NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for August 12, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 10 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 12th August.

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Top stories in the current news cycle include coverage of a report that says almost two-thirds of New Zealanders nearing retirement have not yet worked out how much money they will need to keep afloat after retiring. the story that thousands of underfloor earthquake repairs in Canterbury will be reviewed after a government inspection by MBIE revealed substandard work, and news that Solid Energy will be making an announcement about its future tomorrow.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Retirement planning survey reinforces the need for increased financial capability levels; Minister welcomes ERA appointments;Further progress for Treaty settlements; Two Treaty settlement bills pass first reading; Strong demand for student R&D grants; Community development adds to community spirit; Positive signs of wellbeing recovery continue; 120,000 kids now in Communities of Schools; Applications for Youth Parliament 2016 open; NZ capitalising on abundant energy resources

ACT Party: Greens urged to let Parliament decide on RWC Bill; ACT Successfully Introduces RWC Bill

Greens: Greens welcome more responsible RWC booze bill; Prime Minister needs to say whether McCully misled Cabinet over shoddy Saudi deal; Confident that a better Rugby World Cup Bill is on the cards; Spies need less, not more, power

Labour: Minister must engage community in school closure decision; Law must allow bars to open for other sporting events

New Zealand First: Treaty negotiations minister needs to get a grip; Kiwis missing out on world cup netball; Kiwis Have Spoken – TPPA Has Got To Go; Electricity Authority’s Unacceptable Line Charge Rort

NZ National Party: Bishop congratulates Dowse Director on Churchill Fellowship

LINKS OF THE DAY

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120,000 KIDS IN COMMUNITIES OF SCHOOLS: Education Minister Hekia Parata says more than 120,000 kids are now in 42 Communities of Schools in an initiative to work together to raise student achievement. For more information about Communities of Schools go to http://www.education.govt.nz/ministry-of-education/specific-initiatives/investing-in-educational-success

CAPITALISING ON ABUNDANT ENERGY RESOURCES: The latest Energy in New Zealand (ENZ) report shows the proportion of renewable energy making up our domestic supply is at a record high. To view the ENZ, click here:http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/energy/energy-modelling/publications/energy-in-new-zealand

ENERGY IN NEW ZEALAND 2015: New energy records and trends are revealed in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest annual energy report. Energy in New Zealand 2015, released today. The report and detailed data tables can be accessed here: http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/energy/energy-modelling/publications/energy-in-new-zealand

FURTHER PROGRESS FOR TREATY SETTLEMENTS: The Hawke’s Bay Regional Planning Committee Bill passed its third reading in the House today, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations. A copy of the bill is available at:http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2014/0202/latest/DLM6059509.html?src=qs

GUEST NIGHTS IN JUNE: National guest nights for June 2015 were 3.1 percent higher than in June 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today. For more information on monthly accommodation statistics:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/accommodation/AccommodationSurvey_HOTPJun15.aspx

KIWIS WILLING TO WORK OVERSEAS: In the poll of 570 New Zealanders by recruiting experts Hays, 74 per cent would consider leaving for better job opportunities, career development or exposure, while 14 per cent would consider leaving for lifestyle factors. Just 12 per cent would not consider leaving New Zealand to work overseas. For more, read the Hays New Zealand Returners Report at http://www.hays.net.nz/returners

LIFE AFTER WORK – READY OR NOT: New research was released today by the Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC) and the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) that looks at how well older New Zealanders are preparing and investing for when they stop working. For full results go to: http://fma.govt.nz/news/reports-and-papers/research-papers/fma-and-cffc-survey-into-older-nzers-planning-and-expectations-for-and-experiences-of-retirement/

STRONG DEMAND FOR STUDENT R&D GRANTS: More than 200 future Kiwi innovators and 126 hi-tech companies will be able to benefit from research and development student grants announced today by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce. More information on the eligibility criteria for students and businesses, timelines and how to apply for Student Grants can be found at: http://www.callaghaninnovation.govt.nz

TREASURY STAKEHOLDER SURVEY RESULTS: The Treasury has released a report on the findings of its third stakeholder survey. This survey is conducted to assess the effectiveness of the Treasury’s stakeholder engagement and how we might improve it. The survey results can be viewed here:http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/informationreleases/stakeholders

YOUTH PARLIAMENT 2016: Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that applications are now open for Youth Parliament 2016, to be held on 19 and 20 July 2016.“Youth Parliament is a great opportunity for young leaders to get a first-hand experience of how Parliament works,” says Ms Kaye. More information about Youth Parliament is also available at www.youthparliament.govt.nz

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Wednesday 12th 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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