A Note to Readers

It is not yet election time but it is time for readers to begin voicing their opinions on issues that are of immediate and long-term concern to them. National Party Leader and Prime Minister John Key has an unrivalled lead in the opinion polls as the Most Preferred Prime Minister, while his advisory Opposition Leader Phil Goff has formidable challenges…

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Business Council launches Wellington Chapter

New Zealand businesses should explore the enormous potential that exists in India in every sector of the economy, Indian High Commissioner Retired Admiral Sureesh Mehta said. “Manufacturing, industry, trade, education, health, tourism and investment are among the sectors that offer immense opportunities for entrepreneurs in this country. Large, medium and small businesses can benefit from the booming Indian economy,” he…

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New Immigration Tribunal Chief appointed

The Government has appointed Bill Hasting to head the newly created Immigration and Protection Tribunal in the rank of a District Judge. Mr Hasting, currently the Chief Censor, will take up the new assignment on July 1. Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson said the new Tribunal would replace four existing panels related to immigration. They are the Refugee Status Appeals Authority, the…

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Independent Panel to ease GST transition

The Government has appointed a Panel to help businesses achieve smooth transition into the new GST regime, with Revenue Minister Peter Dunne claiming that it would be independent of Government regulation and authority. The ‘GST Advisory Panel’ had its first meeting on June 17 in Wellington to identify issues of transition and help businesses cope with the change. Finance Minister…

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