NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for October 30, 2015

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Donald TUSK, President of the European Council, meets John KEY, Prime Minister of New Zealand, on 29 October 2015, in Brussels.

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Friday 30th October.

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Top stories in the current news cycle include the Government looking to begin formal negotiations with the European Union (EU) on a free trade agreement as soon as possible, the completion of the first phase of the investigation by the Chief Inspector of Prisons into assaults and ‘fight clubs’ at Mt Eden Prison and the Associate Transport Minister saying there is no need for an independent inquiry into the transport industry watchdog- the Transport Accident Investigation Commission.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: EU-NZ FTA has huge potential says Groser; NZ takes significant step towards an EU FTA; Welcome news for NZ’s social enterprise sector; Work continues with Australia on deportees; Feedback sought on better access to books for visually impaired; Proven leader to chair development company; Speech – Conference of Parties to the International Convention against Doping in Sport; Building consents top 26,000; New ‘Airline-style’ safety card for hospital patients; NZ welcomes China’s support for Ross Sea MPA; Eastern Bay of Plenty Children’s Team goes live; EPA to consult on GMO regulations

Greens: Poor transport planning holding New Zealand back

Labour: EQC accounts show surplus slipperiness; Government underfunding behind tragedy mistakes

New Zealand First: Opposes Government’s ETS Move On Farming; National Puts Roadblocks In Way Of Electric Vehicles; Mouldy south Auckland homes show WoF needed now; ‘Trophy’ Station Among Sales To Foreigners

NZ National Party: Bishop congratulates Hutt Valley Young Enterprise companies

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BOOKS FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED: A discussion document which seeks feedback on whether New Zealand should join an international treaty aimed at making more published material available for people with print disabilities was released today. For more information and to read the discussion document go to: http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/business/intellectual-property/copyright/the-marrakesh-treaty

CLARIFY REGULATIONS: The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has been requested to run a consultation on proposed changes by the Minister for the Environment on the wording of the regulations governing which organisms are defined as “not genetically modified”. Go here for more : http://www.epa.govt.nz/consultations/new-organisms/Pages/consultation-organisms-not-genetically-modified-regulations.aspx

EMPLOYERS WISH LIST: A Victoria University of Wellington survey has shed light on what employers across New Zealand are looking for when recruiting students and graduates.The survey’s Executive Summary is available online:http://www.victoria.ac.nz/st_services/careers/pdf/reports/2015-employability-skills-survey-executive-summary.pdf

EU-NZ FTA: Trade Minister Tim Groser today welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister Key and European Union leaders that both sides will embark on the next steps to enable negotiations on an EU-New Zealand FTA to begin as soon as possible. The joint statement can be found here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-15-5947_en.htm

HOME BUILDING: In September 2015, 2,242 new dwellings were consented in New Zealand – up 257 (13 percent) from the same month last year, according to Statistics New Zealand. Read more: http://bit.ly/1kXpgWk

LIVING IN AUCKLAND: The University of Auckland has released its latest ‘Guide to living in Auckland’ to assist the thousands of students who will move out of home and into the city for tertiary studies next year.The Guide to Living in Auckland has been given out to first year hall residents and is available on the University of Auckland website at:http://ebooks.accommodation.auckland.ac.nz/students_guide_to_living_in_auckland/

METHODOLOGIES REVIEW: The Commerce Commission has today released a process update paper confirming the key topics and next steps for the input methodologies review. A copy of the process update paper can be found at:http://www.comcom.govt.nz/regulated-industries/input-methodologies-2/input-methodologies-review/

PARACETAMOL CONCERN: A research in the NZ Medical Journal recommends a “closer look at tighter age and quantity restrictions on paracetamol sales”. The article can be viewed at: https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/read-the-journal/all-issues/2010-2019/2015/vol-128-no-1424-30-october-2015

PATIENT SAFETY: An ‘airline-style’ patient safety card and video was launched today for all New Zealand hospitals. A copy of the patient safety card can be viewed at: http://www.open.hqsc.govt.nz/patient-safety-week/publications-and-resources/publication/2333 and video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2IeCWoThU4&feature=youtu.be

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Friday 30th 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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