NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for September 16, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 8 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 16th September.

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Top stories in the current news cycle include the international dairy prices rising sharply for the third consecutive time, a decision by Wellington City Council to take part in a trial of online voting for next year’s local body elections and controversy that Work and Income has been underpaying some beneficiaries by a day after their initial stand-down period for the past 18 years – a “mistake” that legislation has been introduced to Parliament to retrospectively nullify.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government:Bill to establish child sex offender register passes first reading; Pharmac funds first rare disorders medicine under new approach; Speech: Jonathan Coleman – NZ Nurses Organisation annual conference, Te Papa, Wellington; Tourism fund opens for fourth round; Registrations of Interest sought for Local Mobility Action Teams; Museum to bring more art to Christchurch city; Refinements to Auckland Unitary Plan process announced; Changes to commercial fishing catch limits; Partnership approach to visiting drivers’ safety

Greens: Sam Lotu-Iiga must be stood down

Labour: Come on John, leave Kiwi families a real legacy; Ministers pass buck on Pasifika centre; Nats’ short-termism leaves Super Fund $17b lower; Nats flaky funding putting NGOs at risk; Prime Minister must seek flag solution; National MP implicated in Taratahi funding rorts

New Zealand First:PM Remains Hands Off Despite Warnings On Foreign Buy-In Of Silver Fern Farms

NZ National Party: Local MP encourages earthquake preparedness

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/

AIR NZ LAUNCHES SUSTAINABILITY FRAMEWORK: Air New Zealand released its first Sustainability Report today. A digital copy of the report is available here: http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/assets/PDFs/J004845-Sustainability-Report-2015_FINAL-ART-NEW_MEDRES.pdf

GLOBALDAIRY TRADE: International dairy prices have risen sharply for the third consecutive time. The GlobalDairyTrade auction’s overall price index rose 16.5%, its biggest increase in the past five years. More information is available at: https://www.globaldairytrade.info/

NZ EXPORTS: Data released by Statistics New Zealand show a rise in New Zealand’s overseas expenditure combined with a fall in earnings from exports drove an increase in our seasonally adjusted current account deficit. More information is available at:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/economic_indicators/balance_of_payments/BalanceOfPayments_HOTPJun15qtr.aspx

NZ INVESTMENT QUARTERLY: The month of August 2015 provided a salutary reminder of why equities and other growth assets command a risk premium. Markets fell over 10% and intra-day market volatility rose to levels not seen since the GFC period. Read more: http://nzier.org.nz/about/new-zealand-investment-quarterly/

OECD STUDY: An OECD study has found that investing in computers in schools doesn’t appear to improve pupils’ achievement. The study is available at: http://www.oecd.org/education/students-computers-and-learning-9789264239555-en.htm

SKILLED JOB VACANCIES: The number of skilled job vacancies advertised online fell by 0.1 per cent in August, while there was a 1.9 per cent rise across the year, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) latest Jobs Online report. Read the report: http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/employment-skills/labour-market-reports/jobs-online

TOURISM FUND OPENS: The opening of the fourth funding round of the Tourism Growth Partnership was announced today. More information is available at:www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/tourism/tourism-growth-partnership

WALK 2’D FEET: Kiwis are being asked to put their best foot forward this Sunday (20 September) for New Zealand’s first nationwide Walk 2 D’Feet Motor Neurone Disease (MND).For information on locations and to register for your local event, visit: http://www.walk2dfeetmnd.co.nz or facebook page onhttp://www.facebook.com/Walk2DFeetMNDNZ

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Wednesday 16th 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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