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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. [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). 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?]]>