This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 13 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 7th October.
Top stories in the current news cycle includes a survey of early childhood teachers raising concerns about under-staffing at childcare centres, ongoing ripples of response to the newly signed TPP deal and the launching of E tū Union, the largest private sector union in the country.
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Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:
Government: New Ambassador to Thailand named; New Ambassador to Timor-Leste announced; Dr Nick Smith – Speech at the Our Oceans Conference; Terms of reference for Creative Sector Study released; 30 per cent drop in crime since 2008; Work starts on new maximum-security facility; New Customs officers on frontline for summer;Simon Bridges to attend APEC ministerial meetings; Minister to focus on future of non-casino gambling; Prime Minister visits NZ troops in Camp Taji, Iraq
Greens:Greens Support E tū Union Launch; Charter schools evaluation reveals next to nothing; KiwiSaver withdrawals highlight growing hardship
Labour:National lengthens the digital lag; New Zealand gave away right to protect houses and land in TPP; Farmers aren’t stupid
New Zealand First: TPPA raising investor threshold proves deal is about corporate influence not trade; Crown setting worrying trend for treaty obligations
LINKS OF THE DAY
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ACC REPORT: ACC’s annual report, released today, shows a net surplus of $1.6 billion – $743 million ahead of budget – largely due to stronger investment earnings in international markets. The annual report is available atwww.acc.co.nz/2015ANNUALREPORT
CHARTER SCHOOL REPORT: Innovations in Partnership Schools Kura Hourua report by consultancy Martin Jenkins on behalf of the Ministry of Education, found early evidence the schools are developing innovative solutions for their communities, with schools enjoying the flexibility of the funding model. The report is available at:http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/schooling/innovations-in-partnership-schools-kura-hourua
CHILDFORUM SURVEY: A ChildForum survey of Early Childhood teachers has raised issues of understaffing and factory farming of children. Read more: http://www.childforum.com/policy-issues/surveys-and-ece-sector-a-family-data/1323-quality-report-teachers-views.html
CREATIVE SECTOR STUDY: A Creative Sectors Study by the Government will look at how creative industries are using copyright and designs rules in a changing technological environment. For more information on the Terms of Reference, see: http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/business/intellectual-property/copyright/creative-sector-study and for information on the Government’s work in digital convergence see:http://www.convergencediscussion.nz/
COMMISSION CLEARS BEIJER: The Commerce Commission has given clearance for B100 Limited, a newly incorporated subsidiary of the Swedish refrigeration group Beijer Ref AB, to acquire the business and assets of Realcold Limited. A public version of the written reasons for the decision is available on the Clearances Register:http://www.comcom.govt.nz/business-competition/mergers-and-acquisitions/clearances/clearances-register/
DWELLING AND HOUSEHOLD ESTIMATES: Dwelling and Household Estimates provide estimates of all private dwellings in New Zealand at a given date, and estimates of all households usually living in New Zealand at a given date. Go here for more:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/estimates_and_projections/DwellingHouseholdEstimates_HOTPSep15qtr.aspx
ENVIRONMENT MINISTER IN CHILE: Environment Minister Nick Smith delivered a speech to the Our Oceans Conference this week. For more information on the conference go to:http://www.nuestrooceano2015.gob.cl/en/conference/
FISHERIES REVIEW: New Zealand’s fisheries management system is going under the spotlight as part of a review to future-proof our fisheries. Find out more about the review and how to have your say:http://www.mpigovtnz.cwp.govt.nz/law-and-policy/legal-overviews/fisheries/fisheries-management-system-review/
FIZZ CONFERENCE: A conference to discuss the health effects and possible strategies to reduce sugary drink intake, with particular reference to Maori and Pacific communities was held today at Manukau Institute of Technology. More details on the conference are available at: http://www.fizz.org.nz/
GAMBLING CONSULTATION: Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne announced a package of measures on 7 October 2015 affecting non-casino gambling: the Class 4 sector. The Department has been asked to provide advice to the Minister on a possible wider review of the Class 4 sector. Further decisions about whether to proceed with any review will be made in early 2016. The consultation paper can be seen here:http://www.dia.govt.nz/diawebsite.nsf/wpg_URL/Services-Casino-and-Non-Casino-Gaming-Gambling-Consultation
GROWING LAND GRABS: New research shows that New Zealand is not the only country where foreign investors buy farmland. The Washington environmental and economic think tank, Worldwatch Institute, says it is part of a worldwide trend. Read more at: http://www.worldwatch.org/node/14725
MANUFACTURING FIRM WARNED: The Commerce Commission has issued a formal warning to manufacturing firm Consolidated Alloys (N.Z.) Limited (CA) over the inclusion of an anti-competitive clause in a negotiated settlement with roofing products competitor Edging Systems (NZ) Limited (ESL). A copy of the investigation report can be found here: http://www.comcom.govt.nz/business-competition/enforcement-response-register-commerce/investigation-reports/
NZ SUPER FUND: The NZ Super Fund’s 2014/2015 report released today shows it had $4.4 billion of its $29.54 billion portfolio invested in New Zealand compared to $3.7 billion a year earlier. The report is available at:http://www.nzsuperfund.cmail19.com/t/d-l-jtoiht-witydiuk-p/
And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Wednesday 7th October.
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