New Zealand Prime Minister John Key greets Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Newsroom Digest

This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 13 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Tuesday 10th November.


Top stories in the current news cycle include the Government seeking assurance from Australia that New Zealand detainees are sent back as soon as possible once requested, the International Monetary Fund has warned that surging house prices and weaker dairy prices remain the main risks to the New Zealand economy and the Pay Equity Coalition says women are working free from today until the end of the year because of the gender pay gap.


Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Incorporated Societies Bill out for public consultation; South Frame public space designs revealed; Literary sculptures installation begins; Canterbury Polytechnics to merge; Big boost for Māori exports; Youth Parliament 2016 members announced; Health research strategy planned; NZ welcomes Myanmar’s historic election

Greens: Pay women more; Did the Trade Minister wilfully forget he’s also Minister for Climate Change Issues?; Green Party Calls On Transport Minister To Adopt ‘Gold Coin’ Bus Trial; Is John Key losing it?

Labour: Private tertiary education in freefall under National; PM has lost his moral compass over Christmas Island

New Zealand First: Peters – Silver Fern Farms The Heist Of The Century

NZ National Party: MP selects youth to represent Maungakiekie


Links of the day have been a feature of NewsRoom_Digest since we first started production in August 2014.

AIRPORT LAND VALUATION RULES: The Commerce Commission has today released draft amendments for consultation on the application of the airport land valuation rules as part of the input methodologies review. Click here for the draft decision:

BERRIES THE “GO TO” FOOD: Scientists in North Carolina and New Zealand are collaborating and engaging with growers to build the scientific evidence to convince consumers that berries are nature’s “go to” health food. For more information, visit

CARD SPENDING: Retail spending using electronic cards was $4.9 billion in October 2015, up $260 million (5.6 percent) from October 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today. Spending rose in five of the six retail industries, with a fall in fuel spending. Go here for Electronic Card Transactions: October 2015 –

CLIMATE SURVEY: Business has a clear plan for how it will lead on climate change over the next five years, according to the Sustainable Business Council. Click here for the BusinessNZ survey:

GREEN SPACE DESIGNS REVEALED: The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) has released the designs for the public areas which show how the green spaces will be created. More than half of the area, which comprises seven city blocks, is currently uninhabited and this plan creates new opportunity for its neighbours. Go here for more:

HEALTH RESEARCH STRATEGY PLANNED: A new health research strategy will be developed to focus and align the economic and health goals of the health research sector. For more information visit: or

“KNOW YOUR LIMIT” CAMPAIGN: Hospitality New Zealand is offering advice on how much motorists can legally drink before driving, through what it calls a ‘rule of thumb’ guide. Go here for more:

LITERARY SCULPTURES: The installation of the first literary panels has begun at The Terraces, a key attraction of the precinct. The panels display excerpts from works by prominent authors Sir Apirana Taylor, John Deans, Wiremu Te Uki and David Eggleton. More information on the Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct designs released so far can be found here:

REINZ: 7,838 dwellings sold in New Zealand in October 2015, up 18.6% on October 2014 and down 4.1% on last month. Click here for more:

SOCIETIES BILL: A draft Bill to update the law governing incorporated societies is being released today for public consultation. The draft Bill can be viewed, and submissions can be made, online at

TORTOISE EXTINCTION: The survival of the Indian Star tortoise is being threatened by a booming illegal trade, that causes extreme suffering to tortoises, due to a growing international demand for tortoises as exotic pets, wildlife experts warn today. Click here for the report:

WELFARE SERVICES IN AN EMERGENCY: The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has just released a new guideline governing how, when and where welfare services should be delivered in emergencies. The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management at the national level, and Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups at the regional level, assume overall responsibility for the leadership and coordination of welfare services in an emergency from the Ministry of Social Development from 1 December. The guideline is available here:

YOUTH PARLIAMENT 2016: 121 Youth MPs and 17 members of the Youth Press Gallery who will be part of Youth Parliament 2016 were announced today. A full list of the Youth MPs is available:

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Tuesday 10th November.


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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.