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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 08 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). Briefings to incoming ministers Richard Harman (Politik): The briefings: The price of Government Herald: Briefings to incoming ministers: Highlights Claire Trevett (Herald): Briefings: Aussie PM Malcolm Turnbull ‘champion for NZ’ according to NZ officials Sarah Harris (Herald): Briefings: Ageing population challenge for New Zealand with pension to cost $1.3m Sarah Harris (Herald): Briefings: Ministry for Women recommends men to use parental leave Michael Wright (Stuff): Crown may need to bail out EQC as funds exhausted by November 2016 earthquake Glen McConnell (Stuff): RNZ looks to move up to 50 jobs from Wellington to Auckland and exit AM radio No Right Turn: Merry BIM-mas! BIM – Health Katarina Williaims (Stuff): DHB deficits have leapt by $100m since May, Health Minister David Clark claims Herald: Briefings: Healthcare waiting list complaints rise Health and Disability Commissioner tells Health Minister Amy Wiggins (Herald): Briefings: Amputees on ACC get more than four times DHB patients for artificial limbs Amy Wiggins (Herald): Briefings: Mental health services “clearly struggling” BIM – Housing Corazon Miller (Herald): Briefings: Government says it has ‘inherited a mess’ with housing crisis Corazon Miller (Herald): Briefings: State agencies grapple with homelessness issue as costs soar Corazon Miller (Herald): Briefings: 1000 new social houses could impact cost and speed of builds Henry Cooke (Stuff): Officials: Housing causes ‘stark’ inequality between young and old Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): National’s housing timebomb detailed in damning paper Henry Cooke (Stuff): Social housing demand not met by homes in the pipeline: Officials Mei Heron (RNZ): Surge in demand for social housing revealed in briefing paper Katie Bradford (1News): ‘This is a social and economic disaster for the country’ – Phil Twyford hits out over housing report RNZ: Auckland housing shortage worsens BIM – Education John Gerritsen (RNZ): Some polytechnics are at risk – briefing warns Simon Collins (Herald): Briefings: Universities on ‘risky’ building spree Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Regional polytechs face extinction Adele Redmond (Stuff): Agencies warn education minister about need to ‘balance’ international education sector Jessica Long (Stuff): Education NZ keen to see more overseas students study here without leaving home BIM – Environment Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Briefings: NZ must act to adapt to global warming Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Bottled water export tax should be first priority – environment officials Ged Cann (Stuff):Environment Ministry rubbishes clean green image, pokes holes in attempts to address emissions Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Paris agreement could cost NZ $36b Herald: Briefings: Species decline and tourism key challenges – Department of Conservation Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): We are reaching biological and physical limits, DoC warns Minister BIM – Cyber security, Intelligence agencies, defence David Fisher (Herald): A little less danger? Deadly threats to New Zealand fall Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Kiwis still trying to travel to join extremist groups Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Isis terrorist threat to New Zealand remains unchanged Herald: Briefings: PM singles out North Korea and Russia for cyberattacks Dominic Harris (Stuff): NZ forces could remain in Middle East in ongoing battle against Isis BIM – Justice and police Anna Leask (Herald): Briefings: NZ prison population set to soar to 12,000 Laura Walters (Stuff): Prison muster growing at ‘one of the most rapid rates ever recorded’ Anna Leask (Herald): Briefings: Police urge new minister to make ‘key’ decisions on firearms BIM – Pike River Herald: Briefings: Andrew Little says officials’ Pike River brief wrong Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Govt ‘very confident’ over Pike River re-entry BIM – Transport Bernard Orsman (Herald): Briefings: Kiwis’ love affair with used cars barrier to transport revolution Bernard Orsman (Herald): Briefings: Govt told helicopter crashes are a big concern BIM – Internal Affairs Matt Nippert (Herald): Briefings: Home of NZ’s most precious taonga ‘in crisis’, briefing reveals Tom Hunt (Stuff): Archives NZ and National Library bursting at the seams NZ’s Drinking water Press Editorial: Water woes are a clear health crisis Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On how the drinking water crisis has been a failure of political leadership Charlie Mitchell (Stuff): Hundreds of thousands Kiwis take ‘reckless’ risks drinking untreated water, experts say Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Who will pay for cleaner water? Iain Rabbitts (Herald): Safe drinking water cannot be left to local politics RNZ: Defence Force knew of possible contamination for months Jane Patterson (RNZ): One month without tap water around airbases Andrea Vance (1News): ‘Don’t want to cause undue panic’ – David Parker says testing has begun on toxic foam used by NZ Defence Force RNZ: Agencies investigating potential water contamination David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The water report RNZ: Chlorine for Christchurch? Cherie Sivignon (Stuf): Tasman faces $22 million bill to upgrade water schemes to meet standards Nicki Harper (Hawkes Bay Today): Report links fourth death to Havelock North water crisis Annabelle Tukia (Newshub): Asbestos discovered in Temuka water supply Health Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Challenging year for Waikato DHB Rachel Thomas (Stuff): The drugs we couldn’t get enough of: more than 200 cases of shortages over six years Megan Gattey (Stuff): ‘Genuine’ apology demanded for mesh-injured Kiwi women Newshub: Nurses have no time to show compassion – study Heather Roy: Plus ca change – Why do we have so many DHB’s? Education Simon Collins (Herald): Poor teacher training blamed for NZ education decline Jo Moir (Stuff):‘Widespread’ lack of confidence in teacher graduates’ preparedness for the classroom Carol Stiles (RNZ): Rural schools struggle to fill key high school teaching jobs Jo Moir (Stuff): Prime Minister and Māori MP Willie Jackson at odds over compulsory Te Reo 1News: Ardern wants Te Reo Maori ‘universally available’ but steers clear of endorsing making it compulsory in schools Newswire: Few children slap on a hat – research Callum McGillivray (Nor-west News): Skydiver defends school after National MP’s ‘rant’ over fees-free policy Madison Reidy (Stuff): Government’s education fees-free criteria could put people off industry training Nikki Preston (Herald): Minister ‘reassured’ after TEC delivers Wintec briefing Housing Michelle Cooke (RNZ): Govt spent $44,000 for homeless man to live in motel for 58 weeks RNZ: Housing need ‘not going to be fixed overnight’ Parliament and election Rawiri Taonui (Scoop): The Rise, Fall and Future of the independent Māori Parties Listener Editorial: Information wants to be free – why is the OIA an obstacle? Laura Walters (Stuff): Speaker reviews list of approved visitors with access to Parliament for the first time 1News: ‘I almost died in a car accident’ – James Shaw reveals near miss ahead of Winston’s election decision Toby Manhire (Herald): A peek inside the Prime Minister’s Instagram account Stuff: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern makes it to prestigious mag’s Women of Year list Employment Matthew Theunissen (Herald): Hobbit Law II: Will the sequel keep the movie gold coming? Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): Getting Labour “Off The Couch” To Break Unemployment’s Vicious Circles. Sam Huggard (Together): A job scheme by any other name would be sweet Tamsyn Parker (Herald): More Kiwis living pay day to pay day Richard Wagstaff (Standard): Authentic participation underpins a safe workplace Herald Editorial: Gender gulf in top jobs needs action Poverty and inequality Eva Corlett (RNZ): ‘How is a parent supposed to survive on $20?’ Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): Dip in NZ’s child poverty rate a start Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): If having 290 000 kids in poverty is a ‘success’ I’d hate to see failure in NZ Reserve Bank Brian Fallow (Herald): Reserve Bank’s inflation enemy missing in action Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): As non-transparent, and obstructive, as ever Media Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Parliament pays tribute to Ian Templeton Herald: Winston Peters urged to drop legal action against journalists Herald: Peter Cullinane named new chairman of NZME Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Radio audiences adjust the dial again Transport Tom Furley (RNZ): Auckland rail strike could affect 30,000 Elton Rikihana Smallman (Stuff): A quarter of all road-police tickets have ‘no relevance to safety’ Foreign affairs and trade Herald: Expanding relationship with China in New Zealand’s interests Craig McCulloch (RNZ): NZ won’t follow Trump’s lead on Jerusalem – Govt Newshub: Donald Trump’s Jerusalem move ‘will make things difficult’ – Prime Minister 1News: Jacinda Ardern critical of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital saying ‘this will make things difficult’ RNZ: NZ parliamentary committee gets West Papua briefing   Manus Island refugees Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): ‘No new risk’ of people-smuggling from Manus Herald: NZ not a greater target for people smugglers: Minister Justice Henry Cooke (Stuff): Compensation for gay men with historical convictions again asked for Herald: Hurtful gay convictions should be compensated, politicians told Other Stacey Kirk (Stuff): State Sector report shows expanding public service, better paid, more educated David Snell (Herald): Opinion: Govt reveals long-awaited legislation for taxing multinationals Michael Wright (Press): PM agrees to meet CTV victims’ families outraged at lack of prosecution over collapse Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): NZ Super Fund seeks permission for short-selling Colin James: Jacinda Ardern and arts-culture-heritage Tess Nichol (Herald): Equality, the election and Mike Hosking: What Kiwis talked about most in 2017]]>