NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for July 31, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 7 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Friday 31st July.

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Top stories in the current news cycle include the progress of the controversial controversial Health and Safety Reform Bill through Parliament, concern that that the Trans Pacific Partnership will not result in increased trade access for dairy exports. and news that frontline police are to start carrying tasers at all times when on duty.

In a milestone for New Zealand’s term on the UN Security Council, and its first month in the chair (there will be one more opportunity), an Open Debate has been held, titled Peace and security challenges facing Small Island Developing States. A copy has bee posted on our Journal news-log here: http://newsroomplus.com/2015/07/31/united-nations/

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Students encouraged to remember Passchendaele; Report reveals Manawatū-Whanganui opportunities; Aranui education vision takes shape; Carrying Tasers a welcome move; Site purchased for Pt Chevalier Kindergarten and Community Education Hub; New premises for Auckland addiction service; NZ deeply concerned at Israeli settlements announcement; New Metroport Christchurch brings healthy competition; More than 1.2m flu vaccine doses distributed; Winston Churchill Fellows honoured; Joyce to visit the Philippines and Vietnam; Appointments to the New Zealand Film Commission

ACT Party: World Cup audiences shouldn’t be stuck at home

Greens: Wellington case another sign the Govt must do more to fix the state of our housing stock; Global Community loses opportunity on climate change

Labour: Bennett’s legacy a test for Tolley; Will poor TPP dairy outcome stop National selling out our homes?

New Zealand First: Businesses need helping hand to deliver new health and safety requirements; Protecting our Police-its about time; Time for the Government to wake up over rail; More farmland falling into foreign hands, despite English saying only kiwi farmers can make a profit

LINKS OF THE DAY 

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

FLU VACCINE: Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has reached its target of immunising 1.2 million New Zealanders with the influenza vaccine this year. For advice about influenza immunisation visithttp://www.fightflu.co.nz

FUTURE OF NZ MARINE: By 2050 New Zealand will have a fleet of ocean gliders undertaking scientific measurements, an aquaculture industry powered by marine energy operating far offshore and weather forecasts available 18 months in advance. To read the paper: www.royalsociety.org.nz/publications/journals/nzjr/

LABOUR DEMAND SOFTENING: Signs that the New Zealand economy is losing steam have been mounting in recent weeks. Over time, this will result in the unemployment rate pushing higher. Read more:http://a.email6.westpac.com.au/?orfrKwElgFqYBjP4CrzJPZ3oid2iRVzto&https://wibiq.westpac.com.a/NZPublications.aspx?PublicationId=14873&customerid=9053

MANAWATŪ-WHANGANUI: The Manawatū-Whanganui region has strong growth potential and could become a much more prosperous region if new investment can be attracted into a number of significant opportunities, a new report on the region has found.For a copy of the report see: http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/regions-cities/research/regional-growth-programme/manawatu-whanganui-growth-study

NZIER INSIGHT: Responding to obesity, the most pressing health issue facing New Zealand, will require working differently to design policy responses. Rather than top down policy interventions like ‘sugar taxes’, we need mixed strategies designed with those who experience obesity. Read more: http://nzier.org.nz/publication/sitting-down-on-the-job-nzier-insight-51

REMEMBER PASSCHENDAELE: Veterans’ Affairs Minister Craig Foss says a multi-media competition for year 13 students will help ensure the bravery and sacrifice of New Zealand troops during the Battle of Passchendaele is not forgotten. For more information visit: www.veteransaffairs.mil.nz/for-veterans/commemorations/passchendaele/

WHITEBAIT SEASON STARTS: The Department of Conservation (DOC) is reminding whitebaiters to be aware of whitebait regulations, as the 2015 season begins in a couple of weeks. Click here to find out more:http://www.doc.govt.nz/whitebait

WTO STATISTICS: The WTO updated its Statistics Database on 30 July 2015. It now includes revised data for 2014 on global exports and imports of goods and on trade in commercial services. The data are available by country and region. More extensive data on trade in goods, with further breakdowns, will be made available by 1 September. News item: https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news15_e/rese_30jul15_e.htm

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Friday 31st 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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