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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – May 16 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). Budget and tax Sarah Robson (RNZ): Budget could be cold comfort for poorest citizens Audrey Young (Herald): Finance Minister Grant Robertson says Budget belongs to one Govt, not one party Grant Duncan (The Conversation): NZ budget 2018: election promises and real-life tests Bryce Edwards (Newsroom): Don’t believe the Budget hype Brian Easton (Briefing Papers): Is the government Austerian? Amy Adams (Herald): Careless fiscal strategy will send nation into decline Laura Walters (Stuff): Budget 2018: $2m for NZ’s biggest longitudinal study about growing up in NZ Herald: Funding boost of $1.9 million propels longitudinal Growing Up in New Zealand study to next stage Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Govt considering breaking pledge to increase police numbers Chelsea Boyle (Herald): Law and order Budget preview: more front-line police expected 1News: Budget 2018 to ‘set out the steps’ for a transition to low-carbon economy Aimee Shaw (Herald): What the small-business sector wants to see from Labour-led Government’s first budget Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Business leaders expect Budget 2018 to have negative impact on economy: Survey Phil O’Reilly (Herald): An economic plan lets business community know what matters to the Government Jo Moir (Stuff): First pages of the Government’s Budget goes to print ahead of Budget Day Gordon Campbell: On regressive taxes, and Frightened Rabbit Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Addiction to cigarette taxes rising to $2.2b Eric Crampton (Offsetting Behaviour): Regressive excise Primary industries Rachel Stewart (Herald): Ministry’s cunning plan fails to stop M. bovis cattle disease Brian Rudman (Herald): Farmers should cope with bug on their own David Williams (Newsroom): Why NAIT failed – and what’s being done to fix it BusinessDesk: Is MPI ignoring M. bovis risks on Gypsy Day? Richard Harman (Politik): Labour supports NZ First debt relief proposal Jamie Gray (Herald): Cow disease Mycoplasma bovis a ‘risk on the radar’ for the economy Herald: Mycoplasma bovis outbreak could cost a ‘significant’ amount, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern slams ‘shameful’ under investment in biosecurity Herald Editorial: Rapid spread of cattle disease a $60 million wake-up call Te Ahua Maitland and Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Officials in gun as Mycoplasma bovis arrives in Waikato Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Culling infected herds takes ‘huge mental toll’ on farmers Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Positive test for Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease a huge blow for farmer RNZ: M Bovis spread: MPI monitoring farms in Waikato Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Fine of $225,000 for dirty dairying will go unpaid because companies are broke RNZ: ‘Huge shift’ as farmers clean up their act Eric Frykberg (RNZ): New strain of rabbit calicivirus found in New Zealand Jane Clifton (Listener): David Parker is weirdly relaxed about the pain involved in rethinking dairy Housing Isaac Davison (Herlad): Government looking at shared equity scheme for first-home buyers Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Budget won’t do much for housing crisis Benedict Collins (RNZ): State housing waiting list ‘shockingly high’ Herald: New Zealand’s state house waiting list surges 26 per cent Henry Cooke (Stuff): Public housing waitlist skyrockets to 7890, the largest spike in four years Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Waitlist for state housing has doubled in past two years Tom Hunt (Dominion Post): 1000-plus Wellingtonians hunker down for winter on state house waiting list Kevin Atkinson (Herald): New ways of financing are needed to boost house building Employment Thomas Manch (Stuff): New Zealand’s ‘working poor’ and the push to understand how many are struggling Thomas Manch (Stuff): When the wages aren’t enough: Government commissions ‘working poor’ study Zac Fleming (RNZ): Two more retail chains caught underpaying staff Madison Reidy (Stuff): Cotton On, Harvey Norman staff work overtime for free – union Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): Outrage at jobs below minimum wage: ‘They’re being exploited’ Human Rights Commission Harrison Christian (Stuff): Analysis: The road to the truth about the Human Rights Commission Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Changes likely at ‘toxic’ Human Rights Commission Laura Walters and Harrison Christian (Stuff): Human Rights Commission failed following sexual harassment claims – review RNZ: Sexual harassment at Commission, but ‘not endemic’ Herald: Sexual harrassment confirmed at Human Rights Commission, handling criticized Emma Hurley (Newshub): Human Rights Commission ‘failed’ in dealing with sexual harassment claims Retail surveillance and privacy Madison Reidy (Stuff): Prime minister expresses concern over facial recognition technology used by supermarkets Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Barriers to facial recognition technology are tumbling down Local government Sam Kilmister and Janine Rankin (Manawatu Standard): Manawatū Māori wards vote a resounding ‘no’ Simon Wilson (Herald): Auckland Council to save $117 million by selling seven buildings Grant Miller (Manawatu Standard): People should not feel hemmed in by council consultation Adrian Orr and Super Fund Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Super Fund’s interest in Auckland rail proves nothing more than its desire to make money Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Former earthquake recovery minister ‘incensed’ by Reserve Bank governor’s rebuild comments Health and state care of children Peter Adams (Newsroom): A good example of curbing booze-related harm Kirsty Johnston (Herald): ‘Disgusting’, ‘nonsense’, ‘appalling’ family carers’ policy slammed in new report Danielle Clent (Stuff): Government inquiry into historic abuse in state care won’t help all victims, law firm says Tom Kitchin (ODT): ‘Huge blow’ for Roxburgh as Stand confirms closure of children’s village Eleanor Wenman (Stuff): Call for more workers to join health and wellbeing sectors Kyle MacDonald (Spinoff): Chemo works, so we fund it properly. Why not do the same for counselling? Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): Surgical mesh could contain dodgy Chinese plastic Treaty settlements Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Govt under pressure to resolve treaty overlap claims Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Labour only party to front at Tauranga Moana Treaty protest Raniera Harrison (Māori TV): Treaty claim status quo untenable – Ngāti Wai RNZ: Angry Kaumātua confronts Little: ‘You are taking us to war’ Māori TV: Tauranga Moana oppose Hauraki settlement Parliament Herald: Fashion designers gift clothing to PM Jacinda Ardern and Paula Bennett Jason Walls (Interest): Parliament’s register of pecuniary interests turns up everything from property ownership, tickets to Adele, income from work as a celebrity dancer & a strange alcohol drinking flask Henry Cooke (Stuff): Tickets, expensive pens, and an ‘alcohol drinking flask’ – All of the gifts MPs received last year David Farrar (Kiwiblog): 2018 register of MPs Interests Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Newshub investigates: Which National MP made a ‘very sexist remark’ about Jacinda Ardern? Laine Moger (Stuff): Dope advocate, treaty-scrapper and anti-vaxxer among Northcote by-election candidates Justice and police Andy Fyers (Stuff): The impact in New Zealand of two decades of being ‘tough on crime’ Laura Walters (Stuff): Criminal justice system ‘not rehabilitating anyone’ – Green MP Tracey McIntosh (Auckland University): What would the world be like without prisons? Heather Roy: Policy the Prisoner of Corrections Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Dear Andrew Little – how to sell the new mega-prison to NZ and save your progressive reputation No Right Turn: The police break the law Canterbury quakes RNZ: Southern Response settles over class action RNZ: EQC discovers 1000 more unresolved claims Foreign affairs and trade Claire Trevett (Herald): New Zealand to call in Israeli ambassador over Gaza deaths Jane Patterson (RNZ): NZ condemns Israel’s actions along Gaza border Claire Trevett (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern: Gaza deaths show US Embassy move to Jerusalem hurt chance of peace Emma Hurley (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern condemns ‘devastating one-sided loss of life’ in Jerusalem Transport Newshub: Shane Jones launches another attack at Air NZ over domestic price increases Claire Trevett (Herald): Regions Minister Shane Jones takes jab at Air NZ again after price-hike news Grant Bradley (Herald): Air New Zealand fares going up by 5 per cent on domestic routes from Thursday Inequality and poverty Carmen Parahi and Simon Shepherd (Stuff and Newshub): A tale of two cities Carmen Parahi and Simon Shepherd (Stuff and Newshub): A tale of two cities – Part 2 Carmen Parahi and Simon Shepherd (Stuff and Newshub): A tale of two cities – Part 3 Environment Rebecca Macfie (Listener): NZ needs to plant more trees to combat climate change – but what kind and where? RNZ: Te Mata Peak row: Iwi treated ‘like dumb savages’ Nicki Harper (Hawke’s Bay Today): Craggy Range has taken ‘principled approach’ over track Muriel Newman (NZCPR): A Society of Equals Eloise Gibson (Newsroom): Three ways climate change might affect your health Education RNZ: Early childhood teachers working unpaid hours RNZ: First charter school signs up to state system Media Herald: TVNZ shifting political talk show Q+A to prime-time spot Stuff: ‘Serious technical issue’ prevents Prime News going to air Pacific Islands Super Rugby team Dominion Post Editorial: Finally, a rugby reset worth watching RNZ: Super team would breathe life into Pacific Island rugby Other Peter Lyon (ODT): Where oligopolies rule Brian Easton (Pundit): Heke Tangata, Māori in Markets and Cities Luke Harding (Guardian): Billionaire Christopher Chandler denies spy claims Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): Special office to handle Afghan raid inquiry Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Government hunts for people to go down Pike River mine Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Law Society ends inquiry over judge criticism Stuff: No further action taken against Auckland lawyer who criticised judge Mark Jennings (Newsroom): Police called to Israel PM doco screening]]>