‘Stop Now Letter’ issued to promoter of Lion’s Share scheme

Supplied Content Wellington, January 19, 2021 The Commerce Commission has issued a Stop Now letter to Shelly Cullen, promoter of Lion’s Share, which the Commission believes is likely a pyramid selling scheme. Scheme under investigation Pyramid selling schemes are prohibited under the Fair Trading Act 1986. The Commission is currently investigating the Lion’s Share scheme and Ms Cullen’s promotion of…

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New Zealand extends pre-departure tests to all arriving passengers

17 countries exempted; effective January 25; $1000 fine from February 8, 2021 Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins (RNZ Picture by Samuel Rillstone)   All travellers to New Zealand from anywhere in the world other than 17 countries in the ‘Exempt List’ will be required to undergo pre-departure testing at the place of their departure, the New Zealand government announced today.…

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Despite everything else, Aussies keep faith in government

Australian PM Scott Morrison with Donald Trump (SBS TV Image)   Through recent natural disasters, global upheavals and a pandemic, Australia’s political centre has largely held. Australians may have disagreed at times, but they have also kept faith with governmental norms, eschewing the false allure of populism beguiling voters elsewhere. Broad public confidence Our Federal and State governments enjoy broad…

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New Zealand must close its borders and keep Covid out

                 Auckland hotels are still being used as quarantine facilities (Getty Images)   The global Covid-19 pandemic is intensifying, with more infectious variants of the virus, and more rapid spread, especially in countries such as the US and UK. This deterioration has meant a higher number of infected returnees arriving at New Zealand’s MIQ facilities…

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Government funds are not taxpayers’ money says academic

New Zealand Currency (Adobe Image)   Rhetoric plays an important role in tax debate and therefore tax policy. If your side manages to gain traction in the public imagination with labels such as “death tax“ or “dementia tax,“ you have gone a long way to normalising the labels and winning support. Some truth underpins these particular labels — an estate…

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Covid-19 claims two million deaths and continues to rage

The pandemic is claiming a life every eight seconds Reuters & RNZ Wellington, January 17, 2021 The worldwide coronavirus death toll has surpassed two million, according to a Reuters tally, as nations around the world are trying to procure multiple vaccines and detect new Covid-19 variants. Accelerating fatalities It took nine months for the world to record the first one…

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Join Prayer Group for ten million Vishnu Sahasranamam Marathon

Three-day event culminating in Seetha Kalyanam in Auckland: April 23-25, 2021 Venkat Raman Auckland, January 16, 2021 The corridors of Shri Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan (located at 12 Princes Street in Onehunga, Auckland) will reverberate piety, accruing the Divine Blessings of Lord Vishnu, as devotees recite His Name ten million times for the good of all living beings. The Marathon, arguably…

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