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Indian Weekender Vol 5 issue 20

Indian Weekender Vol 5 issue 20

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28 Feb 2014
28 Feb 2014

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www.iwk.co.nz28 February 2014
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28 February, 2014 Vol. 5 Issue 20 | www.iwk.co.nz
The leading Kiwi Indian fortnightly newspaper
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NEW ZEALAND
Priyani heads Multicultural NZ
A
senior Palmerston North businesswoman is to lead Multicultural New Zealand, the Federation of Multicultural Councils.Priyani De Silva-Currie, who is Sri Lankan in origin, is the Palmerston North branch manager of Opus International Consultants and an expert in energy and asset management. She is the President of the Energy Management Association of New Zealand.Ms De Silva-Currie moved to Palmerston  North last year from Nelson, where she was also based with Opus International. She was the President of the Nelson Multicultural Council.She is married with two children. She is a keen netball administrator and coach, having  been chair and senior coach at the Nelson  Netball Centre until her move to Palmerston  North. She is now coaching the Fielding netball team.She replaces Tayo Agunlejika, who resigned the position last month to become the Federation’s new Executive Director.She plans to bring her business and strategic  planning skills to bear in her new position to build the capability of the Federation as a leading and professional organisation representing the concerns of ethnic and migrant communities.
- IWK Bureau
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he Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame 2014 award
event organizers conrmed that an
independent jury has been set up to select this year’s recipient of the honour.The award in its endeavour to recognize imminent personalities in the Indian community., and honor that one individual that enriched not just the community but also society
at large. Having made signicant achievements
in New Zealand, and as such have contributed  positively towards the progress of the country.The honorable jury members met this past week and have laid down the guidelines for the nomination process for this year’s Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame award.An undeniable, recognition in his or her
eld of work, be it politics, business, sports, art,
culture, or any other profession.In search for that jewel among the Kiwi Indian community, we ask for you to nominate such distinguished men and women for getting inducted into the Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame. The second Hall of Fame will be held in Auckland in May with as much grandeur as
the rst event where the recipient of the honour
was local MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi.Prime Minister John Key was chief guest at last year’s function, which was attended by scores of dignitaries and guests totaling more than 200.
- IWK Bureau
Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame 2014: Call for Nominations
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Crackdown on worker abuse
Immigration scam victims need to be heard, says Prasad
I
mmigration ofcers will gain police-like
 powers to enter and search homes without a warrant under law changes designed to stamp out exploitation of migrants - a move that is  being questioned by lawyers and civil rights groups.The Government is cracking down on migrant exploitation after reports of international students and temporary visa holders being underpaid, trapped on their employers’ premises and, in extreme cases, forced into prostitution.At present, immigration laws offer protection to illegal migrants who are exploited, but not to migrants who are legitimately working here. The Immigration Amendment Bill (No 2) will introduce heavy penalties including deportation for migrant bosses or business owners who exploit workers.As part of the reforms, Immigration New
Zealand ofcials will be given greater tools to
crack down on worker abuse.Immigration New Zealand staff already have powers to enter premises but only to serve a deportation notice and only if they have reasonable grounds to believe the person is in the building.
If the bill passes, ofcials will be able to
apply for and execute search warrants, instead of requiring police to execute the warrant. They will be able to search employers’ premises without a warrant to search for employees or documents, and compel bosses or workers to answer questions.The bill also explicitly states that the powers will not be limited to business premises, but will apply to homes or dwellings.Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said this week the bill aimed to give authorities the powers needed to effectively enforce the Immigration Act. Analysis by the Ministry of Justice found that the changes were consistent with the Bill of Rights.
The bill passed its rst reading with
support from all parties except Mana, though Labour and Greens questioned whether some  provisions could breach human rights.
- Arvind Kumar 
Immigration New Zealand staff already have powers to enter premises but only to serve a deportation notice and only if they have reasonable grounds to believe the person is in the building.
L
abour MP Rajen Prasad has hit out at Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse over claims of Government inaction over the  practices of illegal scammers.“Michael Woodhouse is clearly not in command of his portfolio as he simply does not appreciate the scale of the scams in our immigration system relating to job selling,” said Dr Prasad, who is his party’s immigration spokesman.“The Minister believes that all that victimised migrants who have been scammed for thousands of dollars have to do is to call a  phone line at Immigration New Zealand and  provide the information. “He clearly has little appreciation of the scale and nature of the practices adopted by the illegal scammers,” Dr Prasad said.“They lock people into paying exorbitant fees and leave them dangling on the promise of a job that they hope will eventually qualify them for residence.
“This Minister is not interested in nding
out what keeps those complainants from coming forward. Those who scam migrants trade on the vulnerability of migrants because they want to make New Zealand their  permanent home. They clearly feel they will lose everything if they complain in a very  public way,” he said.“In Parliament today The Minister of Immigration refused to accept that Immigration  New Zealand threatened with deportation three people who complained of scams and refused them a visa while their complaint was  being investigated. “This decision demonstrates the very thing that complainants fear. It took the persistent advocacy of a very experienced lawyer over almost two months for this matter to be addressed,” Dr Prasad said.“The Catch 22 that the Minister refuses to address is that when victims complain, their visas are cancelled or not renewed. If they don’t complain, they pay huge sums of money to illegal scammers and New Zealand does not get the migrants it seeks to attract. “Some of the worst cases being reported to
my ofce are from foreign fee paying students.
“The reputation of the New Zealand immigration system will suffer if its integrity is not protected. Many cases have been aired in the media, especially the ethnic media.
Callers to radio stations have conrmed many
of these scams and have made it clear why they are reluctant to come forward,” Dr Prasad said.“This is why I have asked the Minister to
set up an enquiry with sufcient safeguards to
allow those who have been scammed to tell their story and expose the elaborate methods that are used by those scammers.”
- Arvind Kumar 

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