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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – April 10 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). Budget and economy Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): The case to borrow and invest Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): Labour’s budget rules are holding it back Steven Cowan (Against the current): Labour’s continued loyalty to the failed neoliberal orthodoxy Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): Labour’s fiscal commitments Richard Harman (Politik): Playing the blame game Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Labour casts gloom over upcoming Budget Claire Trevett (Herald): Labour’s ‘jam tomorrow’ warning butters New Zealand up for more taxes Benedict Collins (RNZ): PM hints of further public underfunding revelations Isaac Davison (Herald): Labour dampens expectations ahead of Budget, forecasts years of rebuilding services 1News: PM dampens budget expectations, blaming National’s major under-spending: ‘We didn’t know it would be this bad’ Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Public health system in crisis: Government builds case for big spend budget Newstalk ZB: Government dampens down budget expectations Herald: Gloomy Budget warning: State of schools and hospitals worse than expected, says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern dampens expectations ahead of first Budget Interest: The PM is warning the state of the Government’s books is much worse than anticipated and next month’s budget will be the ‘rebuilding budget’ Willie Jackson (Daily Blog): Our ‘third world medical infrastructure in a first world country’ Greg Presland (Standard): The hidden infrastructure fiscal crisis gets real Brian Easton (Pundit): A Big Change in Monetary Policy? Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Businesses remain gloomy as costs rise and profits are squeezed Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): NZ businesses remain pessimistic in first quarter as worries over government persist Interest: Banks and the Opposition have questioned Government numbers, but new Moody’s report will put a spring in Finance Minister’s step  Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Waiting For The Market’s Music To Stop Government Liam Hehir (Stuff): A working theory for working groups Newshub: Government at risk of suffering a death of 1000 cuts – PR expert Chris Galloway Green Party and Marama Davidson Chris Trotter (Stuff): Will Marama Davidson grow, or shrink, the Green Party vote? Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): How the Greens cheat death in 2020 Alex Braae (Spinoff): Marama Davidson: If I’m going to be labelled radical, I’m fine with that Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Marama Davidson and the resurgence of radicalism in the Greens Dave Kennedy (Local Bodies): Dire Predictions for NZ Green Party…  Matthew Whitehead (Standard): What did we want from Marama Davidson? Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Davidson confident Greens can differentiate from Labour Dan Satherley (Newshub): National needs to ‘change a lot’ to get Greens onside – Marama Davidson Newstalk ZB: Simon Bridges: Davidson election makes working with Greens less likely Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Greens anti-irrigation stance will hurt regional New Zealand and economy Health Phil Pennington (RNZ): Coleman says documents show he didn’t know about hospital rot 1News: Jonathan Coleman adamant he was never told of Middlemore Hospital’s rotting buildings as health minister Helen King (Stuff): Former health minister claims DHB never told him about Middlemore building issues Dubby Henry (Herald): Former Health Minister Jonathan Coleman hits back over Middlemore problems Newshub:Jonathan Coleman ‘left behind far too many questions’ – Duncan Garner Dan Satherley (Newshub): National Government ‘didn’t know’ about shocking state of Middlemore Hospital – Simon Bridges RNZ: Doctors blame under-funding for DHB blowouts David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Mould at Middlemore Emily Ford and Hannah Martin (Stuff): ‘Undervalued’ nurses rally for better pay at Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital Kimberley Davis (Spinoff): Who pays the midwife? And why isn’t it enough? Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Waikato DHB drops virtual health service Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Too costly: Waikato DHB says online doctor service won’t be renewed RNZ: DHB pulls plug on ill-fated online doctor service Herald: New research reveals more adolescent girls obese in wealthier countries Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Reducing income inequality could cut obesity Defence RNZ: Chief Ombudsman backs Defence Force withholding Hit and Run info Herald: Hit and Run: Chief Ombudsman backs information being withheld on Operation Burnham Jo Moir (Stuff): Chief Ombudsman backs NZDF’s refusal to release information about Operation Burnham No Right Turn: Why is a foreign power deciding who NZ soldiers are allowed to shoot? Kurt Bayer (Herald): Burnham Hub, a joint initiative by RSA and NZDF, giving a helping hand to veterans in need Tracy Neal (RNZ): Defence personnel’s Cold War service recognized Parliament Tim Watkin (Pundit): Playing political dress-up – Party leaders still trying on their new roles Stuff: Northcote by-election date announced 1News: Jacinda Ardern avoids having Northcote by-election clash with baby’s due date David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Northcote by-election is 9 June Transport Isaac Davison (Herald): Government’s ‘audacious’ target of zero deaths on New Zealand roads Damian George (Stuff): Government looks at targeting zero road deaths and serious injuries from 2020 Dan Satherley (Newshub): National might keep Labour’s petrol tax hikes Jo Moir (Stuff): Otaki-Levin expressway not on the chopping block – Jacinda Ardern Timaru Herald:Eyes on technology as we contemplate transport moves Mike Yardley (Press): Does Christchurch really need light rail? David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The biggest white elephant of them all Peter Reidy (Stuff): Safety paramount in wake of Wahine disaster Martin Johnston (Herald): Wahine: Tragedy forced Cook Strait ferry bosses to respect the ocean 1News: Wahine sinking 50 years on: Lessons from tragedy led to maritime safety improvements Taika Waititi on racism in NZ 1News: ‘Telling it like it is’ – Race Relations Commissioner applauds Taika Waititi calling New Zealand a racist place Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Taika Waititi’s right, New Zealand really is a racist place Herald: ‘Is there racism in New Zealand? Undeniably’: Jacinda Ardern on Taika Waititi’s comments Tess McClure (Vice):New Zealand is “Racist as F***,” Taika Waititi Says Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Hollywood director Taika Waititi says New Zealand is racist Herald: Taika Waititi calls New Zealand ‘racist as f***’ Stuff: Taika Waititi says New Zealand is ‘racist as’ Alex Denney (Dazed): Unknown Mortal Orchestra & Taika Waititi on New Zealand culture Justice Laura Tupou (RNZ): Footage of prison brawl that led to strip search released Deena Coster (Stuff): Are NZ judges getting to grips with the ‘generational challenge’ of social media? Education Simon Collins (Herald): Ministry of Education accused of ‘putting commercial interests first’ in early childhood education Herald: Criminal Bar Association’s concern at police handling of teacher prosecution Herald: Unfounded sexual allegations deterring men from teaching: NZEI Sarah Harris (Herald): Male teacher speaks out about fear of unfounded sexual misconduct allegations RNZ: Hundreds of schools getting private lockdown training Kymberlee Fernandes (Stuff): South Auckland teacher commutes 180km a day because of housing costs Jessica Long (Stuff): Charter schools a success, say parents in report ahead of potential closures Environment RNZ: New Zealand firefighting foam investigation: a timeline David Broome (Herald): Plastic virtue signalling deserves a supermarket bagging Immigration Danyl Mclauchlan (Spinoff): A computer model may be dodgy on deportation, but not as dodgy as a human RNZ: Immigration Minister puts controversial profiling programme on hold Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Immigration Minister puts ‘ethnic profiling’ pilot programme on hold Housing Herald: Govt only plans to overhaul $50b apartment sector in 2019: Twyford Employment Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Peace not war in industrial relations Emily Writes (Spinoff): Hey Mojo, if you can’t pay your staff properly maybe you shouldn’t be in business Tax Stuff: Individuals putting most fuel in IRD’s tax tank, account stats show Tori Sullivan (Herald): Taxman’s robots to hunt out cash jobs Richard MacManus (Newsroom): What’s missing in the IRD’s crypto guidance Privacy Robin Martin (RNZ): Facebook breach: ‘The only sure-fire way is to delete the account’ Daniel Venuto (Herald): ‘Between the devil and the deep blue sea’: Was Facebook right in rejecting the Privacy Commissioner? Sexual harassment and legal profession Belinda Feek (Herald): Zoe Lawton’s #Metoo blog handed over to NZ Law Society RNZ: Law Society working with blog author to tackle harassment Claudia Macdonald (Herald): #YouNext: Prepare for more skeletons in the NZ business closet Local government Jono Galuszka (Stuff): Salvation Army supports Māori wards in Palmerston North and Manawatū RNZ: Local govt treatment a key concern for Māori – Davis Muriel Newman (NZCPR): Local Democracy Undermined Mike Lally (NZCPR): Ratepayers Fight Council Racism Luke Kirkeby (Waikato Times): Apartheid comments could see councillor resign Commonwealth Games Bruce Ullrich (Stuff): Let’s make it easier for small countries to host the Games again NZ Herald editorial: Vital to get rules right for transgendered athletes International relations Stuff: PM opposes Pacific militarisation as China eyes Vanuatu military base Josie Pagani (Stuff): Resetting the Pacific relationship Other RNZ: Gaps found in domestic violence programme Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): A sweet and sour dish of human rights ODT Editorial: Bovis outbreak taking its toll Chloe Winter (Stuff): MBIE reopens inquiry into partial collapse of Statistics House Tim Watkin (RNZ): Dancing with the stars: Waltz there to lose? Herald: Govt only plans to overhaul $50b apartment sector in 2019: Twyford]]>