NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for September 9, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 7 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 9th September.


Top stories in the current news cycle include concerns about accommodation pressures and poor housing conditions for renters in Queenstown, a group of Christchurch homeowners taking a class action against EQC and an end to the temporary occupation of Kaitaia Airport by iwi protesters – which coincided with the third reading of the Te Hiku Claims Settlement Bill.

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Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Bright-line Bill passes first reading; New Zealand Ambassador to Chair WTO Agriculture Negotiations; Speech: Louise Upston – Utilising women’s skills in the workforce report; Appointment of Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal Adjudicator; Suicide prevention plans in place for all DHBs; Te Kawerau ā Maki Bill passes third reading; Appointment to New Zealand Symphony Orchestra board; Minister thanks departing NZVIF chief executive; Treaty settlements passed for four Te Hiku iwi; More practical swimming pool fencing law proposed; NZ support for Pacific to reach $1 billion; Increased uptake of free GP visits for under 13s

Greens: McCully’s refusal to act on West Papua shameful & embarrassing; Govt should honour Pacific Leaders’ call for climate action 

Labour: Govt focuses on 2020 while rural internet stagnates in 2015; Cutting financial advice for students doesn’t add up; Minister must mediate EQC lawsuit

Māori Party:Increased uptake of free GP visits for under 13s

New Zealand First: Government must get Kaitaia airport open; Fishing Families Miss Out As National Ignore Promise


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COROMANDEL OUTSTRIPS NZ ECONOMIC GROWTH: The Coromandel has seen strong economic growth over the last year. The District’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 4.0% in the year to June, outstripping national economic growth of 3.1%. The Infometrics report is available on our website at:

F.A.S.D AWARENESS: Since its beginning in 1999, New Zealand has been the first country to mark Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day on 9 September. Symbolising the nine months of pregnancy, the ninth day of the ninth month is marked by a ‘Moment of Reflection’ at 9.09am, as it makes its way across the different time zones. Further information on FASD and the Awareness Day:

MORTALITY AMONG CHILDREN: The rate of decline in mortality among the world’s youngest children has more than doubled over a generation, and an additional 38 million lives could be saved by 2030 if progress accelerates further, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) world leaders are set to approve later this month. The relevant report is available here:

NEW IMPORTER MARGINS MONITORING: The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment has revised its weekly monitoring of importer margins on petrol and diesel prices to reflect discounting activity. For further information and to access the monitoring reports click here:

NZIER CALLS FOR OCR CUT: NZIER’s Monetary Policy Shadow Board recommends the Reserve Bank cuts the interest rate by 25 basis points to 2.75 percent this Thursday. Read more here: 

RWC TRADING RULES: Resources to help businesses and organisations understand temporary changes to alcohol trading laws during the 2015 Rugby World Cup are now available under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Rugby World Cup 2015 Extended Trading Hours) Amendment Act 2015. This is available for view at:

TREATY SETTLEMENTS: Four Te Hiku iwi will have their Treaty settlements enacted into law following the successful third reading of the Te Hiku Claims Settlement Bill. The Deeds of Settlement are available at

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Wednesday 9th September.

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