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Sikhs in New Zealand

Two Sikhs elected to New Zealand Parliament

Auckland, NZ: Two Sikhs have reportedly been elected to New Zealand's parliament in the recently concluded general elections.

Hamilton Gurdwara members decline to accept edit declaring them ‘tankhaiya’

Hamilton, New Zealand (March 25, 2014): According to media reports [t]he New Zealand Sikh Society has questioned the decision of the Five Sikh Jathedars to declare two of its members 'tankhaiya' (guilty of religious misconduct). The NZ Sikh Society has reportedly refused to accept the move.

Hamilton (NZ) Gurdwara committee member declared Tankhaiya

Amritsar, Punjab (March 22, 2014): It is learnt that the two Sikhs of a Hamilton-based gurdwara in New Zealand has been declared as 'tankhaiya'.

Raj Kakra appeals for support to movie “Kaum De Heere”; Movie to depict assassination of Indira Gandhi

Auckland, New Zealand (November 06, 2013): Punjab's renowned lyricist-turned-singer Raj Kakra is coming up with his début Punjabi movie “Kaum De Heere”. The movie is said to be based on events relating to assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

India: Terrorism charges dropped against Kiwi Sikh leader Manpreet Singh

New Delhi, India (May 31, 2013): According to media reports a New Zealand Sikh community who was framed under charges of “terrorism” in India has been released. According to 'The New Zealand Herald', [t]he Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) said on May 30, 2013 that it had been informed the case against Manpreet Singh had been dismissed.

Karnail Singh Peermohammad [File Photo]

Manpreet Singh New Zealand’s arrest condemned; AISSF supports peaceful struggle for Sikhs’ right to justice

Chandigarh/ Jalandhar, Punjab (March 24, 2013): While condemning the branding of All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) as a militant organization, AISSF President Karnail Singh Peermohammad stated that action against Manpreet Singh is an attempt to thwart AISSF’s campaign seeking justice for the victims of Sikh Genocide 1984.

After turban removal incident in Queenstown, Sikh MP emphasized the sacredness of turban (Dastar)

Queenstown, New Zealand (February 02, 2013): According to a news report by 3News (New Zealand) a Sikh Member of Parliament has appealed for cultural understanding after a turban incident in Queenstown.

‘My son is 2 years old, It’s ridiculous to suggest he is a terrorist’, Ranvir Singh Lali

Auckland NZ (January 15, 2010): As per a NZ Herald report a 2-year-old New Zealand boy and his Indian-born mother were barred from India and, on their return to Auckland, delayed for four hours and questioned after their names appeared on a terrorism blacklist.

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