NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for August 20, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 8 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 20th August.

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Top stories in the current news cycle includes the 2015 Thirty Year Infrastructure Plan released by Government in response to the infrastructure challenges to be faced over the next three decades, Police face a $20 million bill for technology to support the Government’s new child sex offenders register and Meridian Energy says New Zealand might have to to develop another power station by 2019.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Thirty Year Infrastructure Plan Released;Tertiary Education Institution council members reappointed; Broadband rollout supporting regional growth; Commerce appointments announced; Bus Interchange building now complete; Foss welcomes reduction in licence wait times; Stronger air services between NZ and Cambodia; Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council appointments; Solid, sustainable growth as economy adjusts; SPEECH: Gerry Brownlee – New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development (NZCID) Building Nations Symposium

Greens: National’s 30-year plan 30 years out of date 

Labour: Government’s Health and Safety legislation a joke; Education must provide real world skills; Another bridges bribe from Simon Bridges; Cash strapped DHBs struggling to find cuts; Genesis-Solid Energy contract debacle another oversight failure

New Zealand First: Repair Failure Rate So Bad Brownlee Should Go; Minister Fails To Take WINZ Assaults Seriously; Short-sighted Government costing New Zealand lives; NZ First Makes Lone Stand For Small Business

NZ National Party: More surgery assessments and more operations for the Hutt

United Future Party: Dunne Speaks- What does the Labour Party stand for now?

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/

BROADBAND: High speed broadband and mobile connectivity is supporting regional growth and innovation across New Zealand. For regional updates click here: http://goo.gl/6q8pZX or broadband map here:www.broadbandmap.co.nz\

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE AUGUST 2015: Consumer sentiment has fallen to its lowest since mid-2012 – still not weak but heading in a weaker direction, according to the ANZ-Roy Morgan New Zealand Consumer Confidence report. Read more: http://www.anz.co.nz/resources/d/b/db1eab2e-af44-4c03-9a35-004c8a0e8805/ANZ-ConsumerConfidence-20150820.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

DYSLEXIA LABEL CONSIDERED HARMFUL: A controversial author’s claim that the term dyslexia should be abandoned is disappointing and misleading. That’s the view of SPELD NZ, a not-for-profit organisation that has assisted people with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities for the last 40 years.Click here for more:http://www.speld.org.nz/downloads/Pilot%20NZJESarticle.pdf

EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME REPORT: The Environmental Protection Authority has issued the latest annual data reports on the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme on its website. Click here for EPA report:http://www.epa.govt.nz/e-m-t/reports/ets_reports/annual/Pages/default.aspx

EXCESSIVE FORCE BY POLICE OFFICER: An Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today has found that the use of force by an Auckland Police officer as he assisted in the arrest of a man suspected of burglary was excessive and contrary to law. The report summary can be found at : http://www.ipca.govt.nz/Site/media/2015/2015-Aug-20-Excessive-force-during-arrest.aspx

INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN RELEASED: The Thirty Year New Zealand Infrastructure Plan 2015 sets out New Zealand’s response to the infrastructure challenges we to be faced over the next three decades. Go here for more:http://www.infrastructure.govt.nz/plan/2015

INTERNATIONAL VISITOR SURVEY 2015: The International Visitor Survey (IVS) for the year ending June 2015 was released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Further information on the latest release can be found on the MBIE website: http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/tourism/tourism-research-data/international-visitor-survey

JOB ADVERTISEMENTS: Employers are becoming more cautious about taking on new staff, though the fall in labour demand seen in recent months has stopped for now, according to the latest ANZ job advertising data. Read more here:http://www.anz.co.nz/resources/0/5/058ec89f-8a5e-4c3e-a7d7-b1472caff3a9/ANZ-JobAds-20150820.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Thursday 20th 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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