NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for December 21 Edition, 2015

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At the negative end understandably is the dairy sector with high pessimism . At the other end of the spectrum are regional housing markets now benefitting from Aucklanders seeking assets and locals jumping on this cyclical bandwagon, and tourism.

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 8 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Monday 21st December. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include the widespread workplace abuse and worker exploitation uncovered by a Labour Inspectorate taskforce looking into breaches of labour standards, consumer confidence has bounced off a 3-year low after lower interest rates and a better economic outlook, and New Zealand’s attractiveness as a place to visit, or live and work long-term, is continuing to break records.

POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Minister announces new Te Māngai Pāho Board members; McClay says WTO agreement significant for NZ; $1.2m extra to expand Fruit in Schools; NZ-Korea FTA set to benefit NZ exporters; New Trade Minister does well; Improved palliative care guidance; Metro Sports Facility design team appointed

Greens: John Key’s behaviour, “it’s not OK”; New figures show Serco received $8m in bonuses; Today is the day National should back the CRL

New Zealand First: Gallipoli’s “Dunkirk” overlooked in WW100 celebrations; Electoral Commission simply loose on flag referendum results; Soaring Immigration Gives Way To Corrupt Employment

LINKS OF THE DAY

ELDERLY CITIZENS: The specialist doctors providing psychiatric treatment for elderly people are struggling to keep up with demand as the population ages, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). Read more here: http://www.asms.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/10921-The-Specialist_Dec15_WEB.pdf

FRUITS IN SCHOOLS: The Fruit in Schools programme will be expanded to include an extra 77 schools, benefiting an additional 13,000 students. The programme dates back to 2006; for information hosted by the Ministry of Health see: http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/fruit-schools-how-guide-and-looseleaf-kit

GOING GREEN: A Victoria University of Wellington researcher has uncovered why environmentally concerned consumers don’t always buy green products. Click here for more: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10551-014-2316-3

HEALTH CARE: There is a new guidance on providing the best possible care for people during the last days of their lives. The guidance can be found at: http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/te-ara-whakapiri-principles-and-guidance-last-days-life

IMPROVED RULES FOR BANKS: The Reserve Bank today published the conclusions of its stocktake of the prudential regulations that apply to banks and non-bank deposit takers (NBDTs). Click here for more:http://rbnz.govt.nz/regulation_and_supervision/stocktake/feedback-statement.pdf

INCREASE IN VISITOR ARRIVALS : Visitor arrivals to New Zealand numbered 300,500 in November 2015, up 11 percent from November 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today. The biggest increase was in visitors from China, up 9,600 (35 percent) from November last year.Click here for more:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/Migration/IntTravelAndMigration_HOTPNov15.aspx

LAST DAYS OF LIFE: The Ministry of Health has published Te Ara Whakapiri: Principles and guidance for the last days of life, which outlines the essential components and considerations required to promote quality care at the end of life for all adults in New Zealand. ITe Ara Whakapiri replaces the Liverpool Care Pathway of the Dying Patient, and has been endorsed by the key organisations relevant to palliative care, including the Australia and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine, Palliative Care Nurses New Zealand and Hospice New Zealand. See:http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/te-ara-whakapiri-principles-and-guidance-last-days-life

UN REPORT: With identity a key priority on the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Secure Identity Alliance (SIA) today publishes a report outlining a best practice approach for consolidating civil registries through national electronic identity (ID) schemes. Full report entitled “Civil Registry Consolidation through Digital Identity Management” can be downloaded at: https://www.secureidentityalliance.org/index.php/resources

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Monday 21st 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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