The man of many worlds has left us

Professor Stephen Hawking dies at 76 Newshub Noted British theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has died aged 76. Prof Hawking developed a slow-progressing from of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) that left him paralysed as he grew older, and famously communicated with a text-to-speech synthesiser through a single cheek muscle. In a statement released on Wednesday (local time), Prof Hawking’s family…

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Award-Winning Indian students in our Varsities

Grant McPherson A group of 35 award-winning Indian university students have started studies at universities throughout New Zealand under a new Scholarship Programme. The New Zealand Excellence Award Programme was established in 2016 and is a partnership between Education New Zealand and Universities New Zealand. The Programme aims to grow high quality education connections with India that raise New Zealand’s…

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New Law to check loan sharks proposed

Kris Faafoi Stakeholder feedback has confirmed that predatory practices, irresponsible lending and unacceptable debt collection practices are still impacting on vulnerable New Zealanders. Research, undertaken by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has confirmed my fears. High Credit costs While many lenders have improved disclosure and the information provided on their web sites, consumer advocates are expressing strong concerns…

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Transparency International ticks our Public Sector least corrupt

But the risk of complacency looms Venkat Raman Transparency International (TI) has rated New Zealand’s Public Sector as the least corrupt in the world in its latest Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), The Index is an annual publication, released today throughout the world by the Berlin-based organisation and is based on several factors. Wellington based Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) Chair…

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Parliament approves Food Safety Law Reform Bill

The New Zealand Parliament passed the Food Safety Law Reform Bill. The new law addresses the recommendations from the Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) Contamination Inquiry. Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor said that New Zealand has made substantial progress in implementing WPC Inquiry recommendations, some of which entailed legislative change. The Bill amends the Animal Products Act 1999, Food Act 2014,…

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