Season labour shortage declared in Tasman

Visitor Visa holders can apply Sourced Content Wellington, April 9, 2018 Visitor visa holders may apply for a variation of conditions to undertake seasonal work in the Tasman region, which has been declared as a ‘Seasonal Labour Shortage’ region. A Ministry of Social Development declaration has said that Visitor Visa holders (including those from Visa-Waiver countries) may apply for a…

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Ombudsman’s Official Information Act war continues

Shane Cowlishaw Newsroom, Wellington, April 7, 2018 With a new Government pledging to be the most open and transparent ever, the watchdog tasked with ensuring it complies with freedom of information laws won’t be easing up the pressure. The Chief Ombudsman’s offensive against gaming of the Official Information Act (OIA) has continued with the announcement of investigations into four government…

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Very few of us seem to care about Road Safety

The proposed New levy will fuel another controversy Peter Dunne Wellington, April 8, 2018 The Government’s new plans to improve road safety are certainly controversial. They include a variety of measures from greater emphasis on public transport, to lowering speed limits and increasing fuel excise taxes to pay for it all. Leaving aside the issue of whether raising fuel excise…

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