This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 8 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 16th September.
Top stories in the current news cycle include the international dairy prices rising sharply for the third consecutive time, a decision by Wellington City Council to take part in a trial of online voting for next year’s local body elections and controversy that Work and Income has been underpaying some beneficiaries by a day after their initial stand-down period for the past 18 years – a “mistake” that legislation has been introduced to Parliament to retrospectively nullify.
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Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:
Government:Bill to establish child sex offender register passes first reading; Pharmac funds first rare disorders medicine under new approach; Speech: Jonathan Coleman – NZ Nurses Organisation annual conference, Te Papa, Wellington; Tourism fund opens for fourth round; Registrations of Interest sought for Local Mobility Action Teams; Museum to bring more art to Christchurch city; Refinements to Auckland Unitary Plan process announced; Changes to commercial fishing catch limits; Partnership approach to visiting drivers’ safety
Greens: Sam Lotu-Iiga must be stood down
Labour: Come on John, leave Kiwi families a real legacy; Ministers pass buck on Pasifika centre; Nats’ short-termism leaves Super Fund $17b lower; Nats flaky funding putting NGOs at risk; Prime Minister must seek flag solution; National MP implicated in Taratahi funding rorts
New Zealand First:PM Remains Hands Off Despite Warnings On Foreign Buy-In Of Silver Fern Farms
NZ National Party: Local MP encourages earthquake preparedness
LINKS OF THE DAY
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AIR NZ LAUNCHES SUSTAINABILITY FRAMEWORK: Air New Zealand released its first Sustainability Report today. A digital copy of the report is available here: http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/assets/PDFs/J004845-Sustainability-Report-2015_FINAL-ART-NEW_MEDRES.pdf
GLOBALDAIRY TRADE: International dairy prices have risen sharply for the third consecutive time. The GlobalDairyTrade auction’s overall price index rose 16.5%, its biggest increase in the past five years. More information is available at: https://www.globaldairytrade.info/
NZ EXPORTS: Data released by Statistics New Zealand show a rise in New Zealand’s overseas expenditure combined with a fall in earnings from exports drove an increase in our seasonally adjusted current account deficit. More information is available at:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/economic_indicators/balance_of_payments/BalanceOfPayments_HOTPJun15qtr.aspx
NZ INVESTMENT QUARTERLY: The month of August 2015 provided a salutary reminder of why equities and other growth assets command a risk premium. Markets fell over 10% and intra-day market volatility rose to levels not seen since the GFC period. Read more: http://nzier.org.nz/about/new-zealand-investment-quarterly/
OECD STUDY: An OECD study has found that investing in computers in schools doesn’t appear to improve pupils’ achievement. The study is available at: http://www.oecd.org/education/students-computers-and-learning-9789264239555-en.htm
SKILLED JOB VACANCIES: The number of skilled job vacancies advertised online fell by 0.1 per cent in August, while there was a 1.9 per cent rise across the year, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) latest Jobs Online report. Read the report: http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/employment-skills/labour-market-reports/jobs-online
TOURISM FUND OPENS: The opening of the fourth funding round of the Tourism Growth Partnership was announced today. More information is available at:www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/tourism/tourism-growth-partnership
WALK 2’D FEET: Kiwis are being asked to put their best foot forward this Sunday (20 September) for New Zealand’s first nationwide Walk 2 D’Feet Motor Neurone Disease (MND).For information on locations and to register for your local event, visit: http://www.walk2dfeetmnd.co.nz or facebook page onhttp://www.facebook.com/Walk2DFeetMNDNZ
And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Wednesday 16th September.
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