Former Ministries in the dark about Maxwell

Thomas Coughlan Former Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith says that he was not aware of bullying allegations made against outgoing Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell. However, he did know about the high staff turnover in her office.  Goldsmith reappointed Maxwell for a second term as Commissioner in 2016.  ‘All News’ When asked about the Newsroom story in which more than a dozen…

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The Global Migration Agreement ripples across New Zealand

New UN Agreement a common understanding on migration Sam Sachdeva Wellington, November 8, 2018 Days from the signing of a Global Migration Agreement, the Government is yet to decide whether it will put pen to paper, while National has pre-emptively pledged to withdraw New Zealand from the deal. It might seem hasty for an Opposition Party to pledge to withdraw…

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Commerce Commission to study the fuel market

Supplied Content The retail fuel market will be the first Commerce Commission market study, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi announced today. “This Government is committed to easing financial pressure on families. I had previously voiced my concern about the high cost of fuel, because it is a core expense for consumers and businesses,”…

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Statute to reinstate workers’ rights

Iain Lees-Galloway The Employment Relations Amendment Act (passed by Parliament on December 5, 2018) helps restore fairness to New Zealand workplaces and restore fundamental rights for workers, The Government is determined to lift New Zealand into a high wage, high skill economy with thriving regions. The Employment Relations Amendment Act is one piece of our plan to do this, by…

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Franchising: Consider the risk before the spread

Khushbu Sundarji If you are considering taking up a franchise business, you should consider a number of issues before such an undertaking. Evaluate your business You must take a critical look at your business. Is it profitable? If your business is not profitable, Franchising will not fix the problem. You must invest money to change your business into a franchised…

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Christchurch man fined for hiring student electrician

Staff Reporter The Christchurch District Court fined $2550 for allowing a University student to carryout prescribed electrical work on his property. It is unlawful to employ any unauthorised person, not properly certified by the authorities to perform any electrical job, since it could become a major fire and health hazard. The Court heard that the accused, named Tu Nguyen, had…

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Restaurateurs pay the price for law breach

Supplied Content Two Dunedin restaurant employers have been ordered to pay $11,500 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA). Following a Labour Inspectorate investigation, Hai Ung and Vuochhuor Ung, who operate the ‘South Dunedin Curry House,’ were penalised for failing to keep accurate wage, time and leave records. Prior offence cited Labour Inspectorate Regional Manager Jeanie Borsboom said this employer was…

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Banks feel the pinch as smart players gather momentum

Jenee Tibshraeny Banks have for centuries been among the most powerful institutions in the world. As the guardians of our finances, they have essentially had a monopoly on our money. They have controlled the way we have accessed and managed it. But times are changing. Government authorities around the world are forcing banks to share their data with other companies…

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Supreme Business of the Year

Sponsor: Rainbow Corner Finalists: Focus Marketing Loan Market Waitakere West City Auto Group STAAH Legal Associates Immigration Advice Ltd Forever Shine Beauty Therapy Brisk Insurance   Winner: Legal Associates Legal Associates, founded by Raj and Ashima Singh, is based in Papatoetoe, South Auckland and offers a wide range of legal services to over 2000 clients. The staff is multi-national to…

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