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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.


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.


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 in a bid to get kids active; Bishop encourages applications for 2016 Youth Awards


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:

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 :

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:

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:

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