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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. [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). 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]]>