Inaugural quiz event by Hindu Youth New Zealand (HYNZ)

January 24, 2011

Hindu Youth New Zealand (HYNZ), Wellington chapter, organised its first quiz night event for the Wellington region on Friday, January 21, at Randwick School, Moera, Lower Hutt. The Quiz Night was open to the public.

About 40 young people, comprising of high school and university students took part. It was a memorable night for all.

There were six rounds comprising of Hindu Culture and Heritage, Geography and General Knowledge, Sports, Interactive session, Guess who and a True or False round, conducted by Anantha Narayanan, student of Otago University.

One of the questions was “describe the Hindu culture in one adjective”. Several outstanding answers were given, such as cultural, traditional, vibrant, dharma and colorful, which sums up the Hindu culture from a youth’s perspective.

The young judges voted the winning answer to be PROUD, which came from three Year 12 students who eventually were the winning team of the night. The team comprised of Sushant Balajee, Alex Joe and Kishan Patel, from the Hutt Valley High School.

Prizes were up for grabs for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. The 3rd prize-winning team was generous to donate their prize to HYNZ.

Vegetarian refreshments were provided as this was a meat-free, smoke-free and alcohol-free event.

Hindu Council of New Zealand and the Hindu Youth New Zealand are committed to developing leadership and community consciousness among the youth.

Hindu Council and Hindu Youth of New Zealand are guided by the idea of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one big family), which commits us to promote universal human values, social co-existence, and mutual understanding.

“The Quiz Night brought people together in a friendly competitive spirit and helped create bonds amongst the youth that will carry into the future events that we will be organizing,” said Ms. Kumuthini Selvaraj, co-ordinator of Hindu Youth New Zealand (Wellington chapter).

“I have been energized by the idea of working for the community and with like-minded young people for this event. This experience of organizing a public event and promoting it is the best-spent school holiday for me,” said Ms. Shweta Barapatre of Chilton Saint James School. Shweta has taken the creative lead in this event.

Radhika Ravi, joint co-ordinator of HYNZ (Wellington chapter) said “I have participated in many public events but organizing an event from scratch has exposed me to the challenge of taking the lead. This has been an extremely rewarding and invaluable experience.”

“We received a lot of positive feedback and many of the participants are looking forward to future events.”

The young people are looking forward to the 2nd New Zealand Hindu Youth Conference in Auckland on 7th and 8th of May 2011 on the theme of “Dynamic Spirit of Youth” – jointly organized by Hindu Youth New Zealand and New Zealand Hindu Students Forum.

The teams we develop here will be encouraged to participate in the Auckland deliberations, said Ms Selvaraj.

Courtesy: IW Online.