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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 08 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). Canterbury earthquake Patrick Gower (Newshub): $180k of taxpayer money used to spy on Kiwis after Christchurch earthquakes Conan Young (RNZ): Southern Response spy target accuses agency of intimidation Michael Wright, Nick Truebridge and Liz McDonald (Stuff): Crown insurer Southern Response met with private investigator, police over claimant RNZ: State Services Commission investigates Southern Response Stuff: State Service Commission to investigate claims Southern Response used private investigators to spy on Christchurch quake claimants Herald: State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes unveils inquiry into handling of Canterbury earthquake claims RNZ: EQC Chch scopes ‘weren’t 100% accurate’ RNZ: Badly done repairs difficult to examine – inspector head Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): When the NZ State is spying on earthquake victims – when do you as citizens finally stand up? No Right Turn: The business geniuses in the National Party Environment Leith Huffadine (Stuff): ‘High time’ for New Zealand’s act for climate change Jamie Morton (Herald): New watchdog backs bolder action on climate Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Environment watchdog wants UK-style Climate Commission Finn Hogan (Newshub): Environmental Commissioner Simon Upton makes recommendations for Zero Carbon Act No Right Turn: Climate change: The PCE on a climate commission Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Fracking reducing interest in NZ oil exploration Ian Telfer (RNZ): Otago marine reserves planning has ‘failed’ Jamie Morton (Herald): Govt eyes new South Island marine reserves No Right Turn: Another failure of “collaboration” Employment Laura Walters (Stuff): No job, no qualification, no dream – migrant exploitation in NZ Lincoln Tan (Herald): Government and business leaders join forces on combating modern slavery, human trafficking Madison Reidy (Stuff): Government tells multinationals to search for slavery as Australia enacts audit law Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): Out of the Goodness of the Employers’ Big, Generous Hearts Laura Walters (Stuff): Immigration minister Iain Lees-Galloway urges migrant workers to join unions Hamish Fletcher (Herald): Number of Kiwi women in top jobs sinks to 18 per cent, hits lowest point since 2004 RNZ: Number of businesswomen in leadership roles drops to 14-year low Amanda Reilly (Newsroom): Quotas for women at the top, and the bottom Census  Megan Gattey and Maddison Northcote (Stuff): Census complaints: Vague questions, delays in paperwork Michael Daly (Stuff): Why did the census ask that? New questions covered travel to education to house mould Herald: Mouldy housing and internet access Census questions ‘important social accounting exercise’ Foreign affairs and trade Henry Cooke (Stuff): PM Jacinda Ardern announces pension portability for Cook Islanders, Tokeulauns and Niueans RNZ: NZ commits a further $10m to Gita-hit Tonga Mei Heron (RNZ): Damage to Tonga ‘devastating’, Ardern says Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom):Tonga takes stock after Gita devastation Mei Heron (RNZ): Govt reviews pension rules for Niue and Cook Islands Jim Rose (Herald): Without US, the TPP is a poor deal RNZ: Global trading system in danger, warns Mike Moore RNZ: New working holiday deal for some Kiwis Sam Hurley (Herald): NZ embassy incident in Washington DC raises questions of international law Stuff: Man charged for offending inside the New Zealand Embassy in Washington Russell McVeagh, law school culture, sexual harassment Tom Hunt (Stuff): Victoria University says it ‘confronted’ Russell McVeagh leaders over sex claims Newsroom: Bazley to head inquiry into ‘sexual harassment’ Stuff: Dame Margaret Bazley to head review into law firm Russell McVeagh RNZ: Dame Margaret Bazley to head Russell McVeagh review Rosemary McLeod (Dominion Post): Time’s up for male legal bosses to front-foot abuse response Victoria Crockford (Spinoff): ‘Things might go better for you if you slept with the boss’: #MeToo and the NZ tech industry National Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On the departure of Steven Joyce Herald Editorial: Every government needs a Joyce  Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Steven Joyce’s hissy fit not surprising Richard Harman (Politik): Bridges calls for a fresh policy start Claire Trevett (Herald): National leader Simon Bridges to frontload his front bench with women Jane Patterson (RNZ): Joyce’s departure puts spotlight on National’s generation gap Newshub: National MPs ‘climbing over me’ for new roles – Steven Joyce Newshub: Steven Joyce on who’s behind Winston Peters’ super leak Scott Yeoman (Herald): Amy Adams’ appointment not the reason Steven Joyce retired: Simon Bridges Stacey Kirk (Stuff): National leader Simon Bridges appoints Amy Adams to finance portfolio Claire Trevett (Herald):Amy Adams appointed as National’s new finance spokeswoman 1News: Simon Bridges not expecting anymore National Party resignations soon but there could be more ‘over time’ Lucy Swinnen (Stuff): List MP Nicola Willis from Wellington to replace Steven Joyce in parliament Parliament and integrity  ODT Editorial: Green Party transparency welcomed Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Public sector PR staff numbers grew 15 per cent in National’s final days David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Defending GJ Herald: Parliamentary petitions can now be made online Bill Sutton (Hawke’s Bay Today): Politics have changed for the worse Euthanasia  Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Seymour’s bill ‘woefully inadequate’: Disability Rights Commissioner Herald: Euthanasia bill poses risks for disabled people with incurable conditions, warns Disability Rights Commissioner Laura Walters (Stuff): Disability Rights Commissioner opposes assisted dying bill Natalie Akoorie (Herald): End of Life Choice Bill alarmingly ambiguous for disabled people – Kylee Black Women’s Day and suffrage event India Hendrikse (Vice): New Zealand’s Rich List and the Mysterious Case of the Invisible Women Anna Connell (Newsroom): Women’s Day is a day of shame and anger Patsy Reddy (Spinoff): The spirit of Kate Sheppard demands we raise our voices in 2018 Emile Donovan (RNZ): Women kick off nine months celebrating 125 years of suffrage Tess Nichol (Herald): Former PM Helen Clark tells women to ‘kick the door in’ at International Women’s Day talk Jessica Long (Stuff): #metoo has exposed ‘very unpleasant side of life in NZ’, says Helen Clark 1News: Helen Clark on Jacinda Ardern’s baby, Hillary Clinton and the #MeToo movement Housing Imran Ali (Herald): Northlanders living in cars as housing crisis hits hard Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): BusinessDesk: Severe worker shortage could derail Kiwibuild Local government RNZ: Wellington Council looks to widen proposed bed tax Todd Niall (RNZ): Groups call for minimal Auckland wharf extensions Tax Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Drawing the line on multinational tax avoidance Simon Louisson (Standard): Cullen says 2020 election effectively a referendum on tax Justice Jarrod Gilbert (Herald): Talk is easy, reform is hard: the politics of prisons Frances Cook (Herald): Inmate voting ban ‘fundamental assault’ on rights, Supreme Court told Stuff: Prisoners right to vote in the public interest, Supreme Court hears Other Peter Thompson (Newsroom): One small step for public media funding Sally Murphy (RNZ): Cancer sufferers want Oz treatments: ‘I want to live’ Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): The creep of CCTV: Are cameras invading our privacy or keeping us safe? Emile Donovan (RNZ): Govt too upbeat about AI – expert RNZ: OIO to take over forestry registration Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Young Nats complain to Human Rights Commission over Nelson O-week rejection]]>