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Newsroom Digest

This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 10 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 10th December. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include the Reserve Bank cutting the Official Cash Rate to a record low of 2.5 percent. and Treasury findings from an analysis of integrated administrative data aiming to identify the risk factors for young people aged 15 to 24 who are most at risk of poor long-term outcomes.


Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: A Year in the House to celebrate; Minister welcomes NZ-Korea FTA Entry-Into-Force; Appointment of Judge of the High Court; Research to improve student outcomes; People focussed research priorities released; Skilled interns hired for local communities; B4 School Checks on track to reach target

Greens: OCR cut good for families, bad for Auckland housing

Labour: Customs cost blowout skyrocketing; National needs to support rate cut with fresh ideas; Don’t rush into military commitment

New Zealand First: Second Chance To Consider Keytruda Rejected; Minister Fails To Stand Up For Māori Broadcasting; No Time For Wishful Thinking; Bay Of Plenty–Waiariki Merger Overrides Community Voice

United Future Party: Dunne Speaks – Jihad Brides?


AUCKLAND GROWTH SPURT EASES: Auckland’s massive growth spurt is continuing however there are signs of easing, according to TradeMe Properties. Go here for more:

ELECTRICITY DEMAND INCREASES: The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Energy Quarterly shows that residential demand for electricity increased by 5.3 per cent in the September quarter 2015. Go here for the New Zealand Energy Quarterly:

GUEST NIGHTS CONTINUE TO RISE: National guest nights for October 2015 were 2.9 percent higher than in October 2014, according to Statistics New Zealand. Read more:

LOCAL COUNCIL FINANCES IN GOOD SHAPE: A high level financial analysis, commissioned by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has found that local councils across New Zealand are managing ratepayers’ money prudently. For more information visit:

LEARNING RESEARCH: Six new research projects granted funding for the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative will benefit teachers and students for years to come.More information about the fund and the projects it has funded is available on the TLRI website:

NZ’S VIETNAM WAR VETERANS: New Zealand’s Vietnam War veterans are more likely to suffer chronic renal failure (CRF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than their non-serving peers, according to new University of Otago research. Click here for more:

PROJECTS TO BENEFIT STUDENTS: Teaching and Learning Research Initiative received funds for six projects that will benefit teachers and students for years to come. More information about the fund and the projects it has funded is available on the TLRI website:

RESEARCH PRIORITIES: A Geospatial Research and Development Priorities and Opportunities document was released today by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) – identifying opportunities for more focussed research and development, based on feedback from geospatial information users. More details at:

RETAIL CARD SPENDING UP: Retail spending using electronic cards was $4.9 billion in November 2015, up $176 million (3.7 percent) from November 2014, according to Statistics New Zealand. Click here for more:

SYRIAN CHILDREN AT RISK: The psychological recovery and long-term development of children fleeing the Syrian crisis is in jeopardy due to a chronic funding, spiralling numbers of refugees, and severely stretched resources in host countries. Click here for the report:

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

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