Fraudulent advisors brought to justice

A number of unscrupulous and unlicensed immigration advisers are facing charges in courts, although some of them have left the country. The Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) has filed cases against a number of such persons. Among them are the following: Richard Martin of Richard Martin Immigration Limited North Shore has been charged on three counts of providing immigration advice without…

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Government honours community achievers

The New Zealand Government has honoured two persons of South Asian origin with Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) in the New Year’s Honours List. Wenceslaus Anthony, who received a higher honour as Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, is featured separately under Businesslink. Both QSM recipients are known in their respective fields for their commitment, hard work and selfless…

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Waitangi weekend set for Temple opening

A religious discourse, special Poojas, Bhajans, and a culture programme will usher in a new era for the Auckland based Shri Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan Inc as its Temple is formally opened next month. Members of the Executive Committee, other organisers and volunteers have been working tirelessly to complete various tasks even as contractors and suppliers give finishing touches to their…

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Passion creates congeniality in education

Teachers are central to the challenge of lifting education standards and over the years, many people of Indian origin have made a difference with their teaching and communications skills, with the ability to influence children in their formative years in New Zealand schools. Mathematics is a subject that many students detest but there are teachers who take out-of-the-ordinary steps to…

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Training triggers higher productivity, growth

Increased productivity is vital for improved wealth and living standards in the future and everyone has a part to play to achieve it. According to Productivity Commission Research, productivity in New Zealand is still lagging behind Australia. Labour productivity is nearly a third lower and multi-factor productivity including productive use of capital is nearly a quarter lower than in Australia.…

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Research network with Asia focus

The growing importance of Asia to the world economy in general and to the countries of the South Pacific in particular has prompted Melbourne University to establish a new network dedicated to the Continent. Called, the ‘Melbourne Asia Research Network’ (MARN), the new initiative will be linked to the existing and related facilities of the Institution, including the Asia Institute,…

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Bainimarama promises prudent fiscal regime

Prime Minister Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama has promised prudent fiscal management with heavy investment in infrastructure to help the economy register higher levels of growth in the New Year. Addressing a public meeting attended by his Cabinet colleagues, Government officials, diplomats and businesspersons in Suva, he said that Budget 2014 will target a number of core sectors of the economy…

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