NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for October 22, 2015

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Seven Charter schools fell short of their minimum funding-related enrolments this year.

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 14 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 22nd October.

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Top stories in the current news cycle include documents showing four of the seven Charter schools fell short of their minimum funding-related enrolments this year, the findings from the Waitangi Tribunal’s Whanganui Land Report substantiate that that the Crown has caused local Maori substantial harm over time and Cabinet agreeing to a landmark decision to enact the Maori Language bill in English and Maori.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Proposed social housing transfers proceed to next phase; Speech: Hekia Parata – Global Education Industry Summit, Helsinki; Online tax filing results in big savings; Speech: Paula Bennett – Opening Community Housing Aotearoa’s 2015 Conference; Speech: Peter Dunne – New Zealand Self-Medication Industry (NZSMI) association Conference; Minister meets with Finland’s education experts; Simplifying money matters for small businesses; Cabinet approves Māori Language Bill amendments; Transition Recovery Plan released; Construction work starts on biocontainment laboratory; Minister meets with Finland’s education experts; New health facilities for ageing prisoners; ACC law change will help superannuitants after spouse’s death; Disability Action Plan released for feedback; Easter Sunday Shop Trading Bill introduced; Strong uptake of Health Star Ratings continues; Joyce welcomes signing of OECD Science and Innovation Declaration in Korea;Take care and live to see summer; Speech – Opening Community Housing Aotearoa Conference

Greens: Green Party Introduces Amendment To Curb ‘Facilitation Payments’; New Zealanders want rivers we can swim in, not get sick in; Government must say if it supports Australia’s UNHRC bid; Greens Call For Deferral Of SkyCity’s New Pokies Following Problem Gambling Failure; Green Party farewells Russel Norman

Labour: Ozone hole gases on the rise; Minister sacks Ministry for rural broadband; Questions remain over the Christchurch Regeneration Bill; Catastrophe as Coleman’s complacency continues; Bennett resorts to snide attack on the vulnerable; From Rock Star to Risk Watch in a year; 55km Cable to Nowhere serves one customer; Government continues to hide over Canterbury legislation

New Zealand First: Government Not Prepared To Act Against Paedophiles; Immigration Department And Minister Lack Competence

NZ National Party: Members’ bill to make it easier to become a celebrant

LINKS OF THE DAY

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BIOCONTAINMENT LAB: Construction work has started on the new National Biocontainment Laboratory in Upper Hutt. More information is available at http://www.mpi.govt.nz/new-lab

DISABILITY ACTION PLAN: The updated Disability Action Plan 2014-2018 for the second round of public consultation has been released. The updated Disability Action Plan can be found at:http://www.odi.govt.nz/disability-action-plan

INVESTMENT AID TOOL: The Treasury has launched a new cost benefit analysis tool to support evidence-based investment decisions across the social sector known as CBAx. Further information is available at:http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/guidance/planning/costbenefitanalysis/cbax

MURUROA NUCLEAR RADIATION REPORT: A Government commissioned report has found Defence Force personnel on board frigates during the Labour Government’s protest against French nuclear testing at Mururoa in 1973 were not exposed to harmful levels of radiation. The report is available at: http://www.esr.cri.nz/home/latest-news/operation-pilaster/

OECD DECLARATION: Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed the signing of the ‘Daejeon Declaration on Science, Technology and Innovation Policies for the Global and Digital Age’ at the OECD Ministers Meeting on Science and Technology hosted by the Korean Government. The OECD Ministerial Declaration on Science, Technology and Innovation Policies for the Global and Digital Age is available here: http://www.oecd.org/sti/sti-ministerial-2015.htm

POPULATION RISES: According to Statistics New Zealand,out of New Zealand’s 16 regions, 15 experienced higher population growth in the June 2015 year than the previous year. More details available at: http://bit.ly/1NomAug

REPORT ON WHANGANUI CLAIMS: The Waitangi Tribunal today released He Whiritaunoka: The Whanganui Land Report, in which it reports to the Crown on 83 claims of hapū and iwi of the Whanganui inquiry district. Go here for more: http://www.justice.govt.nz/tribunals/waitangi-tribunal/news/whanganui-land-report-released

RULES FOR HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES: The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has created its first EPA Notice, allowing for the collection of information about those importing and manufacturing hazardous substances. Read more: http://www.epa.govt.nz/hazardous-substances/EPA_Notices/Pages/default.aspx

SFO ANNUAL REPORT: The Annual Report for the Serious Fraud Office was released this week. The report can be viewed at: https://www.sfo.govt.nz/f55,37371/SFO_2015_Annual_Report_FINAL_Website_version.pdf

SPORTING NATION: Almost two-thirds of Kiwis belong to a club or organisation, according to Statistics New Zealand. New analysis from the 2014 New Zealand General Social Survey shows 64 percent of New Zealand adults belonged to a club, and 6 percent of us belonged to four or more clubs. More details available at:http://bit.ly/1W5pyWD

SIMPLIFYING FINANCIAL MATTERS: A new initiative dedicated to helping small businesses better understand tax and finance. The Tax and Finance page is available at: http://www.business.govt.nz/tax-and-finance/

TELECOMMUNICATIONS LEVY: The Commerce Commission released its draft decision about how much 18 telecommunications providers will pay towards the $50 million Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL) for 2014/15. The 2014/15 levy and draft decision can be found here http://www.comcom.govt.nz/regulated-industries/telecommunications/industry-levy-and-service-obligations/telecommunications-development-levy-tdl/201415-tdl-liability-allocation-determination/

TRANSITION RECOVERY PLAN: The Transition Recovery Plan details the arrangements to be put in place when the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) ends in April next year. The plan can be viewed at:http://www.cera.govt.nz/transition

WOMEN LIVE LONGER: The lives of women and girls around the world have improved in several areas over the last 20 years but they continue to be victims of gender based discrimination and violence, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations. Read more: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/gender/worldswomen.html

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Thursday 22nd 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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