NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for August 27, 2015

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Newsroom Digest

This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 8 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 27th August.

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Top stories in the current news cycle includes the Children’s Commissioner releasing a report on the welfare of children in state care, the Financial Services Council (FSC) disputing the Treasury’s view that KiwiSaver is not helping boost retirement savings and the extension of Mt Eden prison investigations due to the high number of complaints from prisoners and their families.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Organ Donors Bill passes first reading; Minister welcomes State of Care report; Govt launches Green Paper to explore digital convergence; Views sought on 21st century content regulation;War on Weeds begins; Competing interests balanced in changes to anti-dumping laws; Good progress continuing under Housing Accord; Minister announces investigation; Traders benefiting from online registration; Next Ambassador to Argentina announced; Rheumatic fever rates drop 24 percent; Original waiata wins Supreme Award; Māori Technology Scholarship to change lives

Greens: Commissioner’s findings on CYFS require emergency response; SERCO review extension a clear signal for Final Warning; Landcorp’s ‘dairy at all costs’ strategy is not working; Greens To Prioritise Fixing Health And Safety Law; First new houses at Fenchurch opened; CYFS state must not be used to justify privatisation

Labour: Bleak report on the state of our children; Dodgy data used to justify axing KiwiSaver kickstart; Serco inquiry extended; Truck Shops ignore consumer laws; Taihoa at Ihumatao says Labour; Figures suggest National deliberately excluded farming

New Zealand First: Merchandise exports sharply down; Minister’s Rheumatic Fever Claims Undermined By Figures

United Future Party: Dunne Speaks- Sometimes the Silly Stuff Gets in the Way

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/

EUTHANASIA INQUIRY: Public submissions are invited into the inquiry by Parliament’s Health select committee into “ending one’s life in New Zealand”. More details are available at: http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/0SCHE_SCF_51DBHOH_PET63268_1/petition-of-hon-maryan-street-and-8974-others

FIRST STATE OF CARE REPORT: Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills today released his Office’s first public annual report on the service Child, Youth and Family provides to our most vulnerable children. The report is available on-line at http://www.occ.org.nz/state-of-care

FIRSTBORN WOMEN OBESE: The study led by New Zealand’s Liggins Institute, in collaboration with Swedish scientists, shows firstborn women are more likely to be overweight or obese than their second-born sisters. The report is available here: http://press.psprings.co.uk/jech/august/jech205368.pdf

GREEN PAPER TO EXPLORE DIGITAL CONVERGENCE: Communications and Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams today launched a Green Paper and work programme outlining the Government’s response to the challenges and opportunities of a converged world. More information on the Green Paper and associated work programme can be found at : 

http://convergencediscussion.nz/

HOUSING PROGRESS: Eleven new Special Housing Areas (SHAs) that will provide up to 1600 new homes across Auckland were announced today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Len Brown. Further information on the Auckland Housing Accord is available from:www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/ratesbuildingproperty/housingsupply/Pages/aucklandhousingaccord.aspx andhttp://www.hnzc.co.nz/housing-development/developments-overview/auckland/northern-glen-innes-redevelopment-1

REPORT ON MOBILE TRADER INDUSTRY: The Commerce Commission has today released a report detailing the findings of its year-long project looking at mobile traders, commonly known as truck shops. The full report on mobile traders can be found on the Commission website: http://www.comcom.govt.nz/the-commission/consumer-reports/mobile-trader-201415-project/

TAIC RECOMMENDATIONS: The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has this morning published a report setting out urgent recommendations to address three safety issues for pedestrians using level crossings within the Auckland and Wellington metropolitan rail networks. The report is available at:http://www.taic.org.nz/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=ixbzWWtOa54%3d&tabid=36&mid=613&language=en-US

WAR ON WEEDS: “It’s time to declare War on Weeds”, says Conservation Minister Maggie Barry as she encouraged New Zealanders to roll up their sleeves and join forces to fight against invasive weeds in a new campaign launched today. More information on the campaign can be found at: http://www.doc.govt.nz/our-work/war-on-weeds/ andhttp://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/all/files/War-on-Weeds.pdf

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Thursday 27th 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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