NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for February 19 Edition, 2016

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Newsroom Digest

Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 4 resourceful link of the day and the politics pulse from Friday 19th February. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include the Government’s books still in deficit by $92 million, the plight of New Zealanders living in Australia at the top of John Key’s mind as he entered talks with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney, and a lawyer saying the police response to a 111 call at the top of the East Coast was beyond disappointing.

POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today 

included:

Government: Social Housing Reform Bill passed into law; Consultation begins on AEOI implementation; Mid-year accounts broadly in-line with forecasts; New redeveloped school opened on Great Barrier Island; NZ removes UN sanctions against Iran;New Plymouth fully connected to Ultra-Fast Broadband;A new season of Cricket Smart gets underway; Mackenzie Country Trust established;Joint effort to address Auckland’s transport challenges; Young people the focus of new Science Challenge

Greens: PM’s trip an opportunity to restore human rights;Govt deficit highlights policy failures; Bluegreens Forum should be more than greenwashing

Labour: Botched EQC repair numbers keep rising; Report slams Nats ‘openness’ and ‘transparency’; Damning Auditor-General report on Defence Force; Key must now work to restore reciprocal rights

Māori Party: Supporting Māori Housing Providers

New Zealand First: Desperate NatsUse Sports Stars – What Is It Costing Us?; Government Fast-Tracks State House Sell-Off

LINKS OF THE DAY

AG RESPONSE TO NZDF & MILTECH INQUIRY: In 2014, the Office received a request from Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, then Minister of Defence, to look into a procurement arrangement involving the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and Miltech Limited (Miltech), a commercial business servicing life jackets for NZDF. Click here for more:http://www.oag.govt.nz/media/2016/miltech?utm_source=subs&utm_medium=subs&utm_campaign=miltech

CEO CONFIDENCE SURVEY: Findings from PwC’s New Zealand CEO Survey, released today, show New Zealand CEOs are less positive about the outlook for the global economy than they were last year, but remain optimistic about their own business growth. The survey can be found at: http://www.pwc.com/ceosurvey

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF THE NZ GOVT: The Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the six months ended 31 December 2015 were released by the Treasury today. Click here for more:http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/media-speeches/media/19feb16

NZ REMOVES UN SANCTIONS: New Zealand has completed the domestic processes required to lift the United Nations sanctions against Iran. Further information for exporters can be found on the MFAT website:https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/trade/un-security-council-sanctions/

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Friday 19th 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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