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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 11 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). Opinion Poll Colin James (RNZ): Poll: Voters broadly say yes to new government Corin Dann (1News): New post-election poll shows Labour has missed out on traditional support bounce 1News: Colmar Brunton methodology shifts to reflect young voters without landlines Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern not worried by lack of traditional post-election bounce Audrey Young (Herald): First poll since the election gives Ardern a leadership bounce Henry Cooke (Stuff): No post-election bounce for Labour in first major poll, but PM’s popularity soars Herald: Results of the first political poll since before the election released David Farrar (Kiwiblog): No real bounce for Labour in first Colmar Brunton poll David Farrar (KIwlblog): Preferred PM ratings of new PMs Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): What does the final Q+A Poll mean and why it should freak out Labour Toby Manhire (Spinoff): The first big poll for ages is due. What would be a good result for Labour? Government John Armstrong (1News): Opinion: Labour is showing NZ First that it calls the shots Dominion Post Editorial: Winston Peters is a lion in opposition, but a pussycat in office Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): How minor parties like NZ First can have fun being in Parliament Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Going, going, gone? National and its legacy Mei Heron (RNZ): Greens letter reveals ‘damage to staff morale’ Herald: Letter to their MPs: Greens staff suffering ‘uncertainty, paralysis, and low morale’ David Farrar (KIwiblog): Green staff unhappy Public Service Chris Eichbaum and Richard Shaw (Newsroom): ‘Not as frank and free as we thought’ Barry Soper (Herald): Public sector is a formidable workforce Jacinda Ardern Herald: Jacinda Ardern says more women ‘must be at the decision-making table’ Herald Editorial: PM’s fashion pages promote us well Colleen Hawkes (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to star in March issue of US Vogue magazine Claire Trevett (Herald): Strike a pose: PM Jacinda Ardern to feature in Vogue NZ-AUS relations Harrison Christian (Stuff): ‘Jacindamania’ spreads across the Tasman, according to Australian opposition leader RNZ: Jacinda-mania reached Australia, says Labor counterpart Herald: Bill Shorten’s daughters get surprise video call from Jacinda Ardern Herald: PM Jacinda Ardern meets with Australian Labor leader Bill Shorten Christopher Knaus (Herald): Jacinda Ardern: Australia education policy penalising New Zealanders will backfire Stuff: Kiwi detainees in Australia offered cash incentives to return to NZ No Right Turn: Truth overboard again NZ-China relations Colin Peacock (RNZ): Does China hold sway over media here? Fran Sullivan (Herald): Winston Peters works to keep China sweet Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): How to deal with China’s rise RNZ: PM says NZ a different case to Aus on Chinese influence Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): What the censored GCSB report said and why they tried to hide it Parliament Brent Edwards (RNZ): Insight: MMP – Democracy or Power? Audrey Young (Herald): National regards Speaker Mallard with the warmth of Wayne Barnes RNZ: Govt considers making cross-party work easier Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Below the beltway: Who starred and who stumbled in politics this week 1News: Inside Parliament: Politics team pick apart work-for-the-dole, gastro outbreak and soaring fuel prices National Richard Harman (Politik): Life without NZ First Audrey Malone (Stuff): Tears, hugs and kicking the photocopier: An insider’s view of National’s election loss Brent Edwards (RNZ): National shrugs off warnings about next election Water Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): A national strategy for water is needed, scientist says ODT: New approach to water allocation needed: briefing John Roughan (Herald): We don’t need a national water police RNZ: Residents could sue over foam leeching – lawyer RNZ: Auckland Airport using toxic firefighting foam 1News: Concern brewing as Chinese-owned water bottling plant sets up shop in Christchurch Environment Kerrie Waterworth (ODT): Dairy intensification effects questioned Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Minister warned of critical pressure on natural resources Brad Flahive (Stuff): Oil revenue could jump 900 per cent if we mined our seabed, Maritime NZ says Liam Dann (Herald): Golden weather puts heat on the economy Liam Hehir (Medium): Liam Hehir DESTROYS a neoliberal farmer [updated] Education Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): The nature of work is changing, and it starts with school Filip Vachuda (Herald): Some school subjects are worth more than others Kerre McIvor (Herald): Kiwi education – we must do better Ros Lugg (Stuff): New Zealand’s falling literacy rates are due to poor teacher training Simon Collins (Herald): PPTA voices concern after teacher censured for stopping boys banging heads into desks Patrick O’Sullivan (Herald): Local Focus: The school with no students Guardian: In a class of its own: New Zealand school with no students vows to stay open Tom Hunt (Stuff): Massive upsurge in white New Zealand wanting to learn te reo Employment and work for the dole Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Official briefings paint bleak picture of NZ’s working poor 1News: Inside Parliament: 1 NEWS’ political team questions the sincerity of Shane Jones’ work-for-the-dole scheme Andrew Gunn (Stuff): Working for your country – brought to you by Shane Jones – ambitious for your future NZ Herald editorial: New minister on spot over Hobbit Law Rachel Clayton (Stuff): NZ firms aren’t equipped to deal with one of the oldest workforces in the OECD Poverty and inequality Dan Satherley and Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): Why child poverty seems to be on the decline, according to the Children’s Commissioner Herald: Children’s Commissioner says Government needs to walk the talk on child poverty RNZ: Children’s Commissioner wants indexing of some benefits Herald: PM seeks cross-party support for child poverty targets Duncan Garner (Stuff): Mind the gap – Jacinda Ardern and the politics of rich and poor Housing Henry Cooke (Stuff): New Government told KiwiBuild will be risky but transformational RNZ: Better drug and alcohol treatment key to new HNZ policy Russell Brown (Public Address): This is your government on drugs Nicole Skews-Poole (Spinoff): A tenant’s best friend: Why dogs deserve a place in state housing Herald: Wham . . . it’s about housing affordability in Wellington, not a throwback to 80s music Ella Arbury (Herald): Auckland housing’s 100-year-old problems Health Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Health is the hardest and least forgiving job in Government ODT Editorial: Labour’s hospital rebuild challenges RNZ: Dunedin rebuild head’s contract terminated Eileen Goodwin (ODT): Appointment a ‘serious error’ Mike Houlahan (ODT):Big push for ACC cover of disability Cate Broughton (Stuff): ACC discriminates against people with disabilities and should be replaced, says barrister Belinda Feek (Herald): Dunedin lawyer aims for ACC shake-up in fellowship study Emma Hatton (RNZ): Family struck by botulism ineligible for ACC Rachel Smalley (Herald): The ACC law is an ass over not paying bills of family poisoned after eating wild boar Cecile Meier (Stuff): Patients’ 12-year wait for discharge from secure mental health unit could be ‘unlawful detention’ David Fisher (Herald): Waitangi Tribunal to hear claim Maori suicide linked to ongoing effects of colonization Deborah Hill Cone (Herald): Blocks that stop us accepting truth Russell Brown (Herald): Medicinal cannabis: For the love of her son Media Ian Shirley (Pundit): Opinion in killing journalism John Drinnan (ZagZigger): Turning Checkpoint into Campbell Live: Two Years On Mike Hosking (Herald): Winston Peters has a point, but doesn’t deserve money Brad Flahive (Stuff): Winston Peters urged to drop lawsuit against journalists by media advocate group Justice Craig Hoyle (Stuff): Complaints about victim advocate Louise Nicholas’ role in sex abuse investigations Alison Mau (Stuff): Louise’s bravery is amazing, but there are more stories to tell Jack Tame (Herald): Simply building more prisons will not fix crime Ric Stevens (Press): Editorial: Are we ready for a virtual production line of justice? Mei Heron (RNZ): Lack of funding hampering cell checks – IPCA Laura Walters (Stuff): Police Minister urged to update gun laws amid fears criminals exploiting loops 1News: NZ Police out to fix gender imbalance in its workforce Jenna Lynch (Newshub): NZ Police: No money for pay rises Laura Walters (Stuff): Current response to hate crimes ‘insufficient’ – Human Rights Commission CTV building collapse RNZ: ‘Someone should be held accountable’ say CTV protesters Cecile Meier (Press): Emotional protest over CTV decision in Christchurch Herald: Protest over decision not to prosecute CTV building collapse Defence Robert Ayson (Incline): Tightening Purse Strings for New Zealand’s defence force? David Fisher (Herald): Ron Mark’s rack of medals breached protocol Refugees Rob Mitchell (Stuff): Asylum seekers and New Zealand: Where does the truth lie? Ann Beaglehole (Stuff): Record shows NZ tough on refugees, says historian America’s Cup Chris Rattue (Herald): Team NZ is a big business and not necessarily a good business Herald: America’s Cup: Team New Zealand fire back over event fee Bernard Orsman (Herald): Deadline for America’s Cup base decision in Auckland touch and go Population Brad Flahive (Stuff): Empty nesters a growing part of the flock Herald: Statistics NZ reveal data on changing families and household projections Other 1News: ‘I’m deeply supportive of the Maori Party’ – 2014 NZer of the Year Dr Lance O’Sullivan again pledges to run in 2020 Terry Baucher (Interest): A parable about tax involving Metiria, Bill and Winston. Tax evasion, tax avoidance or just a simple mistake?  Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Complete treaty settlements by 2020, officials urge Ben Bathgate (Stuff): PM promises Māori relations re-set Dave Armstrong (Dominion Post): Who needs embarrassing questions when a Very Famous Director’s on board? Eric Frykberg (RNZ): EQC cupboard is bare, government told RNZ: Electricity companies pushing up prices, govt told Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Agency criticised for favouring business over science Steve Braunias (Herald): The Secret diary of… Secret Santa Finlay Macdonald (Paperboy): Why writer Damon Salesa says Auckland’s future is Pacific Aimee Shaw (Herald): New Zealand must act on gender equality in business, says Dame Jenny Shipley Anna Connell (Newsroom): Weinstein problem in NZ? Who’s to know Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Dear Action Station – why banning pokies is counter productive]]>