NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for October 08, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 7 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 8th October.

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Top stories in the current news cycle include the Ngapuhi runanga defending loans it has made to Tuhoronuku, the group negotiating the iwi’s treaty settlement, Prime Minister John Key’s flying visit to the 105 New Zealand troops at Taji Military Camp in Iraq and plans by Solid Energy to close its underground Huntly East coal mine.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Minister welcomes Health Star Ratings on drinks: Funding for Otago forests, birds and wetlands; Ambassador for Counter Terrorism Announced; New road safety billboards for West Coast; Report shows major potential for Waimea dam;40 more youth forensic mental health workers;Make a pre-Christmas date with StudyLink

Greens: Govt needs a plan to support people working in coal industry

Labour: Parata puts brakes on charter school appraisal; Mine closure a blow to Huntly

New Zealand First: Māori Women’s Welfare League deserves Government engagement; Thoughtless Carriage Giveaway Robs Rail Development; Stinging Pentagon Assessment Casts ; Suicide action plan failing farmers; Shadow Over Pm Visit; Very Slow Broadband Limits Rural Users; Suicide action plan failing farmers; Speech-Adult Illiteracy Costs Us, Just As Greater Adult Literacy Enriches Us

NZ National Party:Paying the price for mishandling Solid Energy

United Future Party: Dunne Speaks- Trade is part of our economic DNA

LINKS OF THE DAY

Links of the day have been a feature of NewsRoom_Digest since we first started production in August 2014 at newsroom-nz.tumblr.com. We are currently building an archive of these at:http://newsroomplus.com/resources/resourceful-links/

AUCKLAND’S ENVIRONMENT REPORT: ‘The Health of Auckland’s Natural Environment In 2015’ report delivered by Auckland Council’s Research and Evaluation Unit (RIMU) presents a snapshot of the current and potential environmental issues, recent changes, and long term trends.The full report is available here:http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/planspoliciesprojects/reports/Pages/stateofaucklandreportcardshome.aspx?utm_source=shorturl&utm_medium=print&utm_campaign=State_of_Auckland

CAWTHRON INSTITUTE CONTRIBUTION: A report launched today shows the Cawthron’s 200 staff bring in earnings of $1 million a month to the economy and turnover has grown $5 million in the last three years, with about half of its revenue coming from government. The report can be viewed at:http://www.cawthron.org.nz/publication/corporate-documents/impact-cawthron-institute-economic-contribution-nelson-and-new-zealand/

CONSUMER PRICE INDEX: Westpac estimates that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by just 0.1% in the September quarter, bringing annual inflation down to a new cycle low of 0.2%. Go here for more:https://wibiq.westpac.com.au/wibiqauthoring/_uploads/file/New_Zealand/2015/October_2015/Q3_CPI_Preview_October_2015.pdf

DRINKS RATINGS: The New Zealand Beverage Council (NZBC) is to adopt the Health Star Ratings (HSR) on nearly all non-alcoholic beverages. Further information about the HSR can be found on the Food Smart website:http://www.foodsmart.govt.nz/whats-in-our-food/food-labelling/front-pack-labelling/

GETTING HELP FROM FAMILY: A whopping 97 percent of New Zealanders can turn to family for help and support, according to new research from Statistics New Zealand. The reports are available at :http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/people_and_communities/Well-being/social-connectedness/social-networks/supportive-family.aspx and http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/people_and_communities/Well-being/social-connectedness/social-networks/supportive-friends.aspx

NZDF REVIEW: A Ministry of Defence review of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has highlighted positive initial training for recruits. The full report is available here: http://defence.govt.nz/reports-publications/evaluation-report-recruit-training/contents.html

NZ HEALTH PROFESSIONALS CALLED UPON: Today the World Health Organization is calling for health professionals around the world to push for a strong effective climate agreement at the UN Climate Conference in Paris this December. In the WHO’s words, “Health professionals have a duty of care to current and future generations”. More details on the WHO’s call can be found at its webpage dedicated to its global change campaign at:http://www.who.int/globalchange/global-campaign/en/

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Thursday 8th 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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