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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 28 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). Carol Hirschfeld resignation Herald: Hirschfeld, Curran texts: Cafe meeting organised via text Henry Cooke (Stuff): Clare Curran releases text messages with Carol Hirschfeld Laura Walters (Stuff): Melissa Lee was given a heads up about Carol Hirschfeld’s resignation John Drinnan (Herald): Carol Hirschfeld affair a bad look for RNZ Tracy Watkins and Henry Cooke (Stuff): RNZ saga could hinge on Curran-Hirschfeld texts RNZ: Curran has ‘a lot of questions to answer’ over meeting – National MP Newshub: Carol Hirschfeld scandal could claim more scalps – commentator Richard Harman (Politik): Minister still under a cloud Peter Thompson (Herald): Carol Hirschfeld’s resignation may rattle plans for RNZ+ Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Problems keep arriving at Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s door Claire Trevett (Herald): Clare Curran clumsy, foolish but PM won’t sack her Claire Trevett (Herald): Carol Hirschfeld, Clare Curran meeting more than a storm in coffee cup Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Jacinda Ardern could take leaf out of Clark playbook Colin Peacock (RNZ): RNZ shock also rocks government Brigitte Morten (RNZ): Minister’s media meeting mess a mire for PM Jenna Lynch (Newshub): ‘Informal’ Hirschfeld meeting was scheduled in Minister’s diary for an hour Laura Watlers and Henry Cooke (Stuff): Curran’s ‘informal’ meeting with Carol Hirschfeld planned for an hour Laura Walters (Stuff): Anatomy of a resignation – how a cup of coffee led to Carol Hirschfeld’s resignation Damien Venuto (Herald): ‘Red Radio’ conspirators now have a smoking gun Mike Hosking: Radio New Zealand meetings scandal involves millions of our dollars Derek Cheng (Herald): Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran’s meeting with Carol Hirschfeld in spotlight Derek Cheng (RNZ): Radio New Zealand chairman Richard Griffin says Carol Hirschfeld stuck to meeting claim for four months RNZ: Curran on Hirschfeld’s resignation: ‘It was not a secret meeting’ Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Hirschfeld resignation: Clare Curran to stay on as Minister 1News: Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran won’t resign in wake of ‘unofficial’ meeting with RNZ manager Carol Hirschfeld Toby Manhire (Spinoff): RNZ’s content chief resigns over meeting with broadcasting minister Herald: Broadcaster Carol Hirschfeld to resign immediately after Curran meeting saga Talisa Kupenga (Maori TV): RNZ’s Carol Hirschfeld resigns Andrew Geddis (Pundit): RNZ, Hirschfeld and Curran let the clichés come out to play … NZ and Russian diplomats  RNZ/BBC: PM’s spy comments make NZ ‘a laughing stock’ Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Why it’s ridiculous to say we haven’t got any Russian spies The Telegraph: New Zealand says it can’t find Russian spies to expel RNZ/BBC: NZ only Five Eyes’ member not to retaliate against Russia Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Ardern: No Russian spies in NZ Laura Walter (Stuff): SIS says no Russian spies in NZ, Govt shares international partners’ ‘serious concern’ National Stacey Kirk (Stuff): National’s ‘Mr Fixit’ Steven Joyce says goodbye to Parliament Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Joyce bows out after 10 years at the top Derek Cheng (Herald): Joyce wraps up Parliamentary career with laughs and tears RNZ: Steven Joyce gives valedictory speech Gwynn Compton (Libertas Digital): How National can win Northcote 1News: National Party calling for Northcote candidates to replace Jonathan Coleman Newshub: National Party on hunt to fill Jonathan Coleman’s Northcote seat Jo Moir (Stuff): Lance O’Sullivan joining the National Party not the ‘right call’ – Bridges Jenny Marcroft bullying accusation Derek Cheng (Herald): New Zealand First MP Jenny Marcroft accused of bullying National MP over billion-dollar fund Stacey Kirk and Jo Moir (Stuff): Junior NZ First MP trying to use Govt fund to heavy Opposition ‘acting alone’ – PM RNZ: NZ First MP Jenny Macroft silent over bullying accusation Government agency spying 1News: Probe into use of private investigators to include MBIE after 1 NEWS report Herald: State Services Commission investigation into quake damage ‘spies’ will include ministry RNZ: SSC inquiry into spying widened to include MBIE Health RNZ: Hospital building issues not raised due to budget restraints Herald: Ministry of Health charge against tobacco giant’s HEETS product dismissed by judge Damian George (Stuff): Court dismisses charges against Philip Morris over sale of non-burning tobacco sticks RNZ: DHBs ‘just can’t afford to pay’ amount sought by nurses Elizabeth Alice (Spinoff): What nurses are fighting for Wanganui Chronicle: Bulls drinking water safe despite chemicals, tests show Phil Pennington (RNZ): Contamination in Bulls proves mysterious Lucy Bennett (Herald): Coroners required to consider cultural values under new bill Lucy Bennett (Herald): Grieving wife denied chance to wipe dead husband’s face clean Fiona Thomas (NZ Doctor): Transgender health pathways but no reassignment surgery for NZ RNZ: Peter FitzSimons calls on rugby players to donate their brains Newshub: Bay of Plenty community pleads for drug rehab services Housing Thomas Coughlan (RNZ): Renters shouldn’t take the vote for granted Andrew Dikeson (Herald): Comment: Bright line test a capital gains tax by stealth Newshub: Public housing for Asian seniors opens in Auckland suburb Panmure Henry Cooke (Stuff): Government will support insurer-opposed change to renters liability for careless damage Chris Harrowell (Auckland Now): Group builds house on vacant council land in Auckland to protest homelessness Reserve Bank  Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Horse whisperers hard at work Keith Rankin (Daily Blog): The Government’s new ‘Employment’ Contract Existential Crisis Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): Revisiting 1996 Poverty and inequality  Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern sets ‘ambitious’ short-term child poverty goals 1News: PM sets new 3-year targets to reduce child poverty: ‘our children deserve nothing less’ Transport and road safety Simon Maude and Megan Gattey (Stuff): ‘Reckless behaviour’ causes half of fatal and serious road crashes, AA report finds Newshub: Unintentional errors killing New Zealand motorists Matt Stewart (Stuff): Passengers shocked to find Wellington bus security cameras aren’t switched on America’s Cup and Auckland Brian Rudman (Herald): At last, a Govt that treats Auckland as part of New Zealand NZ Herald editorial: Costly America’s Cup decision looks like the right one Eric Crampton (Spinoff): Give us our red socks, and $212m public money, for the 2021 Economist’s Cup RNZ: Benefits already visible from America’s Cup deal – industry RNZ: Can Auckland’s infrastructure ever catch up? Alice Peacock (Herald): New survey results show majority of Aucklanders not sold on regional fuel tax Stuff: One step closer to Auckland Regional Fuel Tax, as Bill gets first Parliament reading Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Pay now – or watch the decline of Auckland’s green backyard Drones Meghan Lawrence (Herald): Civil Aviation Authority statistics show small percentage of drone complaints result in disciplinary measures Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Air NZ calls for tougher drone restrictions after near-miss with plane Tom Furley (RNZ): Drone near miss: ‘Height of stupidity’ Primary industries RNZ: Farmer fears delays over M Bovis compensation Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Cuts to crayfish catch expected to have serious industry consequences Environment Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): The end is nigh for oil exploration Lucy Bennett (Herald): Oil and gas exploration body yet to be consulted on block offers RNZ: Fears for Wellington sanctuary after myrtle rust found nearby Leith Huffadine (Stuff): Takeaway coffee cup solutions: Fixing the problem Employment Joe Bennett (Dominion Post): I could have saved Fonterra half a billion dollars Rob Stock (Stuff): Sky City pledges to pay workers at least $20 an hour by 2020 RNZ: SkyCity commits to $20 an hour wage ahead of schedule Stuff: Men earn at least $3000 more than women every quarter Justice Michael Bott (Stuff): We need to protect the presumption of innocence, says top barrister Nicola Russell (Newshub): Widespread harassment being ‘swept under the carpet’ – former lawyer Olivia Wensley Education 1News: Exclusive: Charges laid against Auckland international education provider for passing students who deserved to fail Marie Russell (Herald): When should New Zealand schools have guns? Simon Collins (Herald): Evolve Education childcare chain launches cut-out guns for kids Jimmy Ellingham (Stuff): Schools need to be accountable to the taxpayer Local government RNZ: Changes must be made to the way Māori wards are decided on, Local Government New Zealand says Herald: Audit NZ confirms it will review ‘unusual’ process taken by Hamilton City Council over new urban park Collette Devlin (Stuff): How much to cross the road? Wellington plans $40,000 pedestrian crossing Bob Jones petition Derek Cheng (Herald): 68,000-strong petition to end Sir Bob Jones’ knighthood RNZ: Over 65,000 sign petition to strip Sir Bob Jones of knighthood Other Aaron Smale (Spinoff): New Zealand’s problem with Māori boys Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Building pressure is on – are corners being cut? Margrett Vissers (Stiuff): In defence of science and our Treaty: a reply to Bob Brockie Rose Davis (Waiheke Marketplace): Racism complaints surface on Waiheke Island]]>