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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – February 20 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). Opinion Poll Colin James (RNZ): Labour polls equal National’s amid leadership race Corin Dann (TVNZ): Labour soars to highest level in 15 years in new 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll TVNZ: Labour soars at the expense of its governing partners in new 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll TVNZ: ‘I’m consistently sceptical of polls’ – PM brushes off Labour’s best approval rating in 15 years TVNZ: Jacinda’s ‘baby bump’ fuelled Labour’s dramatic poll jump, says political analyst David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Latest poll Matthew Whitehead (Standard): Poll Watch: Colmar Brunton Poll 2018-2-19 Jo Moir (Stuff): Labour and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern take the lead in new poll Herald: New poll: Labour up to 48 per cent as National drops, meanwhile support partners in danger territory   National Party Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): No contest – Steven Joyce should be National’s next leader Claire Trevett (Herald): Steven Joyce confirms National leadership bid today RNZ: Joyce on National leadership race – ‘I get things done’ Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Joyce bids for leadership Laura Walters (Stuff): National MP Steven Joyce has thrown his hat in the ring David Farrar (Kiwiblog): And Joyce makes five Liam Hehir (Stuff): National ignores Lyn of Tawa at its peril Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Mark Mitchell’s slip of the truth refreshing Tracy Watkins (Stuff): National leadership contest gets bigger Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): National’s Moderates May Win This Leadership Battle – But Can They Win The War? Richard Harman (Politik): Nats face pressure to do a deal Audrey Young (Herald): Who’s backing who? A guide to National’s leadership race Claire Trevett (Herald): Four in the race as National meets again but what of Joyce? Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Mitchell looks for a late wave Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Mitchell joins the National Party leadership race Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Mark Mitchell gunning for National Party leadership Herald: Mark Mitchell announces he will contest National Party leadership to replace Bill English TVNZ: ‘I am in to win this race’ – Mark Mitchell enters National Party leadership race, has stern words for government Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Why Mark Mitchell’s run at leadership is a scam Greg Presland (Standard): The battle of the five political midgets Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): I’m impressed by Mark Mitchell’s leadership credentials Interest: Does Amy Adams have what it takes to lead her party into the 2020 election? Lloyd Burr (Newshub): Judith Collins fan website disappears after questions asked Herald: ‘Backing Judith Collins’ website taken down Henry Cooke (Stuff): Anonymous ‘Back Judith’ website has fake phone number, registered to Collins’ office address Lloyd Burr (Newshub): Team Collins launches ‘BackJudith’ website Greg Presland (Standard): The strange case of the Judith Collins support website TVNZ: Jacinda Ardern refuses ‘passing judgement’ on crowded National Party leadership race   Government TVNZ: Jacinda Ardern ‘strongly hopes’ to release full text of revised TPP deal this week Newstalk ZB: Pros and cons of Trans-Pacific Partnership due Wednesday Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Government has no advice on moving state services to regions Jo Moir (Stuff): Māori King to formally meet PM for first time since he badmouthed Labour Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Kīngitanga-Government relations “warm” in lead-up to Waikato regatta Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Democracy, inclusion and identity top Government’s digital agenda Henry Cooke (Stuff): Prime Minister to visit Pacific nations struck by Gita Craig McCulloch (RNZ): PM won’t ban sex between ministers and staffers Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): No ‘bonk ban’ for NZ ministers: ‘They have clear expectations’ Audrey Young (Herald): Sex ban not needed for NZ ministers, says Ardern Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): MP affairs not a problem confined to Australia Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern becomes first New Zealand PM to march in gay pride parade   Democracy No Right Turn: Time to lock the revolving door Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): Retired politicians in demand ODT: Editorial – The perils of secrecy   Child welfare, poverty, inequality Jonathan Boston (Dominion Post): Reforming the welfare state Susan St John (Newsroom): National digs itself into child poverty hole The Standard: Us and them – what will Labour do about WINZ?   Education Laures Park (Spinoff): Why public education works for Māori students Bronwyn Wood, Michael Johnston, Sue Cherrington, Suzanne Boniface and Anita Mortlock (Stuff): NCEA review: Let’s address quality Chris Trotter (Stuff): New Zealand political dissident upsets the apple cart over China’s influence Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern to query Chinese links to break-in   Health Herald:New Zealand cancer survival rate worse than Australia’s Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): ‘Don’t trust them. Just regulate them’ Dubby Henry (Herald): Midwifery in ‘crisis’ with pregnant women unable to find lead maternity carers Merryn Gott (Newsroom): Family carers under pressure and in the shadows Herald: ‘It would be horrific if it didn’t go through. Horrific’: Terminally ill woman advocating for Act’s euthanasia bill   Defence No Right Turn: NZDF lied to us all along Terence O’Brien (Stuff): NZ in Iraq – What happens next?   Housing Herald: Nationwide housing quality survey to get underway, Statistics NZ announces Susan Edmunds (Stuff): New Zealanders think it’s getting better for house buyers   Media Duncan Greive (Spinoff): The Herald and Stuff are defying the Commerce Commission and getting closer all the time Mark Jennings (Newsroom): NZ media changing tack, and women are steering Stuff: Jessica Mutch to replace Corin Dann as TVNZ’s new political editor   Farming Herald: Dairy industry law changes ‘inevitable’: Minister No Right Turn: Will they prosecute?   Local government Grant Smith (Manawatu Standard): Māori wards in Palmerston North would fix imbalance in the council chamber RNZ: Pacific woman elected as Auckland super city councilor RNZ: Council considers broad closures, patrols in ranges Mike Reid (Briefing Papers): Saving local democracy: An agenda for the new government Victoria White (Hawke’s Bay Today): Hawke’s Bay councils choosing karakia over prayers to open meetings   Other Dominion Post Editorial: Corrections needs a correction Tom O’Connor (Waikato Times): All the fun of the rodeo not worth any animal’s pain Henry Cooke (Stuff): Phil Twyford says Ministry of Transport can deliver on his policies, despite shocker review Michael Coote (NZDPR): On the Money: Has MMP produced a new era of FPP elections? Stuff: Hillary Rodham Clinton coming to New Zealand RNZ: Hillary Clinton to talk US election during NZ visit]]>

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