NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for February 5 Edition, 2016

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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 6 resourceful link of the day and the politics pulse from Friday 5th February. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include the Government spending more than $440 million to upgrade near-obsolete combat systems on the Navy’s two frigates, the Minister for Social Housing saying she does not accept eligible families are being turned away from Housing New Zealand, and some Government MPs being advised to close their electorate offices after recent attacks on the offices of senior Government ministers.

POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today 

included:

Government: Whitehead report released; Disability Strategy reference group gets to work;ETS Review modelling documents released; Waterview Shared Path construction underway; Appointment of GCSB Acting Director; Interlock devices stopping offenders drink driving

Greens: Report into diplomat debacle shows Ministers’ failures

Labour: Sadness over death of Māori leader; McCully not off hook despite report; Government still won’t come clean on TPPA and Pharmac

Māori Party: Māori Party Farewells A Respected Māori Advocate; Māori Party Mourns The Death Of A Former MWWL National President

New Zealand First: Top Up White Ribbon Funding Now; Southern’s Appalling Meals A Warning For All DHBs

LINKS OF THE DAY

EDUCATION BUILDINGS: The value of building consents for education buildings increased strongly in 2015, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/Construction/BuildingConsentsIssued_HOTPDec15.aspx

EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME: Three technical documents are being released to help New Zealanders engage with the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) review. The three reports are available at:http://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/climate-change/economic-impacts-removing-nz-ets-transitional-measures or http://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/climate-change/afforestation-responses-carbon-price-changes-and-market-certainties and http://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/climate-change/nz-ets-evaluation-report-2016

MOOD OF THE NATION SURVEY: New Zealand’s teachers and primary schools continue to enjoy very high levels of confidence and respect, according to UMR Research’s latest Mood of the Nation survey. Read more:http://umr.co.nz/sites/umr/files/final_mood_of_the_nation_2015_released_2016_1.pdf

IMPORTANCE OF MARKET DISCIPLINE: The Reserve Bank yesterday published a Bulletin article, ‘The importance of market discipline in the Reserve Bank’s prudential regime’ that argues market discipline is a central and robust component of the Bank’s prudential framework. Click here for more:http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/research_and_publications/reserve_bank_bulletin/2016/2016feb79-2.pdf

STRATEGIC STUDIES: Victoria University of Wellington’s Centre for Strategic Studies has been ranked second in all think tanks in Southeast Asia, Australasia and the South Pacific by a prestigious global report. The report is a closely watched annual survey of the work of over 6,000 international think tanks. The full report can be viewed here:http://repository.upenn.edu/think_tanks/10/

WHITEHEAD REPORT RELEASED: The Whitehead Report, into diplomatic immunity issues surrounding Malaysian Defence attache Mohammad Rizalman was released today. Click here for the report:https://www.mfat.govt.nz/assets/_securedfiles/OIA/Ministerial-Enquiry-Whitehead-Report.pdf

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Friday 5th February .

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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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