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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Tuesday 19th of April. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include: online voting at this year’s local government elections being put on the backburner because of security concerns; Finance Minister Bill English saying the Government is aiming to set up a data supermarket for agencies and social groups to improve outcomes for the people with whom they work; and Prime Minister John Key saying the government is considering setting up a formal extradition treaty with China.


Government: Minister joins kids to honour wartime heroes; New halal and agricultural agreements with China signed; Minister opens Ashburton Community Corrections site; New measures to make travel to NZ easier; New border initiatives make trade with China easier; Kiwis encouraged to serve New Zealand this Anzac Day; Thirty-fourth refurbished house leaves Rolleston Prison Construction Yard; Bennett travels to United States; PM meets China Premier Li Keqiang; $4m upgrade for Bayswater School, Auckland;Further work before online voting proceeds; Licensing review opens for consultation; New insulation and smoke alarm requirements finalised.

Greens: Climate change reality check for National Government; English refuses to allow Treasury to cost Greens policy

Labour: New Zealand must act now;NZ’s film reputation at risk after visa decision; Kris Faafoi promoted to Shadow Cabinet

New Zealand First: Silver Fern Farms Sales Sees New Zealand First Lodge Complaint; Housing NZ Breaches Tenancy And Health Laws


LICENSING REVIEW: The Driver Licensing Review discussion document, released by the Ministry of Transport today, proposes moving the driver licence renewal process online and streamlining heavy vehicle and specialist driving endorsements. Submissions close 2 June 2016. The discussion document and submission form are available at:

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Tuesday 19th April.