Have your say on fixed line services

Have your say on fixed line services

Supplied Content – Communications Minister Simon Bridges has confirmed details of the government’s new approach to regulating fixed line communications services from 2020, and released a consultation paper which seeks feedback on the regulation of the copper network. “We need a modern communications regime that reflects our increasingly digital world and that delivers better broadband for New Zealanders.  The new…

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Public opinion sought on Local Alcohol Policy

Progress on the Provisional Auckland Council Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) continues this month with dates now set for formal appeal hearings. The Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA) will hold public hearings at the Auckland District Court over three weeks, commencing on Monday, February 13. Auckland Council welcomes this announcement as once in force, the LAP will be a key…

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‘Marginal workers’ impact unemployment rate

Jed Armstrong and Ozer Karagedikli –  Reserve Bank of New Zealand Each quarter, on average, about 18,000 people transit from unemployment to employment and about 24,000 people from employment to unemployment. These worker separations and accessions are typically thought of as drivers of the unemployment rate. If worker separations exceed worker accessions, the unemployment rate will rise, and if worker…

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New Migrant Policy disturbs Chinese values

Dr Liangni Sally Liu –  Government policy changes in New Zealand and China are creating pressures for only-child migrants from China who face difficult decisions juggling new lives with cultural expectations to care for ageing parents. A policy change constraining Chinese migrant families sponsoring elderly parents to immigrate to New Zealand is akin to ‘rewriting traditional Chinese cultural practice and…

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Dwelling consent numbers fall

  The number of new residential dwelling consents issued fell sharply in November, down 9.2%. While the recent Kaikoura earthquake may be playing some role, the result also reflected a normal pull-back following earlier strength. We will be watching next month’s figures for more definite signs about how the recent earthquakes have affected building. Over the year, dwelling consent issuance…

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Expect a tougher Skilled Migrant regime

Gurjinder Singh –  The new regime of Skilled Migrants Category (SMC) is likely to affect thousands of people who are in New Zealand as migrant workers or international students. The changes are a response to concerns that the current system does not effectively prioritise migrants with skills and salary levels. The proposed changes would introduce the use of salary levels and strengthen…

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Lantern Forum Illuminates Kiwi-China trade growth

Venkat Raman –  venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz While ‘Diwali,’ the Hindu Festival of Lights is dubbed as the ‘largest Indian cultural and cuisine’ event in New Zealand, the Chinese Lantern Festival does much more, if the take of the Auckland City Council and its associate bodies can be believed. The Auckland Lantern Festival, essentially that of Chinese New Year, is shaping to be…

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