NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for September 23, 2015

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Trade Minister Tim Groser.

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 9 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 23rd September.

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Climate Change Minister Tim Groser.
Climate Change Minister Tim Groser.

Top stories in the current news cycle include an immigration lawyer saying the Government should create a new quota for Pacific Islanders displaced by natural disasters and climate, official documents showing the Climate Change Minister Tim Groser was considering a tougher emissions reduction target then what was eventually settled on and the Government is picking the Green Party legislation allowing Red Peak to be added to the four alternative flag designs.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Minister welcomes new water safety strategy; $2.13 million boost for community pest control; PLD changes will lift student achievement; Ministers attend NZ-China Partnership Forum; Auckland DHBs using more eReferrals; Official start of new PGP lamb programme; Students’ ANZAC Garden wins top prizes

Greens: Greens To Seek Red Peak Option In Flag Referendum; Green Party Welcomes Government Decision To Adopt Red Peak Bill

Labour: Sad day as Kiribati deportee gets marching orders; Schools hire debt collectors for ‘voluntary’ donations; Rules go from the ridiculous to the absurd; National’s panda politics cynical distraction; National’s $6b Super Fund shortfall

Māori Party: Ridiculous tax status for Māori housing provider

New Zealand First: Minister Tolley once again gives misleading answer in house; Questions hover over iroquois tender – why were kiwi bids rebuffed; ‘Wake Up’ Alliance Group To Silver Fern Farms Implications;New Zealand First Will Say No To ‘Red Peak’; Supporting councils against maritime disaster costs

United Future Party: No Progress On Resource Management Act Changes 

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/

ACCESSING WATER: Water New Zealand with Opus and the University of Canterbury QuakeCentre has produced guidelines which will help communities define what level of water access and service citizens can expect after an earthquake. See the full document: https://12240-console.memberconnex.com/Folder?Action=View%20File&Folder_id=438&File=3WaterLoS_Final.pdf

CHILD, YOUTH AND FAMILY (CYF): The Public Service Association (PSA), the union for social workers, is celebrating New Zealand Social Workers Day with the release of Let’s Get Real, a report on the future for Child, Youth and Family (CYF). The Let’s Get Real report is available on the PSA website:http://www.psa.org.nz/assets/PDFs/PSA-CYF-review-2015.pdf

DENTISTS RESEARCH $$: Dentists are asking Kiwis to put their money to a great cause by going to the dentist on Saturday October 17, with more than 20 dentists signed up to Dentists with a Cause, and will “open wide”, donating all their fees (less GST) for that day to the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation’s research programme. Read more:http://www.dentistsforacause.co.nz

INFLATION: After lingering at levels below the midpoint of the Reserve Bank’s target band for four years, inflation is set to rebound over the coming months. Read more:https://wibiq.westpac.com.au/wibiqauthoring/_uploads/file/New_Zealand/2015/September_2015/Will_we_see_a_sustained_pick-up_in_inflation_September_2015.pdf

PLD CHANGES: Changes to the way professional learning and development (PLD) was announced today. Further information can be found here: http://www.education.govt.nz/professional-learning-and-development

PEST CONTROL: The fight against introduced predators across New Zealand will receive a significant boost through $2.13 million in Community Conservation Partnerships Fund money announced today by Conservation Minister Maggie Barry. Details of the groups receiving funding can be found at http://www.doc.govt.nz/ccpf

RED MEAT INDUSTRY RESTRUCTURING BILL: New Zealand First is calling on Alliance Group to support the Red Meat Industry Restructuring Bill.. The bill can be read at: http://www.parliament.nz/resource/en-nz/51HOH_MEMBILL188_1/4c32363d1c400ab1b611cd486f001d865f163276

TAXATION BILL: The New Zealand Law Society in its submission to the proposed Taxation (Bright-line Test for Residential Land) Bill is concerned that the proposed two-year “bright-line test” for sales of residential property will unfairly catch ordinary taxpayers who need to sell property within two years of purchase because of changes in their personal circumstances. A copy of the New Zealand Law Society submission is available athttps://www.lawsociety.org.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/95144/Taxation-Bright-line-Test-for-Residential-Land-Bill-17-9-15.pdf

WATER SAFETY: New Zealand Water Safety Sector Strategy 2020 launched yesterday. A copy of the strategy can be downloaded from the Water Safety New Zealand website: http://www.watersafety.org.nz/

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Wednesday 23rdSeptember.

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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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