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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 5 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Friday 18th December. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include news that Ngai Tahu Property has joined forces with the NZ Super Fund and New Ground Capital to invest in a $130 million housing project in Auckland, the animal welfare lobby group SAFE is calling for a new separate organisation to take overall responsibility for animal welfare and a study published by The New Zealand Medical Journal argues that some dependent drinkers would not be able to afford to maintain their drinking habits if there was a minimum price for alcohol.


Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: NZ calls for international action on fishing subsidies; Takahē release shows success of Recovery Programme; High Commissioner to Singapore announced; New Health Research Council chair appointed; Te Aupōuri Ministerial Inquiry completed; Deed of Settlement signed with Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa; Nearly 100 significant school property projects progress over holidays; Water safety campaign launched; Upgraded Hooker Valley track opens

Labour: Blurred lines cited in dodgy roadshow review; Troubled fishing parks sink without trace; Salary curb call after bumper CEO pay hike

New Zealand First: Wellington Rail Decision “Another Serco” In The Making


DEED SETTLEMENT: The Crown has signed a Deed of Settlement with Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa settling the iwi’s historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. A copy of the Deed of Settlement is available at http://www.govt.nz/treaty-settlement-documents/ngatikahu-ki-whangaroa

STAFFING IN PUBLIC HOSPITALS: “There’s a good argument for specifying minimum staffing levels in public hospital departments and services, even – or perhaps, especially – during times of financial constraint,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Click here for more in the latest copy of the ASMS magazine, The Specialist: http://www.asms.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/10921-The-Specialist_Dec15_WEB.pdf

SURGICAL TEAM SURVEY: As part of the evaluation of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Safe Surgery NZ programme, a baseline national survey of district health board (DHB) surgical staff has been undertaken. For more information see http://www.hqsc.govt.nz/our-programmes/health-quality-evaluation/projects/quality-and-safety-markers/qsms-april-june-2015/

WORLD BANK REPORT: East Asia and Pacific is aging faster – and on a larger scale – than any other region in history, which could lead to a steep drop in the size of its workforce and sharp increases in public spending on pensions, health care and long-term care in the coming decades, according to a new World Bank report. Click here for the report: https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/23133/9781464804694.pdf

WATERWAY CONTAMINATION: New research shows wildfowl, such as ducks and Canadian geese, are the biggest contributors to faecal contamination in Christchurch’s waterways, and that following rainfall human and dog faeces can also be present. The reports are available here: http://www.waterquality.org.nz

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Friday 18th December.

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