Collins tells Judges to hurry up with judgements

This is my happy face because I am making the biggest judicial reforms in 100 years - yeah baby!!Justice Minister Judith Collins is putting judges on notice that slow delivery of reserve judgements will no longer be acceptable. She is concerned about the length of time some judgements take and she is sick of hearing that the best answer to addressing delays is to appoint more judges. "If I have heard that once I have heard it 100 times." But [...]

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Schools face Govt takeover if pupils fail

Me being right all the time can be tiring - for everyone.Hekia Parata today warned that Schools where children were failing exams could be taken over by the Government. She also warned that staff need to be held accountable for students' performance. School interventions - where powers are taken away from a board and put in the hands of a statutory manager or commissioner - usually take place after major staffing, safety or financial issues. But Education Minister Hekia Parata [...]

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Economist says older workers taking jobs from young people

BNZ economist Stephen Toplis says older workers appear to be snatching the jobs of young people, and the NZ Government needs to get a better grip on the way the nation's labour market is working. "There's a lot of wild and woolly stuff going on that is raising significant question marks over whether the necessary labour supply is available to meet New Zealand's ongoing growth needs," he said. Policymakers at the Treasury and the Reserve Bank would need a [...]

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Public Service CEO facing serious misconduct investigation

Katrina Bach - it is a long way to fall from the top if the allegations are proven.Katrina Bach the CEO of the Government Department of Building and Housing is being investigated over allegations of verbal abuse and physical assault towards a junior female staff member of her department. The State Services Commission has confirmed that an independent inquiry had begun after "serious allegations" were made about the conduct of Katrina Bach. It is understood Ms Bach was involved in [...]

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