Critical Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 9 November 2017


Critical Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 9 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 Beehive and Parliament Buildings.

Today’s content

Below are the links to the items online. The full text of these items are contained in the PDF file (click to download).


Dominion Post Editorial: National wins a battle but winning the war is different

ODT Editorial: High expectations for new Parliament

Finlay Macdonald (RNZ): Political football: Labour and National tied at 2-all

Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Settling The Stardust: The Grim Logic Behind National’s Opposition Tactics

Liam Hehir (Medium): How the Chris Hipkins thing shows that politics isn’t fun anymore

Tim Watkin (Pundit): In defence of discord

Fiona Kennedy (Newsroom): Why coalition friction could be a good thing

Laura Walters (Stuff): Why did Labour give National the tools it wanted to frustrate legislative progress?

Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): National’s tactics a “wake-up call” for PM – Shane Jones

Claire Trevett (Herald): National puts Speaker’s Trev-O-Meter to the test

RNZ: Fractious exchanges over Assistant Speaker election

Herald: Anne Tolley elected deputy Speaker as Nats test Mallard’s patience

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The Speakers

Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Govt puts Parliament into urgency to start 100-day plan

Newswire/Newshub: Paid parental leave Bill passes first reading

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): National to back Government’s Parental Leave Bill – tonight

Jane Patterson and Benedict Collins (RNZ): 52nd Parliament opens with traditional ceremony

Herald: Parliament kicks off: Government agenda set out in opening of Parliament

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): It was the PM’s turn to strike – and she did not hold back

Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Ardern’s ‘government of inclusion’

Alexia Russell (Newstalk ZB): Ardern attacks National’s record as Parliament gets underway

Herald: Labour introduces first bill after rough start

Derek Cheng (Herald): Bill English delivers fiery first speech as Opposition leader

Derek Cheng (Herald): Maiden speeches pay tribute to regional NZ

Stu Oldham (Timaru Herald): Rangitata-based MP Jo Luxton’s maiden speech pitches for regional development and education

Spinoff: WATCH: Everything you missed during the swearing in of parliament

Nicholas Jones (Herald):Labour MP Willow-Jean Prime breastfeeds in Parliament: ‘I see it as role-modelling’

Laura Walters (Stuff): New Zealand’s new baby-friendly Parliament

Newshub: Willow-Jean Prime breastfeeds in Parliament debating chamber

Derek Handley (Herald): Nearly a quarter of MPs are under 40

Eileen Goodwin (ODT): Woodhouse battling ‘extremely red lobby’

Bob McCoskrie (Christian Life): Three Key Issues In The Next Three Years

Christina Persico (Stuff): Dual citizenship saga ‘demands people’s careers for no good reason’


Andrew Dickens (Herald): Has Gareth Morgan no feelings at all?

Ben Mack (Washington Post): How the far right is poisoning New Zealand

Finlay Macdonald (Paperboy): Jacinda Ardern on being prime minister: ‘You can be empathetic and have steel’


Richard Harman (Politk): National tries to drive wedge into coalition

Herald: Ardern hoping to return from Vietnam with a trade deal

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern’s Asia trip a major international test

Patrick O’Meara (RNZ): PM Jacinda Ardern heads to APEC hoping to win concessions on TPP

Barry Soper (Herald): Jacinda Ardern’s broken the mould

Newshub: Fears NZ’s TPP demands could sink it

Mike Hosking (Herald): Let’s not get too picky about our trade partners

The Standard: TPP, Corporate Coup or “Free trade”?

The Standard: This TPP…

Reserve Bank and economy

Vernon Small (Stuff): Reserve Bank move sees Ardern cast as ‘canary in the mine’ of central bank reform

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Reserve Bank says impact of new Government initiatives is “very uncertain”

Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): The Robertson reviews of the RB Act

Dene Mackenzie (ODT): New finance minister says Govt will stick to pledges

Capitalism and inequality

Peter Skilling (Impolitikal): On inequality and market ‘realism’: Why do we want what we’ve got?

Andrew Callander (Taranaki Daily News): Free market capitalism – friend or foe for society?

Winston Peters legal action

Herald Editorial: Peters’ suing of ex-ministers discredits negotiations

Karl du Fresne: Were the coalition talks skewed by Peters’ secret utu plan?

Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): You bet it’s personal, real personal


Charles Anderson (Guardian): Paddles, First Cat of New Zealand and social media star, dies after being hit by car

BBC: Paddles, New Zealand PM’s ‘first cat’, dies in car crash

Ella Predergast (Newshub): Tributes flow into SPCA after the death of Jacinda Ardern’s cat Paddles


Emile Donovan (RNZ): Migrant workers: Visa conditions linked to exploitation

RNZ: Govt to investigate better protection for workers

Herald: Film industry heavy-hitters meet as axe hangs over ‘Hobbit law’

Jonathan Handel (Hollywood Reporter): New Zealand Poised to Repeal Anti-Union ‘Hobbit Law’

Greg Presland (The Standard): The new Pay Equity Legislation

Herald: Opposition MPs say it’s a sad day – but Labour hits back over pay equity legislation

Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): You can’t use the past to predict the future of work

Matt Stewart (Stuff): Wellington could become digital security hub as global cyber attacks ramp up


Nita Blake-Persen (RNZ): Super Fund dealt with Paradise Papers firm

Tom Pullar-Strecker and Reuters (Stuff): NZ Super documents may have been leaked in ‘Paradise Papers’

Andrea Black (Let’s talk about tax):‘It’s a long way to paradise from here’

Andrea Black (Let’s talk about tax): Cold as charity

Justice and police

Edward Gay (RNZ): Teina Pora: ‘Thank the Andrew guy that’s fixing it all’

Sam Hurley (Herald): Teina Pora ‘happy and free’ after compensation adjusted for inflation by Government

Mike Hosking (Herald): National’s abysmal handling of David Bain, Teina Pora cases

Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): New Zealand’s 340 teenage prisoners

Martyn Bradbury (Waatea News): Combating the racist Prison Industrial Complex: Short term, medium term & long term

Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Police confirm agreement with spyware seller


Lynda Stuart (Herald): Now teachers can assess what children can do

RNZ: NZ children of Asian parents risk losing heritage – report

Jessica Long (Stuff): Call for a national languages policy to preserve children’s bilingual skills

Alwyn Poole (Stuff): Enhancing the whole NZ education system

Max Towle (Wireless): An Aussie university is just hiring women for jobs in its Maths department


Matt Burrows (Newshub): Zero Carbon Act to give businesses ‘a pathway’ to investment – James Shaw

Newswire: Government rules out new mining projects on public land

Dave Frame (Spinoff): I’m sorry, activists – but NZ’s climate target is actually fine

Liz Mcdonald (Stuff): Industries fear effects of new Government’s environmental stance

Lois Williams (RNZ): Water worries as avocado industry spreads to Far North

Alexa Cook (RNZ): MPI considering Canterbury rabbit virus application

Gareth Morgan 

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Why TOP will never make 5%

Aziz Al-Sa’afin (Newshub): Outrage at Gareth Morgan’s dead cat jibe after death of Jacinda Ardern’s pet

Stuff: Gareth Morgan launches ongoing tirade after PM’s cat Paddles’ death

Herald: Cat hater Gareth Morgan: ‘Was it out and about wandering?’

Refugees and immigration

1News: Watch: ‘For me it’s a slight’ – Jacinda Ardern rejects comparisons between herself and Donald Trump over immigration

Ian Telfer (RNZ): Big hole in Dunedin refugee support – advocate

Lesley Deverall (Newstalk ZB):Ardern: No cuts to immigration coming just yet

Damon Rusden (Daily Blog): The politics of principle

RNZ: PNG PM threatens Manus Island intervention

RNZ: 100 days of protest on Manus Island

RNZ: 24 Manus refugees quit detention centre


Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Increase in children with ‘severe’ dental issues

Pam Jones (ODT): Past time to tackle male suicide: expert

Jim Tucker (Taranaki Daily News): Doing their best with a flawed system


Nicholas Jones (Herald): Government to talk to NZDF about Hit & Run allegations

Jo Moir (Stuff): Government to look into the allegations about SAS actions in Afghanistan

Emma Hurley (Newshub): Will the Government investigate the Hit & Run allegations?


Ian Telfer (RNZ): Latest petrol increase ‘not justified’ as price hits new high

Barney Irvine (Herald): We need to know a fuel tax for Auckland will be put to good use

Miri Schroeter (Manawatu Standard): Passenger train through the gorge still on the agenda

Todd Niall (RNZ): National’s election promise derails train plans


Russell Brown (Public Address): How harm happens

Philip Barry (Herald): An electricity price review should look at network operators

RNZ: CID expects refocus of NZ aid effort

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