Ardern’s visit creates new opportunities for closer engagement

Ardern’s visit creates new opportunities for closer engagement

Venkat Raman in Suva February 26, 2020 From all accounts, the visit of Prime Minister Jacinda Arden to Fiji has set the stage for higher levels of bilateral engagement with improving prospects for trade, tourism and investment on the one hand and greater participation in Fiji’s community and social welfare sectors on the other. The four-day visit (from February 24…

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Ardern’s visit lifts New Zealand-Fiji bilateral bond

Ardern’s visit lifts New Zealand-Fiji bilateral bond

Venkat Raman in Suva February 27, 2020 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden scored her high both with Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama and his cabinet colleagues and officials and the people of Fiji this week. Her four-day first State visit as Prime Minister was replete with meetings, speeches and most important of all, immense opportunities to mingle with the…

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Bainimarama extols Jacinda Ardern’s leadership

Bainimarama extols Jacinda Ardern’s leadership

Venkat Raman in Suva February 25, 2020 Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama has praised her New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern for her leadership on Climate Change, the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Christchurch on March 15, 2019 and said that he and his government looked forward a closer relationship. Ms Ardern flew into Fiji last night (February 24)…

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Inspirational teachers receive Education Excellence Awards

Inspirational teachers receive Education Excellence Awards

Supplied Content (Edited) Wellington, February 24, 2020 Six top teachers from early childhood, primary and secondary education sectors, including one of Indian origin, received the ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) for their outstanding contributions. Education Minister Chris Hipkins presented the Awards at a ceremony held in the Great Hall of Parliament in Wellington on Friday, February 21, 2020.…

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Ardern warns of greater risk of terrorist attack

Ardern warns of greater risk of terrorist attack

Jason Walls Auckland, February 24, 2020 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has warned her ministers that New Zealand is at “greater risk” of another terrorist attack in the aftermath of March 15, 2020. She also told the Cabinet that in order to bolster New Zealand’s counter-terrorism efforts, more money may be needed in this year’s Budget. Combating extremism Ardern’s comments came…

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Parliament approves creation of Skills and Technology Institute

Parliament approves creation of Skills and Technology Institute

New era for vocational education says Education Minister Venkat Raman Auckland, February 23, 2020 The New Zealand Parliament passed the ‘Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, which will see a major change in the vocational education as well as industrial training sectors. Education Minister Chris Hipkins described the move as ‘a major step…

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