Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 16 2018 – Today’s content

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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 16 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).
Defence
Press Editorial: Inquiry into Defence Force actions in Afghanistan essential to clear the fog of war
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Defence cover-up starts to unravel
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): NZDF’s $2b aircraft plans postponed
Curwen Ares Rolinson: National’s Anti-Aircraft Fire At Ron Mark Proves To Be Blanks
Audrey Young (Herald): Former Defence Minister says he would have refused Air Force offer to pick him up near home
Newstalk ZB: Ron Mark to compare Defence Force actions to past Ministers
Newshub: Ron Mark threatens retaliation over Mark Mitchell’s NZDF aircraft allegations
1News: ‘I wouldn’t in a million years’ – National criticises Ron Mark’s NZDF aircraft use
Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Ron Mark refutes claims he made personal use of military aircraft
Audrey Young (Herald): Defence Minister Ron Mark accused using the Air Force as taxi service
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Defence minister under fire over Air Force flights
Stuff: Defence Minister Ron Mark in the firing line over NZDF flights

Legal profession sexual misconduct allegations
Matt Nippert and Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Revealed: Law deans’ letter of fury to Russell McVeagh
Damian George (Stuff): Hundreds of students rally against alleged widespread sexual harassment in law firms
Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Students demand end to Russell McVeagh’s govt contracts
Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Hundreds descend on Russell McVeagh
Talisa Kupenga (Maori TV): Hundreds of Law Students protest outside Russell McVeagh
Alice Peacock (Herald): Top legal practice in sex claim
Stuff: Chapman Tripp lawyers alleged to have had sex with students on law camp

Labour sexual misconduct allegations
Tim Murphy (Newsroom):How bad is bad enough?
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Gulping PM Jacinda Ardern learns political lesson the hard way
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): The Theory And Practice of Plausible Deniability
Chris Trotter: School For Scandal
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): In defence of Young Labour
Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘I’d rip their throats out’ – Judith Collins tears into Labour’s handling of Waihi camp incident
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): The definitive timeline of Labour’s sex scandal
Herald Editorial: Labour should not lose faith in its youth
Derek Cheng (Herald): Witness: People were vomiting in the toilets and bushes from too much boozing at Young Labour summer camp
Abbey Wakefield (Metro News): Sexual harassment claims at Christchurch Young Labour

International relations and trade
Jim Rolfe (Politik): China: Why we shouldn’t get so close
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Peters’ Putin problem
RNZ: Russia talks won’t hinder EU trade deal – Peters
Laura Walters (Stuff): British High Commissioner tells NZ to ‘prioritise’ trade deals, in wake of nerve agent attack
Herald: Police looking into alleged poisoning of Russian spy in NZ
Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On the PM’s Indonesian guest, West Papua and Perfume Genius
RNZ: NZ to put money where mouth is in Pacific, says Peters

Government and democracy
Paul Hobbs (1News): Exclusive: Fresh links revealed between MBIE and private investigation company accused of spying
Newstalk ZB: Govt-contracted private investigators Thompson and Clark slammed as ‘unethical’
Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Academics slam ‘waka-jumping’ bill
Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): Opinion: The money follows Labour again

EQC
Liz McDonald (Press): New laws, culture possible for Earthquake Commission: Minister
RNZ: Don’t buy a house repaired by EQC, Christchurch homeowner warns

Health
Newstalk ZB: Health professor: Take tobacco out of dairies
RNZ: Review to weigh up tobacco tax
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Plain packaging won’t deter hard-core smokers
Newstalk ZB: Expert: Tobacco tax clearly hasn’t worked
Stuff: Ministry of Health dragged feet on Waitematā DHB’s bowel cancer warnings
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Questions mount over major DHB initiative ahead of launch date
Kimberley Davis (Spinoff): What is going on with New Zealand’s midwives?
Stuff: How many deaths are there in New Zealand a year?
RNZ: Flooding may be behind leptospirosis rise

Police
Sam Hurley (Herald): Police’s Financial Intelligence Unit release report on money laundering, terrorism
1News: Police accept that their euthanasia meeting checkpoint stop was illegal
Matt Stewart and Tom Hunt (Stuff): IPCA: Police not justified in using illegal checkpoint to target euthanasia group members
RNZ: Checkpoint to find euthanasia supporters ruled unlawful
No Right Turn: Unlawful and unaccountable
Timaru Herald: Police taken to task, conviction quashed over ‘investigatory trick’
RNZ: When should police chase fleeing vehicles?
Stuff: I’m a cop – this is why I chase cars

Justice
Eva Corlett and Sally Murphy (RNZ): Sex offenders moved: Corrections to review processes
Jarred Williamson (Stuff): ‘Just dumped’: Public call on Corrections to explain placement of ‘high risk’ offenders
Charlotte Graham-McLay (Vice): What I Learned About Writing From the Women Inside New Zealand’s Prisons

Regional development
Madison Reidy (Stuff): Shane Jones gives Ngāti Whare $6m to grow millions of native trees
John Boynton (RNZ):Seed funding: Govt spends up on rural plant nursery
Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Lloyd Burr (Newshub): Minginui gets $6m cash injection for growing native tree seedlings

Environment
David Williams (Newsroom): Minister urged to intervene in the Mackenzie
Nita Blake-Persen (RNZ): Global warming threatening species’ survival, WWF warns
Dominic Harris (Stuff): ECan accused of ‘bending the law’ over consents for water bottling plants
Mike Watson (Stuff): National water quality targets for Taranaki rivers “overly optimistic”
RNZ: Accept new rate or dirty beaches – Auckland Mayor
Anan Zaki (Stuff): Calls for ‘birthplace of NZ’ to be heritage-listed

Child welfare
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Treasury poverty estimate out by 24,000 children
Laura Walters (Stuff): Treasury’s coding error shows fewer children lifted out of poverty than originally expected
Melanie Taylor (Herald): This is the real truth behind the caregiver shortage

Housing
Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘No one cares’ about National’s housing record – Judith Collins
Interest: Housing Minister anticipating significant chuck of the Government’s KiwiBuild homes will be prefabricated and bringing overseas companies to NZ to get the work done
John Roil (Hawke’s Bay Today): Are we facing housing Armageddon?

Tax
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Environmental taxes could be balanced by drop in GST, Sir Michael Cullen suggests
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): IRD says ‘dividend stripping’ cases involve tens of millions

Proposal to rename Hamilton Council
Libby Wilson (Waikato Times): Hamilton Mayor scraps Kirikiriroa City Council name change idea
RNZ: Hamilton mayor drops plan for name change
Horiana Henderson (Spinoff): Hamilton should honour Kirikiriroa Pā and the sacrifices made by its people
Listener: Goodbye Hamilton, hello Kirikiriroa: The growing push for Māori place names
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Hamilton City Council bogged down in bollocks over Kirikiriroa name change

Primary industries
Mike Watson (Stuff): Taranaki fishing operators welcome code of conduct
Wanganui Chronicle: Owners fight Whanganui forest’s Emissions Trading Scheme ineligibility
RNZ: Campaign aims to lower farm death toll
Alexa Cook (RNZ): Mānuka battle: Federal funding for Australian campaign

Animal welfare
Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Petition against pigs’ farrowing crates: ‘A life of despair’
1News: Farrowing crates for pigs give piglets ‘best opportunity of survival’, says Pork NZ, as petition calling for ban presented to parliament

Education
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Early childhood centres unsafe – teachers
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Teachers say put more reo in schools

Lance O’Sullivan
1News: Dr Lance O’Sullivan meeting with parties, keeping options open as he looks to political future
Alex Braae (Spinoff): Place your bids: How parties can tempt Dr Lance O’Sullivan to their team

Other
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Rising numbers of Kiwi ultra-rich
Chloe Winter (Stuff): How businesses, media, Government work on gaining public trust
Jo Moir (Stuff): Iwi says National MPs’ claims they weren’t consulted on America’s Cup base are wrong
Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Retailers insist they’re not holding EVs back
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Truck-trailer owners still need to respond to NZTA alert
Māori TV: Petition against Sir Bob Jones to be presented to Parliament
RNZ: NZ to help investigate Kiribati ferry disaster
RNZ: Huggies removes offensive list of Māori baby names
RNZ: NZ arts funder accused of institutional racism by Pacific artists
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Mapua community pitches in to keep costs down for event with ex-PM Helen Clark
RNZ: Stuff confirms closure of five publications
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Stuff confirms closure of five print titles

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

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