NewsRoom Digest: Top NZ News Items for March 2 Edition, 2016

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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 4 resourceful link of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 2nd of March. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include: student groups around the country calling for action as student loan debt reaches $15 billion; further signs the housing market is cooling with new QV data showing national house values were flat last month when compared with January; and the Government announcing details of its plans for more emergency housing in Auckland.

POLITICS PULSE

Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Encouraging response to family violence law review; $2 million boost to help homeless Aucklanders; New Standards Approval Board appointed; Oamaru Courthouse to be re-opened; European Parliament supports start to FTA; High Commissioner to Tuvalu announced; All New Zealanders should have a say on future flag; Good uptake of first year midwifery programme; $2.1m pay increase for lead maternity carers; Applications open for $2m Māori Innovation Fund;Appointments to the new Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Council; First Dubai – Auckland flights take off

Greens: Nick Smith must explain why he won’t save lives & add a WoF to rental housing bill; Government’s sneaky moves push students into $15 billion debt;Govt can help victims of domestic violence stay in work

Labour: Student debt time bomb clocks $15 billion; Support for inquiry into $40 million Dam decision; Labour Calls For One Month Extension To TPP Deadline; Minister must fast track family law review; Out of touch Minister blasé over missed KiwiSaver payments

New Zealand First: Kaikoura Cheese Factory Closure Shows Govt’s Indifference; Northland Under Attack As Rail Run Down; Ban Gangs From State Houses

LINKS OF THE DAY

FAMILY VIOLENCE LAW REVIEW: A summary of the submissions received during a public consultation about the Government’s comprehensive review of family violence laws was released today. The summary of submissions is available at: https://consultations.justice.govt.nz/policy/family-violence-law

IMPORTS AND EXPORTS: New Zealand earned $2.5 billion more from exports than we spent on imports during the year ended December 2015, according to Statistics New Zealand. More details at: http://bit.ly/1L49WDA

PROPERTY VALUE RISES: The latest monthly QV House Price Index shows that nationwide residential property values for February have increased 11.6% over the past year. Read more: https://www.qv.co.nz/resources/residential-house-price-index

STANDARDS APPROVAL BOARD: New Zealand’s first Standards Approval Board, an independent statutory board set up under the Standards and Accreditation Act 2015 was announced today. More information about the new Board together with other changes under the new Standards and Accreditation Act is available here:https://www.standards.govt.nz/about-us/who-we-are/approval-board

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Wednesday 2nd March.

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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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