NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for September 30, 2015

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New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser is currently taking part, in his capacity of Climate Change Minister, in the COP21 climate change conference being hosted in Paris.

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 12 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 30th September.

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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.

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POLITICS PULSE

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

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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: 

http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/AboutCouncil/businessandeconomy/Documents/housingsupplychoiceandaffordability.pdf

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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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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