NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for January 28 Edition, 2016

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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 3 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 28th January. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include the Reserve Bank leaving the Official Cash Rate unchanged at 2.5 percent, Fonterra cutting its forecast milk payout for the current season, and the Labour Party making it clear that it will not support the TPP in its current form.

POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today 

included:

Government: NZ among top nations in fighting corruption; $12 billion reduction in benefit liability; Partnership school agreement terminated; New $6m block for Khandallah School, Wellington; NZ’s most remote students connected to the world;Two new Corrections Officers presented with the Minister’s Excellence Award; Labour MPs’ support of TPP welcomed

Greens: Housing crisis still worrying Reserve Bank; ECan needs to explain if it’s letting polluters off the hook; Kids bear the costs of Govt’s charter school experiment; ‘Stock in lake’ incident shows Govt is failing to protect our waterways; Lax response to cows in waterways a symptom of Canterbury’s democratic deficit

Labour: New TPPA study at odds with Govt report; Milk payout drop – Govt must take action on economy; NZ loses squeaky clean corruption-free reputation; Pasifika caucus visit as Kiribati water crisis deepens; Joyce destroys Government rail link certainty; Scandalous Saudi sheep saga rolls on; Differing view on TPPA agreed

New Zealand First: All Aboard For Auckland Only, Says Peters; Northland Only Rates A Mention, Misses Out On Big Projects; Government Admits Public Transport Failure; Milk Payout Plummets – Threatens An Economic Storm; Flag Flying Blues Hit Key’s Campaign; Drowning Toll Makes School Pools More Important Than Ever; Defence Force Stitched Up On Foreign-Made Uniforms

United Future Party: Dunne Speaks: The farce of state of the nation addresses

LINKS OF THE DAY

BENEFIT EVALUATION: The latest benefit valuation which shows a $12 billion reduction over four years in the welfare system’s future lifetime cost, which equates to clients spending 900,000 fewer years on benefits over their working lifetimes, compared to pre-reform expectations: The full valuation report is available at:http://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/newsroom/media-releases/2016/2015-valuation-of-the-benefit-system-for-working-age-adults.html

CORRUPTION INDEX: New Zealand has fallen to fourth place in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).Click here for the report:http://www.transparency.org.nz/docs/2016/cpi/Corruption%20Perceptions%20Index%202015%20report_EMBARGO.pdf

OVERSEAS MERCHANDISE TRADE: In December 2015 the value of imported goods was $52.5 billion, a new high for a calendar year,according to Statistics New Zealand. Read more: http://bit.ly/1KbQ1Sr

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Thursday 28th January.

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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.

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