NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for August 10, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 8 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Monday 10th August.

Top stories in the current news cycle include the Health and Disability Commissioner finding failings at Wellington Hospital when staff didn’t diagnose meningitis until it was too late for a baby boy in 2013, reports of impacts of the dairy market downturn starting to hit retailers and the announcement by the Flag Consideration Project Panel this afternoon of a ‘long list’ of 40 potential flags designs out of the 10,292 designs received.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: New Code of Practice will help visiting drivers; StudyLink improvements continue for students; Students gear up for Maths Week; Judicial Conduct Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner appointed; Inquiry into handling of Robertson case announced

Greens: Time right for moratorium on dairy conversions

New Zealand First: Peters calls upon Fonterra to suspend global dairy auction

LINKS OF THE DAY

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40 POTENTIAL FLAGS ANNOUNCED: The Flag Consideration Panel announced today the long list of 40 flag designs that have been selected for further investigation as part of the official design review process. The flags can be viewed at: https://www.govt.nz/browse/engaging-with-government/the-nz-flag-your-chance-to-decide/gallery/

DAIRYNZ GAME FOR CHILDREN: A new free online farm safety game that children can play on smartphones, computers and tablets is the latest innovation in the quest to improve farm safety.The new Farm Rules! game can be played online at http://www.rosiesworld.co.nz

MISDIAGNOSIS LEAVES BABY DISABLED: A missed diagnosis of meningitis by two junior doctors at Wellington Hospital has left a baby without sight, speech and movement. Read the Health and Disability Commissioner’s report here: http://www.williamburton.org/what-went-wrong.html

NIWA TRIALS NEW GENERATION AIR QUALITY SENSORS: A new method of testing air quality in towns around New Zealand has been developed by NIWA scientists that could revolutionise the way communities can measure and control pollution. More information is available here: http://www.niwa.co.nz/atmosphere/research-projects/CommunityObservationNetworksforAir

STUDENTS GEAR UP FOR MATHS WEEK: Education Minister Hekia Parata says Maths Week, which starts today, shows the real-life importance of mathematics in a fun and engaging way. Find out more about Maths Week here:http://www.mathsweek.org.nz/

TUANZ RELEASES PAPER FOR TELCO REVIEW: TUANZ (The Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand) has today published on its website a paper which lists the issues it suggests should be covered in the upcoming review of the Telecommunications Act by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).The full paper can be found here: http://tuanz.org.nz/representation/

VISITING DRIVER STANDARDS : Rental vehicle companies around New Zealand are being encouraged to sign up to a new Code of Practice aimed at improving the safety of both visiting drivers and New Zealand road users.The Visiting Drivers Signature Project is a key deliverable under the government’s Safer Journeys Action Plan 2013-15. For more information, go to http://www.saferjourneys.govt.nz

WALK AWAY FROM TPPA: This week Kiwis across the country will send a message to their government that it is time to walk away from TPPA negotiations, according to It’s Our Future spokesperson Edward Miller. A list of the actions taking place across the country is available here: http://itsourfuture.org.nz/campaigns/tppa-action-week-8-15-august/

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Monday 10th 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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