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.
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.
Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today
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:
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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