Christchurch Maharashtrians mark three festivals simultaneously

The Maharashtrian community at the Christchurch festivities (Photo by Samhita Gokarn) The Maharashtrian community in Christchurch came together in big numbers on May 1, 2021 to celebrate Maharashtra Day, International Labour Day and a belated Gudi/Gudhi Padwa (New Year), making it a three-in-one-event. “Rich traditional Maharashtrian culture experienced for the very first time in Christchurch, together with authentic, delicious and…

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New Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic opens in Birkenhead, Auckland

But first for border workers, household, MIQ staff and health workers Supplied Content (Edited) Auckland, May 10, 2021 The first Community Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic in Auckland’s Northshore opened at Birkenhead this morning (May 10, 2021), marking another important milestone in the rollout of the programme to protect the public. Converted from a former warehouse, it is located at the Highbury…

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Expert presents case for and against Regional Fuel Tax

Editor’s Note: While the imposition of Regional Fuel Tax (RFT) was a topic of heated debate among Aucklanders, there has been little articulation on the subject- a dispassionate view that would throw light on the advantages and otherwise of such a levy. Amidst ambiguities and rhetoric comes the following article by Dr Ranjana Gupta of AUT as an educator. Hopefully,…

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US entry strengthens Christchurch Call Community Movement

Virtual Global Summit on May 15 (NZT) with leaders and stakeholders Venkat Raman Auckland, May 9, 2021 The decision of the Joe Biden administration to join the ‘Christchurch Call Community’ will undoubtedly strengthen the Movement in its efforts to end terrorism and extremism that is rising in many parts of the world. Jen Psaki, a Spokesperson for the Biden Administration,…

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China, Mallard, Pay Freeze, altogether a bad week for Labour

Peter Wilson Wellington, May 8, 2021 Weekly Analysis: Judith Collins brandished an obscure report this week as she continued to beat the separatist drum, describing it as a divisive government document which set out a clear vision for a future under two systems. Separate Parliament for Maori? The report is called He Puapua, and few people had previously heard of it. It was completed…

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Mental Health E-learning for workplace launched

The Free package aims to help Kiwis overcome mental stress Supplied Content Wellington, May 8, 2021 The Mental Health Foundation has launched a free E-learning package to help people managers and workplace wellbeing professionals talk about mental health in the workplace. Titled ‘Open Minds,’ the E-learning package focuses on how to include, support and prevent discrimination towards New Zealanders with…

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Tim Seifert held back in India, tested Covid positive

Auckland, May 8, 2021 Black Caps batsman Tim Seifert has tested positive for Covid-19 and will not be travelling back to New Zealand on the charter flight with New Zealand’s other Indian Premier League players, support staff and commentators. Seifert, who represented the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, failed both his pre-departure tests and as a result will be…

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Healthy living depends on healthy diet gifted by Nature

Nature abounds in healthy vegetables and fruits (Photo by Ja Ma on Unsplash)  Why not have the Aha moment? The ‘Leaky gut’ concept and the Ah receptor inspired me to write about this evergreen topic. The Ah receptor protein has roles in regulating immunity, stem cell maintenance, and cellular differentiation. We have undoubtedly contributed to the expansion and demand of…

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Fair Pay Agreement System returns Collective Bargaining

Sourced Content Wellington, May 7, 2021 Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood has announced that the government will introduce a new Fair Pay Agreement System. He said that it will bring together employers and unions within a sector to bargain for minimum terms and conditions for all employees in that industry or occupation. “The proposed system will include support…

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