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Diwali, also known as the festival of light, will be celebrated by Hindu, Jain and Sikh communities on November 14 this year.

Hindus are seeking to make Diwali a public holiday in New Zealand, starting 2022.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, said that it was not fair with New Zealand Hindu community as they had to be at work/school on their most popular festival while there were public holidays on other religious days.

What is Diwali?

Diwali is an ancient festival, also called the festival of lights.

The lighting of lamps symbolises the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and the renewal of life.

As well as lighting candles or lamps, families share food, create powder art called Rangoli, and make trips to the temple.

Henna, a dark paste that dyes the skin, is also be applied as part of the festivities.

Some temples may put on fireworks displays for their local community, to mark the occasion.

Winston Peters is no longer in NZ Parliament.

Peters has had a four-decade long political career.

However, it appears to be over. His party, NZ First, was voted out of government for the second time. In the recent election, his party only received 2.7% of the vote.

At 75 it might be hard for him to get back into power. At this stage Peters has stayed low following the election. It is believed that he will talk to the press in a week or so.

Who is Winston Peters?

Wynston Raymond Peters was born in Whananaki. He was one of 11 children raised by Len Peters, of Ngātiwai, and Joan McInnes, from Scotland.

Before becoming a politician, Peters was a teacher for a year and in 1974 took up a job at the high-profile law firm Russell McVeagh.

He contested and lost the Northern Māori electorate seat for National in 1975.

His political career began when he contested the Hunua seat for National in 1978, After losing, took Labour’s Malcolm Douglas to court over the vote count and won.

In 1993 he started the New Zealand First Party and in the 2017 election, his party had the power. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern subsequently appointed Peters as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Peters was Acting Prime Minister from 21 June 2018 to 2 August 2018 while Ardern was on maternity leave.

Three Australian States have now opened their borders to New Zealand travellers.

Yesterday, South Australia joined New South Wales and Northern Territory in opening its borders to New Zealanders.

New Zealanders wanting to travel to those countries can do so and do not need to spend time in quarantine.

It is hoped the move will enable family members to reunite and even provide tourists for some states.

Labour has convincingly won the 2020 General Election.

With most of the votes now counted, Jacinda Ardern’s Labour party has won a historic 49% of the vote.

The result means Ms Ardern will serve a second term, and be Prime Minister for another three years.

The main opposition party – the National Party – won a disappointing 27% of votes.

Jacinda Ardern thanked her supporters in a televised event after the victory. She told the people of New Zealand the Labour party would “not take your support for granted.”

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – OCTOBER 17: Labour Party leader and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern claims victory during the Labor Party Election Night Function at Auckland Town Hall on October 17, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has claimed victory in the 2020 New Zealand General Election to secure a second term as prime minister in the 53rd Parliament of New Zealand after defeating National’s Judith Collins. The 2020 New Zealand General Election was originally due to be held on Saturday 19 September but was delayed due to the re-emergence of COVID-19 in the community. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Mt Hutt ski field has opened its slopes to dogs.

Last weekend the skifield held its annual dog derby and the race was on to see which dog had the best legs for running in the snow.

On the mountain were all sorts of dogs – labradors, huntaways, a shivering chihuahua and a leonberger, a even a German mountain dog.

The dog derby involves the dog completing a running race on the snow.

However, a cold day up the mountain meant tough running conditions for some of the smaller competitors.

But there was a clear winner. A German shorthaired pointer labrador cross called Arlo.