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Events - 2010

Date 30th January 2010
Event ZANZ Sports Day 2010
Venue Wakaaranga Primary School
Description

The ZANZ Sports Day 2010 was held on 30th January at Wakaaranga School.  Mother Nature blessed us with a great day for this event.  We were lucky to have a sunny day with a steady breeze to keep everyone cool as they spent a fun day out with their families and friends.  Although dark clouds loomed in the afternoon, we were only subjected to a brief and cooling shower.

The Committee was on the grounds of Wakaaranga School by 8 a.m. measuring, cutting, hammering and tying ropes down to create lanes for the races.  We started with the under 6 races and steadily made our way through the heats and finals of 28 different races which had a total of 154 participants.  We finally locked up and went home at 8:30 p.m.

In spite of all the falls, cut lip, grazed knees and elbows, fainting spell, cut nose and a brief visit to the A&E, everyone went home exhausted and with smiles on their faces.  The lucky winners also walked away with medals and yummy chocolates.Resultsfor each race are below.

A lot of time and effort went into organising this mammoth event and the ZANZ ManagementCommittee would like to sincerely thank all the volunteers who helped us throughout the day. We couldn’t have made this event a success without your help and support.

Special thanks go to Benifer Irani for convincing & encouraging us to take on this event and having the exhausting job of announcing all the races and the winners.  We would like to thank Zubbin Navroji, Burzis Ustad, Delsey Daruwalla, Anahita Hansotia and Kainaz Variava for working hard throughout the day.  We would also like to thank Rushad Anklesaria for making the medals and Rohinton Fitter for taking pictures during the event.

Also, thanks to the Zoroastrian Community Trust of New Zealand (ZCT) for feeding the crowd with yummy food and drinks.  Their tasty sausages, vada pav, lamb and chicken cutlets, kheema and chicken mayo rolls, popsicles and delicious falooda and tea were devoured and appreciated by all.

Porus and Benifer Irani have donated two rotating shields for this and future ZANZ Sports Days.  The shields are given to the male and female who win the most individual & mixed events.  The proud winners for 2010 were:

ZANZ All Parsis Athletic Meet - Women Champion - Shiromi Billiardmaker

ZANZ All Parsis Athletic Meet - Men Champion - Percy Mehta

If you would like to print any of these photos and want the original files, please email the file names at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will be happy to send the same to you.

LOST and FOUND

Several items were left behind and we have found:

2 caps, 1 ladies' hat, 1 sudreh, 1 bucket and 1 spade.

If you have lost any of these items, please contact Jarafshan at 828-1103

We look forward to hosting many more successful events but we can’t do it without the support and participation of the community so please attend in large numbers.

The winners of the individual races are given in the results section below.

Regards,

ZANZ Management Committee

Results
Race Medals
Gold Silver Bronze
Under 6 Years 50m race Kyra Damania Shiroy Billiardmaker Behzad Mistry
eating biscuits Kyra Damania Karina Anklesaria Behzad Mistry
spade and pail race Behzad Mistry Jehaan Rustomjee Daryush Fitter
6 to 9 years 100m run Rayan Daruwalla Freyan Kaikobadi Arzan Todywalla
back running race Tyra Daruwalla Arzan Todywalla Arman Spencer
skipping race Tyra Daruwalla Freyan Kaikobadi Arzan Todywalla
9 to 13 years 100m run Uxshan Daruwalla Kooshan Aryana Aafreen Mehta
duck walk Jehangir Homavazir Delnaz Patrawala Zain Desia
obstacle race Zain Desai Delnaz Patrawala Kooshan Aryana
13 to 20 years 100m run Farzad Wadia Merzi Amrolia Riyasp Bhandari
obstacle race Farzad Wadia Riyasp Bhandari Nazneen Daruwalla
sack race Xerxes Sukhia Jeffrina Siganporia Zeenia Irani
20 to 60 years 50m run Percy Mehta Burzin Bhada Tanaz Siganporia
marble and teaspoon race Percy Mehta Viraf Todywalla Shiromi Billiardmaker
craving for bun Cherag Daruwalla Cyrus Mehta Shiromi Billiardmaker
Seniors (60 years and above) 25m slow walking race Vicaji Taraporewalla Phiroze Bhathena Minoo Daruwalla
eating biscuits Phiroze Bhathena Thrity Mistry Arnavaz Irani
marble and teaspoon race Arnavaz Irani Phiroze Bhathena Thrity Mistry
Mixed Events Race First Place Second Place Third Place
Three-legged race Bilkish Vazifdar & Zarin Sukhia Jeffrina Siganporia & Sanaya Hansotia Zeenia Irani and Arnaz Katki
Bursting Baloon (Under 6 years) Kyra Damania Yasmin Bhada Kaarl Tarapore
Filling the bottle - Adults only Zarir Chor Pearl Todywalla Shiromi Billiardmaker
needle and thread race Riyasp Bhandari & Nazneen Daruwalla Zeenia Irani & Porus Irani Tanaz Irani and Hormuz Irani
piggy-back race Percy Mehta and Sanaya Damania Firdosh Billiardmaker and Narika Billiardmaker Burzin Bhada and Yasmin Bhada
wheelbarrow race Percy Mehta and Homiar Daruwalla Jal Mehta and Firdosh Mehta Jeffrina Siganporia and Arnaz Katki
4 X 100m mixed relay Merzi Amrolia, Farzad Wadia, Astad Kapadia and Anosh Wadia Kooshan Aryana, Zubin Bhatena, Burzin Bhada and Percy Mehta Jeffrina Siganporia, Arnaz Katki, Firdosh Mehta and Zeenia Irani
slow cycling race Rohinton Fitter Cherag Daruwalla Zariab Karkaria
craving for apples Homiar Daruwalla Arman Spencer Afrin Todywalla
tug-of-war participants made their own teams so names are not available.
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Date 6th March 2010
Event ZANZ's Volleyball and Throwball Tournament 2010
Venue Lloyd Ellsmore Volleyball Courts, Pakuranga
Description
The ZANZ Volleyball and Throwball Tournament was held on Saturday 6th March 2010, at Lloyd Ellsmore, Pakuranga. For Volleyball two teams were made and following our Parsi Baug tradition were given the names of Dadar Parsi Colony and Navroz Baug. The team members were as follows:

Dadar Parsi Colony: 

  • Firdosh Homavazir
  • Kairus Hansotia
  • Homi Vazifdar
  • Minoo Siganporia
  • Shahvir Irani
  • Rohinton Patrawala
  • Xerxes Sukhia

Navroz Baug: 

  • Burzin Bhadha
  • Percy Mehta
  • Feroze Sukhia
  • Porus Kateli
  • Burzis Ustad
  • Furzan Rao

They contested a hard fought best of five games, which went to the wire, with the honours shifting from one to the other with every passing game. Finally the Dadar Parsi Colony Team won 8-15, 15-11, 14-16, 15-9, 15-11.

For Women's Throwball too, the women were divided into two equally strong teams and given the 'kiwi' names of the 'BLUES' and the 'HURRICANES'. The team members were as follows:

Hurricanes: 

  • Bilkish Vazifdar
  • Roxanne Medhora
  • Ferzeen Irani
  • Yasmin Katki
  • Anahita Gonda
  • Kerrie Damania

Blues: 

  • Firoza Desai
  • Jarafshan Mistry
  • Mahafrin Suntoke
  • Farzeen Kermanian
  • Kaizeen Kolah
  • Zarin Sukhia
  • Delnaz Patrawala

The Hurricanes had a superb start and won the first two games to put some pressure on the Blues. However, the Blues 0-2 down, regrouped quickly and won the next two games to keep the tie at 2-2, into the decider. Both the teams fought the final game really hard, dragging it into a tie breaker and finally the Blues prevailed 13-15, 10-15, 15-8, 15-4, 16-14.

The award for 'The Most Valuable Player of the Throwball Tournament 2010' was given to Ferzeen Irani.

The committee would like to thank Porus Kateli who was there at 9:00am sharp to help setup the volleyball and throwball courts and also to Rohinton Patrawala for helping us clean up later, once the tournament was over. Also a big thank you to our referee Adil Kapadia.

With support from the community, the committee endeavors to organise many more tournaments for the rest of 2010.

Best Regards,

ZANZ Management Committee.
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Date 21st March 2010
Event ZANZ Navroze Jashan and Lunch
Venue Bucklands Beach Community Hall and 'Observatory Restaurant' at Sky City Auckland
Description Dear Friends,

ZANZ organised a community Jashan on the auspicious occasion of Navroze. The Jashan was held at Bucklands Beach Hall and was attended by over 120 guests. ZANZ would like to thank the 7 dastoors (Khushroo Master, Jamsheed Tata, Riyasp and Karan Bhandari, Rishad Katki, Navzad Chhor and Jehan Balsara) for performing the Jashan. We would also like to thank Gilshan Vagal for donating the flowers for the Jashan.

After the Jashan, the ZANZ Prayer Class children sang two monajaats which were appreciated by young and old present. We would like to thank Farida and Sanaya Master for all the time and effort they put into teaching our children the two songs and Anahita Aspar for accompanying the children on the keyboard. The children did a fantastic job and received a lot of well-deserved applause.

The attendees then partook in the delicious chasni. We would like to thank Armin Dadabhoy, Baji and Persees Antia, Bilkish Vazifdar, Daliah Kermani, Kairus Hansotia, Mahrukh Stazyk, Rashna H Tata, Tehmus Mistry, Thrity Mistry and all others who donated fruits, ravo malido and sev.

We would also like to thank all of you who helped us tidy up the hall after the festivities were done.

ZANZ also organised a Navroze lunch at the 'Observatory Restaurant' in central Auckland. One hundred and fifty guests celebrated in style, 194 metres above ground level. They dined on a scrumptious seafood buffet while enjoying breathtaking views of Auckland City. The children did justice to the desert bar, often going back for the seconds, thirds and fourths.

Kairus and Anahita Hansotia were the lucky winners of the ZANZ raffle (dinner for two at the observatory restaurant). Everyone went away with smiles on their faces and full stomachs. We appreciate the feedback we have received about the navroze lunch. We are very glad to note that all of you enjoyed the venue and the food very much.

Regards,

ZANZ Management Committee.
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Date 11th April 2010
Event ZANZ's Rock Climbing Event for kids
Venue Extreme Edge Indoor Climbing, Panmure
Description
Dear Friends,

Twenty-four children and their parents enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon at Extreme Edge Indoor Climbing, Panmure . After a brief lesson on safety, the kids were off. They climbed a wide variety of walls with varying levels of difficulty. Some of the parents took on the walls as well and succeeded with flying colours. There was a short break for juice, chips and cake which the children scoffed down quickly. They were back on the walls for a second session until it was time to go home.

The ZANZ management committee would like to thank all parents who helped their children have a great time by acting as 'Human Belays'. We hope that all the children went home happy and ready for an early bed-time.

Regards,

ZANZ Management Committee.

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Date 26th June 2010
Event ZANZ AGM 2010
Venue Pakuranga Community Hall, Pakuranga
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 10th July 2010
Event ZANZ Laser Strike for kids
Venue AMF Bowling, Panmure
Description Thirty-six youngsters aged 6 to 16 had a fantastic time at the ZANZ laser strike event on 10th July 2010. After a game of thrilling and exhausting laser skirmish, the kids were treated to hot chips and biscuits after which they descended on the arcade games. The parents also enjoyed games of pool while they waited for their young combatants to finish. Watch this space for the next ZANZ school holidays event in September.
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Date 17th July 2010
Event ZANZ Youth Charades Night
Venue Farm Cove Intermediate
Description A very first in the ZANZ event list, Charades Night was intended for the youth to enjoy an evening of coming together and having a fun night with friends. And they sure had one! With 46 participants attending the event, the teams were made on the spot by pulling names out of a hat. Six strong teams mixed with kids of all ages were named by teammates calling themselves – The A Team, Johnny, Raju, Vaccha, Super 7 and TG.

Each participant from their team had a turn at acting out what was thrown at them from 5 different categories which included – names of movies, songs, quotes or books, celebrities and TV Series. All the teams were pretty tied up throughout the game until the end of the night playing two rounds under each category. To break the tie, the top three teams played the mixed bag round for the big prize.

After another close round, the last round was played to see which team guessed the name fastest. At this challenge 'The A Team' succumbed to take the 2nd runner ups place. Team 'Raju' were the Runner ups winning movie vouchers and team 'Super7' was announced as charades champs, winning movie vouchers and bonus entertainment vouchers.

No one left the event empty handed, all the participants left with mouthfuls of chocolates and amazing memories of the night. A very big thank you goes to Benifer Irani and her daughter Zeenia Irani for all the support and time provided in making this event such a success that it was.

Super 7 - Winners

  • Benafsha Hajati
  • Binaifer Aspar
  • Hormuzd Bam
  • Jehan Mistry
  • Kainaz Bustani
  • Perzaan Mehta
  • Roxanne Medhora

 

Team Raju – Runner up

  • Hufrish Bustani
  • Mahafrin Suntoke
  • Paeterasp Vevaina
  • Percy Kapadia
  • Rhea Mehta
  • Sarosh Saklatwala
  • Simone Wadia

 

The A Team – 2nd Runner ups

  • Anisha Khambatta
  • Astad Kapadia
  • Furzan Rao
  • Jefferina Siganporia
  • Kainaz Mehershahi
  • Merzi Amrolia
  • Shanaya Sarkari
  • Zubbin Navroji
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Date 19th August 2010
Event ZANZ Parsi New Year Jashan
Venue Te Tuhi Centre, Pakuranga
Description "A jashan (the Indian-Zoroastrian word) or jashne (the Iranian-Zoroastrian word) is a religious thanksgiving ceremony, or one that celebrates or commemorates an important event. Jashne means celebration or festival in Farsi. Jashan is derived from jashne as well as the Avestan word yasna* (cf. Vedic Sanskrit yajna). A jashan / jashne is therefore a name for an event that is part of the zoroastrian calendar such as Jashne Mehergan, as well as the religious ceremony conducted during a special occasion". http://www.heritageinstitute.com/zoroastrianism/index.htm

Our Parsi New Year Jashan was hosted by ZANZ at the Te Tuhi Centre in Pakuranga. Since Navroze (19th August 2010) fell on a working day, the committee decided to schedule the Jashan at 4.00 p.m. to enable our community to attend in large numbers. Approximately 100 people, of all ages, attended the Jashan. The Jashan was conducted by Viraf Fatakia and Jamsheed Tata with assistance from Khushroo Master, Riyasp Bhandari, Karan Bhandari, Perzaan Mehta, Furzan Rao, Navzad Chhor and Rishad Katki. The jashan ended at 5:15 p.m. and we had humbandagi after the Jashan. Then chasni was enjoyed by all. Delicious malido, fruits, sev, ravo and dry fruits offered in the jashan were served.

We would like to thank all the priests for performing the jashan ceremony. We would also like to thank Khorshed Tukina, Thrity Mistry, Anahita Hansotia, Kashmira Mehta, Binaifer Homavazir, Bilkish Vazifdar, Daisy Wadia, Armin Dadabhoy, Kainaz Variava, Gulshan Vagal and any others whose name we may have missed, for their contribution to the jashan in the form of food and/or cash for the Jashan ceremony. A big thanks also goes to Paeterasp Vevaina, Burzis Ustad and Binaifer Aspar for their help in setting up the hall before the Jashan, Sanaya Master and Mahafrin Suntoke for their help after jashan and to all the volunteers who helped during and after the event.

Best Wishes

ZANZ Management Committee

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Date 21st August 2010
Event ZANZ Parsi New Year Function
Venue Howick Recreation Centre
Description Over 100 people attended the ZANZ New Year dinner at Howick Recreation Centre on Saturday 21st August 2010.

DJs Chris and Nash provided lively music throughout the night. The caterers, Khyber Restaurant, provided excellent food which included goat biryani, chicken tikka masala and lamb rogan josh. The dinner was enjoyed by all with many coming back for seconds and thirds.

Dancing started in full swing after dinner. The raffle winner on the night was Kerrie Damania who won a basket full of goodies kindly donated by Benifer & Porus Irani. The second prize, a wine bottle donated by Koura bay wines, was won by Navaz Engineer. The lucky ticket winner was Yezdi Sopariwalla. He won a bottle of wine donated by Koura Bay Wines.

We would like to thank all our volunteers who stayed back and helped us put the chairs and tables away.

A big thanks to all who attended and supported ZANZ.

Best Wishes

ZANZ Management Committee

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Date 18th September 2010
Event ZANZ Badminton Tournament 2010
Venue Howick Recreation Centre
Description Dear friends,

ZANZ organized a badminton tournament at the HRC on 18th Sept 2010. Last year this event proved very popular and hence we decided to have a repeat this year. This year we also decided to invite juniors' to participate based on feedback received last year. In this year's tournament we had 45 participants and we conducted Junior's singles, Men's singles, Women's singles, Men's doubles and Women's doubles tournaments.

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

Men's Singles

  • Winner: Shahanoor Contractor
  • Runners-up: Cherag Daruwalla

Women's Singles

  • Winner: Roana Billia
  • Runners-up: Jarafshan Mistry

Men's Doubles

  • Winner: Percy Mehta and Nash Vajizdar
  • Runners-up: Cherag Daruwalla and Aatish Bulsara

Women's Doubles:

  • Winner: Roana Billia and Jefferina Siganporia
  • Runners-up: Jarafshan Mistry and Nazneen Daruwalla

Junior Singles

  • Winner: Hanoze Billia
  • Runners-up: Sanaya Wadia

We had a prize giving ceremony where the winners were felicitated with movie tickets and the runners up were given a box of chocolates. Everyone enjoyed the event and the place was reminiscent of the Parsee colony atmosphere. Kids were literally playing in tiny spaces between the courts.

An excellent performance by all and in particular our upcoming star of the day was Sanaya Wadia. Shahanoor Contractor and Cherag Daruwalla proved to be the master players of this tournament.

We would like to thank all our volunteers for umpiring the games and helping us in the end to tidy up the hall. This tournament was controlled by Paeterasp Vevaina from the very beginning and he proved to be a valuable resource for the committee. Everybody pitched in and provided support throughout the tournament so thanks to all of you. Delicious lamb cutlets and chicken roll were served by Malcolm and Kainaz Variava. The food was enjoyed by all the players and all others present.

A comment heard by one of our committee member was "Ketlu soju ramej aapra poryao, shu talent che aapra bachao ma, kharekhar aai ZANZ avi kai event kare to maja aavi jai". Perhaps that speaks volumes for this event.

Regards,
ZANZ Management Committee

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Date 16th October 2010
Event ZANZ Prayer Class Kid's Natak
Venue Bucklands Beach Hall
Description The ZANZ prayer class children made their parents and families very proud when they gave a fantastic performance entitled "The Story of Creation" on Saturday 16th October at the Bucklands Beach Hall. This performance was the culmination of weeks of hard practice during prayer classes since March this year. The audience applauded the children's efforts with loud clapping, cheers and whistling. The children left the stage with huge smiles on their faces.

The director of this great performance was our very own talented Thespian, Mr. Godrej Engineer. The ZANZ committee would like to express our gratitude to Godrej for dedicating a lot of time and effort into this show. We would also like to thank Yutaaz Saher for being a fantastic assistant director, coaching the children and helping Godrej at all the rehearsals. We would also like to thank all our volunteers who were working behind the scenes to get this play together.

There is a lot of talent in our children and we hope to showcase it at many more dramatic performances in the future.

Kind Regards,
ZANZ Management Committee
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Date 16th October 2010
Event ZANZ Antakshari Competition
Venue Bucklands Beach Hall
Description There was fierce competition amongst the 8 teams that battled at the ZANZ Antakshari Night on October 16th 2010 at Bucklands Beach Hall. The MC, Baji Antia, along with his talented team (Paeterasp Vevaina, Zubbin Navroji and Armin Mehta) did a fantastic job organising the songs, video and audio clips to challenge the 48 brave participants. Malcolm and Kainaz Variava's yummy sandwiches, rolls, samosas and fried rice kept everyone happy and full through the night.

We have some wonderful singers in our community and even audience members got a chance to show their musical talent. The competition was close and towards the end, every point was important. Unfortunately, only one team could be crowned the ultimate champions but the camaraderie and sportsmanship shown by the participants made everyone a winner and we all walked away with smiles on our faces and songs in our hearts.

The top 3 teams were:

First Prize: Desi Kalaakar (103 Points)
  • Mani Mowjee
  • Shahnaaz Patel
  • Diana Master
  • Minoo Master
  • Jarafshan Mistry
  • Minoo Siganporia
Second Prize: Geet Gaataa Chal (95 Points)
  • Jeroo Irani
  • Bakhtavar Rao
  • Homi Mistry
  • Shenaaz Mistry
  • Kurush Daruwalla
  • Kashmira Daruwalla
Third Prize: Desi Kiwis (93 Points)
  • Nazneen Wadia
  • Dilnavaz Kaikobadi
  • Anahita Gonda
  • Anahita Daruwalla
  • Farida Master
  • Tanaz Phiroze Irani

We would like to acknowledge and thank Baji and his team for investing a lot of time and effort during the initial preparation for this event and on the night itself. The antakshari competition went on for 3 hours but they had enough songs for another hour or so. To say they were well-prepared would be an understatement. We are already looking forward to the next antakshari competition.

We would also like to the thank those of you who stayed back and helped the committee put away tables and chairs. For every ZANZ event, the committee is present an hour before and at least an hour after everybody goes home so any help is most appreciated.

Kind Regards,
ZANZ Management Committee
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Date 11th December 2010
Event ZANZ Christmas Party
Venue Bucklands Beach Hall
Description The 2010 ZANZ Christmas Party was held on 11th December 2010 at Bucklands Beach Hall. All the children who attended had a wonderful time. The party started with each child selecting a picture for their SandArt activity. Then their imaginations took over as they patiently filled in each section of the picture with different colours of sand. Some parents also got into the spirit and helped out. Once their masterpieces were laminated and ready to go home, the children had a bite to eat before SANTA came to hand out presents to all the good boys and girls.
This year, Santa was extra-special as "he" spoke several languages and made the children dance and play before handing out the presents and candy canes. The ZANZ committee would like to thank our special Santa for making the party fun and entertaining for young and old present and hope that "he" can come back next year.
We wish all our Zoroastrian friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Regards,
ZANZ Management Committee
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Over 100 people attended the ZANZ New Year dinner at Howick Recreation Centre on Saturday 21st August 2010.

DJs Chris and Nash provided lively music throughout the night. The caterers, Khyber Restaurant, provided excellent food which included goat biryani, chicken tikka masala and lamb rogan josh. The dinner was enjoyed by all with many coming back for seconds and thirds.

Dancing started in full swing after dinner. The raffle winner on the night was Kerrie Damania who won a basket full of goodies kindly donated by Benifer & Porus Irani. The second prize, a wine bottle donated by Koura bay wines, was won by Navaz Engineer. The lucky ticket winner was Yezdi Sopariwalla. He won a bottle of wine donated by Koura Bay Wines.

We would like to thank all our volunteers who stayed back and helped us put the chairs and tables away.

A big thanks to all who attended and supported ZANZ.

Best Wishes

ZANZ Management Committee

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