Black letter of the law hard to fathom

The New Zealand Supreme Court delivered a landmark judgment on August 24. Tax professionals and the business community has waited long for the verdict. Revenue Minister Peter Dunne said businesses often use companies and trusts for legitimate reasons but this did not always constitute tax avoidance. But Inland Revenue (IR), as a part of its compliance focus takes tax avoidance…

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IBA participants showcase business success

Three former finalists and winners at the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards (IBA) have demonstrated their business success in other Awards Schemes as well. North Shore based Spice N Easy NZ Limited won the ‘Startup Business Award’ at the Westpac North Auckland Awards ceremony held at the North Shore Events Centre on September 2, 2011. Auckland based Patton Limited, The…

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Joint Venture to promote corporate speakers

A joint venture to assist conference organisers and event managers with celebrity speakers has just been launched between a New Zealand company and an international organisation. Random House Knowledge, based in Mumbai will offer public speaker programmes in addition to speakers and presenters of international reputation to companies and event organisers in New Zealand. This is a joint venture between…

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India needs another round of reforms

Indians all over the world should be proud of their motherland, which has made great progress in all spheres of life and is regarded as a good example of a thriving democracy. The biggest challenge facing the Indian polity is corruption, with a host of scandals involving politicians and high-ranking officials hitting headlines. These scandals have severely dented the not-so-flattering…

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Verdict on comedian a judicial joke

A bizarre District court judgment has appalled advocates of equality and justice. Auckland District Court Judge Philippa Cunningham exonerated a comedian who had pleaded guilty to an indecent act involving his four-year old daughter. She suppressed his name, discharged him without conviction, and ruled that a conviction would outweigh the gravity of the crime. In support of her decision, she…

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Turks foster intercultural dialogue

The importance of intercultural dialogues and interfaith meetings is becoming more pronounced as New Zealand increasingly becomes a plural society, Opposition Leader Phil Goff said. “We must celebrate our cultural diversity and build on the strengths that immigrants bring to this country. New Zealand is a model for the rest of the world in promoting social and community cohesion,” he…

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