Immigration officials clarify student visa issue

Arunima Dingra  I have addressed earlier the matter of Immigration New Zealand (INZ) declining second- year student visa applications on the grounds of allegedly misappropriated maintenance funds during the term of their previous student visas. Officers were interpreting the requirement of $15000 per year or $1250 per month as meaning that a student visa holder must maintain a minimum balance…

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Call to include Hindi in School Curriculum

Venkat Raman  venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz Auckland based Hindi Language and Culture Trust of New Zealand and ‘Teach Hindi New Zealand’ has appealed to the New Zealand government to accord official status to Hindi and include the language in the school curriculum. In a submission to the Education Minister last fortnight, Trust President Satya Dutt said that Hindi should be recognised and supported…

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Have your say on Multicultural New Zealand

Venkat Raman  venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz When Eric Chuah left his job as Head of Migrant Banking at ANZ Bank to establish ‘Cultural Connections’ (Indian Newslink, March 1, 2017), his commitment was distinct and determined: intrinsic engagement with migrant communities, conduct research and enhance the social value and standards of all New Zealanders. A tall order it seemed, but less than three months…

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Cultural components improve Pasifika learning

Staff Reporter –  Teachers of intermediate-aged Pasifika students should include more cultural components as their teaching method to ensure that young adolescents stay engaged with learning throughout secondary school, an academician has said. Massey University PhD graduate (Education) Dr Alet van Vuuren, has explored factors facilitating better learning by Pacifica students at intermediate level in her recent study. Dr Vuuren…

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Te Akitai Waiohua linkage with Otahuhu in focus

Supplied Content Akitai Waiohua representative Matua David Wilson Takaanini (or Takanini) will explain the link between his iwi Te Akitai Waiohua and Otahuhu at a Lecture on May 25, 2017 in Mullins Room, Otahuhu Library, 28 Mason Avenue, Otahuhu, Auckland. Called, ‘Toia Talks,’ this is a free quarterly public lecture series aimed at “convening community leaders, social activators, and change-makers to share…

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Students get career options at Rams Academy

Staff Reporter – Students from seven Auckland secondary schools attended Massey University’s second Rams Academy Holiday Programme in Albany, Auckland recently. Rams is an initiative from Massey’s Student Recruitment team designed to encourage students passionate about sport to explore the many opportunities available to them through university study. Student Recruitment Adviser Reti Simanu said that throughout the three-day programme, students…

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Higher income will benefit international students

Grant McPherson The government announced changes last month, designed to better manage immigration and improve the long-term labour market contribution of temporary and permanent migration. These changes are part of necessary adjustments to New Zealand’s regulatory settings. The announcements included some changes to residency requirements which have generated a lot of commentary including on the impact for international education. The changes…

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Call for Papers on Education, Migration and Translation

Research Symposium at Otago University on November 26, 2017 Supplied Content –  University of Otago (Dunedin) Anthropology and Archeology Associate Professor Jacqueline Leckie has invited interested people to submit papers for presentation on ‘Education, Migration and Translation’ to be presented at a Symposium to be held at the University on Sunday, November 26, 2017. Professor Michael Singh of the Centre…

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