NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for June 23, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest contains 5 media release snippets and 4 links for the day of Tuesday 23rd June.

Top stories in the current news cycle include continued coverage about the state of state houses with the Child Poverty action Group zeroing in on health risks to children, ongoing concerns about the need for agencies to improve their handling of family violence cases and stories about the widespread damage and disruption by the extreme flooding across Whanganui and Taranaki.

SNIPPETS OF THE DAY

* Politics

New Bill To Enforce Tax Rules: Revenue Minister Todd McClay and Land Information Minister Louise Upston have welcomed the introduction of a new bill which will help Inland Revenue enforce the tax rules around property.

Petition Welcomed: A petition campaigning for a public inquiry into assisted dying has been welcomed by Epsom MP David Seymour, who accepted the petition with Iain Lees-Galloway, Chris Bishop, and Kevin Hague today.

* Business

Kiwi At Lowest In 5 years: The New Zealand dollar hit a fresh five-year low as traders firm up expectations for more interest rate cuts following a weaker-than-expected gross domestic product report last week, and as upbeat US economic data strengthens the case for US rate hikes in September.

Banks Gaining Profits: New Zealand’s five major banks (ANZ, ASB, BNZ, Kiwibank and Westpac) have continued to show strong profits and lending growth in the first quarter of the 2015 calendar year (being 1 January 2015 to 31 March 2015, 1Q2015) however lending margins are beginning to contract due to stiff competition.

* Primary Industries

Farmer Confidence Drops: New Zealand farmer confidence slumped to the lowest level in a decade in the second quarter as dairy farmers turned gloomy. Farmer confidence in the agricultural economy turned to a negative net 45 percent in the second quarter, from a positive net 13 percent in the first quarter, touching its lowest level since early 2006, according to Rabobank’s latest rural confidence survey.

LINKS OF THE DAY 

GOOD INFORMATION IMPORTANT IN WELL-BEING OF DISABLED MAORI: A new report from Statistics New Zealand shows the importance of collecting good information about the one in four Māori who are disabled. For findings from the 2013 Disability Survey – report, click here:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/health/disabilities/He-haua-maori-findings-from-2013-disability-survey.aspx

REPORT SHOWS INFLUENCE OF SENIOR CITIZENS ON NZ ECONOMY: A new report has highlighted the economic influence of older people in New Zealand, Senior Citizens Minister Maggie Barry says. Read more herewww.osc.govt.nz and here http://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/research/business-of-ageing/index.html

KIWIS REMAIN CONFIDENT IN NZ’S FINANCIAL MARKETS, SURVEY SHOWS: Confidence in New Zealand’s financial markets remains stable, with 60% of New Zealanders feeling confident in the state of the country’s financial markets. The full survey can be seen here: https://www.fma.govt.nz/assets/Fact-sheets/Investor-research-2015-16-June.pdf

HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE FUTURE OF TB CONTROL IN NZ: Anyone with an interest in the future management of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in New Zealand is invited to make a submission on a proposal for the future bovine TB National Pest Management Plan. Consultation on the proposal opened today. For more information, go here:www.tbplanreview.co.nz

And that’s our sampling of the day that was on Tuesday 23rd 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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