Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 20 2018 – Today’s content

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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 20 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).
Environment 
Audrey Young (Herald): Banning oil and gas exploration a question of when, not if
Richard Harman (Politik): Political oil
RNZ: Watch: Ardern clarifies oil exploration remarks
Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Bridges tells PM to be ‘honest’ about oil and gas plans
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the world has moved on in terms of fossil fuels
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Jacinda Ardern says she needs more time to consider oil exploration ban
Emma Hurley (Newshub): Government ‘actively considering’ Greenpeace petition to end oil and gas exploration
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Ardern says Government ‘actively considering’ call to end oil exploration
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Govt considers oil and gas exploration permits
Greg Presland (Standard): Ardern suggests that oil exploration may cease
Mei Heron (RNZ): Govt issues warning to smelters over toxic waste
Ian Telfer (RNZ): Tiwai smelter’s toxic waste to be exported
Thomas Anderson and Jonathan Boston (Dominion Post): Why New Zealand should ban internal combustion engines
Rachel Graham (RNZ): Hurunui council wants to buy shares in irrigation project

Greens give Question Time allowance to National
Claire Trevett (Herald): The Green Party’s patsies Prohibition
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Greens leader James Shaw doesn’t want politics to be war, but it is
Herald Editorial: Greens want to be a governing party, not a questioning one
Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Questioning The Greens
Brigitte Morten (RNZ): What the Greens-National deal reveals
Curwen Ares Rolinson (Daily Blog): On The Greens’ Transition From Voice In The Wilderness To Ventriloquism Through Handing Their Questions To National
Greg Presland (Standard): Greens give National their primary questions for oral answer
No Right Turn: Holding the government to account
Standard: Green Party statements on giving their parliamentary Questions to the Opposition
RNZ: Nats, Greens ‘can work together’ – Bridges
Rosie Gordon (Newstalk ZB): Green Party’s Question Time move ‘unprecedented’
1News: Green Party’s gift to National a ‘no strings attached’ deal – Simon Bridges
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Greens sick of asking ‘patsy’ questions – Bridges
Derek Cheng (Herald): Bridges pours cold water on National-Green coalition
Herald: National Party accepts Green Party offer of questions, but says it’s not a sign of a new partnership
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Smart move from the Greens

Tax and economy 
Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Our economically cancerous addiction
Andrew Coleman (Herald): Taxing retirement savings inflates the price of houses
Muriel Newman (NZCPR): A Tax Sham
Frank Newman (NZCPRO): The Future of Tax
Colin James (ODT): Multidisciplinary approach feature of Treasury’s ‘wellbeing economics’

International relations and trade
Richard Harman (Politik): Indonesian President gets support from Ardern
Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern talks trade and human rights with Indonesia President Joko Widodo
RNZ: Ardern to raise human rights issues with Indonesia’s President
Derek Cheng (Herald): Indonesian President Joko Widodo visits Pukeahu National War Memorial
RNZ: NZ seeks exemption from US steel and aluminium tariffs

Justice
Stuff: Government scraps ‘year and a day’ rule from Crimes Act
Derek Cheng (Herald): Government to repeal ‘year and a day’ law that stymied CTV collapse prosecutions
Newshub: ‘Year and a day’ law to be repealed by Government
John Walker (Spinoff): Whose fault is it when the young and vulnerable offend?
Anneke Smith (Hawke’s Bay Today): Children’s Commissioner: kids in cells ‘not an acceptable practice’
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand gay rights activists demand compensation over convictions
Bridget Grace (Newshub): High-profile prisoners take Corrections to court over ‘unlawful’ strip search
Kendra Cox (Reimagining Social Work): Professionals against prisons Aotearoa

Money laundering
Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): More than $1 billion is laundered in NZ every year: Police
Patrick O’Meara (RNZ): Criminals launder $1.35b a year in NZ
Nikki Mandow (BusinessDesk): More than $1.35b of illicit money a year heads to New Zealand for laundering

Police
Graham Adams (Noted): Why the IPCA report into illegal euthanasia checkpoint is alarming
Mike Yardley (Stuff): Would drivers be as likely to flee if NZ police were armed?

Primary industries
Conan Young (RNZ): MPI accused of failing to protect seabirds
Rod Oram: Revolutionary new foods challenge ‘natural’ farm products
Alexa Cook (RNZ): Primary sector exports set to have a successful year
Elena McPhee (ODT): New strain of calicivirus released on the Taieri

National
Mei Heron (RNZ): National apologises for mass database sign-up
Newshub: National Party apologises for error that added thousands to database
Guy Williams (ODT): MP says adding petitioners to donors’ list an error
Laura Walters (Stuff): Petitioners added to National Party’s mailing list without permission
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Why National should embrace true conservatism

Sexual misconduct allegations
Jo Moir (Stuff): Labour Party review of sexual assault handling to take up to three months
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Details of Labour’s sexual assault review revealed 
Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Labour’s victim-led approach under scrutiny
Bill Ralston (Listener): What the sexual harassment allegations mean for the Labour Party
1News: Human Rights Commission again in firing line over sexual harassment
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Chapman Tripp under fire, but should they be?

Health
Conan Young (RNZ): Call for Govt to increase dentist subsidies to help poor
Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On the (looming) nurses’ strike
Isobel Ewing (Newshub): Nurses to strike if no improvement on pay, working conditions
Cecile Meier (Stuff): Mental health nurses assaulted at Christchurch’s Hillmorton Hospital after police do not respond to call for help
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Māori narratives an alternative to western mental health system
ODT Editorial: Cycle-helmet foolishness
Michelle Duff (Stuff): Where is the best place in New Zealand to give birth?
Andrew Marshall (Southland Times): Maternity downgrade may breach ministry guidelines
Spinoff: ‘We have two lives in our hands and we’re paid less than minimum wage’
Herald: Fijian women’s reproductive health worse in NZ than Fiji
Kiri Gillespie (Bay of Plenty Times): Bay of Plenty’s looming aged care crisis
Mava Enoka (The Wireless): A drug experiment gone wrong?

Tobacco retailing 
Sally Murphy (RNZ): Dairy owners not sold on cigarette vending machines
Tom O’Connor (Waikato Times): Tobacco tax link can’t be ignored
Nikki Preston (Herald): Tobacco giant blames govt for rise in violent dairy robberies, calls for minimum jail sentences
Newshub: David Seymour says National, Labour will be responsible if dairy owners die
1News: David Seymour calls $1.7b in tobacco tax ‘blood money’ after violent dairy robberies

Auckland
Herald: Auckland Council to sell activist Penny Bright’s house to reclaim unpaid rates
Todd Niall (RNZ): Auckland cruise terminal management may be anti-competitive
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland Council not valuing sport, recreation and heritage buildings, say advocates
Herald: Mercer best-city survey: Auckland third, Wellington 15th

Media
Liam Hehir (Stuff): Content-sharing agreement between RNZ and The Spinoff muddies public radio waters
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Publisher puts a cat among the pigeons
Anna Connell (Newsroom): Media philanthropy – the way forward?
Newshub: Lloyd Burr announced as Newshub’s Europe Correspondent
Stuff: Newshub reporter Lloyd Burr moving to London to become Europe correspondent
Herald: MediaWorks counters Aussie report saying Oaktree is poised to sell the business
John Drinnan (MediaWeek): NZ Media News: Sky TV, Stuff closures, National Business Review, Radio NZ, The Newsroom

Obama visit
Patrick Gower (Newshub): Extensive media ban for Barack Obama’s NZ visit
1News: Barack Obama not talking to media at all during New Zealand visit
Eva Corlett (RNZ): Obama’s NZ visit: What’s on the agenda
David Cohen (RNZ): Golfing links: Pacing the photo-ops with US presidents
Herald: Key on Obama: ‘He was desperately keen to come’
Claire Trevett (Herald): Former US Ambassador returns to NZ to play golf with Obama

Chris Liddell White House appointment
Herald: Kiwi businessman Chris Liddell promoted to top White House role
RNZ: NZ-born businessman named Trump’s deputy chief of staff
Jenna Johnson (Stuff): Christopher Liddell named White House deputy chief of staff for policy

Other
Phil Pennington (RNZ): MBIE re-hires former chief exec on contract
Peter de Graaf (Northern Advocate): Air New Zealand feels Shane Jones’ wrath over axed regional air links
Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Immigration NZ aware of marriage visa sham claims
David Williams (Newsroom): 3% of households missed out on census code
Herald: Prefab homes a big hurdle for first-home buyers
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Blood, sweat and protests: on the rodeo trail in New Zealand
Jo Cribb (Stuff): Women in sport: Still too much a field of dreams

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

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