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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 29 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). Coalition documents and open government Dominion Post Editorial: The new Government already seems to be ratting on its promises about openness NZ Herald Editorial: Public should see these coalition ‘notes’ Otago Daily Times Editorial: Open government; not just yet Audrey Young (Herald): National hammers Ardern and Peters over confidential coalition agreement Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): The shape-shifting NZ First-Labour document Jane Patterson (RNZ): Political revelations writ large 1News: Watch: Winston Peters has Parliament laughing arguing coalition document shrunk because of ‘changed font’ 1News: ‘It’s in the public interest’ – Bill English calls for release of coalition document Newshub: Government’s longer coalition deal needs to be released – Bill English David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Reform of the OIA Greens Phil Quin (Newsroom): The Green MP and the genocide hearings Phil Quin (Stuff): Green MP Golriz Ghahraman pictured smiling in photograph alongside Rwandan convicted for inciting genocide Andrew Geddis (Pundit): Contra Quin: Ghahraman still did nothing wrong Andrew Geddis (Stuff): Rwanda criticisms against Golriz Ghahraman don’t stack up Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Greens repeat history while fudging it over Emma Hurley (Newshub): New Zealand Law Society defends Golriz Ghahraman Mike Hosking (Herald): Green MP Golriz Ghahraman idealistically delusional Newshub: Golriz Gharaman’s explanation ‘not good enough’ – Duncan Garner Newshub: ‘I’ve been so open’ – Golriz Ghahraman Herald: Profile on party website of MP who defended Butcher of Bosnia now changed to be more accurate Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Golriz Ghahraman denies work defending war criminals was ‘hidden’ 1News: Video: Defiant Green MP Golriz Ghahraman defends her work for UN in Rwanda after ‘genocide denier’ allegations Newstalk ZB: Green MP unapologetic for posing with genocide accused Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Quin’s demolition of Golriz highlights far deeper crisis within Greens Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): I loath to agree with David Farrar, but he’s right about Golriz Ghahraman David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The case for the prosecution and the defence David Farrar (Kiwiblog): So where is Mashhad Lynn Prentice (The Standard): Phil Quin: our media’s goto dogwhistling Aussie The Standard: Thank-you Golriz Liam Hehir (Medium): Defence lawyers and lobbyists Herald: Greens ditch earlier plan to horse-trade over waka-jumping bill Liam Hehir (Medium): Greens all set to roll over on waka jumping law Housing Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Reserve Bank to ease home lending restrictions Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Only slight loosening of LVRs Newshub: Loan-to-value ratio restrictions to be eased from 2018 RNZ: Loan-to-value ratios to ease in January Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Don’t count your LVR chickens Claire Trevett (Herald): Hope on horizon for home buyers struggling with deposits Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Getting a loan may still be tough, even without Reserve Bank rules Henry Cooke (Stuff): Finance Minister Grant Robertson keen to see end to Reserve Bank’s brakes on housing Interest: Most people think house prices will decline or stay the same over the next 6 months and new government will have a positive impact on housing market Anne Gibson (Herald): ‘Perfect storm’ of rent rises to hit market, Property Institute says Susan Edmunds (Stuff): No magic bullet for housing but better renting, more stock may help Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): Housing policy and prospects Mike Hosking (Herald): Labour already all mouth, no action on building houses Environment and oil  Robert McLachlan (Conversation): A fresh start for climate change mitigation in New Zealand Nicholas Jones (Herald): Law change on oil exploration signalled as Amazon Warrior reaches NZ waters No Right Turn: Time to put the environment into the Crown Minerals Act Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On the political risks of the rising price of oil, and Harry/Meghan Grant Bradley (Herald): Big oil player quits New Zealand as offshore activity dries up BusinessDesk: Anadarko to leave New Zealand Benedict Collins (RNZ): EPA irrigation views ‘bizarre’ Ged Cann (Stuff): The long, lonely life of a plastic bag: New Zealand’s single-use bag problem Education John Gerritsen (RNZ): Bad marks for NZ approach to core subjects Benedict Collins (RNZ): Rise in truancy rates ‘atrocious’ Nicholas Jones (Herald): Travel bill surges as correspondence school moves online Jo Moir (Stuff): New school starting age announced ahead of Cabinet approval Tom Furley (RNZ): Tutoring company boss faced similar complaints in Australia Health Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Waikato DHB chairman Bob Simcock steps down Herald: Waikato DHB chairman Bob Simcock resigns RNZ: Embattled Waikato DHB chair resigns RNZ: SFO inquiring into former Waikato DHB boss’ spending Peter Davis (Stuff): More data needed to reveal health of our hospitals Emma Hatton (RNZ): Evening junk food ads greatest risk to children – academic Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Dunedin staffing issues cause free annual dental check-up delays for children RNZ: ‘My son died…will they listen now?’ International relations and trade RNZ: ‘No guarantees’ for red meat trade post-Brexit Audrey Young (Herald): Winston Peters delivers verdict on Australian Prime Minister Henry Cooke (Stuff): Officials told Cabinet renegotiating TPP could be ‘very difficult’ Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): Why do our politicians ignore PRC influence? Phil Pennington (RNZ): ‘Arrogant indifference’ after NZ detainee’s death Overseas buyers Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Government to tighten rules around foreign farm buyers from December 15 RNZ: Tighter restrictions on farmland sales to overseas buyers Jane Patterson (RNZ): Govt to reveal plan for foreigners buying NZ farmland Herald: Govt to clarify rules for selling farmland to overseas buyers Media Rachel Stewart (Herald): Sometimes hate speech trumps free speech David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Newspaper circulations fall again Bill Ralston (Listener): The Jack-Jacinda interview was the silliest ever done on TV – believe me Clare de Lore (Listener): Guyon Espiner talks frankly about politicians, te reo and whanau Winston Peters legal action Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Peters seeks money from two journalists Herald: Peters seeking monetary damages over Super leak Poverty and welfare Jess Berentson-Shaw (Public Address): Poverty, and mistaking symptoms for causes Jenesa Jeram (Herald): Labour should not ditch National’s welfare measure Rachel Clayton (Stuff): New Zealand’s household wealth on the rise, but inequality high Treaty of Waitangi John Boynton (RNZ): Ngāi Tahu success a lesson for iwi Scott Hamilton (Spinoff): Treaty of Waitangi denialism: a long, dark and absurd history Stuff: A Waikato kaumatua calls for apology from Sir William Gallagher Thomas Manch (Stuff): Protester dressed in KKK outfit marches into Gallagher Group’s Hamilton office Leonie Hayden (Spinoff): Will the real Sir William Gallagher please stand up Transport Jane Patterson (RNZ): Energy minister exploring fuel-price options Katarina Williams (Stuff): Little the Government can do to pull down petrol prices pre-Christmas Matt Lowrie (Spinoff): How a long-delayed report reveals the true value of rail to New Zealand Local government RNZ: Phil Goff responds to report criticising council handling of Māori issues Shannon Haunui-Thompson (RNZ): Akl Council misses Māori wellbeing opportunities – report Brian Rudman (Herald): Is nurturing Auckland’s heart and soul still in the brief of our city fathers? Kelley Tantau (Stuff): Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta: ‘People are sick of being poor’ Helen Harvey (Taranaki Daily News): New Plymouth council looking at selling half a golf course for housing Newshub: Wellington residents plan to pay beggars to pick up cigarette butts Paid Parental Leave Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Nats celebrate consensus on parental leave Newshub: Government needs to ‘listen to the public’ over Paid Parental Leave – Bill English Erebus memorial Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern gives green light for Erebus national memorial Jo Moir (Stuff): Government will pursue national memorial to commemorate the Erebus disaster RNZ: Erebus tragedy: Calls for national memorial Other David Fisher (Herald): John Key, mass surveillance and what really happened when Edward Snowden accused him of spying Richard Harman (Politik): National leaves Labour with a $20 billion bill Katie Kenny (Stuff): New data on state care harm is cause for an inquiry, Children’s Commissioner says Andrew Gourdie (Newshub): Are Team New Zealand holding us to ransom? RNZ: Agency bans quad bikes after worker death RNZ: Doctors still barred from Manus Island transit centres RNZ: Iwi panels for offenders to be expanded RNZ: Post Shop owner dumped by Kiwibank after robberies RNZ: Royal engagement announcement ‘incredibly exciting’ – PM Nicholas Jones (Herald):Jacinda Ardern congratulates Prince Harry, Meghan Markle on engagement Newshub: New Zealand not ready to discuss becoming a republic – Prime Minister Karl du Fresne (Manawatu Standard): Kiwis too quick to discard rich and important New Zealand history Matt Burrow (Newshub): GCSB refuses to provide proof Bill English is not a rock Stuff: Man sues police after claiming John Key agreed to buy him dinner]]>