NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for September 3, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 8 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 3rd September.

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Top stories in the current news cycle include the suspension of New Zealand’s funding to Nauru for its justice system due to ongoing concerns about civil rights abuses, a report that highlights a sharemarket crash is the biggest economic risk to the country and would cost Auckland alone $5.5 billion and PM John Key signalling the Government could consider lifting the current 750 annual refugee quota before the scheduled review next year.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: New research on financial capability in schools; New container terminal to boost regional growth in Whanganui; Community groups receive $918,000 in War on Weeds funding; New plan for Waimakariri residential red zones; $13.5m redevelopment for Ohope Beach School; Guardians Kaitiaki of the Alexander Turnbull Library Appointments; Library and Information Advisory Commission Appointments; First certificate issued under new UAV rules; $96.5 million for new science research programmes; Feedback sought on Disability Action Plan; Crown-iwi agreement on Auckland housing programme; Crown land agreement to boost social housing; Debt remission changes get green light; Safer ePharmacy system for Midland’s patients

Greens: Animal health at stake if HT swede sales continue; Yes we can! Green climate plan shows 40% target by 2030 is achievable; Key’s lack of compassion is appalling

Labour: John Key – where is your conscience?; Charter application skew assists rich American; PM must stop making excuses for offensive MP; More housing humiliation for Nick Smith

NZ National Party: Bishop opens Youth MP nomination process

United Future Party: Dunne Speaks -The future of Environment Canterbury

LINKS OF THE DAY

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$96.5 MILLION FOR NEW SCIENCE RESEARCH: Funding for 48 new science research programmes, for a total investment of $96.5 million over the next four years. The funding has been allocated through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) 2015 science investment round. For more information on the successful research programmes can be found at: http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/science-innovation/investment-funding/current-funding/science-investment-round-2015-successful-proposals

BANKS STEP UP FOR DAIRY: Banks are providing much needed support to New Zealand’s dairy industry during this period of desperately low prices, a survey from Federated Farmers has revealed. The Federated Farmers Banking Survey was completed by 1,300 farmers around New Zealand (over half of them in the dairy industry). Click here for a breakdown of results by region and farming industry: http://www.fedfarm.org.nz/files/Banking%20Survey%20-%20Sep%2015.pdf

BUILDING ACTIVITY: Over $4 billion worth of building work was put in place in the June 2015 quarter, up nearly 8 percent on the June 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. This was the highest quarterly value recorded in the 50 years since the series began, and represents almost $900 worth of building work per person. Click here for more:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/Construction/ValueOfBuildingWork_HOTPJun15qtr.aspx

DEBT REMISSION CHANGES: Cabinet has given its approval to a set of proposals intended to address the current inequitable situation where debt remission between related parties can, under certain circumstances, result in an incorrect taxation outcome. For examples and technical details refer to : http://www.taxpolicy.ird.govt.nz

DISABILITY ACTION PLAN: The first annual update of the Disability Action Plan 2014-2018 will help government agencies work together on actions that are important to disabled people. More information on the Disability Action Plan update process can be found at: http://www.odi.govt.nz/disability-action-plan

FINANCIAL CAPABILITY: A study undertaken by the Commission for Financial Capability has shown that many teachers think students’ money management skills are low, while in contrast students are confident they know how to manage their money. The Commission for Financial Capability’s Report can be found at: http://www.cffc.org.nz/the-commission/research-and-reports/financial-capability-research/

NEW ZEALAND’S BIGGEST RISK: A report on the global impact of catastrophes says a share market crash is the biggest economic risk to New Zealand and would cost Auckland alone $5.5 billion. Lloyd’s City Risk Index 2015-2025 looks at the economic exposure from 18 man-made and natural threats in 301 cities. Read more here:http://cambridgeriskframework.com/wcr

PLANT ANALYSIS: The results from analysis of Southland swede plants collected last season is backing up DairyNZ advice to farmers that feeding maturing swede crops increases the risk of ill-health in cows. DairyNZ’s full farmer advisory on the plant analysis is available here : http://www.dairynz.co.nz/farm/adverse-events/southland-swedes/

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Thursday 3rd September.

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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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