Over the past 30 years Beant Singh Jador has devoted much of his life to building the Sikh community in New Zealand.
The Conifer Grove resident and businessman received a Queen’s Service Medal in the New Year honours list, recognizing his work in the Sikh community in Auckland and Waikato since he came to New Zealand from India in 1976.
When Mr Jador first arrived there weren’t any Sikh temples in New Zealand.
The nation’s first temple in Te Rapa near Hamilton opened the following year and Mr Jador’s father-in-law Mohan Singh Bola was involved in its establishment as secretary of the New Zealand Sikh Society’s Hamilton branch.
Mr Jador has been with the society for three decades, as its secretary and treasurer.