Drain on superannuation ignored

Denis O’Rourke –  The government has ignored their appointee, Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell, who voiced serious concerns on immigrants’ getting full New Zealand Superannuation. Despite the Commissioner’s view that New Zealand should be ‘lifting the bar for immigrants,’ making it more appropriate and fairer to the NZ taxpayer, the government is not backing her. When questioned in Parliament, Commerce Minister…

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Figures narrate the migration story better

Kamil Lakshman –  At a recent Conference of the New Zealand Association for Migration & Investment (NZAMI) in Auckland, Massey University Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of Humanities & Social Sciences Professor Spoonley and I were part of an open discussion on “Pathways to Residence: what is working and what is not.” Interesting statistics As I prepared my speech, I studied recent statistics…

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The menace of window washers

Jenny Salesa –  I support calls to toughen up Auckland Council’s bylaws dealing with window washers. My electorate office regularly deals with complaints about the behaviour of window washers at intersections around South Auckland. Constituents have been intimidated; their vehicles have been kicked and scratched. My staff and members of the public have witnessed fights and intimidation amongst window washers…

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Manual passports to be stamped out

Staff Reporter – If you hold an Indian Passport that is not ‘machine readable,’ you had better obtain a new one issued by the Indian High Commission in Wellington. The International Civil Aviation Organisation has announced that effective November 24, 2015, foreign governments may deny visa or entry to any person travelling on ‘Non-Machine Readable Passports’ (NMRPs). Indian High Commission…

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Good traits essential for good governance

Dr Susan Macken –  The Indian Newslink Sir Anand Satyanand Lecture series addresses a matter which is vital for strong business and a strong economy – good corporate governance. When we consider what constitutes good governance, yes, of course business acumen and experience immediately come to mind. Those skills enable a Director to counsel, challenge, provide advice based on experience…

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