NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for August 17, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 5 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Monday 17th August.

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Top stories in the current news cycle include an overview by KPMG of foreign direct investment in New Zealand, Ministry of Justice figures that show more than 13,000 people who have done jury service have passed up payments in the past five years, and Contact Energy’s has decided to close the gas-fired Otahuhu power station at the end of next month.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: New milestone for schools’ Managed Network; Maintenance work makes properties healthier; Public consultation opens on proposed merger of two Canterbury Polytechnics; McCully to Cambodia and Lao PDR

Greens: Govt must turn its new concern over dairy conversions into action to stop them; Government needs to get its story straight on Landcorp; Govt should abandon state-house sell-off; Overseas ownership undermining economic sovereignty; Govt being left behind on clean energy transition

Labour: Govt must learn Solid Energy lessons in Landcorp review; Govt must learn Solid Energy lessons in Landcorp review; Hypocrisy right under National’s noses; Foreign investment must add real value; Backdown whiff in state house leasing option

New Zealand First: World Cup Netball Final, but where was free live broadcast on state TV?;Government ignores special needs students at its peril

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/

DIRECTORS’ FEES: The Institute of Directors’ 2015 Directors’ Fees Report shows directors’ fees have risen moderately this year, but workloads have almost doubled, reflecting an environment where boards are facing more scrutiny and regulation than ever before. The report is available at: https://www.iod.org.nz/Services-for-boards/Pay-the-right-fees/Directors-Fees-Report

FONTERRA’S BASE MILK PRICE: The Commerce Commission today released its draft report on Fonterra’s base milk price calculation for the 2014/15 dairy season. The draft report is available at: http://www.comcom.govt.nz/regulated-industries/dairy-industry/review-of-fonterra-s-farm-gate-milk-price-and-manual/statutory-review-of-milk-price-calculation-2/review-of-milk-price-calculation-201415-season/

FOREIGN INVESTMENT: A report out from KPMG shows that Canada accounted for 22% of foreign direct investment in 2013-2014, followed by China with 14%. China was the biggest player in dairy, while most of the Canadian investment was in forestry and property. You can access the report, titled ‘Foreign Direct Investment in New Zealand – trends and insights’, here: http://www.kpmg.com/NZ/en/IssuesAndInsights/ArticlesPublications/Press-releases/Pages/Foreign-Direct-Investment-NZ-trends-insights.aspx

SERVICES INDEX: New Zealand’s services sector remained in the zone of healthy expansion, according to the latest BusinessNZ Performance of Services Index (PSI). Click here to continue reading:http://www.businessnz.org.nz/resources/surveys-and-statistics/psi/2015/in-the-zone

TRANSFER OF SOCIAL HOUSING: The proposed transfer of approximately 1140 Tauranga and approximately 370 Invercargill Housing New Zealand (HNZ) properties and tenancies to registered Community Housing Providers (CHPs) will proceed to the next phase on August 31st. For more information on the housing transfer process go to:http://www.treasury.govt.nz/statesector/socialhousing.

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Monday 17th 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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