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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 07 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). NZ’s Drinking water Charlie Mitchell (Stuff): Drinking water inquiry finds a culture of carelessness and complacency Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Damning water inquiry should be a wake up call RNZ: 800,000 at risk after ‘mess’ left by previous govt – Parker Herald:Inquiry slams Ministry of Health, local councils for systemic failure on water standards Tracy Watkins (Stuff): More than 750,000 Kiwis exposed to potentially unsafe drinking water Mei Heron (RNZ): Clean water: ‘It’s the communities that have to pay’ Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Battle brewing over water treatment cost 1News: David Parker accuses previous government of ‘failing New Zealanders’ for not addressing water treatment issues Herald: Inquiry: More than 700,000 Kiwis may be drinking unsafe water Cleo Fraser (Newshub): 700,000 Kiwis could be drinking unsafe water – report Katie Bradford (1News): Twenty per cent of New Zealand drinking water ‘at risk’, report calls for urgent treatment of all supplies Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Report backs mandatory water treatment Dominic Harris (Stuff): Chlorinating Christchurch’s drinking water could cost $100m – council Samantha Olley (Newstalk ZB): ‘Chicken sandwiches more regulated than water’ Marty Sharpe (DominionPost): Napier council admits it was ‘overly conservative’ and decides to hold meeting items in public Astrid Austrid (Hawkes Bay Today): Treated water a ‘reality’ after the Havelock North gastro crisis RNZ: Napier council accused of ignoring residents RNZ: Asbestos found in water supply of South Canterbury town Health Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Scorecard full of failure in scathing Health Ministry review by public service watchdog Richard Harman (Politik): Damning review of Ministry RNZ: Health Ministry ‘needs to be accountable’ Herald: Review slams Ministry of Health, demands changes Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Damning report labels Health Ministry leadership ‘invisible’ RNZ: Health Ministry review an ‘indictment’ – David Clark Mandy Te (East and Bays Courier): Auckland District Health Board spends more than $170,000 on ‘values’ rebrand Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Speculation grows over new Waikato DHB chair Mike Hosking (Herald): Do we really need 20 district health boards? Victoria University post-election conference Colin James: When the “losers won” – and the loser lost: the first post-baby-boomer election​ Jo Moir (Stuff): Political leaders on the good, the bad and the ugly of the 2017 election campaign Audrey Young (Herald): Steven Joyce says he would have advised against leaking Winston Peters’ super details 1News: ‘I thought, what have I done?’ – Steven Joyce reveals how he found out John Key stood down 1News: Winston Peters: Coalition with National Party would have been the ‘much easier choice’ Audrey Young (Herald): Peter Dunne urges new generation in Parliament to turn New Zealand into republic Henry Cooke (Stuff): Peter Dunne challenges politicians to create New Zealand republic Emma Hurley (Newshub): Peter Dunne calls for New Zealand to become a Republic in final speech 1News: Peter Dunne urges NZ to cut ‘umbilical cord’ with England during valedictory speech Gwynn Compton (Libertas Digital): Dunne challenges NZ to become a republic, but can we do it? No Right Turn: Time for a republic Liam Hehir (Medium): A revolution built on an inferiority complex Laura Walters (Stuff): Te Ururoa Flavell: movement for independent Māori Party will come again Emma Hurley (Newshub): What’s right for Māori is right for the country – Te Ururoa Flavell Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Let’s do this: How I accidentally helped Labour come up with their campaign slogan Overseas influence on NZ politics Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): Shameless and shameful Chris Bramwell (RNZ): NZ unlikely to follow Oz move to ban foreign donations Herald: PM Jacinda Ardern discounts Chinese influence Herald: NZ urged to follow Australia’s crackdown on foreign influence Education NZ Herald editorial: Time to take a serious look at our literacy RNZ: Teachers, principals blame standards for reading drop Chris Hipkins (Herald): Fees free is good for New Zealanders and good for New Zealand – Labour Paul Goldsmith (Stuff): Government’s tertiary priorities hard to understand Sara Vui-Talitu (RNZ): Pacific students bewildered, out of pocket RNZ: Students, staff feel cheated over PIPA closure Simon Collins (Herald): Kindergarten revolt: Shift to fee-paying daycare scrapped Employment and work for the dole Chis McDowall (Spinoff): The wage gap in New Zealand: a visual timeline Liam Dann (Herald): Nearly half of employers relying on migrants to fill vacancies Alexa Cook (RNZ): Landcorp launches safety programme after deaths Lloyd Burr (Newshub): Greens back down on abolishing all benefit sanctions Lloyd Burr (Newshub): Work-for-minimum-wage scheme a ‘test’ for the Greens Claire Trevett (Herald): The perplexing case of Shane Jones’ ne’er-do-well nephs Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): South Auckland’s paid parental leave pioneers Government Patrick Smellie (Stuff): The game the new Government always plays with the old Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Labour making hay while the sun shines RNZ: Pacific women MPs inspired by New Zealand PM CTV building collapse Michael Wright (Stuff): CTV victims’ families seek meeting with Prime Minister over lack of criminal charges RNZ: CTV families consider legal action Phil Pennington (RNZ): Arcane law an obstacle to CTV prosecutions Herald: CTV families seek legal advice on how to force police to review decision not to prosecute Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): People are right to be angry about the CTV disaster Reserve Bank Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): The Reserve Bank is losing its lodestar Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): More excuses for a job not well done Environment Newshub: Climate change’s threat to Auckland’s wildlife Julie Iles (Stuff): Premiums to rise after record year of weather-related insurance claims David Farrar (Kiwiblog): 0.17% not 1% Justice and police Jarrod Gilbert (Herald): Our prisons are in crisis Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Manawatū Prison inmates feel unsafe Tony Wall (Stuff): IPCA considers changing the way it reports on police shootings Catrin Owen (Stuff): Labour MP Michael Wood pushing for more community policing and reopening police kiosks Transport Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): NZ motorists pay a high price with petrol the most expensive in the OECD – report Andrea Vance (1News): Government prepares to battle soaring fuel prices in wake of blistering new report that says Kiwis overpaying at the pump BusinessDesk (Newsroom): Government to further probe fuel prices Lorna Thornber (Stuff): Luxury train to travel length of New Zealand needs government help, expert says Inequality and poverty Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Why we shouldn’t celebrate child poverty falling for first time in years just yet RNZ: Number of children in poverty dropping, but still severe – report Corazon Miller (Herald): Report: fewer children in poverty this year – but more work still needed Eva Corlett (RNZ): Aucklanders already lining up for Xmas food parcels Salvation Army report Virginia Fallon (Stuff): ‘Come and see us’: Vulnerable New Zealand communities feel forgotten, report says Jonathan Guildford (Stuff): Salvation Army report outlines New Zealand’s most forgotten communities Kate Pereyra-Garcia (RNZ): Smaller communities feel ‘forgotten’ – report Newshub: We need good parents, not more benefits – Duncan Garner Other Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Detained Kiwis say they are being offered cash to leave Australia Mike Hosking (Herald): Havelock North water, petrol prices reveal incompetent public service Joshua Hitchcock (Spinoff): Deloitte’s Top 10 Māori organisations: let’s celebrate their success Dominion Post Editorial: No room for prima donnas in fight over capital’s movie museum John Drinnan (ZagZigger): Let’s Make The Public Media Debate Non-Partisan RNZ: Transport fraudster also scammed MSD Megan Gattey (Stuff): Small town Kiwis are the most generous – Oxfam RNZ: Please tell us that is not your quote of the year]]>