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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 05 December 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). Employment and work for the dole Dominion Post Editorial: The hard politics of work for the dole schemes NZ Herald editorial: Jones’ work scheme deserves a chance ODT Editorial: Working yourself off the couch Southland Times Editorial: Circle the couches, guys Max Towle (The Wireless): A town that hopes Shane Jones can deliver the jobs he’s promising Tom Furley (RNZ): Unemployed in Northland: ‘I was doing everything I could’ Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Work for the dole scheme will be a test for Shane Jones Lloyd Burr (Newshub): Conflict and confusion over Government’s tree-planting scheme Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘Work-for-the-dole’ plans actually ‘work-for-minimum-wage’ – Ardern 1News: NZ First’s push for work for the dole scheme causes tension in coalition government 1News: ‘You’re asking me to jump the gun’ – Jacinda Ardern cagey on forcing those on benefits into work 1News: Shane Jones’ work-for-the-dole proposal ‘precarious and insecure’ employment – poverty action group Dean Nathan (Māori TV): Jones calls for ‘work for dole’ scheme 1News: ‘It’s a talk-back radio public policy solution’ – work-for-the-dole scheme drawing skepticism Richard Harman (Politik): Shane Jones and Willie Jackson agree (and disagree) on Maori unemployment RNZ: Young beneficiaries have ‘chaotic lives’ – English Northland Age: Shane Jones’s employment scheme faces uphill battle Herald: Just Water CEO Tony Falkenstein says job hunters failing to show Stuff: How much are NZ households earning from wages and salaries? Mike Treen (Daily Blog): Poverty and inequality won’t be challenged by Tax working group Government Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Shane Jones: The billion dollar man Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Jacinda Ardern’s greatest challenge may be the egos in her own cabinet Gwynn Compton (Libertas Digital): Coalition Cabinet MIA, Shane Jones goes rogue Colin James (ODT): A population challenge bigger than just numbers Derek Cheng (Herald): Jacinda Ardern ‘will absolutely co-operate with the Ombudsman’ over unreleased coalition document RNZ: ‘Demonstrable difference’ in OIA delays – ombudsman Herald: Ombudsman steps in over unreleased coalition document, asks PM for response Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Shane Jones knew exactly who he was talking to and why Labour will fight to stop coalition document from being released The Standard: Making official Information flow again Parliament Dan Satherley (Newshub): Todd Barclay’s holiday won’t result in law change – Jacinda Ardern Newswire: 34 MPs receive $40,000 ‘golden handshake’ David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Trans-Tasman on the new MPs Ken Orr (Stuff): Should the Parliamentary Prayer Be Amended? Education Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Govt to detail free year of tertiary plan David Cohen (RNZ): Is NZ in danger of being too educated? Florence Kerr (Stuff): Former senior staff member asks Education Minister Chris Hipkins for Wintec probe Karoline Tuckey (Manawatu Standard): Professors say planned staff cuts will dent Massey University’s reputation Simon Collins (Herald): NZQA agrees to talk about controversial maths exam Rosie Gordon (Newstalk ZB): Students left in tears after funding cut to training provider Michael Fallow (Stuff): Dowie assails Govt’s post-secondary funding plans Health Karen Brown (RNZ): Health Minister David Clark on director-general’s resignation Herald: Health Minister sets up urgent expert group to examine system Stuff: Government to urgently establish new health advisory group Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Director-General of Health steps down, hunt for new health boss starts Herald: Director General of Health Chai Chuah resigns RNZ: Director-general of health quits David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Clark pushes out Chuah Eileen Goodwin (ODT): Disgraced Waikato boss claimed DHB merger credit Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Waikato health chief had bid for new medical school in Canada Mandy Te (Central Leader): Tax on highly processed foods needed on top of sugar tax, Exercise NZ says Mike Wesley-Smith (Newshub): UN involved in Manawatu abuse investigation Kurt Bayer (Herald): Navy veteran who won compensation battle after linking his Parkinson’s to chemical exposure speaks out for first time Graham Adams (Noted): Who speaks for doctors on euthanasia? Mike Yardley (Stuff): Watching my uncle die – and his mood swings – confirmed my opposition to euthanasia Environment David Fisher (Herald): Conservation minister opposes GM-rodent plan David Fisher (Herald): The Big Read: What happened when one expert killer was visited by the US military’s science agency Ged Cann (Stuff): How plastic bags clog our seas and kill birds, turtles and sea mammals Laura Walters (Stuff): Government bans production and sale of all microbeads Herald: Microbeads ban announced by Government Jamie Morton (Herald): Waitakeres rahui keeping people away – iwi David Hall (Briefing Papers): Changing climate, changing minds Patrick Barkham (Guardian): Clean, green New Zealand is a lie – and a warning for Britain’s countryside Primary industries James Paul (Stuff): Nash coy on fisheries changes, after report calls for major overhaul RNZ: Robots could soon take over dangerous forestry jobs Media John Drinnan (ZagZigger): RNZ: From Red Radio To Celebrity Radio Spinoff Newstalk ZB: Leighton Smith to retire, Kerre McIvor to take over Newstalk ZB morning slot Herald: Leighton Smith calls it a day next year after provoking punters for a generation Duncan Grieve (Spinoff): A farewell to Leighton Smith, NZ radio’s crankiest uncle Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): TVNZ stretched in lower South Island as reporter quits Housing Collette Devlin (Stuff): Government backs Wellington City Council’s plans for a capital housing strategy Joe Jeffries (Spinoff): Build, build, build: Why housing supply matters David Hargreaves (Interest): If Phil Twyford follows through on the sentiments then the housing sector may be facing an even bigger shake up than people realise Australia Dominic Harris (Stuff): Australian deportation rules are ‘like Trump’s Mexican border’ Katarina Williams (Stuff): A quarter of Kiwis deported from Australia in the past two years have reoffended Katherine Murphy (Guardian): Turnbull government scrambles after losing vote on New Zealand refugee offer RNZ: Turnbull govt revokes temporarily passed refugee motion Herald: Manus refugees prefer NZ to resettlement in US Conan Young (RNZ): Are Manus Island asylum seekers a threat to Australia? Pike River Laura Walters (Stuff): Pike River Recovery Agency chief executive liable if re-entry goes wrong, not Andrew Little David Williams (Newsroom): Solid Energy’s forlorn hope over Pike re-entry Police Nicole Lawton (Stuff): Police recruitment video reaches 14 million people, with over 1000 signing up No Right Turn: Our police are still rotten Te reo Māori Kris Taylor (RNZ): The more you know, the more you know you don’t know Martyn Bradbury (Waatea News): How should we respond to Don Brash’s criticism of Te Reo on Radio NZ Brian Edwards:An Apology CTV building collapse Michael Wright (Stuff): Victims’ families to protest lack of charges over CTV building collapse 1News: ‘Come and stand in solidarity’ – Families to protest police decision not to prosecute over CTV building collapse RNZ: Protest planned over CTV decision Christchurch Herald: PM Jacinda Ardern announces urgent legislation for ChristChurch Cathedral Stuff: Urgent Christchurch Cathedral legislation to be introduced to Parliament RNZ: Govt to fast-track Cathedral rebuild 1News: Watch: Protesters wearing mock prison clothes march through Christchurch mall over quake claims Julian Lee (Stuff): ChristchurchNZ boss sounds alarm on anchor projects pace Cycleways Mike Hosking (Herald): Why cycleways lead only to frustration, anger, protest and ill-will Dan Satherley (Newshub): Anti-cycleway protester compares opponent to the Nazis Other Ric Stevens (Press Editorial): Regional decline means it is time to think beyond just economic development Tom O’Connor (Waikato Times): Pay rises and rates increases Nicole Moreham (Newsroom): Where private ends and public begins Catherine Hutton (RNZ): Budget blowout: Great War Exhibition leaves ministry in debt Karl du Fresne: A rampant culture of entitlement Chris Trotter (Stuff): How politicians exploit Māori dysfunction to weaponise Pākehā racism Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Competition watchdog could get power to conduct probes without Government approval David McLean (Stuff): We need more women at the top Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Why NZ is missing out on a $900m per year economic boost essie Chiang (RNZ): Kiwibank closure: ‘I feel as if I’ve been issued a death sentence’ Herald: Jacinda Ardern ends engagement speculation Stuff: PM Jacinda Ardern quashes speculation she got engaged at the weekend]]>