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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.