Auckland has been kind to Aaron and his family. Since arriving in New Zealand in 1980, the Bhatnagar family have prospered and benefitted from the opportunities that a great country like New Zealand can offer. This multi-generational success, firstly with Sir Roger Bhatnagar in the 1980s and 1990s, and then with Aaron and his wider family in the late 2000s and 2010s, has given the Bhatnagar family an opportunity to contribute back to the city that they so dearly love.
Aaron served as an Auckland City Councillor and Committee Chairman in the final term of the old Auckland City Council, and was heavily involved in Auckland and New Zealand politics between 1996 and 2010. Aaron also served for many years on the St Joseph of Cluny Kindergarten management committee. His other not-for-profit service includes serving for a number of years on the NZ Shareholders Association Auckland committee.
Some of the more recent projects that Aaron and the Bhatnagar family have assisted include
The Sir Roger Bhatnagar collection at Bert Sutcliffe Lounge, Eden Park
On 24 November 2017, the Sir Roger Bhatnagar collection of cricket memorabilia was unveiled at the Bert Sutcliffe Lounge at Eden Park. Over the course of the 1980s and 1990s, Sir Roger amassed a significant collection of cricket bats and other memorabilia representing a unique snapshot of top level cricket in NZ. This memorabilia collection was looking for a new home when Sir Roger's health challenges meant he required assisted living in a special care facility.
The Bhatnagar family was delighted to assist Auckland Cricket with the renovations of their Bert Sutcliffe Lounge, and in return, find a home for these items to go on permanent display for cricket lovers to enjoy. The event was officiated by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. Winston Peters MP, and the family is deeply grateful for his attendance.
Sir Roger Bhatnagar Collection unveiled at Auckland Cricket, Aaron Bhatnagar on LinkedIn, 24 November, 2017
Sir Roger Bhatnagar collection opening Auckland Cricket, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, 24 November, 2017
Sir Roger Bhatnagar collection donated to Auckland Cricket, Auckland Cricket, 24 November 2017
You can read a little bit more about Sir Roger's story on the "About" page.