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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – May 01 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 Herald Editorial: Government has a chance to think bigger Anuja Nadkarni and Henry Cooke (Stuff): Grant Robertson promises a surplus and defends budget responsibility rules Richard Harman (Politik): Is this the fiscal hole? Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Govt’s broken promise – bad budgeting or priority fail? Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Cheaper doctor visits: The Government’s first broken promise? 1News: Possible delay to cheaper GP visits down to ‘deficit’ in infrastructure and DHB ‘blowouts’ – PM The Standard: Does this Government have the money to deliver? David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Joyce was right -Labour can’t afford their promises Bryce Edwards (Herald):Political Roundup: How the Government shapes up after six months in power Audrey Young (Herald): Controversial waka-jumping bill an intrusion on MPs’ freedom of expression, say academics Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Waka-jumping bill breaches Bill of Rights: academics Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Waka-jumping legislation ‘undemocratic’ say experts Edward Willis: Select Committee submission on the waka-jumping Bill Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Labour MP Ruth Dyson ‘error’ led to wrongful spending accusation Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Shane Jones’ Critique Of Bureaucratic Obstructionism Is Well Made BP petrol pricing Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): A two-speed fuel market appears to see some areas pay for losses elsewhere Stuff: Read the BP pricing strategy email in full John Anthony (Stuff): BP’s cross-subsidising tactics do not breach Commerce Act, Commerce Commission says Isaac Davison (Herald): Revelations about BP petrol prices give more impetus for law changes, Jacinda Ardern says Rebecca Stevenson (Spinoff): Ten numbers that show we’re getting ripped off for petrol Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Motorists have the power to drive down petrol prices Southland Times Editorial: A petrol leak that deserves to ignite Virginia Fallon (Stuff): Kāpiti residents feel ‘powerless’ to BP’s petrol pricing strategy RNZ: BP pricing tactics outrage Kāpiti locals: ‘They’re holding us to ransom’ Mitchell Alexander (Newshub): BP in defence mode over petrol price email Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): A two-speed fuel market appears to see some areas pay for losses elsewhere RNZ: BP pricing email ‘alarming’ – Energy Minister RNZ: PM joins criticism of BP pricing tactics Transport Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Govt are hypocritical over petrol tax Ken Shirley (Herald): Fuel tax poorly thought out solution to transport costs Adam Jacobson and Henry Cooke (Stuff): Auckland Council adopts 11.5 cent a litre regional fuel tax Simon Wilson (Herald): Aucklanders to have say on regional fuel tax of 11.5c a litre Newshub: Auckland Council votes overwhelmingly in favour of regional fuel tax Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Fuel tax but a decade of traffic jams Mike Lee (Herald): Trams to the airport is deluded folly Kristin Edge (Northern Advocate): Northland police watch for tradies not wearing seatbelts in road safety blitz Environment, primary and extractive industries Steve Deane (Newsroom): NZ’s killing season enters full swing RNZ: ‘It’s tragic’ – farmer destroys threatened native shrub Stuff: NZ’s total greenhouse gas emissions Matt Stewart (Stuff): Government launches new biosecurity intelligence unit Damien O’Connor (Stuff): Minister adds perspective to ‘hysteria’ over call declining Govt funding for mental health group Christina Persico (Stuff): National Party leader Simon Bridges says oil and gas decision will impact Taranaki culture Sam Hurley (Herald): Greenpeace head Russel Norman pleads guilty to obstructing oil survey ship Justice Carmen Parahi (Stuff): Police, politics and race: Long and anguished tale of constabulary’s relationship with Māori Carmen Parahi (Stuff): In the fledgling marae-based justice system, ‘offenders’ are instead called ‘participants’ Carmen Parahi (Stuff): Huri Dennis, accused by police of kidnapping, tells his side of the story Phil Taylor (Herald): Perjury prompts calls for curbs on prison witnesses Economy and business Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on ‘Amazon’ tax: GST not new Audrey Young and Barry Soper (Herald): Government announces further tax for Kiwis buying low-value goods online Barry Soper and Rosie Gordon (Newstalk ZB): More tax to be added to online purchases RNZ: GST to be imposed on foreign online retailers – Ardern Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Government proposes ‘Amazon tax’ Eric Crampton (Offsetting Behaviour): GST at the border – hitting the big guys Graham Adams (Noted): Does New Zealand need a banking inquiry? Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Dip in business confidence points to choppy waters ahead Sophie Boot (BusinessDesk): Business confidence drops as firms tip profits to fall Donal Curtin: Focus on the worst Michael Reddell: A sadly diminished central bank Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Biggest truck shop fine so far, total fines reach nearly $1.6 million Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Commerce Commission whacks truck shop with its highest-ever fine International relations and trade Robert Ayson (Newsroom): Foreign policy challenge NZ must be wary of Liam Dann (Herald): NZ needs to avoid potholes in China’s Belt and Road Initiative Stephen Jacobi (Interest): Engaging with China’s BRI is critical to maintaining momentum in the New Zealand China relationship Curwen Ares Rolinson (Daily Blog): On A Potential Future For The Commonwealth Elections and Northcote by-election Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): 10 ways to improve our elections Eric Crampton: Electoral lists – a simple recommendation Eva Corlett (RNZ): Local issues loom large in test for new govt Laine Moger (Stuff): Labour’s Northcote candidate Shanan Halbert and National’s Dan Bidois both Kiwi battlers EQC and Canterbury rebuild Liz McDonald (Stuff): EQC’s clauses muzzle criticism and complaints Logan Church (RNZ): Dissent among Canterbury mayors over stadium funding Mike Yardley (Press): Pressure now on Christchurch City Council to come to funding party for stadium Housing Megan Gattey (Stuff): Our disposable, leaky homes: Kiwis ‘always try to build cheap’ Stuff: How many homes are there in New Zealand? Michael Reddell: LVR limits revisited David Hargreaves (Interest): The amount borrowed by first home buyers topped $900 mln last month Julie Iles (Stuff): House buyers and sellers locked in ‘stalemate’ as uncertainty over foreign buyer ban remains Education Newshub: Too many kids, too few teachers – the reality of early childcare RNZ: Project to look at education’s effects on Māori pre-schoolers Dan Satherley (Newshub): Scrapping charter schools will ‘end’ Jacinda Ardern – ACT leader David Seymour Herald: University of Auckland students rally against library closure, present petition to Vice-Chancellor Drugs 1News: Mixed signals as police prosecuting only 30 per cent of those in possession of cannabis Isaac Davison (Herald): MPs given lessons in using medical cannabis RNZ: Broken Bad: A country in the grip of meth Charlie Dreaver (RNZ):Schools grapple with rise in ‘P babies’ Māori land and Crown-Māori relations John Cousins (Bay of Plenty Times): Church to revisit wrongs inflicted on Tauranga Maori Deena Coster (Stuff): Treaty Minister Andrew Little gets history lesson during visit to Taranaki marae Ruby Nyika (Stuff): Crown, Maori relations hui in Rotorua well attended despite weather bomb Māori wards Aroha Awarau (Māori TV): Don Brash and Andrew Judd debate Māori equality Janine Rankin (Stuff): Rangitāne speak up in support of Māori wards Ripeka Timutimu (Māori TV): Fight for Māori wards like Nazi Germany – Hobson’s Pledge supporter Employment Richard Wagstaff (Herald): No business too small to treat people with dignity 1News: Employers push for bigger workplaces to keep 90-day trials for workers Other Katy Gosset (RNZ): Pike River re-entry: Experts meet on West Coast Richard MacManus (Newsroom): Why NZ needs a cyber security refresh Paul Thomas (Listener): Religion, homophobia and Israel Folau Kate Hawkesby: Sorry, but why are so sensitive to criticism now? David Farrar: The new Auckland DHB Chairs Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Labour Party attack Kim Dotcom – major blunder Geoff Simmons (Dominion Post): These are the real issues Wellington needs to be debating Muriel Newman (NZCPR): The Pitfalls of Change Tom Hunt (Stuff): NZ International Comedy Festival Gala less ‘LOL’ and more ‘WTF?’ as racist gags flow Herald: Conservative lobby group Family First in the High Court fighting its deregistration as a charity Wayne Hope (Daily Blog): Karl Marx 200 years on Exclusive Interview]]>