Ombudsman’s Official Information Act war continues

Shane Cowlishaw With a new Government pledging to be the most open and transparent ever, the watchdog tasked with ensuring it complies with freedom of information laws won’t be easing up the pressure. The Chief Ombudsman’s offensive against gaming of the Official Information Act (OIA) has continued with the announcement of investigations into four government departments. Judge Peter Boshier’s office…

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Taiwan makes its Health Insurance Programme a world model

Chen Shih-Chung Taiwan can help the World Health Organisation (WHO) achieve global universal health coverage by sharing its success in developing the world. Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Programme (NHIP) is a global benchmark in universal coverage and offers valuable lessons in delivering high-quality, cost-effective medical care for all. Taiwan’s wealth of experience can help the WHO realise its top priority…

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New Zealand CEOs take a dim view of global economy

Venkat Raman New Zealand may be one of the best countries in the world to establish and run businesses, but its Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) are among the most pessimistic people in the world, according to the latest PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Survey. The Survey, released on March 15, 2018, said that only 32% of New Zealand CEOs expect the global economy…

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Do you want to join the Conservation Boards?

Nominations are now open until April 30 Eugenie Sage Nominations for Conservation Boards have been reopened to ensure they reflect the diverse communities they serve. The Department of Conservation reopened the nomination process for recruiting a broader cross-section of members from the different communities each board represents on the Minister’s recommendation. The Nomination Process The nomination process for the 2018…

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Money-laundering active in New Zealand

The country faces real terrorist risks too Venkat Raman Money-laundering is active in New Zealand and more than $135 billion is generated through the domestic criminal proceeds every year, the National Risk Assessment Report has said. The New Zealand Police Financial Intelligent Unit (FIU), which released the Report said that the updated assessment indicated existence of real money-laundering and terrorism…

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Women In Business – Arpita Chanda

Relationship Manager (Highland Park, Auckland) Arpita has worked for Westpac for eight years in a number of important roles including Wealth specialist, Banking Consultant, and Relationship Manager. Arpita immigrated to New Zealand in 2003 as a trained economist, having studied the subject at Hansraj College, Delhi University. In 2006, she completed a Master degree in International Business from Massey University,…

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