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Newsroom Digest

This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 9 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Friday 28th August.


Top stories in the current news cycle include a prediction the New Zealand economy will get a $100 million boost with the announcement of direct year-round flights between Christchurch and China, the Prime Minister acknowledging a strong link between children who have been in state care and crime and the death of a Waikato farm worker in an accident just a day after Parliament passed legislation that deems farms to be a low-risk workplace.

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Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Bay of Plenty place names corrected; Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway begins; Minister welcomes Canterbury Regional Economic Development Strategy; Cook Islands to benefit from Tropic Twilight; Minister opens South Island’s first Urban Cycleways; Manukau Court’s $51m court upgrade complete; Healthy Families NZ launched in Waitakere 

ACT Party: Auckland Council must stop coveting neighbours’ assets

Greens: Ihumatao should be protected; Minister needs to follow overseas examples; dump SERCO; Kiwis lose $871 million from power company privatisations; Kiwis lose $871 million from power company privatisations

Labour: Time for inquiry into petrol margins

New Zealand First: Seven Years On And National Is In No Rush To Help Children; We Say It Again – Serco Must Go

NZ National Party: Bishop to hold public meeting on family violence


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:

ALCOHOL & PREGNANCY: The Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu) has released new research on drinking during pregnancy using data from the longitudinal study Growing Up in New Zealand. Read more here:

ALPS 2 OCEAN CYCLE TRAIL: John Key has announced a further $935,000 will be invested to help complete the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail. Go here for more:

CANTERBURY DEVELOPMENT : Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce has welcomed a report from Environment Canterbury which will provide the building blocks for a strong and vital economic future across the Canterbury region. A copy of the report can be found at

COUNCIL SUPPORTS FARMERS: Waikato Regional Council says it’s keen to help where it can when it comes to farmers and related agricultural businesses weathering the stresses caused by the current low dairy payout. More information on council rules relating to farming is available at

EMPLOYMENT LAW BREACHED: The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has ordered Pro-Build Canterbury Limited to pay more than $58,000 in penalties and arrears to workers for breaching employment laws. Read more here:

FMA RELEASES REPORT: The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) today published its enforcement and investigations report for the year ending 30 June 2015. The full report is available here: 

HEALTH AND SAFETY LAWS: The much anticipated Health and Safety at Work Act was passed by Parliament yesterday following a fortnight of debate and last minute “tweaks” to further clarify the new requirements. Click here for more:

NAMES CORRECTED: Land Information Minister Louise Upston has today announced her decision to correct the spelling of 12 place and feature names in the Opotiki District. The full list of Waiotahe place names are available at:

UNDP LAUNCHES STORYTELLING CONTEST: UNDP has launched a global storytelling contest, Voices2Paris, to contribute to raising public awareness on the negative impacts of climate change as well as on the opportunities and solutions seen in actions by individuals and governments alike across vulnerable developing countries worldwide. Read more here:

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