NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for September 14, 2015

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Newsroom Digest

This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 10 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Monday 14th September.

NEWSROOM_MONITOR

Top stories in the current news cycle include the Government being accused of expecting charities to do an increasing amount of the core work its agencies should be doing, British farmers are calling for a review of New Zealand’s quota of lamb exports to Europe and the latest poll of polls showing the National Party is once again comfortably ahead of a Labour-Green combination.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Whitebait, birds receive conservation boost; Employment outcomes to be published; Funding for offender addiction treatment; Funding round starts for new forest planting; Constitution confirms rural fire responsibilities

ACT Party: Free Thoughts – The Flag Referendum and Red Peak

Labour: Chathams a plane ride too far; Investigation needed for search and rescue shortcuts; How much more evidence do you need Minister?

Māori Party: Continuing the hīkoi forty years on 

NZ National Party: New awards to recognise outstanding contribution of Hutt Valley Youth

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/

AUCKLAND’S ‘HOT SPOTS’: Barfoot & Thompson has released a sizzling list of the 20 hottest spots in the Auckland property market over the last 18 months, providing valuable insights for buyers and sellers. Read more at:http://www.barfoot.co.nz/news/2015/september/auckland-hot-spots

CLNZ EDUCATION AWARDS: Teacher’s Choice voting for the CLNZ Education Awards went live today and teachers from across New Zealand are now able to have their say on the best educational resources of 2015. Teachers can cast their votes here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Teacherschoice

DAIRYNZ’S 2015 ELECTIONS: Ten farmers have put their hands up for three seats on DairyNZ’s Board of Directors – voting for which opened at 12noon today (Monday, September 14). View candidate profiles and the Q&A at:http://www.dairynz.co.nz/about-us/how-we-operate/dairynz-elections/

INTERNATIONAL CELLO FEST 2016: World-leading cellists and cello teachers will congregate in Hamilton next year for a week-long international cello festival hosted by the University of Waikato. To keep up to date with International Cello Fest 2016, including the latest programme information, visit: http://www.waikato.ac.nz/go/cellofest.

NZASB EXPOSURE DRAFT: The New Zealand Accounting Standards Board (NZASB) has released an Exposure Draft for public comment, proposing amendments that, in certain circumstances, would allow charities not to recognise donated goods at the date of acquisition. Information on the Exposure Draft is available here:http://www.xrb.govt.nz/Site/Accounting_Standards/Exposure_Drafts/Dom_ED_2015-3.aspx

NZIER FORECASTS: The latest NZIER Consensus Forecasts shows a further downward revision in growth expectations amongst forecasters since the June survey. Annual average economic growth is expected to track below 3% out to 2019. More details are available at : http://www.nzier.org.nz/publication/increased-uncertainty-over-growth-outlook-consensus-forecasts-september-2015

NZMSA SURVEY. New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) Medical Student Bullying Survey confirms that bullying and sexual harassment is widespread in our hospitals. The results are available at: 

http://www.nzmsa.org.nz/final-results-for-nzmsa-medical-student-bullying-survey/

REAL NEEDS OF SUICIDAL NEW ZEALANDERS: The current Health Select Committee is investigating why people desire to end their lives and give feedback on the effectiveness of existing support services. More information is available at : http://www.tiny.cc/termsofreference

SOCIAL SERVICES REPORT: The New Zealand Productivity Commission will tomorrow release its final report into the delivery of social services. The draft report and information is available at:http://www.productivity.govt.nz/inquiry-content/2032?stage=3

ZERO HOUR CONTRACTS: The Amalgamated Workers Union, which represents farm workers, fears the Government’s zero hour contracts legislation could cost thousands of labourers their jobs. See a copy of the bill here:http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/51SCTIR_SCF_00DBHOH_BILL64668_1/employment-standards-legislation-bill

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Monday 14th 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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