Critical Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 15 November 2017 – Today’s content


Critical Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 15 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.

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

International relations and trade

1News: Winston Peters may visit North Korea as a mediator for talks with the West – reports

Patrick Gower (Newshub): NZ briefed on secret US action coming in Asia-Pacific

Herald: Winston Peters meets with US Sec of State ahead of major US announcement

Audrey Young (Herald): NZ-US mystery initiative provides intriguing end to East Asia Summit

Vernon Small (Stuff): New Zealand part of mystery initiative at request from United States

Richard Harman (Politik): NZ happy with CPTPP – ready to sign it

Audrey Young (Herald): PM makes promising start on the big stage

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): PM mixes poise with prose on world stage

Wayne Mapp (Spinoff): On the world stage, Ardern is showing NZ just what kind of PM she is likely to be

Patrick Gower (Newshub): Rodrigo Duterte to Jacinda Ardern: ‘You don’t have atomic bombs?’

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Of Iran, fish, and nuclear bombs

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Ardern’s rough start with dishevelled Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte

Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern and Rodrigo Duterte chat about travel before the main event

Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern stands firm on human rights issues ahead of meeting Rodrigo Duterte

Patrick Gower (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern ready for military request from Rodrigo Duterte

RNZ: Drug-related killings ‘certainly require investigation’ – PM

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern to tell Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte there have been too many killings

Jo Moir (Stuff): Winston Peters will ‘get in line’ and support TPP – according to National

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): CPTPP

Gordon Campbell (Werewolf):Is This Guy the World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

AUS-NZ relations and Manus Island

Vernon Small (Stuff): NZ to give $3m to help Manus Island refugees, PM claims progress on offer

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern hails Manus progress, offers $3m aid

RNZ/Reuters: NZ to give $3m for Manus refugee aid

Vernon Small (Stuff): Behind Apec niceties, Trans-Tasman tensions run high over refugees

Audrey Young and Derek Cheng (Herald): Ardern snubbed by Aussie PM over Manus Island talks

Patrick Gower (Newshub): Revealed: The Manus Island refugee deal that Ardern has offered Turnbull

1News: Australian Labor and Greens urge their PM to take up NZ’s refugee offer

1News: Jacinda Ardern gets UN backing in bid to take 150 refugees from Manus Island

Tracey Barnett (Herald): NZ can show what compassion looks like

RNZ: Manus Island refugees refute former guard’s claims

RNZ: Don’t take them – warning from a former Manus Island guard

Murray Horton (Evening Report): Root causes of ‘Pacific’ refugee crisis need to be sorted

Jane Patterson (RNZ): PM denies NZ becoming a soft target for people smuggling

Herald: New Zealand no easy target, says Kelvin Davis

Derek Cheng (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern takes aim on people smugglers: We will continue to play role in stopping them

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern rebuffs talk of people smuggled to NZ

Newshub: People smugglers looking to cash in on NZ’s stance – report

Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Manus Island: New Zealand urged to bypass Australia to resolve refugee crisis

1News: Jacinda Ardern asked if she’s seen as a ‘soft touch’ with refugees

1News: ‘No food, no water, no medicine’ – Wellington protesters urged govt to intervene in Manus Island

Peter Fitzsimons (Sydney Morning Herald): ‘Face the facts Australia – NZ is lapping us’

Matt Burrows (Newshub): Australia ‘lagging way behind’ New Zealand – Peter Fitzsimons

Megan Gattey (Stuff): Why Kiwis have a reputation for being progressive

China-NZ relations

Derek Cheng (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern brushes off call for SIS probe into China’s influence on NZ domestic affairs

Newshub: China’s influence over New Zealand at ‘critical level’ – academic

Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): Anne-Marie Brady’s new paper

Interest: Academic calls on new government to take a fresh look at NZ’s relationship with China & face up to some of the political differences and challenges

1News: Chinese Premier tells Jacinda Ardern he’d like to visit NZ soon as they talk free trade

Melissa Davey (Guardian): Author vows book exposing Chinese influence will go ahead after publisher pulls out

Paid Parental Leave

Ewan Sargent (Stuff): Labour’s parental leave policy puts babies’ health first – midwives

Newshub: National fails to change Government’s PPL Bill

Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Labour says shared parental leave is ‘not that simple’

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Labour blocking flexibility for paid parental leave

Mike Hosking (Herald): Who the hell is this Government to tell us what’s good for our kids

Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Labour pushes ahead on paid parental leave

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): National sets the ‘nanny trap’, Labour walks right in over paid parental leave

Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Opinion: Shared Paid Parental Leave a no brainer

No Right Turn: “Daddy leave” and the parental leave bill

Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Labour ‘dogmatic’ over paid parental leave – National

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Confusion in Labour as National pushes for shared parental leave

Claire Trevett (Herald): Labour set to reject National move for parental leave for both parents at same time

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Labour says ‘no’ to allowing both parents take paid parental leave at the same time

1News: ‘Back to the nanny state’ – Bid for both parents to take paid parental leave at same time to be blocked by government


Peata Melbourne (Māori TV): Native Affairs – Prime Minister For a Day

Dominion Post Editorial: Winston Peters is wrong to pursue this witch hunt

Piers Fuller (Stuff): NZ First backroom stalwarts calling in a day


Jane Clifton (Stuff): Opposition making a sport out of Question Time

Herald: New National MP wants cross-party pragmatic solutions

Herald: National MP Denise Lee’s tribute to her late son: ‘you are a gift’

Newshub: Maungakiekie MP Denise Lee’s emotional maiden speech

United Future

Derek Cheng (Herald): Peter Dunne: United Future’s decision to disband the right call given it is no longer in Parliament

1News: United Future’s demise ‘sad but understandable’ – Peter Dunne

Interest: UnitedFuture, pointing out it was the party with the longest continuous role in New Zealand government for 100 years, says it’s disbanding


RNZ: Petition on mass irrigation presented to government

Alexa Cook (RNZ): Farmers urged to act to reduce greenhouse gases

Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Fonterra pledges to reduce greenhouse gases

Marjorie Cook (Stuff): David Parker plans to reverse Nick Smith’s resource consent non-notification law

Rachel Stewart (Herald): Climate of change for the Defence Force

Sefton Darby (Spinoff): Do drilling and digging have a future, or are NZ’s mining days over forever?

Simon Smith (Stuff): Māori call to ban access to large Auckland regional park to save the kauri


1News: Government working on laws to fix gender pay gap

1 News: NZ women ‘working for free’ from today: Hilary Barry

Peter Cullen (Stuff): Shake-up coming for bosses, staff and contractors, but devil will be in the detail

Laura Dooney (RNZ): Full-day strike to shut down Wellington trains

1News: ‘Leave it alone’ – Strong warning from law professor as Labour government considers scrapping ‘Hobbit Law’

Phil Duncan (Redline): What the 90 days and Hobbit legislation ‘reforms’ tell us about Labour in power

Justice and police

Herald: Amy Adams: Extra payout to Teina Pora could open door to other claimants

No Right Turn: Opening the floodgates

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Graduate urges lawyers to learn te reo

Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Stuart Nash: ‘It’s our turn’

Catherine Hutton (RNZ): Police didn’t follow ‘all the steps’ in pursuit

Māori political representation and treaty 

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Prime Minister to meet with Federation of Māori Authorities

Mihingarangi Forbes (RNZ): Govt to discuss stalled Ngāpuhi treaty process


Benedict Collins (RNZ): Govt, Reserve Bank clash over Kiwibuild numbers

Tom Furley (RNZ): Foreign buyers set for rush to beat cutoff

Liam Dann (Herald): Auckland house price falls worst since 2010


Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Elderly mental health service urgently needed – helpline

Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): The ‘brown veneer’ of Māori health research

Darren Powell (Newsroom): Can children’s advertising ever be healthy?

America’s Cup

Todd Niall (RNZ): Who will cheerlead for Auckland?

Bernard Orsman (Herald): Protest action on the cards over America’s Cup bases

Suzanne McFadden (Newsroom): Plenty of fish hooks in Cup base options

Media and broadcasting

Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Govt will not sell TVNZ, but ‘explore all options’

Karl du Fresne (Manawatu Standard): State TV news is more about personality than the day’s events


Maxine Lewis (Newsroom): Same-sex marriage: a tale of two countries

Max Towle (The Wireless): A hilarious complaint about the ‘If it’s not gay, it’s not gay’ video has been shot down


Jo Moir (Stuff): National Standards will no longer exist but schools can still use them – Chris Hipkins

Barbara Snook (Newsroom): The Northland school teaching with art

Lois Williams (RNZ): Arts suffers under regional plan – Northtec head

Child welfare

Joel Ineson (Stuff): Government must not limit child abuse inquiry to state care, victim advocates and experts say

1News: ‘Ask us for that help’ – Ministry for Vulnerable Children moves to regain public trust and confidence

Herald: National: Welfare changes would let absentee fathers off the hook


Madison Reidy and Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Government will ‘absolutely’ ensure GST is paid on internet shopping purchases

Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Economists see Government debt rising billions more than Labour’s plan

David Williams (Newsroom): Behind an Aussie billionaire’s Queenstown buys

Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): ‘Do you do a bingo night?’: the New Zealand chatbots designed to scam the scammers

Chloe Winter (Stuff): Wicked Campers van depicting gun violence deemed ‘threatening’ by ASA

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