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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – April 17 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). International relations and trade Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern can count trade mission a success barring no late disasters Claire Trevett (Herald): What PM Jacinda Ardern can learn from Germany’s ‘mother’ – Chancellor Angela Merkel Stacey Kirk (Stuff):Jacinda Ardern leaves firebrand mark on Paris as she gets what she came for Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Ardern hails trade ‘vision’, France’s macron to visit NZ 1News: Jacinda Ardern begins talks for ‘hugely significant’ proposed NZ-European Free Trade Agreement during meeting with French President in Paris RNZ: France supports NZ-EU trade negotiations Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Q+A: Free trade with the European Union – the holy grail almost in reach Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern speaks at prestigious Paris university Claire Trevett (Herald): Ardern, Trudeau and Macron: The young guns share Paris in the springtime Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel to talk trade, education and visas Stuff: When it comes to trading with the US, we buy more than we sell Syria Alexander Gillespie (Herald): Air strike not right response to unproven use of chemical weapons Chris Trotter (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has a bob each way on bombing Syria Nicolas Pirsoul (Newsroom): Some inconvenient truths about Syria NZ Herald editorial: Has West made its message clear on chemical weapons? ODT Editorial: A red line against chemical warfare Herald: NZ’s Russian embassy releases Syria briefing Health Nicholas Jones (Herald): Revealed: Hundreds more missed from bowel cancer screening Karen Brown (RNZ): No amount of apologies will give lost eyesight back – farmer Jo Moir (Stuff): Health Minister and DHB clash over Middlemore Hospital building issues Audrey Young (Herald): Leaked email contradicts Health Minister’s claim that he was briefed about only one leaky building at Middlemore Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Health Minister and DHB at odds over Middlemore Hospital Kurt Bayer (Herald): Comedian Mike King praises Poppy Appeal for helping shine a light on mental health issues 1News: ‘I have sleepless nights’ – New Zealand war hero Willie Apiata opens up about his personal struggles RNZ: National sexual harm helpline goes live Phil Pennington (RNZ): Toxic foam: Govt admits new test to assess health impacts ‘essential’ RNZ: Chef beware: 90 percent of raw chicken contaminated Environment, primary and extractive industries, animal welfare RNZ: Davis on oil and gas exploration ban: ‘We’re stepping up’ Andrew Little (Taranaki Daily News): What do we do when we can no longer rely on the black stuff? Bryce Edwards (Herald):  Political Roundup: A bolder and greener government David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Why the decision on oil and gas exploration was bad faith No Right Turn: The cost of victory Emma Hatton (RNZ): Appeal against South Taranaki mining plan begins in High Court Stuff: Taranaki iron sand seabed mining consent reduced Māori interest to lip service, court told Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Kiwis Against Seabed Mining promises to take case to Supreme Court if necessary John McCrone (Press): A question of mana: Why a rūnanga took a dim view of a ‘lake saving’ project David Williams (Newsroom): Agency tensions exposed David Hall and Sam Lindsay (Stuff): We must spend more green to get more green Richard Harman (Politik): Parker in the water wars again Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Why are we sparing crayfish but torturing rabbits? RNZ: Rabbit killing virus kicks off in Otago Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Federated Farmers slammed by judge for blocking GMO bans Maja Burry (RNZ):Increase in visitors could close high country walkways Parliament 1News: National regains lead in latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll after month of controversy for Labour 1News: Honeymoon over for Jacinda Ardern as Labour drops below National in latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll 1News: Simon Bridges yet to appeal to voters as a potential prime minister – 1 NEWS poll Herald: PM Jacinda Ardern buoyed by latest 1 News/Colmar Brunton poll Herald: Honeymoon over? Labour drops below National in latest poll Laura Walters (Stuff): National overtakes Labour in latest TVNZ poll Mike Hosking:Slippery slope for Labour as they slide in poll Liam Hehir (Stuff): Written constitutions don’t necessarily bring order and freedom Ben Smith (ODT): No reason to limit voter choices in a stable, democratic country Greg Presland (The Standard): The Northcote by-election 1News:Simon Bridges ‘confident, but not overly confident’ National’s Dan Bidois will win Northcote by-election RNZ: Northcote by-election: Meet the candidates Mark Jennings (Newsroom): Parenting more important than politics: Lotu-Iiga Transport and road safety Interest: Phil Twyford says there is a “great deal of interest” from private capital providers investing in New Zealand’s transport infrastructure  Lucy Bennett (Herald): We’re open for business, Phil Twyford tells investors Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Twyford’s way around budget rules Benedict Collins (RNZ): Previous govt criticised for failing to set road accident targets Henry Cooke (Stuff): 2015 road safety report urged safety targets, higher fines Lucy Bennett (Herald): $800m in urgent work needed on roads: Twyford Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): Government looking at making wheel clamping illegal RNZ: Watch: Minister speaks over ‘bottom feeder’ wheel clampers Media Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On the prevailing media narratives about the Labour–led coalition Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Social media reaction to my US visa rejection is baffling Lincoln Tan (Herald): Herald reporter mistaken for a pimp, threatened with a loaded gun Housing Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Rents rise around the country as cost crunch goes on landlords Eric Crampton (Spinoff): A policy in search of a problem: The lunacy of the foreign buyers ban Tax Geoff Simmons (Interest): On why we can’t have a fair and efficient tax system, as well as an exemption on owner occupied housing Public Health Expert: A public health perspective on taxing harmful products Scoop: Fair enough? How should New Zealanders be taxed? Immigration Lincoln Tan (Herald): Human trafficking: Brokers lure foreign sex workers to NZ with ‘half truths’ RNZ: ‘They chucked me in a cold cell for a couple of days’ Herald: Associate minister Kris Faafoi set to decide fate of Mark Middleton’s deportation order Herald: Act leader David Seymour calls on Govt to intervene in Mark Middleton deportation case No Right Turn: This is just wrong Justice Newsroom: ‘Repugnant’ committee pursuing female lawyer must go Sam Hurley (Herald): Police protect judges at home from ‘intimidating’ Family Court protesters Education Elizabeth Rata (Newsroom): The basic flaw in our education system Newshub: Tracey Martin defends Bill to restrict title of ‘teacher’ Chris Morris (ODT): Independent barrister to review student law camps Joel MacManus (Critic): Students Pay Tribute To Departing Law Dean Esme Hall (Critic): “Stress and Uncertainty” for Uni Staff Over Job Cuts Christchurch Herald: Christchurch quake claimant Peter Glasson’s hunger strike outside Southern Response offices RNZ: Quake claimant goes on hunger strike: ‘We’ve had enough’ Joel Ineson (Stuff):‘Good luck with that’: Departing Bishop criticises cathedral restoration in swansong sermon RNZ: Christchurch cathedral restoration: ‘People are more important than buildings’ Chris Hutching (Stuff): Chamber of Commerce urges greater pace of rebuild and ‘release’ of assets RNZ: Christchurch City Council apologises to owners of menacing dogs Auckland Simon Wilson (Herald): The price of power in a stormy city Russell Brown (Public Address): Paying for the storms to come Herald: ‘Hazard fatigue’ may be behind severe weather warnings confusion Herald: Activist Penny Bright’s home listed for mortgagee sale over unpaid rates TVNZ/Spark RWC deal Mark Jennings (Newsroom): Spark looks to convert Rugby World Cup try Peter Griffin (RNZ): TVNZ/ Spark deal: Big risk but will it pay off? Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Rural communities worried about missing out on RWC RNZ: Spark, TVNZ secure Rugby World Cup, Women’s, Sevens, U-20 Other Collette Devlin (Stuff): Sir Peter Jackson’s movie museum and Wellington convention centre costs balloon to $165m Anna Connell (Newsroom): No exclusion clauses on hate Richard Swainson (Manawatu Standard): Delamere has already lost Folau argument by taking it seriously]]>