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Southern Man: Big Data

Posted by Iain on July 21, 2017, 3:13 p.m. in Education

New Zealand is using big data in some very interesting and to my way of thinking, positive ways. Take education for example... A recent study showed that by pulling together data commonly available about our lives, it is possible by looking at seven key factors which children at birth will have a very strong likelihood of ending up in prison or with a criminal conviction by the time they were 21. Seven factors...

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Southern Man: The General Election and Migration

Posted by Iain on July 14, 2017, 4:35 p.m. in New Zealand

With around eight weeks to go until the next General Election, a number of economists are warning the Government and those who would be Government, of the dangers of cutting back too hard on migration. The current Government has announced no change to skilled migrant numbers but they have signalled, and we are seeing, a fall in the number of international students who are coming to study in New Zealand. In terms of migration statistics they are “migrants” even though a significant proportion don’t remain here for more than a year or two. They all spend money however...

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Southern Man: Retirement Savings Explained

Posted by Iain on July 7, 2017, 3:47 p.m. in Retirement

Perhaps it is because I turned 53 a few days ago that I have been thinking about retiring (not yet, I am afraid!) and I thought I’d write a piece about how our pension retirement processes work for those of you not here yet. I know it is dull but it’s a need-to-know for those thinking of moving to New Zealand. Unlike many countries, our retirement policies are, these days, something of a hybrid between publicly funded (taxpayer) and private savings.

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**Newsflash Australia Blog: Australia Lists New Occupations

Posted by Kane on July 6, 2017, 9:03 p.m. in Australia

We are at that time of year again where the state governments of Australia issue new lists of occupations that they are willing to nominate for permanent residence. This has suddenly become increasingly important with the government now restricting many occupations from getting permanent residence through the employer sponsored pathway, leaving the state sponsorship option the most likely chance gaining residence.

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**Newsflash Australia Blog: Australian Visa Subclass Changes

Posted by Kane on July 3, 2017, 9:59 p.m. in Australia

On 1 July the Minister of Immigration in Australia made extensive changes to a wide range of visa subclasses

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