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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – May 04 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 Brian Fallow (Herald): Debt – don’t dig deeper Richard Wagstaff (Newsub): Opinion: The Government must harness the power of tax Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Ardern addresses ‘the elephant in the room’ Michael Reddell: Is vapid rhetoric all our leaders can offer? Interest: The Prime Minister is challenging businesses to take a look at New Zealand’s strong economic position, as business confidence remains low BP petrol pricing and transport Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Energy minister says BP email is a sign that petrol market is ‘broken’ Teresa Cowie (RNZ): Petrol industry ‘broken’ – Energy Minister Lucy Bennett (Herald): ‘Broken market’: Energy Minister Megan Woods not convinced by BP on petrol prices 1News: Energy Minister accuses fuel companies in NZ of ‘cynical behaviour’ says millions going from pockets of ordinary Kiwis due to inflated prices RNZ: Energy minister ‘still not convinced’ by BP execs Lucy Bennett (Herald): Energy Minister Megan Woods meets BP execs over petrol prices Donal Curtin: Patrolling the petrol market Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Slippery slope chasing outrage and scandal Simon Wilson (Herald): Why won’t National support the regional fuel tax? The Listener: No pain, no gain: Why the regional fuel tax is Auckland’s best shot Jo Lines MacKenzie (Stuff): NZ Transport Agency has spent millions on a highway upgrade that’s stalled RNZ:Govt to spend $820k on cycle trail maintenance International relations and trade RNZ:‘It’s also unclear how real the exemptions are’ – Trade Minister Isaac Davison (Herald):NZ Government won’t rule out WTO action against USA over steel tariffs RNZ: TPP opponents keep fighting as MPs scrutinise deal Sam Hurley (Herald):  Revealed: NZ Commodore Alfred Keating accused of indecent filming in Washington embassy Catrin Owen (Stuff): Senior New Zealand naval officer charged with making intimate recordings Laura Walters (Stuff): UAE foreign minister meets with Jacinda Ardern in Wellington Health John Campbell (RNZ): Ministry told cash-strapped DHB what to tell ministers Oliver Lewis (Stuff):‘We couldn’t believe he could do that’: Former CDHB chair’s funding letter revealed 1News: ‘We have heard them’ – Health Minister says Budget 2018 will contain support for struggling midwives after march on Parliament RNZ: Midwives march: ‘I’ve never seen such a level of hopelessness’ Stuff: Midwives march around the country for better funding Herald: 1000 midwives and supporters march on Parliament for pay equity Herald: Families shocked by increasing rates of type 2 diabetes in children Jamie Morton (Herald): Doctors overwhelmingly support vaccination, ‘New Zealand Medical Journal’ study finds Dylan Cleaver (Herald): Study highlights link between Pasifika boxers and dementia Michelle Duff (Stuff): Medical Council criticised for lengthy investigation into Wellington doctor Alison Mau (Stuff): The troubling allegations against a trusted GP Marty Sharpe (Stuff):Medical Council won’t say why long-serving Napier GP was suspended from practicing Waka-jumping bill Richard Harman (Politik): Waka jumping bill is a Peters bottom line Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Waka jumping bill Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Public against waka-jumping bill – Nick Smith Audrey Young (Herald): Former Greens co-leader ‘deeply distressed’ by party’s support for waka jumping ban Henry Cooke (Stuff): Jeanette Fitzsimons says Greens could reject waka jumping bill – and it won’t bring down the Government Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Waka-jumping bill a question of integrity – Jeanette Fitzsimons Jeanette Fitzsimons: The waka-jumping bill: a bad solution to a non-existent problem Employment Stuff: Jacinda Ardern announces Future of Work Forum, bringing together government, unions, and business Herald: Jacinda Ardern’ announces tripartite forum in pre-Budget speech to Wellington business RNZ: Ardern speech aims to soothe businesses Emma Hurley (Newshub): Government to work with business, trade union groups on future of work Parliament Herald: Parliament to consider entrenching Maori seats – ball in NZ First’s court John Boynton (RNZ): Bill to protect Māori seats selected Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Parliament to decide whether to give Māori seats equal protection Laura Walters (Stuff): New bill would stop gang members having guns and widen police search and seizure powers Isaac Davison (Herald): Parliament to vote on National MP’s bill which will allow random, roadside testing for drugs RNZ: Saliva testing bill drawn from parliamentary ballot David Farrar (Kiwiblog): More Maori opting to change to general roll Banking industry The Press Editorial: It’s time for a banking inquiry Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): NZ bank tactics: ‘They made it as difficult as they could’ Dave Kennedy: Banks Behaving Badly  Justice RNZ: Fears poor prison conditions could spark riot RNZ: Report criticises long lock-up times at Waikeria prison 1News: Inspection report reveals distressing insight into Waikeria Prison with inmates locked in cells for up to 26 hours at a time Kirsty Johnston (Herald): Top detective: ‘I think the system isn’t serving our victims well’ Herald: Victim advocate Louise Nicholas on unresolved sex crimes: ‘How do we close these gaps?’ Tom Hunt (Stuff): Outspoken #metoo lawyer barred from joining Law Society panel on misconduct Hannah Martin (Stuff): Auckland Women Lawyers’ group defends lawyer who questioned judge’s domestic violence ruling Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Women lawyers blast Law Society inquiry Ollin P. Raynaud: Is Restorative Justice Appropriate To Address the Needs of Sexual Assault Victims? Anna Leask (Herald): Fatal SH1 shooting caught on camera, footage being ‘reviewed’ in three investigations Media Tom Frewen (Dominion Post): Opinion: Clare Curran has some explaining to do about her vision for ‘public media’ BusinessDesk: How Stuff makes money from its audience Herald: Newstalk ZB tops radio ratings, Mike Hosking retains talkback crown for ninth straight year Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Music to MediaWorks’ ears Clarke Gayford  Matthew Hooton (Herald): Never believe political rumours Damien Venuto (Herald): Anti social media need reining in Newshub: National Party supporters to blame for Clarke Gayford rumours – expert Newshub: Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater denies involvement in Clarke Gayford allegations Toby Manhire (Spinoff): The wildest takes on the Clarke Gayford rumours Bryan Gould: Dirty Politics? Yes! Education Jo Moir (Stuff): Education Minister says there’s a $1.1b problem facing schools nationally Jo Moir (Stuff): School classrooms need some love if we want our education system to stay superior RNZ: Parent rejects school’s meth pamphlet explanation Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Overseas students finally get refunds from failed institute Zizi Sparks (Rotorua Daily Post): Job cuts confirmed at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Housing and building regulations Isaac Davison and Ben Leahy (Herald): Labour-led Govt to invest $100m into tackling homelessness in Budget Henry Cooke (Stuff): Government announces $100m plan to fight homelessness Herald: Auckland social housing boost can’t come soon enough for state tenant Katie Doyle and Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Residents in quake-prone building forced to find new homes Katie Doyle (RNZ): First conviction for neglecting seismic work Phil Pennington (RNZ): Govt to reconsider risk and liability for faulty building work Local government 1News: Watch: ‘Double standard’ – Marama Davidson questions Government over ‘discriminatory’ Maori ward polls Andrea Reeves (Auditblog): Let’s talk about infrastructure Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Mushroom farm neighbours sick of ‘putrid’ smell Ruby Macandrew (Stuff): Wellington on track to become a bilingual city with support for te reo Māori policy Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Maori food trucks and English-free signs suggested for Wellington to be Te Reo capital Robin Martin (RNZ): New Plymouth swimmers: Don’t pave over our pool Jonathan Guildford (Press): Merivale wives outraged at city councillor Aaron Keown’s ‘sexist’ comment Environment and primary industries Jamie Morton (Herald): Water crusader Mike Joy wading into NZ’s freshwater woes in new role RNZ: White heron found with plastic round neck Ged Cann (Stuff): Over-60s up to 50 percent more likely to take their own bags to the supermarket Tracy Neal (RNZ): Nelson homes may get too hot – report Stuff: Breaking down NZ’s greenhouse gas emissions by sector Andrea Fox (Herald): Farmers wait for compensation as cattle disease spreads Other Herald: Online shoppers face import taxes of more than 50% under Govt plans Brian Easton (Pundit): Improving the Child Poverty Reduction Bill Sam Hurley (Herald): Air Force acknowledges victims of rapist Sergeant Robert Roper after Joychild Report Jehan Casinader (1News): ‘Groper Roper’ – NZ Air Force failed to stop a serial rapist, investigation finds RNZ: Pike River re-entry: Nitrogen plan not too difficult – Forster Lincoln Tan (Herald): North Korean defectors find refuge in Auckland and share stories at churches Hannah Bartlett (Stuff): History made as Nelson couple listed as ‘mother’ and ‘mother’ on birth certificate Chelsea Boyle (Herald): Lesbian couple make history: From ‘other’ to ‘mother’ Herald: New Zealand marriage rates are falling, Statistics NZ figures show Jonathan Underhill and Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Icebreaker buyer used sweatshop labour]]>