Pakistani Christians protest brutal killing

Staff Reporter The small, well-knit Pakistani Christian community organised a meeting to protest the brutal killing of a working couple in their native country. Like-minded Pakistani Muslims and other ethnic groups also attended the protest rally held at Aotea Square in Auckland on November 22, 2014. According to reports, Sajjad Maseeh (27) and Shama Bibi (24) were set upon by…

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SAARC Award for social worker

Staff Reporter Hamilton resident Suman Kapoor will be honoured with the ‘Parikalpana SAARC Summit Award’ at the International Bloggers Conference scheduled to be held in Bhutan from January 15 to 18, 2015. The Award is in recognition of her works in Hindi outside India through community service, education programmes and blogs. The Award carries a commendation certificate, a memento, an…

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Wellington Tamils promote White Ribbon

Sridevi Venugopal As a part of its efforts to promote campaigns to eradicate violence against women, the Wellington Mutamizh Sangam (WMS) organised a special programme on November 23, 2014 at the Johnsonville Community Center in the Capital. The programme, conducted in Tamil, included a presentation on the White Ribbon Campaign and a lively discussion on related topics. White Ribbon Ambassador…

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Myopic policy distorts New Zealand’s image

Change of law should end student exploitation June Ranson New Zealand’s immigration laws must be changed to stop overseas students from being exploited by unscrupulous employers and overseas unlicensed agents. Exploitation of students, which has recently been highlighted in the media, starts in their home country. They are being enticed to study in New Zealand with false promises of developing…

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Working smarter, not harder, boosts productivity

Nathan McLellan In the recent ‘Speech from the Throne,’ the National-led government stated its commitment to “build a productive and competitive economy.” This pledge to boost New Zealand’s productivity comes in the context of the oft talked about income gap between New Zealand and other developed countries, like Australia;  a gap usually measured by the difference in GDP per capita.…

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Researcher accuses local Councils of muzzling

Dr Catherine Strong A Massey University researcher has said that some Local Councils are muzzling their elected members and stifling free speech. Dr Catherine Strong from the School Communication, Journalism and Marketing said that there was a disturbing paragraph creeping into the operating policies of some Councils. “It prevents elected members from talking to the media about anything negative within…

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Another term for Rabindran at Auckland Transport

Venkat Raman Rabin Rabindran, a prominent Barrister and an expert in a number of specialised areas, has been re-elected to the Board of Auckland Transport. Auckland Council, which makes this appointment, said that Mr Rabindran will hold the office for a further period of three years. Prior to the merger of seven regional councils in to ‘Super City Auckland’ in…

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