NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for September 8, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 10 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Tuesday 8th September.

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Top stories in the current news cycle include the Government looking at ways to speed up the Overseas Investment Office after a number of complaints from applicants, announcement of a review of New Zealand’s telecommunications sector and a signal the Government will definitely extend the duration of paid-parental leave for eligible parents of pre-term babies as part of changes being progressed as part of the Employment Standards Legislation Bill.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Telco Review to support changing technology; Bennett to attend ASEAN and APEC meetings; Closely held companies tax rules examined; Over half a million patients receive specialist assessments; Regional Research workshops begin; PPL extended for parents of pre-term babies; Businesses gain by utilising women’s skills

ACT Party: Successful talks bring fairer PPL to pre-term babies

Greens: Wellington is worth saving climate change campaign event; Greens appoint new Communications and Policy Director; Green Party Calls On Govt To Support Introduction Of Refugee Quota Bill; Govt must reverse its position on junk food in schools; Government is preparing to take huge dividend from Housing NZ; Manufacturing down further despite lower dollar

Labour: Whanau Ora evaluation too late; Joyce must explain Taratahi fiasco; Taranaki in recession due to Govt inaction; National breaks another promise over paid parental leave

NZ National Party: Speech- New Zealand to take 750 more Syrian Refugees

LINKS OF THE DAY

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX CORRECTED: Statistics New Zealand has today corrected some consumers price index (CPI) figures for the March and June 2015 quarters. See the corrected statistics for the Consumer Price Index here:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/economic_indicators/CPI_inflation/info-releases.aspx

A SWAG OF TREASURY PAPERS: The Treasury has published five new Working Papers today, covering analysis of fiscal policy, retirement income, labour supply responses to tax and transfer changes, and the Living Standards Framework. These Working Papers can be viewed on the Treasury website athttp://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/research-policy/wp.

EARTHQUAKES IN TARANAKI: Hundreds of earthquakes shook Taranaki in the 2014/2015 year, the latest seismic activity report shows – the same pattern as in previous years. There were 251 earthquakes in the 12 months to June 30, says a report by Volcanologist Brad Scott, from GNS Science. Read the GNS seismic report at :http://www.trc.govt.nz/assets/Publications/taranaki-cdem-publications/GNS-seismicity2015.PDF

GREENS REFUGEE QUOTA BILL: The Green Party is calling on the Government to honour New Zealanders’ outpouring of goodwill for refugees, and not block the introduction of the Green Party’s Bill today, that would give Parliament a say in setting a better, long-term refugee quota. The bill can be viewed at: http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/legislation/proposed-bills/51HOH_MEMBILL153_1/immigration-refugee-quota-amendment-bill

MANUFACTURING SALES DOWN: The value of manufacturing sales fell in the June 2015 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. See the Economic Survey of Manufacturing here:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/manufacturing_and_production/EconomicSurveyofManufacturing_HOTPJun15qtr.aspx

TAX RULES EXAMINED: A paper released today for public feedback aims to make the current tax rules for closely held companies more workable. The issues paper Closely held company taxation issues is available athttp://www.taxpolicy.ird.govt.nz.

TELCO REVIEW: A discussion paper was launched today to look at ways to future-proof New Zealand’s communications regulation. The discussion document can be found at: http://www.mbie.govt.nz/telcoreview

REGIONAL RESEARCH WORKSHOPS: The first opportunity for businesses, researchers, private investors and Government to collaborate on establishing new Regional Research Institutes, with a series of workshops begins this week. More information about Regional Research Institutes and dates for the workshops can be found here:http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/regions-cities/investigating-regional-research-institutes/?searchterm=regional%20research%2A

WASTE MANAGEMENT: Inadequate waste management has become a major public health, economic and environmental problem, with 7-10 billion tonnes of urban waste produced each year and 3 billion people worldwide lacking access to controlled waste disposal facilities. Read the full report here:http://apps.unep.org/publications/index.php?option=com_pub&task=download&file=011782_en

UTILISING WOMEN’S SKILLS: A new report detailing how employers can make the most of women’s talents in their workplace. Getting it done: Utilising women’s skills in the workforce is available at:http://www.women.govt.nz/documents/getting-it-done-utilising-womens-skills-workforce-2015

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Tuesday 8th 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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