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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 05 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). Foreign affairs and trade Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s Aussie charm offensive a sign of the changing times Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern’s Allbirds diplomacy offsets trans-Tasman discomfort Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Does Malcolm Turnbull really see us as family? Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Deportation policy ‘fair and just’ – Turnbull Ben Doherty (Guardian): Deporting offending New Zealanders ‘fair and just’, Turnbull says Audrey Young (Herald): Aussies help PM reassert her spot in the headlines Henry Cooke (Stuff): NZ donates almost $10 million to Samoa Henry Cooke (Stuff): PM Jacinda Ardern’s chance to set the tone in the Pacific Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Arden leads ‘Pacific Reset’ tour Mei Heron (RNZ): PM’s Pacific tour begins ‘Pacific reset’ Herald: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on five-day Pacific Island charm offensive Newswire: Govt turns attention to new terms of influence in Pacific Fran O’Sullivan (Herald):China major factor in NZ’s ‘Pacific reset’ 1News: Winston Peters questions China’s influence in the Pacific region Richard Harman (Politik): What is Winston trying to say about China? Pip McLachlan (Stuff): We need to talk about Asia: The PM’s foreign policy speech 1News: Trade Minister David Parker is set to fly to South America this week to sign the revamped Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact in Chile Reesh Lyon (RNZ): NZ to seek exemption from Trump’s steel tariffs Claire Trevett (Herald): New Zealand Government seeking exemption after Donald Trump imposes stiff tariffs RNZ: NZ could get caught in international trade crossfire – trade expert Mike Watson (Taranaki Daily News): Small handful turn out to protest against controversial international trade deal Steven Cowan (Against the current): The CPTPP: Neoliberalism rules, OK? Farah Hancock (Newsroom): NZ leads push to end fishing subsidies Greens on lobbying Henry Cooke (Stuff): Green Party to open diaries, refuse lobbyist-funded perks Newswire/Newshub: No more freebies for Green MPs 1News: No more corporate freebies for Green MPs as they announce transparency measures Mei Heron (RNZ): Green Party bans kickbacks for its MPs Herald: Greens to decline corporate hospitality in new transparency measures Newstalk ZB: Greens to release diaries in push for transparency National Party Claire Trevett (Herald): Soul lessons for Simon Bridges from Bill English laire Trevett (Herald): ‘Jokiness and blokiness’: How Bridges is emulating John Key Steve Braunias (Herald): Secret Diary of Simon Bridges Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Bridges responds to criticism surrounding his Māori heritage Moana Maniapoto (E-Tangata): Let’s judge Simon Bridges on his politics, not his whakapapa Oscar Kightley (Stuff): ‘Maori-ness’ about more than flesh and blood Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Debating Simon Bridges’ ‘Māoriness’ hurts Māori Lizzie Marvelly (Herald): Race remarks make the blood boil Donna Miles (Daily Blog): Simon Bridges likely to treat Māori the way John Key treated state house tenants Government Liam Dann (Herald): Why National’s new leader is irrelevant Richard Harman (Politik): Labour’s warning to business – help us deal with inequality or face a Brexit-like revolt Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Labour’s Achilles heel exposed by pork-barrel regional development programme Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Meet Fletcher Tabuteau, Winston Peters’ new Deputy Leader 1News: Winston Peters says ‘language police’ upset with comments on Jacinda Ardern’s appearance have gone too far Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern talks prime ministerial motherhood Stuff: Nervous sheep, whiskey and New Zealand’s attractive PM: Charles Wooley continues to dig Herald: TV reporter Charles Wooley uses sheep joke while defending calling Jacinda Ardern ‘attractive’ during interview Kelly Dennett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford buy new Sandringham home Herald: Jacinda Ardern yet to receive invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding Superannuation Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Why I’ve changed my mind on the retirement age Rob Stock (Stuff): Private super schemes are MPs’ bridges to wealth Susan St John (Newsroom): Time for action on overseas pensions Employment Emile Donovan (RNZ): Insight: No Job, No Training, No Hope? Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Government takes bosses to court over holiday pay non-compliance Madison Reidy (Stuff): Legal loopholes allow for ‘disgraceful’ labour-hire worker exploitation Stuff: Foreign fishing crews win Supreme Court case over unpaid wages Herald: Panel recommends changes to rules for pay equity claims; Government says result will be a ‘fairer deal’ for women Laura Walters (Stuff): Achieving pay equity needs to be easier – government working group Newshub: Govt to consider making pay equity claims easier to lodge Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Kiwis will work longer for a productivity pay rise 1News: WorkSafe asked to improve safety in Kiwi quarries Legal profession ethics and sexual harassment Luke Kirkness (Herald): University of Otago’s law faculty described as ‘smorgasbord of young, impressionable women for the men’ Luke Kirkness (Herald): ‘Jelly wrestling and naked drinking games’ claimed at University of Otago law school camp Stuff: ‘Concerns’ over behaviour at Otago University law camp held in 2012 RNZ: Behaviour complaints at Otago University’s law camp investigated Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Blog gives harrassed lawyers chance to speak out Damien Grant (Stuff): Law school heads suffer moral failure Jenny Condie (Stuff): Russell McVeagh story shows the problem with ‘naming and shaming’ in New Zealand Cherie Howie (Herald): Law firm sexual harassment: Lawyer’s criticism of official New Zealand Law Society response Alison Mau (Stuff): Nobody else launched a rigorous #metoo investigation – so I thought, bugger it, let’s go Jonathan Milne and Patrick Crewdson (Stuff): Seeking help isn’t easy, speaking out isn’t easy, forcing change will never be easy Jessica Long (Stuff): Sexual harassment a festering wound within New Zealand’s workplaces Angela Fitchett (Stuff): There’s more than a few good men out there who will stand up for what’s right Media Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): ‘The conflicting interests of commentators’ Pete George (Your NZ): RNZ soft sop on political conflicts of interest Jane Patterson (RNZ): Commentator welcomes conflict of interest debate Colin Peacock (RNZ): How far off is the government’s media funding fix? Scott K MacLeod (Newsroom): Fact or fiction? Behind the rise of fake news Housing Rob Stock (Stuff): The future of NZ housing is prefabs, and 180,000 ‘tiny’ homes Don Rowe (Spinoff): ‘One of the great tasks for our generation’: Phil Twyford talks housing Mike Treen (Daily Blog): Housing for need not speculation RNZ: Salvation Army: 150 state homes only a small step Chris Harrowell (Manakau Courier): Government opens new transitional housing facility in south Auckland RNZ: Homeless in Hamilton:Shelter reports soaring demand Herald: Fletcher opens door to rent-to-buy scheme in Overseas Investment Amendment Bill submission Census Press Editorial: Census helps government ‘spend billions of taxpayers’ money wisely’ Hannah Martin and Kymberlee Fernandes (Manakau Courier): Digital census feared to worsen under-count of those under pressure and struggling Jonathan Mosen: Blind people should count. My run-around with Statistics New Zealand, and how they’re making me a criminal Jonathan Mosen: Statistics New Zealand read me my census code, but let’s not lose sight of the systemic issues Miri Schroeter (Manawatu Standard):MidCentral District Health Board urges people to do the census Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Why would you fill in the Census online in a post-Snowden world? Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Exclusion of ethnicity option Pākehā from census creates a stir Branko Marcetic (Spinoff): A history of outrage over the word ‘Pākehā’ Julian Lee (Stuff): The (almost) pointless, intrusive and even dangerous exercise we call the Census Justice  Matt Nippert (Herald): Secret Wellington High Court national security hearing lambasted as ‘Kafkaesque’ Andrew Geddis (Pundit): By their acts ye shall know them Stuff: Environmental Court approves Waikeria Prison expansion Education Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): NCEA an ‘alluring facade’ 1News: Education experts say New Zealand needs major shake-up to boost the achievement rates of Maori Parliament and democracy David Slack (Stuff): Politics is in your tapwater ODT: NZ’s greatest waka-jumpers of all time Mike Williams (Herald): Watershed week in politics Children RNZ:‘Children’s views add richness, and we need to be listening’ Jane Bowron (Dominion Post): Exercising our political voice Charlotte Carter (Herald): Tauranga divided over Children’s Commissioner’s idea to lower voting age to 16 Newshub: Charity urges MPs to back child poverty legislation Jogai Bhatt (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern answers Kiwi kids’ questions for Children’s Day Greens Newshub: Davidson vs Genter: Leadership fight expected to stay clean and green Nicky Harper (Herald): Green co-leader hopefuls pitch to the party Britt Mann (Stuff): Julie Anne Genter: Minister for Women, mother-to-be, full-time feminist Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Ummmmm – James Shaw seems confused at the Summer Policy Conference as to why the Greens got smashed so let’s spell it out for him Steven Cowan (Against the current): The CPTPP: The Greens go missing in action Health ODT Editorial: Can there be a more difficult subject? Cate Broughton (Stuff): ACC claimant ‘devastated’ after signing over her payout to advocate Amanda Saxon (Stuff): Trans community celebrates as NZ finally gets a new sex-change surgeon 1News: ‘This is a wake-up call’ – farmers warned to wise up to threat from ‘fake’ meat Dave Macpherson (Daily Blog): At Last – we hear from Mental Health Commissioner on Suicides…. Ngāpuhi settlement  Claire Trevett (Herald): Treaty Minister holds talks with Ngapuhi in bid to break stalemate Stuff: Ngāpuhi settlement talks move forward RNZ: Ngāpuhi leaders meet Little over settlement standoff Stuff: Ngāpuhi settlement step closer as leaders meet with Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Poverty Bay Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Gisborne set to be lifted out of Poverty RNZ: Gisborne councillor wants ‘Poverty Bay’ name dropped Environment RNZ: Defence Force knew about contamination for two years Kieran Martin (Spinoff): The two things you should know about methane Andrew McGiven (Stuff): Game fish and fowl, urban discharges and farming part of water quality challenge Nadine Higgins (Stuff): Philosophy 101 – A treatise on Jamie Whyte and wastefulness EQC Press Editorial: EQC culture change is long overdue Andrew Hooker (RNZ): #EQNZ: How to botch repairs and not pay for it Other Kurt Bayer (Herald): NZDF has no plans to ground drones banned by US military allies over cyber-safety fears RNZ: Farewell for last officer of the 28th Māori Battalion Lincoln Tan (Herald): Maori independence claim rubbished, but police will not take action against scammer Amato Akarana-Rewi Simon Draper (Stuff): Asian migration debate deserves more than a Twitter war Stuff: Obama to be protected from ‘wannabe jihadis’ during New Zealand visit Andrew Gunn (Stuff): Dancing their way into political relevancy Sophie Bateman (Newshub): The Labour MP who wants to be on Dancing With The Stars Christina Persico and Jane Matthews (Taranaki Daily News): Country-wide criticism can’t buck Urenui Rodeo Deborah Hill Cone (Herald): Four reasons Air New Zealand got this terribly wrong]]>