Newsroom Digest

This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 8 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Friday 4th September.


Top stories in the current news cycle include Z Energy engaging in a $71 million standoff with the Customs Department over excise duties dating back to 1986, Nauru accusing New Zealand of undermining the Pacific island’s sovereignty after the New Zealand Government has cut $1.2 million of aid to Nauru’s justice system and a gathering of hundreds of Cantabrians on New Brighton beach this morning to mark five years since the September 2010 earthquake.

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Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Parents confident in ECE services; New video to help push Healthy Families NZ; Marking International Day of Charity tomorrow; Minister praises huge progress since 2010; NZ electricity market well-placed to drive innovation and efficiency; Family violence review submissions closing soon; $120k to fund social enterprise projects for young people; Trade Minister to co-chair UAE-New Zealand Joint Economic Commission; Minister to attend APEC Ministerial Meeting; High school student triumphs at science awards; New Auckland premises for Framework Trust; Reports shows success of Whānau Ora approach; Students dig deep to get results

Greens: Has Minister instructed officials to refuse OIAs?; Green Party Will Seek Leave To Introduce Bill To Increase Refugee Quota

Labour: Cable failure on Great Track walk huge potential risk; Emergency bill could save 750 refugees; NZTA blows a year of roading funding on flyover

New Zealand First: Speech: New Zealand First Is The Party For Small Business; Silver Fern Farms Has New Zealand First Drafting Bill

NZ National Party: Minister congratulates talented youth of Porirua; MP looking for young person to represent Maungakiekie; Young Hutt social entrepreneurs encouraged to go for $120K


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:

FAMILY VIOLENCE: New Zealanders have two more weeks to have their say about ways to strengthen family violence laws. The public consultation is open at until Friday, 18 September.

GREEN CLEANERS: Manufacturers of laundry balls market them as an “environmentally friendly” cleaning option. But a Consumer NZ test has found you’d be better off saving your money and just using water to do your laundry. For more information, visit

HEALTHY FAMILIES: The Healthy Families NZ video has been launched, encouraging people in their communities to take action against the rising rate of preventable chronic disease. The video was co-created by the communities taking part in Healthy Families NZ and the Ministry of Health. You can watch the video on Youtube at or on the Healthy Families NZ website,

NZ ELECTRICITY MARKET: An experts’ electricity forum has endorsed the Government’s market-led approach to regulating the electricity sector. Read the Smart Grid Forum Report here:

PARENTS CONFIDENT IN ECE SERVICES: The 2014 Kiwis Count survey dataset released yesterday by the State Services Commission shows that parental satisfaction in ECE service overall is high. The survey results are available at:

PROJECTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: $120,000 is available to young entrepreneurs under the Opportunities for Young People fund. Read more here:

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Friday 4th September.

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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.