NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for October 12, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 14 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Monday 12th October.

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Top stories in the current news cycle include concerns being raised by the Labour Party about declining levels of community health support for people with mental health issues, the Parole Board postponing the next parole hearing for the country’s longest-serving prisoner – considered a high-risk sexual offender – by three years. and a report from the Auditor-General’s into reasons behind the uneven performance of Health Benefits Limited (HBL) in the health sector.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: PM welcomes Australian Prime Minister’s visit to NZ; Minister welcomes Niue Language Week; Central Otago and Southland conservation grants announced; Minister opens Cebu’s Red Cross logistics hub; NZ Condemns Terrorist Attack in Turkey; Recruitment for cancer support roles underway; NZ delegation to commemorate WWI in Niue; Roll of Honour for three Niuean First World War soldiers:Consultation begins on pharmacy 5 year plan; PM to visit Marrakech, Brussels and London 

Greens: Stronger rules and response needed to protect beaches from oil spills

Labour: Whanau Ora fails Maori; Emergency departments feel mental health stress;Big questions over explosion in subsidies for nannies and au pairs; Secret plans to bring back detainees; Poor regions to miss out on better internet; Generation Rent sees another hefty price rise

New Zealand First: Power outage a huge question mark over infrastructural investment; Sweet Chinese deal for Silver Fern Farms is sour for farmers

LINKS OF THE DAY

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AG’S REPORT: The Auditor General has released a report into the performance of of Health Benefits Limited (HBL). The full report is available at: http://www.oag.govt.nz/2015/inquiry-hbl?utm_source=Subs&utm_medium=Subs&utm_campaign=HBL

ANZ INFLATION GAUGE: The ANZ Monthly Inflation Gauge posted a 0.1% increase in September. That’s a touch softer than the typical seasonal increase for this time of year. Go here for more:http://www.anz.co.nz/resources/9/e/9ea6aaa7-a2ef-44e1-ac30-c400bfbb2807/ANZ-MIG-20151012.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CACHEID=9ea6aaa7-a2ef-44e1-ac30-c400bfbb2807

BEST DESIGN AWARD: Te Oro – a new, leading-edge music and arts facility in Glen Innes, Auckland has taken out a prestigious Purple Pin, the Best Design Award event’s supreme award for Interactive. More details about the awards can be found at http://www.bestawards.co.nz/

CLIMATE ACTION IN NZ: Sixteen of New Zealand’s most prestigious health professional organisations are today calling for New Zealand to take urgent action on climate change and health, a critical health issue. See the full text of the NZ ‘Call for Action’ on Climate Change and Health here: http://www.orataiao.org.nz 

EXERCISE TROPIC TWILIGHT: China has joined New Zealand, Britain and the USA in Pacific military disaster training for the first time, joining a 60-strong Exercise Tropic Twilight team of engineers working for six weeks on infrastructure projects in the Cook Islands. Read more: http://www.nzdf.mil.nz/news/media-releases/2015/20151008-nzdfltghoatci.htm

GUEST NIGHTS RISE: Latest data from Statistics New Zealand show that vational guest nights for August 2015 were 4.2 percent higher than in August 2014. More information available at:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/accommodation/AccommodationSurvey_HOTPAug15.aspxand http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/Migration/IntTravelAndMigration_HOTPAug15.aspx

HAYS REPORT: According to the latest Hays Quarterly Report of skills in demand, experienced professionals working in telesales, insurance, facilities management, data science, legal, marketing and trades are also in high demand and are not expected to see demand wane any time soon. To see the full list of skills in demand and trends please visithttp://www.hays.net.nz/report

LIBRARY CHALLENGE: The National Library of New Zealand’s GIF IT UP challenge is back. DigitalNZ and the Digital Public Library of America are calling for the best animated GIFs reusing historical material from libraries and archives from across the world. All information including prizes, rules, content pools and submission form can be found here: http://www.digitalnz.org/gif-it-up

LOCAL BUSINESS eBook: Business Kapiti Horowhenua, who organise and run the hugely successful Electra Kapiti Horowhenua Business Awards, have launched an e-book showcasing some of the outstanding local businesses to have featured in the Awards over the last six years. The (free) e-book is available to download from:https://sites.google.com/site/businesskapitihorowhenua/

NIUE ROLL OF HONOUR: Three Niuean soldiers who served in the First World War will now be included in the New Zealand Roll of Honour and Commonwealth War Graves Commission records. Further information about the Niuean contribution to the NZEF can be found at: http://ww100.govt.nz/niue-joins-the-new-zealand-war-effort 

NIUE LANGUAGE WEEK: The theme of this year’s Niue Language Week, which begins today, is “Tau tagata Niue, tau magafaoa Niue, fakaaoga e vagahau Niue – Niue people, Niue families, use vagahau Niue”. A list of events marking Niue Language Week can be found at: http://www.mpia.govt.nz/

PHARMACY CONSULTATION: Consultation on the plan outlining the future of pharmacy services in New Zealand gets underway today. A copy of the draft plan can be downloaded from the Ministry of Health website:http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/draft-pharmacy-action-plan-2015-2020

PROPERTY INVESTORS CONFERENCE: The NZ Property Investors Federation conference will be held from October 16 to 18 in Auckland. More details can be found at: http://www.buildingwealth.co.nz/bw/welcome

WESTPAC COMMENTARY: Westpac NZ Weekly Commentary says that the dairy sector’s sigh of relief has continued, with yet another sharp increase in the GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction price last week. Read more:https://wibiq.westpac.com.au/wibiqauthoring/_uploads/file/New_Zealand/2015/October_2015/12.10.2015_NZWC.pdf

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Monday 12th 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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