Facebook to change practices following accusations social media giant is dodging taxes

Facebook is changing its tax practices following widespread criticism of the social media giant from around the world, a move that will see the company being held to account here in New Zealand.

Following international backlash the multi-billion dollar company has voluntarily overhauled its tax system.

This means by early 2019 its income will be recorded in the country it's received in.

Up until now much of the company's income had been recorded in Ireland, a country which has half the corporate tax rate of New Zealand.

Records show that in 2014 Facebook paid just $43,000 tax in New Zealand, a fraction of what it should have.

The Government are working on a bill to target other multi-national companies like Google and Apple who employ similar practices when it comes to their tax practices. 


Coroner investigating Moko Rangitoheriri's horrific death calls for all children to be monitored by government agencies

A coroner investigating the horrific death of three-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri has repeated a call for all children to be compulsorily monitored by government agencies until the age of five.

Moko died in 2012 after spending two months with Tania Shailer and David Haerewa in Taupo.

His mother Nicola Dally-Paki was caring for Moko's brother at Starship hospital when Moko was killed.

His injuries included lacerations and haemorrhage deep within his abdomen which caused his bowel to rupture.

Faecal matter leaked into his abdomen, causing septic shock.

In findings released today Coroner Wallace Bain repeated a finding from another infant’s death – that of Nia Glassie who died in 2008.

Tania Shailer and David Haerewa were denied their request for a lesser sentence today, with the court saying they could have instead faced life in prison. Source: 1 NEWS

He recommended all children should be registered with government agencies and health providers to allow monitoring to occur.

"That monitoring to include scheduled and unscheduled visits to the homes where young children are living so that the monitoring will ensure that they are kept safe and then provided with the necessities of life," he said.

"That has to apply with even more force today."

Had the recommendation been in place for Nia or Moko there would’ve been a better chance of Moko’s situation being identified and removed, Coroner Bain found.

If social organisations had monitored they would’ve found Shailer "in distress with depression and mental issues and assaulting Moko, another caregiver recently released from jail with a history of domestic violence…."

He noted a number of "red flags" including the old Child Youth and Family not visiting the toddler.

In a statement a spokeswoman Glynis Sandland for the new ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki said compulsory monitoring "suggests a multi-agency approach is required and that is something for the government to consider."

The Coroner has already compared the three-year-old's death to one of country's worst child abuse cases. Source: 1 NEWS


Government sets up new emergency fund to halt looming teacher shortage

The Government has set up a new emergency fund to recruit foreign teachers in time for the new school year following a looming teacher shortage.

Auckland has been the worst hit, with the teacher shortage meaning one in five Auckland schools will start the new school term short on staff.

"It is the worst that it has been in over 15 years, when you are looking at probably eighty per cent of secondary schools not able to guarantee they’ll have sufficient teachers to deliver the curriculum next year," Jack Boyle, the president of the PPTA, says.

The Government has introduced a $9.5 million fund in the hopes of recruiting teachers from overseas.

The fund will also help recruit those who can teach maths, science and Te Reo Maori, lure back retired teachers, and pay for the practising certificate of experienced teachers.

The Government says it will also expand a bonding scheme for new teachers in low decile schools in Auckland.

However, the payment has been slashed from $17,000 to $10,500.

Critics say the new package isn’t enough to stem the tide of teachers leaving the profession for a larger salary.

National MP Nikki Kaye says, "What the government has announced today is, in my view, a drop in the bucket in what needs to be spent."

The country is facing a chronic teacher shortage, with the greatest pressure in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS