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


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include: Corrections Department ordering private prison manager Serco to pay $8 million for its mismanagement of the Mt Eden remand prison; PricewaterhouseCoopers financial adviser Geoff Nightingale saying alarm bells should be ringing at Inland Revenue over claims that the world’s wealthy and political elite are using New Zealand registered trusts to hide their wealth and avoid tax; and Inland Revenue saying the first ever arrest over student loan repayments last month has spurred overseas borrowers into paying their back loans.


Government: $55k to support youth development initiatives;New health and safety journey starts; Boost in overseas student loan repayments;Appointment of Chief Parliamentary Counsel;: Community development fund opens; NZ contributes to nuclear security programmes;McCully to Middle East;Online tools to benefit thousands of students;New suicide prevention guidelines for EDs; Serco to pay $8m to Corrections; Medical cannabis product approved for use;NZ tax rules strong

Greens: Greens Will Repurpose Kiwibank And Save Kiwis Hundreds Of Millions; Govt failing to address long-term public health disaster; PM knew truth about kiwi brides for six months; Govt should stop foreign trusts operating secretly in NZ; John Key wrong about Greens’ Kiwibank policy; Key’s evasiveness on ‘jihadi brides’ shows duplicity

Labour: Burglaries on rise; Minister must stop prison privatisation failure;Unison move sends wrong signal;John Key must come clean on offshore trust loopholes

Māori Party: Māori broadcaster Whairiri Ngata dies; Māori Party Commemorate 100 Years Since The Invasion Of Maungapōhatu;Poroporoaki – Whai Ngata

New Zealand First: Govt should put up cash for rabbit research, not public;Key Does ‘Big Sell’ For More Indian Students;Key Fosters Banana Republic Approach; Key Sells NZ Short With ‘British Colony’ Comment; $55,000 For Youth Development Pitiful


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FUND: The Community Development Scheme helps fund projects where communities are working to become more self-reliant, resilient, and generate their own solutions to local issues. The Community Development Scheme funding round opens on 6 April and closes on 18 May 2016. Application information is available at

ECONOMIC INDICATORS: The March Monthly Economic Indicators (MEI) was published today on the Treasury Website. The report provides a summary of recent economic events. Read more at:

HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK: The journey towards better health and safety practices in the workplace starts today with the new Health and Safety at Work Act coming into force. For more information visit

MEDICAL CANNABIS PRODUCT: Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has today approved the use of a non-pharmaceutical grade cannabis-based product, following an application from the patient’s treating consultant. Read more:

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




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