Dec
19

September 2010

Last month was dominated with various articles about the earthquake that hit Christchurch and its region. It was a massive 7.1 earthquake while other quakes were also felt in the Hawkes Bay, Wellington and Vanuatu;

  • NZ Immigration slows down
  • Members appointed to Migration & Protection Tribunal
  • Migrants less happy over time while most migrants want citizenship
  • Many interesting decisions from the RRB, RRA
  • Jobs ads and applications down
  • House prices gradually falling
  • IMF states NZ economy in good state
  • Trades-people leading the move to Australia
  • Quake bill passed
  • Teacher's nationwide strike
  • Southern Cross insurances up
  • Slow down in the economy
  • Equity ratio rules for banks change
  • Philip Taita Field to appeal
  • Is Dehli ready for the Games?
  • A slow up-take on buying state-owned houses

That's it, c u next month ….

Dec
19

August 2010

Again some very interesting highlights taken out of the local news papers, in snapshot only;

  • 34 INZ staff under investigation
  • Skill shortage in NZ continues to increase, with a noticeable shortage in medical specialists
  • Fingerprint scheme starts
  • Immigration and religion
  • Unemployment jumps to 6.8%
  • Public servants told to cut spending
  • WPeters back with support of nurses
  • Regional Pacific asylum centre discussions continue
  • Restructure of NZ education system discussions
  • Swine flu on the increase
  • Shortage in state housing and house prices continue to slide
  • Job ads increasing
  • Compulsory retirement scheme
  • Malicious computer widget sent out via internet
  • Export leading NZ's economic recovery
  • Holiday trade-in bill
  • Discrimination in NZ
  • The fairness of community service versus two and a half years in prison
  • Its now SIR Peter Leitch, the mad butcher

That's it again, c u next month …..

Dec
19

June 2010

Some of the articles of interest that were publicized in the news papers last month are;
A variety of decisions from the RRB and the RRA
20% of INZ decisions are questionable
Changes in student permits
Fall in immigration numbers
Immigration tribunal chair appointment;
A $60m overhaul of the INZ computer system has been given the go-ahead (does that mean improved service and better decisions?)
Immigration corruption in India (is this new?)
Spending records from MP's released this week, the outfall and demotions, and possible solution
The Kiwi bank is not for sale and the Kiwi Bank KiwiSaver plans unveiled
Winston Peters is back ... and with a vengeance
The foreshore and seabed act repealed
Start of the world cup soccer with a draw for the All Whites and the Ozzies claiming this as one for them (they should be so lucky…), Key's bet on the All Whites, the All Whites draw with Italy and Paraguay and return home unbeaten, various comments and increasing support all around NZ
The All Blacks' squad is named
Free trade agreement with Russia
Oil exploration gets the go-ahead;
New possible rules around mobile phone charges and contracts
Call centers returns to NZ
Increase in mortgage rates and in health insurances
Various articles about the Hubbard case
Julia Gillard's successful bid
See you all next month….
Some of the articles of interest that were publicised in the New Zealand news papers last month are;
  • A variety of decisions from the RRB and the RRA
  • 20% of INZ decisions are questionable
  • Changes in student permits
  • Fall in immigration numbers
  • Immigration tribunal chair appointment;
  • A $60m overhaul of the INZ computer system has been given the go-ahead (does that mean improved service and better decisions?)
  • Immigration corruption in India (is this new?)
  • Spending records from MP's released this week, the outfall and demotions, and possible solution
  • The Kiwi bank is not for sale and the Kiwi Bank KiwiSaver plans unveiled
  • Winston Peters is back ... and with a vengeance
  • The foreshore and seabed act repealed
  • Start of the world cup soccer with a draw for the All Whites and the Ozzies claiming this as one for them (they should be so lucky…), Key's bet on the All Whites, the All Whites draw with Italy and Paraguay and return home unbeaten, various comments and increasing support all around NZ
  • The All Blacks' squad is named
  • Free trade agreement with Russia
  • Oil exploration gets the go-ahead;
  • New possible rules around mobile phone charges and contracts
  • Call centers returns to NZ
  • Increase in mortgage rates and in health insurances
  • Various articles about the Hubbard case
  • Julia Gillard's successful bid
See you all next month….
Dec
19

July 2010

The review of the month as reported in the local news papers, in snapshot only;

  • Work permits for foreigners
  • Immigration complaints back up as Tribunal sits idle
  • Refugee and asylum seekers in discussions
  • Some interesting High Court cases relating to INZ
  • The NZ workforce will be 15% Asian by 2026
  • Net migration continues to decline and this shortfall in immigrants costs NZ dearly
  • Immigration relaxes rules for child students
  • The owner Kingsland Institute charged with immigration offences resulting in a review of student visas
  • More Kiwis heading for Oz
  • Annual visitors top 2.5m
  • Pacific and Samoa ballots to be drawn
  • ETS kicks in and a variety of articles about ETS
  • A shortage in houses while house prices continue to fall
  • The house insulation scheme
  • The return of the All Whites
  • Over 60 police officers face criminal charges
  • A free trade agreement with Korea
  • National Standards are in a mess
  • NZ economy is stalling with Inflation now at 1.8% and interest rates likely to rise again
  • NZ anti whaling activist sentenced in Japan
  • The WC soccer final between Spain v Holland, Spain deserved winners WC, Holland misses out for the third time
  • Foreign investment in New Zealand increasing
  • Call to drop GST on health food
  • Job advertising up, pay rates down;
  • Sweeping labour law changes with 90-day work trial extended and the "sickie" rule to change
  • The AB beat the Boks

See you all next month again….

Dec
16

May 2010

This month two important issues, the new IALAct and Budget 2010. See below the highlights of this month;

  • Again some interesting decisions from the RRB, RRA decisions
  • The IALACT becomes effective worldwide as from 4 May 2010
  • The Whanau Ora to get $134.3m (nice for starters)
  • Huge drop in unemployment to 6%
  • Possible increase in interest rates
  • NZ company tax rate compared to Australia
  • Huge protest against the mining plans from the government
  • PM under fire for returning to NZ for the funeral of three airman
  • The budget and the possible implications, what it means and various opinions
  • The Silver Fern success (is it with only 300 places??)
  • The continuing saga of Telecom
  • Smoke free and tobacco free marae's
  • iPads available in July
  • A new PM in the UK
  • Coalition issues between the Maori and National Party
  • OECD states average NZ tax burden low
  • The sentencing from the failed blue chip investor company
  • Chinese money laundered in NZ
  • PAYE scam immigrants
  • ETS issues
  • The Three strikes bill passed
  • Increases in energy expected as a result of the ETS
  • Kiwi bank issues
  • Whitcouls launches e-book platform
  • First trading surpluses in years
  • Anti whaler court case
  • PM's conflict of interest

Interesting month, especially on financial issues and immigration related. Read more in our news section. See you next month....

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