Treatment of workers puts New Zealand to shame

‘Virtual slavery, like the 18th century but worse because we were imprisoned.’ That was the description by crew members of foreign fishing vessels working within New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone. Researcher Dr Glenn Simmons found that crew members would often be forced to work up to 70 hours without sleep, were subject to daily beatings, harsh punishment and frequently even…

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New migrants change demography and work ethics

Priyanca Radhakrishnan On a Saturday morning, two weeks ago, more than 70 people from diverse ethnic communities came together in Auckland to find out more about the changing nature of work and workplaces in New Zealand and Labour Party’s plan to ensure that New Zealanders can confidently face these changes with sustainable, fulfilling and well-paid employment. Attendees of the ‘Ethnic…

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Getting to know Islam better

Staff Reporter ‘Islam Open Day’ held at Aotea Square in Auckland’s Central Business District over the weekend was one of the largest and most impressive events of its type in the country. Thousands of people visited the location to understand the world’s youngest and fastest growing religion and remove some of the myths surrounding Islam and its people. Maryam Bhukari,…

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Police sign MoU with Muslims

Police and leaders of New Zealand’s Muslim communities have signed a renewed Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their partnership. Police Commissioner Mike Bush and Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand President Hazim Arafeh signed the Memorandum on Wellington’s Kilbirnie Mosque at a brief ceremony held at the Kilbirnie Mosque in Wellington on September 7, 2015.\ Greater goodwill It updated…

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Media man faces court charges

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has laid Crimes Act charges against Victor John Clarke (61), in the Auckland District Court. The charges against Mr Clarke consist of two false accounting charges, one charge of using a forged document and one charge of obtaining by deception. The charges relate to his conduct as a director of the company MediaWeb Limited. False…

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