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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 8 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 20th January. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include inflation falling to its lowest level in nearly 16 years, house prices in the regions picking up pace with record median figures, and Singapore Airlines announcing a new service that will operate between Wellington and Singapore – via Canberra – four times a week.


Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today 


Government: New Wellington to Singapore service welcomed; Flag choices to fly on Auckland Harbour Bridge; Low inflation provides opportunity to tackle big economic problems; Drought in South Island enters second year; Prime Minister’s Youth Programme recognises inspirational young people

Greens: Auckland bus and train fares should fall, not rise; South Island drought a sign of the growing challenge for farmers

Labour: Regional neglect sees 60 jobs go in Nelson; Dairy prices fall part of a bad start to the year; Free education a joke as parents prop up schools

New Zealand First: Are Global Dairy Trade Blues Hitting The Cities?; Meat Works Jobs For Foreign Holiday Workers Not On; Key To Fly ‘His’ Flag On Auckland Harbour Bridge?; PM Wages War On Public Opinion Over Flag; Keep Fishing Jobs In New Zealand

NZ National Party:Local MPs Welcome Singapore Airlines To Wellington


APRICOT 2016: Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operating Technologies (APRICOT)– will take place in Auckland from 15-26 February 2016. More information at:

CPI INCREASES: The consumers price index (CPI) increased 0.1 percent in the year to the December 2015 quarter, following a 0.4 percent increase in the year to the September 2015 quarter, according to Statistics New Zealand. More details at:

HOUSE PRICES: Real Estate Institute data shows a national median house price of $465,000 in December, up more than 3% or $15,000 on the year earlier. When compared to November, the price jumped just over 1%. Read more:

IMPORTED CAR SALES: New and used imported cars were sold at a record rate of 137 an hour last year according to the Motor Trade Association. Full table available here:,136956/MTA_New_and_Used_Imported_Car_Sales_Jan_2016_TABLE.pdf

OECD ON CLIMATE CHANGE: An Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report released today, ‘ Mitigating Droughts and Floods in Agriculture highlights that climate change will expose farmers to more frequent droughts like the one being experienced in the South Island. Click here for OECD report:

PM’S YOUTH PROGRAMME: Around 100 young people who have overcome significant challenges have been selected for the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP) and are participating in the programme this week. More information about the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme is available at

TERROR ATTACK: The New Zealand Horizon Research poll of 2044 adults, conducted in December after November’s terrorist attacks in Paris, has a maximum margin of error of 2.2%.Click here for more:

VACANCIES RISE: The number of job vacancies rose by 1.4 per cent in December, with a 6.8 per cent rise over the year, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Jobs Online report. The report can be viewed at: 

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Wednesday 20th January.

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