Thursday 28 November 2019


On Thursday night, 13 November 2019, when the 31st edition of the annual awards saw the major prize shared between climate change activist Sophie Handford and Muslim community leader Tahir Nawaz Satti.

International Muslim Association of New Zealand president Tahir Nawaz, who also won the community service category, has strived to bring Kiwis of all backgrounds closer together following the terror attacks at two Christchurch mosques in March.

His message has been for people to put aside their differences and unite against racism and discrimination. Tahir Nawaz dedicated this year's annual Kilbirnie Mosque open day to thanking the wider community for their support and friendship following the attacks.

"The purpose is so people can come together, have some refreshments, and ask questions," he said at the time. He said he was overwhelmed by the respect shown by the community following the attacks. "We are more close and our bonds more strong. The whole nation is supporting us and helping us."
Dominion Post editor Eric Janssen said the winners and their response were a clear reflection of events that dominated New Zealand headlines in 2019. In such a confronting year for New Zealanders, there's been a crying need for our winners, their strength and convictions, and their voices. Without Sophie and Tahir's leadership, respectively, we might fear even more for our future, and struggle even more to find peace after unprecedented pain.
Judges convenor John Dow said Sophie Handford and Tahir Nawaz had demonstrated local and national leadership on issues and incidents that had resonated throughout the world this year. It was therefore fitting that they were chosen as people who had touched the lives and sensibilities of large numbers of Wellingtonians, and the community were justifiably proud of their work and commitment.

The awards were held at Te Papa's Wellington Foyer and were attended by more than 400 people.

Reference: Dominion Post

Wednesday 27 November 2019


Lt. Commander (R) Muhammad Azeem Satti, Veteran of two Indo-Pak Wars of 1965 and 1971, was born at behand, UC Panjar of Tehsil Kahuta in Rawalpindi district.

He laid strong emphasis on education throughout his life and had been a source of inspiration for the people around him. In recognition of his unwavering faith in education, his cousin and son-in-law, Brigadier (R) Javed Ahmed Satti established Azeem Public School system in Tehsil Kahuta to continue his legacy of “education for all.”

His son Vice Admiral (R) Muhammad Shafiq Satti, served as Vice Chief of Naval Staff (VCNS) and later as Rector of Bahria University Islamabad, and one of his son Muhammad Waqar Satti, is a Ship Captain in Merchant Navy.

Lt Commander (R) Muhammad Azeem Satti (Late), completed his Matriculation in 1948 with distinction and joined Pakistan Navy in Electrical Branch. He secured commission in 1967 and participated in Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971. During his service he also served as an instructor in PNS Karsaz.

The great son of soil passed away in 1997. May Allah grant him the highest rank in Jannah. Ameen


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