Budget seizes on economic opportunity

In his speech to Parliament in 1953, the late Sir Winston Churchill who was defending his government’s budget, said, “In finance, everything that is agreeable is unsound and everything that is sound is disagreeable.” No Finance Minister before or after that statement was made has ever been so popular as to be left unscathed during a budget session. Opposition attacks…

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Let us get to the real cause of crime

Editorial Two Issue 370 June 1, 2017 Even as we condemn every act of robbery, aggravated robbery, shop invasion and violence, even as we sympathise with the victims, discuss the growing problem with the lawmakers and law-enforcers, we wish that safety issues are addressed properly, through dialogue and discussion. For an eye for an eye would make everyone blind. Why…

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NZAMI opposes Essential Skills Visa changes

June Ranson  Proposed changes to the Essential Skills visa settings designed to reduce the attractiveness of New Zealand as a destination for temporary workers simply will not work in the current economic and immigration context. If we had confidence in the envisaged benefits to New Zealanders being attainable, the resulting disadvantages to temporary migrants might be justified.  Not beneficial We…

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Integration must follow migration for meaningful diversity

In recent past, Brexit, reluctance of EU nations to accept refugees, protectionism rhetoric in USA (Trump factor) and anti-migrant’s outlook in developed nations have reached a crescendo. These factors are opposite, and at total variance to outlook of the Post World War II era; a period of change, open-doors, increased migration and evolution of truly multi-national business entities. No one…

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Remove the cause not the symptoms

Issue 369 May 15, 2017 The recent outbreak of robbery, aggravated robbery with increasing incidents of violence against dairies, superettes, liquor stores and petrol stations in Auckland and other places around the country has caused public outrage. The owners and staff in this retail business feel threatened and all of them have called for harsh punishment to be meted out…

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Why governments fail to arrest rising crime

Supplied Content –  Massey University, Palmerston North Unwillingness by the state to include prisoners in discussions about rehabilitation is one of the factors that has contributed to New Zealand’s dire crime statistics, says leading social justice advocate Dr Kim Workman. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at a Massey University Manawatū campus graduation ceremony on May 10, 2017. Dr Workman…

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