NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for September 15, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 10 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Tuesday 15th September.

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Top stories in the current news cycle include China’s biggest meat processing company Shanghai Maling Aquarius investing $261 million for joint control of New Zealand’s Silver Fern Farms, the Federation of Family Budgeting Services says people are doing a better job of paying off their debts according to and recommendations in the Productivity Commission’s final report on improving outcomes from social services to “make greater use of devolution in the social services system”.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Prime Minister congratulates Malcolm Turnbull; Market Diversification key in BGA Exports Programme; New Zealand to open Embassy in Colombia; Businesses support schools’ Managed Network; Prison initiative contributes to rheumatic fever prevention; Youth addiction services access improves; Ministers welcome Productivity Commission report on social services; Productivity Commission report supports Whānau Ora; Paper addresses loss grouping tax issues; Minister congratulates NZAS on 25th anniversary of Kakapo Recovery partnership; Community providers boost social housing; Hawke’s Bay chooses its local democracy

ACT Party: Everybody take a deep breath

Greens: Government needs to act on workplace domestic violence response; New information shows Corrections withdrew fines issued to SERCO; Treasury- Climate uncertainty hurting business

Labour: Information important, but raw data not robust; Labour To Table New Flag Referendum Bill; Silver Fern Farms sale result of Govt inaction; Government doubles down on underfunding social services; Govt must come clean on secret HNZ dividend; South Island threatened with recession; No end in sight for EQC customers with dodgy repairs; English finally admits unemployment fall ‘unlikely’; Maori Party’s Land Law Slammed By Judges

New Zealand First: PM called to account on future of Silver Fern Farms; Playing politics with the flag; PM Quick To Subsidise Foreign Firms But Not Kiwi Ones; National and Peter Dunne block battle of Britain motion; English turned down meeting request with silver fern farms; More Kiwi troops likely for Iraq

NZ National Party: Local MP encourages earthquake preparedness

LINKS OF THE DAY

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BUSINESS GROWTH AGENDA : Strengthening key market relationships and diversifying into new markets is a major theme for the update of the Export Markets workstream of the Business Growth Agenda released by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Trade Minister Tim Groser. Copies of the report are available at:http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/business/business-growth-agenda/towards-2025

FAMILY BUDGETING REPORT: Data in a new report released by the The Federation of Family Budgeting Services suggests people are doing a better job of paying off their debts. The report is available at :http://www.familybudgeting.org.nz/figures-show-budgeting-is-needed-as-much-as-ever/

FESTIVAL OF PACIFIC ARTS 2016: Around 100 Māori and New Zealand-based Pasifika artists will represent Aotearoa alongside 26 other Pacific nations at the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam next May and June – considered the premier arts and culture event for the Pacific region. More details on the festival are available at:https://www.festpac.visitguam.com/

FEWER FARM SALES: Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of NZ (“REINZ”) shows there were 20 fewer farm sales (-4.9%) for the three months ended August 2015 than for the three months ended August 2014. More information is available at:https://www.reinz.co.nz/reinz/index.cfm?1CC3D519-18FE-7E88-4249-4CE523B4D44B&obj_uuid=17B6DD46-7005-41D5-A488-32B912B83CE3

HOSPITALITY NEW ZEALAND CONFERENCE: Shane Green, host of the American reality television show Resort Rescue, is to be the keynote speaker at the Hospitality New Zealand annual conference being held in Nelson on 6, 7 and 8 October. More information is available at : http://www.hospitalitynz.org.nz/Events/Future.html andhttp://www.hospitalitynz.org.nz/Events/Hospitality_Showcase.html

LOCAL AUTHORITIES STATISTICS: The latest data on the performance of core non-trading activities of local authorities is now available. Read more:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/government_finance/local_government/LocalAuthorityStatistics_HOTPJun15qtr.aspx

NZ UNIVERSITIES WORLD’S TOP 3%: All New Zealand’s universities remain among the top 3% in the world according to the 2015 QS international rankings released yesterday. The list of rankings are available at :http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2015#sorting=rank+region=+country=+faculty=+stars=false+search=

PM’S TEXT MESSAGE REPORT: Chief Archivist Marilyn Little today released the report of her review into the Prime Minister’s recordkeeping practices in regard to text messages. A full copy of the report is available here:http://www.archives.govt.nz/advice/public-records-act-2005/managing-text-messages-under-public-records-act-2005

PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION REPORT: The Productivity Commission recommends setting up a separate system to deal with those who have the most complex needs. Every year, the country spends $34 billion on social services, more than 10 percent of GDP. Click here for the full report: http://www.productivity.govt.nz/inquiry-content/2032?stage=4

REPORT ON 2014/15 BASE MILK PRICE: The Commerce Commission today released its final report on Fonterra’s base milk price calculation for the 2014/15 dairy season. The Commission’s final report on the base milk price and related information can be found here: http://www.comcom.govt.nz/regulated-industries/dairy-industry/review-of-fonterra-s-farm-gate-milk-price-and-manual/statutory-review-of-milk-price-calculation-2/review-of-milk-price-calculation-201415-season/

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Tuesday 15th 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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