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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 8 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Monday 7th September.


Top stories in the current news cycle include Silver Fern Farms’ reluctance to reveal how far along its capital raising process is or whether it’s about to announce a deal with a foreign firm, commencement of a resource consent hearing into how dealing with the remains of the Rena shipwreck will be resolved, and the Government’s well-flagged announcement that New Zealand will welcome 750 Syrian refugees over the next two and a half years ias well as providing additional funding of $4.5 million to help refugees displaced by fighting in the war-torn region.

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Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Sustainable forest management report to be launched at World Forestry Congress ; Deed of Settlement signed with Taranaki Iwi; New partnership highlights positive link between sport and rehabilitation; High teacher satisfaction great news for kids;Patient portal uptake reaches 75,000 milestone; New Zealand to take 750 more Syrian refugees; NZ ups humanitarian support to Syrian refugees

Greens: 100 extra refugees a meager half measure; Green Party Will Still Seek Leave To Introduce Refugee Quota Bill

Labour: Dangerous environment supports Commissioner’s report; NZ response must reflect scale of humanitarian crisis; Government knew but didn’t act on building rorts; Emergency refugee bill will be pulled if Govt response is meaningful; Treasury’s downside scenario becoming reality; Fishing parks floundering under Nick Smith; OIO must be tough over Silver Fern Farms sale

United Future Party: Peter Dunne – A Positive First Step on Refugees 


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ANALYSIS OF PHASE ONE WHĀNAU ORA RESULTS: The first phase of Whānau Ora (2010 – 2015) has focused on strengthening provider capability to design and deliver whānau-centred approaches. A report of this phase’s research and monitoring results is available at: 


CHINESE LANGUAGE WEEK: New Zealand Chinese Language Week was launched today. The week is about encouraging more New Zealanders to try their tongue at Chinese and seeks to bridge the cultural and linguistic knowledge gap between China and New Zealand. To see what’s happening at a location near you visit:http://nzclw.com/events

DEED OF SETTLEMENT SIGNED: The Crown has signed a deed of settlement with Taranaki Iwi settling all their outstanding historical Treaty claims at Pukeiti Gardens, Taranaki. A copy of the deed of settlement is available at:http://www.govt.nz/treaty-settlement-documents/taranaki-iwi/

DRAFT DECISION FOR CUSTOMISED PRICE PATHS: The Commerce Commission has today published draft amendments that would provide more flexibility for gas and electricity distributors when applying for a customised price-quality path (CPP). Further information on the input methodologies review can be found here:http://www.comcom.govt.nz/regulated-industries/input-methodologies-2/input-methodologies-review/

GENDER-BASED DISCRIMINATION: A new initiative to help end gender-based pay discrimination is being launched today. ‘We’re relying on you’ is a website that asks women MPs to sign a pledge to support pay based on the job, not the gender, and to never support gender-based discrimination of pay. The “We’re relying on you” page can be viewed at: http://www.equalpay.org.nz/ and Politicians Pledge can be viewed at :http://www.equalpay.org.nz/politicians_pledge

PATIENT PORTAL: There has been a significant increase in the number of patient portal users. The secure online portal site enables patients to manage aspects of their own healthcare such as booking appointments, requesting repeat prescriptions and messaging clinical staff directly. For more information on patient portals visithttp://www.patientportals.co.nz

SEAWEEK 2016: The New Zealand Association for Environment Education (NZAEE) Seaweek 2016 will take place from Saturday 27 February to Sunday 6 March 2016 and will be Seaweek’s 25th anniversary. The theme will be “Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People”. More information is available at:http://www.seaweek.org.nz

WHOLESALE TRADE SALES DOWN: The value of wholesale trade sales was $21.8 billion in the June 2015 quarter, down $71 million (0.3 percent) from the June 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. More information is available at:http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/wholesale_trade/WholesaleTradeSurvey_HOTPJun15qtr.aspx

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Monday 7th September.

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