Roshan Nauhria was born in a middle class family in India. He graduated in engineering from BITS Pilani, a premier Engineering university in India. He came to NZ in 1970 as a Design Engineer with Cutler Hammer. He now runs a reinforcing steel and precast concrete business employing more than 160 people having an annual turnover of around NZD 40 million. He has achieved this through sustained hard work, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit embedded in business ethics and morality.
In 2000, Roshan was joined by his son, Rakesh and together they expanded the business into the precast concrete market. Through continued research and development, Nauhria have entrenched a niche position in the precast market with a unique and award winning key point of difference – ‘MONARC’ Creative Precast. Today Nauhria Precast is a leading supplier to the Auckland construction market and have won many awards including Westpac Business Excellence Awards, Concrete Sustainability Awards and Indian Business Excellence Awards etc.
Roshan has always been a staunch community worker and believes that one must always give back to society and support the underprivileged. In his early days in NZ, with the help of some of his friends and well-to-do Indians, he started the work of building the temple started in 1986 and the Bharatiya Mandir Indian Temple Inc. was established. Roshan was one of the large donors. The temple construction was completed in 1993. He is still the trustee and was the President (till 2015) of the Bharatiya Mandir Indian Temple Inc. and is now involved in a large multi-million dollar project for the temple expansion which will give the Indian community a social meeting place as well.
He was also deeply involved in the early stages of the construction of Hare Krishna temple in Kumeu, just on the outskirts of Auckland, by the ISKCON both in terms of giving time and financial support to the temple. He was also Vice Chairman of the Trust
He has always believed in lending a helping hand to whomever he can, especially the Indian community. In the 1987 coup in Fiji, when a lot of the Indians had to seek asylum in New Zealand, he was actively involved in talking to the government to New Zealand to help the refugees and was successfully able to get them immigration in New Zealand.
He also does charitable work in India in his native village Dharamkot, where he has set up a charitable 28 bedded hospital that serves around 1500 patients and offers OPD services, gynecology, eye treatments, diabetes/sugar facilities, surgical procedure, including laparoscopy and has saved numerous lives! He also offers free tuition to high school students from underprivileged sections of the society in Punjab where coaching is offered to meritorious students to enable them to secure admission in top educational graduate schools like the Indian Institute of Technology and medical colleges. Presently, 7 teachers have been employed by him and about 66 students are being coached and state-of-the-art facilities (electronic boards, computers and internet etc. are provided free of charge.
Recognizing his contribution to business and community he was awarded the MNZM in 2009 (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit), an honour bestowed upon only a few persons of Indian origin. He was featured in the book “ 25 Prominent Indians in the World” 2010 edition and in 2011 he was bestowed a special award-“Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year Award” by the Premier of Ontario Canada in Aug 2011.
He has felt that the migrant community in NZ, in spite of making exceptionally strong contributions to NZ society, has not been cared for or recognised in the political system and their needs have been overlooked. He has tried getting support from both the major parties to address these issues but nothing significant was done. He has been working for some time with all migrant communities to form a political party so as to give a voice to them in the political process and address their needs. After getting tremendous support from leaders of the Indian, Chinese, Korean and other Asian communities he launched the NZ People’s Party. He intends to devote more and more time for community work as business is being handed over to his son Rakesh