OCR cut, relief package due, travel ban in force, New Zealand in frenzy

OCR cut, relief package due, travel ban in force, New Zealand in frenzy

RNZ Updates, Wellington, March 16, 2020 The Reserve Bank has cut its benchmark interest rate by three quarters of a percentage point, to support the economy against the impact of the Covid-19 virus. In the wake of the outbreak, health officials have also ramped up their presence at airports as tougher travel restrictions came into force today. From 1 am today (March…

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Tough travel conditions as risk of COVID-19 escalates

Tough travel conditions as risk of COVID-19 escalates

Venkat Raman All persons arriving in New Zealand must undergo self-isolation for 14 days as the global risk of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) escalates to pandemic level. The restrictions will apply to New Zealand citizens and residents but exclude people from Pacific countries (Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea,…

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Shane Jones backs down a bit but advocates Population Policy

Shane Jones backs down a bit but advocates Population Policy

Venkat Raman New Zealand First MP Shane Jones has reduced his tone against the Indian community but has called for a serious, nationwide discussion to put in place a robust Population Policy. He is also concerned with the exploitation of migrant workers and international students, including those of Indian origin. He conceded that he was singling out ‘people from India,’…

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Indian community invites Shane Jones to visit following ‘racist’ rant

TVNZ, Auckland Following Shane Jones’ rant about the Indian community “ruining” the country’s academic institutions, New Zealand’s Indian community is inviting him to visit to share his reasons why. NZ First MP Mr Jones was interviewed by MediaWorks earlier this month around immigration, where he said: “We should debate it and there should be a mandate, rather than opening up…

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Visa applications mount as INZ closes Beijing office

Visa applications mount as INZ closes Beijing office

“However, there is no ‘deliberate attempt’ to slow down visas in India” Venkat Raman Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has allayed fears that visitor visa applications lodged in India are being ‘deliberately delayed’ because of the increase in the incidence of COVID-19 in many countries including India and New Zealand. The fears were fanned by cancellation of flights by several airlines…

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