NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for November 16 Edition, 2015

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Brush tail possum. The Department of Conservation of another predator explosion next year.

Newsroom Digest

This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 9 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Monday 16th November. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include a rebound in consumer spending in figures from Statistics NZ for the three months to the end of September, a prediction from the Department of Conservation of another predator explosion next year and news the lower North Island iwi Rangitane o Manawatu will receive $13.5 million as part of a Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Trade Minister travels to Philippines for APEC; Paris attacks condemned; Deed of Settlement signed with Rangitāne o Manawatū; Completion of 100th house at first SHA celebrated; Joyce makes second visit to Viet Nam; Speech – DRC Food Security and Food Safety Strategy Summit; Great Walk and National Park addition to memorialise 29 Pike miners; Fraud Awareness Week highlights dangers for consumers and small business; NZ and Viet Nam launch new era in relations;New Zealand and Viet Nam sign agreement for aviation cooperation; Viet Nam-NZ agreement for health collaboration; Mobility Action Teams a step closer; Strategic Education partnership with Viet Nam, Fraud Awareness Week highlights dangers for consumers and small business; Second round of $10m teacher innovation fund; Multi-billion dollar bond listing a first for local government; Minister to speak at Singapore education and technology leadership summit; Councils applying for online voting trial; Appointment of Dunedin Coroner; Appointments to Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Board; Consultation on low value imports next year; GST on online services – levelling the playing field

Greens: Green Party expresses sympathy for Paris victims

Labour: Ministry covers up damning NCEA report

New Zealand First: Speech – Events In Paris, A Serious Matter For New Zealand; Next Global Dairy Trade Likely To Be A Big Fall – Peters

LINKS OF THE DAY

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

APEC CEO INSIGHTS: For the fifth year, PwC is knowledge partner to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit. Links to various reports generated for the event are being posted at: http://www.pwc.com/apec

ENROL TO VOTE: The first referendum on the New Zealand flag starts this week, and those wanting to take part have only a few days left to get enrolled. More information about taking part in the referendums on the New Zealand flag is available at: http://www.elections.org.nz/flag

> NEWSROOM_PLUS has published another update on the flag debate here:http://newsroomplus.com/2015/11/15/flag-3/

FOOD SAFETY CHALLENGE: The annual ANZ Privately Owned Business Barometer survey included 178 food and drinks firms and found an industry that was upbeat about the future, hungry for growth, showing the way in mobile technology and social media use, and collaborating to open export opportunities. Read more:https://comms.anz.co.nz/barometer-reports/article/detail.html?id=21740&name=Food%20&%20Beverage

IWI SETTLEMENT: The Crown has signed a deed of settlement with Rangitāne o Manawatū settling the iwi’s outstanding historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. A copy of the deed of settlement is available at www.govt.nz/treaty-settlement-documents/rangitane-o-manawatu

ONLINE VOTING TRIAL: Five district councils and three city councils have been invited to demonstrate they can meet the government’s requirements for an online voting trial. Details of the voting framework and an updated version of the government’s trial requirements will be on the Department of Internal Affairs’ website:http://www.dia.govt.nz/online-voting

RETAIL SPENDING RISE: Retail sales growth in the September 2015 quarter was led by large gains in the motor-vehicle industry, according to Statistics New Zealand. Read more: http://bit.ly/1OMP1pd

SUPPORTING LGBTI YOUNG PEOPLE: A cross-agency response Supporting LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex ) Young People in New Zealand has been released. 

The response follows the Ministry of Youth Development led consultation that took place across the LGBTI community and highlights key work underway across government that supports LGBTI young people. To download the document go to: http://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/newsroom/2015/supporting-lgbti-young-people.html

TEACHER INNOVATION FUND: Applications have opened for the second round of the $10 million Teacher-led Innovation Fund. More information can be found here: http://www.education.govt.nz/ministry-of-education/specific-initiatives/investing-in-educational-success/teacher-led-innovation-fund/

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Monday 16th November.

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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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