Audit should locate the culprits but will it?

Fraudsters seem to be covering their tracks Venkat Raman Auckland, May 31, 2020 The Wage Subsidy Scheme was the first relief package announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson at their media conference on March 25, 2020 as the country moved to Alert 4 lockdown, allowing only essential services to operate. Called, ‘The Covid-19 Wage Subsidy,’…

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Wage Subsidy fraud goes beyond New Zealand borders

Venkat Raman Auckland, May 31, 2020 Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders have benefited from the government’s Wage Subsidy Scheme but unfortunately, there have been a number of people who have also received the benefit through fraudulent means as per the information obtained by Indian Newslink. ‘The Covid-19 Wage Subsidy’ made a flat payment for 12 weeks at $585.80 per…

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Narendra Modi assures Indians of new opportunities to progress

An Open Letter to the Nation marking first year in second term New Delhi, May 30, 2020 Standfirst: Narendra Modi and his BJP government mark the first anniversary following an astounding victory in the General Elections held throughout the country in May 2019. In an Open Letter today, he outlines the initiatives of his government in supporting various sectors of…

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New Zealand’s largest retailer opens in Auckland tomorrow

Nido at 158 Central Park Drive, Henderson Venkat Raman Auckland, May 29, 2020 New Zealand’s largest furniture and homewares retailer Nido will open its doors to the public tomorrow, Saturday, May 30 2020. With its extensive range of solutions for various industries, businesses and homes, the advent of Nido will be a major boost to Auckland’s economy and the country’s…

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Former Race Relations Chief’s empathy for Judith Collins

“Ethnic communities want to be treated as equals- nothing special” Venkat Raman Auckland, May 28, 2020 New Zealand can profess to be a multicultural nation and governments can talk of inclusiveness and ‘all-embracing polices and programmes,’ we may all rise to occasions and express our solidarity, but deep-rooted in our social fabric are undercurrents of racism. Former Race Relations Conciliator…

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Casual staff worst hit by Massey University lay off

Ruth Hill Auckland, May 28, 2020 Staff on casual contracts at Massey University Science faculties have had their jobs axed with immediate effect as the institution desperately tries to cut costs. The University is refusing to say how many people are affected. However, the Tertiary Education Union warned that the move would be financially devastating for many individuals, add massively…

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