This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 9 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Monday 28th September.
Top stories in the current news cycle include a West Auckland teenager being held in police station cells for four days because Child, Youth and Family could not find a bed for her in a youth justice facility, a survey showing labour market confidence has turned sour and is at its lowest level in three years because of slow wage growth and the High Court being told the Government’s refusal to release information about the Trans-Pacific Partnership is unlawful and constitutionally dangerous.
Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:
Government: Deed of Settlement signed with Heretaunga Tamatea; RPAS incident being fully investigated; Defence Minister to visit China; Kiwi projects receive $226,000; Minister welcomes Tuvalu Language Week; Communities doing their bit for clean rivers;Government Doubles Down On Underfunding Social Services; Applications open for Settling In funding
Greens: CYFS Minister needs to support our kids; John Key must back signing of SDGs with action or risk hypocrisy; Even TPPA supporters want more transparency
Labour: Govt must seek urgent explanation after death in custody; No excuse for teen’s lengthy cell lock-up
Māori Party: Poroporoaki: Waireti Violet Charlotte Walters JP, QSO; Māori communities must be part of the solution to tamariki in State care
New Zealand First: PSA-V poses new threat to northland; Dairy farmers sacrificed for TPPA
LINKS OF THE DAY
DEED OF SETTLEMENT: The Crown has signed a Deed of Settlement with Heretaunga Tamatea settling the iwi’s historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. A copy of the Deed of Settlement is available athttp://www.govt.nz/organisations/office-of-treaty-settlements/
LABOUR CONFIDENCE LOW: New Zealanders’ confidence in the labour market has continued to slide, with the Westpac McDermott Miller Employment Confidence Index dropping to 99.3 in the September quarter. That’s the lowest level since 2012. See:https://wibiq.westpac.com.au/wibiqauthoring/_uploads/file/New_Zealand/2015/September_2015/Q3_Employment_Confidence_September_2015.pdf
NZ WINEGROWERS SCHOLARSHIP: New Zealand Winegrowers has announced the names of nine successful sommeliers who will participate in the inaugural Sommit Scholarship, held in New Zealand from 30 January to 6 February 2016. Read more: http://www.nzwine.com/sommelierscholarship
PACIFIC YOUTH AWARDS: The search is underway to find some of the country’s highest achieving Pacific young people.The 2015 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards offer the chance to highlight the success of young Pacific people in New Zealand. Applications are now open and close on 2 November, 2015. More details are available herehttp://www.pacificyouthawards.org.nz
SETTLING IN FUNDING: Not-for-profit organisations working directly with refugees and recent migrants can apply for Settling In funding from today. More information can be found here: http://www.ethniccommunities.govt.nz
TOBACCO MARKET SLOWS DOWN: Returns supplied to the Ministry of Health by New Zealand tobacco manufacturers show a drop of 3.8 percent in the quantity of tobacco and cigarettes released per adult in 2014 versus 2013. Returns to the year ending 31 December 2014 are available at http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/tobacco-control/tobacco-returns/tobacco-returns-2014.
TUVALU LANGUAGE WEEK: The theme of Tuvalu Language Week, which began yesterday, is Tau gana ko tou Iloga – Language is your Identity. A list of events marking Tuvalu Language Week can be found at http://www.mpia.govt.nz
WORLD RIVERS DAY: To mark World Rivers Day last Sunday, regional councils are released their latest water quality data on the Land, Air, Water, Aotearoa website, which this year includes lake quality monitoring. LAWA can be accessed on nttp://www.lawa.org.nz
YEAST IN WINE: A new study has found yeast plays more of a role in the taste of wine from different regions than previously thought. A team of scientists from the University of Auckland and the UK reported in the journal ‘Scientific Reports’. Read more: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep14233
And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Monday 28th September.
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