Immunity clause ripples public opinion in Fiji

Some people are uncomfortable with the ‘Immunity’ provision contained in the draft constitution in Fiji. According to this provision, none of those responsible for the coup led by Commodore Josaia Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama on December 5, 2006 and those in the interim government (until the new Parliament is convened following the next general election) can be prosecuted or punished by…

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Fiji entices New Zealand businesses

Notwithstanding the diplomatic winter that dominates political relations between the two countries, an increasing number of New Zealand businesses are finding Fiji an exciting investment and commercial destination. A delegation of 12 businesspersons has just returned from Fiji after a five-day visit, which they said was an eye-opener and totally contrary to what they read and hear on mainstream media…

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Tougher punishment for migrant workers abuse

A Trade Union activist, who supports the cause of migrant workers, has called for better enforcement of employment laws and tougher penalties for erring employers who exploit migrant workers. First Union General Secretary Robert Reid said that weak penalties, a lack of enforcement of existing law and a grossly understaffed inspectorate were responsible for the abuse of migrant workers. “Migrant…

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Waitakere Police needs community wardens

Waitakere Police would be happy to consider members of the community expressing interest in volunteering to serve in their Community Patrol Group. Constable Khushwinder Kullar, who recently took charge as the Ethnic Communities Liaison Officer in his area, said that the will to do community service, dynamism, energy and enthusiasm are among the attributed required of the volunteers. “The role…

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India becomes top source for skilled migrants

Migrant population from India is set to rise in New Zealand, with the country claiming the largest share of skilled migrants. According to the Annual ‘Migration Trends and Outlook Report’ of Immigration New Zealand (INZ), India has now become the largest source of skilled migrants to this country. However, during the period covering 2011-2012, a majority of them were former…

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