NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for August 11, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 10 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Tuesday 11th August.

NEWSROOM_MONITOR

Top stories in the current news cycle include a rural debt negotiator saying dairy farmers struggling with debt and falling payouts are coming under pressure from their banks to sell up, Finance Minister Bill English playing down the risk of a recession and a first wave of responses to 40 prospective flag designs for a new New Zealand flag unfurled yesterday.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Elective surgery rates up 42%, More Asian languages in schools; NZ contributes to Myanmar flood relief efforts; Speech: Peter Dunne – Spirits and Brewers Association, Wellington; Data protection for agricultural products to be enhanced; Wellington schools receive funding for Asian languages

ACT Party: Green Party poopers

Greens: Green Party Opposes David Seymour’s Cheap Publicity Stunt; Govt shows it’s learnt nothing from the dairy price crisis

Labour: Complaints laid with OAG and Treasury over McCully

New Zealand First: Enhanced protection for sex workers and the public required

NZ National Party:Wellington schools receive funding for Asian languages

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/ 

ANZ NZ MONTHLY INFLATION GAUGE: Monthly Inflation Gauge posted a 0.3% increase in July. This is the highest monthly rise since February, but is typical for the month of July. Read more:http://www.anz.co.nz/resources/4/a/4a515e5e-2c4c-4e22-93b2-64b79a232173/ANZ-MIG-20150811.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CACHEID=4a515e5e-2c4c-4e22-93b2-64b79a232173

AUDITOR -GENERAL’S REPORT: The Auditor-General’s report Consulting the community about local authorities’ 10-year plans was presented to the House of Representatives this afternoon.The report is available here:http://www.oag.govt.nz/2015/ltp-consultation-documents?utm_source=consult-docs&utm_medium=subs&utm_campaign=consult-docs

ANZ NZ TRUCKOMETER AUGUST 2015: A further fall in the ANZ Truckometer signals a clear slowdown in the economy, with the ANZ Heavy Traffic Index falling 0.3% in July. This index is down 0.2% in the last three months versus the previous three months (seasonally adjusted) and has fallen in six of the last seven months. Read more:http://www.anz.co.nz/resources/c/f/cf4c8233-19e0-4f02-8e47-1037f44740c6/ANZ-Truckometer-20150811.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

ENHANCED ACCESS FUND: Groups undertaking projects to enhance access to the outdoors are encouraged to apply for funding through the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Enhanced Access Fund. Application forms, guidelines and further details about the application process are available at: http://www.walkingaccess.govt.nz.

EAST COAST HAPŪ OPPOSE FORESTRY NES: Hapū groups with kaiteki responsibilities under the RMA covering more than 60,000 hectares of land on the East Coast are joining Gisborne District Council in opposing proposed changes to national rules for plantation forestry. The hapu have made their full submissions available at:https://hikurangi.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/draft-submission-on-nes-for-plantation-forestry/

GENDER PAY GAP GROWING: The gap between the hourly pay rates of men and women grew by another 30 cents last year.The pay gap is now $4.20 and it grew 7 percent in the last year, according to the latest Quarterly Employment Survey data. The latest Quarterly Employment Survey data is available here:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/income-and-work/employment_and_unemployment/LabourMarketStatistics_HOTPJun15qtr.aspx

RETAIL CARD SPENDING UP IN JULY: Retail spending using electronic cards was $4.6 billion in July 2015, up $244 million (5.6 percent) from July 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today. More information is available here: 

http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/businesses/business_characteristics/ElectronicCardTransactions_HOTPJul15.aspx

RETIREMENT VILLAGE RESIDENTS’ASSOCIATION: Rob Wilson, president of the newly formed Retirement Village Residents’ Association, has welcomed a report from the Commission for Financial Capability which recommended residents get more advice and support in resolving problems. Read more at:http://www.cffc.org.nz/retirement/retirement-villages/retirement-village-disputes/retirement-villages-disputes-process/

TEACHERS TO HAVE THEIR SAY: A judging panel of education experts will be joined by teachers from across New Zealand to select category winners for the 2015 CLNZ Education Awards.The full list of application criteria and entry forms are available here: http://www.copyright.co.nz/Awards/CLNZ-Educational-Publishing-Awards/

YOUNG BRAINS, FRESH BUSINESS IDEAS: Businesses and organisations on the lookout for an injection of innovative ideas this summer have the opportunity to get some creative thinking done using brainpower from Victoria University. Businesses or organisations interested in hosting a student researcher this summer can find more information about the programme and submit an online application at the link below :www.victoria.ac.nz/research/collaborate/opportunities

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Tuesday 11th 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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