Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 3 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Tuesday 8th of March. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include: the Finance Minister saying there may be widespread problems with payrolls in both the public and private sectors as a result of a law change more than 10 years ago; Fonterra cutting its dairy payout forecast for the second time this year, saying global milk prices are unsustainable; and dairy farm debt reaching $38 billion, with a recent Federated Farmers poll finding more than one in ten are already under pressure from banks over their mortgage.


Media releases issued from Parliament by political parties today 


Government: Strong evidence for new strangling offence; $382 million worth of criminal assets seized by Police; International Women’s Day; Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill introduced

ACT Party:Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill is green-washing

Greens:Govt needs to back up Fonterra suppliers and contractors; Bring the women’s portfolio back into Cabinet;Fonterra payout drop shows holes in Govt strategy

Labour: MBIE payroll debacle shows Joyce’s terrible management;Women’s day time to commit to equal pay; Te Ture Whenua Timeline Wrong; Payroll disaster demands full inquiry; Fonterra payout drop an $8b disaster for rural NZ;Labour Defeats Zero Hour Contracts;Fonterra must pay contractors on time

Māori Party:Strengthening the rights of workers;

New Zealand First: Minister Needs To Front Up On Roast Busters II; Education Ministry Inept And Acting As Bully;Govt left in the dust on electric cars


INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Todays marks International Women’s Day with the theme: #PledgeForParity. More details at:

MANUFACTURING SALES RISE: Total manufacturing sales rose in the December 2015 quarter, after a strong increase in the September quarter, according to Statistics New Zealand. Read more:

WOMEN IN WORK INDEX: PwC launched its fourth Women in Work Index, which ranks 33 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on a measure that combines five key indicators of female economic empowerment: the equality of earnings with men; the proportion of women in work (both in absolute terms and relative to men); the female unemployment rate; and the proportion of women in full-time employment. More at:

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Tuesday 8th March.

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.