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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 3 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 14th January. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include an Iwi working group saying Maori are being prevented from accessing waterways on land they own, the New Zealand sharemarket having another bout of weakness, and NZ First saying that a 2025 smoke-free New Zealand is unrealistic unless recommendations by the Maori Affairs select committee are implemented.


Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today 

Greens: Government must prioritise equal pay for women; Cheap oil gives the opportunity to start exiting from it; OIA charging a worrying step

New Zealand First: Obama Gets Lukewarm TPP Response But NZ To Sign Regardless; Failure To Deliver Committee Recommendations Hurting Māori; Crude Oil At 2004 Prices, But Petrol Is 62% More Expensive


NZ UNIVERSITIES RANK IN TOP 112: The Times Higher Education’s list of the most international universities released today ranks seven New Zealand universities within the top 112 in the world. The “Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16” results and analysis are at

PROPERTY SALES BOOM: The New Zealand property for sale market settled in December, ending 2015 with a whimper rather than the roar witnessed throughout the year. Read more:

RETAIL CARD SPENDING INCREASES: Retail spending using electronic cards reached $6.0 billion in December 2015, up $304 million (5.3 percent) from December 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today. Click here for more:

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Thursday 14th January.

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.