NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for November 25 Edition, 2015

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Newsroom Digest

This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 14 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 25th November. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include controversy over difficulties Dr Jarrod Gilbert, a sociologist specialising in research on criminals at the University of Canterbury, has had obtaining official information from police, new research from Motu into shifts in the ways that New Zealanders are mitigating greenhouse-gas emissions and the Southern District Health Board missing out on full accreditation to train doctors after the Medical Council found as many as 19 deficiencies in its processes.

POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Minister to travel to Paris for key climate meeting; New tourism and hospitality college for Northland; Government Begins Review Of ETS; ETS review an opportunity for forestry; NZ food and beverage sector adding value to volume; Study confirms NZ’s commitment to education; Soft Plastics Recycling Programme launched; Government Suggests Options To Improve Financial Advice Laws; Record low number of backroom bureaucrats; Additional funding to engage young Wellingtonians with science and tech; Good progress in two years of Housing Accord; More opportunities for Māori and Pasifika Trades Training; Minister launches Healthy Families Rotorua; Caversham Valley improvements deliver safer journeys for Otago; Government Suggests Options To Improve Financial Advice Laws; White Ribbon Day puts spotlight on family violence

Greens: No John Key, science alone won’t save us, action will; Agriculture must be part of Emissions Trading Scheme review; Police censorship of crime research “an outrage”

Labour: Petition over Key’s comments on sexual violence returns to Parliament; Data withheld to stymie research; Last chance for Govt to listen on ECan

Māori Party: Te Ururoa Flavell joins 250 km run to raise awareness about domestic and sexual abuse; Call to bring back Maori soldiers buried in Malaysia; Labour & NZF Maori MPs Should Do Homework Before Mudslinging

New Zealand First: Silver Fern Farms ‘Heist’ Needs Regulators’ Scrutiny

NZ National Party: Hutt Valley primary school to engage kids in science and tech

LINKS OF THE DAY

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

BACKROOM BUREAUCRATS DROP: The June 2015 update of the Core Government Administration shows 35,632 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff, a reduction of 474 from December 2014.The latest capping update is available here:http://www.ssc.govt.nz/capping-june15

CONSTRUCTION SURVEY: The Aecom Sentiments Survey for the 2nd half of 2015 highlights a substantial softening in the infrastructure sector with only 29 percent of respondents expecting to see an increase in workload. The survey is available at: http://www.aecom.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Sentiment-NZ-2H-2015_final_Embargoed-until-25-November-2015.pdf

EMPLOYMENT FIGURES: The number of Pacific people employed increased by 9.6 per cent in the year to September 2015, according to the latest Labour Market Factsheets for Māori and Pacific peoples released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today.For more information on MBIE’s labour market analysis, and to view the factsheets visit our website:http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/employment-skills/labour-market-reports.

FAMILY SUPPORT: A research released by Statistics New Zealand, shows that 61 percent of New Zealand adults who experienced a major life change in the last 12 months turned to family for support. Read more:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/people_and_communities/Well-being/social-connectedness/social-networks/deal-with-change.aspx

FINANCIAL ADVICE LAWS: An options paper has been released in a move to improve financial advice legislation. More details at: www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/business/business-law/financial-advisers/review-of-financial-advisers-act-2008

FOOD & BEVERAGE SECTOR: A new report on New Zealand’s food and beverage export sector shows that the sector is successfully achieving growth by investing in added value products and moving up the value chain. The Investor’s Guide to the New Zealand Food and Beverage Industry is part of the Food and Beverage Information Project and is available here: http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/food-beverage/information-project

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS: New research by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research has identified where households can make a real difference to their greenhouse gas emissions – and cutting down on red meat and purchasing an electric vehicle are top of the list. Click here for more: http://www.motu.org.nz/assets/Documents/our-work/environment-and-resources/emission-mitigation/shaping-new-zealands-low-emissions-future/Are-we-turning-a-brighter-shade-of-green-execsummary.pdf

INTERNATIONAL VISITOR ARRIVALS: The latest edition of International Visitor Arrivals to New Zealand (IVA) is now available on the Statistics New Zealand website. Read more: http://bit.ly/1Md0Lke

INTERNATIONAL VISITOR SPENDING: International visitor spend grew 38 per cent to $9.4 billion in the September 2015 year, according to the latest International Visitor Survey released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Summary statistics are available in the IVS key data table:http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/tourism/tourism-research-data/ivs/ivs-commentary

NZ EDUCATION: Education At a Glance 2015, which was released overnight, shows that New Zealand ranks in the top two OECD countries for expenditure on both school and tertiary education as a percentage of total public expenditure. The report is available at: htttp://www.oecd.org/edu/eag.htm

SELF-ESTEEM STUDY: Thousands of Kiwi parents have seen a positive increase in their child’s self-esteem after they take part in a triathlon event, according to a new survey by Sanitarium Health Food Company. Click here for more:http://try.weetbix.co.nz/parents/benefits-for-your-child 

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS AWARDS: The The NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards, which have been running for 13 years was held last night.Read more: http://sustainable.org.nz/awards/

UNLOCKING CURIOUS MINDS: Nearly $1 million of additional funding has been awarded to 25 new projects across New Zealand to engage more young Kiwis with science and technology under the Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund pilot. For more information visit: http://www.curiousminds.nz/ucm

WORLD BANK’S CLIMATE PLAN: The World Bank Group today unveiled a new plan that calls for $16 billion in funding to help African people and countries adapt to climate change and build up the continent’s resilience to climate shocks.Go here for more: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2015/11/24/world-bank-group-unveils-16-billion-africa-climate-business-plan-to-tackle-urgent-climate-challenges

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Wednesday 25th 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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