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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – June 14 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] Prison, justice and police Brad Flahive (Stuff): Government’s new double-bunked prison cells at Waikeria do not meet international standards  Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): New, smaller prison a risky move Herald: Corrections Minister: Prisoners could sleep on mattresses on ground if prison population continues to grow Dan Satherley (Newshub): Prisoners might have to sleep on the floor – Corrections Minister RNZ: Checkpoint: New prison in Waikeria will be ready by 2022 Laura Walters (Stuff): New Waikeria prison to have 100-bed mental health facility Belinda Feek (Herald): Waikeria Prison unit to feature new purpose-built mental health facility Tova O’Brien and Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Waikeria prison: Government ditches mega-prison, goes with small rebuild 1News: New $750 million, 600 bed prison to be built south of Hamilton Gia Garrick (RNZ): Waikeria: Small prison with mental health unit announced Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Waikeria gets new 500-bed prison, mental health facility Anna Whyte (1News): Waikeria Prison decision: What should be done to combat New Zealand’s rising prison population? Alex Braae (Spinoff): When is an expanded prison not a mega prison? Stuff: PM Jacinda Ardern says Waikeria Prison will not be like ‘US mega-style’ jails  Gia Garrick (RNZ): Govt’s Waikeria prison decision shows no ‘cohesive plan’ Branco Marcetic (Spinoff): A brief history of New Zealand’s most absurd three-strikes cases Aaron Smale (Newsroom): Parliament and prison: a male Māori symmetry Laura Walters (Stuff):Police aim to seize millions from gangs, new cabinet paper reveals RNZ: Record number of Pasifika join NZ police Chinese water bottling deal Tracy Watkins (Stuff): And they thought being in Opposition was hard 1News: ‘You morons’ – members furious after Green Party Minister approves Chinese-owned water bottling plant expansion Craig McCulloch (RNZ): Green Party labelled ‘sellout’ over water decision Emma Hurley (Newshub): Greens criticised after being forced to go ‘against party kaupapa’ Lucy Bennett (Herald): Green MP and minister Eugenie Sage under fire from party members over Otakiri water-bottling decision Mere McLean (Maori TV): Chinese water bottling deal ‘muskets and blankets’ Matt Shand (stuff): Consent granted for Chinese water bottling giant to purchase Otakiri Spring Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Bottling it – the Greens don’t understand how government works No Right Turn: The harsh reality of government Housing Hamish Fletcher (Herald): Out-of-date housing affordability measure irrelevant Henry Cooke (Stuff): Housing affordability gets worse – especially in Auckland Herald: Housing affordability falls for first-home buyers 1News: Worsening affordability for first-home buyers as property prices rise in most major NZ cities Stuff: Housing Affordability Measure: How likely is owning a home where you live? Lois Williams (RNZ): National MP queries social housing in high-value suburb Anne Gibson (Herald): House prices set new national record, Auckland decline embedded Liu Chen (Auckland Now): Foreign investors ‘not to be blamed for housing crisis’ Lucy Bennett (Herald): Developers on board with KiwiBuild off-the-plan programme David Hargreaves (Interest): Housing Minister coy on actual numbers of houses to result from the Kiwibuild ‘Buying off the Plans’ tender RNZ: Twyford: ‘Housing NZ is a landlord – not the police’ Henry Cooke (Stuff): Judith Collins hounds Phil Twyford over ‘anti-social’ state housing tenants Jane Patterson (RNZ): Twyford, Collins hammer it out over housing Thomas Coughland (Newsroom): Twyford attacked over growing housing waitlist Katie Bradford (1News): Watch: ‘There are no excuses’ – Judith Collins and Housing Minister Phil Twyford fire up over state housing waiting list The Standard: Nats indignant that Twyford is not fixing their housing crisis quickly enough Lucy Bennett (Herald): Antisocial HNZ tenants might stay in homes and neighbours moved, CE Andrew McKenzie says Newshub: Dunedin students challenge landlord over mould-ridden flat Elena McPhee (ODT): Mouldy flats caused by ‘lifestyle not landlords’ Evan Harding (Stuff): Council to investigate ‘draughty and mouldy’ flat 1News: Wellington students get $1400 bill for adding replacement housemates to their lease Zahra Shahtahmasebi (Press): Rough sleepers in Christchurch blasted with elevator music at all hours Primary industries Dan Satherley (Newshub): Shane Jones ‘entitled’ to harsh opinion of Fonterra – Agriculture Minister Sophie Bateman (Newshub): Shane Jones launches blistering attack on Fonterra, economists Jo Moir (Stuff): Shane Jones tears strips off Fonterra and says the chairman should ‘catch the next cab out of town’ 1News:‘I’ve had a gutsful’ – Shane Jones lays into Fonterra at Fieldays Lucy Bennett (Herald): Shane Jones calls for Fonterra chairman John Wilson to step down Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Shane Jones lambasts Fonterra at Fieldays Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Jones’ attack on Fonterra about ego and publicity – National Chris Bramwell (RNZ):Ministry defends sending slaughtered calves to landfill Tim Newman (Southland Times): Cows in landfill going to waste? Nita Blake-Persen (RNZ): Council report warned of damage from forest debris Eric Frykberg (RNZ): East Coast forestry: Replanting ‘required’ under contracts Stuff: Tolaga Bay farmers demand logging halt, but foresters label it unconstructive Patrick O’Sullivan (Herald): Watch: Tsunami of slash angers East Coast farmers and residents Isobel Ewing (Newshub): Fieldays: Farmers face up to Mycoplasma bovis biosecurity scares Jill Galloway (Stuff): Farmers first line of defence for spotting Mycoplasma bovis Winston Peters and government David Cohen (RNZ): Peters lawsuit not some rare phenomenon Karl du Fresne (Stuff): Where Peters is involved, the potential for mayhem and debacle is never far away Bryce Edwards (Herald): Political Roundup: Questions over Grant Robertson’s ‘cash for access’ fundraising Michele Hewitson (Listener): Is Minister Shane Jones a bit of a joke or just an ordinary bloke? Bryce Edwards (Newsroom Pro): Our revival of trust in Government The Standard: Kiwis trust in Government surges Siouxsie Wiles (Spinoff): A brilliant woman is our new chief scientist, and the timing couldn’t be better Public service Point of Order: State services: what’s  behind the “upheaval”? RNZ: Public sector reshuffle: ‘Musical chairs for the boys’ Jess Berentson-Shaw (RNZ): Public CEO reshuffle: Why are only men’s hands safe hands? Parliament Rino Tirikatene (Southland Times): Māori amid the numbers game Claire Trevett (Herald): The accidental genius of David Seymour, champion of dorks everywhere 1News: Watch: ‘The word booty has multiple meanings’ – Shane Jones leaves Paula Bennett laughing after light-hearted exchange Auckland Council Simon Wilson (Herald): The council and its malcontents Bernard Orsman (Herald): Phil Goff message to his critics: Respect is a two-way street Jenny Suo (1News): ‘It’s just not acceptable’ – group of Auckland councillors accuse Mayor of not acting on culture of bullying in his office RNZ: Deputy backs Goff over ‘strong dissatisfaction’ letter Herald: Auckland Councillors’ letter to ‘non-inclusive’ Mayor Phil Goff revealed Zane Small and Mitch McCann (Newshub): Revealed: Councillors slam Auckland Mayor Phil Goff in public letter Mandy Te (Auckland Now): Auckland councillors send letter of ‘no confidence’ to Mayor Phil Goff RNZ: Councillors condemn Phil Goff in letter Zane Small and Mitch McCann (Newshub): Auckland Mayor Phil Goff blindsided by councillors’ letter of no confidence Police apology to Nicky Hager Tim Watkin (Pundit): More questions from the Nicky Hager case Southland Times Editorial: Arid police apology troubling in itself Philip Matthews (Press) Editorial: Searching questions after Hager apology Jacinda Ardern’s baby plans Newshub: Jacinda Ardern ‘not tempting fate’ with childbirth Stuff: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern discusses baby plans with Alison Mau Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Mums’ baby tips for PM: ‘Just go with the flow’ Herald: Clarke Gayford shares First Baby’s ‘bloody cute’ gifts Environment 1News: Yoghurt pottles and coffee lids going straight to landfill as China plastic waste ban bites Nita Blake-Persen (RNZ): Plastics going straight to landfill as China waste ban bites Jamie Morton (Herald): Plastic pollution: Has our action come too late? No Right Turn: DoC covers up for corporate spies Kate Gudsell (RNZ): Antarctica ice melt speeding up Building safety Laura Twyman (1News) New Zealand buildings’ cladding risk should be outlined in LIM reports – lawyer Laura Twyman (1News): Christchurch City Council identifies 29 buildings with same cladding as London’s Grenfell Tower Zane Small (Newshub): No buildings in Auckland like Grenfell Tower, council says Health Eric Crosbie and George Thompson (Noted): Why did it take 53 months for NZ to introduce plain cigarette packs? Stuff: New Zealand: Where alcohol is normalised – and that means more drinking Cleo Fraser (Newshub): More City Mission detox beds good start but not enough – rehab centre Finn Hogan (Newshub): Funding rehab with seized criminal assets ‘feels right’ – Health Minister Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): Crime money to fund extra detox beds Melanie Earley (Auckland Now): Auckland City Mission to receive $16.7m for addiction treatment Sarah Robson (RNZ): City Mission secures nearly $17m for treatment facilities Emma Hurley (Newshub): Auckland City Mission gets $16.7m for addiction treatment facilities John Boynton (RNZ): Māori food practices could keep kaumātua healthy 1News: ‘Our son Nicky suffered from a serious mental illness but it shouldn’t have been a death sentence’ RNZ: ‘If Nicky said he was not suicidal, they seemed to accept his word’ Laura Tupou (Newshub): Nicky Stevens’ mother criticises Hamilton mental health facility Kirsty Lawrence (Stuff): Mental health expert puzzled drug and alcohol screening didn’t happen Race relations Jarrod Gilbert (Herald): Race role requires special talents – Devoy didn’t have them human rights role 1News: Rotorua car salesmen stood down over racist ‘clever Māori’ remarks; auto dealer says team ‘devastated’ by ‘stupid ignorant comments’ Newshub: Tauranga car salesmen stood down over racist voicemail to Māori customer RNZ: Māori experience racism everyday in North Shore – study Auckland Now: Racism at the playground: ‘People pack up their kids and head in the opposite direction’ Isra’a Emhail (RNZ): Fast friends: Ramadan helps mosque curb stereotypes 1News: Ramadan helps Auckland mosque curb stereotypes after recent spate of turmoil Local government David Williams (Newsroom): Chch water boss’s chlorination ‘conflict’ Collette Devlin (Dominion Post): Te Tauihu policy first step towards Wellington becoming te reo Māori capital Dominion Post: Together we stand: why we have a Te Reo masthead Samantha Motion (Bay of Plenty Times): Tauranga City Council bylaw bans begging and rough sleeping near shops Felix Desmarais (Bay of Plenty Times): Tauranga begging ban ‘difficult and problematic’ to enforce, says lawyer Foreign affairs and trade Sam Sachdeva (Herald): Kiwi diplomat’s lobbyist emails revealed Laura Walters (Stuff): NZ-China relationship more complex than ‘sensational’ headlines Inequality and poverty Richard Harman (Politik): Child poverty – not something the Government does well Michael Reddell: Relative poverty: old and young Employment Jane Clifton (Listener): Will the Labour Party’s proposed Fair Pay Agreements do the business? Tarannum Shaikh (Stuff): Exposing harsh realities of women workers on minimum wages Education and child welfare Isaac Davison (Herald): Kiwi kids at six years old: Thriving and happy, but with a few concerns Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Long-term funding shortage for kura’s senior students Adele Redmond (Stuff): Growing need for mental health services at university putting students at risk NZ’s regions Joanna Wane (North & South): Saying goodbye to the big city: The fluctuating fortunes of the regions David Farrar: $1 billion of our money to try and buy Shane a seat Kiwisaver Jenée Tibshraeny (Interest): Could a ‘rainy day fund’ be incorporated into KiwiSaver? Sam Stubbs (Herald): Investors not interested in sin Money lending Newshub: Predatory lenders return to target New Zealand’s vulnerable Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Government review of Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act includes a look at credit card interest rates Cathedral Square Liz McDonald (Press): Cathedral Square design ‘will fix Christchurch’s damaged and uninviting’ heart Alison Pugh (1News): Revamped design for Christchurch’s Cathedral Square ‘visionary’ say business leaders 1News: ‘Symbol of vibrant future’ – First images of preliminary design for renovated Christchurch Cathedral Square revealed NZ Post, Kiwibank closures RNZ: Fury over closures of KiwiBank, NZ Post in Dunedin George Block (ODT): Closure of NZ Post, Kiwibank branches confirmed The Standard: Liberalism Uber Alles Roading, road safety Newshub: Drugs behind more fatal crashes than alcohol – study Ashleigh Collis (Horowhenua Chronicle): Further evidence of early Māori occupation found at Horowhenua roadworks site Media BusinessDesk: Radio NZ looking for more content-sharing deals Alastair Thompson (Scoop): The News Crisis & Scoop – Once More Unto The Breach Other Chelsea Boyle (Herald): Agencies hitting back against scammers are fighting a never-ending war Helen Castles (1News): Governance of 90 Mile Beach in limbo due to ’embarrassing’ tribal stoush Grant Bradley (Herald): Ministry says tourists pay ‘fair share’ to government as tax decision nears David Hargreaves (Interest):  Westpac economists now see our economy lagging behind that of our peers ‘for the next few years’ Michael Reddell: Getting prepared for the next serious recession Amanda Saxton and Michelle Duff (Auckland Now): Crew of Floating Foundation aid mission abandon ship on Waiheke Island 1News: Cost of vegetables could rise because of flooding in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay, supplier warns Herald: Te Papa calls for Matariki to become nationally-celebrated event Emma Hurley (Newshub): Te Papa calls for more New Zealanders to celebrate Matariki RNZ: Hope for return of Kiwi sailor’s remains in North Korea]]>