NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for October 29, 2015

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New Zealand Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler cut the Official Cash Rate to a record low of 2.5 percent.

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 12 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 29th October.

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Top stories in the current news cycle includes the Reserve Bank saying further interest rates are likely despite leaving the Official Cash Rate (OCR) on hold at 2.75%, KiwiRail making a plea for support from the government and public arguing that expenditure on the infrastructure is vital for the country as a whole, and a story in the NZ Herald that Treasury is advocating for new rules that would restrict the amount house-hunters can borrow according to how much they earn.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Otago University council members reappointed; TIN 200 companies grow to $9 billion; New scholarship for European Union students; Bay of Plenty Action Plan for regional growth; New Community Corrections site opened;Bus Interchange officially opened; EPA decision on GMO welcomed;New rules for companies start today; Ōpōtiki Harbour Development receives Government support; NZ ranked second in the world for ease of doing business; Bay of Plenty Action Plan set to grow the Toi Moana Māori regional economy; Crime-funded lab screens 2000 drugs at border

Greens: Time to take a stand on Aussie human rights abuses; Auckland housing crisis costs families and distorts economy; Govt should side with Kiwi kids and ban junk-food vending machines; Christchurch needs more than just the new Bus Exchange

Labour: Truth needed on NZ involvement in people smuggling; Nats must stop delaying Opotiki Harbour;Commercial and recreational fishers pick up the slack;National must rule out loan-to-income ratios

New Zealand First:Aussie Banks Bonanza At New Zealand’s Expense

United Future Party:Dunne Speaks- Westpac’s strike against personal privacy

LINKS OF THE DAY

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AMNESTY ALLEGATIONS: New evidence gathered by Amnesty International in a report titled By hook or by crook suggests that Australia’s maritime border control operations now resemble a lawless venture with evidence of criminal activity. View the full report here: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/ASA12/2576/2015/en/

BUSINESS RANKING: The World Bank’s Doing Business report ranks New Zealand as one of the best places in the world to do business. Click here for more: http://www.doingbusiness.org/reports/global-reports/doing-business-2016

BUSINESSES REACH 500,000: According to Statistics New Zealand, in February 2015, the number of businesses in New Zealand passed the half million mark for the first time. Read more: http://bit.ly/1LYTm2q

EDUCATION REPORT: The Ministry of Education released its annual report today. The report can be viewed at:http://www.education.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Ministry/Publications/Annual-Reports/MOE-Annual-Report-2015.pdf

EU STUDENTS: A new scholarship for European Union (EU) students that will allow them to study for a semester at a New Zealand university was announced today. Go here for more information: http://www.enz.govt.nz/our-services/scholarships

KIWIFRUIT INNOVATION SYMPOSIUM: The inaugural Kiwifruit Innovation Symposium in Mount Maunganui today showcases the leading science underway across the industry. Read more: http://www.zesprievents.co.nz/event?id=313 

KIWIRAIL REPORT: KiwiRail’s 2015 Annual Report reflects a year of recovery and consolidation for the company as it maintains its focus on simplifying and improving the business. For more information:http://www.kiwirail.co.nz/uploads/Publications/Continuous%20Disclosure%20Statement%20August%202015.pdf

LIVER CANCER TRIAL: The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved an application to import for release a genetically modified live vaccinia virus (Pexa-Vec) for use in a multi-national clinical trial involving patients with a form of liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma). More details here: http://www.epa.govt.nz/search-databases/Pages/applications-details.aspx?appID=APP202601

ONE-PERSON HOUSEHOLDS: One-person households are projected to be the fastest growing household type in New Zealand, increasing from 390,000 in 2013 to 580,000 in 2038, Statistics New Zealand said. Go here for more:http://bit.ly/1Wiyhub

REGIONAL ACTION PLAN: The Bay of Plenty Regional Economic Action Plan, a set of key initiatives designed to lift employment, incomes and investment across the region was launched today. More information and The Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Action Plan summary can be found on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website:http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/regions-cities/regional-growth-programme/bay-of-plenty

TAIC REVIEW: The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has today published a review of its inquiry concerning the September 2010 parachuting aircraft accident at Fox Glacier. The review is available at:http://www.taic.org.nz/ReportsandSafetyRecs/AviationReports/FoxGlacierinquiryreviewupdate/tabid/289/language/en-US/Default.aspx

TIN REPORT: The Technology Investment Network’s 2015 Report reveals New Zealand’s TIN 200 companies collectively grew to $8.952 billion in annual revenue, a $600 million (7.3 per cent) increase over last year. The report can be purchased online from: http://www.tin100.com/shop.html

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Thursday 29th 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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