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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – May 03 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). Clarke Gayford Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Police did not ask Clarke Gayford’s permission to quash rumour Audrey Young (Herald):Few leaders spared the false rumour mill Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Labour orchestrated the events of the past 24 hours Colin Peacock (RNZ): Stalling the rumour mill Gavin Ellis (RNZ): ‘Success’ of attack will encourage further trolling Tess McClure (Vice): The Search For Patient Zero of the Clarke Gayford Rumours Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Clarke Gayford: New Zealand police deny PM’s partner is under investigation Sam Lock (Daily Mail Australia): ‘It’s dirty politics’: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern rubbishes ‘fake rumours’ about her husband being investigated by police Mike Hosking (Herald): Life in the public eye – hey Clarke Gayford, you should hear the ridiculous rumours about me Audrey Young (Herald): Low-life gossipers peddling false Clarke Gayford rumours a distraction for PM Audrey Young (Herald): Leader Simon Bridges denies any National involvement in peddling Clarke Gayford rumours Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Response to false Clarke Gayford rumour risks politicising police Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Does the Clarke Gayford smear signal a new low in politics? Andrew Dickens (Herald): Putting an end to despicable Clarke Gayford rumours Newstalk ZB: Clarke Gayford rumours labelled ‘dirty politics’ Herald: Winston Peters wades in on Clarke Gayford rumours Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern will ‘smile through’ Clarke Gayford smear attempt Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Slurs and lies: Clarke Gayford’s name cleared by police Stuff: Clarke Gayford rumours ‘dirty politics’ – Jacinda Ardern RNZ: Police quash Clarke Gayford rumours Toby Manhire (Spinoff): What the shit is going on with those Clarke Gayford rumours? Government Tim Watkin (Pundit): The Budget whodunnit? Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom):Inside the Peters leak: how to escape the net Herald: Sitting Room Only: Gin Wigmore’s intimate interview with Jacinda Ardern Jason Walls (Interest): The Government is being criticised for sticking to its promise to reduce net core Crown debt to 20% of GDP by 2022 – but this commitment does not mean it won’t keep taking on debt Michael Reddell: The government’s debt target Newshub: Health, housing and education set for ‘long overdue’ boost in Budget 2018 – Grant Robertson Audrey Young (Herald): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces extra duties for Winston Peters and Shane Jones Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Government announces changes to ministerial portfolios Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Six months in, this Government is out of its depth Stuff: Jacinda Ardern will work until she’s ‘physically in labour’ Newshub: Prime Minister will work until she goes into labour 1News: Simon Bridges questions why Shane Jones got ‘a roundabout built’, but Kiwis might see delay on lowering in cost of GP visits Banking industry Rob Stock (Stuff): Kiwi vs Kangaroo: Are New Zealand banks different to scandal-hit Australian banks? Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Kiwi banks must be transparent if they are to avoid Aussie parents’ trust issues Herald: Kiwi banks must show they are different to Aussie: Robertson RNZ: ‘We operate in a way which complies’ – NZ bankers The Standard: The Australian banking system review GST online Philip Matthews (Press Editorial): Amazon and the law of the tax jungle Herald Editorial: Online GST crackdown overdue ODT Editorial: Choice and convenience shopping Aimee Shaw (Herald): How the Government will police the ‘Amazon tax’ Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Trade Me wants Government to rethink approach to Amazon tax David Farrar (Kiwiblog): But what will happen in the seller doesn’t charge GST? Petrol prices and transport Jim Rose (Stuff): Petrol prices competitive but inherently crazy Todd Niall (RNZ): Concerns non-Aucklanders could pay for city’s fuel tax Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Transport Minister says no guarantee that cost of Auckland fuel tax won’t spread Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland will be consigned to gridlock without a regional fuel tax: Phil Goff Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Regional fuel tax legislation ‘sneaky’ – National Justice Kirsty Johnston and Chris Knox (Herald): Unresolved: Why New Zealand rape victims are being left in limbo Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): Lawyers failing children in the Family Court system: survey Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Govt calls for better record of inmate complaints 1News: Build less prisons, says justice advocate, after alarming prisoner abuse stats revealed No Right Turn: How can they not track this? International relations and trade Tom Pullar-Strecker and AP (Stuff): Trump steel tariff snub flies in face of ‘positive relationship’ John Anthony (Stuff): US decision to not exclude NZ from steel and aluminium tariffs ‘churlish’: EMA RNZ: ‘We want to know that it’s bona fide’ – Peters on Korean peace plan Health and disability RNZ: Middlemore problems highlighted in 2010 report Herald: Middlemore Hospital was warned about leaks and mould in 2010 – report RNZ: Health advocates push for minimum alcohol price 1News:‘It’s been shown that it doesn’t actually work’ – industry lobbyist and health researcher go head to head over minimum booze pricing Stuff: Cancer is New Zealand’s biggest killer Yvonne Tahana (1News): Macadamia cheese on toast on the menu as New Zealand’s largest marae goes vegan Leith Huffadine (Stuff): There’s a nation-wide shortage of the HPV vaccine Amy Wiggins (Herald): Exercising as a teen reduces the risk of depression later in life, study finds Hilary Stace (RNZ): Mayor’s words wound after insulting put-down Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Mapping data for NZ water quality Welfare Patrick Gower (Newshub): Ex-Gloriavale member explains its alleged misuse of Working For Familes money Patrick Gower (Newshub): Government to investigate Gloriavale’s use of Working for Families payments Jess Berentson-Shaw (The Wireless): Removing the conditions on welfare works Education Michael Daly (Stuff): Meth too addictive for harm minimisation approach, says drug educator Dale Kirk Emma Russell (Herald): Drug Foundation applauds Massey High School for providing material on using meth ‘discreetly’ Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Drug Foundation applauds Auckland school’s use of meth booklet Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): In defence of drug education for teens in schools John Gerritsen (RNZ): Ministry targets unconscious bias against Māori students Simon Collins (Herald): Parents pay for teacher aides and support at one in 10 NZ primary schools Adele Redmond (Stuff): Sticks and Stones: Online bullying is highly harmful, often invisible, and nearly always tied to schoolyard torment RNZ: Police investigate school over financial misconduct Henry Cooke (Stuff): Simon Bridges won’t commit to means testing students or ending fees-free, but says a change is likely Brad Flahive (Stuff): NZ Universities say online learning will not be the end of degrees Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Push for te reo in Victoria University name change Child welfare Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern and National’s Simon Bridges meet on child poverty 1News: Child poverty: Simon Bridges says issue ‘bigger than politics’ and he’ll ‘collaborate’ on Government’s Bill aimed at alleviating it Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Government and Opposition reach for cross parliamentary consensus on child poverty RNZ: Child poverty targets need to be realistic – advocates Debrin Foxcroft (Stuff): Ministry of Children looking into how a 5-year-old was left stranded at pool Housing Chris Harrowell (Auckland Now): Experts warn homelessness in Auckland will be worse this winter Emma Jolliff (Newshub): Property investors lose out as Government ends negative gearing Imran Ali (Herald): Housing NZ not ready to consult on state housing taking over Whangarei park Employment Dene Mackenzie (ODT): More young not working or learning Kate Hawkesby (Newstsalk ZB): Hidden in plain sight – the alarming rise of the working poor Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Construction firm hammered with 19k penalty for short-changing casual workers Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): NZ jobless rate drops to lowest level since 2008, wage growth remains anaemic Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): New Zealand unemployment rate falls to the lowest level in nearly a decade Interest: New Zealand’s unemployment rate drops to 4.4%, in line with the Reserve Bank’s forecast Laura Walters (Stuff): Government making headway on changes to skill shortage changes Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Employment tweaks could endanger all aboard Katie Kenny (Stuff): While artificial intelligence is tipped to be ‘as significant as electricity’, it’s not coming for your job, yet Holly Ryan (Herald): Artificial Intelligence could boost NZ economy up to $53b, says report Olivia Erdelyi (Stuff): Artificial intelligence is changing our lives and now is the time to decide how Environment, primary and extractive industries Matt Shand (Stuff): Politics and science aims to shut down water bottling giant Jaqui Dean (Southland Times): Improving river health flows from community, govt efforts Drugs Ryan Dunlop (Herald): Meth cheaper and easier to find, Massey University study shows Michael Daly (Stuff): The price of meth has been falling and it’s become much easier to get RNZ: New Zealand ‘awash’ with imported meth Jarrod Gilbert (Herald): Kids smoking dope don’t need less education, they need more Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Cannabis bill ‘too strict’ for NZ growers Heather Roy: The War on Drugs – A Battle Lost Parliament Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Where former political leaders go after their time in the Beehive Claire Trevett (Herald): Prince Louis and the royals’ nappy offensive David Farrar (Kiwiblog): More Maori opting to change to general roll Herald: New National MP Nicola Willis gives maiden speech in Parliament Local government Alexander Robertson (Herald): Local Focus: Palmerston North mayor debunks Māori Ward myths John Boynton (RNZ): Māori ward advocates march for representation Marty Sharpe (Dominion Post): Public should not have been excluded from Napier council meeting, says Ombudsman Simon Wilson (Herald): Auckland’s port has to shift but where will it go? Chris Morris (ODT): ‘Extreme provocation’ prompted Cull comment Greyhound racing industry RNZ: Greyhound meth scandal: ‘simply shocking’ Mat Kermeen (Stuff): Greyhound trainer banned for two years after dog tests positive to P Newshub: Trainer of greyhound on meth to appeal two-year ban Jonny Turner (ODT): MP’s comments on greyhound racing ‘ill-informed’ NZ tourism campaign Herald: Conspiracy to keep New Zealand off world maps: Rhys Darby, Jacinda Ardern Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern asks why New Zealand is left off world maps in new tourism campaign Stuff: ‘New Zealand, where the bloody hell are you’ Other David Fisher (Herald): How NZDF gave minister wrong info on civilian deaths in Hit & Run raid Joshua Hitchcock (Spinoff): Why Māori organisations need more accountability Charlotte Carter (Herald): Northland pokie spend up more than $820,000 on same period last year – DIA Joanne Carroll (Stuff): Re-entry of West Coast’s Pike River mine ‘will be done’ RNZ: Pike River re-entry optimism rises after experts meet Southland Times Editorial: The potline that came in from the cold Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): White supremacist group may cancel Christchurch, Dunedin rallies after backlash Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Multimillionaire trades boardrooms for remote NZ Karl Puschmann (Herald): Is The Hobbit trilogy really that bad? Yes – here’s why]]>