[og_img] Obituary for Leslie Fernando – Born 20th April, 1937 – Died 17th February, 2021     With heavy hearts the family of Leslie Fernando, age 83, announces his unexpected but peaceful passing on 17th February, 2021 at his home in Noble Park, Melbourne Vic. Australia. Leslie is survived by his three children Michelle, Kevin and Andrea, his loving partner Shirley and her sons Cedric, Johan, Roger and Mark (Woody), and his beloved grand and great grandchildren. He was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka to his late parents, Justin Everard Fernando and Edith Rosamond Fernando. Leslie was the second eldest of four children – brother Hylton (deceased), and sisters Yvonne and Audrey.  Leslie was educated in his early years at St Joseph’s College in Colombo where he excelled in boxing, swimming and cadets.  At the age of 18 he joined the Ceylon Signals Corps, where he rose to the rank of Group ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Today the Government has taken a key step to support Pacific people to becoming Community Housing providers, says the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. “This will be great news for Pacific communities with the decision to provide Pacific Financial Capability Grant funding and a tender process to build capability in the community. “This funding and the opening of the tender process is an important goal for the new Pacific Housing initiative and is part of this Government’s response to the growing housing needs in New Zealand,” says Aupito William Sio. “Budget 2020 delivered a package of up to $41.315 million to be distributed by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP). This important investment will lay the foundations and provide skills to help Pacific peoples into better housing and home ownership.” Today’s announcement includes: opening the Pacific Financial Capability Grant funding to enable Pacific organisations to deliver financial ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/114275/eight_col_77869283_l.jpg?1497987250 New Zealand will not be throwing open its doors to the large numbers of new migrants seen in recent years, once it is ready to reopen the border. Graphic: Stats NZ Covid-19 has brought net migration to a screeching halt, although tens of thousands of New Zealanders have returned, or become stuck here because of the pandemic. The strong signal is while the government will use migration to fill skills gaps, businesses should get used to the idea of using the labour force already available. At the start of 2020 there were still tens of thousands of people arriving. Then there was a big rush from people overseas to get home but more recently arrivals have slowed considerably. For the first time in a long time the number of New Zealanders who have arrived here outstripped the number of those who left. Take the six months last year between ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/256448/eight_col_2019_Auckland_Art_Fair__photograph_by_Josef_Scott_A1.JPG?1614228668 Covid-19 has meant people have been spending much more time in their home than usual. Around 10,000 people are expected to attend the Auckland Art Fair. Photo: Supplied / Josef Scott And with a lot of New Zealanders unable to spend cash travelling overseas, the art world has seen an unexpected boost in sales as people spruce up their spaces and spend big on beautiful artworks. The Cloud, on Auckland’s Queen’s Wharf, is playing host to the work of over 150 artists this week as the Auckland Art Fair comes to town. Auckland Art Fair co-director Stephanie Post expected around 10,000 people would visit during the five-day event, and said lockdowns worldwide meant more people were buying art. “Partly because you can’t spend your money elsewhere but also I do think there are more and more people who are buying art to live with. Over the last year people ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/KOTTOO-A-NEW-TASTE-SENSATION-HAS-HIT-SYDNEY-CITY-–-The-All-New-Sri-Lankan-Street-Food-by-Dish-in-Sydney-CBD-–-by-eLanka011.jpg   KOTTOO Sri Lankan Street Food by DiSh on Hunter Street (2/50 Hunter Street, Sydney) opened their doors with a ‘soft’ opening on 14th Feb & the Grand opening on 15th Feb 2021 and is now opened and creating a buzz!  It’s the only fast food Sri Lankan Restaurant of it’s kind in the heart of Sydney. On 14th February 2021 for the soft launch of the restaurant, Mr. Lakshman Hulugalle, Consul General for Sri Lanka in Australia and other guests such as Desmond de Silva, Dr. Siri Kannangara attended the event and were present for the lighting of the traditional oil lamp.   MC Duke – Duke Ramachandran as usual kept the place alive with his great MC skills.. Manjula Fernando of course was asked to say a few words (seen below) about the restaurant and his passion for food!. Manjula Fernando’s love affair with food began at the ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/251388/eight_col_160034278_l.jpg?1607814210 By Michael Baker, Amanda Kvalsvig and Nick Wilson of Exactly one year ago tomorrow, the first confirmed case of Covid-19 arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand. Identified only as “a person in their 60s recently returned from Iran”, the case marked the beginning of an extraordinary period in the life of the country. A year on, what are some of the lessons we have learned about this pandemic? And what are the implications for improving our response in future? (File image). Photo: 123rf.com One of the main reasons for asking these questions lies in the legacy value of any improvements we make. That is, the potential for using this crisis as the catalyst for an urgently needed upgrade to the country’s public health infrastructure, to enhance health, equity, prosperity and sustainability in the long term. Elimination is the right strategy Arguably, New Zealand’s greatest lesson is that an elimination strategy ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill passed its third reading today and will become law, Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta says. “This is a significant step forward for Māori representation in local government. We know how important it is to have diversity around the council table and this forms a part of the Government’s commitment to working to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi.” “We have heard the calls from councils, and from Māori and non-Māori across New Zealand, to make these changes and are supporting councils to increase Māori representation by putting in place the same rules to establish Māori wards as general wards for the 2022 local elections. Over the last 20 years we have seen councils struggle to put in place decisions to institute Māori wards. This Bill removes the poll option from the process for councils to establish Māori wards ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/117980/eight_col_thumbnail_IMG_20210224_065419500.jpg?1614104476 An Aucklander who spent six minutes at a store where a Covid-19 case was working had to wait nearly eight hours on the phone to get advice from Healthline. Kmart Botany customers who were in the store at the same time as the worker who later tested positive, on 19 and 20 February, have gone from ‘casual plus’ contacts to ‘close’ contacts.  There is also a new category for some store staff who have a new label: ‘close plus’ contacts. Aucklander Lisa-Marie visited the store on 20 February for a few minutes. Later when it was announced as a location of interest, she called Healthline and ended up waiting nearly eight hours. “It was my fastest, least costly trip to Kmart I’ve ever done, and it ended up costing me two weeks,” Lisa-Marie told Checkpoint. On Saturday night, she and her daughter signed in at Kmart Botany. They were there for six minutes. ...

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