Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – May 11 2018 – Today’s content

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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – May 11 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.

The Beehive and Parliament Buildings.

Below are the links to the items online. The full text of these items are contained in the PDF file (click to download).
Employment
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Immigration NZ to investigate illegal migrant contracts
Michael Morrah (Newshub): Exclusive: Migrant construction workers languishing in crowded Auckland houses on illegal contracts
Emma Hatton (RNZ): Questions over Filipino labour-hire contracts: ‘They’re scared’
Megan Gattey (Stuff): ‘If Immigration NZ did sign off on an illegal contract, that would be a serious matter’: Minister
RNZ: Exploitation of kiwifruit workers is rife – union
Brian Fallow (Herald): Looking for the job limit
Donal Curtin: Unemployment strikes selectively (revisited)
Tracy Neal (RNZ): Tasman seasonal labour shortest in years – growers
Stuff: Waikato tractor driver clocked almost 200 hours in the two weeks before his death
Willie Jackson (Daily Blog): A rockstar economy that plays for everyone, not just the rich
Rose Hoare (Stuff): The last bastion of inequality: unpaid work

Budget and tax
Matthew Hooton (Herald): Budget must show cultural change
Bernard Hickey and Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): More Robertson belt-tightening ahead of Budget
RNZ: Govt announces $42b capital spending boost
Jo Moir (Stuff): Finance Minister: first Budget will deliver $10b more than forecast over next five years
Josie Pagani (Herald): Labour won’t have enough in the pie to satisfy all hungry kids
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): CGT would make it harder to keep a roof over everyone’s head
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Most Kiwis think the Government should increase taxes – poll
Heath Moore (Herald): ‘Pay up or get arrested’: Kiwis hit by IRD scam

International relations and trade
Nicholas Jones (Herald): Saudi sheep saga: ‘model farm in desert’ still unfinished
Herald Editorial: Big boost of Pacific aid has no clear purpose
Jo Spratt (RNZ): Pacific aid boost must be spent well to be effective
RNZ: NZ exporters cautious about dealing with Iran
Herald: US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats in New Zealand for meeting
John Gibb (ODT): NZ should stand its ground over Iran issue: academic

Reserve Bank
Richard Harman (Politik): New Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr unbuttons
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): ‘O is for Orrsome’: New Reserve Bank governor gets high praise on his first outing
Thomas Coughlan and Lynn Grieveson (Newsroom): Interest rates unchanged, but a very different governor
Jason Walls (Interest): The new Governor’s approach to the central bank’s communication was on full display on Thursday, turning the heads of journalists, MPs and economists
Nikki Mandow (BusinessDesk): Orr’s first OCR: a breath of fresh air
Michael Reddell: Something of a mixed bag
RNZ: Reserve Bank keeps cash rate at 1.75%
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Bank costs may drive mortgage rates higher, warns Reserve Bank
Herald: New Zealand central bank governor says economy in sweet spot
Graham Adams (Noted): Are New Zealand banks approving liar loans?
Interest: Commerce Commission probes problems with ANZ loan calculator that undercharged interest to about 100,000 customers
Rob Stock (Stuff): How banks’ whistleblower scheme should work

Government
Claire Trevett (Herald): Ministers’ expenses show Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis, Transport Minister Phil Twyford top spenders
Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Winston Peters threatens fellow ministers ahead of stint as Prime Minister
Peter Hughes (Herald):‘Faceless bureaucrats’ are hard working, public spirited people

Northcote by-election and parliament
Simon Wilson (Herald): Northcote Notebook: Coffee with National’s candidate Dan Bidois
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Northcote by-election: Greens select Rebekah Jaung as candidate
Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Māori voters opt for General Roll
Yvette McCullough (Newstalk ZB): Peters says Maori roll not needed under MMP
Laura Walters (Stuff): Political parties ramp up attack ads – smart politics or fake news?

Health
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Middlemore: Board was pressured to settle for $3m
Sarah Robson (RNZ): Middlemore will prioritise maternity services if needed – Board
Katie Doyle (RNZ): DHBs face large rise in infections from treatment
Stuff: Men die quicker but women are sicker
Phil Pennington (RNZ): Middlemore: Board was pressured to settle for $3m
Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Pill prices hard to swallow for prostate cancer survivors
1News: HPV vaccine could potentially eradicate cervical cancer, expert urges anti-vaxxers to ‘look at the science’
Natalie Akoorie (Herald): New Zealand Organisation for Rare Diseases facing closure without enough funding
Stuff: New Zealand infants with high nicotine exposure twice as likely to have respiratory problems
Lisa Davies (1News): Shocking impact of passive smoking on young children highlighted in New Zealand study
1News: The Kiwi dentist with a new approach to treating tooth decay in children
Kyle MacDonald (Herald): What we’re forgetting about cannabis
Madison Reidy (Stuff): Medicinal cannabis company’s $1m investment round crashes crowdfunding site
Anusha Bradley (RNZ): NZ medicinal cannabis product hits $2m in crowdfunding
Alex Braae (Spinoff): Greened out: Weed buyers crash crowdfund site

Education
Simon Collins (Herald): A $3.4 billion bill for Auckland schools over the next 10 years is tightening the squeeze on cash to meet other political promises in next week’s Budget
Madison Reidy (Stuff): Filipino agency’s promises of NZ visas for students ‘sickening’, says migrant spokesman
Simon Collins (Herald): Overseas students launch campaign against labour exploitation
Vaimoana Tapaleao (Herald): Iwi gives $100,000 to children’s charity KidsCan
Mikaela Collins (Herald): Whangārei’s Te Kāpehu Whetū applies to become designated character school
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern labelled a ‘liar’ over charter school transition process
John Moir (Herald): School meth lessons do not reduce drug harm
Jennifer Eder (Stuff): Parents get behind teachers adapting to ‘modern learning environment’ classes
Amy Paulussen (Spinoff): Penalising part-time teachers is a gender pay gap issue
Karoline Tuckey (Stuff): Massey’s Albany campus student growth surpasses Manawatū numbers

Housing and overseas investment
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Govt hikes cost of one-bedroom KiwiBuild homes
John Boynton (RNZ): Northland housing woes: ‘Every winter decimates our people’
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Will KiwiBuild be another broken promise by the Government?
Henry Cooke (Stuff): Judith Collins says the KiwiBuild goalposts have shifted
David Hargreaves (Interest): Bad signs from the Government’s so-called Kiwibuild ‘buying off the plans’ scheme
Cameron Bagrie (Herald): Comment: Big change coming to property market
Steven Cowan: Phil will fix it! (No, he won’t)
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): ‘Why should the landlord pick up the tab, time and time again?’
Charlie Mitchell (Stuff): Wealthy overseas landowners forced to sell in government crackdown

Primary industries
Simon Hartley (ODT): Dairy review’s scope irks environmentalists
Craig McCulloch (RNZ): M Bovis has ‘turned neighbour against neighbour’
Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Farms under question with cow disease Mycoplasma bovis explode to exceed MPI estimates
Isaac Davison (Herald): Numbers of farms under regulatory control for Mycoplasma bovis jumps from 130 to 290
1News: Mycoplasma bovis spread ‘has gone totally above all expectations’ in last week
Anna Bracerwell-Worrall (Newshub): 22,000 cows culled, but Mycoplasma bovis worse than previously thought

Environment
Benedict Collins (RNZ): Former EPA chief scientist’s irrigation comments defied boss
RNZ: 100% Pure a ‘marketing strategy … not an environmental standard’
Sophia Duckor-Jones (RNZ): Calls for Ministry to hand over kauri dieback response
Simon Smith (Stuff): Call to sack MPI from leading the fight against kauri dieback
Herald: Mitre 10 to remove single-use plastic bags from its stores
Chloe Winter (Stuff): Mitre 10 announces date for plastic bag ban just days after Countdown
Michael Daly (Stuff): Plastic bag found in Mariana Trench, deepest place on Earth
1News: Watch: Where did they go? NIWA’s confronting aerial video shows the shocking state of South Island glaciers
Maja Burry (RNZ): New invasive weed spreads into Canterbury

Auckland
Wayne Mapp (Spinoff): Why we should be wary about jumping aboard the light rail bandwagon
John Anthony (Stuff): Auckland Council selling Remuera Golf Course land to make way for housing
Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): ‘Circular economy’ could bring $8b in benefits to Auckland
Auckland Now: Auckland activist Penny Bright says she has ‘incurable and inoperable’ cancer

Media
Mark Jennings (Newsroom): New life for a wavering industry
John Drinnan (Noted): Media moves: RNZ and Māori Television look to form closer ties
Mark Jennings (Newsroom): RNZ feels impact of music radio revival

Māori wards
Richard Mays (Manawatu Standard): Full house at Massey University for Māori wards forum
Kate Frykberg (Stuff): Harmony and the case for Māori wards

Adoption
Nicholas Jones (Herald): Exclusive: Inquiry on forced adoption considered
Nicholas Jones (Herald): Plea for adoption inquiry: ‘I tried to photograph her with my eyes’

Made in NZ and marketing
Aimee Shaw (Herald): Revealed: Where your favourite NZ brands are really made
Katie Doyle (RNZ): Made in NZ tag could be ‘lost forever’ by 2020
Jenny Keown (Spinoff): ‘Natural’, ‘sustainable’, ‘Made in New Zealand’: How greenwashing became big business
Kate Dickie-Davis (Daily Blog): The devil is in the retail

Transport
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Airline fuel surcharges tipped to make comeback
Lucy Bennett (Herald): ‘Ignorant’ foreign tourists using drones put aircraft at risk
Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Playtime over? Authority considering registration scheme for drone users
Kim Dirks (Newsroom): NZ’s old cars a public health hazard
Rebecca Stevenson (Spinoff): Ten numbers which show how addicted to our cars we still are

Justice
Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Daniel Clinton Fitzgerald granted leniency for kissing stranger despite three strikes law
Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Not fair to blame three strikes law for overflowing prisons
Natasha Jojoa Burling (Newstalk ZB): Law Professor: Trial for Rewa may be unfair
David Fisher and Nicky Harper (Herald): How Garth McVicar’s quick-fire praise over police shooting led to a ‘mistake’ receipt and tax concerns over Sensible Sentencing’s trusts

Treaty settlements and Crown-Maori relations
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Crown-Māori relations: Taking time to ‘get the job right’
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Treaty overlap: Settlement could leave iwi high and dry
Alexia Russell (Newsroom):Iwi’s Gulf Island rights to be tested
Deena Coster (Stuff): Tide turning regarding Māori experiences of ageing: academic

Tourism
Grant Bradley (Herald): Rising costs for Kiwis at holiday hot spots a ‘concern’, says Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis
Belinda McCammon (RNZ): Tourist levy details coming – minister

Animal welfare
1News: Those testing on animals should have to care for them afterwards, advocates say
1News: Re-homing of lab tested animals might become mandatory to save them from being put down

National
Mike Bain (Stuff): Cambridge people swamp venue to hear National leader Simon Bridges
Bryan Gould: What was he doing?

Sexuality
Bob Edlin (Kiwiblog): Guest Post: Measuring Rainbows
1News: ‘It’s a good thing’ – Auckland Anglican vicar welcomes vote for same-sex blessings
Jane Matthews (Stuff): Anglican Church takes step towards blessing same-sex relationships
RNZ: Pacific Anglican church says no to same-sex marriage

Other
Robin Martin (RNZ):‘They’ve lost their family home’ – Whanganui couple battle EQC
Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Battle of the macrons for Wikipedia spelling of Paekākāriki
Graeme Austin (Newsroom): A copyright exemption for parody and satire
Herald: Hamilton Council reveals the eight naughty words removed from public feedback

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Dr Bryce Edwards is a political scientist and a lecturer in Politics.

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