NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for October 1, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 12 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 1st October.

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Top stories in the current news cycle include New Zealand facing its lowest level of housing availability in nearly a decade as demand continues to outstrip supply,the Department of Internal Affairs looking into the case of a preschooler facing deportation from Australia because his mother has been unable to pass on her New Zealand citizenship to him and the release of an inquiry findings on how the convicted murderer and sex offender Phillip John Smith fled to Brazil while on temporary release from prison.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Labour claims over iwi consultation on Kermadec sanctuary weak; Minister welcomes more ethnic diversity; Another 940 in Trades Academies from 2016;Proposed $450m levy reductions signal ACC in great shape; Smith / Traynor Inquiry report released; Govt response to Smith/Traynor review; Appointment to New Zealand Film Commission Board; Gains on property sales targeted from today; Fran Wilde appointed to Te Papa board

Greens: NZ must look to balance rights for Kiwis in Australia; Government’s hunt for oil is a dying dream

Labour: Labour claims over iwi consultation on Kermadec sanctuary weak; Bright line test already set to flat line; Serco’s other detention centre of shame; Despite the spin our universities slide; hain of failures leads to paedophile’s escape

New Zealand First: ‘Fonterra’s Five Million Dollar Man’ not delivering; Memory Fade Hinders Minister Of Senior Citizens

LINKS OF THE DAY

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16TH MOST COMPETITIVE NATION: New Zealand is the 16th most competitive country in the world, according to this year’s Global Competitiveness Index.Full survey results for 2015 can be seen athttp://www.weforum.org/issues/global-competitiveness

DAIRYNZ AGM: Results of the DairyNZ director elections will be announced at the AGM and the board and senior management will report to farmers on the organisation’s financial results and investment priorities.Read more:http://www.dairynz.co.nz/elections

DELOITTE WINNERS: The regional category winners of the 2015 Deloitte Fast 50 were announced at events held around the country.For more on the 2015 regional category winners, go to http://www.fast50.co.nz.

FOOD SAFETY RULES: The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is calling for input from food businesses and providers into new food safety rules. Go here : http://www.mpi.govt.nz

GLOBAL DIGITAL IQ SURVEY: PwC’s 2015 Digital IQTM Survey links 10 key company actions directly to stronger financial performance.Go here for the PwC survey: http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/services/advisory/2015-global-digital-iq-survey/downloads.html

HAYS GLOBAL SKILLS INDEX: New Zealand has been given the highest score possible – 10.0 – for wage pressure in our high-skill industries in a global assessment of the efficiency of skilled labour markets in 31 countries. Go here for the Hays Global Skills Index 2015: http://www.hays-index.com/

HOME VALUES RISE: The latest monthly QV House Price Index shows that nationwide residential property values for September have increased 12.6% over the past year which is the fastest rate since October 2007. The full set of QV House Price Index statistics for all New Zealand for September can be downloaded by clicking this link:https://www.qv.co.nz/resources/news/article?blogId=205

LEVY REDUCTIONS: The ACC Board is proposing levy reductions worth $450 million in 2016/17, spread across work, earners’ and motor vehicle levies. See ACC’s levy consultation at: http:www.shapeyouracc.co.nz

MOVEMBER 2015 REGISTRATIONS OPEN: Each November, the Movember Foundation gives men a ‘free pass’ to grow a Mo, and with the month of moustachery just weeks away, Kiwi blokes are being called upon to prep their upper lips. To register to participate in Movember, visit: https://www.nz.movember.com/?home

NZ RANKED 4TH IN THE WORLD: The high quality of New Zealand’s universities has been confirmed in the annual Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings released today. The full list of the top 200 is available athttp://www.thewur.com

SAFE CHALLENGE: Save Animals from Exploitation is urging the public to take the 30-day Go Veg challenge athttp://www.goveg.org.nz. SAFE is offering help and support with delicious recipes, helpful tips and lots of information on how to live a healthy and compassionate life.

WARNING ON COCONUT MILK PRODUCTS: The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is extending its food safety warning on imported coconut milk products to include an instant coconut milk powder product and a coconut juice product. MPI’s Chief Executive statement issued under the Food Act 2014 can be accessed at:http://mpigovtnz.cwp.govt.nz/news-and-resources/media-releases/food-safety-warning-extended-to-include-two-further-coconut-milk-products/

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Thursday 1st October.

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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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