NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for October 06, 2015

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UNDP administrator Helen Clark meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 8 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Tuesday 6th October.

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Top stories in the current news cycle include the Prime Minister John Key hailing the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a success, Hamilton real estate agent Simon Lugton saying Auckland investors have pushed up house prices by 15% in the city since January and new figures showing 564 people have died by suicide in the last year – the highest number since records began eight years ago. 

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Working prisons programme on track; PM welcomes TPP as NZ’s biggest trade deal; OECD releases full BEPS action plan; TPP a win for regional New Zealand; Diversification through innovation is key to Business Growth Agenda; TPP a win for regional New Zealand; Ambitious target set for rural broadband; Panels consider prisoners’ temporary release

ACT Party: Welcomes important progress for our trading nation

Greens:Greens Celebrate $120 Million Savings From Banking Tender; Bad TPPA deal will cost New Zealanders; Green Party MP Visits Christchurch Solar Home; Bee-killing pesticides need to go; Sacrificing habitat of threatened species for irrigation reservoir is a bad deal

Labour: New Zealand has missed the bus on TPP; TPPA fails dairy and foreign buyers tests; Govt should act now on OECD tax changes; Groser playing games over Pharmac fallout; Lowest business confidence in over four years; Suicide prevention needs to focus on red flags

New Zealand First: TPPA deal not what government promised; New bill to stop secrecy of future deals like TPPA; Minister fails to address winz security

NZ National Party: TPP will deliver significant benefits to NZ

LINKS OF THE DAY

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BUSINESS SOCIAL MEDIA SURVEY: Four independent, national businesses have joined forces to determine how successful social media is for New Zealand business. The inaugural online survey will provide details on the most popular social media platforms and how small and large businesses are using.To participate, go here :http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2316434/Social-Media-New-Zealand

BUSINESS GROWTH AGENDA: Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has outlined Government’s strategy for developing New Zealand into a hub for high-value and knowledge-intensive businesses that are conducting more research and development (R&D) to lift innovation. The BGA Building Innovation update can be found herehttp://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/business/business-growth-agenda/towards-2025

NZIER SURVEY OF BUSINESS OPINION: The latest NZIER Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion shows business confidence falling to its lowest level since March 2011. A net 9 percent of businesses now expect deterioration in the New Zealand economy over the coming months. Read more: http://nzier.org.nz/media/business-confidence-drops-but-firms-own-activity-remains-healthy-quarterly-survey-of-business-opinion-october-2015

OECD RELEASES FULL BEPS ACTION PLAN: The OECD has released its final package of actions to address base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). Go here for details: http://www.oecd.org/tax/beps.htm

PwC REVENUES INCREASE: The PwC network reported total global gross revenues of US$35.4 billion for the fiscal year ended on 30 June 2015. Go here for more: http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/about/global-annual-review-2015/revenues.html

SUICIDE PREVENTION: The Mental Health Foundation acknowledges the family, whanau and friends of the 564 New Zealanders who died by suicide in the last year.More information about suicide prevention, including what to do when you’re worried about someone, coping with suicidal thoughts and what to do after a suicide attempt can be found at http://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/suicideprevention

TPP QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is a free trade agreement between 12 Asia-Pacific countries that liberalises trade and sets consistent rules to make it easier to do business across the region. More information on specific outcomes for industry sectors can be found at http://www.tpp.mfat.govt.nz/ 

TPP IMPACTS ON MARKET: After several years of negotiations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement was settled early this morning. Westpac briefly reviews the implications for the New Zealand economy and financial markets here: https://wibiq.westpac.com.au/NZPublications.aspx?PublicationId=15745&customerid=9053

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Tuesday 6th 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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