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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 2 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Thursday 26th of May. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include: the Finance Minister Bill English delivering his seventh Budget at Parliament; dairy giant Fonterra announcing an increased milk solid price of $4.25 per kg, slightly below the $4.50 – $4.80 analysts predicted for the upcoming season; and the country’s power grid operator, Transpower predicting a massive shake-up in the electricity sector, including the failure of some line companies. 


Government: Housing momentum to be maintained; Criminals hit by billion-dollar hole in pocket; Bowel screening programme roll-out; $36m for warmer, healthier homes;Health investment increases to a record $16.1b;$2.1b investment in public infrastructure; $652.1m Social Investment for vulnerable NZers;Govt books show rising surpluses, falling debt;Govt books show rising surpluses, falling debt;Budget 2016: Overview;Investing in a growing economy;Budget supports growing economy;ETS one-for-two subsidy to be phased out$882.5m investment in school property; $96m for legal aid and community law centres;Government invests in New Zealand’s security;$258m to boost social housing; $208m investment boost for Justice;$357.9m invested in key transport projects;Annual education investment to exceed $11b; Budget 2016: $32m extra for Bay of Plenty DHB; $100m boost to develop Auckland housing;Extra support for most at-risk students;New $100m fund to improve water quality; Financial help boosted for low-income earners; $111.5m to support NZers into employment; $347.8m for care and protection of young people; $299.2m in additional funding for Police; $16m new funding to tackle wilding conifers; Extra $19.7m for Crown prosecutions;Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration;$69.8m towards eliminating bovine TB;Defence Force receives $300.9m new funding;$761.4m for an Innovative New Zealand; Additional Budget support for Pacific peoples; Tobacco excise to rise 10 per cent per annum; $857m to deliver a modern tax system; $11.6m new funding for the arts; $49m to strengthen Whānau-centred services;Extra $6.2m to increase Civil Defence capability; Low-risk travellers streamlined at the border; SPEECH: Hekia Parata – Shifting the Levers of Education

ACT Party: The biggest thing that’s not in the Budget;Budget 2016 splashes out on fat corporate welfare cheques; Budget increases taxes on those in need

Greens: Will National’s eighth budget finally show some vision today?; Green Party Co-leader James Shaw’s 2016 Budget Speech: Time to change the Government; Budget cuts continue National’s miserly underfunding of DOC; Shock school funding freeze means parents pay more

Labour:Fall in Police investigations funding must be fixed; Minister won’t fess up on wrong figures; Labour Bill Would Back Kiwi Jobs;John Key fails middle New Zealand with no fix for housing crisis, more underfunding of health;Sticking Plaster Budget fails the test

Māori Party: $40m boost for Whānau Ora;$4m for extending micro-financing;$17.9m to support Māori landowners;$5m to promote Māori voter participation; Māori Party Continues To Support Housing Solutions; $34.6m to support te reo Māori revival; $4m to commemorate New Zealand Wars

New Zealand First:Bennett Resettles Homeless In Jobless Towns;Address in Reply: Budget 2016;National tells many NZers to ‘get stuffed’; Budget 2016: Bowel Screening Programme Far Too Little, Far Too Late

NZ National Party:Budget 2016 a big boost for Technology Valley

United Future Party:Dunne calls for 52 weeks of parental leave; More Funding For Intelligence Services Must Come At A Price; A Boring Budget That Identifies The Right Targets


BUDGET 2016: Budget for the Government of New Zealand was announced today.More details at:

RBNZ LIQUIDITY MANAGEMENT: The Reserve Bank today published a Bulletin article that explains how the Bank manages liquidity in the banking system. Effective management of liquidity plays a crucial role in New Zealand’s banking system. Read more:

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Thursday 26th of May.

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.