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TV stars shine on Indian Business Awards

Two well-known television personalities and a successful event manager and compere would be on stage at the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards (IBA) 2010 Black Tie Dinner and Awards Presentation Night due to be held at Stamford Plaza Hotel on November 15, 2010.

Alastair Wilkinson and Carolyn Robinson of TV3 and former IBM Marketing Manager Andrew Liell will form the trinity of Masters of Ceremonies at the popular annual event.

Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand, Lady Satyanand, Prime Minister John Key, Trade Minister Tim Groser, Opposition Leader Phil Goff and Indian High Commissioner Retired Admiral Sureesh Mehta will be among the Guests of Honour.

With the attendance of Ministers, Members of Parliament and 500 top manufacturers, entrepreneurs, traders, consultants and professionals, IBA Awards Night is among the premier events in New Zealand’s business calendar.

Media Works Limited (incorporating TV3 and other companies) Group Managing Director Sussan Turner said such awards schemes went a long way in encouraging and motivating businesses to lift their performance levels.

“New Zealand has a growing Indian business community and it is important to ensure that they are recognised for their success. I am happy that Indian Newslink took the initiative of establishing the Awards two years ago. I am also happy that TV3 has become a partner sponsoring the Best Businesswoman of the Year category this year,” she said.

News & Current Affairs Director Mark Jennings said small to medium sized businesses were important segments of the economy and the key drivers of future growth.

“We should give them more emphasis in our overall news coverage. We must acknowledge and celebrate their success. We are happy that Indian Newslink took the initiative two years ago and 3News is delighted to be involved with IBA for the second successive year,” he said.

Mr Jennings said he and his team were very appreciative of the viewing support that TV3 programmes in general and 3News and ‘Campbell Live’ in particular received from the wider Indian community in Auckland and other places.

“It is also important for our programmes to be in touch with the sectors that will propel us out of the recession,” he said.

Ms Robinson said she was excited to be involved in IBA 2010.

“I am looking forward to learning the great achievements of enterprises within the Indian business community and witnessing many of them awarded,” she said.

Mr Wilkinson said he had heard about the success of IBA 2009.

“Hence, I was happy when asked to be a Master of Ceremonies this year. I am looking forward to the event,” he said.

Mr Liell said he had developed a warm and close relationship with the Indian IT industry and the business community in Fiji.

“I have enjoyed my role as an MC at many of their conventions and conferences. I am thrilled to perform a similar role at IBA 2010,” he said.

Mr Liell has had a long and successful career in marketing for IBM, and is fond of Indian food, Kingfisher beer and Cricket.

Tickets, priced at $300 per couple, including a full Indian Menu are currently on sale but the organisers said only a few of them are left.

Please contact us on (09) 5336377 Email: info@indiannewslink.co.nz

Our Sponsors & Awards

The National Bank of New Zealand (Title Sponsor)

Best Small Business and Supreme Business of the Year

East Tamaki Healthcare: Best Large Business

WAML Group & Teledata Informatics: Best Medium Business

Stamford Plaza Hotel: Best Business Innovation

Patton Limited: Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Millennium Group: Best Restaurant Business

Kalamazoo Group: Best Professional Services Business

Supreme Sikh Council: Best Retailer Business

Dream World New Zealand Limited: Best Exporter to India Business

Radio Tarana: Best Marketing Excellence

TV 3 (Media Works Ltd): Best Businesswoman of the Year

Our Panel of Judges

Chad Wilkie, Executive Director, Ignition Partner Limited (Convenor)

Adrian Dixon, Business Consultant

Chip Dawson, Managing Director, International Business Management Ltd

Dr Claire McGowan, Managing Director, Commercialisation Advisers Ltd

David Hawkins, Associate Professor, Unitec School of Design

Nevil Gibson, Editor-in-Chief, The National Business Review

Peter Bradley, Managing Director, Qatalyst BioConsulting

Ray Knight, Director, SPI Capital

Steve Corbett, Chief Executive, e-Centre Ltd, Massey University

Tony Bacon, Sector and Partner Manager, Vodafone NZ

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