NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for June 10, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest contains 3 media release snippets and 8 links of the day from Wednesday 10th June.

Top stories in the current news cycle include Fonterra moving to slash hundreds of jobs in a bid to tackle its poor performance, civic leaders in Auckland and Wellington are renewing calls for the Government to allow more tolled roads in a bid to reduce congestion in both cities and Finance Minister Bill English says the Government is already doing much of what the OECD is recommending in its latest country report on New Zealand to deal with risks to the economy and to ensure financial stability.

SNIPPETS OF THE DAY

Green Party: Govt Must Build Affordable Housing: The OECD’s New Zealand report is an urgent wake-up call that shows the level of affordable housing supply is nowhere near enough, particularly in Auckland, and that we need a state-sponsored building programme to catch up, the Green Party said today.

Agricultural Survey Goes Digital: Statistics Minister Craig Foss says the Agricultural Production Survey is going digital for the first time, saving farmers and growers time, while still providing important information on the country’s biggest industry. Never heard of the Agricultural Production Survey? – learn more here: http://www.stats.govt.nz/survey-participants/a-z-of-our-surveys/agricultural-production-survey.aspx

Labour: Drop In Manufacturing Sales: New Zealand’s fall in manufacturing sales is the largest in the past 5 years and that is in spite of volumes of sales increasing, says David Clark Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson.

LINKS OF THE DAY

OECD’S BIENNIAL NZ ECONOMIC SURVEY RELEASED TODAY : In leading news the Herald reports on the OECD’s biennial New Zealand economic survey report released today. Go straight to the report here: http://www.oecd.org/newzealand/economic-survey-new-zealand.htm

KPMG’s LATEST AGRIBUSINESS AGENDA: Read the full report here:

http://www.kpmg.com/NZ/en/IssuesAndInsights/ArticlesPublications/agribusiness-agenda/Pages/Agribusiness-Agenda-2015-Growing-Value.aspx

RETAIL CARD SPENDING UP : Retail spending using electronic cards was $4.6 billion in May 2015, up $143 million (3.2 percent) from May 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today.View retail card spending Statistics here:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/businesses/business_characteristics/ElectronicCardTransactions_HOTPMay15.aspx

CANSTAR TIPS KIWI SAVERS : Kiwi savers are squirreling money away diligently, with the value of our collective bank deposits growing by 20 per cent over the past two years to reach $140 billion*. This is a fantastic achievement, considering the lack-lustre interest rates on offer in a post GFC-world. Click here to read CANSTAR’s detailed report, including customer profile definition and methodology visit :http://www.canstar.co.nz/

DUNEDIN FLOOD APPEAL LAUNCHED : A nationwide appeal has been launched today to help residents badly affected by last week’s flooding. Click here for more information: www.dunedin.govt.nz/floodrecovery

HISTORIC PACIFIC NEWSPAPERS AVAILABLE ONLINE : Nearly ten thousand pages of news history from Pacific newspapers have recently been added to the National Library’s popular Papers Past website. To view these new titles please visit: http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz

NETHUI 2015 FELLOWSHIPS LAUNCHED : InternetNZ is proud to announce that applications are now open for fellowships to attend NetHui 2015 at Sky City, Auckland, July 8-10.Find out more, and how to apply for a NetHui fellowship – http://2015.nethui.nz/nethui-2015-fellowships

UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP LOOKS TO STRENGTHEN BIOSECURITY ACROSS PACIFIC : Victoria University of Wellington scientists are working with Pacific partners in a University-led initiative to prevent, eradicate and manage invasive ant species from parts of the Pacific. For more information about the initiative, go to www.pacificbiosecurity.org

And that’s our sampling of the day that was on Wednesday 10th 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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