NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for September 24, 2015

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Red Peak flag. Image courtesy of TheStandard.org.nz.

Newsroom Digest

This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 12 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 24th September.

NEWSROOM_MONITOR

Top stories in the current news cycle include the bill adding the Red Peak to the flag referendum options has passed its final reading in Parliament, Fonterra announcing an annual net profit of $506million compared to $179million last year, Government outlining plans for a major overhaul of Child, Youth and Family (CYF), which will involve much better tracking of children in state care and more contracting out to other organisations.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Minister to attend APEC Ministerial meeting; New ACC legislation means fairer, transparent and more stable levies; Next steps for CYF overhaul; Speech – Fostering Kids New Zealand Conference; Minister welcomes report on consumer issues ;New appointment to NZ Tourism Board; Electricity Authority Reappointments; $566,000 for environmental education; New Zealanders have final say on national flag; New Environmental Reporting Act passed

ACT Party: Red Peak inclusion may help rescue referendum

Greens: Govt misleads over Serco’s involvement at CYFS; Govt failing Auckland commuters; Parliament passes Green Party’s original Bill; CYFS’s radical overhaul should not include privatisation; Govt failing Auckland commuters

Labour: CYF review: Glaring problems, questions around solutions; Big fall in China dairy exports as Fonterra production drops; CYF review: Glaring problems, questions around solutions; Big fall in China dairy exports as Fonterra production drops; Bright line test: Chaos and collateral damage; Overcharged drivers must be refunded; Time to sack AgResearch board and start again

New Zealand First: Fonterra Result Shouldn’t See The Silver Top Opened Just Yet; Brownlee Picked A Loser By Selling Iroquois Overseas

United Future Party: Dunne Speaks – An Update on the Fire Service Review 

LINKS OF THE DAY

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BALANCE OF PAYMENTS: Of New Zealand’s $202.8 billion total investment abroad, 60.7 percent was in Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom according to data released by Statistics NZ. See:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/economic_indicators/balance_of_payments/BalanceOfPaymentsYearEnded_HOTPYe31Mar15.aspx

BEEF EXPORT HITS RECORD: The value of total goods exported was $3.7 billion in August 2015, up $197 million (5.6 percent) compared with August 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today. Meat and fruit exports led the rise. Read more:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/imports_and_exports/OverseasMerchandiseTrade_HOTPAug15.aspx

BETTER REGULATIONS: Central government has been presented with a list of regulations which pose an undue burden on the economy.Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Costs was compiled by members of The New Zealand Initiative. Read more here:http://nzinitiative.org.nz/site/nzinitiative/files/Regulations%20PM%20Challenge%20final.pdf

COCONUT MILK DRINK WARNING: MPI is warning people with milk allergies or intolerances to avoid drinking some imported coconut milk drinks.Read more here: http://mpigovtnz.cwp.govt.nz/news-and-resources/media-releases/food-safety-warning-for-some-coconut-milk-drinks/

CONSUMER ISSUES REPORT: The Commerce Commission have today released a report which identifies current issues and emerging risks that have the potential to affect markets or consumers. The full report and complaints infographic can be found on the Commission website:http://www.comcom.govt.nz/the-commission/consumer-reports/consumer-issues-report/

CYF OVERHAUL: Social Development Ministry has released an interim report from an independent expert panel which shows that the Child, Youth and Family system is not delivering effectively for vulnerable children and young people, and that transformational change is required at the agency. See: http://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/work-programmes/cyf-modernisation/index.html

DEFENCE PIF: The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim Keating, has welcomed a Performance Improvement Framework (PIF) review released today by the State Services Commission. The review can be found at:http://www.ssc.govt.nz/pif

EPA RESTRICTIONS: The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has restricted the commercial use of dichlorvos and revoked approval for two substances available for domestic use. Read more: http://www.epa.govt.nz/search-databases/Pages/applications-details.aspx?appID=APP202097

EXPERTS DISCUSS SUGARY DRINKS: University of Auckland public health experts will feature at a one-day conference on ‘Sugary Drink Free Aotearoa by 2025’ in Auckland next month. (7 October) For more information on the programme and registration go to this link: https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2015/oct/sugary-drink-free-aotearoa-by-2025

IPCA REPORT: The Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report today into the actions of Police following the arrest of a Tauranga man on 4 September 2014. The report can be downloaded at:http://www.ipca.govt.nz/Site/media/2015/2015-Sep24-Police-failed-to-fulfil-duty-of-care.aspx

RABOBANK AGRIBUSINESS MONTHLY: Dairy – Global commodity prices have shown signs of recovery in recent weeks, as international buyers look for short-term cover, given that prices appear to have reached a floor. Click here for full report: http://www.rabobank.co.nz/Research/Documents/Agribusiness_monthly/2015/Agri_Monthly_Sep-2015_NZ.pdf

RMA STREAMLINE: Changes to modernise and streamline the National Environmental Standard (NES) for telecommunications facilities will speed up improvements and reduce costs for consumers says Government.This follows the release of a discussion document for public feedback in March this year. The discussion document and a summary of the submissions is available at: http://202.36.137.86/rma/rma-legislative-tools/national-environmental-standards/nes-telecommunication-facilities/proposed

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Thursday 24th 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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