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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The status of Temporary visa holders after Covid-19 lockdown

The status of Temporary visa holders after Covid-19 lockdown

Francis L. Collins Hamilton, New Zealand, March 27, 2020 On March 25, 2020, the New Zealand government announced that temporary visas would be automatically extended to late September. This comes into effect from Thursday, April 2, 2020. Travellers with a temporary work, student, visitor, interim and limited, visa expiring before April 1, 2020, who are unable to leave New Zealand…

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Muslims relieved as Christchurch massacre gunman pleads guilty

Muslims relieved as Christchurch massacre gunman pleads guilty

Venkat Raman Auckland, March 26, 2020 The man accused of the Christchurch massacre on March 15,  2019 pleaded guilty today (March 26, 2020) at the Christchurch High Court. At this morning’s hearing, only a small number of people were allowed into the courtroom due to the restrictions in place in the Covid-19 nationwide lockdown. Australian Brenton Tarrant was due to…

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