NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for June 16, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest contains 3 media release snippets and 5 links of the day from Tuesday 16th June.

Top stories in the current news cycle include confusion remains over whether the Government is legally obliged to offer central Auckland iwi right of first refusal over land intended for housing, Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy defends the export of kauri logs says it’s a good way to promote the country and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says people who apply for successive food grants are being offered budgeting support to help them manage their money.

NEWSROOM_PLUS ‘EXTRAs’ 
Two articles published by our Wellington team today were:

http://newsroomplus.com/2015/06/16/a-taste-of-great-britain-in-wellington/
http://newsroomplus.com/2015/06/16/campaigns-1/

SNIPPETS OF THE DAY

Share Market For Small Businesses Open: Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today welcomed the first listing on NZX’s new securities market, called NXT.

Drugs Seized On Ship: The New Zealand Defence Force frigate HMNZS TE KAHA has dealt drug smugglers in the Western Indian Ocean a blow, seizing almost 260 kilograms of heroin worth NZ$235 million. The ship has been working with the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a US-led naval partnership which aims to prevent drug and people trafficking, piracy and terrorism, since May.

Only Two Weeks Left To Get A 50% Return On Your Kiwisaver Top Up: KiwiSaver members have just two weeks left to top up their accounts to qualify for the Government’s Member Tax Credits, says the Financial Services Council CEO Peter Neilson. Last year KiwiSaver members failed to pick up $400 million in member tax credits.

LINKS OF THE DAY

NZ NEEDS CLIMATE PLAN : An International Energy Agency report out today shows the need for New Zealand to develop a clear and practical plan to reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions, the Green Party said. Click here for more : http://www.iea.org/newsroomandevents/pressreleases/2015/june/iea-sets-out-pillars-for-success-at-cop21.html

SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER BACKS NZ SHAKEOUT : More information on New Zealand ShakeOut, including a link to the video, can be found at www.shakeout.govt.nz,https://www.facebook.com/NzGetThru andhttps://twitter.com/nzgetthru

UN GUIDEBOOK TO PREVENT CHILD LABOUR IN AGRICULTURE : A new handbook issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will seek to establish guidelines intended to prevent the use of child labour across the world’s agricultural communities in an effort to tackle a problem that affects some one hundred million children globally, the United Nations agency announced today. Click here for more :
http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/293658/icode/

GRANTS TO BENEFIT NZ WRITERS : Research is a crucial part of the writing process. Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) and the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Research Grants support New Zealand writers by providing assistance to writers who wish to undertake research for a fiction or non-fiction writing project. The 2015 application process opens on 19 June. For more infromation, see here: http://www.copyright.co.nz/Awards/CLNZ-NZSA-Research-Grants/

COMMISSION BEGINS INDUSTRY AND CONSUMER ENGAGEMENT ON IMS REVIEW : 
The Commerce Commission has released its first paper for industry and consumers as part of the review of input methodologies announced last week. A copy of the problem definition paper can be found here:http://www.comcom.govt.nz/regulated-industries/input-methodologies-2/input-methodologies-review/

And that’s our sampling of the day that was on Tuesday 16th 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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