April 2006

Filipino Unity In A Foreign Land

Filipinos like all other Asian nationalities in New Zealand are still considered third class citizens. This is the truth whether we will accept it or not. Though New Zealand is considered to be one of the most accommodating country for Asians, we Filipinos still feels a bit of difference particularly in job hunting.

Unless given a job offer before arriving in New Zealand, Filipinos feel the pressure of culture shock and coping up in a higher standards of living. Filipinos tend to land on job they need rather than on the jobs they want.


GMA Pinoy TV

TNZF has finally received a reply from GMA 7 about our inquiry on having a the GMA Pinoy TV in New Zealand.
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Good Day!

Please watch out for GMA Pinoy TV in your area soon!

You may surf through our website to know the latest news and events. Just visit www.gmapinoytv.com for further information.

Mabuhay ka Kapuso![/quote]

TNZF have made further inquiry with GMA 7 on the details. Watch out for it!!!


RA 9174 – Balikbayan Benefits and Privileges

Republic Act No. 9174 signed on November 7, 2002 is AN ACT AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NUMBERED 6768, ENTITLED, “AN ACT INSTITUTING A BALIKBAYAN PROGRAM” BY PROVIDING ADDITIONAL BENEFITS AND PRIVILEGES TO BALIKBAYAN AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

This Balikbayan Program is instituted under the administration of the Department of Tourism to attract and encourage overseas Filipinos to come and visit the Philippines in recognition to their contribution to the economy of the country through the foreign exchange inflow and revenues that they generate.

This program includes a kabuhayan shopping privilege allowing tax-exempt purchase of livelihood tools providing the opportunity to avail of the necessary training to enable the balikbayan to become economically self-reliant members of society upon their return to the Philippines. The program likewise showcase competitive and outstanding Filipino-made products.


Guidelines to Passport Renewal

Passport renewal in a foreign country may be tricky to Filipinos. The New Zealand Filipino provides some guidelines to make the renewal of passport easier.