NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for December 03 Edition, 2015

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Private prison operator Serco lost its contract to run Mt Eden prison.

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 11 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 3rd December. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include Indonesia calling on the New Zealand government to do more to crack down on the abuse of Indonesian fisherman on foreign boats and the Corrections Department hitting back at a critical Ombudsman report on teenage incarceration at Mt Eden prison, saying changes have been made since the report was carried out.

POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Gallantry awards mark courage and service; Minister opens world class urban cycleway; Special Education Update findings released;Science Challenge invests $7m in advanced food research; Enabling disabled people to live normal lives; Masterton to reap benefits of better broadband; Celebration of milestones in digital learning; Southern DHB Commissioner’s term extended – deficit progress made; Canterbury latest Children’s Team to go live; Minister launches Healthy Families Lower Hutt;Greater transparency in Govt fiscal data; Minister commends top NZ courts; New law and regulations on smoke alarms and insulation; Improving CYF’s response to allegations; Growth in international student enrolments for Wellington

ACT Party: ACT Will Not Support National-Maori RMA Tinkering

Greens: Australia And NZ Greens Call For Human Rights Inquiry; Minister must address teen prison lockdown “akin to torture”; Mojo Mathers launches disability-assist dog Bill; Green Party Bill To Stop Māori Land Confiscations Under The Public Works Act; Review of CYFS investigation into Roastbusters raises further questions of trust; Corrections Minister failing to grasp basics of his portfolio; More SmartGates installed at Auckland Airport

Labour: Prison performance report fail;Nick Smith’s fingerprints over cover-up;Courage of Defence personnel not forgotten;Special education review lost on Ministry; More MoBIE money for sheep – this time $2.6m;Housing failure wider than Weymouth; Last chance for public submissions on Regenerate Christchurch; Customs project continue to escalate; Customs review raises questions about border protection

Māori Party: Māori Party Looks Forward To Ongoing Negotiations On RMA Reform

New Zealand First: National Guilty Of Double Speak In Voting Against Healthcare Bill; ‘Cruelty To Kiwis’ Restricts Pharmac Drug Buying; Better To Go For ‘Tourist Drivers WOF’

NZ National Party: Bishop welcomes Wellington international student growth; Healthy Families for a Healthy Hutt Valley

United Future Party: A total of 452 entries have been received in the 2016 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, a pleasing result given the economic climate in the industry.

LINKS OF THE DAY

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

BUILDING ACTIVITY: Building work worth $4.2 billion was put in place in the September 2015 quarter, up 4.6 percent on the September 2014 quarter, according to Statistics New Zealand. More details at: http://bit.ly/1RoeFQY

CYF’S IMPROVEMENTS: Child, Youth and Family is improving its operations and partnerships with other agencies following a review by the Chief Social Worker into CYF’s involvement in the “Roastbusters” case. The Chief Social Worker’s review is available at http://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/newsroom/2015/review-practice-auckland.html

DAIRY AWARDS: A total of 452 entries have been received in the 2016 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, a pleasing result given the economic climate in the industry. More information on the awards can be found atwww.dairyindustryawards.co.nz.

HEALTH RESEARCH: High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge has today announced a $7million research investment funding projects that build the science required to develop innovative new foods, including those that will help babies sleep through the night and better protect children against allergies. Read more:http://www.highvaluenutrition.co.nz/en/news-and-events/october-2015/national-science-challenge-high-value-nutrition-invests–10-9m-i.html

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ENROLMENTS: The International Education Snapshot report shows growth across New Zealand in the first eight months of this year of 13 per cent, or 11,760 international students. The International Education Snapshot: January to August 2015 report is available here:http://www.enz.govt.nz/markets-research/latest-research

LOCAL AUTHORITY PLANS: The Office of the Auditor General has today released a report into the audits of local authorities’ 2015-2025 long term plans. Click here for report: http://www.oag.govt.nz/2015/ltps?utm_source=subs&utm_medium=subs&utm_campaign=LTPs

PEMBROLIZUMAB (KEYTRUDA): PHARMAC has today published the clinical advice it has received on the melanoma treatment pembrolizumab (Keytruda). A summary of the process and clinical advice, and a link to the clinical committee recommendations, is available at http://www.pharmac.health.nz/tools-resources/research/pembrolizumab

PERSONS WITH DISABILITY: This year the Human Rights Commission is leading a nationwide campaign to generate engagement across New Zealand with the United Nations Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3 December 2015. This is a day of celebration and focus for people with disabilities. Read more: https://www.hrc.co.nz/idpd/

SPECIAL EDUCATION UPDATE: Findings of 156 Special Education Update engagement forums held by the Ministry of Education with over 3,650 people across New Zealand, including parents, families and educators was released today. The findings, action plan and further information can be found here: http://www.education.govt.nz/ministry-of-education/specific-initiatives/special-education-update/

TRANSPARENCY IN GOVT DATA: Data released today by Treasury and Figure.NZ makes is even easier for the public to dig into the Crown’s books for details on its spending and revenue.The full release can be found athttp://figure.nz/sources/S25YoIwXRaP4CS1Q

WORLD CLASS URBAN CYCLEWAY: Auckland’s most ambitious cycleway, the $15 million Nelson Street Cycleway has opened. The path runs from Upper Queen Street to Victoria Street and links to existing cycle ways.For more information on the Nelson Street Cycleway: https://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/nelson-street-cycleway/

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Thursday 3rd 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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