NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for November 18 Edition, 2015

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Legend, Jonah Lomu passed away Wednesday November 18 2015 within 24 hours after returning back to New Zealand after attending the 2015 Rugby World Cup in the United Kingdom..

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 7 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 18th November. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include the findings from a Salvation Army report that children do not have adequate or proper access to housing, the price of whole milk powder has taken another hit in the overnight GlobalDairyTrade auction and the Meat Workers Union has won a favourable ruling from the Employment Court in their long standing dispute with AFFCO.

POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Another 54 Communities of Learning formed; Parole-like supervision regime now in place; Aviation agreements will put more kiwi-trained pilots in Vietnamese skies;Awards celebrate seabird protection; Captioning to be extended to Prime Television; Pay equity meeting an important milestone; Expert group set up to review insolvency law; PM saddened at passing of Jonah Lomu

Greens: Another case of pay hypocrisy from the Government;NZ must not extradite people to be tortured

Labour: Big gaps in rushed returning offenders law; End homelessness now – scrap flag vote and stop state house sell-off; The Pacific loses a great friend

Māori Party: Māori Party Celebrates Correction Of Whanganui District Name; Māori Party Backs Urgent Bill To Supervise Deported Offenders

New Zealand First: Jonah Lomu

NZ National Party: Craig Foss praises Wairoa schools for working together for kids 

LINKS OF THE DAY

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

APEC SUMMIT 2015: The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit 2015 commenced today in the Philippines. More details at: http://apec2015.ph/

BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS: A UN report released today, “Biodegradable Plastics and Marine Litter. Misconceptions, Concerns and Impacts on Marine Environments”, finds that complete biodegradation of plastics occurs in conditions that are rarely, if ever, met in marine environments. The full report can be downloaded at:http://unep.org/gpa/documents/publications/BiodegradablePlastics.pdf

COMMUNITIES OF LEARNING: Another 444 schools have formed themselves into Communities of Learning, taking to 793 the number that have agreed to work systematically together under a government policy for raising student achievement. For more information about Communities of Learning go to http://www.education.govt.nz/ministry-of-education/specific-initiatives/investing-in-educational-success

INVISIBLE SUPERCITY: According to latest report of The Salvation Army Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit on housing need in Auckland – Invisible in the SuperCity – children were found to be sleeping outside in cars and garages. Read more: http://www.salvationarmy.org.nz/research-media/social-policy-and-parliamentary-unit/reports/invisible-supercity

MOVEMBER MO DOLLAR: Today, the Movember charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives unveiled a unique initiative featuring some of New Zealand’s most influential faces, minted on a limited edition one dollar coin – the Mo Dollar. For more information visit: http://www.modollar.nz

VACANCIES RISE: The number of job vacancies advertised online rose by 1.8 per cent in October, while there was a 4.3 per cent rise across the year, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) latest Jobs Online report. Read more: http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/employment-skills/labour-market-reports/jobs-online

VIRTUAL DRIVING SITE: A ground-breaking new virtual driving website is being launched by the AA to help better prepare tourists for driving in New Zealand. The AA Visiting Drivers Training Programme can be accessed at:http://www.aa.co.nz/visiting-drivers

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Wednesday 18th 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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