NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for July 29, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 5 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from 

Wednesday 29th July.

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Top stories in the current news cycle include the possibility of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks coming down to the wire after years of negotiations while Labour Party says the deal will make medicine more expensive to buy, the Reserve Bank Governor reiterating that interest rates are likely to fall further and the Government announcing an independent review of the Department of Corrections’ monitoring of the man who went on to kill Blessie Gotingco.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: New Deputy Chief Censor appointed; Multi-million dollar classrooms opened at Ngaio School, Wellington;Statement on Tony Robertson; Clinicians asked to showcase IT ideas; Launch of new family violence work programme; Report forecasts ‘unprecedented’ construction activity; Focus on individual housing need drives results.

ACT Party: Blessie’s killer shows more changes needed.

Greens: Reserve Bank’s failings hurting businesses and households; Pharmac cost increase, under TPPA, must come from new funding; Government delay in Māori Language week an embarrassment; Even the lawyers say stock numbers should come down.

Labour: Brutal health cuts confirmed, crucial services suffer; 90,000 cars reclassified in botched ACC ratings; Flag the referendum if 50% or more don’t vote;Real cost of Pharmac betrayal revealed; All options need to be put on meat sector table; Serco knew names of attackers for months.

New Zealand First: Travel tax harmful for tourism industry; New Zealand First shut out of debate on TPPA;Little public pressure for flag change; Increase in double bunking pure folly.

Maori Party: Poroporoaki (Farewell) for Anzac Pikia

LINKS OF THE DAY

Links of the day have been a feature of NewsRoom_Digest since we first started production in August 2014. We are currently building an archive of these at: http://newsroomplus.com/resources/resourceful-links/

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY: The total value of building and construction activity in New Zealand is forecast to top $200 billion over the next six years and peak at an all-time high of approximately $37 billion in 2016 according to the latest National Construction Pipeline Report. The report is available at: www.building.govt.nz/building-value-productivity-partnership#national-pipeline

HEPATITIS C: Yesterday, on World Hepatitis Day, a broad range of clinicians, nurses, healthcare workers, service providers, and patient advocacy groups agreed on a Consensus Statement which includes targets to reduce the impact of Hepatitis C in New Zealand. Read more: http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/hepatitis-c

REGULATING FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS: Pacific youth in South Auckland are calling on World Health Organisation officials from ECHO to help push policies that would regulate fast food restaurants in low-income suburbs. Click here for background information about ECHO: http://www.who.int/end-childhood-obesity/en/

POLICY SUPPORTS GROWTH AND INFLATION GOAL: The Reserve Bank today confirmed that at this stage some further monetary policy easing is likely to be required to maintain New Zealand’s economic growth around its potential, and return CPI inflation to its medium-term target level. Click here for thoughts on the Inflation Outlook and Monetary Policy: http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/news/2015/news-release-gw-speech-inflation-outlook-july-2015.html

PROPOSAL FOR PLACE NAMES: The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa advises that only one month remains before public consultation closes for seven name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui / the North Island. Visit the LINZ website for information about these names and general place naming: http://www.linz.govt.nz/regulatory/place-names/place-name-consultation and alsohttp://www.linz.govt.nz/regulatory/place-names

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Wednesday 29th 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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