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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – February 19 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 Ryan Bridge (Newshub): Judith Collins says she’s the ‘fun’ National Party leadership candidate Audrey Young (Herald): Extent of renewal in National remains big issue for leadership rivals Audrey Young (Herald): Art of deal could decide next National leader Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Judith Collins, Simon Bridges or Amy Adams? Why this could get messy Gwynn Compton (Libertas Digital): Libertas Digital’s National Leadership MP Endorsement Tracker TVNZ: Gerry Brownlee suggests he won’t run for National’s leadership – ‘People confuse position with influence’ RNZ: Brownlee – Generational change not about age Jane Patterson (RNZ): Joyce, Mitchell likely to declare intentions today Duncan Garner (Stuff): National, want the nuclear option? Pick Judith ‘Crusher’ Collins Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Judith Collins is the right person for the job, for now at least Barry Soper (Herald): National should unleash its rottweiler – Judith Collins Richard Harman (Politik): National’s increasingly confused leadership contest Lloyd Burr (Newshub): Dissecting National’s leadership camps Jo Moir (Stuff): Mark Mitchell and Steven Joyce not ruling out leadership race Steve Braunias (Herald): Secret Diary of the National Party Leadership race Mike Williams (Hawkes Bay Today): Gongoozling and the race to be Nats’ leader Bryan Gould: The canddiates’ dilemma Dave Armstrong (Stuff): National leadership race: Who’s best at building bridges? Audrey Young (Herald): Leadership hopeful says it is time for National to ‘straighten up’ Audrey Young (Herald): National Party: ABC of National’s contenders Damien Grant (Stuff): National Party a relic that should be dismantled Zach Castles (The Spinoff): The National leader race will put the party’s famed stability to the test Shane Henderson (Spinoff): Simon Bridges has a strong New Zealand accent. Got a problem with that? Newshub: ‘I stab from the front’ – Judith Collins Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Curtains up on National leadership hopefuls and their staging speaks volumes John Roughan (Herald): National should not play the gender and generation game Dan Satherley (Newshub): Phil Twyford backs ‘right-wing, red meat’ Judith Collins Jane Bowron (Stuff): Judith Collins for National Party leader; the rest can ‘zip it, sweetie’ Newswire: ‘I didn’t actually complain’ – Judith Collins plays down leadership contest spat Derek Cheng (Herald): Judith Collins downplays claim Adams broke caucus rules in leadership campaign Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): National Party MPs spooked by Judith’s rise Greg Presland (The Standard): Strong and decisive Pete George: National leadership – safe option or risk? Andrew Gunn (Stuff):A surprise announcement from Mike Hosking gets the fireworks started   Government Laura Walters (Stuff): Former National Party chief of staff joins firm of Labour’s top advisers Liam Dann (Herald): Can Jacinda Ardern charm business? Fran O’Sullivan: Time Jacinda Ardern eases back on celebrification? Newshub: Clarke Gayford’s adorable reaction to Jacinda Ardern’s Vogue photoshoot David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The many Government backflips   Greens Audrey Young (Herald): Julie Anne Genter deserves the right to aim high without it affecting the contest Henry Cooke (Stuff): Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter announces she’s pregnant Herald: Greens MP Julie Anne Genter pregnant – baby due in August RNZ: Green MP Julie Anne Genter expecting first child TVNZ: Green MP Julie Anne Genter ‘excited’ about surprise pregnancy after suffering two miscarriages Newstalk ZB: Green Party Minister Julie Anne Genter announces pregnancy Mitchell Alexander (Newshub): Green Party negotiations ‘inept’ – Sue Bradford Henry Cooke (Stuff): Greens did not think to ask about waka jumping during negotiations, so now must support it Derek Cheng (Herald): Green Party may have to support waka-jumping bill Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Greens admit ‘never thinking’ of objecting to waka-jumping in negotiations   Russell McVeagh and sexual harassment Newsroom: ‘Zero tolerance’ flies in face of reality Sasha Borissenko and Melanie Reid (Newsroom): Lawyers intervened to protect clerk Jessica Long (Stuff): Sexist culture extends beyond Russell McVeagh, law professionals say Carolyne Meng-Yee (Herald): Law firm sexual harassment scandal: ‘It was three months of hell’ Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand legal profession shocked by sexual harassment scandal TVNZ:‘Enough of these dinosaur views’ – Government’s plan to tackle workplace sexual harassment Kerre McIvor (Herald): Why I’m not surprised by stories of sexual harassment Deborah Hill Cone (Herald): Law firm culture is still a ‘Brotopia’ NZ Herald editorial: Time’s truly up for sexual harassment Anna Connell (Newsroom): NZ leaders and businesses: Time’s up   Rodeo Philip Matthews (Stuff): Cowboys and injuries: The end of rodeo? Hawkes Bay Today: Rodeo in the spotlight: Could Hawke’s Bay incidents be the beginning of the end? Reesh Lyon (RNZ): Activists picket Waikato rodeo, call for ban   Child welfare, poverty, inequality Wayne Hope: “This is a state of emergency” – New Zealand at the Turning Point Stuff: Poverty, abuse, P: Our whānau has been failed at every turn Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Carmel Sepuloni: rebuilding the social safety net Jess Berentson-Shaw (Newsroom): Why Bill English’s big idea didn’t work   Education Liz Gordon: Free to choose? Not even close! Simon Collins (Herald): Māori school feeds body, mind and spirit for $4 a day Weekend Herald editorial: Schools will always want to improve on free education RNZ: Number of NZ schools with guns unknown Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Christchurch academic links break-ins to work on China’s influence campaigns   Abortion Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Emma Hurley (Newshub): Justice Minister Andrew Little takes on abortion law reform No Right Turn: Labour acts on abortion The Standard: ALRANZ: 16 reasons to change the abortion law   Primary industries Ged Cann (Stuff): Failure to report seabird and fish death ‘commonplace’ in industry, fishing company boss says Eugene Bonthuys (Southland Times): Minister still targeting M bovis eradication Helen King and Hannah Martin (Stuff): The battle of real v fake chicken   Environment Liam Dann (Herald): Climate change real or imagined is driving massive business change RNZ: Northland group to take swamp kauri case to Supreme Court No Right Turn: Our reserves are open for pillage   Health and disability Boyd Swinburn (Herald): Doubters try to bury sugary-drinks tax John Campbell (RNZ): Families fight MoH over pay for disabled children Jane Patterson (RNZ): Police asked for delay on cannabis legislation Herald on Sunday editorial: Law needs to be clarified on e-cigarettes Lee Umbers (Herald): Vaping a public aspect of changing face of smoking in NZ Callum McGillibray and Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Government rejects calls for inquiry into synthetic cannabis Ruby Nyika (Stuff): Dropping proposed medical school would be ‘disaster’, MP says David Macpherson (Daily Blog): Who Speaks for the Families and Whanau? Ryan Dunlop (Herald): Mental health advocate Mike King spearheads cross-country scooter tour to talk about youth suicide   Whistleblowing Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): ‘Integrity of business and government’ at stake in whistleblowing Derek Cheng (Herald): Govt wants stronger protections for whistle-blowers Mei Heron (RNZ): Review into whistleblowers law begins No Right Turn: Whistleblower protection   Defence Jon Stephenson (Stuff): The Base Daily Blog: Nicky Hager – Defence Force had reports of civilian casualties after SAS raid but did nothing   Pride Eva Corlett (RNZ): Ardern first PM to walk in Akl Pride Parade TVNZ: Jacinda Ardern becomes the first prime minister to walk in a Pride Parade TVNZ: Jacinda Ardern says NZ can’t be complacent about inclusiveness for LGBTQI communities Alison Mau (Stuff): You don’t need to wear glitter to be gay Lexie Matheson (Spinoff): Pride and the Police Aaliyah Zionov and Emilie Rākete (Spinoff): A rainbow-painted police car? Give us a break   Housing Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): “The Data Is Simply Not Available, Minister.” Greg Ninness (Interest): This government could find itself with a worse housing crisis on its plate than the one it inherited from National TVNZ: Inside Parliament: ‘I want to know how KiwiBuild is going to work’ – What does the housing report mean? Phil Mercer (BBC): Kiwis consider foreign house buyer ban   Māori wards Jimmy Ellingham (Manawatū Standard): Hobson’s Pledge doesn’t practise what it preaches Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Māori ward legislation is racist – councilor   Language Laura Walters (Stuff): Why English does not need to be made an official language Andrew Geddis (Pundit): “If the King’s English was good enough for Jesus Christ … “ Oscar Kightley (Stuff): It’s official… language issue is a waste of time Liam Hehir: Now I am become Death, the destroyer of words   Euthanasia Amanda Gregan (Noted): ‘Exposing’ Catholics on euthanasia: Bishops respond RNZ: Euthanasia advocate’s house was bugged   Māori Party Daisy Hudson (Rotorua Daily Post): Maori Party looks to generational change at AGM Newstalk ZB: Maori Party elects new President Newshub: Māori Party elects new executive team, sets sights on future Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Former Minister of Māori Development goes back to the classroom TVNZ: What’s former Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell doing now he’s left politics?   Media Colin Peacock (RNZ): Hate speech vs free speech in the media Bill Ralston (Listener): Trust Sir Bob Jones to engineer a flare-up   Transport Bernard Orsman (Herald): Cheaper bus and train fares floated by Transport Minister Phil Twyford TVNZ: MP Julie Anne Genter joins thousands to cycle over Auckland Harbour Bridge   Other Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Labour plans migrant abuse inquiry Henry Cooke (Stuff): DIA suggested tightening of the rules after Peter Thiel citizenship Derek Cheng (Herald): Pike River boss prepared to enter the mine himself Bryan Gould: Why do we allow banks to make huge profits and decide economic policy as well? Christine Rose (Daily Blog): Overseas banking villains suck New Zealanders’ wealth offshore Perce Harpham (Scoop): Solving Some Tax Inequities Philip Matthews (Press Editorial): Approaching another earthquake anniversary Chris Hutching (Stuff): ‘Pure market approach would never deliver Breathe village’ Vicki Anderson (Stuff): Sex toy activist: ‘My dildo achieved more than his bullets ever did’ Herald: New Zealand’s birth rate at record low Kylie Klein-Nixon (Stuff): Is David Seymour a secret twinkle toes? My in-depth analysis suggests he might be Brisabane Times: ‘I’d like to come home’: Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce’s open letter to Jacinda Ardern Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Gattung says Fletcher wouldn’t have foundered with a woman at the top]]>