Tremor trauma hits students here

Kamil Lakshman –  Nepal is the latest victim to succumb to a massive natural disaster. A beautiful country, which I had planned to visit, is facing a crisis. The earthquake that shook the Himalayan nation on April 25, 2015 had, at press time, killed more than 7000 people. Many human lives have gone, and thousands are injured, become homeless and…

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Unions zero in on retailers next

Mike Booker –  Fresh from their zero hours contract win with fast food chain McDonald’s, unions are warning that they have retailers in their sights. First Union General Secretary Robert Reid congratulated Unite Union on their win against zero hours contracts at McDonalds, but then turned his attention to the retail workers his union represents. “The issues of insecure work…

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Governor General honours Veteran Indian

Venkat Raman –  Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae said that New Zealanders who contribute positively to the progress of the country deserve to be recognised and applauded. Speaking at an Investiture Ceremony held at Government House in Auckland on May 7, 2015, he said that the Nation took pride in such persons and that they enriched the values of our…

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Make your GST payment on the go

Abdul Rafik –  The new mobile app of Inland Revenue Department (IRD) is simplifying GST filing for small businesses and already 7270 people have downloaded it. IRD’s myIR mobile app was developed in collaboration with the winners of our crowd-sourcing challenge called APP4IR, a competition to find a way to make it easier for small businesses to interact with the…

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Funding will boost innovation       

Phil O’Reilly –  Incentives for firms to invest in innovation are welcome. The government announced $80 million increase in funding for Growth Grants announced on April 14, 2015. This funding will provide more incentives for companies to increase their research and development, The Growth Grants, administered by Callaghan Innovation, are allocated to firms that spend at least $300,000 per year,…

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