In Remembrance of Wenceslaus Anthony

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The Office of Ethnic Communities was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mr Wenceslaus Anthony on 23 July in Chennai, India, aged 59. He was closely associated with us and supported our EPIC (Ethnic People in Commerce) conferences as a speaker on a number of occasions.

Wenceslaus Anthony came to New Zealand in 1999, and started an import-export business. Through his hard work and honesty he became well-regarded in the local and national business community. Mr Anthony had been a co-chair of the India New Zealand Business Council and had accompanied former Prime Minister Sir John Key twice on his official visits to India. He was an integral part of the business delegation to India that helped foster stronger trade relationships between the two nations.

Apart from Wenceslaus’s business acumen, his work around interfaith initiatives was exemplary and contributed hugely to religious tolerance, peace and harmony in New Zealand society.

Our deepest condolences to the bereaved family of Mr Anthony as well as the Indian communities who will miss a dear friend, a community worker, an astute businessman and a champion of interfaith conversations in New Zealand for many years to come.