An Innovative approach to Family Violence

An Innovative approach to Family Violence

Laura Walters Wellington, August 23, 2019 Government agencies are using innovative processes to remove barriers to addressing Family Violence. Two new initiatives aimed at removing barriers in the area of Family Violence response and prevention are being developed through a little-known government technology Accelerator Programme. Accelerator Programme Lightning Lab Govtech, a public sector Accelerator Programme run out of WellingtonNZ’s CreativeHQ, is mandated…

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Pro-China candidate from East Auckland raises disquiet

Pro-China candidate from East Auckland raises disquiet

Tim Murphy Auckland, August 23, 2019 An “extreme pro-Beijing” writer has caused controversy in the Chinese community and awkwardness for the Labour Party by standing for political office in Auckland. Morgan Xiao, whose strong writings countering China’s critics here include calling noted China scholar Professor Anne-Marie Brady and others  “anti-China forces” and “sons of bitches” and calling for Tiananmen Square…

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A modern twist to a traditional festival in Canterbury

A modern twist to a traditional festival in Canterbury

Shirish Paranjape  Christchurch, August 22, 2019 The month of Shravan (Monsoon) in the Hindu Calendar heralds the beginning of the Festive Season in India. One such Festival is Raksha Bandhan, meaning the bond of protection. This bond was celebrated in a very special way at a Festival organised by the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (Hindu Volunteer Society) on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Harvard Community…

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Holistic approach takes MIT closer to Business Awards

Holistic approach takes MIT closer to Business Awards

Supplied Content Auckland, August 22, 2019 Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) has been announced as a Finalist in two categories of the Westpac Auckland Business Awards. These are ‘Best Customer Service Delivery’ and ‘Employer of the Year’ for the South and East regions. “We are delighted to have made the high quality list of finalists. It is a great acknowledgement…

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Cross-Lease properties can lead to cross of swords

Cross-Lease properties can lead to cross of swords

Kevin Lampen-Smith Wellington, August 22, 2019 Cross-Leases are a complicated form of property ownership in New Zealand and lots of people find them hard to understand. In fact, they can be so troublesome that the Law Commission has recommended they are abolished. Types of Ownership There are four main types of property ownership in New Zealand – Freehold, Leasehold, Unit…

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Treasury should not handle election spending of parties

Treasury should not handle election spending of parties

Wellington, August 22, 2019 At first glance, Simon Bridges’ strident opposition to the government’s proposal to establish an independent office to cost Political Parties’ election spending plans looks childish and petty. The proposal, advanced by the Greens, not Labour, that there be independent scrutiny and corroboration as appropriate of the various spending policies put forward at election time has much…

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