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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. [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). 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]]>