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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – June 29 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] Primary industries Sasha Borissenko (Newsroom): NZ animal welfare framework meaningless: expert Farah Hancock and Melanie Reid (Newsroom): Farmwatch calls for cameras in cowsheds Farah Hancock (Newsroom): ‘Abhorrent’ behaviour has no place in dairy industry RNZ: MPI says it can’t legally secretly film for farm abuse Herald: Animal welfare minister ‘disturbed’ by new abuse case No Right Turn: MPI looks the other way on animal abuse RNZ: ‘Heartbreaking’ footage of cow beating released by animal rights group Newshub: Hidden cameras capture farmer’s sickening cow abuse Esther Taunton (Stuff): MPI investigating after sharemilker filmed hitting cows with steel pipe Eric Frykberg (RNZ): Kiwifruit growers could get huge payout from government Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): More PKE questions for Fonterra after Greepeace allegations Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Fishing company director unsuccessful in appeal against conviction for going to sea without an observer Tracy Neal (RNZ): Mycoplasma bovis fears rise in Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman Dean Alexander (Southland Times): We are borrowing – no, taking – from the future Health and wellbeing Emily Ford and Jarred Williamson (Stuff): Buildings vs equipment: Middlemore Hospital weighs up its capital spend Jo Moir (Stuff): State Services probe into conflict of interest allegations against senior health boss RNZ: National’s Jami-Lee Ross hounds health minister David Clark over audit claims RNZ: Christchurch Hospital: Ministry keeps quiet on cost overruns Point of Order: Health targets come down – and so the critics fix their sights on David Clark Te Aniwa Hurihanganui (RNZ): Stopping SI: Curbing high rates of pregnant Māori mothers smoking, and wahakura/pēpi pods Emma Russell (Herald): Dying man and wife at ‘breaking point’ due to restrictions in family carers policy Andrea Vance (Stuff): Facing up to an age old problem Patrick Gower (Newshub): ‘I have glaucoma – I have been going blind’ Isaac Davison (Herald): AUT signs deal with PharmaCann to develop locally-made, cheaper medical cannabis Amy Wiggins (Herald): New Zealand beverage industry to consider sugar reduction target after Australian pledge Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): ‘Dear Jacinda: please keep our maternity centre open’ Housing Herald: Correction and apology to David Parker Claire Trevett (Herald): Housing Minister Phil Twyford wary KiwiBuild will be ‘state-backed gentrification’ Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): KiwiBuilds for less than $650k in 2020 Sophie Boot (BusinessDesk): Phil Twyford hopes Kiwibuild will drive down construction costs Jason Walls (Interest): Twyford wants to ‘drive down’ KiwiBuild price cap Claire Trevett (Herald): 400 affordable homes tagged for Northcote development as KiwiBuild start date looms Henry Cooke (Stuff): 400 KiwiBuild homes for large Goverment housing development in Northcote Dan Satherley (Newshub): Can’t solve the housing crisis without crashing the price of housing – Brash David Hargreaves (Interest): It’s great to see  first home buyers getting into the market – but the risks are looking very real RNZ: Tauranga’s Bella Vista development liquidators seek $4.1m Employment Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Employees feel most secure in their jobs since before the financial crisis Gordon Campbell (Werewolf): On putting the cost of the nurses (and teachers) pay rounds in perspective Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): Employers On The Warpath Richard Rudman (Politik): The cookbook from the past Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Impatient unions flex their muscles with strike talk Ryan Dunlop (Herald): Industrial action and strikes possible across nursing, MBIE, IRD and teaching Oliver Lewis (Stuff): District health boards to cancel thousands of procedures ahead of nurses’ strikes Herald: Massive strike by MBIE and IRD staff confirmed Newshub: Strike on the cards after ‘bizarre’ pay offer from MBIE John Lewis and Mike Houlahan (ODT): Teachers latest to threaten strike action George Heagney (Manawatū Standard): Half-day strike a chance after teacher pay vote Gia Garrick (RNZ): Domestic violence bill unfair to small businesses – National Transport and road safety Newshub: ‘Time for some rebalancing’: Business leader welcomes public transport push 1News: Government announces new $14 billion transport plan to free up Kiwis from gridlock traffic Nick Truebridge (Stufff): Government upping transport investment, but Aucklanders face fuel tax double-whammy Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Transport Minister reveals the impact of new fuel taxes, critics dismiss his figures Simon Wilson (Herald): Safety shares top spot in new transport priorities Simon Wilson (Herald): Government announces 99 per cent rise in road safety spending Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Bikes the loser in transport strategy Newstalk ZB: Cabinet approves $4 billion transport plan RNZ: Govt raises excise duty on fuel by 10.5 cents Joe Ascroft (Herald): Fuel tax will hurt the poor more as a share of their income Dan Satherley (Newshub): Labour MP and homeowner Louisa Wall ‘feels wonderful’ about the fuel tax as it will keep her rates down Michael Reddell: Regressivity, petrol taxes, and ministerial PR Simon Wilson (Herlad): Believe it – cycle lanes will be this city’s new arteries Herald Editorial: Get cracking on road safety measures Dan Satherley (Newshub): Should NZ’s highways have median barriers? Newshub: 238 drivers pinged in three hours outside Masterton primary school Justice and police Jared Savage (Herald): Police Minister Stuart Nash unaware of ‘unacceptable’ comments before Wally Haumaha promoted to deputy commissioner Jared Savage and Phil Kitchin (Herald): Louise Nicholas ‘hit the roof’ when Wally Haumaha appointed as deputy police commissioner Vera Alves (Herald): Same-sex proposal makes for extra special graduation from Police College Hawke’s Bay Today Editorial: No win situation for police if a driver flees Tommy Livingston (Stuff): ‘Disappointment’ over $300K memorial to Justice Sir Robert Chambers Hit & Run allegations Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom):Inquiry into spy ties to ‘Hit & Run’ Andrea Vance (Stuff): Spy watchdog to probe Hit & Run claims Herald: Spy watchdog to investigate intelligence agencies’ role in events described in Hit and Run RNZ: Nine to Noon: Retiring Chief of NZ Defence Force Government Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Advisory Group notes meeting subject to OIA, stops taking minutes Newshub: New Zealand First website finally active after almost seven months International relations  Laura Walter (Stuff): Hiroshima witness urges NZ to lead nuclear weapons elimination Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Never again: Atomic bomb witness urges New Zealand to lead on ending nuclear weapons Michael Reddell: The PRC and New Zealand: an Australian perspective Consumer finance, welfare, inequality Newshub: Sick Kiwi woman’s unending nightmare of debt Dale Owens (Newsroom): The war on payday loans Mike Treen (Daily Blog): Changes to benefit sanctions regime welcome, but… Parliament RNZ: Phil Twyford told off by Speaker for ‘unacceptable’ abuse of process Claire Trevett (Herald): Housing Minister Phil Twyford told off for cheeky answers to National’s Judith Collins Henry Cooke (Stuff): Phil Twyford admonished by Speaker over inadequate answers to written questions Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Phil Twyford told off for dodging KiwiBuild questions Point of Order: Housing Minister Twyford is told to be succinct – but quality is beyond the Speaker’s control Caroline Botting (House & Garden): Green Thinking: MP Chloe Swarbrick has never owned a car Regional development Tova O’Brien (Newshub): Leaked: Shane Jones’ ‘$1b fund’ is several hundred millions short Stuff: Shane Jones’ $1 billion a year provincial fund is several hundred million short Business/Economy Brian Fallow (Herald): Debt danger puts economy at risk Jamie Gray (Herald): Reserve Bank takes on more cautious stance as clouds appear Matthew Hooton (Herald): Business uncertainty to get worse Listener Editorial: NZ’s falling business confidence reflects the true price of ministers’ potshots John Milford (Stuff): Minister, concerns from business aren’t junk BusinessDesk: FMA questions NZX surveillance and expertise Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): Chinese welcome Māori business on leading online platform Education John Gerritsen (RNZ): NCEA pass rates drop in more accurate count RNZ: ‘It’s about increasing equity in participation in tertiary education’ Edward Gay (RNZ): Alleged cheating services for students to pay $2m in settlement No Right Turn: A shakedown Chloe Winter (Stuff): Strong investor interest expected for Ministry of Education’s new Wellington home Alexander Robertson (Herald): Nobel prize winner Thomas Nash becomes social entrepreneur in residence Te reo Māori Sally Blundell (Listener): Is te reo Māori on life support or a language about to go mainstream? John Boynton (RNZ): Language the key to knowing a person – te reo Māori expert Sir Tīmoti Kāretu Leo Horgan (Māori TV): Te Taura Whiri board gets first wahine chairperson Newshub: Rotorua opens first bilingual English and Māori playground Euthanasia Jeremy Rees (Newsroom): Euthanasia bill should not go ahead: law firm Jeremy Rees (Newsroom): ‘Allow people a choice over their manner of dying’ Sexual assault and abuse Georgina Campbell (Herald/Newstalk ZB): Speaking Secets: Man tells of rape at Catholic school Sasha Borissenko (Newsroom): Women lodge complaint against Russell McVeagh Frances Cook (Herald): Teenagers swamp sexual assault helpline in first month of launch Marama Davidson (Guardian): I had to tell my story of sexual abuse. Silence, shame and fear let it thrive Immigration and refugees Lincoln Tan (Herald): NZ identified as destination country for labour and sex trafficking RNZ: Overstayer numbers up as immigration officers stretched Torika Tokalau (Stuff): Family burgled shortly after moving to New Zealand for a safer life Environment and conservation Richard Harman (Politik): Endangered birds come home to roost Conan Young (RNZ): New calicivirus strain in NZ longer than thought Herald: Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage recommends taking power bill for ID on Great Walks Valentina Dinica (Newsroom): If tourism levy the solution, what’s the problem? Alice Wilkins (Newshub): NZ Govt yet to address single-use plastic bags, despite Australia’s progress Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Counter-intuitive Countdown’s fantastic plastic 15-cent bags Taroi Black (Māori TV): World looks to Māori on environmental issues Local government Bernard Orsman (Herald): Council critics take another potshot at Phil Goff Nick Truebridge, Todd Niall and Jackson Thomas (Stuff): Auckland Council signs off 10-year budget, as fuel tax continues to worry some councillors Bernard Orsman (Herald): Auckland Council approves 10-year budget with 11.5c a litre petrol tax RNZ: Auckland Council signs off on 10-year plan Karoline Tuckey (Manawatū Standard): Mayor’s vote against 20-year plan ‘astounding’, Horowhenua councillors say Collette Devlin (Dominion Post): Wellington council boss says Urban Development Authority should be integrated with transport RNZ: Takaka grandstand to remain, community group takes reins Newshub: Auckland Harbour Bridge to put on a light show for Matariki Stuff: Auckland Harbour Bridge to light up for Matariki Debrin Foxcroft (Western Leader): Local politician receives conflict of interest training after complaint Multinational tax Juha Saarinen (Herald): Tax-shirking multinationals face action Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Multinationals told: Pay more tax on NZ income IRD Mike Treen (Daily Blog): Unite Union says IRD going rogue against Labour Government RNZ: IRD to waive penalties over online payment glitches Christchurch cathedral Newshub: ChristChurch Cathedral announcement could finally bring clarity – Bob Parker Newshub: ChristChurch Cathedral announcement due Other 1News: John Campbell set to return to TV news with ‘roving brief’ Conan Young (RNZ): Sports survey shows low participation in club sports Bayley Moor (Stuff): Māori Battalion museum to be built at Waitangi Treaty Grounds Paul Gorman (ODT): Insider’s view of Kirk’s time in power Ian Bassett (Herald): Abortion reformers need to explain why it should not be a crime Phil Pennington (RNZ): Cladding consents causing delays in construction Herald: Former Prime Minister Jenny Shipley shatters arm in nasty fall in Australia Philip Matthew (Press Editorial): Leave our national anthem alone Newshub: Drowning rates skyrocket despite law change Herald: Synthetics death: sentence for supplier ‘incredibly light’ says MP backing harsher penalties RNZ: Group considers taking action against Poi E video Stuff: Dancing With The Stars: David Seymour sells ‘twerking suit’ for $10,000 Herald: David Seymour selling Dancing with the Stars twerking outfit Victoria University (Newsroom): Anger, and the politics of blame]]>