KiwiBuild pre-qualification opens

Supplied Content Wellington, August 13, 2018 Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford has welcomed the opening of pre-qualification for first homebuyers and second-chancers wanting to buy a KiwiBuild home. He issued the following statement: From today, aspiring homeowners can apply online at kiwibuild.govt.nz to determine if they are eligible to enter a ballot for a KiwiBuild home. The…

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Leaders keen on closer Indo-Kiwi relations

Venkat Raman (From Taiwan) With Indian Newslink Staff New Zealand’s political leaders have called for closer economic, political, commercial and bilateral relations with India, stating that this is a natural extension of historic ties between the two countries. Speaking at the India Independence Day celebrations held today at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre in Eden Terrace, Auckland Central, Finance Minister Grant…

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Ardern drops the ‘C Bomb’ with plastic bag ban

Greg Roughan When the government announced on Friday (August 10) that it was banning single-use plastic bags, it was its use of the ‘c-word’ that shocked the most. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and children from Petone College picking up rubbish after the announcement of the single-use plastic bag ban. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller Government with guts ‘Compulsory’. When was…

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Free Medicine Programme takes fresh strides in Fiji

Staff Reporter (Indian Newslink) Suva, Fiji, August 12, 2018 More than 31,000 Fijians are currently benefitting from the Government’s Free Medicine Programme, Health and Medical Services Minister Rosy Akbar has said. Speaking at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference of the Fiji Pharmaceutical Society at Pacific Harbour last night she said that the Programme was introduced as a part…

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Virtual Reality takes property students new places

Supplied Content Auckland, August 12, 2018 Virtual reality (VR) field trips are now being used to teach students about construction and leaky homes at the University of Auckland Business School, as the technology revolutionises the property industry. Immersive experience From this month, Bachelor of Property students in the stage one course ‘Introduction to Property’ are being given Google Cardboard headsets…

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Financial Literacy Platform benefits Primary School students

Supplied Content Auckland, August 12, 2018 Banqer, the online financial literacy platform that sees New Zealand Primary School students paying tax, saving for retirement and buying property, is set for another boost. Kiwibank, which is in its third year of partnering with Banqer, has committed to funding the digital teaching tool so that 3300 Kiwi classrooms can access the platform…

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Napier youngster faces charge of aggravated robbery

Supplied Content Hawke’s Bay, August 12, 2018 A 17-year-old Napier youth will appear in the Hastings District Court next week facing a charge of aggravated robbery. This follows an incident at the Z Petrol Station Kennedy Road, Napier. Detective Sergeant Darren Pritchard of Hawke’s Bay Police said that at 6 am yesterday morning (Saturday), three armed offenders entered the store…

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