Polytechnics to merge into a New Institute of Skills

Proposal for Public Consultation The government has proposed merging all 16 polytechnics in the country into a single National Institute and radically reforming industry training organisations. Education Minister Chris Hipkins said the Plan was challenging but necessary for shoring up a sector that had suffered falling enrolments and multimillion dollar deficits. Mr Hipkins said that the proposal included creating a…

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‘Wellbeing Budget 2019’ on May 30

‘Wellbeing Budget 2019’ on May 30

Staff Reporter Finance Minister Grant Roberson has announced that he will present his Budget 2019 in Parliament on Thursday, May 30, 2019. New Approach “This year’s Budget will be the first to use the Coalition Government’s new ‘Wellbeing Approach,’ an evidence-based framework used to identify the Budget priorities and then assess which Budget bids should be accepted,” he said. Mr…

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Twyford explains Kiwibuild challenges and the way forward

Venkat Raman Housing, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford is confident that ‘Kiwibuild’ will make the expected progress and promises to build 6500 houses over the next three years. “We will continue to roll out Kiwibuild and work with developers and builders around the country, including some of the most unaffordable Council cities to build more affordable homes for…

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Life Insurance companies on notice

Report cites acts of impropriety, poor systems Wellington, January 29, 2019 Life insurance companies charged customers for expired policies, sold policies that people could not legally use, and have had poor systems and attitudes for fixing complaints and mistakes, a Report shows. The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) and Reserve Bank (RBNZ) have issued a damning Report into how 16 insurance…

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