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  • Hard News: Every option has costs, every…,

    Video: Cassia owner Chand Saharawat accepts the Metro Restaurant of the Year award for the second year running – and slams the government’s new policy on “low-skilled” workers from from the stage.

    "You love the naan bread, right? The man who’s cooking this bread won’t be around if immigration [rules change]… I’d rather hire a Kiwi, but you know what, I can’t find them.”

    She called on Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, who was on stage at the awards, to take the message back to the Government that restaurants like theirs needed people with specific skills.

    Her husband earlier told RNZ that out of the 40 staff he employed, just four were from New Zealand.

    Mr Sahrawat said the pool of local talent was already low as highly trained New Zealand chefs and other hospitality workers were opting to work overseas.

    “We just can’t find enough people for front of house, or kitchen. It’s a constant battle to get people who are driven and passionate about hospitality,” he told RNZ’s Checkpoint programme.

    The government should be making it easier for business owners to hire and keep migrants on staff, Mr Sahrawat said.

    Under the proposed changes low-skilled migrants would be made to leave the country after three years and then wait at least a year before they could re-apply.

    “It’s already hard enough for us to try and renew someone’s visa … and to make it even harder, [the changes are] going to be challenging for any restaurant or cafe owner in the country."

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  • Hard News: Every option has costs, every…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Talking to people who own bars and the like, it’s often a similar thing here. People who aren’t lifers are more likely to have a positive attitude to the job, precisely because they wont be doing it forever.

    Yeah, that's exactly what I was getting at in the post.

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  • Hard News: Every option has costs, every…,

    And from RNZ: Foreign student numbers jump

    A jump in enrolments from China and the Americas will push the number of foreign students in New Zealand past 130,000 this year, Education New Zealand says.

    The government agency responsible for the international education sector said the students would spend about $4.5 billion on fees and living costs this year, making it New Zealand's fourth largest export earner.

    Education New Zealand analysis of study visa figures showed universities, schools and polytechnics had more students at the start of April than at the same time last year, but private institutions had fewer.

    It said there were 18 percent more Chinese students than at the start of April last year - an extra 3700 .

    The number of students from Latin American nations was up 31 percent, and the number from south-east Asia was up six percent.

    However, there were 4199 fewer Indian students at the start of April, a drop of 24 percent.

    Education New Zealand chief executive Grant McPherson said the increases more than offset the decline, which had happened in the private tertiary sector as a result of changes to the rules for testing students' English.

    There had been big increases in the number of new visas issued to first-time students from some of the smaller source countries.

    "These are off relatively small bases, but the United States in terms of student visas grew by 46 percent, Vietnam 115 percent, Brazil at 40 percent and Chile at 100 percent," he said.

    $4.5bn is a lot of money.

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  • Hard News: Every option has costs, every…,

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    Bloomberg gets onto the story: Kiwis Get Twitchy as Foreigners Flock to New Zealand and Don't Leave.

    An unprecedented influx of immigrants is exacerbating a housing shortage and stretching infrastructure such as schools and hospitals, sparking heated political debate around the issue ahead of this year's general election.

    "Now, more than ever, we need to pause and rethink our current settings," said Andrew Little, leader of the Labour Party, the main opposition, who noted that half of the new arrivals decide to live in Auckland. "We can’t continue to bring so many people into our biggest city, which is already suffering from traffic congestion, overcrowded schools and soaring house prices."

    Migration statistics continue to defy forecasts of a slowdown, having climbed continuously over the past four years. A record 129,518 people moved to New Zealand in the year through March. That coincided with the lowest number of Kiwis relocating abroad in more than 30 years, resulting in a record 71,932 net gain.

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  • Hard News: Every option has costs, every…, in reply to Peter Davis,

    (1) What has really changed on the migration stats? The key thing is people (rightly) mention "net migration". We are not necessarily getting a whole lot more people flooding in. The big change is that fewer NZers are leaving and many more are returning. So, the net figures are up. The target is therefore not necessarily those coming in (e.g. "foreigners"), but rather the fewer who are leaving (or returning).

    That's not really what the Herald figures on permanent long-term arrivals and departures show. For all countries, arrivals from NZ citizens have risen slightly in the past few years, while long-term arrivals from non-NZ citizens are trending up sharply. NZ citizen departures are down significantly though.

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  • Hard News: Every option has costs, every…, in reply to 81stcolumn,

    Mmmm yeah I’d like to see the real numbers on this, I suspect that a lot of the export earnings in this area come at diploma level, not degree.

    Fair call. You may well be right.

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  • Hard News: Every option has costs, every…, in reply to poop poop,

    In addition because our major export is dairy

    Hold the phone:

    New Zealand's tourism boom has propelled the industry past dairy as the top export earner as the number of visitors increased by one million in the past six years.

    For the year ending December last year total exports of dairy and related products were $12.05 billion, accounting for 17.2 per cent of all exports. Over the same period, tourism (including air travel) was worth $12.17b or 17.4 per cent of exports, according to analysis by the ASB.

    These compare to 18.2 per cent and 16.9 per cent respectively for 2015,

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Inside Track, in reply to Hugh Wilson,

    Last time around I posted the Blerta cover (there is at least one tune on that which could be played out), and this time I was curious if anyone included Headband (for the drum heavy ‘laws must change’) or Quincy Conserve (for ‘ride the rain’, ‘somebody stole my thunder’ or their cover of ‘I feel good’) ?!

    No, but there's a Prince Tui Teka album that's reckoned to have some great funky jams on it.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Inside Track, in reply to Hugh Wilson,

    I noticed there were lots of generic black sleeves in your landscape photo, but your post has clarified the exhibition is about records not just covers & I think its probably the case that various dancefloor friendly numbers were pressed on tight budgets which didn't extend to artwork ..

    Yeah, in that sense it's not as good as the first one – although the "older" end, to the left of the photo, is better.

    It's a much shallower pool of records and there are quite a few DJs putting up their own records, many of them white labels, which aren't so interesting to look at. That said, DJ Substance's test-pressing of Home Brew's Last Week (which he helped record) is pretty cool.

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  • Speaker: Britain: the crisis isn't…, in reply to kiwiwolf,

    Nice piece of Tory Party propaganda Andrew, a long way from the truth that I hear from the UK. Just read one article that reports Tories lead dropped 8% in a week.

    They'll have been cheered by that. But other polls are considerably less happy. And they all have Corbyn's approval rating well short of his party's support. His approval is the lowest of any of the four main party leaders.

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