Newsroom Digest

Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 3 resourceful link of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 24th February. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include: Awaroa Beach staying in New Zealander’s hands forever thanks to a successful crowd-funding campaign that raised $2,278,171.09 to buy the seven-hectare privately-held property in Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand sending the navy vessel ‘Canterbury’ to support cyclone relief and recovery efforts in Fiji , and the Auckland Council debating its proposals for zoning and high-density housing in the city.


Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today 

Government: Teacher confidence a good sign;New biosecurity video for international visitors launched;New tool to improve tourism data use; Return to market for AoG Air Travel contract;Minister opens new $9.8m maternity unit; MNZS Canterbury to assist with Fiji relief efforts;Government Congratulates Successful Beach Campaign;More road safety measures for key tourist routes

ACT Party: Auckland Councillors must engage with public on rezoning

Greens: Asset sales cost hits $1 billion; Record bank profitability nothing to celebrate;Pressure building on Govt to include rentals WoF in RTA Bill;Green Party Won’t Give Up On The Waikato River

Labour: Awaroa a victory for our grandchildren; Sub-contractors pay price for home builder collapse; Education key priority for Pasifika in Future of Work; Dutton improves detainees’ rights after protest

New Zealand First: Speech- Agcarm Conference; Cooperation The Key To Bee Industry Success;1080 Replacement Needed; Govt Caving In To Iwi Group


BIOSECURITY VIDEO: A new in-flight biosecurity video aimed at arriving international passengers has been launched today.The Officer Goodboy inflight video is available to all international airlines arriving in New Zealand. It can be viewed on YouTube –

TEACHERS SURVEY: New research showing the overwhelming majority of teachers believe in their ability to make a difference for kids. The research is from the Teaching and learning International Survey (TALIS) which asked teachers from 34 countries about their schools and their work. In New Zealand, more than 2,800 Year 7-10 teachers and principals took part. The New Zealand TALIS analysis, can be found at:

TOURISM DATA USE: A new online one-stop-shop for tourism data will help businesses and regions take advantage of unprecedented growth in the industry. The New Zealand Tourism Dashboard brings together a range of tourism datasets produced by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Statistics New Zealand. The New Zealand Tourism Dashboard can be viewed here:

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Wednesday 24th 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.