NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for February 16 Edition, 2016

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Newsroom Digest

Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 3 resourceful link of the day and the politics pulse from Tuesday 16th February. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include the Earthquake Recovery Authority receiving nearly 1000 claims from Sunday’s 5.7 magnitude quake, Finance Minister Bill English announcing the Budget will be delivered on 26 May, and the Health Minister confirming cash-strapped District Health Boards must still save well over $100 million this year.

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today 

included:

Government: New deported offenders law showing excellent results; Wellington/Wairarapa region lab officially opens; Speech: Jonathan Coleman – Wellington Southern Community Laboratory official opening; $5.18 million in Year Start Up Payments to date; International open data experts to hang out with NZ; Financial advice consultation process draws to a close; EU-NZ FTA discussed with Senior EU figures; Illegal street racing crashes more than halved

Greens: John Key wrong again ­– the TPPA is an LGBTQI issue; Lack of energy leadership could see coal pollution continue; Greens Support Call To Bring NZTE Back To Select Committee

Labour: Labour To Call For NZTE To Answer To Committee; Increased taxes mean ‘waitresses’ don’t foot study bill; Yet more complacency from Bill English

New Zealand First: National Radio Failing To Deliver For Māori

LINKS OF THE DAY

DEGREE INVESTMENT: New data released today by Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara shows the value of investing in a degree with a typical graduate earning around $1.6 million more over their working life than a non-graduate. More details at: http://www.universitiesnz.ac.nz/node/854

NZCID BUILDING NATIONS SYMPOSIUM 2016 : The New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development announced that the NZCID Building Nations Symposium 2016 will be taking place at the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland, from 21 – 22 October 2016. For more information: http://www.nzcid.org.nz/Category?Action=View&Category_id=212

RETAIL SALES RISE: In the December 2015 quarter retail sales rose, according to Statistics New Zealand. The total sales value of $21.8 billion in the December 2015 quarter was 4.4 percent ($921 million) more than in the December 2014 quarter. Read more: http://bit.ly/1QEBXOj

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Tuesday 16th February .

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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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