NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for February 15 Edition, 2016

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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 5 resourceful link of the day and the politics pulse from Monday 15th February. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include: that plans to extend Wellington Airport’s runway by at least 300 metres do not make economic sense – according to a new report by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER); and private prison operator Serco saying an investigation into allegations of organized fighting at Auckland’s Mt Eden prison relies on anonymous claims and allegations that have not been verified.

POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today 

included:

Government: UFB connections up 135 per cent;Steady progress in rural broadband rollout; Ambitious plans for Wanaka lake weed control; Growing health workforce fit for the future;Community garden gets the green light; NZ teachers among most professional;New Zealand recognised as a nation of givers

Greens: Another study finds TPPA benefits overstated

Labour: Apology required as civil servants cover for Minister;NZTE and the great Greenstone giveaway; Melanoma referral by business card; Taxpayers shouldn’t fork out for fundraising dinners

New Zealand First: Safer Rental Vehicles Thwarted By Government; McCully to visit Fiji

LINKS OF THE DAY

GENEROUS NEW ZEALANDERS: According to the Charities Aid Foundation, (CAF), a survey of 24 countries confirmed that New Zealanders are amongst the most generous in the world. Read more:https://www.cafonline.org/about-us/publications/2016-publications/gross-domestic-philanthropy

HEALTH WORKFORCE: The Health of the Health Workforce 2015 report outlines key facts and trends in the sector. The report can be found at: http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/health-health-workforce-report-2015

NZ TEACHERS TOP: The latest OECD study has ranked New Zealand teachers in the top four countries of the world when it comes to professionalism. The report Supporting Teacher Professionalism can be found at:http://www.oecd.org/edu/supporting-teacher-professionalism-9789264248601-en.htm

TPPA ECONOMIC BENEFITS ANALYSIS: A Tailrisk Economics review of the MFAT assessment of the TPPA economic benefits found that there fundamental flaws in the modelling of key inputs. Garbage in, garbage out: A review of the modelling of the benefits of the TPPA: 

http://www.tailrisk.co.nz/documents/TPPA_TheEconomics.pdf

UBF CONNECTIONS UP: The latest quarterly report to December 2015 shows Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) connections grew by 135 per cent over the past year to more than 162,000, meaning uptake increased from around one-in-nine to almost one-in-five. Click here for more: http://goo.gl/g6JGXv

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Monday 15th 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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