Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 15 2018 – Today’s content

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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.

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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).
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

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

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