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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – April 11 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 Branko Marcetic (Spinoff): Why Labour and the Greens should tear up their fiscal straitjacket Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Why this isn’t a ‘transformational government’ Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On Labour’s timidity, and the temporary outrage over Syria Interest: James Shaw says ‘given what we know now’ the Government will be wanting to review its Budget Responsibility Rules before the next election Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Government in crisis mode ahead of Budget – Bridges Jo Moir (Stuff): Schools, much like hospitals, will need a big capital injection in the Budget Ella Prendergast (Newshub): National Govt’s Budget didn’t even cover the ‘core basics’ – PM Interest: The Opposition leader hits back at claims the previous Govt critically underfunded key areas of public service, accusing the PM of playing politics  Health Richard Harman (Politik): How a bureaucratic rule cuts hospital budgets Natalie Akoorie (Herald):Waikato Hospital ED mental health presentations up by almost 400 per cent Herald: Middlemore problems outlined in documents, former DHB chair Lee Mathias says 1News: DHB deficits forecast to hit at least $209m by June 30 Cate Broughton (Stuff): Canterbury’s health spend one third of national DHB deficit Phil Pennington (RNZ): Middlemore Hospital: A timeline of building issues RNZ: Whānau Ora to undergo review Andy Fyers (Stuff): Do we put enough money into the health system? RNZ: New research suggests early heart tests for Maori Pasifika 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? Marama Muru-Lanning and Mere Kepa (Newsroom): Adding life to years in the North Child welfare Sarah Harris (Herald): Children’s Convention Monitoring Group releases report to better child wellbeing Stuff: Children’s Commissioner calls for change to bring NZ in line with UN for children’s rights David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Newborns removed from their mother Media David Fisher (Herald): Journalists exposed by Privacy Act gap but the law can now be changed Henry Cooke (Stuff): RNZ boss formally declines to release ‘inappropriate’ Clare Curran voicemail Lucy Bennett (Herald): Clare Curran’s call ‘inappropriate’, RNZ chairman Richard Griffin says Lucy Bennett (Herald): RNZ chairman Richard Griffin won’t hand over Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran’s voicemail No Right Turn: Not acceptable Nicola Brennan-Tupara (Stuff): Why is the news so negative? Exploring constructive journalism Environment Simon Wilson (Herald): A very good day for the trees in Waitakere Ranges Bayley Moor (Stuff): Forest and Bird says more needs to be done for Northland kauri David Williams (Newsroom): Skipper sounds alarm over Bluff oysters Leith Huffadine (Stuff): Our seas are heating up. Here’s why Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Te Mata track puts the brakes on new cycle path International relations and trade Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Should New Zealand be worried about Chinese military presence? Isaac Davison (Herald): PM responds to reports China is seeking military presence in the South Pacific Laura Walters (Stuff): PM opposes Pacific militarisation as China eyes Vanuatu military base Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): No early winner in trade war Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Winston Peters makes snide swipe at Donald Trump Laura Walters (Stuff): NZ expresses ‘strongest condemnation’ of chemical attack on Syrians RNZ: Winston Peters condemns Syria attack Laura Walters (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern and Justin Trudeau in London town hall event Treaty settlements and Māori land Jo Moir (Stuff): Crown buys land with contentious Porotī Springs on it as part of future settlement RNZ: Company at centre of Porotī water dispute sells to Crown Jo Moir (Stuff): Ngai Tahu and Waikato-Tainui receive substantial treaty payments to acknowledge historical deal Isaac Davison (Herald): Ngai Tahu and Waikato get $35m in Treaty top-ups from Govt Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Iwi paid $34m on top of Waitangi settlements Frances Ferguson (Stuff): Council told to back off treaty land Piers Fuller (Stuff): Slow progress on the long and winding road from Rimutaka to Remutaka Crown-Māori Relations Keri Mills (Briefing Papers): What is the new Crown-Māori Relations portfolio? Stuff: Crown/Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis brings hui to Nelson Hurricanes Land Wars promotion Rachel Thomas (Stuff): Hurricanes apologise for using Taranaki Land Wars to promote Chiefs match Jamie Wall (Spinoff): The Hurricanes prove why we need to do better at teaching the New Zealand Wars Employment Brian Rudman (Herald): Mike Hosking’s minimum wage cropper Lisa Meto Fox (E-Tangata): Turning workers on and off like a tap Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): L’Oreal to pay living wage in Mangere distribution centre Herald: Mangere L’Oreal workers win right to living wage Katie Ellis (Spinoff): Mojo Coffee: Why we increased our prices Northcote by-election David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The Northcote contenders Henry Cooke (Stuff): Green turned National Vernon Tava knocked out of candidate selection for Northcote Herald: Labour announces potential Northcote byelection candidates Tax Juha Saarinen (Herald): We need to know what makes robo-taxman tick Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Inland Revenue to close to public for four days Herald: IRD site to go offline, contact centres to close for four days during system upgrade Defence Herald: Willie Apiata launches RSA Poppy Appeal with an emotional plea for support Nicole Lawton (Stuff): Willie Apiata: Soldiers ‘never forget’ what happens in war Immigration RNZ: Lawyer questions whether Immigration Minister was ‘told a lie’ No Right Turn: Deeply dubious Tze Ming Mok (Spinoff): Crap models and laughable claims: Immigration NZ’s spreadsheet fiasco Sam Hurley (Herald): Revealed: Kiwi couple named in Bangladeshi human trafficking case Taika Waititi on racism in NZ Stuff: Taika Waititi pokes fun at Duncan Garner after being told to ‘lighten up’ about racism Radiolive: Plenty of examples of racism in New Zealand – expert Russell Brown (Public Address): We should stop being surprised about racism Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian):‘Can we do better? Yes’: Jacinda Ardern wades into New Zealand racism debate Tess Nichol (Herald): Kiwis respond to Taika Waititi’s racism comments RNZ: Praise and condemnation for Waititi’s ‘racist’ claim Justice David Fisher (Herald):Tribunal set up to protect human rights says it is now abusing those rights through massive delays Laura Walters (Stuff):Justice Minister Andrew Little concerned about access to justice in Family Court Privacy Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Facebook data breach hits 63,714 New Zealanders after 10 people download quiz Herald: Radio host Heather du Plessis-Allan caught up in Facebook data hack Education Simon Collins (Herald): Teacher unions claim ‘public mandate to take action’ over big pay claims Herald: $200m in school buildings unusable, will have to be demolished Housing Amy Baker (Stuff): Luck no answer to Auckland’s housing affordability, says ballot winner David Faulkner (Spinoff): In defence of property managers, Public Enemy No 1 Transport and road safety Dominion Post Editorial: Genter’s road toll target a fantasy Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Where dangerous cars go to die Northern Advocate: Safety work planned for dangerous intersection on SH1 south of Whangarei Stuff: Mike Hosking crashes $140k Alfa Romeo days after saying crashes are ‘idiot-related’ Earthquakes Liz McDonald (Press): Ministry of Social Development backtracks on earthquake rental allowance Liz McDonald (Press): Sports lake, large-scale housing, golf course all scrapped from Christchurch red zone planning Tm Grafton (Stuff): Doing nothing not an option as risks increase Local government Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Christchurch’s City Care spends over $725,000 rebranding after failed sale Tom Hunt and Collette Devlin (Stuff): Wrecking ball looms for much of Wellington’s Karori Campus Luke Kirkeby (Stuff): New Zealand Law Society to investigate South Waikato councilor Other NZ Herald editorial: We’re not as tolerant as we’d like to think Graham Adams (Noted): Under pressure: Kiwi elites feel the heat The Daily Blog: Sexism and bullying inside the NZ Miss World pageant #metoonz Kevin Jenkins (Herald): Big Read: Sharing economy hurtling ahead of NZ laws Chelsea Boyle (Herald): Firm facing $2.6m fine under money laundering, terrorism financing laws Lucy Bennett (Herald): Jericho Station sale outcome anticipated, says Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage Liam Dann (Herald): Why is business so gloomy? John Anthony and Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Fifa boss resigns after audit into Auckland football project reveals ‘potential wrongdoings’ Geoffrey Palmer (Politik): Western democracy seems to have lost its mojo and is on the retreat]]>