Supplied Content Wellington, December 18, 2017 The Commerce Commission has released its final report on its annual review of Fonterra’s Milk Price Manual for the current dairy season. The Manual sets out Fonterra’s methodology for calculating th ...

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Dr Rahul Sen Through India Trade Alliance Auckland, December 17, 2017 New Zealand’s trade relationship with India has been strong and growing rapidly. As at Year ended June 2017, India was the Seventh largest export destination and 11th largest ...

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Dr Rahul Sen Through India Trade Alliance Auckland, December 17, 2017 New Zealand’s trade relationship with India has been strong and growing rapidly. As at Year ended June 2017, India was the Seventh largest export destination and 11th largest ...

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Dr Muriel Newman Whangarei, December 17, 2017 “The freedom to criticise or ridicule ideas – even if they are sincerely held beliefs – is a fundamental freedom of society. In my view, the right to offend is far more important than any right not t ...

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Dr Muriel Newman Whangarei, December 17, 2017 “The freedom to criticise or ridicule ideas – even if they are sincerely held beliefs – is a fundamental freedom of society. In my view, the right to offend is far more important than any right not t ...

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Frank Newman Whangarei, December 17, 2017 The new government’s mini-budget presented to Parliament on December 14, 2017 delivered on Labour’s promise to reverse the legislated tax cuts that were due to come into effect on April 1 next year. They ...

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Existing and emerging potential need practical thrust Manoj Ladwa Through India Trade Alliance, New Zealand Auckland, December 16, 2017 India and New Zealand share ties that go back centuries – as former British colonies and as important members ...

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Eugenie Sage Wellington, December 16, 2017 Today marks the anniversary of two significant events in New Zealand’s cultural and natural heritage – the visit of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman in 1642, and the creation of the national park which bears ...

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Iain Lees-Galloway Wellington, December 16, 2017 It will be easier for the building industry to find the workers it needs to help address New Zealand’s housing shortfall, with seven building-related occupations being added to the Immediate Skill ...

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Warren Lindberg Wellington, December 16, 2017 The Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHA) welcomes the Stage 2 Report of the Havelock North drinking water inquiry, but has concerns about some of its recommendations. While criticism of the ...

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Career Development plan keep your staff productive Lucy Wyndham Auckland, December 16, 2017 A large part of engaging in the development of a career is to go through training and provide feedback. For all business owners, receiving feedback from ...

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Iain Lees-Galloway Wellington, December 15, 2017 The tragic spate of four work-related fatalities over the past three days is a timely reminder for all workplaces to remain vigilant for workplace safety as New Zealand approaches the holiday seas ...

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Pancha Narayanan Wellington, December 15, 2017 Multicultural New Zealand has delivered a briefing to the Incoming Ministers outlining key issues and opportunities facing ethnic, migrant and refugee communities in New Zealand. Multicultural New Z ...

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Chris Hipkins Wellington, December 15, 2017 Overassessment of students and teacher workload will be addressed as part of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) review starting early next year. The review’s Terms of Reference ...

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Judge Andrew Becroft Wellington, December 15, 2017 We welcome the Families Package announced yesterday (Thursday, December 14, 2017) and we hope it will make a big difference to the lives of many New Zealand children. These are really positive s ...

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But it runs the risk of inept and heartless bureaucracy Alastair McClymont Almost everyone I speak to says the same thing: “Immigration will be harder under the Labour Government.” This is not only migrants but also large employers. The common p ...

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This is our last issue for 2017 as we close for Christmas and New Year from December 17, 2017 to January 7, 2018. Our offices will reopen on January 8, 2018 and our first issue in the New Year, dated January 15, 2018, will be released on that da ...

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Festival and Conference in Hyderabad from December 15 to 19, 2017 Ratna Venkat The South Indian State of Telangana will receive international limelight and acclaim as it prepares to host a Festival incorporating cultural programmes and a Confere ...

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Sourced Content The right of all children to grow up to be healthy, strong, well-educated and capable of contributing to their societies underpins every international agreement to recognise and protect children’s rights. Poverty interferes with ...

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Stand First: The ‘2017 Child Poverty Monitor’ released on December 7, 2017 indicated a drop of 1% to 2% across the measures of child poverty in New Zealand. Since then, there have been comments from agencies and organisations involved with child ...

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Paula Bennett Confirmation from the Children’s Commissioner that the growth in child poverty has been halted is largely due to initiatives introduced by National. Judge Andrew Beacroft has today confirmed that since the National Government incre ...

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Venkat Raman Following her announcement on Thursday, December 7, 2017 that she was relinquishing her post as Head of Community Banking at BNZ, effective December 21, 2017, we received no less than 25 phone calls and 33 text messages asking the s ...

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Clare Curran Communications Minister Clare Curran has released a report outlining the digital divide in New Zealand. The following is her Statement: In line with our commitment to open government, I have released the Report, ‘Digital New Zealand ...

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Julie Anne Genter A New Report shows how girls experience online harm differently than boys, and tailored prevention approaches are needed. The Report ‘Insights into digital harm: The online lives of New Zealand girls and boys,’ was launched on ...

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Research to understand the Autonomic Nervous System Venkat Raman Do you know that almost every emotion activates your nervous system which in turn impacts on the functioning of the brain and other essential organs of your body? That was of cours ...

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Supplied Content Contrary to popular belief that law-enforcing authorities including judges and court officials and people in the legal profession including lawyers, barristers and solicitors do not even know how to smile, a gathering of men and ...

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Magnanimity of Indo-Fijians acknowledged at launch Venkat Raman About two years ago, Yale University of Medicine introduced ‘Super Brain Yoga,’ stating that it is a scientifically validated method to help energise the human brain and enhance its ...

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Supplied Content Former Fijian residents Dan Pariachi and Madhu Mala have scooped a major award in New Zealand that recognises excellence in the country’s franchise sector. The couple are national winners in the Business Services category of the ...

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Satish Ranchhod New Zealand has experienced a massive migration boom. Flows of people into the country have been running hot for several years now, including large numbers arriving on temporary work and student visas. We have also seen higher th ...

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Frank Newman The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) has loosened its grip on bank lending, making it a little easier for low deposit homebuyers. Acting Reserve Bank Governor Grant Spencer said, “LVR (Loan Value Ratio) policies have been in place ...

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Supplied Content On November 25, 2017, about 1200 social representatives including youth and religious leaders gathered at the First Peace Conference of Religious Leaders in South-Eastern and South-Western Regions for the Reunification of Korea ...

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It pays to seek professional advice all the time Lucy Corry While buying your first home can be a nerve-wracking experience, buying your second (or third) would not be easy. First homebuyers may face a whole bunch of barriers, but the stakes can ...

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Frank Neuman It seems insurance companies are requiring landlords and property managers to be much more vigilant in the way rental property is managed. The implications are that if a rental is not managed in a manner that minimises risks to an i ...

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Editorial One Issue 383 December 15, 2017 Alastair McClymont, who wrote our frontpage story in this issue dispels the myth that the Labour Party is against immigration and that it erect barricades to stop international students and migrant worke ...

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Editorial Two Issue 383 December 15, 2017 Sunny days are here but Christmas bells are yet to chime. The holiday season is closing in, but the festive mood is yet to dawn. But before long, the Nation would switch to the holiday mood with hundreds ...

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Jai Sears in Grenada I write in response to a letter on Mahatma Gandhi entitled ‘Dustbin of History’ written by Josiah Rougier and published in ‘The New Today (November 3, 2017) of Grenada. In his letter, Rougier is asking the Government to remo ...

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Dr Jackie Blue A concerted effort to eliminate ethnic pay gaps will be required if we are to achieve the Prime Minister’s and the Minister for Women’s goal of closing the gender pay gap in the core public services over the next four years. Pay g ...

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Julian Wood Cigarettes, while not worth their weight in gold, are now worth one-and-half times their weight in silver, as successive governments have increased the taxes on cigarettes. As economists predicted, this has meant that smoking rates i ...

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Dr David Clark I announced (on Tuesday, December 5, 2017), the urgent establishment of a new Ministerial Advisory Group on the Health System. Following is the Statement issued by him this morning: Nine-Year Toll Since becoming the Minister of He ...

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Dr Muriel Newman   Welfare reform requires great care. Of all policy areas, the unintended consequences of getting it wrong can be devastating, especially for children. In 1998 (the days when there was still free speech in New Zealand - before t ...

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Supplied Content Indian Newslink Health Columnist Thilliar Varnakulasingham has been elected as a Retired Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. Established in 1805, The Royal Society of Medicine was granted a Royal Charter by King William IV ...

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Venkat Raman Members of the various chapters of the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) marked ten years of their operations and service at a regional conference held in Gold Coast, Australia on November 26, 2017. Chaired by S ...

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‘Fruits in the Backwater’ open in Porirua A collection of works of Wellington based artist Kerry Ann Lee is now open at the Pataka Art and Museum, located at the corner of Norrie and Parumoana in Porirua. Called, ‘Fruits in the Backwater’ it wil ...

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Youi has announced partnership with New Zealand Roadside Assistance (NZRA) Limited to deliver the national 24/7 Youi Roadside Assistance service. NZRA provides roadside assistance services to many leading New Zealand insurers, brokers, retail an ...

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Fun, Food and Accolades in Lower Hutt Kiran Thakar Hindu Council of New Zealand (HCNZ) Wellington Chapter celebrated International Volunteers Day (IV Day) on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Naenae Community Hall in Lower Hutt, Wellington. IV Day i ...

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Model of the Fortnight The report on Child Poverty that hit the headlines on December 7, 2017, occupying sections of our Homelink and Viewlink would be of immense interest to Ankita Sharma, our Model of the Fortnight. Believing as she does that ...

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Roopa Aur Aap Trust sets a trend in voluntary service Venkat Raman Amdist a plethora of self-servers, there are a few do-gooders who dwelve into neglected areas of vulnerable people and provide them solace and support, adding to the oft-forgotte ...

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Sunil Kaushal It is that time of year again. December has brought with it all the joys of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with ...

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Wenceslaus Anthony Christmas is the celebration of the birthday of Jesus Christ born in the stable at Bethlehem. Two holy people who have had a great impact in my own life are St John Paul II and Blessed Saint Mother Teresa who had laid much emp ...

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Advertiser’s Announcement Santa Grotto brings the joy of Christmas to Hunters Corner Hunters Plaza is based in a low socio-economic demographic in the heart of the Papatoetoe, New Zealand community. Our budget is not huge at all. We decided to m ...

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Carey Kinsolving “Abiding in Christ is not going outside when my mom tells me not to,” Alexandra (5). Refusing to go outside of God’s will has everything to do with abiding in Christ. “Abiding means you need to stay with God and listen to him. H ...

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Venkat Raman Christmas is appropriate time to recall God’s Message of Love, Peace, Harmony and Sharing and it is gratifying that a number of groups and individuals have been involved in this noble exercise in New Zealand. The Indian Christian co ...

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Sargam School of Indian Music sets the stage for its Annual Concert Venkat Raman Pandit Harvinder Sharma, one of the most respected and highly proficient Sitar maestros will perform in Auckland on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7 pm at the Blockho ...

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Apurv Shukla Indian cinema lost one of its most versatile and handsome actors with the passing way of Shashi Kapoor. The 79-year-old lost his battle to liver cancer on December 4, 2017. The youngest son of actor Prithviraj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor’ ...

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Venkat Raman Music, dance, mimicry and announcement of details of a Short Film Contest are all a part of the Boxing Day Gift being offered by the Auckland Tamil Association. Titled, ‘Mannil Intha Kaathal’ (‘Love on this Earth’), the event will b ...

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Grant Robertson Wellington, December 14, 2017 The Government’s policy programme will deliver a stable and growing economy which is fair for all New Zealanders. The Budget Policy Statement (BPS) released today sets out our agenda to build a susta ...

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Jacinda Ardern Wellington, December 14, 2017 The Government is delivering on its commitment to manage New Zealand’s finances responsibly while ensuring the dividends of economic growth are more fairly shared. We promised that we would be a Gover ...

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Supplied Content Wellington, December 14, 2017 The Commerce Commission has published a Statement of Preliminary Issues relating to the proposed acquisition of the Accountants Group business of Reckon Limited (Reckon) by MYOB Group Limited. MYOB ...

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Supplied Content Wellington, December 14, 2017 TSB Bank Limited (TSB) will repay customers who were inadvertently overcharged for terminating their fixed-term lending agreements. TSB identified three errors in the way it calculated the fee it ch ...

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Anything less can land you in trouble Supplied Content Auckland, December 14, 2017 With soaring temperatures Auckland Council’s Animal Management team is encouraging dog owners to keep their furry friends cool in the heat. Be mindful when out an ...

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Stuart Nash Wellington, December 14, 2017 A new centre designed to encourage collaboration between Police, scientists and crime researchers has been opened in Wellington. The Evidence-Based Policing Centre brings together Police, the University ...

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The ‘Dunne Speaks’ considers five candidates for the Honour Peter Dunne Christchurch, December 14, 2017 In keeping with the beauty parade approach many of our commentators take to reporting politics - I could hardly say analysing, because so man ...

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The ‘Dunne Speaks’ considers five candidates for the Honour Peter Dunne Christchurch, December 14, 2017 In keeping with the beauty parade approach many of our commentators take to reporting politics - I could hardly say analysing, because so man ...

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Supplied Content Auckland, December 13, 2017 For many New Zealand families of former Indian students who were encouraged to study here with promises of work and residency, this Christmas will be bleak. Some of the fathers’ applications from Indi ...

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Jenny Marcroft Wellington, December 13, 2017 New Zealand First wants to lift the public status of teachers and protect the title of ‘Teacher’ in recognition of its professional status, New Zealand First MP Jenny Marcroft said today. Her member’s ...

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Stuart Nash Wellington, December 13, 2017 The creation of a dedicated body to be known as Fisheries New Zealand marks a major milestone on the way to improved management of this valuable natural resource. Four new branches The reorganisation of ...

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Megan Woods Wellington, December 13, 2017 The coalition Government will conduct a wide-ranging inquiry into making New Zealand’s fuel supply more secure following the September outage of the Marsden Refinery to Auckland fuel pipeline. The Refine ...

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Chris Hipkins Wellington, December 13, 2017 Changes to legislation may be required to curb the high pay levels of some State Sector Chief Executives. The Senior Pay Report, released today by the State Services Commissioner, discloses that the to ...

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Fresno, California, December 13, 2017 The Fresno Chapter of the ‘We Are Sikhs’ campaign participated in the 19th Annual ‘Fresno Hells Angels Toy Run’ at Chukchansi Park Field and continued to break barriers between communities. The National Sikh ...

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Judge Andrew Becroft Wellington, December 12, 2017 The growth in child poverty has been halted and relevant indicators are dropping, says the Children’s Commissioner on release of the latest Child Poverty Monitor data. However, sustained progres ...

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Jacinda Ardern Wellington, December 12, 2017 This week marks the half way stage of the Government’s 100 Day Plan and will see further pleasing progress on delivering on our commitments. We promised that we would be a different government, one th ...

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Supplied Content Washington, December 11, 2017 The National Sikh Campaign (NSC) and its supporters gathered for their national meeting over the weekend in Washington DC to discuss and launch the next phase of the Sikh media campaign to create aw ...

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Damien O’Connor Wellington, December 11, 2017 The growth in New Zealand’s primary industry exports is impressive and provides the sector a strong base to deal with the challenges ahead. The latest Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries rep ...

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Grant Robertson Wellington, December 11, 2017 Adrian Orr has been appointed as Reserve Bank Governor effective from March 27, 2018. Following the Reserve Bank Board’s unanimous recommendation to me, I have appointed Adrian Orr for a five-year te ...

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Dr Jenny Hou Auckland, December 11, 2017 United States President Donald Trump invokes the words ‘Fake News’ on a daily basis, but the phenomenon’s impact is not restricted to politics. Businesses are also becoming victims of fake news, ranging f ...

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Venkat Raman Auckland, December 10, 2017 Music, dance, mimicry and announcement of details of a Short Film Contest are all a part of the Boxing Day Gift being offered by the Auckland Tamil Association. Titled, ‘Mannil Intha Kaathal’ (‘Love on th ...

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A Research Report on the drinking habits of Maori and Non-Maori Auckland, December 10, 2017 Very little is known about the role of alcohol in older people’s lives over the lifespan, patterns of alcohol use over older adulthood, and how the drink ...

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Roopa Aur Aap Trust sets a trend in voluntary service Venkat Raman Auckland, December 10, 2017 Amdist a plethora of self-servers, there are a few do-gooders who dwelve into neglected areas of vulnerable people and provide them solace and support ...

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Kamal Persad The mainstream and social media captured the violent unrest that occurred in Beetham Gardens in Port of Spain in multi-racial Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday, November 23, 2017. Beetham residents created a gridlock on the highway le ...

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A Research Report on the drinking habits of Maori and Non-Maori Auckland, December 10, 2017 Very little is known about the role of alcohol in older people’s lives over the lifespan, patterns of alcohol use over older adulthood, and how the drink ...

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Geneva, Switzerland December 10, 2017 India was among the six winners honoured at the ‘International Anti-Corruption Excellence (ACE) Awards 2017 held in Geneva on Friday, December 8, 2017. The Ceremony was held a day ahead of the ‘International ...

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International Anti-Corruption Day today Suzanne Snively Wellington, December 9, 2017 International Anti-Corruption day is a good day for New Zealanders’ to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in a country with low levels of corruption. This ...

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David Rutherford Wellington, December 9, 2017 The United Nations regularly reviews whether New Zealand is complying with its international human rights commitments. Over the next 18 months, there would be a number of reviews dealing with signifi ...

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Satish Ranchhod Auckland, December 9, 2017 New Zealand has experienced a massive migration boom. Flows of people into the country have been running hot for several years now, including large numbers arriving on temporary work and student visas. ...

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Apurv Shukla Auckland, December 9, 2017 Indian cinema lost one of its most versatile and handsome actors with the passing way of Shashi Kapoor. The 79-year-old lost his battle to liver cancer on December 4, 2017. The youngest son of actor Prithv ...

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Wellington, December 8, 2017 About 200 young New Zealanders are about to deepen New Zealand’s connections with Asia and Latin America. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today that 192 young New Zealanders have been awarded the Prime Minist ...

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Sargam School of Indian Music sets the stage for its Annual Concert Venkat Raman Auckland, December 8, 2017 Pandit Harvinder Sharma, one of the most respected and highly proficient Sitar maestros will perform in Auckland on Friday, December 15, ...

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Louise Upston Wellington, December 8, 2017 Through a series of extraordinary statements in Parliament yesterday, the Minister of Social Development dismissed the idea of setting targets to reduce poverty and welfare dependence – the exact sort o ...

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Dr Jackie Blue Auckland, December 7, 2017 A concerted effort to eliminate ethnic pay gaps will be required if we are to achieve the Prime Minister’s and the Minister for Women’s goal of closing the gender pay gap in the core public services over ...

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Kris Faafoi Wellington, December 7, 2017 The first reading of the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Bill in Parliament today is the first step in a significant package of changes to ensure all Kiwis can get good quality financial advice b ...

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Stuart Nash Wellington, December 7, 2017 Legislation just introduced to Parliament will prevent multinationals from avoiding tax by shifting profits out of New Zealand. The legislation also reflects an important objective of the Labour-New Zeala ...

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Paula Bennett Wellington, December 7, 2017 Confirmation from the Children’s Commissioner that the growth in child poverty has been halted is largely due to initiatives introduced by National. Judge Andrew Beacroft has today confirmed that since ...

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Supplied Content Auckland, December 7, 2017 Julie Chapman KidsCan hopes that the slight decline in child poverty rates in this year’s ‘Child Poverty Monitor’ would not stop Kiwis from keeping the significant issue of children living in hardship ...

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Anton Blank Auckland, December 7, 2017 The latest Child Poverty Monitor, launched in Auckland today, shows a slight decrease in the numbers of New Zealand children living in poverty. The signs are encouraging. The new government’s commitment to ...

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Jacinda Ardern Wellington, December 7, 2017 A small drop in the number of children in low income households is welcome but the Government is committed to making significant progress on lifting children out of poverty. Every child deserves the be ...

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Fun, Food and Accolades in Lower Hutt Kiran Thakar Wellington, December 6, 2017 Hindu Council of New Zealand (HCNZ) Wellington Chapter celebrated International Volunteers Day (IV Day) on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Naenae Community Hall in Low ...

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Research to understand the Autonomic Nervous System Auckland, December 6, 2017 Do you know that almost every emotion activates your nervous system which in turn impacts on the functioning of the brain and other essential organs of your body? Tha ...

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Earthquake Resilience Plan needs $31 million; Submission on Dec 20 Supplied Content Wellington, December 6, 2017 The Commerce Commission has invited public submissions on Wellington Electricity’s plan to spend $31 million on earthquake strengthe ...

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