Honorary Consul of India, Auckland
About Bhav Dhillon
Bhav Dhillon is a well-known community leader and an established Business Leader of repute. With a sound understanding of most bilateral trade and community issues, he is a strong advocate for the India NZ relationship and involved with the Indian Diaspora in NZ for nearly 15 years.
Following his passion for the India-NZ relationship, he is on the board and Treasurer of India NZ Business Council and has accompanied the Prime Minister twice on his trips to India. He is also significantly involved with all incoming senior-level ministerial visits from India to NZ.
He is the Managing Director of CEMIX, which is an iconic Kiwi brand that has been in NZ for over 30 years and is a market leader, manufacturing innovative construction products with a nationwide presence. Cemix has been part of the Deloitte Fast50 in 2011 and a finalist in the Green Ribbon Awards.
He also is on the board of Foundation North, Australasia’s largest philanthropic funding agency. Foundation North holds in trust for the Auckland and Northland communities an endowment, or putea, of over a billion dollars. That endowment is used to make millions of dollars in grants each year to not-for-profit groups in Auckland and Northland.
Bhav is also the Chair of There's a Better Way Foundation which works alongside NZ Police, Auckland Council and other like-minded organisations for creating pathways for positive change among youth at risk of gang culture and drugs.
On the community front, he is the Chairman of the Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame and the Publisher of The Indian Weekender, NZ's only weekly newspaper for the Kiwi-Indians.
Recent Major Achievements
Has been honoured with Indian government’s highest Indian diaspora award – Pravasi Bhartiya Samman.
Recipient of Herald on Sunday – Sideline Champs Awards 2013 due to my involvement with creating Pathways of Change for
our Youth at risk.
Founder/organizer of the annual “Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame” where the Prime Minister is the Guest of Honour. These awards are constituted to celebrate the success of individuals in the Diaspora
Recipient of Hind Rattan Award on the occasion of India’s Republic Day on 26th of January 2008
Recipient of the Auckland Council Community Safety Award for There’s a Better Way - community project.
Finalist in the annual Green Ribbon Awards 2011 by the NZ Government.
Featured in the NZ Herald, TVNZ, TV3, NewstalkZB, Radio Live, Radio NZ and Hardware Industry Journals in the past year.
Has been profiled by the Idealog Magazine re my quality assurance and R&D led product development initiatives.