NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for December 10 Edition, 2015

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New Zealand Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler cut the Official Cash Rate to a record low of 2.5 percent.

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 10 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 10th December. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include the Reserve Bank cutting the Official Cash Rate to a record low of 2.5 percent. and Treasury findings from an analysis of integrated administrative data aiming to identify the risk factors for young people aged 15 to 24 who are most at risk of poor long-term outcomes.

POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: A Year in the House to celebrate; Minister welcomes NZ-Korea FTA Entry-Into-Force; Appointment of Judge of the High Court; Research to improve student outcomes; People focussed research priorities released; Skilled interns hired for local communities; B4 School Checks on track to reach target

Greens: OCR cut good for families, bad for Auckland housing

Labour: Customs cost blowout skyrocketing; National needs to support rate cut with fresh ideas; Don’t rush into military commitment

New Zealand First: Second Chance To Consider Keytruda Rejected; Minister Fails To Stand Up For Māori Broadcasting; No Time For Wishful Thinking; Bay Of Plenty–Waiariki Merger Overrides Community Voice

United Future Party: Dunne Speaks – Jihad Brides?

LINKS OF THE DAY

AUCKLAND GROWTH SPURT EASES: Auckland’s massive growth spurt is continuing however there are signs of easing, according to TradeMe Properties. Go here for more: http://www.trademe.co.nz/property/price-index/for-sale/

ELECTRICITY DEMAND INCREASES: The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Energy Quarterly shows that residential demand for electricity increased by 5.3 per cent in the September quarter 2015. Go here for the New Zealand Energy Quarterly: http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/energy/energy-data-modelling/publications/new-zealand-energy-quarterly

GUEST NIGHTS CONTINUE TO RISE: National guest nights for October 2015 were 2.9 percent higher than in October 2014, according to Statistics New Zealand. Read more: http://bit.ly/1Y3KL4g

LOCAL COUNCIL FINANCES IN GOOD SHAPE: A high level financial analysis, commissioned by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has found that local councils across New Zealand are managing ratepayers’ money prudently. For more information visit: http://www.lgnz.co.nz/assets/LGNZ-Financial-Sector-Report.pdf

LEARNING RESEARCH: Six new research projects granted funding for the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative will benefit teachers and students for years to come.More information about the fund and the projects it has funded is available on the TLRI website: http://www.tlri.org.nz

NZ’S VIETNAM WAR VETERANS: New Zealand’s Vietnam War veterans are more likely to suffer chronic renal failure (CRF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than their non-serving peers, according to new University of Otago research. Click here for more: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/12/e008409.full

PROJECTS TO BENEFIT STUDENTS: Teaching and Learning Research Initiative received funds for six projects that will benefit teachers and students for years to come. More information about the fund and the projects it has funded is available on the TLRI website: http://www.tlri.org.nz

RESEARCH PRIORITIES: A Geospatial Research and Development Priorities and Opportunities document was released today by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) – identifying opportunities for more focussed research and development, based on feedback from geospatial information users. More details at: http://www.linz.govt.nz/about-linz/our-location-strategy/new-zealand-geospatial-research-and-development-priorities-and-opportunities

RETAIL CARD SPENDING UP: Retail spending using electronic cards was $4.9 billion in November 2015, up $176 million (3.7 percent) from November 2014, according to Statistics New Zealand. Click here for more:http://bit.ly/1OjizoZ

SYRIAN CHILDREN AT RISK: The psychological recovery and long-term development of children fleeing the Syrian crisis is in jeopardy due to a chronic funding, spiralling numbers of refugees, and severely stretched resources in host countries. Click here for the report:https://www.savethechildren.org.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/124119/Childhood-in-the-shadow-of-war-WEB.PDF

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Thursday 10th 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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