Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 12 2018 – Today’s content

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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 12 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.

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Below are the links to the items online. The full text of these items are contained in the PDF file (click to download).
National
Claire Trevett (Herald): National’s Amy Adams and Judith Collins out of step with Simon Bridges over ‘new taxes’ suggestion from Government
Richard Harman (Politik): Ouch! Adams and Collins shoot themselves in the feet
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Bridges interested in value capture tax, which Collins calls ‘envy tax’
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Bridges promotes rivals and demotes older MPs
Claire Trevett (Herald): Judith Collins and Phil Twyford cross swords early after reshuffle
Claire Trevett (Herald): Simon Bridges’ reshuffle radical – by National Party standards
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Simon Bridges caucus holds logic and risk, but will it boast reward?
Brigitte Morten (RNZ): Bridges’ reshuffle reveals ‘insight and guts’
Henry Cooke (Stuff): National Party reshuffle sees former ministers demoted, Judith Collins up
Newstalk ZB: National Party reshuffle: ‘Phil Twyford is on notice, Judith is coming’
RNZ: Bridges reveals new caucus line-up, Collins moves up
Yvette McCullough (Newstalk ZB): Collins happy with her promotion in reshuffle
Audrey Young (Herald): Amy Adams was the right choice but she has plenty of homework to do
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Newstalk ZB): Steven Joyce’s exit a big blow for National
Steve Braunias (Herald): The Secret Diary of Steven Joyce
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): National prepares for epic re-election battle with new lineup
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Judith Collins doesn’t ‘have the arse’ ahead of shadow Cabinet reshuffle
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Meet National’s new blue-green liberal MP, Nicola Willis
Willie Jackson (Daily Blog): Simon Bridges and being Māori
Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): New Zealand Young Nats slammed for ‘racist’ Jacinda Ardern tweet
Newshub: New Zealand Young Nats criticised for ‘racist’ tweet
Stuff: Former PM Bill English goes skateboarding with canine chum
Newshub: Bill English skateboards with dog, shows off post-politics life

Foreign affairs and trade
Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Isobel Ewing (Newshub): What happened to Labour’s TPP bottom lines?
Benedict Collins and Patrick O’Meara (RNZ): Govt’s anti-TPP stance was fake, opponents say
Alexa Cook (RNZ): TPP will have immediate benefits – Beef + Lamb NZ
Newshub: CPTPP: The five countries that won’t sue NZ, according to the Government
John Roughan (Herald): TPP is a breakthrough for a UN dream
Steven Cowan (Against the current): Wanted: a political party that will represent our interests
No Right Turn: A meh deal for New Zealand
Liam Dann (Herald): China’s political landscape is changing and we need to talk about it
Liam Dann (Herald): NZ to chase for exemption to Trump tariffs
1News: Inside Parliament: Has Jacinda Ardern managed to rebuild NZ’s relationship with Australia?
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Australian Defence Minister in town for talks set to canvas Iraq, ‘Pacific reset’
RNZ/BBC: North Korea: Peters could play peacemaker again
Marc Lanteigne (Stuff): Trump-Kim talks: What’s at stake for New Zealand isn’t just peace
Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘No evidence’ Russia shot down plane, meddled in US election – Peters
Richard Harman (Politik): Comrade Winston – a new best friend for Russia

NZ relationship with Pacific 
Jon Fraenkel (Incline): Re-setting New Zealand’s Pacific Policy
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern has begun a Pacific reset, but what the region really needs is an upgrade
Barbara Dreaver (1News): Opinion: Jacinda Ardern held her own in the Pacific and brought her own style to the role
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Peters talks aid, China and NZ’s global citizenship
Boris Jancic (Newswire): Ardern: Time to wait and see if Pacific reset works
Talisa Kupenga (Maori TV): Ardern rates Pacific Mission a “success”
Oscar Kightley (Stuff): Let’s celebrate the ties that bind Pacific nations
Duncan Garner (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern dishes out the charm – and money – on Pacific tour
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Dear Mike Hosking – 5 reasons we owe the Pacific

Stuff’s MeToo campaign and media
Colin Peacock (RNZ): MeToo media campaign inundated with messages
Cecile Meier (Stuff): Backlash to #metoonz shows how much the campaign is needed
John Drinnan (Herald): Media join MeToo movement
Deborah Hill Cone (Herald): Why I’m wary of Alison’s Mau’s #MeToo campaign
Liam Hehir: Let Stuff’s journalists do their journalism
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Dear Al Nisbet – it’s not a witch hunt men fear, it’s a witch trial
Max Rashbrooke (Good Society): Media’s disclosure or interests under spotlight
Damien Venuto (Herald): The media boss who won’t listen to Simon Dallow
Adele Redmond (Stuff): Invercargill defamation trial: Senior journalist relied on Lange defence in approving controversial columns
Jamie Whyte (Kiwiblog): Once were journalists
David Farrar (Kiwilbog): Should TVNZ and RNZ publish all staff salaries?

Parliament, politics and integrity
Claire Trevett (Herald): Crown cars go down a treat for Labour – NZ First Government
Laura Walters (Stuff): Ministerial spending figures show Crown limos put to use by coalition Government
Max Rashbrooke (Good Society): Rumblings about transparency
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): OIA response times improve
Evolving Newsroom: Find out what’s happening in New Zealand’s Parliament
Mike Williams (Hawke’s Bay Today): Jacinda effect opens wallets
Stuff: Below the beltway: The ups and downs of the political week
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Parliament can now accept electronic petitions
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Still Looking For A Compatible Rabbit
Lizzie Marvelly (Herald): Activism is in the air – and it’s great

NZ First
Audrey Young (Herald): NZ First A.W. (After Winston)
Herald Editorial: Peter’s new deputy could be a stayer

Greens
Newshub: Green Party co-leader debate: Marama Davidson and Julie Anne Genter
Pete George (Your NZ): James Shaw’s performance as seen by Green leadership contenders
Critic: Interviews Green MP Marama Davidson
Critic: Interviews Green MP Julie Anne Genter

Canterbury earthquake 
Press Editorial: Spy allegations are a dark chapter in post-quake Christchurch
Dan Satherley (Newshub): MPs condemn Southern Response’s snooping on quake claimants
Andrew Gunn (Press): When Philip Marlowe met Southern Response: a hard-boiled tale of shaky city intrigue
Evan Smith (Press): After seven years, who is scratching the itch in Christchurch’s east?
Cecile Meier (Stuff): Gerry Brownlee gets tied up in portaloo in new Court Theatre play

Environment
Jo Moir (Stuff): Freshwater rights are back on the agenda, but the Government is divided
Amy Baker (North Harbour News): Bores from neighbouring properties beside air base possibly affected by toxic firefighting foam
RNZ: Toxic foam may have been in drinking water
Jamie Morton (Herald): 22 leading Commonwealth science bodies urge action on climate change
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Ruapehu iwi formalise role as guardians of the environment

Health
Philip Matthews (Stuff): All the lonely people: Is modern life making us lonely?
Peter Adams (Hawke’s Bay Today): Don’t confuse mental health with addiction
Cameron Bagrie (Stuff): The logic of a sugar tax
Tess Nichol (Herald): Midwives planning march on Parliament demanding better pay and conditions
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Waikato DHB spent $10k on spin doctor to manage health boss fallout
Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Health board chairs and members expenses claim $1m over three years
Natalie Akoorie (Herald):DHB executives spend millions on ‘extravagant’ travel for work
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Investigation into missing funds will cost Hawke’s Bay DHB $125,000
Mike Hosking (Herald): Time to take a scalpel to big-spending district health boards
Stuff: Psychiatric and Māori nurses more likely to smoke than other healthcare workers
Madison Reidy (Stuff): Medical marijuana a ‘billion-dollar industry’, says exporter who employs staff with a past
Alison Mau (Stuff): Kiwi innovation can make us world-leaders in medicinal cannabis
RNZ:Army dentists provide free care for Tuhoe town

Sexual harassment
RNZ: Law Society: ‘We know that there is an issue with the system’
Cherie Howie (Herald): Andrew Little’s warning to the New Zealand Law Society
Cherie Howie (Herald): Mock attempted sexual assault skit latest allegation over dumped Otago University law camp
Ellen Read (Stuff): Directors, it’s time to take the lead
Tess Nichol (Herald): Green Party MP Golriz Ghahraman says sexual harassment and heavy drinking ‘rife’ at UN
Newshub: 60 pct of women in film industry have experienced sexual harassment

Justice
Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Secrecy won’t solve prison problem
Asher Emanuel (Spinoff): The prisoner who beamed into NZ’s top court seeking the right to vote
Chester Borrows (Herald): Give prisoners the right to vote
Liz Gordon (Daily Blog): Time to act on bail
John Sargeant (Taranaki Daily News): As the consequence of crime, prison should be punitive
Herald Editorial: Support service that cares in bleak times
Ruby Macandrew (Dominion Post): Creative writing programme at Wellington prisons helping inmates find their voices

Police
Ryan Dunlop (Herald): Automobile Association (AA) calls on Government to review police pursuits and consider outright ban
RNZ: Police ‘letting themselves down’ on pursuits policy – lawyer
Megan Gattey (Stuff): Police chases: Fleeing drivers must ‘take more responsibility’, police say
Newshub: Police call for ‘more women, more diversity’

Employment
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Finance Minister Grant Robertson hints at pay rise for teachers and nurses
Rob Stock (Stuff): Other firm’s alcohol policies food for thought at Russell McVeagh
Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Rich oldies should not get the state pension

Education
Jessica Long and Harrison Christian (Stuff): Pupils forced into libraries, staff rooms and mega-classes at most crowded schools
Mandy Te (Stuff): Housing crisis forces school to build cut-price teacher flats instead of student hostel
Stuff Editorial: Children will suffer if New Zealand’s teacher shortage isn’t addressed
Joanne Carroll (Stuff): What went wrong at Tai Poutini Polytech – New Zealand’s worst polytechnic
Florence Kerr (Stuff): Taxpayer forks out for PR advice and security as Wintec bill for media issues tops $200,000
Mike O’Donnell (Stuff): Kiwi education should be taken to the world

Women’s Day, equity and suffrage commemorations
Corin Dann (1News): Leading NZ feminist talks about the fight for equal rights
Christine Ammunson (E-Tangata): Remembering the women of the Mau movement in Samoa
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Gender parity in Parliament achievable, says former PM Helen Clark
Leonie Hayden (Spinoff): Kaupapa On The Couch: taking back mana wāhine 
Nadine Higgins (Stuff): International Women’s Day – what’s to celebrate?
Suzanne McFadden (Newsroom): Levelling the playing fields

Economy and overseas investment
1News: Teachers, nurses look set to be big winners from coalition Government’s first budget
RNZ: Robertson on infrastructure: $42bn ‘won’t be enough’
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): It’s not Grant’s “Living Standards Framework

NZ Wars commemorations
RNZ: First national New Zealand Wars remembrance day
Lois Williams (RNZ): NZ Wars commemorations begin with mass haka
1News: Te Pūtake o Te Riri: National commemoration recognises New Zealand Wars
John-Michael Swannix and Edward ODriscoll (Newshub): Hōne Heke’s flagpole-felling remembered
Newstalk ZB: Kelvin Davis: National day for NZ Wars not in the pipeline

Housing
Todd Niall (RNZ): Auckland housing shortage solution left to mayor
Frank Newman: The science fiction of pre-fab’ homes

Local government
Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Davidson throws weight behind Māori ward campaign
Stuff: Wellington to create a ‘pride precinct’ with rainbow pedestrian crossing on Cuba St

Other
Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): Secret sting operation on building sites
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Provincial Growth Fund should proceed with urgency
Sarah Harris (Herald): Call for more foster caregivers as children in state care need protection
Marjorie Cook (Stuff): Animal rights activists protest at national rodeo finals in Wanaka
David Slack (Stuff): Down for the count
Dominion Post Editorial: Message to Davis: Fix freedom camping
Belinda McCammon (RNZ): Tourism industry calls for better data
Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): Is the government doing some serious thinking about immigration policy?

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Dr Bryce Edwards is a political scientist and a lecturer in Politics.

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