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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – June 06 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] Employment Richard Harman (Politik): How things have changed; but can National forgive him? Claire Trevett (Herald): Former PM Jim Bolger’s third strike a Labour masterstroke Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Jim Bolger’s back to lead workplace shake-up, and business leaders are on edge Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Fair pay agreements: Is the sky set to fall? Jason Walls (Interest): Jim Bolger to lead Govt’s ‘significant’ shake-up of labour laws Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Bolger working group could take NZ back to 70s, National warns Lucy Bennett (Herald): A ban on industrial action a feature of Government’s new Fair Pay Agreements Tracy Watkins and Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Workplace shake-up in Government’s sights – Jim Bolger to lead pay working group Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Former PM to spearhead ‘fair pay’ shake up Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): Former Prime Minister Jim Bolger to lead fair pay working group Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Task force for bargaining Lucy Bennett (Herald): Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway announces team to make Fair Pay recommendations Emma Hurley (Newshub): Government announces working group for Fair Pay Agreements Newshub: National promises to scrap Government’s Fair Pay Agreements working group David Farrar: Danger Will Robinson Danger Cecile Meier (Stuff): ‘Vegan’ job requirement could be discrimination Meth report, housing, building industry RNZ: Housing NZ boss Andrew McKenzie apologises over faulty meth tests Stuff: Housing NZ boss Andrew McKenzie fronts over meth-myth houses RNZ: Meth evictions: ‘Those without shelter are prioritised’ – PM Newshub: No compensation for landlords who followed incorrect meth guidelines – Jacinda Ardern Isaac Davison (Herald): DHB says it does not tip off Housing NZ about drug patients Bridget Burke (RNZ): State house meth tested after tenant sought addiction help Henry Cooke (Stuff): HNZ meth tested after a DHB told them a tenant was seeking drug help, Tenancy Tribunal ruling says Russell Brown: The miserable archive Danyl Mclauchlan (Spinoff): National announces benefit concert to aid those failed by the last government Willie Jackson (Daily Blog): National’s contamination hysteria aimed at state tenants Elton Rikihana Smallman (Stuff): Meth standard prevails despite new report from the Prime Minister’s chief science adviser Sir Peter Gluckman Jason Wells (Interest): Simon says… New Zealand has a housing crisis Liz Gordon: Housing crises Greg Ninness (Interest): New houses are getting smaller in Auckland, bringing building costs down Nigel Isaacs (Newsroom): Why our building regulation just doesn’t cut it Oil and gas exploration Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Ardern’s rush to announce oil exploration ban risks her moral high ground Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Oil and gas industry shouldn’t have been kept in dark by the Government Newshub: Govt’s decision process to ban oil exploration misleading – National Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Government warned oil decision could have ‘chilling effect’ on investment in Taranaki Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Government was warned that ban on new oil permits could raise global greenhouse emissions Jane Patterson (RNZ): Govt warned of ‘chilling effect’ over halting oil, gas permits Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Govt axed oil exploration without a formal Cabinet paper and after minimal analysis Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Documents reveal MBIE advised Government to limit oil and gas exploration to Taranaki; Said an offshore ban would ‘likely increase’ global greenhouse gas emissions Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Oil and gas ban likely to increase emissions Lucy Bennett (Herald): Methanex would close by 2026 under ban on offshore exploration, MBIE says Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Emma Hurley (Newshub): Inside the oil and gas ban – which Cabinet is yet to sign off Newstalk ZB: Questions raised over oil and gas ban decision David Farrar: Government by decree No Right Turn: The offshore exploration ban advice No Right Turn: Government by press conference Health Zane Small (Newshub): ‘They lack balls’: Hone Harawira slams Govt’s anti-smoking efforts Zane Small (Newshub): Ban smoking in cars with kids – Duncan Garner Southland Times Editorial: A health review in H2’s hands Catherine Hutton (RNZ): Breast cancer: Calls for genetic test to be funded in NZ Jamie Morton (Herald): Global cancer rates: How does NZ compare? Nicholas Jones (Herald):Cartwright Collective among groups concerned about proposed cervical screening law change before Parliament’s health committee Debris Foxcroft (Stuff): Mental Health Commissioner calls for zero suicides in care Dave Macpherson (Daily Blog): What is it about mental illness that causes the ‘authorities’ to be missing in action? Dani McDonald (Stuff): Mike King’s mental health movement spreads to the world Simon Collins (Herald): Study urges warnings for patients on antidepressants Stuff: Over half of antidepressant users experience withdrawal when they stop medication Phil Pennington (RNZ): Middlemore Hospital on track to meet winter demand Herald Editorial: Middlemore must minimise risk to patients Hannah Martin (Manukau Courier): Middlemore building repair plans ‘risky’ – Ministry; DHB says no risk to patients Isaac Davison (Herald): Family appeals to Government for change after medical cannabis costs plunge them into debt Immigration and international students Timaru Herald Editorial: International student changes will have to be watched carefully David Hargreaves (Interest): Govt opens the gate to NZ for degree students Newshub: Illegal sex workers deported in visa crackdown Justice and police David Fisher (Herald): The number of people trying – and succeeding – in taking their lives while in prison has surged during the inmate boom David Fisher (Herald): Murder and mutilation comments emerge on National’s new ‘tough on crime’ social media campaign Anne Marie May (RNZ): Waikeria high-security wing ‘not fit for purpose Environment David Williams (Newsroom): Minister mulls clamp on commissioner Newshub: Humans blamed after 113 native plants added to threatened list RNZ: Kauri officially re-classified as a threatened species Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Govt expects action over waterways Dave Frame, Myles Allen and Adrian Macey (Newsroom): Here’s our chance to become climate leaders Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): The Greens need reining in Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Message to James Shaw: We are eating less meat Emma Hurley (Newshub): Government set to introduce single-use plastic bag ban Jamie Morton (Herald): Minister downplays reports of imminent plastic-bag ban Chloe Winter (Stuff): NZ close to decision on banning single-use plastic bags Chloe Winter (Stuff): Countdown removes plastic from its own products, bans plastic straws Isobel Ewing (Newshub): Twelve firms pledge to tackle plastic waste in NZ by 2025 Herald: 12 companies commit to being plastic free RNZ: More companies pledge to tackle plastic waste Jane Bowron (Stuff): My plastic fightback begins in the front garden Phoebe Smith (Guardian): Mount Taranaki: will the New Zealand peak’s ‘living person’ status bring respect? Deena Coster (Stuff): Possible name change ahead for mountain’s new legal personality, national park Jacinda Ardern’s baby Newshub: Gayford’s ‘great plans’ for life as stay-at-home dad 1News: Destination of Jacinda Ardern’s baby’s first outing on world stage revealed Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Revealed: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s big plans after giving birth Stuff: PM Jacinda Ardern has false alarm as baby’s due date approaches Stuff: Jacinda Ardern to remain in charge of NZ until she gets to hospital Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s baby birth plan released 1News: Jacinda Ardern releases additional details surrounding upcoming birth of child Charles Anderson (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern will work up until she goes to hospital to give birth Northcote by-election RNZ: Watch: Northcote by-election – Bidois v Halbert Felicity Reid (Stuff): Campaign leaflets taken away from Northcote polling booth Parliament Jane Clifton (Listener): The Government has a cunning plan to save Auckland – by emptying it Chris Bramwell (RNZ): First look: Parliament lawn to feature playground Herald: Parliament is for everyone, says Mallard, announcing new playground Laura Walters (Stuff): Parliament to add a playground for kids to its grounds Pete George: New Conservative Party launched Queen’s Birthday honours Michael Reddell: Sir William and the rockstar economy Newshub: ‘I couldn’t have imagined anything like this’ – Catherine Healy on being a dame Auckland Simon Wilson (Herald): Back to the future: Welcome to Auckland Plan 2050, Auckland council’s new 30-year plan for the city Auckland Now: Auckland Plan 2050 will focus on ‘critical issues’ – council Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland Transport releases more information into staff dismissal Simon Smith (Auckland Now): Auckland light rail would be one of the ‘slowest public transport airport links in the world’ Newshub: Spate of Auckland bus crashes sparks call for answers RNZ: ‘You’d think this report put our national security at risk’ Newshub: Auckland Council’s ‘bed tax’ will hurt bach owners – Bookabach Mike Wesley-Smith and Finn Hogan (Newshub): Are there explosives buried beneath Auckland’s North Head? Mike Wesley-Smith and Finn Hogan (Newshub): The hunt for North Head’s secret tunnels Mycoplasma bovis Gareth Enticott and Anne Galloway (Sciblogs): The social science of Mycoplasma Rob Stock (Stuff): Mycoplasma bovis slaughter pushes annual cow cull total higher Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Accounts enabled ‘bovis’ response Gerald Piddock (Stuff): Cattle disease spread will not interrupt Fieldays – chief executive Peter Cullen (Stuff): How much support do dairy farmers deserve? Education and child welfare Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Kura kaupapa leaders to complain to UN over lack of funding John Morris (Spinoff): These education reforms put the sector at the precipice of disaster RNZ: Waikato University seeks to boost Pasifika enrolment Susan St John (Daily Blog): We can help solve child poverty – here is one crucial way how Leith Huffadine (Stuff): Teenage girls more at risk from harmful content online than boys Welfare Zach Castles (Herald): Government’s welfare review could set the scene for the next election Katarina Williams (Stuff): Biggest beneficiary debtors still receiving NZ Superannuation or main benefits Media BusinessDesk: Stick to your knitting: Stuff/NZME tell ComCom Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): NZME, Stuff merger appeal begins Banking and finance regulation Sarah Robson (RNZ): Interest rate cap not enough to stop ‘debt spiral’ Sarah Robson (RNZ): Law change failing to crack down on loan sharks Fran O’Sullivan (Herald):NZ regulators could learn lesson from huge penalty ABC/RNZ: Criminal cartel charges laid against Australia’s ANZ Michael Reddell: Another Orr interview Tourism Brian Rudman (Herald): Better to clip tourism ticket at the border Tracy Neal (RNZ): National park fee hike may hit tourism numbers Stuff: NZ Great Walks tourist tax ‘leaves a bad taste’ Local government RNZ: Council to get to root of logging debris problem after floods Mitch McCann (Newshub): Gisborne’s storm clean-up could cost more than $10 million – District Council Gender David Farrar: So where is the fuss about these gender inequalities? David Cormack (Herald): The truth about white men and privilege Olivia Caldwell (Stuff): Lack of women in coaching detrimental to sport, says professor Other Sasha Borissenko (Newsroom): Did the Law Society do enough? Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Māori economy could be worth more than $50bil estimate Jonathan Underhill (BusinessDesk): British American paid $1.1B into government coffers Rob Stock (Stuff): Unreasonable shops trying to buck the Consumer Guarantees Act Louis Davis (Dominion Post): ‘Feebate’ may help to wean motorists off petrol-driven cars Nona Pelletier (RNZ): Vodafone, Vocus to invest millions in broadband services Zane Small and Lucy Warhurst (Newshub): ‘Inconsistencies’ in pub owner’s story about removing pokies after baby left on pavement Val Leveson (Herald): The endless game]]>