NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for February 11 Edition, 2016

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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 7 resourceful link of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 11th February. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include a new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) saying the likelihood of poor teens doing badly at school is higher in New Zealand than in almost all other OECD member nations, and New Zealand’s chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), David Walker, saying foreign investors wanting to sue the government face high hurdles.

POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: More children benefiting from free GP visits; Force Fit and Occupation Outlook win international awards; New initiative to help at-risk kids succeed; NZ pledges $500,000 to help Pacific address Zika; New Special Housing Areas To Deliver 4500 More Homes For Auckland; International crime cooperation laws report welcomed; 21 months of consecutive guest night growth; Ratings changes to encourage Māori land development; $9m redevelopment for Thorndon School, Wellington; Kiwi scientists secure preferential access to Synchrotron; First wāhine Māori MPs honoured in Parliament today; Speech: Peter Dunne – Opening of Selby House Dental Hub Newtown, Wellington

ACT Party: ACT Seeks To Introduce Three Strikes For Burglary Bill; MPs refuse to debate tougher burglary laws

Greens: Education Minister proven wrong; SkyCity profit no cause for celebration

Labour: Confidence in CERA at an all-time low; Disillusioned digital divide; Te Puni Kokiri contractors cost $7.8 million; Concern over dividend suspension by tertiary provider; Minister deaf to mental health issues in Canterbury; Fingers in Pies as Ministry spends $100K a day on consultants

New Zealand First: Silver Carp Not Wanted In NZ – Minister Must Say No; Challenge To PM – Prove Your Fishing Story Or Pay Up; Immigration Helps Fuel Auckland Housing Bubble

NZ National Party: $9 Million for Thorndon School redevelopment an exciting start to Term One

LINKS OF THE DAY

COASTAL NAVIGATION: A review of coastal navigation safety by Maritime NZ has found that there is a sound framework in place to manage the movement of ships around the New Zealand coast, with measures in place to assess risk and adjust safety measures if required. The NZ Coastal Navigation Safety Review report can be read here:http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Consultation/Coastal-navigation/Coastal-navigational-safety-review-2015.pdf

CRIME COOPERATION REPORT: The Law Commission’s report on modernising New Zealand’s Extradition and Mutual Assistance laws was tabled in parliament today. Read more: http://www.lawcom.govt.nz

GUEST NIGHTS RISE: National guest nights for December 2015 were 6.2 percent higher than in December 2014, according to Statistics New Zealand. Click here for more: http://bit.ly/1SJ0LuW

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS: The New Zealand Government today received two international awards for the mobile apps ‘Force Fit’ and ‘Occupation Outlook’ at the annual World Government Summit in Dubai. More information about the World Government Summit can be found here: https://worldgovernmentsummit.org/summit/agenda-2016#1455076800

NATURAL RESOURCES REPORT: The Auditor-General’s report Principles for effectively co-governing natural resources was presented to the House of Representatives. Read more: http://www.oag.govt.nz/2016/co-governance?utm_source=subs&utm_medium=subs&utm_campaign=co-gov-environ

OECD EDUCATION REPORT: A new Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD) report says the likelihood of poor teens doing badly at school is higher in New Zealand than in almost all other OECD member nations. Read more: http://www.oecd.org/edu/low-performing-students-9789264250246-en.htm

TELECOMMUNICATIONS REPORT: The report, titled Telecommunications – Enabling New Zealand’s Future, was released today by the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF). It identifies that the sector is performing well above its international competitors in many ways. The report can be downloaded from:http://www.tcf.org.nz/news/6ea1f701-efa9-4e9f-8eb9-628497866e44.html?PathId=b5d6c297-b18b-42ea-8d8a-f191f98ee798

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Thursday 11th February .

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues.
Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia’s FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand’s The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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