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The Executives, Trustees and members of the Then India Sanmarga Ikya (NZ) Sangam would like to wish everyone a

Happy and Prosperous Diwali

The Sangam has been active in New Zealand for over 25 years  

Auckland Sangam was formed in Auckland in 1988, and successfully carried out many activities including Tamil Natak dance performances, annual sports competitions, diwali events, and social and dinner functions, and helped form over 16 sports teams.


In 1999 Auckland Sangam President Mr Avinash Naidu and World Cup Director Mr Narendra Gounder approached Mr M K Pillay and asked him to form a National Sangam body.

Apart from the need to better organise the various Sangam groups and branches into a formal structure, there were discipline and accountability issues with some soccer teams.

And so the National T.I.S.I. (NZ) Sangam was formed in 1999 by Mr M K Pillay, who had at the time over 30 years management experience with Fiji Sangam. He also became the inaugural National President.

It was envisaged that this would lead to better communication, increased co-operation between groups and members, and a stronger and better managed organisation.

There are now various groups in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington.  T.I.V. Sangam men’s youth groups and Maathar Sangam women's groups hold regular activities and meetings.

The Sangam in New Zealand was formed along the lines of the T.I.S.I. Sangam in Fiji, which is the largest non-government organisation in the country.  

Initially formed in Fiji in 1926 in Fiji, it is also the largest non-public provider of education with 26 schools and numerous pre-schools.  There are dozens of branches and temples around  Fiji.

The following links also give an insight into the background and history of Fiji Sangam and South Indian people from Fiji - courtesy of Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam, Fiji website at :

Glimpses from the Past - Speech by Mr G. S. Naidu

Founder and Patron Saint - Sadhu Kuppu Swamy

First Secretary - Mr T. A. J. Pillay

First General Manager - Mr M. N. Naidu

First Legal Advisor - Honourable A. D. Patel

A Brief History of Sangam