Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – April 6 2018 – Today’s content

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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – April 6 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).
Immigration
Sally Murphy (RNZ): Confirmation overstayers deported using profiling programme
Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On racial profiling at Immigration New Zealand
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Racial profiling at its worst
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Deportation modelling ‘bringing back the dawn raids’
Cleo Fraser (Newshub):Immigration NZ accused of racial profiling after data pilot program unearthed
Lincoln Tan (Herald): Immigration NZ’s data profiling ‘illegal’ critics say
Tze Ming Mok (Spinoff): Immigration NZ is trying a bit of racial profiling and it seems very pleased with itself
Thomas Lumley (StatsChat): Immigration NZ and the harm model
1News: Immigration NZ accused of using race, age and gender data to identify groups that will burden the country
Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): Immigration policy: bus driver edition

RNZ and Media
Richard Harman (Politik): Curran survives Select Committee
Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Give us some of that broadcasting cash
Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Fiery hearing fails to put RNZ bungle to bed
Claire Trevett (Herald): RNZ saga over Carol Hirschfeld and Clare Curran delivers fireworks but few answers
Andrew Geddis (Pundit): High Noon in the Economic Development select committee room …
Brigitte Morten (RNZ): RNZ hearing: No resolution to Curran/Hirschfeld saga
The Listener: How Clare Curran’s bungling over RNZ has inadvertently done us a favour
Hamish MacLean (ODT): PM reiterates support for Curran
Chris Bramwell (RNZ): PM standing by Curran after RNZ committee hearing
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Richard Griffin says he was told not to comment on Hirschfeld, Curran meeting
Jane Patterson (RNZ): Richard Griffin ‘gobsmacked’ by details of interaction
Lucy Bennett (Herald): RNZ chairman Richard Griffin refuses to play minister Clare Curran’s voice message to MPs
Katie Bradford (1News): Watch: RNZ chair tells media ‘give us a break’ before admitting he inadvertently misled select committee over Carol Hirschfeld meeting with Broadcasting Minister
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Tetchy parliamentary hearing with RNZ bosses leaves questions unanswered
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The RNZ Curran timeline
John Drinnan (Herald): Playing games v current affairs
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Why the fake news phenomenon hurts us all
RNZ: Sir Bob Jones column complaint not upheld by Press Council
Catherine Delahunty (Daily Blog): Amendment to my AM Show blog – it’s even weirder than I thought

Environment
Benedict Collins (RNZ): EPA head insists he did not mislead MPs
Newshub: EPA chief defends Greens minister Eugenie Sage
Benedict Collins (RNZ): Green Party Minister changes tune on EPA meeting
Isaac Davison (Herald): Green environment minister rejects interfering with top scientist who made controversial comments
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Environment regulator comes under tough scrutiny over departure of chief scientist
Nita Blake-Persen (RNZ): China’s plastic ban: Exports to other parts of Asia soar
Jamie Morton (Herald): Govt begins winding down irrigation funding
Julian Lee (Stuff): Government cans Canterbury and Marlborough funding for irrigation schemes
Marg O’Brien (Malborough Express): ‘Thinking green’: What does it mean?
Cameron Madgwick (Spinoff): Why we need to keep looking for oil and gas
Meka Whaitiri (Herald): Taking action on climate change
Alistair Lynn (Newshub): The $57 million idea to stop walkers ignoring the kauri dieback rāhui
Cherie Sivignon (Stuff): Department of Conservation pours cold water on Waimea dam land grab plan

Economy and budget
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Fiscal anchor sinking Labour
Liam Dann (Herald): Big Read: Treasury’s bold new plan to measure your well-being
Brian Fallow (Herald): What about the workers’ share?
No Right Turn: Why we need better labour laws
John Milford (Stuff): Central and local governments need to separate what is needed from what is nice

UN report on NZ
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Everything New Zealand needs to improve on, according to the United Nations
Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Human Rights Commission backs UN report for Treaty rights
Newshub: United Nations report reiterates human rights concerns in Waitangi Tribunal

Health
Peter Glensor (Spinoff): Beyond the toxic mould: how DHBs can lead the fight to fix our hospitals
Press Editorial: Middlemore is a bleak symbol of health failure
Debbie Jamieson (Stuff): Government confirms $1 million promise to redevelop Maniototo Hospital
Kathryn Taylor (Stuff): Nurses feel ‘undervalued, underpaid, unsafe, and unsupported’
Samantha Gee (Stuff): Burns case highlights deeper problems in Disability Support Services, union says
Brendon McDermott (Southland Times): The value of sport – the report’s in

Transport
Damon Rusden (Daily Blog): Why we shouldn’t be upset
Bernard Orsman (Herald): New Government fuel tax will be higher when GST is added at the pump
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Higher petrol prices will drive more people to electric cars, says Volvo boss

Regions
Benedict Collins (RNZ): Jones says he forgot about officals’ warnings project was a lemon
Samantha Olley (Herald): Forestry Minister Shane Jones: Forestry leaders have been ‘the poor cousins’
RNZ: Warehouse landlord says he was bullied by company

Justice and police
Roger Brooking (Pundit): Gluckman: chief science advisor says the NZ media have been flogging fake news for 20 years
Anne Marie May (RNZ): Judge scathing of ministry’s handling of whāngai adoption case
Herald Editorial: Did police need to close a main road for 12 hours?

Child welfare
Ruby Nyika (Stuff): Hundreds of newborns taken from mothers over last three years
Kapiti News: Proposal to close two children’s villages
Simon Henderson (ODT): Roxburgh children’s camp may be closed

Employment
Rosie Gordon (Newstalk ZB): Living wage slammed as ‘meaningless’ as 2018 increase announced
Tracy Neal (RNZ): Official worker shortage declared in Tasman region
John Anthony (Stuff): 2degrees wants approval to hire up to 40 migrants to fill call centre roles

Law firm sexual misconduct investigation
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Another Wellington lawyer leaves a firm after ‘behavioural incidents’
Herald: Wellington law firm confirms New Zealand Law Society investigating two incidents

Canterbury quakes
RNZ: Brownlee on EQC repair bill blow-out: ‘You can’t walk away’
Herald: Gerry Brownlee hits back at Megan Woods over Christchurch earthquake repairs blowout
RNZ: Christchurch re-repairs cost EQC $270m in total
Liz McDonald (Press): Botched repair bill $270m for 11,000 homes and counting
Newshub: EQC paid $270m in re-repairs and cash settlements – report
Herald: Brownlee accused of lack of political leadership as EQC remediation repairs at $160m
Eric Crampton (Offsetting Behaviour): Botched repairs

Education
Farah Hancock and Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Lift in teacher status could breach Bill of Rights
John Boynton (RNZ): School with one student gets $200k of state funding
Lynley Tulloch (Stuff): Let kids play, even it involves guns
Newshub: Students cross fingers for post-grad allowances
Elena McPhee (ODT): 80-plus redundancies voluntary at university
Herald: Mark Henaghan steps down as Otago University law dean

Building cladding concerns
RNZ: 13 Auckland buildings found to contain combustible panels
Rob Stock (Stuff): Auckland has 13 high-rises clad in flammable aluminium paneling

Housing
1News: Maintaining state houses costing almost half a billion dollars a year
Matthew Prasad (Spinoff): The Unitec Carrington development: Smart urban enclave or ‘slum?’
Interest: National’s Judith Collins says the likely small size of the dwellings in the new Unitec development housing area will put pressure on borrowers

Local government
Simon Wilson (Herald): Is it true Auckland has lost a third of its trees?
Jamie Morton (Herald): Conservationists outraged at council rates move
Melissa Nightingale (Herald): $100k banquet in Wellington for Chinese Mayoral Forum
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Why Wellington council spent nearly $100k on a banquet
Frances Cook (Herald): Wellington considers Maori ward names
Dominic Harris (Press): Council snoops on Templeton quarry opponents, threatens residents with fines over size of protest signs

Other
Meriana Johnsen (Spinoff): Finding a place to stand in a new landscape
Charlie Gates (Stuff): Internal Affairs investigates artificial intelligence venture
Finn Hogan (Newshub): The ‘inevitable’ republic: Part one
Finn Hogan (Newshub): New Zealand’s ‘inevitable’ republic: Part two
Jennifer Eder (Marlborough Express): Māori leaders to create safe space for victims of family abuse to speak out
Terry Bellamak (Herald): Law commission has its work cut out on abortion
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Simon Bridges: Meet the man behind the ‘sun-freckles’

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

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