NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for December 22 Edition, 2015

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Shell New Zealand is selling a major asset- Maui natural gas pipeline to Australian based First State Investments.

Newsroom Digest

This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 7 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Tuesday 22nd December. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include Shell New Zealand selling a major asset- Maui natural gas pipeline to Australian based First State Investments, the International Energy Agency revising its forecast for the demand for coal down from 2.1 to 0.8 percent annually through to 2020, and two rural services companies PGG Wrightson and Rural Livestock being heavily fined in a price fixing case.

POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: City playground a reward for families; Maternity services continuing to improve; Next stage of Campylobacter strategy in place by early 2016

Greens: Greens Call On IPCA To Investigate Unlawful Nicky Hager Search

Labour: Privatisation plans for mediation services rejected

Māori Party: International tobacco case should encourage plain packaging here

New Zealand First: Government Underspends $273 Million In The ‘Justice Sector’ 

LINKS OF THE DAY

CHRISTCHURCH RETAIL SPENDING: Growth in Christchurch city’s retail spending continues to strengthen against the national level according to Statistics New Zealand. For more details: http://bit.ly/1mfgHGQ

ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE SUMMIT: In a first-of-its-kind summit, top level decision-makers from around Asia Pacific are gathering in Wellington on 16-17 March 2016 to discuss Delivering Resilient Energy Infrastructure. More information at: http://bit.ly/1YsCexj

HEALTH RESEARCH RECIPIENTS: The Health Research Council Māori career development award recipients for 2016 have been announced. Read more: www.hrc.govt.nz/funding-opportunities/recipients

LIST OF 2016 IT PREDICTIONS: Dimension Data, the global solutions and services provider, today released its IT predications for the next 12 months, and digital transformation is high on the corporate agenda because it’s already reshaping the competitive landscape. Read more: ttp://blog.dimensiondata.com/2015/12/top-it-trends-to-watch-in-2016-digital-infrastructure/?utm_source=PR&utm_medium=Press%20release%20&utm_campaign=TopITTrends

MATERNITY REPORT: The National Maternity Monitoring Group (NMMG) 2015 Annual Report shows the quality of maternity services in New Zealand is continuing to improve. A copy of the report is available at:http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/national-maternity-monitoring-group-annual-report-2015

PROTECTING YOUR EYES: Cheap sunglasses might be just as good as expensive ones for protecting your eyes over summer. 48 pairs tested by Consumer NZ met all the standard requirements. For more information:https://www.consumer.org.nz/articles/sunglasses

REGIONAL TOURISM INDICATORS: The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment released the Regional Tourism Indicators (RTI) for November 2015. The RTI are based on electronic card transaction data and provide regular updates on both international and domestic tourism expenditure at a regional level. Read more:http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/tourism/tourism-research-data/regional-tourism-indicators

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Tuesday 22nd 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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