NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for November 20 Edition, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 8 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Friday 20th November. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include Airline pilots accusing the government of moving too slowly to tighten airport security, rising tide of concerns in the wake of yesterday’s report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment about the potential impacts of rising sea levels and the official start to the first flag referendum.


Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Bill’s passage keeps Auckland Plan on track; Recovery Plan for Lyttelton Port released; Speech to Association of Salaried Medical Specialists annual conference, Wellington; Waitangi Treaty Grounds governance reformed; Voting opens to choose the future of NZ’s flag; Employment Court Judge appointed; EOI now open to Community Housing Providers; NZ better prepared to deal with WMD trafficking; RSE employers praise seasonal worker scheme; Proposed upgrade for bus regulations; $6m rebuild for Te Wharekura o Maniapoto, Te Kuiti; Major milestone for Waikato Expressway; Submissions open for United Nations report

Greens: Just 2 percent of kids cycle to school because of Govt inaction; 25 years of the rights of children but Government failing to deliver; Get bee-harming pesticides off the shelf and out of our environment; Government’s climate denial puts peoples’ livelihoods and assets at risk; Safer roads in time for summer

Labour: Investigation needed into roadshow promo

New Zealand First: Speech By Rt Hon Winston Peters In Christchurch – Meadow Mushrooms Expansion; National believes it can ignore flag change opposition; PM Wrong Over ‘Malaysian 36’ – Bring Them Home; Nathan Guy’s Attack Upon Russia Reckless – Peters; Congratulations To Taranaki On Extending Supergold Card Travel; Australia Cites ‘National Interest’ In Stopping Foreign Sale


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

BUS REGULATIONS: Proposed changes to a Land Transport Rule will allow buses to carry more passengers between New Zealand’s main centres and pave the way for hybrid diesel-electric buses. Submissions close 21 December 2015. The consultation draft rule amendment, overview and submission form is available at:

HOUSEHOLD SPENDING: Household income was $134.4 billion (up 0.8 percent), while household spending was $135.3 billion (up 3.3 percent) in the March 2015 year, according to Statistics New Zealand. Read more:

LYTTELTON PORT RECOVERY: The Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan has been released which allows for the port to be rebuilt and repaired in a timely and appropriate manner. See details at:

MBIE TOURISM DATA: The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) has released the Regional Tourism Estimates for the year ending March 2015. Detailed pivot tables and regional summaries can be found on MBIE’s Regional Tourism Estimates web page:

PAYING TAXES: New Zealand has retained its 22nd ranking out of 189 economies in its ease of paying taxes, according to Paying Taxes 2016, a study by PwC and the World Bank Group now in its tenth edition. Paying Taxes 2016 is available to view at:

REFERENDUM VOTING PAPERS: Voting papers are being delivered to over three million New Zealanders from today, as the first referendum on the New Zealand flag gets underway. More information about voting in the referendum is available at

SEASONAL WORKER REPORT: Two recent reports show benefits of the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme to employers, workers and the Pacific region. For copies of the reports: and

UN WOMENS’ REPORT: Public consultation has commenced on a draft report for the United Nations outlining New Zealand’s efforts to eliminate discrimination against women. The draft report and information on the submission process is available at:

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Friday 20th November.

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