NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for November 24 Edition, 2015

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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 11 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Tuesday 24th November. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include twice as many people in need of emergency housing are turning to the Citizens Advice Bureau for help compared with five years ago and the Health & Disability Commissioner revealing the first half of this year was a record for patient discontent.


Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: PM announces Jonah Lomu public memorial details; First Govt accommodation nears completion; ‘Clinical Hub’ pilot among St John Ambulance successes this year; Heart & diabetes checks health target met; Speech: Nathan Guy – Speech to NZ Racing Board AGM; New direction and more opportunities for youth development; Minister welcomes start of $102m transport project in Tauranga; Rangiora Health Hub officially opened; Employers urged to give offenders a chance; Community housing sector continues to grow, 500th home at Hobsonville completed

Greens: If the UN can challenge Australia, why can’t John Key?

Labour: Hefty insurance costs deserve closer scrutiny; Desperate Nick Smith talks up housing failures; Labour At Paris Climate Talks; Do as I say, not as I do at Treasury

Māori Party: New book captures the principled politics of Hon Dame Tariana Turia

New Zealand First: Challenge To Prove Safety Of 1080 In Waterways, Catastrophe in making with record levels of debt-ridden foreign students

NZ National Party: Helping hand for first home buyers in the Hutt Valley


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

CHRISTCHURCH GOVT BUILDINGS: The first of the new central Christchurch buildings to house Government agencies is expected to be fully fitted out this week, in anticipation of workers moving in early next year. More on the Government agencies’ positioning in the central city can be found at

ELECTRIC VEHICLES BENEFIT: A Life Cycle Analysis report commissioned by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has found that electric vehicles (EVs) are better for the New Zealand environment than petrol or diesel powered vehicles, across the lifecycle of the vehicle as well as in use. The full report can be downloaded from EECA’s website

HDC COMPLAINTS: Health and Disability Commissioner has revealed the first half of this year was a record for patient discontent, with 380 complaints about everything from botched surgery to rudeness. The report is available at:

HOUSING REPORT: In the year to June the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) received 3000 inquiries from people seeking emergency housing according to a report released. The full report can be found at:

EMERGENCY MEDICINE CONFERENCE: Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, an organisation responsible for training emergency physicians and advancement of professional standards in emergency medicine in Australia and New Zealand is currently having its conference in Brisbane, Australia. More information available at:

REAL ESTATE AGENTS IMPROVE: The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) says that in the past four years there has been a steady increase in positive ratings of agents, according to a Nielsen survey done by the Real Estate Agent Authority – Annual Perception Report. Read more:

RED CROSS RESPONSE: Red Cross is preparing to respond to more tropical cyclones this season, as the effects of a severe El Niño are felt across the Pacific. Kiwis can support the Pacific Disaster Fund at

ST JOHN REPORT: The St John National Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2015 shows St John ambulances responded to patients with life-threatening conditions more quickly than ever before. The report can be downloaded from:

TRANSPORT PROJECT: Work is set to start on the $120million Baypark to Bayfair roading project in Tauranga that will boost the Bay of Plenty’s economy and improve road safety. To view the animated drive-through of the project go to: and for more information on the project go to:

WEATHER RELATED DISASTERS: A new report issued today by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) shows that over the last 20 years, 90 per cent of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events. The report, entitled The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters can be found at:

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Changes for the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) which will see significantly more youth development opportunities in New Zealand. The consultation document Partnership Fund for Youth Development – Information for discussion and response is available at:

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Tuesday 24th November.

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