Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – April 10 2018 – Today’s content

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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.

The Beehive and Parliament Buildings.

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

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

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