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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – May 28 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] Today’s content Education Herald Editorial: Decile funding system changes in education will not be successful if made in isolation Laura Macdonald (Newshub): ‘You can actually focus on learning’: Educators respond to NCEA review Simon Collins (Herald): Auckland Grammar School headmaster slams NCEA changes as ‘dangerous’ and ‘irresponsible Simon Collins (Herald): NCEA reforms: external exams in Year 11 go, ‘pathway’ courses required at Levels 2 and 3 1News: Big ideas to shake-up NCEA released for public consultation, ‘to challenge thinking and provoke debate’ – Education Minister Jo Moir (Stuff): A complete overhaul of NCEA level one has been recommended to Government RNZ: ‘Big bold’ ideas to change NCEA – Education Minister Newshub: NCEA: Govt considers scrapping year 11 exams 1News: ‘Why isn’t it happening?’ – Education Minister questioned over promise of scrapping school donations Pete George: School donations another delayed promise Rowan Quinn (RNZ): PM behind industry’s push to get thousands of people into trades Stacey Morrison (E-Tangata): What I’d do if I was the boss of education Jessica Long (Stuff): Shifting homework habits could be helping New Zealand students find balance Andre Chumko (Stuff): Screaming Naenae College special needs student locked out of classroom Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Society needs libraries and they’re not dying, advocates say ODT: ‘Critic’ cover features censored letter from uni Joel Ineson (Stuff): Otago University student magazine Critic hits back at censorship with new edition Hamish McNeilly (Stuff): Critic magazine dumping prompts vocal rally at Otago University Tim Brown (RNZ): Students protest mag’s destruction: ‘we’re …fighting back’ Paul Little (Herald): No place for censorship, period Micoplasma bovis David Williams (Newsroom): MPI must rebuild trust RNZ: National did a ‘strong job’ dealing with M bovis outbreak – Bridges Andrea Fox (Herald): Between the devil and the deep: D-day for Mycoplasma bovis call Chris Bramwell (RNZ): M Bovis decision: D-Day for dairy and beef farmers Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Mycoplasma bovis outbreak will get worse before it gets better Tom O’Connor (Waikato Times): Heed the M bovis warning RNZ: MPI ‘slow, uncoordinated’, under-prepared in M bovis response Roger Smith (Stuff): MPI response system robust, says biosecurity head Duncan Garner (Stuff): Alert, alert, mad cows on loose, MPI in deep coma Newshub: Duncan Garner reveals bold new Mycoplasma bovis claims from ‘inside sources’ Michael Daly (Stuff): Mycoplasma bovis: Why it matters for all of us – not just farmers Andrea Vance (Stuff): Mycoplasma farmers living in the shadow of slaughter Gerard Hutching (Stuff): Ashburton farmer Frank Peters’ ‘beautiful’ calves killed to stop disease Andrea Vance (Stuff): Vet company says it was named in M. bovis outbreak as part of a ‘commercial vendetta’ Laura Tupou (Newshub): Waikato farmer reveals his cows have Mycoplasma bovis disease Andrea Vance (Stuff): Farmer says cows that escaped Government-owned farm may have given his heard M. bovis Fishing industry Elisabeth Slooten, Bruce Robertson, Glenn Simmons (The Conversation): New Zealand’s hoki fishery under scrutiny after claims of fish dumping, misreporting Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Neoliberalism has mutated MPI into an agency that protects Industry from regulation – does Nash deserve the bash? No Right Turn: Total capture John Minto (Daily Blog): The infamous Talley Brothers – now thieving from the environment RNZ: ‘Slavery on an industrial scale’ in fishing industry Health Nita Blake-Persen (RNZ): Nurses strikes to go ahead: ‘We need 11 percent right now’ Michael Hayward (Stuff): Nurses decide to strike after union vote among 27,000 members Lucy Bennett (Herald): Nurses vote to strike if DHB pay offer not acceptable Lucy Bennett (Herald): Counties Manukau DHB tell of stretched resources at Middlemore in letter to Health Minister David Clark RNZ: Middlemore letter to minister: ‘Pulls no punches’ RNZ: Nurses share concerns raised by Middlemore letter Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): Middlemore Hospital exceeding bed capacity on daily basis – staff Newshub: Not enough in the Budget to fix Middlemore – Auckland Councillor Brittany Keogh (Herald): No disciplinary action in half of bullying, harassment cases at DHBs Carla Penman (Herald): People who attack paramedics could automatically be jailed under proposed tough new law Bruce Munro (ODT): Stopping the rot Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Otago University study highlights ‘giant’ issue of poor oral health for ageing Kiwis Newshub: Graphic health warnings for sugary drinks work Rebecca Stevenson (Spinoff): Bingeing, brawling and drunken sex: Is this responsible alcohol promotion? Laura Walters and Katie Kenny (Stuff): Will the inquiry really be the saviour of the mental health system? Mike Houlahan (ODT): More elderly with mental health issues Mikaela Collins (Northern Advocate): Reminder for Northlanders as rheumatic fever risks increases over winter Newshub: One in five Kiwis say their doctor has recommended unnecessary tests or treatment David Loughrey (ODT): Call for open discussion on menstruation Nick Smith (Nelson Mail): Why Nelson needs a new hospital Housing Ben Leahy (Herald): Rising rental prices creating a new class of ‘working poor’, support groups warn Martin van Beynen (Stuff): We have a housing problem – not a crisis Alexia Russell (Newsroom): ‘No capacity’ for KiwiBuild Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Govt ‘needs to check its magic wand’ over KiwiBuild targets RNZ: New stats to give fuller picture on overseas property buyers When Owen (1News): Hamilton ‘absolutely not’ over peak of homelessness – politicians under pressure for those needing emergency housing Kaitlin Ruddock (1News): Families facing homelessness in Marlborough move into converted Blenheim motel David Slack (Stuff): There’s no place like it Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Low interest rates no good to new borrowers Rob Stock (Stuff): London solution to Kiwi housing crisis International relations and trade Richard Harman (Politik): English denies China security breach as Washington criticises and Peters goes to Beijing David Fisher (Herald): China’s communists fund Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party: What the United States Congress was told Newshub: Former CIA analyst says New Zealand should be kicked out of Five Eyes alliance Herald: Winston Peters: Next talks set for China Free Trade Agreement upgrade 1News: Winston Peters and China’s Foreign Minister hold bilateral meeting in Beijing with trade, security, North Korea on agenda Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): New Zealand can help ease tensions Liam Dann (Herald): Could New Zealand’s economy survive a China crisis? Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Winston Peters says NZ supports ‘deeply concerning’ findings of MH17 probe Herald: Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says Russian role in deadly MH17 disaster ‘deeply concerning’ Gia Garrick (RNZ): Peters ‘deeply concerned’ over MH17 missile confirmation Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): New Zealand’s Ngāi Tahu ambassador to Chile Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): Asia – the great unknown for most New Zealanders Simon Draper (Herald): Survey shows we still don’t know much about Asia Vaimoana Tapaleao (Herald): Quiz reveals Kiwis’ lack of general knowledge of Asia Newshub poll Dan Satherley (Newshub): Poll result ‘heartening’ – Simon Bridges Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Simon Bridges failing to connect with voters – Newshub poll Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Judith Collins makes surprising appearance in preferred Prime Minister poll\ Tova O’Brien (Newshub): What do Kiwis think of Prime Minister Winston Peters? Tova O’Brien (Newshub): NZ First gone, Greens the new king-maker in latest Newshub poll Jo Moir (Stuff): Judith Collins joins preferred PM rankings – Labour, Greens still ahead in poll Stewart Sowman-Lund (Newstalk ZB): New poll brings bad news for Simon Bridges, NZ First Parliament Steve Braunias (Herald): Secret Diary of… Paula Bennett Tracy Watkins (Stuff): MPs behaving badly? What’s new about that? Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): A National embarrassment Bryce Edwards (Newstalk ZB): We need more ‘brawling’ in Parliament ODT Editorial: National’s empty actions Jason Walls (Interest): Is all the theatre & spectacle to make a point was worth it for the Nats? Stacey Kirk (Stuff): MPs behaving badly a drama where no one emerges clean Dan Satherley (Newshub): Judith Collins dreams of bringing back Lockwood Smith as Speaker Andrew Gunn (Stuff): Paula, Simon, Trevor and Gerry take turns on the naughty stool Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Below the beltway Jack van Beynen (Stuff): Dancing With The Stars NZ: Former PM the Key to ‘Twinkletoes’ Seymour’s success Government Phil Quin (Stuff): Shane Jones is Labour’s greatest re-election asset Claire Trevett (Herald): Post-Budget glow fades quickly as heartland problems pile up Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Is the new Government already failing Māori? Oscar Kightley (Stuff): Why Phil’s flight phone call rang a bell for me Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Did Phil Twyford break another aviation rule? Herald: Transport Minister Phil Twyford accused of standing on plane while seatbelt light on Dan Satherley (Newshub): Judith Collins’ role in bringing down Phil Twyford David Farrar: Referenda in 2019 Nicole Bremner (1News): Jacinda Ardern’s candid interview on impending motherhood – ‘focused on getting through the actual birth’ Mark Broatch (Guardian): Clarke Gayford on fatherhood, food and fending off shark National Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Judith Collins: The comeback queen Mike Williams (Hawke’s Bay Today): Divided views on Crusher but National’s not well Human Rights Commission Toby Manhire (Spinoff): Devastated but vindicated’: Devoy issues powerful rebuke as she exits Human Rights Commission Susan Devoy: How the Human Rights Commission can rebuild trust Stuff: Accused groper Kyle Stutter keeps top job amidst staff shake up at Human Rights Commission Andrew Beach (Stuff): Dame Susan Devoy says HRC staff should not have had to endure what they went through Herald: Dame Susan Devoy urges other staff to ‘take responsibility’ and step side at Human Rights Commission Gia Garrick (RNZ): Human Rights Commission undergoes shake-up Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Emma Hurley (Newshub): Susan Devoy and Jackie Blue to move on from Human Rights Commission Justice and police David Fisher (Herald): ‘Best guess’ on prison numbers caused inmate blowout Chester Borrows (Wanganui Chronicle): MPs must be brave enough to do what is right rather than what is popular Peter Dunne (Newsroom): The moral failure of a rising prison muster Nicola Russell (Newshub): Youth Court should include 19 to 20yr olds – Children’s Commissioner David Fisher (Herald): Ex-National MP Ross Meurant to the Head Hunters – gangs must join society or face becoming ‘exploding’ underclass of terrorism Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Chief Judge: ‘Robbing Peter to pay Paul’ Ruby MacAndrew (Stuff): Criminal case backlog to surge as judges redistributed to Family Court RNZ: Judges pulled from criminal cases to work Family Court backlog Leah Te Whata (Māori TV): Māori Wardens seek operational autonomy Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Insight: Policing Domestic Violence – A New Direction Anusha Bradley (RNZ): App helps police combat family violence Jo Lines MacKenzie (Stuff): Public-private pilot trains Kiwi offenders for automotive jobs  Child welfare Finn Hogan (Newshub): Govt will have ‘failed completely’ if they don’t reform benefits – Andrew Becroft Celia Patrick (ODT): Collaboration will ensure ongoing care for south’s vulnerable children Elena McPhee (ODT): Better parental leave call Janika ter Ellen (Newshub): Phone line helps foster parents deal with difficult children Abortion RNZ: Abortion views in NZ yet ‘to be put to the test’ Newshub: NZ ‘doesn’t need referendum’ on abortion law – ex-PM Helen Clark Jo Moir (Stuff): Vote on abortion law reform could happen in NZ Parliament next year Newshub: Abortion debate: ‘Progressive’ Ireland set to leapfrog NZ Genevieve O’Halloran (Noted): As the Ireland referendum vote proves, when it comes to abortion, choice is key Liz Beddoe: Reproductive rights are a social work issue Pete George:Ireland abortion vote puts New Zealand law to shame Gambling Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Facial recognition tech to help curb problem gambling RNZ: Far North hotel scraps pokies after baby abandoned Chris Harrowell (Stuff): Rawene Hotel bans pokies after mum playing the machines left her baby outside Newstalk ZB: Pub owners take stand against pokies after mother leaves child to gamble Poverty and inequality Joel Ineson (Press): Two incomes not enough for Christchurch family seeking food parcels Dale Husband (E-Tangata): Brian Easton: Māori have been trapped in a poverty cycle Bastion Point Justine Murray (RNZ): Takaparawhā (Bastion Point) – 40 years on Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Battle continues 40 years after Bastion protests Leonie Hayden (Spinoff): 40 years on from the occupation of Takaparawhā (Bastion Point) Cleo Fraser (Newshub): Commemoration mark 40 years since Bastion Point arrests Kingi Taurua dies Herald: Tributes flow for late Ngapuhi leader Kingi Taurua – a soldier, radical, ‘good bugger’ Florence Kerr (Stuff): Ngāpuhi leader Kingi Taurua is escorted by family back to Waitangi Environment RNZ: Govt to seek public feedback over mining ban proposal Maddison Northcott (Stuff): Anti-1080 activists claim pesticide supporters ‘terrorists’ RNZ: Activist’s threatening letter claims 1080 drop is terrorism Jamie Morton (Herald): Native bird numbers double during 20-year Department of Conservation pest control study Dominion Post Editorial: Tide is turning; we must turn with it Press Editorial: We need a new bag of tricks for those tricky bags Dominic Harris (Stuff): Compostable packaging ‘could do more harm than good’ Herald: Plastics recycler Astron gets $500,000 from Waste Minimisation Fund Oil and gas exploration Robin Martin (RNZ): PM reassures Taranaki locals after end of new oil and gas exploration Stephanie MItchell (Stuff): Prime Minister offers reassurance to oil and gas workers during Taranaki visit Herald: Taranaki leaders use Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s visit to appeal for help after oil and gas exploration announcement Ben Irwin (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern fronts Taranaki oil and gas workers in closed door meeting Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Top oil analyst slams ‘errors and misrepresentations’ in government’s offshore exploration ban Newsub: Oil workers can’t get mortgages thanks to ban – National Canterbury rebuild Liz McDonald (Press): Academic says poor state of Canterbury foundation repairs could prove catastrophic Rachel Graham (RNZ): Derelict Christchurch buildings in council ‘crosshairs’ Conan Young (RNZ): $150m Christchurch red zone plan unveiled Press Editorial: From red zone to green light Steven Cowan: Privatising the profits and socialising the cost Immigration and refugees Daniel McCulloch (Stuff): Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says he could be open to NZ refugee deal No Right Turn: This is corrupt Lincoln Tan (Herald): Tough rules see migrants give up and go home Lincoln Tan (Herald): Grandmother who overstayed for more than 30 years granted residency Transport and road safety Newshub: As other countries’ road tolls slow down, New Zealand’s is on the rise Jodi Yeats (Auckland Now): Auckland Council’s red light cameras haven’t worked for years Auckland Now: Former PM Helen Clark calls for action on out-of-commission red light cameras Herald Editorial: Belated change in road safety priorities Christine Rose (Daily Blog): Why the Price of Oil is a Class Concern Mike Lee (Daily Blog): Trams to Auckland airport – is this really a Super idea? RNZ: Kāpiti Expressway continues to spring leaks Grant Bradley (Herald): Turbulence ahead: The Government move that could push up airfares Treaty settlements and Waitangi Tribunal Baden Vertongen (Pundit): It’s easy to be friends with one who shares the same opinions RNZ: Minister delays signing Pare Hauraki settlement Tracy Neal (RNZ):Iwi says unfair land deal locks them into forestry Herald: Talk to us, Waikato’s Te Arawa River Iwi Trust tells Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little Jimmy Ellingham (Manawatu Standard): Pass the parcel game to avoid landbank budget responsibility not on Building standards and safety Edward Gay (RNZ): Construction company faces $3m fine for misleading customers Tim Shadbolt (Southland Times): Why I’m terrified of building collapse Jimmy Ellingham (Manawatu Standard): Pass the parcel game to avoid landbank budget responsibility not on Media Colin Peacock (RNZ): Mediawatch: Rural press in retreat in time of crisis Alex Braae (Spinoff): Print’s not dead yet: A community newspaper empire expands Colin Peacock (RNZ): AI and the media: coming ready or not Economy Brian Easton (Pundit): Of Foxes and Hedgehogs Jason Walls (Interest): Finance Minister says NZ won’t require unconventional monetary policy in the foreseeable future Defence Phil Pennington (RNZ): Toxic foam: Discrepancy in Defence Force reports Andrea Vance (Stuff): NZDF chief flew top brass around NZ on costly helicopter rides Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): Urgent changes needed to better support veterans – report Arrun Soma (1News): Hundreds of Kiwi troops attend War Games in the Pacific Islands Local government and regions Todd Niall (RNZ): Legal expert backs councillors’ demand for full stadium report Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Thieving pākehā neighbours have been stealing our stuff for years Lizzie Marvelly (Herald): What is it that’s so threatening about a Māori voice? Herald: Wellington world’s most liveable city second year running Newshub: Wellington voted most liveable city for second year in a row RNZ: Most liveable city: ‘We’ve got the best coffee, the best beer’ Matthew Rosenberg (Auckland Now): ‘Please speak in a language 99% of us understand’: Racist remarks derail meeting about Auckland’s Mt Victoria Herald Editorial: Auckland – a city with more than one father Laurel Ketel (Nelson Mail): What is Richard Nixon’s life-sized statue doing in a Nelson town? Cherie Sivignon (Nelson Mail): Tasman mayor uses casting vote to quash calls for Waimea dam referendum Employment and work safety John Anthony (Stuff): Labour shortage could create ‘significant issue’ for Govt’s 1 billion tree target Cleo Fraser (Newshub): Unfairly dismissed painter still unpaid Charlie Dreaver (RNZ): Son of man crushed to death fears for other workers’ safety RNZ: Small boy has lucky escape from quad bike accident Business Anne Gibson (Herald): Revealed: Australia’s rich listers and their big-money links to NZ Liam Dann (Herald): Who’ll top our rich list in 20 years? Other Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): ACC calls in top Queen’s Counsel to review allegations Joanne Carroll (Press): West Coast waste-to-energy scheme ‘not reliant’ on Government funding Moana Maniapoto (E-Tangata): Of your moko you cannot be deprived Joanne Carroll (Stuff): Contractors sought for Pike River mine re-entry Maggie Barry (Wanganui Chronicle): Dignified death, yes, but check the detail Newshub: Protesters arrested after disrupting Israeli documentary Britt Mann and Chris McKeen (Stuff): 125 years of suffrage: Meet NZ’s next generation of rebel women Jamie Wall (RNZ): Black Ferns filled with hearts of gold, not pockets]]>