Critical Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 7 November 2017

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Critical Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 7 November 2017 – Today’s content

Editor’s Note: Here below is a list of the main issues currently under discussion in New Zealand and links to media coverage. The full text of these items are contained in the PDF file (click to download).

The Beehive and Parliament Buildings.

AUS-NZ relations and Manus refugee crisis

Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On Ardern’s refugee non-deal

Grant Bayldon (Spinoff): Seeking asylum is a legal right. Could somebody tell Mike Hosking?

Jessie Anne Dennis (Spinoff): Words are cheap. Now Ardern must take real action to save the Manus Island refugees

Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Australia: Seeing What We Have To See.

Brent Edwards (RNZ): Manus Island refugees: Jacinda Ardern likely to come under more pressure to do more

Herald Editorial: New PM does well in first outing

Jane Patterson (RNZ): Trans-Tasman tension gives way to smiles

No Right Turn: Rolling over for Australia

RNZ: Emergency exposes Manus Island healthcare deficit

Newstalk ZB: Manus Island asylum seekers losing hope after Australia rejects NZ offer

Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Isobel Ewing (Newshub): Australians will be entitled to a free year of tertiary education in New Zealand

1News: Watch: Government’s threat of tertiary fee retaliation against Australia ‘irrelevant’, says Bill English

Laura Walters (Stuff): NZ taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for Australians’ education, Bill English says

1News: ‘It’s only fair if we respond’ – Australian tertiary policy to triple Kiwi fees stuck in Senate

 

Trade and international relations

Vernon Small (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern seeking TPP concessions at first appearance on international stage

Jane Kelsey (Herald): Signing TPPA-11 would break Labour’s word

Jane Kelsey (Daily Blog): Jacinda says ISDS is a dog. So let’s put it down

Catherine Beard (Herald): New Government needs to land TPP

Benedict Collins (RNZ): Trade deal ‘top of mind’ at APEC

Alexia Russell (Newstalk ZB): Jacinda Ardern picks EU over Russia in trade talks

Nicholas Jones (Herald): Russia free trade agreement not the priority: PM

Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): German President and NZ Prime Minister discuss trade and science opportunities

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): German President touches down in New Zealand for high-level meetings

Craig Hoyle (Stuff): Meet Boots, New Zealand’s ‘Depcatty High Commissioner’ in London

 

Parliament

Andrew Geddis (Pundit): Simon Bridges thinks that Simon Bridges is eroding parliamentary democracy

Graeme Edgeler (Public Address): Despite Simon Bridges’ idiocy, does he have a point on overall (subject) select committee membership?

Richard Harman (Politik): Bridges planning to logjam Parliament

RNZ: Select committee changes ‘anti-democratic’ – Bill English

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Battle brewing over select committee cuts

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Labour freezing National MPs out of select committees

No Right Turn: Hypocrisy all round

Jane Patterson (RNZ): Labour and National spat over MP representation

Nicholas Jones (Herald): National clashes with Labour: ‘erosion of democratic rights’

Laura Walters (Stuff): National calls Government’s plans for select committee ‘undemocratic’

Liam Hehir (Stuff): National should avoid being too negative too early

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Parliament will now be in session and Labour should not expect an easy ride

Phil Smith (RNZ): The Commission Opening: What to expect

Herald: Parliament opens: Guide to the week’s ceremony

1News: MPs to be sworn in, Speaker elected as 52nd Parliament opens

Gwynn Compton (Libertas Digital): The political week ahead – 6 November 2017

 

Paid Parental Leave

Nicholas Jones (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirms paid parental leave increased to 26 weeks by 2020

Ellen Read and Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Paid parental leave to increase to 26 weeks

RNZ: Parental leave increase ‘right thing to do’ – PM

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern commits to extending paid parental leave by a month

Newshub: Parent advocates applaud 26-week leave Bil

Herald: Paid parental leave: Dad leaves job after snarky comments

Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Fears over extended paid parental leave for small businesses

Newshub: National does U-turn on paid parental leave

 

Government

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Wellington Mayor ‘not losing sleep’ over Government relocation pledge

Jo Moir (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern is taking the government back to Waitangi after a two year hiatus

Colin Williams (Stuff): Hipkins looks to change for the better

Katee Shanks (Rotorua Daily Post): Waiariki MP Tamati Coffey confident ahead of maiden speech

Jared Nicoll (Stuff): New minister Kris Faafoi wants more compassion for the vulnerable

David Farrar (KIwiblog): What sort of poll boost should the new Government get?

Claire Trevett (Herald): Greens meeting to set election date to replace Metiria Turei as woman co-leader

Herald: Ever wondered what the Prime Minister’s office looks like?

Clarke Gayford (Spinoff): Nothing is different, everything is different: Clarke Gayford on his first days as first gent

Herald: DNA detectives delve into Jacinda Ardern’s family tree

Whananui Chronicle: Jacinda Ardern as Mona Lisa wins Mangaweka art competition

 

Tax

Colin James (ODT): Tax will be the ultimate reform test

Ric Stevens (Press): Paradise Papers show tax dodgers will be found out

RNZ:IRD works with international agencies on tax haven leak

Greg Presland (Standard): Paradise lost

 

Education

Jody O’Callaghan (Stuff): Low decile schools have double the trouble hiring staff

John Gerritsen (RNZ): Govt funding inadequate, principals say

Herald: High stress levels, not enough funding and staff struggles, NZCER report finds

Jo Moir (Stuff): Education minister to review all charter schools after threatening some with closure

 

Employment

Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): More labour inspectors: a return to the past?

Mike Hosking (Herald): Why pay parity doesn’t work in sport

Newstalk ZB: Living wage advocates praising govt decision

 

Health

Eileen Goodwin (ODT): Health authority in Ronald McDonald damage control

Bronwyn Howell (Newsroom): Reducing GP fees not so simple

Nikki Preston (Herald): Mumps outbreak: Vaccination catch-up campaign floated for 10-29 year-olds

Newswire: Govt warned not to ask for DHB resignations

Hawke’s Bay Today: Hastings Health Centre offers free visits for under-18s

 

Pike River

Sam Strong (Press): Families of Pike River victims says Government is ‘on the same page’ with them over mine re-entry

Ryan Boswel (1News): ‘This is important to all NZ’ – Govt must make amends for handling of Pike River aftermath, says Andrew Little

Benedict Collins (NRZ): Andrew Little meets Pike River families

Herald: Pike River families meet with Andrew Little over possible re-entry

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Pike River families put faith in Andrew Little

 

Guy Fawkes

Bruce Munro (ODT): A place for peace

ODT Editorial: Do we really need Guy Fawkes?

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): In defence of Guy Fawkes – let’s take it back for the Activist Left

Megan Gattey (Stuff): Why New Zealand should consider ditching Guy Fawkes for Matariki

 

Justice

Herald: Gang influence in prisons in Corrections Minister’s sights after string of serious assaults

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Good and bad ways to reduce the prison population

David Garrett (Stuff): Why Labour wants to repeal ‘three strikes’

 

Environment

Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Dairy farming critic Alison Dewes appointed Landcorp environment head

Lyn Webster (Stuff): Cows not the only dirty things finding their way into rivers

Ged Cann (Stuff): Endangered hawksbill turtle dies after eating 106 pieces of plastic

 

Immigration

Catherine Hutton (RNZ): Immigration public counter closures sparks warning

Sophie Christie (Telegraph): New Zealand looks to woo thousands of British bricklayers in lead up to Brexit

 

Maori Party

Herald: Tuku Morgan’s resignation as Maori Party president turned down

Carrie Stoddart-Smith (Ellipsister): It’s looking like a rewind not a reset

 

Housing

Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Amateur property investment is ‘going to disappear’, but could be a good thing, say experts

Interest: Think tank welcomes Housing Minister’s suggestions of simplifying planning rules and abolishing Auckland’s rural urban boundary

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Labour threatens land confiscation

 

Defence

Newshub: No auto-renewal for Kiwis in Iraq – PM

Laura Walters (Stuff): Defence chiefs from NZ, Australia and UK discuss countering violent extremism

Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Taxpayers have forked out for 99 courts martial to be held in the past 17 years

 

Other

Sarah Robson (RNZ): Controversial data-for-funding plan scrapped

Adriana Weber (RNZ): Daughter forced to forgo mum’s funeral, says she had ‘no support’

Duncan Greive (Spinoff): Gareth Morgan is shutting down the Morgan Foundation to double down on TOP

Newshub: David Seymour finds euthanasia hope in Australia

Don Rowe (Spinoff): ‘The battle now is with ourselves’: Tūhoe declare war on drug dependence

Laura Dooney (RNZ): Wellington council still owed $50k from failed fashion week

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Dr Bryce Edwards is a political scientist and a lecturer in Politics.

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