Agreement on Ihumatao expected by Waitangi Day

Agreement on Ihumatao expected by Waitangi Day

Sourced Content The Kiingitanga flag at Ihumatao has come down and Kiingitanga representatives say a positive resolution is expected ahead of Waitangi Day. Kiingi Tuheitia arrived at Ihumatao this morning after a fence was removed by Fletcher Building yesterday sparking talks that a settlement was close. About 60 people from both the Kiingitanga and protest group Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) were…

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The mistake that Labour makes on Whanau Ora Programme

The mistake that Labour makes on Whanau Ora Programme

Peter Dunne When a Minister dismisses the criticisms of a high-powered group of citizens as just “political,” one knows immediately that the criticisms being made both have more substance than that and are probably pretty accurate. So it is with the case of Whanau Ora Minister Peeni Henare and the group of distinguished Maori women led by Dame Tariana Turia…

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National Party says New Zealand should remain neutral

National Party says New Zealand should remain neutral

Auckland, January 13, 2020 National Party has said that the government should ignore advice from Iran and not pick a side in its conflict with the United States of America. Iran’s embassy in Wellington told RNZ that New Zealand should come out against the “wrong approach” of the Trump administration. It called on New Zealand to promote peace and security in…

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Telangana keen on multiple engagement with New Zealand

Telangana keen on multiple engagement with New Zealand

Venkat Raman The Telangana government is keen to tap the existing and emerging potential for businesses in New Zealand and will consider appropriate incentives for two-way engagement. That was a gist of the discussions that IT, Electronics and Communications Minister Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao (popularly known as KTR) held with Labour MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ethnic Communities Minister…

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Travel agency bites the dust betraying innocent travellers

Travel agency bites the dust betraying innocent travellers

It’s time for the government to regulate the sector Venkat Raman An Auckland based travel agency has gone bust, leaving scores of passengers in the lurch after allegedly collecting money and issuing bogus tickets. It is time that the government put in place legislation to protect the hard-earned money of ordinary New Zealanders and make travel agents liable to their…

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New tax laws on employee travel from April 1

Sourced Content The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has issued an Operational Statement (OS 19/05) to clarify and simplify the tax rules around employer-provided travel to distant workplaces; for example, a person who works in Wellington but lives in Auckland, or who may travel greater distances in working from home or at multiple workplaces. Uncertainty over liability IRD said that it…

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Faafoi admits ‘doing the dumb immigration thing’

Faafoi admits ‘doing the dumb immigration thing’

But he will keep his ministerial portfolios Craig McCulloch Cabinet minister Kris Faafoi has apologised to the Prime Minister for his messages to Jason Kerrison regarding an immigration case, but will not lose his job. Mr Faafoi is in hot water after Newshub published messages between him and the Opshop frontman, discussing the musician’s step-father’s declined immigration case. The messages show Mr…

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New guidelines on Relationship Visas issued

New guidelines on Relationship Visas issued

Many declined applications being reconsidered Venkat Raman The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has issued new guidance to Immigration New Zealand staff on assessing various types of visa applications that involve a relationship component. This would include how to assess temporary bona fide requirements. These guidelines follow the recent changes to the ‘Culturally Arranged Marriage Visitor Visa Category.’…

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