NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for August 7, 2015

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Newsroom Digest

This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 5 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Friday 8th August.

NEWSROOM_MONITOR

Top stories in the current news cycle include cases of flu continuing to climb throughout the country although health officials say it’s still an average rather than severe flu season, Government plans to spend up to $14 million in re-developing Northland College in Kaikohe and Fonterra announcing its forecast Farmgate Milk Price at $3.85.

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POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Unsung heroes honoured with online series; $14m Northland College redevelopment approved; Nearly one million homes and businesses now able to access better broadband; South Island hospitals adopt high-tech medication distribution; Big increase in rural broadband for Wellington region; Praise for Community Forum’s input into recovery; NZ delegation to PNG and Solomon Islands

Greens: Groundhog day with MP pay; Dairy payout shows the Government and Fonterra there is a limit to a ‘no limit’ strategy

Labour: Kiwis lining banks’ pockets; Balancing security and flexibility essential in Future of Work; Breaches should be ringing alarm bells; Reckless complacency from National as billions lost to regions 

New Zealand First: Profit before people agenda hits again; Black Friday for Fonterra’s farmer-owners

LINKS OF THE DAY

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

AUCKLAND PROPERTY MARKET: Trade Me property’s monthly analysis of the national and local property market is out. Click here for more: http://www.trademe.co.nz/property/price-index/for-sale/

COMMUNITY FORUM’S INPUT INTO RECOVERY: Associate Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner welcomes a report on the work and achievements of the Community Forum.The report can be found athttp://www.cera.govt.nz/community-forum

NEARLY ONE MILLION GET ACCESS TO BROADBAND: The Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) build and Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) are together already providing nearly one million New Zealand premises with better connectivity. The full quarterly update can be found at: http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/technology-communication/fast-broadband/deployment-progress.

TREASURY RELEASES ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT: The Treasury has released its fifth report on the cost, efficiency and effectiveness of administrative and support (A&S) services across 26 public sector agencies. Each agency’s individual report will be published on their website by 12 August. the ‘holding’ page is:http://www.treasury.govt.nz/statesector/performance/bass/benchmarking

UNSUNG HEROES HONOURED: A new series of stories honouring New Zealand’s unsung heroes of World War I was launched online today, just ahead of commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle for Chunuk Bair this weekend. See: http://ww100.govt.nz/unsung-heroes

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Friday 7th August 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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