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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – April 24 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). Government Colin James (ODT): Govt looks transitional at this stage but could yet be transformational Bill Ralston (Listener): The Labour Party’s spin doctors are doing a cracking job Liam Hehir (Stuff): A Government for the cities and Opposition for the provinces? Isaac Davison (Herald): To stand or not? The Greens weigh up Northcote byelection Jason Walls (Interest): The country’s biggest bank is suggesting New Zealand’s ‘urgent’ need for infrastructure outweighs the Government’s ‘arbitrary [debt] target’ Anne Gibson (Herald): Shane Jones wants stronger infrastructure body Mitch Harris (Newshub): Careless criticism of the Govt has turned me into a ‘Jacinda Defender’ David Slack (RNZ): NZ represent: Ardern created ‘A Moment’ on the world stage 1News: ‘She’s got a lovely presence about her’ – Paula Bennett praises Jacinda Ardern’s skills of communication but says government lacks ‘ideas’ 1News:‘Of course it’s going to be of interest’ – Jacinda Ardern comfortable with all those questions about the baby Inequality and welfare Laura Walters (Stuff): Geneva human rights committee ‘shocked’ at NZ’s human rights report card Isaac Davison (Herald): UN ‘shocked’ by NZ’s record on housing, child poverty, incarceration Robert MacCulloch (Herald): New style of reform way out of growing inequality divide Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Food grants: Number of New Zealanders getting help with basics continues rising RNZ: ‘We need culture change at the ministry’ – PM Jessie Chiang (RNZ): False tip-off led to benefit being cut with no warning Eva Corlett (RNZ): Woman told her benefit was cut because of Tinder dates RNZ: Quarter of NZers have no cash savings – survey Ian Hyslop (Newsroom): Social work bill ‘nonsense’ Environment, primary and extractive industries Zac Fleming (RNZ):DOC using Thompson + Clark to monitor anti-1080 activists Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Mapping New Zealand’s chemical romance Mike Dinsdale (Nothern Advocate): Minister irate at consent to extract kauri resin from Far North wetlands Timaru Herald Editorial: In considering a rebrand, Fish and Game must ensure its strong environmental voice remains No Right Turn: Climate change: What about coal? Christina Persico and Mike Watson (Stuff): Govt discuss end of oil and gas exploration with Taranaki business, local govt and stakeholders Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Bad for business – Government’s gas, oil exploration ban a pig of an idea Sue Allen (Stuff): Ditching plastic bags – just do it already Emily Cooper (1News): Wellington bars and restaurants trial ban on plastic straws David Farrar (Kiwiblog):Ratepayer funded scaremongering Anzac Day, Land Wars, military Scott Hamilton (The Spinoff): The first, forgotten Anzacs, more than 50 years before Gallipoli Mandy Hager: Thoughts on Anzac Day and the inquiry into ‘Hit and Run’ John Sargeant (Stuff): Government should ignore authors’ claims about civilian deaths – it’s war Chris Trotter: Britain’s Interests Nowhere Near The Moral High Ground Dan Satherley (Newshub): Anzac spirit: Does Australia even care about NZ anymore? Marc Daalder (Newsroom): A Land Wars-shaped hole in the NZ psyche Tara Shaskey (Taranaki Daily News): Kaumātua disgusted at gallery’s efforts to show colonial painting, citing racism William Ray (Spinoff): Pākehā Māori: The American soldier who switched sides in the Taranaki Land Wars Housing Tex Edwards (The Spinoff):A three-step plan to truly affordable housing (no, we don’t need another review) Rachel Miller (Stuff): Keeping a roof over my kids’ heads is impossible John Boynton (RNZ): Māori housing issues raised with govt Greg Ninness (Interest): Government is considering intensive housing options in Panmure, Manukau and Henderson. Construction work not likely to start at Unitec site until next year David Hargreaves (Interest): The Government’s coming under pressure to make changes and exemptions in its legislation barring offshore buyers  Joel Ineson (Stuff): Tenants want action on damp Christchurch social housing units Israel Folau, religious and cultural beliefs Stuff: NZR releases a timely video about diversity, attacking discrimination Herald: Rugby: All Blacks and Black Ferns launch diversity campaign labelling ‘discrimination’ as enemy Newshub:Israel Folau a product of ‘fire and brimstone Christianity’ – Harawira Stuff: Hate speech law would be ‘step too far’, Bennett says Tom O’Connor (Waikato Times): Best stick to rugby, Israel Folau International relations and trade Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On why France could become our closest ally in Europe Barry Soper (Herald): North Korea trade deal might not be as crazy as it seems RNZ: NZ says Pacific “reset” on track Isaac Davison (Herald): Winston Peters needs to end fixation with Russian trade deal, National says Madison Reidy (Stuff): Commonwealth FTA ‘too ambitious,’ exporters say Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Morocco’s charm offensive to protect phosphate sale to NZ Reserve Bank, economy and business Susan Edmund (Stuff): Australian advice scandals: Are we being ripped off, too? Michael Reddell: A garrulous Governor Education Iulia Leilua (Māori TV): Partnership schools face uncertain future Ilona Hanne (Herald): Parents furious as Taranaki school forced to reinstate suspended principal Health Lucy Bennett (Herald): Mayors seek assurances from Health Minister David Clark over rescue helicopter services Newshub: Nurses pay claim can ‘absolutely’ be resolved – Prime Minister Michael Daly (Stuff): DHB nurses and midwives receiving strike ballots – what’s the timeline from here? Melenie Parkes (Stuff): The Inside Word: Breaking shame and stigma Justice Jane Patterson (RNZ): Govt yet to pursue idea of separate Māori prison Stephanie Mitchell (Stuff): Documentary follows Taranaki youth offenders trying to turn their lives around Media Richard Harman (Politik): The RNZ saga: now the funding increase is doubtful Patrick Crewdson (Stuff): Stuff’s code of ethics underpins our journalism Kiwiblog: Matthew Hooton apology to Hon Steven Joyce Isaac Davison (Herald): Columnist Matthew Hooton apologises to former National MP Steven Joyce Henry Cooke (Stuff): Matthew Hooton apologises to Steven Joyce over critical column as part of settlement Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Matthew Hooton issues apology to Steven Joyce Hill Cone column on Clarke Gayford Herald: Jacinda Ardern defends partner Clarke Gayford, says she won’t edit his social media accounts Greg Presland (Standard): Bottom feeding fish Herald: Hill Cone column criticising Clarke Gayford divides New Zealand Herald: Clarke Gayford compares columnist to ‘bottom-feeding fish’ following controversial article Danyl Mclauchlan (The Spinoff): Breaking news: Clarke Gayford reputation rocked by Herald allegations Herald: Column accusing Clarke Gayford of piggybacking off Jacinda Ardern’s success divides NZ Newshub: Clarke Gayford hits out at NZ Herald columnist Auckland Matt Lowrie (Herald): Light rail not really about airport Bernard Orsman (Herald): Shortage of playing fields in Auckland puts community sport at risk, says National’s Nikki Kaye Other Lincoln Tan (Herald): Deportation reprieve for migrant with three partners and their “many” children RNZ: Expectant Māori warned treaty settlements not a panacea Chris Morris (ODT): Calls for abuse inquiry to include faith-based Katy Gosset (RNZ): Tony Kokshoorn to step down as Grey’s mayor next year Maddison Northcott (Stuff): Long-serving Tony Kokshoorn to ‘pass the mayoral chains’ next year Pita Alexander (Stuff): Too many guns and far too many lawyers, but the US has parallels with NZ Piers Fuller (Stuff): Plans to reduce water takes could make farming ‘uneconomic’ Paul Mitchell (Stuff): ‘Send freedom campers to the regions,’ says government panelist Rachel Thomas (Stuff): Master Plumbers call for a ban on portable gas heaters in all homes The Wireless:An open letter to the Law Commission on abortion law reform Baz Macdonald (The Wireless): How the FBI has disrupted NZ’s sex work industry Sarah Paterson-Hamlin (Spinoff): A new ad starring a top NZ rugby player reveals a stark double standard]]>