INDIAN NEW ZEALAND MEETUP
Come and join us at New Zealand’s Biggest Indian Meetup.
Indian New Zealand Meetup is organised and run by Rachit Kushwaha, every once in a month. It is a community of Indians from around New Zealand who engage with each other in a positive and supportive way. This community is specifically for the people who are willing to meet in person, have fun and share stories, experiences, problems and so on.
6 months ago I was sitting in my room scrolling through my Facebook feed looking at my friend’s pictures in India hanging out, partying and having fun.
Of course, I was happy for them but deep down I was depressed, jealous and sad. This is something that not many immigrants talk about. When I was new in the country I tried going out as much I can, experience the western culture, made lots of kiwi friends, hung out with them, went to clubbing, surfing and did all the fancy stuff.
Fast forward, after two years I started missing things we used to do in India. That desi-ness was missing from life.
Realising I didn’t have many Indian friends. I started looking for ways to make some. A dear friend suggested, why don’t you make a post in your Indian Facebook groups and see if someone wants to catch up.
I took the advice and made a post asking if someone is interested to catch up in the city. In just 4 hours, I had 59 comments and 102 likes on the post.
I was so surprised by the response. I didn’t know there are so many people who are going through the feelings as I was. And then came up the idea of Indian Auckland Meetup. A place where all the kiwi-Indian can meet, have fun, discuss things, solve each other’s problems and have one day in a month where we can celebrate who we really are. I reckon one of the reasons the meetup is so successful (that most of the people wonder about) because the vision behind was never to make money, promote business or discuss political issues/list properties etc. but genuinely building a relationship and help one another.
This 6 months journey has been crazy. Growing from the 15 attendees to 79, having super active 1500 members in the FB group. More importantly building some last longing friendship, memories and overcoming the feeling that something is missing from life.
What you need to do before coming to the meetup?
Literally nothing. Just save the date in your calendars. And get ready to meet some amazing people.
What can you expect at the meetup?
A lot of things! You are going to meet some amazing like-minded people, dance your ass off, get to know amazing stories, free mental health & fitness tips, career advice and you will create memories that will last forever.
How can you contribute to the meetup?
Our meetups are completely donation based. The best way you can help this meetup grow and help more people to meet like-minded people is by putting a note in the donation box (which will be available at the venue). This money will be used to pay for the venue, snacks and water bottles. Many people also bring some finger food to make this meetup more amazing.
What is not allowed at the meetup?
STRICTLY no business promotion – It would be stopped right away.
STRICTLY no political discussion.
Are kids allowed?
At the majority of our meetups, all the kids above the age of 10 years are allowed. We do organise kids-friendly meetups occasionally, please see the event page on Facebook for more details.
What is the goal of this meetup?
Indian Auckland Meetup is a community of Indians from around New Zealand who engage with each other in a positive and supportive way. This community is specifically for the people who are willing to meet in person, have fun and share stories, experiences, problems and so on.
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