Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – April 19 2018 – Today’s content

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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – April 19 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).
Russian hacking allegations, Intelligence reference group, Syria
Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On the GCSB’s security hang-up with Russia
ODT: Intelligence panel a step too far
Barry Brailey (Stuff): Russian hacking another reminder internet knows no borders
Oliver Lineham (NZ Council Civil Liberties): The IGIS Reference Group: a toe inside the tent
Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern: Five Eyes leaders agree on chemical weapons, but mum on further action
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Ardern in London: What was discussed at security meeting?
RNZ: NZ ‘prevented harm being done’ by state-backed hacks – PM
David Crowe and Henry Cooke (Sydney Morning Herald and Stuff): Jacinda Ardern to join Theresa May, Malcolm Turbull at security meeting amid growing concerns over Russian tactics
Newshub: Ardern to meet with Five Eyes allies amid Russia tension
Lucy Bennett (Herald): Jacinda Ardern to attend security meeting with five-eyes counterparts ahead of Chogm
1News: ‘New Zealand is not immune’ – PM comments on major fears Russian state-sponsored hackers have targeted NZ
Don Franks (Redline): Why Labour is going along with Trump

International relations and trade
Stephen Jacobi (RNZ): PM’s Europe trip highlights delicate nature of trade agreement
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Trade and travel go hand in hand – so why has no Government minister visited Beijing?
Joy Reid (1News): Jacinda Ardern to tell Theresa May overnight NZ eager to start free trade talks with UK
Claire Trevett (Herald):Busy London schedule for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who meets the Queen tonight
Claire Trevett (Herald): London Mayor Sadiq Khan to New Zealanders: ‘London is open’
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): London Mayor Sadiq Khan says visa restrictions on Kiwis ‘worries him’
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern talks security, trade with UK’s Theresa May
Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern and Canada’s Justin Trudeau talk women’s rights in London
Stacey Kirk (Stuff):Jacinda Ardern, Justin Trudeau and Sadiq Khan join forces for gender equality
Laura Walters (Stuff): UK and NZ foreign ministers to work together in Pacific
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Russia the main topic at Jacinda Ardern, Angela Merkel’s ‘fun’ meeting
Isaac Davison (Herald): MFAT wants immunity waived for diplomat who owes landlord $20,000
Isaac Davison (Herald): Landlord furious after MFAT seeks immunity for diplomatic tenant owing $20,000
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Diplomats should face the consequences of their actions like everyone else

Environment, primary and extractive industries
Jamie Morton (Herald): Major report: What we’ve done to NZ’s landscape
Tim Watkin (Pundit): Oil be alright. But has Labour learnt the wrong lesson from its past?
Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Labour-led government shows its green credentials
Stephanie Mitchell (Taranaki Daily News): Labour’s win was like Donald Trump’s, says ACT Party Leader David Seymour
Jacinda Ardern (Guardian): The Commonwealth can kickstart a global offensive on climate change
Herald: Britain and NZ to host Pacific climate change talks
Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Carbon neutral laws are going to wreck the country
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Company defends EPA decision in iron sands appeal
Jo McKenzie-McLean (Stuff): Direct link between irrigation and polluted waterways ‘wrong’ says mayor
Lois Williams (RNZ): Govt could take 400ha Northland peat dig to court
RNZ: Seabed mining company begins High Court submission
RNZ: Seabed mining consent challenged in court
Nina HIndmarsh (Stuff): Te Waikoropupū Springs Water Conservation order begins in Takaka

Earthquakes
Press Editorial: Government must clear up on-solds issue to instill confidence in Christchurch houses
Patrick Gower (Newshub): Government admits EQC’s botched repairs could see 140,000 homes re-checked
RNZ: Statistics House collapse: New information withheld

Health
RNZ: More delays for people missed by cancer programme
1News: Bowel Cancer NZ estimates 15,000 people missed out of screening
Patrick Gower (Newshub): Smoking killed my Mum – time to ban it
Newshub: Anti-smoking campaigners throw support behind e-cigarettes
Herald: District Health Board admin workers demand equal pay
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Kiwis buying drugs on dark web warned – it’s not worth the risk
Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): ‘It’s unbelievable’: Taupō fights to keep its rescue helicopter
Andrew Marshall (Southland Times): Nurses working conditions worst in 32 years

Government
Susan St John (Daily Blog): The fiscal stranglehold
Herald Editorial: Poll shows Labour needs to look after its partner
Eun Kyung Kim (NBC): Pregnant and in power: Meet New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Isaac Davison (Herald): Acting Prime Minister Kelvin Davis: ‘People are excited ’til I walk into room’
Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Chamber not so chilly for Robertson this time around
Heather Roy: Walking the Transparency Talk
Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): Conflict of interest issues in PM’s office, again
Matthew Whitehead (Standard): Pollwatch: Colmar Brunton, 16/4/18
Muriel Newman (NZCPR): A lurch to the left

Housing
Susan St John (Newsroom): Landlords, save your crocodile tears
BusinessDesk/Herald: Row over foreign buyer ban continues as Govt bites back at IMF
Nikki Mandow (BusinessDesk): IMF adds voice to dissent around foreign buyer ban
Newshub: International Monetary Fund calls foreign buyer ban ‘discriminatory’
Matthew Brockett (Bloomberg): Ban on New Zealand Home Sales to Foreigners Is ‘Discriminatory’, Says IMF
Eric Crampton (Spinoff): Why the ban on foreign homebuyers is so very dumb
Catherine Harris (Stuff): House market’s ‘good times’ set to end soon: Westpac
RNZ: Master Builders alone could build 1000 homes in 2018

Foreign trusts
Nicky Hager (RNZ): Daphne Project: New Zealand still a haven for some?
RNZ: What is the Daphne Project?

Immigration
Dominion Post: System failing Middleton again
Sophie Duckor-Jones (RNZ): Woman’s Indian husband has visa declined four times

Treaty settlments
RNZ: Crown’s Treaty settlement negotiations ‘not fair or reasonable’
RNZ: Waitangi Tribunal criticises Crown for outside negotiations

Justice and police
Stuff: United Nations finds New Zealand has breached the rights of long-term prisoners
Herald: Precedent-setting United Nations Human Rights Committee case finds indeterminate sentences to be unjust
Laura Walters (Stuff): Māori and Pasifika youth crime rates drop less than Pākeha
Laura Walters (Stuff): More prison beds needed short-term, that doesn’t necessarily mean a mega prison – Andrew Little
John Tamihere (Herald): Reel in our failing justice system
Melanie Reid and Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Family Court judges’ comments ‘ludicrous’
Phil Quin (Herald): New Government should end Dotcom extradition fiasco
Tim Brown (RNZ): Police union calls for tighter firearms monitoring
Tom Hunt (Stuff): Police eyeing up newer, smarter CCTV facial recognition technology
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Ministry of Justice awarded workplace domestic violence prevention tick

Israel Folau controversy
Stuff: MP and former Black Fern Louisa Wall: Israel Folau’s comments can kill
Herald:Rugby: TJ Perenara slams Israel Folau’s ‘harmful’ comments
Marc Hinton (Stuff): Brad Weber backed: Players Association says ‘good on him’ for speaking out
Herald: Israel Folau’s views disgust me – Chiefs and All Blacks halfback Brad Weber
1News: Nigel Owens issues challenge to Israel Folau over homophobic comments – ‘Judge them on the content of their character’
Kim Baker Wilson (1News): Dear Israel Folau: I’ve already been to hell
Herald: Breakfast star calls out ‘disgusting’ Israel Folau
Jamie Wall (RNZ): Folau fallout: Rugby Australia can’t hide from hypocrisy
Joel Kulasingham (Herald): The Holy Bubble: Israel Folau, social media and the rise of the outspoken athlete

Economy and business
RNZ: Economist Ann Pettifor: ‘The public are not stupid’
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newsroom): Economic slowdown looming as Government reshuffles projects – Infometrics
Edward Willis: Select Committee submission on the Cartel Criminalisation Bill

Media
Tom Frewen (ODT): Curran’s turn to drop baton on TV funding
1News: Digital Media Minister Clare Curran unsure if her Facebook has been hacked
Stuff: Eric Janssen named new editor for The Dominion Post and Stuff in Wellington

Local government
Newshub: Auckland Council admits parks in poorer areas not up to scratch
Craig Hoyle and Debrin Foxcroft (Auckland Now): Auckland local board member claims ‘free speech’ to defend racist, sexist posts
Newshub: Auckland local board member apologises after sexist comments
Nikki Preston (Herald): Mayor Andrew King well aware of his requirements: CE

Child welfare
Sarah Harris (Herald): Chief executive Gráinne Moss talks about one year of Ministry for Children – Oranga Tamariki
1News: Manawatu mum raises thousands to send teachers to autism awareness course

Transport
Benedict Collins (RNZ): Police, transport officials disagree with Minister on drug testing
ODT Editorial: Cycleways and safety madness
RNZ: Whangarei mayor disappointed in decision to shelve highway
Jonathan Underhill (BusinessDesk): Puhoi-to-Warkworth PPP roading contract a nil-margin deal for Fletcher
Laura Dooney (RNZ): ‘We are prepared to fight for our existing terms and conditions’
1News: NZ pilots demand ban on possession of lasers after latest strikes on planes in our skies

Gender and sexual politics
Cameron Smith (Herald): New Zealand leads the way on closing gender gap in top jobs
Mandy Te (Stuff): Organisation creates online digital directory for New Zealand women
Laura Walters (Stuff): Chief censor says New Zealand needs to do more to tackle porn problems
George Fenwick (Herald): Woke as: Jokes and blokes in the era of #metoo
Newshub: The difficulties of dating while transgender

Other
Herald: Mobile truck shops taking low-income families for a ride
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Mobile shopping trucks ‘piranhas’ targeting the vulnerable
Max Whitehead (Herald): Costs put employment justice out of reach of ordinary folk
RNZ: Andrew Little to visit Pike River mine, update families
Kurt Bayer (Herald): Top NZDF medical expert warns ‘lost generation’ of veterans unless mental health care addressed
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Name of local lager criticised: ‘You wouldn’t call a beer ‘Hitler”
Katie Bruce (The Wireless): That’s all-white then
Reweti Kohere (The Wireless): Karen Walker, RUBY and Trelise Cooper score low on fashion ethics
1News: Freedom camping’s chronic issues to be tackled by government working group
Patrick Thomsen (The Coconet): Reflections from the Intersections
Charlotte Graham-McLay (Vice):A Brief Guide to Riding Out the Apocalypse in New Zealand
David Farrar: A summary of the Martin Jenkins report on charter schools

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

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