Meet the people from the New Zealand Indian communities who are featured in
this education resource.
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Neel and Veneeta Pathak
Married 20 February 1982
We met and fell in love during the days when we both were
students. It was love at first, second, and third sight.
John and Bala Bell Thomson
Non-denominational and Hindu
Married 8 October 1962
Dar-es-Salaam, Tanganyika (now Tanzania)
It was mutual attraction in all respects.
Taran and Paramjit Singh
Married 1 February 1986
Hamilton, New Zealand
Parents still tend to have a view that they have not done their duties as
parents until all their children are married.
Satya Kam and Dr Bindu Sharma
Married 8 October 1989
Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh, India
I believe that the marriage within the same caste and religion helps to develop
a better understanding and relationship.
Jayesh and Manisha Morar
Married January 1998
Wellington, New Zealand
A Hindu ceremony binds all the philosophies of love, unity, and sharing.
Glenn and Sukhi Turner
Non-denominational and Sikh
Married July 1973
London, United Kingdom
We met at a function organised by the Indian Cricket Association for the New
Zealand visiting team.
Ishaq and Parveen Baksh
I chose my husband – my choice. He chose me – his choice.
Qaiser Iqbal and Farida Sultana, with their daughter Ayesha
Married 24 December 1987
We liked each other, then we proposed marriage through our parents, and everybody
Ravinder and Harvinder Singh
Married 4 November 2000
Sri Ganganager, Rajahstan, India
You’ve got to know who you are. It doesn’t matter who you are
or what you do, as long as you totally believe.
Many organisations and individuals gave advice
and support to Te Papa during the development of Aainaa – Reflections
through Indian weddings, the exhibition on which this learning resource is
The Aainaa Community Advisory Group
Over a period of eighteen months, the following members of
the Wellington Indian community generously gave their time and expertise to Te
Mr Ashwin Gulab
Mrs Ruxmaniben Kasanji
Mrs Kamil Lakshman
Mrs Karuna Ranchhod
Dr Pushpa Wood.
Te Papa thanks the Hindu, Sikh, and Muslim communities
of New Zealand and in particular those of the Wellington region:
New Zealand Indian Central Association (Inc.) and the Wellington Indian Association
New Zealand Sikh Society (Wellington)
The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (Inc.)
Te Papa thanks the following individuals for their advice:
Sheikh Mohammed Amir, Mr Nazru Ali, Mr Ashraf Farouk, Mr Natu G Rama, Mr Pathmanathan
T Raja, Mr Harbans Singh Randhawa, Reverend Narinder Singh, Mr Paramjit Singh,
and Mr Prithipal Singh.
Te Papa also thanks Dr Pooshan Navathe, Dr Kumud Navathe,
Shruti Navathe, Mr Nanubhai Ranchhod, and Mrs Pamelaben Ranchhod for their advice
and assistance in the supply and display of the props within the exhibition.
Thanks are also extended to all those involved in the Blue
Skies project – the initial nationwide consultation carried out by Te Papa
- and the subsequent survey.