Local politicians turn up to Dussehra event

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Being a politician in Auckland means reaching out to diverse communities and that’s what Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross and Howick Local Board member Adele White did on the weekend.

They braved icy cold winds on Sunday afternoon to attend the Dussehra festival event organised by the Maa Shakti Charitable Trust at the Barry Curtis Park.

Ms White was spotted enjoying Indian devotional songs prior to the prize distribution and burning of effigy of demon king Ravana.

The stall put up by Counties Manukau Police to invite young recruits into the fold, was a big draw card.

Groups of youngsters were busy taking selfies in police jackets and hats, available at the stall.

The event was well attended by community leaders that included Ross Robertson and Ashraf Choudhary, members of Otara-Papatoetoe board and Baljit Kaur, local Labour party candidate at the recent elections, amongst others.

Overheard: Mr Ross telling Mahesh Bindra, List MP NZ First party: “You are a good guy but in the wrong party.”

Minutes later, Mr Bindra couldn’t resist returning the favour.

“Mr Jami-Lee Ross is a great guy but just in the wrong party,” he said with glee in his public speech.