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Newsroom Digest

This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 8 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 26th August.

This is the first birthday for NewsRoom_Digest (or ‘ND’ as it’s known to the NewsRoom team) since it first commenced appearing on 26 August 2014. Happy Birthday ND!


Top stories in the current news cycle include Air New Zealand making a record profit of $327 million in the year ending June, Finance Minister Bill English says the risk of recession in New Zealand is greater if China has a hard landing, and the 2015-2020 National Drug Policy has been launched at Parliament today.

Featured content on our news-log today includes an interview with Anton Oliver about a new exhibition that opened at the weekend to commemorate a set of rugby-related personal stories from the First World War, and a contribution from the UNDP Pacific Centre about their Continuing Market Business Education (CMBE) programme in Fiji. See:


Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Law Society gets it wrong; Better information for Judges making family violence bail decisions; Consultation on steps to ozone recovery and asbestos ban; NZ aid to assist Timorese coffee and cocoa farmers;Free weather forecasts for recreational pilots; Release of 2015-2020 National Drug Policy; Review aims to optimise palliative care services

ACT Party: Nanny state retreats;..

Greens: Green Party Bill Will Bring NZ Rental Laws Into The 21st Century; Greens to vote down bad World Cup booze law;Gambling Commission Reappointments; Social Sector Trial helping Dunedin youth into work

Labour: Takahe massacre supposed to get all New Zealanders involved in conservation; Waiver cost still a mystery; Housing New Zealand dividends could save children’s lives; China exports fall 27 per cent in a year; National should support all families for 26 weeks; National’s health and safety shambles puts school camps at risk; National’s asset stripping agenda hits schools; Democracy still the loser in Canterbury; Unsecure website risks Ashley MoBIEson hack

Māori Party:Māori Party Congratulates Hon Dr Sir Pita Sharples

New Zealand First: English caught out over official information act responses; First home buyers in the Hutt taking advantage of HomeStart; The facts on immigration and parent reunion for the uninformed; Evidence Doesn’t Back Up Cut To Limited Service Volunteers


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:

2015-2020 NATIONAL DRUG POLICY: The 2015-2020 National Drug Policy has been launched at Parliament today by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne. The Policy sets the Government’s approach to minimise harm from alcohol and other drugs for the next five years. The policy is can be viewed at :

DEMENTIA: A global study predicts the number of people with dementia will nearly triple by 2050, with the numbers in New Zealand to increase to more than 150,000 in the next 35 years. Go here for the World Alzheimer Report 2015:

DONOR COMPENSATION: Improving compensation for live organ donors is a rare opportunity to save both lives and healthcare dollars, according to a report released yesterday by The New Zealand Initiative. Read the report here:

FRUIT AND MEAT EXPORTS RISE: The value of total goods exported was $4.2 billion in July 2015, up $514 million (14 percent) compared with July 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today with fruit and meat leading the rise. More information is available at :

KIWIS MORE FRUGAL IN WAKE OF GFC: A newly released University of Otago study of consumer lifestyles suggests many Kiwis have become thriftier and more closely aligned with traditional values in the wake of the global financial crisis (GFC). A PDF of the report is available here:

MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS (MDGS): The head of the United Nations Development Programme, former NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark, says Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to halve extreme poverty have been met, overwhelmingly because of changes in China. Read more here:

RBNZ CONSULTS ON OUTSOURCING: The Reserve Bank has today released a consultation paper with proposals for an updated outsourcing policy for banks. The consultation will run for 10 weeks and closes on 4 November 2015. See the consultation document here:

REGIONAL TOURISM INDICATORS: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment released the Regional Tourism Indicators (RTI) for July 2015. Click here for more:

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Wednesday 26th 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.