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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – June 21 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] Jacinda Ardern’s baby Herald: Acting PM Winston Peters wishes Jacinda Ardern all the best Stuff: Winston Peters says it’s a ‘happy day’ for Jacinda Ardern 1News: Watch: The scene outside Auckland Hospital as New Zealand waits for Jacinda Ardern to give birth RNZ: Baby’s on the way: Jacinda Ardern in hospital to give birth Herald: Jacinda’s baby: Kiwi midwife explains how long we’ll have to wait Herald: Here comes the baby: How the world is reacting to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in labour Stuff: PM Jacinda Ardern’s baby news gets world excited 1News: The nation waits as Jacinda Ardern enters Auckland Hospital to give birth to her first baby Herald: Here comes the baby: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in labour Newshub: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern admitted to hospital Stuff: PM Jacinda Ardern goes to hospital to give birth 1News: Waiting game for NZ’s First Baby has media pouncing on PM’s every social media post Stuff: Four days overdue, Jacinda Ardern’s still busying herself with paperwork Herald: ‘Still waiting’: Clarke Gayford’s tweet shows Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern still working hard Newshub: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern still in charge, no sign of baby Ewan Sargent: No surprises that PM Jacinda Ardern’s baby missed the due date 1News: Sonny-Wool, the sheep who predicted NZ’s 2011 World Cup win, picks the sex of the PMs baby Ben Uffindell (The Civilian): As nation waits for baby, medical experts say it might just stay in there forever State Sector spying Patrick Gower (Newshub): DoC spent $100,000 on Thompson & Clark ‘protection’ Zac Fleming (RNZ): MPI refuses to explain Thompson and Clark decisions Lucy Bennett (Herald): Private investigators Thompson and Clark used by Ministry of Health to buy synthetic cannabis Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Private investigator says he will cooperate with Government inquiry Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Spy agency Thompson & Clark still on list of approved government contractors Patrick Gower (Newshub): Why the Thompson & Clark investigation matters Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): New Zealand’s Very Own Pinkertons Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Why was the Secret Intelligence Service working with private spies and what else were they doing? Foreign affairs and trade Herald: Government welcomes United States U-turn on child separation policy Bernard Hickey (Newsroom): Speak out for us, PM Graeme Acton (RNZ): Global human rights come second to ‘America first’ Audrey Young (Herald): Helen Clark says US withdrawal from Human Rights Council is significant but it could get worse Henry Cooke (Stuff): Winston Peters says Govt is ‘concerned’ with Trump family separation policy, but it is a matter for the US Golriz Ghahraman (Spinoff): Will New Zealand stand silent while Trump’s America tortures children? Audrey Young (Herald): Green MP Golriz Ghahraman tells Winston Peters to speak out on US treatment of children Newshub: Teary Jesse Mulligan demands Govt action on ‘horrible’ Trump border policy Newshub: Kiwi mums organise rally against Trump’s border policy Joel Ineson (Stuff): Calls for Govt to ‘hammer’ Aussies as hundreds more offenders deported to New Zealand than previously estimated Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On tomorrow’s EU trade talks with NZ Audrey Young (Herald): EU Trade Commissioner Malmstrom set to launch FTA negotiations with David Parker Jane Patterson (RNZ): Trade negotiations with EU begin today RNZ: China says Australia’s Pacific debt claim ‘ridiculous’ Child welfare Gia Garrick (RNZ): Children’s Ministry shifts away from putting kids in care RNZ: Oranga Tamariki apologises for TradeMe ad 1News: Oranga Tamariki apologises for using Trade Me to advertise for foster carers and sharing details of children Emma Hurley (Newshub): Oranga Tamariki apologises after posting child’s details on Trade Me Lisa Owen and Todd Symons (Newshub): NZ ‘punching above its weight’ in child abuse, says policeman after ‘barbaric’ case Laura Walters (Stuff): Oranga Tamariki boss to investigate lack of support for caregiver Government Jane Patterson (RNZ): Winston Peters is in charge: His duties explained Herald: Winston Peters is now officially Acting Prime Minister Henry Cooke (Stuff): Greens leave oral question blank as more resignations hit backroom office Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Tabuteau takes on task of NZ First rejuvenation Claire Trevett (Herald): Shane Jones, the cat of many hats 1News: Shane Jones stands by Fonterra comments, saying he won’t be sucked in by ‘pecuniary prattle’ 1News: Winston Peters draws laughter across the House by declaring PM Jacinda Ardern was ‘on fire’ Jane Clifton (Listener): New Zealanders trust the government – wait, what? Employment Glenn McConnell (Stuff): Strike! Rich corporates have no excuse not to pay us for our time Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Seven reasons why wages may finally rise Joel Ineson (Stuff): When a $16k payrise only gives you $50 a week extra in hand after credits reduced Gill Bonnett (RNZ): Organic farm ordered to pay $45k for exploiting workers Nurses’ pay Herald Editorial: Labour will have to stand firm on nurses’ pay Hannah Martin (Stuff): What would a nurses’ strike look like? Hannah Martin (Stuff): Strike ‘last resort’ but a necessary evil, nurses say Madison Reidy and Oliver Lewis (Stuff): Nurses issue first strike notice for July Herald: Nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants issue first strike notice for July 1News: DHBs receive notice of strikes as nurses to hold urgent mediation talks RNZ: Nurses plan strike action for next month Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Nurses to strike across the country David Farrar: Of course there is more money to offer Health and disability Scott Palmer (Newshub): Revealed: New Zealand regions with the most alcohol deaths Dan Satherley (Newshub): What the youth can teach older Kiwis about safe drinking Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Clark under fire at select committee 1News: Health Minister says his priority is to ‘defend the interests of the public patient’ as National challenges him on pending nurses’ strike Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Reality meets expectations on health funding as minister faces off with Nats Herald: Health minister grilled over $8b promise Auckland Now: Obesity rates in Auckland school-aged children on the rise, new data shows Brittany Keogh (Herald): ACC reviewing burn victim’s case after compo bungle Jamie Morton (Herald): What everyday chemicals are Kiwis being exposed to? Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Calls for equal recognition of rongoā Māori in healthcare Emma Russell (Herald): Warriors doctor donates 24/7 defibrillator after man’s close call Rachael Kelly (Stuff): Clark too busy to meet Lumsden Maternity directors Samantha Gee (Stuff): Minister seeks urgent review of changes to youth mental health crisis service Housing and overseas investment Richard Harman (Politik): Labour and the Queenstown property developer BusinessDesk: No rest for retirement villages from laborious OIO process BusinessDesk: Farm investment ‘collapsing’ after OIO clampdown David Hargreaves (Interest): Here’s hoping the foreign buyer ban works Henry Cooke (Stuff): Relaxation of foreign buyers ban also applies to some standalone homes 1News: Housing Minister accuses National of ‘vile demonising’ of state house tenants, amid grilling by Judith Collins Newshub: The most expensive place to rent a house in New Zealand revealed Anne Gibson (Herald): ‘It was like being in a coffin’: Aucklander shares experience renting in NZ’s most expensive city RNZ: Insurer defends big quake risk insurance hike Mei Heron (1News): ‘It’s over 300 per cent!’ Wellington woman shocked by $5000 increase in insurance Environment and conservation Jamie Morton (Herald): NZ’s big climate question: do we cut all gases Victoria University: Crazy NZ summer won few climate converts Stuff: Can NZ remove politics from climate change? Jenny Suo (1News): ‘We need to do more’ – 10-year-survey shows dramatic drop in NZ precious wildlife RNZ: Dramatic drop in native bird numbers spotted in gardens Stuff: Swamp kauri export protection case reaches Supreme Court Tim Murphy (Newsroom): One small step for the ‘Bay of Empty’… Kaitlin Ruddock (1News): Concerns raised about future of freshwater fishing amid claims two-thirds of guides operating illegally Emma Hurley (Newshub): Countdown clears up confusion over plastic bags in phase-out stores Education Audrey Young (Herald): MPs on Māori affairs select committee told not enough New Zealand history being taught in schools Jo Moir (Stuff): Call for New Zealand’s colonial history to be more widely taught in high school Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): ‘We’ve lost any opportunity to share something of our past’ – teacher Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Parents take a stand for freezing kids in uniform shorts Newshub: Union cries foul after bus driver allegedly paid student to give directions Gus Gilmore (Herald): Polytechs need to get people into better jobs Economy Gyles Beckford (RNZ): NZ’s international earnings and spendings gap widens Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): GDP day: Has ‘rock star’ hit a bum note? Andrew McRae (RNZ): Consumer confidence falls slightly in June quarter Kirk Hope (Stuff): Reality is positive, but fears of heavy-handed regulation is hurting confidence Jason Walls (Interest): Why is Winston suddenly so fascinated by NZ’s share market? Treaty settlements and disputes Talisa Kupenga (Maori TV): Is an independent body needed to monitor post-Treaty spend? Lois Williams (RNZ): Treaty office denies taking sides in iwi land dispute Transport and road safety Claire Trevett (Herald): National: Labour move to halt debate on regional fuel tax ‘dark day for democracy’ Ben O’Connor and Max Molyneux (Newshub): The devastation of the road toll through the eyes of first responders Don Rowe (Spinoff): Are drug drivers really killing us by the droves? Phil Pennington (RNZ): Suspended towbar certifier ‘bit bitter’ at NZTA Meriana Johnsen (RNZ): Windscreen insurance cover no longer free at Vero Auckland Herald: Auckland Mayor Phil Goff plans head count of every homeless person in Auckland region Simon Wilson (Herald): Auckland Transport chairman Lester Levy: Step away from your cars, Aucklanders Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Auckland Transport chairman says zero road deaths achievable, hints at slashed speed limits Eva Corlett (RNZ): Auckland cyclists say transport plan puts brakes on city of the future Newshub: Auckland Transport signs off new $16.5 billion ten year budget RNZ: Auckland Transport votes on plan for city Newshub: Auckland Transport expected to sign off $28b investment plan Bruce Cotterill (Stuff): Auckland’s forgotten transport link: Water Liu Chen (Auckland Now): Auckland’s roadworks nightmare: 240 projects in one week across region Taroi Black (Maori TV): Auckland’s last marae-less iwi almost over the line Regan Paranihi (Maori TV): Council votes to enable Te Kawerau a Maki to build marae Newshub: Auckland Council funded $91,000 goat hunt that didn’t kill any goats Local government Collette Devlin (Stuff): Critical report of Wellington social housing says it could generate $160 million shortfall Jill Day (Dominion Post): Capital city has a duty to lead the way with te reo Māori Ruby McAndrew and Luisa Girao (Dominion Post): Te reo Māori wins out in naming of street in British-themed Wellington suburb Liz McDonald (Press): Christchurch City Council recommending fast-tracking cash for stadium, water upgrades and cycleways Robin Martin (RNZ): Regional council votes to add ‘h’ to Wanganui Virginia Fallon (Stuff): Kāpiti mayor joins hordes donating to help pay Malaysian Government debt Immigration Lincoln Tan (Herald): Māori elder says his mana ‘trampled on’ by Immigration NZ after wife’s visa application declined Lincoln Tan (Herald): Sex workers reject Lisa Lewis as their ‘voice’ Justice and police Keith Locke (Daily Blog): Reducing the prison muster rather than building a new prison Newshub: Link between justice and addiction, mental health probed Tracy Neal (RNZ): Police spent almost $4m last year on vehicle repairs Act Newshub: Public holidays a sign of a ‘fascist state’ – David Seymour Laura Walters (Stuff): David Seymour wants to cancel public holidays – Anzac and Waitangi can stay Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Should NZ ditch public holidays? David Seymour thinks so Ben Uffindell (The Civilian): David Seymour asks why the government needs to provide holidays when you can already buy them online Curwen Ares Roinson (Daily Blog): Why I’m Not That Concerned About ACT Twerking Its Way To 2020 Victory Pete Burdon: ACTs new name to get message across Other Margaret Bedggood and Peter Hosking (Herald): Human rights appointments should not be controversial Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Government has ‘moral responsibility’ to provide welfare – but does it want to? Jason Walls (Interest): Opposition MPs upset the Treasury did not consult them before releasing a new living standards framework report to the public Lee Taylor (Idealog): A billion trees – will this government initiative work? Chris Reed (Herald): Losing faith: Why fewer New Zealanders are attending church 1News: ‘There’s something very special happening’ – Is Dunedin the most underrated city in New Zealand? CNN thinks so Newshub: Should New Zealand legalise cannabis? Amanda Jane Robinson (Newshub): Māori woman uncovers racist definition of ‘bro’ in Oxford Dictionary Stuff: Racist definition of the word ‘bro’ hurtful and untrue, woman says Bess Manson (Stuff): Subtle sexism a platform for blatant discrimination Claire Trevett (Herald): Racing Minister Winston Peters hits out at bureaucratic ‘shiny bums’ for BYO alcohol ban at races RNZ: Tolaga Bay locals demand answers after flood damage Damian George (Stuff): Wellington law firm to train all its staff in te reo Māori Southland Times: Don’t waste a vote that was hard earned]]>