Indian community invites Shane Jones to visit following ‘racist’ rant

TVNZ, Auckland Following Shane Jones’ rant about the Indian community “ruining” the country’s academic institutions, New Zealand’s Indian community is inviting him to visit to share his reasons why. NZ First MP Mr Jones was interviewed by MediaWorks earlier this month around immigration, where he said: “We should debate it and there should be a mandate, rather than opening up…

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Visa applications mount as INZ closes Beijing office

Visa applications mount as INZ closes Beijing office

“However, there is no ‘deliberate attempt’ to slow down visas in India” Venkat Raman Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has allayed fears that visitor visa applications lodged in India are being ‘deliberately delayed’ because of the increase in the incidence of COVID-19 in many countries including India and New Zealand. The fears were fanned by cancellation of flights by several airlines…

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Sir Michael Cullen diagnosed with terminal cancer

Sir Michael Cullen diagnosed with terminal cancer

RNZ, Wellington Former Deputy Prime Minister Sir Michael Cullen might have as little as a few months to live, after being diagnosed with incurable lung cancer. Sir Michael, 75, was told he has stage four small cell lung cancer unexpectedly last week, while doctors were looking for what they thought might be a heart problem. He had no symptoms and no indication of the…

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AAP closure spells another death knell for quality journalism

AAP closure spells another death knell for quality journalism

Alexandra Wake Australia’s news landscape, and the ability of citizens to access quality journalism, has been dealt a major blow by the announcement the Australian Associated Press is closing, with the loss of 180 journalism jobs. Although AAP reporters and editors are generally not household names, the wire service has provided the backbone of news content for the country since 1935,…

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New think tank to promote credible, robust research

New think tank to promote credible, robust research

It will also combat misinformation, declining public trust Supplied Content (Edited) Countering the global rise of misinformation and declining public trust with robust research and evidence-based advice is the fundamental goal of a new think tank at the University of Auckland. The initiative, called, ‘Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures is an independent and apolitical established by Distinguished Professor…

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Some fast facts about baby fat and some misconceptions

Some fast facts about baby fat and some misconceptions

Supplied Content The facts and fictions of baby fat have been revealed in the first-ever study of Aotearoa New Zealand new-borns body composition, including a surprise that could refocus early healthcare. Researchers in the Liggins Institute-led study used a special air displacement machine combined with tape-measurements and sensitive scales to determine the fat mass and fat-free mass (everything else) of…

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