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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – April 3 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 David Galler (Spinoff): The toxic mould and rot of Middlemore is the legacy of a crisis in values Dave Armstrong (Stuff): Toss a healthy bit of funding at DHBs and voters will turn a blind eye to almost anything Phil Pennington (RNZ): Major power failure revealed at Middlemore Hospital clinic RNZ: Watch: Simon Bridges on Middlemore Hospital problems Phil Pennington (RNZ): Hospital rot: Sewage leaks linked to 2014 outbreak Phil Pennington (RNZ): Hospital rot was ‘fully disclosed’ to board, ministry – former boss Phil Pennington (RNZ): DHB unable to take legal action over rotting buildings Dubby Henry (Stuff): Rot, mould and sewage at Middlemore: Health minister ‘disappointed’ he wasn’t told Helen King (Manukau Courier): Sewage leak adds to list of problems at Middlemore Hospital RNZ: Middlemore nurses want answers – are we safe? Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Executives demoted under proposed Waikato DHB leadership restructure Florence Kerr (Stuff): Former DHB chair says PR spend on resignation was legitimate Sarah Catherall (Listener): Why bowel cancer is a national emergency Elspeth McLean (ODT): Bowel patients may have waited five years Karen Brown (RNZ): Lives being saved already by bowel screening Jennifer Eder (Stuff): Health bosses tell doctors to get ‘back to basics’ for mental health patients Mitch McCann (Newshub): Mental illness, suicide rates among NZ firefighters on the rise Brittany Keogh (Herald): Canterbury earthquakes: Kids born after disaster inheriting trauma from parents through DNA, schools dealing with more behaviour issues Ryan Bowswell (1News): Ministry of Health wants more research into impact of pornography Katie Doyle (RNZ): Ministry of Health submission says porn has become more violent RNZ: Tobacco giant takes competitor to High Court Damien Venuto (Herald): Trio taking $5m bet on medicinal cannabis industry that doesn’t exist yet Caley Callahan (Newshub): St John frontline staff abused and beaten on the job – Newshub reveals RNZ: Dunedin Hospital says they aren’t alone in struggle to recruit junior doctors Jamie Morton (Herald): EDs asked to join screening effort for dodgy new drugs Bevan Hurley (Stuff): Relief for sufferers of neuroendocrine cancer after Pharmac funding decision Charlotte Carter (Herald): Whanganui projected to need 3 more rest homes by 2020 to avoid crisis, says NZ Aged Care Association Emma Russell (Herald): An in-depth look into the End of Life Choice Bill Daniela Maoate-Cox (RNZ): Managing tūpāpaku: accessing the dead Media Colin Peacock (RNZ): Top level turbulence at RNZ and the Beehive TVNZ: Q+A: Fallout from Carol Hirshfeld meeting unlikely to impact RNZ funding, says Clare Curran Richard Harman (Politik): Cabinet Secretary says Curran has not breached Cabinet Manual Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran stands by RNZ+ plan in wake of Hirschfeld controversy Herald: Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran says there was no point in publicly correcting error over breakfast meeting Derek Cheng (Herald): Departure tarnishes glittering career of Carol Hirschfeld Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): PM’s protection rug has a gaping hole Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Can Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran survive Carol Hirschfeld fallout? John Roughan: Lobbying today oils the wheels of power for the better Anna Connell (Newsroom): When ‘open government’ becomes a joke Glenn Barclay (Spinoff): Clare Curran and co must take more care not to put public servants at risk Newshub: ‘Weak, indecisive’: RNZ Hirschfeld scandal a Govt botch-up – Bridges Greg Presland (The Standard): The manufacturing of a narrative Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Don’t believe me that the NZ media are feral on the Clare Curran story? Here’s the evidence RNZ: Online broadcasting ‘wild-west’ could be tamed, says expert Mark Jennings (Newsroom): TV bosses combine to fight global giants Government Audrey Young (Herald): Ardern Govt not on the ropes yet but not match fit after just one round Tracy Watkins (Stuff): What goes up must come down? Jacinda Ardern’s popularity tested Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Labour looks like a general in control of a mutiny Liam Hehir (Stuff): A tough month, but it may not have hurt the Government Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): The buck stops with Jacinda Ardern Duncan Garner (Stuff): Government’s Easter report a B minus and increasingly worrying The Listener: Does NZ First not realise it’s now part of the privileged elite? Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Government comedy of errors belies serious questions of credibility Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern on life as a leader, Trump and selfies in the lingerie department Amanda Hooton (Stuff): 48 hours with Jacinda: warm, earnest, accessible – is our PM too good to be true? Herald: How cool are you? I give you a 9/10. PM’s OIA gets a laugh International relations and trade John Armstrong (1News): Ardern’s declaration that NZ lacks Russian spies as farcical as Austin Powers, but nowhere near as funny Press Editorial: The Government’s Russian dilemma ODT Editorial: A contrary stance on Russia Ben Uffindell (The Civilian): Government to ban vodka in desperate attempt to look like it’s doing something about Russia Steve Braunias (Herald):Secret diary of Russian spies Benedict Collins (RNZ): NZ spy agencies ‘oblivious’ says National Party Lucy Bennett (Herald): Foreign Minister’s interest in Russia questioned Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): A double standard…or not Victoria University (Newsroom): Two gorillas in the room: China and Trump Simon Draper (Stuff): Tale of two presidents speaks volumes about New Zealand’s attitude to Asia Scott Brown (Herald): Pacific’s neighbourhood watch Edward Gay (RNZ): Embassy staffer keeps name suppression for now Rhys Jones and David Menkes (Newsroom): Trade agreement may affect people’s health National and Northcote by-election Steve Braunias (Herald): The great political ping-pong tournament: National leader Simon Bridges returns home for a beating David Farrar (Kiwiblog): When will the Northcote by-election be? Andrew Young (Herald):Former Green activist Vernon Tava seeking National nomination in Northcote Jo Moir (Stuff): Race to replace National MP Jonathan Coleman begins with by-election nominations opening Stacey Kirk (Stuff): National Portrait: Jonathan Coleman – Doctor, Health Minister, quiet achiever Gia Garrick (Newstalk ZB): Taxpayers Union says Coleman’s resignation shows lack of honour David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Joyce’s valedictory Parliament Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): An unprotected and risky revolving door Michael Cox (Herald): Rule out honours for sitting MPs – ban a gong, get it on RNZ: Tūhoe youth encourage peers to sign up to Māori roll Phil Smith (RNZ): 3-D grammatical chess Stuff: Below the Beltway: A week in politics Employment Newshub: Minimum wage increase: Will it really cost jobs? Nicole Barratt (Herald): More money for New Zealanders as some wages and benefits rise: What to expect from today Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Beneficiaries say accommodation supplement boost won’t be enough RNZ: Boost to minimum wage takes effect Megan Gattey (Stuff): Minimum wage workers set for 75 cents an hour pay rise 1News: Shots fired over Government’s labour law reform – puts in place ‘compulsory unionism’ Business NZ says RNZ: Business NZ slams proposed changes to employment law Alex Braae (Spinoff): Workers are missing out on their share of growth, and they’re mad as hell Rob Stock (Stuff): Perpetual Guardian’s four-day working week trial going well ODT Editorial: Bullies’ days are numbered Alison Mau (Stuff): Only by exposing harassment will we make workplaces safer for our kids Economy and wellbeing Jason Walls (Interest): It will be a world first and the Treasury is already hard at work developing a wellbeing framework. But what should it include? Ganesh Nana (Stuff): Govt’s focus moves past balance sheet Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): Social cohesion depends on more than just money NZ Herald editorial: Reserve Bank not reined in by new charter Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Govt firm on budget responsibility targets John McCrone (Stuff): The future of everything: Why the third industrial revolution is a risk to NZ Inequality Carmen Parahi (Stuff): Inequality depriving Māori and the economy of $2.6b every year Joel Ineson (Stuff): Burden falls on charities as South Island Work and Income clients face food grant decreases Rob Stock (Stuff): WINZ advocate blasts the benefits system as dehumanizing Education Simon Collins (RNZ): Charter schools that may never open were paid $3.4m Simon Collins (Herald): Teachers: $300m ‘communities of learning’ have flopped Terry Sarten (Herald): Bill to change school decile system missing the point Brittany Keogh (Herald): Blockhouse Bay Intermediate board of trustees plans $20,000 teachers’ trip to Cook Islands on same day as it hikes school donations for parents Alex Baird (Newshub): School reaches crisis point over lack of funding for high needs students John Gerritsen (RNZ): Need for gun safety kit for under-fives questioned Elena McPhee (ODT): No Ngai Tahu research veto, university says Brendan Hokowhitu (Spinoff):Ka muri, ki mua: The vital role of a critical academic voice Amanda Saxton (Auckland Now): Auckland University law school clamps down after investigation reveals ‘slut-shaming’ and social media sexism Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Axed Wintec Press Club resurrected with help of new sponsor Environment RNZ: Many regions long way from hitting water quality targets – report Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Making our rivers swimmable comes at cost of $217million a year Jamie Morton (Herald): The cost of making our rivers swimmable RNZ: Northland and Auckland found to have dirtiest rivers in NZ Elizabeth Macpherson, Erin O’Donnell and Felipe Clavijo Ospina (Stuff):Meet the river people: who speaks for the rivers? Jamie Morton (Herald): Hawke’s Bay’s Lake Tutira: The lake that lost its breath Grant Miller (Manawatu Standard): Defence Force silence about water contamination not good enough Tess Nichol (Herald): Food for thought: How to secure New Zealand’s food supply in the face of a changing climate Herald on Sunday editorial: Cities encroaching on our best soil Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Changing our diets to save the world Dominic Harris (Stuff): Climate change is a global problem – and one we can all help tackle RNZ: Forest and Bird ditch ANZ over fossil fuels RNZ: Why scientist Shaun Hendy has grounded himself Peta Carey (North & South): Birds in the bush and in the hand: The challenges of making NZ predator-free Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Auckland’s carbon-riddled trees for sale Justice Chris Trotter (Stuff): Racism and colonisation are inseparable twins Audrey Young (Herald): Homosexual convictions can be wiped under law Parliament set to pass Audrey Young (Herald): It took a move to Opposition for Chris Finlayson to make progress on contempt law Blair Ensor (Stuff): Christchurch Men’s Prison staff gave inmates cellphones Dominion Post Editorial: Keeping the New Zealand public safe from sex offenders Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Rough justice for cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner Auckland Now: Name of man shot by police not to be released until after his funeral Ryan Boswell (1News): Sensible Sentencing Trust criticised for ‘disgusting’ comments on fatal police shooting Housing Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Will houses be affordable? Stuff: Get cracking on affordable homes – Minister tells mayor Susan St John (Daily Blog): The huge white elephant landlord in the tax living room Kate Newton (RNZ): Property managers frustrated by negligent landlords – study Rob Stock (Stuff): Rents will rise or landlords will get out if property tax plan proceeds, landlords say John Anthony (Stuff): Rents will rise if government proposal to tax landlords more goes ahead, investor group says Henry Cooke (Stuff): Government pauses all checks for current state housing tenants Transport and road safety Caroline Shaw (Spinoff): How can councils cut the number of people dying early? Be more like Wellington Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Wellington could lead sustainable transport – Climate Minister Rob Maetzig (Stuff): Is 100kmh too fast? Landmark report wants 70kmh open road speed limit Alastair Lynn (Newshub): Bus drivers’ union slams overseas migrants plan Emma Hurley (Newshub): ‘Get used to walking’: Unions threaten to block Wellington buses Grant Shimmin (Timaru Herald): What to do about our rising road toll? Jane Patterson (RNZ): Fuel tax possible around the country – National Party Child welfare Sarah Robson (RNZ): Record number of children in state care – more than 6000 Stephen Winter (Newsroom): Abuse inquiry must act on compo Herald: Royal Commission of Inquiry seeks your views on historical state-care abuse terms of reference RNZ: Submissions sought on state abuse inquiry’s terms Stephanie Mitchell (Taranaki Daily News): Taranaki child support staff affected by Plunket Central Region restructuring Animal welfare RNZ: Animal welfare regulations need more enforcement – SAFE RNZ:Animal welfare system strengthened Gender politics Chester Borrows (Herald): Don’t worry – there is always an old white guy to blame Bill Ralston (Listener): Julie Anne Genter is right, let women do the work Paul Little (Herald): When minorities get a foot in the door, majorities slam it David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Bridges says Genter is virtue signaling Simon Arcus (Stuff): Boardroom diversity is also measured by the impact of women on top boards Matt Stewart (Stuff): ‘At least one non-male’: Wellington venue knocks back metal band in the name of diversity Insurance industry Rob Stock (Stuff): Insurers’ secret spy powers Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Insurer to charge more for high risk earthquake prone homes Primary industries Andrea Fox (Herald): Tests show beef sector so far free of serious disease affecting dairy animals Keith Woodford (Interest): The complexities of Mycoplasma decision-making when nothing is certain Brian Gaynor (Herald): Does big pay bring big results? Other Anusha Bradley (RNZ): $3.8m of superannuation ‘overpayment debts’ wiped over 5yrs Whena Owen (1News):‘This is a new form of authoritarianism’ – Free speech or just plain offensive? Q+A investigates free speech Nick Truebridge (Press): Regenerate Christchurch spends $6.8 million on consultants in two years Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Team NZ all smiles at its Cup home RNZ: Councillors back $212m America’s Cup village plan Madison Reidy (Stuff): Immigration rules out tit-for-tat social media vetting of visa applicants Kirk Hope (Stuff): There’s more scope to undertake PPPs than currently being utilised Matt Nippert (Herald): Mystery bill for stomach stapling op at core of probe into Maori King’s office spending John Boynton (RNZ): Tūhoe’s post-Treaty settlement woes evident in wake of festival Shannon Haunui-Thompson (RNZ): Insight: NZ Wars – A Day to Remember? Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): His father left them penniless; Chris Liddell tells of his path to White House power Audrey Young (Herald): Sports Minister Grant Robertson on Commonwealth Games, Joseph Parker and cricket Marianne Elliott (Spinoff): Why deleting Facebook isn’t the answer Rob Stock (Stuff): Easter trading laws are a messy political cop-out]]>