Newsroom Digest

Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 1 resourceful link of the day and the politics pulse from Tuesday 23rd February. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include: relief supplies starting to arrive in Fiji as the country begins the massive task of cleaning up after Cyclone Winston (at least 29 people have been killed); United Future leader Peter Dunne calling for a review of the Clean Slate Act, saying too many people are being burdened with decades-old convictions for minor offences; and perhaps tens of thousands of New Zealanders being eligible for a Resident Return Visa (RRV) – a faster and cheaper way of getting Australian citizenship that is not pegged to work skills or earning at least $NZ57,000 a year.


Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today

Government: Government Provides Extra Support For Buller; Good progress under Bay of Plenty Housing Accords; Processed timber a big winner under TPP;Hawke’s Bay mental health inpatient unit opens;First phase of Land Access Reforms to speed up UFB rollout; Good progress on quarterly health targets;Out of Gate helping more prisoners to be crime-free; Student achievement continuing to rise; NZ joins $200 million science investment fund

Labour: ECan legislation an affront to democracy

NZ National Party: McCully will not contest East Coast Bays in 2017

United Future Party: Time to Review Clean Slate Act


PHARMAC SEEKING NEW MEMBERS: PHARMAC is seeking nominations for two Māori members of its Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC).Information about the vacancies and how to apply are available on the PHARMAC website:

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Tuesday 23rd 20th February.

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.