IAIN MCGREGOR/Stuff Mourners brought to tears as they say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth. For Clint Heine, one of the best things about living in London is the freedom to pursue even your wildest dreams without falling victim to Tall Poppy Syndrome. Originally from Nelson, Heine arrived in the UK capital in 2003 with very little money, initially sleeping on couches and scrounging down the backs of them for coins for bus fares and job interviews. "My first impressions of London were of everything being so tightly knitted together and grey,” he said. “It looked really ugly." Now, by contrast, he thinks of the city he plans to spend the rest of his life in as the centre of the universe (or at least the tiny part of it we human beings call home), championing it for its career and travel opportunities, “unbeatable lifestyle”, diversity, “incredible” food scene, and constant buzz. Have you started a new life elsewhere? Email [email protected] READ MORE: UK's epic queue: … [Read more...] about The truth about a Covid-era London OE, according to Kiwis who live there
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Ella Bates-Hermans The notion of “free” childcare is a myth. A policy that promised free early childhood education (ECE) for kids aged 3 to 5 has faded so far that parents are routinely paying $65 a day. In the first of a series investigating the state of childcare, National Correspondent Michelle Duff reveals government subsidies have been effectively completely swallowed up, and parents are back to paying what they were before "20 Hours Free" was introduced. Parents are routinely paying more than $300 a week for childcare for over 3-year-olds even with the 20 hours subsidy, with the promise of a child’s right to access “free” care now completely swallowed up. Dozens of women spoken to for a Stuff investigation talked of being forced to leave their jobs, change careers, cut back hours, bring their babies to work or ferry family members from other parts of the country to look after their children. Working parents are confused and overwhelmed by the cost, having … [Read more...] about ‘I can’t afford to work’: ‘Free’ childcare is a myth, and costs for parents are high
OPINION: The rights or wrongs of government agencies helping wealthy, foreign businessmen make New Zealand their first or second home became hotly debated after contrarian United States billionaire Peter Thiel was granted citizenship and investment subsidies in 2012 . But it took an Official Information Act request and the intervention of the Ombudsman to shed more light on Immigration New Zealand’s decision to grant Google senior vice president Urs Holzle an exemption to move here last year. Immigration issued a 12-month “critical workers” visa to Holzle on the recommendation of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, at a time when most people could not enter the country due to Covid-19 restrictions. Holzle’s seniority at Google may be best conveyed by the fact he was the internet giant’s sixth employee. READ MORE: Top Google exec backs $1.3 billion investment in NZ solar power Rod Drury and Sam Morgan help get $300m solar farm project over the line Genesis Energy plans … [Read more...] about Should NZTE have helped Google exec Urs Holzle invest in NZ solar power?