Leaders resent racist remarks

Leaders of the Indian community have lodged complaints to a number of authorities over the comments made by the owner of a Wellington night club. New Zealand Indian Central Association (NZICA) President Harshad Patel and Secretary Prakash Biradar have written to the Ethnic Affairs Minister, Human Rights Commissioner, Race Relations Commissioner, New Zealand Police, Wellington City Council and Liquor Licencing…

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Cultural plurality challenges traditional values

Are interracial marriages in consonance with the changing face of our society? Do they run antithetical to the penchant of people who are keen on preserving their culture and heritage? How far should religious tolerance extend at the workplace? Should individuals have the freedom to ‘look and dress’ according to their religious and cultural beliefs? Should owners and managers of…

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Online referrals reduce patient waitlist

The Government’s programme of reducing paperwork by embracing state-of-the-art technology has now extended to electronic referrals by General Practitioners (GPs) aimed at reducing waitlist of patients. Health Minister Tony Ryall said that GPs across the country are swapping pens for keyboards and are now referring patients for specialist care online. When a patient needs to be referred to a hospital…

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