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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 4 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Friday 6th of May. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include: the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment wanting to ban people from retrofitting residential buildings with metal foil insulation; SkyTV telling investors the company is losing thousands of customers from its Pay TV service; and the Ministry of Social Development cutting nearly $400,000 in funding to community providers – in a newsletter sent out this week, the Ministry says 14 service providers won’t have their contracts renewed when they expire at the end of June. 


Government: Corrections to acknowledge Mother’s Day on Sunday; More books for visually impaired a step closer; ECan to transition to fully elected council; Trade Minister Welcomes Tribunal TPP Report;Low-alcohol sales Bill passes first reading;McCully to New York for UN meetings;Nominations open for school boards; Junior High school opened in Hamilton; New Palmerston North cycleway will enhance city connections

Greens: Govt should support farmers into high-value organics

New Zealand First: Compass Group Hospital Food To Be Served At Taranaki DHB?;Govt’s Inaction Continues To Oblige Foreign Corporates; Warning To Foreign Buyers – Lie And You Lose;Where Are The Bridges Mr Bridges?;Yet Another Failure, More Staff Put At Risk!


ASSAULTS AND ROBBERIES: Statistics NZ released today an analysis of reported victimisations of assault, sexual assault, and robbery offences, in public places, for the 2015 calendar year. The tables show victimisation counts by area unit and meshblock, and victimisation rates per 10,000 estimated resident population by area unit. Download the tables: Analysis of public place assaults, sexual assaults, and robberies in 2015:

DELOITTE SOUTH ISLAND INDEX: Deloitte South Island Index kicks off the 2016 calendar year with 6.8% gain in the quarter to 31 March 2016 Companies on the Deloitte South Island Index overcame an anxious start to 2016. Fears of a global equity market turndown impacted local markets in the initial weeks of the year, however, these fears waned over the quarter as South Island listed firms built on the strong growth of the 31 December 2015 quarter. To see the full Deloitte South Island Index quarterly report, go to


FOIL INSULATION BAN: The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has announced it is beginning consultation on a proposal to issue a ban that will prevent people retrofitting residential buildings with foil insulation. Click here for the MBIE consultation document on the proposed ban on the use of foil in existing residential buildings:

WOMEN IN LABOUR FORCE: Many more women are heading to work, and fewer parents are staying out of the labour force to look after children compared with 30 years ago, according to Statistics New Zealand. Read more:

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Friday 6th of May.




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