NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for October 28, 2015

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Changes to funeral practices and customs are being proposed by the Law Commission.

Newsroom Digest

This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 8 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 28th October.

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Top stories in the current news cycle includes changes to funeral practices and customs being proposed by the Law Commission in its review of the Burial and Cremation Act, a new report on Asian migration that shows more people are choosing to live in provincial areas and the a poor environmental rating New Zealand has received from the OECD.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: McClay attends Pacific Trade Ministers Meeting; New eating and activity guidelines for adults; Minister encouraged by moves toward migratory bird protection with China; $24m redevelopment for Balmoral School, Auckland; Low income earners benefiting from finance partnership; Foss announces grant for veteran support services; $2.7 million for international education in regions and new markets

Greens: New evidence shows charter school experiment not working; New OECD environment report damaging for New Zealand’s reputation

Labour: Unprepared government scrambles to deal with deportees; Govt broadband not keeping up with business needs; Brownlee ignoring EQC allegations; Time to modernise role of Reserve Bank; NZDF stupid to reject Iraqi-born Kiwi; No excuses for building delays

New Zealand First: Pigs Not The TB Culprit Either; Key Can’t Cut EU Deal As TPPA Truth Emerges; Ministers Of Sport And Trade M.I.A. On Wellington Phoenix 

NZ National Party: Bishop selects Britnee Tapara for Youth MP role

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ASIAN DIMENSION GROWS: The report Beyond the metropoles: The Asian presence in small city New Zealand examines the impacts of and trends of Asian migration in six areas: Invercargill and Southland; Queenstown; Nelson; Napier-Hastings; Rotorua; Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty. The report is available at:http://www.asianz.org.nz/reports/report/beyond-the-metropoles-the-asian-presence-in-small-city-new-zealand/

COMPUTER SECURITY TEAM: The New Zealand Internet Task Force that it has launched a public funding campaign to build a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT). For more information about CSIRT visit:http://www.csirt.nz/

EATING GUIDELINES: The Ministry of Health has released the Eating and Activity Guidelines for New Zealand Adults, which combines the ministry’s updated nutrition and physical activity advice into one document for the first time. To view the new guidelines document and other information in the series, visit:http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/eating-and-activity-guidelines-new-zealand-adults

ECONOMIES IMPROVE: Developing economies quickened the pace of their business reforms during the last 12 months to make it easier for local businesses to start and operate, says the World Bank Group’s annual ease of doing business measurement. Go here for more: https://www.openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/22771

FUNERAL INDUSTRY REFORM: The Law Commission’s review of the 51-year-old Burial and Cremation Act also recommends modernising how deaths are certified, relaxing rules around where some people can be buried and making it easier to open a privately-run crematorium. Read more: http://www.lawcom.govt.nz/our-projects/burial-and-cremation-law

FLAG VOTING: The Electoral Commission is calling on New Zealanders to make sure they are correctly enrolled and ready to vote in the first referendum on the New Zealand flag. People can check that their enrolment details are up to date at http://www.elections.org.nz

LABOUR FORCE SURVEY: Statistics New Zealand conducted a survey of the working-age population estimate of the usually resident, non-institutionalised, civilian population of New Zealand aged 15 years and over. Read more:http://bit.ly/1Mh04jD

OECD ENVIRONMENT REPORT: The OECD report, Environment at a Glance 2015 says New Zealand is the worst performing of all 34 member states in terms of the percentage of municipal waste going into landfills. The report is available at: http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/docserver/download/9715091e.pdf?expires=1445988348&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=A21B0FB9A6124656BA0949DDFF45952C

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Wednesday 28th 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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