Students threaten hunger strike over NZQA decision

Zac Fleming (Checkpoint) A group of international students say that they may hunger strike unless their academic results are released by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). The day before they were due to finish a diploma in business last month, 20 students attending Tasman International Academies on Auckland’s Queen Street were told their results were being withheld by NZQA,…

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Grateful villagers praise government for water supply

Wati Talebula Wailotua Naba Dua Village Headman,  Rusiate Rakubulou, cried as he described the hardship they faced over the  years without a proper water supply. The 62-year-old headman joined fellow villagers in celebrating the commissioning of their water project by Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama on August 7, 2018. Emotional scenes “We have not had proper water supply as long as I…

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Fiji to tackle human traffickers with an iron hand

Nemani Delaibatiki National Security and Defence Minister Inoke Kubuabola has said that Police are investigating a ‘possible case of modern day slavery’ involving a South Korean group. He made the disclosure in Bali, Indonesia on August 8, 2018, during the Ministerial Conference of the Bali Process on the growing scale and complexity of people smuggling, human trafficking and related transnational…

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Welfare Group cites inequality among Rugby players

Sourced Content The Pacific Rugby Players Welfare Group (PRPWG) believes that there is inequality in terms of the power sharing on the World Rugby Council, which needs to be addressed. The Group has launched a campaign to address what they call ‘under-representation of Pacific nations at the Council.’ New Initiative ‘Seats at The Table’ is a new initiative seeking to highlight…

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Lessons from Transport Ministry fraud case

Debbie Gee The high-profile $725,000 fraud perpetrated at the Ministry of Transport by its former GM Organisational Development Joanne Harrison had many victims. Those Ministry staff who tried to escalate her continued non-compliance were ignored and subsequently disadvantaged through Harrison’s actions. Former colleagues, who felt a keen sense of betrayal and shame. Auditor General leaves The wider New Zealand public…

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