Thursday, 8 January 2009
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, born in New Delhi, India is the first Sikh MP in New Zealand who was elected to parliament in 2008. Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi of conservative National Party defeated the Labour Party's Ross Robertson in the immigrant-dominated Manukau East constituency in suburban Auckland. Bakshi, with his wife Irvinder Kaur and two sons, moved to Auckland from Delhi in 2001 and has since been actively involved with Indian community groups in New Zealand. He is a member of a range of business and social organisations. Kanwal holds a B.Com degree from Delhi University and has 23 years of business experience. Since moving to New Zealand, he has been active in a number of business ventures covering property, wholesaling and the fashion industry. Along with other immigrant MP's Bakshi joins the most wthinically diverse New Zealand government ever.