Roshan Lal Nauhria was the only member of the Indian community to be featured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List released on June 1, 2009. Queen Elizabeth II made him a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, a top honour for his services to business and the community.
Nauhria graduated in Electrical Engineering from BITS, Pilani, in 1970 before migrating to New Zealand in 1972, where he set up his own construction and property business in 1976. He is the managing director of the Auckland based Nauhria Group of companies and is well known in the community for his forthrightness and philanthropy. He stands at the forefront of the Indian community and is the founder President of the Bharatiya Mandir in Auckland, set up in 1986. The former Vice-President of Hare Krishna Mandir (ISCKON) in Auckland, is also the President of the United Indians, the apex body of the 23 major Indian associations in New Zealand.
“I believe that this is an honor for every person of the Indian community and I also believe in mutual help and understanding, which is the foundation for growth and prosperity,” a humble Nauhria’s response to the honor he received.