Critical Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 16 November 2017 – Today’s content


Critical Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 16 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

Audrey Young (Herald): Q & A with Jacinda Ardern: We have a role in taking a lead

Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): A tale of two APECs and Ardern’s international debut

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern adjusts to life at the top

Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Jacinda Ardern keeping her feet firmly planted

Bryan Gould (Herald): TPP critics need to understand what has been fixed

ODT Editorial: Reinvigorating trade agreements

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Winston Peters’ North Korean connection

Jo Moir (Stuff): Winston Peters asked for Government cash to send kapa haka group to North Korea

Herald: Former National MP asks Winston Peters to help a cultural group get to North Korea

Max Towle (The Wireless): Could Winston Peters hold the key to persuading North Korea to dump its nukes?

Mike Smith (Standard): The Yellow Peril?

Bevan Chuang: Chinese Invasion – and World Domination


Vicki Spencer (ODT): NZ should take more refugees

Sharon Harvey and Sorowar Chowdhury (Herald): NZ urgently needs to take more Rohingya refugees

The Wireless: Criminals, torture and the long wait on Manus Island

RNZ: Manus Island refugees call for water

Jane Patterson (RNZ): National Party questions PM on Manus progress

Herald: Bill English to Prime Minister Ardern: Be cautious on Manus Island

The Standard: Tampa, Ardern and positioning small countries

No Right Turn: We need to do more than this

1News: New Zealand to spend $3 million on essential services for Manus Island and Nauru refugees


Laura Walters (Stuff): Labour chief of staff Neale Jones takes up job with lobby firm Hawker Britton

Jack Edward Effron (The Diplomat): Strange Bedfellows Down Under

Laura Walters (Stuff): It’s easy to talk the talk in Opposition, why is it so hard to walk the walk in Government?

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Compare new Government action and National’s reaction

Claire Trevett (Herald): Finance Minister Grant Robertson backpedals on ‘ambitious’ Stuart Nash over GST

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

RNZ: ‘It will be possible for us to meet our goals’ – Robertson

1News: New Minister for Women insists she’s liberated by her portfolio being dropped from Cabinet


Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Labour MP Paul Eagle addresses adoption laws in emotional maiden speech

Herald: Green MP pays emotional tribute to parents’ sacrifices

Newshub: ‘My parents faced tanks for democracy’: The Greens’ new activist MPs

Spinoff: How many times can a National MP say ‘socialism’ in one short parliamentary speech? (WATCH)

United Future

Alex Braae (Spinoff): Why did United Future die? Not enough Damian Lights

Press Editorial: A political party’s future is history

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): United Future winds up

Paid Parental Leave

Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Former Labour MP Sue Moroney backs National’s parental leave amendment

Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Author of Paid Parental Leave bill wants additional partner leave

Herald: Labour supports paid parental leave for partners – but not yet

Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Late attempt to squeeze leave flexibility for parents rebuffed by Government

Gwynn Compton (Libertas Digital): Jacinda risks empty promises over denying shared parental leave

Farming and environment

1News: Watch: Disturbing moment distressed cow chases after 4WD carrying off her calves in a cage

Andrew Hoggard (Stuff): World summit shows importance of green credentials for dairy farmers

Amanda Larsson (Stuff): Opinion: Blue whale habitat and seismic blasting do not mix

Rowan Quinn and John Boynton (RNZ): Iwi calls for ban on Waitakere Ranges access


Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Education Minister faces formidable task

John Gerritsen (RNZ): Teacher shortage: ‘I’ve had no applicants’


ODT Editorial: Suicide: A very personal issue

Lois Williams (RNZ): Mayor pleads for suicidal young people to seek help

Karen Brown (RNZ): Pharmac replenishes in-demand HPV vaccine

Miri Schroeter and Paul Mitchell (Stuff):‘Don’t stop when you’re tired’ – health board encourages working through fatigue

Nita Blake-Persen (RNZ): Delay over improved junior doctors’ rosters

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Breastfeeding ‘the first step’ in better health

State care of children

Mihingarangi Forbes (RNZ): Quiet tears on tattooed cheeks: State abuse survivors await apology and inquiry

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Call for state abuse survivors to shape inquiry


Eric Frykberg (RNZ): ‘That is not negotiations – that is a stick up’

Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Union slams ‘grotesque’ pay for bank bosses

Greg Presland (The Standard): TVNZ pays Chief Executive a bonus after massive plunge in profits

David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Mark Reason on sports pay


Joel Maxwell (Dominion Post): New Food Safety Minister wades into food-stall bun fight, looks to ease bake sale costs

Melanie Vivian (ODT): Palm oil production, management, labelling problematic

Transport and roading

RNZ: Wellington transport plan proposes new bridges, tunnels

Bernard Orsman (Herald): Shane Jones says Northland rail a given from Government’s $1 billion development fund

David Aitken (Herald): New Government needs to improve road links as well as rail

Herald: Approval given for $1.8 billion road in Auckland

Rebecca Howard (Listener): Government and big business are buying into electric cars

Same-sex marriage

Mike Hosking (Herald): Same-sex great result but what a shabby process

Emma Hurley (Newshub): MP behind New Zealand’s marriage equality bill ‘incredibly proud of Australia’

Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Same-sex marriage vote ‘feels a bit hollow’


David Fisher (Herald): Medals off Mark for new defence minister – says he will ‘seek advice’ after questions raised

Heather Roy (One Sock): Whale Rescuers, Fighting Machines or another way for Defence?

RNZ: Whakatāne votes in favour of Māori wards

Newshub: Whakatane votes for Māori wards

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Now we have a broadband motorway, it’s time to put the foot down

RNZ: Ngāi Tahu announces $126.8m annual profit

Alex Casey (Spinoff): ‘Mum’s the word’: The online influencers secretly paid to go on 1News

Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis says tourism needs to better manage further growth

David Williams (Newsroom): Labour will be judged on Christchurch’s red zone

Edwards Gay (RNZ): Prison rapist sentenced as bunk review finds failures

Harrison Christian (Stuff): Police kidnapping trial: Officers were using kaupapa Māori approach, court hears

Joe Higham (Spinoff): Invisible violence: Do we need a hate crime law in New Zealand?

Andrew Owen (Stuff): Gaming machine rules welcomed, but ‘need to go further’

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