This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 9 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Tuesday 1st December. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.
Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include the release of a Salvation Army report saying more New Zealanders risk facing homelessness in retirement unless the government takes urgent steps to deal with the problem and the Ministry for Primary Industries warning of a potential health risk from imported frozen berries, following four cases of Hepatitis A.
Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:
Government: Clinician joins Southern Partnership Group; Medical students’ borrowing limits extended; New phase begins for residential red zones; Bennett says Hola! to Argentina; Construction starts on new Kawarau Falls Bridge near Queenstown;Police to trial family violence victim video statements; Speech – UN Climate Change Conference; PM announces $20m for research to help reduce emissions; New Zealand to ratify Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol; PM addresses Paris Climate Change Conference; PM calls for global action on fossil fuel subsidies; EQC Minister welcomes Auditor General’s report; Clinician joins Southern Partnership Group; Horticulture export act to be updated
ACT Party: Funding changes a big win for med students
Greens: Govt abandons older New Zealanders; Fossil of the Day award shows up National’s climate hypocrisy
Labour: Back-down has Joyce doctoring loan policy; Labour will back RMA changes at first reading; Police search of journalist’s apartment worrying; Brownlee barge can’t apply to Treasury report; Hep A berries must be recalled and products named; Seniors face housing hardship after Nats do nothing; EQC still failing years into rebuild; PM’s Paris posturing embarrassing Kiwis
Māori Party: Police admission of ‘unconscious bias’ against Maori welcomed
LINKS OF THE DAY
Links of the day have been a feature of NewsRoom_Digest since we first started production in August 2014.
DELOITTE EXCELLENCE AWARDS: The Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ) is calling on all public sector organisations, big and small, to put forward successful projects for consideration for the Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards 2016. More information about the awards, including last year’s finalists and winners, can be found at: http://www.ipanz.org.nz/excellenceawards
EARTHQUAKE COMMISSION AUDIT: The Auditor-General has published a report Earthquake Commission: Managing the Canterbury Home Repair Programme – follow-up audit. The report is available at:http://www.oag.govt.nz/2015/eqc-follow-up?utm_source=subs&utm_medium=subs&utm_campaign=eqc-follow-up
ENVIRONMENT WEBSITE WINS: Environmental monitoring website Land, Air Water Aotearoa has scooped the top award at the annual Science Communicators Association of New Zealand (SCANZ) awards presented in Wellington on Monday evening. Click here for more: http://www.lawa.org.nz/
HOMELESS BABY BOOMERS: The latest report from The Salvation Army’s Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit, Homeless Baby Boomers, reveals only 62 per cent of Baby Boomers who retire at 65 after 2025 can expect to be home owners, compared with over 77 per cent of 65-year-olds who retired in 2011. Click here for the report:http://www.salvationarmy.org.nz/HomelessBabyBoomers
HOSPITAL CARDIAC ARREST: St John’s latest OHCA report reveals the emergency ambulance service has maintained a strong 15% survival rate for patients who are treated for cardiac arrest. The OHCA report is available on the St John website: http://www.stjohn.org.nz/Global/18_11_15_OHCA_Report_2015_HQ_released.pdf
KAWARAU FALLS BRIDGE: The first sod on construction of the new $22 million Kawarau Falls Bridge on State highway 6 at Frankton near Queenstown was turned today.For more information on the new Kawarau Falls Bridge:http://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/new-two-lane-kawarau-falls-bridge-project/
LAMP CROP DECREASE: Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s (B+LNZ) Lamb Crop 2015 report estimates 23.9 million lambs were tailed this spring – the smallest lamb crop since 1953. The report is available at:http://www.beeflambnz.com/Documents/Information/Lamb%20Crop%202015.pdf
PROPERTY VALUE RISES: The latest monthly QV House Price Index shows that nationwide residential property values for November have increased 15.0% over the past year which is the fastest rate since February 2006. Read more: https://www.qv.co.nz/resources/news/article?blogId=211
TERMS OF TRADE: The merchandise (goods) terms of trade fell 3.7 percent in the September 2015 quarter, due to import prices rising more than export prices, according to Statistics New Zealand. More details at:http://bit.ly/1Th2C6o
And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Tuesday 1st December.
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