Senior volunteers supply Meals on Wheels in Christchurch

Senior volunteers supply Meals on Wheels in Christchurch

Shirish Paranjape Christchurch, March 29, 2020 I experienced something new on Friday (March 27, 2020), thanks to Red Cross. Red Cross volunteers make sure that meals prepared by Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) reach the needy residents in the community. However, a majority of these volunteers are over 70 years of age and hence cannot perform this role while New…

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High Commission offers essential items to stranded Indians

High Commission offers essential items to stranded Indians

Who qualifies clarified, the distribution process to be determined Venkat Raman Auckland, March 29, 2020   The Wellington-based Indian High Commission is considering offering essential items to Indian passport holders who are stranded in the country with no relatives or friends and devoid of cash or EFTPOS facility. Hamper for essential commodities High Commissioner Muktesh Pardeshi told Indian Newslink a…

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Community newspaper ban is unwarranted and untimely

Community newspaper ban is unwarranted and untimely

Wellington, March 28, 2020 The government’s blanket ban on community newspapers during the lockdown is short-sighted. The Government has shut down more than 100 community newspapers, while allowing the large daily newspapers to continue publishing.   There needs to be an urgent rethink in view of the vital position community newspapers play in reliable information flow.   Best practice in crisis communication…

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Auckland Council to continue waste collection services

Auckland Council to continue waste collection services

But there are some compliance regulations Venkat Raman Auckland, March 28, 2020 Auckland Council will continue its waste collection services but will follow the guidelines prescribed by the Health Ministry as a part of the Covid-19 lockdown period. Compliance of these guidelines by all residents is also imperative and enforceable. Parul Sood, General Manager (Waste Solutions) said that Auckland’s kerbside…

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National Party deems Wage Subsidy changes unfair

National Party deems Wage Subsidy changes unfair

Venkat Raman Auckland, March 28, 2020 National Party Finance Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith has slammed the latest changes to the Wage Subsidy as ‘deeply unfair,’ creating ‘large windfalls to part-time workers.’ He said that the changes set an ‘odd priority’ in a time of crisis.   “The new rules say that employers must pay workers the full subsidy amount even if it…

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Inland Revenue relaxes filing obligations on taxes

Inland Revenue relaxes filing obligations on taxes

Venkat Raman Auckland, March 28, 2020 Inland Revenue Department (IRD) of the New Zealand government has relaxed its regulations around the tax obligations of businesses and self-employed persons registered in New Zealand following the lockdown that came into effect on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Thousands of businesses – large, medium and small – that are not considered Essential Services have…

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