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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – February 1 2018 – 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). Newshub-Reid Research poll Anna Bracewell-Worrall: Newshub poll: Labour soars to popularity not seen for a decade Jenna Lynch: Newshub poll: Labour swallows NZ First whole Emma Hurley: Newshub poll: Kiwis unfazed by Prime Minister’s pregnancy Anna Bracewell-Worrall: Newshub poll: Bill English has solid backing as Opposition leader Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Wild political ride in first week back Claire Trevett (Herald): Poll: PM Jacinda Ardern gets big tick, National holds up Henry Cooke (Stuff): National remains ahead in first post-baby poll, but left bloc could govern alone Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Winston Peters and NZ First are a busted flush David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Little baby bump Matthew Whitehead (Standard): Poll Watch: Reid Research Poll 2018-1-31 National Party Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On National’s leadership rumbles Craig McCulloch (RNZ): English remains confident of leadership Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Proof of guilt is denial, and there are denials all around inside National  Audrey Young (Herald): Lose talk will ultimately destabilise English’s leadership Audrey Young (Herald): National leadership speculation reveals MPs unhappy with Steven Joyce Claire Trevett (Herald):  Bill English sentenced to leaving On His Own Terms Richard Harman (Politik): The Nats – does no news mean there is no news? Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Numbers don’t stack up for National spill Jane Patterson (RNZ): Frank conversations on National’s leaders Tim Watkin (Pundit): Predictable polls and bye-bye Bill Ben Thomas (Spinoff): The next National leader likely to fall? Not English, but his deputy Liam Hehir: Ben Thomas is right about this… Toby Manhire (Spinoff): The unstoppable ticking sound begins for Bill English and Paula Bennett Mark Sainsbury (Newshub): Ardern factor nudging National towards a leadership reboot Bryan Gould: The battle for National’s leadership Claire Trevett (Herald): National leader Bill English says leadership talk ‘rubbish’ Newstalk ZB: Bill English insists he is staying on as leader despite reports Derek Cheng (Herald): Bill English insists his National Party leadership not on the line Sam Sachdeva and Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Bill English brushes off National leadership rumblings Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Bill English’s warning to Government overshadowed by leadership rumours RNZ: Bill English says leadership speculation ‘gossip’ Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): National’s problem may soon become how well the economy is performing Andy Fyers, Megan Fattey and Brad Flahive (Stuff): Truth or fable: Fact-checking Bill English’s big speech Derek Cheng (Herald): Bill English warns of downturn in job growth in State of Nation speech Herald: National leader Bill English delivers state of the nation speech Jason Walls (Interest): It was meant to be Bill English’s day, but the National leader’s State of the Nation speech was overshadowed by retirement speculation Newshub: Battle to replace Bill English: ‘It’s all on’ Tracy Watkins (Stuff): No surprise over National’s rumblings Tracy Watkins (Stuff): National knives are out over election loss TVNZ: MPs backs confident Bill English as leadership speculation spreads TVNZ: Nikki Kaye denies she’ll challenge Bill English but another National MP admits there’s been ‘some talk’ Government and child welfare Toby Manhire (Spinoff): No room for doubt that I can do this’: the Spinoff meets Jacinda Ardern TVNZ: Jacinda Ardern wants to ‘leave a legacy of a stronger, fairer, kinder New Zealand’ Newstalk ZB: Mike Hosking rates Ardern’s first 100 days Steve Maharey (Pundit): “Do it for all of us”. Can Labour save social democracy? Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On the child poverty targets Dominion Post Editorial: It’s time for a bipartisan war against child poverty in New Zealand Herald Editorial: Child poverty targets may be too broad Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern announces targets with plan to halve child poverty within 10 years RNZ: Ardern aims to halve child poverty in 10 years Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Government sets targets for reducing child poverty Emma Hurley (Newshub): Govt will halve child poverty within a decade – Prime Minister Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Mixed reactions following PM’s Child Poverty Bill announcement Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Children’s Minister Tracey Martin says her mother was abandoned at age 2 RNZ: State abuse survivors on what they want out of inquiry: ‘He admitted it … I thought there would be consequences’ Medicinal cannabis legislation Benedict Collins (RNZ): Chloe Swarbrick: MPs out of touch over medicinal marijuana Derek Cheng (Herald): Green Party bill to provide greater access to medicinal cannabis falls short Kate Fitzgerald (Newshub): Greens medicinal cannabis Bill fails at first reading Liam Hehir: NZF to Greens: Thanks for betraying your principles on waka-jumping. Now drop dead. David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Swarbrick bill fails Susan Strongman (The Wireless): What you need to know about Parliament’s medicinal cannabis debate Henry Cooke (Stuff): Controversial medicinal cannabis bill expected to come down to the wire David Farrar: Government Medicinal Cannabis passes first reading without dissent Health Warwick Brunton (Newsroom): Doing mental health differently Richard McLeod (Evening Report): Make our voices known against the euthanasia bill Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Nigel Murray expenses scandal has prompted Canterbury DHB to audit spending Ruby Nyika (Stuff): Waikato DHB’s $21 million budget hole Education RNZ: Racism in schools: ‘We need to face up to that’ Simon Collins (Herald): ‘Racism exists, we feel little and bad’ – school student Stuff: How many New Zealand children are homeschooled? Economy and trade Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Jacinda and Grant’s new Budget goalposts Richard Harman (Politik): The pressure is mounting Laura Walters (Stuff): NZ Government to lead world in measuring success with wellbeing measures Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Grant Robertson to deliver first Budget on May 17 Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): Brian Easton and trade agreements Journalism and media RNZ: Veteran journalist Pat Booth dies, aged 88 Phil Taylor (Herald): Journalist Pat Booth dies aged 88 Harrison Christian (Auckland Now): Auckland journalist Pat Booth dies aged 87 Newshub: Pioneering investigative journalist Pat Booth dies, aged 87 Brian Edwards: On the Death of Pat Booth James Croot (Stuff): Seven Sharp: Is TVNZ1’s audience ready for Newsboy? Stuff: Six things you need to know about Jeremy Wells Stuff: Hilary Barry’s Seven Sharp co-presenter will be Jeremy Wells Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Stuff to push hard into digital markets after rebrand Stuff: Stuff’s journey from newspaper pioneer to website to ‘portfolio’ business Environment Mike Watson and Blanton Smith (Stuff): Greenpeace activists jump on Amazon Warrior support vessel as it arrives at Port Taranaki RNZ: Four Greenpeace protesters remain chained to a pole on the tender vessel Mermaid Searcher in Port Taranaki. Hawke’s Bay Today: Consent for Te Mata peak track criticised for ignoring cultural value Hawke’s Bay Today: Review critical of council processes around consenting Te Mata Peak track Victoria White (Herald): Ambitious path outlined for ‘carbon-neutral’ Hawke’s Bay Housing Ryan Dunlop (Herald): House prices cool off but not in provinces Interest: ANZ economists say even though house prices look ‘out of whack’ with incomes, they can’t see a sharp downward correction Anne Gibson (Herald): Lawyers fear $20k fines if foreign house-buyer ban passes Lorde’s Tel Aviv cancellation  Tia Goldenberg (Stuff): Israeli group suing New Zealanders who urged Lorde not to play Tel Aviv Herald: New Zealanders face legal action for allegedly causing cancellation of Lorde Israel concert Susan Strongman (The Wireless): Israeli Lorde fans are suing two New Zealand activists Oliver Holmes (Guardian): Lorde: Israeli fans sue activists over tour cancellation Other Gyles Beckford (RNZ): NZ’s financial transparency ranking improves Joanne Carroll (Press): Pike River Recovery Agency launching in Greymouth David Rankin (Herald): Treaty settlement still beyond Ngapuhi’s reach Belinda Feek (Herald): ‘Pretty bloody dumb’: Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s reaction to Montana Wines Australian move Megan Gattey (Stuff): There’s no room for bigotry in sport, so why is harassment still rife? Madison Reidy (Stuff): All-weather racing track promised by Winston Peters Tamsyn Parker (Herald): KiwiSavers set for ‘ huge wake up’ over fees]]>