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Events - 2009

Date 7th March 2009
Event Crime Watch
Venue Te-Tuhi The Mark
Description A Special Public Information Meeting with the Counties Manukau Police had been organized by the Management Committee for both ZANZ members and Non members.

Sergeant Nigel Roe from Community Services & Gurpreet Arora South East Asian Liaison Officer Counties District Manukau , addressed the meeting.

Topics covered that evening were .
  • What you need to do to safe guard yourself and your home, property or business?  
  • What to do if you have been burgled?
  • What can you expect from the police?
  • How do you report a crime?
  • What are the follow ups?
It was a very informative evening and we are deeply grateful to both our guest speakers who also left behind a lot of literature for our members to read.

Date 21st March 2009
Event ZANZ Navroze Jashan
Venue Bucklands Beach Hall
We at ZANZ started this auspicious day with a well attended Community Jashan at the Bucklands Beach Hall in the morning.

14 priests, young and old chanted in harmony and their prayers left every one in the hall in agreement with the significance of this special day.

Over 250 Parsis of Auckland bowed their heads in prayers and it was certainly a very emotional moment for most there, when we chanted the "Humbandagi" as one.

A couple from India who are currently in NZ to be with their son and his family ,were so amazed with this huge jashan in this part of the world.

The jashan made way for good intermingling with lots of "Navrooze Mubark" greetings and a communal partaking of Chasni , rawa , malida and fruits. A special mention must be made of course of all our silent donors who always give so gladly.

Money, fruits & food were donated for the jashan .

May their tribe grow .

"Parsee thy name is charity"

The evening dinner and dance function was a very enjoyable evening of Housie , Spot prizes , Dancing , & Karaoke. All the bathroom singers came out of the closet !!

And good food of course - A Special thanks to our caterers Hosi and Maharukh Katki. The high light of the evening was a well orchestrated display of Laser lights, DJ' ing and Special effects by a young member of our community Nash Vazifdar and Zeesh Entertainment. Good show Nash !!

Navroze for the ZANZ membership was definitely a good day and an even better evening. A special thanks to all our volunteers and donors and all who came to make this a memorable day.

ZANZ Management Committee

Date 18th April 2009
Event ZANZ Heart Health Talk
Venue Te-Tuhi The Mark
"We all love our hearts!"

ZANZ in co-ordination with the National Heart Foundation of New Zealand had arranged a ‘Heart Health Talk’ for all ZANZ members & nonmembers and was open to all .

The Heart Foundation is the charity that leads the fight for good heart health for all New Zealanders

The talk threw light on:

  • What are the Heart facts you need to be aware of,
  • What are the Risk factors,
  • What action we need to take to reduce our risks of a heart attack and finally,
  • What the Heart Foundation is doing.

The talk was attended by approximately 25 people. Free cook books were given to all those who attended the talk. After the presentation there was a surprise Q & A to the audience. The prize was won by two wonderful ladies.

There was not much response for the Jump Rope for Heart session for the children. However two children took an active interest in the skipping rope activity and were well awarded. They were Sanaya Damania and Kayomi Patrawalla.

It was a very informative evening, one in the interest of the good health of yourself and your family

Warm regards,
ZANZ Committee

Date 27th June 2009
Event ZANZ Annual General Body Meeting
Venue Te-Tuhi The Mark
Description The minutes of the ZANZ AGM can be obtained by emailing the ZANZ Committee on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Kindly note, the meeting minutes will be emailed / distributed to ZANZ members only.

Date 19th August 2009
Event ZANZ Parsi New Year Jashan
Venue Pakuranga Community Centre
The ZANZ New Year Jashan on Wednesday, August 19th 2009 was well attended by over 100 people in spite of it being a weekday.

We would like to thank Viraf Fatakia, Khushru Master, Perzaan Mehta, Furzan Rao, Riyasp Bhandari, Karan Bhandari, Rishad Katki, Navzad Chhor and Jehan Balsara for performing a wonderful jashan for our community.

The ZANZ Management Committee would also like to thank Anahita Hansotia, Benifer Irani, Bilkish Vazifdar, Binaifer Homavazir, Delna Mistry, Goolu Balsara, Hufrish Mehta, Khorshed Tukina, Mahrukh Stazyk, Mana Vazifdar, Pervin Fatakia, Parizad Dumasia, Roshni Daruwalla, Tanaz Siganporia, Thrity Mistry and Veera Sarkari for making donations of food or money towards the ZANZ New Year jashan.

We had generous amounts of food donated and everybody had their fill of fruits, malido, ravo and sev.  It was heartwarming to see so much support from our community and we thank you all sincerely.

Also, the ZANZ Management Committee would like to wish all Zarathustis in New Zealand Khordad Sal Mubarak.


ZANZ Management Committee


Date 22nd August 2009
Event ZANZ Parsi New Year Function
Venue Howick Recreation Centre
Description The ZANZ Parsi New Year Dinner and Dance function on August 22nd 2009 was well attended by over 200 people.

Thank you to our wonderful caterers from Pakuranga Butchery and Takeaways who provided us with mouthwatering and finger-licking food. We got rave reviews from many attendees.

Also thanks to the following people for donating prizes for the raffles:
  • Darius Mistry
  • Goolrukh Mistry
  • Binaifer and Sarosh Behdin
  • Koura Bay Wines
  • Pakuranga Butchery and Takeaways

DJ Dan did a fantastic job with the music and commented on how much fun everybody was having while dancing.

At the end of an enjoyable evening, people pitched in to put the tables and chairs away. We thank you sincerely for your help and appreciate the great show of community spirit.

We hope you all had a great evening and will continue to support future ZANZ activities and functions.


ZANZ Management Committee.


Date 26th September 2009
Event ZANZ Badminton Tournament 2009
Venue Howick Recreation Centre
Description Dear ZANZ members,

The ZANZ Management Committee would like to thank all the participants and spectators who joined us on Saturday 26th at the HRC for the Men's, Women's and Jumble Doubles Badminton tournament. This event was hugely popular and right from the beginning, participants started showing their skills and dexterity on the courts. The popularity can be gauged by the fact that the organisers had to redo the draws for Jumble Doubles to accommodate many participants who turned up at the last minute. It was heart-warming to note that this event attracted many non-members.

Our congratulations to the following winners and runners up in their respective categories:

Men's Singles
Winner - SHAHANOOR CONTRACTOR (won 11-6 and 11-4)

Women's Singles
Winner - ROANA BILIA (won 11-7 and 11-5)

Jumble Doubles
Winners - SHAHANOOR CONTRACTOR & DIANA KOTWAL (won 15-13 and 15-8)

In the end a prize giving ceremony was held where the winners and runners up were felicitated with medals. Many left the hall with a good feeling of achievement and contentment especially the youth who were thrilled to their bones.

Great performances by Hanoz Bilia, Ruston Mehta and Shahvir Irani our upcoming stars. Look out for them next time. A great display of sportsmanship was shown by all other participants who wanted a special photo taken of them as well.

We would like to thank Rushad Anklesaria for providing us with medals at a nominal price, Shahazad Contractor for assistance in hosting this tournament, Anahita Hansotia for taking care of the money matters and Neville Wadia for umpiring most of the games. Everybody pitched in and provided support throughout the tournament so thanks to all of you.

The kids also had a grand time and started practising as soon as they noticed that a court was empty. Hosi Katki's mouth watering Chicken rolls and Lamb cutlets satisfied people's appetite and provided a good snack.

The Zoroastrians in New Zealand may be few in number, but the spirit they showed on that day and the camaraderie everyone enjoyed shows the quality of our community. We have heard your suggestions and these will be discussed in the next Management Committee meeting. We will come up with exciting events so watch this space!

Support ZANZ! This is YOUR organisation. We are just the facilitators.

ZANZ Management Committee

Date 17th October 2009
Event ZANZ Food and Housie Night
Venue Bucklands Beach Hall
Description Approximate 120 people attended this function on a cold and windy evening. The food stalls had yummy things to eat and drink, including wada pav, bhel puri, falooda, samosas, homemade cakes, ice cream, kulfi, hot chocolate and coffee.

Three games of housie were played with several happy attendees going home with full pockets.

It was a fun evening for the full family.

Date 31st October 2009
Event ZANZ Children's Halloween Party
Venue Te Tuhi Auditorium
Description A SPOOKtacular time was had by the 43 children that attended the first ever ZANZ Halloween party.

Amongst the various fairies, withches, vampires, pirates and devils, there was a magician, mummy, geek, power ranger, ladybug, bunny fairy, skeleton, the grudge, enchantress monster, grim reaper and Michael Jackson.

We also played several games and has a dancing competition.

Thanks to all the parents who helped out on the night.

Date 21st November 2009
Event ZANZ Youth Event - Laser Strike
Venue AMF Bowling, Panmure
Zoroastrian youth who wanted to battle with advanced laser weapons attended the ZANZ Youth Event on the 21st November 2009 at AMF Bowling Panmure. The mission was to score as many points as possible and stay alive. All had to stay very vigilant as this was a very competitive commando-style war where you would assume a combat identity. The laser gun was capable of blasting out different lasers depending on what you chose to battle with. We were divided into 3 teams and had a combat vest and laser gun which would record direct hits as points whilst we negotiated the battleground trying to avoid our enemy. It was indeed a great success as everyone enjoyed it thoroughly with some hot snacks available after the game.

We would like more Zoroastrian youth to join the group, so if you know anyone who would be interested in future events, please feel free to let us know. Also, we would appreciate suggestions for our next youth event.

ZANZ Management Committee


Date 5th December 2009
Event ZANZ Children's Christmas Party 2009
Venue Te Tuhi Centre
HO HO HO ...

The ZANZ Christmas Party was held on 5th December 2009 at Te Tuhi Centre. The 52 children who attended had a wonderful time. Many got their faces painted by our hard working volunteers: Delsey and Nazneen Daruwalla, Anahita Aspar and Paricheher Contractor. We thank them for their time and artistic talents that put smiles (and Christmas trees, candy canes, Santas etc.) on the children's faces. 'CHICANE' the Mystery Entertainer had the children (and many parents) spellbound and fascinated for almost an hour. The children built up an appetite after all that magic and had a bite to eat before SANTA and Rudolph came to hand out presents to all the good boys and girls.

This year, the ZANZ committee decided not to charge for the children's Christmas party. We would like to thank Tehmus Mistry, Zenobia Daruwalla, Shahazad Contractor and Firooza Shroff for their donations towards this event. We would also like to thank all the parents who helped with the clean up after the party. We can always depend on you to lend us a hand and this makes all our hard work and planning worthwhile.

We wish all our Zoroastrian friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

ZANZ Management Committee


Date 6th December 2009
Event ZANZ Table Tennis Tournament 2009
Venue Pakuranga Community Hall
The ZANZ TT tournament held on Sunday, 6th November 2009, proved to be a huge success with 53 participants. There were three draws undertaken: Men's Singles, Women's Singles and Jumbled Doubles. The prize winners in the respective categories were:

Men's Singles:
Winner: Sohrab Irani
Runner-up: Firdosh Homavazir

Women's Singles:
Winner: Roxanne Sarkari
Runner-up: Veera Sarkari

Jumbled Doubles:

Winner: Sohrab Irani and Porus Kateli
Runner-up: Paeterasp Vevaina and Cherag Daruwalla

The award for 'The most promising and upcoming player' was given to Dinyar Irani who entertained all with his top spin and attacking skills and reached the men's singles semifinals, losing to eventual winner Sohrab Irani.

At the end of day, players went home with tired limbs and sore muscles. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the tournament and some even asked for more time to play with their friends.
We would like to say a big thank you to Rushad Anklesaria   who sponsored the medals and Roshni Daruwalla  for the certificates. Also a big thank you to all the participants who volunteered to referee the matches.

ZANZ is your organisation, so feel free to give your suggestions regarding any sports events you would like us to organise.

ZANZ Management Committee


Date 31st December 2009
Event ZANZ New Year's Eve Function
Venue Bucklands Beach Community Hall
Awesome, amazing, feet-tapping, noisy, wonderful, heat -generating, sweaty and a joyous night. We are sure the people who attended ZANZ New Year’s Eve function could come out with more adjectives.  A thrill packed night which was enjoyed by young and old. It was nice to see so many new faces this time.  We are sure it will be talk of the month especially with wild dance moves and interesting games.
ZANZ New Year’s eve was held at Bucklands Beach Community Hall.  The evening started with a brief introduction and then it was time to play Heads and/or Tails game.  The kids had their pizza and by that time the adults wanted more action with good hard rock songs. Our DJ for the night Ge’d provided good numbers with inputs from Homai Mistry. Soon, adults also joined the dance floor with some wild dance moves and the ladies swaying their hips. Teenagers also had their share of fun and danced to their popular tunes.
Adults had their Mughlai dinner by 10:30 and then another game “Dancing on the news paper” thrilled the participants and spectators equally. After each song, the newspaper had to be shrunk to half its size and it proved to be an exciting game for all. The winners were Godrej and Navaz Engineer. After that it was full on till mid-night. A combination of Hindi and English songs kept the crowd enthralled and the mood was getting electric and infectious. At the stroke of mid-night our people started wishing each other with hugs and kisses. We played few numbers and then it was time to wrap up the innings for the day. 
We would like to thank Homai Mistry for setting the tempo and making this night enjoyable for all. Watch out for this young lady… She has few talents up her sleeve. She and Tanaz Siganporia provided good entertainment for the crowd with some new games being played. We would also like to thank Aakrush Enterprises (Benaifer Irani),  Firdaus Homavazir and Koura Bay Wines (Darius Karani) for donating the prizes for this evening. A big thanks to all who attended and then helped us in cleaning and setting the place right.
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