NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for December 02 Edition, 2015

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Farmers in South Canterbury are hoping farms in the North Island will help restock and provide feed as the region faces one of the driest periods in decades.

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 6 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 2nd December. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle includes a report by The New Zealand Initiative highlighting the need to find ways to incentivise local authorities to be more open to economic growth if local government is to meet the looming infrastructure and aging population challenges, farmers in South Canterbury are hoping farms in the North Island will help restock and provide feed as the region faces one of the driest periods in decades and International dairy prices rebounding slightly at the GlobalDairyTrade auction overnight.

POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: NZ-German joint project wins recognition; PM meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel; VorTech drone wins C-Prize competition; Cancer nurse coordinators play key role; Foss welcomes $25 million boost for visiting driver safety; 3K to Work launched across New Zealand; Extra $12m for two Auckland schools to address roll growth; NZ ratifies UN Convention Against Corruption; Expanded powers for DOC rangers under new bill

Greens: Government to be asked to come clean on fossil fuel subsidies; Green Party To Vote Against National’s RMA Changes; Parliament to debate supermarket referee to give suppliers a fair go; Govt keeping consumers in the dark about hepatitis scare

Labour:Unfinished Canterbury claims used for surplus; Maori trust million dollar legal blow out; CoOL approach needed for frozen imported berries; Government needs to act on Japanese whaling; Cancer patients forced to keep begging; South Island unemployment rises 32% in 2015

New Zealand First: Minister a no-hoper on housing; Stewart Islanders’ Shark Dive Fears Neglected By Arrogant Minister; New Zealand First Bill Proposes Major Health System Benefits

LINKS OF THE DAY

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

CANCER NURSE EVALUATION: The independent evaluation by research consultancy Litmus comes two years into the $4 million a year initiative to fund cancer nurse coordinators across the 20 DHBs. The evaluation report can be viewed at : http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/evaluation-cancer-nurse-coordinator-initiative-second-annual-report

EXPORTS LEAD TRADE SURPLUS: New Zealand earned $2.8 billion more from exports than spent on imports during the year ended September 2015, according to Statistics New Zealand. Read more: http://bit.ly/1HFlyeF

LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS: New Zealand urgently needs to find ways to incentivise local authorities to be more open to economic growth if local government is to meet the looming infrastructure and aging population challenges according to a report by The New Zealand Initiative. The report : The Local Formula: Myths, Facts & Challenges is available at: http://nzinitiative.org.nz/site/nzinitiative/files/The%20Local%20Formula.pdf

NEW SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCE: The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has released its newest resource – Are you worried someone is thinking of suicide? Advice for families, whānau and friends. Click here for more:http://shop.mentalhealth.org.nz/product/762-worried-someone-is-thinking-of-suicide-

PHILANTHROPY NZ REPORT: Philanthropy New Zealand today released the 2014 Giving New Zealand report, sponsored by Perpetual Guardian.Giving New Zealand – Philanthropic Funding 2014 can be accessed at the following web link: http://www.philanthropy.org.nz/sites/all/files/Giving%20New%20Zealand%202014.pdf

TRAVEL CARD RESEARCH: Travel cards can provide a safe and convenient way to pay for things when you are overseas, but if you use one that’s not suited to your requirements, there could be problems and unexpected costs, says Banking Ombudsman Nicola Sladden. Go here for more: https://bankomb.org.nz/news-and-publications/quick-guides/item/looking-after-your-credit-and-debit-cards-and-pins

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Wednesday 2nd December.

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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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