The International Maori Cultural Centre

News for February 2019


Posted on Tuesday 19th February 2019

Yesterday, Dhamma Nanda Sraman was arrested in Dargaville and taken to Whangarei police station. Today Wednesday 20th of February 2019, he is being moved to Auckland for immediate deportation, possibly on Thursday or Friday this week. Dhamma was whangae (adopted) in November by Nga Uri o Putete Hapu, in the Far North. This adoption took place after careful consideration of his case and discussions with his family members and the Buddhist community in Bangladesh. This issue has now become a Maori issue and we vehemently object to his arrest and deportation plans by the labour minister Kris Faafoi to deport him. Maori are seeking religious and political asylum because his people are under severe religious sanctions in his country of birth. Dhamma is a Buddhist, his family home and his father’s business was torched and burnt to the ground. His daughters and wife cannot go to school because of the sanctions put on his family at home. His daughters say that they would rather talk to their father on the phone in Aotearoa knowing he is safe as apposed to talking to him in a coffin and seeing him dead in his country of birth. Dhamma has been living in Dargaville, New Zealand for four years. He has a registered business and has been paying taxes to the government and therefore as a taxpayer he is essentially a New Zealand citizen. This government is cruel and heartless and have not considered the plight adequately of Dhamma Sraman. The government has conveniently deleted our email attachments to the various ministers in the last few days prior to his arrest. So, stand up everyone and cry “FREEDOM FOR DHAMMA”!!