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Leaders gather to launch our Election pages

The fact that the two main political parties of the country accord importance and attention to the Indian community and Indian Newslink was evident at the launch of Electionlink on two distinct events held at Pullman Hotel in Auckland.

Our honoured guests

Prime Minister John Key, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins, Building & Construction Minister Maurice Williamson, Pacific Island Affairs Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-liga, several National MPs, National Party President Peter Goodfellow, several top officials of the Party and other guests were present for the Launch on April 1, which we termed ‘National Evening’ for a few other guests.

Labour Party Leader David Cunliffe, his fellow Members of Parliament including Phil Goff and Dr Rajen Prasad, Labour Party Vice-President Robert Gallagher, party officials and supporters attended the Launch, which we called, ‘Labour Evening’ on April 2.

There were a few guests who were present at both events.

The National Scene

Mr Key appeared cool and confident, with his usual smile and friendly chat with guests. Prior launching to Electionlink (Page 6), he said that he was contesting for the third term based on the ‘excellent performance’ of his Government, sound fiscal management with a possible budget surplus, increasing employment, and other positive factors.

“We look forward to taking New Zealand and the economy to higher levels of development if we are elected to form the next Government,” he said.

Mr Joyce was cautious not to sound ‘too confident’ as the National Campaign Manager. He said, “We know the people have the right to determine what is best for them and the country. We will campaign well,” he said.

Ms Collins outlined the importance of the Indian community saying that she was proud that people of Indian origin have done well as businesspersons and professionals.

The Labour Assertion

Mr Cunliffe was also confident that his Party would be able to form the Government with the Green Party and perhaps other minor entities, since, according to him, people were “tired of rising costs of everything, ranging from mortgage rates and food prices to electricity bills.

“New Zealanders have suffered enough and want a change. Labour will lead a responsible Government and put common people first. Our ‘Best Start’ and ‘KiwiBuild’ are just two packages that will support our people,” he said.

Later, he also launched Electionlink (Page 7).

Indian Newslink Managing Director Ravin Lal and Radio Tarana Managing Director Robert Khan outlined the coverage that this newspaper will provide for the ensuing elections, with opportunities for all political parties to promote their policies and programmes. Mr Khan said that Radio Tarana will conduct Opinion Polls with this newspaper as done in the past elections.

With the official launch of Electionlink, readers of this newspaper and Radio Tarana listeners will also have a platform to voice their opinions on issues of importance to them.

John Key after launching Electionlink poses with Victory Sign with his cabinet and party colleagues on April 1, 2014


David Cunliffe with his MPs, Party officials and guests on April 2 at Pullman Hotel Auckland where he launched Electionlink displaying determination to win

Pictures by Narendra Bedekar (Creative Eye)

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