National List MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi was presented with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award at a ceremony in India last week.
The award was presented to Mr Bakshi by Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on 9 January.
The award recognises exceptional contributions by recipients in their chosen field. A total of 16 people from around the world received the award last week. Recipients are chosen by India’s Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and presented with the awards on India’s non-resident Indian Day, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
“It is a great honour to receive the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award. In accepting this award, I would like to acknowledge the contribution of all New Zealanders of Indian origin to Kiwi culture, communities, and the economy,” Mr Bakshi said.
“As an Indian-born New Zealander, I am deeply humbled and thankful for all the support I have received,” he said.
Mr Bakshi received the Award for his services to the community in New Zealand and for building a positive profile of people of Indian origin in New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Earlier recipients of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award from New Zealand include former Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand and Judge Ajit Swaran Singh.