Swaminarayan Temple marks Hindu New Year with Annakut

Ragavan Rengachariar Auckland, November 23, 2018 Diwali, as the Festival of Lights, marks an auspicious and celebrative time for Hindus. Diwali marks the triumph of good over evil and is a reminder to dispel inner darkness with the light of Almighty’s presence. It is a time in which rich cultural traditions and rituals symbolize charity, goodwill, family values, new beginnings…

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NCEA exams to be held despite weather conditions

  Supplied Content Wellington, November 20, 2018 The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has advised students who are unable to appear for their examinations due to weather conditions, will be decided on the ‘Derived Grade Process. NZQA Deputy Chief Executive Kristine Kilkelly said that the Process ensures that NCEA students can achieve an authentic grade for their work. She issued the…

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MMP turns 25-more women, Asian, and Maori MPs

Daniela Maoate-Cox and Phil Smith Wellington, November 19, 2018 It’s 25 years this month since New Zealand chose to switch from First Past the Post (FPP) to Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) to elect its House of Representatives. Victoria University senior lecturer in comparative politics, Fiona Barker and Professor of Comparative Politics Jack Vowles say that MMP has changed both what…

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Bainimarama reinstated as Fiji Prime Minister

Checkpoint, RNZ, Auckland, November 19, 2018 Fiji’s re-elected Prime Minister has blamed the torrential rain on election day for his significant drop in support. Frank Bainimarama received around 130,000 individual votes, compared to over 200,000 at the last election in 2014. The leader of the 2006 coup was in Auckland over the weekend for his brother’s funeral, and said he…

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Auckland Santa Parade to lose public events funding

Vanita Prasad (Newsroom) Auckland, November 17, 2018 The Auckland Children’s Christmas Parade T (Published by Newsroom) Auckland’s Santa Parade faces an uncertain future as the City’s event Agency withdraws funding past this year because of a new policy. While next week’s 85th installment of the annual parade will go ahead as planned, it is set to make a $100,000 operating loss without the help…

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Drug Smuggler’s immigration decision delayed

Iain Lees-Galloway and Karel Sroubek  (Photo for RNZ by Carmen Bird Photography RNZ, Wellington, November 16, 2018 The review of Czech drug-smuggler Karel Sroubek’s residency case will be delayed further after Immigration New Zealand granted Mr Sroubek an extension. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has been under intense political pressure over his decision not to deport Sroubek, and ordered a review after conflicting information arose. The…

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