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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 06 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 Chris Trotter (Stuff): New Zealand should not let Australia dictate its policies in the South Pacific Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): The Pacific’s battle to keep heads above water Gia Garrick (Herald): Climate change the nuclear age of the Pacific Henry Cooke (Stuff): Ardern says NZ must do ‘our bit’ to fight climate change before asking the world for help Henry Cooke (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s island honeymoon with Samoa comes with big promises RNZ:PM: NZ not competing with China in Pacific Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Samoan PM rejects concerns over ‘easy Chinese money’ Mei Heron (RNZ): NZ to give extra $3m to Samoa’s Cyclone Gita recovery Boris Jancic (Newswire):Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces $10m in new aid funding Boris Jancic (Newswire): Jacinda Ardern kicks off Pacific charm offensive in Samoa RNZ: PM inspects Samoan guard of honour in first stop on Pacific trip 1News: Watch: PM Jacinda Ardern, partner Clarke Gayford and Deputy Winston Peters presented with flower garlands upon arrival in Samoa Craig McCulloch (RNZ): New Zealand commits initial $500k to Papua New Guinea 1News: NZ to help with Papua New Guinea’s relief after 7.5 magnitude quake Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): How NZ builds influence in the Pacific David Capie (Newsroom): A pragmatic approach to foreign policy 1News: Winston Peters signals possible shift in how NZ deals with China Tony Boyd (Australian Financial Review): NZ PM Jacinda Ardern puts Aussie PM Malcolm Turnbull in the shade Peter Hartcher (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s New Zealand a social laboratory for the world RNZ: Watch: Simon Bridges critical of govt’s foreign policy ‘reset’ 1News: ‘They are making crime an issue here’ – Bridges says NZ should push back against Comanchero, Bandido deportations from Australia to NZ – but gently does it Patrick O’Meara (RNZ): Stalled RCEP trade pact raises questions about NZ involvement Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Trade wars to lead to rising global tension, Trade Minister David Parker says Dan Satherley (Newshub): CPTPP fears: ‘The Government has rolled over’ says critic Jane Kelsey Bryan Gould: New Zealand must grow up in trade matters Oliver Hailes (Daily Blog): Never again! Sign our TPPA petition to change the process BusinessDesk: Senior Fonterra GM jumps ship to become ambassador to Korea Fahad Alammar (Stuff): Digital diplomacy: how New Zealand can better sell itself Phil O’Reilly (Stuff): Globalisation is the key to our prosperity Law profession culture and sexual harassment Sasha Borissenko and Melanie Reid (Newsroom): Ex-Russell McVeagh lawyer moves on Tom Hunt (Stuff): Russell McVeagh loses sponsorship deal Simon Collins (Herald): School debating competition drops law firm Russell McVeagh after sexual harassment scandal Kurt Bayer (Herald): Familiar tale of binge-drinking and nudity at Auckland University’s annual law camp Kurt Bayer (Herald): Former University of Auckland law student alleges inappropriate behaviour by staff member Jono Edwards (ODT): Student defends Otago law school amid ‘frat house’ claims Joel Ineson (Stuff): Otago University law student starts petition to have camp reinstated Herald: Controversial Otago University law camp cancelled following review Joel MacManus (Critic): SOULS Law Camp Cancelled Luke Kirkness (Herald): University of Otago law faculty dean Mark Henaghan present at law-camp talent quest Tim Miller (Herald): Mother ‘disgusted’ at University of Otago law faculty dean  Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Otago University law camp could be cancelled over jelly wrestling, nudity Herald: Otago University law camp could be cancelled after concerns raised by former students Esme Hall (Critic): Otago Student Involved in Russell McVeagh Scandal Alex Casey (Spinoff): ‘I’ve already had my heart broken multiple times’: Ali Mau on hearing the stories of #MeTooNZ Stuff: SWAG founders: why New Zealand screen needs a group to fight sexual harassment Census Herald: Census 2018: Nine things you need to know about today’s Census Newshub: One million Kiwis already completed census online Sally Murphy (RNZ): Census an ‘accessibility debacle’, blind man says 1News: Online Census alienates the elderly, won’t give accurate picture – Age Concern Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes (Māori TV): Census raises homeless, elderly concerns Samantha Olley (Rotorua Daily Post): SeniorNet volunteers help Rotorua residents fill in online Census forms Doug Laing (Hawkes Bay Today) Editorial: Stand and be counted for Census Parliament and democracy Danyl Mclauchlan (Spinoff): Simon Bridges and the opposition vacuum No Right Turn: A good move No Right Turn:It just became easier to petition Parliament Euthanasia Rob Mitchell (Stuff):Euthanasia: What’s done around the world 1News: ‘There’s a sanctity of life argument’ – Simon Bridges still doesn’t support euthanasia bill, despite pleas from Tauranga constituents Tess Nichol (Herald): 14,000 and counting: Huge number of submissions for David Seymour’s euthanasia Laura Walter (Stuff): Last chance for say on voluntary euthanasia bill Health Kirsty Johnston (Herald): The longest fight: Families push Government for caregiving law change NZ Herald editorial: Time to do the decent thing with families who care for disabled loved ones Catherine Hutton (RNZ): Mother who took Health Ministry to court refuses latest offer Frances Cook (Herald): Ministry of Health takes tobacco giant to court over tobacco stick device Stuff: Tobacco giant Philip Morris defends non-burning product under smoke-free laws John Boynton (RNZ): Iwi to provide free private health insurance to members RNZ: Thousands of public hospital nurses consider strike action RNZ: ‘Dear David’: Midwives share messages out of despair Mike Yardley (Stuff):‘Alarmingly high’ amounts of booze for teens show drinking laws need tough enforcement Katie Doyle (RNZ): New law limits beds for addicts – counsellor Rachel Thomas (Stuff): Wellington Free Ambulance confirms $300k debt for DHB-funded patient transfer service Employment Jane Patterson (RNZ): Changes aim to remove barriers to filing pay equity claims 1News: Minister for Women ‘ambitious’ yet realistic about power of new pay-equity bill: ‘There’s no silver bullet’ 1News: New Zealand pay-equity bill possible by mid-2018 Tess Nichol (Herald): Pay gap bill has backing of trade unions as Government awaits advice from officials Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Union fears of CTU ‘power grab’ in proposed Government agreement National Liam Hehir (Stuff): Voters dislike overt ideology in political parties Claire Trevett (Herald): National leader Simon Bridges’ reshuffle to target regional development, housing Herald: Simon Bridges talks to Newstalk ZB’s Leighton Smith about pending reshuffle Dan Satherley (Newshub): Simon Bridges lets slip who might be in for promotion in reshuffle Jono Galuszka (Stuff):National MP’s son, husband allegedly failed to stop cows going lame Tax Herald: Wealth, water and weight: tax review details revealed Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): New taxes could change bad behaviours, suggests Sir Michael Cullen Interest: The Government’s Tax Working Group looks unlikely to recommend a corporate tax cut but suggests it might be time to look at a new environmental tax No Right Turn: Time for new taxes Economy John Gascoigne (Herald): NZ needs new economic compass Rod Oram (Newsroom): A radical reinvention of our economy Māori business Jason Paul Mika (The Conversation): Strong sense of cultural identity drives boom in Māori business Joshua Hitchcock (Spinoff): Māori business is good for everyone Talisa Kupenga (MāoriTV): FOMA seeks indigenous business ties in Pacific Housing Sarah Robson (RNZ): Housing costs blamed for huge jump in food hardship grants Richard Harman (Politik): Economic Institute slams Treasury policy advice Anne Gibson (Herald): US billionaire threatens to halt NZ expansion plans if foreign ban passes Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Government’s ban on foreign house buyers hopelessly wrong Media Claire Trevett (Herald): Steven Joyce claims NBR column ‘highly defamatory’ Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Steven Joyce threatens Matthew Hooton and NBR with legal action – reports Ellen Read and Susan Edmunds (Stuff):Joyce complains to NBR about critical piece by now-axed columnist Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): What happened at the NBR with Matthew Hooton? Greg Presland (Standard): Steven Joyce threatens to sue Matthew Hooton and the NBR Pete George (Your NZ): Joyce threatens NBR and Hooton Justice Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Judges should limit juries on defamation damages Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Colin Craig vs Jordan Williams Court of Appeal decision Sarah Robson (RNZ): Craig vs Williams case goes back to court No Right Turn: Secret trials are under the control of the SIS Kurt Bayer (Herald): Candlelight vigils to protest prison suicides after teen dies in cell Arthur Taylor (Daily Blog): Can Anyone Rely on Corrections Inspectorate Reports? Last officer of 28th Māori Battalion dies Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Last officer of the 28th Māori Battalion laid to rest in Chathams RNZ: 28th Māori Battalion’s last officer dies aged 96 Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Last officer of the Māori Battalion, farewelled Women’s Day Newshub: Helen Clark tops the bill at International Women’s Day breakfast Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Helen Clark big feature of International Women’s Day in Nelson Primary Industries Eric Frykberg (RNZ): MPI faces $100m bill over cattle disease RNZ: NZ meat industry confident despite protein threat Danielle Clent (Stuff): Farmland responsible for 75 per cent of sediment in Kaipara Harbour, study shows Alexa Cook (RNZ): Oxford research director calls for NZ farming sustainability Local government Andrew Quarrie (Manawatu Standard): Māori success undermines Māori ward campaign launch Collette Devlin (Stuff): Wellington to spend $1m on city’s begging problem by creating beggar ‘activities’ Other Phil Pennington (RNZ): Toxic foam contamination well above the recommended limit Simon Collins (RNZ): Army told to stop kids holding guns on school visits Mike Hosking: Peddling untruths about bus and cycle lanes]]>