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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 12 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). 2017 in review Colin James (ODT): Politician of year – and one of four decades Toby Manhire and Toby Morris (RNZ): Toby & Toby Awards 2017: Winners revealed The Country (Herald): 2017: The good, the bad, the ugly, Trump and Winston Bevan Rapson (North & South): Over it: Will anything change in politics in 2018? Government Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ombudsman sides with Govt over coalition document Herald: Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier backs Jacinda Ardern over 33-page coalition document Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): The politics of scaring voters back into line Audrey Young (Herald): The Government’s first 100 days: Families package moves imminent Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Audacity of Green Party staff complaining RNZ: Free and frank? Not so much Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Clare Curran is planning a few shake-ups Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): Opinion: Optimistic for open government National Claire Trevett (Herald): No friends: National leader Bill English rules out a DIY support partner Henry Cooke (Stuff): Bill English talks down report National wants to start new small conservative party Barry Soper (Herald): Leader of the Opposition is the worst job in politics Colmar Brunton Poll Chris Trotter (Stuff): Lack of post-election bounce an ominous sign for new Government 1News: Ardern says voters are ‘hopeful’ after 1 NEWS poll shows Labour missing out on traditional post-election boost Māori Party Heta Gardiner (Māori Television): Māori Party president resigns and calls for co-leaders to follow suit RNZ: Māori Party president quits, calls for co-leaders to do the same Claire Trevett (Herald): Tuku Morgan quits Maori Party, calls for Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox to step down 1News: Tuku Morgan quits Maori Party, slams former MPs after failure to get back into Parliament John-Michael Swannix (Newshub): Māori Party president resigns, calls on leaders to do the same Media Wayne Hope (Briefing Papers): New Zealand media ownership: History and obfuscation Liam Hehir (Stuff): Radio New Zealand should appoint its own ombudsman Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Legendary and unique: Patrick Gower’s greatest hits Toby Manhire (Spinoff): This was the fucking news: Patrick Gower exits as Newshub political ed John Drinnan (ZagZigger): Paddy Is Leaving The Room. How Many Days To Go? Stuff: Patrick Gower steps down as political editor after getting sparkly new job David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The King is dead, long live the King David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Ian Templeton Chris Hutching (Stuff): Trans Tasman newsletter in liquidation, founder speaks Reserve Bank Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): A delighted Robertson gets his top pick Liam Dann (Herald): New Reserve Bank boss Adrian Orr impresses market Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Adrian Orr promises to be a qualified and entertaining Reserve Bank governor Henry Cooke and Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): NZ Super Fund chief executive Adrian Orr named new Reserve Bank governor Benedict Collins (RNZ): Adrian Orr appointed Reserve Bank Governor Herald: Super Fund boss Adrian Orr named new Reserve Bank Governor Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): Adrian Orr as Governor-designate David Farrar (KIwiblog): Orr gets Reserve Bank Governor Economy Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Robertson points again to cost cutting on eve of HYEFU Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Grant Robertson’s journey to his ‘anchor’ starts with little wriggle room Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Free-spending approach unlikely Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Robertson calls on ministers to be prudent 1News: ‘How will I pay for it?’ – Government gives a sneak peek of mini-budget Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Grant Robertson warns paying off most of New Zealand’s debt is ‘unrealistic’ Richard Harman (Politik): Not so good news for the new Government Environment Henry Cooke (Stuff): NZ asks WTO to help end fossil fuel subsidies Herald: Fossil fuel subsidies better spent on renewables, Trade Minister David Parker tells WTO conference Eloise Gibson and Cass Mason (Newsroom): Drowning dreams: Billions at stake as Govt mulls sea level rules Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Drowning dreams: What will happen when the seas rise? Tom O’Connor (Waikato Times): Anti-1080 protesters’ threats to human life inexcusable Conan Young (RNZ): Traces of nitrates in Chch water poses long term risk Bernard Orsman (Herald): Aucklanders could pay $21 or $48 a year to fight kauri dieback disease Greyhound racing industry Michael Morrah (Newshub): Top greyhound trainer being investigated over live baiting allegations Eva Corlett (Herald): Top greyhound trainer investigated for live-baiting Newstalk ZB: Greyhound racers: Live-baiting does not happen here Newstalk ZB: Top New Zealand greyhound trainer Brendon Cole under investigation for live-baiting Child welfare and poverty Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Ministry for Vulnerable Children no more – Govt removes contentious word  Derek Cheng (Herald): Ministry for Vulnerable Children to be renamed Craig McCulloch (RNZ):‘Vulnerable’ dropped from Children’s Ministry name Katarina Williams (Stuff): Rising housing costs contribute to ‘enormous’ jump in government food grants Jo Moir (Stuff): PM Jacinda Ardern hints the Government will set flexible child poverty reduction targets Dan Satherley (Newshub): Govt asks National for child poverty law support No Right Turn: Will National support child poverty targets? Housing Dominion Post Editorial: Twyford’s housing Christmas wishlist Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Agent survey shows few house sales to foreign buyers Education Simon Collins (Herald): Government confirms primary schools to scrap National Standards Jo Moir (Stuff): National Standards have officially ended in primary schools across the country John Gerritsen (RNZ): Many schools cutting teacher aide hours Simon Collins (Herald): Teacher shortage hits 20 per cent of Auckland primary schools Alwyn Poole (Herald): Unpaid training contributes to teacher shortage RNZ: NorthTec students allowed to finish courses slated for axing RNZ: University sells Karori campus to retirement operator Health Kate Pereyra Garcia (RNZ): Advocate says partial mesh ban long overdue Herald: Medsafe brings in surgical mesh restrictions RNZ: Medsafe bars surgical mesh in some operations Refugees 1News: PM should stop repeated attempts to ’embarrass’ Aussie government into taking refugee offer – Brownlee Laura Walters (Stuff): NZ needs to work with the Australian Government, not alienate it – Bill English Newshub: NZ not an option now for refugees – Dutton Tax Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Inland Revenue audits 16 multinational firms over tax Mike Hosking (Herald): The Government’s ‘Google tax’ is a double-edged sword Other Herald: PM staying arm’s length from Royal NZ Ballet crisis talks Zac Fleming (RNZ): KFC rosters manipulated to withhold days in lieu – former managers Logan Church (RNZ): ‘We shouldn’t be propping up the Anglicans’ Philip Matthews (Stuff): How to fix our criminal justice system in 30 minutes]]>