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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 26 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 Nicholas Jones (Herald): Rest homes investigation: bedsore deaths, expired medication, hungry residents Nicholas Jones (Herald): Vulnerable elderly restrained in chairs all day: documents Nicholas Jones (Herald): Rest home changes ‘on table’ after residents left hungry, in pain Herald Editorial: Rest home watchdog required Deena Coster (Stuff): The unhealthy pressure on our health system Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Waikato DHB chairman told to fire Nigel Murray if unauthorised spending found Karen Brown (RNZ): DHB staff intimidated by Nigel Murray – report Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Should appointed members of Waikato DHB be sacked over Nigel Murray resignation decision? Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Doctors’ union defends DHB chiefs – Nigel Murray’s behaviour ‘not typical’ Aaron Leaman and Florence Kerr (Stuff): Waikato DHB members go to ground following damning Nigel Murray report ODT: Short time for huge task — specialist Rachel Thomas (Stuff): Health minister pours water on public-private partnership offer for elective surgeries RNZ: Counties Manukau DHB says it’s not monitoring rotting walls Jamie Morton (Herald): Liggins study: Maori, Pacific babies with heart defect worse off Cecile Meier (Stuff): New mums deserve better care Tracy Neal (RNZ): Hospice may have to charge users Katie Doyle (RNZ): Number of pokie machines in Māori communities ‘hugely disproportionate’ Stephen Berry (Spinoff): Pharmac’s anti-HIV drug subsidy is an own goal for LGBT Neville Blampied and Robert Hughes (Stuff): The problems with anecdotal evidence Air NZ  Aaron Leaman, Thomas Manch, Hannah Martin and Tara Shaskey (Stuff): Air New Zealand shuttering one of last engineer hubs in regions as public anger grows Jonathan Milne (Stuff): Obama says global businesses must care for the little people; Air NZ should take note Audrey Young (Herald): Air NZ attack scores bullseye for brand Jones Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Barack Obama’s NZ trip may have backfired for airline Brian Gould (Herald): Air NZ must be told marooning towns not part of plan RNZ: Air NZ ‘has lost the identity as NZ’s national carrier’ Jason Walls (Interest): NZ First MP Shane Jones’ calculated pot shots at Air New Zealand an attempt to garner voter support in the regions Damien Grant (Stuff): Shane Jones right to clip wings of Air NZ board Ged Cann (Stuff): Cut Kāpiti service could leave Wellington region vulnerable in case of natural disasters RNZ: Otaki MP: No “plan C” for Kāpiti flights Andrew Gunn (Stuff): Welcome to your Air New Zealand flight Mr Jones Housing  Bruce Morris (Newsroom): Phil the Builder makes his first big deal Russell Brown (Public Address): The Unitec project: Something new, with a rolling start Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): KiwiBuild ‘suburb’ will look like a dump in a decade RNZ: Taxpayers to help pay for new Auckland housing project RNZ: Auckland housing plan nothing new – Bridges Dan Satherley (Newshub): We planned those KiwiBuild homes – National 1News: ‘We are going to change the market dynamic’ – Housing Minister announces new build in Auckland to meet promise Alice Peacock (Herald): ‘The end of the beginning’: Mt Albert housing development will help address Auckland’s housing crisis RNZ: Thousands of new homes to be built in Mt Albert Newshub: First KiwiBuild houses announced Herald: 3000 to 4000 low cost homes to be built on Unitec land in central Auckland Auckland Now: 4000 homes to be built in Mt Albert Greg Groufsky (ODT): Building homes – not just new houses RNZ: Family facing homelessness ask ‘what’s happened to NZ?’ Lucy Telfar Barnard (RNZ): Letting fees: goodbye and good riddance Henry Cooke (Stuff): Will banning letting fees raise rents? Anne Gibson (Herald): Letting fee axe could reignite rental auctions: Landlord Derek Cheng (Herald): Cutting letting fees will push up rents, National Party warns Reserve Bank  Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Jenna Lynch (Newshub): An idiot’s guide to today’s changes at the Reserve Bank BusinessDesk: Reserve Bank ends total focus on price stability Liam Dann (Herald): Will big Reserve Bank reforms move your rates? Patrick O’Meara (RNZ): Changes to the way interest rates are set to be revealed Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): On the new PTA Liam Dann (Herald): Who is the new Reserve Bank Governor? Richard Harman (Politik): Treasury- Reserve Bank power struggle Dominion Post Editorial: Adrian Orr becomes Reserve Bank governor at a time of change Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): On aspects of Reserve Bank reform Environment Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Nothing the oil industry doesn’t already know 1News: Russel Norman says PM accepting Greenpeace petition to end oil exploration raises hopes Gareth Hughes (Stuff): We need to end oil exploration in New Zealand Grant Bradley (Herald): Oil and gas chiefs meet as Government mulls future of the sector Jonathan Young (Stuff): Gas exports would reduce global emissions Brian Easton (Pundit): Are We Boiling Frogs? Julian Lee (Press): Environment Canterbury has given an infringement notice to itself for polluting a stream Phil Pennington (RNZ): Toxic foam: Defence Force didn’t tell council of water risks 1News: Government claims it’s not getting value for money consulting with iwi on water policy Leith Huffadine (Stuff): Why millions of coffee cups end up in rubbish dumps Heather Roy: Where’s the Truth in Recycling? RNZ: Virus to be released to wild rabbits in Waikato Justice and legal profession Graeme Edgeler (Public Address): Voting disqualifications Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Prisoners’ right to vote entrenched in electoral act, lawyer says Newshub: Double-bunking at women’s prison not acceptable – Ombudsman 1News: Concerns raised over ‘double bunking’ of prisoners at overcrowded NZ prisons Arthur Taylor (Daily Blog): Corrections Is Cramming Them in Tighter Than Sardines! Derek Cheng (Herald): Govt set to pay compensation for another miscarriage of justice – with top-up for inflation Jono Galuszka (Stuff): National leader Simon Bridges talks up ‘tough on crime’ stance Ruth Hill (RNZ):Judges worst offenders in law harassment survey RNZ: Bullying in the courtroom: ‘We want to stop it’ Charlotte Carter (Herald):“Bullying of counsel is not acceptable” – Chief Justice responds to damning law survey Stuff: Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias rebukes judges after revelations of widespread bullying Olivia Wensley (Herald): Law’s dirty little secret is exposed. Olivia Wensley explains how to make real change Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Legal workplaces must do more to achieve gender equality, report says Transport and road safety  Damian George (Stuff): Government-funded report advocated cheaper Wellington rail fares – but it was never published Adam Jacobson (Auckland Now): Government introduces regional fuel tax legislation Andrew McRae (RNZ): Dangerous road: ‘Our lives don’t seem to matter’ Newshub: Northland’s SH1 washout blamed on underfunding Jonathan Coleman and National Mark Sainsbury (Newshub): Self-serving Coleman treating taxpayers like chumps Gwynn Compton (Libertas Digital): Labour has every chance to win Northcote by-election RNZ: Jonathan Coleman hangs up on hospital rot interview Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Revealed: what Jonathan Coleman was thinking this morning Newstalk ZB: Coleman’s departure gives National an opportunity Newshub: David Carter, Nick Smith could be next to go – Matthew Hooton Leah Te Whata (Māori TV): National Party leader Simon Bridges returns to marae Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): National to entice Māori vote through Kahurangi Blue groups Jesse King (Wanganui Chronicle): National leader Simon Bridges talks Obama in Whanganui Herald: National leader Simon Bridges gets down at Pasifika Newshub: Simon Bridges’ ‘unbelievea-bull’ Instagram mistake Parliament  Jo Moir (Stuff): Māori being able to vote for any party the key message after Hosking got it wrong Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Māori voters get to choose between Māori and general rolls Lucy Bennett (Herald): Chance to choose general or Māori electoral roll Bronwyn E Wood and Nick Munn (The Conversation): How lowering the voting age to 16 could save democracy Andrew Sealey (Stuff): Sixteen is the future age of reason and responsibility Derek Cheng (Herald): Labour and National talk to real people, steer clear of Cambridge Analytica-style data services Stuff: Below the Beltway: A week in politics Philip Matthews (Stuff): Week in Review: Obamania or Baracknophobia? Government  John Armstrong (1News): Jacinda Ardern has appeared flustered, even rattled, during the first crises to hit her Government Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Who needs friends like Labour’s coalition partners? Paul Little (Herald): Government should tackle bigger issues than blasphemy Sonia Mazey and Jeremy Richardson (Stuff): Taking your time and being deliberative can avoid policy blunders in a wired world Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Greens volunteer to be cannon fodder Chris Trotter (Bowalley Road): Asking The Right Questions. Herald: Ed Sheeran pays visit to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for a cuppa and scones Julie Ann Genter on “old white men”  Steven Cowan: The trickle down feminism of Julie Ann Genter Dominion Post Editorial: Genter on gender: maybe a little gentler? John Drinnan (ZagZigger): Genter Talks Like An Activist, Not A Minister David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Minister wants old white men to eff off and die Jazial Crossley (Spinoff): Yes, we need more diversity on boards – and that isn’t anti-white men Newshub: ‘Old white men’ should make way for others – Julie Anne Genter Stuff: Julie Anne Genter comments on old white men ‘silly’: Bridges Pete George (Your NZ): Overreaction to silly Genter ‘old white men’ comments International relations and trade  Audrey Young (Herald): Visiting leaders show disrespect by failing to share platform with Jacinda Ardern Colin Peacock (RNZ): How Widodo went under the radar Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On a trade war with China Audrey Young (Herald): Too much uncertainty on US trade for NZ to take a position, says Trade Minister Parker RNZ: Lack of clarity around US tariff decisions – Trade Minister 1News: Looming US-China trade war ‘very worrying’ for NZ says senior economist, trade expert Herald: Todd McClay blasts Government over delayed steel tariff response Dave Armstrong (Stuff): Free trade between morality and economic might Laura Walters (Stuff): PM’s dad Ross Ardern to become Administrator of Tokelau Obama visit  Finlay Macdonald (RNZ): Obama’s visit to NZ: ‘He came, he saw, he putted’ Colin Peacock (RNZ): Obamamania in overdrive Claire Trevett (Herald): Obama out: Sir John Key’s hunt for the elusive tweet begins Steve Braunias (Herald): The Secret Diary of Barack Obama David Slack (Stuff): My old mate Barack Obama Damien Venuto (Herald): Which Barack Obama sponsor got the best bang for its buck in New Zealand? Newshub: Obama was ‘hungover, sunburnt and really tired’ – Patrick Gower Duncan Garner (Stuff): Dear Mr President, sorry about the moaners Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Sir John Key really is Obama’s bro and other highlights of Barack Obama’s first trip to NZ Steven Cowan (Against the current): The media go gaga over Obama Oscar Kightley (Stuff): I cringed as I watched us fawn over Obama RNZ: Barack Obama impressed after meeting Māori wahine leaders Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Business leaders on their night with Barack Obama Samantha Olley (Rotorua Daily Post): Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick: Barack Obama dinner ‘profound and deep’ Newshub: The odd reason Simon Bridges was surprised by Barack Obama Herald: Former US President Barack Obama’s third and final day in New Zealand Employment Mike Treen: Billions owed in leave – Why are we wating? Ruth Hill (RNZ): Govt dismisses officials’ warnings over minimum wage bump Derek Cheng (Herald): Minimum wage rise to $16.50 at the end of next week could cost 3000 jobs, says MBIE Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Construction industry facing shortfall of thousands of workers Cleo Fraser (Newshub): Dad living in car 160km from family to pay bills Jennifer Eder (Stuff): Living wage announced for Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu employees Chloe Winter (Stuff): Survey finds 18-24 year-olds worried about getting a job in digital world Education  Lois Williams (RNZ): Troubled kids ‘likely to end up in jail … unless they get help’ Herald on Sunday editorial: Cook Is trip for teachers looks excessive Brittany Keogh (Herald): Blockhouse Bay Intermediate defends $20,000 teachers’ trip to Cook Islands Herald: Dame Susan Devoy criticises Christchurch school’s ‘dress as refugees’ day Newshub:‘Dress as refugees’ day defended by school principal John Gerritsen (RNZ): Immigration names poor-performing education agents Privacy and Facebook Madison Reidy (Stuff): Andrew Little gives more power to the Privacy Commissioner in new bill Liam Dann (Herald): Facebook scandal – Welcome to Orwell’s 1984 Ged Cann (Stuff): Kiwi software developer accuses Facebook of recording texts and calls outside its app RNZ: Facebook must ensure apps are following the rules – Internet NZ Deborah Hill Cone: Shall I #deletefacebook? Would it matter? ODT Editorial: Are we just too hooked on Facebook? Tax  Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): There could be a silver lining for savers from capital gains tax Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): The Tax Working Group will end with the PM turning down a capital gains tax, expert says Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): How do you tax Apple? Very carefully Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): So much company tax, so little investment Economy Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Bank sees investment potential in NZ Cameron Bagrie (Stuff): We need a ruthless obsession with lifting productivity Plunket  Matt Stewart (Stuff): Plunket controversy deepens as the lawyers are called in Eugene Bonthuys (Southland Times): Plunket aims to reassure local branches Local government  Dave Cull (Stuff): It’s not sustainable for ratepayers to pick up bill for tourists Southland Times Editorial: SDC had democratic intimacy issues Joanne Carroll (Stuff): West Coast councils fight back against ‘unelected’ governance group Jackson Thomas (Central Leader): Auckland activist Penny Bright has ‘no legal leg to stand on’, university lecturer says Other  1News: Exclusive: More than 10,000 overstayers in NZ and Immigration not actively looking for most of them Colin Peacock (RNZ): Good data journalism makes lots of important information easily  Paul Drum (Herald): Government needs to woo small business Bob Brockie (Stuff): The Treaty has no place in scientific endeavor Maja Burry (RNZ): Farmers face checkpoints in effort to stop cattle disease Dale Husband (E-Tangata): Sharon Hawke: The media were there to discredit us — and they did that very well David Belgrave (Spinoff): This isn’t the first time New Zealand has denied a citizen their passport Phil Pennington (RNZ): Churches push for inclusion in Royal Commission into abuse Phil Pennington (RNZ): NZ Catholic Church still keeping issues behind closed doors Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Public outrage at Wildfoods Festival’s advertising Laura O’Connell Rapira: Why we are supporting Renae Maihi’s petition to revoke Bob Jones’ knighthood Newshub: Young New Zealanders organise their own ‘March for Our Lives’]]>