patients, staff and guests at Cancer Society Domain Lodge at 1 Boyle Cres, Grafton, Auckland.

This event was organised by Mr Dilip Thakkar and Mr Vijay Mody with support of Mr Narhari Patel and other members of Gujarati Samaj NZ. Mr Purshottam Merai, Dhruv Shah, Krishna Patel and Krishna Shah presented songs, played Violin and presented Bollywood dance performance.

Our members of women’s wing Mrs Rashmika Patel, Mrs Anjana Tailor, Mrs Chandrika Patel, and Mrs Bhagwati Shah prepared several delicious Gujarati dishes and served them to all the patients, staff and guest present at the time. They were so happy and were feeling satisfied by doing this humble and noble work.

All the patients enjoyed a lot and had lot of fun; the staff and guests were also very happy and appreciated our efforts. We are so grateful to Cancer Society for providing us this opportunity to spend some time with the patients.

6. Aug, 2016

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held on 6th August 2016. The program started with prayer by Jasubhai Patel and his team, followed by birthday celebration of all the members born in month of August. Birthday song was sung by Jasubhai Patel and his team. For the first time the members were felicitated by a customised printed greeting cards for the occasion by Gujarati Samaj NZ.

Thought of the day was delivered by Mr. Madhusudan Engineer.

Stage performances were organised related to Janmashami, Rakshabandhan & Independence Day.

A patriotic song was sung by Mr. Purshottam Merai on the occasion of Independence Day.

An excellent Lavani Dance performance was presented by Maharashtriyan group of ladies.

A beautiful musical drama was presented by children based on Janmashthami to showcase the pure and divine relationship of Radha and Krishna supported by their mothers.

Krishna Patel played Violin beautifully at this young age, everyone appreciated her skills.

Jasubhai Patel, Suresh Trivedi and 15 other members presented Bhajanganga, the atmosphere turned spiritual by their beautiful performances. This program was well organised by Mr Kishor Desai.

Meeting ended at 1pm.

3. Aug, 2016

Blood Donation

On 03/08/16 Blood NZ organised a blood donation camp at Trust Arena, Waitakere. Under the leadership of Mr. Dilip Thakkar and his team, members of Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. willingly registered their name for the blood donation. This whole event was well organised, here’s the list of members; Harshad Patel, Mahesh Patel, Dilip Thakkar, Kaushik Kansara, Killol Kansara, Meghana Thakkar, Hiren Thakkar, Kartik Tailor, Chirag Tailor, Ojas Darji, Raajan Patel, Dipesh Patel, Dinal Tailor, Mahendra Patel, Dharmishthaben Patel, Urmilaben Patel and Raj Birpali. Transport was organised for pick up and drop off service. Coffee and biscuits were served as refreshment to our members post blood donation. We are thankful to our members and their families for their tremendous support. We are also thankful to Mr. Dilip Thakkar and his team, without them this event could have not been possible.

2. Jul, 2016

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 2nd July 2016. As usual our program started with prayer followed by Birthday celebration of the members born in month of July and introduction of new members.

Thought of the day was delivered by Mrs Kokilaben Dave.

Mr Kiranbhai Seth turned 85 years old this month and he sung a very beautiful song, everyone enjoyed a lot and wished him happy and healthy long life.

Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. proudly presented a Memento to Mr Jeet Raval for winning his place in the Black Caps Test Squad for Africa for July 2016. Our president Mr Chunilal Mehta wished him warmest congratulations for his achievements; Mr Vijay Mody congratulated Mr Jeet Raval by honouring him with a flower bouquet. Mr Raval’s hard work, dedication & passion for NZ cricket is truly inspirational.

Mr Dilip Thakkar welcomed Mrs Ella Kumar and honoured her with flower bouquet. We thank Mrs Ella Kumar for providing an informative presentation on Diabetes in a very short period of time; it was very educational for all the members.

Mr Chunilal Mehta presented flower bouquet to Dir. Neelimaben Upadhyay. Neelimaben and her team performed a beautiful silent drama “Who Am I”. All the artists performed it with intense expressions; everyone enjoyed it and admired them.

Mr Kiritkumar Parikh provided a short speech on Matariki; it is a beautiful Maori festival.

Mr Chunilal Mehta invited all the members of sub committees on the stage and introduced them to all the members; please refer to "Our People" page on our website for the detail list of all the sub committees. Photograph session was also arranged for the new sub committees.

Mr Kiranbhai Sheth provided sweet for all the members. Meeting ended at 1pm after lunch

4. Jun, 2016

General Meeting

Our monthly meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 4th June 2016. As usual our program started with prayer followed by Birthday celebration of the members born in month of June and introduction of new members.

Mr Chunilal Mehta and Mrs Rashmikaben Patel honoured all the members who turned 80 years of age this birthday and all of them who are currently in early 80s by shawls and flower bouquets.

Thoughts of the day were delivered by Mr Dilip Thakkar and Mrs Jayshree Vyas.

A beautiful bhajan was sung by one of our new members Mrs Shinker Darshna, she has an excellent voice.

Mr Chunilal Mehta provided introduction of newly elected members of the executive committee and announced the portfolios allocated to them to ensure the committee is well organised. Mr Mehta appreciated the fantastic work done by the election committee under the guidance of Mr Surendrabhai Tapiyawala.

Mr Jasubhai Patel announced the names of the Entertainment committee members. A detail list of all the committee members will be uploaded on our website in the coming month.

Mr Chunilal Mehta acknowledged the work done by the previous Executive committee members and thanked them, as they have put in so much hard work to bring Gujarati Samaj NZ from ground up and turning it in to a big success. Their contribution to Gujarati Samaj NZ is unforgettable therefore we will be forever so grateful to the previous Executive Committee members.

Mr Chunilal Mehta honoured Mr Naresh Rana owner of Shreeji Foods with a flower bouquet and memento. Shreeji Foods has been providing the non-profit catering service to Gujarati Samaj NZ for many years and to this day they are providing food in all of our events. Mr Nareshbhai also said few words of appreciation.

All the members were reminded to provide their current contact details to ensure Gujarati Samaj NZ has the up to date information of all members for communication purposes.

Our special thanks to Mr Ashok Raval for bringing Fulwadi and Laddoo for all the members.

Program ended at 1pm after lunch.

7. May, 2016

AGM & Election

Our monthly meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 7th May 2016. As usual our program started with prayer followed by Birthday celebration of the members born in month of May and introduction of new members.

Election was held on this day and the following members were elected.

1 Chunilal Mehta
2 Dharmendra Mehta
3 Kiritkumar Parikh
4 Vijay Mody
5 Dilip Patel
6 Jasubhai Patel
7 Dilip Thakkar
8 Narhari Patel
9 Kaushikchandra Soni
10 Rashmikaben Patel
11 Anjanaben Tailor

Mr Surendra Tapiawala the Election Officer and the team (Mr Kaushik Kansara, Mr Dilipbhai J Patel, Mr Nayankumar Mistri, Mr Ashokbhai Shah, Mr Sureshbhai Trivedi, Mr Mahendra R Patel & Mr Amratlal Chapaneri) have done an extraordinary job and managed this event very well, a special thanks to all of them.

Sudhaben Rathod gave a very good speech on “Gujarat Sthapana Din”. Jasubhai and team sung a beautiful song on that occasion.

Annual general meeting was held on that day. Mr Chunilal Mehta thanked all the members for providing their support to strengthen Gujarati Samaj. Mr Suresh Modi gave details of all the activities and programmes done throghout the whole year of 2015-2016.

Mr Dilip Patel announced all the details of financial report the members approved it unanimously.

Our guest speaker Mr Mahendra Bindra the Member of Parliament provided information of the possible change in the government policy for the “Gold Card” and how it may affect all the elderly people today and in future. Mr Bindra advised the current benefits to all gold card holders and how it helps our elders. Mr Bindra asked the members of Gujarati Samaj NZ to provide their support to him so that he can take a stand in favour of retaining the existing policy in parliament.

Meeting ended at 1pm after lunch.

2. Apr, 2016

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 2nd April 2016. As usual our program started with prayer followed by Birthday celebration of the members born in month of April and introduction of new members.

Mr Suresh Modi gave speech on ANZAC Day. Mr Chunilal Mehta provided full details of annual general meeting & Election. Election will be held next month on 07th May 2016.

Sureshbhai Trivedi organised a wonderful program “Shabda Tarang Surawali” with the help of Mr Jasubhai Patel & Mr Dharmendra Mehta, nearly 50 members participated in this program. It was a beautiful program and everyone enjoyed it a lot.

Meeting ended at 1pm after lunch.

6. Feb, 2016

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 6th February 2016. As usual our program started with prayer followed by Birthday celebration of the members born in month of February and introduction of new members.

Mr.Chunilal Mehta provided a short speech on Vasant Panchami & Valentine’s Day. Mr.Suresh Modi talked about Waitangi Day and Chines New Year.

Mr.Vijay Modi provided full details to the members regarding the upcoming tour this month & Mr Dilip Thakkar gave details of Relay for life, Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. intend to participate again this year to fight against Cancer.

Mr.Gopal Bhatiya sang beautiful songs of Kishor Kumar and Prgnaben sang a nice Gujarati song.
Radhika & her group performed a wonderful dance programme based on patriotic songs.

Dhruvika & her group danced beautifully on Bollywood songs, it was a lovely performance.

Jasubhai Patel and Urmilaben Patel enacted on a Gujarati song to show everyday small & innocent disagreements between husband and wife. The song was “ Jhat jao Chandan Haar Laao ghunghat nahi kholu re” Everyone in the audience admired this act very much, they thoroughly enjoyed it.

A Chinese group of seventeen members showcased their beautiful cultural program. It was excellent; everyone had great fun and appreciated it very much.

Program ended after lunch at 1pm.

2. Jan, 2016

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 2nd January 2016. As usual our program started with prayer, thought of the day followed by Birthday celebration of the members born in month of January and introduction of new members.

We have organised two days and one night tour to Whangamata in March. Complete information regarding this was provided to all the members by Mr Dilip Thakkar.

Mr Chunilal Mehta provided a short speech on Republic day of India and a Kusumben sung a beautiful song according to this occasion.

We invited Mr Umesh Sharma and his team to perform on the stage of Gujarati Samaj NZ, they accepted the offer gracefully and showed their generosity by providing entertainment to our members free of charge. Mr Dharmendrabhai Mehta welcomed Umesh Sharma and his team with a bouquet of flowers. It was a beautiful musical program based on old Hindi film songs. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Umesh Sharma and his team: Arif, Joseph, Vinaben, Purshottam Merai & Dharmesh Parikh (sound). We really appreciate that they took some time out of their busy schedule to entertain our members.
We would also like to thank Dharmendrabhai, Jasubhai, Purshottambhai and other members of entertainment committee who work very hard to make this event possible.

Special thanks to Mrs Savitaben R Patel who donated $100 to Gujarati Samaj this month.

Special thanks to Mrs Hansaben Tailor who sponsored Gujarati savoury dish “Khaman”.

Meeting ended at 1pm after lunch.

19. Dec, 2015

Picnic

We organised a picnic for our members on 19/12/15 and booked 3 buses for more than 125 members. We first visited Iskcon Temple for one hour. We prayed there, enjoyed holy atmosphere and beautiful surroundings. Then we went to Muriwai Beach, everyone had great time and enjoyed beauty of the sea. Lunch was provided by Gujarati Samaj at the beach. We stayed there for about three hours, and on the way back all of us had ice cream at a strawberry farm. We returned back at 5pm, everyone was happy and had a lot of fun.

5. Dec, 2015

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 5th December 2015. The programme started with a prayer, thought of the day and birthday celebration of the members born in the month of December. New members introduced themselves to the existing members of Gujarati Samaj Nz Inc.

Rameshbhai Patel shared some stretching exercises that help us maintain our body’s health and keeps it flexible.

7 years old Kumari Meda the daughter of Shri Shiv & Smt Induben performed a beautiful dance number on “Om Mahaprana Deepam” song; everyone enjoyed it and appreciated it.

We organised “Gujarati Mushayro”. Here is the list of members who participated.
Jasubhai Patel, Surshbhai Trivedi, Purnimaben Modi, Dilipbhai Thakkar, Rajeshbhai Trivedi, Pragnaben Trivedi, Rameshbhai Patel, Dharmendrabhai Mehta, Jayshreeben Vyas and Urmilaben Patel.
All the above mentioned participants presented Gazals, Poetries, and Shayries etc. of Gujarati Literature. It was a great experience for everyone.

Our former president Mr. Vilyui Oz also participated from Australia by sending a beautiful Gazal of “Hanif Raja” which was presented by Mr. Chunilal Mehta. Dr. Nilimaben presented poetry and Deepakbhai presented a Gazal.

We also organised “Christmas Dhamal” It was dance performance based on Bollywood songs. The participants were Shresh Trivedi, Hemaben Trivedi, Dipak Patel, Alkaben Patel, Bharatbhai parikh, Diptiben Parikh, Dilip Thakkar, Meghna Thakkar, Rajesh Trivedi and Pragna Trivedi. It was a great programme.

Ashokbhai Shah and Bhagwatiben Shah brought ladoos and phulwadi for everybody that was served to all the members with lunch.

Programmes ended at 1:30pm

7. Nov, 2015

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 7rd November 2015. As usual our program started with prayer, thought of the day, introduction of our new members followed by Birthday celebration of the members born in month of November. Mr Sureshbhai Trivedi spoke few words on his birthday and wished happy Diwali to all the members.

Mr Chunilal Mehta wished Happy Diwali and Prosperous new year to all the members of Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. Jasuben Natali entertained members by singing a song, shared some interesting thoughts, shayri and jokes.

Radhika Lakshmi daughter or Mr Mukeshbhai Rana & Chhayaben Rana performed 3 beautiful dances. The performance was based on three different themes: Swagatam dance, Garbo & folk dance. This little 7 years old performer was introduced by Mr Suresh Bhai Trivedi. All the members were so delighted by the wonderful performance of Radhika Lakshmi that some of them rewarded her by giving her cash to encourage her.

Ashish Bhai Dave presented “Lok Dayro”. Duha, Chhand and folk songs were presented. Musicians: Mr Madhur Basant on tabla, Kishorbhai played harmonium and Jasubhai Patel supported with Dafali. It was absolutely wonderful performance; all the members enjoyed it very much and appreciated it.

There were two separate meals provided as it was “Agiyaras”. The special meal was organised for people who were fasting that day and usual meal for the rest of the members.

Program ended after lunch at 2pm.

3. Oct, 2015

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 3rd October 2015. As usual our program started with prayer, thought of the day followed by Birthday celebration of the members born in month of October.

Hiral Patel and her group presented garba, it was appreciated by all. It was very energetic and vibrant, the group performed it with such passion it was truly beautiful.

Special thanks to Jignaben ,her group of artists & orchestra for providing two hours voluntary service by presenting garba to the members of Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. All members joined in garba, enjoyed it very much and made the event memorable.

Special thanks to Vinaybhai Mehta for providing delicious sweet at lunch.

Special thanks to Mr Samit Mehta & Ritesh Patel for beautiful photography and videography.

Program ended after lunch at 2pm.

5. Sep, 2015

General Meeting & Programmes

On Saturday the 5th September 2015 at 10am our monthly meeting was held. The programs started with prayer as usual. Mrs Hansen Modi provided thought of the day. We also celebrated birthdays of members born in month of September.
We celebrated Teacher’s Day, Ganesh Chaturthi and Janmashtami. Mr Jasubhai Patel, Jasuben Natali, Kamalaben Parmar and others sang songs related to the occasion.
Hena Patel (Granddaughter of Shri Ramesh bhai Patel) and her friend Diya Shah presented a wonderful dance on the Bollywood songs of Lord Krishna, everyone appreciated it.
Our guest speakers Steven Davey & Vicky Davey the directors of just funeral provided important information about organising funeral, they provide funeral service at affordable prices.
Alkaben and her team presented wonderful “Nand utsav”. “Diwada Garbo” was beautifully performed by our members.
Kokilaben did a great job as anchor and the whole program was very good and well aforganised.
Meeting was overter lunch at 1pm.

1. Aug, 2015

Talent Night 2015

Shri Om Inc NZ organised Talent Night 2015 on Saturday the 1st August 2015 at Auckland Normal Intermediate Auckland NZ under the leadership of Alkaben, Sureshbhai Trivedi and members of our woman’s wing (Alkaben, Urmilaben, Minakshiben, Durgaben, Purnimaben, Bhagawatiben, Kalpanaben, Suhaben Rathod and Hansaben) participated in this program and they presented beautiful Diwada Garba on “Tara vina Shyam”. Rakhi and Radhika presented beautiful dance on the song “Maiya mori main nahi makhan khayo”.

1. Aug, 2015

General Meeting & Programmes

Our meeting was held at 10am on Saturday the 1st August 2015. As usual our program started with prayer, thought of the day by Nareshbhai followed by Birthday celebration of the members born in month of August.

We gave a tribute to our great president Dr. Abdul Kalam who passed away last
Sureshbhai Dave gave a short speech on the Independence Day of India. We remembered our martyrs who sacrifice their lift for the nation. On this occasion Alkaben and her group (Purnimaben Modi, Shobhanaben, Durgaben and Gayatriben) presented a very good “Nrutyanatika” based on film songs exhibiting the glory of India. Gayatriben acted as “Bharatmata”. Pragnaben, Kusumben,Vinaben,Ahokbhai Shah & Purushottambhai sung beautiful patriotic songs.

Dilip Thakkar welcomed our guest speaker Dr Vaishali Mona Verma by presenting a small bouquet and provided her introduction. Dr Vaishali Verma explained about “Heart Attack”, she discussed about what causes it and how to take care of ourselves after recovery. Dr Verma also explained about how to prevent it in the first place, as prevention is better than cure. Dr Verma provided very useful tips on how to change our lifestyle to stay healthy by choosing healthy diet, exercising regularly. Dr Verma also answered some questions that our members had regarding heart attack.

We celebrated “Rakshabandhan”; Mr Suresh Modi gave a short speech on this festival and explained the importance of this day. Jasuben Natali, Nitaben Kajariya & Jasubhai Patel sung beautiful songs related to the occasion.
Bhartiben from Zimbabwe and her group presented a wonderful fashion show followed by garba. It was an excellent program.

Mr Narhari Patel convenor of our Kitchen committee provided introduction of our volunteers and appreciated their work, as without them it’s impossible to organise and provide refreshments to all the members.

Special thanks to Smt. Kusumben Swami & Smt. Savitaben Ramjibhai Patel for sponsoring delicious lunch with sweet.

Our programs ended at 1:30pm

4. Jul, 2015

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly program was held on Saturday the 04/07/2015; as usual it started with prayer and followed by birthday celebration of the members born in the month of July.

Members of Gujarati Samaj NZ mourn the death of our member Mr Prakash Shah who passes away last month. In this time of sorrow we prayed for his family in grief and for his soul to rest in peace.

We celebrated “Matariki” the festival of Maori people by getting understanding and knowledge about it. Mr Suresh Modi provided complete information about this festival.

We showed our respect to our honourable member Mr Saurabh Majmundar who turned 80 by giving him bouquet and shawl.

We raised fund of $1051 for the Nepal earthquake and the cheque was handed over to the president of the Nepal Association in Auckland Mr Uddhav Adhikari. He thanked Gujarati Samaj NZ for helping people of Nepal.

Dr Neelima Upadhyay and her group presented wonderful “Nrutya Natika” based on the Hindi film songs; she covered all aspects of the human life and tried to give knowledge with fun and joy.

Jignaben and her group presented a very good program based on Gujarati songs and Mrs Neelaben Karadia sang a beautiful Gujarati Song too.

Special thanks to Dr Neelimaben for sponsoring lunch for this meeting.

Special thanks to Shri Ritesh Patel and Shri Dramendrabhai Mehta for preparing DVDs for Gujarati Samaj NZ along with Jasubhai Patel , Narhari Patel, Suresh Dave, Urmilaben and other members for helping them.

Program ended around 1:30pm after lunch.

6. Jun, 2015

General Meeting & Programmes

Our Monthly meeting was held on 06/06/2015 at 10am. More than 125 members were present. Program started with prayer. We celebrated Birthday for some of our members. Some members were absence due to sickness; we wished them get well soon.

A group of children presented a wonderful dance performance under the guidance of Apekshaben.

A beautiful program of “Geet Gunjan” based on old Hindi film songs was presented by our members. Performers are Geetaben Shah, Pragnaben Trivedi, Rajeshbhai Trivedi, Purshottambhai, Ashokbhai Shah, Nitaben Kajariya, and Alkaben Patel, Neela ben Kardiya, Kantibhai Vyas, Dharmendrabhi Mehta, Jayshreeben Vyas, Jayeshbhai Patel, Dhruv Shah, Dhansukhbhai, Saurabh Majmundar and Jayantibhai Mehta.

Special thanks to Shri Jayantibhai Mehta for sparing their valuable time for the participants to help them with practise.

Jasubhai, Dharmendrabhai, Alkaben, Purshottambhai and others went out of their way to help all the participants and provided their full support to make the event successful. Thanks to all.

The program ended at 1pm after lunch.

10. May, 2015

The Grand Senior Citizens Ball 2015

The Grand Senior Citizens Ball 2015 was organised by Soni Mudaliar & Ellakumar on 10/05/2015 at Mahatma Gandhi Hall in Auckland. Nearly 500 senior citizens from different organisations attended this red carpet event. More than 100 members of Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. also attended this event. It was a memorable event as all the members from different organisations had an opportunity to meet one another on the same platform and share ideas. A welcome drink followed by three course meal was provided to everyone, there was dance, music and wonderful environment for people to enjoy. We appreciate the support and help provided by all the volunteers, without them this event would not have been possible. We would like to thank Soni Mudaliar, Ellakumar and all the Volunteers for organising such an excellent event, it has been remarkable and a very successful event. We would like say a big thank you to all the members of Gujarati Samaj who attended this red carpet event, you provide the inspiration and drive for everyone to keep organising great events and programs like this, thank you for being there.

2. May, 2015

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held on 02/05/2015 and about 120 members attended as usual. We kept one minute silence in remembrance of all the people who lost their lives due to earthquake in Nepal and India. We prayed for them and appealed to our members to raise fund for the survivors.

Our program started with thought of the day. We celebrated birthday of all our members who were born in month of May. Jaswantiben cut the cake.

1rst May is the formation day of Gujarat State. Chunilal Mehta provided information about Garvi Gujarat. Jasubhai and Dharmendrabhai sang two beautiful songs with Urmilaben, Pragnaben and Rajeshbhai; ‘Jay Jay Garvi Gujarat’ & ‘Gujarat hai amratdhara Gujarati sabse nyara’.

Our guest Ellakumar & Soni Mudaliar provided information about the grand senior citizen’s ball 2015. It is a red carpet event for the seniors; nearly a hundred of our members have registered their names to participate in this event which is going to be held on Sunday the 10th May 2015.

Annual General meeting was held today, Suresh Modi presented the report of all the activities and programs were organised by our organisation in the last year and also provided a report on administrative work. Dilip Patel presented the financial report and members approved it unanimously.

We honoured all our seniors who are 80 years of age and above by presenting them bouquet of flowers and shawls. Here’s the list of seniors honoured by Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc.

Mrs Jaswantiben Patel honoured by Mrs Alkaben Patel
Mr Kiranbhai Sheth honoured by Mr Dilip Patel
Mr Surendrabhai Tapiyawala honoured by Mr Suresh Modi
Mrs Niranben Tapiyawala honoured by Mrs Urmilaben Patel
Mrs Bhanumatiben R. Patel honoured by Mrs Prgnaben Trivedi
Mr Gagjibhai Taank honoured by Mr Kiritbhai Parikh
Mr Chaitanya Prasad Patel honoured by Mr Jitendrabhai Bhatt

We also celebrated ANZAC day. Sureshbhai Modi provided detail information related to this event.

Alkaben Patel & Mrs Neelaben Kajariya sang a beautiful song related to mother’s day “Janani ni jod” to celebrate this special day. Neela Karadiya also presented beautiful Gujarati melody at the end.

We received donations for our organisation from the following members.

$251 from Mrs Bhanumatiben R. Patel
$151 from Mr Surendrabhai Tapiyawala & Mrs Niranben Tapiyawala
$101 from Mr Rajeshbhai Trivedi
$84 from Mr Gagjibhai Taank

Mrs. Bhanumatiben R. Patel provided Jalebi (Sweets) to all the members, programme ended at 1:15pm after lunch.

We would like to thank all our members for their support and cooperation. Thank you very much everyone.

4. Apr, 2015

General Meeting & Programmes

Our Monthly meeting was held on 04/04/2015 at 10am. More than 115 members were present. Program started with prayer. We welcomed new members and celebrated Birthday for some of our members. Our former vice president Mr Ramesh Bhai Patel and his wife Mrs Ushaben Patel returned to New Zealand after a long stay in India, all members welcomed them.

Mr Dilip Thakkar provided details of Relay for life. Our team walked for 18 hours on 28th and 29th April 2015, he shared the experience of that event.

Our honourable guest speaker Mrs Nilima Vyankat, the project manager of Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust talked about “Older Abuse” and provided detail information. Our members had an opportunity to ask questions after her speech and Mrs Vyankat answered all the questions in detail and also provided guidance about how to be more aware about this issue and how we can protect ourselves and get help when required. We would like to thank Mrs Nilima Vyankat for her time and we appreciate that she shared her knowledge and made us more aware about older abuse.

Mr Balchandra Bhatt and his team provided excellent Bhakti sangeet program and sung Bhajans based on classical music with his daughter who played harmonium, Mr Jayantibhai Mehta and Mr Jasubhai Patel supported him on the stage. All the members enjoyed this wonderful program.

Mrs Ushaben Patel’s son gave a surprise to her as it was her birthday on that day. He provided Jalebi (Indian sweet) to all our members to celebrate.

The program ended at 1pm after lunch.

28. Mar, 2015

Relay For Life

Members of Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. took part in Relay for Life that was held In North Shore, Auckland on 28/03/2015. Relay for Life is an inspiring community event where everyone celebrates cancer survivors and carers. People who attend this event remember loved ones lost to cancer; and fight back by raising awareness and funds to support the work of the Cancer Society. Anyone can take part in the Relay. Teams come from businesses, companies, friends and families, schools, sport clubs etc.

Relay began with a moving opening ceremony, with cancer survivors and carers leading the first lap of the event. In our team Mrs Avani Trivedi our brave survivor and her husband and carer Mr Ashish Trivedi was leading the first lap followed by our team members. The Relay was for 18 hours of continuous walk on the track; our team prepared a roaster for walking and took turns so everyone gets enough rest. When they're not on the track, team enjoyed a festive, family-friendly environment with heaps of activities and entertainment. Later in the evening, a Candlelight Ceremony was held to remember love ones affected by cancer by placing Personally-inscribed candle bags around the track, and entire Relay venue was glowing because of their light. Team members continued to walk through the night. In the morning, our team come together with other teams for an inspiring Closing Ceremony. Team members walked through the night symbolises that cancer never sleeps.

Guajarati Samaj NZ Inc. raised nearly $3000 donation for Relay for life, Mr Ashish Trivedi donated $1000 for the Relay and other members donated the rest of the money. We would have not been able to attend this event without the help of our hardworking volunteers. Mr Dilip Thakkar, captain of our team and Mr Suresh Modi, Vice-Captain did excellent job at organising this whole event, they have taken care of all the smallest detail and made everyone comfortable. We would like to thank Samit Mehta & Tushar Thakkar for picking up our members from their homes and dropping them back home after the event, they also helped us to move all our gears to our site at the Relay for life venue, we have been very lucky to have their incredible support. Our Photographer Mr Dharmedrabhai Mehta has covered the whole event, taken beautiful photos and videos of the relay; he has done a great job.

Our Team for the Relay : Dilip Thakkar, Suresh Modi, Chunilal Mehta, Kirit Parikh, Suresh Dave, Narhari Patel, Satish Patel, Suresh Trivedi, Bhikhubhai Purabiya, Amratlal Champaneri, Vithalbhai Parmar, Amit Munshi, Navinbhai Tailor, Ashokbhai Shah, Ashokbhai Raval, Dipak Patel, Dharmendrabhai Mehta, Dilip Patel, Jashubhai Patel, Prakash Shah, Alkaben Patel, Shudha Mehta, Kruti Mehta, Kalpanaben Shah.

Mr Sureshbhai Trivedi came second in the competition at the Relay For Life as he did 114 laps around the track.

We would like to thank all the members of Gujarati Samaj NZ for their support, without their help we would have not be able to take part and raise funds for the fight against cancer, we appreciate their continues support.

22. Mar, 2015

Picnic

A group of 110 seniors from Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. visited Kawakawa Bay nearly 65kms away from Auckland city; it took about one hour and fifteen minutes by bus to get there. Due to the good weather conditions on that beautiful Sunday morning the group enjoyed whole day picnic. We did some activities such as music, singing songs, jokes etc .It was a nice experience for the group to see the scenery. There were more than twelve guests members who came first time to our picnic and they gave their introduction to the rest of the group. Sureshbhi Trivedi, Dharmendra Mehta, Purshottambhai Tailor, Sudhaben Rathod, Alkaben patel and her team and some guests gave performances. Lunch was provided by Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. We returned back to Auckland at 5pm. The picnic was well organised by Dilip Thakkar, Kirit Parikkkh,Suresh Modi & Dilip Patel. Lunch was arranged by Narhari Patel,Satishbhai Patel,Dhirubhai Tarpara & Natubhai Patel . Thanks to every one including other dedicate volunteers who made this picnic possible and enjoyable for everybody.

7. Mar, 2015

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held on 07/03/2015; about 125 members attended the meeting. Mr Dilip Thakkar welcomed and introduced our honourable guest speaker Mr Ajay Kumar the director of Global Finance Services Ltd, he has won two IBA awards. Mr Ajay Kumar provided detail information about mortgage and insurance, he also explained how to save interest on the loans and how to get right insurance at the right price, how to pay off loans faster etc. Mr Ajaykumar is our well-wisher; he has offered help and support whenever required.

We celebrated two festivals in this meeting, Ramnavami & Holi. Mr Jasubhai Patel and Mr Dharmendra Mehta sang beautiful Bhajans. Yoginiben, Urmilaben and Jasubhai sang beautiful song “Aai Holi Faguni”

Mrs Alkaben Patel and her team provided wonderful Holi programme based on songs, music and dance. All the participants performed very well. Thank you to all of you. (Names of the participants: Alkaben, Diptiben, Minakshiben, Bhavanaben,Hemaben, Hansaben, Chandrikaben, Rashmikaben, Sudhaben Rathod, Jayshreeben Vyas, Falguniben, Radhika, Sureshbhai Trivedi, Prakashbhai, Dhruv and Narharibhai ) Other members from the audience also joined the programme after a while.

Suryabalaben and Apeksha ben provided sweats to everybody to celebrate their birthday with all the members. Jasvantiben Patel surprised Suryabalaben by providing birthday cake for her.

Programmes ended after lunch at 1pm. It was great programme and everyone enjoyed it and a good time.

7. Feb, 2015

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held on Saturday the 07th February 2015 at 10am. More than hundred members were present. We celebrated Maha Shivratri, Waitangi day & Valentine’s Day.

Mr Chunilal Mehta gave a speech on Maha Shivratri. It is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva. It is the day Shiva was married to Parvati. Mr Mehta provided details about this festival and explained about the hidden message and knowledge we receive from it. Mr Dharmendra Mehta sang a beautiful Shiva Bhajan.

Mr Suresh Modi gave a speech on Waitangi Day. It is a significant day in the history of New Zealand. It is a public holiday held each year on 6 February to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document, on that date in 1840. Mr Modi provided further details about the importance of this day in his speech.

Mr Kirit Parikh gave speech on Valentine’s Day. Saint Valentine's Day is also known as Valentine's Day. It is an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other. It is celebrated on February the 14th each year in many countries around the world; however it is not a holiday in most of them. Mr Parikh explained more about this day in his speech.

Mr Dilip Thakkar is captain of our Relay for life team. He approached the audience on behalf of the whole team to provide donation for the cancer society.

We (Most Indians) believe in “Shakti Upasana”. We are the devotees of Goddesses like Saraswati, Laxmi, Amba, durga & Kali. We find all these Shakti (Powers) in women. This was beautifully expressed by a stage performance that showed the different forms of a woman, such as Mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend etc. Mrs Alkaben patel organised this programme very well and Mrs Kokilaben Dave did good anchoring. Performers: Mrs Alkaben Patel, Mrs Jayshreeben Vyas, Mrs Durgaben Purabiya, Mrs Hemaben Trivedi, Mrs Nimishaben Prajapati, Mrs Diptiben Parikh, Mr Sureshbhai Trivedi & Mr Kantilal Vyas. Child performers: Vanshi, Janki, Kavya & Manit. All participants performed very well. The program was based on Music, dance and beautiful Gujarati songs.

All members were very happy and enjoyed very much. Program ended after lunch at 1pm.

25. Jan, 2015

Picnic

Gujarati Samaj New Zealand Inc. organised a picnic on 25th January 2015 to Cornwallis Beach. It is a beautiful beach. Nearly 100 members were present. This picnic was well organised by Mr Dilip Thakkar, Mr Kirit Parikh and Mr Suresh Modi. Excellent lunch arrangement was done by Mr Narhari Patel and Mr Satish Patel. Everyone enjoyed a nice stroll on the beach surrounded by beautiful and breathe taking scenery. We also did few activities, played games, Antakshari, danced and some members did garba too. It was a memorable trip.

3. Jan, 2015

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held on 3rd Jan 2015 at 10am; more than hundred members were present. The program started with Mr Dilip Thakkar’s thought of the day on “Friendship”.

Gujarati Samaj New Zealand Inc. hosted two minute silence in remembrance of our member Mrs Minaben Pathak’s husband Mr Kamleshbhai Pathak who recently passed away. Our thoughts are with Mrs Minaben Pathak and her family; we pray that God gives them strength to cope with this difficult time.

Our guest speaker Mrs Uma Chopra discussed about the importance of Yoga and Pranayama in our life and how we could benefit from them. Mrs Chopra showed how to perform pranayama systematically. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Uma Chopra for taking some time out of her busy schedule to spent some time with our members and provide this important information that can help improve our health significantly. We really appreciate this and are very grateful for her help.

We celebrated Indian republic day Mr Dharmendrabhai Mehta sang a patriotic song “Ae mere pyare vatan”, it was a very emotional moment for everyone present at the time. Mr Sureshbhai Modi presented a speech on Indian republic day and explained the difference between the Independence Day and Republic day as these are the most important days for every Indian.

Gujarati Samaj New Zealand Inc. gave tribute to Mahatma Gandhi who is also known as “Father of the nation” and “Bapu”. He lived, worked and died for the Nation. Under his leadership India got its independence. Today, whole world remembers him and gets inspired by his life. Mr Ashokbhai Shah sang a wonderful song describing the whole life of Mahatma Gandhi.

There was special thirty minute program to give tribute to a great actor and playback singer of Indian cinema Mr K L Saigal (Mr Kundan Lal Saigal). He was considered as first “Superstar” of Indian cinema in his career from 1930s to 1947. Mr Saurabh bhai Majmundar sang most popular songs or Mr K L Saigal. It was an other worldly experience for the audience. It was an extraordinary program and every one enjoyed it.

The program ended after lunch at around 1pm.

6. Dec, 2014

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held on 06/12/2014. Nearly 100 members were present under the leadership Mrs Alkaben Patel and her team, they organised a special program “Christmas Dhamal”. Many members took part in this program. They danced and sang songs; it was a great a fun. There was an open session of thirty minutes where members from the audience can come on the stage and share their views in three minutes on any subject that is useful for the society. The idea behind this was to empower them to speak on the stage and build up confidence in them. Members took part and enjoyed. We celebrated Christmas. The program ended after lunch, Everyone had great time.

Nov. 22, 2014

Picnic

On 22nd November 2014 Gujarati Samaj New Zealand Inc. organised a picnic for the members. Three buses were organised to take 140 members to the famous Shakespeare Beach. Everyone enjoyed whole day outing that included site seeing, music, dance, Garba, Antakshari, and other activities. This trip was well organised by Dilipbhai Thakkar and his team. Sureshbhai Trivedi and Jasubhai Patel entertained everyone and kept everyone involved in the activities. Lunch was organised by Narharibhai and Satishbhai with the help of other volunteers. Suryabala ben provided Sweet (Ladoo) to all the members. Overall this was a very enjoyable trip, everyone had great time and we thank all the members for making this trip successful.

Nov. 8, 2014

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held on 8th November 2014 at 10am. It was our social gathering after Diwali. Members wished “Saal Mubarak” (Happy New Year) to each other. Nearly 180 members attended the event.

Our guest speaker Dr Mauli Modi is a registered Dentist in Auckland. Dr Modi provided a speech regarding our dental health and discussed problems related to it amongst children, youth and elderly people. Dr Modi also provided some tips to prevent these problems and also provided solutions for basic general dental issues. Dr Modi congratulated Guajarati Samaj New Zealand for doing the wonderful work for the community and wished happy New Year to all. Dr Modi has declared 20% discount on dental treatment in her clinic for the members of Gujarati Samaj New Zealand and their families. We take this opportunity to thank Dr Mauli Modi to spare some time for our members and sharing her knowledge of dental health.

Half yearly newsletter of Gujarati Samaj New Zealand was published and distributed to all the members showing the activities done in the last six months and congratulating all the participants.

Just before lunch few of our members entertained everybody by singing some songs, lunch was served straight after and delicious cream salad was offered by Mrs Dharti Raj Shukla.

It was a very informative and enjoyable event, everyone had great time, Meeting ended at 2:30pm

Oct. 4, 2014

General meeting and Navaratri Utsav

Our monthly meeting was held on 4rth October 2014 at 10am. We celebrated Navaratri Utsav, more than 200 members including seniors, youth and children took part in this celebration. All the arrangements were well organised by Mr Dilip Thakkar.

Our fund rising committee was able to collect donation of total $6400 for Gujarati Samaj New Zealand Inc. under the leadership of Mr Dilip Thakkar and Mr Dilip Patel and all the Donors were invited to attend Navratri Utsav.

Mr Dilip Patel welcomed our honourable guests with bouquets

Our Donors: (Mr Hasmukh Patel $5000, Bank Of Baroda $500,Globle Finance $500,Eco Travels $200, Yogiji's food Mart $200)

There were also a prize giving ceremony at the end of the programme and prizes were provided to the best performers from seniors, youth and children.

Our sponsors for prizes: (RoopDarshan,Gayatri Parivar,Hiren Thakkar)

Our member Mr Narhari Patel’s son Mr Mitesh Patel gifted sweaters to all the winners and aprons to all the ladies attended the program including all the participants and audience.

Judges Panel: Vinaybhai, Dharmesh, Kamini & Unnati

Winners of Navaratri Utsav - Seniors: Mr Sureshbhai Trivedi & Mrs Purnima Modi, Youth:Darshit Trivedi and Dharti, Children:Jush and Krishna, Overall erformance: Mrs Devilaben, Special award: Radhika as Lord Krishna, Performed at our mashtami Utsav

Prizes were given by Mr Dilip Thakkar to all the winners and Mr Narharibhai Patel distributed sweaters to all the winners.

Vinaybhai , Jignaben, Jasubhai, Alkaben ,Dhruv, all the other artists and musicians worked hard and provided their support make this event successful.

At the end of the program Mr Kirit Parikh thanked all the donors and artists for their support.

Mr Narharibhai Patel and Mr Satishbhai Patel made an excellent arrangement for lunch.

Mr Dharmendra Mehta and Mr Dilip Patel has taken excellent photos and videos of the programme and theses can be viewed on our website.

Meeting and the program ended at 3pm, it was a very joyful experience for everyone and it was a wonderful program.

Sep. 6, 2014

General meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held on Saturday the 06/09/2014 at 10am. Two programmes were organised. The first one was organised by our Youth & Children Wing. Devansh Vyas presented four Hindi songs and musical melody composed by himself. Devansh is a multitalented personality, he is not only a good singer and music composer, but he is also an intelligent IT student who takes IT lessons in the same school he studies to be a finance professional.

The second programme was presented by our Women’s Wing under the guidance of Mrs Alkaben Patel and Mr Jasubhai Patel. It was a great drama based on “Janmashtami” festival. Our members played different characters such as Ashokbhai as Vasudev, Bhagavatiben as Devki, Radhika as Krishna, Rakhiben as Yashoda, Dharmendrabhai as Nand, Urmilaben as Sunanda, Bhavanaben, Hansaben, and Durgaben as Gopis. All members did justice to the characters, it was a great effort by everyone and it was very well performed. Other members from the audience played a part of all the people who danced and celebrated birth of Lord Shri Krishna. The whole environment was filled with purity, joy and love and the feeling of oneness.

The programme ended at 2pm after lunch. We really appreciate everybody who contributed to make this event successful.

Aug. 9, 2014

Raas Garaba

Gujarati Samaj Nz Inc. presented Raas Garaba under the leadership of Mrs Alkaben Patel supported by Mr Jasubhai Patel at the Talent Night 2014 organised by Shri Om Inc. on 09/08/2014. The participants were Alkaben, Bhagvatiben, Diptiben, Gayatriben, Urmilaben, Durgaben, Rashmikaben, Jasubhai & Dhruv. Photos were taken by Mr Dharmendrabhai Mehta. It was very entertaining and beautiful programme.

Aug. 2, 2014

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held on 2nd august 2014 at 10am. We celebrated Rakshabandhan and 68th Independence Day of India.

Rakshabandhan is a social festival. “Rakhi” is a symbol of a sister’s love for her brother. A sister ties “Rakhi” on her brother’s hand and prays to God for her brother’s safety, long life and protection from evil energy. In return a brother gives gifts to her and promises to protect her and take care of her for the rest of her life.

Indian Independence day is a national festival, on this occasion we salute Indian flag. We pay gratitude for all the sacrifices made by freedom fighters and we honour our martyrs who lost their lives.

Bhavanaben became “Bharatmata” and the songs based on patriotism and “Rakhi” were sung by our members. Our Women Wing presented traditional “Rasgaraba”.

The wonderful program ended after lunch at 1pm

Jul. 5, 2014

General Meeting & Programmes

Our monthly meeting was held on 5th July 2014 at 10am. The wonderful program was presented by Dr.Nileemaben and her team; based on the spiritual philosophy “Dekh Tamasha Lakadika”. They showed the importance of the ‘wood’ in our life, from birth to death through an excellent dance drama (Nrutyanatika). They indirectly conveyed the message so beautifully to everyone “To save our forests and keep our environment clean and green”. The rest of the musical program was well organised by Mr.Jasubhai Patel and well performed by our members. We celebrated “Matariki” the New Year of Maori people and “Ramzaan” the holy month of Muslims by giving good wishes to them and getting knowledge about these festivals from Mr Suresh Modi. We also celebrated “Gurupurnima”. ‘Guru’ means those who show us the right way of living and teach us how to make our life happy and prosperous. This was explained by Mr Chunilal Mehta by providing an example of Lord Dattatraya and his twenty four Gurus. Meeting ended after lunch at 1pm.

Jun. 7, 2014

General Meeting & Programmes

Every month Gujarati Samaj NZ organises a programme on a particular theme, this month members of our women’s wing showcased a drama based on Indian traditional wedding ceremony. A newlywed couple Mr Narhari and Phalguni Patel took part in this drama as bride and groom and remarried on the stage of Gujarati Samaj , all the Gujarati traditions were beautifully performed with music, dance , traditional songs (Phatana). All the characters were showcased so beautifully by the performers; it was a wonderful experience for the audience.

May. 3, 2014

General Meeting & Election

A general meeting was organised on 03/05/2014 and election took place for the Executive committee. Mr Suresh Trivedi proposed to keep existing executive committee to continue for the next two years and this proposal was supported by Mr Dilip Thakkar. All the members of Gujarati Samaj NZ Inc. reposed trust in the members of the Executive committee for doing good work by re-electing them unanimously.

Apr. 5, 2014

General Meeting & Programmes

A general meeting was organised on 05/04/2014. The president welcomed all the members and appreciated their support and hard work for the year. Secretary provided the annual report for all the programmes and activities. Treasurer provided the last years account and it was accepted by all the members. Announcement was made for the next election of the executive committee for the next two years; 03/05/2014 was decided for election. Members who wanted to take part in election were invited to fill out the form then the rest of the entertainment programmes continued by the members of Gujarati Samaj NZ.