NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for September 29, 2015

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Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop greets New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully in Auckland.

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 9 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Tuesday 29th September.

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop greets New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully in Auckland.
Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop greets New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Murray McCully in Auckland in 2015.

Top stories in the current news cycle include the Foreign Minister Murray McCully receiving assurance from his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop in New York that a full inquiry will be held into the death of a New Zealand born 23-year-old man who died while in prison facing deportation, train ticket inspectors are being given greater powers to crack down on fare evaders using public transport and creating a vast marine reserve, the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary, around the Kermadec Islands means the end of mining and prospecting there, says the government.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Minister to visit Europe ahead of WW100 commemorations; SPEECH: Gerry Brownlee – New Zealand and Security in the Asia-Pacific Century; PM announces Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary; Kermadec sanctuary a global contribution to ocean protection; Consultation on changing cervical screening test; Funding boost for emergency housing sector; End of the line for public transport fare evaders; Coastal hazard issue to be uncoupled from fast-track earthquake recovery plan process; Chinese mega-star on-board with safer driving messages; New Zealand’s tax system second in the OECD; Speech – Housing Affordability; New Zealand’s tax system second in the OECD; Speech: Bill English – Housing Affordability

ACT Party: New ocean sanctuary welcome, but compensation principle important

Greens: NZ should use leaders’ summit to further Syrian crisis ICC referral; Australian and New Zealand Green parties call on deportation halt

Labour: Government has to be careful of Kermadec fish hooks; Common sense wins in coastal hazard decision; Silver Fern Farms must consider all options; Silver Fern Farms must consider all options

New Zealand First: Recall high-risk offenders

LINKS OF THE DAY

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BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK: The 2015 Big New Zealand Blood Pressure check is set to break records for the number of people to have their blood pressure tested in one day, in over 200 communities throughout the country on Saturday 3 October. For a list of the venues throughout New Zealand where testing will take place, seehttp://www.strokewise.org.nz.

ECONOMIC GROWTH: Economic growth has taken a hit but is still likely to remain at around 2 percent per year, according to the BusinessNZ Planning Forecast for the September 2015 quarter. Read the BusinessNZ Planning Forecast for the September 2015 quarter here: http://www.businessnz.org.nz/

EXPORTERS: ExportNZ says the annual survey shows exporters are feeling confident, expecting increasing profitability and rising orders in the next twelve months, but nearly half the respondents are facing tariff and non-tariff trade barriers. The report is available at:http://www.exportnz.org.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/109450/2015-Exporters-Survey-Report.pdf

GUIDE TO BUYING A HOME: The number of property listings increases as the weather warms up. Homes look more appealing in warm sunshine but EECA ENERGYWISE advises putting some thought into how houses will perform in the cold depths of winter. If you want more details about what to look for when house buying check outhttps://www.energywise.govt.nz/at-home/buying-and-renting

HOME AFFORDABILITY REPORT: The latest Massey University Home Affordability Report shows some improvement in affordability figures over the past three months, due mainly to falling mortgage rates and broadly static house prices.Download the full Massey University Home Affordability Report, with regional breakdowns, here:http://bit.ly/home-affordability-sept2015

KERMADEC SANCTUARY : Prime Minister John Key has announced the creation of a 620,000 km2 Ocean Sanctuary in the Kermadec region, one of the most pristine and unique environments on Earth. Read more here:http://www.mfe.govt.nz/

PUTTING KIWI ON THE MAP: Kiwis for kiwi is calling on all New Zealanders to help put kiwi on the map with a new citizen science project launched for Save Kiwi Month. Read more at: https://www.kiwisforkiwi.org/

SAFE DRIVING IN NZ: Chinese celebrity Huang Lei is lending his voice and influence to spread the word about safer driving in New Zealand to his millions of fans in China. The video, produced in Mandarin with subtitles, can be viewed here: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTMyNDc3MTA2MA==.html

WW1 COMMEMORATIONS: Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry will leave for Europe today to take part in a series of memorial events, visit the new Ngā Tapuwae New Zealand First World War trails and build ties for the next three years of centenary commemorations. More information on Ngā Tapuwae can be found athttp://www.ngatapuwae.govt.nz/ 

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Tuesday 29th 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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