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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 10th of March. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include: the Reserve Bank lowering the Official Cash Rate to a new record low of 2.25 percent, and the New Zealand dollar falling 1 cent in response; the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) saying thousands of school support staff are being underpaid because of a calendar anomaly; and Housing New Zealand saying it will issue summonses to force Auckland Council experts to appear before hearings on the city’s 30-year-development plan.


Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today

Government: Minister welcomes back Pasifika Festival; helps Kiwi kids get more active;Historic Bill One Step Closer to Law;Leaky home support extended; $37.8 million Health IT research partnership;Nominations for 2016 Youth Awards open today; New code of practice for international education providers;Child protection policies widened; Kiwi women encouraged to participate in local body elections

Greens: ORC cut welcomed but overdue;Green Party Calls On Authorities To Follow Christchurch And Put Public Safety First

Labour: UN slow to spend on Pacific climate change; Rate cut shows Govt needs to step up

Māori Party: Māori Party Celebrates The Passing Of The Second Reading Of The Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill

New Zealand First: TPPA Silver Bullet ‘A Myth’; Speech- Rt Hon Winston Peters- Optimism only when optimism is justified


CODE OF PRACTICE: A new code of practice for education providers that will strengthen the care of international students in New Zealand was announced today. More information can be found here:

GUESTS NIGHTS RISE: National guest nights reached a record high in January 2016, with numbers up 6.1 percent on January 2015, according to Statistics New Zealand. Read more:

HEALTH IT RESEARCH: The Government will invest $14 million over seven years in a $37.8 million public-provider research partnership to promote precision-driven healthcare. The partnerships programme seeks to increase the competitiveness of New Zealand industries by supporting high-quality, relevant mission-led research. Read more here:

LOCAL AUTHORITY STATISTICS: The latest data on the performance of core non-trading activities of local authorities has been released by Statistics New Zealand. More details at:

OFFICIAL CASH RATE REDUCED: The Reserve Bank today reduced the Official Cash Rate (OCR) by 25 basis points to 2.25 percent.View the Monetary Policy Statement here:

PUBLIC CENTRE ACCOUNTABILITY: The Auditor-General’s report on Public sector accountability through raising concerns was presented to the House of Representatives.Click here for more:

WOMEN IN LOCAL ELECTIONS: New Zealand women are urged to get more involved in this year’s local body elections.If you are interested in standing for election, more information is available at:

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Thursday 10th March.

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.