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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – April 30 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 Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s idea of government is revolutionary Audrey Young: Jacinda Ardern has come through turbulent times but her cabinet has had mixed success Jamie Smyth (Financial Times):Jacinda Ardern: ‘we should not expect women to be superwomen’ Henry Cooke (Stuff): National Portrait: Minister of Almost Everything David Parker Duncan Garner (Stuff): Government’s six months in a leaky boat – captain overboard Jo Moir (Stuff): A world with Winston Peters in charge David Farrar: Relax Winston won’t be in charge, Grant will be Stacey Kirk (Stuff): The three-legged Government that can’t quite sync Clare de Lore (Listener): What an ex-Labour Minister really thinks about Jacinda Ardern’s Government Lucy Bennett (Herald): National members blocked from getting Clare Curran to appear before committee over meeting with RNZ Carol Hirschfeld – report Richard Harman (Politik): Government Committee MPs save Curran Pete George: Labour, Green MPs block holding Curran to account Frances Mountier (The Spinoff): Why have Thompson & Clark been allowed to keep spying on us, in your name? The Standard: How many working groups did the last National Government create? Cherie Howie (Herald): No.10 for No.1: Present for baby among gifts for PM Jacinda Ardern during European tour Audrey Malone (Stuff): The Jacinda effect spikes earring sales Deborah Hill Cone (Herald): What was I thinking – attacking Clarke Gayford? Steve Braunias: The secret diary of … Clarke Gayford David Slack (Stuff): Dirty politics didn’t end, it just took a holiday Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): New Zealand’s new Alt-Right Twitter Trolls: Dirty Politics 2018 Polls Stephen Mills (Spinoff): New poll reveals the post-election political battleground 1News: Becoming a mum won’t have an effect on Jacinda Ardern’s performance as PM – 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll Newstalk ZB: Poll reveals public’s views on Ardern’s pregnancy Pete George: A pointless poll on pregnancy and politics Health Audrey Young (Herald): Health Minister David Clark says coalition funding pressures have delayed cheaper doctors’ visits for all Newshub: GP visits might not get cheaper soon after all Newstalk ZB: Government manufacturing a health-sector crisis – Michael Woodhouse 1News: Boost in dental funding on the cards, but ‘unlikely’ this term – ‘We have people struggling with third world health conditions’ 1News: Nurses ‘should be getting pay equity’, says Minister of Health, but it’s ‘further down’ Herald: Health minister Dr David Clark names the three new Auckland DHB chairs Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Government plants Crown Monitor in embattled Counties Manukau DHB RNZ: New chair of DHB says hospital buildings will be a ‘priority’ Mike Houlahan (ODT): DHB’s radiology failings cited in report Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Nigel Murray saga: $6500 bill for nursing expert to fly in from Canada Karoline Tuckey (Stuff): Mental health inquiry urged to work as fast as possible Felecia Indrawidjaja (Stuff): Electronic referrals set to be more reliable than paper versions at Waitemata DHB Jessica McAllen (RNZ): Focus needed on community based mental health services Danielle Client and Jane Matthews (Stuff): ‘Broken’ healthcare staff concerned about rise of bullying cases at DHBs Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): McStoush! Ronald McDonald House likened to beer and ciggy sponsorship Rob Stock (Stuff): Parents insuring their children’s health are nervous state won’t pay Tim Brown (RNZ): Funding uncertainty for Dunedin rehab service Emma Hatton (RNZ): Euthanasia bill ‘dangerous’ – Palliative care workers Housing and construction Newshub: First KiwiBuild homes are under construction Hannah Ross (Stuff):First 18 KiwiBuild houses under construction in south Auckland Herald: Phil Twyford announces KiwiBuild homes officially under construction RNZ: Kiwibuild: 30 new homes by end of the year John Minto (Daily Blog):Time for an Empty Homes Tax Catherine Harris (Stuff): Land – they’re not making any more of it Don Rowe (The Spinoff): ‘We’ve been under-building for a decade’: Registered Master Builders on the future of construction Chris Hutching (Stuff): Builders co-op cuts costs – but will consumers benefit? Phil Pennington (RNZ): Construction industry threatened by a ‘ticking timebomb’ Transport Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): BP asked to visit the Beehive after internal email outlines ‘alarming’ pricing plan Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Behind the pricing: Internal email lifts veil on BP’s petrol prices Tamsyn Parker (Herald): ‘Very concerning’: National MP and AA call for greater transparency from petrol companies Eva Corlett (RNZ): Regional fuel tax: Decision expected today Simon Wilson (Herald): Fact-checking National on the Auckland fuel tax Dan Satherley (Newshub): Aucklanders don’t want fuel tax – Simon Bridges RNZ: National Party pledges to scrap regional fuel tax Isaac Davison (Herald): National Party leader Simon Bridges says he will repeal regional fuel tax if in Government Henry Cooke (Stuff): National would overturn regional fuel tax Dan Satherley (Newshub): ‘Fiscal hole’ caused by National ‘hand grenade’ – Phil Twyford Stacey Kirk (Stuff): National questions Auckland Council’s claims of ‘public support’ for fuel tax RNZ: Govt are repackaging National transport projects – MP Northern Advocate: Northland-based MPs should have fought for four-lane highway says advocate Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Government, Auckland Council revising controversial East-West Link plans Jodi Yeats (Stuff): One of Auckland’s most congested roads targeted in $28B transport plan – Lake Rd Benedict Collins (RNZ): National: petrol car levy will hurt the poor Greg Presland (The Standard): National’s fiscal ineptitude over Auckland transport RNZ: How should NZ regulate driverless vehicles? Emissions reduction debate Pattrick Smellie (Newsroom): Top 10 ways to reach net-zero carbon Rod Oram (Newsroom): So what happens if we fail? Joel Ineson (Stuff): National Party ‘resetting our approach to environmental issues’ – Bridges Andrew Gunn (Stuff):Simon Bridges blows hot air into climate change debate Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Can food waste and poo power help NZ reach its low emission goal? Madison Reidy (Stuff): Emissions tax would result in higher dairy and fuel prices Finn Hogan (Newshub): Low-emission economy difficult but essential – report RNZ: Fuel-car levy could subsidise electric vehicles – govt Paul Little (Herald): Ban on oil and gas exploration has to happen Cameron Madgwick (ODT): No evidence a ban will lower emissions Environment Leith Huffadine (Stuff): Improving New Zealand, one piece of plastic at a time John Anthony (Stuff): Māori Fisheries Trust labels DOC-funded book ‘scaremongering’ Dominic Harris (Stuff): ECan accused of ‘putting profits before the community’ by anti-water bottling protesters Whena Owen (1News): Q+A: Why some ratepayers are falling foul of councils wastewater management Dominic Harris (Stuff): Councils facing $500m bill to meet stringent new recommendations on drinking water quality Esther Taunton (Stuff): Freshwater quality improving nationwide, report shows Jill Galloway (Stuff): Rangitīkei River quality improving Horizons tells dairy farmers RNZ: EPA to review insecticide thought to kill bees ODT Editorial: Lessons for Conservation Department Sean Hogan (1News): Campaign underway to resurrect controversial Hawke’s Bay walking track Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Oil exploration company says Greenpeace protest action cost it $150,000 Welfare Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On the need for immediate action on WINZ Catriona MacLennan (Newsroom): A chance to reverse our humiliating welfare system Dan Satherley (Newshub): Welfare overhaul to get underway ‘in next three years’ – Carmel Sepuloni Mitch McCann (Newshub): Promised changes to New Zealand’s welfare system still years off – minister Newshub: Benefit sanctions causing child poverty – advocate RNZ: Rolling back benefit sanctions could take years – minister Pete George: Sepuloni interview another ‘wait and see’ Henry Cooke (Stuff): MSD spends $13k a year on hold music for StudyLink and WINZ Lauren Bartley (Re-imagining social work): Where has my radicalism gone? Inequality and poverty Pam Waugh (Newshub): Why are poverty rates shocking even as our economy grows? Herald Editorial: Poverty still disadvantaging too many Kiwi kids Laura Wiltshire (Stuff): More families needing the Sallies help RNZ: The ‘working poor’ driving up demand for food parcels – Sallies 1News: ‘Who’s running the world?’ – Period poverty a huge strain for NZ women that removing GST won’t solve, says doctor Employment Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): New Zealand workplaces ‘unnecessarily stressful’ – Minister Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Housing New Zealand worker’s suspected suicide after alleged bullying not notified to WorkSafe for six months Paul McBeth (BusinessDesk): Lees-Galloway signals broader health & safety targets Katie Bradford (1News): Maori far more likely to be injured at work, Government says Jane Patterson (RNZ): Govt flags changes to ‘high risk’ industries list Anuja Nadkarni and Catherine Harris (Stuff): Encouraging craziness: bosses putting culture and staff first Harrison Christian (Stuff): Strangers in a foreign land: African migrants snubbed by Kiwi employers Venetia Sherson (North & South): How not to retire: The older Kiwis who are holding onto their jobs Economy and business Liam Dann (Herald): Why the Government can’t relax debt rules to build more Liam Dann (Herald): Should the Government relax its debt target to build more? Brian Easton (Pundit): Squaring the Budget Circle Jason Walls (Interest): The weeks leading up to the Budget are usually a time for the Government to tease out new funding Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): Aussie’s bad banking culture calls for tough measures Hamish Fletcher and Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Shane Jones: Too soon to rule out banking probe Sam Stubbs (The Spinoff): Pull the other one. Of course NZ must launch an inquiry into banking Donal Curtin: The power of ideas Jenée Tibshraeny (The Spinoff): The taxpayer has spent $1.48 billion to bail out AMI. Does anyone care? Hannah McQueen (Stuff): Tax changes risk being a middle finger to the middle class RNZ: Consumer confidence lowest since 2016 Victoria University of Wellington: Minister needed for UN sustainability goals Girol Karacaoglu (Newsroom): Better lives, a better New Zealand Herald: New Zealand companies spend $2.56 billion on placing adverts Green Party Steve Braunias (Herald): The great political ping-pong tournament Henry Cooke (Stuff): Green staffer on ex-MP Kennedy Graham speaking at National event: ‘No wonder he sabotaged us and Metiria’ Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Greens forget own history in sanctimonious lash at former MP Newshub: Former Green MP speaks at National Party ‘BlueGreen’ event David Farrar: Greens spit venom at Kennedy Graham Pete George:A culture of Green zealotry and intolerance National Party Audrey Young and Lucy Bennett (Herald): National leader Simon Bridges prepares for big speech, visit to Taranaki and town-hall tour Richard Harman (Politik): Bridges to redefine National Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): National MP Matt King copies ACT press release, takes out all reference to ACT International relations and trade Damien Grant (Stuff): The Middle East should be no-go zone for Kiwi troops Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Where NZ’s stance on Russia differs and why it may not be bad Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Digital sales open a door to Chinese consumers David Farrar: Is this NZ’s shadow Foreign Minister Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): China vs NZ Tom Peters (World socialist website): New Zealand prime minister strengthens military ties with France Media Colin Peacock (RNZ): Media freedom under the microscope Chris Trotter: Conversation In The Public Square Philip Matthews (Stuff): Broadsheets and blunders: In defence of getting it wrong Herald: TV politics: TVNZ reporter quits as new leader steps in Newshub: A bot that writes Mike Hosking opinion columns Joshua Drummond: A column by Mike Hosking, except it’s an AI predictive text bot Fiona Rae (Listener): Can David Seymour pull a Rodney Hide in Dancing with the Stars? Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): David Seymour is dancing for his party’s political survival Marcus Stickley (The Wireless): The founding editor of The Wireless says goodbye Stuff: You’re not going crazy – your local paper has shrunk in size Justice and police Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Family Court reforms a failure: research Lizzie Marvelly (Herald): Mega-prison just a billion-dollar Band-Aid Jared Nicoll (Stuff): Behaving badly: Female prisoner numbers at Rimutaka nearly at same level as Arohata Prison Nicholas Boyack (Stuff): Prisoner-built house teaches prisoners worthwhile skills Herald: Editorial: Jailhouse informants – why the system needs reform Phil Taylor (Herald): The murky world of jailhouse snitches Meghan Lawrence (Herald): Inside a youth prison: Where NZ’s criminal teenagers end up Kelly Dennett (Stuff): Grieving mother lays IPCA complaint over WOF-less police car Stuff: When can police enter your home, and when can they breath test you? Teresa Cowie (RNZ): Insight: Imprisoned by meth Teresa Cowie (RNZ): More than half of inmates took meth before being imprisoned Māori wards Jono Galuszka (Stuff): Maori wards fight gets support from Manawatū’s top Anglican Stephanie Mitchell (Stuff): Former New Plymouth mayor takes on former National leader on Māori wards Sexuality, religious and cultural beliefs Hone Harawira (Daily Blog): Hell hath no fury like a Christian spurned Moana Jackson (E-Tangata): No one’s exercise of free speech should make another feel less free Gavin Ellis (Herald): Right to free speech comes with a cost Stuff: Injured Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara helps collect money for LBGT+ groups Patrick Gower (Newshub): We need an openly gay All Black The Hits: Photos: New All Blacks jersey stretches to reveal a rainbow flag Joel Ineson (Stuff): Gay and inclusive rugby team a haven for marginalised players Dan Satherley (Newshub): 47 would-be marriage celebrants rejected because they refuse to carry out gay weddings Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Flashback: Civil unions come into effect after a hard-fought battle by same-sex couples and their supporters Gender bias, harassment and violence Dana Johannsen (Stuff): New study reveals stark gender bias in sports coverage Laura Dooney (RNZ): ‘I was very upset and angry that I had been violated’ Alison Mau (Stuff): Cosby guilty verdict should mark a turning point in the #metoo revolution Hannah Ross (Stuff): Survey launched for legal professionals to speak up about sexual harassment Guy Williams (Stuff): Are we too cool with domestic violence in New Zealand? Ethnicity, culture and Maori development 1News:‘It’s not about being PC it’s just about being respectful’ – brands can suffer due to lack of basic pronunciation, says marketing lecturer John Boynton and Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Voice artist refuses to pronounce the ‘white’ way Nicole Lawton (Stuff): Taika Waititi lauds voice artist for refusing to pronounce Waimate ‘the white way’ Herald: Kiwi voice artist refuses to pronounce Maori words ‘the white way’ Julie Zhu (The Spinoff): It’s 2018 and a white comedian mimicked a Thai woman at the NZ Comedy Gala Dale Husband (E-Tangata): Simon Bridges: Our leaders should be culturally competent Ben Rosamond (Economic and social research Aotearoa): Nation destroying: Sovereignty and dispossession in Aotearoa New Zealand Ruwani Perera (Newshub): Learning Māori a cultural revolution for good Jason Renes (The Spinoff): A future made by Tūhoe hands Graham Cameron (The Spinoff): Are indigenous people united under the United Nations? Christchurch stadium Liz McDonald (Stuff):Seven years since the earthquakes, Christchurch’s stadium and sports centre are still not built ODT:Editorial – Housing people the priority Dominion Post: Editorial: First Christchurch, then how about a new arena for Wellington? David Williams (Newshub): Stadium spells danger for Labour Steven Cowan:A big white elephant in the making Regional development and Shane Jones John Armstrong (1News): Shane Jones needs to explain worth of political neutrality sacrifice if he wants to be taken seriously Lucy Bennett and Isaac Davison (Herald): Shane Jones burned by lack of progress on regional projects Zaryd Wilson (Wanganui Chronicle): Paul Goldsmith says Government sending mixed messages to regions Education Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Anew tomorrow for schools rich and poor Sarah Harris (Herald): Half of early childhood teachers experiencing harm, new ChildForum report finds Kendall Hutt (Stuff): National proposal to scrap school decile system back on the cards Simon Collins (Herald): Auckland schools ‘could do better’ for Esol students, says Education Review Office Belinda Buchanan (Stuff):‘The system was stealing my soul’ -why I left teaching to sell real estate Vaimoana Tapaleao (Herald): Charter school parents protest outside PM Jacinda Ardern’s electorate office Dan Satherley (Newshub): Pro-charter school protest at Jacinda Ardern’s office Jennifer Eder (Stuff): A different class: It’s learning, but not as we know it Jenny Suo (1News): Students protest closing of Auckland University’s Fine Arts library RNZ: Students and staff occupy University’s Fine Arts Library Herald: University of Auckland students to rally against library closures Stuart McCutcheon (Herald): Professors miss the mark on what hurting universities Immigration  Mike Williams (Hawkes Bay Today): Government must tread warily in immigration high-wire act Stuff: Most international students granted NZ visas are Chinese, statistics show Spy agencies Andrea Vance (1News): Think you have what it takes to spy for New Zealand? SIS looking for new recruits Newshub: New Zealand Security Intelligence Service recruiting new spies Laura Walters (Stuff): NZ lacks informed public debate on spying Other Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Clinton visit about money, not remorse Heather Chalmers (Stuff): MPI officials dispose of 7550 cows to stop spread of Mycoplasma bovis Mike O’Donnell (Stuff): More action needed on ‘bottom-feeder’ lenders Stuff: Below the beltway: The week in politics Patrick Gower (Newshub): Is the Kiwi blockchain company Centrality really worth $690 million? Mei Heron (1News): Animal activists call for end to shock collars used to train dogs The Standard: New Zealand Is all right, at the end Sarah Nealon (Stuff): Dame Anne Salmond fronts new historical series on Māori TV Chloe Winter (Stuff): Designer Karen Walker: Fashion requires ‘vigilant inspection of compliance’ Al Williams (Stuff): Ratepayer calls on the Ombudsman in an effort to reveal Waimate council’s land assets Grant Bradley (Herald): Too many tourists in Aotearoa? What Kiwis really think Josh Martin (Stuff): Sliders, Vomit Wagons and Tupperware: Insights of a freedom camping expert]]>