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Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – July 5 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): Why the Government is letting the rich buy KiwiBuild homes Jess Berentson-Shaw (RNZ): KiwiBuild risks embedding wealth and housing inequalities Jenna Lynch (Newshub): Opinion: KiwiBuild a free-for-all Thomas Coughlan (Newsroom): Twyford’s ‘middle-class aspirational’ plan Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Kiwibuild shows the Kiwi housing dream is over Henry Cooke (Stuff): KiwiBuild houses won’t sell with 10 per cent deposits, says broker  Brad Flahive (Stuff): KiwiBuild: How to get yourself in the running for the Government’s new homes Dene Mackenzie (ODT): KiwiBuild eligibility parameters broad Scott Yeoman (Bay of Plenty Times): Tauranga’s mayor and builder query KiwiBuild eligibility criteria Jane Patterson (RNZ): Ballot will keep Kiwibuild equal, Twyford says Henry Cooke (Stuff): KiwiBuild registration: More people than homes within hours 1News: Almost 6,000 registrations of interest for KiwiBuild homes, says Housing Minister Sophia Duckor-Jones (RNZ): Thousands sign up for KiwiBuild in first day Herald: KiwiBuild applications hit 1200 as Kiwis rush to get in Jason Walls (Interest): Adams slams $180k KiwiBuild income cap – says it should be $130k  Alex Braae (Spinoff): Can you buy a Kiwibuild house? Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Housing NZ tenant with kids forced to live in home with ‘safety issues’ Glenn McConnell (Stuff): If property managers can’t fix mouldy homes, are they just ripping off renters? Chloe Winter (Stuff): Oxygen ordered to pay tenants after two-month delay in fixing leak Gia Garrick (RNZ): Landlords will get creative with fees, MPs warned RNZ: Methamphetamine contamination: Toxicologist Leo Schep explains the science Katy Jones (Stuff): House values drop in “less buoyant” market Danyl Mclauchlan (Spinoff): Did Bob Jones create the housing crisis? Revisiting his 1977 bestseller Russell McVeagh review Steph Dyhrberg (Newsroom): Russell McVeagh report makes for ‘savage reading’ Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Russell McVeagh slammed over sex assaults RNZ: Russell McVeagh review: Women felt ‘intimidated, confused and uncomfortable Frances Cook (Herald): ‘Out of control’: Junior Russell McVeagh staff faced drunken, sexually inappropriate behaviour: Dame Margaret Bazley Tom Hunt (Stuff): Bazley report: A light shines into Russell McVeagh law firm and what it shows isn’t good Newshub: Damning review into culture at Russell McVeagh released Damian George (Stuff): Female staff at Russell McVeagh work function ‘thought they should have been safe’ Sasha Borissenko (Newsroom): Four things the Russell McVeagh review must address GCSB spying in the Pacific David Fisher (Herald): How the GCSB collects information about Kiwis through spying on the Pacific – and why it’s legal Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Report confirms the GCSB was spying on the Pacific – but it’s legal Jane Patterson (RNZ): GCSB intelligence-gathering in Pacific all legal – report RNZ: NZ spy agency cleared of wrongdoing in new report Newshub: GCSB cleared over allegations it spied on Kiwis working in Pacific No Right Turn: The GCSB spied on the Pacific David Farrar: IGIS says GCSB acted entirely properly with work in the Pacific Employment Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): Pizza Hut stores profiled for migrant exploitation Stuff: Fact check: Are public sector salaries higher? Stuff: Over 16,000 have been unemployed for over a year RNZ: Teachers’ strike: Pay rise needed to curb ‘crisis’ Carla Penman (Herald): Half of teachers at a south Auckland school on verge of quitting Newshub: Teaching not seen as attractive career path anymore – strike negotiator Logan Church (RNZ): Workers allegedly exploited at Christchurch water bottling plant Cloud Ocean Water Logan Church (RNZ): Bottling company rejects claims of worker safety issues at plant Matthew Rosenberg (Stuff): Long days, no annual leave, no breaks – courier drivers reveal difficulties of job Business Rebecca Howard (BusinessDesk): Shrinking profitability in business surveys sounds warning MIchael Reddell: Falls in business confidence: 2000 and 2018 Banking industry Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Customers being sold loans they can’t afford: Westpac worker Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Third bank appoints female CEO Welfare, poverty, inequality Zac Fleming (RNZ): 20% of benefit fraud tip-offs have some legitimacy Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Debts cancelled more often for pensioners than beneficiaries Victoria University (Newsroom): ‘A full apology from the highest level of government’ Mānia Clarke (Māori TV): Swift capping on loan sharks needed Mere McLean (Māori TV): Salvation Army Rotorua stepping in to help Police and justice Audrey Young (Herald): Police minister Stuart Nash says he would have conducted his own due diligence on Wally Haumaha Newshub: Lawyer says Taser death victim likely one of the ‘vulnerable’ Newshub: Three agencies to investigate man who died in police custody Newshub:Auckland police: Man dies after multiple Taserings Melanie Earley (Stuff): Man dead after ‘violent’ struggle and arrest by Auckland police RNZ: Man who was tasered, restrained died in police custody Herald: Witness says man who died in police custody three days after being arrested and tasered was ‘out of control Matt Stewart (Stuff): Cost of policing Wellington protests is skyrocketing Phillipa Yalden (Stuff): Police stayed quiet for five weeks on rape in Hamilton CBD Jarrod Gilbert (Herald): Crime is sophisticated, prevention needs to be too RNZ: Sir Graham Panckhurst to review Scott Watson’s latest attempt to clear name Government John Tamihere (Herald): Peters right to pursue leak in court Claire Trevett (Herald): National’s problem with Winston Peters’ heater bills Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Booming employment market gives Crown accounts another boost Foreign investment Richard Harman (Politik): Parker rejects Treasury advice Jane Clifton (Listener): The Govt is making big moves on foreign speculators and Google’s low tax payment Tax Jason Walls (Interest): IMF calling on the Tax Working Group to introduce a land taxes to help give KiwiBuild a leg up Herald: Bill will introduce automatic tax refunds Education Bali Haque (Herald): Tomorrows Schools review must deal with the market’s failure Elizabeth Rata (Herald): NCEA’s fatal flaw is to assess projects before knowledge Newshub: Government announces $49 million investment in Auckland schools John Boynton (RNZ): Charter school closure will affect Māori Audrey Young and Lucy Bennett (Herald): Maori educationist Sir Toby Curtis calls on PM to show some ‘aroha’ to charter schools Kymberlee Fernandes and Adele Redmond (Stuff): Closure of charter schools ‘in breach’ of the Treaty of Waitangi, Māori educators claim Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub) Maori leader claims Govt ‘bullying’ charter schools, urges PM to show aroha 1News: ‘Where is the love for these students?’ – Chris Hipkins questioned by Nikki Kaye over partnership schools Jono Galuszka (Stuff): Teacher with history of assaulting pupils struck off for twisting child’s nose Catrin Owen (Stuff): Auckland teacher acquitted of sex charges against students John Gerritsen (RNZ): Unitec council at risk of being fired with $100m losses forecast Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Unitec in ‘extreme financial difficulty’ Scott Palmers (Newshub): The problem with student loans? Not enough interest – NZ Initiative Impossible burger and meat-free diets Philip Matthews (Press Editorial): Wake up and smell the meatless future Winston Aldworth (Herald): Why MPs are wrong to criticise Air New Zealand’s Impossible Burger Gia Garrick (RNZ): Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters hits out at fake meat burger Lucy Bennett (Herald): Impossible burgers could be good for meat industry, says Damien O’Connor Rachael Kelly (Southland Times): Southern MPs slam Air New Zealand’s meat-free burger option RNZ: National MP slams Air NZ’s offer of meat-free burger Herald: NZ First MP Mark Patterson criticises Air New Zealand over ‘Impossible burger’ Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The ignorance of MPs criticising Air NZs impossible burger is impossibly terrifying Madeleine Chapman (Spinoff): Fight back against the fake-meat traitors and live like me, a true NZ patriot Siouxsie Wiles (Spinoff): How genetic modification helps the Impossible Burger take flight Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Impossible burger? Artificial meat is having your cake and eating it Joel Maxwell (Stuff): Time for some ribbing – but no meat Primary industries Esther Taunton (Stuff): How Greenpeace found an ally in Fonterra in fight against Mackenzie Basin dairy expansion Esther Taunton (Stuff): Fonterra’s stance on Mackenzie dairy expansion ‘shows depth of negative feeling’ Farah Hancock (Newsroom): Govt officials weaken local forest rules Kate Gudsell (RNZ): Ministry recommended pest weeds in oversight for Billion Tree plan Guy Trafford (Interest): Is dairy NZ’s coal? Herald: IHC ditches calf sale fundraising scheme amid Mycoplasma bovis fears Catherine Groenestein (Stuff): Cattle classes cancelled at annual show due to M. Bovis risk Environment Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Skeletons of giants: NZ’s sacred kauri in crisis Lois Williams (RNZ): Pine forests could incubate kauri dieback, scientists warn Anusha Bradley (RNZ): Te Mata Peak stoush escalates to High Court over track Piers Fuller (Stuff): Town promises to do more to tackle air pollution, now linked to diabetes Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Banning plastic bags dabbling in faux answers Health Herald: Private investigators Thompson and Clark used by Auckland DHB to catch thieving employee RNZ: Two million New Zealanders will be obese by the 2030s – study Oliver Lewis (Stuff): ‘Wake-up’ call study shows ‘alarming’ increase in obesity rates Emily Ford (Stuff): Māori health researcher says culture more important than losing weight Lucy Bennett (Herald): Documents reveal ‘weak’ financial position of Counties Manukau DHB Newshub: Middlemore Hospital emergency department nurses wearing security alarms as violence surges Tom Hunt (Stuff): Ready for a big quake: Wellington Hospital plans to raid vending machines after earthquake Ruby McAndrew and Thomas Manch (Stuff): Earthquake-prone building report finds Wairarapa Hospital may be at risk Laine Moger (Stuff): ‘I hope you have very painful toothache’: Auckland DHB member’s outburst at anti-fluoride campaigners Stuff: Having an invisible illness means always feeling judged Jeremy Rees (Newsroom): Tales of death and dying, unplugged Water quality RNZ: Govt to slash red tape around drinking water quality rules Laura Walters (Stuff): Law change planned to speed up changes to drinking water standards Lucy Bennett (Herald): Health Minister David Clark admits safe drinking water may be costly RNZ: Clutha water supply fails all standard levels International relations and trade Eleanor Ainge Roy and Ben Doherty (Guardian): Release teenager from Australian immigration detention, urges acting New Zealand PM Ian Rintoul (RNZ): US zero tolerance policy is very close to home Charles Finny (Stuff): NZ should put some feelers out on a trade deal with the US Local government Tina Law (Press): Ombudsman calls for Attorney-General to take action against Christchurch council for touch wall cost secrecy Johnny Moore (Press): Christchurch ratepayers are unhappy with their Council but who will pay the price? Logan Church (RNZ): Shortage of Christchurch events forces restructure RNZ: Illegal oil dumping case goes to court Film industry subsidies Gordon Campbell: On subsidising the film industry Rajneel Singh (Spinoff): Want to scrap Hollywood tax breaks? Fine, but RIP to our local film industry Stats House Phil Pennington (RNZ): Wgtn’s Statistics House floors not built as planned Chloe Winter (Stuff): Expert panel told Wellington’s Statistics House not built to design Defence Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): NZDF ‘puppet’ officer leaves Timor-Leste Michael Morrah (Newshub): Bodies of military personnel killed in Malaysia to return home No Right Turn: A colossal waste of money Sam Hurley (Herald): Trial set for Commodore Alfred Keating in Washington embassy hidden camera case Other RNZ: Pasifika families in New Zealand need help to stop gambling – report Tommy Livingston (Stuff): Kim Dotcom loses appeal against extradition Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): NZ National party appeals order to pay Eminem $600,000 in copyright battle Sam Hurley (Herald): Labour Party camp indecent assault accused appears in court Newshub: Labour Party camp sexual assault suspect pleads not guilty Todd Niall (Stuff): Helen Clark’s concert opposition a ‘fall from grace’: Sir Ray Avery RNZ: Sir Ray Avery defends plan for benefit concert at Eden Park Scout Barbour-Evans (Spinoff): I’m pregnant and I’m going to be a dad Duncan Greive (Spinoff): The richest group of New Zealanders just got some more government money Herald: Are we really welcomed by Kiwis?’ When racism and refereeing collide Herald: Friends remember Rangitoto College student who died in car accident with moving haka Sam Hurley (Herald): Supreme Court allows Craig v Williams defamation appeal over compensation amount RNZ: Colin Craig and Jordan Williams’ court battle continues Simon Smith (Stuff): How much does a community get for having an alcohol monopoly? RNZ: Beehive evacuated after fire]]>