Official – John Key knows everything

and this was when Barack asked me for advice......do you think I look like Tony Soprano?The US National Security Agency spying scandal in which the US agency is accused of tapping the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel won't go away. It is also suspected of widespread spying on Spain, France and other nations. In the midst of all this stands one man who 'knows' the United States has not been spying on him. New Zealand Prime Minister [...]

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Is Corporate Corruption here to stay in NZ?

With two of New Zealand's largest public transport organisations investigating separate allegations of corruption have we now reached the point of having to accept that corruption is here to stay? The Serious Fraud Office is waiting for the outcome of internal inquiries regarding contracts at Auckland Transport and KiwiRail. Auckland Transport has put a senior manager in its road maintenance division on indefinite leave until it completes an internal investigation into what it says are "serious allegations relating to [...]

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Court rules Talley’s worker not seasonal

A Talley's worker has won an employment case that could have significant implications for other New Zealand workers  and their employers. Employment Court chief judge Graeme Colgan has ruled that Lynette Turner, who worked for Talley's for 10 years at its Motueka fish-processing plant, was not a seasonal worker as the company claimed when it stopped employing her in 2011. Lawyer Anjela Sharma, who represented Turner, said today: "There is a reasonable likelihood there are other employees at Talley's fish processing [...]

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NZ Job ads on the rise

The number of jobs being advertised in New Zealand is on the rise, according to the Seek New Job Ad Index, which shows a 6.4 per cent year-on-year increase. Seek general manager Janet Faulding says the rise in job ads was nationwide. "This is an encouraging sign for the New Zealand labour market. Seek saw strong job ad numbers in May and now, for the first time since December 2011, month-on-month growth has been seen nationwide, with jobs up 3.8 per [...]

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Women worked like ‘slaves’ for $40 a week

Two Fijian women have described how for months they worked seven-day weeks for $40 in the home of a Wellington businesswoman who is charged with exploiting them. "I was just like a slave to them. I did not feel free at all," one of the women said in a written statement, included in court committal papers obtained by The Dominion Post. She was told that, if she didn't like her conditions, she could go to work at a strip club. Her former [...]

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A Telstra takeover of Telecom could mean massive job cuts

Telstra could lay off more than half of Telecom's 7000 staff and run most of the business from Australia if it launches a takeover bid for the company, says leading Australian telecommunications analyst Paul Budde. Budde said a takeover of Telecom by Telstra "made sense" and was a reasonable explanation for talks revealed on Tuesday over the possible sale of TelstraClear to Vodafone. Several analysts have said Telstra would need to sell TelstraClear in order to stand a chance of securing [...]

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NZ Workers happier than Aussies – survey

New Zealand workers are happier than their Australian counterparts, a survey says, despite being paid less and working longer hours. One researcher said it was proof New Zealand breeds "cheap and efficient" workers. The Regus survey found nearly half of New Zealand employees said they were working harder since the global downturn in 2010, and they now achieved more at work. And more than three-quarters said they were now happier in their jobs. Almost 70 per cent felt they had a better harmony [...]

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Kiwi Exodus to Australia tops 50,000 in last year

The number of New Zealanders packing their bags and heading to Australia accelerated in April, with a new record number of annual departures at 53,462. Some 4,500 people left New Zealand for Australia in April for a net loss of 3,500 in the month, according to Statistics New Zealand. That took the annual net loss to 39,800, almost 13,000 more than the same annual exodus a year earlier. "Annual outflows to Australia have been at record levels since the November 2011 [...]

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Living Wage Campaign Launched

A campaign by the Service and Food Workers Union and supported by more than 50 organisations calling for all New Zealanders to be paid a ''living wage'' will be launched ahead of this week's Budget. The union is concerned there will be little in Thursday's Budget for low-income New Zealanders. A living wage is defined as an income which allows workers and their families to not only survive but participate in society. The launch in Auckland's St Stephen's church in Ponsonby on [...]

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NZ workers ‘too pessimistic’ about job market

New Zealand workers are too pessimistic about the outlook for the job market, a business leader says. The latest quarterly Westpac McDermott Miller Employment Index shows employment confidence has hit its lowest level in over two years. The index fell 4.6 points in the December quarter, from 104.2 to 99.6. This is its lowest level since June 2009 when it stood at 96.1. A level over 100 indicates overall optimism, below 100 indicates pessimism. The results were most dismal in the section which [...]

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