NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for November 26 Edition, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 8 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 26th November.


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include the introduction of a bill to Parliament overhauling the Resource Management Act and a report released by the State Services Commissioner showing an increase of women in senior leadership roles in the State sector.


Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Turakina Māori Girls’ College to close; Education Legislation Bill 2015 introduced; Resource legislation introduced to Parliament; Ministers welcome 5000th Christchurch repair; Southland to get new Trades Academy; Start of aeromagnetic survey programme; Greymouth joins ranks of fully-fibred towns; West Coast joins Regional Growth Programme; Inquiry highlights lessons from Penrose outage

Greens: Strengthen public education, don’t undermine it

Labour: Redcliffs School closure flies in the face of sense and the community; Fewer frontline staff in education despite spin; RMA changes must protect the environment; Fewer frontline staff in education despite spin; Vital that Government takes languages seriously; Reforms fall far short of a housing crisis fix

Māori Party: Māori Party Support RMA To Select Committee

New Zealand First: Abuse Of Restaurant Workers Tip Of Iceberg; Redcliffs School Closing Ignores Wishes Of Community; Minister Turns The Lights Out On Turakina; Auckland Paying For Feeble Skills Training Approach


Links of the day have been a feature of NewsRoom_Digest since we first started production in August 2014.

EXPORTS & IMPORTS FALL: The trade deficit widened to $963 million in October 2015, compared with a deficit of $892 million for the same period last year, according to Statistics New Zealand. Read more:

GIRLS COLLEGE TO CLOSE: Turakina Māori Girls’ College will close on 27 January 2016.The decision follows a second round of consultation about the state-integrated Presbyterian Māori girls’ boarding school during which two submissions were received. The Ministry’s advice on the decision can be found here:

GLOBAL PRODUCTIVITY SLOW: Global productivity growth continues to slow, rising at a meager 0.3% pace this year. This persistent sharp deceleration reinforces concerns that global potential growth rates are slid, according to JP Morgan. Click here for more:

GRADUATE EMPLOYABILITY RANKING: QS Quacquarelli Symonds are set to release the pilot edition of their new Graduate Employability Rankings. Designed to provide new insight into how universities are preparing their students for employment, they show Stanford University leading the way.The pilot edition will be available from:

HOUSEHOLD INCOME: The Household Economic Survey (HES) measures annual income and housing expenses from a sample of New Zealand households. The survey was released today by Statistics New Zealand and is available at:

MINERAL RESOURCES SURVEY: Aeromagnetic surveys will begin soon in Nelson and Marlborough with the aim to build up comprehensive data on our minerals resources. More information on the surveys (including regular updates about key dates and locations) is available at:

WOMEN IN SENIOR ROLES: The number of women in senior leadership roles in the State sector has grown from 16% to 44.2% since 2008, and 38% of current or acting Chief Executives in the Public Service are women according to reports released by the State Services Commissioner. The 2014/15 Report on Remuneration of Public Service and State sector Chief Executives is available on the SSC website and the 2015 HRC report is available on the SSC website

WEST COAST ECONOMIC STUDY: Opportunities for more investment, more jobs and better incomes for the West Coast will be the focus of a comprehensive economic study . An expression of interest to carry out the West Coast Regional Growth Study can be viewed here:

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Thursday 26th November.

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