Corporate New Zealand awaits main course

Dinesh Naik –  The release of the tax administration and PAYE and GST consultation documents is an important next step. It provides details of the government’s business transformation strategy for Inland Revenue Department (IRD). The March consultation documents were the entrées. We are set for a series of main courses over the next 12 to 18 months. Getting the tax…

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Change in name keeps the service glass full

Advertiser’s Announcement New name for old favourite, the signs have gone up. What was once Super Liquor (Mt Roskill, Manukau, Otahuhu, Newmarket, Pacific Square, Clendon, Manurewa, Mangere, Waimuku, Wairau Road, Tuakau) now has smart new branding and is going by the name ‘Brews.’ What does this mean? Unfamiliar faces behind the counter when you next call in for your favourite…

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Taiwan seeks world recognition on environment

Dr Chung-hsing Chou –  As Pope Francis reminds us, “We are one single human family,” and “we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world.” In 2015, smog originated from Indonesia and Malaysia slash and burn agriculture practice seriously polluted the air quality of Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam and affected more than…

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Academics discuss Indo-Kiwi relations in Delhi

Balaji Chandramohan –  Academics and bureaucrats underlined the importance of taking Indo-Kiwi relations to the next higher level at an international seminar held in Delhi last month. The two-day meeting, organised jointly by the New Zealand India Research Institute (NZIRI) and Observer Research Foundation (ORF), an Indian think tank under the theme ‘Towards and Indo-Pacific Partnership: Reconnecting India and New…

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Sweet and sour mix adds flavour to economy

Recent economic developments have been a box of liquorice allsorts including sedate inflation, stronger New Zealand Dollar (NZD), balanced comments by Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) Governor Graeme Wheeler, better fiscal numbers, the potential for a new Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and ongoing signs of domestic data stabilisation. Although interesting, these developments are not sufficient to alter our core…

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Legal experts meet Immigration Minister

Kamil Lakshman –  Officials of the Wellington branch of the New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) regularly meet Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse providing a platform for exchange of information and ideas on sound immigration policies. Such meetings also enable the government to apprise the legal profession of the thinking and expectation from the immigration sector. The Law Society officials also inform…

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Net migration sets all time high record

Dominick Stephens –  September 2015 monthly net immigration and visitor arrivals Actual Previous Westpac forecast Annual net immigration 61,234 60,290 60,960 Monthly net immigration (s.a.) 5,550 5,480 5,300 Monthly short-term visitor arrivals (s.a.) 4.2% 0.5% Monthly short-term NZ departures (s.a.) 1.2% -2.1% Net immigration remained extremely strong in September, with the monthly net inflow comfortably above 5,000 and once again…

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