Stamp Released to Mark 125 Years of Sikh Migration
A postage stamp to mark 125 years of Sikh migration was recently released by National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi. Earlier this year due to efforts of Mr Bakshi, the Indian community celebrated Vaisakhi in the New Zealand Parliament for the very first time. This was a special occasion to mark the arrival of Punjabis in New Zealand as well as to highlight Indian culture and contributions.
Mr Bakshi then worked with the New Zealand Punjabi Foundation to honour arrival of first Indian origin Sikhs to New Zealand by releasing Vaisakhi postage stamps. This effort eventually came to fruition on Sunday, June 5 in Papatoetoe at an event organised by the New Zealand Punjabi foundation.
Presence of family members from the first pioneer Indian Punjabi families who migrated to New Zealand in the early 19th century made the occasion even more special. Mr Bakshi says that it is because of the hard work and sacrifices made by early settlers from India that the current and future generation of Indians are enjoying successful and happy lives in New Zealand.