This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 5 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Friday 21st August.
Top stories in the current news cycle includes an Education Ministry survey showing that school truancy rates reached their highest point in a decade last year , PwC released a survey the top 10 risks facing insurance industries and for the first time tourists visitor arrivals have surpassed 3 million.
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Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:
Government: $9.9m Westmere School redevelopment completed;Record 3 million visitors to New Zealand; Young-Cooper named as new Housing NZ Chair; Final section of Western Ring Route a boost for public transport; NZ’s largest snow sport event gets underway
Greens: Govt could save kids’ lives with rentals’ WoF; Supporting smart jobs and exports isn’t a game; ETS still being rorted by polluters while foresters stay away; High Court Basin flyover decision the right one
Labour: Housing NZ must immediately move family; Taxpayers money spent on culling one of our rarest birds; Woodhouse wrong about quarries; Shiny new system leads to record truancy; Come clean on Pasifika education centre; Time for NZTA to work on alternatives to flyover
New Zealand First: Foreign Students Prop Up Industry As NZ Takes Record Number Of Migrants; Kiwi business to kiwi business is good for New Zealand
LINKS OF THE DAY
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FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS: Nearly half of us get along very well with the people we live with, but one-third of Kiwis say they don’t get enough quality time together, Statistics New Zealand said today. Sharing meals helps. Read the report here: http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/people_and_communities/Well-being/social-connectedness/social-networks/family-relationships.aspx
GREEN’S TRANSPORT PLAN :The Green Party released a fully-costed, practical plan centred on upgrading and expanding rapid public transport, which would make it much easier for people to get around Wellington without getting stuck in traffic. The plan is available at: https://www.greens.org.nz/policy/smarter-economy/fast-tracking-wellington
INSURANCE SECTOR: Technological advances and changing customer behaviours are hitting the insurance industry hard and are reflected in the top 10 risks New Zealand insurers have identified in PwC’s latest report. Read the report here: http://www.pwc.co.nz/insurance-industry-sector/publications/exploring-the-insurance-industry-top-risks-nz-perspective/
LVR RULE CHANGES: The Reserve Bank today published a summary of submissions and final policy positions in regards to changes in the Loan to Value Ratio restriction rules (LVRs), and the asset classification of residential property investment loans in the Capital Adequacy Framework. Read more: http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/news/2015/fsr-13-may-2015.html
MANGAWHAI WASTEWATER SCHEME DECLINED: After careful consideration, the Auditor-General, Lyn Provost, has again declined to make a report under section 44 of the Local Government Act 2002 about any losses that may have been incurred by the Kaipara District Council for the Mangawhai community wastewater scheme. Read more:http://www.oag.govt.nz/media/2015/kaipara-district-council?utm_source=kaipara-44&utm_medium=subs&utm_campaign=kaipara-44
OVERSEAS VISITORS HIT MILESTONE: Visitor arrivals to New Zealand surpassed 3 million for the first time in the July 2015 year. For more information visit :http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/Migration/IntTravelAndMigration_HOTPJul15/Commentary.aspx
And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Friday 21st August 2015.
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