Immigration rules ease for overseas students

The government is introducing a number of changes to the immigration rules concerning health certificates that are likely to make it easier for international students to have their applications processed. The changes, due to become effective in July, would mean international fee-paying students need not provide full medical certificates, unless there are reasons determined by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) either…

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Export Education takes us to the world domain

In an article titled ‘Downgrading Indian market begs the question’ published in our June 1, 2011 issue, New Zealand Career College (NZCC) Managing Director Feroz Ali had emphasised the importance of India as a profitable and mutually beneficial export education market and had urged the government to refocus its market strategy. That comment was prophetic, since Prime Minister John Key…

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Simplistic approach weakens local governments

The ‘Better Local Government’ reforms announced by Prime Minister John Key recently are simplistic. The central government is ignoring the key issues that continue to weaken local governments. The issues that could redress the weaknesses identified in their paper are continued disconnection between local governments and their citizens and confusion over the roles of mayors and councillors. Declining voter turnout…

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Second phase of NZF probe begins

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has commenced Part II of its investigation into NZF Group Limited, NZF Money Limited and their related companies. NZF Money has traded as a finance company and primarily provided commercial and residential loans. The company was placed into receivership on July 22, 2011, owing debenture- holders approximately $16.4 million. SFO and the Financial Markets Authority…

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