Air New Zealand plans to cut up to 385 more cabin crew jobs

* Would take job losses to 37% of pre-COVID workforce

* Cuts are deeper than at rivals Qantas, Singapore Airlines

* Union calls on airline to stop outsourcing roles

SYDNEY, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Air New Zealand Ltd said on Wednesday it aims to cut up to 385 more cabin crew jobs due to the lack of long-haul international flying, which would take its COVID-19 related job losses to around 37% of its workforce.

The percentage figure is higher than the cuts to nearly 30% of jobs at Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd and around 20% at Singapore Airlines Ltd.

Air New Zealand said in a statement it would need fewer cabin crew due to the decline in demand on North American routes, which had led it to reduce return flights to Los Angeles to three a week from daily and convert San Francisco flights to cargo only.

“In the foreseeable

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We need public value from govt funding of the private Green School New Zealand

The anger and outrage expressed by school leaders and teacher unions towards Green Party co-leader James Shaw’s announcement of a government grant of NZ$11.7 million to the private Green School New Zealand comes at a time of financial high anxiety.

Ordinarily, school funding is seen largely as an educational decision. This recent decision was justified on the basis of its potential contribution to the local economy as part of the government’s NZ$3 billion “shovel-ready” projects fund.

But the debate following Shaw’s announcement – as associate finance minister – shows educational, environmental and economic values coming into conflict.

Public vs private

The criticisms from educators are that this decision conflicts with values we hold dear in New Zealand, especially the value of equity in education. Even the Green Party sees it as a violation of its own education policy, which says “public funding for private schools” should be phased out.


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EQ Media Group Names Kevin Joseph & Simon Fleming New Heads Of U.S. And New Zealand Development

EXCLUSIVE: EQ Media Group has announced industry vets Kevin Joseph and  Simon Fleming will head the company’s United States and New Zealand development, respectively.

“Kevin and Simon have impressive track records and we are lucky to have them in the company. Their skills and experience will help EQ Media continue the pattern of growth we are seeing in 2020,” said EQ Media CEO and executive producer Greg Quail. 

In their new roles, Joseph and Fleming will manage and oversee the company’s development slates in the U.S. and New Zealand while contributing to the company’s overall global development slate.

The two new EQ Media Group heads have years’ worth of industry experience and titles under their belts.

Joseph joins EQ Media Group from Fulwell 73 Productions and Original Productions, where he served as a development executive. During his time at Fulwell, Joseph has helped launch titles fro CBS, Netflix, Disney+, Discovery

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New Zealand Greens in crisis over private school funding


New Zealand Greens in crisis over private school funding

Tom Peters

5 September 2020

A crisis erupted in the New Zealand Green Party late last month after co-leader James Shaw boasted that the Labour Party-led coalition government, which includes the Greens and the right-wing NZ First Party, would give $11.7 million to the private Green School in Taranaki.

James Shaw in 2014 [Credit: Wikimedia Commons]

Shaw, who is associate finance minister, said the funding would create construction jobs and help the school expand “to meet growing demand from parents all over New Zealand, and the rest of the world, wanting to enrol their children.”

In fact, the Green School is an elite institution with domestic student fees ranging from $16,000 to $23,000 a year and almost double that for international students. Its website says it aims to shape “the leaders of the future” in “a world of huge environmental

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