NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for October 14, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 10 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 14th October.

NEWSROOM_MONITOR

Top stories in the current news cycle include the Government recording a surplus of $414 million, leading dairy companies saying the 1080 infant formula threat cost New Zealand’s dairy sector millions of dollars in loss of reputation and former MP Hone Harawira challenging all 26 Maori MPs to speak out about the way New Zealanders are being held in Australian detention centres.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: ECan Bill ensures smooth transition for Canterbury; SPEECH: Simon Bridges – Climate Proofing Energy Infrastructure; In-between travel Bill passes first reading; Government Posts Full Year Operating Surplus; Border Clearance Levy details confirmed; Simulation surgery proves valuable training tool; Māori ICT Development Fund Advisory Group members appointed; Lifting business investment key for growth; New chair for prison’s community forum; Education Minister to speak at international fora

Greens: TPPA will hit farmers in the pocket and funnel it to agribusiness; Surplus good but at what cost?; Green Party Praise For Helen Kelly

Labour: Four year funding freeze for OIO causes delays; Govt must clarify if software patents are in TPP; Woodhouse wrote own worm farm risk list; First surplus a blip on radar screen of debt; Cancer patients deserve help, not threats

New Zealand First: Groser Blind To TPPA Hit On Housing; Chorus of disapproval over education funding plans rising in the North; Manukura another perfect example of why New Zealand doesn’t need charter schools; Grosser on a different planet claiming TPPA is ‘good’ for dairy; Youth Awards sponsors confirmed; Remembering Niue’s sacrifice during language week

NZ National Party: Hutt students recognised with Kupe scholarships; New Zealand achieving surplus

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/

A-G’S REPORT: The Auditor-General’s Annual Report 2014/15 report was released today. The report can be viewed at: http://www.oag.govt.nz/2015/annual-report?utm_source=annual-report-15&utm_medium=annual-report-15&utm_campaign=annual-report-15

BUSINESS INVESTMENT: An update of the Building Investment workstream of the Business Growth Agenda was released today. The Building Investment Chapter, the International Investment for Growth Report, and the Investment Attraction Strategy can be found here: http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/business/business-growth-agenda/towards-2025

EDUCATION INDUSTRY SUMMIT: The 2015 Global Education Industry Summit will be held from the 19-20 October in Finland with Ministers of Education from around the world attending. More details on the summit available at:http://www.oecd.org/education-industry-summit/

ENERGY SCENARIOS: The BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) today launches a new report – New Zealand Energy Scenarios: Navigating energy futures to 2050 – which outlines two different scenarios of what New Zealand’s energy future could look like over the next 35 years. The full report can be found at: http://www.bec.org.nz/projects/bec2050

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF GOVT: The Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the financial year ended 30 June 2015 were released today by Treasury. Read more athttp://www.treasury.govt.nz/government/financialstatements/yearend/jun15 

INTERNET DATA: According to Statistics New Zealand people used more than 84,000 terabytes of data in the month of June 2015, compared with over 34,000 terabytes in June 2013. More details available at:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/information_technology_and_communications/ISPSurvey_HOTP2015.aspx

KPMG UPDATE: The KPMG Funds Management Update reveals New Zealanders are being too passive with their KiwiSaver earnings. More information can be found at: 

http://www.kpmg.com/NZ/en/IssuesAndInsights/ArticlesPublications/Pages/funds-management-update-2015.aspx

OFFICE SUPPORT TALENT MISMATCH: Office support professionals have seen demand for their expertise rise across New Zealand, but a shortage of the right skills is creating a talent mismatch and frustrations on both sides of the employment equation, says recruiting experts Hays. To see a full list of skills in demand and trends, please visithttp://www.hays.net.nz/report

STIMULATION SURGERY: An evaluation report by the University of Auckland shows how surgical teams have benefited from a training centre which simulates operations. The report is available on the Ministry of Health’s website: http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/final-evaluation-report-workforce-innovation-simulation-project-multidisciplinary-operating-room

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT CRISIS: One third of the world’s 1.8 billion young people are currently neither in employment, education or training. Of the one billion more youth that will enter the job market in the next decade, only 40 percent are expected to be able to get jobs that currently exist. Reversing the youth employment crisis is a pressing global priority and the socio-economic cost of inaction is high, says a new report, entitled Toward Solutions for Youth Employment: A 2015 Baseline Report. You can access the report at Solutions for Youth Employment:https://www.s4ye.org

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Wednesday 14th 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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