Rogue employers face penalties and porridge

Migrant workers who are abused and exploited by their bosses can complain to the authorities without the fear of being deported, under a new policy of the Government. An Immigration New Zealand (INZ) Circular, issued on June 10, invites victims of workplace exploitation to provide details of their plight to its officials. Such whistle blowers will be assured of ‘amnesty’…

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Immigration Minister discounts media reports

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has discounted media reports which said that thousands of migrants parents were stranded in New Zealand following the departure of their children overseas. New Zealand Herald and Otago Daily Times had reported in their May 31 issue that thousands of elderly migrant parents, sponsored by their children under the Family Unification Scheme were obliged to look…

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Filipino intransigence rocks the peace boat

While official investigations of the Philippine Coast Guard shooting of an unarmed Taiwanese fishing boat in May 2013 proceed apace, the geo-political implications of the incident are already emerging. The first implication is that the Philippine Government has acted precipitously and violently, casting suspicion on its ability to manage its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and interface with its neighbours sensitively.…

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