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Buffet to play teacher with children’s book

Friday, May 10, 2013

One of the world’s wealthiest investors, Warren Buffett, has shifted his focus from business and philanthropy to stock trading to sharing his knowledge to some of the world’s youngest investors-to-be, producing his first children’s book.

My First Berkshire ABC, demonstrates to a younger audience how Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, invests in dozens of different businesses.

It’s Our Future NZ’s Adopt an MP campaign!

Friday, May 10, 2013

It’s Our Future NZ, the group raising awareness about the potential impacts of the secret trade and investment agreement the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPPA”), have a great new campaign encouraging people to teach MPs what the agreement is all about. Here’s what they’re saying:

Student lands dream job

Monday, May 6, 2013


Most students struggle to juggle study, work and play (not to mention the looming threat of student debt), however one Leeds University student has sorted out a way to kill all those birds with the same stone.

Sebastian Smith has won a competition to spend the next six months getting paid to test waterslides.

Smith will travel from his Somerset home across the world, from Turkey to Jamaica, making a splash wherever he goes.

Who is Kristine Bartlett?

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

An important legal case can put a previously unknown individual into the spotlight and maybe even make them a household name. It can also be a way for one person to symbolise the experience of hundreds of thousands of others.

New financial year changes

Friday, April 5, 2013

With the new financial year beginning this week, there are a few changes to be aware of that may affect workers in the financial sector:

Migrant worker exploitation in New Zealand exposed

Friday, March 22, 2013

FIRST Union’s Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG) has been at the forefront of advocacy on the critical issue of migrant worker exploitation in New Zealand.

"Migrant workers, and especially temporary migrant workers, are vulnerable to exploitation by employers. Often they have limited knowledge of their rights, sometimes find it difficult to communicate and feel their ability to speak up is constrained because they fear that their immigration status is at risk," said FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

Indonesian students make cow dung air freshener

Friday, March 15, 2013

The first prize in Indonesia’s Science Project Olympiad has gone to two students that have made an air freshener out of cow manure.

While not necessarily that attractive sounding, Dwi Nailul and Rinyua Aprianti Miki’s innovation is an environmentally-friendly alternative to chemical-based fresheners.

It is said to have a natural fragrance of herbs and is good for human health.

Asset Sales Referendum gets to Parliament

Friday, March 15, 2013

A petition of 390,000 signatures was presented to Parliament on Tuesday afternoon, demanding a say in the sale of state assets.

The petition would trigger a citizens’ initiated referendum in the Clerk of Parliament finds at least 10 per cent of registered voters have signed. The signatures were collected by a broad coalition of government and community groups, including FIRST Union.

Keep Our Assets coalition spokesman Roy Reid said the Government should give New Zealanders a chance to vote on the asset sales plan, and listen to what they had to say.

Keep us posted!

Friday, March 8, 2013

While kiwis are increasingly choosing email to keep in touch, there is something special about receiving letters in the post from loved ones. Cuts to our postal service, including reduced mail delivery and replacing post offices with kiosks, threaten our mail delivery, as well as many jobs across the country.

The most vulnerable kiwis – elderly, disabled, rural communities and those without internet – rely on NZ Post for keeping in regular touch with family and essential services.

Montana legalises roadkill dinners

Friday, March 1, 2013

In a vote of 19 to 2, the US state of Montana has passed a law that allows residents to eat animals that have been killed by cars.

In an interview on Fox News, state representative and state trooper Steve Lavin said the law was introduced to help the hungry, remarking that, “people hit a lot of animals on roadways, and I mean a ton of them. There’s a lot of good meat being wasted out there.”


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