NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for February 10 Edition, 2016

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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 5 resourceful link of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 10th February. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include the Ministry of Social Development monitoring social media to catch beneficiaries who are defrauding the system – with the Privacy Commissioner saying that departments should verify any information they glean from social media, and the Ministry of Education saying a refit of its building in Wellington will save $27 million over the next 15 years.

POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today 

included:

Government: New PGP programme to boost wool industry;Digital medical certificates make system simpler; Aviation and maritime safety strengthened; Government must reinforce fishery officers; Chinese New Year celebration at Parliament; Government Urban Cycleways Providing More Choice; Patents Bill passes first reading; Registrations open for TPP roadshows

Greens: Govt needs to restore confidence in fisheries management; ECan are failing the farmers who have done the right thing

Labour: Big bill for CERA spin doctors; Concierge and plaza for ministry staff – leaky, mouldy classrooms for kids; Police Commissioner doesn’t get force needs; Ministers with free degrees hypocritical

New Zealand First: Action Needed Over Woeful Tourist Driving

LINKS OF THE DAY

AVIATION AND MARITIME SAFETY: The introduction of random testing in the commercial aviation and maritime sectors to help tackle drug and alcohol impairment was launched today. For more information:http://www.transport.govt.nz/ourwork/clear-heads/questions-and-answers

CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE: Over 200 people will gather at Victoria University of Wellington next week to take part in the University’s landmark Pacific Climate Change Conference. The conference, ‘In The Eye of the Storm’, draws together experts across business, science, law, media and the arts to explore the effects, challenges and possible solutions to climate change in the Pacific.Read more: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/vicpasifika/our-community/events/climate-conference

RETAIL CARD SPENDING UP: Retail spending using electronic cards was $4.9 billion in January 2016, up $238 million (5.2 percent) from January 2015, according to Statistics New Zealand. Read more: http://bit.ly/1T5H66y

TPP ROADSHOWS: The Government will be running nation-wide roadshows on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The roadshows are for interested members of the public to learn more about this important trade agreement, and to assist businesses identify and plan for new export opportunities when TPP comes into force. Registrations are now open for the first four roadshows at: http://www.tpp.mfat.govt.nz/events

UNFAIR TELCO SECTOR CONTRACT: The Commerce Commission has today released a report detailing the findings of its review of standard form consumer contracts in the telecommunications sector. Click here for more:http://www.comcom.govt.nz/the-commission/consumer-reports/uct-teleco/

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