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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – February 16 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="640"] 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). National Party Jane Patterson (RNZ): Lining up the contenders Henry Cooke (Stuff): What each National Party leadership hopeful brings to the table Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): Princess Stardust versus The Crusher Queen Derek Cheng (Herald): Jami-Lee Ross counters Judith Collins’ claim about public endorsements Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): National Party leadership contest gets scrappy Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Collins cries foul over Adams’ MP entourage stunt Derek Cheng (Herald): National leadership still a three-horse race, but Coleman out Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Could a dark horse be the surprise winner in National leadership contest? Jo Moir (Stuff): Lance O’Sullivan could be a future National Party leader Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): The Second Coming of National’s Rough Beasts Listener: Bill English’s legacy Gwynn Compton (Libertas Digital): A few thoughts on National’s future direction…   Government Richard Harman (Politik): Hipkins planning radical changes to public service Colin James: Chris Hipkins’ plans for the public service and Parliament Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): ‘The anti-Trump’: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern earns nickname from Vogue Stuff: From Vogue to Murupara: Jacinda Ardern posts mullet pic in wake of full-glamour photo shoot Steven Cowan: Vogue. Strike a pose. Damon Rusden (Newsroom): What the Greens needs in a co-leader   Sexual harassment Sasha Borissenko (Newsroom): Wellington’s worst-kept secret Melanie Reid and Sasha Borissenko (Newsroom): Former staff question law firm’s culture The Wireless: Law firm admits ‘naivety’ over sexual misconduct allegations by young students RNZ: Law interns’ sexual assault complaints come to light Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Allegations against top law firm ‘wake up call’ for industry Amber Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Students in law clerk programme report inappropriate sexual behavior Harrison Christian (Stuff): Justice minister says groping scandal at the Human Rights Commission ‘disturbing’ Toby Manhire (Spinoff): The Human Rights Commission must show it has its own house in order on sexual harassment Max Whitehead (Herald): Sexual allegations used as weapon   Health and disability Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): A humiliating and impenetrable system RNZ: The cost of looking after a disabled adult child Jim Tucker (Stuff): Plunket needs to front up with more than platitudinal waffle RNZ: Auckland water quality: ‘It bloody peeves me right off’   Housing Press Editorial: the bright-line extension is a bright idea Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Bright-line test on house sales extended to five years Dene Mackenzie (ODT): 5-year bright-line too much — expert Brian Fallow (Herald): Retired & renting – the trend isn’t comforting Libby Wilson (Stuff): Privately owned state houses number about 2600, costing government about $1m a week in rent   OIA Peter Dunne (Scoop): What to do with the OIA? No Right Turn: Dunne on the OIA Dan Satherley (Newshub): The most useless suggestion Jacinda Ardern’s probably ever had   Education John Gerritsen (RNZ): More teens getting NCEA and UE in summer holidays RNZ: Govt moves forward with education reforms Martin van Beynen (Stuff): One more damned thing we expect of our teachers Roger Partridge (Stuff): Charting a different course: A lesson for the education minister and his boss Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Govt lowers penalty for fees-free fraudsters Jane Patterson (RNZ): Zero-fees tertiary policy labelled a rort Matt Nippert (Herald): NZ academic who made headlines researching China’s influence links break-ins to her work   Environment Ged Cann (Stuff): Aussie study backs fishing cameras as NZ suggests scrapping their introduction Conan Young (RNZ): Fishing boat cameras: ‘People were suddenly … a lot more honest’ Newshub: Critically endangered New Zealand sea lion killed in trawl net Herald: Calls for ocean-friendly fishing methods after sea lion death Robin Martin (RNZ): Eels die as Taranaki streams dry up Miri Schroeter (Manawatu Standard): Lake Horowhenua ‘stuffed’, Forest and Bird say Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Mangrove bill sidesteps RMA Keri Mills (Stuff): NZ shouldn’t be afraid to accept Māori have legitimate rights to freshwater Judy Lawrence (Herald): Getting climate-change retaliation in early key to success   Primary industries Andrea Fox (Herald): Dairy industry review under way with law change RNZ: Report recommends moving Marlborough salmon farms Tom Furley (RNZ): Cyclone delays arrival of Tongan fruit-pickers RNZ: Usamate’s NZ visit aims to boost Fijian RSE worker numbers   Cyclone Gita Gill Bonnett (RNZ): RNZ: Fears over deportations to cyclone-ravaged Tonga Koro Vaka’uta (RNZ): Tonga: ‘We need to prepare ourselves to rebuild and renew’ RNZ: Cyclone Gita: Emergency shelters reach Tongan villages RNZ: Cyclone Gita: Samoa clean-up effort making progress   Abortion Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Labour moves to legalise abortion Derek Cheng (Herald): Abortion law needs to be updated – Andrew Little Jo Moir (Stuff): Abortion watchdog want changes to the law but say nobody is listening Derek Cheng (Herald): Home abortions safest, MPs told Katie Bradford (TVNZ): Jacinda Ardern committed to abortion law reform, but National’s leadership candidates all object   CTV building collapse Michael Wright (Press): PM’s reality check on CTV prosecution: ‘We unfortunately don’t have the power to intervene’ Logan Church (RNZ): PM holds closed-door meeting with CTV families Lisa Davies (TVNZ): ‘We don’t want it to happen to anyone else’ -Families of CTV building earthquake victims meeting with PM today   ACT Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Will twinkling his toes save Seymour? Laura Walters (Stuff): ACT leader David Seymour to perform on Dancing with the Stars   Fletcher Building Gyles Beckford (RNZ): Fletcher Building’s own Valentines Day Massacre Herald Editorial: How did Fletcher Building miscalculate so badly?   Media Colin Peacock (RNZ): NZ’s news coverage shrinks as agency shuts down Stuff: Major shake up at MediaWorks: Jay-Jay on MoreFM, Tova O’Brien replaces Gower Mark Jennings (Newsroom): Party time at MediaWorks Phil Pennington (RNZ): TVNZ considers licensing footage to American company   Transport Benedict Collins (RNZ): National demands drug testing answers Simon Wilson (Herald): Is Auckland ready for March Madness traffic congestion? Tracy Neal (RNZ): Port of Westport to close to foreign shipping   America’s Cup Todd Niall (RNZ): Govt: Cup Village plan not a done deal Dana Johannsen (Auckland Now): Team New Zealand face shifting battle lines in America’s Cup war of the wharves   Other Mark O’Connell (Guardian): The long read: Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): No increased risk of boat people in NZ Laura Walters (Stuff): Marriage of minors bill would give power to courts, not parents, to stop forced marriage Sarah Robson (RNZ): Multiple problems found at Manawatū and Akl prison – report Herald: Almost half of Kiwis only just getting by day to day Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Euthanasia advocates deliver personal stories to Parliament Jo Lines-Mackenzie (Stuff): Protest group plan for Waikato Rodeo Newshub: NZ First submits Bill for English to be recognised as official language Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Tikanga Māori to be regulated throughout funeral industry Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Govt revives plan to criminalise cartels Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Lotto warned about cultural appropriation on its Chinese New Year gaming app]]>