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Critical Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 20 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. [caption id="attachment_297" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] The Beehive and Parliament Buildings.[/caption] Below are the links to the items online. The full text of these items are contained in the PDF file (click to download). Manus Island and refugees Richard Harman (Politik): Ardern’s risky new foreign policy RNZ: NZ, Aus officials have had ‘conversations’ over Manus Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Not Quite An Act Of War: Analysing Australia’s Push-Back Against Jacinda’s Manus Island Outreach Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Best mates don’t pick fights Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Why Australia makes us look good 1News: Manus Island: ‘It’s as simple as doing the right thing’– PM Laura Walters (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern: It’s more important to do what’s right than what’s popular Herald: Ardern ‘not dissuaded’ on Manus stand, despite upsetting Australia RNZ: Immigration NZ backs vetting over Manus resettlement RNZ: Manus refugees reject allegations of criminal activities Martin van Beynen (Stuff): New Zealand’s dangerous moral high ground on Manus Island John Roughan (Herald): Manus Island: Kiwis are not busybodies Mei Heron (RNZ): NZ refugee offer stands, despite new allegations Benjamin Robinson-Drawbridge (RNZ): Australia accused of medical negligence on Manus Island Newshub: New Zealand refugee offer a future possibility – Malcolm Turnbull 1News: ‘It’s a possibility’ – Aussie PM changes harsh tune on NZ’s Manus Island refugee offer Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): A leak and a warning: Australia’s bloody diplomacy Herald: Australia says NZ offer over Manus Island refugees a ‘waste of money’ Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Activists occupy Jacinda Ardern’s office over Manus Island refugee crisis Corin Dann (1News): ‘There’s an enormous need’ – NZ following ‘diplomatic channels’ on Myanmar crisis Craig Hoyle (Stuff): Accused in the deaths of 353 asylum seekers, Maythem Radhi faces extradition   International relations Ella Prendergast (Newshub): NZ ready to step in over North Korea – Jacinda Ardern Megan Gattey (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: North Korea is a ‘real threat’ Corin Dann (1News): Full video: Jacinda Ardern returns from first trip as PM having raised contentious issues Corin Dann (1News): ‘Yes I do take a different perspective’ – Jacinda Ardern on being a young leader on the international stage Newshub: New Zealand can do more on nuclear issue – Jacinda Ardern Robert Patman (Noted): How should New Zealand tackle rising tensions in Asia-Pacific and Europe? Laura Walters (Stuff): US Ambassador Scott Brown on representing the US, Donald Trump, and life in NZ Newshub: NZ Govt stepped in over Peru’s military jet flyover Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern retorts to Donald Trump: ‘No one marched when I was elected’ Don Franks (Redline): Marching for Jacinda  Andrew Gunn (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s war stories from APEC with Donald Trump and Winston Peters Newshub: Did Donald Trump really think Jacinda Ardern was Justin Trudeau’s wife? Herald: Did Trump mistake Jacinda for Justin Trudeau’s wife? Toby Manhire (Spinoff): ‘You’ve done well for yourself’: Did Trump mistake Jacinda Ardern for Trudeau’s wife? Newshub: Trump thought Jacinda Ardern was Justin Trudeau’s wife – Tom Sainsbury John Drinnan (ZagZigger): NZ “Asleep At Wheel” over Chinese Whispers Government Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): A report card on Labour’s first month Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Genter, Little & Twyford follow Jacinda’s leadership – so why am I still nervous about new Government? Jo Moir (Stuff): Labour has a problem – the trainwreck of acting prime minister Kelvin Davis David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The Kelvin trainwreck Claire Trevett (Herald): Return of Jacinda Ardern a relief for Coalition Red Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Talk is cheap in Opposition – walking the walk can be costly Herald: Greens seeking concessions is ‘no big deal’ – Shaw Claire Trevett (Herald): Andrew Little: The Renaissance Man Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): Settling In: How Was The Last Labour-Led Government Doing Two Months Out From Election Day? Herald: Raymond Huo says he was falsely accused of corruption & criminal record Parliament Stuff: Below the Beltway: Who’s up and who’s down in politics this week? Peter Wilson (Newswire): Parliament’s weird first week David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Select Committee memberships Health Stacey Kirk and Laura Walters (Stuff): More than $150,0000 spent on mysterious ‘Election 2017 project’ by drug lobby group RNZ: Nearly a third of adult NZers now considered obese Press Editorial: NZ smoking less, but getting fatter and sadder Warwick Brunton (ODT): Put people’s health above party politics Megan Gattey (Stuff): Rising depression and anxiety among Kiwi youths Ella Prendergast (Newshub): New Zealand’s suicide rates will rise – Mike King Kelly Dennett (Herald): Coroner criticises Ministry after teen let down by carers RNZ: Weedkiller chemicals linked to antibiotic resistance Herald Editorial: DHB boss must explain himself Natalie Akoorie (Herald): DHB boss spent half the year travelling on taxpayers RNZ: Nearly $150k spent on Waikato DHB investigation Herald: Former PM Helen Clark asks if dental care should be a basic right Cherie Howie (Herald): Youth smoking rates plummet – Ministry of Health figures RNZ: Huge drop in number of NZ teens smoking RNZ: Push for respite facilities to have trained doctors Herald: Pricing floor for alcohol would punish responsible drinkers – Govt Eric Frykberg (RNZ): False UV protection claims not good enough for sunbathers Lucy Swinnen (Stuff): Terminally ill Kiwis to have their say on euthanasia Graham Adams (Noted): Euthanasia referendum: Are opponents afraid of what the public might decide? Housing Jessica Mutch (1News): Watch: ‘We inherited a mess’ – Phil Twyford outlines how Labour-led govt will build 27 houses a day Laura Walters (Stuff): Housing Minister Phil Twyford doubles Labour’s pre-election promise of extra state houses Herald: Phil Twyford wants to double number of state homes Govt has promised to build 1News: Waiting list for state houses continues to grow, hitting 7300 Liam Dann (Herald): Good news, there’s a property slump! Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): The debt that banking owes the housing market Jonathan Milne (Stuff): House valuations are out this week and everyone’s a winner, right? Mike Hosking (Herald): Paying rates based on the value of our house is insane Interest: Auckland Council’s rating valuations have tended to rise the most in the cheaper parts of town, which will probably also face the heftiest rates increases Lydia Lewis (Newshub): Auckland’s housing problem puts pressure on rural towns Herald Editorial: Next move on housing hard call for Govt RNZ: Foreign buyer ban ‘not going to be the panacea’ RNZ: Twyford not worried about Chinese real estate promo Julie Iles (Stuff): Chinese website pushes NZ house sales ahead of Government crackdown Ged Cann (Stuff): Wellington could be heading for its worst rental crisis ever, property experts warn Dianna Vezich (Newshub): Auckland homeowners may have rates rise as property values skyrocket Todd Niall (RNZ): Revaluations set to rock Goff’s rates rhetoric Environment Rod Oram (Newsroom): Fonterra’s climate change fudge The Economist: Dairy farming is polluting New Zealand’s water RNZ: Economist blames cows for state of NZ’s rivers and lakes Nathan Ross (Newsroom): Climate migrants will need more than ‘dignity’ Newshub: NZ eyes climate refugee visa Herald: Shaw to UN conference: NZ now a leader in climate change Laura Walters (Stuff): New Zealand tells the world of its plan to join the fight against climate change RNZ: Greenpeace issues warning to seismic survey ship David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Greenpeace wants to increase global emissions Isobel Ewing (Newshub): Predator Free 2050 goal needs ‘reality check’ – Conservation Minister Paid Parental Leave Newshub: Jacinda Ardern ‘likes’ National’s shared parental leave policy Herald: Paid parental leave for fathers likely next year – Ardern Dominion Post Editorial: Labour should accept National’s parental leave idea Emile Donovan (RNZ): Calls for partner-specific paid parental leave Duncan Garner (Stuff): Pathetic, petty and poor form, Labour. Dads matter too Narelle Henson (Waikato Times): Opportunity missed to recognise value of fathers   Education Jonathon Howe (Stuff): School’s free education stance hinges on a political promise Jo Moir (Stuff): Previous government left $37.5m teacher shortage ‘funding hole’, education minister says John Gerritsen (RNZ): English schools fear loss of work visas for students Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): International student industry ‘not a tap that can be easily turned on and off’ Child welfare Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): Children’s Commissioner: NZ’s second chance for Māori RNZ: Former foster children demand Royal Commission of Inquiry Newshub: Al Jazeera reports on NZ’s ‘quiet genocide’ Inequality and poverty Brian Easton (Pundit): Reducing Child Poverty Ged Cann (Stuff): Growing demand for food parcels shows poverty is on the rise, Salvation Army says Dominic Harris (Press): Rise in working people relying on charities for food as living costs soar Tess Nichol (Herald): Christmas a financial burden for too many struggling Kiwis, Salvation Army says   Business and economy Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Politically biased business confidence Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): A ‘goldilocks’ economy for 2018 Brian Fallow (Herald): Nothing radical, we’re the RBNZ Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Amazon tax a swamp for all Taroi Black (Māori TV): PM Jacinda Ardern says Labour wants to fulfill Māori economic aspirations Ngāpuhi treaty settlement Mihingarangi Forbes (RNZ): Ngāpuhi stand-off: Little changes could yield big results RNZ: Hundreds of Ngāpuhi turn out for hui with Little RNZ: Little hopeful of Ngāpuhi progress by Waitangi Day Farming Hannah Martin (Stuff): Whangarei poultry farm under investigation after animal activists expose ‘shocking’ treatment of hens Gemma Coombe (Newshub): Activists’ disturbing footage from chicken farm break-in Ryan Dunlop (Stuff): Further 1000 Mycoplasma Bovis cattle to be culled in South Canterbury Road toll Philippa Tolley (RNZ): Insight: Death on the Roads Laura Walters (Stuff): Government considers fixing local roads to tackle an escalating road toll Newshub: Road safety a priority for new government Adam Hollingworth (Newshub): Crisis meeting as road toll hits a grim milestone RNZ: Fatal crash means 2017 road toll now tops last year’s total Mitch McCann (Newshub): Road safety classes combat deadly road toll Pike River Newshub: Jacinda Ardern accepts Pike River re-entry danger Michael Daly (Stuff): Risk could scupper re-entering Pike River mine RNZ: Pike River families get keys to mine gate on 7th anniversary Laura Walters (Stuff): Minister hands Pike River families the key to the mine access road Herald: Pike River families to be given keys to mine gate Claire Trevett (Herald): Andrew Little: No ‘absolute guarantee’ of Pike River Mine re-entry Ele Ludemann (Homepaddock): Mining personal grief for political ends TOP Rob Mitchell (Stuff): Never mind Donald Trump – Gareth Morgan is NZ’s own ‘grumpy grandpa’ Newshub: The Opportunities Party to remain a ‘rowdy disruptor’ NZ Music Awards Tom Sainsbury (Spinoff): Cindy, Ella and me: Paula Bennett on her turn at the New Zealand Music Awards Hussein Moses (Wireless): Lorde and Jacinda Ardern gave us the defining moment of the NZ Music Awards Other Mei Heron (RNZ): America’s Cup bases short-listed to three Susan Edmunds (Stuff): ‘On $20 an hour, I’d be the happiest woman in the world’ Dan Satherley (Newshub): New Zealand ‘high-risk’ for almost every natural disaster possible RNZ: Revealed: Five Auckland high-rises found to have combustible cladding David Chaston (Interest): Can behavioural economics explain our change of direction? New Gallup data points to a possible reason; the proportion of the country ‘struggling’ has been on the rise Ian Telfer (RNZ): Flat-rate $2 bus fares a Queenstown ‘game-changer’ Herald Editorial: Malcolm Turnbull is failing to give Australians a sense of direction John Boynton (RNZ): Iwi backs water bottling industry for Murupara Leah Damm (RNZ): Shock, horror: Into Ōtāhuhu revelry with a toddler Tracy Neal (RNZ): Science funding too unpredictable – GNS head Ellen Read (Stuff): Whistleblowers are cool, we need more of them Paul Little (Herald): If you want a conversation, forget Twitter, try talking Herald: Helen Clark lands at Kiwi event in San Francisco]]>