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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – May 23 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] Justice and police Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Lawyers back minister’s claims people on bail blocked from homes Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Housing NZ, police accused of ‘cooperating’ to refuse to bail prisoners Henry Cooke (Stuff): Andrew Little says those bailed are being ‘routinely’ denied state homes. Phil Twyford disagrees Chris Bramwell (RNZ): HNZ needs to change policy on bailed offenders – Little 1News: ‘Doing it once, and doing it right’ – Andrew Little signals overhaul of criminal justice system in face of rising prison populations Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Govt’s clanger on sorting out the justice system Stacy Shortall (Stuff): We should educate prisoners – it works RNZ: PM: ‘We don’t favour mega-prisons’ Timaru Herald Editorial: Taking the time to get a prisons solution right is not a luxury Tania Sawicki Mead (Spinoff): Hurray, the witless super-prison plan is dead. But what will be done instead? Sam Sherwood (Stuff): Prisons in Christchurch get first dibs on extra beds Arthur Taylor (Daily Blog): Explosive new allegations about Christchurch Prison Laura Walters (Stuff): National calls on NZ First to join forces on hardline law and order issues Claire Trevett (Herald): National puts heat on NZ First over likely repeal of ‘three strikes’ law Sam Hurley (Herald): Google ‘thumbs its nose’ at New Zealand courts – lawyer Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Domestic violence callout every four minutes in NZ Housing Russell Brown: Protecting privilege in Epsom Isaac Davison (Herald): Act leader accused of prejudice after warning Epsom residents about future neighbours with ‘mental health issues’ Emma Hurley (Newshub): Mental Health Foundation slams David Seymour’s ‘stigmatising’ letter Henry Cooke (Stuff): David Seymour slammed for letter saying social housing tenants may have ‘mental health issues’ Ryan Dunlop (Herald): Mental Health Foundation slams Act leader David Seymour’s letter to Epsom residents Richard Harman (Politik): Developers rush to get Kiwibuild cash Nikki Mandow (Listener): The seven big threats to KiwiBuild Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Phil Twyford backs down from ‘kids in Treasury’ statement Toby Manhire (Spinoff): No, Reuters, we don’t have tens of thousands sleeping in cars and on the street Chris Harrowell (Manukau Courier): Manukau Urban Māori Authority involved with south Auckland housing development RNZ: Housing confidence bounces back in new survey International relations and trade RNZ: EU-NZ free trade deal will bring ‘substantial improvements’ Herald: European Union gives green light to free-trade talks with Australia and New Zealand RNZ: NZ to begin free trade talks with EU next month Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): EU approves launch of NZ trade talks Jane Patterson (RNZ): Trade agreement with EU: ‘one of the best deals that we could do’ Daniel Boffey  (Guardian): EU talks with Australia and New Zealand deal blow to UK free trade plans RNZ: Peters to travel to meet Chinese counterpart Australia-NZ relationship Phil Pennington (RNZ): NZ family in Australia struggle to survive: ‘It’s just not fair’ RNZ: Govt won’t pick up the tab in OZ – PM Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Mahuta says homeless kiwis in Aus should return home Primary industries Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Government to announce Mycoplasma decision Monday Lucy Bennett (Herald): Decision on whether to keep culling M. bovis infected cattle will be made on Monday RNZ: All Mycoplasma Bovis cases traced back to single farm 1News: Number of farms under Mycoplasma bovis regulatory control jumps by 29 in two weeks RNZ: Northland farmers: M bovis spread is inevitable Jason Walls (Interest): Simon Bridges says he doesn’t want to use Mycoplasma bovis as a ‘political football’ RNZ: All you need to know about Mycoplasma bovis David Farrar: Another win for NZ First donors Eugene Beingham and Paula Penfold (Stuff): Questions over carbon monoxide treatment leaving frozen fish looking fresh Health and disability Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Euthanasia bill a ‘Clayton’s choice for disabled people’ Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Government appoints new Director General of Health RNZ: Acting CCDHB chief executive named Health Ministry head Eugene Bonthuys (Southland Times): The erosion of rural healthcare in the south Janine Rankin (Manawatu Standard): Health deficit grows as board faces ‘brutal’ expectations 1News: ‘Why did her Budget take $100 million out of mental health?’ Simon Bridges and Jacinda Ardern engage in tense exchange over priorities Katie Doyle (RNZ): ‘Serious conversation’ needed with Netflix – Chief Censor Pam Jones (ODT): ‘E-mob’ to flood PM with pleas Emma Russell (Herald): $10,000 donation: What they thought a scam was an ‘absolute godsend’ Tess NIchol (Herald): Rising petrol prices a ‘kick in the teeth’, midwife says Marjorie Cook (Stuff): Work not yet done for Save Our Wanaka Midwives group Local government John McCrone (Press): Passing the baton: Christchurch drifting while its power questions unanswered? Todd Niall (RNZ): Stadium report debacle shows Goff still learning council politics Brian Rudman (Herald): We don’t need a stadium – we need the St James Bernard Orsman (Herald): Ombudsman looking into complaints against Phil Goff over stadium report RNZ: Ombudsman considering stadium secrecy complaints Jackson Thomas (Auckland Now): Finance minister: money the issue in Auckland waterfront stadium debate Jackson Thomas (Auckland Now): Auckland Mayor Phil Goff under investigation over hoarding of stadium report Collette Devlin (Dominion Post): No apology from councillor accused of being ‘heavy handed’ over prevention of sexual violence in Wellington Tracy Neal (RNZ): Formal complaint after councillor’s zoo defunding outburst Nelson Mail Editorial: Park deliberations anything but good natured Skara Bohny, Hannah Bartlett and Cherie Sivignon (Nelson Mail): Concerns raised about councillor’s conflict of interest over Nelson’s Natureland Evan Harding (Southland Times): 4.91 per cent rates hike ‘outrageous’ Julian Lee (Stuff): Christchurch mayor wants chlorination levels reduced after public outcry over taste, smell Tom Hunt (Dominion Post): Homeless in the Hutt: Council pledges action Michael Reddell: Wasteful and ill-disciplined councils Māori wards Māori TV: Palmerston North Mayor disappointed at vote against Māori ward Newshub: Hobson’s Pledge using ‘scare tactics’ to block Māori Wards – Te Ururoa Flavell Employment Max Rashbrooke (Stuff): The working poor: A falling share of profits blights staff’s lives Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Holidays Act changes possible Tom Furley (RNZ): Why more employers are bringing skilled migrants to NZ Inequality and poverty Rob Stock (Stuff): Being cold and rationing heating is now ‘normal’ in New Zealand Rachael Le Mesurier (Idealog): How we can end the poverty gap within our lifetime Ben Mack (Idealog): Wish we’d thought of that: Innovative ways of addressing poverty from around the globe Budget Brian Easton (Briefing Papers): Accounting for the government Muriel Newman: A Change in Direction Elections Bill Ralston (Listener): Why the by-election in Northcote won’t improve its traffic woes Ele Ludemann: Electoral law isn’t working Te Mata Peak Aroha Treacher (Māori TV): Craggy Range demonstrators make way to council steps Astrid Austin (Hawkes Bay Today): Local iwi descend upon Hastings District Council building Andre Chumko (Stuff): Te Mata Peak track supporters claim weekend walk is not a counter-protest Waitangi Tribunal Jo Moir (Stuff): Waitangi Tribunal has turned into a ‘mortgage broker looking for new business’ – Jones Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Shane Jones making bold moves to strip Waitangi Tribunal of crucial powers Transport Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): The Auckland fuel tax always looked doomed, just not quite this quickly Tess Nichol (Herald): Record high prices could backfire on petrol companies, says Consumer NZ ODT Editorial: Prepare for higher pump prices Liam Dann (Herald): Petrol prices only going one way – for now Claire Trevett (Herald): Government not budging on fuel tax hikes as prices soar Tess Nichol and Ryan Dunlop (Herald): Petrol prices around NZ: How does your town shape up? Damian George (Stuff): Two-thirds of survey respondents say Wellington’s public transport is below par Defence David Fisher (Herald): Defence minister Ron Mark ‘very disappointed’ NZDF made errors while trying to explain errors on NZSAS raid Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Defence Force trucks to find peace in pieces Media RNZ: Job losses indicated for Māori Television Elena McPhee (ODT): Otago Uni: Destroying magazines ‘was a mistake Stuff: Otago University proctor to explain censorship decision to Critic – Te Arohi editor Critic: An Open Letter On The Removal and Destruction of Latest Issue of Critic Magazine by the University of Otago: 17 Former Critic Editors Joel MacManus (Spinoff): Critic editor: why we made the Menstruation Issue ODT: Artist behind ‘Critic’ cover had no intention to offend John Lewis (ODT): Menstruation issue of ‘Critic’ taken, destroyed John Lewis and Elena McPhee (ODT): Critic magazine seized by proctor Sarah Robson (RNZ): Uni magazine pushes boundaries with menstruation cover Education Lucy Bennett (Herald): Cannons Creek School disappointed voluntary donations not scrapped in Budget 1News: Nikki Kaye questions Education Minister over school donation election promise Florence Kerr (Stuff): Education Council reveals the number of teachers disciplined for sexual misconduct Jessica Long and Jo Moir (Stuff): Teacher shortages at new low, according to secondary principals survey John Gerritsen (RNZ): Latin and Sculpture Scholarship exams in doubt Stuff: How much does the Government spend on education in NZ? Laura Borrowdale (Stuff): All teachers share responsibility for sex education, let’s support them David Farrar: NZUSA troubles Ben Martelli (Spinoff): Auckland Uni is funding climate change – but they’d rather you didn’t know Energy Grant Bradley (Herald): New Zealand’s energy future: It’s electrifying Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Electricity demand set to double in climate change fight, posing pressure on grid Alison Andrew (Stuff): Preparing for New Zealand’s energy revolution Moko controversy 1News: ‘She’s more Maori than you’ll ever be’ – husband defends his Pakeha wife Sally Anderson’s moko Tony Wall (Stuff): Moko kauae are the ‘sole right’ of Māori women: Indigenous Women’s Collective Carmen Parahi (Stuff): Tā moko is not a fashion statement or scribble – it’s about birthright Tony Wall (Stuff): Life coach Sally Anderson faces backlash over her facial moko, removes it from branding Arts Jacinda Ardern (Herald): Why I want arts and culture integrated into all areas of NZ society Herald: Arts survey draws surprise result from young New Zealanders Herald: What the arts sector wants from government Other Phil Pennington (RNZ): Quality of Chinese steel used in skyscraper questioned Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Government signals insurance shake-up Benedict Collins (RNZ): NZ may vote on marijuana legalisation in 2019 Pete George: Government says it has no plans to reform the Official Information Act Murdoch Stephens (Spinoff): Why New Zealand can’t accept South African farmers in the refugee quota RNZ: ‘Nothing to fear’ with free Māori lessons at Chch restaurant Louis Day (Stuff):Sports Minister Grant Robertson pushing more support for professional women athletes Ngahuia Wade (Māori TV): 40 years on – Lens on Bastion Point Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): Internet hate speech raises concerns Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Europe showing NZ the way on hate speech says Golriz Ghahraman David Williams (Newsroom): The next big climate challenges are social RNZ: Trust doubts benefit of retailers’ compost bag switch Derek Handley (Herald): It’s time for the New Zealand Enlightenment Herald: Most optimistic business leaders are young, female or Māori Mark Jennings (Newsroom): Israeli director to Palestine group: ‘Watch the film’ Diana Wichtel (Listener): Why Dame Anne Salmond is talking taonga]]>