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28 September – 05 October – Visited Taiwan

24 November – 02 December – Visited India to meet business CEO’s and Government of India ministers/senior officials to connect and expand networks of engagement for New Zealand


28 March – 8 April – Invited by the Sikh American Chamber of Commerce (SACC) and as a guest speaker at their 2nd Annual Gala Event. The Sikh American Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization established with the unique vision to bring together Sikh businesses and professionals in the spirit of enterprise. Their goals are to provide a forum for effective business networking, promote entrepreneurship within the community and assist other Sikh professionals in the continued growth of their businesses. The event was well attended with over 400 of the most successful Sikh Entrepreneurs in both the United States and Canada in attendance.

8 November – 12 November – attended the Global Person of Indian Origin International Women's Conference, Australia and the 07th regional Pravasi Bhartiye Convention by the Government of India in Sydney, Australia


08 January - 16 January – invited to and attended the Pravasi Bharitye convention by the Government of India


24 May – 25 May - General Meeting of the Eastern Multicultural branch of the Liberal Party of Australia (Vic) as the Guest Speaker, Melbourne, Australia

The event was organised to strengthen links between the Liberal Party for Australia and the New Zealand National Party as there is a big Kiwi diaspora in Australia. It was an opportunity for Kanwaljit to have political and cultural engagement with different ethnic communities in Victoria.

6 September to 12 September – 36th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kanwaljit was the NZ representative at the annual meeting in Kuala Lumpur where 22 other countries also participated in the unique forum. New Zealand became ASEAN's Dialogue Partner in 1975. New Zealand, along with Australia and Japan, were among the first Dialogue Partners to hold Summits with ASEAN in 1977.

13 October to 14 October – Thanksgiving trip to Fiji organised by Fiji Girmit Foundation New Zealand

The visit was a follow-up to commemorations in Auckland in May 2015 attended by Foreign Minister Kubuabola. Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs was the Chief Guest in the previous Girmit Commemoration in May, 2015, where the theme was Syria wreck. Many Indentured laborers lost their lives but many more were saved by the villagers, and loss would have been more had it not been for efforts of the forebears of the current villagers of Naselai. The Foundation promised to visit the village to present them a commemoration plaque. As the member of Ethnic Caucus Committee and contacts with the Indian Community, this trip was a great opportunity to meet the Fiji-Indian community and develop further good contacts and strengthen the relationship between the two countries.


4 March – 14 March – Visit to India

  • Happening Haryana – Global Investor’s Summit- The Government of Haryana had organised Happening Haryana Investor’s Summit and Pravasi Haryana Divas for Non-Resident Indians to bring together the diaspora of Haryana origin interested in investing in the State and the policy makers for a concrete dialogue on strengthening the business environment in the State of Haryana. The invitation was received from the Honourable Chief Minister of Haryana state in India, Mr. Manohar Lal.
  •  World Cultural Festival, India - World Culture Festival was organised to commemorate 35 years of service by the Art of Living which will showcase the cultural traditions of music, dance and the arts from around the world along with Yoga and meditation. The main speaker is Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who is the founder of Art of Living.  Delegates from different countries like Sri Lanka, France and Norway have been invited to speak at the event.

24 -28 October – Visit to India with the Rt Hon Sir John Key, Delhi

Visited India with the former Prime Minister of New Zealand as the Chair of NZ-India Parliamentary Friendship Group. The visit focussed on strengthening its political, security and economic relationship while working closely with India. The programme was jointly organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), Education New Zealand (ENZ) and Tourism New Zealand (TNZ).