Opportunistic individuals ranging from Nigerian drug dealers to Indian students are gaming an under-resourced immigration system to obtain New Zealand visas, according to intelligence reports. Teuila Fuatai reports.
The Labour Government softened its policy on student work visas. Agents for international colleges report faking English language tests for students from China. The Government launched a plan with industry leaders to reduce plastics waste. ASB's parent agreed to pay a A$700 million fine for breaching laws to stop money laundering.
Details of the Government’s long-gestating plans to dampen down net migration have been revealed, but how big an impact they will have remains unclear.
Planned changes to the emotive decile system have been scrapped, but does anyone really mind the wait? Shane Cowlishaw reports.
A beleagured education system has been given a Budget boost, but questions remain about who will teach in all the shiny new classrooms.
Parents and carers of children with disabilities should find it easier to get educational support for their children following a significant funding boost in the Budget.
Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University forecasts some of the spin likely to accompany Thursday’s Budget. He argues we should be careful not to believe the hype, and the Government shouldn’t be given a free pass if their Budget isn’t up to dealing with the problems facing the country.
Charter schools have cost taxpayers $63 million in operational funding since 2015. Closing them down could add another $12m to the price of the educational experiment.
Finance Minister Grant Robertson has used his pre-Budget speech to announce a fresh belt tightening exercise by his ministers and has indicated a tax revenue windfall over the last six months is more likely to be used on extra operational spending than extra capital spending when he delivers Budget 2018 next Thursday.
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