NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for August 6, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 7 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 6th August.

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Top stories in the current news cycle include the expectation that Fonterra will slash its forecast payout again tomorrow with a leading agricultural analyst at Massey University suggesting farmers should get used to relatively low milk payouts for at least the next two years, news that Genesis Energy is to permanently close down its last two coal-fired boilers at its Huntly power station, and a leaked survey showing staff at the Department of Conservation feel underpaid, have little confidence in their senior managers, and more than half are thinking of looking for a new job.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: NZ-Vietnam education relationship set to grow; Tool Blacks to test skills against world’s best; Genesis decision creates renewable opportunities; New ECan commissioner appointed; Reappointments to NZ Racing Board; Minister thanks CEO for outstanding contribution; New Partnership to drive data innovation

Greens: End of coal-fired generation by Genesis shows Govt how to take action on climate 

Labour: DOC deep in the doldrums; Big profiting banks need to back off farmers; PM out of touch on Auckland house prices

Māori Party: Encouraging Māori to have their say on family violence laws;

New Zealand First: Government needs to front on Saudi backroom deal; Young Dads Need More Support; No Answer To Chronically High Youth Unemployment; 

United Future Party: Dunne Speaks – the Right to Personal Privacy

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/

ACQUISITION OF CHEVRON NEW ZEALAND : The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to Z Energy Limited’s application to acquire 100% of the shares in Chevron New Zealand, the owner of the Caltex brand in New Zealand.The statement of preliminary issues and a public version of the application can be found here: http://www.comcom.govt.nz/business-competition/mergers-and-acquisitions/clearances/clearances-register/

DATA INNOVATION: New Zealand will gain significant economic and social benefits from the formation of the New Zealand Data Futures Partnership, Finance Minister Bill English and Statistics Minister Craig Foss say. For more information: http://www.stats.govt.nz/about_us/what-we-do/our-publications/cabinet-papers/data-futures-partnership-cabinet-paper.aspx

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: The Education Review Office has released a report showing that 46 per cent of early childhood services are not doing enough to help under-twos learn. The report is available at:http://www.ero.govt.nz/National-Reports/Infants-and-toddlers-competent-and-confident-communicators-and-explorers-June-2015

FLU SEASON: New Zealand is experiencing a normal flu season to date. You can read more about influenza at:http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/influenza

NO EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST POLICE COMMITTED PERJURY: A report released today by the Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that there is no evidence to support allegations that a police officer committed perjury when giving evidence in the judicial review proceedings brought by Mr Kim Dotcom. The summary report is available here: http://www.ipca.govt.nz/Site/media/2015/06-Aug-2015—Dotcom-Wormald.aspx

NORTH ISLAND GRID UPGRADE: The Commerce Commission has today released its final decision increasing the amount Transpower can recover for the North Island Grid Upgrade (NIGU) Project by $52.3 million. A copy of the final report can be found here: http://www.comcom.govt.nz/regulated-industries/electricity/electricity-transmission/transpower-major-capital-proposal/amending-the-allowance-and-outputs-for-the-north-island-grid-upgrade-project/

YOUNG SOCIAL SMOKERS: Young people who have a cigarette occasionally—even just at weekends— have almost four times the odds of becoming a daily smoker by their late 30s compared to their non-smoking peers, according to new University of Otago research. The findings, published in an article in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, are available here: http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/08/05/ntr.ntv167.abstract?sid=8f8e08d0-4243-456e-9408-38e3f5a5c007

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Thursday 6th August 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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