Workshops on export education planned

Education NZ is organising an international conference with workshops for education providers at the Sky City Convention Centre in November. The two-day conference will begin on November 1 with a launch dinner, with the following day devoted to discussions and presentation of papers. A notification issued on the Education NZ website invited those involved in the education sector to participate…

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Volunteers add value to learning programmes

Once a week during school term for almost 15 years, volunteers visited Whanganui’s Aramoho School to have a reading session with learners. The sessions run over a morning, and four learners have one-on-one re ading time with one of the four ‘Rotary Readers.’ Aramoho School Deputy Principal Ross Duncum said that the Programme gives some learners extra reading time each…

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Sound planning helps easy tax Compliance

Tax compliance is a critical issue for small businesses, and the importance of getting it right was highlighted when the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) received an additional $78million in this year’s Budget to fund its ‘compliance’ activities (and investigate non-compliance). However, keeping up with your tax obligations is not as arduous as it may seem. The key is to get…

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SMEs employ sustainable business practices

An increasing number of Small and Medium enterprises (SMEs) in New Zealand are realising the importance of sustainable business practices, according Massey University students involved in shortlisting entries for the ‘Sustainable 60 Awards.’ The top ten companies will be declared at a ceremony to be held in Auckland on November 28, 2012. School of Management Senior Lecturer Dr Gabriel Eweje…

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Disaster management needs prudent investment

A dollar invested today to reduce the risk of natural disaster can save at least $7 loss resulting from the actual event in the future, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator and Former Prime Minister Helen Clark said. “Disaster risk is growing worldwide but investment in management is negligible. This is a dangerous situation,” she warned, speaking at the annual…

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Obsolete software opens windows for cyber attacks

Many global organisations can do a lot more to protect their private data and reduce exposure to attacks by hackers. Calling on organisations to arm themselves better so they can withstand online threats, KPMG’s observation comes as we publish our ‘Cyber Vulnerability Index (CVI),’ which assesses how businesses are leaking data that exposes them to cyber-attacks. The Report is first…

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Rituals to mark Ganesh Chaturthi

Irrespective of their place of origin, Hindus will celebrate the ensuing ‘Ganesh Chaturthi,’ the Birthday of the ‘Remover of all obstacles’ with piety, accompanied by Bhajans and special prayers. Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated on September 19 this year. Papakura Temple As in the past, the Ganesha Temple in the Auckland suburb of Papakura would witness hundreds of devotees from…

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Cultural shock in Canterbury

The face of Canterbury and Christchurch is getting colours, a positive outcome of the devastating Earthquakes, demonstrating the unshakeable belief that ‘good things come out of the bad.’ Christchurch will be snapping at Auckland’s heels as the most ethnically and culturally diverse city in New Zealand, when thousands of migrants arrive to be a part of the rebuild project, which…

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