NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for July 3, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest contains 4 media release snippets and 5 links for the day of Friday 3rd July.

Top stories in the current news cycle include responses to the transition planning announced for Christchurch and the unveiling of plans for a $120 million environmental attraction on unused red-zone land in Christchurch, an announcement that the Skypath for Auckland’s Harbour Bridge has initial resource consent, and the Press Council decision to uphold complaints against the New Zealand Herald and one of its former columnists over an interview with a waitress who accused the Prime Minister of repeatedly pulling her ponytail.

And news this afternoon, the Department of Conservation today laid charges in the Invercargill District Court against Sonny Tau for the alleged hunting and possession of a protected species under the Wildlife Act.

SNIPPETS OF THE DAY

* Politics

Bill To Better Support Sexual Violence Victims Underway : The first stage of the Government’s sexual violence reforms are underway with the passing of the first reading of the Evidence Amendment Act today, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. The Bill includes three core changes: improving the court process for child witnesses, enhancing court process for complainants in sexual offence cases and introducing safeguards for video record evidence of vulnerable witnesses.

Greenfield announcement: Two new greenfield Special Housing Areas (SHAs) that will provide up to 1800 new homes in Auckland have been announced today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Len Brown.

* Business

New MD for Microsoft NZ: Microsoft today announced the next Managing Director of the New Zealand subsidiary will be Barrie Sheers, who will succeed current MD Paul Muckleston. Sheers has returned to New Zealand after more than 30 years working abroad for a wide variety of international tech businesses across the EMEA region (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), Asia Pacific and Japan

* Primary Industries

Federated Farmers “Resilient Agri-Business” Conference: Massey Professor Ralph Sims challenged Federated Farmers National Conference today that New Zealand is not doing enough to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

LINKS OF THE DAY

FINANCIAL STRATEGIES & STATEMENTS: The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) today released its Investor Capability Strategy, which aims to build knowledge, understanding and confidence about making investment decisions. The FMA’s strategy supports the principles behind the Government Statement on Building Financial Capability in New Zealand released by the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs today. See:http://www.mbie.govt.nz/what-we-do/business-growth-agenda/capital-markets/government-statement-on-building-financial-capability

JOB MARKET GROWING DESPITE LOWER BUSINESS CONFIDENCE: Despite waning employment confidence according to Westpac: McDermott Miller, Trade Me Jobs continues to see healthy signs in the New Zealand employment market. Read more here:http://investors.trademe.co.nz/media/51749/MediaRelease_TradeMeJobsQ2_Final.pdf

COASTAL HAZARD REPORT RELEASED: Christchurch City Council has today released a report identifying areas at risk from coastal inundation and coastal erosion.To read the Coastal Hazard Assessment Report and for more information on coastal hazards visit: www.ccc.govt.nz/coastalhazards

SKYPATH RESOURCE CONSENT GRANTED: The Auckland Council has granted resource consent for the Skypath, a clip-on pedestrian and cycleway attached to the harbour bridge. Click here for more: http://www.skypath.org.nz/

AUCKLAND HOUSING MARKET SIMILAR TO SYDNEY: “Auckland’s housing market is driven by unique factors that don’t affect the rest of the country. Auckland’s large population, size and connections to multi-national businesses make it more similar to Melbourne and Sydney than Wellington and Christchurch, and the housing market reflects that,” says Bryan Field, MBIE’s Manager of Modelling and Sector Trends. The New Zealand Housing and Construction Quarterly publication can be downloaded from MBIE’s Building and Housing information website athttp://www.building.govt.nz/nz-housing-and-construction-quarterly 

And that’s our sampling of the day that was on Friday 3rd July 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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