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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – February 23 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 Graham Adams (Noted): Judith Collins and the Holy Grail Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): Of Radical Conservatism and Illiberal Democracy Claire Trevett (Herald): Bridges ahead – but still at risk in National’s leadership race Richard Harman (Politik): National’s leadership stalemate Interest: She’s the only National leadership hopeful who has spent time in Opposition – but what policy changes does she have up her sleeve? Interest: Rodney MP Mark Mitchell is seen by many as the underdog of National’s leadership race – what does he bring to the table? Stacey Kirk (Stuff): National leader hopeful Mark Mitchell on defence contractors, his military past and ‘war for profit’ John Tamihere (Western Leader): Former Labour MP John Tamihere weighs in on National Party leadership contenders Herald: The Country: Listen: Bill English looks back on his career Jono Galuszka (Stuff): National MP Barbara Kuriger’s husband and son face animal cruelty charges Herald: Taranaki-King Country National MP Barbara Kuriger’s husband, son charged with animal cruelty RNZ: National MP says party informed of animal cruelty charges Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): National MP’s son and husband face 11 animal cruelty charges each TVNZ: MP addresses media after husband and son charged with alleged animal cruelty offences   Integrity and corruption Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): More light on revolving door lobbyists Asher Emanuel (Spinoff): Conflict of interest concerns over lobbyist turned chief of Jacinda Ardern’s staff RNZ: NZ whistleblowers need more protection – Chief Ombudsman Newshub: Amnesty praises NZ over refugee quota lift   International relations Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): NZ ‘must stake out view’ on China’s rise Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): “We could be the next Albania” –Brady RNZ: Cooks won’t raise UN issue during Ardern visit Dan Satherley (Newshub): Iranian delegation meant no disrespect – Minister for Women Laura Walters (Stuff): Judith Collins: Women’s rights trump cultural customs in NZ Herald: Diplomatic incident: Iranian delegation refuse to shake Labour MP Jo Luxton’s hand Laura Walters (Stuff): Female MP Jo Luxton advised against shaking hands with male members of Iran delegation Newshub: Labour ‘appalled’ after Iranian delegation refuses handshake with female MP Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Surely a handshake isn’t too much to ask Pramuk Perera (Herald): What is NZ’s Sri Lanka plan? Laura Walters (Stuff): NZ gives $1.5m in aid to Syria, bringing total to $23.5m   Primary Industries Herald: All major NZ supermarkets to drop cage eggs RNZ: MPI failed to notice inaccurate increase in dolphin deaths Bay of Plenty Times: ‘Huge concerns’ at fishing bycatch error – Forest and Bird Tom Hunt (Dominion Post): Dolphin, dolphin, bird: MPI’s spot the difference fail Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): Mackenzie Basin ecology in race against intensification   Employment Dominion Post Editorial: Trialling the future of jobs Lincoln Tan (Herald): Union boss: Migrant business owners bring attitudes from home and are ‘exploiting own people’ Jo Moir (Stuff): NZ needs another 51,000 construction workers and it’s set to get worse Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Immigration figures show tradies’ visas outnumber professionals for the first time Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Tradies outnumber profs for visas for first time – figures Simon Wallace (Herald): Immigration OK for KiwiBuild but what about aged care? TVNZ: Equal pay champion Kristine Bartlett named 2018 New Zealander of the Year Stuff: Equal pay champion Kristine Bartlett named 2018 New Zealander of the Year   Russell McVeagh Melanie Reid (Newsroom): Law firm vs law firm Craig McCulloch (RNZ): MBIE faces questions over using Russell McVeagh services Herald: Criminal Bar Association to survey lawyers about harassment, bullying   Justice and police David Fisher (Herald): Andrew Little: ‘Longer sentences, more prisoners – it doesn’t work and it has to stop’ Laura Walters (Stuff): 44 per cent of Australian criminal deportees have reoffended in NZ Laura Walters (Stuff): Police Commissioner tells minister 1800 extra cops will cost about $252m, says he can deliver on new recruits Benedict Collins (RNZ): ‘Some of those crimes are committed for notoriety’ Jo Lines-Mackenzie (Stuff): Hamilton’s Iwi Māori panel targeting low-end offenders   Media Herald: NZME plans to put up paywall around premium journalism on website RNZ: NZME’s revenue drops, profits 4% below expectations Alexa Cook (RNZ): Ditched newspapers the ‘lifeblood’ of rural communities RNZ: Te Karere celebrates 35 years John Drinnan (Herald): Current affairs gets a new look Karl du Fresne (Dominion Post): Baby bumps up the feel-goodism factor. Woe betide if you don’t buy into that mood Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Why is taxpayer money being used to show WWE on Maori TV?   Education Press Editorial: Planning for education’s future Darrell Latham (Stuff): Reform of Tomorrow’s Schools must not repeat the mistakes of the past Herald Editorial: Tomorrow’s schools will still need to compete despite proposed changes Bernard Hickey and Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Export educators face Chinese revolt Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Chinese students in limbo after school closes Stuff: Chinese students lose thousands as NZQA shuts down business college Adele Redmond (Stuff): Entire charter schools authorisation board to step down in protest Lloyd Burr (Newshub): Obama to the rescue? David Seymour invites Barack Obama to visit charter schools Herald: Top boys’ school builds unisex toilets for transgender students Susan Edmunds (Stuff): More overseas-based borrowers repay student loans Kate Hawkesby (Herald): What is the point of Labour’s free fees policy for university students?   NZ First  Jo Moir (Stuff): NZ First deputy leader Ron Mark looks set to be rolled at caucus on Tuesday Lloyd Burr (Newshub): Is NZ First manufacturing a deputy leadership stoush?   Parliament Jack van Beynen (Stuff): Grabbing opportunity: How images of our politicians have changed with our needs RNZ: Four members’ bills drawn from ballot Florence Kerr (Stuff): Former rock star sheds MP image for one show only   Canterbury earthquakes RNZ: PM: More mental health support for Canterbury RNZ: EQC settles with homeowner on quake’s 7th anniversary Maja Burry (RNZ): Minister wants anchor projects in Christchurch completed   Local government Benedict Collins (RNZ): Government open to reviewing Māori ward law Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Campaigners gear up for Māori wards polls No Right Turn: Disappointed Lois Williams (RNZ): New mayor promises fresh start for Kaipara   Human Rights Commission Stuff: Human Rights Commission in denial about problems with its own staff harassment procedures, says Andrew Little Mandy Te (Stuff): Racism complaints to Human Rights Commission hit five year high   Child welfare Aaron Smale (Spinoff): A perpetrator can’t be a saviour: the state abuse historic claims system must go Phil Pennington (RNZ): Excluding Church from inquiry would be an ‘abject failure’ Phil Pennington (RNZ): Australian abuse survivors criticise NZ inquiry Virginia Fallon (Stuff): Child abuse cases increasing in Porirua as mayor turns to prime minister for help   Transport and road safety RNZ: NZ police to cross ditch to study saliva testing Tina Law (Press): Government rules out Christchurch fuel tax for now Henry Cooke (Stuff): Economic growth linked to road fatalities by NZTA   America’s Cup and Auckland Simon Wilson (Herald): At last, a decent plan for the Cup Bernard Orsman (Herald): Team NZ slams new plan by wealthy landowners for America’s Cup bases Sally Murphy (RNZ): Stark warning over Auckland’s beaches and waterways   Health John Anthony (Stuff): Funding in Auckland health sector not keeping up with population growth, politicians told Thomas Manch (Stuff): Labour dodges the question on third medical school   Other Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On the David Parker and MFAT claims about the CPTPP Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Mana whenua members walk out of meeting over Te Mata peak track Mei Heron (RNZ): RNZ: Council wants luxury homes exempt from sale ban No Right Turn: But why would we want to do that? Patrick O’Meara (RNZ): Obama’s NZ visit could rile Trump supporters Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Google tax breakthrough as it follows Facebook booking ad revenues in NZ]]>

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