Sikhs may be small in numbers but have but have made ‘significant contributions’ to New Zealand, a minister said in a statement in conjunction with the birthday of Guru Nanak.
“These contributions, on both cultural and social levels, are well recognised by the Government,” says Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa in letter dated 21 Nov 2018.
Wellington Sikhs will be holding a kirtan programme, to be followed by Guru Ka Langgar, at the Parliament Lawns on Friday (30 November 2018).
Here is the letter in full:
Dear members of New Zealand’s Sikh community
As Minister for Ethnic Communities, I wish to convey my very warmest wishes to the Sikh community of New Zealand on the birthday of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism and first Sikh Guru.
Guru Nanak advocated values that, as New Zealanders, I hope we can all hold dear: values of generosity, charity, and equality. He sought the empowerment of women, and advocated religious and cultural understanding. As Minister for Ethnic Communities, I see these values as key to a truly inclusive country the kind of country Aotearoa strives to be.
I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the significant contributions made by New Zealand’s small, but deeply committed Sikh community. These contributions, on both cultural and social levels, are well recognised by the Government.
I invite all New Zealanders to join our Sikh brothers and sisters in celebration of this special day: Guru Nanak Jayanti.
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