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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – February 28 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 Ward Kamo (Herald): Today is a watershed moment for Maori in NZ politics Audrey Young (Herald): Simon Bridges has been building his support in caucus since the early days John Armstrong (TVNZ): ‘The inescapable impression in the wake of one of the most pivotal caucus meetings in the recent history of the National Party was of a job half-done’ Richard Harman (Politik): How Bridges won and why it might make life difficult Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Simon Bridges ought to be roadkill, but… Claire Trevett (Herald): Simon Bridges’ first test: Steven Joyce and Judith Collins Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Bridges straightens his tie, and marches on Claire Trevett (Herald): Get your motor running: Simon Bridges on his accent, and on being a petrolhead RNZ: New National leader Simon Bridges: ‘A great privilege’ 1News: ‘I’d love to speak te reo’ – Simon Bridges praises Maori language revitalization 1News: Questioning Simon Bridges’ ‘Maoriness’ will ‘backfire’ and he’s the ‘right choice’ to lead National Party, says political commentator Audrey Young (Herald): New National leader Simon Bridges brings out mongrel in Jacinda Ardern Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): National selecting Simon Bridges counts itself out of next election Dominion Post Editorial: Much to build for new leader Bridges ODT Editorial: Bridges, not barriers NZ Herald editorial: Simon Bridges is National’s answer to Jacinda Ardern David Slack (RNZ): Boss Bridges: ‘Tomorrow’s man’? Jane Patterson (RNZ): Reshuffle will show Bridges’ commitment to renewal Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On the poisoned chalice Simon Bridges has won Tracy Watkins (Stuff): National’s new leader Simon Bridges has a mountain to climb Liam Hehir (Newsroom): Bridges must move quickly on strategy Brigitte Morten (RNZ): Building Bridges: Nats’ new target should be Peters Claire Trevett (Herald): New National leader Simon Bridges sets out first priorities Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand: National party elects Maori leader and deputy to take on Jacindamania Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Maniapoto-Tainui iwi duo new National Party leadership Jessica Tyson (Māori TV): Simon Bridges is the new leader of the National Party 1News: ‘I hope Maori are proud of me’ – Bridges and Bennett National’s first Maori leadership team Newshub: Māori leaders doubt Simon Bridges Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Māori leaders ‘proud’ of new National leader Simon Bridges Stacey Kirk and Laura Walters (Stuff): Simon Bridges: Not great on a date, or even a sports field, but ‘aspirational’ and ready for 2020 Ryan Dunlop (RNZ): New National Leader Simon Bridges says Prime Minister’s biggest weakness is her unusual rise to power Newswire: Ardern sure she can beat Bridges in 2020 Henry Cooke (Stuff): Bridges offers olive branch out to Greens, only to be quickly shot down Jason Walls (Interest): Bridges says his party will be placing an emphasis on environmental policies and could work with the Greens – are we seeing the early stages of a ‘teal deal’? Leith Huffadine and Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Bridges and Ardern – the young guns who are now in charge Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): National’s leadership result? Labour’s been handed a second term Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Simon Bridges emerges as next National Party leader, Paula Bennett his deputy Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): National chooses Simon Bridges RNZ: New National leader Simon Bridges: ‘I can’t wait to get to work’ 1News: ‘Caucus has an incredible depth of talent’- National’s first Maori leader, Simon Bridges, says he’s ready to aim up at ‘struggling’ Government Emma Hurley (Newshub): Video: National leader Simon Bridges takes on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Parliament Bay of Plenty Times: Simon Bridges as National Party leader is ‘brilliant news’ for Tauranga Jo Lines-MacKenzie (Waikato Times): Nats’ new leader not in a position for Waikato favours Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): National leader Simon Bridges to be a match for Ardern, says Nick Smith Mark Quinlivan (Timaru Herald): Rangitata MP Andrew Falloon is thrilled to have Simon Bridges as new National Party leader Emma Hurley (Newshub): Who is Simon Bridges, the new leader of the National Party? Stuff: Where new National Party leader Simon Bridges stands on issues you care about Alex Braae (Spinoff): Who the hell is new National leader Simon Bridges? Gwynn Compton (Libertas Digital): Simon Bridges becomes Leader of the National Party Juliet Rowan (Bay of Plenty Times): Natalie Bridges: The woman behind the new National leader Zoe Hunter (Bay of Plenty Times): Natalie Bridges: ‘The hard work begins now’ Herald: National Party leaders: A potted history of past … and present Pete George (Your NZ): Ages of leaders Henry Cooke (Stuff): National leadership races of days gone by Jamie Mackay (Herald): Listen: ‘A very fine Prime Minister’ Sir John Key on Bill English NZ First Jo Moir (Stuff): NZ First appoints Fletcher Tabuteau as its new deputy leader – rolling Ron Mark Alice Guy (Rotorua Daily Post): NZ First deputy leader Fletcher Tabuteau ‘stoked’ by promotion Newshub: Ron Mark rolled as deputy leader of New Zealand First Herald: New Zealand First deputy Ron Mark replaced by Fletcher Tabuteau RNZ: Fletcher Tabuteau named new deputy leader of NZ First International relations BusinessDesk: Ardern: NZ government will not single out China for criticism Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern articulates values-based foreign policy RNZ: New Zealand can do better in the Pacific and will – Ardern Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern revives disarmament and arms control role to stress anti-nuclear stance Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern creates nuclear disarmament role Newswire: Winston Peters tasked with promoting nuclear disarmament Russell McVeagh Tim Murphy (Newsroom): University stops visit from Russell McVeagh Steph Dyhrberg (RNZ): Law firm scandal: ‘We need our male colleagues to step up’ Kate Davenport (Newsroom):#timesup for the legal profession Peter Cullen (Stuff): There’s no excuse for sexual harassment Justice David Fisher (Herald): ‘They will strike’ – Chief Ombudsman’s warning over less mental health treatment for prisoners in crowded prisons Mike Houlahan (ODT): Rights Bill getting some teeth Leah Te Whata (Māori TV): Govt to consider $1bil prison expansion Employment Jared Savage (Herald): Operation Spectrum: Immigration fraud charges for boss of construction company Reesh Lyon (RNZ): Illegal immigrants seen as ‘cheap, hassle free labour’ Stuff: Women labourers’ wages still below $20 an hour Environment Leith Huffadine (Stuff): New enviro-economic accounts warmly received as a key environmental policy shift Jamie Morton (Herald): NZ economy growing faster than emissions rate Stuff: New government accounts show value of NZ environment, and human impact Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): NZ economy gains outstripping gas emission increases – report Ralph Sims (The Conversation): Why New Zealand should not explore for more natural gas reserves RNZ: Call for NZ to become leader against plastic pollution Frances Cook (Herald): Government considering ban on plastic bags Ged Cann (Stuff): Petition calling for an end to plastic bags has gone to parliament Marty Hoffart (Spinoff): Recycling in New Zealand: not so green, not so clean Regional development Benedict Collins (RNZ):Businessman referred to SFO connected to govt-funded project Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Ministry lifts ‘failed’ myrtle rust controls Education Bali Haque (Taranaki Daily News): The failure of the National Standards system Faith Hancock (Newsroom): Critical thinking in an age of fake news Herald: Families cutting food budgets and kids missing meals because of back-to-school costs Tess Nichol (Herald): Teacher shortage a ‘ticking time bomb’ Government says Nicole Lawton (Stuff): Auckland education crisis: 6500 more high school teachers needed over next 20 years No Right Turn: National’s teacher shortage Megan Gattey (Stuff): Government scraps private school scholarship scheme for underprivileged kids Joe Bennett (Dominion Post): Some life lessons for the blackboard jungle Herald: Student blocked from wearing colander as ‘religious headwear’ hits back Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Hundreds on wait-lists for beginner reo classes John Gerritsen (RNZ): Failing West Coast polytech gets $33m bailout Stuff: Cash injection for struggling West Coast polytech after damning report findings Defence Paul Buchanan: NZDF links in the Iraq “kill chain.” Brian Rudman (Herald): Turn our defence arsenal on the stink bugs Primary Industries Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Survey shows drop in support for farming Jo McKenzie-McLean (Stuff): Rabbit virus to be released nationwide Alexa Cook (RNZ): Long-awaited rabbit virus released Southland Times: Southland company convicted for illegal grazing on conservation land Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Synlait buys land in North Waikato for $260 million infant formula plant Health Cecile Meier (Stuff): Antidepressants don’t work and mental health system is failing, experts say Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Released documents reveal lack of control over thousands of dollars in DHB funds Phil Pennington (RNZ): Report reveals toxic foam contamination in Auckland waters Phil Pennington (RNZ): Banned toxic foam found at Nelson Airport RNZ: Little asks Law Commission to look at abortion law Media Duncan Greive (Spinoff): RNZ and NZ on Air are battling over Labour’s $38m media funding windfall Alex Casey (Spinoff): Bargain: cancelled TVNZ drama Filthy Rich has joined Trademe to sell some very fancy stuff 1News: 60 Minutes journalist hits back at ‘the vile meanness of semi-literate social media’ after his Jacinda Ardern interview Housing Newshub: Jacinda Ardern wants $350k KiwiBuild apartments Nichole Brown (Spinoff): My daughter and I lived in 17 different homes last year 1News: Jacinda Ardern calls on Wellington landlords raising students’ rents to do what’s ‘morally right’ Transport Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Petition to exempt Māori land from Public Works Act rejected Collette Devlin (Dominion Post): Wellington City Council proposes to spend $230m on transport over next decade Laura Tupou (RNZ): Auckland councillor calls for bus booze ads to be dumped  Act RNZ: David Seymour grilled over ‘sexist’ meat shirt Herald: ACT leader David Seymour defends wearing raunchy meat T-shirt to university barbecue Other Max Towle (The Wireless): Turkish woman deported despite discrimination and sexual violence fears David Williams (Newsroom): What the minister told EQC’s board chair 1News: ‘We were to be nice brown white men’ – the second great migration of Maori Chloe Winter (Stuff): Kiwi companies stop sponsoring rodeos Pippa Brown (Stuff): Maori Ward petition opposes Kaikōura Council vote and forces public poll No Right Turn: OIA handling is getting worse Anne Gibson (Herald): Outrage from retirement giants over proposed government ban on foreign investors Phil Goff (Herald): Auckland Council’s ten-year budget will fix sewage, traffic and kauri Tom Hunt (Stuff): Five Eyes residents needed to clean Wellington’s GCSB spy hub Bevan Chuang: Debate on Identity]]>