Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 21 2018 – Today’s content

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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 21 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 
Benedict Collins (RNZ): EPA warned about scientist’s behavior
James Renwick (Spinoff): Quit the oil drip: NZ can be the leader on fossil fuels the world desperately needs
Dominion Post Editorial: Drilling down to find some meaning
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Peters: NZ First won’t compromise on oil and gas permits position
Finn Hogan (Newshub): James Shaw will be ‘disappointed’ if PM grants more oil and gas exploration permits
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Greenpeace says Ardern has ‘the benefit of the doubt’ over end to oil
1News: PM rejects Bridge’s claim her oil exploration message to activists just a political stunt
Jamie Morton (Herald): PM’s oil and gas remarks will have ‘chilling effect’ – MP
Mike Watson (Stuff): Taranaki oil sector ready to move away from fossil fuel exploration
Robin Martin (RNZ): PM’s oil and gas comments cause anxiety in Taranaki
Lucy Bennett (Herald): There are other resources besides oil and gas, Ardern says
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern says ‘everything’ is on the table in decision on oil exploration
Rebecca Macfie (Listener): Why cross-party support on climate change is vital for New Zealand
No Right Turn: Climate change: The necessary transition
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Will the Government ban cars?
Jamie Morton (Herald): Dolphin deaths prompt order to fast-track protection plan
Conan Young (RNZ): Five Hector’s dolphins killed in fisher’s net
Andrea Vance (1News): Fishing methods in spotlight after five endangered dolphins found dead
Jo Moir (Stuff): Five Hector’s dolphins die in fishing nets prompting acceleration of protection measures

Shane Jones criticises Air NZ 
Bryan Gould: What matters to our “national” airline – profits or customers
Mei Heron (RNZ): Govt has ‘means and mechanisms’ to influence Air NZ
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Shane Jones calls for Air NZ chair to step down, asks CEO to step down or shut up
Herald: Shane Jones takes aim at Air New Zealand board, CEO Christopher Luxon
RNZ: Air NZ’s attitude towards provinces needs to improve – Minister
Jo Moir (Stuff): Shane Jones continues war of words with Air NZ as chairman hits back
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Maori TV): Air NZ focusing on profit, not people – Shane Jones
Grant Bradley (Herald): Air New Zealand tells Government to back off after Shane Jones’ criticism
Jonathan Underhill (BusinessDesk): Air NZ tells Shane Jones to butt out over axing routes
Derek Cheng (Herald): Regional Development Minister Shane Jones blasts Air NZ: ‘Used car salesmen treat provinces better’
Derek Cheng (Herald): PM defends minister’s swipe at Air NZ cutting regional flights

Greens-National Question Time deal
Damon Rusden (Newsroom): Principle and practicality; Greens walk fine line
Henry Cooke (Stuff): What is Question Time, and do we need it any more?
Steven Cowan (Against the current): The cyan party
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Green Party Political Polyamory

Government 
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Ardern is the Helen Key of politics
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Ardern and the ‘experts’
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog):Oh come on everyone – how is it a surprise that Labour/Greens/NZ First had no idea what to do?
Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): Policy flip-flopping on the road to progress
Michael Reddell: Eaqub on NZ policymaking
1News: Simon Bridges accuses Jacinda Ardern of failing to meet Government’s ‘high bar’ of taxpayer spending over Chatham Islands trip

Parliament
Audrey Young (Herald): Team Bridges goes head-to-head with Team Ardern in Question Time
Graeme Edgeler (Public address): A submission on the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment bill
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): NZ First website broken since November after someone moved a folder
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): January/February 2018 public polls

Economy and tax
Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): The political maths of tax is shifting
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): NZ could follow Europe and impose revenue tax on likes of Google and Facebook
Michael Reddell: Taxes, housing, and economic underperformance
RNZ: ‘Healthy’ growth in government balance sheet
Richard Harman (Politik): What should the Government own?
Chris Hutching (Stuff): Post election blues gone as investment and consumer confidence jumps
RNZ: Consumer confidence back to normal
Rebecca Howard (Newsroom): Only one in nine companies investing in R&D

International relations and trade 
Brian Rudman (Herald): Going back to the future
Chris Trotter (Stuff): Why is the world not more outraged by the chemical attacks of the West?
Newshub: Why Jacinda Ardern won’t call Vladimir Putin about his Russian election win
Nick Collins (Herald): Trump’s tariffs will see more steel dumped on markets like ours

Justice and police
Laura Walters (Stuff): Police Minister says cops concerned about stress and workload, not pay
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Outdated blasphemy law to be repealed
No Right Turn: Repealing Blasphemous Libel
Stuff: Man guilty of kissing stranger faces seven-year jail sentence under ‘third strike’ law

Sexual misconduct allegations and MeToo
Claire Trevett (Herald): Labour MP Liz Craig believed processes in place for summer camp party
Newshub: MP ‘absolutely dismayed’ at Young Labour assault claims
Susan Hornsby-Geluk (Stuff): Employers must understand how to handle #metoo complaints
Herald: Hospitality workers join #MeToo movement to counter sexual harassment

Health
Dubby Henry (Herald): DHBs, nursing union ‘hopeful’ strikes can be avoided but preparing for worst
Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Nurses’ protest Facebook page nearly shut down twice
Laura Keys (Stuff): Nurses have your lives in our hands – but we’re burnt out
Michelle Duff (Stuff):Staff shortages leave mothers in labour helping one another
Scott Yeoman (Herald): ‘Save Midwives’ meeting in Tauranga called off after MPs cancel
Herald: Nigel Murray was put on leave instead of suspension during expenses investigation
Dubby Henry (Herald): Thirteen-year-old with Crohn’s disease takes toilet fight to Parliament
Herald: Police respond to claims they did not attend staff assaults at Christchurch’s Hillmorton Hospital

Drugs
Newshub: Medical cannabis users ‘too afraid’ of police to submit on Bill
Derek Cheng (Herald): Tougher sentences for psychoactive drug to pass first hurdle
Herald and Daily Mail: FBI catches students selling drugs through New Zealand on dark web

Local government
Todd Niall (RNZ): LGOIMA: When old news grows ripe
Margaret Stanley (Herald): Let’s keep Auckland green
Libby Wilson (Stuff): Hamilton councillors get new behaviour rules
Herald: Hamilton mayor says developers won’t take advantage of council -‘they’re not the profiteering type’

Media
Rachel Stewart (Herald): Journalists need to champion the weather
Marc Wilson (Listener):How your views are shaped by the websites you visit
RNZ: Stuff to launch online movie streaming platform

Obama visit
Stuff: John Key hoping to be on same golf team as Barack Obama
New Zealand Herald editorial: It is an honour to have Obama here
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Barack Obama visit highlights Labour’s shameful stance on foreign buyers
Claire Trevett (Herald): Former US President Barack Obama arrives in New Zealand
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Barack Obama and John Key’s bromance endures
Herald: Mega-move: Kim Dotcom’s bid to get Obama to appear in court over NZ damages case
1News: ‘I think he’s going to thoroughly enjoy it’ – Sir John Key set to take Barack Obama ‘for a bit of a bash’ around some of NZ’s great golf courses
Dileepa Fonseka and Craig Hoyle (Auckland Now): The man who said no to Barack Obama: Mayors accept offers to spend time with ex-US president, except one
RNZ: Sam Neill to host conversation with Barack Obama

Chris Liddell White House appointment
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Liddell climbing White House ladder
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern plays down value of NZ’s Trump connection
Liam Dann (Herald): Why would Liddell even want a job with Trump?
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Who is Chris Liddell?
RNZ: Chris Liddell: From Waikato to the White House
Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Who is Chris Liddell? New Zealander went from ‘Hobbiton’ to Trump’s White House
Alex Braae (Spinoff): How does Chris Liddell fit into Trump’s White House?

Crown-Māori relations and culture
Simon Maude (Stuff): ‘Force to be reckoned with’ Auckland iwi remembers
RNZ: Āpihai Te Kawau treaty signing commemorated
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Deadline looms for Crown Māori Language Strategy
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Public input sought to shape Crown-Māori relations
Donna-Lee Biddle (Stuff): Westside Stories: What’s Waikato-Tainui’s role in helping Huntly?
Alex Birchall: Waitangi Day: New Directions in Maori Politics? 
Nicole Hawkins (The Spinoff): You can’t copyright culture, but damn I wish you could
Brendaniel Weir (The Spinoff): Can Pākehā authors write Māori characters? Should they?

Earthquake politics
Michael Wright (Stuff): No charge over fatal earthquake building collapse ‘absolutely gut-wrenching’, father says
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Taxpayers to foot bigger EQC bill
Newswire:Earthquake Commission set to undergo numerous changes
Michael Hayward (Stuff): EQC’s liability cap increasing to $150k, claim time limit extending to two years
David Williams (Newsroom):Inner-city apartments eyed for KiwiBuild

Hit and Run in Afghanistan
Herald: NZDF confirms photos in ‘Hit & Run’ was where Operation Burnham took place
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Herald catch NZDF out in war crime lie

Housing
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Housing Minister asks Statistics NZ to measure homelessness more often
Lee-Anne Duncan (Spinoff): In the census, do the homeless count?
RNZ: Government plans count of homeless

Education
Jai Breitnauer (Listener): A Wellington school’s struggle to fund its special needs programme
Astrid Austin (Hawke’s Bay Today): Education review to begin in Havelock North
Laurel Stowell (Wanganui Chronicle): Rangitikei iwi buys Turakina Maori Girls’ College
Florence Kerr (Stuff): Former Wintec HR adviser wants auditor-general investigation widened

Plunket
Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Plunket has lost its way by turning corporate
1News: Jacinda Ardern defends Plunket’s business model amid $180K plus salaries: ‘What the taxpayer funds the taxpayer gets’
1News: The real problem with Plunket’s finances is lack of transparency, says Taypayers’ Union after complaints about organisation’s spending

Road safety
Stuff: Driven to death: NZ’s abysmal road toll
RNZ: Feedback sought on dangerous stretch of road
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Authorities face logjam for urgent safety checks

Other
Mark Jennings and Melanie Reid (Newsroom): Free-range egg supplier under investigation
Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Forgotten labour-hire bill resurrected
Paul Mitchell (Stuff): ‘Lost child’ hopes to live to see apology for abuse in New Zealand
Nikki Mandow and Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Hanover’s Mark Hotchin selling $9m+ Waiheke pad
Susan Devoy (Stuff): Sharing people’s stories of racial prejudice leads to tolerance
Alexa Cook (RNZ): Struggle to find enough homes for Kaimanawa horses
Herald: Arrest after hunting dogs died in torched stolen vehicle in Northland
Jess Berentson-Shaw (Spinoff): Mark Richardson says being a parent is ‘not a job’. But why not?
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Did the National Party use Cambridge Analytica through Thiel’s Palantir in the 2017 election?
Pete George: Was New Zealand’s election rigged by foreign powers?

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