We welcome our heroes in Sports, Community, Arts and Culture

To enter the Ninth Annual Indian Newslink Awards 2023

Venkat Raman
Auckland, March 15, 2023

Our achievers in sports, community, arts and culture have avenues for recognition- their educational institutions, clubs, associations and other social and community service organisation, adding to which is the Indian Newslink version.

The Indian Newslink Sports, Community, Arts and Culture Awards Programme is a unique proposition- it transcends across all the people of Indians from India,  Fiji-Indians, People of Indian origin from all over the world, and the Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lanka and Nepali Diaspora. In recognising the achievers from these communities, we have a unique opportunity to not only recognise talent but also fulfil our objective of being inclusive and cohesive.

Entries to the Ninth Annual Indian Newslink Sports, Community, Arts and Culture Awards 2023 opens today (March 15, 2023) and will close on Monday, May 1, 2023 at 6 pm.

Anyone can enter or nominate themselves for any of the categories of the Awards provided that they are residents of New Zealand as permanent residents, citizens, work visas (including seasons work visas), international student visas and other long-term visas. Visitors and tourists are not eligible.

Simplified Nomination Form

We have a simplified entry form which can be downloaded from our website. The same form can be used for nominating an individual or an institution.

If you are nominating a person or an organisation, please fill in the appropriate section of the form, complete all the required fields including that of the person or organisation nominating and the person or organisation being nominated. Please also write in about 100 words about the person being nominated and reasons for recommending that person for an Award.

A panel of judges will evaluate the entries and announce the names of winners at the Ninth Annual Indian Newslink Sports, Community, Arts and Culture Awards Presentation Ceremony to be held in Auckland on Monday, June 19, 2023.

Tickets, priced at $69 per person inclusive of dinner are available now. Please contact venkat@indiannewslink.nz

Sports Awards:  Enter or Nominate in any popular outdoor or indoor sport

Best Sportsman and Best Sportswoman of the Year

(Winners of individual categories will be automatically entered)

Elite Awards: For men and women of the community who have excelled in sports during their life and career

Community Awards: Individuals,  Registered Associations, Registered Charitable Organisations, Registered Places of Worship, Registered Societies, Religious Services (Organisations and Individuals), Social Workers, Volunteers, and Others (Acceptable to Judges)

Arts Awards: Graphic Artists, Architects, Architectural Designers, Cartoonists and others; Photographers, Painters and all other Creative People of Non-Performing Arts.

Culture Awards: Choreographers, Producers, Directors, Conductors, Dancers (Classical and Contemporary), Musicians (Vocalists and Instrumentalists) and all other artists of Performing Arts.

For Conditions of Entry, Rules and Regulations and other information, please visit our website: www.indiannewslink.co.nz; or call Venkat Raman, Editor, Indian Newslink: Phones: (09) 5336377; 021-836528; Email: venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz

The Elite Sports Awards

As in the past, a few sports achievers and stars of yesteryears will be honoured with Awards as a mark of our respect. Bhikhu Bhana, a former President of the New Zealand Central Association, who initiated these Elite Awards is in communication with potential recipients for 2023.

In an earlier article, he said that sports are a part of the fabric of New Zealand life.

The achievements of New Zealanders in many Sports including Rugby, Cricket, Yachting, Rowing and Squash are a matter of pride not only to the community but also to the country. New Zealand punches above its weight in the worldwide area. Cricket is like a religion in India, as evidenced in most matches. In Hockey, India used to win Gold Medals at the Olympic Games, as if by right.

Holistic Approach

Indian Newslink is planning a holistic approach acknowledging Sportspersons of the Past, the Present and the Future

What may not be well known is the fact that the first Indian to represent New Zealand was in 1959, sixty years ago. Since then, more than 50 persons have represented New Zealand in various sporting capacities.

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