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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – 30 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). Lorde not playing in Israel Herald: Editorial: Lorde’s stand on Israel does her credit Mark Dawson (Wanganui Chronicle): Editorial – Good Lorde, what a dilemma Damon Rusden (Daily Blog): Lorde has spoken; a courageous move in a complex struggle Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Lorde’s apology & ignorance, unfair hard left criticism, claims of hypocrisy and the power of Israeli propaganda Te Wharepora Hou: If Liel Leibovitz is Serious About His Māori Politics He Shouldn’t Be Undermining Indigenous Sovereignty in Palestine Liel Leibovitz (Tablet Magazine): If Lorde is serious about her politics, she shouldn’t boycott Israel but her native New Zealand David Cohen (Times of Israel): Our Lorde David Sedley (The Times of Israel): Lorde should have contributed to ‘spirit of hope and peace’ – ambassador Jess (The Jewish Chronicle): A letter to Lorde from a devastated fan Jerusalem Post: Editorial – Lorde and the BDS bullies Amy Spiro (Jerusalem Post): After Lorde nixes Israel gig, envoy to NZ asks to meet with her Newswire: Israel ambassador seeks meeting with Lorde after Tel Aviv concert cancelled John Small (Small Torque): Cheers Lorde The Australian: Teenagers worship Lorde but the Kiwi pop princess is very wrong to boycott Israel RNZ: ‘Music should unite not divide’ – Israel’s ambassador to NZ Alex Braae (Newstalk ZB): Activist faces death threats after urging Lorde Israel boycott Karl Quinn (Brisbane Times): Lorde’s Israel backdown shows doing the right thing in music is far from black and white Yousef Munayyer (Forward): Thank You, Lorde, For Standing Up For Palestinian Human Rights Josh Brown (Scoop): Some Sympathy for Lorde’s Israeli Fans New Year Honours Jo Moir (Stuff): Former MPs honoured for services to Parliament and state Catherine Groenestein (Stuff): Borrows awarded QSO for Government, community service Dominion Post: Editorial – Honours should go only to the truly outstanding Chris Hutching (Stuff): Business women power ahead in New Year’s honours Herald: Editorial: Honours list a way to say thank you The Press: Editorial: health critic Philip Bagshaw deserves public recognition 2017 in review Liam Hehir (Newsroom): My year as a National supporter Louis Houlbrooke (Newsroom): My year as an ACT supporter Chris Ford (Newsroom): My year as a Greens supporter Steve Braunias (Herald): The secret diary of Looking at the year in satire Steve Braunias (Herald): Surviving the Fear of Trump – making it through Ophelia Buckleton (Herald): From National’s rule to Paddles the cat: what we lost in 2017 Herald: Metiria Turei’s benefit fraud tops list of 2017’s toughest PR gigs Employment and inequality Dennis Eichert (Stuff): New Zealand isn’t working Rob Stock (Stuff): ‘Unfair’ wealth divide hurting middle NZ Rob Stock (Stuff): Can middle New Zealanders still get ahead? Rob Stock (Stuff): ‘Harsh’ retirements not felt by most over 65s The Press: Editorial – When wealth grows, who pays? Government Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Multination tax rorts in Minister’s sights 1News: Whanau Ora about to be re-booted under new government Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): Jacinda And The Bard. Matt Shand (Stuff): PM demands meeting with troubled NZ Ballet amid anger at failure to tour locally Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Government does not expect Landcorp to pay dividend Drug law reform Leighton Keith (Stuff): Medicinal cannabis legislation disappointing say Taranaki couple ODT: Editorial – Caution on cannabis Chris Fowlie (Daily Blog): Govt medicinal cannabis Bill a huge step but should go further Rebecca Reider (Newshub): Government’s medicinal cannabis bill doesn’t go far enough Other Karl du Fresne (Stuff): Taking a hands-off approach to male guilt Kathy Spencer (Stuff): Tax burden unfair on smokers Megan Gattey (Stuff): Why rent really is too high for Kiwi battlers gallery Millie McCaughan (1News): Five questions with human rights lawyer, refugee and Green MP Golriz Ghahraman Murray Horton (Evening Report): Independent foreign policy? Fine words, but not reality Brian Easton (Pundit): What is New with the HYEFU? Sam Hurley (Herald): First te reo speaker Justice Joseph Williams appointed to Court of Appeal Tom Peters (World socialist website): Anti-Chinese witch-hunt against New Zealand MP intensifies Ian Hyslop (Newsroom): High hopes for children David Farrar (Kiwiblog): A rotten OIA story Stuff: My wife reversed her Do Not Resuscitate order – I can’t support euthanasia Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): NZ First website down for more than a month]]>