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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – April 12 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). Environment Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk):‘Trillions of cubic metres’ of undiscovered offshore gas still available under existing permits Herald: Environment groups hail Ardern’s big oil and gas call RNZ: Oil, gas exploration move a ‘kick in the guts’ for Taranaki – mayor Mike Watson (Taranaki Daily News): Government’s oil and gas exploration halt was a ‘kick in guts for Taranaki’: Mayor Lucy Bennett (Herald): Talk to us, oil and gas industry tells Government Herald: Oil and gas industry head: ‘This will hurt mums and dads’ at the fuel pump No Right Turn: Climate change: Decarbonising New Zealand Damien Venuto (Herald): National MP: Govt is killing the golden goose Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Ardern strikes drilling compromise Isaac Davison (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern bans oil exploration Audrey Young (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expected to ban new offshore oil and gas exploration in New Zealand Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Ardern to end to offshore oil exploration, with short reprieve for Taranaki RNZ: Govt shuts down offshore oil exploration permits Alex Braae (Spinoff): Ardern makes big call on offshore oil. Is this her nuclear free moment? Jamie Morton (Herald): Q&A: Why EDS wants an inquiry into fisheries management Phil Pennington (RNZ): Toxic foam: Council questions type of testing Nita Blake-Persen (RNZ): Number of sewage overflows increases by 379 percent – report Afghanistan raid inquiry Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On the Hit&Run inquiry Isaac Davidson, Lucy Bennett, Claire Trevett and David Fisher (Herald): Inquiry already prejudiced, say Hit & Run authors Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Jon Stephenson: Parker’s comments are completely ill-advised Jo Moir and Henry Cooke (Stuff): Author Jon Stephenson pleased with inquiry, but queries Govt ‘muddying waters’ Benedict Collins (RNZ): Nicky Hager ‘over the moon’ about govt inquiry into SAS Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Little doubt in what SAS inquiry will come up with Newstalk ZB: National: No need for Hit and Run inquiry Eugene Bingham and Paula Penfold (Stuff): Missing the target: The Government inquiry into Afghanistan raid Tim Dower (Herald): When it comes to military operations, I’m taking the word of our guys Isaac Davison (Herald): Hit & Run: Govt launches inquiry, but notes video footage conflicts with book’s account Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Hit and Run: Government launches inquiry into alleged Afghan civilian deaths RNZ: Govt to hold inquiry into Hit & Run claims Newswire:Inquiry launched into Hit and Run allegations Budget, economy and tax Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Labour’s fiscal promises are looking unlikely, so perhaps it should drop them Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Why this isn’t a ‘transformational government’ Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern should not waste sunshine, lollipops and rainbows era Henry Cooke (Stuff): Fact check: Business confidence surveys have little to do with actual economy Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): PM says any tax working group proposals could be ‘fiscally neutral’ Stuff: Over $3 billion in overdue tax debt in New Zealand Health Graham Adams (Noted): No regrets for National over Middlemore Hospital horror story RNZ: Health Minister ‘disappointed ‘with Middlemore bosses Karen Brown and Phil Pennington (RNZ): Former, current Ministers had general warnings about Middlemore Tommy Livingstone and Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Minister of Health confirms he has written to DHB chair about top job Phil Pennington (RNZ): Health Minister considers future of DHB chair Lucy Bennett (Herald): Toxic mould: Health Minister David Clark writes to Counties Manukau DHB chair about his job Herald: Middlemore problems outlined in documents, former DHB chair Lee Mathias says Nicholas Jones (Herald): Rest home access depends on postcode: report 1News: ‘We’ve got to do better than that in New Zealand’ – Vulnerable elderly wait up to ten months for residential care Nicholas Jones (Herald): Lonely New Zealand: A third of elderly spend their days alone Nicholas Jones (Herald): Exclusive: Rest home death ‘can’t be in vain’ – family call for changes Karen Brown (RNZ): Apology comes years after resthome resident assaulted Marama Muru-Lanning and Mere Kepa (Newsroom): Adding life to years in the North Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Waikato Hospital ED mental health presentations up by almost 400 per cent Mike Treen: Open letter to new Government: How to find $36 billion for health spending and lower ACC levies at the same time Megan Gattey (Stuff): Pressure on midwifery to be addressed in Govt’s new ‘sustainable midwifery model’ Catherine Hutton (RNZ): Junior midwives tackling high risk cases: study Hamish Walker (Southland Times): The fight against cut and downgraded services continues Isaac Davison (Herald): Denying elderly stroke patients medical cannabis a form of elder abuse, Grey Power branch says Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): What medicinal cannabis campaigners want from the Government Sarah Robson (RNZ): Rejig of rescue helicopter bases ‘could cost lives’ Employment Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): See-sawing labour market policy tilts back towards the have-nots Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Employment law battle reaches Parliament Interest: Hospitality NZ is telling MPs legislation affecting the 90-day trial period will have a ‘significant’ impact on the tourism sector Chloe Winter (Stuff): First Union launches ‘Worth It’ campaign to combat ‘pay crisis’ in retail sector Lisa Meto Fox (E-Tangata): Turning workers on and off like a tap RNZ: Service station ordered to pay $250k for mistreating workers Alex Braae (Spinoff): ‘Ethical’ supermarket workers are going on strike Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): L’Oreal to pay living wage in Mangere distribution centre Katie Ellis (Spinoff): Mojo Coffee: Why we increased our prices 1News: Blue collar workers on cocaine a worrying trend found by workplace drug testing agency Media David Fisher (Herald): Journalists exposed by Privacy Act gap but the law can now be changed Lucy Bennett (Herald): RNZ matter at an end, says PM Jacinda Ardern: Little to be gained in forcing voicemail handover Henry Cooke (Stuff): RNZ boss formally declines to release ‘inappropriate’ Clare Curran voicemail Jane Patterson (RNZ): RNZ chairman refuses to release voicemail message Jessica Mutch (1News):RNZ chair refuses to release ‘inappropriate’ voicemail left by Broadcasting Minister as meeting saga continues Lucy Bennett (Herald): Clare Curran’s call ‘inappropriate’, RNZ chairman Richard Griffin says No Right Turn: Not acceptable Mike Hosking (Herald): Fun and games – forget the critics, TV is alive and kicking Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): No free lunch when it comes to TV sport International relations and trade Benedict Collins (RNZ): What next?: Saudi sheep abattoir construction complete Egemen Bezci and Nicholas Borroz (Noted): The challenge Jacinda Ardern faces in dealing with a post-Brexit Britain RNZ: Pacific Islands Forum head says China base OK if no risk posed Dan McGarry (Guardian):Baseless rumours: why talk of a Chinese military installation in Vanuatu misses the point Laura Walters (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern and Justin Trudeau in London town hall event Child welfare Jeni Cartwright (CPAG): Human rights, housing and child poverty – where do we stand? Newshub: Children’s Commissioner calls for more youth-focused policy Northcote by-election and Jonathan Coleman valedictory Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Northcote by-election: The shortlist takes shape Laine Moger (Stuff): National and Labour announce candidates for Auckland’s Northcote by-election Jane Patterson (RNZ): Coleman gives valedictory speech amid govt attacks Herald: Former cabinet minister Jonathan Coleman delivers valedictory speech Gia Garrick (Newstalk ZB): Jonathan Coleman delivers valedictory speech Transport and road safety Herald: Local government on board with zero road death policy: Genter David Farrar (Kiwiblog): A target of zero is a meaningless target Phil Twyford (Spinoff): Memo to Wayne Mapp: New Zealanders want more rapid transit, fewer new roads Richard Harman (Politik): Full steam ahead to Whangarei port Paul Mitchell (Stuff): Government cops flak for expressway uncertainty Ross Boswell (Herald): Auckland has a better option for Airport rapid transit Justice and police Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): New Zealand’s human rights tribunal ‘breaching human rights’ due to delays Jill Nicholas (Rotorua Daily Post): Prison sentences too high, says Rotorua High Court judge Scott Yeoman (Bay of Plenty Times): Justice Minister: Leaky Tauranga courthouse needs replacing Matt Stewart (Stuff):Is a softer approach to recruit training creating a generation of scared cops? CTV building collapse Conan Young (RNZ): New info could cast doubt over lack of CTV prosecution Michael Wright (Stuff): CTV families claim prosecution decision based on incomplete information, urge Govt to reconsider Kurt Bayer (Herald): Families of CTV building victims call decision not to prosecute ‘offensive’ RNZ: CTV families asking govt to reconsider legal action Education John Gerritsen (RNZ): NCEA pass rate improvements may be over Simon Collins (Herald): Pacific students almost catch up with Europeans in NCEA Simon Collins (Herald): Teacher unions claim ‘public mandate to take action’ over big pay claims RNZ: Strong backing for teacher pay rise, union says Annette Lambly (Stuff): Puna kāinga established to assist transition to school Eva Corlett (RNZ): Library closures prompt fears University of Auckland will burn books Local government Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Māori wards top priority for Green Party Tina Law (Press): Christchurch residents still facing problems with prostitutes working in suburbia Heath Moore (Herald): Council defends muzzling of menacing dogs inside own homes Other Carwyn Jones (Spinoff): Why the UN wants New Zealand to strengthen Māori rights Dominion Post Editorial: Racism: Truth on both sides Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Hurricanes apologise for ‘racist’ poster RNZ: Building Minister questioned in Parl over panel cladding Herald Editorial: Sudden storm finds Auckland’s power exposed Graham Adams (Noted): Under pressure: Kiwi elites feel the heat 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 Guy Trafford (Interest): Opinion: Positive reaction to Jericho Station sale collapse reflects New Zealanders preoccupation with land ownership Geoffrey Palmer (Politik): Western democracy seems to have lost its mojo and is on the retreat Hone Harawira (Daily Blog): My tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Kyle MacDonald (Herald): Why Israel Folau’s gay comment is hate speech Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): MBIE launches steel anti-dumping probes Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Learn from Facebook -or risk tougher regulation, MA warns Ben Goodale (Herald): Govt needs to protect Kiwis from Facebook’s power]]>