NZ, Philippines to start working holiday scheme
Hon Murray McCully
2014 Media Statement
Philippines to start working holiday scheme
New Zealanders will from next month be able to spend a year
working, studying and holidaying in the Philippines, Foreign
Affairs Minister Murray McCully announced today.
working holiday scheme will allow 100 New Zealanders to
holiday and work in the Philippines and 100 Filipinos to do
the same in New Zealand each year.
Mr McCully says the
scheme, open to people aged 18-30, is an excellent
opportunity for young New Zealanders to experience another
“The Filipino community, at over 37,000 strong,
is now the largest of all ASEAN communities in
“This working holiday scheme will further
promote the important links between our two countries,” Mr
Applications for the scheme open 5
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>