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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.


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.


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


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:

NZ HEALTH STRATEGY: New Zealand’s new Health Strategy was launched at a Health Symposium in Wellington. The strategy can be downloaded at:

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

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.