NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for February 23 Edition, 2016

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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.

NEWSROOM_MONITOR

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.

POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today
included:

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

LINKS OF THE DAY

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: https://www.pharmac.govt.nz/news/vacancy-2016-02-05-cac-maori-members/.

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