Tough immigration policies impacts workers in elderly care sector

Rest homes are starting to lose valuable workers as stricter immigration rules bite, says the Aged Care Association.

Kaitaia therapist, Juliet Garcia, has worked for 10 years but can't get residence.

She's just one example of immigration rules affecting the sector, said chief executive of the Aged Care Association, Simon Wallace.

The Filipino aged care worker worries her work visa will not be renewed next year.

Mr Wallace said some migrant workers are being put off by new 3-year limits to visas, and the fact they can no longer bring their partners.

"They're a valuable part of the New Zealand way of life and we're also seeing, the Kaitaia case is a good example of migrant workers out in more rural, regional areas of New Zealand where we need them.

"We just cannot afford to lose people from those sorts of areas."

He said some regions have no local workers to fill such gaps.

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Long-serving Wellington city councillor Bryan Pepperell dies aged 65

Well-known and long-serving former Wellington City Councillor Bryan Pepperell has died aged 65.

Bryan died suddenly at his home on Thursday night, his son Martyn Pepperell said in a statement.

Bryan was the southern ward councillor between 1995 and 2013 and came second to Kerry Prendergast in the mayoralty race in 2004.

"It's been a full on few days," Martyn said, "his understanding of empathy and compassion is always with me".

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said Bryan was "a highly-principled man and someone who had strongly left-wing and progressive views".

"He always took the side of the underdog and fought hard against attempts to privatise Council operations and assets," Mr Lester said.

"Bryan was a quirky and humorous speaker around the Council table ... he was always good company and a man able to get on with other councillors and mayors – even if he was not enthused with their politics."

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Police investigating suspected drive-by shooting in Dunedin this morning

Police are investigating a firearms incident where shots were fired at a Surrey Street property in South Dunedin early this morning.

The shooting is believed to have been carried out by a passing vehicle about 6am.

No occupants of the house were injured and a scene examination has been conducted.

Police inquiries continue. and they are appealing for information from anyone who saw a vehicle on Surrey Street or in surrounding areas that appeared out of place or travelling at speed early this morning.

Anyone with information can call Dunedin Police on (03) 471 4800.

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