NZ schools to move tests online

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is marking the new era in the education sector of the country with the trial of its first online tests. NZQA will trial NCEA level one maths test online at 20 schools in September with the help of an outsourced company – Education Perfect. This is the common assessment […]

NZ launches online tool for depression

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New Zealand has launched SPARX – a clinically tested self-help tool developed especially for young New Zealanders. The online game-style tool developed by Auckland University will help young people develop skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed. An initiative of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project, SPARX is a welcome tool in […]

With perfect SAT score, Indian boy gets calls from top US varsities

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A 19-year-old boy from the city has received admission offers from seven top US varsities, most of them Ivy League, after achieving a perfect score in SAT, the standardized examination for admission to American colleges. Arunavha Chanda, who appeared for this year’s class XII board examination from Delhi Public School Ruby Park, is so baffled […]

PM’s scholarship open for NZ execs

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New Zealand-based senior executives and business owners keen to gain international exposure can expect to get government funding through the 2014 Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships. The recipients of last year’s 10 scholarships studied at prestigious international institutions such as Stanford, INSEAD (The Business School For The World), Harvard, and the London Business School. The scholarships […]

Spouses of H1B holders can work

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Spouses of H1B visa holders will soon be allowed to work in the United States, as the country gets ready to boost entrepreneurship in an effort to drive the US economy out of a seven-year-long recession. The White House, in a statement, says the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will soon release new US immigration […]

Kiwis wish to learn Chinese, but choose French

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  Kiwis are interested in learning the Chinese and the Japanese language, according to a recent survey.   (See video at the end of the article to learn beginner’s Chinese online.) The Asia New Zealand Foundation’s annual Perceptions of Asia and Asian Peoples in 2013 survey has found that New Zealanders consider Chinese the most […]

Learn English: How to pronounce consonants

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As a native speaker of the English language, I find it difficult to understand many traps that are set by the language for those that need to learn its twists and turns later in life. English has become the language of importance and success for many nationalities in the world, and it can be a […]

Ex-immigration lawyer charged for fraud

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Richard James Martin has been charged with providing immigration advice without being licensed. New Zealand’s Immigration Advisers Authority has brought four charges against the former immigration lawyer in Auckland’s the North Shore District Court following an investigation. Richard of Richard Martin Immigration Limited, was charged under the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act with three counts of […]

Indian visa applicants unfairly treated by NZ

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Close to 500 visa applications from Indian couples declined by Immigration New Zealand will be re-assessed, following complaints to the Ombudsman. The immigration authority had wrongly turned down the visa applications of the partners of Indian migrants, the Ombudsman found. The investigation was caused by 14 complaints against Immigration NZ’s offices in New Delhi and […]

Immigration scam exposed in New Zealand

An immigration fraudster in New Zealand faces a possible jail term after an investigation by the Immigration Advisers Authority uncovered a $100,000 immigration scam. Tengyu (Nick) Yuan, a New Zealand citizen from Albany, admitted providing immigration advice illegally to six migrants at Auckland District Court. The court heard Tengyu, director of Auckland City-based Noahark Consultant Limited, […]

Job course launched for international students

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International students in New Zealand can now benefit from a programme aimed at assisting them in their search for skilled employment positions. The Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) has launched a seven-week employment support programme for international students. Barbra Estall, an international student, who will be graduating this July with a bachelor’s degree in interpreting, […]

Canada launches online tool for new migrants

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Canada has launched a new guide and web tool to help newcomers settle and integrate in the country. Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s new publication, Welcome to Canada, will assist immigrants in preparing to come to Canada and to help them navigate their way during their first months. “The new edition shows our commitment to helping […]

UK, NZ, OZ to share visa office in Singapore


Australian and New Zealand clients in Singapore will receive better access to immigration services through a new, first-of-a-kind visa centre from 25 March. Both countries’ immigration departments today announced details of the first Five Country Conference (FCC) shared visa application centre (VAC) there. Australia and New Zealand will share the facility with the United Kingdom. […]

Australia Immigration to meet overstayers

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Australia’s immigration officials will be visiting smaller cities in New South Wales, speaking to people who do not have a valid Australian visa and discuss with them any issues they might be facing. Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) officers will visit south-west NSW from 18 to 21 March and provide immigration information to people […]

Refugee shines with new lease of life

He was only seven years old – sailing on a fishing boat carrying Afghans away from the suppressive regime of the Taliban. On the fretful day of 26 August in 2001, the boat began to sink. Abbas Nazari, now 17, was one of the 430 people, mostly from Iraq and Afghanistan, rescued by a Norwegian […]

NZ signs joint initiatives with India


A New Zealand India Research Institute was one of five memoranda of understanding signed between New Zealand and Indian institutions. The other MoUs covered areas such as vocational training, joint research training, student exchanges and ICT. Collaboration and trade between New Zealand and India in the aviation sector is also set to grow following the […]

Immigration advisor fined $280,000

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A former immigration adviser in New Zealand has been ordered to pay more than a quarter of a million dollars by a tribunal for “calculated” and “systematic dishonesty”. Glen William Standing must pay nearly $280,000 in refunds, penalties and compensation – the highest amount demanded from a single person by the Licensed Immigration Advisers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal. The […]

NZ students protest outside PM’s conference


Many groups from New Zealand’s education sector protested against education budget cuts by the National-led government in Auckland. New Zealand students marched from Auckland’s Britomart to SkyCity Convention Centre, where Prime Minister is attending the National Party Conference. The ‘Show and Tell’ protest was an opportunity for a range of groups to “show their discontent […]

New Zealander finalist at Miss Pakistan World title

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A Pakistan-born and New Zealand-bred girl is taking part in Miss Pakistan World contest next month. This will be the first time New Zealand will be represented at the controversial beauty pageant which is now in its 10th year. Over the years, the participants and organisers of Miss Pakistan World have attracted death threats. Maria […]

NZ students to protest against education policy

A group of tertiary students is organising a protest near Auckland’s Britomart Transport Centre to express their discontent about New Zealand’s education policy. New Zealand has the seventh highest tertiary fees in the world, and yet, the country’s young carry a student debt of $13 billion. This protest, scheduled for 21 July at 1pm, is […]