Anxious wait for discussion with Indian High Commissioner Muktesh Pardeshi

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Group Discussion tomorrow, Saturday, January 29 at 3 pm NZT (7.30 am IST) Click here to join.

India’s High Commissioner to New Zealand Muktesh Pardeshi (INL Photo by Narendra Bedekar)

Venkat Raman
Auckland, January 28, 2022

If the ‘expression of interest’ and the number of questions that we have received are any indication, a large number of people of Indian origin anxiously await to virtually meet and hear India’s High Commissioner to New Zealand tomorrow, Saturday, January 29, 2022.

The Group Discussion, organised by ‘Indians Living in Auckland Facebook Group,’ and Indian Newslink, is being co-hosted by the Wellington-based Indian High Commission.

Mr Pardeshi, who is concurrent High Commissioner to Samoa and Cook Islands, is one of the most active diplomats that the communities in New Zealand have experienced in more than a decade. His penchant for strengthening the bond between New Zealand and India, matched by an equal passion for protecting and promoting the interests of people of Indian origin have made him highly popular. He has championed the cause of the migrant Indian workers, students and other visitors from India since his tenure began on August 1, 2019.

Indians Living in Auckland Facebook Group and Indian Newslink have received a high volume of questions relating largely to (1) Indians stranded in India since the past two years (2) Financial hardships faced by Indian nationals in New Zealand as a result of Covid-19 (3) Help in getting the Parent Visa Category opened (4) The possibility of a Bubble Agreement for unrestricted travel between New Zealand and India (5) Supporting the Pathway to Residency Programme (6) Facilitating businesses to operate in India in the absence of a Free Trade Agreement (7) Amnesty for overstayers in New Zealand (8) Support to international students from India (9) Promoting the Indian Diaspora (10)

About the Discussion

The Discussion is a part of the joint efforts to foster positive and constructive discussions regularly with diplomats, ministers, parliamentarians, community leaders and others.

Rashna Tata, a popular community leader, will moderate the discussion and present questions to Mr Pardeshi on behalf of members of the Group, readers of Indian Newslink and other guests. Nitin Suri, an IT expert, will manage the technical aspects of the programme.

The event will be available on Facebook and YouTube later.

Mr Pardeshi will endeavour to answer as many questions as possible.

Questions have already been received and grouped for submission at the Discussion

Some ground rules

  1. Please mute your audio and disable your video. This compliance is mandatory
  2. There will no discussions on politics or religion; no name-calling and no derogatory remarks on any person
  3. Supplementary questions may be asked on the chat line during the Discussion but they will be chosen subject to time and other constraints
  4. The Team Meetings Administrator reserves the right to remove anyone who violates the conditions

Following is the live link to the Discussion with Indian High Commissioner. The Facebook Group will be open from 2.50 pm on Saturday, January 29, 2022.
If you need any further clarification, please email
Please click the following link (or the link mentioned on top of this story) to join the Discussion:

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