Police have spent about $15 million on search and rescue missions in the last five years.

Newsroom Digest

This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 10 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Monday 23rd November. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include official figures that police have spent about $15 million on search and rescue missions in the last five years, the Immigration Advisers Authority being under pressure to clamp down on unlicensed advisers and the release of a report by actuarial firm Melville Jessup Weaver on the costs of life insurance. 


Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Regions benefit from tourism boom; Education experts to convene in Auckland; PM welcomes closer partnership with ASEAN; Fiordland partnership to protect birds and wetlands; Summary of Ture Whenua Māori submissions released; $250,000 to Centre for education leadership; $618,000 to support racecourse safety and development; PM to attend CHOGM, climate change conference and visit Berlin; New tranche of Auckland SHAs announced; HomeStart delivering for first home buyers

ACT Party:Councillors have a duty to speak up on rezoning

Greens: Minister in denial over impact of poverty on learning; Govt needs to investigate links between anti-biotic resistance and herbicide; You might not have a strong plan to cut emissions Tim, but we do; Groser misleads on climate costs to justify lack of ambition

Labour: Over two decades later our kids deserve more

New Zealand First: Falsehoods, Ignorance, Head In The Sand On Emission Reductions


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

CHILD RIGHTS CAMPAIGN: UNICEF New Zealand has launched a new child rights campaign called ‘Make My Future Fair’/ Meinga tōku āmua kia tika. Make My Future Fair is a call for all New Zealanders to stand up for children. Read more: http://fairfuture.nz/

CONVENTION ACTIVITY SURVEY: The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released the Convention Activity Survey (CAS) for the year ended September 2015. Click here for more:http://tourism.cmail19.com/t/r-l-zkittlk-iuiyjibdu-m/

DECEMBEARD: Decembeard™, Bowel Cancer New Zealand’s hairiest fundraising campaign, is back for 2015. Decembeard™ aims to encourage men throughout New Zealand to raise the much needed funds for Bowel Cancer New Zealand (BCNZ), while growing a beard through December. To register to participate in Decembeard or to donate, visit: https://www.everydayhero.co.nz/event/decembeard2015NZ

EDUCATION EXPERTS SUMMIT: Education experts and policy makers from 12 countries are about to gather in Auckland for a three day summit, hosted by the Government and Global Education Leaders’ Partnership (GELP)that is devoted to meeting the needs of students in a rapidly changing world. The summit concludes tomorrow.http://www.gelpnz2015.org/programme/programme/

GROWING OLD IN NZ: New Zealand ranks 12 out of 96 countries in an annual ranking of the best and worst places for older people to live – but only 30th for safety and transport – according to the Global Age Watch Index, a report commissioned by Help Age International. Go here for more: http://www.helpage.org/global-agewatch/population-ageing-data/country-ageing-data/?country=New%2BZealand

LIFE INSURANCE REPORT: Melville Jessup Weaver (MJW) has released “A Review of Retail Life Insurance Advice – An opportunity for a new beginning.” The report examines the retail personal risk insurance market (life and income protection) and in particular the role of advisers. The report can be found here: http://mjw.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/MJW-Independent-Report-Final-November-2015_pwd.pdf

MIGRATION AND TRAVEL: New Zealand residents took 217,000 overseas trips in October 2015, up 5 percent from October 2014, according to Statistics New Zealand. More details at: http://bit.ly/1OmQa3I

PATIENT SERVICES REPORT: From 2011 to 2015, more people per 10,000 population had access to scheduled surgery and the gap between the DHBs with the highest and lowest intervention rates narrowed, according to a follow up report by the Office of the Auditor General. Read more: http://www.oag.govt.nz/2015/scheduled-services?utm_source=subs&utm_medium=subs&utm_campaign=scheduled-follow

RURAL WOMEN AWARD: The Enterprising Rural Women Awards were held in Nelson on Saturday 21 November. More information on winners is available at: http://www.ruralwomen.org.nz/news-and-inspiration/enterprising-rural-women-award-winners-announced

TURE WHENUA MĀORI SUBMISSIONS: A summary of the submissions made on the exposure draft of Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill has been released and is available online at: https://www.tpk.govt.nz/en/

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Monday 23rd 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.