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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 14 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). Euthanasia Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Parliament votes on assisted dying Dan Satherley and Giles Dexter (Newshub): Assisted dying: ‘Fear, uncertainty and doubt’ campaign ahead – Seymour Emma Hurley (Newshub): Assisted dying Bill passes first reading in New Zealand Parliament Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Big vote in favour of euthanasia bill RNZ: Euthanasia bill passes first reading David Farrar (KIwiblog): End of Life Choice Bill passes first reading Nicholas Jones (Herald): Euthanasia support gets boost after referendum pledge Benedict Collins (RNZ): Changes to euthanasia bill to court NZ First vote Nicholas Jones (Herald): Five hundred emails in an afternoon: Euthanasia debate heats up Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Aussie right-to-life group lobbies NZ politicians against euthanasia 1News: Bill English scathing of euthanasia bill ahead of today’s potential vote: ‘It’s a very bad piece of legislation’ David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Hosking says send euthanasia bill to a referendum Child welfare and poverty Jared Savage (Herald): Moko inquest: Red flags missed, Coroner wants compulsory checks on children under 5 Dan Satherley (Newshub): Beef up Well Child Tamariki Ora to fight child neglect – Children’s Commissioner Yvonne Tahana (1News): Coroner investigating Moko Rangitoheriri’s horrific death calls for all children to be monitored by government agencies Grant Chapman and Mike McRoberts (Newshub): Coroner challenges PM Ardern, Government after Moko inquest Edward Gay and Joanna MacKenzie (RNZ): Child, Youth and Family blind to Moko warning signs Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Moko Rangitoheriri: Never more invisible, never more let down Rachel Smalley (Newstalk ZB): There must never be another baby Moko Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On vulnerable kids, fresh RNZ funding, and Poppy Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Are we really sad KidsCan is getting dumped? Really? 1News: ‘We are seeing more need’ – Kidscan alarmed at prospect of $350,000 funding cut International relations Matt Nippert (Herald): GCSB and SIS table China’s influence at Five Eyes meeting Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Nations question terms of their friendship with China Nicholas Jones (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Australian Government ‘being overly sensitive’ Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Is Australia being too sensitive on Manus? ‘Yes’ – PM Ben Doherty (Guardian): Barnaby Joyce says New Zealand should ‘back off’ on offer to resettle refugees  RNZ: Cooks to lobby New Zealand over pension portability RNZ: New Zealand aid to Tokelau needs to count – academic Education RNZ: ‘Schools shouldn’t be finance companies’ – Principal RNZ: ‘Teacher crisis’: Aides standing in for registered staff RNZ: Govt unveils $9.5m package to tackle teacher shortage Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): $9.5mil teachers package will support more Māori teachers – Kelvin Davis Simon Collins (Herald): Labour cuts National’s planned teacher bonus Jo Moir (Stuff): Government teacher supply package targets Auckland teachers and hard-to-fill subject areas 1News: Government sets up new emergency fund to halt looming teacher shortage The Standard: National’s Standards Laura Dooney (RNZ): Karori community ‘losing a lot’ with campus sale Paul Barkle (Infometrics): Fees-free tertiary education: right problem, wrong answer? Budget and economy Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Labour’s early Christmas present for families, beneficiaries Audrey Young (Herald): Government set to implement centre-piece of campaign but National says it’s too narrow Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Money for families needs focus, not a free-for-all Newshub: Govt’s spending priorities to be revealed Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): Why so secretive? Defence Richard Harman (Politik): The 38 per cent Defence budget blowout Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Battle over ‘blowout’ in Anzac frigate costs RNZ: Govt to keep frigate contractor despite soaring cost Mei Heron (RNZ): Frigates’ costs blowout by $265m TOP Dan Satherley (Newshub): Gareth Morgan ends the ‘farce’ of trying to get into Parliament The Wireless: Gareth Morgan will resign as leader of TOP Laura Walters (Stuff): Gareth Morgan won’t lead TOP into 2020 election RNZ: Gareth Morgan to stand down from TOP leadership Herald: TOP to fight next election, minus Morgan   Election and 2017 in review Spinoff: 2017 in politics: The champs and the flops Victoria University: Jacinda Ardern – PM against the odds Claire Trevett (Herald): National and its Frankenstein’s monster Environment Rachel Stewart (Spinoff): What gives with the chief scientist of the Environmental Protection Agency? Grant McLauchlan (Herald): Environmental watchdog sorely needed Charles Anderson (Spinoff): ‘They are going after the last fish’: Michael Field on the race for Pacific tuna Charlie Mitchell (Stuff): More complaints emerge on conditions at water bottling plant Laurel Stowell (Wanganui Chronicle): Editorial: Climate change to transform farming Dominic Harris (Stuff): Kea recognised as endangered on red list of globally threatened species Public service CEO pay Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Change on the cards for State Service Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): ‘Enough with the big pay hikes’ Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Public sector boss warns escalating CEO pay is ‘not sustainable’ Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Crown CEOs paid too much – Commissioner Herald: Government may change law to curb state sector bosses’ pay rises Health RNZ: Mental health inquiry must be independent – advocates Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Most DHBs keep no records on self harm in respite care RNZ: Funding for Māori and Pasifika youth mental health research Jake Fitzgibbon (Stuff): One in five elderly New Zealanders say they are lonely, study says RNZ: Wgtn Airport confirms toxic compounds not used Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Alarm raised over doctors’ ‘culture of entitlement’ Housing Henry Cooke (Stuff): Law to ban foreign home buyers to be introduced in Parliament, passed in new year Nicholas Jones (Herald): Legislation to ban foreigners from buying existing homes will be introduced tomorrow RNZ: Bill banning foreign home-buyers to be introduced RNZ: November house sales rebound, with record prices in 7 regions Herald: Families in Papamoa emergency housing before Christmas Robin Martin (RNZ): Waitara residents face massive lease hikes RNZ: Housing ‘halo’ effect shines a light on new hotspot Primary industries Anne Salmond (Newsroom): Plan to revive Forestry Service not out of the woods Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety have new ‘entities’ Newshub: MPI gets rearranged into four agencies Herald: MPI to be re-organised into four by early 2018 – O’Connor Audrey Young (Herald): Strict tests announced for New Zealand manuka honey exports under new MPI rules The Country (Herald): Listen: Jacinda Ardern on Mycoplasma bovis – ‘we’ve got to contain this’ Food and inequality RNZ: Pumpkin and kumara prices skyrocket Rachel Clayton (Stuff): Wet weather has led to skyrocketing prices for pumpkin and kumara Ruby Nyika (Stuff): We want tinned tomatoes, Hamilton’s Salvation Army says Virginia Fallon (Stuff): Give generously – but please no tinned tomatoes or chickpeas, say charities Ryan Bridge (Newshub): Charities ask Kiwis to donate more than second hand goods or tinned vegetables Justice Alistair Paulin (Press Editorial): We should care about prisoners more than we care about dogs in a hot car RNZ: Indians, Chinese demand action on crime Auckland Todd Niall (RNZ): Government’s America’s Cup plan deemed too costly and difficult RNZ: Exemptions to visitor rate strip $1.9m from expected take Todd Niall (RNZ): Almost 33,000 face 10% rates rises Other David Williams (Newsroom): CTV families’ last-ditch plea to police Herald: Government to launch independent inquiry into pipeline failure RNZ: Govt inquiry into country’s fuel supply BusinessDesk (Newsroom): IRD to get tougher overseas powers Herald: Public media should put people, place and planet before profit – report No Right Turn: More dubious behaviour from the SIS Russell Brown (Public Address): Public Address Word of the Year 2017 John Boynton (RNZ): Auckland iwi find common ground Liz McDonald (Press): EQC bungles could force elderly Christchurch woman to sleep in car Northern Advocate: Don Brash at Whangarei play to learn why te reo should be spoken more]]>