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Announcement of Financial Help for Students Not All It Seems for Dunedin

Posted 10:54am Sunday 28th May 2017 by Joel McManus

Students in financial trouble may breathe a slight sigh of relief after the changes announced in the 2017 Budget, although little help is on the way for those studying in Dunedin. Minister for Finance Steve Joyce announced a $20 per week increase in the accommodation supplement for those on Student Read more...

National Drafts New Law Following Landmark $2 billion Pay Equity Settlement

Posted 11:24am Sunday 7th May 2017 by Anna Linton

The National Party has announced that they are currently drafting legislation to overhaul the pay equity laws. The new law will provide a non-judicial framework for pay equity claims and narrow the current ‘comparator’ process. Under the current Equal Pay Act 1972, employees must find Read more...

NZ Government Pissed Off With Australia’s Backstabbing Education Reform

Posted 11:15am Sunday 7th May 2017 by Joe Higham

The Australian Government has decided to impose international tuition fees on New Zealand students at Australian universities as part of their recently introduced Education Reform Package. The changes will come into effect from 1 January 2018 and will likely affect thousands of New Read more...

NZME & Fairfax Merger Declined Amid Concerns for NZ Democracy

Posted 11:11am Sunday 7th May 2017 by Zahra Shahtahmasebi

The authorisation for a merger between media companies NZME and Fairfax has been declined by the Commerce Commission. The decision came after a year of lobbying and speculation involving some of the country’s largest media brands. NZME’s subsidiaries include the NZ Herald and Newstalk Read more...

Winnie Blues: Winston Peters on Yet Another Anti-Immigration Rant

Posted 11:07am Sunday 7th May 2017 by Joel McManus

Winston Peters has targeted international students in his latest crusade on immigration, calling on the government to get rid of rules that allow foreign students to earn work visas and permanent residency after completing their qualifications. “We’re going to restore the integrity of Read more...

Human Rights Commission Report Shows Serious Mistreatment in NZ Prisons

Posted 10:52am Sunday 7th May 2017 by Joe Higham

An independent report, conducted by the Human Rights Commission, has raised several serious concerns about the use of seclusion and restraint practices in New Zealand’s prison system.  The report, written by international expert Dr Sharon Shalev, “indicates that seclusion and Read more...

Nationals Kiwis first Immigration Rule Labeled Meaningless By Labour

Posted 11:36am Sunday 23rd April 2017 by George Elliott

Under the government’s new immigration rules the classification of temporary high and low skilled workers and their residency eligibility will be determined by income, regardless of their industry position. Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse announced last week that temporary migrants Read more...

Female Workers Set for Historic Pay Rise After Government Announces Pay Equity Settlement

Posted 10:40am Sunday 23rd April 2017 by Mikade Barns-Graham

Unions, organisations, and workers in the disability, care and support industry enthusiastically welcomed the recent announcement of the Government’s pay equity settlement last week. After 20 months of negotiations between the government and unions such as E Tu union, New Zealand Read more...

Academics Issue Open Letter in Defence of Free Speech

Posted 11:25am Sunday 9th April 2017 by Zahra Shahtahmasebi

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Coca-Cola Christmas In the Park is a National Disgrace

Posted 10:45am Sunday 26th March 2017 by Joel McManus

It’s time for us to accept it: Coca Cola Christmas in the Park has become a disgrace. Every year thousands of irresponsible and careless middle-aged people descend on public property, get off their chops on eggnog and sherry, leave a disgusting mess of cans, cups and mince tart wrappers Read more...

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