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This edition of NewsRoom_Digest features resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Friday 13th November.


Top stories in the current news cycle include District Health Boards being accused of keeping some people from getting hip and knee surgery, more than 100 people showing their support for two Maori Television receptionists who are being sacked because they can’t speak fluent Te Reo Maori and the Government confirming it is merging the country’s fire services into a single national organisation.


Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today included:

Government: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank legislation passes third reading; Bright-line Bill passes third reading; Closer air connections between NZ and Vietnam; Chief Electoral Officer to step down; $79m Western Springs College investment largest ever for NZ school; Whanganui launches eighth Children’s Team; Speech – 137th Annual United Fire Brigades association (UFBA) AGM; Over $20m saved on AoG Telecommunications contract; Minister welcomes major upgrade of Otahuhu Station

Greens: What role did ministers play in keeping Saudi report secret?

Labour: Hardship tailored to suit government coffers; Hardship tailored to suit government coffers; Independence of the ERO called into question; It’s black and white – National caught out; NZ unemployment now worse than Australia

Māori Party: Bill allowing MPs to swear their allegiance to Te Tiriti o Waitangi back in the House

New Zealand First: Debate Needed On Aussie Deportation Law;Government’s Youth Unemployment Numbers Dodgy; Debate Needed On Aussie Deportation Law; Speech – Too Much Ideology In National’s Energy Policy; No Christmas Cheer As Hospital Parking Revenue Soars

NZ National Party: Foreshore opening a great day for Onehunga


Links of the day have been a feature of NewsRoom_Digest since we first started production in August 2014.

ENVIRONMENT REPORTING: The Government is consulting on proposed topics for national environmental reporting. Topics identify the things we want to know about the environment for each of the five environmental domains we report on (air, atmosphere and climate, fresh water, land, and marine). Read more:http://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/environmental-reporting/topics-environmental-reporting-consultation-document

FRAUD AWARENESS WEEK: Fraud Awareness Week starts this weekend with calls for people to be more vigilant with regards to money wiring and email hacking. Find out more at http://www.scamwatch.govt.nz/faw

NZ WOOL ACQUISITION: The Commerce Commission has issued its final determination approving Cavalier Wool Holdings’ (Cavalier) application to acquire New Zealand Wool Services International’s (NZWSI) wool scouring business and assets. More information can be found here: www.comcom.govt.nz/business-competition/mergers-and-acquisitions/authorisations/merger-authorisation-register/detail/716

PROFITING FROM WAR: Peace Action Wellington yesterday released a report into New Zealand’s weapons and military-related industry in support of the campaign to stop the annual New Zealand Defence Industry Association conference starting Tuesday morning at the TSB Arena in Wellington. The report is available at:https://peaceactionwellington.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/paw-report-for-webprint.pdf

TELECOMMUNICATIONS CONTRACT: A list of twelve telecommunications providers who have been selected to provide telecommunications and managed security services to Government were announced today. More information can be found at: https://www.ict.govt.nz/services/show/TaaS

TOURISM INDUSTRY SUMMIT: The Tourism Industry National Tourism Summit will be held on November 19th in Wellington. More information is available at: http://www.nationaltourismsummit.co.nz/

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Friday 13th November.

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