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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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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AIA: A conflux of the past and the future

AIA: A conflux of the past and the future

Auckland Indian Association marks its Centenary on September 12, 2020 Narendra Bhana Hundred years ago, Auckland was a different place. The Indian community was small, faced a number of challenges including discrimination, restrictions on employment, family immigration and other issues. In fact, a ‘white barber’ would refuse an Indian client- racism was pronounced and rampant! And yet, there was no…

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