NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for December 09 Edition, 2015

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

Newsroom Digest

This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 5 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 9th December. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include a warning from Transpower that the electricity supply could be disrupted if Genesis Energy shuts its coal-burning power stations at Huntly in 2018 and the private prison operator Serco losing its contract to run Mt Eden prison.

POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Guardians appointed to NZ Superannuation Board; Southern DHB Bill passes first reading 95-26, Warmer, safer homes bill unanimously supported; PM’s Pacific Youth Award winners announced; Tax bill tackles offshore property speculators and online GST; Education Legislation Bill passes first reading; Celebrating remarkable young people in care; Bus Interchange arrangements praised; Discussion opens on vehicle size and weight; Nursing graduates finding jobs sooner; UFB delivers early Christmas present to businesses; Data allows Govt to identify and protect at-risk youth; New Polytechnic for Bay of Plenty region; Minister supports Corrections’ decision; New Chatham Islands fish factory a major boost; ACC Board reappointment

Greens: New report shows National going backwards on climate change; Serco contract should be cancelled rather than not renewed; Cuts to Native Affairs show deeply disappointing

Labour: OIA report could have serious ramifications; Countdown on to support Pacific Nations in Paris; Overcharging of thousands of car owners continues; Dame Whina’s birthday time for reflection; Programme cut-back latest blow for Māori Television; National’s U-turn over Serco shows privatisation failure; Complacent National letting the economy drift; Millions in extra costs for ChCh as Govt walks away

New Zealand First: Southerners Lose Right To Vote For DHB Board;Education Minister Announces Decade-Old Policy; Assaults, Escape Attempts Rock Youth Justice Facility

NZ National Party: Bishop banishes book bans with new Member’s Bill

LINKS OF THE DAY

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

BANKING OPTIMISM: New Zealand’s banking industry is more optimistic than any other country, registering the lowest levels of overall anxiety and the highest levels of preparedness of all countries surveyed, according to Banking Banana Skins 2015: Recovery under threat – New Zealand edition by PwC. The report is available at:www.pwc.co.nz/bankingbananaskins

CLIMATE ACTION TRACKER: New Zealand’s efforts to fight climate change have been condemned by Climate Action Tracker as ‘inadequate’ in a final update of their report for the COP21 Paris Climate Talks. Read more:http://climateactiontracker.org/assets/publications/briefing_papers/CAT_Temp_Update_COP21.pdf

GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION RANKING: New Zealand has also slipped further towards the bottom of a new international league table on climate action released by European research organisation Germanwatch. Climate Change Performance Index 2016 can be viewed at: https://germanwatch.org/en/ccpi.

IMPROVING URBAN PLANNING: The Productivity Commission has released an issues paper calling for input on the future of urban planning. The paper is available from www.productivity.govt.nz/inquiry-content/urban-planning

TERMS OF TRADE: The Treasury published two new Working Papers today, covering impacts from chronic and acute health conditions and an analysis of terms of trade. These Working Papers can be viewed on the Treasury website athttp://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/research-policy/wp

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Wednesday 9th 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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