This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 9 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Friday 14th August.
Top stories in the current news cycle include emergency medicine specialists speaking up to say ED staff are struggling to cope with heavier workloads, Statistics NZ figures show New Zealand’s population is growing at its fastest rate for more than a decade and the prospect of ‘TPPA – Walk Away!’ protests set to take place in 21 towns tomorrow.
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Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:
Government: New Zealanders have final say on national flag; New online telehealth resource to encourage uptake; Support extended for drought-affected South Island; New Partnership School application round opens; NZ engineering team to help with Nepal rebuild; Economy benefits from strong tourism growth; Jonathan Coleman – South GP Continuing Medical Education Conference; DHB budgets not keeping up with emergency work; Cook Islands Prime Minister to visit New Zealand; $10 million in drinking-water subsidies for small communities; Minister congratulates literacy graduates; Appointments to the Real Estate Agents Authority; Christchurch Hospital’s new building on track; Building Code information to be more accessible; Central Plains Water irrigation scheme opens in Canterbury
Greens: Hekia Parata has broken her word
Labour: English admits responsibility for Solid failure; Good money after bad for failed experiment;DHB budgets not keeping up with emergency work
New Zealand First: Sad day as legislation passes for flag vote; Incompetent Serco left to run prison overnight when death occurred
LINKS OF THE DAY
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ADAPTING TO ADVERSITY: Many families experience difficult situations, but some families are better able to cope than others. To explore this further the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu) today released In Focus: Family Resilience. Go here for the report: http://www.superu.govt.nz/in-focus-family-resilience
AIR NZ VIDEO SETS RECORD: Air New Zealand’s newest safety video Men in Black Safety Defenders has been viewed online almost four million times around the world in the 24 hours since its launch yesterday morning, making it the biggest launch of an Air New Zealand safety video ever. Watch the video here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji65WI5QLZI
DRINKING-WATER SUBSIDIES: More than 6,000 people in small communities around New Zealand are set to benefit from improved drinking-water supplies thanks to the latest round of Government subsidies. More information on the drinking-water subsidy is available on the Ministry of Health website: http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/environmental-health/drinking-water/drinking-water-assistance-programme
INVESTMENT ON THE RISE: Responsible investment assets in New Zealand continue their strong growth reaching $63.5 billion following a 10% increase in 2014. If you’re wondering what a responsible investment asset is see the reporter here: http://responsibleinvestment.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/2015_Benchmark_Report_NZ_FINAL.pdf
LACK OF TRUST IN SPY AGENCIES: There is a widespread distrust of NZ’s Spy agencies according to a People´s Review of the Intelligence Services. The review is being issued on the closing day of submissions for the official review. Available here: http://stopthespies.nz/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/PeoplesReviewOfTheIntelligenceServices2015.pdf
ONLINE TELEHEALTH: A new online resource has been launched to help encourage the uptake of telehealth by health professionals across the country. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman launched the new site at Christchurch Hospital this morning. You can visit the New Zealand Telehealth Resource Centre at: http://www.nztrc.org.nz.
POPULATION GROWTH: New Zealand’s population is growing at its fastest rate for over a decade, and is exceeding Australia’s growth rate, according to new estimates released by Statistics New Zealand today. Go here for more:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/estimates_and_projections/NationalPopulationEstimates_HOTPAt30Jun15.aspx
SLOWER SALES FOR RETAILERS: Retail sales growth eased in the June 2015 quarter after big gains in recent quarters, Statistics New Zealand said today. Click here for retail trade survey:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/RetailTrade/RetailTradeSurvey_HOTPJun15qtr.aspx
TOURISM GROWS: Impressive growth in tourist guest nights has benefits for the wider economy, Associate Tourism Minister Paula Bennett says. The survey is available at :http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/accommodation/AccommodationSurvey_HOTPJun15.aspx
And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Friday 14th August 2015.
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