NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for December 17 Edition, 2015

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Women’s Refuge is welcoming a new scheme that allows people to check if their partner has a violent past. Image courtesy of Wellingtonwomensrefuge.co.nz.

Newsroom Digest

This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 8 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 17th December. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include the Department of Corrections getting an extra $17.6 million of funding from the Government, the New Zealand economy accelerating over 0.9 % for the September quarter and Women’s Refuge is welcoming a new scheme that allows people to check if their partner has a violent past.

POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Additional Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel members appointed; Disclosure scheme to increase safety of family violence victims; New immunisation resource for primary care; $17.6 million in additional funding for Department of Corrections; Tourism, manufacturing drive economic growth; West Coast visitor safety measures completed; New Zealand meets Kyoto climate target; McClay welcomes new WTO IT Agreement; Appointments to NorthTec Council; Appointments to new CPIT Aoraki council; New regulations lower cost to food businesses

Greens: National allows oil exploration to block marine protection; National must honour Paris with deadline for agricultural emissions; National failing on climate change – emissions set to double in 15 years; Lack of Govt support means Kiwirail loses Wellington trains contract

Labour: Nasty Christmas present for seniors; Economy not keeping pace under National’s watch

New Zealand First: Government Neglecting Women Of Merit

United Future Party: Retailers and shoppers big winners in Council’s free parking trial

LINKS OF THE DAY

CLIMATE TARGET: Three reports released today show New Zealand met its target for reducing emissions under the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and is on track to meet its 2020 target. Click here for more:http://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/climate-change/biennial-report-and-net-position-snapshot-2015 orhttp://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/climate-change/nz-second-biennial-report-under-unfccc

DISCLOSURE SCHEME: A new disclosure scheme will make it easier for Police to disclose a person’s violent criminal past to a concerned partner or friend. Further information is available at http://www.police.govt.nz/advice/family-violence/family-violence-information-disclosure-scheme-fvids

LABOUR FORCE GROWS: New Zealand’s labour force is projected to keep growing, driven by an increasing population and people working into older ages, Statistics New Zealand said today. Click here for more:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/estimates_and_projections/NationalLabourForceProjections_HOTP15-68.aspx

PARIS AGREEMENT: The Agreement includes several key elements that are of particular importance to the Pacific region, including recognition for pursuing a temperature goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre industrial levels, a strengthened mechanism for loss and damage, and the provision for scaled up and simplified access to climate finance for small island developing states.Further information about the Paris Agreement of the COP 21 can be found here:http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2015/cop21/eng/l09r01.pdf

FETAL ALCOHOL: The Chief Archivist’s report to the Minister of Internal Affairs on the state of recordkeeping in public offices and the 2014/15 recordkeeping audits was presented to the House of Representatives today. The report may be viewed at http://archives.govt.nz/chief-archivists-annual-report-state-government-recordkeeping-2014-15

SAFER SUMMER: The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) is encouraging people heading outdoors over the holiday break to tell someone where they’re going and when to expect them back, and to look out for each other to ensure a fun, safe trip. For outdoor safety tips, advice, and resources or for more information about the MSC, visit:http://www.mountainsafety.org.nz

SERVICE & MANUFACTURING RISE: The New Zealand economy grew 0.9 percent in the September 2015 quarter, following an increase of 0.3 percent in June, Statistics New Zealand said today. Click here for more:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/economic_indicators/GDP/GrossDomesticProduct_HOTPSep15qtr.aspx

SIGN LANGUAGE: The next round of the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Fund opens for applications today. Further information about the NZSL Fund, including how to make an application, can be found here:http://www.odi.govt.nz/nzsl-fund

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Thursday 17th 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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