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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 5 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from 15th of April. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include: Helen Clark telling the United Nations that her leadership and political experience in New Zealand make her the best candidate to be the next UN Secretary General; the animal rights group SAFE saying the proposed new animal welfare regulations are a farce and; the Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee dismissing claims that the real reason for the sale of two naval vessels is lack of staff to crew them.


Government: Marking 100 years since the first Anzac Day; Regenerate Christchurch board confirmed; $9m upgrade for Halswell Residential College, Christchurch; Canterbury University QuakeCoRE welcomed; New UHT milk plant for Canterbury; Dunne to attend UN Special Session on Drug Policy; Minister welcomes Waikato mental health report; $6.9m for new Sustainable Farming Fund projects;Views sought on proposed Racing Act changes; New Climate Change Ambassador appointed; $16.8m West Rolleston school officially opens; $16.8m West Rolleston school officially opens;Minister opens new health centre in Kaikoura; Crown and Tauranga Moana Iwi advance reconciliation journey; McCully to New York and Europe; New chapter for Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa

Greens: Catherine Delahunty to speak at Ashburton bottled water rally; Catherine Delahunty to speak at Ashburton bottled water rally

Labour: Dismissal of plea for fairness is disgraceful; Mossack Fonseca link raises stakes for full inquiry and law changes; Labour Mourns Loss Of Hingangaroa Smith

New Zealand First: Sick Tenants Trapped In P Contaminated State Houses; Forced Adoption Of Business Number Unfair; Another Link To Famous Maori Battalion Lost


1080 RULES: Recommendations on the management of 1080. Click here for the 2011 report:

FARMING PROJECTS: $6.9m for new Sustainable Farming Fund projects. A full list of successful projects is available at:

QUAKECORE: The opening of Canterbury University’s QuakeCore -Centre for Earthquake Resilience. More information about CoREs can be found here:

WAIKATO HEALTH REPORT: An investigation of Waikato Mental Sealth Services has found staff there are struggling to cope with the big increase in demand. Although there is no local breakdown, the national demand for mental health care has risen 21% in five years. Click here for more:

RACING ACT: Feedback is being seeked on proposed changes to the Racing Act designed to ensure returns from betting continue to support New Zealand racing and sport organisations. The deadline for submissions is 27 May 2016 and the discussion document is available at: . 

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Friday 15th April.




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