Mr Venkat Raman, MNZM, of Auckland, for services to the Indian community
Venkat Raman has dedicated more than 20 years as Editor of Indian Newslink to disseminate current affairs and news to the Indian community and wider migrant communities.
He instituted and promoted the Indian Business Awards. He is a founder and member of the governance body of Gandhi Nivas, which provides refuge and counselling to rehabilitate male perpetrators of family violence.
He is an advisor for several ethnic communities and actively promotes communities amongst the Indian diaspora. He has been appointed to several Police boards.
He has developed relationships with political leaders and ensures Indian community concerns are communicated. Mr Raman is a founder of Saint Mother Teresa Interfaith committee.