NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for July 28, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 5 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Tuesday 28th July.

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Top stories in the current news cycle include more leaked documents that show the funding of District Health Boards could be in for a shakeup with Health Minister Jonathan Coleman signalling the Government is looking at changes to DHB funding, figures showing three times as many mortgages are being approved for property investors than for first home buyers and the controversy over Mt Eden remand prison has deepened again today after two people were arrested in raids targeting the criminal activity. 

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Government drive to lift regulatory quality; Electricity market more competitive than ever; Meeting with US Secretary of State; New initiative to improve overseas driver safety

ACT Party: National colonises Labour’s policy manifesto; Funnelling immigrants into the regions may be good politics, but it’s poor policy

Greens: Sick New Zealanders will pay under John Key’s TPPA

Labour: Meth ring under Serco’s nose; Ministers failing women and their own targets; Dismantling Pharmac’s power a betrayal of NZ

New Zealand First: Waikato hospital dependent on foreign qualified doctors; Labour and National Party Leaders should just give up and Join New Zealand First; Fears of massive foreign farm buy-up; Parliamentary walk out

LINKS OF THE DAY

Links of the day have been a feature of NewsRoom_Digest since we first startingproduction in August 2014. We are currently building an archive of these at: http://newsroomplus.com/resources/resourceful-links/

AMBASSADORS SOUGHT TO KEEP KAURI STANDING: The Waitākere Ranges Local Board is seeking ambassadors to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease. For more information on kauri dieback visit:http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/environmentwaste/biosecurity/Pages/kauridieback.aspx

LIFE EXPECTANCY INCREASES: Life expectancy at birth has increased in all regions since 2005–07, with Hawke’s Bay increasing the most, Statistics New Zealand said today. Click here for more:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/health/life_expectanc/SubnationalPeriodLifeTables_HOTP12-14.aspx

MINISTERS FAILING WOMEN: New figures showing just five Ministers have met the Government’s own reduced targets for appointing women to state sector boards is evidence National is failing Kiwi women, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. View the Ministry for Women’s 2015 Gender Stocktake here:http://women.govt.nz/documents/2014-gender-stocktake-state-sector-boards-and-committees-2015

TRAVEL TAX OPPOSED: The Government must rethink its new Travel Tax because it is bad policy which will harm New Zealand’s economy, a coalition of tourism, travel and aviation organisations says. To read the CATT submission, visit www.tianz.org.nz/main/policy-issues/

VISITING DRIVER SAFETY TRAINING: A new online training module focusing on safe driving in New Zealand provides offshore travel sellers with the information they need to prepare people for a Kiwi self-drive holiday. The module is available at http://www.drivesafe.org.nz

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Tuesday 28th July 2015.

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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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