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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 2 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Friday 4th of March. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include: Government books recording a $934 million surplus, before investment gains and losses, for the seven months to January 31; the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee rejecting a bid to have the deadline for public submissions on the TPP extended by a month to 11 April; and Police rejecting claims from young Africans living in New Zealand who say they have been racially profiled, harassed and beaten by officers.


Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today 


Government: $450m ACC transformation programme underway; First stage of 5-year ACC programme benefits businesses; Speech: Jonathan Coleman – National Stakeholder Forum for Integrated Pharmacist Services in the Community;World-leading expert to headline Open Data Day; Children’s Day starts Foster Care Awareness week; Nine Nelson Special Housing Areas approved; Over 100,000 Kiwis are using patient portals; Government Books Well-Balanced

Greens: Green Party Calls For Investigation Into Toxic Mill; Ditch the photo ops Minister, and deliver on electric cars

Labour: National’s failed education plans leave $120m unspent; 21st century ICT race is on and needs capital

Māori Party: Whāngai children to benefit from changes to paid parental leave

New Zealand First: TPPA Debate Being Muzzled

NZ National Party: Hutt Valley domestic tourism doubles since 2008


GOVERNMENTS FINANCIALS: The Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the seven months ended 31 January 2016 were released by the Treasury today.Read more:

INTERNATIONAL OPEN DATA DAY: For the first time ever, New Zealanders will have the chance to talk open data and innovation with world-renowned US expert on open government Beth Noveck, who will talk to a New Zealand audience online to mark International Open Data Day on 5 March. Information on how to participate in the google hangouts is available on the LINZ website at

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Friday 4th March.