NewsRoom_Digest for 14 March 2016

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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 4 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Monday 14th of March. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include: the Prime Minister being accused of downplaying the possible impact of the dairy crisis – by saying that up to 10% of dairy farms could fail; the Department of Conservation advising its minister that proposed changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) mean it may not be able to carry out its statutory duty; and the Police Minister, Judith Collins, wanting an investigation into gun laws to get under way quickly, saying she favours a select committee or ministerial inquiry.

POLITICS PULSE

Government: Minister welcomes Waitangi Tribunal report; Ministers welcome consumer awareness video; Adams to address Human Rights Council in Geneva; Health Star Rating awareness campaign; Minister of Health Volunteer Awards open; New Timaru Community Corrections Site opens; $8.2m road project completed in Queenstown; Northern forest and wetland gem secured; NZ and Iran Foreign Ministers meet; Public Service working hard to meet challenging targets; Students on track to better target ahead of time; New BPS measures to track family violence and reoffending

Greens: National must change Bill and give DoC a voice; Time to reassess Government irrigation spend; Assessments for dyslexia should be state funded; Greens Will Withdraw Gun Briefing Request If Independent Inquiry Progresses; Ture Whenua Bill must not proceed without broad support; Govt must stop pretending dairy is business as usual; Green Party Launches New Plan To Make It Safe To Walk And Bike To School

Labour: Programme for Future of Work conference; Time for quality plumbing standards regime; Time for quality plumbing standards regime; Minister must delay land reforms; Government must fix NCEA support inequities

New Zealand First: Another Blooper In Referendum Papers;Labour Misses The Mark On Firearms

LINKS OF THE DAY

CONSENSUS FORECASTS: The latest NZIER Consensus Forecasts shows forecasters have revised up expectations of growth and employment through to 2019. Despite the more favourable growth outlook, expectations for inflation and wage growth have been lowered. Read more: http://nzier.org.nz/static/media/filer_public/46/fb/46fbe078-b958-4809-bf9c-7f363e43bc12/consensus_forecasts_march_2016.pdf

FUTURE OF WORK CONFERENCE: Labour’s Future of Work Commission Chair Grant Robertson will host the Future of Work Conference at AUT University on 23 and 24 March. The keynote speakers for the 23rd are former Secretary of Labour for the Clinton Administration Robert Reich and author of The Precariat Guy Standing. The programme can be found here: http://www.futureofwork.nz/conference

HEALTH VOLUNTEER CONFERENCE: Nominations are now open for the 2016 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards. Nominations close on 8 April. The Awards will be presented during National Volunteer Week, 19 to 25 June. For more information about nominations and the Awards go to: http://volunteerawards.health.govt.nz

INFLATION AND MONETARY POLICY: The Reserve Bank today published a Bulletin article, ‘Inflation expectations and the conduct of monetary policy in New Zealand’.This article discusses some useful tools the Bank has developed to assess the policy implications of inflation expectations, highlights recent trends in inflation expectations, and draws out the implications for current monetary policy settings in New Zealand. Read more:http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/research-and-publications/reserve-bank-bulletin/2016/rbb2016-79-04

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Monday 14th March.

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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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