Meeting the growing needs of diversity in Aotearoa

Jenny Salesa Aotearoa is home to over 200 ethnic groups who speak around 160 languages. According to the 2013 Census, just over a quarter of New Zealanders were born overseas. Over the next 20 years, Statistics New Zealand predicts that the percentage of people identifying as Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American or African will grow significantly, while those identifying as…

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Tribute to Pacific People for their innovative resilient spirit

Aupito William Sio It is a real privilege and honour to be the Minister for Pacific Peoples in the Coalition Government, led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.  It has been a year since this new Government took office and we are making significant progress in building a more modern and fairer society for all. As the Prime Minister has said…

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MeToo strikes a hard blow on sexual harassment perps

Though late, the Movement gather momentum in New Zealand Priyanca Radhakrishnan The ‘MeToo Movement’ gained worldwide recognition in 2017, when the hashtag #MeToo went viral on social media. The Movement shone the spotlight on sexual assault and harassment faced by women in various industries. Platform to share For a while, my Twitter feed was filled with the angst of women…

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Storm in Parliament over bullying and bad behaviour

Peter Wilson (RNZ) High stakes, high stress, bad temper and bullying often go together and in Parliament; it is a perfect storm. Meka Whaitiri was stripped of her portfolios after allegedly assaulting her Press Secretary, National MP Maggie Barry has been accused of treating her staff badly and Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell has been stood down while bullying allegations made by former employees…

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Auckland attracts the world- and many challenges

Phil Goff Auckland is a great city. We treasure our environment. We are diverse, vibrant and prosperous. It is no wonder that so many people from all over the world, including some 220 different ethnicities, choose to make Auckland their home.  Growing Population Our population is growing by more than 30,000 people every year.  This growth is welcome but also…

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Politics should not dictate our Trade Policy and Approach

Todd McClay New Zealand has a long history of leadership on a positive trade agenda with the world. Trade helps our businesses to succeed as they compete on a global market. It helps our consumers gain access to goods and services and it helps foster stronger ties with the world. National’s Principle Simply put, through trade, we can make every…

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RealMe accentuates service delivery with virtual identity

And Internal Affairs fosters Good Governance Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi Internal Affairs of a country are about strengthening its capabilities, resilience and prosperity.  These characteristics are dependent on how nourished the population is in terms of their ideas of nationhood, identity and culture. For everyday New Zealanders, Internal Affairs is about making an application for their passport or a birth certificate…

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Lofty goals fall short of sound strategy

Paul Goldsmith Having scrapped the previous National government’s Business Growth Agenda, which outlined many detailed policies to build a more competitive and productive economy, I have been waiting impatiently this past year to see what would replace it. What would the Labour/NZ First/ Greens government’s economic plan look like? We got a glimpse in September when the Prime Minister released…

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