November 19, 2019

Family awarded NZ$5 million after passenger’s death on cruise ship

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From Stuff.NZ A US federal jury says Royal Caribbean Cruises owes US$3.38 million (NZ$4.94m) to the family of a passenger who died during an Alaskan cruise. The jury returned its verdict in Miami federal court last week. Court records show Richard Puchalski was with his family on the Explorer of the Seas in 2016. A […]

Caribbean researcher tells of her work with NZ migrant community

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From Asia Pacific Report Anabel Fernandez-Santana and Dr Camille Nakhid in the AUT research video. Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Anabel Fernandez-Santana, who has been awarded an vice-chancellor’s scholarship at Auckland University of Technology to complete her doctorate, talks about her groundbreaking research. Her research focuses on the fact that the Caribbean community is one of […]

Foreigners’ financial stake in NZ up 653 pct in 28 years, says lobby group

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By Anne Gibson Property editor, From NZ Herald Foreign entities’ investment in New Zealand rose 653 per cent in the last 28 years, according to a lobby group which opposes overseas businesses and individuals buying assets here. Bill Rosenberg of the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa said today that foreigners’ investment had risen steeply […]

George Kerr’s Cayman Islands legal fight shines light on a reclusive figure

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By James Chessell From Financial Review As the head of investments for New Zealand’s $NZ35 billion Accident Compensation Corporation, Nicholas Bagnall is one of the country’s highest-paid public servants. According to the ACC’s 2016 annual report, which does not disclose the remuneration of individuals, it appears he earned as much as $870,000 – almost twice […]

$340mn gold seam discovered on ‘sacred’ NZ mountain, activists form human chain to stop mining

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From RT A newly-discovered seam of gold on New Zealand’s North Island has sparked a bitter stand-off between a mining company and environmental activists. Locals are concerned about the impact the mining will have on their “sacred” mountain. New Talisman Gold Mines announced that it had discovered the 8,500kg (18,739 lbs) seam at its Dubbo […]

China is coping with pollution by buying fancy honey

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By Bruce Einhorn From Bloomberg Businessweek The country’s appetite for natural food has sent manuka honey sales skyrocketing. Consumers in mainland China are demanding foreign brands that promise something many local products can’t: peace of mind. Worsening pollution and several product-safety scares have led to increased sales for imports that are considered safer, from baby formula […]

Approval to buy ‘sensitive’ NZ land, linked to Panama law firm, under review

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By VERNON SMALL From Suff.co.nz Officials are reviewing an approval to buy sensitive New Zealand land linked to notorious Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca. The IRD has requested information from the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) regarding the application, approved in 2014, Land Information Minister Louise Upston has confirmed. The law firm has been at the […]

NZ scientist lands trip to Branson’s island

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By Vaimoana Tapaleao From New Zealand Herald Michelle Dickinson has been on Necker Island in the Caribbean with billionaire Sir Richard Branson. A young Kiwi scientist has spent the past few days playing chess with Richard Branson on his private island and being served lunch in the pool via a sushi boat. But Michelle Dickinson […]

WICB announces schedule for NZ and Bangladesh tours of Caribbean

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From voxy The Board of Directors of the West Indies Cricket Board held its first meeting for 2014 in Port of Spain on Friday March 21 and Saturday March 22. At a media conference on Saturday, following the meeting, President Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron announced that the Board of Directors approved the schedules for the West […]

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Frank Flowers stops consecutive running At the age of 66 Frank Flowers long record of consecutive running every day since 1977 came to an end on November 4th 2013 when he was admitted into hospital for a replacement surgery to his right knee. In those 36 years Flowers has run more than 5,000 miles a […]