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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 2 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 28th of April. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include: the Reserve Bank holding its Official Cash Rate (OCR) steady at a record low 2.25 %, but leaving the door open for further cuts; DairyNZ saying it is confident the industry is heading in the right direction, with the number of dairy farmers flouting waterway pollution rules dropping to its lowest recorded level, at 5.8%; and a ‘milestone’ legal settlement meaning the Earthquake Commission must now repair quake-damaged houses to a ‘when new’ condition.


Government: English to Germany, London this week; Govt Acknowledges Genesis Commitment To Removing Coal-Fired Generation; Speech: Todd McClay – Trade address to Auckland Chamber of Commerce; Business leaders join international line-up for Cyber Security Summit; KiwiSaver home buyer support tweaked; Minister pays return visit to Camp Taji

Greens: Govt’s housing failure hurting the rest of economy;New stats show Govt’s created a property speculators’ paradise;Ruataniwha Dam should be dumped; Climate change a threat to prosperity

Labour: Workplace death toll still too high; Govt complacency leaves RB no room to cut;Mossack Fonseca links to OIO approvals must be investigated;Minister must come clean on implications of landmark settlement;Dam not out of doldrums yet;New study shows Smith’s insulation fails Kiwi kids; Government out of touch on foreign trusts; Andrew Little visits NZ troops in Iraq and refugees in Jordan

New Zealand First: Private Insurance Needed To Ease Public Health Burden;Time For Straight Talk


CYBER SECURITY SUMMIT: More than 200 top business people will join Communications Minister Amy Adams for New Zealand’s first Cyber Security Summit in Auckland next Thursday (May 5). The theme of the inaugural Summit is “Keeping New Zealand’s Economy Cyber Secure”. More details at:

HEALTH SCHOLARSHIP: A $3000 education scholarship is available for health professionals with an interest in the rural sector.The Rural Women New Zealand and Access Scholarship is aimed at applicants who are working in the health field with rural connections, and wish to further their studies in health or disability studies. Preference will be given to applicants who are studying at post-graduate level. Applications close on 1 July 2016. Full information and application forms can be found at

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Thursday 28th April.




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