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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 20 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). Housing, KiwiBuild and foreign house buyer ban Nicholas Jones (Herald):KiwiBuild to get underway – attacked as a ‘slogan’ by National Henry Cooke (Stuff): First KiwiBuild homes ready in mid-2018, Phil Twyford hopes 1News: Watch: ‘She’s not building 100,000’ – Bill English accuses Jacinda Ardern of fudging election housing promise Newswire:Government takes first steps in setting up KiwiBuild housing programme Laura Walters (Stuff): Govt says $5k housing grant isn’t working, National says they’re just desperate for cash Herald: Axe falls on Auckland relocation grant – despite helping 500 families Laura Walters (Stuff): Government one step closer to banning foreign house buyers Nicholas Jones (Herald):Overseas buyer ban rushed through amid fierce debate Nicholas Jones (Herald); Twyford slams ‘moral panic’ on meth testing state houses Herald: Property makes Kiwis wealth surge to $1.5 trillion over last decade: Statistics NZ David Hargreaves (Interest): Statistics New Zealand says investment in houses made up nearly a third of all kiwis’ investment in the past year Baz Macdonald and Lynn Grieveson (Newsroom): Twyford wants new meth testing standards Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Quarter of Auckland state houses overcrowded Media and thwarted Fairfax-NZME merger Richard Harman (Politik): Political journalism in an unquiet time Tim Murphy (Newsroom): The Endgame begins Ellen Read and Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): All you need to know about the Fairfax-NZME merger appeal Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Loss of diversity in rejected media merger ‘virtually irreplaceable’ Damien Venuto (Herald): Merger failure clears path for potential sale of Fairfax assets Donal Curtin (Economics New Zealand): Quick reaction to NZME/Fairfax Herald: NZME and Fairfax merger appeal rejected by High Court Tom Pullar-Strecker and Ellen Read (Stuff): Fairfax, NZME merger appeal dismissed Stuff: BSA says Mike Hosking misled voters with comments on Māori Party Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Seven Sharp taking on John Campbell would be a step back in time, producer says Medicinal cannabis bill Henry Cooke (Stuff): Medicinal marijuana bill will be introduced to Parliament today Herald: Medicinal cannabis bill to be introduced tomorrow Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Medicinal cannabis rules to be loosened by govt Pete George (Your NZ): A watered down Medical Cannabis bill? Year in review Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): 10 biggest NZ political scandals and scams of 2017 Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Long Live The Sun Queen! Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Media person of the year Jenna Lynch and Isobel Ewing (Newshub): New Zealand’s parliamentary playlist of 2017 Environment and climate change Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On yesterday’s quest for zero net carbon emissions David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Government all talk no walk no climate change Mike Hosking (Herald): Climate change commission will achieve nothing No Right Turn: Climate change: The slow boring of hard boards Henry Cooke (Stuff): James Shaw’s two positions on fossil fuel extraction Dominion Post: Editorial: Saving the planet with a bit of help from the public Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Ardern and Shaw hope for bi-partisan Carbon Act Official Information Act Sam Warburton (The Spinoff): Bluster, waste and delay: the new reality of a rotten OIA Charlotte Graham (Scoop): I OIA’d every council in NZ and all I got was this headache RNZ: Ministry for Primary Industries reprimanded over OIA No Right Turn: OIA dieback infects MPI Education Jo Moir (Stuff): Iwi Chairs have questions for the Government over charter school closures RNZ: Most teachers are using te reo Māori RNZ: Weak parental support for national standards – survey NZ Herald editorial: Schools’ discretionary grants still public funds Briar Lipson (Stuff): Hipkins on right path but achieving an excellence mark for NCEA will need innovative thinking Todd Barclay Sam Sachdeva and David Williams (Newsroom): ‘Grounds to suspect’ Barclay made recording: Police David Fisher (Herald): Todd Barclay refused to co-operate with police three times Employment Nicholas Jones (Herald): Unions jump gun on pay equity announcement: Health Minister David Clark Mike Treen (Daily Blog): For a living wage plus restoring margins for skills and service Waka jumping bill RNZ: ‘Waka-jumping’ law plan dangerous – English David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The terrible waka jumping bill ODT: Editorial – Bill attacks democracy National Party Newshub: Judith Collins picks fight with Labour Party meme page on Twitter Barry Soper (Herald): For National, this year has struck new lows Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): The back of the envelope analysis of what National needs to do to win in 2020 Other Matt Nippert (Herald): MP Yang lobbied ministers to overturn Security Intelligence Service block Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Willie Jackson: I wanted to destroy the Māori Party Dominic Harris (Stuff): Police investigator in Japan to explain decision not to prosecute over CTV building collapse Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Online giants escape regulatory probe Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Resigned Opportunities Party candidates start ‘political action group’ Phil Pennington (RNZ): MBIE promises to cut back on consultants Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): Finance Minister Robertson names expert panel for Reserve Bank Act review Frances Cook (Herald): Former premier Helen Clark awarded Japan’s highest award for helping bring two nations closer together Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Helen Clark decorated with top Japanese honours for diplomatic work Fiona Rae (Listener): Kim Dotcom’s truly bizarre story retold in Caught in the Web Newsroom: Peters still wants to sue over super leak Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Search on for New Zealand chief technology officer Graham Adams (Noted): Hollywood scandals, #MeToo and abuse in New Zealand state care Katherine Granich (Noted): Women are carrying the burden of poverty this Christmas Ellen Read (Stuff): Rob Fyfe to advise Govt on Pike River re-entry Rob Stock (Stuff): NZ Super Fund won’t buy recreational cannabis shares Nadine Higgins (Herald): It’s about time we stood up to Australia LaQuisha St Redfern (Daily Blog): How Stats NZ Censors Non-binary Gender Identities David Williams (Newsroom): Census faces paper form shortfall]]>