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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – June 07 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 Gordon Campbell: On Jim Bolger’s workplace reform task force Bryce Edwards (Newsroom Pro): In Defence of Jim Bolger Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Forget the 1970s, Labour’s Fair Pay Agreements will take New Zealand back to the 1890s! Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Employers walk to table on fair pay, but there are doubts they’ll drink Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): BusinessNZ chooses to sit at fair-pay table rather than ‘lob hand grenades’ Herald Editorial: Imposing terms of employment carries big economic risks Laura Walters (Stuff): Former PM and regional rugby boss work on future workplace legislation Newshub: Five things you need to know about former Prime Minister Jim Bolger 1News: Government’s Fair Pay Agreements will drive up costs for businesses and is ‘another step back to the 1970s’ -National Rob Stock (Stuff): Lobbying over 90-day trial laws intensifies Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Govt mad to change 90-day trial for workers Rob Stock (Stuff): Time for a fairer share for workers Tara Shaskey (Stuff): Rest home blames new pay legislation in decision to close its doors Danielle Clent (Stuff): Marae restaurant manager’s work visa denial ‘racist’, former minister claims Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): Kiwi reveals firm’s treatment of migrants Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Immigration accused of racist ruling over marae worker Laura Walters (Stuff): Immigration New Zealand deports migrants engaging in illegal sex work Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Boot on other foot for bully battler Meth report, housing, building industry Philip Matthews (Press Editorial): Who pays for the meth scandal? Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Meth evictions: Govt has ‘moral responsibility’ to put it right Mandy Te (Stuff): State Housing Action Network says HNZ and WINZ senior management should be replaced Lucy Bennett (Herald): Allowing drug users to remain in Housing NZ properties a ‘step too far’: Collins Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Standards NZ ‘stands by the process’ that created meth limits deemed far too low 1News: Testing of meth contaminated houses will be based on ‘science’ and ‘evidence’, says Jacinda Ardern Henry Cooke (Stuff): Meth Myth: HNZ apologise and may pay up – but won’t admit misusing guidelines Ella Prendergast (Newshub): Housing NZ ‘absolutely’ sorry for kicking people out of meth homes Stuff: Housing NZ boss Andrew McKenzie fronts over meth-myth houses Ryan Boswell (1News): Government stands by MSD’s decision to kick people out of emergency housing, trying to recoup money Ryan Boswell (1News): Tenants behaving badly: Government expects to recoup $5m from emergency housing recipients who didn’t follow the rules Joseph Nunweek (Spinoff): If only Housing NZ’s contemptible tactics stopped at the meth-test debacle Piers Fuller (Stuff): A tenth of New Zealand houses not fit to live in, health researcher says Melissa Nightingale (Herald): Housing New Zealand thermally upgrading state houses in Hutt Valley Nona Pelletier (RNZ): House sales slow, prices flat in winter slowdown Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Winter chill hits New Zealand property market Collette Devlin (Stuff): Draft National Planning Standards aim to make building plans easier Government Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Government needs more hard-hitting advice: Minister Andrea Vance (Stuff): Has the Government got review-itis? Andrea Vance (Stuff): Outsourcing Government: The $55m cost of reviews Claire Trevett (Herald): Hope and change will be back after this short break ODT Editorial: A lack of Government progress Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Easy for new Government to blame the last Richard Harman (Politik): Waka jumping and oil exploration Peter Dunne (Interest): The Government is not prepared to confront lessons from the past John Tamihere (Herald): Love him or loathe him, Winston Peters is now Prime Minister, writes John Tamihere Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern to keep power from Winston Peters ‘until last second’  Jane Patterson (RNZ): Coalition deal puts a stop to $100m Parliament buildings plan ODT: ‘Rural proofing’ for new policies Madison Reidy (Stuff): Government decisions spawn big business Health Nicholas Jones (Herald): Dementia unit monitoring ‘will shine a light’: Ombudsman Nicholas Jones (Herald): Grey Power hails strengthened monitoring of dementia units: ‘we are very pleased’ Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Ombudsman to monitor our most vulnerable Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Don’t quit! We need your excise dollars Newshub: Who cares about vaping when smokefree goal won’t be met – expert John Gibb (ODT):Smart tech used in varsity quit smoking study Mava Enoka (The Wireless): Patient says Tauranga Hospital nurses argued while she bled Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Nurses struggle with bitter pill of truth that pay offer is a good deal Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Dead woman sent $98 bill for ambulance journey of 400 metres Zoe Hunter (Herald): ’13 Reasons Why’: Tauranga principals concerned about season 2 of controversial Netflix series Budget, economy and tax Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): A politically barren debt dispute RNZ: Revenue Minister grilled over GST on online purchases Paul Drum (Herald): It’s time to look at capital gains tax RNZ: NZ minister says future budgets may offer more for Pasifika and Maori Cameron Bagrie (Herald): Why NZ is living in a Freddie Mercury economy Foreign affairs and trade Brian Easton (Pundit): Trade Wars Simon Hartley (Herald): China still New Zealand’s top trading partner Isaac Davison (Herald): Solomon Islands PM welcomes NZ aid money during first official visit Stuff: Landlord sues diplomat over rental of $1500 a week home Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): Diplomat pleads diplomatic immunity over tenancy dispute Frances Cook (Herald): Diplomat sticks to immunity claim over rental dispute Oil and gas exploration Pattrick Smellie (BusinessDesk): Quickly, quietly, the oil industry is given its marching orders Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Energy Minister says onshore block offer is enough to fend off legal threat from oil industry Rebecca Howard (Herald): Grant Robertson received no Treasury advice on impact of oil and gas offshore exploration ban Newstalk ZB: National: Lack of treasury input on oil decision ‘beggars belief’ Primary industries Hawkes’ Bay Today Editorial: Logging pesticide use outmoded Mitch McCann (Newshub): Forestry industry accepts ‘some’ blame for Tolaga Bay chaos David Hall (Stuff): Clear-cut forestry might give a healthy rate of return but local communities are paying the price Kate Gudsell (RNZ): Tougher rules needed to stop logging debris – environmentalist David Williams (Newsroom): Privacy and M. bovis more complex than you think Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Grant Robertson signs blank cheque to tackle Mycoplasma bovis Guy Trafford (Interest): Perceptions of who-pays-what for m.bovis culling needs balance but payout estimates underline the sector’s strength Logan Church (RNZ): Cheviot farmer admits being first in area with M bovis ODT: Lots of challenges for chief executive Eric Frykberg (RNZ): No biosecurity concern over 55,000 seized cuttings – industry RNZ: NZ orchards audited after biosecurity concerns Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Tegel hui: ‘I don’t know who was listening’ Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Tegel ‘treat us like we don’t exist’ – marae Environment Lois Williams (RNZ): Kauri species threat reinitiates call to halt milling Newshub: Products containing microbeads to be taken off shelves today Newshub: Zero Carbon Bill consultation begins Jamie Morton (Herald):DB, Les Mills, Phil Goff among call for climate action ODT Editorial: Extreme weather the new normal? Emily Joy Frost (Newsroom): How to help put plastic behind us 1News: Moves towards banning single-use plastic bags to begin ‘very, very soon’ – PM Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Government flip-flops on plastic bags ban – but one is coming eventually Don Rowe (Spinoff): It’s a wrap on plastic bags Emma Cropper (Newshub): Controversial north Auckland development rejected by Environment Court EQC report Liz Mcdonald (Press): Critical EQC report wants poor systems and culture fixed Rachel Graham (Press): Damning report reveals minefield of EQC shortfalls Newshub: EQC report provides recommendations to resolve outstanding earthquake claims Lucy Bennett (Herald): Report recommends manual review of outstanding Canterbury quake EQC claims RNZ: EQC review ‘just another report’ – insurance advocate Education Ryan Dunlop (Herald): Industrial action on cards as Ministry of Education pay rise offer for teachers falls short Stuff: Primary teachers’ union attacks new Ministry of Education pay offer Newshub: Jenny Salesa vows political support for water-only schools John Morris (Herald): Schools face another round of political change 1News: Should NZ ditch school holidays and leave it up to parents when kids take time off? Simon Collins (Herald): Staff cuts drag NZ universities down in world rankings – but Waikato University jumps John Gerritsen (RNZ): Most NZ universities slip in global rankings Elena McPhee (ODT): Most in jobs review ‘keen to stay’ Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Fees free is ill-thought-through craft cider socialism Northcote by-election Simon Wilson (Herald): By the numbers: why either party could win the Northcote byelection Felicity Reid (Auckland Now): Local issues dominate voters’ minds before Northcote by-election 1News: Northcote by-election: Legalising euthanasia, putting abortion into the Health Act and why they’re the best person to be NZ’s newest MP Jacinda Ardern’s baby Greg Boyed (Herald): Is Jacinda Ardern’s pregnancy reason Govt is getting easy ride? Newshub:No, Jacinda Ardern did not have a labour ‘false alarm’ last night Regional development Andre Chumko (Stuff): First train marks return of mothballed Napier to Wairoa rail line Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Restored train line replaces 5500 logging trucks on the road Local government Emma Hatton (RNZ): Rising insurance premiums to hit councils’ pockets Matthew Two (Stuff): Hutt City Council votes to pay staff the living wage Eva Corlett (RNZ): ‘Small victory’ in long battle – Bella Vista residents RNZ: ‘Hell and back’: Bella Vista homeowners to be compensated Bridget Grace (Newshub): Tauranga City Council to buy 21 ‘uninhabitable’ Bella Vista homes Eva Corlett (RNZ): Bella Vista homeowners: ‘We did not ask for this’ Janine Rankin (Manawatū Standard): Māori wards campaign wraps up until next time Robin Martin (RNZ): Mayor apologises for uproar caused by golf course plan Wayne Mulligan (Dominion Post): Shelly Bay an opportunity for Wellington iwi to rise, says iwi leader Newshub: New Auckland stadium could go atop Spaghetti Junction – transport expert Pike River Joanne Carroll (Stuff): Pike River mine re-entry to take longer than expected Lucy Bennett (Herald): Hope Pike River mine re-entry will start in December, but will go longer Bob Jones defamation proceedings Sam Hurley (Herald): Sir Bob Jones files defamation proceedings against filmmaker accusing him of ‘hate speech’ Newshub: Sir Bob Jones files defamation action after petition for knighthood to be revoked – report Media BusinessDesk: NZME-Stuff merger diminishes democracy: ComCom Stuff: Broadcaster Carol Hirschfeld shakes off RNZ departure, joins Stuff Kerry Harvey (Stuff): The Spinoff gets its own TV show – and they expect they’ll get feedback Tax Payers’ Union: Tax Villains: The Spinoff Breach $40,000 Agreement With IRD Other Phil Pennington (RNZ): Docs reveal Huntly steel failure despite NZTA denials Donna Chisholm (Listener): How a woman’s rape complaint led to her arrest for underage sex Zane Small (Newshub): Rawene Masonic Hotel owner stands by ‘baby dumped for pokies’ story Katie Scotcher (RNZ): Hotel owners firm on abandoned baby claims RNZ: ‘A heck of a shock’: New Plymouth stadium shut down Madeleine Holden (Spinoff): How junior lawyers are pressured to keep quiet about harassment Alex Braae (Spinoff): A public holiday for Matariki is inevitable]]>