NewsRoom_Digest for 11 March 2016

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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 4 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Friday 11th of March. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.

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Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include: the Workplace and Safety Minister saying eight agricultural workers have died and 200 have been seriously harmed since the new workplace safety rules came into force last year; food prices have fallen, led by seasonally lower fruit and vegetable prices; and international research headed by NZ scientists has found that agricultural practices such as farming and rice-growing, not fossil fuels, are likely to be responsible for rising atmospheric methane levels since 2007.

POLITICS PULSE

Government: Zero-hour contracts gone, PPL extended; Appointments to Maritime New Zealand board; Tauranga fully-fibred and rearing to go; New Zealand/South Australia school exchange; Largest roading project in Waikato’s history underway; Well-rounded education favoured; Celebrating New Zealand’s top foster carers; New wood products partnership launched; New cycleways better connecting the Western Bay; Irrigation funding boost for Wairarapa, Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne; Topping off a milestone for Justice Precinct

Greens: ACC shouldn’t prop up Ruataniwha Dam; MPI must front up over swamp kauri trade documents; ECAN must take action to stop waterways from drying up; Greens Called For Guns Briefing Four Months Ago

Labour: MPI’s blinkers on over bobby calf abuse; Wairarapa irrigation scheme – another waste of millions? Labour Calls For Independent Gun Inquiry; Farm workers 20 times more likely to be killed

New Zealand First: Mocking A Legitimate Concern On Flag Voting Information; Minister Should Go For Abysmal Failure On Swamp Kauri Exports

NZ National Party: Hutt Valley hosts Play.sport in a bid to get kids active; Bishop encourages applications for 2016 Youth Awards

LINKS OF THE DAY

MONTHLY FOOD PRICES FALL: Food prices fell 0.6 percent in February 2016, Statistics New Zealand said today. This was influenced by falls across a range of foods, and led by seasonally lower fruit and vegetable prices. Read more:http://bit.ly/1YE8wSe

METHANE LEVELS: A breakthrough in understanding about the causes of climate change has today been published online in the prestigious international journal Science. Read the paper here : http://www.sciencemag.org/

PROTECTION OF NZ OCEANS: The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment today urged New Zealanders not to squander another chance to protect New Zealand’s oceans. The Commissioner’s submission is available here:http://www.pce.parliament.nz/media/1632/mpaa-submission-final.pdf

ZERO HOUR CONTRACTS: A Bill which will eliminate zero-hour contracts, extend paid parental leave (PPL) and help stamp out worker exploitation passed its third reading yesterday. The new laws come into force on 1 April 2016. For more information see: http://www.employment.govt.nz/er/services/law/legislationreviews/employment-standards-bill.asp

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Friday 11th March.

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