Mt Eden Prison.

Newsroom Digest

This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 4 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Monday 24th August.


Top stories in the current news cycle include fresh controversies at Mt Eden prison this time involving Serco staff, the commencement of a trial expected to last three weeks where a man is facing a charge of manslaughter after the workplace death of a forestry worker in 2013 and the Government has announced it will change the law to allow councils to decide whether retailers can open on Easter Sunday.

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Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Increased focus on rural depression; HomeStart off to successful start; 10 year passports will be delivered early; Women who’ve got a trade have got it made; Graduate nurses finding jobs sooner; Easter Sunday shop trading law to change; Bright-line test targets gains on property sales

Greens: National MP caught misleading on TPPA; SERCO must be put on final warning; Pig-farm fire shows why it’s time for farrowing crates to go

Labour: Rules reduction – or rorting the rules; Burdett case must be reopened; website adds to long list of big spends at MBIE; Chickens come home to roost on climate change; Reserve Bank points finger at Govt inaction

New Zealand First:Woodhouse’s Massive Bungle Sees Animal Feed Classed High Hazard; Tainui’s Absurd Claim For Auckland; On-Air Expletive A Sad Fact-Free Response; Why are doctors begging for money in bowel cancer fight?


Links of the day have been a feature of NewsRoom_Digest since we first started production in August 2014 at We are currently building an archive of these at:

HOME LOAN AFFORDABILITY REPORT: A big jump in the lower quartile selling price of homes in south Auckland over the last two months more than wiped out the benefits of falling mortgage interest rates for first home buyer households, according to the Home Loan Affordability Report for July. Click here for the report:

MBIE WEBSITE: The spending habits at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are again under fire after it was revealed that the department has blown $559,872 on its new website. For more information on the costs related to the website, click here:

RURAL DEPRESSION: Rural training for rural health professionals and community leaders to tackle depression in rural communities is going to increase. Written stories and videos from rural men and women who have been affected by depression can now be found at:

WESTPAC’S WEEKLY COMMENTARY: A sharp bounce in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction offered a ray of hope for New Zealand’s dairy sector, but it is too early to draw any conclusions for this season’s milk price payout. Click here for more:

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Monday 24th 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.