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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 21 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). Year in review Russell Brown (Public Address): Jacindamania: Word famous in New Zealand Jane Clifton (Listener): Politician of the Year Awards 2017: And the winner is… Laura McQuillan (RNZ): The top 12 political shockers of 2017 Lloyd Burr (Newshub): Newshub 2017 Politician of the Year – Jacinda Ardern Barry Soper (Herald): Best and worst politician of the year David Farrar (Kiwiblog): 2017 Kiwiblog Awards winners Emma Espiner (Newsroom): Māori of the year awards 1News: Jacinda Ardern humorously reflects on her amazing year – ‘if you’re the deputy to Andrew Little, possibly run for the hills!’ Brent Edwards (RNZ): True MMP: Ardern as PM, English as deputy Medicinal cannabis bill Dominion Post: Editorial – Govt’s ‘halfway house’ of cannabis law RNZ: Medicinal cannabis users disappointed at legislation Nicholas Jones (Herald): Medicinal cannabis legislation introduced to ‘ease suffering’ Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Government rules terminally ill people allowed to smoke cannabis Peter Dunne (RNZ): New law a half-baked cure Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Government’s cannabis plans include legal defence for terminal patients who use Russell Brown (Public Address): The new medical cannabis law is quite a bit more than nothing RNZ: Campaigner wants more than ‘tinkering’ with medicinal cannabis law 1News: Double up on medicinal cannabis bills in parliament shows cracks in government – Bill English Government Herald: Editorial: New Government’s 100-day plan should not sacrifice quality for haste Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): How the Government’s tracking on its 100-day plan Andrea Vance (1News): Concerns about ‘cowboy cops’ as Labour floats idea of volunteer rural constabulary Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Damien O’Connor to table holding bill on dairy restructuring to allow deeper review Guardian: Jacinda Ardern takes part in New Zealand’s nationwide Secret Santa Jim Childerstone (ODT): Govt on right track but must not move too fast Steven Cowan (Against the current): As Labour backtracks, its supporters say nothing Pete George (Your NZ): The tail wagging the dog and pup? Jamie Morton (Herald): Forest and Bird accuses MPI of sitting on dieback documents Parliament Jo Moir (Stuff): Politicians adjourn with recollections of a campaign that nobody expected Claire Trevett (Herald): Beware the Christmas tree and other cautionary tales Herald: It’s a wrap – barbs fly as Parliament takes break Charlie Gates (Stuff): Christ Church Cathedral restoration bill passes in Parliament Herald: PM pays tribute to Andrew Little as Parliament rises Education Nicholas Jones (Herald): Rush to start free tertiary study comes with ‘gaming’ risk Jo Moir (Stuff): Education Minister and predecessor go head-to-head over Government policy Herald: Questions over ‘honesty system’ for tertiary fees-free students Julie Iles (Stuff): Fewer students are taking out bigger loans Nicholas Jones (Herald): Student loan debtor arrested at border, more warrants sought Megan Gattey (Stuff): Old school reports: Education Minister Chris Hipkins v former minister Nikki Kaye John Gerritsen (RNZ): Principal refuses to discuss expense allegations Eva Corlett (RNZ): Ministry demands explainer over school spending 1News: ‘Why won’t she visit a partnership school?’ – Bill English suggests Jacinda Ardern is abandoning charter school students Housing and foreign house buyer ban Alastair Paulin (Stuff): Government’s move to end mass state house sell-off honours long-standing social contract Henry Cooke (Stuff): Government announces end to state home selloff Herald: Govt stops Canterbury state house sales Benedict Collins (RNZ):Rush for foreign buyer law labelled a ‘sham’ Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Foreign buyer rule change may have unintended consequences Megan Gattey (Stuff): Homeless in New Zealand: ‘They’re shy and they feel shame’ Mike Hosking and Maori Party mistake Mike Hosking (Herald): The real reason I left Seven Sharp Mike Hosking (Herald): ‘Pontificating’ Broadcasting Standards Authority humourless earnest clipboarders RNZ: Mike Hosking apology for Maori Party comments ‘flippant’ Stuff: Mike Hosking hits back at BSA, calls them humourless time wasters Tim Watkin (Pundit): Mike Hosking: You do the crime, you do the time Marama Fox (The Spinoff): Dear Santa, I’m writing on behalf of Mike Hosking Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Why Mike Hosking is wrong and why I still don’t think he understands MMP Tax working group Laura Walters (Stuff): Government reveals who it’s asking to overhaul NZ’s tax system Herald: Govt names 10 people from unions, business, academia, public and private sector for Tax Working Group Newswire: Government’s tax working group announced: includes former Finance Minister, head of Air NZ insurance Andrea Black (Let’s talk about tax): The last post Health Jessie Chiang (Stuff): ACC claimants losing millions under tax system – lawyer Herald: Injured New Zealanders stung by huge tax bills after receiving ACC back-payments Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Auditor-General to investigate Waikato DHB’s SmartHealth project Natalie Akoorie (Herald): DHB app purchase under scrutiny RNZ: Inquiry launched into DHB’s use of HealthTap app Herald: Nigel Murray was head of Canadian health authority when 84 patients died from infection Herald: Senior doctor at Dunedin Hospital leaves with $408,000 payout Maori politics and issues Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Crown ‘dishonoured its obligations’ – govt apology to iwi Jo Moir (Stuff): Government Ministers’ attack on iwi leaders slammed by National Dougal McNeill (International socialist organisation): There are no white people Dave Witherow (NZCPR): Could You Say That Again Please – In English? Lorde to play in Israel Nadia Abu-Shanab and Justine Sachs (The Spinoff): Dear Lorde, here’s why we’re urging you not to play Israel Herald: Pressure mounts on Lorde to cancel Tel Aviv concert Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Dear Lorde – don’t play Apartheid Israel Stuff: Fans call Lorde to boycott Israel after she announces her show in Tel Aviv Pike River Recovery Agency Laura Walters (Stuff): Former army chief Major General Dave Gawn to head Pike River Recovery Agency Herald: Major General Dave Gawn to head Pike River agency Ellen Read (Stuff): Pike River families come first, Rob Fyfe says Environment Ged Cann (Stuff): Government calls for end of fossil fuel subsidies globally, but what are the plans to end them here? Greg Presland (The Standard): The new government’s approach to climate change Joanna Mossop (Newsroom): A rare chance to help our oceans Jian Yang MP Matt Nippert (Herald): Winston Peters calls for investigation into Yang saga on security vetting Stuff: Jian Yang denies asking Ministers to overturn security clearance block Jamie Smith (Financial Times): New Zealand urged to probe lobbying by China-born MP Greyhound industry report Nicholas Jones (Herald): ‘Disturbing’ greyhound death rate revealed: Industry under fire Stuff: Greyhound report disturbing and deeply disappointing – Winston Peters RNZ: Greyhound euthanasia numbers ‘unacceptably highOther Tim Watkin (Pundit): A snaking line of humanity that NZ can be proud of Stuff: Cross appeal filed in National Party’s appeal against Eminem rip-off 1News: ‘All we need the men-folk to do is actually agree’ – NZ media commentator weighs in on Sir Ian McKellen’s sexual-misconduct comments Keith Rankin (Evening Report): The Next Economic Correction Keith Rankin (Daily Blog): Thinking about Capitalism Matthew Theunissen (Herald): A third of NZ cyber attacks state-sponsored: GCSB Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Destiny Church to fight Charities Commission in High Court Stuff: Corrections might get off lightly in prisoner compensation cases Mary-Rose Leversedge (Stuff): Of course we should offer euthanasia to those who want it Chris Hutching (Stuff): Buyer found for Christchurch publishers of Trans Tasman newsletter Gwyn Compton (Libertas digital): Andrew Little borrows from North Korea’s playbook Herald: Big immigration drop likely in 2018 The Standard: Germany and New Zealand Redux 1News: ‘Get off the couch and do some real work’ – National MP accuses Shane Jones of laziness David Slack (RNZ): 2017: The nature of people Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): $1 billion price tag put on shifting vehicle imports from Auckland port]]>