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First people trafficking charges in New Zealand

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ).

Two men were arrested by Police in the Motueka area this morning and have made their first appearance in Nelson District Court. No pleas were entered and they were bailed until next Thursday, 4 September.

 

The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. Trafficking in persons is punishable under the Crimes Act with imprisonment for up to 20 years, a fine of $500,000 or both.

 

One of the defendants has also been charged, along with a third defendant who was arrested in Auckland this morning, under the Immigration Act 1987 in relation to false refugee claims they organised and lodged for the 18 Indian nationals once they arrived in New Zealand.  The maximum penalty is up to seven years’ imprisonment and / or a fine not exceeding $100,000.

 

The third defendant has been bailed to appear at Nelson District Court on 4 September.

 

INZ’s Assistant General Manager, Compliance and Border Operations, Peter Devoy, says the prosecution is an extremely significant development.

 

“It shows how seriously we treat such allegations and the fact this is the first prosecution for people trafficking in New Zealand sends a very strong message that we will thoroughly investigate any other cases,” Mr Devoy says


Immigration keeping an eye on

illegal workers in Christchurch 

A migrant scam is feared to be taking root in the underbelly of Christchurch's rebuild, sparking a government alert.

Reports of dozens of unlawful immigrants working on building sites around the city have begun to surface among national recruitment companies and within the city's migrant agencies.

One has heard claims of illegal migrants travelling by van from South Auckland who then approach construction companies as a group asking for a cheap, bulk wage.


UK changes its student visa rules -

Stringent visa policy discourages many

Britain's stringent norms on student visas have resulted in a decline in the number of Indian students in higher education by nearly a quarter last year.


Students from India, coming to study at schools and universities in UK, fell by 23.5 per cent overall, including a 28 per cent drop at the post-graduate level.
Figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency yesterday show less than 30,000 students from India were studying at UK higher educational institutions in 2011-12, compared to around 40,000 in the previous year.


DRIVING LICENSE RULES TO BE

CHANGED IN NEW ZEALAND

A time limit will be introduced by the government for learners or restricted license holders to get full driving license.


From 2015, a learner and restricted driver will have to gain the full licence within five years, or be forced to resit tests, Associate Transport Minister Simon Bridges announced on 10th January 2013.


At present, drivers can remain on their learner or restricted licences indefinitely, having to update their licence card only once a decade.

Currently, 37 per cent of learner drivers have held their licences for more than six years, as well as 32 per cent of restricted drivers. Three drivers in the country have held their learner licences for 25 years or more.


Indians top list of applicants under skilled migrant category in New Zealand



According to statistics published by Immigration New Zealand on 9 January 2013, applicants from India are at the top for Permanent Residence under Skilled Migrant Category in New Zealand in the last fortnightly selection of Expression of Interests filed with Immigration New Zealand.


In the last fortnight ending 9th January 2013, Expression of Interests of 27% applicants from India were selected from the pool for invitation to apply for Permanent Residence followed by 12.5 % from UK and 8.5 % from China........


Do you want a television that watches you back?

LAS VEGAS 9 January 2013

 

In the new world of technology, television is not just for watching. It is also watching you.

 

So-called smart TVs being unveiled this week at the International Consumer Electronics Show offer technologies that watch the viewer, in an effort to offer more relevant programming.

 

The idea may sound eerie to those familiar with George Orwell's novel "1984" but people in the industry say this is the next step in the evolution of TV viewing.

 

Chinese manufacturer TCL unveiled at the show a new TV and set-top box to be sold later this year in the US using the Google TV platform which recognizes who is watching in order to suggest potential programs.


Former immigration lawyer guilty of 93 charges

Former lawyer Richard James Martin, ofAlbany, has been found guilty of 93 immigration-related charges at Auckland District Court today.

 

Charges include: providing immigration advice when neither licensed nor exempt, forgery, and supplying false or misleading information to an immigration officer.

 

By law, anyone providing NewZealandimmigration advice must be licensed by the Immigration Advisers Authority, unless exempt. Exempt people include lawyers who hold aNew Zealandpractising certificate. Mr Martin previously surrendered his practising certificate.


World's largest solar telescope planned in Ladakh

KOLKATA, 5 JAN: India is expected to start building the world's largest solar telescope on the icy heights of Ladakh to study the sun's atmosphere and understand the formation of sun-spots and their decay process.


 The Rs 300-crore project is expected to come up at either Hanle or Merak, which is very near to the Ladakh's Pangong lake along the Line of Actual Control with China.


Immigration Adviser punished for not returning client’s passport

Immigration Advisers Authority New Zealand have struck off the name of a Licensed Immigration Adviser from the register of Licensed Immigration Advisers maintained by the Immigration Advisers Authority.

 

In a media release by the IAA, it has been stated that Mr Richard Uday Prakash of Vital Consulting 2007 Limited will be stripped of his licence from 25 January 2013, after withholding a client's passport in lieu of fees.

 

The Immigration Advisers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal found Mr Prakash was not entitled to the fees he claimed he was owed and should not have withheld the migrant’s passport under these or any circumstances.

 

Mr Prakash was asked to apply for a migrant’s work visa and tried several times without success. .........................

 



INDIAN  WORKERS SUFFER AT THE HANDS OF KIWI FRUIT CONTRACTORS

An high level investigation is being conducted by Immigration department against few kiwi fruit contractors in Bay of Plenty who are carrying out a widespread and well-organised rort of the student and work visa system.

 

Reports have indicated that many young people from India who are not educated got student visas and start working in Kiwi orchards under these contractors on under-the-table jobs within a week of arrival in New Zealand.

 

There are over 5000 Indian youth on international student visa to study in New Zealand, but they are working illegally in Bay of Plenty orchards while supposedly studying business, IT and cookery. The contractors pick the students from Auckland in their vans, provide them ..............


Meet Manoj Chaudhary -- New Zealand's Singer-Lyricist-Music Composer, all rolled into one

Manoj - IndianKiwi

Singing and poem creation have been the passion for Manoj right from his childhood. He won an inter-school singing competition when he was in primary school and was a published poet with Maithili language magazine 'Mithila Mihir' during his high school days. Even after opting for a scientific career path, Manoj’s artistic passion and abilities didn't die down. As a result, he got associated with All India Radio (Akashvani), Patna, as a singer after being successful at audition for ....


IMMIGRATION CLARIFICATION ON WORK VISA RESTRICTIONS

FEW INDIANS HOLDING WORK VISAS STOPPED AT AIRPORT IN INDIA

With a view to remove misconceptions among many workers of Indian origin holding temporary visas in NewZealand, the Immigration department have issued clarification on its website to Indian applicants holding work visas in New Zealand.

 

The Immigration department has clarified that there is no change in policy of work visas for Indian workers in New Zealand. However, following recent media coverage regarding preventing many Indians from boarding aircraft to come to New Zealand even after holding valid work visas........


Locks block drink drivers

The first drink-drivers sentenced under new legislation will be eligible to install an alcohol interlock system for their vehicles from the New Year.

 

A Government report released to the media showed 16 drink drivers have been issued with the alcohol-detecting devices since they became a sentencing option three months ago. ..........


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