NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for July 30, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 6 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 30th July.

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Top stories in the current news cycle include information showing that Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has confined anew predictive modelling tool to being used with historical data and not using children as ‘lab rats’, news from the TPP talks in Hawaii – via Special Agriculture Trade Envoy Mike Petersen – that dairy is proving a sticking point and more concessions are needed before New Zealand accepts the deal and a study from Auckland University being disputed by Katherine Rich of the Food & Grocery Council which found about 84% of packaged food available in supermarkets is unhealthy and over-processed to the point of no longer bearing any resemblance to their original ingredients.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: NZ expresses deep disappointment at veto of resolution on MH17;$200 million repaid through overseas student loan borrowers scheme; Trades Academies “overwhelmingly positive”; Customs changes bringing yachts to our shores; Applications open for Great Rides funding; NZVIF board appointment announced; Mobile surgical services contract extended; Road to bring Bay of Plenty closer together; $846,000 for more nurse practitioner trainees; Appointment of Auckland Coroner; PM acknowledges passing of Sir John Todd

ACT Party: New catchphrase “global brand” won’t soothe rate pain

Greens: Urgent action needed on family and sexual violence

Labour: Mainfreight ‘appalled’ by Government’s rail madness; Technology critical to the Future of Work; Troubled school wanted $25,000 dollars to fence farm

New Zealand First: New Zealand at risk of losing 30 per cent of red meat sector to foreign ownership; No excuses, bring unsigned TPPA home for scrutiny as Malaysia will

Maori Party: The Māori Party Stands Firmly Opposed To The TPPA

United Party: Dunne Speaks – This week on prison violence; Time to listen to workplace victims’ families

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/

GREAT RIDES FUNDING: Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key has announced further funding is now available to maintain and improve the premier rides on the New Zealand Cycle Trail. More information is available athttp://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/tourism/nga-haerenga-new-zealand-cycle-trail

IPCA REPORT: An Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today has found that Police unlawfully detained two women and three young children following an armed response which developed from the attempted arrest of a male in Mangere on the evening of 7 November 2013. Following this investigation the Authority has recommended that Police amend their policy to ensure Police clearly inform people whether or not they are detained and the reasons for that. The report can be found at : http://ipca.govt.nz/Site/publications/Default.aspx

OVER 12,000 NEW HOMES: More homes were consented in the first six months of 2015 than a year previously, Statistics New Zealand said today. Between January and June 2015, 12,057 new dwellings, worth almost $4 billion, were consented. Visit Building Consents Issued for June 2015:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/Construction/BuildingConsentsIssued_HOTPJun15.aspx

RESPONSE TO VIOLENCE: Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley have launched a new work programme to ensure government agencies respond better to family and sexual violence. Part of the new approach, as announced yesterday, will see more involved in coordinated decision-making through the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence. They will also ensure that NGOs have a bigger role to play. The Ministerial group replaces the Taskforce for Action on Violence within Families. The Ministerial Group On Family Violence And Sexual Violence Cabinet Paper can be found at https://beehive.govt.nz/webfm_send/68

SMALL BUSINESSES HIGHLIGHTED: Small Business Minister Craig Foss today released Small Businesses in New Zealand — an online fact sheet highlighting the significant contribution small and medium-sized firms make to New Zealand’s economy. Small Businesses in New Zealand is available on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website:http://www.mbie.govt.nz/what-we-do/business-growth-agenda/sectors-reports-series/the-small-business-sector-report-and-factsheet

UNHEALTHY FOODS: The University of Auckland has released a study with the title of: ‘Ultra-processed foods have the worst nutrient profile, yet they are the most available packaged products in a sample of New Zealand supermarkets’ as recently published in the journal Public Health Nutrition. It can be accessed here:http://journals.cambridge.org/download.php?file=%2FPHN%2FS1368980015002177a.pdf&code=c5f356d753ceecbe9f1f376d4cb1ef35

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Thursday 30th 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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