Critical Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 8 November 2017

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Critical Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 8 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.

Opening of Parliament

RNZ: Parliament’s opening ‘a first day farce’

Claire Trevett (Herald): National makes Government look like fools as it blackmails Labour for Speaker vote

Newshub: Chris Hipkins blames ‘shambolic’ Parliamentary opening on National

Newshub: Labour’s ‘unprecedented disorganisation’ shows spin and shambles – Bryce Edwards

Liam Hehir (Medium): This pie analogy is the most Kiwi way of explaining electing the speaker ever

Liam Hehir (Medium): Labour denies falling for second trick

Claire Trevett (Herald): Nats fire warning shot on day one

1News: ‘Yesterday was a day of incompetence by the Government’ – Simon Bridges’ dramatic move in Parliament just ‘vigorous testing’

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Red-faced Government needs to bury first-day farce, fast

Herald Editorial: Opposition will keep the Government on its toes

Sarah Robson (RNZ): Govt denies being hoodwinked over Speaker election vote

Sarah Robson (RNZ): House trading: Nats bluff Labour on day one

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): National’s first show of power: Grinding Parliament to a halt

Gwynn Compton (Libertas Digital): Hipkins’ creates omnishambles on first day as Leader of the House

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Labour fails to have numbers for Speaker so caves in on select committees

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): New Government meltdown on first day

Nicholas Jones (Herald): Labour and National face-off in Parliament opening over Speaker vote

Jo Moir (Stuff): Government forced to do a deal with National after failing to have the numbers in the House

1News: Watch: Confusion in Parliament during less than smooth swearing in of new Speaker Trevor Mallard

1News: MPs sworn in as New Zealand’s 52nd Parliament opens for business

RNZ: MPs sworn in to 52nd Parliament

Emma Hurley (Newshub): Record level of women in New Zealand Parliament

Isobel Ewing (Newshub): Trevor Mallard sworn in as Speaker

Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On the battle over select committees

Liam Hehir (Medium): Does National have a majority?

No Right Turn: The triennial reminder

Winston Peters legal action

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Pension papers is why Wily Winston Peters went with Labour

Richard Harman (Politik): Peters fingers English as architect of conspiracy to ruin his reputation

Patrick Gower (Newshub): Winston Peters deepens ‘utu’ with legal action over pension leak

Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Winston goes fishing

Nicholas Jones (Herald):  Winston Peters’ legal action a ‘personal matter’, Ardern says

Lynn Prentice (Standard): Suck it up political sleazers.

Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Winston starts dropping lawsuits on media and Nats

Toby Manhire (Spinoff): The brand new Deputy PM just served papers on the media and that is not good at all

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Winston goes fishing

Herald: Winston’s legal action a ‘fishing expedition’

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Winston Peters suing over superannuation scandal

RNZ: Peters launches legal action over superannuation leak

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Winston Peters looks to sue over pension leak

Patrick Gower (Newshub): Winston Peters takes legal action against National Party over leak ‘plot’

Paddles dies

Herald: The last moments of Paddles, the First Cat

Herald: Jacinda Ardern’s cat Paddles has died after being hit by a car

Newshub: Jacinda Ardern’s cat Paddles has died after being hit by car

1News: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s cat Paddles dies after being hit by car

RNZ: Jacinda Ardern’s cat Paddles has died

Stuff: Paddles, Jacinda Ardern’s cat, has been killed, apparently run over

Government

Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Eyes of world on our Coalition of Change

Brian Easton (Pundit): How Have We Changed?

Tim Watkin (Pundit): A very MMP election… & a manicured mandate

1News: ‘So much emotion in the room’ – Clarke Gayford on the moment Jacinda Ardern learned she would be PM

Trade

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): David Parker plots a new approach to trade

1News: Jacinda Ardern plans to negotiate ‘best interest’ for NZ in TPP negotiations

Matthew Brockett (Blooberg): New Zealand’s PM Sees Benefits for Her Country in the TPP Trade Deal

Economy and Reserve Bank

Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Robertson faces his toughest choice

Nicholas Jones (Herald): Overhaul of Reserve Bank outlined: Employment to be added as objective

Jane Patterson (RNZ): ‘We want New Zealanders to be in work and to be paid well’

Liam Dann (Herald): Market relieved as Govt sets out Reserve Bank plan

Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Robertson announces details of Reserve Bank review

BusinessDesk: NZ govt’s operating deficit in line with expectations

Employment

Joshua Hitchcock (Spinoff): Māori unemployment is a national crisis

Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Exploited staff numbers ‘tip of the iceberg’ – lawyer

Susan Hornsby-Geluk (Stuff): Shocking number of New Zealand workers who pay to work

Gordon Anderson (Newsroom): Four key principles of NZ labour law

Laura Baker (Stuff): How NZ paid parental leave compares to the rest of the world

Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Parental leave boost is welcome, but it could be better

Rachel Clayton (Stuff): New Zealand’s big healthcare gender pay gap

Mathew Brockett and Paul Allen (Bloomberg): The World’s Youngest Female Leader Targets Equal Pay for Women

The Wireless: ‘Inequality will grind you down’

Steve Deane (Newsroom): The problem with equality for NZ footballers

Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie (Stuff): A swelling sea change in attitude towards diversity

Manus Island refugees

RNZ: Court rejects restoration of services to Manus detention centre

Gareth Hutchens (Guardian): Turnbull says Manus detainees aren’t scared, just manipulated by ‘activists in Australia’

Health

Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Child tooth decay soars as kids have to share toothbrushes

Amy Wiggins (Herald): Commissioner critical of care given to man found living in squalor

Education

Dominion Post Editorial: How to fix the problems with charter schools

Camilla Highfield (Stuff): National Standards – let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater

Housing

Peter Lyons (ODT): Reality bites: housing’s heady days are over

Jennifer Eder (Stuff): Ministry makes ‘no single men’ offer to push through emergency housing plan

Liam Hehir (Medium): Does Labour’s workaround work?

Farming and environment

Russel Norman (Spinoff): Let’s untie Fonterra’s hands, and see what they can do for NZ rivers

Richard Swainson (Stuff): The science of water pollution should be taken seriously

Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Are there too many native birds?

Alexa Cook (RNZ): Calls for a national standard for organics

Tax

Rebecca Stevenson (Spinoff): Offshore trusts are pretty legal – until they’re not

ODT Editorial: If I had a little money…

Leith Huffadine (Stuff): The Paradise Papers explained: What you need to know

Mike Hosking (Herald): Do you support tax-dodging Apple?

Justice

Jarrod Gilbert (Herald): Boot camp idea robbed Bill English of a legacy

Herald: Andrew Little confirms Teina Pora’s compensation to be increased

Jo Moir (Stuff): Government announces extra compensation payout for Teina Pora, adjusted for inflation

Inequality, poverty and welfare

John Minto (Press): Agrees with Winston Peters: capitalism delivers for the wealthy

Michael Fletcher (Herald): Welfare system needs radical shake up

Stacey Kirik (Stuff): New Government puts Social Investment approach for vulnerable Kiwis under review

Daniel Walker (Newstalk ZB): Data for those using social services safe, Government confirms

No Right Turn: Good riddance

Kelvin Teixeira (Dominion Post): Rising living costs seeing more families turning to food banks

Other

Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): 13,000 military-style semi-automatic weapons in NZ

1News: It is not obvious how Government will ‘crack the problem’ of Pike River re-entry, says Bill English

Brian Rudman (Herald): Guy Fawkes pointless exercise in burning money

Māmari Stephens (E-Tangata): Just what are we really commemorating with Rā Maumahara?

Dominion Post Editorial: Mayor saves the day – for now

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

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