No exemptions for employee rights

Gurjinder Singh –  New Zealand has a comprehensive set of employment laws that keep workplaces fair. International students have rights like New Zealand citizens and residents in the matter of employment, but they must be aware of the relevant laws and rules. There are thousands of students working on casual and part-time basis. Those on casual employment must be available…

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Housing prices distance most people

Dr Susan Flint-Hartle –  Lower interest rates and the loan-to-value ratio restrictions of Reserve Bank of New Zealand are making Auckland houses more affordable. The modest annual improvement in affordability of 3.1% in the country’s largest city is good news for policymakers intent on moderating the persistent inflation of Auckland house prices. But this improvement offers limited respite for first…

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Newspaper pays out with apology

Staff Reporter –  info@indiannewslink.co.nz It is first time in New Zealand that orders have been passed by the Human Rights Tribunal against an ethnic newspaper for breaching the privacy of an individual. In the proceedings held under the Privacy Act 1993 before the Tribunal, the plaintiff had claimed that Kuk Punjabi Samachar had published material in one of its issues…

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Academics demand sugar tax

A group of public health professors from New Zealand universities have signed an open letter to the Cabinet calling for stronger child obesity prevention measures from the Government. The group of more than 70 academics is concerned by New Zealand’s high rate of childhood obesity – the fourth highest in the world. While they applaud the government for making childhood…

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