Foreign ownership ban will affect New Zealanders too

Frank Newman Whangarei, December 3, 2017 Last week, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand loosened its grip on bank lending, making it a little easier for low deposit house buyers. Acting Reserve Bank Governor Grant Spencer said, “LVR (Loan Value Ratio) policies have been in place since 2013 to address financial stability risks arising from rapid house price inflation and…

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Reducing child poverty should no increase welfare dependency

Dr Muriel Newman Whangarei, December 3, 2017 The new government will announce a mini budget on December 14, 2017. It may well include some of the changes to the welfare system that Labour promised during the election campaign.Welfare reform requires great care. Of all policy areas, the unintended consequences of getting it wrong can be devastating, especially for children.In 1998…

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Reducing child poverty should not increase welfare dependency

Dr Muriel Newman Whangarei, December 3, 2017 The new government will announce a mini budget on December 14, 2017. It may well include some of the changes to the welfare system that Labour promised during the election campaign.Welfare reform requires great care. Of all policy areas, the unintended consequences of getting it wrong can be devastating, especially for children.In 1998…

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Wellington artist’s solo exhibition in Auckland

Wellington, December 2, 2017 Wellington based Artist Kerry Ann Lee will showcase her works at Whitespace Contemporary Art, 12 Crummer Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland at 5 pm on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Titled, ‘Foreign Correspondence,’ this would be her last solo-exhibition. ‘Fruits in the Backwater’ Kerry’s other exhibition of works called, ‘Fruits in the Backwater’ will be on show all…

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Visit to Antarctica marks launch of new Commission

Supplied Content Wellington, December 2, 2017 Defence Minister Ron Mark has returned to New Zealand after a visit to Antarctica. His four-day visit provided an overview of New Zealand’s interests and activities in the region, and Antarctica New Zealand’s current work programme and its contribution to Government priorities. The visit commemorated the commencement of a 25-member Commission. Mr Mark travelled…

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Lecture on History of Rugby League next week

Supplied Content Auckland, December 2, 2017 Historian Ryan Bodman will deliver a lecture on ‘Rugby League- The Democratic Game’ on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Otahuhu Public Library located at 28 Mason Avenue, Otahuhu. The event, on in the ‘Toia Talks (Our People, Our Stories) Series,’ will commence with meet and greet with light refreshments and the Lecture will…

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Government soft on crime says National

Amy Adams Wellington, December 2, 2017 Justice Minister Andrew Little’s statements on ‘The Nation’ this morning demonstrate that the Coalition Government will go soft on crime, expressing concern that judges are putting the safety of the public first rather than putting more offenders on bail. When asked if he thought judges were being too conservative in putting public safety first…

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