NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for June 5, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest contains 6 media release snippets and 3 links of the day from Friday 5th June.

Top stories in the current news cycle included news throughout the day about the case of Lecretia Seales – firstly the overnight news she had passed away, succumbing to brain cancer, and secondly the judgement delivered this afternoon in her case v the Attorney-General – with a key sentence being “I cannot declare that Ms Seales’ doctor would be acting lawfully if she administered a fatal drug to Ms Seales within the terms sought”.

The judgement and a media statement are located here: https://www.courtsofnz.govt.nz/front-page/cases/seales-v-attorney-general

A Coroner’s finding yesterday about the contributory effect of a cold, damp Housing New Zealand house to the state of illness from which two-year-old Emma-Lita Bourne died has been another top story, with various groups calling it a “wake-up call”.

SNIPPETS OF THE DAY

Six Million Registered Births: The number of births registered in New Zealand hit the six million mark on 29 May 2015. The six millionth birth to be registered in New Zealand is that of a little girl from Auckland called Ava.

Maui Consent Welcomed By Minister: Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed a marine consent that will allow continued activity on the Maui gas field.

Support For Local Infrastructure: Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) announced it has formed a relationship with the Crown to investigate options for a local government risk management agency. The parties today confirmed the appointment of the establishment board chaired by experienced director and businessman, Craig Stobo

Reserve Bank Funding: A new five-year Funding Agreement for the Reserve Bank was ratified by Parliament yesterday. “The Funding Agreement ensures that the Bank has sufficient resources to meet its expanded role and obligations while maintaining tight control of costs,” Governor Graeme Wheeler said.

Private Education Corp Exposed: The latest Wikileak on the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) shows that New Zealand and other countries are continuing to push for private education corporation to be included in the deal, and NZEI Te Riu Roa is imploring the Government to come clean about the details.

$1million For Research Project: A Victoria University of Wellington biology researcher has been awarded over $1 million dollars in funding for a revolutionary research project that will “rewrite the textbooks” and could change the way we treat cellular diseases such as brain cancer and Alzheimer’s.

LINKS OF THE DAY

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PLAN: The government has approved, through an Order in Council, a revised plan to ensure New Zealand is well prepared to manage emergencies, Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. View the revised National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan here:
http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2015/0140/latest/DLM6486453.html

PARENT IN PRISON: CPAG welcomes the latest report from the Families Commission “Improving outcomes for children with a parent in prison” Read more HERE: http://www.superu.govt.nz/news/2015/improving-outcomes-for-children-with-a-parent-in-prison-multi-agency-approach-needed

BUSINESS SURVEY SHOWS CONFIDENCE: ACC’s National Business Survey indicates a marked trend of improvement in interactions with the business sector over the last 12 months. The National Business Survey is available at: www.acc.co.nz/news/businesssurvey

And that’s our sampling of the day that was on Friday 5th June 2015.

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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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