NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for August 31, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 6 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Monday 31st August.

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Top stories in the current news cycle include Jetstar’s selection of four new regional destinations it will be flying to, concerns from the Aotearoa Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) about any privatising of Child, Youth and Family functions following on acknowledged weaknesses, and figures showing the the highest monthly rise in consents for new houses and apartments in more than three years.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Minister opens papakāinga near Tauranga; Worldwide reputation at the border recognised; Minister welcomes Money Week 2015; Tonga Language Week celebrated; Regional airline competition welcomed; Auckland housing consents top 1000 in July; Residential property withholding tax proposed for offshore sellers; PM to attend 46th Pacific Islands Forum; Progress being made in Pacific health

Greens: Govt needs to rule out Serco buying our state houses; National’s empty economic complacency failing today and for the future

Labour: Govt must make most of Jetstar competition; Privatising CYF about ideology not care; Labour Celebrates Tongan Language And Diversity; Key’s threat to veto premature

New Zealand First: National’s empty economic complacency failing today and for the future

NZ National Party: MP Foss welcomes win for Hawke’s Bay growers; Foss welcomes competition in Hawke’s Bay

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/

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY: Money Week is a nationwide week of events which runs from 31 August to 6 September. For a range of digital tools and useful information about Money Week 2015 visit http://www.moneyweek.org.nz

MONTHLY ECONOMIC INDICATORS: The August Monthly Economic Indicators (MEI) report was published today by the New Zealand Treasury. Read more here: http://www.treasury.govt.nz/economy/mei/aug15

NEW DWELLING CONSENTS INCREASE: There were 2,824 new dwellings consented nationally in July 2015, up 24 percent compared with July 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today. For more, go here:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/Constructio/BuildingConsentsIssued_HOTPJul15.aspx

RESIDENTIAL LAND WITHHOLDING TAX: An officials’ issues paper released today seeks public feedback on proposals for a residential land withholding tax. Revenue Minister Todd McClay welcomed the release and says the proposed tax would apply only to offshore sellers. He says it is an important part of the Government’s residential property tax compliance work and will ensure tax is paid under the Bright-line test legislation. Submissions close on 2 October 2015. You can access the paper here: http://taxpolicy.ird.govt.nz/publications/2015-ip-rlwt/overview

TONGAN LANGUAGE WEEK: A national programme of activity is underway for Tongan Language Week – with details at http://www.mpia.govt.nz/assets/01-FINAL-280815-National-Tonga-Language-Week-Events.pdf and on the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/MinistryofPacificIslandAffairs

WORKPLACE SURVEY: This morning the second Wellness in the Workplace survey – a nationwide study of 113 employers (with 116,000 employees) by Southern Cross Health Society and BusinessNZ was released. The full Wellness in the Workplace 2015 survey can be found athttp://www.businessnz.org.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0013/108400/Wellness-in-the-Workplace-Survey-Report-2015.pdf

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Monday 31st 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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