NewsRoom_Digest for April 18 2016

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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 2 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Monday 18th of April. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include: the Labour Party calling for the Auditor-General to investigate the awarding of a resort management contract to one of the National Party’s biggest funders; official figures showing the Consumer’s Price Index rising to 0.2% in the three months to March, taking the annual rate to 0.4%; and the Government launching the revised New Zealand Health Strategy – one promising a health system that is more prevention-focussed and responsive to the needs of the public.

POLITICS PULSE

Government: Foss to honour veterans in South Korea; Low inflation helping households get ahead; Pacific business leader remembered; New Zealand Health Strategy launched; Speech – Launch of NZ Health Strategy; NZDF response to Cyclone Winston draws down; Kiwi released on Motutapu Island; SPEECH – Hon Te Ururoa Flavell – Next steps for Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill; Joyce leads GPA Mission to the US

Greens: Low inflation hides cost of housing crisis; Govt must stop using “fraudulent” emission units; Greens Support Ashburton Locals’ Call For End To Water Bottling Plans; Govt cheated on international climate commitments; Urgent nationwide inquiry into mental health services needed

Labour: National ignores past mistakes; Auditor-General must investigate Niue deal for donor; Overseas carbon credits scam caused by National;National should back local councils with e-vote

LINKS OF THE DAY

CPI UP: The consumers price index (CPI) rose 0.2 percent in the March 2016 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. This follows a fall of 0.5 percent in the December 2015 quarter. Read more: http://bit.ly/1U10Gm4

NZ HEALTH STRATEGY: New Zealand’s new Health Strategy was launched at a Health Symposium in Wellington. The strategy can be downloaded at: http://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/publications/new-zealand-health-strategy-future-direction-apr16.pdf

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Monday 18th April.

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