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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – April 5 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). Transport and road safety Herald Editorial: Ten-year transport plan will tax economy Press Editorial: The upside of paying to fix Auckland’s traffic woes Richard Harman (Politik): Road rage in the provinces Mingyue Sheng and Basil Sharp (Herald): Fuel taxes not best congestion fix Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Winners and losers in transport policy Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): How Labour just lost the 2020 election Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Can Labour do anything right at the moment? Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): This anti-car Government lied to us about no new taxes Isaac Davison (Herald): Parliament ignites over Government’s transport plans Lucy Bennett (Herald): Ardern wrong on National fuel tax plans: Bridges Newshub: Auckland facing ‘fuel poverty’ with no transport options – Jacinda Ardern Laura Tupou (RNZ): Hike in petrol price to pinch South Auckland families Te Ahua Maitland (Stuff): Waikato weighs in on Government’s plan for land transport and petrol tax Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Petrol tax will hurt those with least efficient cars: Economist Newshub: Cyclists join call for major speed limit reductions Dominion Post Editorial: Light rail possible in Wellington because change of priorities for new Government Collette Devlin and Damian George (Dominion Post): ‘Strong likelihood’ of billion-dollar light rail system for Wellington, says mayor Wayne Butson (Herald): Labour must keep its word and get behind electric trains Newshub: Faulty airbags: Bridges defends not starting a recall Emma Hatton (RNZ): 50,000 NZ vehicles affected in airbag recall Jo Moir (Stuff): Government announces compulsory recall of tens of thousands of airbags Elly Strang (Idealog): New Zealand could save hundreds of lives if city planning stops prioritising cars, study finds Health Kirsty Johnston and Dubby Henry (Herald0: Mouldy Middlemore: DHB spent $8m on learning hub but Kidz First reclad got nothing Nicholas Jones (Herald): ‘Impossible task’: DHBs warn underfunding means care could be unethical Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Something is rotten in the state of NZ’s healthcare Jason Walls (Interest): As National and Labour play the blame game, the Finance Minister says Vote Health will be a ‘major focus’ area in May’s Budget RNZ: Hospital rebuild location still unknown Hone Harawira (Daily Blog): People might die in Waikato Hospital but racism is alive and well John Boynton (RNZ): Hone Harawira lambasts ‘racist’ hospital decision Natalie Akoorie and Nikki Preston (Herald): ‘Fortunate to have Bob around our table’ – Waikato Regional Council chair Karen Brown (RNZ): Medicinal Cannabis Bill prompts calls for broader allowances Henry Cooke (Stuff): Government asked to widen marijuana bill by New Zealand Drug Foundation RNZ: Rise in complex issues for children at activity centres Education Simon Collins (Herald): Leading critic Cathy Wylie appointed to review Tomorrow’s Schools Simon Collins (Herald): Ministry welcomes findings on communities of learning Simon Collins (Herald): Changing Teaching Council’s name will cost $220,000 Karoline Tuckey (Stuff): Schools can now use public money for overseas trips Marek Tesar (Herald): Early education on guns needs to hear children’s voice Economy Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Wellbeing an elusive prize as Labour’s budgetary pressures mount Bryan Gould: Mr Micawber IFS not a good guide when it comes to public finances Stuff: GDP per capita shows where in New Zealand needs Government funds most Patrick O’Meara (RNZ): Workers fail to get their fair share of economic pie Media Henry Cooke (Stuff): MPs subpoena Curran voicemail to RNZ as differences in account emerge RNZ: RNZ bosses set the record straight over Hirschfeld, Curran meeting: ‘We feel very foolish’ Herald: RNZ bosses Paul Thompson and Richard Griffin to correct record over Hirschfeld meeting Lucy Bennett (Herald): Ardern forced to defend Curran on eve of select committee Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Piling-On The Pressure Immigration Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Immigration NZ using data system to predict likely troublemakers Tom Pullar-Strecker and Madison Reidy (Stuff): Immigration NZ profiles overstayers as Government considers digital rights Madison Reidy (Stuff): Immigration using data tool to deport migrants likely to ‘harm’ NZ Government Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Beehive ‘newsroom’ needs to move the story on John Tamihere (Herald): Was Labour really ready to govern? Give it a bit of time Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Governments operating surplus tracking ahead of expectations Greens Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Green contenders oppose budget rules Alex Braae (Spinoff): Who’ll emerge victorious from the Green Party co-leadership race? Newshub: Young Green members threaten to quit if Marama Davidson loses Regions Martin van Beynen (Press): Shane Jones can’t recall official misgivings about West Coast project he funded Ben Bathgate (Stuff): Shane Jones’ $1 billion message – do not delay Bayley Moor (Herald): The Warehouse will stay open in Kaikohe Anne Gibson (Herald): Shane Jones lashes out at ‘anti-Kiwi companies’ shunning Northland Justice and police Catherine Hutton (RNZ): Children left suffering by Family Court changes – Little Jarrod Gilbert (Herald): Sensible Sentencing Trust out of step with the rest of the country Vic Cook (Spinoff): Hey, Garth McVicar, we reject your insulting ‘congratulations’ at a fatal shooting Interest: The Privacy Commissioner on why he would like his agency to have similar powers to the Commerce Commission when it comes to penalising law breakers Employment and retirement Melissa Nightingale (Herald): New living wage is $20.55 an hour Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): Living wage rises 35 cents to $20.55/hr Chris Hutching (Stuff): Lyttelton Port ceo flies to Wellington for high powered meeting Tamsyn Parker (Herald): New Zealand has one of least generous pensions: OECD report Housing Hannah Martin and Anna Loren (Stuff): United Nations calls on NZ to adopt human rights-based national housing strategy Simon Collins (Herald): Renters get poor deal from property managers – Consumer NZ Anne Gibson (Herald): NZ’s house market tops $1 trillion, Kiwis owe $248b in mortgages Treaty of Waitangi Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Waitangi Tribunal’s recommendations frequently ignored – UN report Robin Martin (RNZ): Ngāti Maru reaches $30m settlement with Crown Deena Coster (Stuff): Taranaki iwi negotiate $30m settlement deal with Crown Talisa Kupenga (Maori TV): Parliament visit not political positioning – Sonny Tau Primary industries Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Critical report into M. Bovis delayed by officials, minister says Roz Holland (Herald): Cow cull is a chance to evaluate our farming Jono Galuszka (Stuff): National MP’s husband and son in court on animal cruelty charges Frances Cook (Herald): National MP Barbara Kuriger’s husband and son enter no plea to 11 cruelty charges Canterbury earthquakes John Campbell and Michelle Cooke (RNZ): Christchurch quake re-repairs: $160m and climbing Liz McDonald (Press): Fixing ‘giant mess’ of botched repairs costs EQC $160 million to date David Williams (Newsroom): Top surfing break ‘under threat’ Building cladding concerns Phil Pennington (RNZ): Company hits back at aluminium panel safety questions Rob Stock (Stuff): 103 aluminium clad buildings in Wellington, but ‘no concerns’ from council Frances Cook (Stuff): 103 Wellington buildings may have combustible cladding similar to Grenfell Tower Other Emma Espiner (Newsroom): In praise of some old white men Robin Martin (RNZ): Taranaki whanau refuses to leave land court says belongs to neighbours Patrick Gower (Newshub): Revealed: Helen Kelly blamed fatal bomb attack on Sir Robert Muldoon Herald: John Key reveals failure to change the NZ flag as his biggest regret Wayne Hope (Daily Blog): Yes it could happen here. Facebook, Cambridge Analytica & the poisoning of electoral democracy RNZ: IRD to clamp down on crypto currency traders Jo Moir (Stuff): PM adds two terrorist groups to the designated list, now totalling 20 RNZ: Two groups added to NZ terrorism list Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): The solution to Easter trading laws, in some places, is to ignore them Susan Strongman (The Wireless): Law commission seeks input on abortion law reform]]>