Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 23 2018 – Today’s content

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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.

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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).
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

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