Collins wants more Indian women on national boards

A Minister of the Crown has paid tributes to the leadership qualities of Indian women in New Zealand and encouraged them to participate in the nation’s decision-making process through membership in various government bodies. Indian women have the potential to be on professional, community and other boards of governance – a potential that they can achieve by working together, Ethnic…

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Contact Group examines Fiji Roadmap

The Ministerial Contact Group (MCG) of the Pacific Islands Forum has issued a guarded statement about the progress of the democratic process in Fiji, following its meeting at the country’s capital Suva last week. The meeting, chaired by New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Murray McCully on April 12, 2013, heard briefing by Fijian Foreign Minister Inoke Kubuabola, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum,…

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BNZ promises financial health to Indian medicos

BNZ has created a Health Team to promote the interests of medical professionals with specialised packages for those running clinics, and private practices, senior officials of the Bank have said. Ansuya Naidoo (Senior Partner at Auckland Central BNZ Partners and Head of the just launched Indian Community Banking), Rosalie Settle (National Manager, Health Sector), Vic Arora (Property Partner at BNZ…

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Business approach to Indian Retirement Home

A number of Indian medical practitioners are of the view that the dream of constructing a Retirement Home embracing Indian culture, cuisine, entertainment and other factors of the Subcontinent, if this concept is implemented as a Business project with commercial interest. Those words were music to the ears of Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust Chairman Jeet Suchdev and Trustee Roopa Suchdev,…

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Leader calls on women to shatter the glass ceiling

Indian women in New Zealand are not passive observers or mere housewives but active leaders in businesses, communities and government organisations. Many of our women have made us proud as a community, society and country with their success in many professions. However, a large number of them still remain in the shadow, suffer family violence, discrimination at work and exclusion…

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Concurrent issues intercept quality journalism

Media in the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand must adopt a constructive and proactive approach while reporting conflicts, a veteran journalist has said. Speaking to journalism students at the University of South Pacific (USP) in Suva on March 25, Shailendra Singh said that journalists, reporters and owners of media should revisit their coverage of upheavals, riots and other conflicts.…

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New model to improve immigration service

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has unveiled a new programme that aims to support businesses, create more jobs and improve the standard of living of people. Speaking at a recent meeting of the New Zealand Association of Migration and Investment held in Auckland, he said that the programme, known as the ‘Business Growth Agenda,’ focused on six key ‘ingredients’ for progress…

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