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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 23 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). Health RNZ: Nigel Murray saga: DHB board member believes more money owed Herald: Nigel Murray lost his job in Canada before taking up CEO at Waikato DHB Jonathan MacKenzie (Waikato Times): Chronic failure at Waikato DHB needs a cure Mike Hosking (Herald): Murray fiasco show health system ripe for reboot Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Waikato DHB board member says Murray and Simcock should take responsibility for expenses debacle Florence Kerr and Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Reference checks on disgraced Waikato DHB boss Nigel Murray missed ‘red flag’ Natalie Akoorie and Frances Cook (Herald): Nigel Murray expenses saga: Bob Simcock says he is ‘scapegoat’ for inquiry Mei Heron (RNZ): Hospital rot: Health Minister has frank words for DHB Phil Penington and Ruth Hill (RNZ): Hospital rot: Health Minister demands answers Phil Pennington and Ruth Hill (RNZ):Hospital buildings full of rot and mould Amy Wiggins (Herald): Toxic black mould, fungus and bacteria growing in leaky Middlemore Hospital buildings Newshub: Manukau DHB slammed for slow progress on rotting Middlemore Hospital buildings Emma Espiner (Newsroom): NZ dental care: the rotten truth Mandy Te (Stuff): District health boards funding more weight loss surgeries than Ministry of Health Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Long, ‘painful’ wait for change following suicides in DHB care RNZ: DHB admits stats wrong in tense public meeting Newshub: Smoke-free homes cut teen smoking Stuff: Half of New Zealand children not walking or cycling to school Newhsub: New Zealanders’ health hurt by car focus – study RNZ: ‘I wish I never met Nigel Murray’ – former DHB chair Ewan Sargent (Stuff): Supermarket cancels $3.99 bottle of wine special Shane Jones and Air NZ  Jane Patterson (RNZ): Power Play: Air NZ face-off highlights pitfalls for coalition Chester Borrows (Herald): Air NZ can’t complain about Shane Jones’ withering criticism Herald: Shane Jones defies PM, claims Air NZ boss wants to be National MP Mark Dawson (Wanganui Chronicle): Editorial: Shane Jones delivers a few home truths about our so-called ‘national carrier’ ODT Editorial: Ill advised intervention by Jones Matthew Hooton (Herald): Flying in the face of reason Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog):The Jonesy is right about Air NZ and why NZ First’s regional investment is so important Derek Cheng (RNZ): Opposition leader attacks Jones for slagging off Air NZ and then going to Obama dinner Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Shane Jones and the hint of hypocrisy Jonathan Coleman resigns  Press Editorial: By-election will test both Government and Opposition Henry Cooke (Stuff): By-Election: Labour candidate Shanan Halbert keen to run in Northcote again Stacey Kirk and Jo Moir (Stuff): National’s Jonathan Coleman calls time on Parliament, sparking a by-election in Northcote No Right Turn: Public service for private gain Derek Cheng (Herald): National MP Jonathan Coleman quits politics to run Acurity private hospital RNZ: National MP Jonathan Coleman to quit politics Emma Hurley and Lloyd Burr (Newshub): National MP Jonathan Coleman resigns from politics David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Coleman quitting politics National Richard Harman (Politik): National divided on tax cuts Yvette McCullough (Newstalk ZB): Coleman won’t be the last to go Alex Braae (Spinoff): The home stretch: Odds on which National MPs won’t survive the term Government  and integrity Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Are Labour and NZ First Partners in Populism – Or Not? Gwynn Compton (Libertas Digital): Government’s tough two weeks unlikely to hit poll numbers Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On the Ardern/Bridges problems with credibility Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: The battle for trust in NZ politics Environment  Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Scientists call on EPA to ban herbicide Benedict Collins (RNZ): Green MP accused of ministerial interference Jacinda Ardern (Dominion Post): I lived through fast economic change in the 80s. We won’t repeat that with our move to cleaner energy future Jane Matthews (Taranaki Daily News): Petroleum protesters plan to attend country’s biggest oil and gas conference in Wellington Dan Satherley (Newshub):Where climate change will hit NZ hardest revealed in new interactive map John Cousins (Bay of Plenty Times): New disease strain unleashed against rabbits Animal welfare  Michael Morrah (Newshub): Head of NZ Racing ‘uncomfortable’ with inactivity on animal welfare Katie Doyle (RNZ): Minister rejects rodeo ban, but ‘open’ to new evidence Zac Fleming (RNZ): Rodeos breach Animal Welfare Act, report finds Primary industries  Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): The Spierings-Wilson era no great success RNZ: ‘Appalling’ Fonterra result a case for NZer boss – economist Rod Oram (Newsroom):‘Fonterra’s selective and unrealistic view’ No Right Turn: Pervasive criminality RNZ: Another victory in case for mānuka’s NZ origin Auckland Bernard Orsman (Herald): Phil Goff knows best when it comes to business class travel RNZ: Akl councillors vote down ‘inhumane’ flight restrictions Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland councillors vote to keep business class travel for staff Jackson Thomas (Central Leader): Auckland Council’s ‘wild spending’ on travel needs to be tightened up, councillor says Todd Niall (RNZ): Ombudsman probes Akl Council over report release delay Simon Wilson (Herald): Why is council short changing the arts and sport? Isobel Ewing (Newshub): Aussie billionaire’s superyacht contaminates Auckland’s waterfront Julie Iles (Stuff): Auckland’s economy has topped $100 billion Justice RNZ: No choice but to double bunk at Arohata – Corrections Derek Cheng (Herald): Ombudsman Peter Boshier slams Corrections over double-bunking RNZ: Critical report spurs prison facelift RNZ: New book challenges perceptions of ‘fair’ judicial system Drugs RNZ: Synthetic cannabis petition delivered by dead son’s father Benedict Collins (RNZ): War on drugs has failed – Helen Clark Lucy Bennett (Herald): Helen Clark backs festival drug-testing and injecting rooms Housing RNZ: Rent bidding ‘an unacceptable practice’ – Housing Minister Henry Cooke (Stuff): Phil Twyford introduces bill to ban letting fees Herald: No more gouging renters as letting fees to go: Housing Minister Phil Twyford Mark Story (Hawkes Bay Today): Editorial: Home is where the bach is Greg Groufsky (ODT): Building homes – not just new houses John Boyton (RNZ): Glen Innes exhibition a reminder of the past Transport and road safety  Listener: On the misguided crusade to make bike helmets optional Herald: Legislation for a regional fuel tax introduced to Parliament by Transport Minister Phil Twyford Herald: Report: Lives being lost due to transport strategies in NZ cities Karl du Fresne (Dominion Post): Signs of contempt and confusion Education  Liz Gordon (Daily Blog): The definitive guide to NOT scrapping school deciles Simon Collins (Herald):Cheap air fares blamed for school attendance falling to new low RNZ: School attendence drop blamed on illness Karoline Tuckey (Manawatū Standard): Teacher shortage threatens future of workshop classes in Manawatū Herald: Kiwi dad’s rant on ‘outrageous’ school uniform prices goes viral Employment Madison Reidy (Stuff): Bill to stop ‘temp agencies’ exploiting workers passes Victoria University (Newsroom): We need to talk about workplace bullying Sarah Dowie (Southland Times): Time running out to halt employment law changes Obama visit  John Minto: Barack Obama – champion of the rich Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Parenting advice from Barack Obama to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern RNZ: Obama-generated publicity for NZ: ‘A real coup’ Johnny Moore (Stuff): The fuss over the visit by sell-out Barack Obama is just plain yucky Herald: Revealed: Barack Obama’s speech at New Zealand’s exclusive dinner party of the year Herald: Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking on Barack Obama’s Auckland dinner: ‘4 out of 10’ Stuff: Garner: So close to Obama ‘I could see the detail on his big gold wedding ring’   Adam Dudding (Stuff): Revealed! The REAL reason Obama came to New Zealand RNZ: Privilege to welcome Obama – Ardern Claire Trevett (Herald): Obama leaves today after one last glimpse of Auckland – but few got to glimpse him Newshub:Barack Obama’s advice to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Derek Cheng (Herald): Barack Obama tells National leader Simon Bridges that Sir John Key a ‘terrible golf cheat’ Stuff: Barack Obama calls National’s leader Simon Bridges, on John Key’s phone Facebook and Cambridge Analytica Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Facebook scandal a slap in the face for users Newshub: The secret file that tells you what data Facebook has on you Media Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): The Political Economy of Mainstream Political Journalism John Drinnan (Herald): Women making the news Simon Pound (Spinoff): Alex Clark and Duncan Greive on how crowdfunding can support good journalism Māori TV:Māori Television Board welcomes new director Other Lucy Bennett (Herald): SIS and GCSB reports reveal over 100 warrants in force to keep tabs on Kiwis and foreigners Illya McLellan (Dominion Post): Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and Crown take big step in $93 million settlement RNZ: Cadbury’s Dunedin factory turns out final sweets today RNZ: Plunket criticism unfair, fundraiser says Herald: Abortion Rights Aotearoa releases diagram that shows complexity of accessing an abortion Brian Fallow (Herald): Tax sends the wrong message on saving Phil Pennngton (RNZ): Cheap Chinese, Malaysian steel not dumped – Ministry Emile Donovan (RNZ): Insurance advisers’ knuckles rapped over shoddy practices Adele Redmond (Stuff): Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter says old white men should ‘move on’ from company boards Clare Curran (Southland Times): Census means govt makes better decisions Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Inspiring rangatahi to fly to the United Nations 1News: Dr Lance O’Sullivan now taking 12 Kiwi students to UN due to ‘calibre’ of applications Shane Jones criticises Air NZ  Press Editorial: Jones doing his job – advocating for regions RNZ: Regional mayors support Shane Jones’ Air NZ callout Andrew Geddis (Spinoff): Does Shane Jones want Air New Zealand to break the law? Lloyd Burr (Newstalk ZB): Air NZ boss wants to lead National Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Government should front up and say if Shane Jones’ Air NZ crusade is all talk Grant Bradley (Herald): Why Air NZ is the politicians’ favourite whipping boy Nick Leggett (Stuff): Jones-Air NZ spat a chance for Govt to rethink how it uses its slice of airline Mike Hosking (Herald): Shane Jones’ Air New Zealand attack overflew the mark Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Jones told to face economic facts following broadside attacking Air NZ Derek Cheng (Herald): PM reprimands Shane Jones for calling for Air NZ sackings Jane Patterson (RNZ): Jones’ Air NZ comments ‘a step too far’ – PM Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom):Jones rebuked over Air NZ attacks Newshub: Minister Shane Jones wants heads to roll over Air New Zealand flight feud Henry Cooke (Stuff): Shane Jones accepted Air New Zealand hospitality, say Nats 1News: Shane Jones to attend Air NZ’s Obama dinner, despite blasting the airline Derek Cheng (Herald): National to Shane Jones: Stop bullying Air NZ Kate Hawkesby (Herald): Shane Jones’ bully boy Air NZ tactics fly in the face of good governance Environment  Jane Patterson (RNZ): Future mining permits a delicate balance for government Alexander Gillespie (Stuff): Oil and gas question a litmus test for PM on commitment to climate change 1News: ‘Most of that question was incorrect’ – Jacinda Ardern snaps back at Simon Bridges’ energy question Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): No action on rising seas without law change Newstalk ZB: Charities board denies Greenpeace charity status Primary Industries  Michael Morrah (Newshub): Report reveals illegal Kaikoura fishing activity Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Forestry industry ‘tick’ belies a different standard Mark Jennings (Newsroom): Battle of the barns Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Spierings: Some good initiatives but farmers say he never ‘got’ them David Hargreaves (Interest): Fonterra’s orchestration of the announcement of CEO Theo Spierings departure was symphony-like RNZ: Fonterra boss Theo Spierings to step down Gyles Beckford (RNZ): Fonterra profit tumbles on writedowns Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Fonterra CEO going after big loss Lois Williams (RNZ): Avocado growers’ water take divides Northland communities Government Richard Harman (Politik): Tensions at the top Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised intervention, but is delivering uncertainty Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: The logic of the Greens’ question-time giveaway Tax and economy Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Why a land tax is the best tax reform Craig McCulloch (RNZ): No need for ‘sledgehammer’ tax avoidance rules – Westpac Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): How future governments’ policies and spending priorities will be shaped by both wellbeing and GDP being factored into their decision-making Obama visit Michael Daly and Leith Huffadine (Stuff): Should Barack Obama get red-carpet treatment for his private NZ trip? Patrick Gower (Newshub): Sir Peter Jackson, Sir John Key dine with Barack Obama at The Landing Claire Trevett (Herald): A President, a former Prime Minister and a peacock Madison Reidy and Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Obama’s dinner guest list is a who’s who of business and politics Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Obama watch – the guest list that really counts Herald: Mayors, Members of Parliament marked to dine with former US president Barack Obama 1News: John Key reveals he was the ‘bait’ that lured Barack Obama to New Zealand after many years of private text messages Zizi Sparks (Rotorua Daily Post): Rotorua women to meet Obama at exclusive Auckland brunch Māori TV: Wāhine Toa group to meet Obama Eva Corlett (RNZ): Obama and Key tee off during fleeting NZ visit Herald: ”Team NZ won’: Barack Obama lost his first golf game, John Key says Steven Kilgallon (Stuff): Where Barack Obama and John Key could have played: A tale of two golf courses Peter de Graaf (Northern Advocate): Barack Obama breezes through Northland for 24-hour visit Claire Trevett (Herald): The verdict: Former US President Barack Obama’s first impressions Herald: Former US President Barack Obama’s first taste of New Zealand Sam Hurley (Herald): Chief High Court Justice rules against Barack Obama subpoena in Kim Dotcom case The Listener: What US presidents thought about New Zealand Privacy Bill  Derek Cheng (Herald): All companies to report privacy breaches under new bill but no big penalties if firms own up No Right Turn: Replacing the Privacy Act Justice Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Human rights law change ‘repugnant’ Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): Family Court’s handling of violence under scrutiny Nigel Murray and Waikato DHB Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Half of health boss Nigel Murray’s claims for travel and accommodation unjustified – State Services Commissioner Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Details of Nigel Murray’s spending of taxpayer money made public Aaron Leaman and Florence Kerr (Stuff): SSC investigation finds Waikato health boss Nigel Murray, DHB wanting Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Nigel Murray claimed a large relocation expense once before Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Renewed focus on health boss Nigel Murray’s track record Dan Satherley and Brooke Hobson (Newshub): More than half of former Waikato DHB CEO Nigel Murray’s spending unjustified – report Health Phil Pennington (RNZ): Hospital buildings full of rot and mould Stuff: ‘Health rationing’ possible in the face of looming diabetes rates Rob Beaglehole (Stuff): We can’t trust Big Soda to look after our kids Olly Munro (Stuff): New Zealand Beverage Council: ‘We know we’re part of the problem’ Rachel Thomas (Stuff): The Sugar Fix: Pre-schoolers get free education through sugar tax Rachel Thomas (Stuff): Berkeley’s sugar tax saves school gardens and launches ‘health parties’ Simon Maude (Stuff): ‘Deep concerns’ over ministry’s bowel cancer response RNZ: Bowel screening review head appointed Cecile Meier (Stuff): Typist spends six days in Christchurch Hospital waiting for ‘urgent’ thumb surgery, only to be told she doesn’t need it SIS Audrey Young (Herald): New Zealand’s terror-risk watch list remains steady at 30 to 40, spy chief tells MPs Tracy Watkins (Stuff): SIS boss: Some Islamic State extremists grow up, marry, move on RNZ: Foreign states attempt to access sensitive NZ information Drugs  Matt Stewart (Stuff): Cannabis should be decriminalised and taxed to pay for synthetics and meth treatment, says justice advocate Derek Cheng (Herald): Bill to toughen penalty for supplying synthetic drugs passes first reading Local government Dan Satherley (Newshub): Economy or business-class? Auckland Council set to decide John Tamihere (Herald): Where do our rates go? With the council, you never know Robin Martin (RNZ): New Plymouth water supply upgrade to cost millions Thomas Manch (Stuff): Hamilton City Councillors smell a rat in allegations of preferential treatment by CEO RNZ: Barking mad? Pets welcomed on Wgtn’s public transport Defence  Herald: NZDF staff asked to ‘tell the truth’ after alleged SAS operation cover-up No Right Turn: Pointed criticism Andrew McRae (RNZ):RNZAF to unveil flying boat monument in Fiji Education  Karoline Tuckey (Manawatū Standard): Academic says schools should be open about how they spend public money Jai Breitnauer (North & South): The curious incident of the boy in the headlines Helen King (Stuff): Government announces extra funding for teacher refresher courses after original money snapped up Julia Batchelor-Smith (Stuff): Universal free lunches mean poor, hungry kids aren’t stigmatized Cambridge Analytica Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Facebook investigations gain another follower Stuff: Will Easton runs Facebook Australia and New Zealand, and he’s staying quiet Damien Venuto (Herald): Controversial data firm Cambridge Analytica linked with The Warehouse RNZ: Explainer: Why you should care about Cambridge Analytica Other Newshub: Rodeo is illegal, report from lawyer group claims Rosemary McLeod (Dominion Post): You can’t make too big a thing of the Young Labour camp misconduct Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Govt open to adding Māori representative to Public Media Advisory Board RNZ: More claims of spying by Thompson and Clark Newshub: Pike river re-entry ‘genuinely possible’ – Govt advisor]]>