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  • Business NZ slams Labour's immigration policy

    30 June 2014 3:53 AM 5

    Business New Zealand has slammed Labour's immigration policy saying it will create two different levels of minimum wage. Labour says low-paid immigrants push wages down for New Zealanders, but Labour government will make it compulsory for businesses to pay immigrants at least the living wage. Chief Executive Phil O Reilly says whether it's called a living

  • Company paid workers in beer

    30 June 2014 3:20 AM 5

    A business which failed to pay its employees the minimum wage and chose to pay workers in beer on Saturdays has been ordered to pay a former employee more than $12,000. SN Windows and Doors Ltd in Auckland hired Kinikinilau Uasike in January 2013. For six months, Mr Uasike was paid less than the minimum wage for his work as a joiner for the company

  • Inquest into woman murdered by mental health patient

    30 June 2014 3:20 AM 12

    Updated 1:50pm: An inquest has heard a mental health patient had hallucinations about killing her neighbour only days before bludgeoning Diane White to death in Hamilton in January 2010. Christine Morris was admitted to the Henry Bennett Centre on January 15, suffering from hallucinations with voices telling her to kill neighbour Diane White. A psychiatric

  • Carpenter paid in beers awarded $12,000

    30 June 2014 2:51 AM 4

    An Auckland carpenter who was given only beers for weekend work and was paid less than the minimum wage has been awarded $12,000. And Kinikinilau Uasike was unjustifiably dismissed when SN Windows and Doors Limited handed him an envelope with $80 in it and told him not to come back, an Employment Relations Authority decision has found. Mr Uasike, who worked

  • Teina Pora gagged for LIFE

    29 June 2014 11:43 PM 12

    This story comes with a warning: there are authorities who would much rather we were not writing this, let alone have you read it. It traverses areas they believe threaten “the maintenance of the law” in this country. It concerns a man they have gagged. You have probably heard of him, but you have never heard from him, and the state has deemed that as far as it’s concerned

  • School stabbing: Sister's concerns 'ignored'

    29 June 2014 11:17 PM 4

    She says she told Pacific Christian School in Mangere her little brother was being bullied, but was ignored. The 23-year-old says if the school had listened to her concerns, the stabbing could have been avoided. In an email to the Ministry of Education, the woman alleges the school refused to listen to her and her lesbian partner when they complained

  • Aggravated robbery at Tauranga service station

    29 June 2014 9:01 PM 8

    On the 29th of June 2014 about 10:10pm two males entered the Z service station located on the intersection of Cameron Road and 11th Ave. The males had their faces coved with bandanas and one was brandishing a knife and the other a knuckle duster weapon. The males have threatened the shop keeper and taken money, cigarettes and food. The males have decamped

  • Armed robbery at Tauranga service station

    29 June 2014 7:33 PM 5

    Three men have been arrested after an armed robbery of a Tauranga service station last night. The men, whose faces were masked with bandanas, were brandishing a knife and a knuckle duster, police said. They entered the Z Station on the intersection of Cameron Road and 11th Avenue about 10.10pm. The men threatened the shop keeper and took money, cigarettes

  • Trio held after service station robbed

    29 June 2014 7:09 PM 6

    Three men have been arrested in Tauranga over the armed robbery of a service station where a knife and knuckle duster was used to threaten the shop keeper. Three men have been arrested over the robbery of a service station in Tauranga in which a worker was threatened with a knuckle duster. Police allege two of men covered their faces with bandanas and stole

  • No regrets over buying leg irons: Cull

    29 June 2014 5:33 PM 15

    However, the conclusion by Toitu Otago Settlers Museum staff has prompted Mr Cull to call on the seller - Dunedin man Steve McCormack - to ''examine his moral position''. The council spent $3900 on the shackles in March, preventing them being sold on the open market, and Mr McCormack should now consider refunding ratepayers' money, Mr Cull said. But Mr McCormack