Winston challenges researcher to immigration debate

Wellington, July 14, 2017 I challenge a pro-immigration researcher to a debate. Infometrics chief forecaster Gareth Kiernan said on Radio New Zealand today that cutting immigration would cause an economic slump. This was a thinly veiled attack on our immigration policy. Mr Kiernan said that New Zealand needed the ‘the skills.’ He failed however to mention the 130,000 New Zealanders…

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Have you say on Healthcare NZ acquisition of Geneva Healthcare Group

Supplied Content Wellington, July 14, 2017 The Commerce Commission has published a Statement of Preliminary Issues relating to Healthcare of New Zealand Holdings Limited (Healthcare NZ) proposed acquisition of Geneva Healthcare Limited and its related companies. The statement of preliminary issues outlines the key competition issues that the Commission currently considers will be important in deciding whether or not to…

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British Foreign Secretary to visit New Zealand

Supplied Content Wellington, July 14, 2017 Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has confirmed that British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will visit New Zealand from July 23 to 25, 2017. “New Zealand and the United Kingdom enjoy a close and enduring friendship. We share extensive defence and security links as well as significant business and investment ties. We also have a common…

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Research facility to automate horticulture launched

Wellington, July 14, 2017 Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith announced today that a new Regional Research Institute based in Tauranga that will leverage the Bay of Plenty’s strengths in horticulture to accelerate and commercialise research and innovation for the benefit of the region. The following is a statement issued by him. Plantech: the New Zealand Institute for Technology and…

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Labour promises funding boost to Early Childhood Centres

Andrew Little Wellington, July 14, 2017 Labour will ensure that children get the best start in life by boosting funding for Early Childhood Centres to employ 100% qualified and registered teachers. Labour will increase funding for centres that employ 100% qualified and registered teachers, and we will require all ECE centres to employ at least 80 per cent qualified teachers…

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