This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 12 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 30th September.
Top stories in the current news cycle include the trade Minister Tim Groser confirming that he will be attending a ministerial meeting in Atlanta to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and news of an elaborate black market operating in the Philippines providing fake documents for farm workers seeking employment in New Zealand.
Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:
Government: More evidence of lowest crime levels in decades; New Zealand ratifies World Trade Organisation Trade Facilitation Agreement; New prostate cancer referral guidance released; International Day of Older Persons a chance to celebrate; NZDF “job cuts” claim incorrect; Auckland home build rate hits another high; Appointment of Judge of the High Court; Funding announced for community projects; Restoration plan for Victoria Square released; Criminal information sharing arrangement reached with Australia
Greens: Five year test a better bright line test; Wasted opportunity to change lanes to electric cars
Labour: Defence Force numbers slashed; Climate change ambassador’s criticism has to be taken seriously; Defence minister, not panda pimp; Widespread caution on tertiary league tables justified; Lack of consultation over Kermadec ocean sanctuary
Māori Party: Marama Fox to receive Northland petition lobbying for smokefree cars
New Zealand First: Kiwirail’s Last Reliable Rail Ferry Off To India – End Of Iron Bridge; Minister of defence prioritises pandas over patriotism
United Future Party: Dunne Speaks- Time to Stand Up for New Zealanders and their Rights
LINKS OF THE DAY
CLIMATE CHANGE RISK: The Governor of the Bank of England. Mark Carney, has given a stark warning that climate change is a huge risk to global stability, citing the rise in the number of weather-related catastrophes. See:http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/Pages/speeches/2015/844.aspx
CRIME LEVELS: The Ministry of Justice today released two sets of Conviction and Sentencing statistics covering both adult and youth offenders for the year ending June 2015. Read more about Trends in convictions and sentencing:http://www.justice.govt.nz/justice-sector/statistics/conviction-and-sentencing-statistics or see Trends in child and youth prosecutions: http://www.justice.govt.nz/justice-sector/statistics/documents/trends-in-child-and-youth-prosecutions-2015
ERADICATING MALARIA: A new report released by the United Nations and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation presents a vision to eradicate malaria by 2040 that involves new strategies, tools and financing and urges world leaders to expand their commitments to fight a disease that still kills about one child every minute. Read more:http://www.endmalaria2040.org/
INCREASING ETHNIC DIVERSITY: All New Zealand’s 16 regions and nearly all the 67 territorial authority areas (TAs) are projected to have increasing ethnic diversity over the next two decades, Statistics New Zealand said today. Go here for Subnational ethnic population projections:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/estimates_and_projections/SubnationalEthnicPopulationProjections_HOTP2013base.aspx
HOUSING AFFORDABILITY: The Housing supply, choice and affordability report commissioned by Auckland Mayor Len Brown and Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse identifies a range of levers on both the supply and demand side that could be considered, and shows that both Auckland Council and the Government have applied many levers. Click here for the report:
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF OLDER PERSONS: The 25th International Day of Older Persons is on October 1st, an opportunity to celebrate the significant contribution seniors make to New Zealand society. Read more:http://www.superseniors.msd.govt.nz/
PROSTATE CANCER REFERRAL GUIDANCE: A new guidance will help primary care practitioners provide men and their families with consistent and culturally appropriate information on prostate cancer testing and treatment. The Prostate Cancer Management and Referral Guidance can be found at: http://www.health.govt.nz/
PPTA CONFERENCE: The Post Primary Teachers Association’s annual conference runs from 29 September to 1 October and is an opportunity for members to debate, discuss and vote on papers that will shape PPTA policy. Decisions are made by secondary teachers for secondary teachers. The full conference papers can be found at:http://www.ppta.org.nz/events/annual-conference
NON-RESIDENTIAL CONSENTS INCREASE: The value of building consents reached an all-time high in August 2015, boosted by planned nonresidential work in Christchurch, Statistics New Zealand said today. Go here for building consents issued:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/Construction/BuildingConsentsIssued_HOTPAug15.aspx
NUCLEAR ABOLITION: Leaders of the major religious faiths and interfaith networks, have joined forces with parliamentarians and mayors from around the world to call on world leaders to “commit to nuclear abolition and to replace nuclear deterrence with shared security approaches to conflicts.” Go here for more:http://www.pnnd.org/article/nuclear-weapon-free-world-our-common-good-legislators-and-religious-leaders-join-forces
RESEARCH ON VITAMIN C & BREAST CANCER: A new research study will analyse the level of vitamin C in breast tumours, and compare health outcomes for patients with different levels of the vitamin. See: http://www.cmrf.org.nz/
VICTORIA SQUARE RESTORATION: Associate Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner has today released the approved restoration plan for Christchurch’s beloved Victoria Square. The Victoria Square Restoration Plan is available to view at http://www.ccdu.govt.nz/victoria-square.
And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Wednesday 30th September.
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