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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 7 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Tuesday 1st of March. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include: the Labour Party saying it may support Government changes to employment laws, if the legislation can be altered to deal with zero-hours contracts; Health Minister Jonathan Coleman saying Pharmac has to consider the number of people who will benefit when providing money for a melanoma drug being called for by sufferers; and the Government launching a multi-pronged attack on gangs and gang culture.


Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today 


Government: New Gang Intelligence Centre will reduce gang harm;Reducing the harm and cost of gang life; Licence suspensions net $43.5m over two years; New Food Act comes into force;NZ boosts Fiji cyclone aid to $4.7 million; Demand for UFB sees uptake hit 20 per cent;Minister meets education experts in Estonia

ACT Party: Minimum wage hike whacks regional employment

Greens: Key must apologise to the Jon Stephenson; Greens To Push Nick Smith To Improve RTA Bill

Labour: Labour To Support Next Step Of Workplace Law

New Zealand First: Govt Failing NZ Cancer Sufferers

NZ National Party: Bishop welcomes 2016 Hutt STEMM Festival


DAIRY SECTOR COMPETITION: The Commerce Commission has today released its final report on the state of competition in New Zealand’s dairy industry. A copy of the final report can be found here:http://www.comcom.govt.nz/regulated-industries/dairy-industry/report-on-the-state-of-competition-in-the-new-zealand-dairy-industry/

DELOITTE SOUTH ISLAND INDEX: All seven industry sectors achieved positive results in the quarter to 31 December 2015.The Deloitte South Island Index rebounded in the quarter ended 31 December 2015 posting a record quarterly gain after three consecutive quarters of challenging results. To see the full Deloitte South Island Index quarterly report, go to www.deloitte.com/nz/southislandindex.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: An Education Review Office report on early childhood education shows that a significant number of services are in breach of important regulations and this is having an impact on quality. Click here for the report: http://www.ero.govt.nz/National-Reports/Meeting-requirements-for-children-s-safety-and-wellbeing-in-ECE-February-2016

FINANCIAL REPORTING: The Auditor-General’s report Improving financial reporting in the public sector was presented to the House of Representatives. Click here for the “Improving financial reporting in the public sector “:http://www.oag.govt.nz/2016/financial-reporting?utm_source=subs&utm_medium=subs&utm_campaign=RONAS

GANG LIFE REPORT: A report launched today by the Ministry of Social Development examined 3,960 patched and prospect gang members known to the Police in July 2014, and found that 92 per cent have received a main benefit. The full report is available at: www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/research/research-on-gangs-and-their-cost/index.html

NEW FOOD STANDARDS CODE: Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today notified all stakeholders that a revised version of the Food Standards Code has now come into effect. The new version of the Code can be viewed on the FSANZ website: http://admin-www.foodstandards.gov.au/media/Pages/Leap-into-the-new-food-standards-code.aspx.

TERMS OF TRADE: The merchandise (goods) terms of trade fell 2.0 percent in the December 2015 quarter, following a 3.8 percent fall in the September 2015 quarter, according to Statistics NZ. Read more: http://bit.ly/21F3EhD

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Tuesday 1st March.

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