As the arrival gates are slammed shut in the United States, a Dunedin city councillor is calling for the city, and the rest of New Zealand, to open its arms to more refugees.
Cr Aaron Hawkins, a Green Party city councillor, yesterday called for a doubling of New Zealand’s present refugee quota, to 1500 per year. Contacted by the Otago Daily Times, he said Dunedin — like other resettlement centres — could accommodate more of those in need. Read the rest of this entry »
Aotearoa Against MuslimBan condemns the racist and Islamophobic immigration bans ordered by the US President Trump. A protest rally has been organised for the 7th of February, 6pm at Aotea Square in solidarity with those affected by President Trump’s executive orders to implement a 90 day ban on people from seven Muslim majority countries and 120 day ban on all refugees, with an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees. More than 2000 are expected to attend the rally at Aotea Sq.
“These border policies are racist, Islamophobic and unacceptable. They continue a pattern of white supremacist immigration exclusion in colonial settler countries like the United States. Bill English refusing to call it for what it is - racist - is a dangerously weak response and doesn’t represent the people of Aotearoa” says Mehwish, one of the organisers of the “No Ban, No Wall” protest. Read the rest of this entry »
New Zealand Red Cross is encouraged by the Prime Minister’s response to the suspension of the United States refugee programme and would like to see a practical response from New Zealand through an emergency refugee intake.
“We agree that it is the kiwi way to welcome refugees and believe that New Zealand has been a world leader in this regard,” says Anne Smith, acting Secretary General of New Zealand Red Cross.
In the current global climate support for refugees, and upholding obligations to protect them, has never been more important.
Long conflicts around the world have exacted a terrible price on civilians, among them high numbers of women and children and Red Cross is concerned that the current refugee quota in New Zealand does not match the global humanitarian need.
“The majority of refugees are women and children, an emergency intake could assist some of these families who are most vulnerable,” says Mrs Smith.
As the primary provider of refugee resettlement support in Aotearoa, Red Cross is confident that New Zealand has the capacity to do more to meet the ongoing humanitarian need.
“The continual offers of support we have from kiwis demonstrates that people care about what’s happening on the global stage and want to help.”
New Zealand has a world class refugee resettlement programme which means we are in a position to respond to urgent humanitarian need. An emergency intake now is both possible and urgently required.
The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has approved the purchase of Southland’s troubled Prime Range Meats by Chinese company Cuilam Industry for $13.4 million.
The Invercargill meat processor is already owned by another Chinese company, Linhua Trading Group. In 2014 Cuilam bought 24.9 per cent of Linhua, and last year applied to the OIO to buy the company outright.
Prime Range Meats, which employed 130 workers last year, faced an uncertain future and at one stage had to temporarily close because it did not have sufficient working capital.
Besides buying the company, Cuilam has also bought four parcels of freehold Invercargill land comprising 21 hectares at Switzer Street, 38 ha at West Plains Road, 54 ha at Moore Road, and 0.0809 ha at Bond Street. Read the rest of this entry »
Achieving business success in an ever-changing economy is an ongoing challenge and forward-thinking leaders are constantly seeking strategies to gain a competitive advantage.
In 2017, a focus on diversity and inclusion in the workplace will create the blueprint for better business outcomes for many of our organisations, says Diversity Works New Zealand Chief Executive Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie. Read the rest of this entry »
A major security operation is under way near the Louvre museum inParisafter a man attempted to attack a soldier who was patrolling in the area.
A man carrying a rucksack attempted a knife attack on the soldier, according to the public broadcasterFranceInfo. The soldier opened fire.
The attempted attack took place in the Carousel du Louvre, a commercial underground shopping centre near the entrance to the Louvre, which is one of the world’s most-visited museums.
The soldier was patrolling as part of the Operation Sentenelle foot-patrols around French landmarks that have been in place since the attack on the magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Paris kosher supermarket in January 2015.
A spokewoman for the Louvre said the museum was “closed for the moment” but would not confirm reports it had been evacuated.
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