Auckland ( Avtar Singh Tehna ) The Supreme Sikh Society of New Zealand has postponed the inauguration ceremony of Sikh Sports Complex Takanini due to Corona virus precautions; it was initially scheduled for 20th March to 22nd March 2020. The Nagar Kirtan in Otahuhu next month will also be delayed. However, various religious events to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Gurudwara itself will continue as per the published schedule.
Also, the organizers have requested the Sangat not to bring any home-made food or sweets to the Gurdwara for the next few weeks. Only the food prepared within the Gurudwara premises will be served in the langer in the wake of corona virus. The management has also appealed to the Sangat to follow Ministry of Health’s advise regarding coronavirus to keep themselves and the fellow worshipers safe at all times.
According to Mr Daljit Singh, spokesperson of the Society at Gurdwara Sri Kalgidhar Sahib Takannini "The decision to postpone these long-awaited events isn't taken lightly, the delays are necessary for the safety of our community and to control the spread of corona virus."
He further added that the Supreme Sikh Society is continually in touch with PMO office regarding the extension of visas for the visitors who were planning to visit NZ to take part in the inauguration ceremony. It is pertinent to mention that Jathedar Sri Akaal Takhat Sahib Giyani Harpreet Singh and a team of Punjabi Journalists were going to take part in these events. The Supreme Sikh Society would like to find a solution with the help from the NZ government so that the participants from abroad don't have to reapply for the visas unnecessarily.
The spokesperson stated that Otahuhu Gurughar Nagar Kirtan has also been postponed and a further decision will be taken during a special meeting of the Society in the coming days. Sangat will be kept informed regarding the revised schedules in due course.
Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, Sports and Finance Minister Grant Roberston, Police Commissioner Mike Bush were also amongst the prominent personalities to attend the inauguration ceremony.