Migrant intake should satisfy national interest

Bawa Arora  New Zealand is often described as the youngest country on Earth. It is also considered a nation of immigrants. First settlers arrived from Eastern Polynesia, believed to have been followed by Europeans. Immigrants continue to enrich New Zealand with their skills, culture, food and practices. We have contributed and continue to contribute positively to the New Zealand success…

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Immigration officials clarify student visa issue

Arunima Dingra  I have addressed earlier the matter of Immigration New Zealand (INZ) declining second- year student visa applications on the grounds of allegedly misappropriated maintenance funds during the term of their previous student visas. Officers were interpreting the requirement of $15000 per year or $1250 per month as meaning that a student visa holder must maintain a minimum balance…

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Call to include Hindi in School Curriculum

Venkat Raman  venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz Auckland based Hindi Language and Culture Trust of New Zealand and ‘Teach Hindi New Zealand’ has appealed to the New Zealand government to accord official status to Hindi and include the language in the school curriculum. In a submission to the Education Minister last fortnight, Trust President Satya Dutt said that Hindi should be recognised and supported…

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Have your say on Multicultural New Zealand

Venkat Raman  venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz When Eric Chuah left his job as Head of Migrant Banking at ANZ Bank to establish ‘Cultural Connections’ (Indian Newslink, March 1, 2017), his commitment was distinct and determined: intrinsic engagement with migrant communities, conduct research and enhance the social value and standards of all New Zealanders. A tall order it seemed, but less than three months…

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British leaders lack the vision for post-EU Britain

Robert Westall  Last year, after a highly divisive referendum, Britain voted to leave the European Union. The referendum changed the political landscape and created, especially among the working class, a taste for nationalistic populist politics. The election on June 8 will determine who will lead Britain out of the EU and who will set the direction post-EU. Editor’s Note: Following…

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BNZ qualifies for People’ Choice Award

Venkat Raman  BNZ has won the Consumer New Zealand 2017 ‘People’s Choice Award,’ after topping the Consumer New Zealand KiwiSaver Customer Satisfaction Survey. The Survey said that 68% of clients enlisted at the BNZ KiwiSaver Scheme marked the Bank as ‘Very Satisfied,’ higher than the industry average of 46%. Another 19% of the respondents said they were ‘somewhat satisfied.’ The…

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