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Rashna Dorab Tata arrived in New Zealand from Mumbai in 2001 with her husband Dorab and son Piran. She was soon elected as the President of the Zoroastrian Association of New Zealand (ZANZ) and continued serving the community for three terms from 2003 to 2009. She also published a community newsletter and wrote for several other Zoroastrian magazines in India and overseas.
Rashna is currently one of the New Zealand Trustee’s of the World Zoroastrian Organisation (WZO). She was also an active member of the organising committee of the World Zoroastrian Youth Congress held in New Zealand in 2015.
She has been a Rotarian and has worked with NGO’s and charitable organisations, both as a Rotarian and in her personal capacity.
Rashna moderates a special Facebook group representing the Indian Community of Auckland called ‘Indians Living in Auckland’ comprising 50,000 members. The page provides the Indian community with a collective voice.
As part of this group’s activity, she conducts a monthly live interview, with a Minister, Member of Parliament or a person of interest to the Indian community. This is in collaboration with the Indian Newslink, New Zealand’s largest and oldest Indian Newspaper.
In recognition of her services, to both the Parsee community and the wider Indian Community, Rashna is receiving a special Community Service Award at the – 8th Annual Indian Newslink Community – Sports, Community & Cultural Awards in June 2022.
Rashna holds a Masters in Industrial Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism & PR, and a Cambridge University Diploma to teach English to speakers of other languages.