Regulations put customer interest at risk says expert

Venkat Raman Although reports on commercial banks in Australia and Life Insurance Companies in New Zealand have raised cudgels against the players in the respective sectors, their strictures will eventually harm customers, an expert has said. He said that ordinary people- Australians and New Zealanders who the regulators such as the central banks and monetary authorities are trying to protect…

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Polytechnics to merge into a New Institute of Skills

Proposal for Public Consultation The government has proposed merging all 16 polytechnics in the country into a single National Institute and radically reforming industry training organisations. Education Minister Chris Hipkins said the Plan was challenging but necessary for shoring up a sector that had suffered falling enrolments and multimillion dollar deficits. Mr Hipkins said that the proposal included creating a…

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‘Wellbeing Budget 2019’ on May 30

‘Wellbeing Budget 2019’ on May 30

Staff Reporter Finance Minister Grant Roberson has announced that he will present his Budget 2019 in Parliament on Thursday, May 30, 2019. New Approach “This year’s Budget will be the first to use the Coalition Government’s new ‘Wellbeing Approach,’ an evidence-based framework used to identify the Budget priorities and then assess which Budget bids should be accepted,” he said. Mr…

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PM discounts Bridges’ take on Polytechnics

Jane Patterson The National Party was looking to gazump the Prime Minister’s first big speech of the year by making public what it says are the government’s plans for the vocational training sector. As Jacinda Ardern was outlining the problems facing polytechnics and institutes of technology and flagging what she called “far-reaching” changes, National leader Simon Bridges was briefing reporters…

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Researcher calls for robust Suicide Prevention strategies

Supplied Content ‘One-size-fits all’ approach to suicide prevention will not work and new strategies tailored to the older people are needed a University of Auckland Researcher has said. Dr Gary Cheung of the University’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, led a study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal that reveals a distinctly different pattern of stressors and behaviours…

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