NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for October 20, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 7 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Tuesday 20th October.

NEWSROOM_MONITOR

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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POLITICS PULSE

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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