This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 7 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Tuesday 20th October.
Top stories in the current news cycle includes the Justice Minister Amy Adams defending the legal aid system against criticism that the income threshold is a barrier for victims of domestic violence, Ministry of Education figures showing a record 360 early childhood centre complaints in 2014 and employers and unions agreeing to a Government proposal to a Joint Working Group to develop principles for dealing with claims of pay equity under the Equal Pay Act.
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Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:
Government: Farmers and growers urged to prepare for El Nino; New prisoner education programmes launched; Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill introduced; NZ/Korea joint qualification recognition one step closer; SPEECH: Jonathan Coleman – Health Informatics New Zealand Conference; Better information, less effort on World Stats Day; Government to enter negotiations over pay for care and support workers; Working group to pursue pay equity principles for workplaces; Supporting teen parents into education and training; Scholarships bring young Korean golfers to NZ; New pay equity Working Group welcomed; Christchurch earthquake lessons completed:Government To Enter Negotiations Over Pay For Care And Support Workers
ACT Party: Special economic zones may be needed across NZ
Greens: Government’s new plan same as the old plan; Protection for subcontractors a win for building industry; New Zealand standing in the way of developing countries adapting to climate change; Greens Congratulate Kristine Bartlett And Union Movement On Historic Equal Pay Victory
Labour: Complaints soar as Govt sacrifices quality ECE; Andrew Little to meet Chinese Vice President and attend Rugby World Cup final; Joyce’s MoBIE Empire strikes back; Auckland house prices rising 35% faster than Sydney; Breastfeeding an important tool in obesity battle; Pacific and Maori kids left out of equation
New Zealand First: All Bark No Bite On Obesity; English Says Saving To Back Up NZ Super Fruitless
LINKS OF THE DAY
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AVOID TOXIC TRAPS: The Environmental Protection Authority is helping people understand how to stay safe with hazardous substances at home. The EPA has a full suite of information on its website: http://www.epa.govt.nz
COUNCIL-CONTROLLED ORGANISATIONS : The Office of the Auditor-General’s report on Governance and accountability of council-controlled organisations was presented to the House of Representatives. Council-controlled organisations (CCOs) have been in existence since 2002. Click here for more: http://www.oag.govt.nz/2015/cco-governance?utm_source=CCO-subs&utm_medium=CCO-subs&utm_campaign=CCOs
EL NINO AWARENESS: Farmers and growers are being urged to prepare now for the possible impact of El Nino conditions this summer. A brochure has been prepared and is available at: http://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding-to-threats/adverse-events/classifying-adverse-events-/preparing-for-el-nino/
IRRIGATION AGM: The future for irrigating farmers in Otago will come under the spotlight at IrrigationNZ’s first-ever AGM in the region on Thursday 5 November. Details on the meetings are available at:http://www.irrigationnz.co.nz/about-us/irrigation-nz/agm/
REGENERATION BILL: The Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill will replace the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011. The Bill will receive its first reading on Thursday. See more:http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2015/0079/10.0/DLM6579202.html
STATISTICS DAY: Celebrating World Statistics Day, a new (video) infographic explaining how better data leads to better lives for all New Zealanders was launched. The Statistics keep the country ticking infographic is available at:http://www.stats.govt.nz/whystats
WOMEN IN SCIENCE: The representation of women working in life science professions doubled between 1991 and 2013, according to a new report released today by Statistics NZ. Read more:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/people_and_communities/Women/women-occupation.aspx
And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Tuesday 20th October.
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