NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for October 19, 2015

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key greets Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 9 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Monday 19th October.

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Top stories in the current news cycle include the Prime Minister John Key hoping he will eventually make more progress for New Zealanders living in Australia and those caught up in tough new immigration rules, a proposal by the New Zealand Initiative to create special economic zones for regional economic development and new poll results showing strong support for keeping the existing flag rather than changing it for one of the five options on offer. 

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government:Appointment of Judge of the High Court; Data Futures group announced; Boring Waterview works complete: now to the fun part; Exciting new installations on the Avon; McCully to UN for Middle East debate; Ngā Tapuwae Western Front trails released; Plan to reduce childhood obesity

Greens: Greens’ Deportation Complaint Stands After PM’s Failure To Get Win For Kiwis; After failure of Turnbull meeting, what’s the plan for NZ detainees?

Labour: Healthy school tuck shops needed; Discretion must be more than empty rhetoric 

New Zealand First:Minister’s Claim That ‘Need For Social Houses Reducing’ Is Total Rubbish; No Compassion For Kiwis With Cancer 

NZ National Party:Tolley Ignores Serious Concerns At Youth Facility; MP welcomes tree back to Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill 

LINKS OF THE DAY

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BANKING OMBUDSMAN: Banks need to improve their online complaints information, the Banking Ombudsman Scheme says in its 2014-15 Annual Report released today. The 2014/2015 Annual Report is available at:https://bankomb.org.nz/ckeditor_assets/attachments/291/annual_report_2014-15.pdf

CHILDHOOD OBESITY: A comprehensive plan to reduce childhood obesity was announced today by the Ministry of Health. Further information about the Childhood Obesity Plan can be found at: 

http://www.health.govt.nz

DATA FUTURES PARTNERSHIP: Government has named the working group responsible for leading the new Data Futures Partnership. Read more: http://www.datafutures.co.nz/

FLAG REFERENDUM POLL: The latest flag referendum poll conducted by UMR Research Limited is available at:http://umr.co.nz/sites/umr/files/umr_flag_referendum_-_october_2015_-_media_release.pdf

LGNZ FUNDING REVIEW: LGNZ’s Local Government Funding Review 10-point plan which recommends a flexible regime to allow innovative ideas and approaches to be trialled in some areas to allow a policy to be tested in a location or region. Read more: http://www.lgnz.co.nz/home/our-work/our-policy-priorities/3.-sustainable-funding/local-government-funding-review/

NZ INITIATIVE REPORT: A report from The New Zealand Initiative, ‘In the Zone: Creating a Toolbox for Regional Prosperity’ proposes the setting up Special Economic Zones (SEZs) as a means of tailoring policy reform to regional needs, encouraging regional economic development, while also piloting policy changes before rolling them out to the entire country. The report can be downloaded at:http://nzinitiative.org.nz/site/nzinitiative/files/In%20the%20Zone%20WEB.pdf

NZ’s WW1: A new interactive guide to New Zealand’s First World War history on the Western Front is now available to download. More information about the Ngā Tapuwae New Zealand First World War Trails can be found at: 

http://www.ngatapuwae.govt.nz

POLICE CONFERENCE: The Police Association is holding its 80th annual conference this week, from Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 October, at the James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel, The Terrace, Wellington. See more:http://www.policeassn.org.nz/newsroom/publications/media-releases/firing-line-nz-police-association-conference-21-23-oct

REGIONAL AIR PLAN: As part of the Proposed Regional Air Plan for Southland, there are a number of rules to help improve air quality as segment of the Government’s health-inspired National Environmental Standards for Air Quality (NES). Further information about the rules, airshed maps and tips on reducing the smoke from chimneys is available on: http://www.BreatheEasySouthland.co.nz.

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Monday 19th 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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