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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 15 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). Sexual misconduct allegations John Armstrong (1News): Jacinda Ardern looked like she was no longer in control during Labour’s week from hell RNZ: Labour calls in lawyer for independent review 1News: Jacinda Ardern insists she was ‘absolutely not’ kept ignorant of youth camp assault allegations by Labour Party to protect her Claire Trevett (Herald):Accidental worker bees protect Queen Jacinda Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Labour scandals raise big issues Jane Patterson (RNZ): Mishandling of sex assault complaints a political mess Finlay Macdonald (RNZ): Supervising a teen party 101: Stay awake Newshub: MP at Labour’s ill-fated party says she was asleep at the time Jo Moir (Stuff): Labour president nowhere to be seen during party sex assault allegations debacle 1News: Labour Summer Camp debacle: Why weren’t cops told of sexual assault perpetrator? Ex-party president Mike Williams defends Andrew Kirton’s choices Newshub: Labour’s assault claim cover-up wouldn’t have happened under Helen Clark – Mike Williams Catriona MacLennan (Spinoff): NZ’s failure on sexual misconduct is much, much bigger than any one case Laura O’Connell Rapira: How you can help build a country and world where every single person is safe and free from sexual violence Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Not so sweet 16 – teens still need their parents Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Labour are hypocrites over handling of summer camp saga RNZ: ‘We failed in our duty of care’ – Labour leadership Laura Walters and Jo Moir (Stuff): No heads to roll at Labour over youth camp allegations while review carried out Mark Jennings (Newsroom): Labour MP was asleep when sex assaults happened Derek Cheng (Herald): Labour Party summer camp inquiry to probe possible drug use and underage drinking Herald: Summer camp fallout: Labour suspends all youth events, lawyer to lead external review of party procedures Emma Hurley (Newshub): Labour Party suspends all Young Labour events Herald: Police confirm investigation into Labour summer camp sexual assault claims David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Russell McVeagh vs Labour Ana Lenard (Spinoff): Male lawyers need to speak up about sexual harassment Sasha Borisssenko (Newsroom):Students to march on Russell McVeagh Frances Cook (Herald): Law students march for end to sexual harassment RNZ: ‘Women on Boards’ cancels McVeagh annual prize-giving Defence Toby Manhire (Spinoff): The fog of time: why the Defence Force’s Hit and Run admission really matters Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Defence Force U-turn: Hit and Run location was accurate RNZ: Afghan raid inquiry needed to dispel confusion – lawyer Jo Moir (Stuff): Petition delivered to Parliament in a coffin calling for full inquiry into Hit and Run allegations International relations and trade Chris Trotter: A Fork In The Road RNZ: Nerve agent clearly from Russia – Britain’s NZ High Commissioner Stuff: Russia has nothing to do with’ UK ex-spy poisoning, says ambassador Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Winston Peters’ Russian trade deal hopes could cost New Zealand elsewhere Jim Rolfe (Politik): Why we should stay close to China Joanna Spratt (Incline): Turn it Up Mr Peters Gwynn Compton (Libertas Digital): To maintain credibility Ardern must sack Winston Peters Tom Peters (World socialist website): New Zealand’s “Pacific reset” aims to reassert imperialist dominance Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand diplomat tells US Democrats to organise against Trump or ‘we all die’ Newshub: Top NZ diplomat in hot water after controversial Tweet to US Democratic Party NZ Russian spy claims Derek Cheng (Herald): Former Russian spy says he was poisoned on Queen St, Auckland, in 2006 Michael Daly (Stuff): ‘Poisoning’ of ex-KGB agent in Queen St: Russian spy with fake Kiwi identity Kurt Bayer (Herald): Russian spy operated under fake New Zealand identity 1News: Watch: Explosive claims of former Russian spy who says he was harassed by Kiwi police and poisoned in Auckland RNZ: Police probe claims Russian was poisoned in NZ Health and disability Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): UN to scrutinise NZ’s disability policy Karen Brown (RNZ): Ministry had been warned over cancer screening system risks Stuff: Plain cigarette packaging is here – and so are graphic new warnings Cecile Meier (Stuff): Canterbury health units at risk of ‘acute service failure’ could lead to deaths – expert Rachel Thomas (Stuff): Sugar fix: where taxes on sugary drinks hurt the most Eric Crampton (Stuff): There’s no good reason for a sugar tax in New Zealand Rachel Kelly (Southland Times): MP’s slam proposed downgrade of maternity services Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Waikato DHB’s intern doctor training under review Tax Working Group Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Cullen warns of big deficits without reform Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Tax Working Group poses threat to family ‘nest eggs’, says National Justice RNZ: Second teen held in police cells for days Hannah Bartlett (Stuff): Ministry says Nelson youth’s six days in police cell not good enough Tom Hunt and Matt Stewart (Stuff): Military-style automatics among hundreds entering criminal hands each year Lance O’Sullivan Raniera Harrison (Māori TV): Speculation over O’Sullivan’s Opportunities Party talks Newshub: Lance O’Sullivan targeted by multiple political parties for 2020 election Education Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Māori experience racism and negative stereotyping at school – Report Newswire: Māori children can feel ‘isolated’ at school – report Simon Collins (Herald): Restoring school entry age of 5 may cost taxpayers $42m Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Students still waiting on refunds from failed college Bike helmets Dominion Post Editorial: Times have changed, let’s look at our cycle helmet laws Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Helmet-optional cycle planned through Wellington Housing Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Half of all first-home buyers have parents’ help RNZ: House prices rise across New Zealand Environment Matthew Littlewood (Timaru Herald): Ecologist rejects ECan’s 90 per cent swimmable rivers target Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Hawke’s Bay Regional Council aims to make 90 per cent of rivers swimmable by 2030 Zac Fleming (RNZ): Surf life savers refusing to work at Auckland’s dirty, unsafe beaches Emily Joy Frost (Newsroom): Bigger waves needed to turn the tide on plastics Euthanasia David Seymour (Newshub): The vocal minority will always oppose euthanasia Bill Ralston (Listener): Why I want the euthanasia bill established in law Employment Megan Gattey (Stuff): Here are some of the jobs that Kiwis can’t, or won’t do RNZ: Refugees could be resettled to help worker shortage Alexa Cook (RNZ): Dairy farmers struggle to find workers RNZ: KiwiRail worker exposed to asbestos Local government Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Mission impossible for local government Tom Rowland (Herald): Hamilton to Kirikiriroa name change debate rages RNZ: Council urged to promote te reo around city America’s Cup Bernard Orsman (Herald): Latest America’s Cup plan could work, says Team New Zealand – and much cheaper Todd Niall (RNZ): Agreement on Cup village close despite opposition Other Matt Nippert and Chris Knox (Herald): Ministry accused of hiding contractor spending Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Even ethical companies need to turn a profit Newshub: Campaigners question ‘inhumane and illegal’ treatment of pigs Megan Gattey and Brad Flahive (Stuff): Petition to strip Sir Bob Jones of his knighthood to be presented at Parliament Robert Costa and Josh Dawsey (Washington Post): Donald Trump overlooks Chris Liddell as top White House economic adviser Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Chris Liddell unlikely to be shaken from career goals by disappointment Giovanni Tiso (Bat Bean Beam): Walking Radical Wellington Matthew Brockett (Bloomberg): The Rich Aren’t Happy About New Zealand Foreign Bolthole Ban Keith Rankin (Evening Report): Analysis: Census Survey RNZ: Old passenger trains unlikely to be sold – Greater Wellington Council]]>