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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 22 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). Israel Henry Cooke (Stuff): New Zealand votes against US and Israel at UN Herald: NZ votes against US over declaring Jerusalem as capital of Israel Stuff: Jacinda Ardern vows NZ will take independent stance on UN Jerusalem vote RNZ: NZ won’t be bullied on Israel vote – Ardern Emma Hurley (Newshub): New Zealand won’t bow to United States over Jerusalem – Prime Minister Herald: NZ likely to vote against Trump and the US in UN vote on Jerusalem tomorrow Stuff: Lorde rethinks Israel concert after backlash David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The nasty BDS crowd target Lorde John Drinnan: Lordy Lordy Lorde End of year reviews Toby Manhire (Herald): Walking in a Winston Wonderland RNZ: The Public Address word of the year is … 1News: ‘Friends don’t let friends torture refugees’ – Golriz Ghahraman reflects on baptism into ‘mad world of politics’ 1News: ‘These things are supposed to be funny’ – Chloe Swarbrick wraps up first five weeks as MP, says colleagues offered to laugh at her jokes Kiwifirewalker: Post election fallout contaminates TOP, the Maori Party and National Government Simon Wilson (The Spinoff): It’s not easy being Jacinda: the challenges ahead Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): Long Live The Sun Queen! Gwyn Compton (Libertas digital): Clare Curran seemingly in breach of Cabinet Manual again ODT: Editorial – Matching words with deeds Stuff: Jacinda Ardern refuses to sing Mariah Carey Christmas song on The Edge Minimum wage and employment Sophie Boot (Herald): Minimum wage to rise in April, says government Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Minimum wage boost delivers 75 cent hike for lowest paid workers Mitchell Alexander and Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Pay rise for all Kiwis on the minimum wage 1News: ‘People should have the right to earn decent wages’ – Government officially announces increase to minimum wage Mike Treen (Daily Blog): Minimum wage increase good but we need to protect margins for skill and service Aimee Shaw (Herald): Wage by age: Average weekly earnings announced Drug law reform 1News: New medicinal cannabis bill should include chronic pain sufferers – Green Party Paul Charman (Herald): Prohibition not a complete failure Media Mike Hosking (Herald): Election debate my highlight of the year – even though I signed petition demanding I be removed Mark Jennings (Newsroom): TV news teams look for a hangover cure Colin Peacock (RNZ): Publishers’ paid content ‘deliberately designed to deceive’ – watchdog RNZ: Tony Veitch leaves Newstalk ZB, goes it alone Ethnicity and Maori politics Joshua Hitchcock (The Spinoff): Moana Jackson and Joe Williams: two tōtara of Māori justice Herald: Mt Taranaki will be granted special legal status similar to Te Urewera and the Whanganui River Simon Pound (The Spinoff): Why hiring tangata whenua should be a priority for all businesses Megan Gattey (Stuff): Dame Susan Devoy to Flava radio: ‘Why target Māori people?’  Sean Hogan (1News): Legal action looms over Te Mata Peak walking track as angry iwi say sacred hillside ‘scribbled on’ Economy Liam Dann (Herald): Poor Bill English – GDP revisions paint rosier picture of economy than we thought Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Statistics NZ recalculation adds $8 billion to size of NZ economy RNZ: OIO decision on UDC Finance ‘inconsistent’ – Chinese buyer Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): OIO concerns justified over ANZ rejected bid, journalist says National Party Stuff: Appeal grounds revealed in Eminem copyright case against National Party Newshub: Winston Peters predicts the next leader of the National Party 1News: Winston Peters swaps politics for comedy, leaves MPs from both sides in stitches after racing odds speech Health Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Former health boss, now top private sector consultant, made acting director-general of health Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Mental Health review could take close to a year, Parliament committee told Environment Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Defence Minister plots a war on climate change Rosalee Jenkin (Herald): In response to Mike Hosking on climate change, I say bring it on No Right Turn: Nick Smith strikes again! Tax working group David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The Tax Working Group members Enzo Giordani (The Standard): Tumbleweeds from National on the Tax Working Group Employment Willie Jackson (Daily Blog): I’m not playing National’s game on employment Henry Cooke (Stuff): Regional unemployment scheme probably won’t have sanctions Jian Yang MP Matt Nippert (Herald): Jian Yang case divides Chinese community Greg Presland (The Standard): Jian Yang wanted to help the SIS with recruitment Other Wendi Wicks (Herald): Justice committee members all voted for Seymour’s bill Collette Devlin (Stuff): Dozens of Wellington buildings still haven’t done urgent earthquake strengthening Simon Maude (Stuff): PM makes donation appeal for Auckland needy  Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Salisbury saved: Minister announces end of closure process for Richmond-based school Henry Cooke (Stuff): Housing NZ’s new meth policy still months away, but for now they are softening up Temitope Egbelakin (Stuff): Provincial New Zealand towns face abandoned town centres, loss of heritage Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): TV review: Kim Dotcom – Caught in the Web Matt Stewart (Stuff): Kent Boyd gets $750 compo after seeking $30,000 over John Key dinner fiasco 1News: ‘It’s a bunch of people who found the lolly bag’ – Fired up English takes aim at government’s ‘moral awesomeness’ Adam Goodall (Pantograph punch): The One-Day Spin: A Chat With Sarah and Catherine Delahunty Justine Whitfield (Pantograph punch): The Silent Killing Ground: Abortion in Aotearoa Emma Hurley (Newshub): Labour MP Willow-Jean Prime stands up for breastfeeding mothers Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Civil Defence review set for January release Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Stories of beneficiaries’ lives delivered to Parliament]]>