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Newsroom Digest

This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 13 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Monday 5th October.


Top stories in the current news cycle include the Government launching the first ever National Science Strategy which aims to increase funding for science, the Council of Trade Unions saying WorkSafe has stepped up but is still not fully doing its job as a safety regulator and further delays on an announcement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) until tomorrow morning.

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Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Ranga-Bidois Whānau Papakāinga ‘an outstanding example of a whānau-led housing initiative’; Māori Housing Network to build on Māori housing success; Fijians urged to treasure their language; Supporting people with mental health issues;First National Science Strategy launched; Changes to strengthen international science fund; Waitangi Tribunal decision;Six banks awarded All-of-Government contracts; English to IMF and World Bank this week

Labour: Sexual assault at Wiri prison another Serco failure; Seven year science wait wasn’t worth it; English should send himself to Australia

New Zealand First: Clark urges TPPA signing but we’ve had other poor deals; Speech: Circus or Soap Opera and Foreseen Circumstances; New Zealand First Congratulates Dr Joe Williams


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ENVIRONMENT REPORT: Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’s State of the Environment Report for Oceania 2015 – Caring for our Common Home was presented today in Wellington. Read more:http://www.caritas.org.nz/sites/default/files/PER_2015_web.pdf

FIJI LANGUAGE WEEK: Fiji Language Week begins today, with the theme “Noqu vosa, noqu iyau talei – My language, my treasure”. A list of events marking Fiji Language Week may be found at http://www.mpia.govt.nz

FIREWORKS RULES: The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is reminding importers and retailers of their obligations around the importation, sale and safe storage of fireworks. Read Your Guide to Selling Retail Fireworkshttp://www.epa.govt.nz/Publications/Your-Guide-to-Selling-Retail-Fireworks.pdf and about importing fireworks:http://www.epa.govt.nz/hazardous-substances/importing-manufacturing/explosives/Pages/Retail%20Fireworks.aspx

FMA REPORT: The Financial Markets Authority’s (FMA) latest report into KiwiSaver activity shows funds flowing into KiwiSaver at an all-time high during the 12 months to 31 March 2015. View the Report here:http://fma.govt.nz/assets/Reports/151005-FMA-KiwiSaver-Report-2015.pdf

GENDER PAY GAP: The Human Rights Commission’s Tracking Equality at Work (TEW) reveals that women and young people are more likely to be paid less than any other New Zealand workers. Pacific women were at the bottom of the pay ladder.Find out more about Tracking Equality at Work https://www.hrc.co.nz/your-rights/employment-opportunities/our-work/tracking-equality-work/

MĀORI HOUSING NETWORK: The Māori Housing Network has been set up under Te Puni Kōkiri to support Māori-led housing initiatives and develop greater Māori capability in the sector. For more information go tohttp://www.tpk.govt.nz/en/whakamahia/maori-housing-network

MENTAL HEALTH: The theme of this year’s mental health awareness week (5-11 October) is ‘Give – Give your time, your words and your presence’. For more information on this year’s theme ‘Give’, one of the five ways to wellbeing, and what people can do to support others, visit the Mental Health Foundation’s awareness week website:http://www.mhaw.nz

MPI FOOD WARNING: The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is extending its food safety warning on imported coconut milk products and coconut milk powder to include new products. Find out more: Food Smart website –http://www.foodsmart.govt.nz/elibrary/consumer/recall-imported-coconut-milk-drinks.htm

NATIONAL SCIENCE STRATEGY: Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has today launched the inaugural National Statement of Science Investment (NSSI), which sets the long-term strategic direction for the Government’s investment in science. Read more: http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/first-national-science-strategy-launched andhttp://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/science-innovation/national-statement-science-investment

RENEWABLE ENERGY: The International Energy Agency is forecasting a rise in the use of renewable electricity in the next 5 years. It says 26 percent of all electricity worldwide will be from wind, solar, hydro and geothermal sources by 2020. More details at: https://www.iea.org/newsroomandevents/pressreleases/2015/october/renewables-to-lead-world-power-market-growth-to-2020.html

TE REO MĀORI SCHOLARSHIPS: Known as the Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga – ‘Kia Ita’ Scholarship, five awards will be available to post graduate Masters students to help support research capacity and capability for te reo Māori. Read more:http://www. maramatanga.ac.nz/npm-grants

TOURISM INDUSTRY AWARDS: The Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Industry Awards,managed by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) with Award Partners Air New Zealand and the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, the awards were announced over the weekend. For more information go tohttp://www.tourismawards.co.nz

WORLD BANK: The World Bank says extreme poverty will fall this year to less than 10 percent of the global population for the first time. According to the bank’s projections, about 702 million people, or 9.6 percent of the world population, will live below the poverty line this year, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Read more:http://www.worldbank.org/en/research/brief/policy-research-note-03-ending-extreme-poverty-and-sharing-prosperity-progress-and-policies

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Monday 5th October.

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