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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 1 resourceful link of the day and the politics pulse from Friday 22nd of April. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include: Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy saying new access for chilled meat in China is an opportunity for exporters to get their high-end products into the top end of the Chinese market; Transport Minister Simon Bridges assuring passengers they will be safe in cabs after changes are made to the way taxi services are run; and findings from a report on the state of bluefin tuna fisheries in the Pacific Ocean, show that without drastic measures, there is a less than 1 percent chance of the population returning to healthy levels by 2024.


Government: Speech – Canterbury Men’s Centre Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust; Bottled water concerns misplaced;Acting District Court Judges appointed; Successful bid gives economy $50 million boost; PM welcomes visit by French PM; Number on Social Housing Register declines; English releases RB Board letter of expectations; Indian President to visit New Zealand;Facility upgraded by offenders helps kakapo; Successful end to the yachting season; $520m funding injection for key Tauranga route

ACT Party: Funding policy to blame for Corelli school liquidation

Greens: Tree planting for the climate – a game-changer

Labour: Social Development stats don’t add up; Fewer cops on the beat as police cuts bite; Big jump in benefit numbers in Christchurch as rebuild slows; Thousands of invalid votes likely after National refuses to change rules

New Zealand First: “In The Shadow Of The Super City” – Speech At Whangaparaoa Rt Hon Winston Peters; Speech By Rt Hon Winston Peters To Warkworth Public Meeting; Out-Of-Work Young Kiwis On The Rise


SOCIAL HOUSING REGISTER: The number of people on the Social Housing Register has again declined. Figures for the March 2016 quarter show there were 4585 people on the register, down 223 or 4.6 per cent on the same time last year. Of those on the register in March 2016, 1036 are already housed and are awaiting a transfer to a more suitable property. The March 2016 register can be found at:

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Friday 22nd 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.