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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – June 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] Housing Henry Cooke (Stuff): ‘KiwiBuild visa’ replaced with wider immigration changes to fix 30,000 construction worker gap Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Government scrambles to fill skills shortage hole Lucy Bennett (Herald): Government plans to make hiring foreign building workers easier Chris Bramwell (RNZ): Govt looks to cap interest in loan shark crackdown Nikki Mandow (Newsroom): Govt abandons apprentices for migrants scheme Herald: Government to make it easier to hire overseas construction workers Anna Bracwell-Worrall (Newshub): Government announces plans to bring in thousands of Kiwibuild workers RNZ: Govt to make it easier to hire overseas construction workers Amanda Cropp (Stuff): Chinese factories could build 8000 homes a year for Kiwis  Newshub: Winston Peters’ cheap housing plan dismissed as unsatisfactory Overseas buyers RNZ: Checkpoint: John Key lobbied minister over Te Arai development Jo Moir (Stuff): Sir John Key lobbied Government for overseas buyers ban exemption Audrey Young (Herald); Shane Jones says former PM John Key asked him to meet players with grievance over foreign buyers’ ban bill Susan Edmunds (Stuflf): As many as one in five house buyers in NZ may be foreign Health and wellbeing Ronald Pol (Stuff): Good health outcomes are what matter, not easy targets Jessie Chiang (RNZ): Health experts divided over changes to national targets Lucy Bennett (Herald): Health target measures to continue but won’t be published Claire Trevett (Herald): Counties Manukau DHB spending ‘excessive, unauthorised’, National MP claims RNZ: Claim of unauthorised, excessive spending at Counties-Manukau DHB RNZ: Minister defends dumping health targets Natalie Akoorie (Herald): Nigel Murray’s lawyers lodge eight OIAs with Waikato DHB for hidden information Phil Pennington (RNZ): Patients, staff face quake risks at Christchurch Hospital Cate Broughton (Stuff): Limited options for workers in quake-prone Christchurch Hospital building Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Crippling anxiety hits children RNZ: Pacific-style elderly care could be under threat in NZ RNZ: Pacific midwives can help reduce domestic violence – UN Rebecca Fox (ODT): Public health brought to light Employment Dan Satherley (Newshub): When will NZ’s ‘rock star’ economy trickle down to workers? RNZ: Redacted ‘dole for apprenticeships’ details revealed RNZ: Govt plans to recruit thousands of people on the dole Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Revealed: Dole for apprenticeships cost blow-out Pattrick Smellie (Stuff): Solutions to workforce problems need to clearly fix the problem Richard Harman (Politik): Employers step up campaign against Government Hawkes’ Bay Today: Simon Bridges wrong; Silver Fern Farms workers not striking, deal made six months ago Newshub: Last-ditch effort to avoid nurses’ strike Newshub: Nurses confirm second strike on July 12 Newshub: Māori and Pasifika workers could be hit hardest by automation Henry Cooke (Stuff): Domestic violence bill will pass without National support Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Step forward for Bill giving 10 days’ leave to domestic violence victims Education and training, Indian students MIchael Morrah (Newshub): 200 Indian students visas being reviewed over Ombudsman complaint RNZ: Students held responsible for false info on visa applications John Gerritsen (RNZ): Skill shortage drives growth in apprenticeships Luisa Girao (Stuff): Early 20 year olds choosing work over study new stats show Herald: Fewer people eligible for fees-free study policy than first thought Paula Hulburt (Stuff): New era as Marlborough’s first kaupapa Māori school opens Shelly Knowles (Stuff): Embracing a place and space that celebrates Māori Taroi Black (Māori TV): Last ditch effort to save Hato Petera Amy Baker (Rodney Times): Meeting with MP, school boards, ministry, on Orewa College zoning proposal Herald: ‘Please look after them’: Little boy’s heartfelt letter to education minister Consumer finance RNZ: Checkpoint: Govt reveals plans to crack down on loan sharks Frances Cook (Herald): Government takes aim at loan sharks with new measures including interest-rate caps Emma Jolliff and Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Predatory lenders targeted with planned new measures Emily Cooper (1News): ‘Poverty is reality here’ – loan shark victims speak about ‘humiliating, embarrassing’ experiences Chloe Winter (Stuff): Women who fell prey to ‘predatory’ lenders break the loan cycle Welfare, inequality and poverty Stuff: I’m trapped in a handout cycle, but I’m not a ‘bludger’ John Tamihere (Herald): It’s time to talk about inequality Newshub: Low income families feeling more hopeful under Labour Government – Expert Laura Cunningham (Newshub): Benefit suspensions drop after rule change Primary industries Farah Hancock and Melanie Reid (Newsroom):Hidden cameras reveal milking shed beatings Catriona MacLennan (Newsroom): A long history of animal cruelty and neglect Herald: Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor defends Shane Jones’ attack on Fonterra Esther Taunton (Stuff): Farmers could be scared into silence if M bovis information shared Heather Chalmers (Stuff): Spike in Mycoplasma bovis cases expected in spring Jono Edwards (Stuff): Minimum flow distress warning Treaty settlements and Māori organisations Morgan Godfery (Spinoff): Andrew Little: ‘Pākehā ways of engaging are so inadequate Susan Huria (Herald): Women are taking over from the men who negotiated Treaty settlements Chris Harrowell (Manukau Courier): First Pākehā put in charge of Auckland Māori organisation RNZ: Heritage NZ to be enhanced by te reo Māori Moana Makapelu Lee (Māori TV): 140 staff at Heritage NZ to learn te reo Government Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Should Winston Peters get a fair go? Jason Walls (Interest): Politicians at the pub: Andrew Little – the comeback kid  Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Government needs ‘a good oiling’ in order to keep promises MIke Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Government naivety starting to hurt NZ The Spinoff: The Winstonmageddon-o-meter™: the very latest status of NZ under PM Peters Herald: Hauraki hosts respond to Jacinda’s ‘baby hate gate’ Hayden Donnell (Spinoff): Please join me in the exorcism of Simon Bridges Jamie Morton (Herald): Outgoing Sir Peter Gluckman: ‘It’s been a privileged position’ Jamie Morton (Herald): Q&A: NZ’s new top scientist Prof Juliet Gerrard Parliament Claire Trevett (Herald): Ambition, hair and old scores – the feuding of Winston Peters and Simon Bridges Jennifer Curtin (Herald): PM’s baby is a chance to improve Parliament for parents Herald: Act MP David Seymour ribbed Green MPs in a tweet, it didn’t work Sophie Bateman (Newshub): David Seymour’s roast of the Green Party backfires hilariously International relations and trade Conor Whitten (Newshub): ‘A new low’ as Kiwi teen held in Aussie detention centre against UN protocol RNZ: Winston Peters, Mike Pompeo talk US steel tariffs Audrey Young (Stuff): Winston Peters hooks up with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on official phone call Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Is Donald Trump the remedy for global trade? Michael Reddell: Foreign government influence, the PRC, and the Wellington establishment RNZ: Cooks Democrats says NZ Super tax will go if they are in govt RNZ: NZ aids Vanuatu Electoral Office Transport Simon Wilson (Herald): Fuel taxes cost low-income families less than wealthy: Transport Minister Phil Twyford Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Why petrol tax is really Auckland economic apartheid RNZ: Businesses say fuel tax for off-road usage ‘completely wrong’ Anuja Nadkarni (Stuff): Horticulturalists call for exemption from fuel tax Simon Smith (Stuff): Health and safety rules stop firefighters checking fire hydrants Air NZ RNZ: Air NZ ordered to pay $16m by Australian court for price fixing Madison Reidy (Stuff): Australian Federal Court fines Air NZ $16.2m for role in ‘cargo cartel’ BusinessDesk: Air NZ fined $16.2m after global cartel investigation Environment and conservation Peter Dunne (Interest): Time to clean up our freshwater act David Williams (Newsroom): The danger with pest control figures RNZ: Questions raised over investigation into Tolaga Bay forestry Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Slow progress on bottled water export tax RNZ: The young activist devoting her life to protecting ancestral land Tess Brunton (RNZ): Fifth wallaby sighting in Dunedin ‘extremely concerning’ Kate Hawkesby (Newstalk ZB): Countdown’s plastic bag ‘ban’? All that’s changed is they charge you for them Local government Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland Council could reap $200m to $600m from the sale of parks Geoff Senescall (Newsroom): Battle for Chamberlain Park far from over Herald: Auckland mayor seeks approval for 2.5 per cent rates increase Tina Law (Stuff): Christchurch mayor wants ‘intelligent conversation’ about selling assets Justin Stevenson (Press): How to sell a public asset without selling an asset Ryan Dunlop (Herald): Auckland Domain WWI memorial faces fresh road bump after failing to win Lotteries funding Collette Devlin (Dominion Post): Wellington City Council rubber stamps ‘debt-heavy’ Long-Term Plan 1News: Council recognises Levin’s Māori name Taitoko hoping collaboration will drive transformation of the town Amber-Leigh Woolf (Stuff): Island Bay cycleway opponents threaten court injunction to stop revamp Taranaki water fluoridation Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Fluoride debate brought to an end RNZ: Fluoride decision: ‘We were just trying to do the right thing’ Andrew Owen (Stuff): Taranaki council wins Supreme Court legal fight to put fluoride in water RNZ: Supreme Court upholds council’s right to fluoridate water Newshub: Supreme Court rules against Taranaki anti-fluoride campaigners Newshub: Anti-fluoride activists unlikely to give up, despite court ruling – Water NZ Justice, crime, police Raniera Harrison (Māori TV): Northland gang leaders set to collaborate with Kelvin Davis Harrison Christian (Stuff): Corrections officer describes working in a ‘pressure cooker’ with NZ’s worst prisoners Multinational tax Press Editorial: When tax is positive, uplifting and sexy Madison Reidy (Stuff): NZ passes law to stop tax avoidance by multinationals Business/Economy Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Gloomy winter for corporate sector, as business confidence falls sharply in June BusinessDesk: Worry as business confidence shows June gloom Jason Walls (Interest): The Government’s fiscally conservative Budget has done nothing to stop declining business confidence levels RNZ: Official cash rate remains at 1.75 percent Sexual assault Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): ‘You just shut down’: New Zealand politician talks about being sexually abused Georgina Campbell (Herald/Newstalk ZB): Speaking Secrets: Telling navy of rape the hardest thing to do, survivor says Jonathan Mitchell (RNZ): Bacon billboard with statutory rape joke pulled Sport Stuff: Grant Robertson says Government will back NZ’s bid to host Women’s Rugby World Cup Joe Porter (RNZ): Pacific Islands need feeder team in NZ for Super Rugby side to succeed Max Towle (The Wireless): Why transgender athletes can’t get a sporting chance NZ’s national anthem Chris Rattue (Herald): Our anthem was a wreck long before Crystal Collins sang it Newshub: Does New Zealand need a new national anthem? Koro Wetere Leigh-Marama McLachlan (RNZ): Koro Wētere tangi: “A grandfather of the people” Māori TV: Final farewell to Koro Wetere Other Bryce Edwards (Newsroom Pro): Our new culture wars Karl du Fresne (Stuff): Cultural Marxism is marching into all areas of our lives Paula Penfold and Eugene Bingham (Stuff): Z Energy security breach admitted as CEO fronts and apologises Nicola Shepheard (The Big Q): Is inheritance about more than just genes? Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Tim Keating bows out as NZDF head RNZ: Two Royal NZ Ballet dancers get compensation following complaints Emma Land (Noted): Can a boy be Prime Minister too? The changing face of gender equality in NZ]]>