Academic streaming deemed discriminatory and racist

David Pomeroy, Kay-Lee Jones, Mahdis Azarmandi and Sara Tolbert Christchurch, September 13, 2020 Academic streaming in New Zealand schools is still common, but according to recent reports, it is also discriminatory and racist. Also known as tracking, setting and ability grouping, streaming has been called a systemic barrier to Māori educational success in one major analysis released in August 2020.…

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National offers small businesses cash grant, employment law changes

Venkat Raman Auckland, August 29, 2020 Cash grants for creating jobs, repealing sections of the Employment Relations Act, capital injection for investments and reducing tax compliance costs are a part of the business package offered by the National Party for small businesses. Leader Judith Collins said that New Zealanders need a government with the experience, the competence and the vision…

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First Air India repatriation flight lands in Auckland

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Revised Schedule of five more flights to India announced Venkat Raman Auckland, June 5, 2020 It was an emotional moment for 233 people who arrived from India at the Auckland International Airport this morning, thanks to the efforts of the Indian and New Zealand governments and their respective diplomatic missions in New Delhi and Wellington. The special flight, operated by…

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Airfares on special flights to India announced

Air India Flight

Limited seats-Economy $2478; Business $5416; First: $7700 Venkat Raman Auckland, June 2, 2020 An economy class ticket (one-way) on the special flights to India from Auckland will cost $2478, the Wellington-based Indian High Commission has announced. Business Class seats are also available at $5416 per person. First Class tickets will cost $7700. Tickets must be purchased within the timeframe specified,…

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Tough travel conditions as risk of COVID-19 escalates

Tough travel conditions as risk of COVID-19 escalates

Venkat Raman All persons arriving in New Zealand must undergo self-isolation for 14 days as the global risk of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) escalates to pandemic level. The restrictions will apply to New Zealand citizens and residents but exclude people from Pacific countries (Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea,…

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Shane Jones backs down a bit but advocates Population Policy

Shane Jones backs down a bit but advocates Population Policy

Venkat Raman New Zealand First MP Shane Jones has reduced his tone against the Indian community but has called for a serious, nationwide discussion to put in place a robust Population Policy. He is also concerned with the exploitation of migrant workers and international students, including those of Indian origin. He conceded that he was singling out ‘people from India,’…

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