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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Loss Carry Back Scheme offers relief to businesses

But the Covid-19 measure needs professional advice Auckland, May 28, 2020 From April 15, 2020, almost all entities, including trusts, companies, sole traders and partnerships can carry back the anticipated losses to avail tax refund. The Scheme is another measure taken by the government to assist struggling New Zealand businesses to deal with economic impact of Covid-19. The ‘Covid-19 Response…

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Scary future gradually overtaking sympathy for the government

Wellington, May 28, 2020 Recent public opinion polls have revealed some very interesting, if somewhat contradictory, insights into New Zealanders’ current thinking about the Covid19 crisis and the national response. The most recent 1News Colmar Brunton poll reported that 92% of those surveyed considered that the government “had responded appropriately to the coronavirus outbreak” – up from 62% when the…

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