Labour proposing new tax targeting business employing foreign workers

Labour is proposing a skills shortage tax to target firms who employ foreign workers and don't train up their staff

Half the work on the frames has gone to a foreign contactor.
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The policy is designed to encourage businesses to train up Kiwis to fill the jobs.

This new "skilled shortage levy" will target chefs, tour guides, construction, agriculture and ICT workers and other industries that are struggling to find manpower.

The cash will be used by the government to boost skills training.

However the ideas aren't policy yet and so do lack firm details - like how much the levy will be. Source: 1 NEWS

"Firms that can demonstrate they are actively engaged in the training process would be exempt from such a levy," the recommendation says.

It's contained in a report from their Future of Work Commission - a two year investigation.

Finance spokesman Grant Robertson is expected to announce further details this afternoon at the party's annual conference.

Around 550 party faithfuls are in Auckland as the party gears up for election year and tries to regain some momentum in the polls.

Watch: Ninja grandpa saves the day, trips fleeing mall thief caught stealing jewellery

An armed jewellery store thief in a Chilean mall didn't get far before an 84-year-old man ankle-tapped him as he fleed. 

The moment Raul Munoz stuck his foot out, in the escape path of a thief, was captured on camera.

However, Mr Munoz's heroic efforts had him hit the floor and pass out, angering his wife who reportedly didn't speak to him for four hours. 

The thief was later tackled by a security guard and arrested. 



Driver and baby taken to hospital after crash near Hastings

A driver and a one-month old baby were taken to Hastings hospital last night after the car they were in crashed into a power pole, on State Highway Two near Hastings.

Hawke's Bay Police want to speak to anyone who witnessed the crash, near the Te Hauke cemetery.

The crash happened just after 11.30pm yesterday.

Police say the driver of the car and the baby were picked up from the scene by a passing motorist and taken to a friend's house.

The driver and baby were subsequently taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Police would like to speak to the person who picked the driver up and anyone else who may have witnessed the crash.

St John ambulance Source: 1 NEWS