Diwali about fighting for good over evil


Mark Benefield, Area Commander Manurewa (left) and Tracy Phillips Professional Conduct Upper North Island strike an Indian classical dance pose with little Rajkumari

The victory of good over evil is what the festival of Diwali symbolises, “and it is exactly the same thing, fighting for good over evil that brings me to work every day,” said Inspector David Glowssop, Counties Manukau South Area Commander at the Diwali celebration hosted by Counties Manukau Police at Manukau Police Station.

The cold winds at the second floor car park of the Manukau Police Station where the event was held didn’t stop the Police and members of the Corrections Department from enjoying the performances, along with masala chai and a simple but tasty vegetarian Indian lunch.

Some of the police officers were hard to recognise as they walked around in colourful Indian turbans.

As Venkat Raman, member of the South Asian Police Advisory Board and editor of Indian Newslink newspaper said, this is a good example of police reaching out to communities, especially the diverse communities in Manukau.

And from the looks of it, the Police were having a great time saying wah wah (translated as `great job’ in Hindi) as they appreciated the dance performance and partook in the celebrations.

The high energy and entertaining Indian Bhangra dance performed by the uniformed police team was one of the highlights of the afternoon.