NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for September 21, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 8 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Monday 21st September.

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Top stories in the current news cycle include Fonterra’s job cuts escalating from two months ago to as many as 750, confirmation that AgResearch is is talking to science staff this week about a proposal for staff cutbacks as high as 20% and news that the number of people wanting to live in New Zealand long term continues to hit new highs.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Building on New Zealand’s suffrage legacy; Victims Code key part of putting victims’ rights first; India trade mission to focus on building tech sector links; Fund to help reintroduce Kokako to Taranaki; Key people in place to progress investigation; NZ-China science partnership celebrated; Pacific Business Trust appointments made; Prime Minister to attend UN Leaders’ Week

Greens: Gloriavale School teaching Victorian-era values;Migration not enough to build sustainable economy

Labour: Novopay fiasco still isn’t over; Heart patient told to take bus home in his PJs; AgResearch cuts show organisation in chaos

New Zealand First: Child sex offender register destined to fail; Record 60,000 migrants hitting kiwi job seekers

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/

ELECTION COMMITMENT: A year on from the General Election, the National-led Government is delivering on its commitment to help all New Zealanders get ahead, says Prime Minister John Key. More information is available at:http://beehive.govt.nz/sites/all/files/Working_For_New_Zealand-One_Year_On.pdf

FARMER CONFIDENCE LOW: Sentiment remains low among New Zealand farmers, weighed down by a negative outlook among dairy producers. But a glimmer of optimism looks to be returning to the agricultural sector, with the latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey registering a small uptick in farmer confidence. Read more here:http://www.rabobank.co.nz/Global-Content/Documents/Privacy-Policy-NZ.pdf

FUTURE PROOF NZ: The New Zealand Youth Delegation are calling on the New Zealand Government to adopt their recently released blueprint with ideas on how to future proof New Zealand. The blueprint can be viewed at:http://www.youthdelegation.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/NZYD-Future-Proof-NZ-report.pdf

HOLIDAYMAKERS RISE: Holidaymakers contributed to a 7 percent increase in visitor arrivals to New Zealand in August 2015, when compared with August 2014,according to Statistics New Zealand. View Statistics here :http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/Migration/IntTravelAndMigration_HOTPAug15.aspx

KIWIFRUIT INNOVATION SYMPOSIUM: The inaugural Kiwifruit Innovation Symposium will be held on 29 October in Mt Maunganui. For more information and a copy of the full programme, check out http://www.zesprievents.co.nz

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK: The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is bringing back Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) once again in 2015 – from 5-11 October. The theme this year is GIVE – Give your time, your words, your presence. More information including what events are being held in your area, how to get involved, and research about the value of giving, see the website: http://www.mhaw.nz 

OUTDOORS PARTY: A new New Zealand political party based on the values of the outdoors environment and communities has been formed. More details available at: http://www.outdoorsparty.co.nz

VICTIMS CODE: A new Victims Code has been launched as part of the Government’s work to better support victims of crime. The Code clearly explains what victims can expect from the services provided by criminal justice agencies at each stage of the criminal justice process. The Code is available on the newly-updated victims information websitehttp://www.victimsinfo.govt.nz

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Monday 21st 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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