Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 14 2018 – Today’s content

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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 14 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.

The Beehive and Parliament Buildings.

Below are the links to the items online. The full text of these items are contained in the PDF file (click to download).
Labour Party sexual misconduct allegations
Newshub: Labour camp alleged sexual assault victim lays police complaint
RNZ: Labour summer camp victim goes to the police
Laura Walters (Stuff): Victim tells Labour they have gone to police over alleged sexual assault
Herald: Labour summer camp victim has gone to police over sexual harassment claim
Dominion Post Editorial: Labour should have fronted on sexual misconduct
ODT Editorial: Missteps on harassment allegations
Laura Walters and Jo Moir (Stuff): Sexual abuse support organisation says Labour right not to tell parents
Audrey Young (Herald): Ardern missed an opportunity to call out bungled response to assaults
Newshub: Alleged sexual assaults at Labour camp a ‘media beat-up’ – Don Brash
Newshub: Labour’s ‘enormous lapse of judgement’ over alleged sexual assaults – Chris Trotter
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Labour Party general secretary Andrew Kirton must be sacked over camp sexual harassment
Fiona McNamara (RNZ): Sexual violence in NZ: ‘We can be rid of it’
Spinoff: ‘Go to the police and tell your parents’: A sexual assault survivor’s story
Heather Roy: Young Labour Summer Camp and Parents’ Right to Know
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand Labour rocked by youth camp sexual assault allegations
RNZ: Explainer: Young Labour summer camp controversy
RNZ: ‘No complaints’ at other political parties’ youth camps
Newshub: Labour investigating another sexual assault complaint from separate party event
RNZ: Second Labour sexual assault incident alleged
1News: Another assault at an earlier Labour youth event revealed
Jo Moir (Stuff): Second sexual assault allegation surfaces for Labour Party
Herald: Andrew Kirton receives allegation of misconduct from earlier Labour event
Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Labour Māori MPs tight-lipped over sexual assault allegations
Newshub: ‘We took too long’ – Jacinda Ardern on alleged sex assaults at Young Labour camp
Herald: Simon Bridges says Labour has left itself open to accusations of a cover-up
Newshub: Labour’s hypocrisy on minors drinking ‘beggars belief’ – David Seymour

Defence
Nicholas Jones (Herald): Hit & Run raid: Defence Force acknowledges ‘confusion’ on civilian casualty statements
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Defence Force admits book’s location right, but denies civilian casualties
RNZ: NZDF admits Afghan village raid same location as in Hit & Run
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Defence Force admits SAS Afghan raid WAS in the same location as evxents in Hit and Run
No Right Turn: NZDF admits they lied
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Pressure mounts on Government for Hit and Run inquiry
Newstalk ZB: Hit and Run petition heads to Parliament

Police
NZ Herald editorial:Innocent people pay price of police pursuits – NZ Herald
Brian Rudman (Herald):If police pursuits were shootings, we’d ban them
Adrienne Matthews (Herald):I supported police pursuits until I saw the consequences
Sandra Conchie (Herald): Police Minister Stuart Nash’s message to organised criminals – ‘We’re coming for you’

Foreign affairs and trade
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Peters raises ‘grave concerns’ over UK nerve agent attack
Richard Harman (Politik): Peters once again not ready to accuse Russia
Claire Trevett (Herald): Britain to call on NZ to join possible reprisals against Russia for nerve-agent attack
Tracy Watkins (Stuff):Russian spy scandal: Britain reaches out to New Zealand
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): NZ diplomat under fire for US politics tweets

Government
Thomas Coughlan and Lynn Grieveson (Newsroom): What to expect from the Tax Working Group
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Shane Jones reveals the panel who will help steer the $3b provincial growth fund
Interest: Immigration Minister Ian Lees-Galloway says the Government never had a specific target for cutting immigration numbers
Paula Bennett (Stuff): Why Willie Jackson should stop looking for excuses

Parliament
Claire Trevett (Herald): Dr Lance O’Sullivan considering leadership of The Opportunities Party, National also keen
Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Online voting back on the agenda
No Right Turn: More on ministerial briefings
David Farrar (KIwiblog): Comparing the front benches

Education
Eva Corlett (RNZ): Children call for changes to schools: ‘No one cares enough’
Newshub: What children say is missing from their school experience

Bike helmets
Simon Maude (Stuff): Not wearing a bike helmet is unconscionable
Stuff: Rebecca Oaten, aka The Helmet Lady, and her crusade for compulsory bike helmets
Megan Gattey and Michael Daly (Stuff): Kiwis don’t like cycle helmets, but we ignore plenty of other laws too
1News: Should Kiwis still be required to wear a helmet while cycling? Advocate group says no
1News:‘It puts some people off’ – advocates say cyclists should be able to ride without helmets
Joel Ineson (Press): Canterbury tops country for fines dished out to cyclists not wearing helmets

Energy
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Solar power for wealthy poses risk to low-income Kiwis
Pattrick Smellie (Newsroom): Warning: electric cars could overload our power network

Housing
Robin Martin (RNZ): Rental shortage puts squeeze on the vulnerable
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Outgoing Reserve Bank head says LVRs are set to become ‘part of the furniture’
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Wellington house asking prices fall for first time in five months

Environment
Shaun Hendy (Spinoff): Why is NZ’s environmental regulator trying to muzzle scientist Mike Joy?
RNZ: NZ needs to up climate change effort – Shaw
Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Our shrinking beach access
Laura Tupou (RNZ): NZ signs up to anti-plastic pledge
Dominic Harris (Stuff): Efforts to reduce plastic in seas ‘meaningless’ without knowing where it is from – National
Helen Harvey (Stuff): Grassroots environmental activist group amass $80,000 war chest to take council to court over drilling rules
RNZ: Councillor calls for inquiry over toxic foam
Gayle Souter-Brown (Briefing Papers): Design for well-being

Justice
Roger Brooking (Spinoff): How to cut the prison population by 50% in five years
Katie Doyle (RNZ): Teen kept in police cells for six nights

Health
Newshub: Tobacco companies selling smokes in generic brown packaging
Janet Hoek, Philip Gendall, Richard Edwards, Shayne Nahu, Nick Wilson (Public Health Expert): Standardised packaging: A new era in reducing tobacco marketing in NZ
Russell Brown (Public Address): A medical cannabis korero by the sea

Primary Industries
Gerald Piddock (Stuff): First it was peak cow, is NZ facing peak milk factory now?
Sally Rae (ODT): Mycoplasma bovis: MPI stock process creating huge stress

Other
Peter Cullen (Stuff): Modern day slavery and human trafficking in New Zealand
Chloe Winter (Stuff): Kiwis have become a little more trusting
Herald: Team NZ says new plan for America’s Cup could work but problems still need to be resolved
Brad Flahive (Stuff): An Irish abortion referendum raises questions why NZ is still waiting
Libby Wilson (Stuff): Kirikiriroa City Council name change suggestion falls flat with councillors, public
David Williams (Newsroom): Axe taken to planned sports centre
Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Outdated copyright law makes NZ ‘less attractive’ for innovation investment, says Deloitte

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

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