NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for November 11 Edition, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 8 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 11th November.


Top stories in the current news cycle includes the Law Commission proposing a defence of partial murder for victims of family violence who kill their abuser, the Reserve Bank saying the health of the financial system remains sound while warning of the risks from weaker dairy prices and Auckland’s overheated housing market and the Government hinting the Earthquake Commission could retain its frontline role in future disaster management, despite suggestions it would be better placed as a backroom operation.


Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: 2015 Rutherford Medal winner announced; Ministers recognise 150 years of the Māori Land Court; Australia-New Zealand agreement to help combat identity crime; Speech to the Insurance Council of New Zealand annual conference; New public health legislation planned;Child passport subsidy to remain;Proposed law change will improve communities’ recovery from emergencies;Proposals sought for MBIE Science Fund; Todd McClay – Speech to Trans-Tasman Business Circle; Business Transformation – IRD cooperates with Xero and MYOB to simplify GST; Business Transformation – Less time, lower cost, more benefits; Airline alliance better connects NZ and USA; Systems to stop WMD trafficking put to the test; Proposals sought for Regional Research Institutes; Appointment to Te Papa Board; Public views sought on future environmental reporting topics; NBOMe reclassified as Class B1 Drug

Greens: National fiddling while Auckland burns; John Key should “back” sexual violence survivors; Greens Offer Government Chance To Vote For The Environment

Labour: Groser bungle means Koreans can ban NZ buyers but we can’t ban theirs; Enough is enough as dam deadline looms; Te Ture Whenua Bill opposition; Increasing risks as housing contagion spreads; Ratepayers could subsidise Ruataniwha dam after secret meeting; No Plan B for Southern Response; National all talk no action on provisional tax; National’s Tax Return Tax a cash grab; Patients waiting in more pain for operations

New Zealand First: If In Doubt Of Cellphone Coverage, Buy A Satellite Phone Says Minister; Apology over accusations of support for rapists and child molesters required; Roast Busters II Debate Refused; Putting Wood First Creates Work And Jobs; NZ Super ruling won’t spark review; Armistice Day Motion Blocked By National’s Gerry Brownlee; Bill Requires Parent Migrants To Hold Health Insurance; Armistice Day Motion Blocked By National’s Simon Bridges; Polytechs Merger Shortchanges Regional Students


Links of the day have been a feature of NewsRoom_Digest since we first started production in August 2014.

2016 YEAR OF PULSES: The United Nations, led by its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), today launched the 2016 International Year of Pulses to raise awareness about the protein power and health benefits of all kinds of dried beans and peas. Read more:

BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION: Inland Revenue’s Business Transformation programme is likely to take less time, cost less, and deliver more benefits than the original projections. More details available at:

EARTHQUAKE PRONE BUILDINGS: Researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust and GNS Science have recently published two papers examining the impact of the quakes on the property market that reveal interesting aspects in the psychology of purchasing decisions. Impacts of Earthquake Regulation and Building Codes on the Commercial Building Market is available at: 

The Changing Price of Disaster Risk Following an Earthquake is available at:

ENVIRONMENT REPORTING SYSTEM: New Zealanders are being invited to have their say about proposed topics under the new national environmental reporting system. The consultation opens today and ends on 23 December. Further information is available at:

FAMILY VIOLENCE LAW: The Law Commission is seeking feedback to improve the law relating to victims of family violence who kill their abusers in an Issues Paper published today. Read more:

FINANCIAL STABILITY REPORT: The Reserve Bank of New Zealand released the Bank’s November Financial Stability Report today. The report can be viewed at:

GUEST NIGHTS RISE: National guest nights for September 2015 were 5.2 percent higher than in September 2014, according to Statistics New Zealand. Go here for more:

REGIONAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE PROPOSAL: Proposals are invited from groups of businesses, researchers and private investors who are seeking to collaborate to establish regional institutes that will deliver commercially-focused and industry-relevant research to their region and New Zealand as a whole. More information can be found on the MBIE website:

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Wednesday 11th November.

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