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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 30 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). Golriz Ghahraman Grant Chapman (Newshub): Greens MP Golriz Ghahraman defends Iraq war claims Keith Locke (Daily Blog): Golriz Ghahraman has answered her critics well Herald Editorial: Greens should have been candid at the outset Alex Perrottet (RNZ): Golriz and the politics of perception Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Green Party Lesson No. 1: Anticipating The Direction Of Political Sniper Fire Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Five times Golriz Ghahraman was open about her defence work Mei Heron (RNZ): Green Party reviews MPs’ website bios Newshub: Greens ask Guardian for Golriz Ghahraman correction after AM Show interview David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Shaw lied about Ghahraman Herald: Green MP Golriz Ghahraman defended senior Rwandan Hutu man in extradition case 1News:‘Criticising lawyers defending people charged with heinous crimes is unacceptable’ – Law Society gives full backing to Golriz Ghahraman Phil Quin: The plane crash theory was always bogus Shanti Ahluwalia (Herald): In defence of Green MP Golriz Ghahraman Jordan Williams (Herald): Golriz Ghahraman saga reveals Greens in-fighting Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand’s first refugee MP in controversy over legal defence of war criminals Mass surveillance Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Today’s big NZ story that you probably missed, aka a victory for bullshit and delay Newshub: Edward Snowden alleges ‘cover up’ over mass surveillance in New Zealand No Right Turn: Key lied about mass-surveillance Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Revisiting the Moment of Truth and the realisation we were lied to Steven Cowan (Against the current): Letting John Key get away with it Coalition documents and open government Jane Patterson (RNZ): No government is innocent of these tactics Claire Trevett (Herald): A new verb but no goal in hunt for Secret Document No Right Turn: The Minister for Open Government Housing Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Enthusiasm running low for housing market Liz McDonald (Stuff): New mortgage rules a boost for some first-time buyers Todd Niall (RNZ): Rising rents, shrinking sections Henry Cooke (Stuff): Homes still not being built as fast as they were pre-crisis Defence Richard Harman (Politik): Not fake news Steven Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Govt accuses National of leaving $20bn hole Laine Moger (North Shore Times): Defence Minister Ron Mark’s first visit to Auckland’s Naval Base in Devonport Overseas land sales and investment Richard Harman (Politik): The Government gets tough on overseas farm sales — while NZ First embraces foreign investment David Williams (Newsroom): Fears OIO changes will hit lifestyle blocks Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Govt thinking on foreign investment at odds with Maori leaders Herald: Parker says middle New Zealand restrictions will ease type of backlash that led to Brexit, Trump Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Government tightens foreign land sales RNZ: Foreign buyer moves likely to sink farm values RNZ: Foreign buyer changes: Seymour ‘absolutely’ outraged Mike Hosking (Herald): Restricting overseas land sales great until hits your back pocket Media Māori TV: Herald columnist says ODT opinion piece was hateful Gordon McLauchlan (Herald): A columnist should be the last to silence other views Newshub: Don Brash’s scathing statement on Te Reo usage Steve Maharey (Pundit): Why does Don Brash think it is so important that we are one people? Stuff: Introducing Stuff’s National Correspondents team Rosemary McLeod (Press): Sky’s the limit on ignorance and offensiveness Winston Peters legal action Herald: Union urges Winston Peters to drop action against journalists Newshub: Winston Peters told to stop harassing journalists Environment Chris Perley (Herald): Federated Farmers need a bit of radical thinking David Williams (Newsroom): ECan’s $3000 charge for water information Eric Frykberg (RNZ): New govt a factor in firming carbon prices – trader Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Time for action on climate change – business group Isobel Ewing (Newshub): Science deniers lurking on NZ internet – environmental watchdog Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Watchdog sounds science denial warning RNZ: Atomic test era tomb leaking in to the Pacific Jamie Morton (Herald): Council mulls Waitakeres closure over kauri crisis Employment Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Bickering continues on paid parental leave Zac Fleming (RNZ): Wendy’s illegally refused staff public holiday entitlements Herald: Wellington rail workers to strike again to keep employment conditions Education 1News: Education Minister claims not in ‘public interest’ to reveal charter school closures Simon Collins (Herald): Massey University staff cuts backfire as top scientists look to quit Health Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Pharmac warns minister of the impact of interim drug fund and the motives of Big Pharma Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Waikato DHB tightens processes around expenses after Nigel Murray scandal Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Concerns over CEO’s absence from US conference did not ring alarm bells Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Jet-setting health boss Nigel Murray slammed in Audit NZ report Leith Huffadine (Stuff): Almost 50 per cent of Kiwi adults don’t go to a dentist. What’s going on? RNZ: Virtual medical clinic gets funding boost Susan Strongman (The Wireless): ‘I really don’t want this to happen to anyone else’ Tax Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Tax breaks for small employers need careful examination The Standard: Can a Labour led Government win the tax debate? Immigration Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Immigration advisers claim secret crackdown on visas Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Indians bearing brunt of immigration crackdown, advisors say Local government Todd Niall (RNZ): Auckland ratepayers could face 6.2 percent hike Bernard Orsman (Herald): There’s no such thing as a free lunch in Auckland Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland Mayor Phil Goff opts for a petrol tax to fix congestion, housing and environment Simon Maude (Stuff): Auckland Mayor Phil Goff’s $24 billion budget for a ‘world class city’ Mike Lee (Daily Blog): ‘Fear and Loathing’ – Auckland Transport and the Super City Graham Cameron (Spinoff): How Hobson’s Pledge is taking aim at Māori wards in Tauranga Other Te Ahua Maitland and Thomas Manch (Stuff): Experts deconstruct Sir William Gallagher’s Treaty of Waitangi claims Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Sinclair slides out as London’s man in Wellington Frances Cook (Herald): Man sues for unjustified arrest after John Key would not pay his dinner bill Stuff: John Key’s security men deny force used on diner looking for a handout Herald: PM responds to Ed Sheeran’s citizenship ‘request’: what are pineapple lumps and jandals? Stuff: Maurice Williamson is now a gay icon in Japan, and he’s a bit bemused]]>