Immigration Profiling was certainly racist

Alastair McClymont Last week Indian Newslink reported on its Web Edition and Social Media on allegations that Immigration New Zealand (INZ) were using a tool that would racially profile people for early deportation. The Minister of Immigration has now suspended the Pilot Programme subject to further investigation. I have now been able to read INZ’s explanation for what was reported…

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Fraudulent relationships challenge Immigration New Zealand

Venkat Raman ‘Marriages of Convenience’ are a constant headache for Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and the worst sufferers are those who are genuinely married, since the latter become embroiled in the overall ‘rejected application syndrome.’ Many affected persons (that is those in bona fide marriages) have told us that their applications for visas (often Visitor Visa) were rejected by INZ,…

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Some Early Childcare Centres can be dangerous places

Here are some horror stories Standfirst: We are not scaremongering but if you have a child attending an Early Childhood Centre, you should ensure your child’s safety; more important, report anything amiss. John Gerritsen (RNZ) Nearly every child now attends some form of early education before they start school. But cracks are starting to show in the system and children…

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Politics, Social Media and Parenthood

A Dialogue between PM and a Former President Radio New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it was a privilege to officially welcome former US President Barack Obama to New Zealand. The pair met for about an hour at Government House in Auckland on Thursday, March 22, 2018, following a powhiri to welcome Mr Obama. Ms Ardern said that their…

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Moderation builds political bridges with dignity

Venkat Raman When Simon Bridges was elected as Leader of the National Party on February 27, 2018, he told the Nation that he would hold the government to account by being firm but fair. Last fortnight, visiting our offices for the first time, he began his conversation saying that the Labour-led Government deserves a chance and that he would support…

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Education agents score low with INZ

John Gerritsen  Immigration New Zealand (INZ) refused most of the study visa applications from some education agents in India, Vietnam and the Philippines last year. Latest figures showed the approval rates for applications decided by Immigration’s Indian office in 2017 ranged from 9% to 98% for agents who made at least 10 applications. Immigration made decisions on 9117 applications from…

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Exploitation of migrant workers puts our reputation at risk

Michael Morrah (Newshub) Business leaders say that New Zealand’s reputation is at risk if employers don’t do more to combat modern-day slavery. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said that one possible option is to legislate and force companies to ensure their product supply chains are legitimate. Feroz Ali was the first person to be found guilty of human trafficking in New…

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