Indian scholarships for New Zealanders

The Indian government is offering two scholarship placements for New Zealanders to pursue education in Indian universities. Administered by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) of the federal government in Delhi, the scholarships would be available for students in New Zealand to pursue undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and other research courses. The scholarships are not available for Indian nationals. The…

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Working Groups to improve child education

The government has established two working groups aiming to improve the quality of Early Childhood Education (ECE). The two groups of eight members each, will concert their efforts respectively on ‘Improving quality of ECE services sector-wide’ and ‘Improving quality of ECE services for children aged less than two years.’ Education minister Hekia Parata said that the working groups comprised experts…

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Bainimarama seeks better diplomatic ties

Prime Minister Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama has called on Fiji’s diplomats to assist in promoting the country’s foreign policy based on ideals of fairness and friendship and the domestic policy founded on transparency, accountability and good governance. He said Fiji’s foreign policy in the ensuing years would focus on clarifying the mission of his government and country towards greater achievement…

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India’s help sought to cure doctor shortage

Fiji can effectively address shortage of doctors if the ongoing discussions with Indian officials and professional health providers are successful. New Delhi based Fijian High Commissioner Yogesh Karan said the diplomatic mission was also in talks with a number of hospitals in India to find a lasting solution to the problem. “We have been meeting regularly with three hospitals to…

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Local governments face reforms

The smoke signals are plain to see – there will be significant reform of local government in the near future. Those within central government are now openly expressing their concerns and frustrations with a poor performing local government sector. This recent exchange between Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker reached soprano pitch. It seems the…

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Onerous comparisons obscure reality

Statistical comparisons of macro economies could be onerous and misleading, resulting in inaccurate and incorrect picture of realities, Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) Governor Dr Alan Bollard has said. He said such comparisons could have resulted in the understatement of the economic performance of New Zealand. A proper comparison may place New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) about 10%…

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