New law on migrant recruitment sends strong message

Dr Jackie Blue Wellington, February 23, 2017 The Humans Rights Commission welcomes the Government’s introduction of migrant worker recruitment stand-down periods for employers who breach immigration and employment law. The Commission hopes that this is only the start of actions taken to address migrant labour exploitation in New Zealand. Last year, New Zealand saw its first human trafficking conviction and…

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Tougher punishment for exploitation of migrant workers

Michael Woodhouse Wellington, February 23, 2017 I have announced new measures to stop employers who breach immigration and employment law from recruiting migrant workers. These measures will come into effect on April 1, 2017. Migrant workers make a valuable contribution to our workforce and have the same rights as any other worker. It is simply unacceptable that those employers who…

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Students’ issue goes to Ombudsman

Anu Kaloti Auckland, February 22, 2017 (1155 pm) A small but strong group of international Indian Students ended its sanctuary at Auckland Unitarian church at the weekend pending negotiations between their lawyer and Immigration New Zealand (INZ) regarding their deportation. The negotiations finalised earlier today. The students have agreed to leave New Zealand voluntarily and INZ will not detain them…

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Grand old dame of Warkworth gets a makeover

Supplied Content Auckland, February 22, 2017 The 105-year-old history of the Warkworth Town Hall will reopen on Saturday, February 25, 2017 after undergoing refurbishment. Architect Matthews said that maintaining the sense of architectural and social history of the hall was paramount to the success of this restoration. He supervised the two-and-a-half-year upgrade of the building, which is classified as ‘Historic…

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Auckland Council steps up alarming system

Supplied Content Auckland, February 22, 2017 Auckland Council’s Civil Defense and Emergency Management (CDEM) Group Committee today endorsed a draft Public Alerting Framework that will see enhancements made to the region’s existing emergency alerting systems. Committee Chair Councillor Sharon Stewart said this is an important next step in preparing the Auckland region to respond in an emergency, and is a…

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