Tell the UN about Human Rights in New Zealand

David Rutherford Wellington, December 9, 2017 The United Nations regularly reviews whether New Zealand is complying with its international human rights commitments. Over the next 18 months, there would be a number of reviews dealing with significant issues such as housing, poverty, education, mental and physical health, women’s rights, violence, abuse, bullying and the rights of disabled people. The Human…

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Economic fortune swings with declining migrant numbers

Satish Ranchhod Auckland, December 9, 2017 New Zealand has experienced a massive migration boom. Flows of people into the country have been running hot for several years now, including large numbers arriving on temporary work and student visas. We have also seen higher than usual numbers of New Zealanders choosing to stay onshore or come back from overseas. Together, these…

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Shashi Kapoor ends a fine chapter of thespians

Apurv Shukla Auckland, December 9, 2017 Indian cinema lost one of its most versatile and handsome actors with the passing way of Shashi Kapoor. The 79-year-old lost his battle to liver cancer on December 4, 2017. The youngest son of actor Prithviraj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor’s initiation to cinema happened when he was young, playing the role of young Raj Kapoor…

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Prime Minister’s Scholarships recipients announced

Wellington, December 8, 2017 About 200 young New Zealanders are about to deepen New Zealand’s connections with Asia and Latin America. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today that 192 young New Zealanders have been awarded the Prime Minister’s Scholarships in the first 2017/18 round. Of these, 139 are recipients of the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) and 53 recipients…

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PM and Minister at odds over poverty targets

Louise Upston Wellington, December 8, 2017 Through a series of extraordinary statements in Parliament yesterday, the Minister of Social Development dismissed the idea of setting targets to reduce poverty and welfare dependence – the exact sort of targets that are key to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s ambitions to reduce child poverty. Carmel Sepuloni comments that she would not be setting…

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