Visa applications mount as INZ closes Beijing office

Visa applications mount as INZ closes Beijing office

“However, there is no ‘deliberate attempt’ to slow down visas in India” Venkat Raman Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has allayed fears that visitor visa applications lodged in India are being ‘deliberately delayed’ because of the increase in the incidence of COVID-19 in many countries including India and New Zealand. The fears were fanned by cancellation of flights by several airlines…

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Sir Michael Cullen diagnosed with terminal cancer

Sir Michael Cullen diagnosed with terminal cancer

RNZ, Wellington Former Deputy Prime Minister Sir Michael Cullen might have as little as a few months to live, after being diagnosed with incurable lung cancer. Sir Michael, 75, was told he has stage four small cell lung cancer unexpectedly last week, while doctors were looking for what they thought might be a heart problem. He had no symptoms and no indication of the…

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AIA: A conflux of the past and the future

AIA: A conflux of the past and the future

Auckland Indian Association marks its Centenary on September 12, 2020 Narendra Bhana Hundred years ago, Auckland was a different place. The Indian community was small, faced a number of challenges including discrimination, restrictions on employment, family immigration and other issues. In fact, a ‘white barber’ would refuse an Indian client- racism was pronounced and rampant! And yet, there was no…

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