Conclave reveals community concerns

Following the first Kiwi-India Conclave held on June 28 at Auckland’s Ellerslie Convention Centre, the Steering Committee will conduct a sample poll accounting for the responses received from various political parties. Manukau Indian Association will conduct the pool for the New Zealand India Central Association (NZICA), with the equal partnership of all Indian associations and organisations based in the country.…

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Changes to benefit migrant workers and students

Measures to tackle exploitation of migrant workers, enabling the victims to go through the complaint process without fear and releasing international students from the clutches of unscrupulous agents are some of the issues being considered by the Government. These were the outcomes of a meeting held between Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse and his officials with the office-bearers of the New…

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Public apathy threatens democratic ideals

Declining public engagement and participation in politics and inequalities in representation are among the most critical challenges facing democracy in many countries, says the Hansard Society. The London based organisation may not be widely known in New Zealand but the organisation, which became a septuagenarian this year, has been working to strengthen the concept of democracy and democratic institutions including…

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New Act should not remove farm workers’ safety

Regulations setting minimum accommodation standards for agricultural workers should not be scrapped when the new Health and Safety at Work Act is in place. Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has proposed deleting the regulations in a discussion document on which it is seeking public submissions. Under the present regulations, employers must ensure that accommodation provided to agricultural employees…

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Rhetoric response continues as people suffer

Issues relating to Immigration invoke emotions and responses. The fear of displacement and fear of the unknown and the state of being threatened are usually behind such emotions. Sometimes what is blatantly obvious can be missed, resulting in gross injustices. Yet, justification is found with acceptance. A high threshold of tolerance exists, helped by convincing shallow rhetoric, justifying actions and…

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