The good, the bad and the ugly side of RMA

Indian Newslink Leader Auckland, February 28, 2021 Environment Minister David Parker has done well to introduce proposals to reform the Resource Management Act (RMA), rather dump it and replace it with modern and more manageable statutes to allow developmental activities. That the RMA is an obnoxious piece of legislation has universal acceptable. But as journalist Thomas Coughlan told ‘The Detail’…

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Complexity shrouds Pacific Islands geopolitics

Balaji Chandramohan New Delhi, February 25, 2021 The appointment of former Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna as Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) has created ripples in the complex geopolitics of the Pacific Islands which is already adding mystique to those viewing from a distance. The Pacific Islands region is dominated by the ever-increasing one up among the…

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Low-decile students receive scholarships for University education

Supplied Content Wellington, February 24, 2021 Twelve students from low-decile Wellington secondary schools are on the road to realising their potential at  Victoria University of Wellington. They are among the recipients of the 2021 Nga Hoe a Kupe Pathfinder Scholarships.    The scholarships, backed by the University and its donations arm, the Victoria University of Wellington Foundation, are unique, awarded to youngsters who have demonstrated resilience, rather than being based solely on academic ability. …

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Varsity closes student accommodation deemed unsafe

Wellington, February 25, 2021 More than 100 Victoria University students have been told that they cannot move into their accommodation because it is deemed structurally unsound. The University told parents in an email that engineers have advised the James Hutchinson wing of Weir House is to be closed because of “unexpected internal vulnerabilities.” A detailed seismic assessment of the almost…

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Holidays Act being overhauled with early entitlement

Sourced Content Wellington, February 24, 2021 Workers will be able to take leave for sickness or bereavement from their first day in the job under a planned revamp of the complicated Holidays Act. Parents will also be paid at their full rate for holidays on returning from parental leave, removing a fish-hook which currently leaves them out of pocket. Voice…

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