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The plucky country needs to reinvent again

The plucky country needs to reinvent again

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  • 11/3/2014 8:12:00 PM
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Australia, with over 23 million people, has a 47.5 per cent top personal tax rate, capital gains tax, stamp duties and a raft of other taxes. And Australia is about to deliver a $A47 billion budget deficit, the third highest in its history. Meanwhile New Zealand is close to being back in surplus.  New Zealand, with 4.4 million people, survives with a 33 per cent top tax rate, no capital gains tax, no payroll tax and a GST rate only five per cent higher than Australia’s.  If Australia is “the...
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South African High Commissioner appointed

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  • 10/4/2014 2:42:00 AM
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South African High Commissioner appointed Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced the appointment of career diplomat Richard Mann as High Commissioner to South Africa. “This appointment comes at an exciting time in New Zealand’s growing engagement with Africa, with rising New Zealand public and private sector interest in the region,” Mr McCully says. “Richard will play a pivotal role in developing and expanding our relations with southern Africa in coming years. A signific...
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High Commissioner HE Ms Koleka Mqulwana

High Commissioner HE Ms Koleka Mqulwana

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  • 10/4/2014 2:42:00 AM
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Her Excellency Ms Koleka Mqulwana is the High Commissioner for the Republic of South Africa in Australia. Ms Mqulwana holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Higher Diploma in Education from the University of Western Cape. She also has a Certificate in International Governance, Management Skills, Basic Financial Skills, Procurement Policy, Risk Management and Governance, courses which she completed in Australia and New Zealand. Ms Mqulwana speaks three languages: IsiXhosa, English and Zulu....
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Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

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  • 10/4/2014 2:41:00 AM
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The official opening of the 59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference took place this morning in Johannesburg. Delegates and guests were warmly welcomed and entertained with a musical performance. New Zealand will be represented at the conference by 4 Members of Parliament and the conference will run until Friday, 6 September.
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New Zealand and South Africa

New Zealand and South Africa

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  • 10/4/2014 2:40:00 AM
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ew Zealand High Commission Pretoria, South Africa New Zealand and South Africa SA Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe and PM John Key in September 2011 General Since the end of apartheid political, economic and social ties between New Zealand and South Africa have been evolving. A friendly relationship has been maintained through high-level visits by the Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key, during South Africa’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup in mid-2010 and, most recently, by Deputy President, ...
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Finalists for Innovation Prize for Africa 2014 announced

Finalists for Innovation Prize for Africa 2014 announced

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  • 10/4/2014 2:37:00 AM
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The ten finalists of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2014 have been announced by the African Innovation Foundation (AIF). The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 5 May in Abuja, Nigeria. These ten African innovators have created practical solutions to some of the continent’s most intractable problems, from a domestic waste biogas system to a wafer matrix for paediatric antiretroviral (ARV) drug treatment. Chosen from almost 700 applications from 42 countries, the finalists...
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