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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 01 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 Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): New Zealand opts for change, but owes a debt to Bill English Gwynn Compton (Libertas Digital): Leaders who bring out the worst in their opposition Morgan Godfery (Spinoff): Is Simon Bridges our first Māori prime minister? Laura Walters (Stuff): Political representation is becoming more diverse – but so what? Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Who gets to decide if Simon Bridges is ‘Maori enough?’ Brian Edwards: New Voice for National Mike Hosking (Herald): The pressure is all on Simon Bridges as the National Party’s new leader Peter Dunne (Interest): Bridges has an opportunity to fill the current void for a party appealing to the liberal, urban, middle-class Tom Sainsbury (Spinoff): Kiwis of Snapchat: Simon Bridges celebrates his win Newshub: Panel: Trish Sherson, Chris Trotter on Simon Bridges Claire Trevett (Herald): Simon Bridges leaves MPs hanging for reshuffle Newshub: National Party to undergo major reshuffle as ‘fresh talent’ moves up 1News: ‘Leaders in their own right’ – Simon Bridges won’t punish vanquished colleagues in reshuffle RNZ: Tauranga mayor says Bridges will unite caucus 1News: ‘If I think about it I’ve had a few’ – Simon Bridges talks political regrets and gay marriage stance 1News: Watch: Simon Bridges insists his social conservatism ‘not my focus’ in leading National Party, the economy is Herald: National leader Simon Bridges answers Herald readers questions in live Q and A Stacey Kirk (Stuff): National leader Simon Bridges hints at social spending over tax Ella Prendergast (Newshub): National open to working with Greens, NZ First – Simon Bridges Zaryd Wilson (Wanganui Chronicle): MP Harete Hipango says National Party united behind Simon Bridges RNZ: Peters’ legal action against National party continuing – lawyer Claire Trevett (Herald): Winston Peters drops legal action against National Party Newshub: Judith Collins discusses Auckland mayoralty run Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Former PM gets promoted to Australian bank job 1 News: Former Prime Minister Sir John Key has been named to the board of Australia International relations Pattrick Smellie (Stuff):Making trouble in our own backyard Jim Rolfe (Politik): New Zealand goes it alone with China Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Finding a foothold in the new world order Justice RNZ: Hearing shrouded in secrecy at High Court in Wgtn Stuff: Part of Wellington court closed off for secret hearing No Right Turn: No place for secret trials in New Zealand David Fisher (Herald):Burning prison love forces Corrections to send in the riot squad David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Good move by Labour on Bill of Rights Regional development Benedict Collins and Jane Patterson (RNZ): Flagship regional development programme ‘on ice’ Audrey Young (Herald): Bridges attacks payment as ‘incompetent’ but National paid the same company Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Simon Bridges’ rubbish first full day as National Party leader Martin van Beynen and Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Government grant stalled over links to businessman under Serious Fraud Office probe RNZ: Bridges says government is deflecting No Right Turn: A failure of due diligence Jane Patterson (RNZ): Govt-funded project: ‘I don’t think it’s a train wreck, it’s a road kill’ Mark Patterson (Southland Times): Provinces deserve, and need, growth fund Parliament Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Children’s Commissioner calls for discussion on lowering voting age to 16 Herald: Lower voting age to 16, urges Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft Mei Heron (RNZ):MPs urged to consider lowering voting age to 16 Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Andrew Beacroft’s idea of 16-year-olds voting isn’t mad, but kids need to be kids Catherine Delahunty (Spinoff): Question Time Blues: confessions of a recovering MP Phillipa Webb (The Wireless): Growing up in politics No Right Turn: Updating our democracy Tess Nichol (Herald): Prime Minister’s puppet unveiled at Backbencher pub in Wellington Katarina Williams (Stuff): Prime Minister immortalised as DJ puppet at Wellington’s Backbencher pub Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Political puppetry leaves Bridges unsculpted Newshub: Jacinda Ardern puppet unveiled at Backbenchers pub Russell McVeagh and sexual harassment Sasha Borissenko (Newsroom): Five law schools cut ties with Russell McVeagh Olivia Wensley (Stuff): We need to talk about law’s dirty little secret Cecile Meier (Stuff): Sexual harassment is a legal industry norm, former lawyer says Vaimoana Tapaleao (Herald): Former lawyer speaks out about sexual harassment at work: ‘It was like a frat house’ Leith Huffadine (Stuff): Alison Mau launches #metoonz investigation into sexual harassment in New Zealand Environment 1News: Deadly myrtle rust disease confirmed in native bush for the first time Nita Blake-Persen (RNZ): ‘Tidy Kiwi’ resurrected for new generation to keep NZ beautiful No Right Turn: Will Sage stop tenure review? Education RNZ: Polytech leaders hold crisis meeting Amy Baker (North Harbour News): It shouldn’t cost this much to send students to school, parents say Health Katie Kenny and Laura Walters (Stuff): ‘Zero tolerance of suicides in services’ recommended by Mental Health Commissioner Cecile Meier (Press): Claims antidepressants don’t work ‘dangerous’, doctors say Te Ahua Maitland (Stuff): Sir Owen Glenn pulls $4.5 million donation from Waikato medical school Ian Telfer (RNZ): Iwi-led Dunedin health centre brings family to fore Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Iwi-driven health village opens in Dunedin Rosemary McLeod (Stuff): Fun and games don’t stop just because you’re old Housing Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Housing NZ ready to ramp up state housing – now it’s up to the Government Shane Te Pou (Newsroom): Press conferences don’t build houses Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Here’s where things start to hit the fan RNZ: New National leader says there is a housing crisis in NZ Henry Cooke (Stuff): New National leader Simon Bridges says there was a housing crisis ‘for some’ Herald: Simon Bridges: National could have done more on housing Employment Madison Reidy (Stuff): Unions decline Fu Wah migrant tradie application, citing exploitation Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): Fly-in workers to be paid 3/4 of NZ wage Chloe Winter (Stuff): Rainbow, LGBTTI diversity needs to be more than a ‘token effort’ Media David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Unwise meeting and answers Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ):Iwi radio stations: ‘Don’t forget about us’ Jack van Beynen (Stuff): Seven Sharp’s ‘leftbook’ story was dangerously out of touch Madeleine Chapman (Spinoff): How to tell if your child has fallen victim to a liberal meme hate group Act Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Emma Hurley (Newshub): David Seymour’s meat t-shirt ‘huge lapse of judgement’ – Golriz Ghahraman Chris Chang (1News): Golriz Ghahraman and David Seymour beef over ACT leader’s ‘Meat Club’ t-shirt Michael Daly (Stuff): ACT MP David Seymour defends Meat Club t-shirt with woman’s silhouette Alex Casey (Spinoff): The best of David Seymour defending the mythical sexy meat Minotaur EQC ODT Editorial: EQC must do better in future Oliver Lewis (Press): Dame Annette King appointed interim Earthquake Commission chair Local government and transport Todd Niall (RNZ): America’s Cup: No alternative site for big mast maker Herald Editorial: Trains, drains, and kauri disease warrant additional rates Dominion Post Editorial: Release the brakes, and get Wellington moving Newshub: Gareth Morgan applauds ‘fantastic’ Auckland Council cat cull plans Bob Kerridge (Herald): Campaign against cats is using shonky evidence Alice Peacock (Herald): Congestion chaos: Aucklanders spend 80 hours a year stuck in traffic jam Primary Industries Lois Williams (RNZ): Opposition building against mega chicken farm plan Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Slim pickings: Worker shortage leaves apple farms frantic Historic NZ assassination attempt on Queen Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): The Snowman and the Queen: Declassified NZ intelligence service documents confirm assassination attempt on Queen Newswire: SIS files confirm Dunedin teen tried to shoot Queen Other Sophie Boot (BusinessDesk): Business confidence stays low in first 2018 survey RNZ: Business outlook bounces back Pat Veltkamp Smith (Southland Times): Need help with the Census? 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