Former Ministries in the dark about Maxwell

Thomas Coughlan Former Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith says that he was not aware of bullying allegations made against outgoing Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell. However, he did know about the high staff turnover in her office.  Goldsmith reappointed Maxwell for a second term as Commissioner in 2016.  ‘All News’ When asked about the Newsroom story in which more than a dozen…

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Child Poverty strengthens government’s resolve

Supplied Content The latest report into the impact of poverty on wellbeing of Kiwi children shows why the Government has put children and families at the centre of its programme and will pass an historic Bill to tackle child poverty by the end of the Parliamentary year. The Children’s Commissioner’s Child Poverty Monitor Review this year focused on the impact…

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Bridges says we should not sign Immigration Pact

RNZ Wellington The National Party says that the government should not support a United Nations Migration Pact due to be signed in Morocco this week. At press time, UN-Member States were due to meet in Marrakesh in Morocco to formally approve the non-binding pact, which aims to increase global cooperation over migration issues. National Party Leader Simon Bridges said that New Zealand…

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The best means of growth come from within

When Indian Newslink was launched in November 1999, there were no other contenders; and yet, we began with principles of honesty and transparency, humility and friendliness and sincerity of purpose and spirit of service. Nineteen years on, we are no longer alone in the market. But our principles have remained steadfast. We have neither discarded those founding ideals nor succumbed…

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Review of Mental Health falls short of immediacy

Peter Dunne Congratulations David Clark!  In a Government where initiating a review has been a substitute for doing anything, he has become the first Minister to have both established a major review – into Mental Health – and to have received the final report of the finished review, complete with a comprehensive set of recommendations. But, unfortunately, that is where…

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‘Relief, vindication’ over Maxwell bullying inquiry

Sam Sachdeva and Melanie Reid Former employees of Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell have expressed relief and vindication at the news bullying allegations against her will be investigated by the State Services Commission. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi confirmed the investigation to Newsroom , following its investigation into Maxwell and the concerns raised by over a dozen staff who worked at her…

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Red Chilli Restaurant owner jailed for tax evasion

Sourced Content A Hastings couple, who operated dairies, restaurants and other businesses, have been sentenced to prison and home detention on tax evasion charges totalling nearly $ 1 million. Rakesh and Nalini Kumar operated Red Chilli Restaurants and Take Away in Taradale and Indian Palace Restaurant in Napier together with dairies in Hastings and Mount Maunganui and other businesses. Prison…

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Hart donates $10 million for Auckland Dental School

RNZ (Auckland) A $10 million donation to the University of Otago by New Zealand’s richest man will help the institution open a new $28.2 million dental teaching facility in South Auckland. The University confirmed the donation by businessman and philanthropist Graeme Hart and wife Robyn in an announcement on December 7, 2018. Single largest donation It represented the biggest single…

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Tooth decay remains a major problem among children

Lucy Wyndham Around 40% of five-year-old children who had dental check-ups in 2017 had tooth decay, according to data compiled by New Zealand’s Ministry of Health. However, in poorer areas such as Tairāwhiti and Northland, children are faring worse – with about half having cavities. In areas like Northland, around 56% of children showed some signs of dental decay. Dental Service Manager…

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